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Monday, 23 March 2015

Zest Art Journal

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a happy March.

I've been so busy with "must do" projects in addition to the usual medical stuff, that I've not had a lot of time to play with art.

So today, with a break in-between household projects, I took time out to play for Inspire me Monday. So where did I get my starting inspiration? I jumped back in at week 10 of the Documented Life Art Project. The technique is using mark making and doodling to build up layers, and the prompt is "Surviving the Elements". To me this evokes the idea of getting through life's storms, and to one of my favourite bible verses: Psalm 27 v 1

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Friday Smiles on Saturday.

I have a short little mummy smile to share with you today. Something one of my children said, something that makes me smile, and think I've got something right in raising them.

"Isn't it time you sorted out those bath toys? Particularly that man with the broken leg."
"But mummy, that's our Paralympic Swimmer."


Thursday, 12 February 2015

First Air Flight Layout.

I've put my layout together, that I compiled the Air Flight kit for at the beginning of the month. Today's challenge at CKC is to use a date stamp.

Now, I'm scrapping digitally, so how do I get the date stamp look? Fortunately for me there are hundreds and thousands of fonts around, of various styles. I have so many, that there's only one way to keep track of them all - using Serif's Font Manager X3.


I think Bulky Refuse Type looks like a fair imitation of the numbers printed by TJ's date stamp. It's a free font downloadable from DaFont.

Here's a close up of the virtual date stamp on my layout.


I want to add a photo of my in flight souvenir, but can't find it at the moment. There's a box of treasures in the attic eaves I've not checked, so hopefully it's in there. I've left space to add the photo later.


Monday, 9 February 2015

Sorghum Chocolate Cake

TJ's been baking cakes after school today. We didn't have all the ingredients for the chosen type of cake. So in true Toucan Kitchen style, we improvised. The results were delicious.

Ingredients
  • 175 g Butter or Coconut Oil.
  • 175 g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 100 g Sorghum Flour
  • 125 g Ground Almonds
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday? A Hedgehog.

Good morning world. We've had a rough few weeks with tummy bugs, but are out in the bright, chilly sunshine again. Today is the day to show if what's on our desks etc, so without further ado.

My desk at 9:30 this morning.


Pauline, at Funky Friends Factory has a brand new soft toy pattern for a cuddly hedgehog. How could I possibly resist it? I also found a use for those fat quarters I absolutely HAD to buy in the January sale, despite having an existing fabric mountain I need to get through.