Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A baby card

Before we broke up for the summer holiday, I needed to make a New baby card for a colleague. I had used the ten fingers and toes for her maternity leave card, so this time I put some Inky Doodles stamps to use.
The background was stamped with Little Patchwork and the sentiment was stamped with Stitched Alphabet (Upper and Lower case) I used memento inks for the stamping and then dusted around the edges with tea dye Distress ink. The Spellbinders timeless rectangle die cut was a snippet of paper that has been in my stash for about ten years I think!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 24 July 2015

More photos from the garden

 Hello! Well, we have finally finished the term today, and I would do a little happy dance if I had the energy! Instead I am sharing with you some photos from my garden over the last week. First up we have a baby blue tit...
 followed by some wild strawberries...
 and a bit of x rated hoverfly mating!
 Here is some soothing lavender...
 and a baby goldfinch.
 Next is a rather lovely self set poppy that I have no idea where it came from...
 and look at the tongue on that bumblebee! Quite proud of this one!
 Here is a shasta daisy
 and a tiny snail...
 Another hoverfly....
 a baby robin...
and my little wood mouse friend, who really likes those pink fat pellets we buy for the birds!
Hope you enjoyed a few minutes in the garden with me. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

A quick card and some more garden photos

Hi there! We still have another week at school, and I am so tired, I may have to sleep for a week once we finish! I needed to make a birthday card for a lovely friend, so decided I should ink up the gorgeous Card-io stamps I bought at Doncaster at the beginning of June. I made the background with ink dusters and memento inks in dandelion and rosebud.
We had another baby bird at the feeders this week - a baby longtailed tit! They are so cute - just like a fluffy ball on a stick!
Next up are a couple of photos of a plant I bought on a whim last year, and it has continued to flower this year. Not at all sure what it is, but the geometric nature of the petals really attracted me to it.
It really is sunshine in a pot!
I have a couple of planters that I have bedding plants in...

but many of my plants are grown for wildlife, either for berries....
or for bees
Thanks for looking!
Edit: Thank you blogging Friends - it is indeed a Gazania Daybreak Red Stripe, so definitely sunshine in a pot!

Monday, 13 July 2015

A recipe for you


A long time ago, when Meg was about 2, I remember having a conversation with my mum on the phone about a spinach cheese and potato pie she had made, and how much my Dad and brother had enjoyed it. Not long afterwards she was taken into hospital with Cancer of the oesophagus and never properly came out again. I never did find out how she made her pie, but decided I would use the ingredients and have a go. After several years of experimenting, this is how I have settled on making it, and yes, Mum, it is very tasty! I tend to use reduced fat cheese and an oil spray to keep the calories down a little. Stronger cheese in smaller quantities helps too. I have used garlic and herb philly, added broad beans or butter beans instead of celery... the possibilities are endless. Try it and see. All I ask is that if you do share on-line you link back to this post.

Spinach, cheese and potato pie

4 medium potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
1 stick of celery
1 onion
1 large bag spinach (200-300g)
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1 packet filo pastry
Butter or oil
180g carton of Philadelphia light cheese
Grated cheddar (I use 250g of lighter mature cheddar)

1. Prepare potatoes
2. Sweat the onions and celery in the oil or butter, before placing all the spinach on top and adding the lid to the pan. When the spinach has wilted remove from the heat.
3. Mash the Philadelphia and cheese into the potato, then add the celery, onion and spinach. If the sweating/wilting process has produced a lot of liquid, drain first. Mix until combined.
4. Grease a pie dish (mine is about 10 inches across) and add 5 layers of filo, leaving excess filo hanging over the edge
5. Put the filling into the pastry lined dish and lift the overhanging filo to fold over the pie. An additional sheet of filo may be needed to cover the top thoroughly.
6. Brush the top with melted butter or spay with oil, before baking at 200ºC/400ºF for 20 minutes or until golden and crispy.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy it if you give it a go

Saturday, 11 July 2015

A walk with my Dad

Last weekend I went to see my Dad, and after a cup of tea we went for a little walk. We set off from Cuckney Church and took a footpath up a mound (the remains of a Motte and Bailey), which gave us a lovely view of the church and the meadow by the river.
We then carried on up the bank
and crossed a few fields where there were thousands of ox eye daisies in flower.
 We passed a field where there were several young foals...

 and then saw a beautiful Lodge - gate house to the Welbeck estate.(I'd love to live there!)

The view from the Lodge is a timeless British landscape...
 and the drive to the lodge is a Lime tree avenue - a continuation of the one in Clumber Park, for those of you who know it.The lime trees were in flower and smelled wonderful!
 We finally made our way back through the village of Norton, and back to Cuckney Church.
I do miss living in the countryside, even if I did get quite a lot of nettle rash!
Hope you enjoyed the walk
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

July Challenge at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! Another month at Stamping Sensations has flown by! We had some brilliant entries for June, but now it's time for a new challenge, in which we would like you to


* * * * * FEATURE A CREATURE * * * * *

Show us your projects featuring a creature (or creatures!) of land, sea or air!

Please do remember that as we are a stamping challenge, your entry must include some stamping if you wish it to be considered for our prize or Top 3 positions. It would be a shame to miss out, as our sponsor this month is once again Little Claire Designs, who have very kindly given us a most generous £35 voucher for the lucky winner to spend on their website.

As soon as I saw our topic for this month, I knew which stamp I would use! The beautiful Hedgehog  on Little Claire's Silhouette 'Whisper a Wish'
 I stamped the base card with Inkylicious delicate vine in shades of pink and orange. I used silk art card and masked around the edges with masking tape. I then used my ink dusters to make the scene using peach bellini and sunset orange Adirondack ink.Finally I stamped the silhouette stamp in archival black ink.
You can feature any type of creature in your entries this month, and of course remember you can enter up to three times with any type of cards or projects. The DT have featured some simply adorable creatures in their samples, so do go over to the Challenge Blog and have a look at them.
If you are looking for more creatures, you can check out my garden photos below. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

More garden visitors and flowers

Over the weekend I had a few moments in the garden with my camera and sat near the bird feeders.
The first visitor was Bobby's offspring. This young robin was so curious...and so cute too! Think we might call him Scruff!


Next was the squirrel who took great delight in scaring the pigeons!

He also tried the hamster technique with the peanuts...
Here are a few of the flowers...





As you can see I am still putting my camera through it's paces, and have to say I am very happy with it!
Hope you enjoyed sharing a few minutes in my garden.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Rudolf day for June

Back in May I got this gorgeous birthday card from my lovely friend Lesley, using a stamp from Honey Doo Crafts, a company that I hadn't really looked at before...When I did I spent quite a bit!!!
One of the stamps I bought was this one, which I have used to create three cards for Scrappy Mo's Rudolf days this month.
First up I used wow brass embossing powder on burgundy card...
Next up I tried it with flutter glu and flake...
Finally I tried flitter glu and flake again, but managed to get a smudge of something on the card and it looked a mess. I decided to cover it in different colour sprays including sparkly ones to cover the mess and create this one...

A reasonable save I think ;) Note to self - flitter glu and flake gives good resist with colour sprays like dylusions!
Do pop over to Scrappy Mo's and take a look at the fab inspiration and prize. Not sure if I will manage to join in next month  - might be without computer (still on XP here), but I will try and do extra for August if I don't join in.
I will leave you with a few photos of the birds in my garden.
 Goldfinches...
 Love this one!!!
 A great tit...
 and a very noisy baby starling taken by Meg - he was so loud he woke her up!
Thanks for looking.