Tuesday, July 30, 2013


 A few of you will have seen on facebook already that we put in an offer on a shop in Loughborough on Friday and yesterday we had a call to say it had been accepted!

It will be a handmade boutique and gallery where local independent artists and crafts people can sell on the high street. We’ve been looking for a retail premises to buy for years and we finally found one!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Holiday in Bulgaria

Well, our trip to Bulgaria proved to be interesting! Lots of great fresh fruit fruit to eat which was lovely but not that much choice for me as a vegetarian in our hotel. Cucumber and tomato for every meal with eggs for breakfast and boiled potatoes for tea. but on the good side I came home with a half pound weight loss after a week on holiday which was helpful for my slimming world progress. 3 stone 8.5 lost now.

Where I spent most of my time reading
A sculpture on the sea front
Paris bar in Golden Sands
A half built hotel which I found a little amusing
A bar which reminded me of Mallets Mallet
Mallets Mallet
G at the airport waiting for our lugage

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Basic Quiche

I thought that my experiments with recipes might interest some, so here we go!

Saute 1 leek and 2 onions in a pan with a few sprays of fry-lite
Put in a quiche dish
Add 5 beaten eggs
Place sliced mushrooms on top.
Bake in oven for 40 mins

(Was a bit too airy but tried a recipe involving pasta last night so am going to try and make this recipe better next time)

(No syns on green SW)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July Garden Photos

We came back yesterday from a week in Bulgaria to a garden full of Triffids! I love it!

The peppers now touch the top of the greenhouse and had to be moved outside

Runner beans have reached the hanging basket bracket despite being nipped off

I think the blackcurrants may be redcurrants?

Broad beans and salad leaves

Overloaded pumpkin patch!

Teeny tiny squash

Baby courgettes (zucchini)

The start of the tomatoes

Some of yesterdays harvest

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop - Crochet and Moukite Collar

This year I've decided to get some of the Unfinished Objects (UFOs) finally finished.

How this for a really bad "before" photo! And it's too late to take it again as I've been quite efficient and just finished this item off for the Bead Hoarders Blog hop.


I can remember starting to make this at a craft fair. The yarn is vintage tapestry thread that was gifted to me by a friend. i seem to be the "go-to" person when a crafting family member dies or has a destash. And i get some wonderful items to use and cherish. But sometimes I find it really hard to experiment when someone has been saving the item in their stash themselves for years.

At craft fairs I like to stand up and say hello to people browsing and have a chat, and crocheting is something I can do standing up if I'm nervous. It keeps my fingers moving which in turn stops me shaking. Not a good look!

And since the fair it's been sitting there waiting for something to happen to it. Then I found some moukite. I've always nervous about using some of my more expensive beads. I don't really know why, but they site there n my stash where I look at them lovingly and say I'll use them one day. And this time I have.


I think the colours of the moukite tome in so well with the crochet and it all makes a great collar piece.

Check out the other people taking part in this blog hop at Lori's blog.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Freebie Friday - Free seed bead pattern for twin hole beads

Do you like this bracelet I made for Beads Direct?

If so, check out the free instructions for how to make it on their gallery!

Or drop me a line if you would like one custom making for you. Happy to oblige.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Friday, July 05, 2013


I've been given a tray of swede seedlings. So we've called them Swede-lings :)


Thursday, July 04, 2013

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Garden Update - July

I treated myself  to an ebay bargain. £20 but had to collect. A huge storage container to liberate space in the shed. Going to put unstealables in it such as compost, plant pots etc. It does have a padlock hasp on it though!

And it's a really comfy bench to sit on too. I was lounging here on Sunday 


Courettes (zuchinni) now have flowers.

Broad Beans are happier

Haven't bought lettuce for a while