As in – how to comfort a cold – not a nasty lack of comfort.  Though I do adore Stella Gibbons novel Cold Comfort Farm and its BBC film adaptation – mmmm … I might go and put it on.

I have a cold – you know how this dirge goes (please feel free to sing along if you are a co-sufferer) …

by doze is runny,


by throat is sore, [ thank heavens for left over rhubarb crumble ]


by legs are aching, [ thank heavens for flannel skirts and spotty socks ]
by eyes are watering,
woe is me. 


So to comfort me, I plonked a toasty puppy on my lap, some stitching in my hand … oh and before this, put some bread on to bake.  Give “by doze” something nice to do, i.e. smell the warm yumminess.


The flies hovering around the kitchen led me to ponder, like great women before me, the necessity – and prettiness –  of a homemade bread bag to store the homemade bread, keep it fresh a wee bit longer,  and give me silly happy thoughts each time I look at this arki-item. [ go on, click on it, it’s really cool! ]  Jennifer knows what I mean!


But “by doze is runny” so options were kept very simple.  A wee strip of patchwork for above and below a wee strip of truly, madly, deeply gorgeous Japanese fabric I bought last week from Amitie.  An Ikea teatowel, trimmed to fit the patchwork band.  And because I couldn’t bear the thought of coping with drawstrings or bending over to locate matching cotton, a tie with buttons to finish the ends and a button to hold it on.  


[ clearly it took me longer to find and sew on buttons than it would have to thread the machine, but, you know, “by doze is runny”. ]


Now, all that’s left is to put the bread away.  After I’ve eaten another piece.  With apricot jam this time.   


cold comfort

12 thoughts on “cold comfort

  • May 7, 2009 at 5:58 am

    I’m sorry for your “doze”, but that gorgeous outfit you’re wearing will make it better instantenously! My family has always used cloth bread bags, but I must confess I’m the black sheep: I just wrap my bread in a teatowel… perhaps I’ll do something about that as I have no excuses: my “doze” after all is ok:)

  • May 7, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Feel better, Lily! You seem to have gathered the proper antidotes, IMHO. We never seem to have a problem keeping the bread fresh…I usually eat it too quickly. But for future reference, I’ll keep a pretty bread bag in mind! :-)

  • May 7, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I hope you are feeling better! Beautiful post. I love your photo where you draw in the flour. I also like your bread bag, something new to me, love your fabrics.

  • May 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Ooh, get better soon. How can you write such a sweet post with a cold? Your doze doesn’t slow you down much.

    I’m planning some good quiet bread-making this weekend, too, so a bag would be just the Saturday morning project for me. Mm. Also thinking lunch bag – why, oh why, am I a crafter who caries her lunch to work in a plastic bag???

  • May 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Hope you feel beter soon. I’m suffering right there with ya. Cute bread bag too!

  • May 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Not too many people can write this clever when they are in your condition (and take the accompanying photos and post them in order). Now I know why you are amazing when you feel well!

  • May 7, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Um, Lily – even when you are sick you are fabulous and creative. Even when you cook you are artistic. Check out the little flour design! That bread looks majical. What is it? Get better. The pink tights and crumble are such cute pictures. Feel better soon.

  • May 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Oh I just found your blog via CraftGossip. It’s beautiful here! Feel better!

  • May 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I too have been sick. thank you for your pretty pictures, they make me feel a bit better.

  • May 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I love your bread bag. I have a bread jar, myself, but I’m thinking this might be a better idea!
    And poor love, feeling under the weather :-( I hobe the abricot jab helped… Get well soon!

  • May 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    oh my what lovely fabric choices for the bread bag, I wish my scraps were that stylish :)

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