Month: April 2014

Read 2014 – The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater


Like I said the book just hopped into my basket and poof, it was read. So what happened? We have progressed the story, learned more about the characters, been a bit shocked and fallen in love with this series of books just a little bit more.

I’m not sure exactly why I like it so much. She writes about characters that are compelling, I need to find out how the story ends. And it is a very interesting, mystical, magical story ol’ Maggie has created about a group of people finding their way in their lives together. Slightly strange lives I admit but some normalcy remains like the kids going to school and some of the older characters having jobs etc. Overall another win for this author.

So let’s see…..yep, just checked the release date of book three. September 2014. Not to long to wait……….argh!

Another loaf


Wow, can’t believe it was way back in November that I last shared a loaf, or two.

Here is a new one to us. You can’t tell from the photo or in fact from the taste but I added 50g of rolled oats to the flour. I tried to get Gav to guess what the added ingredient was but you really couldn’t tell. Even so it is a twist on our usual recipe so it counts as another baked.

Next time I promise it will be something exotic!

Happy Tuesday everyone. x

Bloom 3.0 – Tulip and Euphorbia


It was such a lovely evening last Wednesday that I had to go out into the garden and cut some flowers. I picked some sad looking ‘Mickey Mouse’ tulips, wallflowers, Euphorbia oblongata, Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) foliage, Myosotis (forget-me-nots) and a few Clematis stems.

Earlier in the week I had dug over and replanted part of a herbaceous border and in the process I had removed several clumps of Euphorbia griffithii ‘fireglow’. I’d seared the stems of about five of the bract/flower spikes and left them in a vase on a bookshelf because I couldn’t just throw them away!


Faced with a mix of flower stem lengths I chopped them all short, re-seared the Euphorbia and looked for a vase. Something different to my usual.

Finding this little painted terracotta pot was serendipity and I just went for it. (The photo a day on Wednesday last week was of all these flowers before I arranged them).


After I finished adding all the flowers I had on hand I wasn’t happy with it at all but I just left it overnight and when I came to look at it in the morning I loved it. You can probably tell that by all the photos I have here!


I know it isn’t perfect. It would have been more balanced with some yellow to match the yellow on the tulips but even so I adore it and that little pot is perfect. You’ll be seeing that again I assure you.

30 Vegetarian Pizzas – Peppers, Tomatoes and Onion


This veg combination is Gav’s go to pizza of choice. Left to his own devices in the kitchen we would have this every week. But I guess he loves it so because the flavours work together really well.

He used the usual sauce ( I set out the recipe here ) and the hard pre-grated mozzarella with peppers, tomatoes and onions on top. Delicious.

Photo a Day – week six


Why yes we have more.

The first mow of the year.


I cut back a woody old Lavender but harvested a few sprigs of a little vase.


Easter treats.


I want to say cute but……(I used the macro function on the camera to get close up)


Garden lantern.


Playing with flowers.


I don’t agree with writing on trees but had to snap this.


And there is another week. Have a good one.

Layout share – Her and me


Hello Thursday. Thought I’d share another layout telling a little story from the Florida trip. I used this pin as a starting point and lots of girly pink.


I simply drew several freehand circles around the page and turned it till I got the best layout of the circles to place my elements around.

I used my most favourite vellum ever as a matte to the photo. It’s a Dear Lizzy star and constellation print. Not sure it’s still available though. You can’t really see it that well but it gives a little definition from the pink cardstock.


I also used two 3 x 4 project life cards. On as a background paper and the other as a journal card. The larger stars are from a Studio Calico pack and then I just scattered sequins and little silver stars around the circles.

The story is about how Gav and I had gone off by ourselves for a couple of days during the holiday and how I got the biggest hug from H on our return. You have to tell those stories right? Of course right!

Read 2014 – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


There is something about her books that draws me in completely. This new series of YA fiction has four books in it. I have to wait for another three books! Oh come on Maggie. That is so cruel. (Actually the second one in out already.)

I liked the characters even the ones we are not supposed to like and I especially liked the older women in the novel – I identify with older women! How fantastic to live in that house!! I think that I am also utterly jealous of Blue with her ‘Raven Boys’ how crazy and wonderful to have four boys in your teenage life! It is dark and has an eerie feeling to it  but she tells such a good story I can’t wait to see what happens to the characters.

I was intending to wait a while before getting the second book but I think I am experiencing a book hangover…… So the Dream Thieves just happened to fall into my Amazon basket yesterday…..

Project Life® – week five and six


I went for lots of embellishing again for this spread. I am also moving around the ‘date’ pocket to where is fits best. I’m fine with that I think it adds interest and get the eye moving about the page not just settling on the top left pocket.

Here are the two weeks together. I appear to have become addicted to washi tape……


I love that ‘you and me’ card with the little fox faces on it. The top left pocket is a map from Ikea. It’s been a while since we went there. I like the graphic-ness of it.


I ran out of design A pages but because I’d already edited lots of photos to fit those pocket  sizes I had to crop and chop quite a few of these images to get them to fit. I also struggle with the design D page protector. I like that the 3 x 4 cards are horizontal but if I haven’t taken a portrait photos I find it’s tricky getting a landscape 4 x 6 photo into those portrait 4 x 6 pockets.

That cute clip board card was perfect to cut into so that it fit over my photo. Here’s a close up.


And week six.


Although it is not as pleasing to the eye, having smaller photos on a larger canvas, it does give the opportunity for lots of embellishments like the Studio Calico speech bubble. I used my type writer to add the text to that and the teeny label on the photo of the leeks.


And there we have it.


Project Life® is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. I am using the Honey and the Fifth and Frolic ‘Dear Lizzie’ Core Kits and the Seasons Mini kit in my pages.

Go here to find out more from Becky.

Bloom 3.0 – Erysimum and Spiraea


One of the wallflowers (erysimum) that I left in the ground from last year got all twisted in the winter weather. The result is crooked stems that don’t make for a tall arrangement but I didn’t want to waste these flowers so made a little arrangement instead.

This combination of colour and shape is unusual for me but it’s good to try new things. I used a few Spiraea arguta stems, they are the arching stems and the domed white flowers are Iberis sempervirens.


Simple yet pretty and smells lovely.

Photo a Day – week five


Three amazing days of sunshine this week. Plenty of garden goodness here. And of course food.

Salvia seedlings.




Pretty whites.


Gav’s onion sets ready to be planted out.


Lunch outside for the first time this year.


Getting ready.


Learning something new. Bud is so interested…..


And there we go. Enjoy all the Easter Eggs!