Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Here's the recipe:
250g plain chocolate
95g unsalted butter
95g ginger biscuits
chopped walnuts (optional)
Just melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl over hot water, add the whisky, crush the biscuits in a plastic bag with a rolling pin and mix everything together!
Put the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours before rolling small pieces into balls and dipping in cocoa powder. I also rolled some in icing sugar and chopped walnuts.
Keep them in the fridge.
Monday, 22 December 2008
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Going back to DD - I've bought her a box of make up for Christmas from ASOS. Its in the most gorgeous box with lots of little pull-out drawers. When you open it it plays music and there's a little twirling dancer inside! You may be thinking how old is she.....(she's 25 - but it's ok because she asked if she could have it.) Isn't it cute?
I had a horrible day yesterday......certain things were getting to me and I felt like I was sinking into a depression; I couldn't do any artwork or settle to anything. But thankfully today is better.....I've got carols playing in the background, I've wrapped most of the presents and tonight I'm going out with DH for a pizza, then a film (Quantum of Solace). I'm trying to be positive and thankful for everything good in my life. Why do we let Christmas get us down? Its supposed to be joyful, which is where I came in...........
Merry Christmas Everyone!
(This is my conservatory. Sorry it's a bit blurry but you have to hold the camera really still when it's dark and I'd probably had a couple of Chardonnays.....................)
Friday, 12 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
For the background I used Broken China Distress Ink Pad and splattered it with white acrylic paint.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Now I have 3 tags to put on my presents!
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
A big hug and thanks to these lovely girls for giving me these awards.....Jaqi - http://jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com/ for this rather gorgeous Marie Antoinette Award
Friday, 28 November 2008
To hear the angels whisper, you must listen with your heart.
Leave room in your garden for angels to dance.
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
How wonderful it must be to speak the language of the angels, with no words for hate and a million words for love! (The Angels' Little Instruction Book)
Angels have no philosophy but love.
We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels; we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. (Anton Chekhov)
All God's children are angels without wings and their innocence as beautiful as the sweet music of the harp.
I believe friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
I saw the angel in the marble and I just chiselled until I set him free. (Michelangelo)
We are each of us angels with only one wing and we can only fly by embracing one another. (Luciano de Crescenzo)
All Gods angels come to us disguised. (James Russell Lowell)
God not only sends special angels into our lives, but sometimes He even sends them back again if we forget to take notes the first time! (Eileen Elias Freeman)
All God's angels come to us disguised.... as our friends.
Children often have imaginary playmates. I suspect that half of them are really their guardian angels. ( ‘The Angels' Little Instruction Book’)
I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking. ~Jean Cocteau
Music is the language of angels.
I'm no angel, but I've spread my wings a bit. (Mae West)
When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels. (‘The Angels' Little Instruction Book’)
Anyone can be an angel.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.
Thorns and stings, And those such things
Just make stronger, Our Angel wings.(Emme Bache)
If one looks closely enough, one can see angels in every piece of art. (Adeline Cullen Ray)
"Try to think that love´s not around, But it´s uncomfortably near
My old heart ain´t gaining no ground, Because my angel eyes ain´t here..."
If we were all like angels, the world would be a heavenly place.
When we were young kids, my Mum use to use this expression quite often...If you look closely enough, you can see an angel in every single person. (Pattie in Mexico)
Be an angel to someone else whenever you can, as a way of thanking God for the help your angel has given you. (‘The Angels' Little Instruction Book’)
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~George Elliot
Pay attention to your dreams - God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. (‘The Angels' Little Instruction Book’)
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.
Touched by an Angel
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
(Maya Angelou – to read the rest go here http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/touched-by-an-angel )
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
First I made a metal frame to practise using the roller wheels and the drawing tool, then I moved on to the real thing! It was wonderful to do and I can't wait to have another go, so will be ordering some metal and tools from LB Crafts very soon. The stamps in the middle are mostly by Paper Whimsy. They were stamped on fabric and then I padded and stitched over it. I used alcohol inks and black acrylic paint to colour the metal.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
On Sunday I made a stitched spine book at a 'Living Threads' workshop near where I live. I stitched all the pages together then weaved (wove?)into them with a variety of threads that matched my chosen fabric. I made the end papers by screwing up purple tissue, ironing it onto bondaweb and thin card and finally rubbing over with Treasure Gold.
To make covers, I padded the fabric before glueing onto heavy card. The images on the front are from Artchix collage sheets.
It's strengthened with pelmet vilene and I machine stitched around the edges (about 4 times before I was happy with it!) I've just noticed the front isn't straight...oooops!! I'll put that right tomorrow ( I should have chosen plain fabric!!)
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
I was influenced a little by the style of Anahata Katkin....I just love her collages!
I've had two exciting parcels from Australia this week. I am so grateful to Jacky, who sent me a gorgeous selection of paper napkins to use in my collage work and journaling (much nicer than the ones you can find over here ...as she'll discover when she receives some from me in return!)
And my very good friend Dot sent me some of her fabulous artwork (and lots of extras including a pile of delicious fabric pieces!)Dot makes lots of these flying birdies in different colour combinations (as you'll see on her blog) - I especially like the Christmassy colours on mine!
And this is the fabric arch she made for our challenge on http://bigartadventure.blogspot.com/
Thank you for giving it to me Dot....its even more lovely in real life (and I just love the bird's legs!)
Monday, 17 November 2008
Well done to them...and thanks very much to all of you who joined in.
I will put all the angel quotes on my blog tomorrow.