Monday, 3 March 2014

Successes and failures.....

Does it happen to you?........ Asked to make something for someone you have done dozens of times before and it all goes pear shaped!
Some years ago I decided to replace my poor delicate 50s fairy that sat on the top of our Christmas tree. Don't worry she wasn't thrown away, I passed her on to my DD who collects vintage ornaments for her tree, where I know she will be treasured.

Well I couldn't find anything that really appealed so I made one. She wasn't perfect but I've grown to love her and so apparently did a few others as over the past couple of years I've made quite a few.
Now I did make a pattern, but somehow in the sewing room makeover I appear to have mislaid it, and of course you've guessed , I've now had a request for not one but two fairies to take with me when I go on my next trip to Bonny Scotland. ( not long now)
I set to and made what I thought was a similar pattern, but having got it sewn and stuffed, it was hideous!! And I'm not being modest here it really was.

Well several attempts later and by now thoroughly bored with it I finally made a pretty good copy of the original.

 Fairy wings embroidered onto water soluble plastic

Just a few finishing touches needed to the second one and they're done. Thank goodness. And guess what I'll be saying next time someone requests one . Noooooooooo!

My success story is far yummier ! I have finally tracked down a blueberry muffin recipe which rises, is spongy and light, and tastes divine........every time!  And of course is the perfect way to reward myself for having finished the bloomin' fairies.

I love blueberry muffins but my previous attempts at baking them has been a bit rubbish. I cannot lay claim to the recipe though I found it at Attic24  . You can vary the fruit you use, and even put a sort of crumble topping on them but I just love them with added blueberries. Plain and simple.....and so moreish.......

Well I hope you all have a successful week whatever you get up to, and don't forget to reward yourself for a job well done! You deserve it my lovely friends.

Jenny xx


  1. Your perseverance was worth it ... the little fairies are lovely! The muffins look pretty good too! M x

  2. I love the pink fairy! I bet they will be treasured for years to come.
    Good luck with the pattern finding, I'd like to see what you do make when you locate them.
    Lisa x

  3. They are lovely, and I know what you mean about making something a thousand times, then it goes wrong. Lovely muffins btw! :)

  4. Dear Jenny, Your fairies look lovely! I am glad you managed to make them just the way you wanted too. Your coming visit to Scotland sounds good. Would love to join you.

    Hope you will feel better soon!

    Take care!

    Madelief x

  5. Yes - it happens to me too. I make things all the time for galleries without even thinking, but when someone commissions something special, it can all go a bit awry! We get there in the end though! Gorgeous Fairies! Will you please make me one? Just kidding!! xCathy

    1. Bless you Cathy, glad to hear it's not just me!

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    Beijos Marie.


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