My first finished piece of needle tatting is this necklace. I’ve adapted an edging and corner pattern by Mary Konior which she has called Celandine, and added swarovski beads to make this piece which is worked in size 10 Anchor mercer crochet cotton. The necklace is made in three sections, and don’t make the mistake I did – do the central rosette first! You need – 1 clasp (two halves), 19 small beads, one large bead, size 10 thread and a tatting needle. R : ring C : chain ds : double stitch p : picot j : join smb : small bead RW :Read More →

From JournalStar.com By MARGARET EHLERS BOHLING / Lincoln Journal Star | Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009 12:50 am | No Comments Posted Sandy Wallick, a long -time member of the Lincoln Lacemakers Club, demonstrates the lacemaking technique of tatting at the Camp Creek Threshers Show in Waverly, Saturday, July 18, 2009. Sandy Wallick loves to show others how tatting is done. The Lincoln librarian recently set up shop for a weekend at Camp Creek Threshing Show near Waverly and soon will be doing more demonstrations with other members of Lincoln Lacemakers. Wallick, who also does bobbin lace (which uses a weaving technique), said she doesRead More →

OMG! This stuff is just gorgeous, better than I expected and so easy to do. I took a large screw-topped jar, filled it with mixed berries and currants and scraped the seeds from a vanilla bean in there, added the bean itself and then filled with some high-quality gin. Left it for 2 weeks in the fridge and then strained through a large cotton tea-bag that I have. You could use an unused stocking or a coffee filter. The colour is exactly what you see here – there was a lot more of it too, but it’s just too yummy to last! I’m on toRead More →

There’s so many bretzel recipes out there that I had avoided making them for so long. A lot of them had accompanying pictures that looked nothing like the gorgeous dark brown and creamy white originals. This one, however, showed a little more promise. This is one of those recipes that is not hard to make…but makes you feel a great sense of accomplishment when looking at the finished product. You can either make them into a tight knot, pretzel shape or simple bun shape. And how was that finished product? Tasted just like the originals and Christian went back for more so I’d call thatRead More →

I can’t say that I was totally surprised given my previous experiences but it was such a shame to throw away what was left of our fruit and vegetables. The lemon and carrots covered in mold, the aubergine half mush. I had hoped that these would last 7 days, but to be throwing away at the 5 day mark seems like such a waste (and to be fair I didn’t go into the stash yesterday, judging by the state of them I’d say they would have been thrown out yesterday morning) So it’s off to the organic market for us today and we’ll see ifRead More →

My fabulous friend Suzie has a recipe for Hot Cross Buns on her website and she assures me that they’re very easy, so I decided to have a go at making them. However, I’m not the biggest fan of sultanas and come Easter you’ll generally see me picking the wretched things out of my hot cross buns before toasting them, I even pick them out of cereal. So I decided to have a go at replacing the sultanas with chocolate chips. When I made these I did a direct swap of the chocolate chips with sultanas – and some of the chocolate melted leaving aRead More →

I was looking forward to coming home tonight to my bag of vegetables from homeorganics. The spinach and lettuce don’t look quite as fabulous as they did last night, but still look pretty good and the green bananas are going yellow. I picked up some fresh ravioli and made up a sauce using one of the onions, some garlic, chopped spinach and mushrooms from the bag. To this I added herbs, crushed tomatoes, red wine and pinenuts. Was a lovely meal, now I just have to work out what I’m going to cook tomorrow night 🙂Read More →