Sunday, 30 January 2011

Card of the Week- Enjoy



Products used- White, matallic and blue card stock (various brands), backing paper - DCWV, SWALK stamp from Crafter Companions, Pro Markers, Crochet flower- Dear Lizzy range by American Crafts, pin from local haberdashery


This is the card I made for my friend Val's retirement. I didn't want to put on Happy Retirement. I thought Enjoy was far more appropriate.

Good Afternoon from Pickle Land


Hope to speak to you very soon


Love Lesley xx

NOT a Domestic Goddess - Part 1


Little Fairy Cakes


Chilli Chicken


I do not profess to be a Domestic Goddess. I am far from it. My brother R is more like Nigella Lawson than I am.

I do, however, wish I could be a better cook and be abit more creative in the types of food I eat and want to cook. I am great at buying cook books but I'm not good at actually cooking any of the recipes from them. I tend to stick to the same few dishes which are quick and easy to do like Spaghetti Bolognese, Chilli Con Carne and own made up recipe of Cheesy Pepperoni.

This year I'm trying to change that. I've acquired some great cook books from cooks I admire. Nigella (of course), Ching He Hueng, and Ina Garten are my top three at the moment, and I'm determined to cook some dishes from their books this year.

To start, last night I cooked Chilli Chicken from a recipe from Ching's Chinese Food in Minutes. I have to confess, I have cooked this before and has become a favourite of AJ and mine. It is so easy to make and tastes delicious. Probably not the most healthiest Chinese meal as it has alot of sweet chilli sauce in it and you fry the chicken, but even so, it is so yummy.

Next week, for Chinese New Year, I'm going to cook something else from one of her books. Haven't decided what yet. It will probably depend on what I can get from Win Yip (our local Chinese/Asian supermarket).

I also, decided on a whim this afternoon to bake some mini Fairy cakes. Again, totally unhealthy but hey, what the hell!!

I'm actually quite excited about cooking abit more. I need to start cooking healthy foods and to watch the portion sizes (a big problem with me as I love my food).

I'm not going to say I am on a diet, I'm just trying to be healthy and watch what I'm eating more in conjunction with more exercise.

I'd like to feel better in myself. Body and Soul.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Card of the week- Howzat


Products used - Stamp from SWALK range by Crafters Companions, Pro-markers, White and blue metallic card stock from my supplies, Background Paper from DCVW, letters (not sure what make I'm afraid)

The only thing I have made this weekend is this card for our friend Dave (AJ's best mate) hence Card of the Week is a day late and I haven't a layout for Layout of the week- apologies

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

All good intentions- up in smoke

This weekend I had all the good intentions to craft. My January subscription kit from Sarahs cards arrived Saturday morning and I was so excited with it. I was all ready to do lots of layouts and cards, but for some reason I dipped very quickly into "haven't a clue what I'm going to do" mode.

My inspiration went up like a puff of smoke. Hence this weekend has been a complete wash out for craft. I'm annoyed with myself for just being really lazy. I feel like I've wasted my precious time. Time I should be doing the things I really love- like making cards and scrapbooking.

I hope I pull myself out of this lull pretty darn quickly. I hate feeling sorry for myself, but at the moment I just do.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Craving the summer


Photo taken by my brother R -Summer 2010

It has been so cold of late and although I wouldn't say I have SAD, I am really craving the spring and summer. I'm sluggish and tired at the moment and I am craving a little sun.

