Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Gallery Le Novelle Special Castle Cakes

I saw this  (in my opinion) stunning cake on a Face Book post and decided to share it. The caption asked you to describe the cake in one word,  and it provoked many comments like.... Ostentatious, tacky, over the top, pointless, Gay (like how can a cake be gay?), stupid, wasteful, expensive, breathtaking, horrible and the list goes on. For me I saw the skill and dexterity that must go into each and every one. 

These Castle cakes are made by Le Novelle  based in Indonisia and are  special custom made to order.

Love them or hate them you can't deny skill, what do you think?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Read The F.... Manual

Yesterday I saw some key holders posted on a craft group I am in. I had bought the design a few days ago and had not got round to making them. So this morning I went to make them up and to cut a long story short I must have left my brain in the breadbox. The design told you to cut two pieces of fabric 22cm X 12cm so I did, then it told you to fold in half (so I did) then what did I do? I cut them in half again, thought to myself why didn't they just say cut four pieces 11 x 6 anyway I made one up and thought the bottom was really difficult to turn up and as you can see from the pic below what a mess. Later that day I was speaking to a friend who is also a fellow crafter and turns out she had also bought the same design, so I was asking her how she got on with the hemming, if she was next to me I just know her eyebrows would be raised to the max, umm what hemming she asked! several convos later I twigged with a friendly nudge from friend that I was not meant to cut the ruddy fabric in half again as that makes the hem duhhhhhhhh. You live and learn. Oh well tomorrow is another day.... I can hear my DH quoting his favourite expression RTFM....:)

complete bodge

Finally I got it right

Lynne's Key Fobs

Moria's Key Fobs

So there you go so perhaps tomorrow my brain will be reinstated and I will be able to follow  instructions properly:)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Missing in Action

Thank you so much for the emails I have received asking me if I was well. Yes I am thank you but instead of giving excuses ( I could invent several) as to lack of blog posts lately I hold my hands up and admit it was shear laziness and bad management on my part. Something else always seemed to pop up and then I would forget about it for a few days, and then it turned into weeks.
But I promise you I have been busy with a few custom orders, doing appliques and trying to master Kanzashi petals.
 Love making these cushions with a machine applique of retro birds with gorgeous curly tails

 my first attempt of Kanzashi flowers
 and another
 A sweet little makeup bag
 A few hair barrettes

 I love Dandelions
 Fun with Applique cats
This one was quite funny as I was to make a hairdressing cape with  the name Eveyln, I made it up thinking perhaps it is a French way of spelling Evelyn. Client got it wrong and told me not to bother changing it and seemingly her friend thought it was hilarious. Wonder if she will ever use it?

Will be back soon with a giveaway have a great weekend xx

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Secrets of Rose Cottage

On looking through some old paperwork I came across this news cutting.

This is going back to 1986 when I awoke one morning   to find a letter in my post box from my sister; on opening it I found a scrap of paper  (above if you click the picture it will enlarge for you to read) and nothing else in the envelope. When I read the article I had a good chuckle to myself and then never really gave it much thought except to note that it did state my then current address, must have been a misprint!.
Later that day I got a call from my mum who started by telling me how disappointed and how disgusted she was with me!  how could I do something like this! She went on and on and I could not get a word in edge ways so I ended up hanging up and immediately called my sister who had called my mum that morning to read out the said article. She also believed it was me in the article.😞

At first I was speechless and then was really upset that both my mother and sister thought that this was me!!!

As you can see the address is “Rose Cottage” and yes I did live there but I was 33 at the time not 51 as the article suggested (my sis and mum obviously missed this fact).

Turned out that there was another Rose Cottage at the other side of the village where this was going on.

I was forgiven but I stayed cross for awhile as you can imagine. Now I can have a good chuckle.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A bit of Lamination

I love reading and have sometimes up to four books on the go, occasionally I find a book that needs my full attention and if it's hard going I may have to leave it for a while and find something lighter to read.  I truly dislike giving up on books. Anyway  I got so fed up with just having pieces of card or scraps of paper to mark my place, I decided to make some books markers that are not only cute but practical to boot. 

 Found these on graphicsfairy site and they are gorgeous

 These gorgeous Edwardian costumes from ArtCult on Etsy
 Again the same ones from Artcult but did them in what I can only describe as atmospheric black & white.
 This was an embroidery pattern I bought for a project and decided would be fun to make these up for a few creative friends
These I made for AimeBroiderie on Etsy, great idea for a little promotion
 Can't decide whether to add an eyelet & ribbon or leave as they are

Love the sepia tones
My first attempt with printing on candles, really fun to do, only burnt myself once (more than sufficient)
  tissue printed on candles 

 A  wee tartan Mouse Pin Cushion, nothing to do with lamination! Cute though

Monday, January 2, 2017

Peyriac de Mer Christmas Day 2016

We decided that for Christmas we were going to head of in our old camper, we choose Peyriac-de-Mer as a couple of friends of ours who stayed with us last summer spent a night there and loved it. We were not disappointed as the weather was glorious, blue skies and sunshine with a slight breeze, perfect for walking.
At Peyriac de Mer you can either keep on the boardwalks around the old salt pans  or take the longer, higher option around the ridge above the Etang de Doul, we did both.
 I was not expecting to see Flamingos in December, nor Pelicans neither of which I have seen in the flesh before. Although the flamingos were well back from the land the  fact that they were still pink made them more visible, and as we had binoculars managed to get a good look at them. We saw around 30 Pelicans and I never knew they were so graceful in flight.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ready for the Christmas Fair

Getting ready for the Christmas fair on the 10th December along with my girfriend Suzanne from Lavande de Combenegre, thought I  would show you a few things we have been busy making, lots more to see so if you find yourself close to the Salle de Fete in Castelnau, do pop in and say hello. Everything is handmade and with oodles of love. Wish us luck.

Little coin purses
Suzanne's gorgeous birdie lavender sachets
Mini Christmas stockings
Fabulous lavender manniquins

Insect hotels (how cute are they)
Vintage Dolly peg bundles
Heat packs with lavender and flax mix
Suzanne distills her own lavender along with soap and massage bars
Tissue holders
Lavender heart  sewing kits
Christmas wooden angels
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