Fusion Sourdough

My flour supplies are running low but I did have enough of the type 00 flour and jumbo rolled oats needed to make another Rolled Oat Sourdough Boule

This post is really so that I have a record of how I made this delicious loaf, sorry if it rambles a bit..

I always half the ingredients to make a smaller loaf, halfing 75g can be a bit problematic so I round that measurement up to 40g


Yesterday, I made a conscious effort to buy the ingredients needed to make the Muesli Loaf in the brilliant book by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou, Making Bread Together

I had the flours needed, Rye and Wholemeal, I added these in the quantities suggested in the Muesli Bread recipe and made up the difference to the 500g used in the Rolled Oat Boule recipe with the type 00 flour. This is the fusion part, 2 recipes 1 result :)

When I added the water I also added 5g of Diax Malt powder, this has made the bread sort of sticky, in a wonderful malt loaf sort of a way

I kept back 25g of the water and the salt until I had done the autolyse of the levain, water and flour, after 30 minutes I added the salt mixed with the 25g water and all the other add ons in the recipe, toasted hazelnuts, whole almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and a handful of golden linseeds. I couldn’t find the type of coconut called for in the recipe so that was left out (not sure I would like it in the bread anyway, I spent ages looking for it too!)

The mixture felt a little dry, I will add a bit extra water next time, perhaps another 25-50g

When I did the stretching and folding of the dough it didn’t have a lot of movement to it and tended to break if I lifted it too high , another reason for adding a bit more water

The dough rose easily and it was fun to keep popping back to see that it had risen a bit more!

The muesli loaf calls for honey to be added to the mixture, I decided to hide the honey by drizzling it over the gently flattened dough prior to shaping

When attempting to do the final shaping of the boule, the dough didn’t want to play much and so I just plonked it in the banneton and hoped for the best

Once risen to the top of the banneton, I cooked the dough in La Cloche after slashing the top in a most pleasing way, in fact it was the most successful of my loaf slashing episodes ever haha!

After 30 minutes I removed the lid of La Cloche and noticed that the loaf had split quite a lot, in fact, it was split down to the honey layer and this is what caused the loaf to char slightly

I couldn’t wait for the loaf to cool much before slicing it and have a taste…absolutely scrummy and definitely one to be made again and again!

Love how the nuts look when they’re sliced through


Now I need to do some sewing but the day is nearly over…where does the time go?!?

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Last of the Summer Sunshine

I’m feeling really pleased with myself, I managed to find a moment to get out in the garden with my camera yesterday (Sunday) as the light on my pots of plants was so beautiful

These wonderful Cosmos plants showed little sign of flowering until these last couple of weeks, I really thought they were never going to flower!

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The next photo is my favourite, I just love everything about it :)

It was the light behind the pretty flower that got me outside..

Today is has been very dull and drizzly, I spent my morning writing a shopping list and then visiting the supermarket..I used a handheld device to scan my purchases, it was so much easier than putting it in the trolley, taking it out of the trolley and then putting it back in the trolley before loading up the car and then unpacking it..will definitely be doing that again

We took my son Laurie and his lovely girlfriend Rosi and their gorgeous little girl Indi back to Southampton on Thursday. They had spent a few days with us and weren’t we the lucky ones with the weather!

Barry had to work so it was up to me to think of something to do each day, so much easier when the sun is shining

On Monday we went food shopping and did a bit of settling in, then on Tuesday we went to Peckover House in Wisbech

Indi and Rosi checking out the contents of the Chest of Curiosity in Peckover House

Indi wasn’t too impressed with the house but she did enjoy going through all the drawers of the Chest of Curiosity

Reading Mummy and Daddy a story

Reading Mummy and Daddy a story

We were all kept smiling from the funny antics of my youngest Granddaughter, she is so loveable and gentle and kind and polite…and clever! Indi even remembered the toy box from the previous year when she was only 22 months old, Barry had to go out to the garage to find it for her…I must put it back in the garage when I get a minute



