It's been a hard two weeks with my bad shoulder playing up as well as my sciatica at points. I am glad I've managed to keep going and have stopped it from letting it completely destroy my everyday life, in work and my hobbies. Now my shoulder is calming down and the sun is out I can finally get on with some very overdue felting work to create some new pieces (I know a long time coming - I even need to try find my wool and carders since my big move!) So have a great holidays everyone and enjoy the sunshine (with lots of sun screen of course). I will leave you with a few photos of what I have been up to recently; two fun ride in two weeks, gardening with lots of homegrown delicious peas and cooking up some tasty food including some of my super food granola bars to eat on the go
Morning everyone! I hope you all had a fab week and enjoyed the sunshine (while it lasted). Unfortunately wet weather and crazy tiredness has put a stop to my plan of felting today; but I promise in the next week or two some new work will be completed. So I decided to show you something from nearly 9 years ago. This is my first ever dress and proper photo shoot I directed when I first started University. I still had a lot to learn (especially my battle with zips for all that know me ;-) )but I still have this dress in my wardrobe and look at when I need a boost in confidence and to remember I do have a creative side and I can create. Occasionally you just need to look back to remember where it all started.
I hope you enjoy the pictures, and you all have a creative and fun week :-)
I love watching the vegetables and flowers growing at this time of the year. However I am so excited this year to be growing some of my own veggies in my veg patch. My rhubarb has gone crazy now it is out of the pot and seems to be loving its new home. But even better news; My peas I planted as little seeds in my green house on New Years Eve are starting to grow little pods! I cannot wait for these to get big enough to eat. (Now please slugs stay away!)
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about educational, vegan and lifestyle blogger Caged Fire, you may have to scroll back if you don't remember as she is a rather amazing woman. I am currently a vegetarian of 14 years and try to live an active and healthy lifestyle after hurting my back a few years ago. Since then I have lost 5 and a half stone and this has help me so much in most aspects of my life, mainly I now only have the occasional twinges in my back. This means it is very important for me to both keep my weight down and to eat healthy to keep up my energy levels and to stop my eczema from flaring up too badly.
When scrolling my news feed I spied recipe for raw hazelnut brownies from Caged Fire this week which nearly made me drool over my key board. As soon as I started my next shop I knew the ingredients for this had to be on my list. And oh my.... was I right. These are absolutely delicious, filling and satisfy my sweet tooth (especially after a long horse ride). They are crazy easy to make and I have managed to devour them so far in only small portions which mean healthy for me, as well as them lasting for longer. The boyfriend loves them too (which means I must now stock up on hazelnuts!).
My pictures are a lot messier than Caged Fire. In all honesty I was munchy when I was taking these pictures and was trying to cut them into nice small squares so I didn't scoff it all straight away. But I promise these are very delicious (remind me of Nakd Bars). The only thing I may try differently next time (or the rest of the tray in the freezer) is to try out rolling them into mini energy balls to see what they are like :-)
If you want to make them (or see a lot better photos) go to:
Thank You Emily :-)
Louise is an Textile Artist/ Designer and Secondary Art Teacher. www.louiseswanton.com