Friday, September 30, 2011


Not had much time for crafting as been visiting relatives in the USA.

Here is the first of this years Christmas cards.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Making flowers

While I was, on the whole, disappointed with the craft fair at Newbury, I did buy a new Spellbinders 'Rose Creations' die. It is very nice. It works particularly well with the thin brown paper that Amazon use to pack their parcels. So here are a couple of examples;

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Carousel cake

The new Carousel horse stamps on Chocolate Baroque reminded me of my 5th birthday cake. It was a shop bought cake that was decorated by my father to look like a roundabout. It was the first of several, the later ones had candy sugar twists supporting the canopy, but I can't find pictures of the later ones.
Cousin Margaret is in the picture on the left and I am lurking behind the cake in the picture on the right.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

a comment

You can tell that I am unused to this blogging lark as there are huge gaps between my text and photos - no idea how to remedy this.  
Is there anybody out there?

regards Joan

June Tags for Chocolate Baroque swap

It was a lovely sunny morning and after all the rain yesterday it seemed like a good day for a bit of digging in the garden. I have a Chusan palm in a pot which is looking distressed so it needs to go in the ground but it requires a BIG hole!!
But now the sun has gone in.............anyway here are some more visual delights.

Lilies in the garden

Clearly nothing to do with tags, but I wanted to share!!

regards Joan

All good things come to those who wait!! promised the picture of the altered matchbox.
I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but I did include a recipe for the most scrumptious pudding. I wonder if Sue has made it yet? 

regards Joan

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Altered Matchbox

Here is a picture of my altered matchbox. It is the first time I've tried an 'altered' project and it will probably be the last. 
The premise is that you take an unwanted item, something that would be thrown away (rubbish in fact) and using imagination and ingenuity change it into something beautiful. 
But then you have something that you would have thrown away, that is still cluttering the place up, but because it has had time and effort spent on it, you can't throw it away!
I kept having Blue Peter moments...sticky backed plastic and old cereal packets.
Got to go now - photo will follow.

regards Joan

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April 10th Challenge 1 submissions

My first challenge.  
My first use of stampbord. A lovely surface to use but it is very chunky stuff and I can't imagine what I'd use it for.
And a real challenge with the freebie stamp from ChocBaroque. 

regards Joan

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Yesterday was April Fools Day and our 40th wedding anniversary!
Apparently a 40th anniversary is Ruby so was quite relieved when we didn't go for a celebratory curry.  Received some lovely flowers.

regards Joan

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Now to try some pictures

Graphicus Guild February 2011 ATC swap - Theme 'romance'

Graphicus Guild February 2011 Tag swap  - theme  'Romance'

A New Year - A New Blog

Here we are, the middle of  February and I thought I would get to grips with this blogging business. It seems the way to go for craft challenges.