Thursday, 18 April 2019

Fun With Air Dry Modelling Clay: A Smile Filled Afternoon Of Crafting :)

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to recommend any products or stores, just wanted to share a fun new hobby :)

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  It's been such a beautiful, sunny day outside today and, with the help of my trusty assistant, our furbaby Jade, I had the best day pegging out laundry 😊 

Well, to be fair, I did all of the actual pegging of clothes but Jade always keeps me company.  Jade is in charge of smiles and dropping her ball into my laundry basket to remind me to throw it for her πŸ’—

Other than loving the beautiful perfect-for-laundry weather, I've been dipping my toes into the pool of a new hobby this week too.  It really has been such a lot of fun honeys and I thought I'd share it with you...

Fun with air dry modelling clay: experimenting with a new crafting hobby.

Have you ever tried modelling with air drying clay?  I have to admit that my knowledge of modelling is limited to many happy hours spent playing with Plasticine as a child, but of course that was a (very) long time ago 😊

Plasticine can obviously be re-modelled over and over again. Making it perfect to keep tiny humans occupied and happy during playtime. 

The same is only partially true with the air dry clay I've been using.  It can, of course, be rolled out and modelled into different shapes and designs repeatedly but over time it will begin to harden and set into it's final shape.

Because of this, it's important to only have the amount of clay required for the task at hand out of the packaging and to immediately seal the rest into an air tight container.

This is the clay I used honeys...

Fun with air dry modelling clay: experimenting with a new crafting hobby.

I bought it from The Works and, at £4 for a large kilo pack, it wasn't too expensive to be able to try out a potential new hobby.  They have smaller packs too for around £2 I think.  Having opened the pack and cut a piece off,  I then folded the packaging closed again and popped it into one of the ever-present-in-our-kitchen Istad clip seal bags from Ikea.

I then remembered a rolling pin I'd bought some time ago from Lakeland.  It's patterned, intended to be used when cake decorating, but I've never gotten around to using it and it was still sitting in it's packaging.   
Fun with air dry modelling clay: a patterned rolling pin leaves a beautiful design on the clay.

I've now decided this rolling pin will be kept exclusively for clay modelling, it left such a pretty pattern on the clay.  Let's have a look at what I made shall we honeys?  Don't expect too much, remember I'm only a beginner and even though I adore crafting, I'm not lucky enough to be gifted in the way so many others are who have a natural talent.

Let's take a look...

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Latest Little Hogwarts Smiles 🐍

Disclaimer:  I'm not being paid to recommend any products or stores, I just wanted to share some smiles x

Hi Honeys,
I hope you're having a wonderful weekend so far.  It was such a lovely day yesterday, our furbaby Jade and I pegged out some laundry 😊 It's still a little chilly in the wind but it was such a lovely day I didn't mind all that much and the winds dried my laundry in no time.

I have to dash to work soon but I thought I'd share a smile or two before I go 😊

Latest little Hogwarts smiles...

Do you remember the bag my dear Hubby brought me home as a surprise recently?

Latest little Hogwarts smiles - This has to be one of my favourite bags so far!

Well, I had a thought.  I've noticed so many "attachments" to handbags recently, you know, items similar to the tiny gorillas attached to Kipling bags?  I've seen these little "bag charms" in lots of different designs. Some are made from beads, some from brightly coloured pom poms, there are large sparkly initials... lots of different designs. 

Wouldn't it be fun, I thought, to add a bag charm to my new bag?

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Spring Arrives And Brings New Life To The Garden...

Hi Honeys
How has your week been so far?  Full of smiles and all good things I hope πŸ’–  Yesterday, we had the loveliest rain.  It wasn't heavy, depressing rain (we've had more than our share of that over the winter months) it was more a series of short showers really, it was spring rain and it made the garden look so pretty 🌹

I was standing at the back door, looking out into the garden and spotted how much our much loved peonies had grown in just a couple of days!  Naturally, I grabbed my camera in the hope of being able to share a beautiful, Scottish spring afternoon πŸ’— 

Spring arrives and brings new life to the garden.

This really is my favourite time of year.  I adore spring honeys, I love to watch the garden wake up from its long winter nap, to see new shoots on plants and most of all to see our much loved roses come back.  I so miss our roses in winter!

Speaking of roses, our beloved peonies seemed to be enjoying the rain showers...

Spring arrives and brings new life to the garden - beautiful peonies have started to appear.

In no time at all they'll burst into colour as they do every year, a beautiful, deep burgundy shade of red...

