Thursday, 17 January 2013

Grannies Knitting Lives On ....And Thrifty Pizza

Hello there ... 
hope you are having a good week.

We've been sorting household clearance stuff again ... it can be quite sad with the old photographs and such like.
 And rootling about in old sewing/knitting bags can bring a tear to my eye .... the things I find ... there is nothing so personal as someones hand stitched needle case .... and unfinished project.

 I found these tiny crocheted bits the other day ... just in a little paper bag  ...stuffed in the bottom of an old quilted knitting bag ... somebody... somewhere.... had begun something ... a crafty notion unfulfilled.

As it was a rather quiet day ..... I was sat in a rather large draughty hall serving customers and generally people watching.

I thought I would make them into something ... just to remember the needlewoman who went before ... was she someones Grannie .... Grannie who? Grannie Ivy perhaps ... my Gran was an Ivy.

I had only what I had with me ...basic sewing stuff but I managed to start to form them into a little purse. I found some old white ... seen better days .. napkins, to make an inner lining .. and an old zip.
Its not finished yet I have left it in my bag to work on when I have a quiet few minutes at the car boot sale.

 Yesterday these came tumbling out of an old plastic bag....
another Grannie reaching out...

 These are so darling ...itsy bitsy squares in lovely pastel-y... muted colours. 
What did she have in mind for them?

I thought I could put them together kinda ... like this.... and make a cuddly cushion .... what do you think ?... think Grannie would like it?
I have actually started sewing them together ... you know when your fingers just itch to get sewing .... I'll keep you posted.

I had to break off to feed these men ... food can be a bit wearisome at times ... and I had left it a bit late to start making a dinner ....truth be known I had stood out in the freezing cold ... at the carboot sale from 7.30 this morning until 3 this afternoon .... 
so I wasn't incined to be a Domestic Goddess this evening.

I grabbed some of these from the freezer .... an Approved Foods bargain ... something like a dozen packets for a £1... I have loads in the freezer ... great stand by.

Whacked on some ....again cheapo Approved Foods tomato puree (mixed with a dash of brown sauce) 

 Fried up what came to hand as I opened the fridge/freezer ....onion, manky looking mushrooms, handful of frozen peppers and sprinkling of sweetcorn.
Popped it on top with a bit ....perhaps more than a bit .... we like cheese....and put them in the oven for 20 mins.

Lovely with a bit of salad and beetroot chutney ... its kinda chutney weather don't you think ?

So whats keeping you sane these dark and dismal days ... bit of sewing and a dollop of chutney.. next to a roaring fire.. does it for me ..x

Take care .... bye for now xx


  1. I like the naan pizza idea :)

    I'm beating the winter blues by sewing, watching old dvd's,eating good food,walking the dogs in the cold frosty countryside then coming indoors into the warm.

  2. that would make me happy too!!! The temperatures her are in the minus 30 celcius, very very cold, the Trans Canada Highway is closed its storming so bad, beef barley soup, and my watercolor painting, thats my smile maker, oh and wool socks, and a blanket while I sit by the fire,!! oh and chocolate, that helps a lot!

  3. Hello Victoria, I love how you're finishing off these projects, I'm sure the original owners would be happy that you care enough to do so. The pizzas look great ... I love making something out of nothing too!

    Love Claire xxx

  4. Yes, same as you, log fire, sewing, dogs, hot drink and maybe a DVD, or an audio book, while a bean stew bubbles on the stove.

  5. Lovely bits of thrift! I like what you have in mind for it.
    Your quick pizza option looks a great idea. Must keep that in mind for the two of us once stepson has moved out. Will need cheap and cheerful dinners for us then.

  6. making me hungry looking at your naan pizzas! Also lovely to know that someones handiwork is being treasured. I love crocheting in front of fire with a cup of tea and my cats. Have made a really decadent chocolate cake this morning and have an enormous stew with lots of veggies in ready to go in the oven which will warm the kitchen up nicely as well as our tummies. Keep warm and safe everyone.

  7. Sewing and dumplings are doing it for me at the moment:) I like the little crochet bag you've made very cute.
    twiggy x
    PS Hope you didn't get too much snow today - I've been thinking about you when watching the news.


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