Laying out the fabric for new quilt
Doing a bit of my quilt each day as I am still home based.
First quilt strips.
I had to piece together some of the rectangles as they were material scraps and I didnt want to waste any. Even though I measured them all carefully you can see they are a bit wonky! I dont think it will show on the final product.
Im spending this week at home waiting for my new job to start. Im no domestic goddess but after spending some time on pinterest I was interested to see if some of the household cleaning tips that people rave about actually work. The husband has also been complaining about the colour of the “white” pillow cases. Here is a photo of before and after. They look whiter right??
Washing before treatment
Washing after treatment
Next was the oven. I just put on some caustic soda solution and left it for a few hours. And ta da!! Pretty clean door. I just wanted to add that we inherited the oven from the previous tenants!
Dirty oven door
Caustic soda treatment
New material from Kamili designs
After all that hard work it was time to do something I really enjoy – making stuff. I just bought some scraps of material from Kamili designs. Its the cute animal print stuff. Must be time to start another quilt!
I have just returned from a few days on the magical island of Lamu. When I was there I heard the story of a small company Ali Lamu, who started as the result of healing from a broken heart. It was the work of a local fisherman and a Swiss artist, Daniela who created their first piece of art from an old weathered dhow sail and some red and black paint.
When Daniela asked the fisherman to find her a dhow sail he returned a few days later with an amazing old sail, weathered from years of sea, wind and salt. It had a hole in the centre which reminded Daniela of the hole in her heart from recent broken relationship. They painted a heart around the hole and added the words ”Love Again Forever Whatever.”
Six years later they are a successful company with aficionado’s all over the world. They sell their handmade creations from their base in Lamu island which I visited during my stay. I loved the simplicity of their quirky designs and found it hard to choose a bag to take home.
I was inspired when I came home to make my own creation, this time from a new piece of canvas weathered in tea and coffee grains.
So on this valentines wherever your heart is I wish you peace, love and the strength to follow your dreams. From brokenness can begin a new story of hope.
My safe harbour wall has been breached. The place I retreat to from the crazy city of Nairobi has been tainted. On Saturday night at 2am in the morning my mobile phone rang. It’s the heart stopping moment that we all dread….wrong number? No. It was my landlady in the next door house telling me that intruders had broken into the compound and were somewhere outside. Broken in ….how? There is an electric fence, razor wire, 3 night guards – the usual precautions. Where were they? Could they get into my house? I heard my heart thudding in my chest as I put down the phone. I walked around my house praying for God to fence us in with his protection and to place a guard of angels at the gate (Psalm 139:5). Above all that I would not be afraid.
A bit later, unable to settle, I heard that the security response team were checking the perimeter and to go back to sleep! Even the next morning morning I did not know the outcome of the evenings events and wondered if it was safe to step out and if anyone had been hurt.
Seems like the intruders had been escaping from another incident and were trying to find a way back to the safety of the forest. They cut through the electric fence and jumped the razor wire, loosing a shoe and bolt croppers in the process and leaving blood on the barbed wire. Cant help thinking that will all that evidence they wouldn’t be hard to track down but of course that is not going to happen here.
Thankfully all were safe and no damage was done. I can put my trust in barbed wire and fences but my true protection comes from knowing the Lords hand is upon me.
Cooked up some carrot and coriander fritters with green yogurt sauce for dinner. Quick, healthy and rather tasty
Recipe (from Leiths vegetarian bible)
15g melted butter
100g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2tsp tumeric
pinch of cayenne pepper, pinch of salt
340g grated carrot
2 tsp coriander seeds
6 spring onions
3 tbs chopped coriander
oil for frying
1. Beat the eggs, milk and melted butter in a bowl add flour, baking powder, cumin, turmeric, cayenne and salt. Beat again.
2. Dry the grated carrot in a tea towel. Add to the batter along with coriander seeds (I didnt have any), spring onions and fresh coriander.
3. Heat the oil in a shallow frying pan and place 4 large spoonfuls of the batter into the oil. Fry fritters for 1 1/2 minutes on each side. I used my sandwich toaster. Less oil!
For a dressing you can blend natural yogurt with spring onions, fresh ginger, jalapeno chillies, fresh mint and coriander. Pinch of sugar and salt to taste. Whizz up with a hand blender and chill before serving.
Ive just been inspired by a magazine article about how to get more out of your year. No, not one of those about how we all need to do the plank for 60 secs a day to build up our core muscles; It was about getting on top of the things that you have to do by putting them in order. It said to take your list and divide it up into four categories; do it now, delay it, delegate it or dump it. Most of my life seems to be in the delay it category and as I go round my house I can find dozens of projects started but not complete! Here is what this months list looks like.
Do it now; A driftwood heart. I first had the idea for over a year ago when I was on holiday at the coast collecting driftwood on the beach. My friend gave me the plywood backing I needed at Christmas so no excuse!
Delay it; definitely my tax return. Why oh why do I leave it to a few days before the deadline to get it done? Its going to be another rush this year.
Delegate it; My birthday plans. My husband has just taken over planning this event. A few of us are going to Browns farm to have lunch and taste cheese. I can’t wait.
Dump it; A hand woven mat that I wanted to repair. Its been sat in the porch gathering dust for the last year. I think its time to admit I’m never going to repair it.
Hope you are having a great start to your New Year. Let me know your tips for how you get through your lists of things to do.
Now where’s that article on core strength. I might see how long I can hold the plank! It beats doing my tax return!