The Magic of Gumpaste -Poppies and Snails!

Fondant is … well, fondant. But, you want to make flowers it just fails. It develops what is called ‘elephant skin’ and goes all crepey and crinkled and doesn’t have the elasticity to be frilled or fluted. What to use? Gum paste. Take a look at the gumpaste poppies I made last week. I couldn’t…

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Charlie and the cushion

I started painting for the first time in ages this morning. I’d stumbled upon CreationsCeeCee on YouTube and was inspired to get my paints out and dabble (as above). Cats and the vet Jess has had some problems recently and was having a follow-up exam. Turns out she has diabetes and is now on insulin.…

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Around the garden and back again

This is a picture of a tealight house in my garden.  I love the grassy seed heads growing wild around it – so delicately pretty.  Look at the gorgeous shadows they cast on the white roof. And here: Beatrice. Probably  going back to the hive for some breakfast 🙂 The bees also love this purple…

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Dandelions

There’s no disputing the tenacity of these weeds. Their taproots go down to the devil’s doorstep, I swear. Yet how delicate and pretty are those seedheads? Pure fluffy white bobbles of loveliness. But those bobbles blow off… I cut them with lovely full seedheads and give them a good shhuzzhh of hairspray and pop them…

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