#Update Your Jacket-Recycling

That jacket we rarely wear-We can take it to the charity shop, give it to someone or alter it for more use.

The jacket with new buttons

The jacket with new buttons


Simple suggestions for alterations-
Remove the old buttons and sew on new ones.
The old grey buttons are now in my button basket.

The old grey buttons are now in my button basket.


Turn up the sleeves to show the contrasting lining.
Sew on two side loops and add a belt. The belt may be contrasting, toning or the same colour OR
Remove the old belt and loops.
The jacket with changes

The jacket with changes

#Pantomime Season-Being Silly

Originally posted on Eve MEL Thomson- Helpful Hints By Hounds And Humans!:

Children like to watch a story, especially if it’s silly. The pantomime includes humour and the actors often swap roles so women dress up as men and the other way around. In the United Kingdom families watch these shows. The best we have seen was simple. There were only three actors who played several parts. There was no theatre or stage, just a little set. The actors performed in a small area with the children sitting in front of them. They sang present day pop songs so the children could join in and dance or move about if they wished. Some parents sat on the floor with their children and joined in the fun. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect.

These afternoon performances took place on a car ferry that was sailing from Newcastle to Amsterdam in the evening. The generous ship’s buffet lunch provided for adults and children was popular…

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#Pantomime Season-Being Silly

Children like to watch a story, especially if it’s silly. The pantomime includes humour and the actors often swap roles so women dress up as men and the other way around. In the United Kingdom families watch these shows. The best we have seen was simple. There were only three actors who played several parts. There was no theatre or stage, just a little set. The actors performed in a small area with the children sitting in front of them. They sang present day pop songs so the children could join in and dance or move about if they wished. Some parents sat on the floor with their children and joined in the fun. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect.

The children are enraptured.

The children are enraptured.


These afternoon performances took place on a car ferry that was sailing from Newcastle to Amsterdam in the evening. The generous ship’s buffet lunch provided for adults and children was popular. It was fun on the ship even if it was not moving at the time. Some families remained on board after the pantomime to sail to Amsterdam later.
The car ferry

The car ferry

Free Entertainment-#Shop Window Displays

Designing displays for shop windows is a satisfying job. The display lifts the moods of people passing by, entertains certain age groups, invites people to linger, encourages viewers to enter the shop and hopefully influences them to spend money inside the shop.

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland

The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole

The Mad Hatter's Home

The Mad Hatter’s Home

The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts


Often we have our favourite shop displays at certain times of year. We visit them as we know we won’t be disappointed. Famous large stores never fail to please. Every winter in Newcastle on Tyne, UK the window displays attract many shoppers. Last year I was impressed by the Alice In Wonderland (children’s book written by Lewis Carroll) display. It filled eight windows. It enchanted me, so children must have enjoyed it even more!
The White Rabbit';s House

The White Rabbit’s House

Advice from a Caterpillar

Advice from a Caterpillar

Mad Hatter's Party

Mad Hatter’s Party

It was just a dream.

It was just a dream.

Three puddings from one- #Panettone

Panettone, the Italian cake is delicious.
Slices- Cut off some slices from the flat bottom and serve with a hot drink like coffee.
What to do with the rest?

Give me some!

Give me some!

Fruit Charlotte pudding- Cut off pieces from around the cake to turn it into a roundish shape. Use these pieces now or freeze the pieces for use in another pudding. Maybe you can line a buttered bowl with the overlapping pieces (crusts inside) and fill the middle with cooked pear or apple puree with an egg yolk added. Bake, cool and invert the dish. It’s like a Charlotte pudding.
or

Bread and Butter pudding- Instead use the pieces to make a small bread and butter pudding with sugar (optional), eggs and milk or cream.

Ingredients for a bombe.

Ingredients for a bombe.

Bombe- Hollow out your ball shape. Place whipped cream flavoured with vanilla or liqueur in the hollow. Place a piece of Panettone on top to hide the cream. Freeze. Serve your bombe slightly thawed with a sweet sauce or more cream.
From one Panettone-Slices, a Charlotte or bread and butter pudding plus a bombe.

New Outfit #Recycling

That puff-ball dress or any dress you don’t wear any more? Change it into a top.

A top made from a dress. Pin on the strap (as in the photo) and try on before sewing.

A top made from a dress. Pin on the strap (as in the photo) and try on before sewing.


On the dress, put a pin where you would like the new hem to be when it is a top. Add about four centimetres below the pin for the hem. Place the pin there. Now measure up to this pin from the bottom of the dress. For example, if it measures about six centimetres from the bottom of the dress to the pin, then cut off six centimetres from the bottom of the dress all around. After folding the hem under twice, iron it and hand-sew it. Cut across the long circular strip you cut off the bottom of the dress. Sew together the long right sides of the long strip. Pull one end through this tube until it is the right side out. Now you have a strap. Add it to the top by sewing or temporarily using safety pins. Instead maybe use the strap as a scarf, headband or handbag strap.
The tube made from the cut off hem of the former dress.

The tube made from the cut off hem of the former dress.


Depending on the new length, wear the top over opaque tights, leggings a pencil skirt or trousers.

#Appreciating The Old And New

Like many cities, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom is a reborn place. A once industrial city has an iconic quayside with seven old and new memorable bridges, stylish new bars and lively restaurants. The old wood burnished library remains and the bright newer hi-tech one is automated. A variety of majestic old buildings, including those of the university, remain strong against modern competition from the glazed caterpillar like Sage music centre and towering smart blocks of flats.

Old Literary and Philosophical Society Library, Newcastle.  Over 160,000 books

Old Literary and Philosophical Society Library, Newcastle. Over 160,000 books


We visit and cherish the old but we welcome innovative development with our patronage too.
Quayside, Newcastle on Tyne, UK (Right-The Sage music centre and beyond, The Baltic arts centre).

Quayside, Newcastle on Tyne, UK (Right-The Sage music centre and beyond, The Baltic arts centre).