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Wednesday, 11 August 2010


Another week has passed and here we are again exposing our crafting spaces to the world. Thanks to Julia a weekly snoop at other desks/spaces has become an essential part of my week. What a fab group of bloggers I visit every week too. The crafts are varied and even though I'm not much of a paper crafter I really do appreciate the wonderful cards you girls make and am in awe of the amazing equipment some of you have and use regularly to such great effect. I get excited each week when I see a sewing machine out or fabrics in use and even more excited at the huge number of you that regularly visit my blog and leave me such lovely comments. It really makes my week and for that I would like to thank you all.

This week I can show you the gorgeous wedding dress I steamed last week. This one was a fairly simple/classic design but looked really lovely on it's wearer :-)

On my to do rail is a jacket that needs a new zip....nothing new there I hear you say....but this one was left for me to do by my latest new customer [number 1012!!] who has come from the United Arab Emirates!! Wahoooooo I'm conquering the world slowly girls :-) You can fly in from anywhere now just to bring me your sewing :-)

Right girls I'm keeping it short this week. Please pop over to Julia's blog and link your blog on Mr Linky to join in the WOYWW fun. Be warned though cos it's really addictive.

Just as a little extra....I was asked for the recipe I use for beetroot chutney. If you like beetroot it's well worth a go cos the result is really yummy.


  • 3 Ibs beetroot
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large cooking apple
  • 12ozs sugar
  • Level tspn salt
  • 1 pint pickling vinegar
The amounts of vegetables aren't crucial really and I often add more onion, apples or even courgettes to the mixture.


  1. Cook beetroot, peel and dice into small pieces
  2. Peel and dice onions
  3. Peel and dice apple
  4. Put into large pan and add sugar, salt and vinegar.
  5. Bring to the boil and simmer until ingredients are soft.
  6. Fill jars and label.
Tasty on meat sandwiches or added to salads.


bayou said...

Oh, how international your range of customers has become! I love that beetroot recipe, thanks for it but it is too late, I was looking for good ideas a couple of weeks before - our first home grown beet roots were ready! Now I have a wave of turnips in the starting box. I did not even know what it was called in either French (navets) or German (Steckr├╝be) - seems to be very British :-).

secret scrapbooker said...

I finally finished my friends top that she wanted altered now have my sons new school uniform....think i will leave that to a professional lol. Well dont on your international customer. :0)
Kate x

Helen said...

Your empire is growing!! Love the dress.

Darcy said...

ooo thanks for the recipe, I adore beetroot, I will def have a go at this.

Cheryl said...

oh love the dress hun its just so beautiful,great recipe too hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

Minxy said...

Glad your still finding time to blog now your empire is booming :P

Julie M said...

World domination here you come, Annie!! Love that dress, I do like the more simple and elegant ones, my daughter has been watching 4 Weddings US and they seem to go for meringues a lot more over there!! I will give the recipe to my stepmother, she loves beetroot - thanks for sharing.

Julie :o)

Sue said...

Hi ya
very pretty dress, oh i luv my wens snoop, never no what ya gona find, pretty frocks & recipe to boot, wonderful your now world wide, have great day, sue,x

Mandy - Crafty Angel said...

well done on your world conquering!! you do an amazing job!

hugs mandyxx

Karen said...

WOW she came a long way for a zip! Well done my lovely...see...your talent is known world wide now and well done on 2012!

YUM...thank for the recipe my lovely XXX

Foil Play said...

What a beautiful dress, and well done on extending your customer base so far!

Sarah said...

Another gorgeous dress and a yummy sounding recipe - thanks for sharing

Cardarian said...

Ha, ha should I fly in from Slovenia with a big bag of sewing??? Noo I would rather have a big long chat, coffee and a cake! Mmmmmhmmm that beetroot chutney sounds really good! YUMM!

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh I love beetroot - might have to give that a go if I ever get into the kitchen (not a place I try and visit too often if I can help it!) - congratulations on the international breakthrough too!

Linda Elbourne said...

Mmmmm ... not a fan of beetroot meself but I am a fan of your posts and I LOVE to visit you every week so Thank you for Thanking me and Thank you :0)

Kaz said...

