5 things I liked this week – 17.2.17

The kids being on half term holiday. A good ‘early Spring clean’ of the flat and enjoying it being tidy afterwards. Noticing the light change to become more spring like, yep, it’s still winter but spring is coming! We’re box-setting the current series of Fortitude, so we’re a few episodes ahead and ooh it’s getting…

Robot Zoo and the Horniman Museum

We went to the Horniman Museum today, principally to see their current Robot Zoo exhibition but also just to have a look around, as none of us had ever been before. The Robot Zoo exhibition was basically using robot animals to demonstrate various principals of biology. It was ….. interesting but a bit gimmicky and…

Sneak peak – working on a cross stitch

I am massively behind on my ‘inspired by the book I’ve just read’ pieces, it’s much easier to do a piece when the inspiration has me running to my pens / pencils / Illustrator but when the inspiration has me running to my needle and thread, well, it takes longer. Anyway, a book I read…

The Plague Charmer

The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland My rating: 3 of 5 stars Hmmm, I have mixed feelings about this book, the story of a coastal village in the 1300s, just as the plague hits, it’s quite slow to start but then ramps up to feel quite claustrophobic. A bit of a weird complaint for a…

5 things I liked this week -10.2.17

Brownie cake. A misty walk by the river. Homemade pizza LIFX light bulbs – K has been given some to try out this week and ooh they’re expensive but nice! Good for crafting too, with their ability to switch to daylight mode. Z, my computer obsessed 11 year old, has been branching out into art…

On the menu – More ‘One Pound Meals’ plus ‘Tanya Bakes’

Friday This …. was …. absolutely …. delicious, balsamic sausage casserole from ‘One Pound Meals’, it has knocked off the chicken tartiflette as my favourite meal from the book so far. Sausages cooked in a pepper, onion, tomato and balsamic vinegar sauce, this was intensely savoury and filling. I used veggie sausages for this too…

Sneak peak – going ‘outside’

This week on Lisa Congdon’s Creative Bootcamp, it’s all about going outside. In the video lessons, Lisa draws outside but also works inside too, from photos and I’ve had to do the latter this week, as the weather hasn’t been very good and I haven’t had much time. The two photos I worked from were…

5 things I liked this week – 3.2.17

Going to see the Lockwood Kipling exhibition at the V&A. I particularly liked the massive screens showing footage swooping over India and learning about Lockwood Kipling’s relationship with his son, Rudyard Kipling. Embroidery thread being back in my local department store! Anchor embroidery thread disappeared from branches of John Lewis across the country a few…

On the menu – One Pound Meals

Tuesday I thought I’d try Miguel Barclay’s One Pound Meals. I’m quite excited about this book, not only does it have a very high proportion of ‘recipes I would like to try’ andĀ is money saving, what really sold me, is that all the recipesĀ are for one portion (but are really easy scale-up-able). I know, on…