On Wednesday we went to Hunstanton and had a happy walk along the beach, sunscreen was definitely needed

It was hard to take them back home and I’m looking forward to their next visit… :)

On the knitting front I have finished clue one of the Mistral KAL

I am determined to keep up with this one and now have two weeks to knit other things before the next clue is released

The yarn is absolutely beautiful and lovely to work with

My husband is in Paris for a few days this week…so it is VERY quiet here right now, I am hoping that I am going to get some good rest as I’ve been feeling a bit like I’m always playing catch up at the moment

Time for my evening meal, mushroom omelette and salad

I might knit a few more stitches of the Rowan jumper that I’m making for Barry…

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EeBeeGeeBee…or Supersized Bionic Gear Bag

My husband named this new size of the amazing Bionic Gear Bag the EeBeeGeeBee as he was used to hearing me saying BGB instead of the full words…

Anyway, this bag is for me and I love it!

At a show a few months ago, I bought myself 5 very lovely Liberty Tana Lawn fat quarters with the intention of making myself a new BGB. These got put aside and I got on with all the other sewing that I’ve been doing over the summer

You can see the lovely prints that I chose in this photo

First I cut out all the pieces that I needed for the pockets and then I could work out what i had left over

Even though the Tana lawn is wider than standard quilting cotton, the pieces that I had left were not big enough for the outside piece of the bag :(

So, I had a look through one or two of my quilting books for inspiration and for some reason the Bargello Quilting kept calling to me

I’d read about it in the past and sort of understood the technique so with my info at the ready I proceeded to cut the precious fabrics into 1 1/2″ strips. These were joined together and annoyingly they biased a bit but I managed to press them into submission :)

Then I read that if you alternate the direction of the sewing then this helps to keep the biasing to a minimum haha…too late!

The strips were joined into a ring and then keeping them as straight as possible, I cut those  joined strips into 1 1/2″ loops. Depending on where you want to place the colours, you unpick the relevant seam and then sew those strips together. I just winged it and moved the colours as I went along, I loved seeing the pattern emerging

I decided to add a chambray border and some pretty machine embroidery along those seams. The variegated quilting thread looks so pretty

I really love how this looks! I added some quilting lines along 2 of the prominent colours

So, after a couple of days of working on this bag, I could fill it up! It holds so much stuff, truly, it is more than amazing. When it is full and zipped up, nothing falls out and I can carry it by one of the handles created by the clever way the zip is inserted. Perfect for taking to my sewing group and to sit beside my sewing machine as I work in my sewing room

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This photo shows how I packed the bag ready for moving it around, everything is totally secure

Notice that cute little dish? Sally (the clever designer) named it the Dumpling Dish and I had all sorts of problems sewing them together in the past. However, as I had made everything a bit bigger including the dish, I decided to give it another go and I managed to sew one! I don’t know why I kept having that mental block about making them, I want to keep on making them now haha. I love how it poppers into position to create a space to stand up all the tools I most frequently use

This one is holding both sizes of my Wonder Clips easily

It zips closed even though it is full of clips

The last picture shows the base of the little dish and the patchwork square that is used to hold one end of the zip tape in place…oops, wobbly stitching alert!

So, all in all I am love <3

I did make another which you can see in this album

That one sold not long after I added the listing to my shop yippee!!

The design is by the very talented Sally Thompson and if you fancy making yourself one of these amazing bags, you can find the original pattern here

I’m not sewing in the evenings, well not usually. I did sew last night as Barry was watching the Rugby, think I might get a fair bit of sewing done over the next few weeks haha

Usually I am knitting…

I have finished a test knit for Purl Alpaca Designs, oh my it is lovely, I’ll post photos when the pattern has been released

But for now, I have been knitting a hat which is the tension piece for the Mithral KAL by Stolen Stitches. The actual KAL starts on the 1st October but you get the hat pattern free if you buy the pattern and yarn during September

The yarn is the most delightful Cumulus by Fyberspates, I don’t like knitting in the round on small needles much, it makes my thumb joints hurt, the actual sweater is knitted on a larger circular needle so my thumb joints should be fine when I make a start on it….

