Tuesday 18 March 2014

Back in the land of the living

I haven't had much to say of late. My excuse for being so quiet is that I've been laid low with a nasty winter virus. It's beyond a joke now - after three weeks I've definitely had enough! There's never a good time to be ill but this timing really is rubbish as we are so busy. Tomorrow we're setting up our stand at Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch. I use the term 'we' in the royal sense if you know what I mean. I shall actually stay home with Amelie while the rest of the family do all the hauling and hammering! It's not that I'm lazy - honest. Children aren't allowed in the halls for reasons of health and safety so the two of us will have a lovely day at home and then I shall simply swan into the show on Thursday to find everything looking beautiful!

Our fun and games tomorrow might include making crocodiles out of soft dough! We did have several different colours when we started a few days ago but it's all beginning to look pretty murky now. Those eyes won't stay white for long!

Although I won't be there with them I have been thinking of the family. My contribution to the exertions of set up day are largely culinary. I'm sure they will enjoy their lunch tomorrow even if they don't have time to eat till the stand is built and they're on their way home.

These are still hot, just out of the oven tonight and the whole house smells fantastic. I think I've finally perfected the recipe after much fiddling and modification of ingredients and timing. If anyone is interested I'm happy to share - just leave a comment and I'll let you have the details.

I love it when DMTV viewers tell me they've been inspired to have a go at one of our projects so I was very pleased to receive this photo from Barbara recently. What a beautiful job she's made of the embroidered and painted panel - thanks for letting us see it Barbara.

Tonight's post has to be short as we have an early start in the morning. I promise not to leave it so long again.

Thanks for visiting - Linda


  1. Love those stitcheries on backgrounds. Just picked up some small canvases to give it a try, having watched you do it on DMTV.

    Hope you feel bright and sunny again soon!

  2. I had missed your posts Linda! Your day looking after Amelie will help you to feel better I am sure. Those rolls look lovely, and I would love your recipe please. I still hope to see you in Birmingham on one of the show days.

  3. I hope you feel better soon. Although, being home with Amelie would be top on my list of fun things to do. Barbra's panel is gorgeous. It is at the top of my list of things to do once I get the cottage set up (almost done!). I have been taking copious notes on DMTV shows so that when I finally have the room, I am ready to dive in.
    I'd love to have your recipe. Bread baking has been handed down over the generations, starting in Warwickshire, then to a tiny town outside Seattle, Wa and finally to me in the eastern part of the state. Wishing you much success at the show!

  4. I was really inspired by your embroideries too, but I couldn't think of a way to do it without just copying. Barbara obviously has thought a lot about it. Hers is gorgeous and inspiring too. I will just have to think! Hope you are feeling better soon!

  5. I had the same virus in January Linda and I can honestly say after 3 weeks I was on the mend. Could I please have your recipe. My bread rolls don't look as good as yours.
    Good luck at the show.

  6. I think I've got the same virus now Linda so I know how fed up you must be feeling. I am just starting week three and am still coughing noisily and have a continuing sore throat. I'm coming to the Show on Saturday so I'm hoping to feel better too. I hope you had a lovely day with Amelie and that you'll enjoy the Show when you get there.

  7. Always looking for a good bread roll recipe! They look fantastic!

  8. Would love the bread recipe when you have time!!! Love seeing that little one!!!nothing like a grand baby!!!

  9. It was lovely to see your beautiful stand at the NEC yesterday.

  10. I hope you are feeling better, that's a nasty virus going the rounds. I wish I could have gone to the show, I hope all went well, I'm sure it did!
    Barbara's picture is beautiful, I'm trying inspired by the same project on DMTV but it is no where near as good as hers. Still it is fun trying. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, barb.

  11. Thank you for all your comments - I do appreciate you taking the time! I'm busy catching up after several days at the show but the bread recipe will follow shortly!

    PS I'm feeling fine now and I hope everyone who has had the same nasty virus thing is on the mend too!