Skip to content

Would your household benefit from a double oven?

2014 April 15
by Kelly

This post is bought to you in association with For more information on this type of post please see my Disclosure for Readers page

If cooking plays a large part of your life and you often wish you had more space in your oven to cook with, then perhaps a double oven could be the answer. Who hasn’t wished for more space when a big occasion arrives, for example, cooking Christmas dinner for a large family! There is nothing worse than trying to keep your ham and roast veg warm, when your turkey still has an hour of cooking time to go. In the end you try to cover things over with tinfoil and plates, trying to keep the heat in, but sometimes it just ends up being a nightmare- chewy, hard lukewarm roast spuds and boiling hot turkey.

So, if you have ever been faced with the nightmare of trying to cook multiple items at once, whilst ensuring everything gets served at the same temperature, then a double oven might be just what you need. They give you the increased flexibility to have more on the go at once, and more importantly, they have become increasingly versatile, helping us spend less time in the kitchen and still bringing us excellent results with the minimum of effort.

Contemporary double ovens have revolutionised cooking in the home, and there are many reasons that you should own one and reap the benefits of this life-changing kitchen appliance.

Firstly, long gone are the days when double ovens could only be afforded by those households where money was no object. Nowadays, with advancements in technology and price competition between manufacturers, costs have come down, so that owning a double oven is within range for the ordinary consumer.

One of the main positives about owning a double oven is that it is a great time saver. Most of us these days live very hectic lifestyles between work, social and family commitments. We all look to maximise or optimise our time as much as possible, and a double oven can help with enhancing your life considerably. Having the ability to cook multiple dishes simultaneously will allow you to become much more efficient with your time. Instead of having to cook meals earlier in the day and reheat them later, you are afforded the luxury of cooking multiple dishes right before you serve them.

If you are the type who likes entertaining regularly, then a double oven would also be perfect for you. You can be cooking your main meal in one oven, while you are heating up appetisers in the other oven. Having the ability to cook a variety of dishes at different temperatures simultaneously is a dramatic upgrade to the cooking experience, and gives you the time to entertain your guests without worrying about the cooking.

There are many household appliances that will change your life for the better, and a double oven is one such appliance that will change the way that you work in the kitchen. They save you time and ultimately transform your cooking experience.


Home or Away

2014 April 13
by Kelly

Disclosure: This post is bought to you in association with Parkdean Holidays. Further details can be found on my Disclosure for Readers page.

When I was asked to have a go at the ‘Home or Away‘ quiz with Parkdean Holidays I was sure it would be hard but thought that I would do okay. However, it was REALLY tricky. It does make me happier about the fact that we stay in the UK for our holidays though – so many beautiful places to see.

My top score of 487 is never going to put me top of the leaderboard to win a seven-night holiday worth up to £750 at the winner’s choice of 24 Parkdean Holiday Parks. But the holiday is up for grabs until 19th May so you have plenty of time to practice and get that top score.

Enter to win a fantastic Parkdean Holiday worth up to £750 Know your Newquay from Nice? Take the Home or Away Quiz to be in with a chance of winning a UK family holiday worth £750 with Parkdean Holidays.

If you have a go leave me your score in the comments – I would love to know how you all do.

Blogtacular. Be there or be…

2014 April 7
by Kelly

The internet is truly a wondrous place. Through blog and twitter I have become friends with two very interesting and inspiring ladies.They are both called Kat and are both very clever at the wonderful things they do.

They are putting on the best blogging event in town in May this year. And so I challenged Kat (the one on the right) to answer my questions in 140 or less – Twitter style!

Who are you? I’m Kat, I am a blogger, photographer, Mama, know-all and social media addict.

What do you do? I am one of the directors of Blogtacular which takes up most of my time. Around that I fit my creative work and blogging.

What are you passionate about? I am really passionate about community and collaboration; we are stronger together. I love food, sewing, photography and gentle parenting.

