Oh I do love to be beside my doilys!

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Yay littlepoppits is back with a bump! (not a baby one!) guess me and my gang partied a bit too hard, Can you do that! no didn’t think so either. Anyways here’s just one of the things I’ve been up too!

I just love crochet doilys and have a HUGE stash of the things, mostly vintage and a few I’ve made when patience allowed (not many of these!). I was chuffed to bits to find a use for them in my trusty granny chic book! (if you wanna get your mitts on it it’s by dottie angel and ted & agnes.)

It’s a beautiful idea and so easy. You just arrange your doilys in a way that makes you happy and sew together with embroidery thread, you do this very obviously and roughly which is great for me as I don’t sew well!. It can be as few for a table mat or loads for a gorgeous bedspread! I made a tablecloth, and I reckon it’s dead cute!

p.s. you may also notice that my fabric wrapping obsession is still going strong, as you can see from my table! (opps)

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Loving my vintage granny chic coat!

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Check out my latest charity shop find, I am seriously loving it! It only cost me a fiver and after some granny chic styling it was good to go. I was chuffed to bits cos I got to delve into my stash of buttons and threads and even use my cute applique ducks!

Sure it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve made it my own, I love it and I aint gonna see it on anyone else!

If you are lucky enough to have a granny still alive, get yourself into her wardrobe, like NOW!

retro vodka eggnog anyone?

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This is another recipe I came across in my gorgeous book ‘Beginner’s guide to keeping chickens’, by Lee Faber. In which she states:

Caution this recipe uses raw eggs I am using my own free range organic chook eggs for this recipe. If not, pregnant women, the elderly, very young, or those with a compromised immune system should avoid eating purchased uncooked eggs.

Grab yourself:

  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) caster sugar
  • 2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 450 ml (15 fl oz) whole milk
  • 300 ml (10 fl oz) single cream
  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) vodka
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

How too:

  • Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until well blended. Stir in the vanilla extract, milk cream and vodka.
  • Whisk the egg whites till soft peaks form. Fold them thoroughly into the egg and milk mixture and refrigerate till cold.
  • Serve in coffee mugs or glasses, dusted with freshly grated nutmeg and scattered sweets on the side if you fancy it!

Granny-chic tea cosy

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Well I’m glad to say that my nightmare on tea cosy street is finally over! It all started when….

I found this gorgeous pattern in an extract from a book called: granny chic from dottie angel and ted & agnes, and I had to have a go. Trouble is me and patterns don’t go well together, I much prefer symbol patterns as you can’t miss-interpret what people mean. So now I’ve deciphered it I thought it would be cool to share! I was so releived to be finished, proud of my tea cosy I drove my family mad taking photos of it, so take a look!

nb: This pattern makes a good old british style tea cosy (big!), so you may like to make fewer rows and chains to start with and adjust your pattern accordingly. The pictures following are to show where you join yarn as I find that hard to tell sometimes, and show stitches for some visual help. Throughout I used 4mm hook and stylecraft acrylic dk yarn.

Chain 82 stitches. In 3rd chain from hook, 2 treble crochet (skip 2 chain, 3 treble crochet in next chain) to end. Fasten off. you should have 27 treble crochet clusters.

Now as I learnt from the gorgeous blog crochet with raymond which you can find here:

http://crochethealingandraymond.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/granny-tea-cozy-tutorial-hurray/

You need to find your centre point. So fold work in half and mark centre point with a strip of yarn as you can see in the bottom of this picture:

Join yarn with slip stitch in space after first treble. Chain 3. 3 treble in next space for a total of 12 clusters. (this should be the last space before your mark) Fasten off. Join yarn with slip stitch in next space (this should be space above your mark), 3 chain, 2 treble in same space, 3 treble in next space till end. 1 treble in space after 2nd treble in last cluster.

If you look at the above picture you will see that you repeat this process for a total of 11 rows, but you need to alternate it. So for the next round as per blue above you join with a slip after the first treble of the cluster and make 3 chain, then 3 treble in next space to end. Alternate at the ends as well:

So once you’ve gotton your 11 rows, continue pattern for the next row, but don’t break the yarn in the middle, carry on to join both sides, as in the white strip below:

For the next row, repeat, but when you get to the middle space, 2 treble crochet, and then continue:

Join yarn in end space of first cluster, chain 3, 3 treble crochet in next space for a total of 11 treble crochet clusters. 2 treble crochet in next 2 spaces, (3 treble crochet in next space) continue till end.

Slip slitch into 3rd stitch of chain on the opposite side, now you have a complete circle!

Join yarn in first space, chain 3, 1 treble crochet in same space. (3 treble crochet in next space) for a total of 10 clusters. 2 treble crochet in next 3 spaces, (3 treble crochet in next space) continue to last space, 2 treble crochet. slip stitch into 3rd stitch of first chain:

Join yarn with slip stitch in back space, chain3, 1 treble crochet. (2 treble crochet in next space, 3 treble crochet in next) 5 times. 2 treble crochet in next space, (2 treble crochet in next space, 3 treble crochet in next space), repeat to last space, 2 treble crochet in last space slip stitch into chain 3:

Join yarn in space between last 2 treble crochet space of previous row, chain 3, 1 treble crochet. (2 treble crochet in next space) repeat to end. slip stitch in chain 3:

Join yarn in space between 2 treble crochet directly above handle space, chain 3, 1 treble crochet. In next space 2 treble crochet, then 3 treble crochet in next space, (skip 1 space, then 3 treble crochet in next space), repeat to last space, 2 treble crochet, slip stitch into chain 3.

Join yarn, chain 3 ( counts as 1 treble), 1 treble crochet, (2 treble crochet in each space), repeat to end, slip stitch to chain 3.

Join yarn, chain 3 ( counts as 1 treble), 1 treble crochet into every space to end, slip stitch into chain 3.

Join yarn, chain 3 (counts as 1 treble), 1 treble into every other space, slip stitch into chain 3.

Repeat last row, fasten off. Thread an embrodiory needle and darn in all ends neatly. (just run your thread back through several stitches and snip as near as you can.)

Now you can add a pom pom or two if you want to. I found the best way for me was this:

grab a 5 cm piece of card and the yarn of your choice. wrap around 180 times. Tie securely at the top with a seperate piece of yayn/string, and cut the opposite end. Now shake your pom pom and trim to shape.

Old-fashioned pickled eggs

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Ok, so you may be thinking “WHAT”!!!!!! but I promise you these are delicious and a great way to preserve your excess eggs. (chicken owner or not!)

Here in good old Blighty they can often be found in our fish n chip shops but they’ve got nothing on these babies. Honest, once bitten twice smitten!

They look gorgeous as a gift and are scrumptious for supper and also as Hors derves at a dinner party or family gathering.

Grab yourself:

4-6 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

480 ml (16 fl oz) white vinegar

2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) mustard

25 ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt

2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) pepper

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled

How to:

Put the cloves and cinnamon stick in a saucepan with the vinegar and bring the mixture to the boil. Add the mustard, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Place the eggs in a jar with a wide mouth and a tight-fitting lid. Pour the hot vinegar mixture over to cover. Screw the lid on tightly and refrigerate for up to six months.

This is another recipe from my gorgeous book: beginners guide to chickens by Lee Faber.