Thursday, 24 January 2008

Thursday (because I can't think of a good title)

I've spent the day at home today as Mr Locket had the car.

And I have actually managed to do a little bit of sewing!!!

This is the blanket order I have been working on (the monkey in the middle was inspired by Lesley's painted design) and I have sewn most of it together and will complete the top tomorrow after I have embroidered the baby's name and date of birth.

The bit I find hardest of all is getting the back panel on straight and flat - fleece is so "bendy" that it always seems to end up wonky!

I also managed to start sewing Kitty's prize-doll

but don't get too excited Kitty, it's still going to be a while before it is finished!!!

Then when I got too cold to keep on sewing I went into the kitchen to make this:

500g organic beef mince (because I watched Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall the other week)
2 onions
3 cloves of garlic
6 sticks of celery
1 large turnip
8 carrots
a handful of mushrooms
2 leeks
and two cartons of tomato passata
plus stock and seasoning etc

The mince only cost £2 and this quantity will feed the 5 of us for about 3 meals!

and the children LOVED it - despite it having gazillions of vegetables in (probably because I blitzed them in the blender before I cooked them so they ended up invisible!)

I thought I'd share this card a friend gave me today - brilliant isn't it?

And later on I am off for my Thursday night sewing session with my friends (although I might sneak some knitting in there too!)

Lucy x

P.S. The new challenge is set up over here.


the vicious chicken said...

Hello Lucy,

What a fabby blanket! I especially love the gifraffe peeking in at the corner of the photo :o)

Very funny card, too!

PS. Re: yesterday's post - I'm very impressed with those bargains you found! I did something similar recently, but the garment I bought was still £4... seems Asda's the place to go for the real bargains :o)

Lesley said...

How did I miss this? Probably because the kids were hogging the technology!!
Great post Mrs L and I love your blanket! It looks like an awful lot of work to me - hope you are charging a small fortune for it!

Great dinner and an ingenious way of fooling them into eating healthy stuff :)

Great card Mrs - that friend must know you very well :)

Hope you have a lovely evening with your sewing buddies.

Mrs M xxx

Kitty said...

Lovely baby blanket (and I know just what you mean by bendy fleece!)

I am jealous of a Thursday evening sewing group - sounds just the job. x

Katy said...

Lovely blanket, Lucy - even if the back does go wonky I am sure it'd be really well loved (and wonky is rather nice sometimes, isn't it?)
What a yum recipe....but where are you buying organic beef mince for £2?????? Share your secret supplier, please, because the organic mince beef I buy is double that and then a little bit more!

Colleen Eskridge said...

Wow!Super bargains! I could smell that soup from here. Colleen in South Africa

Gina said...

Beautiful blanket Lucy. I like the sound of a sewing group in the evening - what a lovely relaxing thing to do. That card is brilliant.

Gina xx

the pesky bombolino said...

I love the elephant on your blanket. And a sewing evening- sounds heavenly!

Blossom said...

the blanket looks great!!!!!

salgull said...

I love the blanket! And I'm going to make the soup asap ;-)

Monkee Maker said...

Well you must have photographed that blanket very well, because it doesn't look wonky at all!

I watched Hugh the other day too and seriously considered turning veggie - until I realised how much I would miss bacon butties. I'll be ok as long as they don't do a programme on pigs.

Fab tip on the hidden vegetables, thanks for that .... if I ever start cooking I'll be sure to use it.


Patti said...

Lovin the blanket miss. Lovely choice of animals.

Hope you had a good sewy session.

I've been boring people about organic food and animal treatment for ages now. Hugh and co go on telly and now people understand. I love Hugh!!

Love the card.

Kitsch n Zinc said...

I love the blanket! Looks sooooo cozy...makes me want to go and curl up somewhere!

Annie said...

I love it when I don't have a car and am forced to stay home all day. Love the friends pic.

dottycookie said...

Cute blanket, and yummy looking mince. I try to do the invisible veggie thing but my older one managed to detect a single parsnip mashed into 500g of potatoes the other day. Heeeelp!

julie said...

The blanket is gorgeous and looks so snuggly and thanks to you my tummy is rumbling now (must drag myself away from the computer and go and make some lunch!). Enjoy your evening (and definitely sneak your knitting in!)

tintocktap said...

Fab blanket - looks like the sort of thing someone will really appreciate!

And that 'hidden vegetable' thingy sounds strangely familiar .....

anne bebbington said...

There's a lot to be said for blending vegetables and hiding them in something tasty - how devious we mums have to be :o))))

Yummers! said...

I think your pot of soup looks yummy. And I love the monkey on the quilt... adorable!! You creative mummy.

julia said...

Love everything in this post, and I'm VERY envious of those Asda bargains!
Julia x

Leanne said...

The blanket looks great. Can I come for tea it looks great.

est said...

that's more than little sewing done, lucy! lol :) it's consider a huge project for me! good job!

weirdbunny said...

Lucy your energy exhausts me ! ~ love Julia x

artisbliss said...

Nothing like being without a vehicle to increase your productivity at home. You certainly made good use of your time, and the soup looks delicious.

Thimbleanna said...

Does this yummy looking dinner have a name? And you must tell me, when you get together with your sewing friends, do you pull faces like the girls on the card? LOL!

Ally said...

Owing to pressure - felt the need to write a comment!

Like the blanket, like the card, like the idea of meeting my friends for a drink (sorry, sew) - is that a good enough comment? Can I have a G&T now?

Trouble is parrot tamers are one in a million! And I now have those dizzy heights!

Talk to you soon.

Ally x

PS Like the idea of bunny challenge.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Well about time Ally!!!!!!

Suzie Sews said...

WOW you creative little angel you...that quilt is lovely and the food...yummy!!!

Lina said...

Thanks for the recipe. I'm a big fan of hidden veggies in every meal too!

nicky said...

Wow you sure were busy today! That blanket is great- good luck with the fleece, I backed fleece with flannel once and it went a bit bubbly! Baby didn't notice though, hope it goes okay.

Heleen said...

I can almost smell your coocking! uniun, garlic mmmmm! How bussy you have been! wonderfull.

Jane said...

I love your blanket, its beautiful. Hope the baby likes it too. lovely dinner, Jane x