Saturday, 25 June 2011

Its me!

Hiya there!

Yes those pesky time thieves have struck again! I mean where do they come from? I never ever see them coming....

I seem to have been really really busy but I haven't got an awful lot to show for it. Well there was lots of cooking but that's gone to customers.... Oh and the weather! Blimey I thought we'd been transported to the tropics, minus the warm temperatures, with the amount of rain we had the other day! I only dashed 3 yards to the bin and was drenched. Trust me I chucked the next bag of rubbish on the step and waited till it stopped!

Now I love feeding the wild birds in the garden. The starlings are thanking me by scoffing all the cherries on my tree! Cheeky buggers peck all of them %-( I think they do that to make sure we don't eat any of them to be honest. Now I put meal worms out for the birds (they're weird they look like they're wriggling even though they're dried ugh!) and I noticed the other night we have another visitor who likes them.

I'd like to introduce....

Hedgie! He ate a huge pile of them. Yup all that pile which I put out when I saw him were scoffed!

Cute isn't he? I hope he returns the favour and attends to the slugs and snails!

Now a new challenge has launched.... I make it sound like a rocket, over at Totally Gorjuss This week we'd like you to use ribbons and lace on your entries. This weeks sponsor is Fantastic Ribbons

I've used one of the last boy releases from Lili of the Valley I managed to include ribbon and lace on a boy card! A first for me ;))

Teddy has been coloured with Copics and the papers are a mix of Basic Grey Pyrus and Kraft.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Back again!


Its me! Again and so soon! Now is that a good thing or a bad thing..... hmmm??? I'll let you decide..... ;))

Now I thought I'd share a few pics with you. Over the weekend the OM and myself had a little 'don't know where we're going but we'll go anyway' trip. Basically I pointed the car up the M18 and drove. Eventually we came to the North Sea and so I thought it would be a good idea if we stopped! Anyway we were at Withernsea... oh my! It was.... how can I describe it? Er.... brown! Sorry to any Withernsea residents who may be reading! Please don't think the sky is blue, they're actually grey rain clouds! So we hopped back in the car - pointed it again and.....

went to Hornsea! It was slightly less brown! The OM took a quick pic of me (don't be scared!) Yes it was as breezy as it looks. The joy of an English summer, yes jeans, jumper and a coat!

Can I think of a nice thing about Hornsea?.... Well if you're ever there I can recommend the seafront chippy - the fish and chips are wonderful! Made the trip worthwhile. They did make the car pong a bit but hey ho. Totally delicious!

So a little make to share with you. While I was on my jollies I happened, by accident, to acquire a couple of quilting magazines. Now they have some rather fabby makes in them, other than quilts.

One of them being a needle case.....

So.... taaaa daaaaaaaaaa! The needle case! Its actually easier than the instructions! I have to say they weren't worded terribly well, unless..... unless I'm thicker than I think I am that is..... well anyway its a good make for fabric scraps. The strips on the front are made from pieces 1" x 5" so with seam allowances they're 1/2" wide! Its really dinky.

The front.....

The back....

The inside, the needle 'holder' bits are felt

Its even got a pocket on the inside for...'stuff'

So that's my latest little make. Now I'm acquiring fabric and saving all the bits I reckon I can make one or two more!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Return from the time warp!

~creeps in with a snigger~

Hi there its me again! Yup the time thieves have been here again! Pesky things sneaked in and stole loads of time and I never noticed....well hardly..... er OK I did but I've had a mixture of being busy/poorly/busy/poorly and well that just whipped the time away from me. Oh and the God awful weather doesn't exactly help does it? I mean what month is it? Its like April! Sun one second and then a torrential downpour.... then more of the same. Its been so cold too - my poor old joints don't like it one bit :(( I feel like a creaky door and I swear I can hear my joints creak!

So enough moaning, unless you want more? I can moan real good..... OK enough then. I thought I show you a couple of pics of something I made the other day. Pork ribs - my word I have to say they were absolutely delicious! First of all I put them in a roasting tin and put about an inch of water in and covered with foil. Into a slow oven - 160c for just over and hour. This way the sort of steam slowly. While they were doing that I made a glaze. In a bowl 2 tablespoons of honey, same of mustard, dash of Worcestershire sauce, two glugs of balsamic vinegar and a good squirt of tomato ketchup and then a teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander. Mix together and then brush liberally over your ribs... pork ribs that is. Return to the oven and turn up to 180c for about another half hour. You can brush the glaze on as much as you like. When the ribs are tender they're done.

Then they look like this - they are absolutely delicious! The OM said they were the best he'd ever had! Even in the States! Trust me from him that's high praise indeedy ;))

Now I made these little babies the other day.... these are blueberry crumble tarts. Pastry, a spot of jam, fresh blueberries and some crunchy crumble on top. Were they nice? They were absolutely gorgeous!

I'm sorry if I've made you hungry....

So enough food I'll show you the card I made for the new challenge at Totally Gorjuss This week we want to see flowers on your entries. So I inked up this sweet little Tilda and broke into the new basic grey Hopscotch pad. these colours are a new thing for me.... took me ages to decide what colour papers to use as a backing and what colour to use for her dress! Take me away from my usual shades and I'm all a dither - haha!

Over at Just Magnolia and hAnglar sTanglar they have a sketch and flowers challenge. So I've entered this into that too - I'm not sure if I've 'over-tweaked' the sketch though!

Then I discovered I didn't have the exact colour flowers I wanted..... by then it was almost all stuck together so I improvised. I think it kind of looks OK..... I echoed the butterfly on Tildas hand with this Martha Stewart butterfly border punch.

My close up.... now I do have an arty shot...... Blogger doesn't like it and will not let me load it! How dare he? Very easily it seems ;)) Oh this week the challenge is sponsored by Crafters Companion - some lucky person gets £10 to spend - good huh?