Thursday, 24 April 2014


My pal Sonia sent me a Tim binder for Christmas. It contained plain and patterned pages - made from Tim Holtz papers if course - plus others that had been made into secret pockets. Such a clever idea and coupled with a lovely little verse and charm. I was more than over the moon.
I hadn't given much thought to its use, I just oodled at it until we filled the big pond in and doubled the perennial border. I knew straight away how to use my precious binder. A record of all the plants and some tips on their care. These are just a couple of the pages. 
It sits happily next to my Chemistry 102 binder in the corner of my workspace.

Thank you Sonia. It's a real treasure now. 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


The day was wet so we decided to go out and do some bits and bobs shopping plus we had to book the motorhome in for its MOT.
I bought a can of fabric spray glue for the patchwork bag I'm attempting to make although it's not necessary apparently it's  really useful. 
One bargain garden buy was a rechargeable cordless mini hedge trimmer. We have an Italian cypress that requires several good hair cuts to keep its shape and size and hand shears are hard to use on it - for me anyway. Also from the same store we bought a set of 2  obelisks for £9.99. 
 You can see one from my craft room window and the top if the smaller one on the other side of the box ball. I couldn't resist them at that price.
However, the best bargain of all was 6 perennials for just £1 each!!!! I'll plant those tomorrow if it doesn't rain again.
A good day out all round. 

Sunday, 20 April 2014


A very happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it. 
I received a gorgeous card from my pal Barb who's crafting talent has no bounds. Her neatness and choices of colour, pattern and embellishments are always a pleasure to see.
I just adore the little tail on the white bunny.
Thank you Barb.

Friday, 18 April 2014


It's my Blog anniversary today - 6 years since it started.
I was about 6 when this school photo was taken. Just look at my lovely long hair, wish it was like that now!
I wonder if I will be blogging in another  6 years??

Thursday, 17 April 2014


Both in the garden and made of card!!!
I thought I would have a go at something a little more 'masculine' whilst at the same time use up some of my old paper stash. I really love paper piecing too. The base is an 8"x8" canvas covered with Tims retro papers. 
I mixed some black acrylic paint with some Terra embossing paste and got a deep brown and spread some through Tims stars stencil. I need more practise at this paste lark as it always bleeds. Seems I'm using too much pressure so I'll be more light handed next time.
Anyway, this is what I've ended up with. 
Not my best work but it's different.