Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Back From Scotland

Oh my! What fun we had up in the Scottish Highlands. It truly is a beautiful part of the world. I thought that I would share just a few photo's of our trip, there are tonnes more if you are interested in my Flickr albums - link on the right sidebar.

Right! We are ready to sail

Happy Girls

Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle on Lock Ness

About the Closest We Got To Seeing 'Nessie'
A Beautiful Tranquil Morning At Fort Augustus

Waiting our turn to go into the lock

Laggan Canal

Berthed at Laggan Locks - our turning point

Our home for 4 days

This sweet little swallow perched for a rest on our boat. There were SO many swallows up there!

Now I would love to hang around here a bit more but as you can imagine I have loads of washing and housework to catch up on! So I shall bid you farewell for today and see you back here very soon :)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Planner Eye-Candy

As most of you know, I LOVE all things paper, stationary and planner! I just love organising my paper life and having it all made pretty :)


I prettify my planner pages, I prettify my Bible Study journal and I prettify my daily journal. Now I have been seeing some pictures flying around the planner community of the most adorable paperclips and charms. I had a browse through Etsy and could not for the life of me find anyone in the UK who makes and sells these cute little planner accessories so I asked my friends daughter who has been working with Femo clay for the last few years to make me two little doughnuts and three macaroons. 


She did a fantastic job as you can see. I hot-glued them onto some paper clips I had lying around and now I have the most adorable page markers for my planners.


After seeing these adorable little creations my daughter's creative juices started flowing. She is very creative and artistic and can do just about anything she turns her hand to. She bought some Femo polymer clay and started creating. I had a few more paper clip ideas for my homeschool planner so asked her to make me a little yellow school bus and a book. 


I now have the most adorably dressed homeschool planner ever :)

She's made me a few cute little charms which I'm waiting for her to put together for me. I'll be sure to show you when it's done. Her sister had seen a cute little macaroon (all the rage) bracelet at Claire's and asked if she could replicate something similar - and she did!


Isn't it just adorable? Needless to say our list of things we would love is growing and news is spreading. The lady at the library has asked her to make a few paper clips and bring them in so that she can buy a few - she's thrilled of course :)

Well everyone, I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. I'm not sure I'll squeeze in another post before we leave for Scotland so I shall wish you a wonderful next week too and see you back here after Scotland :)

Blessings to you all...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Blessed!

Today is my birthday, I am 41 and loving every minute of my 40's! As you can see I'm not one to hide my age, I am who I am :)


I was blessed by my beautiful bloggy friend, Michelle, with this lovely birthday gift. It's all the 'ingredients' I need to knit up a warm and snugly shawl for this winter and a cute little crochet rose broach which will look great on my winter coat.


My beautiful girls added to my planner stash - pretty pens and various things, and my darling husband gave me a 'grown-up' camera lol. When our girls were very small I used to do quite a bit of photography work - portraits that sort of thing. However my cameras were all the old film loading ones which is just almost obsolete. So for years I have used a simple point and shoot camera, but really, it has proved to be frustrating at times as I have not been able to get the shots I want at times. So I was thrilled to unwrap a lovely camera this morning. Thank you honey :)

Scotland 2011
Another exciting thing coming up is that we off to Scotland on Sunday for a holiday. We have hired a boat in Inverness and will travel along the lochs of the Great Glen. This is simply our most favourite place to visit and will be our second trip to the Highlands since our arrival in England over 4 years ago. 
I'm sure I will have loads of fabulous pictures to show you on our return. If you are living in the UK or planning a trip to the UK I can highly recommend this holiday. Check it out :)

I'll wrap up this post here, I have some really cute little femo-clay bits and pieces to show you. A few I commissioned from a friends daughter and my own daughter has made a few of the most adorable little things that I have made into paperclips etc for my various planners. But enough about that for now - see you soon :)

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Mission Control



Well hello everyone. Today is a big day in the United Kingdom, it's our general elections! We cast our vote shortly after 8 am and I have to say I was surprised by how quick it was. We did not have to wait, there was no queue, we just walked in, made our mark and walked out. Of course it is lovely not to have to spend hours queueing which has always been my experience when living in South Africa, but it is a bit disconcerting and I hope that it is not a sign that people are not voting.