What is Blogtacular? Blogtacular is the hottest ticket in town. It’s a place for bloggers to come together, connect and take their blog to the next level.

Why have you created Blogtacular? There were no UK conferences which made us excited. We wanted a place for creative bloggers packed full of great speakers so we set it up!

Who should come? Nice people! Everyone who values great quality content, design & photography. It’s a place for every blogger who identifies with those ideas

Why should we come? Because our speaker line up is pinch-yourself-incredible and because you will be in on the legendary first Blogtacular.

Details please. To name a few of the awesome speakers: Joy Cho, Yvestown, Mini Modern, Tilly Walnes, Ellie Tennant and Xanthe Berkeley.

Do you have a catchphrase? Nothing worth having comes easily.

Complete the sentence: Blogtacular. Be there or be ……… consumed by jealousy.

For me one of the best things about events like this is being surrounded by people that don’t look at me like I am mental when I say I am a Blogger. And even better, people that are passionate and excited about beautiful wonderful things. And I cannot wait to come away inspired and ready to make this blog so much more.

And you should all come too.

Finish Along 2014 – Quarter 2

2014 April 2
by Kelly

Well Quarter 1 was a mixed bag! Of the six projects I had planned I managed to complete 3.

And so onto Quarter 2. It is really fun sitting down and thinking about what I can do over the next three months. This quarter there is a very important Secret Sewing Project, the bits left over from last month and even some selfish sewing for me.

1) The Just Big Enough Blanket

This is Mr C’s Christmas present that I STILL haven’t finished. I did make some progress over the last three months. I am worried that it won’t be big enough and how I am going to block a blanket but it is all good fun.


2) Set of drawstring bags

Another overdue Christmas present. I have chosen the fabric I just need to start sewing.

3)Hexagon cushions

Finish the hexagon cushions for my room. I did manage to machine quilt the fronts and pick the fabrics for the backs. I bought the zips. I just need to cut the backs and sew them up. A couple hours work at most but it is one of those things that just keeps getting put off. I might still add some hand-quilting but I am not sure.

4) Super Secret Sewing Project

Unable to share details but I have the pattern and the fabric chosen I just need to start sewing. Thinking I might take this on holiday with me so I can make a start.

5) Fair Isle inspired Table Runner

This is a project I am working on for Simply Solids. Inspired by Kate’s cardigan and the first project I have designed myself and drawn using Touchdraw on my iPad I am really excited about how this will turn out.

6) Geranium Dress for Kate

I have bought the pattern and Kate has chosen the fabric. I want to make this one first as I am going to make her one for my brother’s wedding so I need a trial run!

7) Wedding Geranium Dress for Kate

I have the very lovely fabric I bought from Jen (@muminthemadhouse) when she was de-stashing recently.

8) Washi Dress for me

I have purchased the pattern, some muslin and some navy polka dot fabric to make a Washi for me. It is time to be brave and make something for myself. The ever so clever @Tiddlyompompom is putting me to shame with her gorgeous Staple dress. She did shirring and everything. So impressed.

9) New apron for me.

Finally decided to use my Robert Kaufman Uptown Apartments for something. The minute I saw this fabric I HAD to have it. I have been meaning to make myself an apron for ages and then I will get to see this gorgeous fabric every day.

10) Pleated Tote

I am very excited to be heading off to Blogtacular in May and more important than what I am going to wear is what bag I am going to take. It is time to make a nice new one just for me so I have decided to make this pleated tote. I keep changing my mind about which fabric I should use though!

That is quite a lot so we will see.

Linking up with the 2014 Finish Along with Katy at The Littlest Thistle.

#theyearinbooks {April}

2014 April 1
by Kelly

This month I am going to try and do it right!

So I have already reviewed what I read in March in my very late March post so here are the books I am planning on reading this month.


A Female Genius: How Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s Daughter, Started the Computer Age – James Essinger
I became aware of this book through an author interview and my interest was grabbed. I am happy to finally be including something non fiction. I have already started this and hope that I can find the time to finish it soon.

