Sunday Baking

by Helen on August 30, 2014

I love this time of year as the summer begins to slip gently away, the days grow shorter and it will soon be time to light the log burner in the evenings.  In the garden there are apples ….

And the postman left a most interesting and eagerly-anticipated parcel for me in the log store ….

Some yarn and new needles for an autumn knitting project!  Rosie thinks I’ll look very funny in my hood – but I think it will be perfect to keep my ears warm when I’m out walking with the Newfies this winter …

And it’s cool enough now to get up close to the Aga and enjoy baking again.  Rosie and I both love to bake and so we’ve decided to include a new baking feature in the Bustle & Sew Magazine starting with this month’s issue.  I was so pleased when Rachel of Sunday Baking let us include her delicious recipe for Cinnamon and Nutella Muffins this month.

We had to try them first of course and I can guarantee they are ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!  Rachel’s blog is called Sunday Baking and I would definitely recommend a visit as she has some amazing recipes that I can hardly wait to try.  Rachel told me that ….

“The aim of Sunday Baking is to prove to everyone that anyone can bake. Nothing on my blog is too complicated and I try to break it down as simply as I can so anyone can follow the recipe. I want to share my passion with everyone!”

I think my next recipe to try from Sunday Baking will be this one ….

Apple & Cinammon Cake with a Crumb Topping 

Perfect for all those apples in my garden.  And wonderful served warm with a little cream when my friends come for tea.   Thanks so much Rachel, I’ll definitely be back for another look through your lovely Sunday Baking blog.

 

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Less than 24 hours to wait

by Helen on August 27, 2014

I am so VERY excited!!  Tomorrow is publication day for the September issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  With all these projects ….

And lots more inside as well.  Rosie and I have been working very hard on the look and feel of the magazine, adding some new features too..  Below is a preview of the contents and I really hope you’ll approve of the changes we’re making….

And if you were considering subscribing to the magazine then please don’t delay.  This is your final chance to subscribe at the current price of $6.50 per month (bargain!).  The price to new subscribers will rise to $7.50 per month on 1 September. (if you’re already a subscriber, then don’t worry your price will remain unchanged forever)

I’m really sorry about the price rise for new subscribers from September, caused by rising costs and a strong pound.  But I do hope you’ll agree that the Bustle & Sew Magazine is still great value for money!

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Two little pin cushion mice … so cute… so innocent … so …..

Greedy!!

Well .. that’s not entirely true – there was certainly a lot of greediness surrounding Carolyn’s birthday cake, but it was all of us and our friends, not the Pin Cushion Mice.  Our  Pin Cushion Mouse cake was a really fun thing to do – so if like me you enjoy sewing, but don’t enjoy spending a lot of time decorating a cake then why try this idea instead?

  • You’ll need:  Two little Pin Cushion Mice (Carolyn loved hers and is taking them all the way home to Dubai with her).  If you don’t have the pattern already you’ll find it on my free patterns page here.
  • One silver covered cardboard cake board
  • Two bamboo skewers
  • Washi tape
  • Fabric scraps
  • Bakers twine or string
  • Glue stick
  • Birthday cake

Wrap washi tape around your bamboo skewers to within 1/4″ of the pointy end.  Push the points into the cardboard cake board making sure you leave enough room for your cake to fit between them.

Cut small diamond shapes approx 3″ long and 1″ wide – I needed six for my bunting string and my cake was 10″ wide.  Fold in half widthways and press.  Fold the diamonds over the string and secure the two sides together with a dab of glue.  Knot the ends of the string around the bamboo skewers.  Position cake and add mice at the sides.  Candles are a nice touch, but be sure to position them so you don’t set fire to your bunting!  Perfect!

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A most enjoyable morning

by Helen on August 21, 2014

Yesterday I was very busy all day working hard on the September Magazine.  It’s coming along very nicely and I’m particularly pleased with the cover – featuring my new 21st century Bustle & Sew bunny ….

But while I was very happily occupied, somebody else was feeling a little bored and fed up with the lack of attention….

“Come and play, or what about a lovely walk, come on … puhleeese Muuuummm …..”  

So today I took them both on one of their favourite expeditions – down to the River Avon at Loddiswell.  The river runs clear and cold down from Dartmoor and there’s a beautiful path through woodland alongside, perfect for a gentle relaxing stroll.  But have I ever experienced a gentle relaxing stroll along this path? No.  I have not.  This is because I am towed along by two over-excited, impatient-to-get-in-the water Newfoundlands rather faster than I would choose to travel!  I can’t let them run loose too early as the river banks are very steep and although they’d get into the water absolutely fine, I am not at all sure they’d be able to get out again very easily.  But eventually we reach the wide curve in the river where there’s a lovely shallow shingle beach.   Leads come off and there’s a mad dash for the water …..

River Avon at Loddiswell, Devon

If you’d like to see the image above in a larger format, then please just click on it to view in Flickr.  I wanted to show you how beautiful the river is so took a whizzy panoramic shot on my phone.  I don’t know if you can make out the Newfies – Ben is on the left digging for river stones, while Daisy is paddling around looking for sticks.

As you can see, he’s quite back to his usual self again… collecting some really very large stones – almost too heavy for me to easily pick up.  I took a shot of his collection (he likes to arrange them neatly on the shoreline) next to my feet so you could see their size …

All those large rocks are the stones Ben has retrieved from the river bed!  Hope he doesn’t break another tooth.  Then home for a little sewing. …

This time for Rosie.  She’s asked for a new dress and chosen the Camber Dress from Merchant & Mills.  I’m really enjoying this pattern – there is a most interesting yoke construction and set in sleeves, so lots to think about while the Newfies slumber after their walk.

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