The 100 Day Project – favourites

I told you last week about my 100 day project – which is to make a new recipe every day.  I enjoy taking part in challenges, and I think this one must be the most inspiring so far.  My challenge is creative, but mainly practical.  Many of the other people taking part are artists, and the work being produced is just amazing.  Especially when you know they are planning to produce something every day for 100 days!

Here are some of my favourites –

andilanuza is creating these beautiful illustrations of what she is wearing, and I love this glitter dress by tracy_drawz

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Please, please have a look at what animatedpaperpack is doing!  These animated balloons are hypnotic.  hey_jules_studio is creating a rainbow every day from everyday objects.

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Lovely flowers from kristiinaskilton and joycharde.

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masillustra draws groups of animals – these cows especially appealed to me as we live beside a farm.  The cows really do jump around like this when they are let out of the barns in the spring.

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You can find out more about the project here, and the hashtag #the100dayproject

Hexagon Union Jack quilt

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I’ve started my quilt!  I don’t usually show you works in progress, but I’m so excited about this one.  Plus, it’s going to take months to finish, and I can’t keep it quiet that long.

Mr D was working on Saturday, and I took Hetty to a dog show in the morning. So I had quiet time in the afternoon to sort fabrics while the pooped pup slept it off behind the sofa.

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It is so satisfying to turn piles of unused fabric (some of which I’ve had for years) into hexagons ready for stitching.

I bought three blue fat quarters for a bit more variety, and the two Moda Comma cream and black prints are new.  Everything else is scrap/stash.  I’m planning a simple square patchwork for the back, and I’ll have enough fabric left for at least part of that.

This is the centre –

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And you can begin to see how the lines and colours are forming here –

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The book gives very clear instructions on how to sew the flag in sections and then piece it together.  I haven’t been following this as I wanted to get an idea of how it would look.  But I’m getting in a bit of a muddle now, so will be following the pattern more closely!

Here is the finished quilt in Hexa-go-go.

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The 100 Day Project – make a new recipe every day

I’m taking part in an Instagram challenge called The 100 Day Project.  It’s a celebration of making, and showing up day after day is the goal.

My challenge is to make a new (to me) recipe every day for 100 days.  Today is day 24, and here are some of my new favourites –

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Double Chocolate Cloud Cake (made in muffin cases) – A Modern Way to Eat
Roasted peppers – torn out of the Telegraph Magazine
Berry Smoothie – Deliciously Ella
Pizza – Honestly Healthy
Homemade Jaffa Cakes – Love your Lunchbox
Proper chilli – A Modern Way to Eat

I chose this challenge because I’ve been in a cooking rut for a while (years), making the same recipes in rotation.  I think partly because we ‘only’ have an Aga.  I realise that’s a nice problem to have, but it is a different way of cooking and we had a few disasters when we first moved here!  I’ve found a few recipes that work, and stuck to them.

I’m finding the challenge really inspiring.  It does take a bit of planning but it’s interesting the difference that adding a bit of thought and a few herbs or spices can make.

Mr D is always supportive of the things I do, but he’s been especially interested in this challenge.  I asked him if he was enjoying it – “it’s b*****y brilliant” he said!

If you’d like to follow my progress, (and for other photos of life around here),  I’m dottie_doodle on Instagram, or click here .

And do have a look at the other challenges at #the100dayproject.  There is some amazing work out there – I’ll do a round up of some of my favourites next week.

Colette Jasmine revisited

I decided this week to remake the first pattern I made successfully – as in, actually wore! – the Colette Jasmine.

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I definitely had beginners luck the first time round, especially with my fabric choice, which was a slightly sheer vintage flower print with a bit of stretch.  It worked without any alterations, which was very encouraging.  I was even fortunate in not stay-stitching the neckline, as I liked the lower v-neck when it stretched.  Told you I had beginners luck!

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This time I used another vintage print which I bought as a bolt, with it’s original label still attached.

I lowered the neckline by an inch at the front (to get that stretched out effect) and attached the sleeves flat so I could serge the seam edges.  I also took it in a little at the waist and hips.

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I love this top.  The bias cut gives such a flattering line.

It was fun to go back in time – and here’s the first version I made in 2012.

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And the winner is….

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Chosen by puppy power, congratulations to Kerry, who won the vintage pattern bundle.

Thank you so much for your kind wishes on my blogiversary, even from those of you who didn’t want the patterns!

I must admit, I thought I would love sewing from vintage patterns when I began sewing three years ago – but I just don’t.  I’ve had a couple of successes, but I’m too lazy to make all the alterations.

I’m so happy these patterns are going to such a good home.  I hope you enjoy choosing which ones to make!

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Piiiiiiiig!

Tiny niece Greta loves Peppa Pig, so I’ve been doing some Peppa knitting for her second birthday.

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A Peppa jumper.  I used a pattern from the Sublime Children’s double knitting book, and found a chart on flickr here .

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It was too hot at her party to try on the jumper, but she seemed to like it.  “Mine” she said.

And she loved her toy.  I wish I could wear a pink tutu on my birthday!

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Peppa even got in on the candle blowing!

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The fabulous Muddy Puddle cake is by my sister, Jo.  It was delicious!

Chocolate Malteser and cherry trifles

I love making trifle when we are entertaining.  So easy, can be made the day before, and delicious!

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We had some friends staying with us in January, and I decided I didn’t want any more leftovers (weird, I know, but it was just after Christmas).  So I made some individual trifles, and they were wonderful.  Something about having all the layers to yourself, and they look so pretty.

This is my recipe for eight individual trifles in glasses which measure 7cm across and 9cm high.  The joy of this is the amounts are just a guide.  You can use different sized glasses, more or less of each ingredient, and they will still taste good.

You will need (roughly):

  • chocolate cake.  I used two small fairy cakes per glass
  • jar of cherry jam (I used about half of it)
  • jar of cherries in brandy, or use a can of stoned cherries plus some brandy
  • 750g custard
  • 150g plain chocolate
  • 500g double cream
  • Large bag of Maltersers (230g)

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Put into the bottom of the glass, pushing down a little.

Drain the cherries, keeping the brandy liquid.  Place the cherries on top of the cake, then pour over the brandy.

If you’re using canned cherries, drain and discard the liquid, or keep a little to mix with the brandy.  Spoon some brandy/cherry juice onto the sponge.

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Chop the chocolate into small pieces.  Heat the custard and add the chocolate, stirring until it melts.

Allow the chocolate custard to cool completely, then spoon into the glasses.

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Add a few Maltersers to each glass, and enjoy!