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Friday, 3 December 2021

Another phone holder!


A green/blue phone holder.   Resin topcoat with blue and green mica and various glitters, backed with blue and green casting compound with blue and green mica, and poured together to mix the colours.
It is a bit more teal in colour in real life.

 

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Floral Birthday Card


 Card created using Clarity Stamps and a sentiment from my stash,   Coloued sith Zebra Doodler'z gelt sticks.  Doodled corners with black glitter gel stick.

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Christmas Cards 3 (Variations on a theme)



Once again another variation on a theme, using Clarity Stamps and colouring with chalk inks.





 

Friday, 26 November 2021

Christmas Cards 2 (variation on a theme)



 Two variations of a similar design using Clarity stamps - one with a small tree and one with a large tree, coloured with chalk inks and glitter pen edging.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Christmas Cards 1


 To be truthful I can't remember what make these stamps were.   Stamped in Versafine Clair and coloured with chalk inks.   A border was added with black glitter pen.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Birthday Card


 Today's card was made using the Clarity Treescape Doodle Montage stamps and mask and coloured with chalk inks.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Another Macramé Gnome

 


 Another gnome from a kit as per previous post.   I made a couple of alterations.  In the red one the instructions said to glue the left over strands to the back of the hat and also glue on the beard.   However, having done a bit of macramé before I finished off the bottom of the hat slightly differently and wove the strands into the back of the hat.   I also attached the beard by weaving the strands into the back,

Saturday, 20 November 2021

Macramé Gnome

 

  
I had a play with some macramé today and made this gnome.   I have another one to make in green.   A friend learned how to do it at a workshop at the NEC, and the tutor gave her permission to reproduce the pattern and make kits to sell in her place of work.

Kits are available from Heathcoat Fabric Shop in Tiverton - they have a website.   Also there is a video on U-tube showing you how he is made if you find visual instructions easier to follow than written ones.

More Christmas prep and experimenting


There was some pastry left from yesterday, so I decided to have a play and experiment with an idea for a different decoration on some mince pies from an idea by Marion Frost of Patchwork Cutters. The picture above is before they were cooked, and here is a close up of one of them:


 Now for the finished articles:




Can you work out how I made the designs?   ........

.... They were done by dipping the patchwork cutters in cocoa powder and then embossing the image into the pastry tops, before attaching them to the pie bases.

I think if I  had used ready bought puff pastry - the images would have bee sharper as there is more substance in that pastry.   Also I couldn't brush the tops with egg before baking for fear of moving the cocoa powder.   If I make them again - I will use the bought puff pastry, and then when almost cooked I will add the egg wash and pop them back in the oven to finish off.

Friday, 19 November 2021

A bit of cooking

 



Something a bit different from me today - a bit of Christmas cooking prep.   Above is what the family call reindeer droppings - Basically a variation of sausage meat stuffing.   Sausage meat mixed with finely chopped red onion and celery, mixed together and rolled into balls.   I then open freeze them ready to be cooked on Christmas Day.    The look festive with the different colours when they are cooked.

I then made some small cocktail sausage rolls - I even made my own pastry this time, as I like a nice flaky finish.    I cut the sausage rolls at a slight angle - that means that the cook gets to eat the trimmings from the ends.   There was a little sausage ad pastry left - so I made some sausage swirls .... these didn't make it to the freezer!