Tartan Fabric and some food!

"Share your strengths, not your weaknesses" is a saying, but somethimes a weakness is worth sharing! One of mine is wool tartan fabrics. I find it so facinating that I buy meters without knowing what to use it for. I have four beautiful tartan fabrics that I right now are trying to figure out what to make with. I want to make a work dress and use some of the tartan as details - but I have no clear idea of the end result! If you have good ideas of how to use these tartans in a clever way I would love to hear it!

I did use some of my tartant to upcycle a chair I found among damaged and old furnitures. I painted it glossy white and covered it in "Scottish Rugby Union" tartan. The sports connection here is purley conicidential! The chair was very damaged when I found it. It had a dark wooden frame and black leather back and seat. With paint, metal brackets and tartan fabric it got a second life!

On an other note, I would love to share a great recipe with you! Yesterday I was wondering what to have for dinner. Being low on iron I had bought some spinach. I made a mash with potatoes, spinach and spring onion. It turned out yummy!

Potatoes and Spinach Mash
8 potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
1 big pack of spinach, (you can use frozen)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 pt. sour cream
2 spring onions, sloced
1 c. shredded parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes, fry the spring onions, garlic and the spinach in a bit of oil until the spinach "collaps". Mash the potatose toghether with the spinach mix and sour cream. Stir in the parmesan cheese and add salt and pepper to taste! We had some great artisane sausages with the mash!


  1. Great recipe! I'm going to give this a try - I love spinach!

  2. That chair is amazing! I went to Scotland last summer and I fell in love with it.

  3. That is so pretty!! Needs more cat hair on it though.

  4. I love plaid! That blue tartan looks fantastic against the bright white chair :)

  5. That chair looks as if it was always meant to wear the rugby colors! Great recipe...I will have to try this :)

  6. wow that chair is very beautiful!

  7. Eline, The chair with the blue tartan plaid is adorable! I love the white and blue together. Then I came to your recipe for the mashed potatoes and spinach...I can't wait to try this. I love potatoes and make lots of mashed variations but never done so with spinach. Thanks for sharing this yummy sounding recipe!

  8. Hej Eline!
    I like the chair, the blue is so strong against the white, (Although I must admit I support Ireland in rugby. Unfortunately Ireland and Scotland are rivals in the 6 Nations Rugby, but that's only a small issue!)
    The recipe for the mash sounds yummy.
    I wish you well in your search for patterns for your tartans, I don't sew, but I have begun knitting again, and I tend to have lots of wool that I need to decide how to use!

  9. beautiful job on the chair!

    is there a strict difference between plaid and tartan? i have a flannel plaid i just bought to make a robe for my fiance after a vintage men's pattern i found. a little intimidated by it at the moment though!

    odd about the tartans though...i just posted about our plans to elope to scotland this summer (http://thestoryofkat.blogspot.com/) and have been reading up on clansmen and their traditional tartans in my guidebook.