Friday, 28 November 2008

New on Folksy!

I've just listed this lovely ballet shoe bag over on Folksy. It's got the cutest little ballet shoes made from felt applique, complete with satin ribbon 'lacing' on a lined calico drawstring bag.
Obviously the perfect Christmas gift for any budding ballerinas, but these are strictly limited edition .......
took an absolute bloody age to make, so I won't be going into bulk production on these!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Whoa! I made my first Folksy sale!!
I sold a tea towel on Friday, didn't realize until Saturday evening because after obsessively checking blog, Etsy and Folksy, and emails constantly for months I didn't check them on Friday! Typical! A new and unique sales technique maybe - ignore your customers and they'll come a flooding in?!! And did anyone notice I switched the side bar to the other side of blog page? Apparently we scan pages across the top first, down the left hand side and then across the middle of the page, (imagine an 'F' shape). Did that on Wednesday, sale on Friday.....coincidence? I think not!
As Mr.M said "You've improved your sales by 100%!"
I think there was sarcasm in his smile.

Monday, 17 November 2008

This is..... my favourite thing from nature

This hydrangea is my most favourite thing in our garden. Truth be told, I'm a bit sentimental about it, it's a very well travelled plant. My Gramfie ( the same one from these photo's) dug it up from his garden in Somerset and gave it to us when we bought our first flat in London, about 14 years ago. Them we dug it up and planted it here, in Warwickshire, where it's very happy. And I'm just happy to see it every day from the kitchen window.
Thanks to Cloth and Fodder for this weeks theme, and to Angela at Three Buttons for the This Is Meme!

Sunday, 16 November 2008


It's Sunday so it's giveaway result time!! I revved up the random number generator thingy, or got out the mixing bowl and got Mr.M to put down the beer, if you want to be truthful. As it turns out I'm an excellent multi-tasker. I can almost take a photo in focus while holding a beer. A talent like that is hard to come by you know.....

So without further ado....the winner is...drum roll please....


Congratulations Lynsey! Drop me an email with your address and I'll pop your goodies in the post!

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

You WANT these!! You NEED these!! You KNOW you do!!
Screen printed denim tote and a linen screenprinted tea towel - just for you!
So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment here and enter the
Iris + Lily Handmade

Tuesday, 11 November 2008


My Gramfie (on the right). WW2. Egypt?

Gramfie (on the left) WW2. Ceylon, 10th August 1943

Sunday, 9 November 2008

This favourite quote.

Burne-Jones (left) and William Morris (1890)

William Morris said,
'Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful'
Roughly translated to the 21st century that would be
'Stop buying useless crap!'

Favourite quote from my 14 year old?
'Be nice to your children. They pick your care home.'
Charming! And yet scarily true.....

Thanks to Strawberry Kisses for this weeks 'This is...'
More 'This is....' here!

Don't forget the giveaway!!!!

This is....100th Post Giveaway!!

So it's nearly a year since I first started blogging and I finally made it to 100 posts!
I started this malarkey mostly because I just wanted to join in with all you crafty gals ( and you Mr. Griffin!) and because of Iris+Lily Handmade. I got a Plan, which I think I'm well on the way with (especially the coffee and cake bits), in fact, I could actually do with coming up with The Plan-mark 2. I've managed to win a competition, started a new job in the wedding shop, started another shop at Folksy to go with the Etsy shop, and the lovely Lily and Agathe are going to stock the "She's Got Bottle" Apron and Tote Bag! Oh yes, I'm going to be stocked! Wouldn't have thought that a year ago!!
Oh Alright! I'll stop waffling now, you want to know about the giveaway!
You're gonna have to use your imagination for now because the bloody camera is being an arse again!!!! ARRRGHHH!!!!!
I'm giving away a denim tote bag, made by moi, printed with Spirograph's and a linen vintage spoon printed tea towel! Cool! You know you want it so leave a comment and I'll do the random number/pick a name out of the mixing bowl thing next Sunday (16th)!
*Update* ( Ha!! Did you notice I've got pictures now!! Whooaa! And it's only taken a year to work out I can get two pictures side by side!)

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Looky here!

Looky what came in the post for me!

I spent my winnings.............

on three brand new screens and more ink! Yippee!!!!!

This is post 99, can you believe it ?!!!

And you know what that means, don't you? Blog post 100 is traditionally a giveaway ...and I wouldn't want to disappoint!

So spread the word throughout the land of blog , Shaz of the Shires is going to have a giveaway!!

She doesn't know what it will be yet, or even exactly when, but it will be THIS week! Just as soon as she stops talking about herself in the third person, which quite frankly is just plain odd......

Sunday, 2 November 2008

I've been lucky enough to receive the Kreativ Blogger Award from the mightily talented Mr.Griffin, who does weave such a wonderful tale.
Firstly, I have to tell you six things I like;
1. Stitchery and printing. Obviously.
2. Cats. I always stop and talk and fuss random cats whenever I come across them on my daily business. Didn't know how odd that actually is until I wrote it...
3. Chocolate. Obviously.
4. Coffee. Hate tea. It smells awful.
5. Getting older, you realize what's important...
6. Doing nothing. Just thinking, daydreaming.....
Now I'm supposed to pass this onto 6 others, but there are so many talented and creative bloggers out there that I'm gonna bend the rules and pass it onto the first 6 visitors who pass by these here if that's you leave a comment and consider yourself awarded!

This is..... a favourite recipe I'd like to share

Are you sure you want cooking ideas from me? Because my first choice of recipe goes like this....
1. Put on coat
2. Exit front door
3. Cross road
4. Purchase some delicious chips, ask for salt and vinegar and curry sauce
5. Return to Chez Shazza. Arrange on plate, with addition of mayonnaise if desired
6. Enjoy!
But apparently Mr.M says that doesn't count, nor does giving you the telephone number of my favourite takeaway......Damn those men!

Which leads me to rely on Mr. Ramsay's rather fantastic cheesecake that feeds a lot of people, and looks very impressive for very little effort, always a bonus in my book! Sorry no pictures but it looks a lot like a cheesecake (because it is).

Baked New York Cheesecake (apparently serves 14- yeah right!)

1 1/2 Packets Hob Nob biscuits, crushed (or Digestives if you fancy)
75g butter, melted
250g caster sugar
800g cream cheese
pinch salt
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
for topping;
50ml soured cream
25g caster sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 180c, 160c fan oven, 350F, gas mark 4. Mix biscuits, butter and 50g of the sugar. Line the bottom and sides of a 23cm spring form cake tin with this mixture, pushing it into the corners. Store it into the fridge.
2. Whip the cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Add the remaining sugar, whisk, then add the salt and vanilla and beat once more. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Pour into tin and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes until cheesecake set. ( It only takes an hour in my oven so best you check!)
3. Whisk together sour cream, sugar, and vanilla and pour over cheesecake and bake for further 10 minutes.
4. Decorate with berries to make it look pretty, before serving to your guests who will applaud you loudly! (I live in hope.....)

Thanks to Angela at Three buttons for this weeks theme!

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Spoon Peg Bag

My Spoon Peg Bag has been included in a shopping list over at November Moon! It's the blog of Cathy Cullis an artist who creates beautiful textiles (you know I'm a sucker for a bit of stitch) and mixed media art pieces, and it's well worth a visit!
Oh yea, it's my blog and I'll self promote if I want to! Spoon Peg Bag is for sale over at Etsy and Folksy if you're in the UK!

New Jumper

Bought a new cardi....soft grey....
....velvet ribbon and big poppers.
Yummy Yum!