Thursday 23 April 2009

More flowers in the wrong place!

Bluebells and Lady's Mantle
rescued before the front lawn gets cut!

Tuesday 21 April 2009


A few felt and bead brooches I made

Monday 20 April 2009

A weed is only a flower in the wrong place!

All of a sudden the garden has come alive!
Here are some of the Weeds! Hhm! Wildflowers!


The only Daisy patch in the lawn
so whoever mows the lawns mows round it!
It actually survived the snow!


Celandine which grows wild in the lawn!

A pink Primrose

Dandelions which I pick regularly
for my friends Tortoises

These sweet blue flowers grown in the lawn

Herb Robert

Wednesday 15 April 2009

It's come around again.........

My Birthday!

My cards from family and friends

Flowers from my sons

My birthday cake
Erhmmmmm do I have to act my age?

Sunday 5 April 2009

Chocolate Cup Cakes

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, gas 4
Weigh 2 or 3 eggs, then weigh the Butter, Flour and Sugar
to the same weight,
then remove one desert-spoon of flour
and add one desert-spoon of cocoa powder
Beat the Butter and Sugar together until pale in colour
Beat the eggs then add slowly to the butter and sugar mixture
Gently fold in the flour and cocoa powder.
Divide the mixture equally between the cake cases and cook.
Test to see if cooked with a skewer after about 15 - 20 minutes
When cool
For the topping,
mix 5ozs cream cheese,
1ozs softened unsalted butter,
3ozs sifted icing sugar
2 teaspoons drinking Chocolate
mixed to a paste with 2 teaspoons water
and teaspoon orange essence (optional) until smooth.
spread on top of the cakes

Saturday 4 April 2009

Don't be scared to do this.........BUT.........

Please Please Please
don't do this with antique samplers.
Let the professionals clean those.
And certainly do don't do this with any
old or modern tapestry stitched with wool
they will shrink!

I don't use an embroidery ring or frame unless I have to, as I personally find them difficult to use and rings sometimes leave a mark. I recommend that you do whatever you are happy with. With tablecloths and trays cloths I pick up from bootfairs and flea markets I treat then as shown in the pictures below, but make sure the fabric hasn't started to rot. Give the fabric a gentle tug in various places if it tears easily it has started to rot.

Finished piece
Pin or tack into a laundry bag

Put into the washing machine,
(my piece went in with the towels on a quick
wash at 40 degrees, modern threads
Coats & DMC can be washed at 95 degrees
check the labels!)
just make sure the items it goes in with
colours that do not run otherwise you will
have to start the embroidery again!

When washing cycle is finished,
take the embroidery out of the laundry bag,
do not dry but
lay on a flat surface, ironing board or floor
on a couple of towels and press.
Finished embroidery
(the colours look so much brighter)