Saturday, March 13, 2010

I've Moved..

I've decided to move my blog here. No reason, other than I felt like a change. Will still be following all my bloggy friends' antics.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Caribbean Queen

I've got 2 of my favourite people coming for dinner, my friend Fiona and her other half Lee. I've decided to do Caribbean, so here's my menu:

Mojitos & party popcorn
Corn on the cob
Jamaican pork
Rice & peas
Pineapple, mint & chilli salsa
Pineapple in rum
Coconut ice cream
(or possibly coconut creme brulee - not decided yet - will let Fee choose if she reads this)

Any alternatives gratefully welcome, especially starters

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I Promise...

... I haven't been as unproductive as this blog would imply, although most of the things I have to show today aren't quite finished.

Firstly, this is a ribbon necklace I've done, using some polymer clay beads I made over the Christmas holidays. I've always loved ribbons with jewellery, yet strangely this is the first piece I've made myself. The lentil shape beads are decorated with 2 sizes of a cane I made. I made the stripy spacers at the same time (and was a bit worried they would work together, but I think I like the look). I need to get some clear nail polish to seal the ends of the ribbon before I can wear it.

Unfortunately the photo's a bit blurred (I didn't realise until after I had packed my portable studio away).

Here's a little close-up of the beads:

I'm also working on this berry bracelet, from a kit Mum bought me for Christmas. I have another self-coloured strand to do (the strands are different colours, although I'm not sure that really shows in the photo), then onto the berries and leaves and twist and stitch the whole thing together. Would love to have this finished before I go on holiday. although also want to make a bracelet to go with the red and gold Crystal & Pearls necklace I've previously posted.

One of the things I had on my list to do this year was learn to crochet. My Mum used to do really lovely things, but I never seemed to quite grasp it (and I think she found it tricky trying to teach a lefty!!). Anyway, I have finally mastered it (thanks to some lefty instructions I found on Internet). It took my 3 nights to learn, which is a bit of a record for me, as normally I'm able to pick things up quickly - was extremely frusturating. Anyway thought I'd start with something simple and make a bag to keep my wool and hooks in. First couple of squares (unfortunately our local shop didn't have a good selection of cotton yarn, so this was the best colour combo I could get).

Finally, made this rye and white seeded loaf - I've done a couple of ones before using all rye flour, but they've come out really gluey and quite inedible. This one has a good feel, so hopefully it will taste nice too.
Thanks for looking.

Lisa xoxo

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year

Can't believe 2010 has come around already - where does the time go?

Hope it's a good year for all (if there are any left) my blog readers.

I don't really believe in New Year's Resolutions, but here are my aims for 2010:
  • Lose some weight - I have been trying during December and want to do it slowly, as like living my life the way I do.
  • Spend more time on crafty stuff - I know I probably said this last year as well, but I really miss making lots of stuff - just wish my craft room would repaint itself.
  • Blog more often - see point above!
  • Spend an hour or 2 a week decluttering - I realise I should have done this a couple of years ago, prior to Stu moving in, but that didn't happen. Would like to move house at the end of this year or during next year, and would love for it to be a smoother process.
  • Stop keeping things I don't need/use/wear - see point above!
  • Enjoy life and appreciate how lucky I am to have great friends, a roof over my head, food on the table and a job I love - I do mostly do this anyway, but it's nice to have a little reminder of this now and again.
  • Pay off my debts - this one should only take 10 weeks to do :D
Let me know your aims/resolutions if you want to.

Lisa xoxo