Monday, 18 April 2011

Hello 30s - Day 189 - 203

Day 189:I was left on my own on a Saturday afternoon, what was I to do with myself? Bake cupcakes of course, from my Hummingbird Bakery book. It is the first time I have tried to make them, and they were so good, I didn't bother to ice them, and I honestly didn't believe you could have a cupcake, without some kind of butter icing goodness!

Day 190:
Boyfriend and I took a walk around Virginia Water, it was lovely to see so many things coming into bloom, and starting to flourish :) Can anyone tell me what those big cabbage, lily things are?

Day 191:
Ma and Pa have been in their home for over 30 years, up until I went to uni, it was the only home I had ever known. Now they have sold it, and my mum is following her dream of getting a bungalow, she has never understood the point of stairs, and having to clean them all the time, it just seems like extra work :)

Day 192:
I made fish pie for the first time, thanks to The Hairy Bikers. Mum's everyday fish pie, except we used smoked haddock, added lots of parsley, and put some nutmeg in the potatoes. We also left out the cheese from the mash, in my humble opinion, adding cheese is what supermarket bought, fish pies do, to make up for there not being enough flavour :) It was yummo!

Day 193:
Another Ebay find, I fell in love with this bug pendant, I have a thing about bugs at the minute :)

Day 194:
All being well this will be Ma and Pa's new home. I am every excited for them. It is crazy to think that within the space of 7 days, they put their house on the market, accepted and offer, found a place, and had an offer accepted. I just hope everything now goes to plan - fingers crossed. :)

Day 195:We went to see Boyfriend's folks, for his mum's birthday, so after the previous success, I made more cupcakes, but this time I iced them.

Day 196:
Boyfriend and I also cooked dinner for his mum and dad, 3 courses, as a birthday treat. Dessert was pecan pie, from the Hummingbird book again :) It was the first time we made it, but it was a huge success :)

Day 197:
Happy, happy news! My friend had her first baby, a little boy called Lewis. I am so very pleased for her, and her hubby, they are going to make the most awesome parents :) I made them a card featuring one of my zombie bears :)

Day 198:
Easter eggs! This is boyfriend and I, attempting to make up for eating those Lindt bunnies :) We just need to try not to eat these ones too, before we see the little people :)

Day 199:
Look what postie brought me! Neon pink leg warmers! So far, this is what I have for an 80s themed party, that I have been invited to. I think it is a good start. Technically, they too are from Ebay, my postie doesn't make a habit of randomly giving out leg warmers... although it would be quite cool if he did :)

Day 200:
Boyfriend asked me to make a sketch, of what I would like my web site to look like. I think, I missed the point he was trying to get at, he didn't too impressed by my quick little doodle. After some bickering, and back and forth, I realised he was after style, more than layout - why didn't he say that in the first place? ;)

Day 201:No, I don't have a site yet, this is a mock up in Photoshop. Boyfriend approved, he says that he has something to work with now :)

Day 202:
A bit of a cheat, I didn't take this pic, it came from Rob's parents. It is their new golden retriever puppy, Bess. I am itching to meet her! She is sooo flufffffffyyyyy! :)

Day 203:
Out in the garden. I would like to say we did lots of work, but in truth, boyfriend did pretty much all of it, that is him working in the background. He then fired up the BBQ :) I was inspecting the japanese maple, it has scale bugs again, grrrr.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Hello 30s - Day 177 - 188

Day 177:New, one portion dishes, courtesy of ebay :) Now we can cook in bulk, and freeze portions, hopefully, we will waste less, and over eat less :)

Day 178:
Another Ebay find, a super cute sugar shaker, sadly it came in two in my hands, as I touched it :( Thankfully, the seller was very apologetic and nice about it, and gave me a refund :)

Day 179:
My mum has asked me to create a birthday card for her twin, so here is a scribble of a bird.

Day 180:
Eugh! Murky water! This was the point where I decided I should change the water in my sanding tray, so that I could actually see what was in there - some buttons it would seem :) The buttons and the new water are still sitting waiting for me to sort them out.

Day 181:
I had been feeling quite sorry for myself, so boyfriend bought us some chocolate brownie ice cream. It is very hard for one, to continue feeling for oneself, when they are eating chocolate brownie ice cream.

Day 182:
Polymer clay lollipops! After sanding, comes glossing!

Day 183:
We were given some lovely fresh eggs by Rob's sister-in-law, so it seemed wrong to open a tin of tomato soup for my lunch. Shame I didn't have any bread, other than bought, sliced, but it still made very yummy cinnamon french toast. I must be careful though, if I look back through this project and realise that there are as many pictures of french toast as there are of next door's cat, I know there is a problem :) I am now, also over half way in my Hello 30s project! Only 6 months to go then :)

Day 184:
Playing with polymer clay, creating some bright pastel extrusions :)

Day 185:
Simple, but effective little flowers made from slices of extrusions.

Day 186:
The card I am making for my mum. Other than the scribble I made, truth be told, I'm not entirely sure what I am doing. I am winging it a bit :)

Day 187:
Well I think it could have been better, or it could have been much, much worse. It isn't finished yet, I'm just hoping I don't mess it up completely during the next stage.

Day 188:
I took a picture for my sister. She wanted a copy of the recipe for oaty biscuits that my nan used to make. Much easier to take a picture than copy it out again :) There was a picture of some of the biscuits, in one of my earlier posts :) Feel free to give them a go, 150ºC normal oven, 130º fan. I also don't put them in for as long as it says, if you take them out earlier, they are still gooey, but cool to chewy goodness. If you put them in for the full time, they will be very crunchy. Enjoy!