This is sweet little cardie is Phoebe from Rowan Kids. I took these photos of my little girl modeling it on the beach during our holiday in Mauritius. She was very tolerant as it was much too hot to be wearing anything more than a cossie!
It's made using Rowan Calmer, a cotton and polyester mix. It seems a little small so I am hoping it has some stretch to it and will still be wearable next summer (cardies definitely needed during an English summer!).
The pink buttons come from my stash which is a random collection of old buttons taken off clothing, those spares that come attached in packets on bought clothing and various thrifted finds.
Despite being inspired by various adventcalendarideas floating around in blogland, I've ended up getting the usual shop-bought, chocolate-a-day version. Maybe next year...... but I suspect it will still have to include chocolate!
I had great plans at the beginning of the year to make time for lots of cinema trips. I've just managed to go for the fourth time this year so that plan didn't work, did it?!
Having read the book first, watching We Need To Talk About Kevin certainly added to my interpretation of the story. It was puzzling and tense and Tilda Swinton was as mesmerizing as ever. I did find the red imagery throughout the film was rather over done though, especially as the massacre by bow and arrow in the finale would have been far less bloody than a shooting.
Perhaps another cinema trip might be possible before the end of the year........!
When these two lovely books arrived in the post I could not wait to tuck in!
First, I made Duck Soup from Bill's Everyday Asian. The photography and styling in this book is just exquisite. Sadly, my duck soup 'snap' shows my presentation is not in the same league (perhaps I need to place the food with tweezers or something?!) but it did taste pretty good! My duck was still extremely bloody after the stated cooking and resting time so I heated it up for about another three minutes.
From The Great British Bake Off I tried the oat and raisin biscuits, although I used sultanas as that's what I had in the cupboard. These are DELICIOUS! Extremely quick and easy to make and extremely moreish. Just right for an after-school snack.