Friday, 12 July 2019

Friday Chat Day

Hello friends

Another week flying by and here I am with my Friday Chat Day.
Creative news... 
On Tuesday evening I attended a Brush Lettering course in
Leighton Buzzard, a bit of a trip but as my friends were going
I made a day and night of it.
The course was an introduction and we followed practice sheets.
I enjoyed it and I've discovered some brilliant YouTube videos by
Kelly Creates which are extremely informative so this could develop!

My crochet journey continues and I was so pleased to finish my Dune Blanket
on day 100 of the 100 Day Project.
I'm not sure I would have managed it if I did not have that incentive.

It's soft, warm, snuggly and totally impractical now!
Roll on Winter.

Family news - let me introduce you to Bear, a 9 year old bundle of gorgeousness.
This poor little soul was in a Romanian kill shelter and his days were numbered.
My Sister found out about him and requested to adopt him.

His journey to his new home took 31 hours, through Hungary,
Austria, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and France.
As you can see he looks a lot happier now and he has certainly fallen 
on his paws. My sister has an enormous garden and land for this boy
to explore.  Such happy news.

I've taken time off my city job this week to blitz my cabin.
I started yesterday and only managed one corner, I guess I must have a lot of stuff.
More items have been added to Pre-Loved, including machines,
these are virtually new and postage is free.

Also we took delivery of new items on the website including
the Jane Davenport items (totally forgot we had them on back order!)
Please feel free to take a look at those here.

Well I had better get back to my cabin and finish off those other corners,
I'm finding stuff bought years ago! 
Have a brilliant weekend, what are you up to?

Take care friends and thank you for stopping by.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Friday Chat Day

Hello friends

Here I am, back again with a round up of my week and generally
nattering to you.  It might be time to pop the kettle on if you fancy
reading to the bottom! 

I'll begin by saying thank you for the comments and messages
regarding last Friday's post, all very kind and so appreciated.

So what's been happening this week?

I popped up to Milton Keynes to see my good friend
and writer Carole Matthews.
Each month six of us get together for a crafty get-together.
Carole is kind enough to open her home for us.
I've forged the best friendship with these ladies so these
are special days indeed.

We indulge in all sorts of crafts - die cutting, stamping and this time I 
took my crochet despite it being a scorcher of a day.
I wasn't driving home until the following morning so I got to indulge in a 
rather special cocktail - this is The Laverstoke made with
Bombay Sapphire gin, seriously good!

And on the crochet front, I'm nearing the end of my Dune Blanket,
a dozen more rows and the border to go.
It will measure approximately 6 x 4 feet so will be perfect for 
Bella and I to snuggle under in the Winter, a tad warm right now! 

I've got lots more crochet projects planned and also
some works in progress - all blankets.
The boys questioned whether we are going to turn off the central heating
this Winter and just walk around wearing blankets. 
Now there's a thought!! 

I am totally enjoying this crochet journey,
it is so relaxing and when I cannot get near my hook and yarn,
I'm consumed with following crochet Facebook groups and 
Instagram accounts -  a whole new community!  
Apologies if crochet is not your thing - skip all the above! 

Other stuff...
Life's testing moments!
you know what I mean, those incidents that pop up and 
you have to deal with through gritted teeth.

Last week it was the plumbing this week it's the car.
My car decided it had had enough on Monday 
and wouldn't budge, (perhaps it heard that it doesn't have to hare up and 
down the motorway quite so much!)
 Turns out it was the 'diesel lift'. As per usual, an engineering part 
I've never heard of.  With my somewhat vivid imagination,
 I instantly saw a mini elevator complete with uniformed attendant
asking which floor was required! 

In reality it is a pipe that had split.  All sorted now 
thanks to Alan and his repair garage that is just along my road.
I can't begin to tell you how handy that repair garage is.

I also visited the cinema this week to see Marvel's End Game -
(can you tell I'm the mother of sons).
I do enjoy these films, total fiction, pure escapism
and frantic Google searches afterwards to figure out the time travel aspect! 

