Hi, I’m Cheryl. I live in a 270 year old cottage in the South West of England, with my three children and a very patient husband. Not forgetting one dog and a small flock of hens. We have a good sized garden, that backs on to woods and fields, where we can be found exploring nature and lifting stones to find bugs.

I work in IT, along side my husband. We have 3 children – 19 year old and 17 year old daughters, and a 14 year old son.

spinning outside

We try to live as eco-friendly as we can, but are still very much on that journey. Our kitchen garden, orchard and hens provide us with fresh food. Some years, they produce more than other years. Very much a work in progress still.

apples in barrows

I started this blog, back in 2010, to record the craft items I made and the activities we did as a family. As an online journal. I charted my journey learning new crafts, such as pottery and crocheting, as well as ones I’ve enjoyed forever:

√ dressmaking and sewing

√patchwork and quilting

√ knitting

√ spinning (wool)

√ needle felting and wet felting

√ embroidery

√ bath bombs and cosmetics

needle felted reindeer

I hadn’t anticipated that we would record so many of our outings, education journey and gardening. Nor how much I would talk about mindfulness and parenting. Especially through my Dear Daughter posts.

It was fun to connect with like-minded people, from across the world. I started including craft and cookery tutorials. I found I loved taking photos, and so my blog grew.

heart shaped bath bomb

I know that this blog would only be half a story without the people who spend time reading my posts and leaving comments. I still get excited when I see someone has left a message. I really love reading them all. I’d like to thank you all for joining me in this space and hope that you will continue to find this a place you choose to be.

So if you want to talk about spreadsheets or databases, or even need  help with a french seam… I’m your person.

It’s good to see you. Please have some cake. The kettle is on…….

victoria sponge with rosemary


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11 thoughts on “About

  • Friday 29 April, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    wish I stayed next door, just a lovely portrait of family life as it should be.

  • Monday 20 June, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Hey There!
    Knowing it was going to be wet on Saturday I put into the machine “wet felt projects with children” and up came your site. And what a site to see! All the things that I love doing and more if only I had the time… My nearly 5year daughter and I set about making the felt bags, I went first then she. When we got back from a walk the washer had done its work and what did we find? mine, not very good at all but EC’s was fantastic! We took them to nanny’s the next day to show off and cut the tins out. Now I want to try and teach her to finger knit a strap and I’ll have to put some patches on mine! Thank you so much.
    I have just read some of your recent projects and the dragonflies look simple but effective, we have pegs from dolls at Christmas!
    I will have to set some more time aside to look at the many other projects you have recorded, but it really is great this blog thing of yours, I’m very pleased I found it!
    Back soon!

  • Friday 9 December, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I love your craft & work! Thanks for sharing!

  • Saturday 15 September, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Popping in to say hello! I found you through a search for an aga gingerbread recipe. My other half vaguely remembers a cinnamon cake his mum used to make but the recipe is lost in the mists of time. He swears it had treacle in so I’m wondering if I do a gingerbread but swap the ginger for cinnamon it might be similar?? No doubt he will tell me! Thanks for the recipe anyway and I shall be back to have a better look around.

    • Friday 21 September, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Patricia! Not sure I’ve made a cinnamon and treacle cake before! The gingerbread is lovely and I can recommend it. Especially on a cold day. Good luck with your search.

  • Thursday 19 June, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Can I say how much I’m loving the camper van shirt! My children and my husband would love one of those 🙂 Pity I cannot sew 🙂

    • Friday 20 June, 2014 at 11:26 am

      You can be my first customer when I set up my sewing empire! Discount for being the first (and probably only) customer.

  • Sunday 8 April, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    just getting into hexagon patchwork probably started on the more difficult shape but this is the sort of thing a novice does, but when I join pieces they are peaking your probably understand this description, joining on a machine should I clip the points to make it sit flat, hope you understand what I’m getting at.

    • Monday 9 April, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      I hand sew my hexagon projects, so I’ve no experience of machine piecing. I think I’ve read there are a few ways to do it depending on whether you are using EPP or not. Sorry I can’t help more. Good luck with your project.

  • Wednesday 5 August, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Hello. We have so many windfall apples, I wasn’t sure what to do with them all………..then I found your Apple And Rosemary Jelly. so my husband and I (very regal, me) tried out a mini batch yesterday. Lovely stuff and quite easy to do too. so thank you so much

    • Wednesday 19 August, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the jelly. It is one of my favourite and I always have a pot open in the fridge.


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