I'm looking forward to Spring and signs of new growth. I don't want to wake up cold and having to defrost the car any more. It's horrible to wish your life away, but hurry up Spring and Summer. The Winter has been way too long of late

Good Evening from Pickle Land


Hope to speak to you soon

Love Lesley xx

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Photo of the Week - Cinderella



Photo taken in Magic Kingdom, DisneyWorld, Florida, January 2010
Good Evening from Pickle Land
Hope to speak to you soon
Lesley xx

Monday, 17 January 2011

My Mantra


Photo taken at World Showcase at Epcot, DisneyWorld, Florida, January 2010

Today I came across this quote by C.S Lewis and I am going use this as a Mantra this year, as without going into details, is very appropriate for me at the moment

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream"

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Lesley xx

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Layout of the Week - So Happy



Materials used: Cardstock White- American Crafts , Red Adhesive Stones - Papermania, Home Sweet Home Papers (Cedar Cres, Rockland Road, Midland Ave, Alma Place and Beach Drive)- Upsy Daisy, Card stock Stickers (Over the Raibox Collection)-KI Memories, Dear Lizzy Range Sparkling Thickers- American Crafts, Dear Lizzy Spring House Crocheted Flowers-American Crafts, Red and Green Pins - Local craft stall


For todays Layout of the Week, I have used a sketch by Shimelle, that she posted on 12th January - view here.


I'm really quite pleased with this layout and have used items from the monthly December Kit from Sarah's Cards that I subscribe to.




Apologies for poor quality of photos - I always leave taking pics of layout when the light in my house is almost none existant

Good Evening From Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you soon

Lesley xx

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Card of the week - Kim


This was a very quick card made for my friend Kim. I used a stamp from the SWALK range from Crafters Companions and coloured in using Pro-markers. The button embellishments are Domestic Bliss chipboard stickers from Lily Bee Designs.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesleyxx

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Photo of the Week - Serene



Photo taken- Lesley Guest in November 2010

This is a photo of Kiwi. I submitted this photo as part of the Photography course that I took last year. The reason I called the picture Serene, as it sums up how Kiwi is - she is a very serene cat.

Good evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you soon

Lesley xx

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Our Third Place


In his book The Great Good Place, Ramon Oldenburg refers to The Third Place - a place away from the first place of Home and second place of work- a place of relaxation and creativity.
The Third Place is also refered to in the movie You've Got Mail

Our third place (together) is Starbucks.

We absolutely adore Starbucks. Aside from beverages, we are obsessed with Starbucks mugs - like the Christmas mugs we collect as stated in a previous blog post.
We find we can relax and have sensible conversations. We consider going to Starbucks as a little luxurious treat once in a while. We used to go once a month when we were first going out. That became less often over the last year or two, but we have decided to reinstate going to Our Third Place a little more often. Hence, this afternoon we went to Starbucks for a hour and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves

Layout of the Week - The Guest Family Musing




Products used : Card stock - American Craft - Straw, Fabric Paper- American Crafts Dear Lizzy Range, Journalling Card- American Crafts Just Write Cards, Delightful Sticker- American Crafts Dear Lizzy Remarks Fancy Phrases, Border Stickers - Anna Griffin Georgette Collection, Lettering for Title- Papermania Alpha Minis in White, Hearts-K and Company Grand Adhesions Wedding Collection

Last year I commissioned the very talented SJ Dowsett to do a Musing of AJ, myself and our two cats Kiwi and Willow. I was extremely pleased with the Musing and have decided to scrap it.

Good Evening from Pickle Land
Hope to speak to you very soon

Lesley xx

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Card of the week - Sophia Lucy


This is the card I have made for my friend Dawn and her husband Pete for the birth of their daughter Sophia Lucy. I know that Sophia is a much wanted baby for Dawn and Pete and I am so very pleased for them.

Sorry for the poor quality picture, but not the best light to take this photo this evening.

Good Evening from Pickle Land


Hope to speak to you very soon


Love Lesley xx

Friday, 7 January 2011

Book Review of the Month 1- You'll miss me when I'm Gone

The Life and Work of Eric Morecambe - You'll miss me when I'm gone by Gary Morecambe is an affectionate tribute to Eric Morecambe written by Erics son to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Erics untimely death. (Book was released in 2009).

Over the Christmas holidays, the BBC ran a drama written by Victoria Wood called Eric and Ernie and highlighted the early years of Morecambe and Wise, and thus I decided to read this book (from my husbands collection). The book covers Eric's early years in showbusiness (as in the tv programme), his family, the Morecambe and Wise shows and movies, Eric's influences and includes many memories from people Eric knew and from many people in show business - some that worked with Eric and some who are huge fans.