Anyhoo, tomorrow we shall find out who will be running our country for the next 5 years - exciting days :)

Speaking of exciting days - I am currently planning my DH's and DD's birthday BBQ which is this Saturday. Below is my A5 Filofax Malden which I use as my 'mission control' for all things related to my home and any work relating to my Etsy shop, writing deadlines and blog. I'll be sure to do a post next week some time giving you a tour through my planner.


So like I was saying, this Saturday we are putting on a South African Braai (that's an Afrikaans word for BBQ) for DH and DD. We have around 16 people coming and I'm doing all the catering, so planning is essential.


I started my planning with the guest list and all the details of the event, the whens, what's, hows etc. Then I put together a menu which consists of some interesting dishes for our guests, a dessert bar and drink options.

I then split the work over three days - two days before and on the morning. I printed out my recipes for various dishes and popped them into my planner along with an allergy card which has a list of foods that one of our guests is unable to eat. All catering takes her food intolerance's into consideration - I don't want any of my guests to feel awkward with limited choices due to allergies which are beyond their control.

Look at the colour of that Watermelon Lemonade! Just stunning - tastes good too :)
I've spent a large portion of today shopping for all the groceries I need and I have made the drinks - Crunchy Punch (delish) and Watermelon Lemonade. On the day I will garnish the lemonade with mint leaves and lemon slices and put the crunchy punch together just before the guests arrive.

Here's a quick look at the menu:

Main Meal

Boerewors
 (Afrikaans name for a South African speciality - literally translated it means 'farmers sausage')

Chicken Skewers 
(for those who might not be that enamoured with the boerewors)


Mediterranean Potato Salad

Cheese and Onion Home-baked Bread (no yeast)

Garden Salad

Roasted Butternut

Beetroot Salad

Drinks on Tap

(you can probably make out my recipe in the photo above but if you can't I have linked a recipe found on Pinterest)


Dessert

Ice-cream Bar with lots of topping options



Marshmallows for toasting on the coals

tea and coffee to follow

BTW - for those of you living in England I bought the drink dispensers from The Range (this week) for around £14.99 each. I think they are fabulous to have for entertaining. Something to note however is that you should only fill them 2/3 of the way. If they are full up the pressure does not release the liquid - I found this out after twiddling about for ages with the dispenser in the picture above. It is now 2/3's full ;)

Blessings to you all...

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A Rather Soggy Yarn Along Post


Joining Ginny from Small Things for a weekly Yarn Along catch up.


As I write this post the rain is pouring down outside, soaking the garden and hopefully doing good things for that grass seed that we sowed over the weekend. I have some potatoes baking in the oven for our lunch and some Praise and Worship playing softly in the background. There is a distinctly peaceful atmosphere in my home right now. These little moments I treasure for life is often very busy and I have learnt to Savour these brief moments of peace and quiet.


On the needles: My Hermione's Everyday Socks are coming along nicely. I really had hoped to be done with at least the first sock by today, but life has been busy once again and I have not picked up the needles as much as I would have liked to since my last Yarn Along post. 

I am loving this pattern! There is a comfortable rhythm to it's pattern, easy to remember and fabulous to see grow and take shape. As I knit these socks my mind is beginning to plan out what items I want to have ready for the Autumn later on in the year. Don't get me wrong - I'm not wishing the year by and certainly I am looking forward to summer and the warm days. But each year the cold weather seems to suddenly arrive and I find that there is ALWAYS a shortage of gloves, mittens, scarves etc for the family. So this year I figured that if I just keep building up the winter-warmers stockpile I won't be caught out :)


Reading: Well, I finished off my Agatha Christie's Murder On The Links - I was completely side-swiped with who did it! Didn't see that one coming :) I'm between books at the moment so I am eager to visit some other Yarn Along posts and see what books are being shared.

Blessings to all of you today ....