Friday 14 February 2014

Thrifted fabric and Valentine's

*My time to sew has dropped off dramatically with the rush of February: back to school routines for the kids, back to work for me, and all my extra duties started up again.  Last week, while waiting to pick up Charlotte and Josh from the school bus drop-off, I popped into my local thrift shop.  The owner had just been given two boxes of fabric from an old tailor and she let me have a rummage through them.  This navy satin with white spots caught my eye immediately and I knew it would make the perfect Jasmine blouse which is a Colette pattern.  It sewed together easily and goes well with the navy skirt I made in December last year.  I have been following along with Colette's Wardrobe Architect series, with the idea of planning and building a wardrobe that suits me and works well together, very interesting!
*Paul's cactus has been flowering prolifically and looks beautiful against the morning sky.
*We don't really "do" Valentine's day but I enjoy making a special dessert for Paul and the kids to remind them how much I love them.  I found an easy Chocolate Mousse recipe with only three ingredients:

Three Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
200g 70% dark chocolate
2 cups cream
1 cup marshmallows
Carefully melt the chocolate, 1 cup of cream and the marshmallows together. (I do this in the microwave.)  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Beat remaining 1 cup cream and fold through the chocolate mixture. Pour into bowls and refrigerate until set.  Recipe from Annabel Langbein.

Enjoy! Wendy xx


  1. Hi Wendy, the blouse looks great, suits you and the desert looks yummy, love anything chocolate!
    Have a nice weekend!

  2. Your blouse is wonderful ,looks like lovely fabric, what a nice find ! Anything chocolate is always a nice treat :-) happy valentines day :-)

  3. Hi Wendy - gosh that blouse looks gorgeous & such a lovely style on you. Well done :-)
    We dont really do valentines day here either but I think I may have to give your choc mousse recipe a go tonight - it looks delicious. x0x

  4. Your blouse looks lovely with your skirt Wendy. You've done a great job. Hope you all enjoy that yummy mousse! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Love your thrift shop fabric. The blouse looks lovely on you. The mousse looks very yummy. Happy Valentine's Day. hugs......

  6. lovely blouse - the fabric is a great thrift find.... wow that cactus is full of flowers.... ooooh yum... i love chocolate mousse...

  7. Lovely top Wendy and I'm definitely going to try that yummy looking mousse.

  8. The blouse really suits you, well done!

  9. Love the blouse, it looks great on you. We don't do a big valentines either, but I made chocolate mousse too.

  10. Yummy mousse, what a great pick up at the thrift shop, it's perfect fabric for the blouse. Looking good!

  11. Waow Wendy ! you look terrific in your blouse !
    A great work !

  12. Good luck to you and your endeavours.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  13. I love dots!! Your blouse has turned out lovely. Chocolate mousse!! Yum yum.
    Cheers, Anita.

  14. You are so clever sewing your beautiful clothes Wendy. Mmm that chocolate mousse looks divine

  15. Hello Wendy,

    You find the best fabric, the blouse turned out beautifully. Cactus flowers amaze me, I bet the bees are loving it. Annabel's recipe books are wonderful, took one out from the library last week.

    Happy days.

  16. Lovely blouse Wendy, it suits you perfectly. You were certainly in the right place at the right time, I love it when that happens :-)


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