Wishing everyone a happy 2022, may it be a good one, filled with joy and positivity xxx
Sunday, 5 December 2021
Saturday, 30 October 2021
Im so sorry , but its taken over a year to get signed back in to my Blogg.
For some reason it wouldnt let me sign in, but I kept trying and finally today, over a year later , I am back in.
I promise to offer lots of exciting news, patterns and recipes on here, making it even better than before.
I just want to send my love to all who follow me and hope you have all managed through these difficult times. Ive been so lucky that my online sales have kept me going and my little friend Waldo, the donkey, has kept me smiling !
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Oh my word, what a roller coaster year its been, full of all sorts of rather depressing stuff.
I dont think its been easy for any one of us and it has left us all rather low and basically its stolen our year from us.
So, heres to 2021, may it be everyones year, a happy one, filled with promise and sunshine.
Heres my little Waldo, hes helped me get through this year, by making myself and everyone who sees him on instagram smile, no matter what.
Thank you Waldo and thank you to all my online friends and customers, I wouldnt be here without you,
lots of love to you all and wishing everyone a much better 2021 than this year .
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Friday, 26 June 2020
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Friday, 8 May 2020
Wednesday, 15 April 2020
But Ive also managed to come up with some new bits for the etsy shop and have started adding downloadable patterns.
Theres a very easy rabbit pattern which people are really enjoying making.
I hope you are all coping and staying well xxx
Monday, 6 April 2020
Heres a selection of what Ive come up with so far, but a few more in the pipeline coming this week.
I hope youre all busy creating. Ive had amazing weather here in Wales so far, its really helped during lockdown. I hope you've had it too .
Wednesday, 1 April 2020
- 3 free-range eggs
- 130g/4½oz caster sugar
- 200g/7oz plain organic flour
- 10g/¼oz baking powder
- 1 unwaxed orange, finely grated zest only
- 20g/¾oz runny honey
- 4 tbsp milk or water. I like goats milk
- 200g/7oz organic butter, melted and cooled ( I use goats butter }
- raspberries ( I have frozen from last year ) and raspberry jam.
- icing sugar, for dusting
The first thing I do is pop the oven on to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
Whilst that is getting going I melt all the butter in a pan and allow it to cool, as you cant add it hot, else you will get scrambled eggs :)
I then put the flour, eggs, caster sugar, baking powder, orange zest and mix together, I then pour on the butter and honey and beat it together, adding a splash of milk or water if you prefer.
Afterwards I oil my madeleine tray, these trays have like a shell shaped pattern on the base. Please do not panic if you don't own one. You can use a normal cake tray or a flat baking tray. I use a brush and wipe out the pan I melted the butter in and use that for oiling my madeleine tray.
Now take two desert spoons and fill one generously with your batter mixture, pop one spoon into each compartment or to form an oval dome on a baking sheet if you do not possess a madeleine or cake tray.
For the next bit, I add one raspberry in each, then its off to the oven for about 15 minutes , until golden. Then whilst the tray is hot you need to add a tea spoon of raspberry jam into the hole of the raspberry. You can pipe it in, or make a split and spoon it in, but it must be done whilst hot, for it to be absorbed a little. Then quickly sprinkle with icing sugar. remove and serve on tea plates.
Must be eaten warm, to fully enjoy and shared :)
Bon Apetite !
Friday, 20 March 2020
Thursday, 19 March 2020
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
As I sit here working on this private commission, I watch all my forthcoming shows get cancelled. Also seeing people holding back and not spending, its scarey. Ive been dollmaking now and a working artist , for 33 years and this is the first time I have ever thought, " I wonder if I can survive this ??"
Once I click onto my social media, I see all my friends are thinking the same, this has brought the whole art community, artists , theatres, performers to their knees, a whole year of events have been cancelled, till next year. Most of us are self employed and are worried.
All I can say is that we try our best to support one another, with buying from each other and promoting each others work. Liking, favouriting on etsy and sharing on facebook.
Ive decided that twenty percent of my sales will go to another artist to help them.
I myself will be putting together some online workshops, releasing patterns, craft packs and doing my best to tread water till this mania is over.
Im hoping things will be much easier once we get to June.
For the first time in my life I have added a donate button to my blogg, if anyone wishes to donate to me via that, twenty percent will go to other artists too.
I think of everyone, during these trying times. I hope mankind can be less selfish and think of others, and above all stay calm.
Any of my friends who live near me, please drop in for hens eggs if you need them.
Lots of love to you all and thanks for your support. Ive added free postage to anywhere in my etsy shop and further reductions, I will also giftwrap for free and add a card, if you wish items to go direct to someone, just message me on etsy or facebook.
Take care, be safe and stay calm xxxx
Thursday, 5 March 2020
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Thursday, 6 February 2020
The bunnies are photos of a sculpture I made, Ive used silver findings on these 925.
Let me know your thoughts, hopefully you will like them.
Sunday, 2 February 2020
I really enjoyed making them and experimenting with colour and texture.
Keeping Wales in the theme and heart of all.
Thursday, 30 January 2020
Well Ive just finished making this little sweetie , standing at 16 inches in height and can be found in my etsy shop ( just click on the etsy banner on my blogg for more details )
As usual its free postage to anywhere on the planet.
Its been dark here today so taking photos has been hard, but the first photo is an accurate colouring of the Doggie Doll.
Monday, 27 January 2020
There are a lot more pages than the ones I have featured and some have moveable paper automata parts.
It has 26 pages in total with extra pages that open out. Its made using an old damaged antique book.
Its listed in my etsy shop now with more photos and you can see it on a few videos on my instagram account.
Im running some retreats, that last for a week, where you can learn to make an art journal yourself, if you want details of these , please email me on email@example.com
Happy Monday Folks , and as always thanks for looking xxx