Monday, 14 July 2008

Garden Soup

A delicious summer soup recipe created by Alice.


I cupful of orange juice
I cupful of rainwater
2 handfuls of rose petals
1 handful of grass
Slivers of apple
2 oz dried pasta
Shredded tissue
A few twigs


1. Whilst parents are not looking remove orange juice from fridge and take into garden.
2. Wander around the garden gathering your ingredients.
3. Add the ingredients into any container you discover (search house and garden).
4. Realise the soup is not quite perfect so sneak into house to obtain some pasta and apple. Also "borrow" some tissues while you are there.
5. Tear up the tissues into pieces and add to the mix until they are completely soggy.
5. Add this to the broth and stir with one of mummy's pegs and a red crayon.
6. Carry the dish precariously into the house to show off your masterpiece.
7. Wonder if the tissue was just too much so remove, squeezing as you do, then deposit said tissue all around the garden.
8. Serve and enjoy!

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

My Knots Are French

One of my very 1st embroidery projects was whilst at school, the remit was to design and embroider a fabric frame for a mirror. I'm pleased to say the mirror - and the embroidery - remain intact, despite many years having passed. It also delights me that the mirror is still used daily by my mother.

Each corner of the mirror frame hosts a little collection of pink French knots and this must have been in my mind when I started to think about embroidering a brooch.
I choose a pale cream linen (linen is wonderful to embroider on) and a lilac thread to create the French knots, and this is the finished result:

It now joins the collection of brooches in my Etsy shop, and is the 1st hand embroidered one there. It won't be the last though, embroidery is just ever so slightly addictive.