Saturday, 29 December 2012

Project Life 3x4 Monday to Sunday cards

A set to share :)
I made these just under 3" wide so they'll be easier to slide into your page protectors ;)

And here for Thursday to Sunday

Enjoy x

Just Sharing

Now don't get too excited, I am no digital artist!
However, each time I create a Title or Journalling card for my Project Life album I will share it here.
As I said, they won't be anything fancy but hey ho, it's good to share :)
If you have anything to share on your blog please link to it in the comments, photos of your pages too would be magnificent!

So I made this 6" x 4" one for the title page (Hmmmm kinda obvious but I don't care for wasting time procrastinating & I figure in years to come no one will know or care what the title was!)

The fonts used are Haettenschweiler for Project & CK Typist (love this font) for Life

Click on the image to dowload the psd file

and here is a jpeg which you will have to resize yourself (unless anyone knows another way??!!)

Can't wait to get started!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Looking Forward

To the New Year as I'm going to embark on a Project Life album. I can't wait!!!
I'm currently busy researching ideas and getting organised as I can see it could be very easy to let this slip.... I fully intend to start back with Fatmumslim's photo a day too!

I've just completed my title page using the gorgeous Doodle Deux range by Prima, the title and year were printed with photoshop. The top left will be left blank for the time being. I'm not entirely sure whether the album will hold a complete year, so it may say Jan - June or similar.
Here's a few shots of said page

What projects are you embarking on next year?

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Saturday, 15 December 2012


Kieran is loving Basketball currently and has joined a club that meets once a week at 8am before school. He was delighted when they picked him to enter this terms tournament at a local high school. They played with children from Cawston, Boughton Leigh and Wolston. It was very exciting with lots of goal opportunities and speedy action. Knightlow came joint third and had lots of fun. Here's a few photos (Kieran is in the black jogging bottoms)!

Just to add thoughts for the poor souls at the elementary school in Connecticut, such a sorry devastating waste of lives......

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Location:Shakespeare Gardens,Rugby,United Kingdom

Thursday, 13 December 2012


Well just look at the date! The last sequential date this century and supposed to be lucky!
Minus 4 degrees this morning and quite a crisp beautiful one too. promised a souvenir for any finds today so off I went after dropping Kieran to school.

I snagged a relatively easy one very near to a friends house, so a warming coffee afterwards was just the ticket (thanks Adele!)
A shame I didn't have my olloclip with me for some macro shots, the frost was amazing.

Then back home to chores but not before a date with this Krispy Kreme fella!

Take care all x
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Monday, 10 December 2012

A few Christmas photos

Of our home :)

Firstly in the hall

The lounge

And a random from the kitchen, i call him the spicekeeper :)

Take care all xxx

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Friday, 7 December 2012

This week...

Has absolutely flown here, it's so nice to be busy though.

Monday was Mireilles birthday :) such a shame we live in different countries. Thanks goodness though for unlimited calls!!!

Tuesday was the Young Voices concert. This was Kieran's 3rd and final year that he could take part. The previous 2 were at the O2 with Grove Park Primary in Sittingbourne.

This year we were at the smaller LG Arena at the NEC in Birmingham. It was a magnificent evening, the highlight for us (except for Kieran of course) was seeing and listening to the African children's choir sing "Sing"

The atmosphere at these events is outstanding, you cannot begin to imagine the volume of sound created!
This is just half of the children!

Also this week saw the Xmas decs go up, it was time for the new 7ft tree :)

Next year I think I might get an amazing garland for the stairs. Ahh and here's a quick snap of Wispa looking quite indignifued in the Santa hat!

No prizes hit guessing what he's thinking lol!

The cold has also finally set in this week, here's a shot from the guest bedroom. Brrrrrrr!

Finally today Mum and I spent most of the day reorganising the craft room and being ruthless in what we're keeping and what's going to charity....
Getting rid of plastic storage is my current aim, we have so many beautiful boxes and trays made from fabrics, wood and wicker that are so naturally beautiful, it's a shame not to use them. These fibres nearly went but I just couldn't!!! So I stuffed them in a small wooden box and made art lol!

Have a great weekend all!
Kate x

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

I Sell on Etsy!

Big Grin!
Adding more n more each day so keep popping back.
Busy Busy Busy!

Runs off to unpack more stash :)

Sunday, 25 November 2012

It's beginning to feel a lot

Like Christmas!

Last week I managed to make a few quick n easy stamped and punched tags

Next week I think i'll try a few Tim tags from previous years. have you made anything Christmassy yet?

