I did it!

Yes I’m sitting here feeling a little pleased with myself, firstly I made it to the end of Blogtoberfest. Thank you Shells in the bush for hosting this month long blog challenge.

I am even more pleased at my new cushion, if you remember back to Day 1 of Blogtoberfest I set myself the task of learning how to crochet left handed, it’s taken me 50 years or so but I can now hold the yarn correctly . I’m happy that I’ve beaten my nemesis into submission, my Gran would be very happy, she had the patience of a saint but I never quite grasped it.

I was inspired to have another go when looking at a gorgeous blog I follow called Attic24. Lucy has an amazing eye for colour, and her blog is very inspirational so pop over if you haven’t been there already.

So realising I had to start at the beginning I downloaded a basic left handed crochet book and I set to work , but it didn’t go to plan and I was about to end up with a 3 cornered square. Determination is my middle name, I persevered and I may not have produced a blanket but I do have a rather gorgeous cushion.
crochet cushion

Now I’m going to take a break from the laptop and crochet a poncho, click to download the free pattern from Drops Design.

Thanks to all who have dropped by and read my blog this past month, and all my new followers, and also thanks for all your comments, it’s nice to have feedback. Now I’m sounding a bit like the Oscars LOL!

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Roasted roots with toasted walnuts, goats cheese and balsamic drizzle

I thought this would be a lovely healthy Halloween supper for the adults, and it doesn’t take that much effort. I  love roasted vegetables, and the ease of preparing in advance then throwing it in the oven while I go and do something else. I got some lovely carrots and beetroot at the green grocers, I thought the other ingredients like goats cheese ( just a little as a treat) , toasted walnuts and balsamic vinegar would work well adding texture and flavour. P1160828

The veg were roasted with some garden herbs and a drizzle of olive oil.

Just before they were cooked I toasted some walnuts, tipped them out of the pan, then after a wipe I reduced the balsamic vinegar to half the volume in the same pan.

Veg done

I love the contrast in flavour with earthy beetroot, tangy goats cheese and the sweet/sour balsamic drizzle.

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A craft pimp team treasury

An Etsy team treasury today from the Craft Pimp team and friends. Click on the image to find out more.

dotty crafts

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52 inspirational photos – week 44


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Zentangle mugs

These hand drawn zentangle mugs were made for a wedding present, can you guess the occupations of the recipients?
zentangle mugs

zentangle mugs

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Monday’s natter- the C word.

Blogtobetfest is coming to an end, but I’m still doing Blogging 201, well supposedly . Doing 201 has got me evaluating my traffic and what people want to find here so I have made a decision about how my blog will move forward next year. I think I’m actually going  to blog less next year.

On a day to day front I’m busy pricing up for the Christmas art fair, yes it’s time to think about the ‘C’ word!

This year as well as all my hand painted porcelain, glass art and jewellery I have ceramic and glass Christmas decorations, and I’m making some Christmas cards with ceramic brooches and ceramic tags. I’m not sure there will be any more next year considering the time they have taken to make.

ceramic cristmas cards

christmas decs

christmas decorations collage

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This one’s a keeper, unexpected glass vase

I was making a glass handkerchief drape but I accidentally left it slumping too long. This is the result, I quite like it and there will never be another one like it so it’s now sitting in the alcove in pride of place.
Sorry about the photo quality, it’s so dark today.
new unique glass vase

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