Friday, 27 June 2014

The Elderflower Trilogy - Part 2

Quick and simple, I made this gin last year with a four month old Frieda in the sling. Every new mother needs gin in her life, right? and especially this floraltastic gin. So good, I decided to prepare some more this year,

All you need is:

20 elderflower heads
700ml gin
4 tablespoons of gin

Infuse in a jar, shake, every few days, strain in through a muslin after about six weeks, take a seat and enjoy. Tastes best when feeling a little on the edge and sleep deprived.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Blog Hop



I have been tagged by Debbie to take part in the blog hop. I was extremely honoured to be tagged by Debbie as she is a prolific blogger whose blog was probably one of the first I ever read and has been providing me with inspiration ever since. My blog hardly feels like it has started as there are still so many tweeks I need to make; so you can imagine my glee to be asked to take part in this. Hop back to Debbie's blog for craft, adventures and beautiful visuals.

What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table in the last week.

I have started a very small arts and crafts style cross stitch, which I have been doing on the bus. This is a very new craft to me....the bus is not necessary the easiest place to master this craft.

I have also been painting a couple of found pieces of furniture for Frieda's room.

I have also been taking a bit of time out from evening making sessions and have my nose in a book, as I realised I hadn't read a book in months.

Where are you currently finding your inspiration from?

I spend a lot a lot of time wandering round getting lost in suburbia when i'm at work. I get many ideas from things people have made out of recycled items in their gardens. I also find the odd unwanted item that I bring home and paint or put on the wall.

I spend much time in the middle of the night feeding a baby and looking at pinterest and other blogs.

How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?

I came to crafting quite late and didn't start until my late twenties. I work part time supporting family carers and I have a small daughter. Since having a baby I have felt really creative and also more confident in my abilities. For a long time now I have had a deep concern about society’s soaring consumption and the effect it has on the planet. I have been buying second hand and reusing items for as long as I can remember. Having a baby just sort of brought my love of craft and and my concerns together. Subsequently I have tried to incorporate being creative into our everyday life rather than make time to craft. I have very little time to solo craft as I have a baby who is afraid of sleep. Rather than letting this leaving me feeling frustrated I have changed the sort of creative pursuits I take part in. For example foraging, planting seeds cooking, skip diving and charity shopping are all activities Frieda and I can take part in together, they keep Frieda occupied and fulfil my creative urges. Long gone are the lost days of watching box sets whilst frantically knitting but what I do have is plenty of days free to explore and go on day trips.

And finally, I would like to recommend Lori and the Caravan. A fellow new mama, this blog contains snippets of family life, beautiful pictures, stunning vintage clothes mixed in with a good pinch of humour along the way. She blogs very regularly and I always look forward to her posts.

I also always enjoy Lulastic and the hippy shake for great parenting stories and craft tutorials and The road is home for stunning photography. 

Happy Hopping


Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Elderflower Trilogy - Part 1

There has been an abundance of elderflowers near my house. Frieda and I have collected many.  I have never made cordial and this has been on my list of things to do for a while now. The cordial is superb. I was super pleased with the results. Here's how I made mine:

You will need:

2 ½ Kg white Sugar
2 unwaxed lemons
20 fresh elder heads
85g citric acid (you can get from the chemist over the counter or on line)
Old glass bottles (I used  vinegar bottles)

  1. Put the sugar and 1.5 litres/ 2 ¾ water into a very large saucepan. Gently heat without boiling, until the sugar has dissolved. Stir now and again.
  2. When the sugar has dissolved, bring the pan of syrup to the boil and then turn off the heat. In the mean time wash the flowers with cold water, ridding them of any dirt or bugs. Shake and add to the syrup along with the juice of the lemons and citric acid. Leave to infuse for 24 hrs.
  3. Sterilise old glass bottles by washing them and putting them in the oven for twenty minutes on a very low heat.
  4. Line a colander with a clean tea towl, then sit it over a large bowl or pan. Ladle in the syrup and let it drip slowly through into a jug. Discard the flowers left in the towel. The cordial, I have been told, will keep for six weeks in the fridge or can be frozen.

It's a little bit of May in a bottle. I have been enjoying mine with sparkling water an ice cubes.  It's a great thrifty summer gift for loved ones.  If you are lucky you may just be able to catch some of the last batches of flowers.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


With a thirst for the seaside that Brighton couldn't quench, we took a trip to Rottingdean. So sidetracked did we become, by the amazing arts and crafts cottages, rose filled gardens and quaint second-hand shops, we quite forgot our thirst for the seaside and merely caught a glimpse of the sea (hence no seaside photos). Ah Rottingdean, always a only complaint is the terrible traffic that runs through it's heart. 


Friday, 6 June 2014

Stanmer Park

Stuck in a rut, we have visited the same park and sat on the same garish swings for weeks now. In a conscious decision to 'get out more' and by that I mean visit different places. (we actually get out all the time) We are fair weather adventures in our house and often wimp out if it rains. Today was not one of those days. We visited Stanmer Park, in the rain and swung on new swings! We went with a friend who directed us to a great little area where the Forest School is held. I have been wanting to check out Forest School for a while but I thought Frieda was too young but speaking to my friend, apparently very young babies attend. So it's time to shake off the rain drops and try some new things.


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Another trip to the farm

It's been 'one of those weeks' here at Chez Jobbins. I'm always reminded of newborn baby chaos when Frieda is ill. And so it was, we were plumeted back into the world of hourly wakes, cooking dinner with Frieda in the sling and going to bed unable to move my arm for fear Frieda would wake. It was tiring, my sense of self departed, we ate frozen pizza, and ALL tasks remained unfinished. (rather than the usual most tasks remaining unfinished) Frieda has now learnt the word Capol.... i'm not sure if this suggests good language skills or trigger happy use of the medicine.

I take you back to the weekend when me and Frieda took a trip to visit my parents. We had one sunny day and took a trip to Sacrewell farm. Frieda was just getting a cold so wasn't quite as enamoured by the animals as I thought she would be. My highlight was the water mill, such a beautiful building and picturesque gardens.  


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