Have a lovely washi day

Angela's Ink Spot

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I have been having a play making faux washi tape using strips of paper with inking, stamping and stencilling. I made some on which I used a ‘chicken wire’ stencil, using wild honey Distress Ink and, as it reminded me of honeycomb, it inspired me to make this card. The background was created by stamping with an embossing folder (another technique I have been meaning to try out for a while). I used a honeycomb folder by Stampin Up and dabbed wild honey DI inside, then pressed the card onto the surface. The lovely day stamp is the freebie with the latest (April) edition of Craft Stamper magazine.

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Larry Kwong Hockey Cards

Larry Kwong Hockey Cards.

Wedding Afternoon Tea

A few weeks ago  my daughter and I helped with the wedding preparation for two of  our friend wedding. It was a steep learning curve and one of the main things we learnt was not to attempt a chocolate wedding cake in 30 degree temperatures. The theme was afternoon tea and we spent a very hot week trying out ideas and freezing ahead what we could.

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The  cake for the bottom tier was make using  Martha Stewart ultimate chocolate cake recipe and the top tier was our tried and tested wheat free  victoria sandwich cake. Because of the heat we kept the decoration to a minimum and purchased the chocolate cigarillos, which were brilliant and well worth the expense. First we covered the cake with dark chocolate ganache and then added the cigarillos. we got lots of very good feedback on the taste. The top tier was covered with white chocolate buttercream with lemon curd used to sandwich the layers together.

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We made a selection of small cakes including plain and cheese scones, chocolate brownies, macaroons, lavender biscuits, almond clusters, lemon drizzle cake and ice cream cone cakes which were very attractive and fun,  The cake stands were made using old LPs.

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Good food Ice cream cone cakes recipe. Beware though the calorie is 756.

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The  hall was decorated using 1001 origami cranes, bunting and pompoms. A thousand paper cranes are traditionally given as a wedding gift by the father, who is wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple. These cranes were made by the bride and her sisters and it was very effective.

stash stories ♥ day thirteen

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modflowers: stash storiesAs you read today’s post I will be heading home. All good things must come to an end I suppose, including holidays.

Although there are still a couple more stash stories to share.

Today is day thirteen. Unlucky for some…

stash stories13.3Today’s fabric is a classic Heals design from 1967.

However, now is perhaps the time for me to come clean and hang my head in shame whilst I admit I didn’t know that when I bought it.

I only found out later, after I became friends with Rachel at My Rainbow Vintage Home.

I learned from her that it is called Petrus, was designed by Peter Hall, and is now considered such a classic that there is some of this fabric held in the V&A textile archives.

stash stories13.2I also learned that Rachel had spotted my particular piece of Petrus (which is actually a big pair of beautifully-made curtains)…

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Nottingham Panthers New Signings June 2013

Minor League Hockey Cards

Nottingham Panthers have signed three new players recently and this has prompted me to create a blog in the hope of completing some card trades. The new players on the Panthers’ roster are-

Chris Capraro

Lynn Loyns

Leigh Salters

My want list and trade list are below.

Revised Wantlist

Hockey Card Tradelist

If you are interested in a trade please get in touch.

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Holiday in Scotland Part 1

Some of the places we liked  from our holiday in Scotland.

We started off in Glasgow which is a great city, which  isn’t like other tourist cities. Glasgow is a take us as you find us city, which is very refreshing.  Most of the galleries and museums are free and visited by the locals. Another interesting thing is that it has an enormous number  of parks and green spaces. have a look at a map and check it out.

We started off the week visiting Holmwood House a National Trust for Scotland property just a few miles from the centre.

Build by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, who interestingly never when to Greece.

The next  day we headed into the centre to the Merchant City. We had great expectations of the Italian centre and I have visions of little coffee shops and maybe some Italian art, but we where sadly disappointed,  just the same old chains and some old fashioned Restaurants. The buildings were amazing and we did find lovely coffee in The Tinderbox.

The Museum of Modern Art is worth a visit.

This statue of Wellington shows how down to earth and fun loving the people of Glasgow are and I think sums up the essence of the City. The story goes that over the years going back to the early 80’s a traffic cone has been placed on the statue by the locals and every time it was removed they put it back. The local radio station Clyde 1 asked listeners how they wanted to mark the success of  the Scottish Olympic team and the vote was for a gold traffic cone.

Lots of cone based merchandise in the museum shop.

Hand Knitted Dresses

My dissertation at Art College was on hand knitting and I managed to pick up masses of old knitting patterns from old fashioned wool shops, I don’t know how the swim suit would have stood up to sea water, but it looks very fetching.

1940’s Cardigan

I started to think about all the items I’ve knitted over the years and after a search through the loft I found this cardigan I knitted while I was at Art College in the early 70’s. It was taken from a wonderful book called A Stitch in Time packed with patterns from the 1920’s to 1940’s. After searching the internet I found that it has been updated and is still available.

First Post

This is the first post on the Get knitting website that I’m creating on a wonderful WEA course in Nottingham. Thank to Alan and Lindsey for all their patience and help.

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