Thursday, 30 May 2013

Here is one I made earlier

Well here is what I made with the fabric I put in my earlier post.

A close up

Thanks go out to my dear friend Stella who showed great patience whilst helping me construct the bag. I'm very smug and pleased with the end result the only trouble is now I have to make more........... as everyone wants one.  

Saturday, 25 May 2013

So much Fabric but what to Make

Well look at all this lovely fabric, such yummy colours but what will I make with it? Keep your eyes on my blog to find out

Friday, 17 May 2013

Egg and Bacon Tart

My hubby and I both have a thing about spotting and wanting to try out recipes from leaflets and magazines. I don't know why really, its just the pictures ( and its always the pictures that do it) seem to inspire. When looking through the Guardian, Observer,or any other such magazine we often heard to say to one another, "Oh! this looks interesting, we ought to try this, What do you think?" then the picture is shown and its agreed we will give it a whirl at some later date. Now sometimes we do get to make the said dish and other times the recipe is torn out of said magazine and consigned to a recipe book never to be looked at again.  This time though the recipe was spotted and it was agreed I'd make it the following week.

So here is our take on the Observer or was it the guardians recipe.


1pkt Puff pastry ( or you can make your own)
250 g Streaky lean bacon
9 Eggs
4 Tomatoes ( or you can use sundried)


Pre heat oven to 200oC,180oF,Gas mark 6

Grill bacon until just slightly crispy 

Cut tomatoes into 1/8ths

Mark pastry block into 3rds and cut 2/3rds away and roll out into a rectangle.

Place rectangle onto baking tray ensuring edges are raised all around  by about 1cm.

Leave pastry to rest in fridge for about 10mins

Add bacon to pastry covering the base entirely 

Add wedges/slices of tomato across the bacon. If you wanted to add peppers olives or onion you could also do this for variation.

Then crack 8 of the eggs and add to top of pastry. The eggs are why we need to ensure we have a raised edge on the pastry base.

Roll out remain 1/3rd of the puff pasty and cut into strips.

Add strips of pastry on top of eggs and bacon to create a Kris-cross pattern.

Use remaining egg to glaze pastry.

Place in oven and cook for approx 20mins. Cooking time tends to vary with ovens and depth of dish or tray used so always check to ensure doesn't end up over or under cooked.  

Great served hot or cold with salad or as a picnic dish.


 It was delicious give it a try. 

Friday, 10 May 2013

A Blue Heavenly Carpet

I just thought I'd share some photos of the blue bell woods near to my home. I think they are beautiful and  my husband assures me they smell heavenly. Sadly as I lost my sense of smell when I was five I will have to take his word for that  and simply just enjoy the sight of them.

 This image was something I was trying to capture in my felt picture.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Tilda pages

I was recently bought some 'Tilda' papers Garden Party and Country Escape pads. they are lovely just my sort of colours and such like. I am a little disappointed that they do so much of the back grounds for you, I would very much like some one-sided and some plain sheets in  the same coordinating colours so I create my own effects. But, can't complain really as the pads are quite beautiful.

Here are some pages I have created so far. See what you think.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Felting Finished Product

Thought you might like to see the  finished felt item shown in the last post. I have now completed the beading and stitching. I'm pleased with the end result, I think it has a William Inchbold look about it. Anyway I still have some other felt things on the go which I show you once they are complete.

As you can see I have added beading and quite a bit of embroidery to the felt.
This addition gives more texture and dimension to the finished piece.

A close up above picture of the beading and below
you can see some of the embroidery to give texture to the catkins on the silver birch