Trying to make something...
I think they are called 'scrappy snippets' but am not sure being so new to this. Basically they are just a decoration for tags, journal cards, belly bands (what an exciting name).
For a touch of distress ink. The tag on the left (still minus its punched hole and further decoration), looks ok but once the edges are distressed, it looks so much better:
Once my mod podge arrives, further decoration will be added - watch this space. It has taken me a week to organise this, mind you, I am not doing it for much of the day as gardening has started!
Can't live without them, sometimes very difficult to live with, at times disappointing. My hair falls into the latter category.
When I was little, hairdressers always used to comment on how thick my hair was, like a lions mane they used to say. Normal thickness at the back and sides, very thick on top. "You won't have any problems with baldness" they said, I had no idea what they were talking about at the time. Now I do.
Hair genes are not great in our family as we age. The problem probably stems from our dads side as he started to go thin at the front, quite early on. His mum, had wisps of hair as she aged.
I have always had a bit of a recession either side of my fridge but that has gotten really bad of late. It looks like both sides will meet up behind my fringe leaving me with a front tuft, male pattern rather then female pattern baldness I think?
I often remark to people I shall shave it all off when it gets too bad, wear a hat or a wig when out and about - but would I, really?
The rest is absolutely thick and all there, it is just the front bit. I notice in some cultures around the world, that some have what I would refer to as a very high fringe, with a tall forehead, empty of hair, maybe that would be the way to go. Shave off my tuft when it finally gets stranded:)
We recently had to dig up our very loved Comice pear tree. It had become infested with some sort of internal leaf bug and after a couple of years of spreading through it, was totally infested with no reasonable treatment available. A great pity as it had dozens of pears on it which were also in a mess:(
Anyhow, it was only small and DB took a couple of days to get it up. When I next went outside, he had put this in its place:
It is our Ruby wedding anniversary this week. Who would have thought, so a very apt piece of art from him.
I realised that all my Uni journals were up in the attic so got DB to bring them down. There would be work in there that I could reuse in my junk journal, spare pages of paper for dyeing and grey board at the back for reusing. There were quite a few as you can see:
I tried to do this a few years ago but couldn't bring myself to do it. However, they have now been up there for 11 years without a glance so the time was now!
The contents have given me lots of things to play with...
I was going to change the duvet over from the heavier winter one to a lighter summer one but it is still too chilly. Haven't yet reached the stage where we are waking up hot so there is no point changing it at present.
The heating is on and off like a yoyo. The temperature at the moment is still 8C, the poor tomatoes and French beans are still in the greenhouse as it is just too cold, wet and windy for them:(
Forgot to show you yesterday some parchment paper that I laid sheets of dyed paper on which were waiting to be baked:
It's like being back at University on my art course! Which reminds me, I have kept all those journals so might check through them to see if anything useful is in them or where I noted down techniques I used for work.
This time using steeped blackberry juice rather than tea:
Also yesterday, I spent an hour or so, tea dyeing plain paper etc:
Once dried in the oven and ironed, they looked like this:
Was quite modern:
It is 11 years since I completed my Fine Art degree. For a while now, I have felt the need to do something just for me. The problem was, giving myself permission. I have always crafted for friends and family, for my degree course, for selling or occasionally for our home.
It started with card making. That is fine in itself, but I tend to only do Christmas cards and a few birthday cards. What on earth could I do for the rest of the year?
I have become fascinated with art and junk journals, creating, decorating and using them but have never done anything about it. My degree journals were the one thing I was always complimented on, on my courses.
I am an 'all in' kind of girl, so could get carried away with each new thing that interests me. My financial moral compass usually guides me though and stops me going too overboard. It enabled me to do my 1 year access course to higher education, followed by my 3 year degree course and 1 year Masters course, without spending a fortune.
It is that long standing financial moral compass though, that has also gotten in the way of doing something just to entertain and fulfil me. It tells me it is a waste of time and effort, will cost too much, take up too much time, will fill the house with dross etc. I can still feel it wiggling its pompous finger at me, it is very loud and extremely hard to ignore:(
However, if I don't want to stifle my creative needs, ignore it I must. With that in mind, we took ourselves off to the Big C craft and furniture store at Wymondham, see here. It is a treasure trove for fabric, needlework, felt, books and tons of other stuff. I spent £7.50 so not bad. BIG TIP: wear a coat, it is always very cold in there!