The Accident – C.L.Taylor
My extremely clever friend Cally has her third novel out this month and I have it pre ordered for when I am on holiday in Cornwall. Her first two books were of the chick lit variety so I cannot wait to see how she tackles this new genre.

The Memory Book – Rowan Coleman
As Cally’s book isn’t out until the 10th I have bought this book on her recommendation on my Kobo. Being in Cornwall means Grandparents to amuse children and having to watch my parents choice of TV so usually a fair bit of reading can be done. I am looking forward to it!

I will be back in May to tell you how I got on. Linking up with Circle of Pine Trees for #theyearinbooks.

#theyearinbooks {March}

2014 March 31
by Kelly


March was a month lost to illness and chaos and a determination to clear out lots and lots of stuff from our house. Therefore not a lot of reading got done really.

I did finish one book though.

A Walk in the Park – Jill Mansell
It’s been a while, but Lara Carson’s back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? Her childhood best friend Evie is thrilled Lara’s back and able to share her happiness. Evie’s about to walk down the aisle with her dream man, Joel. Or so she thinks… Then there’s Flynn Erskine, even more attractive now and stunned to see Lara again. The spark between them is as strong as ever, but how’s Flynn going to react when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him? Oh yes, there’s a lot of catching up to be done…

I really enjoy Jill Mansell books, again this is one that was easy to read and get lost in. I liked the characters though and the ending made me happy. All good things come to those who wait.

#theyearinaudiobooks {March}

Bonkers – Jennifer Saunders

I am going to write my April post RIGHT NOW so I stop writing these posts at the end of every month. That is what I said last month. Well you never know.

Made it: Typewriter Lampshade

2014 March 30

Getting in right at the end of the quarter I have finished my lampshade. It took so little time it’s embarrassing that I’ve had the kit and the fabric for *cough* years. I absolutely love it and it was a brilliant way to use a piece of fabric that I loved so much I never wanted to actually use it. Now I see it every day and that’s brilliant.

I notice Sew Scrumptious has these kits for sale. Warning: visiting that shop may cause fabric purchases. It definitely got me, they have the amazing Roald Dahl fabrics in stock.

It is the second time I have used one of these kits and it is definitely a two person job if you want to do it well. I will be making more though as how amazing is it that you can use any fabric or wallpaper you like. So cool.


This was one of my projects in my Finish Along 2014 – Q1 list.

Stuck in my mind

2014 March 28
by Kelly


Do you like watching TV? I do but since I was in my late teens I have had a love of TV box sets in particular. I just love getting completely wrapped up in the characters and storylines. My addiction started with Star Trek – Voyager and Deep Space Nine to be precise (on VHS too, none of this fancy DVD lark back then). Then Buffy and Angel. In the end I purposely stopped watching weekly episodes just so I could gorge on the whole series once the box set came out. ‘Just one more’ became such familiar words with friends as we stayed up much too late on a school (well work) night.

The invention of Netflix and box sets on Sky now means I am never short of something to watch. Right now I am fully emersed in Season 1 of Elementary – and I am watching against the clock the whole series is deleted from Sky at the end of the month. I am also watching Chuck Season 1 and Covert Affairs Season 3 on Netflix. I watch lots when I am sewing, once I have listened to all of the Radio 4 programmes that have been suggested to me by my clever friends Emily and Victoria.

And so, I thought I would draw your attention to the two posts that make up Sally “Who’s the Mummy” Whittle’s 40 Box Sets to see Before You’re 40. First up was teen drama; family drama; guilty pleasures; comedy. And the second post is supernatural, sci-fi, and (vaguely) medical and legal drama, along with a couple of shows she didn’t quite know where to place.

I have just counted and I have seen 17/40. With only 4 and a bit years until I am 40 I had better get watching!

Thinking about an extension.

2014 March 24
tags: ,
by Kelly

Disclosure: This post is brought to you in association with VELUX®. Further information on this type of post can be found on my Disclosure for Readers page.

