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50 something, living with partner in Sunny Spain. Spend my days bowling, crafting & occasionally doing housework.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Strawberry & Banana Pavlova

Yesterday I had a market stall to try to sell some cards & gifts. Unfortunately it was a disaster, the weather was freezing with a strong cold wind. The majority of the stall were of the flea market variety & most of the people walking round were North Africans - could have thought we were in Tunisia. Anyway, by 11 we had sold 2€ worth of stuff & were frozen so decided to give it up as a bad job. It was disappointing but it was obviously the wrong market.
Today I decided it was comfort food to cheer me up, so Chicken supreme, Cheesy mash & cauliflower cheese followed by a homemade strawberry & banana pavlova. Meringue is my favourite but until today I had never made a pavlova. Although the base cracked a bit when I put all the topping on it doesn't alter the taste & will certainly cheer me up.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Necessity is the mother of invention

This morning I was getting ready for my craft group & my printer decided it wasn't feeling well so was going to have a day off. No amount of cajoling would convince it to work, so I was left to organise 1 more card which wouldn't need any printing. A rummage through my sheets of card produced sheets with pink roses - now to design a card round that. The girls arrived & it was still swimming around in my head, so while they worked on the first cards, the ideas came to fruition & this is what emerged.
The flowers are ceramic & I was really happy with the finish design. As Marina said, my printer having a day off made me come up with the design - just glad I didn't have to do all 4 like that.

Monday, 3 January 2011


I have started knitting since Christmas & have made 2 scarves so far. One is a simple knit Chenille scarf with tassel ends.
The other wasn't so simple to do. The wool looks like ribbon but is lace work - you knit into just one side of the strand allowing the rest to open out like lace. As the wool didn't come with any instructions I had 2 abortive attempts trying to work out the best way to make it. Eventually I casted on, 2 needle method using a full ball. I then knitted 10 rows & casted off. I like the finished effect.

Another monochrome card

Have been trying out my new embossing boards again with another monochrome card.
This one also features a backing sheet designed by Karen Adair of Craftsuprint - called Black Satin. It gives the central panel a nice effect, and the simple white butterfly just finishes it nicely.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Monochrome Card

This is the first card made with one of my new Keepsake boards which Allen got me for Christmas & a Marianne Silhouette die.  I love the monochrome cards & I am sure the new boards will be getting lots of use.

Happy New Year

Today is 1.1.11 - a magical day.
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Love & Hugs to everyone. May 2011 bring everything you wish for plus good health.