Tuesday, 19 August 2014
There is a distinctly autumn flavour to the air today. I can't say that I will be sorry to see summer go as it never really got started for me. My OH (a teacher) has had whooping cough since the end of June and now with just two weeks to go before the new term starts he is just getting over it. It has been so distressing to see him choking and gasping for breath knowing that there is nothing I can do. Hopefully we can move onwards and upwards towards the latter part of the year. Thank goodness I have had my crafting to keep me sane and help me to hold things together!
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Unadorned the pine cones were lovely but I wanted to add a little extra to them . I melted down some old candles that were too short to use and some wax that was left in the bottom of tea lights. I did this in a heatproof bowl over some simmering water until just melted. I then removed any wicks from the melted wax. I had prepared a tray to use and had a packet of glitter to hand. I carefully dipped the cones, pointy end down into the wax, placed them upright on the tray and sprinkled with glitter. I did this for each cone and then left them until the wax had hardened.
I now have some very pretty bowl fillers (ssshh - for C*******s). I guess you can hang them in garlands or as hanging decorations but you would have to keep them away from heat in case the wax started melting.
Don't forget to collect pine cones as soon as possible - everything is so early this year! If you plan ahead you will have the materials you need for your festive projects!
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Sunday, 10 August 2014
When I worked I attended a display skills workshop so hopefully some of what I learnt would have rubbed off and I will be able to dig out some tips from the memory bank!
Thursday, 7 August 2014
I just had to get away today so I was dropped off at Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield where I spent a couple of hours to myself. My first port of call was the Meercat enclosure. I am not sure about animals being kept out of their natural environment but I presume that they were born in captivity. I could have observed them all day - me watching them watching me!
A random recipe in one of the gardens. I have so many courgettes (zucchini's) that I am sure to try this out.