A couple of months ago I went to chicago for the day for work. As soon as I stepped out of the metro my neck craned up suddenly as I was surrounded by these amazing skyscrapers. The architecture was astounding, every building is different and every building is beautiful. Had I known this is what Chicago was like I might have tried to stay a little longer but alas I had my return ticket in my hand for that afternoon. But I vowed to go back and see this rather extraordinary city again. Luckily for me it is really quite easy to go to Chicago from DC and so last weekend R and I went off to the city I was desperate to have a proper look around. It was completely worth it and what an amazing city it is.
Dear Laura, There is nothing I like more than sitting outside in the evenings warmth, watching the bees with a glass of fizzy wine and devouring a plate of salsa and chips. All summer I have being making bucket loads of the stuff and I don't intend to stop anytime soon.
Yum! Mountains of salsa just for me, to be honest it really is, I put it out, R gets about one chip full and I have eaten the whole bowl before he can go in for more, I might even be spotted drinking the remnants and all that delicious juice before washing everything up. Here is my recipe: 1 red onion 1 red chili pepper 1 bunch of coriander 3 limes 6 tomatoes a pinch of salt a pinch of sugar Finely chop the red onion, tomatoes and the chili pepper. I have heard the the hottest part of the chili pepper is the white bit that holds the seeds on, I usually remove this along with the seeds but if you want some more heat then add it all in. Mix together in a bowl. Squeeze in the juice of the 3 limes, chop up the coriander leaves and add to the mix. Add salt to season and a pinch of sugar and mix it all together. Lots of love Annie
I'm sorry for my long absence from the blog. Since baby E arrived at the end of May, I have touched neither knitting needles nor sewing machine. Other than photography, my creative mojo seemed to have completely disappeared. Even in the few moments that I managed to snatch for myself in the day,(whisper it...) I just didn't feel like crafting.
I must confess to feeling rather alarmed by this- I don't remember it happening with the other two boys, although perhaps it did. Having chatted on Twitter to Kat and Libby, however, it seems that I am not alone. Perhaps when you have a new baby, you channel all your creative energies into them, or perhaps it's just the lack of sleep, I don't know.
Luckily, it was a temporary state of affairs, and a fortnight ago, when we set off for holiday, I reached for a long forgotten unfinished project- my Starsign Shawl. It felt so good to have the needles back in my hands again, and although the shawl is still far from finished, it was a start. I'm finding my creative feet again, one stitch at a time. Thank you for keeping the blog going in my absence. I've loved reading about all your wonderful crafty adventures.
For my birthday this year you gave me a beautiful bag, it was too beautiful for me to use it and so I thought I might frame it. Then I had a flash of inspiration, what if I made it into a cushion, then I could look at it all day everyday. Perfect! I has also purchased a bag on my trip to San Francisco which I really liked. So this morning, I got my machine out and whipped up two cushions in no time, most of the work is already done which is a big bonus. They now sit on my sofa in pride of place and will make me smile everyday. Lots of love Annie
p.s. I am writing a tutorial on how to do this which you can see above, not that this is remotely complicated but if you've never sewn before it might help (if I can make it work!)
Last week I went to San Francisco, I love it there. Actually I was lucky enough to have some work meetings in Berkeley and so I got to stay with some very good friends and their tiny new baby and less tiny little boy. It was so much fun. As you know, I like to make gifts for children and babies and I had just bought this awesome crocodile fabric so I decided to make some little jimmy jams for the new baby and some summer shorts for their little boy. Now I have a confession to make. I finally relented and bought a pattern. My first pattern and this was not any old pattern it is a series of patterns I believe will do me well forever. Dana over at Made has a series of children's shorts patterns for ages 6 months to 10 years! This is great, the only trouble I ever really have with making things for children is I have no idea how big they are so with these patterns I will be able to make PJs and shorts forever for everyone with the hope that they might actually fit.
A little babies hand
And some delicious food, if there is one thing Berkeley has it is delicious food
I was too busy eating and chatting and cuddling babies to take photos of the kiddie winks in their shorts and PJs but they seemed to fit and I have a new confidence in making lots more in the future.