Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Saturday, 22 November 2008
It was quite a surprise a year or so ago when my brother announced he had this condition very severely -- none of the family had ever suspected he had this difficulty. Since he sent us various links to articles about the condition we all took the on-line test. My results came back as borderline as having a problem -- I just thought i was bad at remembering people!
Today he has been featured in the Guardian Weekend Magazine with an article on the subject in which he describes his difficulties: I don't recognise my own face . He has also written more about his condition on his website here: http://www.barryw.net/me/pa/prosopagnosia.html
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Sunday 23 Nov - Marple
Sat 29 Nov -- Bakewell ( as part of Derbyshire Country Markets)
Thurs 4 Dec -- Buxton
Sun 7 Dec -- Poynton
Sat 13 Dec -- Whaley Bridge
Sat 13 / Sun 14 Dec -- Buxton Winter Wonderland
Sat 20 Dec Bakewell ( with Derbyshire Country Markets)
Sun 21 Dec -- Marple
Mon 22 Dec Buxton
I am hoping to have plenty of Christmas cakes (both plain & iced), Christmas puddings, Mincemeat and Mince pies available at each event
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
My second "make" for this morning is on a slightly larger scale -- a Christmas Tree for my decorations. Again a very quick and simple make. A large oblong of corrugated card cut in half along the diagonal and then the two halves taped together to form a large triangle. The whole piece then covered in green wrapping paper. An old square christmas card box doubles as a "tub" / support -- and is also usefull to store extra decorations!
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
I found a link to a "how-to" on making gift-boxes so dug out my box of old Christmas cards and made 3 little boxes very quickly:
As they are made from recycled cards they have writing inside the base --but they are fine for using as a decoration on or under the tree at Christmas. For actual use as gift-boxes I will cut some plain card to size for the base -- or use some unwritten cards! The size of the final box depends (naturally!) on the size of the original card -- and the trick is finding cards with good centred images.
The other card make is courtesy of Boojewels -- a simple jewellery display card. It was super-easy to make and looks very effective. This one is my first one, and I will be making more and trying them out at this weekend's markets!
My next task will be to devise an easy & effective display board for my crochet christmas decorations --watch this space!!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Thursday, 21 August 2008
I am pleased with the results and will be making more of these -- particularly the flower one in different colours.
Friday, 1 August 2008
Sunday, 27 July 2008
The next stall to mine was Penny from The Jolly Brewer . She did very good trade, and I treated my husband to a bottle of her Taid's Garden Ale, while I had Lucinda's Lager. Both were most delicious and much enjoyed with our late lunch on my return home. I will definitely be buying more next time! Anyone from the North Wales & Cheshire area should look out for her products!
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
I did cause confusion by asking them if I can sell my foodstuffs, and for the moment the answer is "no" while they consider all the legal implications and come up with a well-thought out decision. So in the meantime I am just putting some of my crafts on there. I have only got a couple up so far but will be adding more over the next few days. Check out my shop here.
I haven't got any markets this week so am taking the opportunity to get stocked up on preserves -- yesterday I made over 60 lb of marmalade ( 3 different varieties of seville). As my lavender is about ready for picking, I think today I will get some lemons to make Lemon & Lavender Marmalade -- and possibly some apples for Apple & Lavender Jelly too.
Today is St Swithen's Day --and by tradition if it rains today it will rain for the next 40 days & nights! So far it is fine and reasonably sunny so fingers crossed we have a good summer! Apparently he got to be patron saint of the weather because his burial in Winchester Cathedral was delayed by extensive rain.
Sunday, 6 July 2008
What has been happening in that time?
Over on Etsy we had a secret swap --lots of lovely items have been excnanged --see here : http://www.flickr.com/groups/ukswapmay/pool/
I got these from Pippindesigns :
A lovely felt purse, a leaf brooch and a Marmalady badge. I really like the badge and have worn it at the Farmers Market.
It was Poynton Farmers Market again today. It started off slowly but in the end sales were reasonable. Once again I tried out some new items --some like my Apple & Date Tea-Loaf and Cheese & Walnut Loaf are resurrected from things I have made in the past, others like Bara Brith are totally new. I also made some Strawberry Shortcake -- looked spectacular and attracted some good comments. I sold 2 out of the 3 I made so we had one left for tea!
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Coming up this week is the regular Buxton Farmer's Market on Thursday and on Sunday we are once again attending the popular Edale Country Day.
I have been trying out a few new recipes recently-- some of which have worked better than others! My Nanaimo bars (another Canadian recipe from a friend) were a total write-off -- the base was far too dry and just crumbled as I cut it. Once I have got the balance of ingredients right, it should be a good addition to my range. I had better success with Moo's Choc-chip cookies --though they spread alarmingly on the tray when cooking! Mega-cookies anyone?
One for trying out this week is a Carribean Fruit Cake. The recipe has fruit soaked in brandy but I will probably substitute rum for a more authentic Carribean touch
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
I love the picture and as I had just finished making 40 lb of marmalade it felt very apt! It often feels like I am collecting all the jam-jars in the world (I certainly have a garage-full and frequently find bags of them left in my front porch!)
On poking around the site, it turns out that the artist is another Etsian : http://inkfingersutter.etsy.com/ .
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Yesterday I started a diet, but disappointingly the scales hadn't changed this morning! I am determined to lose at least a stone by the end of the month, so when I go to Tesco's this morning will be stocking up on fruit, veg, salads and such-like healthy stuff!
What else has been happening since I last blogged? Not much --my life does not alter very much!
Etsy sales of my baking continue to do well -- I have now been on Etsy for a year and have made over 200 sales --which works out at an average of 4 a week.
I have also opened a separate shop for my crafts --I felt they were overlooked amongst the baking , particularly by international people who only saw I did not ship baking overseas. So far I have only made 1 sale - to a fellow UK'er --but its a start!