Friday, 16 March 2012

This week I have mostly been....

......pottering in the garden

Lots of zinnias have been planted

Oh how I love them

 I grew them for the first time last year

My first little seedling of 2012....a zinnia!!

Does my bum look big in this?....YES IT DOES LADY, too many of the next thing


Stem ginger shortbread from here
highly recommended


 I made these two fabulous commissions
for new baby gifts

A whole stack of needle cases for my shop

All in all a nice week


I have been ‘tagged’ by the lovely Gillian of tales from a happy house
To be honest 
I am a bit of a stick in the mud when it comes to things like this
blog awards and tagging
 I never forward emails to 500 of my closest friends
(not even one)
or  forward a text to all of my contacts to receive riches…
sorry, but I don’t
Having said that though, I am very touched 
that Gillian thought me worthy, thank you Gillian x 
Her blog is gorgeous by the way.....go have a peek if you have a moment

Anyway here are my answers to Gillian's fab questions 
just to prove that I am not a complete grump

Gillian’s questions

1. Tea or Coffee?  
Coffee…definitely coffee, normal tea is yuk although I do like some herbal teas

2. What book are you reading at the moment?    
Tess of the D’Urbervilles, although I am finding it very heavy going, I actually only really got into reading a two or three years ago, I love pioneer stories so if anyone has suggestions, I’d love to hear 

3. Who inspires you?  
Hmmmmm…I have several friends who are a great inspiration to me, the Queen. OBVIOULSY.  Oh and Miranda…love that lady.

4. Do you have a favourite craft?   
That would be like choosing between my children
sorry just can’t answer :o)

5. What is your guiltiest pleasure?    
Sneaking into my pantry, shutting the doors, and eating a chocolate bar in secret…it feels so naughty. That’s not very shocking is it? Hmmmm I think I need to invent a new one!

6. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  
A wife and a mum…simple as that

7. What is your favourite song?   
This is a tricky one as it changes regularly but I always LOVE this by Eva cassidy

and this one is my current fancy

8. What is your earliest memory?   
Sitting in my pram with my toy penguin dangling from the hood, it rattled when I hit it. Sweet.

9. Do you have a favourite soap opera?   
No…..i really don’t like any soap operas

10. What is your most treasured possession?  
I have a few… My dad’s driving licence, he died when I was only 11, I miss him everyday.  My children's first socks and baby books and family photos.

11. What would you last meal be?   
Three courses?.... that would be CAKE CAKE CAKE

Wishing all you lovely mums out there a very special
Mother's day on Sunday
Hope you get spoilt 

Next time I will have news of a little giveaway 
to celebrate my one year blog anniversary
I really can't beleive its been a whole year!

happy weekending
j x


  1. Ahhhh a lovely post :) I'm with you on those awards....but saying that I enjoyed reading more about you! I'm 100% sure that eating a chocolate bar in the pantry, with the door closed negates any calorie content there maybe! Lovely needle cases. When I first saw your zinnias potted up I thought you were making a large number of chocolate cupcakes with the tops cut off for some reason.....see I always have cake on my mind!!!

    Hope you have a super lovely weekend lovely x

    Jo x x x

  2. beautiful post- lovely to be out pottering in the garden when the sun shines ;0)...looks like you've been very busy, creating new shoots and lovely fabric creations...sooo the Q's and A's too ;0)x
    happy weekend xxxx such a delightful blog!

  3. Great post Jooles, what a busy week. Zinnia-tastic! Your biccies look so professional, thanks for the link, we are a household of ginger lovers here. Somewhere over the rainbow is sung many many times a day here. My daughter loves it, i used to listen to it when i was pregnant with her and like to think that is why! But no to tea? I can't agree with that ;)
    Last but not least, the Queen, she is amazing, as you say, obviously!

  4. Only a year? I thought it was much longer....
    Have a happy weekend Jooles - and Happy Mother's Day to you.
    fee x
    (loved finding out more about you...)

  5. I love your Spring-y post, Jooles!!
    Happy weekend xoxoxo

  6. A lovely weekend to you too Jooles - I think looooots of cake will be involved! :)

  7. I'm not a great fan of tags....but I did like reading more about you Jooles. I'm pottering inside and out in the garden today. The stamps are here now! :0)
    have a lovely weekend.....

    Lou xxx

  8. Love this post- your week sounds fantastic- who wouldn't want lots of gardening, baking and sewing? Seeing all your pots planted is making me giddy with garden excitement- except, no outdoors for me this week with all the rain and even some snow! I really love your cute bunting . . . and those needle cases are really really great! What a busy week!

