Sponge cake and ‘flooer’ buttons


Neil’s Maw and Paw were coming for cake and tea last Friday pm so I baked a sponge cake with our hen’s eggs and layered it with our gooseberry jelly and fresh cream, then sprinkled with icing sugar. It went down very well.DSC05186






Yesterday I spent all day making ‘flooer’ (shetland name for flowers) buttons and stitch markers from polymer clay using slices of clay from the flower canes (think sticks of rock) I’d made previously. These are all laying on ceramic tiles ready for curing. Just trying to boost my stock for a craft fair I’m doing in Tingwall tomorrow. Hope the weather holds and lots of people come.

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Flowers and paint


So I’ve taken up watercolours again after several years absence – why did I ever give this up? On a cold winters day to be working with such pure colour is incredible and at this time of year when the garden explodes with colour its good to get it down on paper. I love the shocking colours of the orange tulips and purple honesty.



DSC05167DSC05168I became intrigued with handmade sketch books and making them myself. Not sure how this would work I didn’t want to spend hours learning bookbinding so I decided on a simple denim rectangle (old jeans leg) with several folded pages of quality watercolour paper sewn down to the denim. The sewing thread is then wrapped around a button to secure the book shut.This is my first painted page in the little book and I have made several. The style of painting inspired by Alisa Burke’s blog – I prefer a lighter touch usually but you can’t beat her style for colour impact.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t like big and don’t think I would ever attempt a large (anything bigger than A4) landscape or still life. All my samples are really quite small and for the time being thats what I’ll paint.

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The internet is a fantastic library and I can spend too much time ‘researching’  artists and fellow students. Other blogs that have inspired me are written by Kaye Parmenter, Rose Anne Hayes and Laura Moore all are inspirational including Alisa Burke and I thank them for sharing their work.



Some new beads

These were made with foils and translucent clay which I made up into  necklaces using brass spacer beads and findings. The last image is of beads threaded with leather cord and gorgeous silvered glass rondelle spacer beads.

I love trying new techniques in polymer clay, trouble is I can never remember how to do it again – note to self, write the process down!

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Picked fresh from the polytunnel 5 mins before eating.



Spring has sprung!

Neil rotavating the beds ready for sowing and planting. Impossible to practice the ‘no-dig’ method on such a large scale so we’ve had to resort to tilling annually.


Good to see the garlic finally coming through!


Some new lambs.

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