Saturday, December 29, 2007

little sale

i hope everyone had a wonderful christmas. things have been very busy here with dogs having surgery, sewing new items for the little shop & rushing around like a march hare!. just to let you know that i am having a mini sale before the shop gets a makeover in the new year!

Saturday, December 22, 2007


due to being unwell recently it has been very quiet craft wise for me. this weekend is even quieter as my husband is visiting family so myself & my little dog are home alone!. this always results in a large amount of cleaning & tidying which is never a bad thing. i have been polishing the floor, arranging my tabletop display & drinking tea.

i am also spending my time planning the christmas day dinner. we are eating a predominantly traditional english christmas dinner this year. we have christmas pudding ready to steam, i have been searching for the ultimate roast potato recipe, i will be making mince pies & vegan sausage rolls - oh i am so excited.

on that note it is off to the kitchen i go. so much to do.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

winter soup with kale

i was perusing a magazine in the doctors office yesterday. i found a wonderful soup recipe, it did have a cheese toast side dish to it originally but i do not eat dairy so did not bother. the soup is pretty much a meal in itself anyway & pretty healthy too!.

winter soup with kale

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

2 large idaho potatoes peeled & sliced 1/4 of an inch thick

2 onions, quartered lengthwise & thinly sliced crosswise

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped

1 bay leaf

a little black pepper ( i do not add extra salt, i do not think it needs it )

4 cups/32 ounces of vegetable broth

1 bunch of kale, stemmed & coarsely chopped

one 28 ounce can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes

3 large roasted red peppers ( i used ones from a jar & rinsed the oil from them )

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in a medium sized soup pot, heat the olive oil over a medium heat. add the potatoes, onions, rosemary & bay leaf. season with black pepper & cook, stirring frequently, for about 9 minutes until softened.

add the vegetable broth & bring to a boil. add the kale in small amounts & cook until wilted, this will take about 2 minutes then stir in the crushed tomatoes.

using a food processor or one of those little chopper things, puree the roasted red peppers & then add to the pot. lower the heat to medium/low & continue to simmer for around 15 to 20 minutes making sure your potatoes are cooked!.

remove bay leaf, put into bowls & devour!. i think this recipe will serve about 6 small portions of 4 very hungry persons.

Monday, December 3, 2007

happy december to you

on saturday night i made some mulled wine in my favourite heart shaped pot. i like to add dark rum, orange juice & clementines as well as a little muslin bag filled with delicious spices.

apparently the previous nights mulled wine was a wonderful idea as in line with the festive spirit we woke to the first snow fall of the year.

today i finished little byron the bat. i am very pleased with him & will be listing him in my etsy shop today!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

little bat children

i am so busy with so many things, from gift buying, gift making, working, to sewing & cat sitting. i still have found time to introduce edgar the bat boy to you though!. i love him, his wings & the fact that many more bat children will be on the way soon!.

Monday, November 19, 2007

tiny yeti's, plush you, lentil soup & a rather short work week

it is so cold outside but sadly no snow yet, just rain. still, it is always good to make soup on a day like today so i am currently simmering some lentil & tomato soup which really did not look too good until i added a teaspoon of marmite. thank goodness for knowing the secrets of marmite - i have been eating it for as long as i can remember & upon moving to america i was so concerned about not being able to purchase it!. it is not difficult though, they sell it in many speciality stores & when friends & family visit i always request a big jar.....just in case i run low.

i was very honoured this weekend to be featured on plush you. you can take a peek here. it is always nice to be noticed.

i have two little friends to introduce. tiny yeti's or yeteenies as i prefer to call them. pocket sized, stocking sized little characters.

i am very lucky to have a one day work week. tomorrow is my first & last day this week.....this makes me very happy indeed as i can get some sewing done.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

not yet yeti!

meet my yeti. he has a friend who is currently under construction. i love the fact that he has an almost rod stewart hair do. i will be updating the store tonight so keep a look out for him!. he is so bright white & wispy....he also has a little bell on his scarf - the festive little jingle yeti!.

Monday, November 12, 2007

owl foresteers

i have some new little friends. owl foresteers!. i adore them & their little moose like disguises. their numbers will be growing very soon.

i just don't know where the day has slipped away to. it is almost dark outside. i have been so busy.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


i am feeling rather 'toasty' right now, toasty & warm. i have been busy listing new owls & sewing some darling new creatures for my little shop. i also have just finished a small bowl of the tomato & five grain soup i made today. it was delicious & so perfectly fitting for this very chilly november day.

it has felt like the longest week ever what with the clocks changing & the constant care i have been giving to my little dog all week. he is on the mend even though he spent the majority of the week looking like this

but onto the shop. i have managed a little update today with some new miniatures & a new large owl. hooray!.

have a toasty sunday !

Sunday, November 4, 2007

saturday night dog emergency

my little dog alfie had to be taken to the emergency hospital last night. he is doing much better & is at home now but he is in some pain which is simply heartbreaking. he had a ruptured abcess ( disgusting, yes ). he had to be heavily sedated so the vet could do what she needed to do & we were home & tucked up in bed by 2am.

this being said i have had not a minute to even think about sewing let alone do any so the shop update is not going to be happening until after the 10th but i will keep you informed. my number one priority is making alfie feel better, doing all of the things he needs to have done to him to get rid of any infection.

i hope everyone had a much more calm & relaxing weekend, now it's dark at 5pm & i find this all so comforting. i adore shorter daylight hours as it makes me feel more at home.

good night

Friday, November 2, 2007

oh i just could not wait!

normally i prefer to make a few little ones for the shop so i can list them all together, but today i was not prepared to wait. meet orland the watching owl.

i think he is adorable & just listed him in the shop. i am sure he will be followed by many similar owl friends.

so very late

i hope you all had a wonderful halloween, we certainly did here!. i always tend to decorate very early in october & then get sad, like this morning, when i remove the decorations. i always leave the gourds scattered around though....until they start to look rather sad.

the miniature owls have been flying out of the little shop just as fast as they flew in so expect a shop update in the next few days. i am working on some very special little ones right now & i can't wait to share them with you all.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

lazy weekend

waking up to the rain yesterday was lovely, when the weather is not so great outside i know for a fact i will get on with some sewing inside. i also tried out a great vegetable chilli recipe from the lovely Door Sixteen - needless to say the entire apartment smelled fantastic & my dinner was the most delicious i have eaten in a long time. inbetween preparing & eating i made three new miniatures for my little shop. i will be updating either later this evening or tomorrow.

i am obsessed with little scarves so i am convinced that little hats will be making an appearance very, very soon. and on that note, time to find my winter hat & brave the chilly afternoon.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

grey thursday

it is a very grey & rainy day today with a perfect chill in the air. finally autumn has arrived!. the leaves had been clinging to the trees for dear life due to the recent unseasonal temperatures. i really have to do some sewing, i have so many festive ideas running through my head right now but i am so comfortable in this chair with my little dog by my side. maybe a pick-me-up cup of apple tea then to get on with creating.

I have managed to finish a wee little owl this morning though, her name is mistletoe & she is wearing a snug little scarf. something i must remember to do when i walk the dogs later on.

Monday, October 22, 2007

little black forest is home

welcome to my new little blog for my little black forest. i am certain myself & my little creations will be very cosy here, like sitting in front of a roaring fire wearing striped cashmere socks kind of cosy.

here are frost & rosehip which were added to my etsy shop today & on that note i am going to go & cook some romanesca & sit in the orangey glow of our halloween lights.

good evening.