I'm itching to decorate the house (rolls eyes!) but with Kieran's birthday on Tuesday, it's only fair that we respectfully wait.....!

In anticipation Mum and I had a wee jaunt to Milton Keynes on Friday (it has to be 15 years since I was last there)

First stop was Oil & Vinegar, oh mg they have mini wooden crates, no pic sorry but trust me they are cute!

Then to The Lego Shop for the traditional Advent Calendar for you know who!

Of course it would have been rude to not visit Paperchase and these rather splendid robins needed a new home!

Then the totally lush John Lewis (sigh!) As usual I found myself neeeeding everything in the Home section!

I settled for a new glitter tipped tree for the lounge :)

A perfect resting place for those birdies don't you think!

Take care and have a great week
Kate x

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Ahem! Helloooo!

Soooo (blows cobwebs away) how is everyone?! Me, well I kinda got snowed under with the move, then with Mum and Dads move etc etc. Now however we are more or less into a routine (if such a thing exists) and I'm finally seated in my new yummy craft room which I'm sharing with Mum. Wait til you see her fabric stash!!!!

I'm also trying out this new app (blog press) on my phone for posting to blogger so this post will be quite short. Yet again my time management is under review as i really should be starting dinner.

Here's a quick snap from where I'm sitting now :)

I hope you are all well and I look forward to catching up with your blogs really soon

Kate xxx

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Location:Shakespeare Gardens,Rugby,United Kingdom

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Mushroom and Leek Tart

Yesterday Mum & I bought some Purple Sprouting Broccoli......
Now what? Soup? Plain old boil it and serve with meat and potato?
It was time to try something new.
We (well I) have pledged to make use of all the cookery books we own more often.
That being said it was far easier to grab the iPad and google broccoli to see what was suggested, love it!
Mum came across this one by Celia Brooks Brown on the BBC Good Food site.
Mmmmm we had puff pastry and most of the ingredients that were required
although not all, so now we have a new recipe with our own added extras that we're sharing here today!
Say Hello to our Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Mushroom and Leek Tart.
1 pack Purple Sprouting Broccoli
7 or 8 Mushrooms
2 Leeks
1 portion of Puff Pastry
1 egg
2 egg yolks
1Tbsp Cream Cheese
Splash of Milk
Cup of Grated Parmesan
Handful of Grated Cheddar
Salt & Pepper
Worcestershire Sauce
Olive Oli
Sprinkling of Polenta
serves 4
Pre heat oven to 180 or 200 fan.
Wrap a baking sheet with baking/greaseproof paper
Sprinkle with a small amount of Polenta.
Roll out the Puff Pastry 0.5cm thick into whatever shape your heart desires, mine was a slightly wonky square, it fitted the baking sheet so that was ok by me.
Score a line 2cm from the edge, prick the inside with a fork and transfer it to the baking sheet.
Gently fry your sliced mushrooms and leeks in a spot of olive oil adding a splash of Worcestershire sauce for about 5 minutes. The aroma of the W.Sauce makes even your 10 year old get excited for dinner time. But only for the few seconds until he realises it's leeks and mushrooms...sigh!
Spread the veg onto the pastry evenly up to the scored line.

Pop into the oven for 10 minutes. The edges will rise wonderfully.
Meanwhile blanch the brocolli for a minute of so, then refresh with cold water.
Whisk together the eggs, cream cheese, milk, parmesan and seasoning in a bowl.
Layer the broccoli over the leeks and mushroom after their 10 minute blast.
Lower the oven to 160 or 180 Fan.
Spoon over the eggy mixture and sprinkle extra cheddar on the top
Pop back into the oven for another 20 mins after which time you should have a bubbly slightly brown cheesiness going on - yum!
We ate this with salad :)
 ....and wine

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Giveaway, Weekends, Black and White.

Hi there!
Thanks to everyone who took part in my first giveaway.
I've used the random generator to decide who wins :)
congratulations go to

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Suzie, please email me your address via pickleberry at live dot co dot uk!!!

Here's my last 2 #FMSphotoadaySEPT entries
Day 10 - Black and White
A photo of a photo of our old cat Muppet - awwwww!
Day 9 - Thing you do most weekends
Hmmmph - Laundry!!!
Day 8 - At Night
Not the most inspired photos admittedly, I have at lot of house moving things on my mind....
I even thought Kieran was starting Art Club this afternoon until school called to say he was waiting in the playground... oh crap!
Tomorrow is another day - thank goodness lol!!!!
Kate x