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Friday, 4 May 2012

More furniture, pincushions and lemon curd

I've had a good week this week in the retreat and it feels like real progress is being made quite quickly for a change.
I finished off the wicker chair - realised that I hadn't wound its legs so that's done now and the legs look more capable of actually holding the weight of a person. I made a nice comfortable seat cushion for it and also some little cushions to prop against the back.

I couldn't resist adding some kitchen items to the dresser and I finished painting the kitchen chair and stool.

I made a range cooker from mountboard

and started work on the sink unit. So this is how the kitchen area will fit together. I'm just waiting for the air dry clay sink to dry and then I can fix the top on the sink unit and get this area finished.

This was a whitewood unit that I bought - well I actually bought two but each one comes with only two of those storage baskets so I 'borrowed' the baskets from the second unit, covered the fronts with scraps of William Morris patterned paper and painted the unit cream. The drawers and baskets are all empty at the moment but eventually they will hold the owner's craft items. That little box on the top and the two on the dresser are made from scrapbooking paper.

I made more cushions and put them in the armchair. I think I may make a throw for this chair too so she can wrap it around herself on cooler evenings.

Liz's sew along item for April was a pincushion and I made two. I love biscornus and once I got started it seemed like one just wasn't enough.


And finally ... this morning I decided to make lemon curd.

You put the grated zest and juice of 4 lemons, together with 200g of sugar and 100g of butter cut into cubes into a heatproof bowl and put it over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn't actually touch the water. Stir it occasionally with a wooden spoon until the butter melts. Then mix 3 eggs and 1 egg yolk lightly with a fork and stir into the lemon mixture. Then just let it cook in the bowl, stirring regularly for about 10 minutes. When it turns thick and custard-like, remove it from the heat and stir it occasionally as it cools. Pour it into a clean jar and store it in the refrigerator. It will keep for a couple of weeks - if it gets the chance. Super tasty!!!


  1. felicidades!!! estan maravillosos, muchos saludos :)

  2. The furniture is wonderful. I like the armchairs and cushions.
    Bye Faby

  3. Complimenti per le bellissime miniture, io trovo la sedia in vimini fantastica!
    Grazie per la ricetta, mentre la leggevo mi veniva l'acquolina in bocca!! Domani la proverò certamente!!!
    Buon fine settimana,

  4. Your work is wonderful. I love the sofa and the unit. The baskets look great. Your cooker is fantastic.
    Hugs Maria

  5. Hello Judith! You have done a lot of work. Everything looks great, I love the cushions most, nice colors too.
    I want to thank you for the recipe of the (yummy) lemon curd. I am very fond of it and did not know the recipe, so thanks a lot for sharing.
    Have a great weekend. Greetings, Ilona

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    Joel Houston

  7. your work is amazing... hugs

  8. The little shelf unit with the boxes is a great idea - hope the crafter doesn't take up too many crafts to fit into it lol! Great work on all fronts, stitching, cooking, and minis.
    Hugs, Sandie.