Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
The first photo is of my attempt at making mini pistachio macaroons . I didn't just make one - this one just happens to be the most photogenic and even then it doesn't look great but they taste pretty nice with a chocolate filling. I don't think I ground my pistachios fine enough but we live and learn. I felt inspired after watching The Great British Bake Off which features the fabulous Paul Hollywood. (He makes the most fantastic bread and we are lucky enough to have him selling it at our local farmers market.) I've been wanting to try and make this type of macaroon for a while after finding out about Laduree How I'd love to visit one of their shops. I think I need to investigate more recipes and techniques and give it another go. Either that or stick to my simpler fail safe recipe which is a traditional type of macaroon.
Next up some flowers I made from offcuts of fabric including organza and satin. Have you seen these types flowers? You have to heat the edges near a naked flame which burns and seals them without setting fire to them! Not easy and I don't really recommend it but I like how these turned out.
My own sewing project was interupted by helping a small person with theirs so the sewing project I was going to share this week has been slightly delayed but all in a good cause. The little lady in question required a cover made for a cushion she needs for her new school. She had very strong views about what was going to feature on her cushion and Hello Kitty won the day. I appliqued some felt which I happened to have in just the right colours.
....and lastly my own kitty, one elderly, grumpy, deaf cat called Fergus but you've got to love him :-)
Monday, 23 August 2010
If you're a fan of unusual gothic designs then visit Urban Threads they have lots of embroidery designs to choose from as well as digital stock art. I'm currently stitching a design which I'm going to make into a cushion cover. More on that later.......
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
...... and remember the sewing project I told you about well this is it. I was asked to make a couple of capelets out of a velvet and satin wrap. Yeah! I can do that. I very nearly changed my mind once I'd started sewing the fabrics were definitely not the easiest to deal with. But I'm happy with the way they turned out especially as I didn't have a pattern.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Sorry back to the card ..... the background is cardstock by Coredinations from the appropriately named chocolate box stack. This one has an orange core which I sanded after embossing with the cuttlebug swiss dots folder. To include the lace theme I pleated some around the edge of my image and added some to the bottom of my card.
See you later in the week you never know I may even have some cake for you :-)
Friday, 6 August 2010
Photo number 2 features my new pen and ink. I bought them to experiment with writing on my art journal pages. I'm going to practice with my round number 3 nib and try not to get in a mess, they're not the best thing for a left hander. If you want to be inspired visit Martha Lever as her calligraphy art journal pages are amazing.
I've spent some happy moments this week perusing the book shelves of second hand shops and these are a few of my bargains of the week. If I can bear to tear it up Laurie's Gardening Encyclopedia will be appearing in future projects and I'd love to make a handmade book after seeing some of the beautiful examples in this book. The other book is all about The Pre-Raphaelites.
The final photo is of the grapes growing in my garden. There are loads I just hope they ripen as we want to try and make wine again. We haven't quite perfected the technique so any tips gratefully received.
So there you have it - my 4 on Friday.
....... and I couldn't go without sharing another favourite of the week a selection of tags from a swap over on UKS that I mentioned in a previous post.
Have a good weekend :-)
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Sunday, 1 August 2010
For July I gessoed the page and used neo wax pastels in shades of yellow, green and blue. Over the top I spritzed a bit of cosmic shimmer and stencilled around the edge using some distress ink through some cardstock which had been punched with a Martha Stewart lace punch. The butterfly is an Amy Butler cardstock die cut. The kraft looking ruler is in fact an East of India paper chain.