We've had a good run on the weather and I know we need rain but what a miserable day after all the lovely sunshine. However, I have something to cheer me up, I can look at the 4D scan of our great granddaughter Hermione. Here it is below.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
In the afternoon we went to do our shopping and got back home just in time for tea. Peter has been wanting to make a recipe he saw on the television so this evening he tried it. It's focaccia bread stuffed with pesto, roasted red peppers, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts and it's yummy. It's a two man job making it though as it does require two pairs of hands to lift it into the baking tin, it seems to have a life of its own lol.
Best thing to happen all day though was seeing our great granddaughter. Beth had a 3D scan today and the photograph is amazing. Hermione now weighs about 3lbs and has got chubby cheeks and she looks just like her uncle!
Monday, 28 May 2012
Eyes by Candi Wood
What you can't see too well on the picture is that the glasses are made from gold wire.
Asian by Candi Wood
Three French Hens by Candi Wood
Sunday, 27 May 2012
The day started well with hubby out in the garden planting bedding plants. Had lunch and he then decided he wasn't feeling well and went to bed. Am I the only person who has a husband who, when he is ill, can't describe his symptoms or is it a man thing?
Well come tea time he assured me that he was well enough to eat, especially after he'd seen the lemon meringue pie I'd baked. After the consumption of said pie plus ice cream he decided he was well enough to go out to the quiz. Miraculous recovery eh?
Now he's back from the quiz and seems to have had some form of relapse! I have to say though, he has got a streaming nose and is developing a cough and sore throat.
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Today we decided to tackle the hanging baskets, or at least getting the plants to put in them. Went to visit two local nurseries and found them quite disappointing. So we went further afield and got everything we wanted in one go.
Two trolley loads later and we were on our way home again. Cold drink on the patio and we were ready to start. Below is the fruits of our labours so far, bear in mind that they will have to 'fill out'.
We have planted another one but it's very similar to the two already pictured. We've had tea and I thought (foolishly) that we were going outside to do more planting but footie is on the tele so no chance!
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
After a successful shopping trip I arrived home to find 5 beautiful works of art in my mail. Here they are:
From Susan Kurz Let's Face It
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
What a beautiful day, but how on earth do we go from cold and rain to hot and sunny within a couple of days? Daughters little dog Jeb loves the sun too as you can see from the picture of him sunbathing.
Friday, 18 May 2012
When I had recovered sufficiently to have a small amount of soup for lunch I started to think about medication and it's long term effects. Seems to me that sometimes the cure can be worse than the illness.
We have four hanging baskets waiting to be planted up. When on earth are we going to get it done, it's raining again! Surely we can't be short of water now.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
I've sent out my swaps today for my swap group. I've photographed them and will give a brief description of how I've done each one, hopefully to remind me of what I've done later. My memory is terrible!
I used ivory card stock for this one. Two shades of distress ink swiped onto a worksheet and spritzed with water, then placed the card stock onto the inks and twisted. Dried immediately. The image of the birds on the telephone was found by doing a google search. I printed this and cut it out. I used stormy skies distress ink to stamp the trees then stuck the birds on top. The musical notes were drawn freehand.
The iris was stamped onto the cardstock with Versamark then embossed with clear detail. The background was done in exactly the same way as the atc above using crushed olive and shabby shutters. I dried it with a heat gun then removed the ink lying on top of the embossing by carefully wiping with a damp tissue. I stamped Simply Amazing in the top left hand corner and added the plastic butterfly which was the embellishment.
The cardstock used for this atc was packaging from a die which I purchased recently and I liked the crackle pattern on it. The stamp was from the craft fair last year and I cannot for the life of me remember who makes it. I stamped it onto ivory cardstock with Versamagic black and cut it out then stuck it to the card. The Brothers was printed on the printer. I used tea stain to distress the edges of it before sticking it down then I distressed the edges of the card to match.
I'm not sure whether or not you can see this but I have wrapped gold thread all around the atc. I stamped the leaf stamp onto ivory cardstock (I like ivory) with sepia Versamagic onto a scrap of scrapbook paper with gold lines running down it. I then glued the buttons on using my hot glue gun. The stamp is from Crafty Individuals.
My favourite background yet again lol. Mustard seed and marigold distress inks. Stamped the floral and butterfly stamp (Crafty Individuals) with black momentous ink. I coloured the roses with Tombow pens. The blue German scrap was a bargain from the craft fair.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I am addicted to distress inks and love to use them for backgrounds. This background was done with my usual technique using crushed olive and mustard seed then I laid a mask onto it and lightly sprayed with adirondack colour wash. The bird was stamped onto it using the crushed olive again, I didn't want it to stand out too much. The butterfly is a cheery Lynn die and I cut it out of golf cardstock.
Nothing different for the background, distress inks but different colours. The stamps are all a nautical theme from Stamping Up. I used 4 different stamps to create a collage style atc.
Monday, 14 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Hubby went to the Stoke v Bolton match and I intended to make the best use of the time to watch something on the television which was NOT sport related. However, I got engrossed with the Manchester City football match. Eeeeek! Me watching football! Something amiss there.
This evening was very pleasant, a friend and neighbour of mine always comes around on Sunday evening and we put the world to rights.
Tomorrow I have to be at the Haywood hospital for 9.30 for my monitoring appointment. I hate this, takes ages and culminates in me having blood taken. As Tony Hancock used to say 'why, that's almost an armful'. I reckon they've taken so much blood over the last four years that I could keep a blood bank going.
And now.........it's bed time.
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Off to the craft show at Port Sunlight today with my friend Tracy, twice a year is not enough for a dedicated craft shopper!