Thursday, 26 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
More details available in my Etsy shop.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Our first point of call was to Harrods for a quick spot of shopping, we didn't stay too long as it was very busy and rather hot in there. We stayed long enough to see Michael McIntyre chasing after his little boy (who is a mini version of Michael) and to get some Krispy Kreme donuts. A couple of my friends had never tried these American donuts before and they weren't disappointed!
We all had a great time, although knackered by the end of the night, I couldn't wait to get home and have a cup of tea and a Krispy Kreme donut - a rather squished donut, it didn't make it back in the best state, but it still tasted good.
Friday, 6 November 2009
I'm getting better at modelling with icing, each person I've had to sculpt has gotten better each time (I think I could've done better at positioning the golfer with his golf club, not sure holding a club like that will be very effective!).
I did have an 'OH NO!' moment whilst piping the shoes on though, my tiny piping bag full of black icing split and a great big blob of icing squirted out onto the cake! I quickly scrapped it off and managed to remove most traces of black but it had left a mark. Luckily it was quite near the edge so I could cover it up with buttercream and make the 'rough grass' a bit wider. Few! Panic over.
It was also my first attempt at writing with icing, which went better than I expected. No mishaps with the piping bag this time!
We've now got a small batch of green buttercream left, I guess we'll just have to whip up a few cupcakes to use it up - what a shame! Cupcake anyone?...............
If you'd like to see the other cakes we've made click here and here and here!
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
One of the things I love about these animated films these days is the attention to detail, they think of everything and will painstakingly animate individual items, no matter how many are involved. Like animating more than 10,000 balloons to lift the house! Whilst they didn't hand-animate all the balloons, they had to come up with a computer programme that could cope with that many individual balloons, and how they interact with each other. Quite a task in itself.
If you haven't seen Up already, I highly recommend it. Get down to the cinema, put your 3D specks on and enjoy!
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
I've been busy drawing these chaps, cutting out their heads and making springs for that important 'bobbly head' feature. You can buy them individually or as a set, head on over to my shop for all the details.
Does anyone think the Elf is scary? My husband thinks it is, he won't look at it, gives him the heebie jeebies!! (Guess which card he'll be getting for Christmas? Hee hee!)
I'll let you know when the next lot of cards go on sale..........
Friday, 16 October 2009
I'll be adding all my new creations to my Etsy shop over the next week or so, and I hope to have my website up and running soon, I've been working on that too. And I'm very pleased to hear that I've sold some cards in the shop in town (only four so far, but it's a start and that was after 2 weeks).
I've certainly been getting through some ink, my printer's never worked so hard! I'll update soon with some pictures of what I've been making.....
Thursday, 1 October 2009
I generally find that if my mind wanders quite a bit when reading, I'm either not that interested in the book or I'm not in the mood for reading. I love to get stuck into a good book but do find I have to be in a reading mood. I can get through a few books relatively quickly when the mood strikes though.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
For anyone living in the Colchester area, a selection of my cards can now be purchased at Shalamar Bazaar, the handmade craft and gift shop at Long Wyre Street, Colchester (opposite Game Station). They go on sale from Monday 28th September.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Finally I got called in to see the doctor, went over the same things as with the nurse, he checked to see if my blood test results were back - they weren't - so guess where I was sent off too....that's right, back to the waiting area!
Yet more time passed, then a nurse called my name.....but this was just to inform me that they hadn't forgotten about me and that my blood was being tested as we speak, and it should take 15-20 minutes. So I went back to waiting. By this stage I not only had a pain in my leg, but a numb bum, was very thirsty and getting hungry too. Not to mention being very fed up of waiting.
At last I was called through for the results (I'd been at the hospital for a total of 4½ hours!), blood test was positive which wasn't good news. They said it was likely to be a DVT but I'd need a scan on my leg to find out for sure. So I was given an injection of Heparin (to thin my blood) and sent on my way. I was being referred to the DVT nurse so had to wait for a call the next day for my appointment.
After having the ultrasound scan on my leg the next day (which was a bit of a palarva, someone had to come in and squeeze my leg to get the blood pumping through the veins!), they couldn't find any signs of a clot, which was good news.
So I was referred back to my GP, for her to say I'd either pulled the tendons or it was just one of those unexplained pains! So I've got to hope it clears up all by itself. So far there's not been much change and I'm still limping about, but at least it's not a DVT afterall.
