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Scarily Good Pancakes

February 9, 2016

I am a strong believer that pancakes should be eaten with every meal on Pancake Day. If not as every meal on pancake day. (I once made a spinach and ricotta pancake bake thing. Not very successful if I am honest so these days I just stick to the normal ones). This is my go-to pancake recipe.

To celebrate the release of Hotel Transylvania 2 the pancake artist Sai has made this amazing video. I can watch these speeded up cooking videos all day long, and this one is no exception. Kate loved shouting out the names of her favourite characters.

We had a go ourselves at making some slightly less ambitious monster pancakes. It was a lot of fun, but I really have very few skills in this area!

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If you’d like to have a go at monster-themed pancake art yourself, please share using the hashtag #HotelT2Pancakes

Hotel Transylvania 2 is out now on Digital HD and on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD 15th February. I have a copy to giveaway to one of my readers.

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To win a copy just click on the blue bird to tweet, or leave a comment below telling me your favourite pancake topping. The giveaway is open until Midday GMT on Friday 12th February. I will contact the winner via email or Twitter.

Tweet: I would love to win a copy of Hotel Transylvania 2. Monster Pancakes with @Kellyfairy at A place of my own #HotelT2Pancakes

Frank (Kevin James and Jonathan (Andy Samberg) watch the birthday celebration of Dennis (Ashler Blinkoff, center) with Wanda (Molly Shannon), Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Mike (Nick Offerman) and Linda (Megan Mullally) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Picture Animation's HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2.

Frank (Kevin James and Jonathan (Andy Samberg) watch the birthday celebration of Dennis (Ashler Blinkoff, center) with Wanda (Molly Shannon), Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Mike (Nick Offerman) and Linda (Megan Mullally) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Picture Animation’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2.

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Clinging on for dear life

February 8, 2016
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Feels like we are all hanging on for dear life in this weather.

I don’t know if I can write this post, but I have to write something.

I am stuck because writing helps me, reaching out to friends online helps me. But I don’t think that I want this ‘out there’ in the public domain. Writing about how I am feeling and what is happening in my life has become such a part of me. But I wouldn’t want people to read about it and worry too much about me. I wouldn’t want my children to read it some day. In the past I have been completely honest and written about everything but there is a point where it is not just writing about me, it is writing about other people and it doesn’t feel right anymore.

Just read that back – overly cryptic and dramatic much? In short, still depressed, struggling as a parent to deal with behaviour at home, sleep deprived, bedtime even more of a shambles as ever.

So I don’t know where that leaves me and this blog. I miss writing, I miss posting. I am doing lots of interesting things that I could write about but in a way it would feel wrong, I have always been honest. I don’t want to be false, I don’t want to be one of those people that just shows the highlights and not the real bits of life. Like I am having such a tricky time that my depression scores have nearly tripled in the last month. I don’t want to show lots of lovely crafts and sewing and share the things we have been making at home without some kind of disclaimer that says, this was the best hour of our entire weekend, the rest made me cry.

This post makes little sense but I do want people to know why I haven’t been posting. I will post tomorrow, because it is pancake day and I have a post arranged. Mmmm pancakes.

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Finish Along 2016 – Quarter 1

January 14, 2016

Here we go again. Hold onto your hats, it is Finish Along 2016.

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I am starting small this year, sewing time is taken up by college work some of the time, so I have cut back a bit.

  1. Simply Solids Collection Quilt – this is a 9 part block of the month, learning hand applique as I go, so by the end of the year I might have the quilt completely finished! I have done parts 1 & 2 so far.

    By hand My first block is complete for the #simplysolidscollection BOM. First attempt at hand appliqué was actually a lot more enjoyable than I thought it might be. Not as straight as I hoped but not bad for a first go. #simplysolidsmakes #kellyfairysews #kellyfairylearns

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    My first block is complete for the #simplysolidscollection BOM. First attempt at hand appliqué was actually a lot more enjoyable than I thought it might be. Not as straight as I hoped but not bad for a first go. #simplysolidsmakes #kellyfairysews #kellyfairylearns

  2. Bee Hive Quilting Bee Quilt – top sewn together, I just need to baste, quilt and bind. I might make it for Kate’s birthday and have a go at quilting myself.
  3. Crochet Star Bunting – this is nearly finished, just need to block the stars and string it all together.
  4. Sew Together Bag – I feel that sufficient time has passed for me to attempt another of these. Planning for it to be a present.
  5. Stitch Love hanging decorations. Kate has asked me to make her some stitched decorations.
  6. Lined Drawstring Bag for Kate – to replace a previous one I made that I have re-purposed.

I will not finish the first couple this first quarter but it is nice to have a list of what I plan on having a go at. There will also be college samples and Bee blocks to keep me sewing.

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Finish along 2015 – The Finish Line

January 5, 2016

Of the 11 projects I had on my Q4 list I actually finished 5. One is a secret sewing project so no pictures and one I forgot to photograph. That said I did complete the 3 projects that just kept rolling over from quarter to quarter last year and I am really pleased with them and how they turned out.

Completed top - this was hand tied and bound sometime in October.

Completed top – this was hand tied and bound sometime in October. I really should do a finished photo, but I was too busy using it.

