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?


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 ....

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