Monthly Archives: March 2010

Send a Cow – Teaching Resources


Calling on Teachers!

African Gardens logo

Bring Africa and the needs of children ….. in a practical way …… to your children.

You will find loads of brilliant ideas and resources at

“Just like our practical approach in Africa, we believe that the best way to help children find out about the world is through learning by doing.

That’s why our projects focus on hands-on activities that often take pupils outside of the classroom, and involve creating something special for your school that adds to global learning and gives your pupils something to remember.”

from Send a Cow website

‘Growing my seeds was brilliant.

When I could pick what I’d grown it was really exciting.

I feel so proud of my Bag Garden!’

from a school on the Isle of White

Cowforce – for children and their teachers is our award winning interactive website for kids, designed to be used by children at home or at school.

Created with the help of children, the site gives an introduction to life in Africa, living in poverty and the work of Send a Cow. Using animations, interesting facts and a fun approach, your kids will love it!

“Cowforce in an immensely creative effort and shows a real in-depth understanding of its younger target audience. It is a great example of how NGOs can be more relaxed about their messages, yet still get across difficult ideas.”

Jon Snow, broadcaster.

Cowforce for teachers

You will find a unique ‘Teacher Tab’ on many of the pages of, showing you lesson plans and learning resources that are relevant to the page that you are on. A good place to start on the site is the ‘Goatacycle Diaries’ of Tazo the goat from his tour of Africa, or the ‘Four African Tales’ animations that help to explain our work in a fun way.

20 Minuters


I have been busy for a while now, off and on, making paper pieced Dresden Plates.

I really enjoy the experience of hand piecing.

Tacking the fabric shapes over their backing papers and stitching them together to create a new textile ….. yes, it is very absorbing and satisfying.

You can become totally immersed in the process of

choosing the scraps …….

tacking on to the papers …….

then arranging each piece into the desired sequence for your plate ……

Yes, it  is very rewarding and the slower pace than machine patching is quite therapeutic.

When it’s all put together, I think the softer look that the stitches produce lends charm and individuality to the finished piece. Well, I hope so anyway! But  I don’t know what they will end up being – a quilt, a throw, place mats ??? Who knows! I am happy to be making them just now so I will wait until I have enough to decide. :0)

It is thought that the Dresden Plate design originated in America in the 1930’s when it would have been made up using small scale dress prints on a white background.

So here are two of my plates coming along,

bit by bit,

20 Minutes at a time!

What do you think?

Click to enlarge photo

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt-Along


“Friends are those who nourish the spirit.”

It’s not often that a collection of fabrics makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. This recipe has a spoon full of sugar that melts the heart and soothes the soul. Bright, happy colors and beautifully painted motifs designed by Mary Engelbreit for Moda.

I love this range, my curtain in the kitchen is a patchwork of “Recipe” charms and it just makes me smile  – even on a grey day!

I bought my JR at sale offer price – it doesn’t seem to be around any more – so if you find it I would seriously recommend you push your boat out and buy whatever you can afford … it’s so worth it! And it will make YOU smile on a grey day!  :0)

I have used my Recipe Jelly Roll for the Jelly Roll Quilt Along from

The second block has been designed by April Mazzolini who gives quite a frank account of how she designed it! So encouraging to read how she “Made do and mended” her original block. Her blog is at

Here is my second Jelly Roll Sampler Block …..  the green one ……  hope you like it!

‘B’ is for …


Bella La Belle  – that’s what I call her …..

Beautiful Bella!

Beautiful Place – my town!

Beautiful Bella Bags

Blue Casablanca Bag

Beautiful Bike!

Bikes are Big with us!

‘B’ is for the Beautiful Things in my life  :0)

For which I am Bountifully Thankful!

Have a Beautiful, Bountiful Day!

(click image to enlarge – click again for even more!)

product photography by JTree Photos

20 Minuters


This has been a great crafty group to belong to.  I really have been inspired to “do my bit” most days and enjoy the diversity it has given me. Here is my latest post for my efforts …. a fabric flower!

Looking at it makes me smile.  It reminds me of a silly song popular on the “wireless” when I was growing up ….. “I’m a lonely little Petunia in an onion patch …… and all I do is cry all day”

The great spin off of belonging to a crafty group like Fiona of (the Originator of the 20 Minuters) is that you meet up with other inspiring crafting folks ……. Like for example …… Alison at

We have never met, but through this lovely internet group I have found that I have lots in common with Alison and I am really encouraged by her writings (I wish I could write like Alison!)  her exuberance and her creativity.

Take a look and see what I mean!

You won’t be disappointed!

I’m sure you WILL be inspired!

Jelly Roll Quilt Along


As I only had one Jelly Roll and it  seemed too special to use for

no particular reason ….  when I saw this idea from Konda at

I decided to join in this Jelly Roll Quilt Along as I thought it would be a

good use of my Recipe for Friendship JR!

Each block will be designed by a different person.

So here is my first 12″ block

and tomorrow we will get our instructions for the next block design.

It is really inspiring and fun ….. from a Crafty Person’s point of view!

20 Minuters x 2


Meet Blessings Bear = Two sessions of 20 Minuters!

Little Blessings”  Andover fabric by Nancy Davis Murty

and it says  ….

“May you always be blessed with many successes in life ….

May you grow up to be gentle and strong in both

character and life ….

May you always find joys in life ……

May you always know that you are loved …….”

and lots of other lovely sayings.

My Blessings Bear for little grandson J :0)

I hope he loves it!

Good Morning!


Bulls Head - Old Glossop Church Street South - Old Glossop Come rain, or shine, first walk of the day takes Bella and Me down the road – stopping at every corner and lamp post to check out who has already been on the road before us – and then as fast as her four little legs and bobbing up and down ears will take her there ……..

To her favourite place to go ……. The Park!

I like to go there too!:0)

We walk along by the river ……. sniffing out for squirrels ……..Manor Park - Stream

Manor Park - Bridges Over the bridge ……

to our favourite bench ……..

Wherever YOU go to this morning ……

from our bench we wish you …….

“Top ‘o The Morning….. Have a good day!”

Quiet Corner - Manor Park