{Handmade} A quilt for my SIL's 40th, finished yesterday and gifted today (phew!) Super quilting by @trudi_wood, design, piecing and binding by me. Love giving handmade gifts but it's always a bit nerve wracking. She seemed pleased though. #handmadechristmas #ayearofmoments_festive #littlestoriesofmylife #quilt #kellyfairysews

{Handmade} A quilt for my SIL’s 40th, finished yesterday and gifted today (phew!) Super quilting by @trudi_wood, design, piecing and binding by me. Love giving handmade gifts but it’s always a bit nerve wracking. She seemed pleased though.

{Dreams} Last year two of these blocks were a table topper. I loved them so much that I wanted to turn it into a whole quilt. 12 months on, a quilt completed. Every time I worked on this I imagined cuddling up under it watching Christmas films and pictured it draped over the back of the sofa. I love it so very much. Screen printed Christmas Trees, made by me after my @karenlewistextiles class, made into wonky star blocks and sashed by me @simplysolids #simplysewinretreat, quilted by @trudi_wood, bound by me. It's one of the best things I have ever made, a dream made into a reality, and I feel so proud. #handmadechristmas #simplysolidsmakes

{Dreams} Last year two of these blocks were a table topper. I loved them so much that I wanted to turn it into a whole quilt.
12 months on, a quilt completed. Every time I worked on this I imagined cuddling up under it watching Christmas films and pictured it draped over the back of the sofa. I love it so very much. Screen printed Christmas Trees, made by me after my @karenlewistextiles class, made into wonky star blocks and sashed by me @simplysolids #simplysewinretreat, quilted by @trudi_wood, bound by me. It’s one of the best things I have ever made, a dream made into a reality, and I feel so proud.

All in all, over the year I completed 25 projects and linked them up. I love the focus that the finish along has bought to my sewing over the year. I am not sure how this year will pan out, with college and work taking up a lot of my spare time but I think I will continue to join in and link up.

I am linking up with Adrianne from On the Windy Side.

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And ready for next year, hosted by not one but nine quilty hosts:

FAL 2016

 

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From the studio 2015 – The View

January 2, 2016

A whole year of photos of the view out of my studio window. 70 visits in total, one picture from the other side of the river and one picture of me in the summer.

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Studio view July

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It seems I only started adding the month in July! I think October was my favourite month of pictures, I just love those Autumn colours. Why can’t it last a bit longer, the trees are green for months and months! Do you have a favourite month?

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From the studio { December }

December 31, 2015

studio view decemberDecember was a good month for sewing, two quilts, a mini quilt, a set of 8 place mats, bee blocks, teacher gifts. The weather was bonkers (when will it get cold?) and I spent a lot more time at the studio. At the end of the month I had a massive clear up and out and rearranged the space to make it work better for me. I don’t know how long I will be able to stay there as there is likely to be some rejuvination of the area but I am just  making the most of it while I can.

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From the studio: My Oakshott quilt finished – and gifted as a 40th birthday present for my SIL, My utterly brilliant (if I don’t mind saying so myself) Christmas Quilt (proper post on this one soon), A paper pieced Buzzard for my Dad’s Christmas present, November Bee Block (top) Place mats for my Step mum’s Christmas present and December’s Bee Block.

And that is it, a whole year of From the Studio. I will put together a review post next week. I am not sure if I will carry on with these posts in 2016, I am not sure what I want for my blog to be honest but I will be back soon to work it all out. Happy New Year, thank you so much for reading in 2015 xxx

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From the studio { November }

December 29, 2015

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Brrr. November. I love that the first shot has them setting up the fireworks – a big thing in Lewes. It was all a bit grey. College work was taking over and sewing time was really limited in November, so only one visit a week.

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From the studio: (Top) My Oakshott blocks finally sewn together and sashed with the perfect fabric – Luminous from Anna Maria Horner, my first sample for college – crazy pathchwork, and another college sample this time learning how to make a piece using fused applique.

(Bottom): Fused applique sample in progress, a crochet star – we decorated the local estate agents window along with other members of the Ringmer Collective, and a crazy patchwork sample made with interfaced pieces of foil.

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From the studio { October }

December 28, 2015

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October was all about starting college and trying to find a rhythm now I had two children at school. From these pictures it looks like the sun shone too. I had been waiting for the Autumn to come and the colours of my view to change and I wasn’t disappointed. I wish Autumn leaves lasted longer though.

October makes

From the studio: (Top) Spring Quilt finally on the binding, October’s Bee Block.

(Bottom): Tying the Spring Quilt together – the first time I have done this, my block for the DIY Block Design Challenge.

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From the studio { September }

December 28, 2015

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Okay, I am four months behind on these posts, but I have all the images so I am determined to get them up this week. September was a nice month, it was great to be back in the studio sewing after the school holidays and I also headed to the Simply Solids Retreat for some brilliant sewing time (the tickets are on sale for 2016, I recommend it, I am going!).

September makes

From the studio: (Top) Spring Quilt top finally pieced together, a sleeping bag for my neice’s puppy, my blocks from The Bee Hive Quilting Bee sewn together.

(Bottom): Christmas quilt top sewn together, name badge I made for another retreat attendee, The One Ring mini for my retreat secret sewer (seriously, how cool? I loved making it).