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Where I’m From


I came across this post just now and thought I would share it again…love the photo of me with my two older sisters and my very lovely parents…xx

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Anna’s post was so lovely to read, I just had to have a go myself and writing this has brought back so many memories, I feel moved and quite drained somehow, I hope you find this interesting. By hitting back links I found a template to work from, it was easier than you think to do this…I look forward to reading about where you are from.
I am from the never ending sunny days of childhood, school holidays, from pancakes with lemon and sugar that Mum couldn’t cook fast enough for four children and noise and laughter and worries about money….

I am from the house that had ice on the inside of the windows in the winter, which was fun to breath on and draw faces in…the house that has lino on the floors and the mop that had a swivel head so Mum could dust under the bed…

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Loretta Tassel Bag

Minus the tassel!

I recently had the pleasure of testing another delightful bag design by Delinda Boutique

I found this to be a relatively simple bag to make, even though it looks tricky. An adventurous beginner would have no problems sewing this bag as long as they were careful to match the points at the side seams :)

I used some beautiful Fabrics, for the outside I used some yummy textured fabric, Time Warp by Jessica Jones – Barkcloth by Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics and for the lining I chose a toning quilting weight cotton

The bag measures 15″ W x 12.5″ H x 2.5″ D ( 38cm x 32 x 6.5) so it is roomy without being too big. The straps are long enough to fit over my shoulder but can easily be made longer. I like the idea of using the straps to carry the bag over my arm too, so the length is perfect for me :)

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There are 2 inner pockets, on slip pocket which has been divided into a pen and a larger pocket. The other pocket is zipped for your more precious items…

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So, if you’d like to make this bag for yourself hop along over to Delinda Boutique where you will find all her designs, including this one

Never worry about there being too many pages to these designs, this is what makes them perfect for all levels of sewing abilities. I never print off the whole pattern, just the pattern pieces. I view the instructions on my iPad :)

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If you click on the photo above, you can see the gorgeous texture of this cloth, as you can see, it had a lovely roomy pocket on the front, held flat against the bag by an elastic casing

This bag is for sale, you can find the listing in my shop here

Right now I am testing yet another of Delinda’s designs…I’ll be blogging about it soon



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Oasis Quilt Sewalong Day 4

I have diamonds!

Here I am on step 6, using my very old rotary marker to show me where to pin….we are told to use a pen marker but this caught my eye so i used it. I bought it many years ago when Burda sewing patterns needed a seam allowance adding to them

so I have completed step 7 and I now have the diamonds all joined together

I am really loving this project!

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Oasis Quilt Sewalong Day 3

Step 5 done…. I’ve also nearly completed step 7 but I have to wait to show you

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Oasis Quilt Sewalong Day 2

I couldn’t wait to get sewing and start to visualise my quilt

This is step 3

day 1

day 3

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Oasis Quilt Sewalong Day 1

As the house is relatively sorted out after the 3 lovely visitors we had with us last week, I thought I’d sew something just for the pleasure…

In issue 8 of One Thimble Magazine I came across this lovely quilt but was too busy to take much notice of it

Then I had an email from Jen, the producer of that lovely magazine, suggesting that there might be a sewalong

Then another mail saying that it was about to start

So I took myself upstairs to my sewing room and chose some fabrics

I deliberately choose some fabrics that I don’t have too much of for the main colours and after a bit of a rummage in me drawers 😀 I came across some white cotton linen blend and felt that would be a good choice for the sashing and the rest of the quilt

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Summer Sale

I am having a sale in my shop!!!

There are bags and designer children’s clothes to buy with a massive 30% off using the code HAPPY30 when prompted in the checkout process

Click here to go straight to the sale!!

Please spread the lurve…xx

Millie Outside Peckover House

I can’t do a blog post without a photo so here’s a happy shot of my eldest Granddaughter Emilia, swinging on a lamppost outside Peckover House in Wisbech

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