Tuesday, 4 June 2013

I'm back!

And not a moment too soon.  I'm not sure that was such a good idea - I've just logged into Blogger and have realised that it will take me another month to catch up with everybody-else's blogs.  Doh!

Did my internet ban go according to plan?  Well......I cheated a bit, in that I checked Facebook occasionally and knew that Gina was baking a ridiculous number of chocolate cakes.  I also found myself straying occasionally into Pinterest.  Now that really is a black hole - you can lose whole days of your life in there.  But I did get a few things done.  Not as much as I would like, and a bit of an eclectic mix, so nothing's changed there...

First up, I did some baking. 

This is the version of the no-knead bread that you bake in a cast iron pot.  Pretty darn nice, and it made a mean bacon sarnie for lunch that day...

And this is the recipe for fig and goat's cheese fougasse from the Waitrose magazine.  Also pretty darn good, and the Girl loves it even though it has "goat" in it....

And this "little" number is an exceedingly delicious rice cake from some Italian cheffy type in a recent Good Food magazine because we found ourselves with over a litre of milk about to go out of date.  Any excuse...

And of course, I'm aware that there is now a certain amount of demand for a recipe for a certain cherry and marzipan cake.  I'm not sure I should pass it on, having recently vowed to drastically cut my own and the family's sugar consumption (thanks Sheila Dillon).  Maybe next time!

I did manage a little bit of stitching

Some small collagey bits on paper

This is my favourite - greetings card size.

And I mucked about for a good week or so cutting wood and funky foam to make my own set of Adinkra stamps. This is a mosaic collage of some small cards I've made with the stamps.

I also took advantage of a sunny day (?!?) to dye some scrim and thread

And made up some packs of fabric scraps to try and get through the stash!

And I also finished teaching my village hall class for the summer with a few relaxed weeks practicing our free machining, stitching Klimt inspired bag panels a la Angie Hughes.

Unfortunately my overall feeling at the beginning of June is "I really must get my act together and start doing some proper quantities of work" (i.e. things for Art Trail in July).  Unfortunate, because I hoped a month away would achieve that - it seems to be my constant refrain and quite frankly I'm getting sick of it!  But nevertheless it is quite pleasing to look back on a month and see all the different things I did do....


  1. Trying so hard to tell you that it's lovely to have you back. Lets hope this works.

  2. Nice to have you back, even if it is to the demon Internet. Might borrow those collaged cards for a lesson tomorrow.

  3. Welcome back. I love your nautical collages, beautiful colours and balance :-)

  4. Well you have been productive but it is still good to have you back

  5. Good to see you back. You have been missed


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