Saturday, 27 August 2011

Seems ages since I posted anything on here but I haven’t been idle, lol.  Had a couple of weeks away, visiting my bestest ever friend, followed by my OH having a week off work, so lots to do and some day trips with lots of walking when the weather allowed.  I’ve done a bit of crafting, but not much stamping and have taken lots of photos but my card reader seems to be broken, so I can’t download the latest ones, even though I have some from the last few weeks.
Here’s my favourite fairytale house, where I spent my break.

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And here’s the little house (at the  bottom of the front yard) where I stayed while there.
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I did some napkin art while there and have a couple of cards and a journal page in progress but they’re still drying, so I can’t finish them off yet, but here’s the other bit of crafting I’ve been doing.
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This may look like ganache but it isn’t – and here’s a clue!
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Here’s a bigger one, lol.
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Yep, I’ve been soap making and have really enjoyed it.  We started with a recipe in a magazine while I was away, but I enjoyed it so much, I got some more stuff when I got home and these are the results.  They’re perfumed with various oils – mint, ginger, lime, lemongrass, grapefruit, mandarin, rose – and of course chocolate! I’ve tried a few different ingredients and recipes with varying degrees of success but it’s been so much fun!
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Today, I stamped a card while waiting for the rain to die down a bit.
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I used an Indigo Blu stamp, which is quite big, so I only used part of it, then watercoloured with inks and used a splatter stamp here and there, finishing off with a bit of glitter varnish over the petals, although you can’t see that, of course.  I love these colours.
Will be visiting you all in the next week or so, as soon as life settles down a bit xxx
Forgot to add these… not too pretty when close up?
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13 very much appreciated comments:

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi there Cath, Looks to me like you had a wonderful time:0)Pretty cottage, the soap looks like fun too! I love the flowers and colours of your beautiful card. Gay xxx

Lottie said...

Welcom home - so very very glad that you have had a wonderful break.

And what a fabulous house you stayed in.

I used to love making soap, and candles, and body cream - those perfumes and moulds make them look good enough to eat don't they?

Love, love, love you card and those colours a just perfect

Don't bother to visit my blog - I still haven't got back into crafting yet.

TTFN

P.S.
The thunder, hailstorms, lightening and torrential rain are just about passing over us and the sunshine is breaking through - for now - but who knows, it's be like this all day here too!

Ann B said...

Love the soaps and the card, not sure about the dragonfly though, they do look evil don't they?
Glad you had a good holiday, and no wonder staying in such a pretty place. Good to have you back Cath

Jack said...

What a great place to stay - love that hog in the front garden, lol. The soap looks good enough to eat! Great pics of dragonfly too. And as for the card - it's gorgeous! Love that stamp. xx

cockney blonde said...

Love the cottage Cath. Looks like a little dolls house. As for the soaps. I thought they were sweets first of all. Guess you know a lot of people with a hygiene problem, lol. Anyhow, love them all the same, x

Sally H said...

Fab photos Cath! I love the little cottage, and the soaps look gorgeous! Wish I could smell them too! Your Darter photos are excellent. I love the way they bask in the sun and come back to their 'perch'.

sam21ski said...

Hi Cath, hope you're okay, long time no see.

Did you finally get your course completed, hope so.

Looks a lovely place to stay and chill our. Your soap makes are fab, just wish the smell would come through too!!!

Gorgeous card, love the background effect.

Take care - Sam xxx

Di said...

Yay Cath! I finally found your blog and am now following. What a great place you stayed in - and the soaps and your card are gorgeous. I need to check out clear embossing now :)) Di xx

Tinkertaylor said...

Looks like a fab place to stay. I've never tried soap making but these look so cute and it sounds as though you had fun making them

Martina2801 said...

Welcome back Cath - so glad that you have had a wonderful time!
The cottage looks wonderful and I love the little soaps and your card!

Have a nice sunday and a good start in the new week!

IsaNorris said...

oh wow !! your card is simply stunning !! love it
isa

Carol Q said...

that looks a lovely place to stay Cath. soap making sounds interesting - what are you going to do with them all? have you managed to put some lovely aromas into them? gorgeous purples and blues on your card. i shall have to investigate that stamp.

Anke said...

Welcome back Cath, your photos are so beautiful.

Your card is adorable and I love the soaps.

Hugs
Anke