Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Two layouts, finally!

Only now that I uploaded these two I noticed how similar they are - kraft paper background with white mist. Same letter stickers in the title and the colours on the papers more or less the same.

The first one is about my daughter and a friend. She's the daughter of friends of ours and only met twice but they bonded over a shared liking of Dr. Who. We stayed with them in London and I was amazed on how well they got along. Of course, at some stage, they had to sit in the sofa and watch Dr. Who.

The next one is my April summary layout. I started with some chipboard leftovers. They came from a game we got for our children and once we removed smalls square chips for the game, we were left with this little pretty windows which I used in this layout.

Sunday, 26 June 2011


I should add a mid-year resolution to my new year ones. Take photos of "mission accomplished" tasks.

Last week I made a oven baked risotto. I had it first at a friend's house and it is so much easier than the traditional method. I googled and found this recipe. The photo is by MollyMesnik too.

I made a couple of mistakes. One, I let  it bake for too long so it was a bit too soggy, two, I didn't have enough parmesan cheese so it tasted a bit bland.  I'll definitely try it again (halving the ingredients).

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

New Year's Resolutions, 6 months on...

The problem with New Year's Resolutions is that, after a month or so,  I forget about them. Honestly, at this point I don't even remember all of them.

So I came up with this cunning plan to shame me to stick to them. After all, it is only June, I still have more than 6 months to get some results. Maybe if make a plan to blog weekly about my progress (or lack of) it will help me to keep focused?

I'll list my resolutions as I get them started again.

Resolution 1 - Meals: Every week try to cook something new. It doesn't have to be anything big, a side dish, a dessert is fine.

I got a subscription to Easy Food with my Tesco vouchers and I've tried a few recipes from that. Now I started to save interesting recipes I find online with Pinterest, that way, I can keep track of I want to try and write down if I liked it or not afterwards.

Today I tried Hasselback Potatoes, Donal Skehan's version. It was a bit dry, but rereading it, I made a mistake and didn't melt the butter. I'll make it again.

This is a foto from Donal's blog, mine didn't turn out as pretty, but nice enough.

Resolution 2 - Home and Garden. Let's say they're not looking good. Prunning, cleaning, weeding in the garden. Home needs decluttering, repainting. And lots of imagination, it is so bland.

My husband got a multiple picture frame like this one for this birthday in February. It is a tricky one because you need lots of photos that go well together. I printed some photos but didn't like the final result then had a brainwave and went for mirrors instead.

It is temporarily sitting on top of my mantelpiece.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Tooth, Apple, Fairy

  Last September, a few weeks after my son started school, he lost his first tooth. Finally I got to scrap it.

The apples in the layout are not random, they have something to do with the story.

The journaling says

"Once upon a time there was a boy with a wobbly tooth. 
One day, his mum gave him an shiny red apple.
The boy ate the apple.
Then he said ouch, I’am bleeding in my mouth!
Turned out the tooth had gone and it was never found.
But the tooth fairy left him a few coins under his pillow anyway.