5 things I liked this week – 17.11.17

1. Star Trek Discovery, of course, but eek, waiting until January now for the next bit! 2. The movie, The Accountant, a brilliant ASD anti hero. 3. Getting a large chunk of my Christmas shopping done (sorry, not sorry). 4. Doing the next bit of the Thames Path. 5. Discovering bibimbap.

Sneak peek- SeptemberHouse

I got a bit dispirited by my Mario unpicking, so I did another embroidery this week, one of these lovely patterns from Corinne at SeptemberHouse, it’s finished but I used red embroidery floss and Sulky Solvy, always a risky combination and of course some of the red dye from the floss leached out when I rinsed…

Christmas Pattern Back In Store

So my grand plans for my Etsy store this year didn’t exactly go to plan, life got in the way. I still have hopes for it, so maybe next year. Anyway, the Christmas pattern that I released way too late last Christmas, is back up on my store and to show you how not particularly…

Christmas at Kew 2016

We decided to go and celebrate New Year’s Eve by visiting Christmas at Kew, this was mine and the kids third visit, we’d been the last two years and K’s second visit. Christmas at Kew is definitely something that is worth keep going back to but (sorry I’m going to be a bit of a…

5 things I liked this week – 30.12.16

Cooking with S, okay, she was doing most of it. A walk in Richmond Park with the family. K got me the Sleep Plus + Pillow Spray from This Works, okay this was because I’d left the brochure on his desk covered in not subtle post it notes a few weeks ago but ooh it’s…

On the menu – Christmas cooking concluded

Friday S had a cooking splurge at the beginning of the holidays, as well as her signature shortbread and the christmas cake I mentioned last week, she also made giant gingerbread men (using a cutter I picked up on a whim from Lakeland). She used this recipe, multiplied by one and a half, as we…

On the menu – Christmas cookathon

Friday On Friday lunchtime I made lentil and chorizo soup and it was rather nice. Not totally ‘omg this is amazing’ but still, worth the effort. (I made one substitution to the recipe, swapping the leeks – which I didn’t have – to onion, leek may have been a little nicer). Friday going into Saturday…

Advent Calendar

This time last year, over on my old blog, Lacer’s Life, I posted about an advent calendar that I had made, I thought, considering the date, it would be appropriate to reblog here.

Christmas gift tag DIY

If you stitch up all the motifs in the Brighter Industries Xmas A to Z, one of those motifs will be ‘spare’. I stitched up the UK version, which has F for Father Christmas and S for sweets but if you stitch up the US version, F is for fireplace and S is for Santa…

Xmas A to Z Cross Stitch Pattern

Welcome to Brighter Industries! You can read more about us or should I say me, Jo Stafferton (but they always say to talk about yourself as a company in the plural don’t they?) over in the about section and there’s a more general introductory, bloggy type post coming tomorrow but today I wanted to introduce Brighter…