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Thursday, 3 September 2015

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

I'm off to End of the Road festival tomorrow and boy I am excited! Due to this my jukebox has been filled with happy, party tunes and some of the bands who will be playing. I don't like to listen to too many bands in advance of going to the festival as I always like to be surprised by a group I've never heard of before.

Instead of sharing what I've been listening to this week, I thought I'd list my ultimate headline bands /artists for, you know, that day I get to manage a festival and choose my dream headliners, ha!

Rolling Stones

Tina Turner

The New Pornographers

Chemical Brothers

PJ Harvey

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Adventures in the garden: Ladybird

There are plenty of ladybirds around at the moment and this little one was well and truly exploring my runner bean plants the other day. I think perhaps it has a home there.


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Three Social Media Tips

Twitter / Get involved in scheduled online chats, such as #handmadehour or #blogtacular. There are lots out there on your topic of interest.

Facebook / Did you know you can backdate a post on your Facebook page? Simply click on the drop down menu under 'Publish' when drafting your post and enter the date. Easy!

Instagram / Pick your hashtags carefully. Keep them relevant to what you're posting. If unsure, have a look throug the hashtags available to see if there are official ones available.

Missed my last social media tips? Catch up on them here

Monday, 31 August 2015

Three quick sewing tips

Three quick sewing tips:

1. The selvedge is the edge of the fabric that stops it unravelling. The grain is the way fabric is knitted or woven together. The bias is when the fabric thread line or warp and weft are at 45 degrees to the main seam line.

2. Unless stated otherwise, sewing patterns include a seam allowance and they usually state what it is.

3. Interfacing comes in different weights or thickness: light, medium and heavy weight.

Check out my sewing and haberdashery Pinterest boards and catch up on all my sewing tips here.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

From the garden to the kitchen: Sage Pesto

Sage is a super easy herb to grow, so I'd recommend trying it out in your garden or a pot. It doesn't need much attention, watering of course but that's it really. 

I've got an abundance of it at the moment, so much that I decided to whip it up into a pesto. This is a really easy recipe and it's soooooo tasty. I keep it in the fridge for a few weeks and use it in salads, sandwiches, marinade fish in it and my favourite, dolloping a load on top of a jacket potato or soup for a simple lunch.

Ingredients (makes about two jars of pesto):

100 grams of fresh sage
100 grams of fresh basil and parsley
100 grams of grated parmesan or pandano or any hard italian cheese
100 grams of pine nuts or walnuts
3 cloves of garlic or less depending on your taste buds
Olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
Pinch of salt and pepper


1. Wash your herbs 

2. Using a food processor mix up the herbs, cheese, nuts, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

3. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil and mix again. Gradually add more olive oil to get the consistency right. You want to aim for a slighly gritty looking texture.

4. Put into an air tight container or jar and store in the fridge and enjoy!

See You Soon