Hello New Blog!…. goodbye old


Bella Bag’s blog is sadly coming to an end …… something technical …… Soooooooo …

Here is a Big Welcome from Bella and me  – to You, to our new home in Blogland!

Thank you for stopping by and  please add our new address


in place of Bella Bag’s Blog.

The little quilt as you go “house coat ” was Bella’s Christmas present ….. cute?

The house was pretty cold so it ‘s fleece lined and VERY cozy :0)


In closing I thought I would add this …..

it’s from a February 2010 posting ….    (you could say Vintage Bella!)

I hope you like it!

Bella L O V E S .….
Crisp snowy days …..
windy blustery days ….
NOT rainy days!

But her BEST days ….
are sunny, summer days,
running in meadow days!
…… Soon to come days.

Whatever you are doing …….

Have a Good Day!


Gosh! That seems so long ago now!

Well we hope to see you around again very soon,

from Bella and Me …. have a lovely week XX


Quiet busy book again!


Once again, here are a few more pages from the


I loved making this page!

Night time ….. count the stars

“Oh No! a puncture!”

Time to change the wheel (tucked away in the pocket)

fastening buttons,

Woof, woof and the little dog jumps off the back of the truck,

the flower is fastened with a press-stud …


fine motor skills, counting, simple problem solving and story telling

Obviously learn to tie a shoe!

the sides open and can be unlaced, laced up again and tied again!

the star fabric is the shoe tongue.

well, there we are ….. another couple coming up next week.

Enjoy your weekend, wherever your shoes take you!

hope you don’t have any punctures though!


Lucy’s colours


What a Wonderful Christmas Present :0)

Special DK 100g 17 Assorted colours Pack

apparently it came from Masons of Abingdon


who actually have Lucy’s colours already packaged – all 17 of them!

Special DK 100g 17 Assorted colours Pack

they also have a super selection of Stylecraft yarns

I couldn’t decide then what to do …..

ripple, granny stripe? ripple, granny stripe? ripple ….

well in the end

I decided on ….

Granny Stripe

I’m   L O V I N G  every hooking minute!

and it is growing ….. very quickly …..

It is so scrumptious! All thanks to Lucy!

What an Inspiration she is :0)

if you haven’t visited attic24 yet …. pop over soon ….


It also goes rather well with my decopatch window light …

I  L O V E  decopatch too!

Happy Rainbows …..

till next time XX

Quiet/Busy Book 3 and 4


Last Wednesday I introduced my

Quiet book to you with pages 1 and 2

plus my happy I Spy book courtesy of Fish Sticks


today I have two more pages to share:

page 3

a zebra crossing, two felt house neighbours,

one house has a little red button car to run up and down it’s driveway,

a deserted road to drive the little blue felt car – left side please! on visits or

go for petrol at the yellow petrol pump … (self service!)

the car is “garaged” behind the flower bed and attached with a string :0)


imaginative play, fine motor skills, simple story telling

page 4

Counting 1 – 10

This proved to be a very popular page.

lift up flaps reveals a number and corresponding buttons –

star buttons – 1,4,7

flower buttons – 2,5,8

heart buttons  – 3,6,9

and 10 pencil buttons


counting 1 – 10, touch and count,

repeating pattern in the materials for the flaps –

dots, bicycles, dots, bicycles, etc.


there now! ……

hope you enjoyed todays editions!

back next Wednesday with two more pages ….

until then xx

Cover up recipes!*


*see previous post: a cover up!

First come First served:

Apple and Cranberry Chutney

1 k cooking apples peeled and chopped into small chunks

500g eating apples, peeled and chopped into large chunks

450g onions , sliced

50g fresh root ginger, finely chopped

1 tsp peppercorns

500g granulated sugar

250 ml cider vinegar

500g cranberries

Place all ingredients except cranberries in a large heavy-based saucepan,

then gently heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 mins,

stirring regularly until the apples and onions are tender,

the mixture has thickened and no watery juice remains.

Add the cranberries, then cook for a further 10 mins or so until just softened but not burst.

Spoon the hot chutney into sterilised jars and seal.

Store unopened in a cool, dark place. The chutney will keep for up to 6 months. Chill on opening.


Brandy Mincemeat

600g mixed fruit

100g cherries

1 large bramley apple

200 ml brandy

70g broken almonds

200g suet

250g dark brown sugar

1 orange zest and juice

1 lemon zest and juice

1 teaspoon each: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger

Mix all together in a large bowl and stir (I just like to stir often!)

Next day, stir again and pot :0)

(this will be for next Christmas)


back on Wednesday with two more pages from the Quiet Book :0)

Bye for now xx

a cover up!


It all started because I just couldn’t discard this …..

an unused Royal Horticultural Society diary ……

but with such gorgeous artwork ……

These are NOT photos, but beautiful botanical drawings …..

SO what to do with it, tear out pages and make cards with them?


frame one or two?

THEN I had this what I call a “BRILLIANT IDEA”

I would use it Just As It Is!!!

But it would be my very own, very special diary of


each month I will add a recipe suitable for that season and month of the year …

Brilliant Idea, don’t you think?

I started with the month of December, adding the Gorgeous Christmas Cake,

and …..

a Brandy Mincemeat, and a gorgeous Apple and Cranberry Chutney Recipe

(recipes for you in the next blog on Monday :0)


well, this is the Title Page ….

and I made a Journal cover ….. just to hide it being a 2011 Diary!

Well, I think it is a brilliant idea!

Recipes coming on Monday :0)

Bye for now, xx

Quiet Book or Busy Book


I had seen QUIET/ BUSY BOOKS on many blogs and I decided


so my journey began…..

I say journey because it took in many aspects before even cutting into any fabric …

a few decisions had to be thought about first:

How many activity pages?

How to fasten the pages together?

What size?

What activities did I want to include?

BUT my one criterion was


no bits to get lost!

With that in mind I thought I would show a few pages each week

with a comment or two ….

So here is page 1

The velcro shapes live inside, and are attached to the pocket by ricrac,

also attached to the pocket outside ….

is a waistcoat buckle to undo,

this also fastens with a velcro tab,

(the two slide up and down buttons are just to fiddle with!)


simple shape recognition and hand eye co-ordination

page 2

a sorting page,

novelty buttons attached to coloured ribbon to sort into pockets

two for each colour, : red car, scissors, yellow rabbit, blue house etc.

ribbons fastened under black velvet ribbon for sensory touch,


early problem solving and colour recognition


in a pocket on the inside cover of the book lives ……

a concertina

I Spy book!


this encourages:-

language development, adult participation,

observation and FUN!

I   L O V E D making this flip flap concertina book :0)

for a tutorial skip along to …..


I will add the next few pages each Wednesday….. so

till next few pages are due,

Bye for now xx