A round up of my week wouldn't be complete without mentioning
the spoiled pooch.  Bella had a doggy play date at Mote Park in Maidstone.
Mitchell met up with his work colleagues and their dogs for a day out.
He took a ton of photos - just of Bella, I think that's favouritism.

Now some papercraft.
I've got a project up on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog, a tutorial 
on customising little notebooks.
I like projects like this, so simple and who doesn't need a little notebook!
These plain notebooks come from Flying Tiger
if you have one of these stores near you definitely pop in 

My tutorial also shows how to insert an elastic strap around the notebooks,
invaluable for keeping receipts.

The finished notebooks.

If you have chance to pop along to their blog and leave a comment,
I'm super grateful.
Also, Hope and Chances stock Scrapbook Adhesves products here.

The end of my week means City working days and I've started to 
capture a photo or two on my way to work.
This blue building is my office at Aldgate. I'm on the 12th floor - 
you will not finding me using the stairs! 
I liked how the reflections bounced off the buildings in the sunshine
and always pleased to see the effort made with plants.

This weekend I'm back in the cabin having more of a sort through.
Please keep an eye on the website for Clearance, Pre-Loved 
and if you like the Jane Davenport items we have a new stock of those.

So...I think that wraps up this Friday's chat - wishing you a lovely 
weekend, too warm for a roast but perfect for barbecues! 

Take care friends.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Friday Chat Day!

Hello friends

Chatty blog post alert!

Firstly, big thanks to those who have messaged me
asking if everything is okay as I am very quiet at the moment -
I know, unusual for me! 
Very kind of you to ask and yes, myself and family are all well.

I do feel I would like to explain what is happening so
without going into too much detail, here goes!
There have been a few changes within Spellbinders and with one of the 
UK distributors.  Those changes have impacted upon my 
role as demonstrator and blogger. 

I'm still working with Spellbinders but it basically means 
I'm doing a lot less which was an initial shock,
I'm so used to running around, juggling plates and cranking a Platinum 24/7!
 Instead, I now find myself adapting very well to extra 
hours in bed and not hurtling up and down the motorway.
I would be lying if I said I haven't had a few sleepless nights 
and indeed shed a few tears but it's all good now.
And it means I'm trying out new hobbies ...more on that in a minute.

Hope and Chances is also going to undergo some changes,
haven't fully decided what (!) but initially we are clearing a lot of stock, 
so please keep an eye on the website. 
I've got some ideas up my sleeve so stay tuned.

So, those new hobbies I mentioned... at the moment
I am completely addicted to crochet!

I'm working an a blanket called Dune Blanket 
designed by Lucy at Attic 24, I adore her blog.
I'm more than three quarters through and I'm really pleased
as I only took up crochet 87 days ago.
I can be that precise because I started it as the 100 Day Project!

I've yet to do the border but I know Kathy (Cherwell Leys Alpacas)
has done hers so be warned...I may call upon you Kathy! 

I also finished a very plain blanket, this is more Bella size.
Turns out I crochet like a knitter - I watched many videos on how to hold
my hook and yarn and couldn't get it so I held both yarn and hook in my right hand
(wonky!) and it worked! 

As I'm typing this it promises to be
a sunny day so my washing machine is trundling.
I'm not at my city job today, booked a day off to 
do various jobs (mainly sort the cabin) but actually waiting in for a plumber.
Earlier this week Elliott discovered water dripping from 
his light fitting - eeekkk!
Turns out it was a leak in the cold water tank so it has had
a temporary fix and plumber is returning to do all the proper bits.

Yesterday I worked in the City and in my lunch break
crossed over to the church yard to seek out some greenery.
I'm not a city person despite working there for 30+ years.
I work near Aldgate, the church is lovely - St Botolph Without Aldgate.
If you are watching the new daytime drama London Kills
every time they cut to their office building that's Aldgate.
My lunch spot yesterday.  It was glorious and I really didn't want 
to go back into work, well apart from appreciating the air con!

