Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year Everyone

Happy New Year to everyone, friends new and old and ones waiting to be made
I hope you get everything you wish for

I meant to update my blog before now but over christmas my hubby got suspected swine flu so he was pretty ill but after anti biotics hes now alot beter

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My lovely son made me a bracelet

My lovely son Scott made me a lovely bracelet at school. He gave me it in a lovely little bag.
So i thought i would put it on my blog so you can see how lovely it is.
Thank you Scott xxx

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2 more preserve baskets for christmas

These are the other 2 baskets i have made up of my homemade preserves along with some crackers biscuits etc and of course some sweets and long handled spoons.
The top basket is for my friend and the bottom basket is for my mum and dad.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

small preserve basket for friends

I made up a small basket with 3 different flavours of homemade jam made by myself with some roses to give it some colour. I then wrapped it in some lovely foil paper and wrapped it in cellephane with some curling ribbon a homemade tag and a couple of little balls

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My friends Preserve basket for Christmas

This is my friend marys christmas present. I have been very busy making different types of chutneys and jams and wanted to make something personal for my friend so i made up this basket with about 10 jars of preserves, matchmakers, oatcakes, crackers and shortbread.
I also put in 2 long handled spoons to reach the bottom of the jars so that nothing is wasted.
I also made a pair of lovely blue stone ear rings and i made a red beaded bookmark which i wrapped up so she has a couple of more pressies to open on christmas morning.
The basket was a nightmare to wrap i wanted to wrap it in cellophane but i didnt want her to be able to see what was in the basket so i wrapped it in christmas paper first then wrapped it in the cellophane.
I added as couple of bows, gold ribbon which i curled and added a couple of baubles . I then made a couple of homemade labels using my bookatrix board and that as they say it that.
Now i have one for my parents to do and one for another friend.....not looking forward to them as they are longer baskets

ear rings for a friends xmas

Just sitting here trying to wrap pressies and thought i would make a pair of ear rings for my friend mary to pop in her basket of preserves for xmas. I also just finished a bookmark for her too which i will wrap seperately and pop into her basket. I made Mary a basket of all the preserves i have made over the last few months along with some crackers and sweet etc. I will post a pic when i eventually get it wrapped....not going to be easy.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

4 pandora style bangle

I have not done pandora at all before
I got the lovely beads and bangles from hong kong and attempted to make some bangles
What do you think of them?
Anyone interested?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

4 new necklaces

Had another play with beads this week and came up with this 4 necklaces.

Monday, November 16, 2009

now i'v'e made earring boxes

Now i have made some small earring boxes for the earrings i have made.

They were suprisingly easy and look so sweet. I added in some cotton wool for the earrings to sit on.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

now i've made christmas tags

This is my effort for sunday i embossed all the tags using the glitter girls bookatrix board then cut then out and added some foam pads and layered them. I then added some peel offs and some wooden xmas embellishments

and then finished it off with some silver string.

This is just a selection of the tags i made today i sat and made 26 before i got fed

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Been making boxes

I haven't tried to make boxes before but i found this website called things to make and do and they have instructions for making a foldable box.
If i can make it anyone
I made up a few in different colours and added some embellishments.

new bracelets

Thought i would make a few more bracelets, its so hard coming up with different ideas but i think this 3 work well, well i hope they
All made of glass beads and tibetian silver with a tibetian silver clasp

Friday, November 13, 2009

2 new necklaces

I am trying to make some necklaces with what beads i have left over.
What do you think of these two?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blue bracelet

I absolutely love this beads so thought i would make it into a bracelet for myself.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Banana cake and plum cake

This is my mornings baking so far i have more of the scrummy banana muffin mix made up. Did anyone try my recipe for banana muffins

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

im on a roll 4 more cards

I've had a busy weekend and this is the last of the cards i made over the weekend. can you tell butterflies and flowers are one of my

more cards with flowers and butterflies

I have been busy making some cards agan i seem to have my mojo back and i am making cards like mad
As i love the flowers and butterflies i thought i would make a few different colours with them.
What do you think?

flowers in blue and pink

i absolutely love these flowers and once i did the pink card i wanted to do one in blue

the flowers are by prima .....e line flowers and come in loads of colours

Saturday, November 7, 2009

ear-rings, loads a loads

I was fed up the last night so sat down and made up a heap of ear rings

Bracelets and ear-rings

I made these the other night using up some beads i had

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

beaded memory wire bracelets

Just got these bracelets the other week and thought that i would just make them plain with one or two colours.
I think they look really pretty...the pic doesnt show the colours good but they are lovely

wax burner baskets

I sat and made up these baskets tonight for christmas

I have been making the wax tarts and wax melts myself. They smell lovely, pineapple, jellbeans, strawberry, vanilla, the list goes on.

Monday, November 2, 2009

10 new bookmarks

I've been busy this afternoon....another 10 bookmarks made.

I enjoy making bookmarks

Friday, October 30, 2009

Anyone for Pickles?

First attempt at pickling anything this year and this is my latest attempt.
6lbs of pickled onions ready in time for christmas...yummmm
Took ages peeling the little shallots but they looks good they better taste good after all

Tuesday, October 27, 2009



75g/3oz melted butter 250g/9oz self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda pinch of salt ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg 115g/4oz caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 large, ripe bananas 2 medium eggs125ml/4fl oz milk 10 walnut kernels (optional) To serve2 bananas, sliced 50g/2oz walnut kernels 2 tbsp crème fraïche or yoghurt 2 tbsp runny honey
1. Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Melt the butter and allow to cool. Mash the bananas well. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl, add caster sugar and stir through. 2. With a fork, beat together the eggs, vanilla extract, melted butter and milk in a second bowl. Add the mashed banana and stir through. 3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture, stirring roughly with a fork (don't over mix) until it is a lumpy paste. 4. Set paper cases into the moulds, or grease the moulds well with a little extra oil or butter and spoon in the mixture until almost full. Top each one with a walnut kernel if you like. 5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the muffins come away from the side of the pan when touched. Rest the muffin tray on a wire rack for five minutes then remove the muffins and leave on the rack for another five minutes before serving. 6. Serve the muffins with sliced banana and a dollop of creme fraiche, scattered with walnuts and drizzled with honey (or with Caramel yoghurt).

Saturday, October 24, 2009

my first attempt at muffins

I made some banana and choc chip muffins this week. I have never made them before but hubby and the kids loved them as they went in the matter of days.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Been making xmas cards

these are just a selection of the 170 odd cards i have made for xmas...i am making no more now.
Now i can concentrate on birthday cards again.
What do you think?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

orange, yellow and purple cards

Not sure where i got the packs of card blanks but i thought i would sit and make some coloured cards with one of my favourite things.....Butterflies