Thursday, 31 May 2007
Unfortunately I can't show you all the lovely things that Alison has made and sent until my camera comes back mended, but when it does I will get the photos posted on here asap. Until then, here is one of Alison's strawberry pincushions - the photo is from her Etsy shop.
THANK YOU SO MUCH ALISON - I am overwhelmed at your generosity, you are SO kind.x
For those of you who don't know, Alison has a rather nice Etsy shop which you can browse at her blog Foxgloves - I thoroughly recommend this!!!
I'm off to stroke my goodies!
Containers created in different textiles and other mediums is something I would like to experiment with when I have time.
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
This stripey cardigan that my daughter is wearing was actually made originally for my son by the lovely Diane at The Sound of One Hand Knitting. Well, he wore it once I think and pronounced it not for him (sheesh - the little Prince that he is) and my daughter adopted it instead, even though it was a tad too short on the arms! Miss L is unconcerned with such trivialities - if she likes it, then that's all there is to it! Incidentally, Miss L's little friend is the much loved 'Pup', an old and very dear hound.
If you haven't visited Diane's blog, you should go on over and say hello - my guess is that she is in bed with a book and eating chocolate! Very sensible.
Monday, 28 May 2007
Do you know what's weird though? That's the third time I've won something recently - yes, the third time - and I am the person who never wins anything ever. Spooky huh?
A bit of bad news I'm afraid - my beloved old Kodak digital camera is broken:((( When I switch it on the zoom lens pops out and is ready for action but now it pops out and then pops right back in again - boo hoo! I take pictures every day - how will I manage? Well, am I glad I took out an extended cover now!!
Did I mention I won goodies....?
Sunday, 27 May 2007
Saturday, 26 May 2007
The gardens of the Museum were lovely and I took a few photos while wandering...
I have no information about this, but it is lovely isn't it?
These little wooden seats were so comfortable. That 'path' they are on is actually in the shape of a long leaf (you can make out the central vein) and it has the 'bottoms' of different coloured bottles set into it randomly (you can see them if you click on the photo), it was really lovely. The shape of the seats reminds me of the Moomin Trolls.
This was great - when you jumped on the end of a plank it played a note! Fantastic fun. Must be a system of bellows or something else clever.
I was thinking a teddy bear's picnic would be good here. Unfortunately, we didn't have any teddies with us, or any picnic either.
There were lots of really pretty flowers. It was quite a 'wild' garden, which are the kind I love best.
There was a little path with various mosaics set into it. Carol showed some of these on her blog so I've shown a different one here. I love the colours in this one.
I would recommend the Museum if you are ever in the area. Even if it's not your cup of tea, there is a cafe and admission is free!
Thursday, 24 May 2007
We had this little visitor in garden at the weekend much to the delight of the children, who took this picture. I just love the colours!
Here is a rather poor photo of some rather gorgeous bunting I got from the lovely Sarah. She had a little competition and I was the lucky winner. Anyway, it's just lovely and I've got it hung up in my dining/craft room. Thank you Sarah!!!!
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Sunday, 20 May 2007
Here is her birthday cake. Hearts were requested but I didn't have any small heart cutters, so it was flowers to the rescue. My mum put big '8' and '7' candles on it and some long thin ones that were supposed to 'sparkle' but didn't! There was enough left over for Nana to take to some of her friends so she was a happy bunny.
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
Sunday, 13 May 2007
Thursday, 10 May 2007
1. According to 'everyone' (apart from my sister cos' she feels the same way) I am weird because listening to Leonard Cohen songs cheers me up whereas it apparently turns others to thoughts of suicide. I just don't get that - some folks are weird.
2. I think chocolate should NEVER be combined with fruit of any kind - no chocolate fondue with strawberries, no violet creams - nothing!! I'm not even happy with a chocolate orange. Ugh, it makes me nauseous to think of it - it's just WRONG people!
