Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Back at Last!

Hi everyone, long time no see. It's been a rough few weeks and mostly back to normal for the time being. Illness has pervaded the Fairyglade with a vengeance, but now, hopefully, all better just in time for the festivities.
So, in between being poorly, what have I been up to....mmmm..let me see.

We bought one of these.............yippee.

A very fine specimen if I say so myself. The trick apparently is to trim off a couple of inches from the base where the sap has solidified, then soak in a bucket of water overnight before bringing it indoors and placing it in a bucket of water, to which has been added a couple of spoonfuls of bleach.

We have had to be thrifty this year out of necessity, however, I have so enjoyed making presents for friends and family. I find as I get older that I just do not enjoy the shops like I used to. I hate the queues and the piped music and the heat inside the shops. I have ordered most things online that I have had to buy for the littlest fairy and the rest has been lovingly made by my own fair hands.
Snowflakes have featured a lot this year.
As have gorgeous garlands...........

And Nigella of course, this recipe is to die for, Chilli Jelly. Scrumptious as a marinade for beef and chicken or haloumi if you prefer the veggie option. However, it comes into it's own on mature cheddar, totally delicious.

I have made several batches and decorated the jars with pretty fabric and red raffia and finished off with little wooden cute is that?

All my friends at work will have a jar of this gorgeous, glowing, christmas red scrummyness. In addition to the ingredients listed, I also added a pinch of dried chilli flakes for a bit of extra zing.

You may have read about a swap that I did recently with the fabulous Nina in Tabibooland. Read all about it in her words, and see the pictures. I was late sending my goodies out, and in my haste, I forgot to take photos of what I sent her! Don't you hate it when that happens?

I received some lovely handmades from her and these I did photograph, so feast your eyes on these lovelies. I had looked longingly on her blog as she explained how to make these pretty hexagon balls and was intrigued by a glimpse of the embroidery. Little did I realise that I was to be the lucky recipient. Thank you once again Nina, everything is so darn cute.

A fantastic idea for all the little people who like to give gifts to other little people is this one..Snowman Soup. I cannot for the life of me remember whose blog I saw this on, so I sincerely apologise. I do seem to remember that she found the idea on a website herself somewhere, so I don't think I am treading on anyones bloggy toes. What a fab idea though and so simple and relatively inexpensive. I bought the cups in Morrisons added a couple of sachets of choccy and a few marshmallows all to be stirred round with a candy cane or two.....yummy yummy!

I am sure if you google "snowman soup" you will find the verse and the contents.

Well now, way past my bed time. Just going to make up a hot water bottle as it is freezing here. We have had a light dusting of SNOW, how great is that and there is more on the way apparently....So exciting!!!!!

Dev x


marigold jam said...

Sorry to learn that you have been unwell but glad you are on the mend now. Love those gift ideas of yours and that garland is so pretty.


Toria said...

I'm glad you're getting better, being sick sucks big time. Your sauce looks yummy & beautifully packaged.

I've seen the snowman soup on Organised Christmas (, they have a few other similar things as well, like a witches brew mix which is a spiced cider drink mix.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Sporry to read that you have not been well.

I love the crochet things that you have made!!!

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

a mermaids purse said...

Beautiful crochet crafts! lovely time of year for making! ;0) love the christmas tree!! wonderful festive blog ;0)

** merry christmas **

The Garden Bell said...

Great idea with the "snowman" soup. Haven't heard of this one before, but sounds so fun and perfect for here in chillie Chicagoland.

Love the pepper jellie idea too.

I'm seeing so much of this garland, especially from over in the U.K. Can't wait to give this a try....soon...

Tabiboo said...

Morning Dev,

have you had any snow yet??

A wonderful collection of Christmassy things you have going on over there.

Have a lovely day,

Nina x said...

Glad to hear you are getting better now! I love all of your beautiful photos and ideas. Merry christmas! suzie. xxx

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hi Dev,

So glad you are feeling better.

Lovely tree, lovely chilli jam/chutney marinade, lovely crochet, thrifty wins in my book any day of the week!

Merry Christmas to all at the Fairy Glade,

Sarah x

Mrs C said...

Oh Dev, how do you make the snowflakes,I love them. I would love to be able to crochet.
Mrs C x