Thursday, March 24, 2011

Roses with a Victorian air

It's been so sunny here that my roses photos out in the garden all end up with that glare, can you see?
I'm not complaining though, I love sunny days.

However, in I came after a morning out there,
I wanted to create a Victorian air with these roses, here are what I came up with.

Something vintage looking.......
I think these St.Cecilia roses are just right for that.
They are such a pretty pink.

May your weekend be fabulous!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Roses in Lettered Coffee Mugs

Lettered coffee mugs are not only good for drinking coffee from, they also make lovely "vases" for my roses!
The first time I brought them in the limelight was here, in 2009,

a lot of water has gone under the bridge, or in my case, a lot of water has gone in the mugs since then.
Now give me a "T"........

                                 Give me an "E"........
                                 Give me an "A"........
What does that spell?
Now, seriously, that's seriously corny.
Anyhow, I'll just leave you to look at my "album"- aka many photos.
Have a fantastic day, luvlies! Ciao!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mango Tango

Mango is no doubt one of my favourite tropical fruit.
The juicy sweetness of its flesh just makes my mouth water every time I think of it.
I love it in ice cream and desserts just as much as on its own.

This is an Ice Cream I made,
it has mango pieces, canned pineapple pieces, unsalted pistachios and dried cranberries in an ice cream made with strawberry puree, whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk,
I love the sensation of every mouthful you get hit with different ingredients,
the fruit and nut combo always appeal to me.
Now dig in, shall we?
This cheesecake is delicious,
even if you think you can't make cheesecake,
you'll have to try this.
It's not as hard as you think.
Recipe from here: Mango Nectar Cheesecake
Only change the fruit to whichever you fancy.
It was originally Apricot Nectar Cheesecake,
I also added mango pieces to the topping.

See the little guys standing up with a letter pegged to them with a mini peg?
They are cute, aren't they?
I just love the idea of them standing around in front of every placesetting at the table to show the guests where their seats are.
I've been combining work with enjoying and eating, in this case Mango Cheesecake,
been twisting wires making these for placecards,

You can't see it clearly, but there's actually a little hook that I twisted for the letter card to sit on.
The top of the stand is like the shape of the top end of a shepherd's staff.
I think they are handy especially when different guests with different names come over,
I can just swap the letters over to suit the initial of their first name.
Or I could make up some name cards with their first name on,
or make the card white and the names black so they look more distinctive.
Now if you would excuse me,
I would like to go back to work......... and the yummy cheesecake and tea.
Have a fabulous weekend, won't you?
Today I'm linking up with My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Anne Boelyn Roses

There are lots of flowers on the Anne Boelyn bush in my garden at the moment,
so I gathered some and had a bunch of fun with them.Anne Boelyn is a David Austin (English) Rose which is said to have only a mild scent compared to most other English Roses which are much stronger in scent.
But for some reason their scent really stood out to me today,
which I totally welcomed.
I stationed the pitcher on my bedside table.
Ahhh! It's a lovely tea-rosy scent.........
From here you can also see my monogram-painted pillow which I did a while ago,
I guess for me painting the letters is much easier than stitching them,
so that was exactly what I did with a fabric paint in grey;
since I also had spare linen and white fabric and pillow inserts lying around.I hope you are having a wonderful day,
have a lovely Tuesday, my dear friends.