Cath Kidston -esque Draught Excluder

A while ago it was a friend’s birthday, and a mutual friend asked me if I could make a dog draught excluder for the birthday girl, just like the one from last years Cath Kidston catalogue.

I agreed of course, but I have never even made a softie so had no idea how to form the head bit. I spent a good few hours staring at the computer looking at how to do it, then just went ahead and had a bash.

I am so pleased with how it turned out. It’s not perfect, but both friends were delighted with my handiwork. Thank goodness!!

Bread

I was getting fed up of paying nearly €4 for a loaf of reasonable bread that I wanted to make my own. The search for bread flour started. The supermarket sells all sorts of (expensive) bread mixes, but I wanted some ordinary strong flour so I could do what I wanted and I knew exactly what was going in my bread. If you watch Jimmy’s Food Factory on BBC1, you will know what I mean.DSC01244Eventually I found some large bags in the cash and carry and we haven’t bought a loaf of bread in about 6 weeks. It is so simple, so quick and delicious. Now I’m off to have some toast and homemade plum jam.

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Until next time………

Open House

A few weeks ago……

……. I stepped out of my comfort zone of hiding behind a computer and stepped out into the big world and said. “Hi I’m Anita, and I love to sew”

30 of my friends from in and around The Hague were invited round to my house for tea and coffee and to look (and buy) my Heart of Holland items.

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I made a few different things that I don’t sell in my online store, like some doorstops.

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I made some pretty canvas bags, to fold in your handbag for any purchases made when out and about.

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Some fabric drinks coasters, because you can never have enough

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Here is the other end of the table with the rest of the goodies.

DSC01293The day was such a success I have been busy with custom orders ever since. I will definately be having another open house, it was a lot of fun.

Until next time……..

Birthday Shopping

At the beginning of September it was my birthday. I had a lovely day where we went out for pancakes (a dutch speciality) topped with bacon and apple, then we headed off to Haarlem in search of this shop. My parents had sent me some money in my card, so where better to spend it than a shop that sells Cath Kidston and Greengate. Bliss!

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I picked up a set of 2 tea towels and these gorgeous spoons made from pottery.

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A set of tins. My husband asked what I was going to use them for, I quickly answered ”for cakes”, which satisfied him enough to stop me feeling guilty for being frivolous!

DSC01108I then popped in to Dille & Kamille on the way back to the car and bought a jam funnel, 2 rolls of red and white string and a couple of little baskets. Perfect

Oh and we even managed to get a babysitter so we could go out for a nice meal, shame the babysitter has now gone off to University in the UK……

The ripple

As promised here are a couple of the half decent pictures of the ripple (Another Attic 24 pattern). I’m not sure what it is but the colour seems a bit weird. Anyway it is all finished up and sitting on the back of the chair waiting for the colder evenings which I fear are getting close.

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Be assured the colour is delightful and it is such a lovely blanket, all soft and snuggly and suprisingly heavy.

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This last shot shows the blanket sitting next to the hexagon (Lucy from Attic 24’s pattern). Gorgeous crochet side by side.

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Now back to crocheting the next blanket….