One of my favourite press cuttings, yes I’m old, is of me and my school friends with a card we made and sent to Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer when they got married in 1981. Hey, we got our picture in the paper, my first taste of ‘fame’!
Also in the family archive is a photograph of me and my sister sitting on the front wall of our old house. The wall had been painted for the Queen’s Jubilee in 1977 and my mum had stuck a poster up in the front window for the Royal Wedding. We were a patriotic family.
Last year I attempted to recreate this photograph with my son and niece for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton so the theme had to be continued for the Diamond Jubilee.
Given our current love of hand prints we attempted to make the toddler’s hand print look like a crown. I’m not sure how entirely successful we’ve been but never mind. In this case it’s definitely the thought that counts. Then we sent our picture to the Queen.
Whilst we were away on holiday we received a special Diamond Jubilee card from Buckingham Palace thanking us for our letter. It’s a lovely keepsake as we really didn’t do much for the Diamond Jubilee except bake some Jubilee inspired cakes and eat them whilst watching all the processions and pageantry on the television!
I’ve seen a couple of cross stitch pendants and thought they looked fun to stitch. The only place I could find them was from the workroom, a Canadian sewing shop, so I duly ordered a couple and waited for them to arrive.
I was really pleased with the laser cut cross stitch pendants, both wooden, one with a scalloped edge and one circular, which measure just over 2″.
I wanted to stitch something to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee so I found some free Jubilee motifs from CrossStitcher. The motifs included a union flag (which I stitched for the God Save the Queen swap I recently took part in), a red phone box, red London bus, black London cab and a colourful crown which I thought would be fun.
It was really easy and quick to stitch and I like the finished result. The only thing I didn’t like was that the yellow thread quickly dulled as it picked up dirt whilst threading through the pendant. This must be a side effect of the fact the pendant is laser cut so next time I will stitch something using stronger colours.
Linking up with craft schooling sunday, handmade monday and made with love
It’s been a while since I’ve come across any gingerbread biscuits worth writing about it. Whilst we were away in Devon we went to as Asda which was quite exciting as there are none near us in London. I was buying some snacks for our loong car journey home and found a box of gingerbread bites.
The full name was Let’s Celebrate with 14 Gingerbread Bites and the biscuits were in the shape of a union flag – we’ve just finished them off whilst watching the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant.
We all really enjoyed the biscuits which had a lovely ginger taste and smelled delicious. They also had a nice crunchy texture and a lovely even colour.
The ingredients included wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil blend, golden syrup, invert sugar syrup, egg, ground ginger and raising agent. Fingers crossed they keep producing them as I’d definitely buy them again!