Monday, February 27, 2017

witches cauldrons

What a nice treat this morning, to be able to sit out in the courtyard for a late breakfast in the warm bright sun, it managed to reach 20C today, now that´s more like it! First time this year, the weather has been really cold this winter, very unusual.

Rebecca came up for a few days and we had a great time, chatting, baking, planning, and experimenting. We made a new batch of lip balm, a crème to sooth headaches and then a lovely lavender body butter.  We whipped the body butter so that it had a nice fluffy light texture, rather than the harder lip balm.


We used coconut oil, shea and cocao butter, beeswax, vitamin E, and essential oils. Bit like ubble bubble toil and trouble lol
Very therapeutic though and a wonderful result. The butter is smooth and light enough for the face, but also for harder areas like elbows, hands and with the sandal season soon upon us its great for heels, especially when applied at night as the lavender spread on the feet is a great aid for sleep.

I mentioned about making Leocia a fox hat/cowl and some beanies, so here as some pics,

Without a model it´s hard to see the fox shape but hopefully Leocia will model it for me. She has been in the Philippines with her sister, Mummy and Daddy for 5 weeks so now they are back in the UK I can send it to her. The beanies are not my favourite colour, but I´m told it´s a ´bloke´colour!!
These are some of the fingerless gloves I made,
and a few cotton hot pads/wash cloths
I have made and sold over a dozen more of the mittens for various people, end of season now

We baked a lovely chicken pie
I like to buy quite a big bird because it lends itself to so many different meals, a lovely roast to start, then the choice of cold meat with salad or sandwich, or a chicken supreme to have as it is or to make a pie.  Then I like to make stock with the bones and vegetables, especially the hard ends of things like broccoli etc

We were getting hungry whilst all this was going on so I decided a quick tapas was needed.
These are aubergine slices coated with a flavoured rice flour (garlic granules, black pepper and spicy red pepper powder), dipped in egg, then bread crumbs with grated sheeps cheese, baked for 15 mins they are delicious,

One of our 5 a day, or should that be 10 a day now, anyway they are great for drinks nibbles tapas

All this talk of food.....must go and continue with cooking the supper
take care
xcx






Friday, February 17, 2017

Hello again

Here we are again!
I left you last time with photos of our newbie, well I thought you might like to see him now
Dino, aka Baby monster


Shall I sing while you work?

He is six months now, still crazy and into everything.  He follows Chris around like a puppy and cries pitifully if he is excluded. As he was so small when he arrived, he loved to nestle upon our chests and snuggle to keep warm, he still does this, cuddling up under the chin, only thing now he is so much bigger it gets a little more difficult to accommodate him lol, but at least he has grown into his ears

I am trying an experiment in regrowing certain veggies, starting off with lettuce and celery
its working!
I have received my order of various herbs from the UK, there are about 6 different Basil´s alone, so I shall have to start organising and sowing them
I have made little cloches from water bottles for protection, just need a little more warmth now

 We have been having some very odd weather conditions here this winter, flooding, cold, damp, very windy and even large snow falls, we have only managed a few afternoons in the sun in our naya not like the usual nearly every day. As we don´t have central heating, it´s getting a bit much now! even our Spanish neighbours are complaining.

I have been mainly knitting, especially fingerless gloves, our Spanish neighbours loved them and asked for 6 pairs, must have made a dozen or more. Chris wanted a beanie to wear when he goes skiing again, a lacy waistcoat just needing the collar doing and a nice jumper. Shine also asked me to make a special hat/cowl for Leocia which is in the shape of a fox. Being so cold outside, it makes a nice craft to sit in the lounge with the log burner. 
Piccies to come.

Another weekend here already, have fun what ever you are doing
take care
xxx



Monday, October 3, 2016

Officially mad!

I hinted at the arrival of a new family member a few days ago

It was the Tuesday before the wedding, so as you can imagine things were pretty hectic
Our friends and neighbours firstly rang then popped by with this little cutie

We thought he was about 4 1/2 weeks old
They have several feral cats that use one of their outside store rooms so presumed that this little fella had made his way outside as they found him by the pool, but they couldn´t identify the mother and were worried that their 3 dogs would harm him
So they asked us to foster him for a couple of days until they could contact the local pet charity ARC

 He certainly kept the guests entertained

Lucy finds him irritating but at the same time she wants to mother him, Tammy has packed a sad and the others just ignore him
He is now into every thing and at the climbing stage where anything is game including your leggings
As you have probably guessed when it came to handing him on it was a done deal he would stay

So they say when you reach 10 furries you are officially mad cat people lol
but as the vet said 10 or 110 what´s one more!
Just have to think of a name now, any ideas?
take care
xcx





