Monday, 20 October 2014

Six Things .....

..... making me happy

One  ::  A Rainbow on our bedroom wall

Two  ::  A new Blackberry mug for my collection

Three  ::  A woolly Rainbow ready for a new project

Four  ::  Coffee & CAKE

Five  ::  Sewing & Packaging

Six  ::  Stitching Autumy colours

What's making you happy?

Back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A Sweetie A Weekie :: Pulled Butter Toffee

Hello my lovely friends

Well it's week two of

A Sweetie A Weekie
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Sweet B and I are having great fun with this
and have already planned the next two sweetie makes

This week we made
Pulled Butter Toffee
from the wonderful Miss Hope & Mr Greenwood's book
Sweets made simple
and it was pretty simple
I always imagined toffee making to be really complicated

Whilst our toffee was bubbling away it smelt quite awful
anyway once cooled a little we donned our oiled~up marigolds and got toffee twisting
a little scary at first
but properly funny after we knew what we were supposed to be doing.

We weren't sure how nice the end result was going to be
Oh My ..... tis' very VERY GOOD indeed
and it certainly tastes SO much better than it smelt whilst bubbling!

Just a little note though
if you fancy giving this s a try ..... 
in the book and in the link I gave above it says to stir until the sugar has dissolved

Do Not Stir!

I'd luckily recorded the TV series
and when I read 'stir' ..... a little teeny tiny alarm bell rang in my head
we watched the episode back to hear Miss Hope say quite clearly
and I quote .....

"I know how naughty you are but
PLEASE don't fiddle with it, don't prod it around
just leave it alone so that the butter & sugar get to know each other"

So there you have it

A Sweetie A Weekie :: week one

Anyone else making sweeties?

Thank you for popping by as always
I LOVE it that you do

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Friday, 10 October 2014

Bedside Posie :: September

Hello ..... yep it's me again!
HaPpY  fRiDaY
my friends

This week has been all about flowers
cross stitch
catching up

Here is my simple but very beautiful bedside posie for September

One extremely beautiful dahlia ~ Berners Oberland

It's such a 'knock your socks off' bloom!

You can find my previous bedside posies below

My dahlia patch has gone bonkers this year
Sweet B and I must have picked hundreds of flowers
such a treat
we've been sharing them about a lot
spreading the floral love
as well as sharing a few caterpillars to boot
 and a fair bit of their poop too

I've been thinking that next year
I may make a little flower stall outside my house
and raise some money for charity.

Wishing you all a beautiful Autumn weekend my lovely friends
I shall leave you in peace for a few days now!

Back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Thursday, 9 October 2014

My Cross Stitch Challenge :: August

Me again!
I hope you're not bored of me yet?!

Here is August's cross stitching

a cutesome little skunk with his beloved toadstools

Ooooops I've just noticed that I didn't finish the little toadstools
must put that right!

This is what it's looking like all together now
I've swapped some of the recommended colours
to make it sing to my heart.

Which month is your fave?
mine just has to be July ..... oooooh that little foxy
Only four more months to stitch
(although there is a bonus block, so five really)
goodness where is this year going?!

..... and of course
you can read about my other cross stitch months below

Thank you for your kind comments & popping by to see me yesterday
..... see you tomorrow!

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Bedside Posie :: August

Me again

Here was my super pretty bedside posie for August
in my fresh vase there were three delights .....

A show~stopping zinnia in the most luscious shade of pink
A fragrant David Austin Rose : Teasing Georgia (I think)
A stunning white Japanese anemone

You can find my previous bedside posies below

I  LOVE  LOVE  LOVE  a bedside posie
such a treat
I'd love to know if you've been enjoying them too

See you tomorrow!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

My Cross Stitch Challenge :: July

Hello again .....
wasn't it soggy yesterday?
We've seen some beautiful autumn sunshine today
I hope you've had some too

My cross stitch challenge has got a bit messed up
I got behind
then decided to skip a month and return to it later
then I completely fell out of love with it
but now, although I'm still behind
I am back in love again and determined to catch up

So here is July

I absolutely adore this little fox and the dandelion clocks
I think he has to be my fave!

I am cross with myself though
I haven't yet managed to stitch one month without a mistake
Next Month For Sure.

For those of you who are wondering
the pattern is from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
they have SO many cute patterns
I don't think you'll be able to resist!

If you fancy, you can read about my other cross stitch months 

Thank you for popping by to visit me yesterday (and always!)
it was so good to 'see' you
and such a lovely treat to read your comments
thank you muchly my friends

Back tomorrow!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Monday, 6 October 2014

A Sweetie A Weekie .....

Hello ..... Happy Monday
It's an extremely wet Monday here
I like it
but I'm lucky 
I don't need to leave the house today
and can enjoy coffee in my new panda mug
to my hearts content

Sweet B and I have decided to try and make

A Sweetie A Weekie
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In reality, it may not actually happen EVERY week
but we'll try ..... 
it's just that
'A Sweetie A Weekie'
has a fun sound to it
don't you think?

We were super inspired by Sweets made Simple on TV recently
did you see it?
Oh Miss Hope & Mr Greenwood
I think I'd like to live with you .....

Week One :: Walnut Whips

It was FuN
although for a very simple recipe
(or so it seemed on TV)
we made it seem ultra complicated
and made such a mess
still, we've learnt how to temper chocolate ..... almost professionals now I'd say!

They were extremely YuM
we did have some issues
the main one being that our moulds were too big
 this caused MANY small problems
and very BIG walnut whips
but we've learnt our lesson 
and have decided upon a little shopping trip
 to buy our professional sweet making supplies
E X C I T I N G!

On a completely different note
I've finally made up my new bunting advent calendar designs for 2014
whoooo hoooo

Which is your favourite?
me? ..... I'm a sucker for Tilda

I'm jolly sorry to bring the 'C' word into play so early!

You can now find them in both of my shops

I make them to order but I do have a few ready made ones in my Etsy shop

and don't forget ..... if you fancy making your own
you can find my pattern here in my Etsy shop

Iv'e been pretty busy on Instagram lately
so here's a little taster for you

I'm @thesweetviolet on there
there's a link to me on my sidebar
or just click here
come and say 'Hi'
it's really fun over there!

Thank you SO much for all of the kindest welcome back messages
on my last post ..... your so sweet
I'd wondered if you may have forgotten about me 
I was away too long

There's going to be lots of short and sweet posts this week
things I'd like to show you
Warning :: You'll be sick of me by friday!
sorry about that ;o)

Wishing you a tranquil and cosy new week

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x