Monday, 3 March 2014

Remember those Portuguese dishes....

Remember the Portuguese dishes I made for a commission some time ago? At long last I have actually had the time to fill some of them & here they are.....I don't think that the fillings have detracted too much from the decoration of the bowls.....do you?!




Monday, 10 February 2014

Escaping the relentless rain!

This time tomorrow I'll be in the air heading out to the heat of the desert! At least I hope it's going to be hot, the forecast for Wednesday in Al Ain is a mere 19C & guess what...yes...RAIN! At least that rain is going to be a whole lot warmer than the rain here in good old NE England!

I still have quite a long list of commissioned works to get done (not to mention filling the Portuguese dishes!) but as my middle daughter is due to give birth in March & will need my services as nurse, nanny, cleaner & chef, I thought I'd better fit in a visit to the youngest now! That's my excuse anyway & I'm sticking to it!

I have actually been organised enough this time to get several pieces ready & scheduled to pop up on eBay to finish when I get home! Amazingly unlike me! Here they are & I hope you like them!

 Someone has been making spaghetti bolognese & left the pans in a dirty heap!
 Italian breads!
 Fruit bowl
Tomato & basil bread

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Portuguese dishes!

I love nothing better than a challenge....I face one every day living with my hubby! :-)

This, though, was a challenge I really enjoyed...I needed some typical Portuguese dishes for a commission for a good mini friend, so decided to have a go myself!



I'm really quite pleased with the way they have turned out, it seems a shame to fill them with food!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

A Bread Shortage?

There's certainly no shortage of bread in my mini workshop right now! It seemed that, once I started making a few breads, they multiplied & kept on multiplying.....I couldn't seem to stop making them. They are all hand sculpted too as I am absolutely hopeless with moulds of any kind & have been known to waste a whole tub of silicon mould trying to get a useable mould from my original piece! In the time I wasted trying, I could've made a dozen freehand!


These are just half of the loaves I've been making over the last couple of days.....it all started because I wanted to make an "overfilled baker's rack" for my good friend Marlene to auction in the next fundraising auction in Feb (she has been diagnosed with lung cancer that has metastasized to her brain & has no medical insurance - living in Texas, that is an awful situation to be in - here in the UK we are so lucky not to have to need health insurance, although over the years we do pay for our health service through our taxes!)
Here are the results of all those hours of bread making! With quite a few left over too.....





Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A Fishy Time!

Happy New Year!
Although Christmas is lovely, having all the family here, it's also lovely to see the end of it & a return to normality! I have actually managed to get back into the workshop & start on a long list of commission work that has had to take a backseat over the long holiday!





Although making all those tiny tentacles for the prawns nearly drove me mad, I think the end result is worth all those hours!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Christmas is coming!

I just can't believe how quickly this year has gone! It's so true that the older you get, the faster the time goes, it doesn't seem a year ago that I was setting out my table at Kensington Christmas Show!
This year's show was the best I can remember, it was steady, with a constant flow of people & this year it seemed that everyone bought several pieces at a time. It was really good to meet a few of my internet friends too......Jackie, Janice, http://onbeingaminimum.blogspot.co.uk/, Andy, Chantal & Nadja's lovely Mum too...a really, really nice day!
As Christmas is going to be here & gone so quickly no, I thought I'd post a few of my Christmas pieces for 2013!

 Making a Christmas Cake!
 Christmas cookie & chocolate hamper.
 Christmas cookie box.
& finally, a cornucopia filled with sweet Christmas treats!

HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Time to get some sun, sea, sand & mojitos!

That time has come around again...I'm off to see my youngest in the lovely hot UAE & I can't say I'll miss the grey, miserable & cold of the North East of England. Two weeks of glorious, uninterrupted blue sky & heat....can't wait!
It seems to have been a very chaotic time for me over the last few months & I have been really struggling to keep up with commission work at the same time as keeping eBay going....I really just don't have enough hours in the day & if anyone can give me a day with at least 48hrs in it, I'd gladly pay!!

I have managed, by the skin of my teeth to get some pieces that will eventually be scheduled (probably just before I board the flight to UAE if things carry on like this!) to make an appearance on eBay while I'm away & here are some!



I'm looking forward to sitting in the early morning heat, while everyone else is in bed, with a cup of coffee & weaving a few baskets!