a touch of Cinderella

I have been very bad about keeping everyone updated – lots of sewing, lots of trying to get organised. I have had a load of custom orders and need to be very sure the requested fabric doesn’t get used for any other projects.

current custom orders:

  • 3 pairs of slippers
  • 5 drawstring bags
  • 2 zipper pouches
  • 2 evening clutch bags
  • 1 phone case
  • 1 Ellen Mouse
  • 2 Dr Who christmas stockings

As if this is not enough to keep me out of trouble, my favourite season is starting to take hold and I am loving the colours and that hint of chill in the air. To celebrate I have been making Cinderella pumpkin pincushions (also perfect for Halloween) with cloves tucked in the stuffing and cinnamon stick stems: available in my shop

pumpkin pincushion
pumpkin pincushion

The house smells delicious – I am just going to have to make some more!

Of course no Cinderella can carry out her housework duties without a good apron! I am hooked on these little cool and contemporary ones, and they really show off some of the lovely fabric in my fabric stash. My only problem is that it would be nice to include a photo of them being modeled when I put them in my shop and me standing on a chair taking a photo in my workroom mirror just does not cut the mustard…I am going to have to rope in friends and neighbours!

funky apron
funky apron
modern apron
modern apron
flowers and irons apron
flowers and irons apron
hmmm...could use a better model!
hmmm…could use a better model!

The aprons are fully lined – thank goodness for the fab fabric shop on Green Street in Bath (Fashion Fabrics) as I am getting through quite a bit of fabric.

My non-sewing activities have been taken up with the lovely crab apple tree in our front garden. Last year there were so few apples we left them all for the birds, but this year it has more than I have ever seen. I have already had 5kg and there is still plenty left for both us and the birds.

crab apple
crab apple
crab apple tree
crab apple tree

I am a big fan of cookery books but when it comes to jams and preserves I always come back to Gloria Nicol’s Fruits of the Earth; I do like to tweak recipes though and add cinnamon and cloves and ginger to the fruit when I boil it up before straining.

Fruits of the Earth
Fruits of the Earth
spiced crab apple jelly
spiced crab apple jelly

To finish, I have to share another photo. I just popped outside to photograph the crab apple tree and Rio the cat was in his favourite position on the door mat…he’s even there if you look at our house on google maps street view (not going to put my address here, you’ll just have to take my word for it!)

cat on the mat
cat on the mat

One thought on “a touch of Cinderella

  1. Irene September 17, 2013 / 15:16

    The aprons are really lovely! However, since I am such a sloppy person, I usually need the kind that covers you completely. But these are so refined, that I might be able to be a bit more ladylike in the kitchen and not spill everything everywhere. Maybe…

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