Monday, 30 April 2012

Sitting Pretty

When the children were planning their bedrooms I really wanted to make things for them all to make the transition back home as smooth as possible. We had a window seat built in Harriet's bay.I decided to make some cushions for this space to make a cosy place for her to read.

I crocheted a granny square, for both sides in colours complimenting her room.

Next I'm planning a flower cushion using similar colours using this pattern from Attic 24

Harriet was so thrilled with her cushion, it made sewing in all the ends more worth while.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

cooking up a storm

well less of a storm & more of a treat to be honest :)
This month I've sadly been slacking with my personal challenge to try new recipes.
So after a flick through this lovely cookbook,

I chose a recipe for chocolate shortbread, I know another sweet treat but there are plenty of people in this house to share it with & who stop me eating it all!

verdict- well it certainly all got eaten but I still prefer the plain shortbread recipe I normally use.
Now need to find some savoury recipes to try.
Any suggestions ?

Sheena x
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Tuesday, 24 April 2012


ScrapaGoGo's Essentially GoGo April kit, Going for a Song has similar colours to my wedding so I thought it would be perfect to scrap one of our photos I'd not scrapped before. The photo is not great quality but then again it is nearly 19 years ago!!
 I loved all the little jars on the Dear Lizzy paper & decided to make a focal point embellishment with one of them. I used mine to hold little punched hearts but it could hold confetti, a lock of hair, ephemera 
 I used the plastic packaging from the Dear Lizzy letter stickers & placed it over the jar I wanted then sewed it down slowly using my machine but it could easily be done by hand. I sewed the jar sides first then added the punched shapes before sewing the jar closed. I then cut it out carefully close to the stitch line and added it to my page.

I finished the Lo with exclusive hybrids, charm & My Minds Eye layered sticker for my title.
Many thanks for looking x

Monday, 23 April 2012

St Georges Day

 Hope it's been a good day where you are today x

Friday, 20 April 2012

Playing Today

Today I'm creating the ScrapaGoGo's Essentially GoGo April kit
Going for a Song.
 Oh my, you are so going to love this kit :)
I'll be back soon
with my Lo's using this x

Thursday, 19 April 2012


Earlier today I learnt that fellow ScrapaGoGo DT Girlie Nicola had given me a blog award.

I am flattered that Nicola thought of me for this award, as it means dearest or beloved in German x

The honour of accepting the award is traditionally done in the following way:

1. show thanks to the blogger who awarded you by linking back to their blog

2. choose 5 blogs with less than 200 followers and let them know about your nomination by leaving a comment on their blog

3. post the award on your blog!

So here are the names of blogs I love to visit :)

1. Yvonne

2. Sam

3. Fay


Hop on over to see all these lovely ladies create x
many thanks again Nic xxx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

New Addition

Over at Twisted Sketches this week it's my DT teams turn to create with sketch 147 with the twist - animal.
This twist gave me an idea to scrap the newest members of the Rowlands household, Dan's fish, a moving home present from his Dad & I.
It took a while to get a decent photo & it so made me laugh when Dan came home from school to find the camera & tripod in the middle of his bedroom!!

New Addition.
 This is the last of this Cosmo Cricket, Snorkel paper that I have.
The other supplies are from a real mix of manufacturers as I try not only to mix it up but also use it up x
 Many thanks for looking x

Good Read

I had heard that this was a good book but having started it on the plane journey home from our holiday in Poland, I now find myself in a situation where I can't put it down! & even got caught cooking tea with it in my hand!
 I plan to see the film once I finish it as I'm rather partial to Daniel Craig & find him very easy on the eye :)

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Say a little prayer...

for our beautiful brave little 2nd cousin baby Jack Wilkinson, who over the past 5 months has been through so much and now needs to stay stable and strong at Birmingham Childrens Hospital Intensive Care Unit whilst he awaits a liver for transplatation.

He is constantly in our thoughts along with his amazing parents Janet & Anthony,plus their ever supportive families.

Join us in saying a little prayer for this courageous little man xxx

Sheena x

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

10things on the 10th ... chocolate!!

