Craft packages ordered =0, craft packages received =0 (the postman came, but no one was at home 🙁 )
Little bit of drama in the Beez household last night! About 10pm, the mysterious smell of burning came wafting through the house, seemingly from the direction of the kitchen. A quick check – nothing inadvertently in the oven or bubbling dry on the hob, no noticeable flare ups near the boiler, but definitely a burning smell. I surreptiously disappeared to check the status of my hair appliances and glue gun but nope, for once, they hadn’t been merrily sizziling away, unattended, all day. In the end, we came to the conclusion that whatever it was was outside somewherebut took the precaution of unplugging everything before we went to bed.
Inspired by the lovely Hels Sheridan, I am currently having fun playing with Distress Inks. I started with a manilla tag and then swept on Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves. The latter is definitely my favourite of the moment. I spritz the tag with water to make it slightly mottled, I love this effect and it also covers up any uneveness.
Next, I used a chicken wire stamp and some Vintage Photo. I’ve run a strip of Washi Tape, which has gold script on it, down the side and a small piece, with purple flowers on, along the bottom.
The flowers and swirl were cut using Spellbinders dies and cream card. I gave them a spritz of Dylusions in yellows and purple. Once the flowers were secured to the tag I stamped on some tiny bees using black Archival Ink and then sprayed everything with silver glitter. I’ve given the flowers some yellow gem centres. I wish I could remember where that big fruit pastille one came from.
I coloured some white seam binding with Victorian Velvet distress stain to thread through the tag’s hole and then popped on a little (Tibetan!) silver bee charm as the finishing touch.
As well as making my tag I’ve been busy baking and made this seriously good concoction which are, I think, misnamed as “Dolly Bars”. These are not for the feint hearted or calorie conscious but are a doddle to make.
All you need is: 125g each of melted butter, digstive biscuits, dessicared coconut, chocolate chips and chopped pecan nuts plus a tin of condensed milk. All you do is layer each ingredient into a tin (approx 13″ x 9″ but I used a foil traybake tin) in the order of the list. Pop into a pre-heated oven (180C or 160C if a fan oven) for 20 – 30 mins. Mark into squares whilst still warm and leave to chill in the fridge (ha! ha!).
I had a lovely moment this afternoon, not only was there the satisfaction of having my football team win 3-1 (so I can watch Match of the Day tonight instead of hiding behing the cushions) but also one of my former pupils scored a goal for Lincoln City. How proud was I to hear his name check on Sky Sports? 🙂
If you’re in the UK, don’t forget to put your clocks forward tonight.