Monday, 4 August 2008

Birds for Hens

Cognac was lovely, we had great pool weather, I got flip-flop tan lines, and ate baguette and cheese for breakfast every day... what more could a girl want? But, phew, that first week back from holiday is always manic. You have to hit the ground running. I did, however, sneak some crafting in.

Look at these little birds. How cute are they? The pattern from spool sewing is dead simple to follow, and I really enjoyed having a hand sewing project. Much calmer than working on the machine. I could make more and more of these, and I might have to seeing as I've just given them all away. I gave them away in mis-matching pairs. One pair for a very special birthday girl, and one pair to my good friend who is getting married in September. It was her hen party on Saturday and I got myself on a train to the big smoke and met up with lots of lovely ladies for a picnic on Hamstead Heath.

And hen picnics deserve some homebaked items, so it was just as well that on that rainy Friday I had two willing helpers in the shape of my sisters. We hit Nigella's How to be a domestic goddess... first blueberry muffins:

We doubled the receipes so that both hens and cooks alike would be satisfied. I couldn't resist popping into shot those birdie parcels all wrapped and ribboned and ready to go.

And then banana bread: one packaged for the picnic and the other for pudding served with ice cream... delicious! You might also spot my brand new stove top kettle in the background there. I have to admit, it does take rather longer than the electric kettle (now banished to the cupboard) but look how jolly it is!

Hmm, okay, what project next?

2 comments:

Ragged Roses said...

Hello and thanks for visiting my blog! It's been a treat to visit yours. Love those little birds, I might have a go when I get a chance! those cakes look very tempting ....
Kim

Kitschen Pink said...

so much yumminess! I hope your stove top has a whistle - I've melted many by forgetting I was about to have a cuppa and popping out for a few hours! xx