Friday, 25 February 2011

Folksy Friday

My Folksy Friday selection today, is on daffodils,
to make us feel Spring like!
All from sellers on Folksy.

Julia Crossland Art and Illustration 1 Lilly's Night Garden 2
Rock Rose Jewellery 3 Bags of Swank 4
Jenny Bell Ceramics x 5 Buttercup's Bits and Bobs! 6
Just click on the pictures to go to the items.

Top: Julia Crossland Art and Illustration ~~ Lilly's Night Garden
Middle: Rock Rose Jewellery ~~ Bags of Swank
Bottom: Jenny Bell Ceramics ~~ Buttercup's Bits and Bobs!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Stylish blogger award

I have been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award,
by Linda of UniquelyYours.
As I have previously received this,
I have already told you 7 things about myself.
So this time I thought I would introduce you to
Linda's shop on Folksy
It contains lots of lovely knitted items and ACEO's.
Here is a couple of my favourites.

Here is one of her ACEO's Neuschwanstein Castle

A beautiful knitted bag.

Had to show you this one in my favourite colour!

Linda also has a blog which she kindly showcases,
some of the listing club members on.
Also writing in verse, which I could never do!
Why don't you pop over and say 'Hello'

Spread the Bloggy Love Swap

My lovely partner in this swap was,
Lynda of Hookin' with LaaLaa

This is my lovely gifts,
wrapped up in gorgeous paper.

This is the goodies I found inside,
a pretty heart print mug, a cherry notebook,
heart sparklers, set of badges and Bailey chocs.
I was a very lucky girl and there is something
homemade to follow as well!
How cute is this!


A very BIG thankyou to Lynda for my wonderful gifts
to Jackie of Sew Special Bears for organising it.


If you would like to see what I sent Lynda,
take a look at her blog.


Jackie is also organising a Spring Swap.
If you are interested click on the picture
in my sidebar, by the 23 Feb.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Folksy Friday

My Folksy Friday selection today, has no particular theme,
apart from all things I like!
All from sellers on Folksy.

Artwork by Angie 1 Mia Design 2
Little Birdy Designs 3 Kirsty Elston Designs 4
Kindred Rose x 5 Dottery Pottery 6
Just click on the pictures to go to the items.

Top: Artwork by Angie ~~ Mia Design
Middle: Little Birdy Designs ~~ Kirsty Elston Designs
Bottom: Kindred Rose ~~ Dottery Pottery

Have a great weekend.

One World One Heart Winner!

I had an amazing 223 comments.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit my blog.
I have used a random number generator,
to give me the winner.
The lucky person is.............CARMEN
I am off to email you now.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!
Just wanted to share the lovely flowers
I was sent today.

They look and smell gorgeous.

Taken when I got home from work,

under artifical light, so not the best photos! Hope you have all had a lovely day
with lots of surprises!

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Stylish blogger award

I am pleased to accept this award from the wonderful,


There are 4 things that you have to do. They are as follows...

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.
My favourite colours are purple and green.
I have a twin brother.
My favourite curry is chicken tandorri masala.
We keep tropical fish.
I am told I live with a hunk! (That's what he said and isn't expecting me to put)
Use to do Archery.
Love birds, especially owls and long-tailed tits.

3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.

This seems quite alot to award to me!
I know not everybody likes doing these, so I will not
be offended if you don't wish to carry it on.
In no particular order:-

4.The final thing to do is to let everyone nominated know that they have the award and tell them the details!

Spring is here!

It feels as though Spring is in the air,
with the sun shining today.

So, I have created these Spring garden bracelets.
The first in shades of green and pink.

The second one, in shades of blue and pink.
Perfect for the floral fashions, currently in the shops!

To finish off, I made these shell butterfly earrings.
All these will be in my shops shortly!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Folksy Friday

My Folksy Friday selection today, is pink.
All from members of the daily listing club over on Folksy.

Dottie Designs 1 The Whimsical Wren 2
Wind the bobbin up 3 Heirloom Bunting 4
Lilipopo at Glass Mountain x 5 Glitter RT 6

Just click on the pictures to go to the items.

Top: Dottie Designs ~~ The Whimsical Wren
Middle: Wind the bobbin up ~~ Heirloom Bunting
Bottom: Lilipopo at Glass Mountain ~~ Glitter RT

Have a great weekend.

I've been lucky again!

I recently entered a competition on the wonderful is an online magazine and directory
dedicated to showcasing British designers, crafts people and retailers.
With all items coming from Britain.

What did I win?...........

these gorgeous candles from The Spitalfields Candle Company

but not just one ......... a selection of five!

As you can see they come in their own lovely box,

each with full details of the fragrance.

I have to admit that they all smell absolutely gorgeous.

Pop over to their website and find out more about

their Company which they set up in 2007.

Why not treat yourself to a candle whilst you are there.

I can certainly recommend them!

yummy cake!

With friends coming for a coffee this afternoon,
I decided to make something from this new book.

It really is a gorgeous book, with easy to follow recipes,
and the all important photo of how it should turn out!
This is the yummy cake I decided to make,
upside-down toffee apple brownies.
The aroma in the kitchen is lovely,
can't wait for 2pm for the coffee and cake!
EDIT :- Having now tried the cake, I can confirm it is as yummy as it looks!
If you would like a go yourself,
here is the recipe.
How to make:-


115 g butter, please extra for greasing
175g light muscovado sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
2 eating apples, peeled and coarsely grated
85g hazelnuts, chopped

Toffee apple topping
85g light muscovado sugar
55g butter
1 desert apple cored and thinly sliced


Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F/ gas mark 4.
Grease a shallow 23cm/9 inch square tin.

To make the topping, place the sugar and butter in a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until melted. Pour into the tin and arrange the apple slices over the mixture.

To make the brownies, place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy, then gradually beat in the eggs. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarb of soda and mixed spice, and fold into the mixture. Stir in the apples and nuts, then pour into the tin.

Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 mins, or until firm and golden. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then cut into squares.
The apple could be replaced with pineapple or pear if you prefer!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Look what I won...........

.........these lovely items from Emma of Bagladee
She recently had a very generous giveaway on her blog,
making me and some other lucky ladies, the winners.
This is what I found when I unwrapped my parcel.

A gorgous bag, perfect for the summer.

A pretty denim purse, ideal for money or even some makeup.

and finally this pretty brooch.
All of Emma's items are beautiful and so well made.
Pop over to her shop and have a browse,
there is sure to be something you would like to treat yourself to!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

One World One Heart


One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past 4 years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants!

Think of it as a GIGANTIC open house allowing you to travel without ever leaving your home........going from blog to blog(in various countries) seeing the wonder each one has created and meeting all the fabulous people behind those blogs. As a bonus each blogger participant will offer up a "door prize or prizes"....just for dropping by, saying hello and seeing their world. It's really that easy.

If you would like to find out more and take part, pop over to the Whimsical Bohemian blog for the full details.

Welcome to my blog, thank you for stopping by on your One World One Heart tour.

My name is Lorraine and I am a part-time working mum.

I enjoy making jewellery in my free time.

Here is one of the necklaces I have made for Valentines Day.

I was lucky to receive a sewing machine for Christmas,

so would now like to experiment and make some other

craft items.


For my One World One Heart Giveaway

I am offering this wonderful star crystal bookmark,

perfect for marking the place in your latest read.

Please leave a comment with a way I can contact you

on the closing date of 17 Feb 11.

I shall use a random number generator to chose

the winner.

Perhaps you could recommend your favourite book to me!