Thursday 24 March 2011


Tuesday afternoon, reading blogs, drinking tea, I ventured into Millie & Dotties Emporium there in the Nursery was Knitting Nancy. There she sat staring at me from her box, she took me back to when I was about 6yrs old Christmas 1962. I unwrapped presents there was Nancy, the exact same one as I was looking at. I used my Nancy then quite a bit, then as you do I grew up..........but recently I have been using my Nancy again for making the cords to join mittens together so they don't get lost for my grandchildren.
This is the second time I have found my childhood at Milly & Dotties! The last time was an Enid Blyton book.

my Knitting Nancy you can actually spy her here in draw nine

This one I bought here to put away for Caitlin for when she is older

I purchased Knitting Nancy. I couldn't wait to receive my parcel!
I felt like a child getting excited for Birthdays and Christmas!!
She was waiting on my doormat this morning.
I was so pleased
Look what I can make...........

Saturday 19 March 2011

Perfect Day

Today was absolutely perfect. It did start rather early with a brand new washing machine being delivered at 7.45am! It was plumbed in almost immediately, well when Alex had eaten his breakfast, so I was able to finish my weeks washing, our dear friend Jane did the clothes earlier in the week for us. Then we had a lovely afternoon with Caitlin and Liam, well I say today was perfect, granny must be getting old she forgot the camera!

I also finished this brooch, can now be found this on Folksy

Sunday 13 March 2011

I don't have a sweet tooth - honest!

I made this, this morning
because I had eggs left in the fridge
at this point I would normally put leftover
pastry in the freezer.
I don't know what came over me
I also made a Treacle Tart.
I buy a French Stick just to make breadcrumbs
my son thinks that is
sacrilege and says it should
only be used for *bacon and baked bean rolls* - don't ask!
But this bread makes decent breadcrumbs and made
a nice centre to soak up the treacle.
and with the leftover pastry I made a dozen Jan Tarts.
*Bacon and Bean Rolls cut the end off of the French Stick enough that you think you are going to eat. Pull out the soft white bread and eat while bacon is cooking and the baked beans are warming through being careful not to put your fingers through the crust, this must be hole free. Fill the cavity with the beans and the bacon. Eat and enjoy*
I understand you can only feed two people with this because you need the ends, apparantly it doesn't work with the bit in the middle! But this bit can be used for breadcrumbs!
My son Robert invented this while being a student. I have never tried this recipe so I really don't know what it is like but I understand it is very nice

Friday 11 March 2011

Please come in and see........

"Little Shop on the Corner"
has now moved to
new premises here

Wednesday 2 March 2011


I read a lot of blogs recently about being frugal, and when I go food shopping I am very careful what I purchase. I have even stopped buying from charity shops except for clothes for Caitlin and Liam where I can. I have to admit I have purchased a couple of 'unnecessary' items but I had earned the money by repairing a necklace for a customer at work and selling a couple of pin cushions and a cross-stitch pattern.

I do like to have flowers in a vase.
Do you remember these?

I do like to make my flowers last!

I didn't quite get a bargain as last time!

but I did save 75p
I bought the flowers yesterday,
I put last months flowers in the compost bin
I hope they last as long
The Amaryllis, Tulips and Irises did not last as long as the Chrysanthemums though!