Monday, 27 May 2013

Glorious Bank Holiday Weekend.

What a glorious weekend.   The sun has shone now for 3 days, YES! 3 DAYS.  Can you believe it.
Did some well overdue jobs in the garden including painting the summer house with wood preservative.
Next job, clear it out of all the junk that has accumulated, so I can actually use it for its intended purpose.  Grass has been cut, hedges trimmed, general tidy up font and back, Hope the weather is good tomorrow so I can actually sit and relax. Although I cant complain, shared a bottle of fizzy with in impromptu visitor today :), very nice it was too.   And snuck out for a coffee with a friend I dont see nearly enough.

Kids are off now for the week, so a lovely break in routine, both have study to do for exams, so do expect a bit of a battle with at least one of them LOL.    My other battle is stopping them eating their way through a heap load of junk while they are off.    Trying to encourage them to eat more healthily.  Lost cause I think.

Other half has man flu, why is it when we genuinely need help, its ignored but one sneeze and the male population are rendered useless, and cant possibly do anything for themselves.   One of lifes mysteries.

Friday, 24 May 2013

And the winning number is................

In order of your comments I entered you into random generator.  The order was as follows.
1. Bella
2. Jemm
3. Carole
4. Erin
5. Shazza
6. Tracy
7. Leigh
8. Caro
9. Debs M
10. Suzy
11. Suzanne 2
12. Nikki B
13 Cockney Crafter
14. Tab
15. Lisa
16. Judi
17. Kazza

Congratulations No 16 :) x   Please let me have your Address and I will get in the post on Monday.
Thanks all for taking part, and please look out for June's Giveaway, where I hope you will indulge me once again. xx

Monday, 20 May 2013

50 Giveaway part 1 - Warm Up.

Gloomy Monday Greetings.   When I said I would give away 50 things in lieu of my impending 50th birthday, I didn't anticipate how difficult this would actually be.   I have made a start and have managed to put together 27 items so far, I think this is going to take a little bit longer than I thought.  So, my second thought was , why not have a few 50 giveaways, starting with this
Pretty in Pink with a little bit of glitz.

Just leave your name or comment below, and I will use random generator to chose a recipient.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sunday...Hawaii 50

Used to love Hawaii 50 when I was a kid, didn't think I would like the new one, but I love it just as much.   Too tired to post much today, and leg aching, but I didn't wan to miss a day :).....

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Saturday....Party Time.

Having a lazy saturday afternoon,  one of my friends is turning 50 today, and we have a party to go to later.

Looking forward to getting out after being confined almost to base for the past 2 weeks. Will be nice to have a new view and some adult conversation.   Looking at that weather though, I might have to rethink my outfit,  its a garden party, and its looking decidedly gloomy out there.

Talking of 50, mine is looming up fast, last year I was quite looking forward to it, but now its getting  closer I am not quite so excited.  LOL.

Sooo.  as the topic seems to be revolving around 50 I think my blog giveaway should contain 50 items.  Now that could be 50 brads couldnt it? But that wouldnt be much fun now.   So you will just have to be patient and keep checking back regularly to see what delights will be up for grabs.  I will make sure  I get this sorted for next week.  Waiting for a bit is exciting, but waiting too long is just dead boring....

Totally random, but I love Giraffes.

Friday, 17 May 2013

I am officially addicted.

I am officially addicted to Stampin Up products.  I have some amazingly gorgeous items that I have collected over the past few months, including stamps, inks, papers and embellishments. 
If you are interested in checking out what is available, see the link on the left.  The amazing Carole will be happy to help with orders, enquiries or questions.

Now, having collected all this amazing stuff I have to actually use it.  I am addicted to all things pretty, whether I might use them or not is questionable, I have material, but I dont sew, I have wool, but I cant Knit or Crochet.   This year I am determined to learn to crochet and to sew and have accepted the kind offer from 2 of my friends to teach me.  Lets see how much patience they have LOL.  I hope to share pictures of my progress very soon.

Heres a  little picture of my latest delivery of wall...

I think I am going to need another room, as my rather small craft room is cram packed with stuff right now, and its almost impossible to move in there, if I am honest it is already impossible.  Add to that a sewing machine and a stack of wool, and it doesnt get any easier .....

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Comb, not just for gleaming your locks.

Thought I would share this layout again, as I love it so much.  Lisa's class from Gogo Getaway.  So sad this is now an end of an era.  

Using paint and a comb.  Black and white photo, picked out areas to paint with colour.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

And you thought this would be a craft blog why?

And you thought this would be a craft blog why?  LOL.   Of course, it is first and foremost a craft blog, with a little bit of everything else thrown in.

I am laying here, leg elevated after Vascular ablation, Hematoma on back of leg killing me.  So leg elevated, massaging affected area in much pain, wondering why, with all my good intentions, I havent kept this blog up to date.

Once again, I am left wondering how to bring people to my blog, and encourage them to stay for a second look,  I am sure if I had more visitors I would in fact make more of an effort, and feel less like talking to myself.  So do I Beg, Steal, Borrow or Bribe visitors.  Bribe, well let me start there,  Cake? Chocolate?
Oooh blog candy.....whatabout a giveaway?   Interested?   Pop back  soon to see what I have collaborated, to give away free to one lucky visitor.

In the meantime, I leave you with a quick little recipe to satisfy a sweet tooth, children or the Dog . I leave it to you.

This is a well known, anyone can do cupcake recipe, with a secret weapon to ensure they really are the best ever.

Vanilla Cupcakes.

200 grms soft butter
200 grms caster sugar
4 medium eggs
200 grms self raising flour
1 vanilla pod or teaspoon of vanilla extract.
2 x 12 muffin tins lined with paper cases.
Piping bag with large plain nozzle (10)

Sugar syrup:- 75 grms sugar, 5 tablespoons water, place in saucepan bring to boil, then lower to simmer until sugar is dissolved.  Allow to cool then add either 1/2 seeds from one vanilla pod or teaspoon of vanilla extract.

I am a great lover of the quick and easy, so you can of course if you prefer do the whole creaming of the sugar and butter method if you prefer, or if like me, you like the quick and easy option, the instructions are short and sweet.

Split the vanilla pod lengthways, remove seeds.
Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined.
Next Pipe the mixture into the cases (alternatively 2 teaspoons in each case)
bake for 18/20 minutes. or until golden brown and the sponge springs back to the touch

Allow to cool for 10 minutes prick the tops with a tooth pick, then brush the cakes over with the cooled vanilla syrup soaking each one.  Remove from tin when completely cooled.

For cream cheese topping,
200 grms full fat cream cheese at room temperature
100 grms of soft butter
600 grms Icing sugar.

Slowly mix together until light and fluffy.  Then pipe, dollop, or spread over the cupcakes.

These were made for a cake sale at my daughters school in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.