Friday, 5 March 2010

a country mouse is snowed in

There is a new florist/gift shop in the next village and I can see already that I am going to have to stay well clear of it. It is one of those beautiful little shops you occasionally get that is full of things you want to buy but know are not exactly life's essentials, like embroidered wool cafetiere covers, tiny knitted mice, candy coloured crockery and those little sets of drawers for bits and bobs with mismatched glass and ceramic knobs for handles. Not to mention the flowers. It was Little Granny's birthday so I allowed myself the joy of a browse and came out with a huge bunch of yellow tulips for her, for an unmentionable price, and also this little posy of snowdrops, above, for the much less adrenalin-inducing sum of £1.50, which fitted nicely into my new bud vase (formerly a cayenne pepper jar).
We were snowed in here at the mousehole for 4 whole days so by day 4 the house was tidy, the washing and ironing was done (see what it takes for me to achieve that state of affairs?) and I could sit down with a crochet hook, some charity shop DK and a clear conscience. The crocheted thing above is a case for my camera as I'm sure it's not good for it to be unprotected at the bottom of my bag or in my sand/conker/old bits of twig-filled jacket pockets. I recently read a blog post in which friends were turning out their bag contents and photographing them but unfortunately I can't remember which blog it was to refer you to it. Anyway, the contents were things like Gucci keyrings and Lancaster sun lotion (the lucky blogger was on some exotic beach - I started to feel ill with envy). I'm looking at my bag right now and it contains a purse full of receipts (no money), a bashed pack of ibuprofen, some stones, a dead leaf, some crumpled drawings done by Little R, Grandado's ipod, lots of hankies and a chocolate ladybird, which chimes nicely with the ladybird button on the camera case, I realise as I write. I got the ladybird buttons from a charity shop cardigan and would have paid almost anything (well, up to my £7 charity shop all-time max) for it because my little brother had the same ladybird buttons on his blue dressing gown when he was a very small boy and I am always in the market for a sentimental trip down memory lane.
I also made this apron, above, for Little Granny's birthday using a pattern that I came across through Pomona's blog, Little Cottage Comforts: It is the second thing I have made using my new sewing machine. The pattern is billed as an apron in an hour but I had a pretty good idea it was going to take me rather longer than that. The pattern is very straightforward but I still managed to make many mistakes. If you have a go at it, the important thing is to ensure that the 3 pieces you cut/tear the half yard piece into must be equal lengths. If you do that and if you can work a sewing machine then it is probably very easy. I will definitely make more and perhaps next time I will try a lighter weight fabric as the machine could not go through all the folded hems and there were two exploding needles and much snarling of thread and snarling by me.
Being snowed in also meant I had to make do with what I could get from the cupboards and freezer for feeding Little R and Daddy Mouse, hence the store cupboard muffins, above. They are apple and cinnamon and didn't last long. Little R is catching the blogging bug too. She arranged her lunch very carefully the other day (that's a slice of the date cake, by the way) then asked for the camera so she could take a photo for her blog. I note that her focus and composition are on a par with mine and look forward to reading her content.
Having just about emptied the cupboards and freezer during those 4 days, the timing was right for me to come across The Kitchen Cure: on Lucy's Kitchen Notebook blog: I really must learn how to put these links in the text. I think I did it once and have never managed it since. Anyway, the idea of The Kitchen Cure is that you and 2500 other followers do four assignments, and at the end of it your kitchen is completely ship shape. The first assignment was to clear out your cupboards of all the out of date/will never be eaten food and it started last Friday so I'm behind already but is seems very worthwhile so I'm definitely going to give it a go. Despite your groans, I will keep you up to date.


  1. I really love your apron - it definitely took me more than an hour to do mine! We had a red dressing gown with ladybird buttons which was worn by all of my children and their cousins - I really wish we had kept it now, I am feeling quite sentimental about it.

    Pomona x

  2. Beautiful snowdrops. Love the funky camera case. My brothers also had dressing gowns with ladybird buttons. I remember coveting the buttons so much I secretly snipped one off, naughty!

  3. £1.50 was a bargain! The snowdrops are adorable...

  4. I love buying flowers but they are really too expensive here. You're very productive when you're snowed in but I do home you have some sunshine like we do today soon.