Friday, February 03, 2017

Needle felted Snowdrop brooch Instagram GIVEAWAY!

Over the past few weeks I've been playing around with needle felting some snowdrops (Galanthus), they are a lot more interesting than you think. Who would have thought that the inner tepals could vary so much in its distinct green markings!

I decided to make a couple of small brooches to adorn those winter coats, with all this grey gloomy weather I think you can say they will cheer up anyone that passes by.

Ive used some of Jane Means beautiful soft pastel ribbons, so much choice it was quite hard to decide which one, plain, dotty, stitched or gingham?

These gingham ribbons come in Sage, Grey or Pink in various lengths and widths, so due to the delicate nature of the snowdrops I went with the 7mm gingham in Sage, it sets off perfectly the tone I was after without stealing the limelight from the flowers.

So Ive decided to give you a little Spring time cheer by having a little giveaway via my Instagram.
If you would like to win this Snowdrop Brooch all you need to do is....

1. Go to my Instagram  feed
2. Like the photo, tag a friend or leave a comment 
3. Then finally follow me on Instagram

I will leave it open till February 14th 9pm UK time!

Ive realised that many people don't necessarily have an Instagram account so I have opened up the giveaway here too, so for an alternative chance to win the snowdrop brooch the please leave a comment below! 


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Needle felting back into a groove, its been a while!

Sorry for the silence, what with a tough end to 2016 and Christmas looming, I chose to put my energy into work. The best bit about my job is recreating someones beloved pets in needle felted wool, so you can imagine Christmas is a busy time of year for commissions.

Looking back to that last month of crazy stabbing I get to enjoy the fruits of my labour and I think you will agree with me that they were cute!

Doris the Lurcher (with my cat photo bombing!)

Lilley the sweetest cat commission!

Bess the English Springer Spaniel as a brooch

Buster the Boxer!

Pearl the greyhound

A special customised Schnauzer brooch

Teddy the well travelled Rat Terrier!

So its a new year and time to move on, I'm determined to look forward and embrace what may be thrown at me whether good or bad, but above all I now that my needle felting adventures will ground me, keep me going and enjoy what I do!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Pumpkin Pie recipe for Halloween night!

Every year I am asked by my boys to make Pumpkin Pie, it all started when they were first able to join in the fun of Halloween night.
Not ever having tasted it I kind of made the recipe up, it worked and over the years I've adapted it to our taste.

Its ever so easy and now its a treat we all look forward to.


Sweet Pastry base (I use a Rick Stein recipe)
1 small firm pumpkin
140g brown sugar
3tsp cinnamon
2tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs beaten
17ml double cream

First scoop out the innards of the pumpkin, you can use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and discard the stringy bits!

Save the seeds for roasting, very tasty!

 Chop the pumpkin into bitesize chunks and then steam them to soften up, leave them to cool down for a bit...


Put the soft pumpkin chunks in a blender and give them a blast so they are nice and smooth, in the meantime make the pastry and part bake the pastry cases, put to one side and allow to cool.

Now add the spices, eggs and cream into the blender with the pumpkin purée!

and don't forget the sugar!

Then pour the pumpkin sauce into the flan dishes and cook for about 30 mins or until the surface has set with a wobble!

Enjoy with lashings of cream or creme fraiché!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The healing of a sad heart...

Im a strong believer in letting nature be the natural way of moving forward when times are hard or sad. Just sitting with a cup of comforting tea whilst taking in the beauty and ugliness of some rosehips from the garden can heal that sadness deep in your heart.

Looking up just at the right time, a beam of light shining through a cloud of sorrow.

Exercise is a great way of pushing through the gloom of the day, Ive taken a leaf out of 5ftinf book and got back on my bike!

Early mornings, no traffic and in 15minutes I'm on top of the world, huffing and puffing the anger out of my soul....

....with a clear head and joy bursting through my smile, its free wheeling down hill to my family, my home, my LIFE!

"Enjoy everyday. There are only seven days in a week and they fly by!"
                                                                      * Frank Herian, my father.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A summer of mixed may need a few tissues.

 Im sat here with a strong coffee and a naughty chocolate biscuit ready to write possibly the hardest post I have ever written. I won't lie, I am already welling up and I'm a tough nut usually!

This summer has been one of very mixed emotions as the title hints, full of frustrations, despair, utter joy and complete sadness.....

...tissues ready?

For the whole of June and July my father was in hospital, my last post "Treading Water" explained about his Lewy body Dementia and the frustrations of not being able to help him. We spent 9 weeks trying to find a suitable nursing home that a) could look after him with his type of dementia b) find one that had a space c) that we could afford even with funding!

It was a tough 9 weeks for both my father and us which was not easy.

We also had a wedding to plan for my little sister and her lovely finance.

We found a care home the week before the wedding knowing that my father would possibly not be able to attend, my sister who lives in Australia arrived with all my nieces and nephew then it all started to go so wrong.

My poor father was very very ill after only a few days in the care home, it was a rush to the hospital with blue flashing lights, two days before the wedding.

My amazing brother stayed by dads bedside during the day of the wedding which was so beautiful, I am so proud of my little sister and new hubby, they held it together so well.

I took them to see dad in the hospital all dressed in their wedding outfits, something my sister was determined for him to see and to make sure he was part of their special day. We stopped at the top of the South Downs on the way back to take some photos and to make the most of such a beautiful evening.

sorry, tears are running down my cheeks......

We had planned to spend the following week all together camping near by as part of their honeymoon, after being told by the doctors that  they could not do anymore for my father we stuck to to our plans, taking turns to be by his bedside.....

...after a long week my dear, gorgeous, loveable dad passed away peacefully holding mine and our mothers hand listening to Nat King Cole. 

We were all there for him, all six of his children, his brother, his sister, his son inlaws.
He was a great man.

An artist, a joiner, a family man, a friend to so many.

We held a beautiful funeral and burial at the foot of the Sussex Downs....

...a place so close to his heart.

His illness brought us together, to spend quality time together, stronger for the next few months ahead.

Last Saturday, my mother and sister walked in memory of dad on the Alzheimers Memory Walk, for all those who have been touched by all forms of dementia.  They have raised so much money between them and from all the lovely friends and family who donated money at his funeral which was sent to the Alzheimers Research UK .

Its a cruel disease which I hope as a family we managed to make it smoother for dad to cope with. I am forever grateful for the special times with my father, the memories, the stories and his pure love for life.

We  miss you dad but you will always be with us x

If you would like to donate to any of the charities I have mentioned above, please click on the links.
Thank you x


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