Firstly, let me make it clear that I went shopping on Amazon for things for the Munchkin's impending seventh birthday. As any of you who have shopped with Amazon before shall know, you only get free delivery if you spend over £15 so I just had to add in the odd thing for myself to make up the order and qualify for free delivery. Yes?
So, the Munchkin has professed quite an interest in sewing, possibly not surprising given how much sewing I do. Lacking a young girly in the household with whom to share my enthusiasm, I've been quite happy to do a few little sewing projects with him (notably Mr Owl). When I was on Marylebone High Street a few weeks ago, I popped into the marvellous Daunts Bookshop. It has a very good children's section and there I spotted a lovely old fashioned-style book for children about sewing.
I pondered whether this was a suitable gift for a boy... Anyway, I managed to find the book on Amazon (for a very reasonable £6 something) and thought the Munchkin would like it and that is the important thing, (hey, just look at Kaffe Fassett)! In particular, it has a section on blanket stitch which he has been wanting me to teach him.
It is beautifully illustrated inside. Way back when I was little, I used to love books that had a nameplate in the front (heck, I still would love that!)
Now this, I like. A section about "Pressing". Yes, it's definitely time the Munchkin took up ironing!
The back cover is equally charming.
Obviously, I need to hone my own sewing skills so that I can help the small person learn. As such, I popped this into the virtual basket for me.
I had seen this book in Country Living mag and have long been an admirer of Jan Constantine's work (particularly, the tea cosy, seaside themed patches and the Union Jack cushion). Oh my, but the projects in here are beautiful and there's more than twenty-five of them. Even the tea cosy is included. The projects are split into five sections: Hearts, Country Garden, Seaside, Botanicals and Bugs, and Celebrations. I am really impressed that she has been prepared to share the secrets of her products for many crafters/business people are not. They do look quite complex and of course, not everyone likes sewing (honestly?) so I guess there shall still be a market for her beautifully produced, ready-made goods. I'm going to try to make some... Here are some of the beautiful pictures from inside:
Also whilst in Daunts, I spotted the new Leon cookbook. As it is quite a tome, I didn't want to lug it home, (already laden as I was with Cath K goodies), so I added that to Mr Amazon's delivery task. I am a fan of Leon which is a small chain of "fast food" outlets, but with a difference. Leon's founding principle is that "food can be both lovely and good for you". Leon was formed by three friends , variously a chef and management consultants, who wanted good, seasonal food to be available to everybody. They eventually gave up their day jobs and the first Leon store/cafe opened in Carnaby Street in 2004. As this is just round the corner from Liberty, I can often be found in there recovering from a visit to the haberdashery department. Whilst the food is undoubtedly healthy, the Leon gang believe in treating yourself too, so you can indulge in a chocolate mousse or a glass of wine with your meal.
This is really a gorgeous book to look at (I haven't cooked anything from it yet so cannot report on the recipes). It starts with a look at ingredients and then the recipes can be found in the latter half of the book. Can't decide whether I like the vegetable or fruit frontpage the most...
There is an emphasis on seasonality and this handy chart:
I spy a Union Jack...
There are some great fold-out sections. This one is on chickens:
Any cookbook which manages to feature Ladybird's Chicken Licken is fine by me!
Here is a choccy hedgehog I might try for the Munchkin's birthday party:
All in all, it looks to be a great addition to my groaning cookery book shelves.
Now I'm really loving this page of stickers at the back. No idea what they're for, of course, but I like them just the same.