December 22, 2013
December 21, 2013
After taking yesterday away from the sewing machine, I really had to be strict with myself and sit down to get the quilting done. As a total novice I stuck to a simple grid pattern. I think it turned out pretty good! Just the rustic, handmade - and occasionally wonky - look I was going for (that's my story and I'm sticking to it ;-D ).
So, keep your fingers crossed for me as tomorrow is the day I attempt to bind my creations. All I can say is 'Thank God for YouTube tutorials!'
December 19, 2013
I thought I'd try my hand at making all my major gifts this Christmas...
and all I can say to that is that I won't be doing it again!
I've finished the quilted place mat for my uncle (a nice mix of denim and blue fabric), and only have to do the binding on the bed runner for my aunt. However, I'm just about to quilt my mum's lap rug - and thats before I tackle the binding. (P.S these are the first items I've ever tried to quilt!)
So, with only 5 more days left before the ceremonial handing over of presents, I'll be the one slaving over the sewing machine and panicking. Will I finish them time? I hope so as I don't have any back up gifts on standby. My hats off to all you competent quilters out there. You make it seem so easy!
Keep your finger's crossed for me, won't you ;-D
Just finished cleaning the kitchen after my first attempt at Chilli Chutney (thanks to my new CWA cook book). It turned out so well that I had to share the recipe with you.
It's so easy to make its a great last minute gift idea.
• 1 1/2 cups finely diced red chillies (remove seeds for a milder flavour)
• 1 onion diced
• 1 1/2 cups of diced cooking apples (or if you can't get your hands on any, 1 x 400g tin of apple pie apples)
• 1 1/2 cups white sugar
• 1 1/2 cups white vinegar (I used Cornwall's)
• 1 small tsp salt
After finely dicing the apples, chilli's (remember to wear gloves!) and the onion, put them into a pan and start to cook for a minute or two.
Add the sugar, vinegar and salt.
Bring to the boil, then turn down heat until you have a gentle simmer. Stir periodically until the sauce thickens. This should take about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Bottle into hot sterilized jars, and if you want to, add piece of glad wrap before sealing the jars.
Keep in cool, dark place. Refrigerate after opening.
Best with ...
a sharp vintage cheese - with or without crackers - or on a cold meat sandwich.
December 9, 2013
December 8, 2013
November 13, 2013
Guild Hunters, Book 6
Published: October, 2013
Jove, mass market paperback, 374p.
November 11, 2013
November 5, 2013
After the crappy day I've had, I was amazed when a knock at my front door revealed a postman bearing gifts ;-P. For in his hands was my much awaited for copy of Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh.
The cover is fabulous, and as much as I want to devour it right now, I'll be good, and wait till after my appointment so I won't have to put it down for any reason.
This series has turned out to be one of my all-time favourites. There is just something about the relationship of Elena and Raphael's that to totally sucks me in.
November 4, 2013
I have been so behind lately it isn't funny. The newest book on my reading pile was 'Dark Currents' by Jacqueline Carey. It's the first book in a new series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Health issues - as well as a continually absent Wi-Fi signal - have meant that between that and the few hours of casual work I do a week, that I'm often too sore, frustrated, or just too darn tired to put up my thoughts on some of the fabulous books I've read lately. So, my apologies - I'll try to get my butt in gear this month ;-D
I'm still waiting on my postie to deliver 'Archangel's Legion'. I love this series and have been eagerly awaiting the next Elena/Raphael story.
October 15, 2013
I don't know about anyone else, but I made the mistake of telling my mother that I'd started quilting. Now I have to make her a lap rug for Christmas - and she'd already picked out the material!
After much debate, I finally got myself psyched up enough on Sunday to I get out the charm pack - Moda Printemps - but then I had to figure out exactly how I was going to do with it. Complicated was out. My sewing machine should have an L plate for all the experience I've had! After much YouTube surfing I finally settled on the Disappearing 9 Patch (wonderful tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Co.). I was confident that I could manage it.
So, to cut a long story short, after a couple of hours - and a few unpicked rows - I had a cute central piece for mum's quilt. Now I just have to add some white around it and decide on a binding, not to mention the backing. I might just squeak this in in time for Christmas ;-D
PS - I have to do a bed footer for my aunt too!
October 6, 2013
September 21, 2013
September 1, 2013
Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”
Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…
Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
Ooooh, can't wait!!!
August 16, 2013
Just a quick few lines. I've been so busy , and completely tired, after starting a new job. I was so used to studying (sitting for hours), that now I'm on my feet for those same hours it's painful. Thank God for the large tub I use as a footbath. I don't know what I'd do without it at the end of the day ;-D
So, being free time poor these days I've been catching up on the J.D. Robb series (got Calculated in Death the other day) and waiting for the last 2 books I pre-ordered. I did manage to read the latest Kate Daniels book, Magic Rises. This was much darker than previous books, and had me tearing up in places. Curran gets in serious trouble with Kate. Love it! Will review it ASAP.
Anyhow, that's all I've got time for this morning. Have to start getting ready for work. Happy reading!
July 19, 2013
A Goddess Test Novel, Book 1
Published: May 2011
Harlequin TEEN, paperback,
From the back cover...
July 17, 2013
July 7, 2013
June 16, 2013
|The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter|
|Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger|
June 9, 2013
Released: 31 May, 2011
Pocket Books, Mass Market, 400p.
From the author's website:
Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death.
The one saving grace in my mind, apart from Gimpy the Cat, was the Invisible Man and Tucker. They have added a dash of mystery to the story and I will be checking out book 2 just to see what their deal is. I know I have dumped on Dead on the Delta, but there is so much potential in this series. I hope that Annabelle starts to figure out her life in book 2 so I can give it the review I would so love to. So, having given this book low rating, I will try this book again at a later date - just to see if it's as bad as I think is was, or if I'm just having an off day? But for how it's going on the bottom of the bookshelf. If you like you're gals pretty messed up, then Annabelle is for you.
June 8, 2013
Celestial Battle Trilogy, Book 1
Released: 01 May, 2013
Harper voyager, Trade, 468 p.
A Novel of the Others, Book 1
Released: March 2013
ROC, Hardcover, 433p.
June 5, 2013
• As Wicked as She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson.
• Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett. Finally, I have book 3 in my hands, and lastly
• Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay (and my 2nd book club title).
May 18, 2013
Alpha & Omega, Book 1
Published August, 2008
ACE, Mass Market paperback, 294 p.
From the back....
Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she's learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer--and son--of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life. Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf--a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all the pack...
There are a few surprises for everyone, including what happens on the remote mountainside in Montana. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll just say that we meet a fallen warrior who redeems himself, and a nasty piece of work from Asil's past that threatens to set off a chain of events that could have tragic consequences for all the Marrock pack.
So, while I have grouched about some aspects of the book, I still consider it a great book. If you loved reading Mercy, then you'll have to include this in your reading pile. A great start to a spin-off series.
May 17, 2013
May 13, 2013
First published June 1998
ACE, Mass Market Paperback, 272 p.