The book is an easy read. It took me a couple of hours over two evenings to read and has many photos- some not previously published. I enjoyed this book. I too have fond memories of Morecambe and Wise - watching the many repeats over the years. (I'm a little too young to remember the shows when they were first aired). And it was in reading this book that I realised how many one liners and gags my Dad used to use on my brother and I that was actually Eric Morecambe. So real fond memories

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Morecambe and Wise or comedy in general and I think it was a fitting tribute to a brilliant, wonderful man.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Date Night

One of my wishes for 2011 is to spend some more quality time with AJ. Just the two of us. My wish is that we make time together - away from our house- and to enjoy ourselves doing something different from the norm. Hence "Date Night".

This afternoon (well being as it is a Bank Holiday in the UK), we decided to go on our date and visit the local cinema. We went to see Little Fockers - the third in the Meet the Parents franchise. I have heard a few negative reviews of this movie, but I'm very much of the ilk that you make your own opinion on such matters. Although not as good as the two previous films, AJ and I enjoyed the movie. I think Robert De Niro is just fab as Jack Byrnes and Dustin Hoffman makes me laugh too.

We decided to have something to eat after the cinema whilst we were in town also, so we had a nice meal in the local Wetherspoons, and now we are at home, snug and warm for the rest of the evening. I taped Miss Marple from last night, so we will cuddle up on the sofa and enjoy our last night before we return to work after the holidays.

I'm hoping that we at least make time to go on a date night once a month. It may be the cinema again, which I don't mind as we haven't been for such a long time and I really did use to love movies and there looks to be a few good movies coming up in the next few months or so.

Good Evening from Pickle Land
Hope to speak to you soon

Love Lesley xxxx

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Books - part 1

As posted yesterday, I am planning to read a book or two each month in 2011.

Here is a list of books I am hoping to read in the first six months of this year

They are in no particular order of when I am going to read them (apart from Lian Hearn trilogy) and I may add to this list as I start to tidy up my very messy scrap room where alot of my books are kept.

They are as follows:

Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Life and Work of Eric Morecambe by Gary Morecambe
Tales of the Otori Trilogy - Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for His Pillow and Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Encore Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I'm planning to write a summary of my thoughts about the book at the end of each month or whenever I finish the book.

Heres to Happy Reading in 2011 and Good Evening from Pickle Land

Love Lesley xx

Saturday, 1 January 2011

2011

Firstly, let me say Happy New Year and wishing you a great 2011

What 2011 will bring me I don't know, but I'm determined to embrace life a bit better than I have been doing of late.

One thing I am absolutely sure about is that want to blog more and develop this little blog of mine. I'm a little un certain how I want to go about this but so far I've come up with a few ideas

1) Layout of the week - Every Sunday

This is because I sporadically scrapbook so in giving myself a challenge of creating a layout each week, I'm hoping itwill spur me into being a bit more creative.

2) Card of the week - Every Saturday

As above, to spur me into creating some cards and partly because I'm hoping to build up the courage to possibly sell some cards

3) Photo of the Week - Every Tuesday

I took a photography course last year and this is to challenge me to take some photos and develop my skills

4) Book of the month- end of the month

Each month I am determined to read at least one book ( and possibly two) and I would like to let you know my thoughts about it. I used to be an avid reader and again this is to challenge me into reading

5) Not the Domestic Goddess - a post sometime in the month

I'm determined to cook more this year and also be healthy. This post will be all about me trying new recipes and how I'm going about becoming healthy and trying to get fit.

I'm still thinking of some ideas about posts and setting myself little goals - partly to get myself organised and also to challenge myself as I feel I've become really lazy of late.

I'd like to start these new posts from Saturday 8th of January, so I hope you will take the time to read my blog and also please feel free to comment as I value your opinion in helping me develop this little blog of mine. I feel it is starting to become a good friend to me

Good Night from Pickle Land
Hope to speak to you soon

Lesley xx