Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I have been making these key fobs for almost a year but have only just added them to my online shops.

As I photographed them I thought about their bossy directive.

And decided it wasn't such a bad thing.

Because just putting on a smile can often have a very positive effect, when I smile my shoulders seem to automatically relax a little and of course smiling is marvelously infectious.

There are days when it feels very hard to find anything to smile about but its worth looking.

Today the sun is shining, the wind is from the east and cold but the sun is climbing higher by the day, the snow has gone and if you stop, absolutely still, and listen....you can almost hear it - the sound of growth, shoots beginning, birds busy, buds swelling. Spring is coming and that is definitely something to smile about.

To celebrate Spring and finally adding the key fobs to my shop I have three to give away, just leave me a comment telling me what is making you smile and I will draw three names. I will leave the comments open until noon on Friday.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012


The Technical Advisor would be the first to admit (under his breath) that he has many faults.

But in other ways,

he is absolutely perfect.

Because it isn't every man who would get up early to unwrap packet upon packet of Loveheart Sweets.

Just to make his wife smile.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Domestic bliss

The much needed half-term has finally arrived and the children have colonized the sitting room with tiny Sylvanians and all the associated plastic detritus. It seems that whilst I skimmed the top off the ironing pile this morning a Sylvanian city was being built.

As they grow older these moments of happy play together become less frequent. So I am tiptoeing around and biting my tongue. I know it will not last forever and moments like these are precious.

In the interest of honesty, lest you picture scenes of total childhood domestic bliss, I must tell you that the Sylvanian hotel has been transformed into an orphanage/borstal and Power Team soldiers have been employed as a sort mercenary army.

The sight of a Power Team plastic SAS soldier pointing his rifle at a Sylvanian bunny is certainly not suitable photographic blog fodder.

So for your viewing pleasure I give you chocolate and raspberry muffins. Over the years I have often made muffins enhanced by raspberries or chocolate but never the two together.

Until I read this Silver Pebble post. And yes, I kicked myself firmly on the shin for having failed so far to pair the two because raspberries and chocolate are such perfect partners.

Chocolate & Raspberry muffins. A revelation. If you haven't tried them I suggest you give yourself a good sharp kick and head straight to the kitchen.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Colouring in the days

There has been a whole lot grey here in Suffolk and it is cold, cold, cold. Thankfully my studio, though cold, is very bright, so even on the darkest days I d
on't feel entirely daylight deprived and a table full of floral prints is sure to make me smile.

In the kitchen my citrus inspired baking continues and provides an excellent remedy to these dregs of winter.

Therefore, it seemed only sensible to apply the citrus remedy to my clothing.

A bright orange skirt cuts through the dullest of days and when I add a purple beret and my favourite purple knitted toast I feel instantly cheerier.

So I am sure you can imagine how thrilling it was when the rain came down and I pulled out my yellow wellies.

Orange skirt, purple tights and yellow wellies = huge smile. Yes, I am still about 6 years old deep down.

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