Monthly Archives: November 2010

Try Your Luck! Proveu Sort!

Visit Stray Stitches for a chance to win a mostly complete quilt kit. Don’t forget to have a look at her two new blogs…

Visiteu Stray Stitches per poder tenir l’oportunitat de  guanyar un kit quasi complet per fer un quilt. No oblideu de visitar els seus dos nous blogs…

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LAYER CAKE QUILT ALONG BLOC 2- BLOCK 2

I found the second block of the quilt along quite challenging but I am more pleased with the results this time, especially with the fabric choice for the Awesome line quilt.
I was wondering would it be better to press the seams open when I have to work with so many half square triangles. I found that the corner joints were quite bulky when I finished.
Anyway, that’s why I like this kind of projects, I always learn new things through practicing!

ASTER MANOR

Aquest cop m’ha costat una mica mes fer el segon bloc pel quilt along, tot i que estic mes contenta amb el resultat, sobretot amb la roba que he triat amb la linea d’Awesome.
Em pregunto si aniria millor planxar les vores obertes quan he de treballar amb tants triangles. He vist que al final, les cantonades quedaven bastant atapaides.
De totes maneres es per aixo que m’agraden aquests tipus de projectes, sempre vaig aprenent a mida que vaig fent!

AWESOME

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Tea, cups, scones… – Te, tasses, scones…






I have a few recipes waiting to be posted and I think I’ll better start sharing them. 
I love tea and everything related to it, from cups and saucers to the nice treats you have to accompany a nice cup of tea (in a China cup) properly brewed in a teapot…
As some Irish say here “the only good thing the English brought to Ireland is tea!”, I’m not going to get into politics LOL, no time or energy for that now… but I think they’re right, there’s nothing like a good cup of tea…
Not many people know how to make good tea either, especially in Europe! When I go back to my hometown for holidays I have a hard time to quench my thirst of tea. Fortunately I can drawn my sorrows in a glass of my good old Cacaolat, the Best Chocolate Drink Ever Made in Catalonia! (it is only available in Catalonia, nowhere else)
After all this dissertation I only want to share 2 things, one is my collection of tea cups and saucers and the other is my recipe for scones… I wish there was some kind of devise that lets the smells travel through computers because the smell of these scones is indescribable… so you’ll have to make your own to know what I’m talking about.

Tinc un munt de receptes en llista d’espera per penjar-les aqui i ja va sent hora de que comenci a compartir-les. M’encanta el te i tot el que hi esta relacionat: des de tasses i platets fins les coses tan bones que es menjen per acompanyar una bona tassa de te (de porcelana) degudament fet (en una tetera)…
Com alguns irlandesos diuen “l’unica cosa bona que van portar els anglesos a Irlanda va ser el te”, no entrare en politica, no tinc temps ni ganes…. pero tenen rao, no hi ha res mes bo que un te…
No tothom sap fer  te, sobretot a Europa! Quan torno a Barcelona de vacances no trobo cap lloc on facin un bon te, pero per sort puc ofegar les meves penes en un bon got de Cacaolat, la millor beguda de xocolata del mon sencer!
Despres d’aquesta parrafada el que vull compartir son dues coses, una es la meva col.leccio de tasses i l’altre es la recepta dels Scones, una mena de panets que es menjen amb mermelada, mantega i nata muntada. Provenen dels paisos anglosaxons i cada area tindra la seva recepta. A Cornwall se’ls menjen amb “clotted cream”, ve a ser una nata muntada molt i molt espessa que quasi arriba a la textura de la mantega. Si hi hagues alguna manera de poder enviar les olors a traves dels ordinadors aquest cop ho faria. L’olor d’aquests panets acabats de coure es espectacular. Els haureu de fer per saber de que parlo.


