Sunday, 22 April 2012

10 years longing to paint again

 I have had a huge longing to get back into painting, I has been probably 10 years since I have picked up an artist brush to just paint. 
 I have always loved flowers and when I was very tiny I had the dream to be a botanical illustrator, but nothing really goes to plan and I never followed it through.  But the longing has stayed and I felt enough was enough and it was time to start again. 
Today has been a bit of a chill out day and the little one wanted to do something together so I thought right what better time than now. 
So, I am being very brave and posting this, as like everyone thinks about their own work it could be better but it has been 10 years!

I'm hoping that with a lot of practise I will learn how to handle the brush and paints again and get better. 

I would love to have your feedback but please remember be gentle.

Hope you have a lovely evening.

Love Em x

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Wonderful online shopping

I just wanted to write a little post to give a huge shout out to a wonderful online shop.

If you have not already popped along to take a look I highly recommend it.  We are planning loads of work on the house over the next year and one huge part is to create a new craft studio/office. There have been some craft storage that I been eyeing up for a while, and I finally got around to ordering it.  The parcel arrived within 24 hours of ordering by tracked delivery.  How fab is that!

These are my little spends.

Storage carousel and it actually comes with those extras!!

Not only is the delivery service fantastic but I am over the moon with the products.
So check it out for yourself.
I am going to do some adjustments to my blog over the next couple of weeks and I will have a section on the side bar of my favourite places to shop and Sir Stampalot will definitely be there.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post today.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Love Em x

Friday, 20 April 2012

Spring has sprung..

Today's card is for the following blog challenges

Lili's Little Fairies ~ Diamond and Pearls.
Totally Papercrafts ~ All Buttoned Up.
Crafty Catz ~ Stripes or Checks.
Allsorts ~ Buttons and Thread.
Sir Stampalot ~ Happy Birthday.

Materials Used:

Background card ~ Bazzill
Patterned papers ~ First Edition Spring Drop
Doilies ~ Dovecraft Tea Party
Image ~ Lili Of The Valley
Buttons ~ Sew Sweet
Pearls ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Thread and sentiment from crafty stash.
Image stamped using memento tuxedo ink and coloured with Pro markers.

Thank you for popping by my blog today.
Hope you all have a lovely day.

Love Em x

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Happy Easter

Hi everyone and Happy Easter Holidays. 

I hope you are all enjoying the extra long weekend.  The weather's not at it's best here kind of hit and miss between the showers. 
I had a bit of a baking experiment yesterday, which was half disaster and half not (because they look ok decorated lol!).
I saw a recipe on the internet for Easter cupcakes with a hidden surprise, I was intrigued to know how this worked.  I followed the recipe to the letter and they were a disaster, the sponge was terrible and they hardly rose to hide the 'hidden' surprise.  So I thought I would use my usual cake mix and hide the treat and see how they turned out, well they rose lovely and looked good.  I waited for them to cool and then decorated but when I cut them in half the hidden treat ~ a mini creme egg was well hidden! It had melted and was squished in the bottom.  Pretty hard to find and recognise what it was.
Not good ~ but they looked pretty decorated and tasted lovely.
That's the fun of baking.

Things are heading back to normal here now.  My dark blonde roots are now back to red, the house is clean and tidy, the HUGE pile of ironing is done and packed away and work is up to date ~ phew!!! It's hard enough conquering flu but clearing up the aftermath that's something else. 
Hopefully next week I will have time to get back into crafting.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.
Thank you for popping by my blog.

Love Em x