Felicity Taylor Eclectic Handmade

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Batch baking and rag faces.

A very wet and dull day today, so I needed to find something inside to do.
Not a difficult decision- to have a baking binge in the kitchen (to keep nice and warm.)

Round cherry cake, coffee cake, lemon cake, flapjacks and rocky road.

I have cut up the cakes and frozen most. Needless to say, the rocky road stays - it is half term!

I have started another rag rug 'thing' i.e. I don't know what it is yet.

As the face on my last piece was very undefined. I wanted to have a go at ...you guessed it ..a face.

I've struggled with finding suitable colours, but I found that some fabrics that looked very unpromising, actually worked quite well.

This is as far as I have got today.

My daughter and her friend got busy with paints after we visited Padstow yesterday.
They started quite a few!

Wise words.

Hope you have all had a good day,despite the rain!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Rag rug finished and wardrobe cull.

Just a quick catch up with things I've been up to.
My rag rug is finished! 
I just have to sew the sides and think about how to hang it.

She seems to have had a 'readybrek' moment.

I packed it very tight and used up loads of fabric.

Another person in the house!
I have also really quickly gone through my wardrobe to chuck out clothes I don't wear etc.
I only really go to jumbles these days, so my choice was a bit lame!

I sorted them into:-

1) Wear all the time pile i.e. half decent (a bit minimal here)

2) Clothes I bought from jumbles or charity shops because I liked the pattern/colours, but that don't fit or suit me! 

3)Absolute crap- falling apart faded etc.

The half decent went back in the wardrobe.

The nice pattern/colours went in a pile to cut up, with the intention of finding patterns to remake them.

The last one went into a bag for RAG RUGGING!
I love it.

I thought long and hard about this last one, as it had a prairie look to it.Ideal for Homesteading. 
I have now cut it up as it may be better as a shirt or bag lining. It's a lovely soft fabric.

I'm not working next week, so I'm hoping to get to the charity shops to find something to wear as I have a hunch that my sewing may take a while!
Is anyone else planning a wardrobe cull?
Byee for now.x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Homesteading. From the armchair.

Follow Felicity's board Homesteading on Pinterest.

Many of you will know what I mean by homesteading. 
I have been interested in some aspects of simplifying life, off grid living and growing veg etc.
Some people believe in a zombie apocalypse, doomsday or financial collapse, and feel the need to prepare for it by learning skills and gathering supplies.
I'm not one of those, but I do feel we've lost the plot in some of  the ways we live today.
There are so many people who are disconnected from our society. They have no stake in it and no possible hope of getting one.
In the U.K. home ownership is impossible for many people, and rents are sky high for the amount of wages paid.

I find the subject fascinating because I feel it goes back to a need within us to survive.
Somewhere in my ancestor gene is a squirrel tendency.
I love the sight of the old fashioned pantry, with rows of bottles and jars.
I want to learn more about cooking using our woodburner, and I hanker after a solid fuel cooker (with our gas one still in place, just in case!)
So I'm starting small, and enjoying learning new things.
It's official. Baking potatoes in a multifuel cooker is quicker than a gas oven.
It's also easy to burn things on the top. I can't show you the meal under the foil-but it was fish fingers,    baked beans 
baked potatoes inside the multifuel and a lemon roly poly for pud. (all were rather burnt on one side, but very edible!)
It heats water very quickly too.
This revelation to me would have seemed laughable to our ancestors.
But it's great fun in this age of cellophane wrapped, padded, shrink wrapped, lives.
Has anyone else tried cooking on a woodburner?- tips much appreciated.
Bye for now,Fliss x

Friday, 6 February 2015

Charlestown and cakes.

We had a very chilly trip to Charlestown recently, which was full of old charm.
 It seemed like time had stood still.
I will definitely go back in warmer weather.

Shame about the bag!

There were several really pretty houses. I love the little storm porch and the once tended front garden.

There's only one thing to do in the cold weather, and that is to bake.
A classic lemon drizzle, and two walnut and coffee cakes.

Both recipes were from 'The complete farmhouse kitchen cookbook'
From the Yorkshire T.V. series (made in the 70's?)

The programmes were designed to revive interest in homebaking and preservation.
I can't wait to try out more recipes
Time for an extra slice I think!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Using up scraps of fabric.

I'm still enjoying the rag rug making.
I find it intriguing how my terribly cut scraps of fabric, can be bought together and used for something new.

I'm still keeping warm by the fire, so it's lovely to sit and hook the fabric.

I have been working on some different jewellery pieces, again using scraps of fabric.

Little lavender filled brooches.

For little - or big peeps.

I also wanted to show you my first punch needle rug /
The edges frayed away, so I backed it with some black fabric.
I have also run out of wool, so I am going to try some strips of fabric next time.

The film at the start is from youtube with Ali Rhind and it is brilliantly informative.I have followed her instructions on finishing off the edges before you start to try and avoid the same problem.
Hope you are all keeping warm.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Shed Part 2.

Following on from Part 1....obviously.
Here it is so far.
Back in the summer...
If you remember we dragged an old shed back from a neighbour.
A lot of the roof trusses were O.K.

This green door below we think was original to the house. It was covered over with paper when we moved in, and all we could see was a lump in the wallpaper.

The french doors were free from a joiners.

The little diamond windows were also free, and repaired by hubby.
We put a 'skin' on the shed to strengthen and add insulation, and to weatherproof it painted it in leftover paint. 

The finish all round the shed will eventually be tongue and groove- all reclaimed, which is weathering nicely.

So that's it so far.
Now we have to find more wooden slats and more insulation, and lots more finishing off.
Roll on the warmer weather!
Byee for now x.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The Shed.Part 1. Repairing sash windows- the DIY option.

Warning, this is a very un-crafty in a fabric sense blog post.
As you know I have been elsewhere...one of the things I was up to in the summer (remember that!)...

Following on from the shed post, hubby is continuing to repair various hoarded windows.
He has repaired all our sash windows in the house, so they can all be opened- good for the weather we've just had!
We can't afford to have a carpenter make them, as lovely as that would be. Instead he uses marine filler and chunks of wood to make up bits that have been lost.
A very rotten frame.

Chopping out the rotten parts and treating the wood.

Adding wood.

Repairing any cracks with glue and screws.

Marine filler is applied then sanded.

The sash windows were not too bad, so they've been stripped carefully using a heat gun, belt sander and chisel- they  are looking much better.

Here it is in situ.
I love the leadwork at the top.
Part two is to follow soon....
Byee for now x.

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