Welome to my 10 things on the 10th :)
It was a no brainer for me really being this close to Easter I just had to tell you about my top10 chocolate treats. They are in no particular order as it depends on availability & time of year!!

1.Cadbury creme eggs.
I love to bite off the top & scoop out the contents!
 2. Cadbury flake.
Do you remember the adverts for these ?? I so wanted to be the Flake girl sitting on the doorstep of the gypsy caravan!
 3. Peanut M&M's.
I tend to eat these in America, as I dislike most of their chocolate plus I love how they produce them in different colours to match the holidays! I know little things...
 4. Lindt.
When I'm in the mood for grown up chocolate, this is what I would choose everytime but I hate having to share them!
 5.Walnut Whip.
A favourite since childhood.
 6. Bournville.
If I feel the need for dark chocolate this is my number 1.
 7.Viennese Truffles.
The best Thorntons chocolate in my opinion.
8.Marathon/ snickers.
Favourite chocolate on the move.
 9.Ghirardelli Caramel Squares.
There is a Ghirardelli shop at Downtown Disney, Florida & each time we are in the area we make a pilgrimage to the shop especially to buy these :D
 10. After Eight Mints.
These little thins in their own little pockets take me straight pack to childhood Christmases & celebrations but woe betide you if you left the empty pockets in the box!
I hope you like my sweet 10 things on the 10th.
Let me know what your favourite is & hop on over to Shimelles blog for a host of other 10 things too.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Hoppy Easter

Wishing you a Happy Easter x

Hope you have a chocolate filled day :)
Sheena x

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Friday, 6 April 2012

My Month in Numbers

Inspired by Julie Kirk, a different way of viewing this year.

March 2012.

12 The number of candles on my baby girls birthday cake this month.
15 blog post written this month - pretty average for me!

467 Number assigned to our Quilt when it was displayed at Olympia.
3 classes taught by me at GoGo Getaway 8.

4 new recipes tried- hassle back potatoes, spaghetti with olives,tomatoes,garlic & rocket,golden syrup loaf & stuffed apples.
£65 raised for Sports Relief when Harriet & I walked 6 miles :)

8 new family members AKA Dan's fish.
13.1 hours it took Matthew to complete the 40 mile Chase Walk & win the Knot Trophy.

L20 & 21 our seat numbers for watching Oliver at Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre.

Hope you enjoyed this view of March x

Thursday, 5 April 2012

With a little twist...

This week it was the turn of my team to design with the Twisted Sketch with the twist - Yellow.

I remembered some photos that I hadn't yet scrapped, taken of me this time last year at  GoGo Getaway 6 lying in the daffodils in the beautiful grounds of Theobalds Park Hotel.

Spring Break.
 I turned the sketch to suit my photos.
The papers are a real mix including Studio Calico, MME & Sassafrass from which the flowers were cut to form the wavy border. The alpha is Sassafrass too.
 Hop on over for loads of inspiration & sketches.
many thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Getaway 8 continued ...

As you may have gathered already, I had the most amazing time at the Getaway, with these Ladies..
 and these lovely Ladies xxx
I also had the pleasure of teaching 3 of the 21 classes. I really love the teaching side of this craft & how from the same supplies each person puts their own unique spin on the classes making them totally their own.

Eclectic Avenue.
Utilising a whole pack of chipboard houses.
 Cotton & Calico Chronicles.
Making a mask & using it to decorate a handmade canvas book.

 Tagged to Transfer.
Using acetone as a transfer medium.
Many thanks to all the ladies for their wonderful company & their kind comments about my classes.
I had a blast & roll on October!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Getaway 8

WOW what an amazing weekend we just had at ScrapaGoGo's GoGo Getaway held at a fabulous venue , Theobalds Park Hotel.
(Chinese lanterns floating away from a wedding reception at the hotel.)
The spacious crop room had a lovely vibe with chatting & laughter all around.

The Ladies really rose to the challenges & produced a fabulous gallery of Lo's to be proud of, as well as attending their chosen 7 classes designed especially for them.

I even got in on the act & made myself a name badge :)
I'm not sure what it says about me!! that when making an eight sided badge it turns into a pie!!
Answers on a postcard...
 I'll share more of our weekend tomorrow x