today i made mince pies from the homemade mincemeat samuel helped with (2 posts ago!). i also made jam tarts and an apple and blueberry pie from the pastry! there’s something about homemade pastry that makes me feel very accomplished – i’m not quite sure why, seeing as it’s so easy, but it’s certainly satisfying to have homemade yumminess to snack on or have for pudding.
in my bloggy absence, we’ve had a lovely long weekend in eastboune, which allowed for a trip to a yarn shop, (i’ll not bore you with endless photos of my gorgeous new yarns!) and a couple of craft fair/shops. happy me. i’ve also been doing a lot of making and, very excitingly, selling things! all my Christmas fabric bunting has sold, many felt decorations
went to individuals and a shop in eastbourne took the rest of what i had with me on wholesale. they also took a couple of sock monkeys, tote bags and everyday bunting on sale-or-return! i’m really keen to get my etsy shop open now, so that people who’ve bought once, have somewhere to return to, but there aren’t enough hours in the day! i am currently working on a couple of commissions from the country market: a string of bunting for a child’s bedroom and a knitted panda bear like this polar bear who sold the other week
i’m also getting on with more felt Christmas tree decorations to be done by wednesday-market-day. then there are some Christmas gifts on the needles, and my mittens (ravelry link to pattern. designer alabamawhirly is here) are still only singular!
so seeing as i have so much to be making, i’m going to stop prattling and leave you with a couple of pictures:
samuel helping my sister plant some tulips :: friends who patiently and smilingly got hijacked with book after book and presented with toy after toy :: the boy and his dad
P.S. a big thank you to everyone, friends, family and visitors who have taken the time to comment recently. i am still a bit of a techno-dunce and can’t work out whether i can reply to comments’ authors, but it has been really nice to hear from you all and i wanted to say cheers for dropping me a line 🙂