Monday 25 July 2011

Cards and more!

Hello all

Well I hope everyone had a good weekend and the weather held out - we were told it would be dull and overcast but it certainly didn't end up being that!  OK Sat wasn't too warm not really what you'd expect from the end of July but Sunday was a lovely day.

Got some non-card blurb today, so we will get the card posted first, and if you don't want to read any further that's fine!

So this is my card for a couple of challenges:

Image used is a Leanne Ellis one - Blossom, coloured with my Promarkers.  Highlighted with a bit of Stickles glitter and chalked background for definition.
The papers are all Papermania - Honey and Hugs.
The lace border is a Martha Stewart deep edge punch and the doily die was a very kind freebie from Tracey at Dies to Die for with one of my purchases so I'm not sure which die it is exactly.

I'm entering it into:
The Sugar Bowl - Challenge 64 - Kiki's Sketch (I know the optional theme was lace - does a Martha Stewart punched fake lace count?)
Totally Gorjuss - Challenge 90 / Punch or die

Now for the non-card blurb.

Saturday afternoon was spent picking a lot of apples off the trees at the bottom of the garden (there are even more waiting to turn ripe, going to be a bumper crop this year).

Then Sunday I made Apple Chutney, another first for me and it seems to have turned out fine.  I have to wait a month for the taste test but am hopeful!

It amazes me how these, plus a lot of spices and White Wine Vinegar:

Can turn into these:

I am a late comer to preserving (of the cooking kind - I've been doing the face kind for ages ;-) ) but am so happy in the kitchen chopping, measuring, boiling and bottling.  I don't know why I haven't done it before.  I shudder to think of the 10 years worth of waste there has been from our apples trees, but I still would've like a couple of eaters in there as well as all these cookers.

This year we are also growing tomatoes for the first time and next year I think I've finally persuaded the other half to let me grow some fruit!  So hopefully this time next year I will be picking strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and any other sort of berry we can get to grow in our garden!  In the meantime I'm off down the local pick you own soon to get some other ingredients for my jams.

So you have to imagine me in the kitchen in my pinny (oh, yes I wear a pinny) chopping and boiling and being super happy - that's my perfect weekend.

Hope you all had as good a one.

See you soon,



nessy said...

adorable card ~ such pretty papers and sweet image!!
vanessa xx
ps thanks for your good wishes!

Wishcraft said...

Oh I love Leanne Ellis images. I haven't used this one for ages, she's lovely :o) Love the pretty papers you've used too. Lisa x

Wendy said...

Beautiful card Sarah,gorgeous image and pretty papers.
Sounds like you are having lots of fun with your apples,how lovely to pick them from your own garden,hope you like your chutney.
Wendy xx

Berry said...

Your card is fab Sarah and the chutney looks delish! Bet it tastes fab I must try that with our apples hugs Rebekah xx

Romina Nahata said...

wow its so tempting !!

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous card Sarah, what a sweet image.

coops said...

gorgeous card sarah.your colours are really pretty and the image is fab :D
good luck using up all your apples, your chutney looks good ;D

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah, what a gorgeous card. Love the yummy makes too ... could just fancy a jar :)
hope you are well.
If you get time, please pop by my Dezinaworld blog today as i have a free collage sheet for everyone. I hope you will like it. Have a great day !

Juls said...

sweet card! I love the soft colours! HUgs Juls

Anita said...

Your card is beautiful Sarah. I couldn't find an email address for you so I'll post my thank you here. I absolutely loved the birthday card. It was a gorgeous card and I love LotV images. Thank you so much. Hugs, Anita

Bettina L. said...

Wow this is so sweet. Just love the colours. Thanks for playing at Totally Gorjuss this week and good luck. Bettina