my teacup stash… 
la meva col.le…
SCONES
ingredients

300gr self raising flour
30 gr caster sugar
60 gr butter
1 egg beaten
150 ml milk
1 pinch of salt
15 gr baking powder
raisins (optional)
1. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the butter and with your fingers break it into little crumbs mixing it with the flour mix.
2. Make a well in the centre and add the milk and egg together, with a wooden spoon fold in all the ingredients. Try to have them all mixed with the less work possible, it’s important to preserve the air and lightness of the dough. Add the raisins now if you use them.
3. Make a ball slightly with your hands and put it on a floured surface. Flatten it a bit on top to a thickness of 1.5″. With a round cutter (or a glass), cut the dough with a quick movement and a quarter twist to prevent it from sticking to the cutter.
4. Place the scones on a baking tray and brush them with milk or beaten egg before baking them in a preheated oven at 180C for around 15-18 min.
SCONES
ingredients
300gr de farina
30 gr de sucre
60 gr de mantega
150 ml de llet
1 ou batut
1 pessic de sal
15gr de lleadura en pols Royal
panses (opcional)
1. Poseu la farina, la llevadura, el sucre i la sal en un bol.
2. Afegiu la mantega i amb els dits l’esmicoleu barrejant-la amb la farina. Ha de quedar tota la mantega tan esmicolada que sembla que tinguem el bol ple de molletes petites. Es molt important airejar els ingredients, deixeu caure la farina entre els dits.
3. Feu un forat al mig i a poc a poc hi afegiu la llet i l’ou batut barrejats, i a poc a poc pero amb contundencia ho barrejeu be amb una cullera de fusta. Es tracta de lligar-ho tot be amb el menor treball de massa possible per poder mantenir l’aire i la lleugeresa. Afegiu-hi les panses ara si en voleu.
4. Amb les mans, formeu una bola i col.loqueu-la sobre una superficie enfarinada. Aplaneu-la una mica fins que quedi un gruix d’uns 3-4 cm. Amb un got d’uns 5 cm de diametre o un talla-pastes rodo, talleu d’un cop sec al mateix temps que gireu un quart (perque no se us enganxin al talla pastes).
5. Aneu-los col.locant en una safata de forn i pinteu-los amb ou batut o amb llet (o els dos junts).
6. Cogueu-los al forn a 180C precalentat, durant uns 15-18 minuts.
BON PROFIT!
ENJOY!
My next recipe will have apples in it… what do you think it is?
La proxima recepta te pomes… sabeu que pot ser?
For those readers who are interested in Catalan gastronomy I couldn’t recommend enough this blog where you can find the most amazing recipes. Although written in Catalan, there are translation facilities  plus its author is a fluent English speaker. Just look at the photographs…
Us recomano aquest blog per trobar les millors receptes que us pogueu imaginar… mireu les fotos que te!

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lucky star… l’estel de la bona sort…

Sembla que l’estel de la bona sort corre per sobre de casa meva! De vegades participo en sortejos, per provar sort no perdo res, pero sempre surto guanyant perque m’agrada mirar els projectes dels blogs que vaig descobrint i la meva llista de projectes preferits va augmentant. La majoria de vegades no guanyo el que se sorteja, pero ultimament estic tenint un cop de sort!

It looks like the Lucky Star is shining on me! I sometimes enter giveaways but not always… I don’t lose anything when trying but I win a lot instead! I win a new blog on my list of favourite blogs and get to look at the beautiful projects they have. 
… and… if I get to win the giveaway, it is a plus! 
I’ve been lucky a few times lately…

L’ultim sorteig que he guanyat ha sigut a Lilys Quilts, un blog amb una quantitat de quilts impressionants. El meu preferit es aquest. Doneu-hi una ullada, es per fer-te una bona tassa de te i seure davant de la pantalla una bona estona!

I que es el que he guanyat? us debeu preguntar…

The last giveaway I entered was at Lilys Quilts, a blog full of amazing quilts. Please go and have a look yourselves, my favourite is this one. Grab a good cup of tea and sit for a while scrolling down the posts… you’ll have a great time!
And what have I won you may ask?

