Sunday, August 22, 2010


OK, the red stuff is - jelly!

Almost a week ago I finally got round to using up some out of date jelly and made it extra thick so I could do some gelatine printing.  Life kind of took over and I didn't get to it, so it has sat waiting quite happily in the fridge until this afternoon.

I followed various instructions on the internet and must say that I really enjoyed this initial foray.  Unfortunately my phone decided to have a dicky fit, so here are some mangled photos before it got its proverbial knickers untangled from the twist it had them in!

Then finally the phone got its act together so


DD joined in with the second half of the prints and after the very quick clean up, arrived with a very clear statement:

We're going to edit the prints and work more on them during the week - seeing how long the jelly will last, what else we can print on and with, so watch this space!

Arty adventure

Here we have the equipment needed for my arty adventure - paint, glass, paper, rollers, plant material and - what could that red stuff be?.......

OK, she caved!

So, the goodies go to Annie and, as she was already a follower, that includes the tins!  I must admit I was wondering if anyone was going to be tempted, but it was good fun and I will definitely be running more of these.  Maybe my next one will be fabric related?......

I'm having one of those days where I really should be doing something, but I can't get going.  So, maybe if I set myself a challenge of doing something new and doing a photo story of it, that will motivate me.  Ah ha - I have the very, very thing.....

See you in a little while with the first part

Friday, August 20, 2010

Giveaway update - with photo!

So, it's time to get the giveaway going again.  Here's a quick pic of what I've got stashed away for one lucky person so far.

Are you itching for the tins?  Can't live without german hymnal music?  In love with the Constance Talmadge cigarette card?  Remember, whoever shouts first wins, but if you don't I'll add more temptations....

Thank you universe

I had a lovely lunch time yesterday.  I had to go into town to do some shopping and just happened to be able to arrange to meet If the knit fits... at a local cafe.  It was one of those days when everything falls right.  I had the choice of two parking spaces where normally they are all used up and despite the cafe being rammed with people, I got an outside table.  We had a lovely hour together over drinks and cakes (slab of custard slice for me, jam and cream scone as big as a baby's head for ITKF) then I had to move the car so we parted ways.  I did my shopping then had just enough time for a charity shop and RESULT!

ITKF is convinced that I have mad skills in attracting great charity shop finds.  I dunno, I'm open to whatever is in there and maybe it's just the law of averages as I don't report on the many times I leave empty handed.  Yesterday was not one of those times.

My first stop was the books and I could not resist the Country Diary Book of Crafts as it is packed full of things to make and it is so redolent of its time (plus it was a bargainous 50p).  I wanted to wander over to the bric a brac next, but a woman was stood there, chatting.  I thought I could see something exciting lurking near her leg, so I hoped she had finished looking and was on her way out..... 

Looking around in a slightly frustrated way, I happened to spot something I've been wanting for ages - a pouffe! A bit grubby, but the right size and shape, so it was mine.  Ther's a tiny, tiny split in one of the side seams, so I can see it's insides are straw, but that's great.  I'm doing an evening class in soft furnishings and dress making this term (I want to learn about adjusting for fit), but this means I have a furnishing project - a cover for the pouffe!

By this time the woman was just making her way out of the door and yes! my eyes were not deceiving me - that IS a ball winder in lovely packaging.  I swooped (as if anyone else would be interested) and it's not just a ball winder - it's a Daruma Home twister.  Extra super as I've just received a ton of machine knitting yarn through freegle and it's all a bit too thin for my needs

Sum total of this happiness was below £10, so I rounded it up for love.  I got three items of wonder and a blast of gratitude - how lucky am I?!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'm back!

Just a quickie - I'm back and have had a brilliant holiday time.  I'll blog more later, but just wanted to wave my flag as it were so no-one thinks I've fallen off the edge of the world

Missed you all and have been dreading trying to catch up with the on line world so have decided I won't - that lifted a huge weight off my mind!  If you've made an important blog post or announcement that you think I should know about, please leave me a comment / link.

So much to tell you all and of course there's the giveaway to get going again.....