So normally today would be Friday Die Day
and instead I've changed it to Friday Chat Day! 
If you've made it this far it really was a chat wasn't it.

Have a fantastic weekend, I'm heading up to see my friends in 
Milton Keynes tomorrow returning Sunday, there be crochet ahead! 

Take care friends and much love.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Kits at the ready!

Hello friends

Good weekend?
I spent a little time rounding up various kits and uploading 
them to the website so feel free to browse.
There are recent workshop kits using Becca's latest collection now available
along with other items and prices starting at just £1!

Worth mentioning that all the proceeds of kits
go to charity.

Pretty much everything is provided, you just normally need to
add adhesive and distress inks.

have an image to follow, all nice and easy and great
if you want to take a project away with you and leave your 
die cutting machine at home.

Today back in my cabin, still in the midst of a big sort out.
Oh yes, as mentioned keep an eye on pre-loved,
Elliott is working through them.
Machines have also been added.

Take care friends, have a lovely week.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

A scrapbusting card!

Hello friends

Hope your week is going well.
I'm back today with a project that has just popped up on the
Scrapbook Adhesives blog here.

I've called it a stash busting card.
This is because I seriously need to get to grips with the amount
of patterned paper scraps I have!
By cutting paper into strips and layering you can achieve a 
nice background and it makes a teeny dent in the stash. 

Don't forget those very useful 3D Foam Squares for embellishments.

For the full step by step tutorial please pop over to their 
blog here and if you have a min if you could leave a comment over
there too - I get brownie points! 

Here's a few more pics, the papers I used 
come from Craftwork Cards.
They tone nicely, bright colours also work really well.

I'll be back again soon, I'm getting to grips with 
lots of stuff at home at the moment so not blogging quite so regularly.

Please stop by the website for any Scrapbook Adhesives products here
and keep an eye on the pre-loved as Elliott is adding more today/tomorrow.

Take care friends, enjoy the sunshine - it has reappared in Kent!

Monday, 17 June 2019

Dad's Day and a recipe!

Hello friends

How was your weekend?
I had a wonderful day at Sir Stampalot in Peterborough,
the workshop went well.
Whilst creating we got onto the subject of cooking
and I happened to mention that I was doing a
Suet Onion Roll to accompanying a roast dinner on Father's Day.
I was asked for the recipe so here it is,
a step by step photo recipe.

I know this is an old recipe, it is nice to add bacon too
and it certainly bulks out a dinner.

You are going to need:
Self raising flour
Atora Suet
Onions (1 large or 2 small)

Chop the onions and soften.
You can do this in a frying pan, I add a little water
and pop them in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
Leave to cool.

I use a slow cooker to cook mine but you can also steam on the hob.
I switch on to pre-heat, place a small dish in the bottom.
My suet roll will sit on this.

Into a bowl place 4oz of SR flour.
No sifting needed for this in fact I never sift - takes too long! 

Next add 2oz of suet.

Mix in about 1/8 pint of water, equivalent to 5 tablespoons.
Add a pinch of salt.

You should now have a ball of dough and softened onions.

Roll out the suet dough onto a floured surface.
If you have one of these non stick mats they are brilliant.
Add the cooled onions, spread across.

Roll like a swiss roll.

Make sure the end is at the bottom, I do not worry about sealing it.
Place onto a lightly oiled piece of foil.

Next, position on top of a raised dish in slow cooker.
Add water for the steaming, just ensure it doesn't touch the suet roll.

Pop the lid on and forget about it.
Mine went in at 9am and came out at 6pm, setting high.
I don't even look at it or top up the water, I really do forget about it! 

Unwrap, not the most colourful but the taste makes up for it.

 Slice and serve with a roast dinner, perfect with gravy.

It certainly added to our Father's Day meal and talking of Fathers...
here's my wonderful Dad opening his presents with the help of Bella.
Yes that is a pork pie - a special gift from the pup herself,
she knows what her Grandad likes!

Not craft related today but always like to share a recipe or two.

Take care friends and have a wonderful start to the week.

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