My OH’s favourite new phrase, which for the uninitiated (or those of us who don’t work with 20-something’s straight out of Uni!) it stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read. I have a sneaking suspicion this is only supposed to be used when I am telling a long and arduous account of my day, where he has switched off – but given where it has originated from, I guess it is used wherever the conversation doesn’t involve computer games or drinking(!)



Now, this got me thinking whether or not it just applied to online articles, replies to forum threads, the good old ‘Ts & Cs’ ( let’s face it, who doesn’t just click that ‘Accept & Proceed’ button!?), or whether it applies to blog posts too?
I’m reading more & more of other peoples blogs as I try and learn the craft of blogging, and I understand that the idea is not to waffle on and on and on, but don’t you think that some people’s blogs are just a teeny bit too short?
I am very much reminded of my primary school ‘creative writing’ classes when I’m planning my blog posts (my teachers name escapes me, but it was quite a long time ago now!) and try to ensure, no matter how long or short, they have a beginning, a middle and an end. I also think they should have a bit of content, a pretty picture or two, maybe teach you something, and tell a story.
Short and sweet is good, but “I did this, it was good” or “ohhh, look at these 20 pictures of pretty handbags” just doesn’t cut it for me, and certainly doesn’t engage me enough to carry on following to find out what happens next.

So before this gets ‘TL’ and you ‘DR’ the rest of it, I’ll get on with it!!!

I’ve started a memory quilt this week

Shirts ready for Memory Quilt

I’ve done PLENTY of memory cushions over the last few years, but have had a couple of requests for quilts so I thought I should practice first with my own stash of clothes (of my late husbands) and make any mistakes there if I’m going to make any. The hardest part of this will be deciding how many blocks to use/what size to make – I think this will involve some quilting research! I’m pretty sure the correct way to do it is make a block of 4 squares, then sew these together, which will then dictate the size(s)….any input from more experience quilters is very much appreciated!
I’ll keep you posted as I go along, and share any tips or tricks I find out about.

Paramount on the top of my to do list this week is to find a company that sells Fimo polymer clay wholesale in the UK. After a couple of false starts, I think I’ve found somewhere and have placed an order – always handy to have a back up plan though, so shout up if you know anywhere!

The ‘Pint of Socks’ Father’s Day presents that I blogged about the other week are selling really well! only a few days left to order if you want them posted out, a couple more if you buy from my shop


Bake, Sew & Blog On!

Happy Monday!!

So, as I type I’m covered in Polymer Clay (probably not the best plan to have started a blog post in the middle of working, but you have to start before you forget what you were going to say when inspiration strikes!!

I’m making my ever popular biscuit keyrings today – Bourbons and Custard Creams – which is a surprisingly labour intensive process as each stage is done by hand…

Biscuit Keyring

different stages of making a Polymer Clay keyring

From sourcing and buying the Fimo clay (a feat in itself! – always grateful for any feedback of reliable wholesalers that anyone can point me in the general direction of) the first step is measuring, cutting and conditioning the clay, or basically mixing the right quantities together. For the custard Creams, to achieve the right colour I have to mix cream and caramel together, which automatically conditions the clay as it is worked, by using a pasta machine and good old elbow grease. Once the clay is soft, I then press it into the biscuit mold, carefully extracting it and placing on a baking tray to harden in the oven. The ‘cream’ in the middle of the biscuit is made by rolling out a sheet of clay with the pasta machine and cutting out the right size shapes. Once it has baked and cooled it is then hot glued together with a glue gun, sandwiching the cream middle and a keyring chain between 2 biscuit sides.

At present, I make Bourbons, Custard Creams, mini Jammy Dodgers and mini Oreos – all can be bought from my Etsy store:

Planned for later this week is the beginnings of a memory quilt, and more cushions with printed sayings on them.

And just a quick update about my weekend…Doctor Who finished it’s latest series 😦 counting down the days til the special 50th anniversary episode in November!! We went to a Eurovision party at my friends pub – amazingly good fun 😀 and then had a fundraising event on Sunday for in the form of the first annual national #WAYBigPicnic. Cracking.

Thanks for reading