Felicity Taylor Eclectic Handmade

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Decisions..Darite...Siblyback, and lots of cake!

Thankyou for all your helpful comments. the uncertainty rumbles on. My husband is widening the net for jobs- a more permanent one at least-he's on a dreaded 0 hours contract agency work. He gets a fair amount of work, but it's no way to build a future. The search is VERY wide.Covering Lincoln and Norwich, where my brother spent his last few years. I'll keep you posted on what happens.
For now we have spent time out and in the garden soaking up the lovely sun.Whenever we think about moving, I tend to not think about doing anything much in the garden. I have however tried to block it out and plant some seeds and get things started -just in case we are still here!
I'm really enjoying finding all the frugal-self sufficientish type blogs to see how other people are living. I have done a lot of baking from Chelmarsh Chunterings . That are now safely tucked in the freezer, or have been eaten!
The Victoria Sponge recipe is lovely, and hers are fantastically iced, unlike mine!
In the comments Thea said about missing Cornwall. I think it will always be a very special place to us whatever happens.
We visited the little village of Darite, and had a lovely walk (if a bit chilly!) 



Then on another day, a trip to Siblyback lake. We managed to get Tinsel there without her being sick! 
She has so much energy, and managed to bound around the lake with ease, but by the time we got in the car she was exhausted- I think too tired to be sick on the way back. Lucky escape!



Hope you all have a good Easter!


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Peanut flapjacks and hexagon patchwork.

Sorry it's been so long!
Life is pretty full, trying to juggle home jobs, home education and working to earn some money!
I've managed to do some cooking though!
For anyone who likes peanut butter- I added two dessert spoons to a usual flapjack recipe-easy and yummy.

At last I have tried some hexagon patchwork.Great for using up scraps of fabric and very easy to stitch. I'm not sure what to make yet, I'll see how big it gets first!

Hope you have all had some dry weather. It took me ages to catch up on all the laundry!
We are considering trying to sell our house again, so we have lots of jobs to do and some more de-cluttering!
Our one point of concern is our son who is in year 9, because if we move, we would move out of the area.It's a tricky one.We want to move to an area where there is more happening,less cost for petrol i.e. a city, and be able to downsize the house and get a bigger garden. The longer we stay the more difficult it becomes! We tried the house on the market for just five months last year but it was SO QUIET nothing was moving.So it's very unsettling -stay,go,stay,go,stay,go!!!!
Any advice or experience would be much appreciated.
Bye for now.



Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Ebay update.

A very quick post to show a few of the items on my ebay  with a few days left.





A complete sew it yourself ragdoll kit from the U.S.A.
And a few bits of sheet music suitable for collage.





Plus anyone into Hornby? My son is selling a few more bits soon.
Hope you are having a good day. I'll be posting some new work soon!
Bye for now.



Friday, 31 January 2014

Pinterest, Common Moor and Liskeard.

I have been dreaming of Spring, going out for walks between showers, and getting a little bit of work done!
It all started with dreams of the garden, then a search on Sarah Raven's site, then a rather long session on Pinterest. It's becoming my bookmark tool and is very useful for that!
Whether I'll get round to doing the ideas is another thing!
Get ready for a lot of photos!

Good place for spuds!

Moss everywhere in a the tiny village of Common Moor.




A house full of stories.





How ever old my kids are it's still a trolls bridge.

Just outside Liskeard.

Remember this? Yes - the sun.

 More papier mache work.


The End!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Meal planning. Kahlo. Applique.

With this awful weather all I can / want to do is to stay indoors.
I've started back with teaching Eleanor, I've had a bit of time to check out and think of new things to do, so it's been a nice, positive start to the year.
I hope you emerged unscathed from the storms. We can see the extreme cold weather in America- my heart goes out to you! I really don't like being cold.
Back inside, even after plenty to eat at Christmas, I felt the urge to try a plan for meals. I'm not good at sticking to planning ideas, I tend to stray away quickly when they aren't working for me.
So to  the point! 
I'm trying a simple system (for simple people like me!)
I bought some post it notes to write very simple meal ideas, and started writing my favourite recipes with the ingredients on separate cards for lunches dinners and puddings.
The reason for the basic meal ideas is that I can adjust the recipes for using any other ingredients I have, but having a basic list of ingredients to shop for -means I can make a basic dish if nothing else!
Hope that makes sense.
I drew a quick table for lunch etc and days of the week to stick the meals on.
 I generally don't like food shopping in supermarkets, and I much prefer to shop locally.
I do like bulk buying non perishables so I don't have to go very often!

You can do shopping lists with written recipes, and store them in a file for reference.
It has worked for a week so far!!

I don't know if anyone else used this book at school?
I was fairly rubbish at home economics, but I still use the book.
Again it's very basic, but useful to use on days when you want to turn to ready meals.


So here are the meal plans on the fridge.It's not set in concrete. It's a work in progress!

No breakfasts yet, it's just cereal and toast in our house at the mo.
With my creative hat on, I have begun to think about different ideas and continue to sort and get rid of things I don't use. I think it's a January thing.
I think that's more than enough rambling for now, I'll just leave you with a couple of photos of work and inspiration.
 A spot of organising.


A bundle of cuddles and mischief.
Some inspiration.

Reminders to use 'bits'.

Finishing off some pieces.


Bye for now x





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