Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Reflecting on 2011

Kicked off the year in Burnham on Crouch with good friends and little Flo.
Me and Brooke got to the final on Pointless
Started going to the NCT Redbridge knitters and made some lovely knitting mum mates
Flo turned 1
Flo broke her arm
Got kicked out of our flat and moved in with my parents for 5 months
We had a couple of sunny seaside trips to Southend and Leigh on sea
Flo learned to walk during the Royal wedding
Went Crafternooning at the Creative Biscuit with local mates
Went back to work after maternity leave to one of the most pointless jobs I’ve ever done
Flo started nursery
Karaoke, fish pedicure (eww) and Michelin starred dinner for my Birthday
Day out in Greenwich
Rex Manning day
Bought our first house
Got broken into 2 weeks after moving in
Decorated Flo’s bedroom
Started a new job which was MUCH better than the previous one
Brett passed his driving test
Visited Kew
10 year anniversary of being together with Brett
Brett turned 30 and had a ‘surprise’ party, which he tired to sabotage
Shan and Marc’s wedding
Centre Parcs
Digs continued to record our lives in photography
Filmed Brett and Flo for a Dad documentary at work
I dressed as a Smurf, and then Mick Hucknall
Held a kids Halloween party and kids Christmas party
Made a lot of cake

Knitted the following:
Hap Blanket
Stripey cardi for Inez
Blue lacey top
Flo crochet dress
Isla’s camo pants
Nola Jane
Free Rapunzel
Custard pants
Leaf scarf
Cardi for Milan
Christmas Bolero
And I made 2 quilts

Excellent 2011. Bring on 2012.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Quilt and cake

So the Christmas quilt got finished just as the tree was put up last weekend and now the flat now feels very festive indeed. I am really happy with how the quilt came out and in the end I'm glad that I hand quilted it instead of doing it by machine. It really gives it a bit more of a home made feel and spending so much time on it actually makes it feel like more of an heirloom than if I'd done it all on the machine. 

Back of the quilt - made of scraps
This and the quilt I made for Shan's wedding have to be my biggest crafting achievement this year. Most of all I am glad that I managed to get it finished before the season was over. The Mr and I have been happily snuggled under it for the last week and I have been constantly bundling Flo up in it as she has a horrible cold at the moment.

She won't thank me for this photo
The finished quilt and tree going up called for some mini mince pie making and so I bought out the trusty Nigella recipe from her Christmas cookbook. Although it takes a bit of extra time to make these following her recipe I loved the outcome of flaky pasty. But the 36 I made really didn't last that long as they're so small you can just pop them in the mouth and they're gone!

I also made a batch of cupcakes for the local NCT group party. My piping skills weren't that great but I got to use my Christmas cupcake cases and edible snowflakes again.
Festive YUM

To top it all off they are repeating the episodes of Pointless that I was on earlier this year with my sister in law. We're on again tonight 5.15pm BBC1. Catch up on iPlayer if you fancy seeing me embarrass myself on TV.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

It's here!

I haven't got the tree up yet, I think it's a tad early for that but I did receive my first Christmas card and make some Christmas cup cakes; two batches, ahem!
Got the cute edible snow flakes from Lakeland and Christmassy cases too, so I had to test them out.

Now, back to all the crafting I have to do!