Loving Linen

I really have a thing for linen at the moment. I have been using a gorgeous linen mix to back my handmade quilts. But these curtains (See left) are fabulous. I have noticed that you can find pairs of Linen curtains at Ikea. Have you seen them? I really love the fabric and feel……where can I put them. And will the pre bought drop be long enough in our old house.

If you are interested in seeing more of this cute house check out the design files.  This house belongs to Kristine of Townmouse fame. It is a lovely house and she obviously likes linen too.

photos: the designfiles

2 weeks ago today

I think it was 2 weeks ago …..that I shut down my Facebook page. Again.

I did enjoy using it to spruik the blog and have people actually read it and leave a comment or two.

But I have to be content to blog and post the odd family snap and not demand an audience.

So now I have no news of those friends in the UK, family in the USA and my own siblings who live around the country. The bonus is that I also don’t have the annoying info of the friends of friends in my local town. But I no longer hear the everyday happenings of a few key people we know doing os mission. And a few whose banter I am fond of….

Did I make a bad choice? Do you love Facebook? Hate it? Are you a slave to it?

I am rethinking all this technology stuff. And love this promo for Tim Challies new book. It is very funny. And very poignant.

A year in France

Years ago when there were only 5 mouths to feed we had a year in London – we went for work and had such an adventure. We often find ourselves wanting to go back or just go somewhere….

So I have been delighted to discover and follow Design Mom – Gabrielle Blair and her husband have moved to France with their 6 kids. And life their looks idyllic. She posts lost of French goodness and regular tours of her great house La Cressonniere.

I don’t want to move right now…but a quick visit? Wouldn’t that be nice.
If you happen to be visiting London soon she has some great ideas of what to do with kids.

image: design Mom

My friend the chocolate cake

This cake reminds me of my childhood. Mum used to make it regularly and we had pieces packed in our school lunches. It is called a Black Devil Chocolate Cake and it is dark and moist. So I have never really enjoyed other people’s chocolate cakes if they are light and lacking in depth because this one is my childhood benchmark. And it is so easy. It has recently become a friend again…. just like My Friend the Chocolate Cake.

Black Devil Chocolate Cake 
1 1/2 cups SR Flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup cocoa
125g butter
3/4 cup water
2 eggs
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add softened butter, vanilla and half of the water. Beat for 2 minutes. Add remaining water and eggs and beat well. Bake at 190 (moderately hot) for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool completely before icing with a thick chocolate butter icing.


It seems as though whenever I find myself with some serious work to do (other than loving and caring for my family – think loads of cooking, cleaning, washing, nursing, bathing etc) I find a  zillion other fun projects to get my hands onto.

So because I have some serious talks to prepare for a Women’s camp I am, instead doing the following:
Quilting….yes trying to make progress on my quilt for my baby who turns 2 years in a few months. You see the dilemma is because she has grown up and almost out of a cot, the quilt needs to be bigger! Aaahh. So finding inspiration here.
Rita’s gorgeous Tiffany quilt
And I am reading novels and cooking and finding so many good blogs about family life, faith, craft, design and food. I should send you a list sometime…..it is just like reading mags, great glossy ones expect they are all free on my screen. HHhhm.
Well here is my find of the day. Sweet Paul it is called and this is the kids issue so it is full of fun ideas for you and your kids to make, bake and play.
Enjoy your day and hope your not procrastinating like me.