Tomorrow I will show you what and why I bought what I did. Watch this space!
Our large order of puzzles from The Works is now complete.
This one was entitled Naughty Puppies. It took us about 3 days, but we both worked quite long stints on it:
The whole thing is just so cute!
We still have a large winter one from two years ago, which we hope to begin this Christmas if we have our visitors as planned.
Now, we should have really enjoyed this. It was quite easy to make but unfortunately, I used cacoa drops and not chocolate drops. They were way too bitter and ruined the taste - lesson learned!
You can find the recipe here.
We drove over to Foxley Wood for our weekly walk with E. I think we caught the bluebells just in time. Another week and they will be past their best:
We got back to the car park and sat to eat our lunch. Very pleasant all round. Come next week, we shall be able to share a car which will reduce petrol expences. We have decided we shall continue to wear masks whilst sharing cars, just to be on the safe side.
After about 8 days, they were ready to harvest:
Again, another recipe from Downshiftology, see here.
Tops sliced off and cored with a melon baller, so much easier than using an apple corer. Then about 1 cm of skin was removed to stop them exploding during cooking. The were also rinsed out with lemon juice:
Thought I would show you how the back border we created last year is doing. The new crab apple tree is in bloom:
My homegrown foxgloves are huge (too early to flower yet), will be interesting to see what colour they are.
About 9.45pm yesterday, we heard distant rumbling and thought it was people putting out their dustbins for today. Then we saw loads of flashes and realised it was a storm.
It got closer and louder then the rain came. Unfortunately this coincided with Ruby's bedtime routine and she hates going out in this type of weather for her night time ablutions but she eventually went out.
Unfortunately for her and DB who was watching from the doorway, on top of the rain, it began to hail and eventually 'snowballs' fell heavily, with the strong wind blowing them onto DB. It probably lasted about 30 minutes but was very loud. We had had heavy showers and hail on and off all day, NONE of which was forecast:(
Although the ground was clear this morning, flat surfaces had accumulated them:
The weather this winter and spring has been so cold. Not the snow kind, just wet and with a very cold wind. The heating (which we have at only 20C), has barely had a day off and we have spent more on oil this year than usual.
Yesterday, we had just started to take Ruby for a walk when the heavens opened and we got pounded with a massive hail shower. We were soaked and chilled to the bone within minutes and returned home quickly. Ruby was shaking herself constantly to try and get them off her coat.
Although I am in need of a change of diet, wanting to go onto lighter food, sometimes, a hot and spicy meal is required.
Using this recipe, we made the full amount. However, we used low fat coconut milk as that was all we had. As such, it needed thickening a little plus we added a chicken stock cube. Next time, we will use just half the lime as it was also too much for us:
I thought the ending to Line of Duty was very poor, it didn't make any sense at all. Ah well, life goes on nonetheless!
Not looking forward to the weather this afternoon. The covers of beds 1 and 3 have been removed so they can get a good drink. The garden will feel better for it but no doubt, the weeds will go mad.
After our walk last week, we sat outside. The sun was shining and we thought we would be okay. No sooner had we sat down, the clouds and wind came and we were soon frozen. DB kindly went back to the car to get me a bigger coat but I chilled by then. The place wasn't serving hot food either which didn't help. Although to be honest, it would soon have gotten cold.
Track and chase apparently changed 4 weeks ago. Before, just one of us would scan the code to register, now everyone has to do so, even if you are in the same house. I don't have a smart phone so had to fill out a form. Whilst understandable and which I agree on, is going to be a pain, as I don't like giving my email out at the best of times, let alone the home phone:(
Time for some lunch which will be leftovers, as will tea tonight.
What is the difference?
Initially, they seem to be the same in their growth habit but microgreens are left to grow longer and taller and are eaten when they just begin to form their first pair of true leaves.
I am currently in the process of growing radish microgreens. After one week, they are at this stage:
I used to sprout things years ago, gave up, but have now taken an interest again. I don't want to keep using compost as apparently, they grow just as well on paper towel, or better still, on a silicone mat which can be reused time and again.
Neither of us are keen on lettuce and tend to want to cover it in dressing which rather defeats the object. However, sprouts and microgreens, being so flavourful, shouldn't require any or very little dressing so hopefully, a win win situation.
Watch this space!