  9. Your pots look alot like what I have been doing, and I I have poppies a-popping up:)
    Isnt is just so thrilling when that bit of green pops through the brown dirt and you kinda let out this sign of relief.
    I adore shortbread AND ginger so this is something that is evil for my bum too;)
    All your sewing projects are just so bright and cheery and fun!
    also loved getting to know you better, have a super weekend!

  10. Crikey, you have been busy! I'm sure your garden will look lovely in the summer.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  11. Isn't it great being outside!
    I love the little elephants. :)
    Happy weekend and have a great Mothers Day,
    vivienne x

  12. Fabulous post Jooles! Tagging is not for everyone but it was intended as a compliment as I do love your blog. (Brilliant answer for which craft would you choose, btw).

    Never grown zinnias but may have to give them a go. The ginger shortbread looks amazing. Gillian x

  13. ps thanks for saying such nice things about my blog. And your needle cases are dreamy. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  14. Ooooh! So much to see and so much to read! What a super post!!! :-)
    I have to say that I love the little elephants on the bunting - they're so cute!!! And the needle cases are gorgeous - I think you'll sell out straight away!
    I enjoyed reading your answers to those questions - I feel as thought I know you 'even better' now! ;-)

  15. Thank you so much for putting up my giveaway on your sidebar! Ah, isn't it great to be getting out in the garden and seeing the shoots of new growth? Your elephant bunting is especially cute, and the needlecases are real beauties. I love the Eva Cassidy version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and love Gotye too - what a striking video! Have a great weekend.

  16. I sat and read this post this morning, I got caught up in 'somewhere over the rainbow' (in my head I can sing at least as well as her! ) I was going for it big style, then it was lunch and school run and I didn't have time to comment...that gaultier (sp?) is a good'un too. You have immaculate taste!

  17. I love reading little snippets of information like this. It's amazing how much you learn about a person. I have been offline for ages, because the computer just went and died. Back now and lovely to catch up with everyone. P.s those biccies look delicious, ginger is a firm favourite with me. Love Katie xx

  18. I loved your post today Jooles - especially that elephant bunting, it is the cutest thing!! Really nice to learn some more about you too :) Happy weekending - hope you get to go out in the garden some more - isn't it fun watching new shoots grow! Ahhh... spring! x

  19. I loved this post, loved the cheery gardening, the yummy baking, the gorgeous makes and the interesting questions and answers! Now I must get some zinnias too!!! Hope you have a lovely weekend and wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day.
    Helen x

  20. So sorry I haven't commented in seriously ages. Finding it difficult to juggle motherhood, working, blogging, wifey duties and doggie duties! Anyway I am reading but just not finding the time to comment. Soo....

    I love your elephant bunting, too cute for words. I L-O-V-E your new peckers and your write up from them had my in stitches! I really love your needlebooks, the fabrics are all beautiful.

    Hope your back is better and how is your brother doing - I am a bit out of the loop sorry.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your happy weekend, gardening and sewing - what fun.


    PS Sewing or crocheting I could never decide which is my favourite so I'm with you on that one.
    PPS I love that Eva Cassidy song too!

  21. What a wonderful warming post Jooles. I envy your lovely week and very envious and happy of your first seedling. I am still waiting for one of mine to emerge.

    Gotye is my current favourite song too. Would love one of your ginger shortbreads right now. Something soothing about ginger I think.

  22. The bunting is gorgeous! And I'm in awe of your zinnia plans, I love them too but don't have space for that many. Can't wait to see the blooms later in the year.

  23. What a lovely week....and yesterday was your Mother's Day! Ours over here is not until May! Hope your day was amazing.
    I see sunshine in your photos...yahoooo...still looking for it over here...the last few mornings we have woken up to snow!
    Thank you for your sweet comments that you left me the other day. xoxoxo Happy new week to you.

  24. Hey Jooles, your garden is going to be bursting with colour very soon.....those Zinnias will brighten everything up. I picked a bunch today and bought them inside and am putting off the day I have to pull my plants out as they just keep flowering for months.........Now they seem to self seed all over the garden popping up in unexpected places!!

    Love the bunting and your needle cases, you must have quite an extensive fabric stash to choose from.

    Stem ginger shortbread sounds absolutely, mouthwateringly delish. Enjoyed reading your answers to the questions from Gillian too.

    Claire ✿✿✿


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