Saturday, 30 January 2016

Exciting things to come

After a few unsettled weeks over the beginning of January - messy builders and a very untidy house, the end is now in sight.....Sew Ray Me is getting a sewing room!

I particularly like the sound of an 'atelier' -

noun
  1. a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer.

Yes...that's where you'll soon find me - in my atelier!

Never did I think we'd ever find the space in our tiny house to fit in an extra room, but we have. Joshua's bedroom has had a new wall put up and had a complete makeover (he loves it). And I now have a little room at the back of the house which will have the sunlight streaming in the window all day long.


























As soon as the builders were done, my mum and I spent almost a week solid wallpapering and painting.

Bye bye blue.  Hello light and airy atelier!

I love my grown up wallpaper and new carpet - 


In order to maximise space in such a small room, we had shelves built into the walls, the actual joists are in the shelf uprights!


I can't wait to fill these with all my (pretty) craft books.

I haven't yet 'moved in' - that's happening next week.  The furniture (flat packed from the blue and yellow shop) is being built as I type.  I do, however, have a pretty light shade already put up - 


The light shade is from dotcomgiftshop.com and I also have a lovely neutral blind from Dunelm Mill


It's all coming together nicely!

Hopefully it shouldn't take me long to move my fabric (actually who am I kidding - that in itself will take most of the week haha!).  I think there will be lots of trips up and down the stairs, and finding lots of things that I'd forgotten about in my tidying up/moving upstairs process.  But I can't wait to be in my new space, and I'm dying to get creating again and playing with some of the new pretty fabrics I've added to my stash lately....


And here's a little peek of what's to come, (and in more gorgeous new fabric combinations!)


I'll be sharing more pics of my new atelier as soon as it's ready! 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A new knitty hobby

Hello!

A new year sees me working on a new hobby.  Who knew I even had the time to learn something new? It just kind of happened...without any warning.  Before I knew it I was knitting!

Last year I had the opportunity to try some yarn dyeing (more on this in another post).  I knew I needed some great projects to make these gorgeous skeins of hand-dyed yarn really worth their while.


I decided that I'd have a go at a couple of shawls with these yarns.  The pastel on the left is DK, and the dark indigo is sock weight.  I went with the indigo first and chose the pattern 'Sunlight Shawl for Sad People'.  It looked easy enough but definitely challenging at the same time!  



Casting on with circulars was a first for me! The extra room the cable gives you to work on is great for a project like this which grows and grows and grows.  



I even got so brave as to knit IN PUBLIC!!

The yarn is a bit tonal so it was nice to see the different shades coming out as I went through row by row.  I did, however, find the dark yarn really tricky to work with and see my stitches.  Probably not the best to use for a beginner.

A few months after starting my shawl I finally finished it.  I had to push myself at the end as I was really keen to try knitting something with the other pastel yarn I'd dyed!

And....ta-da!


My first knitted shawl! I got a few weeks wear out of this before the weather turned really cold and I had to swap it for my huge blanket scarf, but I'm looking forward to wearing this again as the Spring warms up.

And straight after casting this off....I cast on another simple garter stitch shawl -


I'm only a few rows through this, it's growing quickly though -


I'm absolutely loving the soft muted colours in this yarn.


And its every bit as soft and squishy as it looks! This shawl isn't yet finished but I think it will remain as one of those projects that's on the go for a while - you know the one you just pick up when you want to knit without thinking or counting etc.  (Of course what that actually means is that I have far too many other wips going on at the same time!)

Stay tuned for more of my knitty adventures :)








Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Ginger-nut granola

I love food.

Buying it. Growing it. Cooking it. And of course eating it! Most of our meals are cooked from scratch, and I love to encorporate a little home cooking right from the start of the day - the most import meal - breakfast.

I usually have fruit and yoghurt, and top it off with a generous sprinkling of homemade granola. A new discovery for me is stem ginger. After using some in a delicious pear and ginger crumble I had a brainwave to try some chunks in my homemade granola. Et voila! A new recipe was born!


So here's what you do -

Grab a large oven proof dish. Sprinkle in a cup of oats and a cup of mixed nuts/seeds of your liking. (I like them ALL so I added pumpkin & sunflower seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios and Brazil nuts - I roughly chopped the nuts). Now for the sticky, tasty, zingy ginger - chop up 2 or 3 balls of stem ginger (or as much as you like) and add it to the oaty mixture. Give it all a stir. In a cup put a tablespoon of coconut oil and a desert spoon of honey and soften in the microwave - 30 seconds should make it soft enough. Pour this over the granola and stir. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees, stir it up once or twice during cooking.

Remove dish from the oven and allow to cool. Transfer to an airtight container. It'll stay fresh for ages (a couple of months or so) - if it even lasts that long!


I absolutely love granola with fruit and yoghurt. 


It also makes an amazing topping for fruit crumble or you can just nibble it straight from the jar! 


Of course there are many different variations when it comes to granola -  instead of the ginger you can add chopped apple and cinnamon, or add dried coconut and raisins 5 minutes before removing from the oven. Or maple syrup or peanut butter instead of the honey... Oh the possibilities are endless! 

If you're on Instagram, be sure to check out my hashtag #srmmeals for more of my tasty meal ideas and recipes