Friday, November 30, 2007


Not made today, alas, but recently. The plate was my mother-in-law's, or perhaps her mother's, and the sweet placemat from a op-shopping expedition on holidays.
And now I can see why Steve insisted we need a new camera...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Busy Busy ....

Home grown snow peas :-)
and dirty fingernails :-(


A recorder concert by my Junior Recorder group - at 8.30am - what was I thinking? My eyes were barely open!

A piano lesson to teach

A cup of tea and a magazine

Sorting out my (large) collection of Christmas magazines - trying to reduce/amalgamate them somehow...

5 more piano students

School pick-up

Another cup of tea and a book about Susanna Wesley

Plaster all over the kitchen bench making Christmas moulds with Laura
Clear the dining table of half-demolished Christmas magazines and plaster moulds
Cook dinner and iron
Eat dinner and get the girls to bed, waiting now for them to sleep ...

Complete exhaustion.

Emily's latest creation - sorry it's blurry - how I am feeling, really.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christmas Stamping and a Starry Cake

Welcome to my blog. No I'm not going to give an "all about me" essay, but get straight into it.

Lately I've been occupied making Christmas crafts for giving (and a few for our home!). These are the ornaments I made for the women in my bible study group - I handed them out yesterday and they loved them. I made a few different versions ... all with the same basic design:

Originally I had planned to make them on chipboard, with the paper glued on top, but that didn't go to plan, so I used thick dark green cardstock on the back and sewed around the edges. On the back a bible verse printed on a (punched) circle hides the loose threads. I loved layering the stamps

and adding embellishments

and they didn't cost me a cent - trying to use what I have this Christmas rather than buying more craft stuff (hmmm I have bought a few Christmassy things ... now I think of it!)

And this is the Swedish Chocolate Cake I took to our Christmas lunch, complete with stars stencilled using star punch cutouts, carefully removed with tweezers after dusting the icing sugar!

I also made Pistachio Cranberry Flakes - yum!
from here - easy peasy, the girls helped, and everyone at the lunch asked for the recipe!