Friday, September 30, 2016

Memory box

I thought you might like to see the memory/treasure box I have mentioned

This time we decided to use plywood rather than the stiff mount board that I used for Daniel and Shine´s box
Chris cut the 4mm ply to size and I proceeded to cover them
I wanted the box to be bigger as knowing Rebecca as I do she loves to keep trinkets and keep sakes, little notes or cards etc so knew she would keep practically everything she could, so the box measured 12" square, it´s also quite heavy but very sturdy. Every side was embroidered with a different design with the horse shoe having a beaded flower motif and the inside was lined with purple satin

Unfortunately as I have been searching for the close up photos of the box, it appears that none were taken so I shall have to remedy that and put them up another time

Rebecca had fresh flowers for her hair and also a glitter tattoo



Leocia



Taken after the wedding so a bit bedraggled but you get the gist


Unbeknown to us, Donna who painted the banners had the same design idea that we used on the confetti boxes!
We also had baskets in the restrooms, these contained everything from hair spray and deodorant to safety pins, and they were certainly used.
Along with the fans Rebecca had a basket with flip flops in, just in case the ladies couldn´t bear their heels any more


Rebecca wanted to surprise Antoni with a song that had special meaning to them.  She had been practicing for months, with us as backing and as she had never sung before in public was understandably nervous (aka petrified) but she gave a marvellous performance and every one enjoyed it

Amongst all the prep we welcomed a new member of the household
but I think that should wait for another day
take care
xcx

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The wedding

We designed, printed and assembled the confetti boxes.  We used the initials from the wedding invitation to coordinate everything
We then filled them with a mix of rose petals and bougainvillea petals that I have been drying for months.


A shower of confetti, see the video

https://vimeo.com/184694145

Here is the link for the bridal party entrance





During the ceremony the tradition of Hand fasting was performed



It was hot so the fans were very useful, and the tissues!

This table held the bird cage for the cards along with the album we created from their wedding in Gibraltar and the memory box. There is also a large jar of money, lots of change and some notes. At the beginning of the year I saw a good idea of a way of saving money, your put one cent in a jar for every day of the year, ie 1 cent for Jan 1st building up so 10 cents for day 10 etc etc, by doing this you don´t really notice but it soon mounts up, obviously by the end of the year it gets a bit more expensive.  I had the idea for a little bit of fun by inviting everyone to guess the amount in the jar for the honeymoon fund and there was a little gift for the winner. Two guests were really close within a few euros of the correct amount


 The back drop was hand painted by a friend
I made these two special toasting glasses for them

The tables were very pretty, some had vases with gyp and beaded flowers, others lanterns, candles and a bird cage 

Amethyst guest favours

 Beautiful cake, scrummy too, the butterflies and lace were all edible



A finger print tree for all the guests
Time to stop now, more another day
take care
xcx


Monday, September 26, 2016

Stunning day

The wedding day dawned and what an absolutely stunningly beautiful day
We had family arriving since the previous Sunday with more Wednesday, the same for Rebecca
there were a few last minute challenges
A trip to the florist with all our decorations, beaded flowers, bird cages and table decorations

I arrived at Rebecca´s for 8.30 ready for the hairdressers
There were two of them and they very skillfully attended to all 6 of us.
We did have a little wind up as we were waiting to dress and get Rebecca ready when we had a phone call saying the venue wasn´t ready, Chris hadn´t been able to set the gear up and the florist had not been allowed in on time...................
So although we were all ready and waiting to go we had to wait for the call which meant we were an hour late! If that didn´t do anything for the butterflies then nothing would

We were greeted at the venue and served tiny purple vodka shots
maybe for dutch courage but it was a surprise.

The bridesmaids were delighted with their jewellry sets and even more with their wands especially when they realised they were for keepsakes

The two younger ones sat down but these four stood waiting to contribute to the ceremony and say a poem


The happy couple with their special glasses for the toasts


We have so many photos and videos in various different places that I am finding it difficult to locate them, so bear with me and there will be more to come
just thought you might like a tiny taster
take care
xcx




Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Speech

I´ve written my speech..........about 6 minutes long, not too bad, just got to get through it without choking up lol
Finished the toast glasses too, rather pleased with them (piccies later)

Daniel, Shine, Leocia and Maia arrived late yesterday afternoon
Whoa......Leocia was a huge ball of bouncy energy
Into everything
oohing at the furries, who all kept their distance except Thomas
who just carried on as normal
Half her dinner on the dining room floor
But she did settle a bit when I set the playmat out and produced some toys
Maia, well she has grown in the last month since I last saw her, but she is very sweet natured

We did have a little flurry on Sunday as they suddenly requested a bottle sterilizer
after web searches and asking around I managed to hire one for a reasonable price
and they delivered up here and will collect so I was more than impressed

I suddenly decided that after all the flower making I was going to have some too
so I have selected a gardinia and two roses to make into a little corsage
that still leaves 57 flowers for the table decorations so that´s enough
Must remember to take lots of pics
take care
xcx