3. My lovely niece Briony is my third weird thing about me. She thinks bunting is something to do with cheese(?). She says she is my 'tree' and I am her 'grower' and when I give her a cuddle, I am then obviously a 'tree hugger'! She sometimes calls me 'Goth Mother' (I like black, it's not a crime!). I should point out here that she is 13. Nuff said.
4. I bribe myself. I do, really, and it sometimes works. For example, I will have a nice conversation with myself going something like 'right Susan, if you do two hours of studying now, then you will get to watch 'Doctors' this afternoon' or, if that's not working I might amend it to 'well Susan, one hour of studying is pretty good isn't it, especially if it's quality studying. Yes, so one hour of study, an hour of 'Loose Women', then lunch, then perhaps some quality highlighting of text book and then 'Doctors' on telly. Excellent!' It's a bit good cop/bad cop really isn't it?
5. When I was little I stuck scrambled eggs up my nose and swung on the front gate in just my vest. Not at the same time I might add.
6. I HATE having sticky hands. I'm talking jam here by the way (sheesh!). Yes, jam, golden syrup, anything like that - I just can't bear it. Have to eat my cake with a fork too - just in case.
7. I really quite fancy Peter Kay - especially when he does that 'walking to the dance floor' dance. Yup, it's true.
So there you go. Neither very weird nor interesting! So now I have to tag four people (mwahaahaaaa). I hereby tag Diane, Alis, Susan, and David to post 7 weird things about themselves - or not - there's no pressure here!
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Monday, 7 May 2007
A slightly smudged Adam (fell asleep on way home - aaahhhh) complete with alien hat and balloon scythe - bit of a grim reaper theme going on here!
And a loveable tiger faced Lucy with her balloon extravaganza! Being fired with energy after his sleep in the car, Adam decided it was time to get out his 'horrible experiments' kit and made this horrible green stuff - it's called 'super snot' apparently!
Whilst browsing Purple Missus' blog regarding Journal making, I was reminded of all the ones I had made and taken part in recent years. Last year I started an Art Journal which was fun and I also took part in some Circle Journals with some other ladies, and some were more like a cross between an album and journal, like one I made for Christmas 2005. Here is a photo of some lined up on the bookshelf (some needing some spine decoration still!).
Here are some of them displayed so you can see the fronts of them. The one with all the little squares on the front is the Art Journal, unfortunately the camera flash has blanked out some of the little pics. Looking through them just makes me want to get into them again and do some more - isn't that always the way? I guess I will just have to wait until I have more time and then, who knows...
Friday, 4 May 2007
Well, today was my daughter's 9th Birthday and I spent most of the day making this cake. Well, it would have been most of the day had I not locked myself out of the house in the morning when taking the children to school - again. Not only that but I had to borrow a mobile phone to call my brother in law to drive me too my mum's to get my spare key (again). I was not a happy bunny - all my carefully laid cake making plans were dissolving before my eyes. Never mind, after a coffee and a 'putting the world to rights' chat at mums, I got home and started on the cake. Usually a reasonably simple task for me - I am reasonably confident with cake making and decorating as a rule. Today was different. My baking was fine, but my decorating? Ha! The first time I tried to apply the fondant icing it was too thin and split. I made some more icing. On the second attempt the icing was thick enough but a bit fell off and left a huge gap. Everything that could have gone wrong was! By this time I was cursing like a trooper I can tell you! Eventually I managed to patch things together Frankenstein style and (to cut a very long and boring story short) by the time I had finished sticking the little stars on (helped by my other half making the green ones) I was reasonably pleased with it. I might also add that I had to change my clothes and mop the kitchen floor - twice! Everything was made alright again when my daughter got home from school, took one look at her cake and said 'wow, I love it Mum!' - that just made it all worthwhile - know what I mean?
The Birthday party went well, all the children had fun and were nice and tired by the end of two hours running around, eating and dancing! Here are the birthday girl and her brother - before the tiredness set in!