Sunday, January 29, 2012

Making Chai

Winter has finally arrived in Barcelona and even though temperatures don't drop below zero, those big old flats without heating get really chilly. Heating becomes a topic of conversation. Imagine someone asking you, "Do you have heating?" somewhere in Northern Europe.

Time for beautifully fragrant, warming, homemade Chai

6 cardamom pods
4 cloves
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp anise seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp fresh ginger
6 tbsp brown sugar
4 tbsp black tea
6 cups of water
4 cups of milk

Put all ingredients apart from the tea into a pot and bring to boil. Turn down heat, simmer for a minute or two and add the tea. Bring to boil again, then turn down the heat and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Strain.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Big Collar Vest

Something for myself for a change. A big collar vest, which really is a rectangle of fabric with two openings for the arms and some cleverly positioned buttons. Well, and a lot of playing around and head scratching. 

Afterwards, it always seems so easy.

Somehow, the vest goes very well with the tree. I think I've found a new favourite photo spot.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Drawing faces

Thanks to Francesca I know about Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Faces. It is brilliant.
And ideal for making new handmade colouring books like these from last year.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winter dress

The other morning, I was wondering aloud, "What shall I wear today?"
Of course I didn't expect a response, but she answered with the certainty of a 2 year old, "Socks, underwear, sweater, pants!"

That's what she normally wears. But she's slowly developing a liking for dresses (not surprising really, with her sister being a princess).
So I made one especially for her. One that hasn't been worn by someone else before.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Alternative knee patch

I had mended the hole twice before. It was persistent and re-appeared a third time.
She asks: 'Maybe it is meant to be there?'
Maybe not. Maybe it has to be cut out completely, I suggest.

Now she can't wait for the other knee to give in.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Mondays

Wishing everyone a Sunday kind of Monday... and just a tiny bit of sunshine.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy 2012

Happy New Year. 
Happy noticing, appreciating, trying and making things.
As strange as it may seem, but this blog helps me to make time for that.
Thank you for inspiring and encouraging me.