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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Lots of stitchy fun here.

Yesterday I took Maggie shopping, we usually go on Thursday but I am spending today with another friend, she is slightly incapacitated and needs somebody with her.
We went to Lidl and then over to Home Bargains, I needed some more picture hangers and they do a large pack for £1.
Back to unload Maggie's shopping and a quick coffee while I look at her latest jewellery makes, she is making some lovely things.

The sun was shining although it was cold, I got my shopping packed away as quickly as I could and took Ben out. We gathered Archie and Dolly and had a good 30 minutes play time.
I wanted to get the end of my Lamb joint dealt with so once I had surrounded a cuppa and a salad sandwich I made a start.
I keep short pastry mix in the fridge all of the time, it is easy to mix up a container full then just take what I need, rather than having to make it from scratch every time.
I prepped some carrot, swede, potato and leek and simmered in a little stock till cooked, I thickened it and added the diced lamb and a dollop of mint sauce. Once cold it filled 2 pie tins, when the pies were cold I popped them in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm them up. Then each was cut in half, wrapped and frozen, so I got 6 meals from my bargain joint. Happy days.



 I made a batch of scones while the oven was on, just press the dough into a rough rectangle and cut into shapes with a knife, no cutters to wash up and no rerolling. I made more than these, mine are in the freezer, these are going with me later.




When I had cleared the kitchen Ben was ready for another walk, as the sun was still shining I decided on a trip to the library. I wanted to pick up some poop bags and food waste bags, they are free in the library.
I found a couple of books, both new authors to me, and had a chat with the librarian. She asked me to make her a bag similar to the one I was using, tomorrows job. She also gave me this, her hubby bought it for her and managed to pick up 2 copies stuck together.

 
An eyecatching cover, patchwork, free fabric, what's not to like ?
Well the price for one, £7:99, even with the fabric it is pricey.

 
The inside is equally easy on the eyes and I want to make everything, oops, the templates included all need enlarging. Wait, problem solved, all are available to download, so I did.

 
The "free" fabric, 3 decent sized bits, not the best quality but acceptable none the less. As I said, I want to make them all, I decided to start with the Scotty Dog, in the magazine it is on a cushion. Me, being me, had to tweak it so I put it on the bucket bag.


 
I am pleased with it, there are 2 big balls of wool in there, so it looks a bit lumpy. The pattern calls for interfacing in the base but I skipped it on this one, I aim to cut a plastic insert and cover it with the same fabric as the lining, that will give me a bag that will sit nicely, I hope.
 
Now it is time I had a run through the shower and get ready to start this day.
 
                        TTFN                                        Pam
 
 
 







16 comments:

  1. Another beautiful tote , loved the colours and the dog appliqué. Those pies look delicious.

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    1. Thank you, I will be adding the dog to a few things I feel.

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    2. That sounds exciting !!!!! And promising xxx

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  2. Hi Pam - I'm back after a long gap, just catching up on my favourite bloggers. Wow, you did well there, I love the bag and how serendipitous the librarian was on your wavelength! You really have settled in well, good for you. Lxxx

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    1. The bag is cute, I will be making another with a pocket inside and the librarians bag is cut out ready to sew later.

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    1. It is cute, even if I made it.

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  4. love the bag and I agree those pies look yummy. You managed to squeeze a lot into your day.

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    1. I like my days to be full, the pies smelled wonderful, I will possibly try one tomorrow.

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  5. Your pie looks lovely & the scones too! I spotted that mag in the supermarket last week but decided to give it a miss.

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    1. I would not pay that much for a magazine, even with the fabric.

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  6. A beautiful bag. I look forward to seeing more makes :-)

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    1. I have templates almost ready to start with.

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  7. I picked up the magazine when I was in town the other day, tere are some nice ideas in it, I liked the cushion but havent tried it yet :-)

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    1. I may make a version of the cushion, mine are all 18" so maybe a dog in each corner, one in the middle would look lonely.

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  8. Love your bucket bag Pam. I have never made a bag. Do not know why. Will have to give it a go.
    Rosezeeta

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