Friday, September 19, 2014

Scotland Says No Thanks

I have never been so ashamed of my country. I watched in horror and sadness as the votes for each area were confirmed.
I have no idea what the final numbers were, but I do know too many of my fellow Scots have Chickened out of making our nation a free and independent one. 
I will now undertake a period of mourning for the pride of a nation. I have closed my facebook account and I'm going to dye my hair to a dark nondescript colour. I'm going back to ignoring politics and will stop watching the BBC, it's just full of lies anyway.

The Mo√ęt will go back in the box and I have absolutely nothing to celebrate.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Referendum Day

Today is a very scary day.
Today is the day that Scotland decides whether it will be an independent Scotland or a better together Scotland.
It really is nailbiting stuff.

Me and the other half went to the polling station this morning there were cameras outside that were just leaving. Fortunately we managed to miss Alex Salmond voting and greeting his fellow voters.
It was my first experience of voting, never done it before, never felt like I wanted to do before, but this was really really important so just had to go there and do it.

It was a huge YES for me, I have all my fingers and toes crossed in the hopes that it will be a huge YES for the majority of Scotland and by tomorrow morning we will be an independent country.




Monday, September 15, 2014

Bramble picking

Mum got told about. Good patch in Fraserburgh of all places.
So yesterday we headed off and sure enough got about 3 kegs of berries.
 

Then went and got some apples of my tree. They take forever to ripen, so they are usually best used in jams and chutneys.

With all these berries we made 12 jars of Bramble and Apple Jam, 3 jars of bramble liqueur and Mum's going to make some Bramble and apple jelly today.


Just had to make some scones too.
These are allspice flavour scones and are just lovely with the jam.


Will hopefully get some elderberries soon too.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sass's Garden Goodies

Had a lovely visit my pal Sass and her hubbie the other day. Got the tour of the new house and the wonderful garden. Plus I got some wonderful garden goodies, Gherkins, rhubarb and Cabbage.

With the gherkins I've made Bread and Butter Pickles and Cucumber Relish and with the Rhubarb, Spiced Rhubarb Chutney and Rhubarb Bakewell Tart.

I even had a go at water bathing the smallers jars.





Thank you Sass. The pickles are delicious, the tart is yummy and I'm having some of the chutney on my sandwich today for lunch.






Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mug Rug

On my quilting journey I decided to start small.
A mug rug seemed like a good idea and would include most aspects of an actual quilt.

Front of mug rug


All sandwhich up. Don't have wading yet so used an old kids t-shirt.


Had a play with some free motion (see previous blog) and decided that I wanted to use a template. So I drew my own design onto parchment and pinned it to the ironed quilt sandwich.


The parchment template was quite easy to follow while quilting, but was a bit of a pest to remove from the quilt. Had to get out the tweezers.

I then used this http://youtu.be/xWh90tXr7g4 video to help me with the binding. 
The finished mug rug!


Far from perfect, but I do like it and gained loads of info doing it. I think I'll make a few more.




Meet Husqvarna Viking H/Class E20




Isn't she a beauty?

I have had my Lidl Lervia machine for quite a few years and have done many projects with it, but when I decided to do some quilting a just knew that she wouldn't cope.
So I treated myself to this little lady.

I've done some practicing look:


Once I got her set up, free motion quilting was fun.
Very happy with the new Viking in the house.