I have talked here before how the question of whether we should get a laminate floor laid used to escalate to the question of whether we should move or extend our house.

Finally last summer we came to our senses and just got the floor laid in the front room and hallway. And we are so glad that we did, it is much nicer.

But we are returning again to the fact that the living space is just a bit too small for us. We have a lean to conservatory on its last legs that we will either have to replace or do something about really soon and if that goes well we use it as storage and for a small oven, freezer and tumble drier as well as a general dumping ground and potting shed. The past few weeks we have been trying to work out what we would like, and how we need to go about it. Mr C and I aren’t very good at these things. We can both lack the sense of purpose required to get stuff done and usually end up putting it off and off and then like the wooden floor finally getting it done and then kick ourselves for not doing it sooner.

back of the house

This is a picture I took this week of the back of our house. We only want a single story extension and I think the best thing that we could do is go straight across the back which would give us room to extend the kitchen out (it is very small) and then have the dining room open to the kitchen. I would love to then divide off the front room so that we could try and keep it as a separate cosy place. I can picture the kitchen diner full of all of us doing our things. The back of the house can be dark so I want to put VELUX windows in. I went to look at the VELUX webshop but realised they just stock the blinds for VELUX windows. After getting distracted by the Disney blinds and the thought of complete blackout blinds in all bedrooms I went and looked at all the options for actual windows on a different site and it totally got me really excited about what is available and how it might look.

We have no real idea where to start. Research is the key but finding time is difficult. Mr C is working away every week at the moment – just home for the weekends so I don’t see me getting much done about it this year. I might surprise myself though. I know one thing, there is no real point dreaming of windows and blinds until we know whether it would even be possible. One thing I do know is that just talking about it will get us nowhere!

Made It: Radiant Peacock Mini Quilt

2014 March 19

Radiant Peacock

I promised my mum a handmade something for Christmas. I didn’t get anything made however so when she was here we were talking about what she might like and decided that a wall hanging for her stairwell would be perfect as she had just removed a hanging plant and the space seemed really bare.

A couple of years ago I had pinned this image and had been planning on recreating it with fabrics but always thought I would make a cushion. I just knew that this was the right idea for my mini quilt.

At the same time I came across the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge – Radiant Orchid, and really wanted to take a leap and enter. Happily I planned to use Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry for this project which had lots of purple tones in it and I had a fun afternoon shopping online for some other fabrics that I thought would work. I included some Kona Violet too.

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

 I absolutely loved making this mini quilt. I started by making the applique peacock and the feathers. These were stitched in place using visible machine stitching in Aurifil 50wt in a sketch style that I know my mum admired on something else. I added the head feathers and legs using machine stitching and some hand stitching to finish off. I love the top of his little head.

Radiant Peacock3

And the fabrics I used for the feathers are just beautiful. I am so glad I have some of these left to make something for me.

Radiant Peacock4

I used the fabrics to make a patchwork border all around the outside and added another border of Kona Snow. I wanted to keep the quilting simple so I did some stitch in the ditch and parallel lines around the patchwork border and quitled around the outsode of each feather. I used quite squishy wadding which I wasn’t too keen on bt actually like the extra dimension that it adds now it is quilted. Finally it was bound in Kona Violet.

Radiant Peacock2

The photos are not as good as I would have liked but I was running out of time and it has been so sunny recently that I have had to make do. Pesky nice weather mucking up my images. I am so excited to give this to my mum when I see her in a couple weeks. This was also one of my projects for Q1 of the Finish Along so it is great to have something else completed.

Radiant Peacock Quilt Stats:

Pattern: My own design – applique and patchwork.

Size: 29″ x 39″

Fabrics: Dowry: Anna Maria Horner, Other coordinating fabrics, Kona Snow, Kona Violet

(Back) Ditsy flower print from stash.

(Binding) Kona Violet

Quilting: Machine quilted using Aurifil 50wt

This was one of my projects in my Finish Along 2014 – Q1 list.