Una bossa de retalls de la linea Awesome de Moda
A Scrap Bag of Awesome line from Moda
Simply Solids, es la botiga que generosament ha donat el premi. Ara ja tinc una altra botiga a la llista! el ventall que te de Kona Solids es enorme i val la pena tenir-la en compte.
Simply Solids is the shop that kindly hosted the giveaway. Now I have it on my list of shops for future supply needs… Have a look at the Kona Solids range they have, it is worth to have them bookmarked!

Gracies Lynne i gracies Simply Solids!
Thank you Lynne and thank you Simply Solids!


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When you come to Ireland you should… – Quan vingueu a Irlanda haureu de…

…visit this shop!!! 
…visitar aquesta botiga!!!

Es una de les meves botigues preferides de Galway. Aqui he trobat les teles per fer la bossa, les faldilles,  patrons i altres cosetes que he comprat per decorar l’habitacio de la Hana. 
Venen llanes, teles, agulles, cintes ric-rac, betes, botons, llibres, patrons, joguines de fusta per als menuts, enganxines per decorar les parets i mil cosetes mes, d’aquelles que no pots parar de mirar i remirar. Recolzen els artesans locals i tot allo fet a ma. Si algun dia visiteu Irlanda, no oblideu fer parada a Galway i visitar aquesta petita botiga. Es unica i no trobareu res semblant en tota la ciutat (i m’atreviria a dir en tota la costa oest!)
Podeu visitar (i seguir?) el seu blog per saber les ultimes novetats. De tant en tant organitzen tallers, potser podeu afegir una experiencia mes a la vostra estada?
I ja que estic tan posada, potser que demani feina a l’oficina de turisme…juas!
It is one of my favourite shops in Galway. Here I found the fabric to make my bags, my skirts, patterns and other things to decorate Hana’s room.
They sell wool, fabric, needles, ric-rac, ribbons, books, patterns, buttons, wooden toys, stickers to decorate walls…  a thousand little things more that you can’t stop looking at. They support local artist and sell a lot of handmade crafts.
If you ever come to Ireland, don’t forget to come to Galway city and visit this beautiful little shop. It’s unique and you won’t find anything else like it in town (not even in the west coast I’d say!)
You can also visit their blog (and follow maybe?) to know more about what they do. They also organize workshops… maybe you could add another experience in your staying?
And since I’m at it, I might ask for a job at the tourist board… LOL

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psssst! giveaway…sorteig…

fat quarters, sweet sweet fat quarters from Retro Mummy, hurry up, ends this sunday!

Fat quarts maquissims de Retro Mummy, afanyeu-vos que acaba aquest diumenge!

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CARD SWAP- INTERCANVI DE TARJETES

Ja puc ensenyar la tarjeta que vaig fer per l’Intercanvi de Tarjetes organitzat per la Beth. La meva “victima”, dels EEUU,  ja l’ha rebut i l’ha publicat al grup de flickr, i li ha agradat :o)

Vaig fer servir paper per imprimir la dita irlandesa. Despres vaig fer flors de quilling i, amb la maquina de cosir, vaig fer una cenefa senzilla al voltant. Els talls de les flors els he cosit tambe a maquina, escollint un dels molts punts que te la maquina (per fi els puc fer servir!).

I can show the rest of the card I made for the Big Swap Card that Beth organized. My victim, in the USA, has received it and already published it on the flickr stream and she liked it! :o)

Sooty is a great model, isn’t she?

I used paper strips to print the Irish saying, I made the quilling flowers and stitched all around the card as a border. The stems and leaves are also machine stitched, choosing from the many different patterns my machine has (at last I could try them!)






La Beth va sortejar 10 sets de 3 postals fetes per ella i vaig ser una de les afortunades. Oi que son maques?

I was one of the ten lucky winners in the draw from all participating cards and I received this set of 3 handmade cards by Beth. 

Aren’t they lovely?


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