Saturday, 30 March 2019

The Sweetest, Coolest, Surprise Gift πŸ’–

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or stores, I just wanted to share the sweetest surprise gift from my dear Hubby x

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  I'm dashing off to work soon but before I go I wanted to share the sweetest, coolest, little surprise that Hubby brought me home πŸ’  This has been a week for gifts, hasn't it honeys?  With a dear friend at work surprising me with the most adorable little wizard gnome and now Hubby bringing me this... 

Harry Potter Slytherin Cross body Bag: The sweetest, coolest, surprise gift from my dear Hubby

Honeys, I have a new work bag πŸ’– 

These past few weeks haven't been the best, I've been feeling very drained and to be honest it's started wearing me down a little. 

Hubby came home from work with a smile and a surprise for me, bless him πŸ’—  He'd been in Primark during his lunch break (he's always popping in to check for new Potter goodies, I married an angel honeys x) well, he'd popped in and spotted this all too fabulous bag and knew I'd love it...

Harry Potter Slytherin Cross body Bag from Primark

Isn't it awesome?  He said that so far Primark only seem to have two designs available, the Slytherin one and a brown and red Gryffindor one. I'm sure there will be a bag for the other houses too eventually. 

Let's have a closer look shall we?

Friday, 29 March 2019

How The Sweetest Little Wizard Has Kept Me Smiling All Week...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or stores, I just wanted to share the sweetest surprise early Easter gift from a dear friend x

Hi Honeys, 
How are you?  I hope your week has been fabulous and that you're looking forward to a wonderful weekend ahead. In the UK the clocks change this weekend, the mornings are already getting lighter and even a little bit sunnier ☼  It's such a joy to wake up and see the sun shining outside 😊 

It hasn't been the best week honeys, not a bad week or anything, but my arthritis has been trying to turn me into a human pretzel, or at least that's what it feels like πŸ˜–  It is what it is dear ones and, like all Spoonies, I try to put my best smile on and get on with things 😊  There are times when being downright stubborn can actually be helpful 😊

In spite of the creaky, painful joints though, I've had the sweetest little guy helping to keep me smiling all week πŸ˜„  Last weekend I was given the sweetest, most adorable gift by a dear friend at work.  He is the cutest little garden gnome, dressed as a wizard. I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him honeys πŸ’– and he's the perfect wee friend for my much loved and equally as adorable Harry Potter themed meerkat, as you can see... 

Introducing Albus Gnome and Harry Meerkat

Aren't they both perfect honeys?  Let's take a closer look will we?

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Low Carb Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne - A Little Experiment...

Hi Honeys
Today's is an odd post....

How is it odd Rosie? I hear you say.  Well, I thought I'd share a kitchen experiment that actually worked, in that the resulting dish was honestly delicious.  Hubby liked it so much he took some with him for lunch next day, but I still feel (even though I have to admit that it did taste really lovely) a bit "..meh..." about the whole thing. 

I know, I hear you, I've said the same thing dear ones.  We carry out these little experiments in our kitchens hoping to find perfect recipes that can easily be added to our meal rotations, meals that are met with smiles and "happy to see this again" happiness from family members.

I tried to make a low carb version of what is my signature dish, and above all else Hubby's favourite meal, lasagne.  Make it I did (there are so many great low carb recipes and ideas on Pinterest, so there's no shortage of inspiration) and Hubby did in fact like it, and so did I. 

So, what's the problem Rosie?  I really don't know honeys.  I'm exasperated! It's a success, it ticked all the boxes to be slotted into our meal rotation but I'm still sitting on the fence and altogether "meh" about the whole thing!  Maybe you can help me figure it out?   

Low carb spinach & ricotta lasagne - a little kitchen experiment...

Why not grab a cuppa and maybe a cookie then honeys and we'll have a look at my little experiment 😊 see you in a few minutes...

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Shopping Fun & A Mini Haul

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to recommend any products or stores, just wanted to share the little smiles I found x

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  All well I hope πŸ’—  I recently had a short, fun (and very rare) shopping trip.  I should explain. Generally speaking, unless I'm attending appointments at the hospital or Doctors surgery. or my shift each week at work, I literally never leave our home.  I have osteoarthritis in the base of my spine which, alongside my rheumatoid arthritis has really limited my mobility, so leaving our home is rare and any time I'm able to shop at all is very special, so it really is a treat🎈

I recently managed one of those (really) small shopping trips, I already shared what I saw on my trip here and here honeys in case you missed them, and I thought today I'd share the mini shopping haul I came home with 😊

Shopping fun and a mini shopping haul, grab a cuppa and some cookies honeys :)

Why not grab a cuppa and maybe a cookie or two honeys and we'll meet back here in a few minutes to take a look shall we?