Monday, 14 September 2009
What's it all about? Well the Shop Swap & Blog has been organised by Pattie from Structured Chaos, here's what she says
Hello everyone!For more details click on the link above. If you would like to see who has already signed up click here. If you have an online shop and would like more exposure, this is a great opportunity to get noticed, you never know who will be reading about your wonderful products!
It's that time of year where every shop owner wonders how they are going to get the word out about their shop because they know that if someone at least saw their work that they would love it!
Well, I had an idea that we could do a shop swap and blog! Basically this is where you send your partner something from your shop, along with some information about it by mail, and they in turn blog about the experience!
Come check it out, and join in the fun!!
If you would like to help promote the Shop Swap Blog, Pattie has created a button so we can display it on our blogs (I've already added mine on the left hand side of my blog!), you can get the code here.
If you want to join in, make sure you sign up by 30th September, and look forward to receiving some goodies in the post!
Friday, 11 September 2009
Here are some of the injuries they came across:
- people poking themselves in the eye with a biscuit
- falling off a chair while reaching for the biscuit tin
- sustaining burns after dunking a biscuit in scalding tea
- being hit by fragments flying through the air
- choking on crumbs
- damaging a tooth or filling on a hard biscuit
- and one person managed to get stuck in wet concrete after wading in to pick up a stray biscuit!
Fifteen types of biscuit were tested on their physical properties, along with aspects of their consumption such as 'dunkability' and 'crumb dispersal'. They then compiled a list of 'riskiest biscuits' with a 'danger rating' from their tests. To see the list click here. Custard Creams have been discovered to be the riskiest with a danger rating of 5.64! The least dangerous is the Jaffa Cake with a rating of 1.16. But is the Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake? The name suggests cake but that's not where you'd find it in the supermarket, no, Jaffa Cakes hang out with the dangerous biscuits.
So the next time you reach for a biscuit on your tea break, think twice, are you going to risk the deadly Custard Cream or play it safe with a harmless Jaffa Cake? Thanks to this valuable research you can now save yourself from a terrible biscuit related injury - money well spent obviously!
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Here's the top 20 of unusal keyword searches that have brought views to my shop
- alligator clips lining
- chef wall decor
- child fingerless gloves
- emery sand
- evalicious (what the heck?!)
- felt purses for little girls
- hershey kiss rubber stamp
- lampwork beach
- magnet slogans
- medieval charm bracelet, etsy
- mens tweed long coat
- method of flower making by using glaze paper
- ring bearor pillows, silk flowers
- rubber ducky your the one
- tajmahal scrapbooking paper
- uk wildcat stained glass
- upcycled shoes
- vintage baseball canvas
- wolf hair bow
- yippiekawaiiyeahs shop
What strange keywords have been used to find your shop or blog?
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
I went to the cinema last night to see 500 Days of Summer and it was great, I really enjoyed it. It makes a change to have a romantic comedy told from the guy's angle and in this particular film it's the guy who falls for the girl and the girl who doesn't believe in love (it happens!). This isn't your typical rom com, it's more 'real' which is what makes it funny. So if you like your films funny with a touch of quirkiness and a splash of romance then I recommend you go see it - it's worth a watch.
Friday, 4 September 2009
I'm now the proud owner of one of these fabulous little glass cupcake beads which have been handmade by Laura Sparling. The pink one I got for my sister, and I got the green one for myself (I had to treat myself of course!).
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
And dare you sit in the fertility chair?
According to the sign,
'A chair similar to this, has been used since pagan times to help with the fertility of both men and women. This ancient ritual was handed down from generation to generation over the centuries. Persons wishing to try the magic of this mystic Fertility chair must follow the strict instructions laid down by the Sorcerers:-
- First you must be seated on the chair
- Cross your right foot over your left ankle whilst keeping your knees tight together
- Hold your right earlobe with your left hand
- Place your right hand on your left knee
- Close your eyes then repeat the word 'magog' five times for the spell to work
Can you feel a tingle?'
I wonder if it'll work....time will tell........
Not only do you get to do all this, you get to visit the House on the Hill Toy Museum too, guaranteed to bring the kid out in you. See if you can spot some toys you used to own, and have a go on the old penny arcade machines.
After all this fun it was time for us to have our picnic, we'd all brought some food with us and it ended up looking like a banquet! And of course the moment the food was out, so were the wasps. Needless to say that the picnic wasn't enjoyed in a peaceful calm manor - there were a few yelps, screams and a bit of running away!