LOL love the plane Annie!! Fab lot of altering to do again! xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

hehehehe you go girl! I'm trying to make a pair of linen trousers wider at the top eek! Was going to put a strip of co-ordinating fabric down the side seams but wasn't sure I liked the idea after buying the fabric now I've cut some fabric from the hem to put a piece in down the back seam but will have to embellish it somehow so it looks like it's meant to be decorated - or should I go back to the strip down the leg hmmm!
Anne xx

Deezines Art said...

Hmmm - not much of a cook really, perhaps I can get someone else to make it for me! - Jacqueline xx.

Heather x said...

That dress looks all floaty, I bet it looks awesome on the lady :0)
Have a great Woyww hun :0)
*hugs* Heather x

Spyder said...

Oh wow your stitches will travel the world! Thank you for the recipe, I'm sure someone, (hubby) will love to use it!!
Have a Great WOYWW!! ((Lyn))

joey said...


LOL LOL hopefully one day it will switch so you can fly out to do the sewing rather than them fly it in lol


Pam said...

Another lovely dress. Now that your going international will you have time for us 'locals' :-)

Hugs Pam x

Linby said...

oooh international customers get you and now well on your way to the next 1000!

Violets Corner said...

Thanks for the recipe! I love beetroot!

Well done on your international customer!


angeleef said...

Did he bring you his jacket just because he wanted YOU to do the sewing? haha
Stop showing me wedding dresses, makes me want to get married!
Have a lovely day
** Evi **

Jane said...

OOooooo love that wedding dress!

Phree said...

Another lovely wedding gown, boy do I feel cosmopolitan after visiting - United Arab Emirates, whereever next!

Kay said...

woo-hoo, Wipso conquers the world :)

Sid said...

Dress and great recipe too !!

Kathy said...

ohhh that dress does indeed look beautiful.
Like the recipe - I might pop back and "borrow" it if there's any beetroot under all the leaves in our veg patch!

Julia Dunnit said...

How I love an unclutterd and smooth wedding dress - the bride must have been overjoyed at the skill you used to steam that -it's perfect. Love that you're going International - PLC next?!!

JoZart said...

Lovely to see what you are up to again. Thanks so very much for the beetroot chutney recipe... I make lots of chutney and a new recipe is always welcome, especially when it's a beetroot one. I love it!
Hugs JoZarty x

Twiglet said...

I can recommend the beetroot chutney - its deeeeeee licious!!!

Paula Gale said...

Hi Annie - my special blogging friend... How are you?

I thought you were in France - it only seems like it was last week when you said you were going... i've not been by your blog in ages - so sorry... you have been busy though - and have gone international!!! WOW! and the number of customers is growing by the minute!!!

Anyway, hope you had a good holiday - that went quick!

lots of hugs

Paula x x x

Lavinia said...

ooo love that dress!!How beautiful. Copied your Beetroot chutney recipe, going to have a go at love sounds yummy! Thanks for that, hope your well! Have a great week!

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Thanks for the recipe I loooove beetroot, and well done on your international customer.


ikki said...

1012 and counting - you are defo going places! It must make your day when you see the happy expressions on your customers faces at the transformation you've made to their clothes. ikki

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Hi honey, thank you for visiting & your lovely comments. You are a busy lady!! xx x

Claireliz said...

lovely wedding dress there :0)

Claireliz said...

lovely wedding dress there :0)

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ohhh should have come on yesterday as Mum just picked a pile of beetroot from my Uncles allotment. Sounds scrummy. Love the dress its stunning. Hope you enjoy the rest of the week Love Hazelxox

Anonymous said...

I find it astonishing that someone from the UAE would need a fleece jacket! Perhaps they bought in in England! Love the wedding dress too. So next time I'm in England I should bring you some sewing???


Bluefairy4U said...

Ooh you have international status now great. Hope you get really busy and earn lots of money. Thank you for the beetroot receipe I adore beetroot. Big Hugs Jo.xxx

Doina said...

Beautiful wedding dress!