Robynartdesigns

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Do hope you'll stop by from time to time
and follow my adventures in all things creative!

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Sad Farewell

 
M.G. Hiscox
31.3.1926 - 14.12.2012
This week my heart was broken
I had to say goodbye
to my beautiful Mother
and my beautiful friend
It all happened so fast
I still can't believe
she's no longer here
She was the best Mum to 
my Sister and I
a wonderful Nana
to our daughters
and a very proud and
devoted great grandmother
to her three great grandsons
She will be sadly missed
this Christmas
and her memory
will remain forever
in our hearts
R.I.P. Mum
    

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Difficult Times

Haven't blogged for quite
a while now
We are currently facing
some difficult times
in our family
My dear Mum
who already survived
a battle with cancer
earlier in her life
is now facing
its return at 86 years of age
Some times life can be so cruel
one can't help but wonder
why a bright, happy & loving,
86 year old Mother, grandmother,
& great grandmother
would need to face this battle once more, 
at this stage of her life
I know there are many more out
there suffering similar trials
and we are not alone
So for the moment 
I just need to focus on
Helping her to get through this
from day to day
There is a good part though
and that is it brings
home just what's important
to us in life, good health
and a loving family,
and all those trivial things
we tend to fuss over,
not to mention material things,
etc., they just fade into
insignificance at times like these
So if you've been wondering,
this is why I've been absent
from my blogging for a while,
I'll be back when I can
look after yourselves
and your families
xx Robyn 
 
   

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Paper Collage Journal for Etsy

Just finished this paper collage journal
"i am a traveler"
which features a beautiful
Paper Whimsy  image

On the inside front cover
I've added a little hand made pocket
and a tag


this journal might appeal
to the person who enjoys recording
travel memories
or would like a special
book for recording their
travel plans and ideas in 
Hope you like it
have a lovely evening
Robyn

Friday, October 19, 2012

Repurposed Shabby Office Chair

Hi everyone hope you've all had a 
good week
I've been busy this week
up dating an old office chair
for my own use in my craft room
I picked up this chair for a song
in a second hand store
I immediately decided it need 
prettying up
so began searching through
my stash of fabrics
and found the perfect
patchwork print that matches
the colours of my room
I found a few doileys
that worked well to give
a shabby look
then finished with a row
of vintage braid along the top 
of the chair
another doiley and 
a touch of ribbon and button at the back


The entire project only took me
a couple of days to complete,
in between doing other things,
and I felt pleased that
I only had to purchase the chair
I was able to find everything
I needed in my stash to finish it
I'm so pleased to have this
comfy, pretty & shabby
chair to sit on while
I'm creating!
What do you think?
Thanks for visiting
I enjoy your comments
have a lovely week-end
Robyn

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Vintage Inspired Pincushion for Etsy

Hi everyone hope your week
has been a good one
I've been making more 
pincushions this week
here is one I've just finished


This one is vintage inspired
I've used a vintage cut glass sugar bowl
shabby rose fabric
some vintage laces and trims
seam binding ribbon
Great for storing your favourite brooches
vintage hat pin collection
or pretty addition to your craft studio
It will be available for sale
in my Etsy store from tomorrow
I'm trying to build up my
Etsy store for Christmas


Have a lovely evening
Robyn x      

Saturday, September 8, 2012

French Country Market

Just a perfect spring day here
So decided to spend the morning
at our local
This market is only on once
a year and today was my first visit
All in all was very enjoyable
lots and lots of stalls
selling beautiful quality
hand made goods old wares
organic food
wines
and many french themed stalls
Great fun!

 Hope your Saturday is going well
have a wonderful week-end
Robyn x 
 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Little Shabby Paris Pouches

I've just completed these
sweet little shabby
Paris pouches
for my Etsy store
I've made them from osnaberg
which gives them a quality
linen look and seems to
complement the french shabby style
These make great gifts and have
a multitude of uses
They will even fit my Kindle
keeping it snug and looking
pretty when not in use
I've used vintage lace and
vintage buttons to embellish
as well as hand stamped 
seam binding ribbon




These are now available
for purchase from
my Etsy store

I'm linking this post

Have a lovely week-end
Robyn x 
  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Vintage Inspired Needle Books for Ebay!

Hello everyone
have just finished a new batch
of my vintage inspired
needle books




I've just finished listing them
for sale this evening on my Ebay
just click on the link 
on my side bar to take a look
These needle books are just the
right size to fit into your sewing bag
or basket and make a great gift

Have a lovely evening
and happy week ahead! 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy Sunday!


 beautiful smile!

Just a couple of quotes
for you to ponder
I found them whilst browsing
on Pinterest
Hope you've had lots
of happiness
and maybe a little
laughter in your day
 
“I love people who make me laugh.

I honestly think it’s the thing
I like most, to laugh.
It cures a multitude of ills.
It’s probably the most important
thing in a person.”
-Audrey Hepburn


 Hope you've had lots
of happiness
and maybe a little
laughter in your day today


Prince Harry

Monday, July 23, 2012

Attention All Vintage Linen Lovers!

This week I'm clearing out
more of my vintage linen collection
So I'll be listing lots and lots
of vintage linens
as well as my usual
handmade items
on my Ebay
just click on link 
on my sidebar
I'm also running
a sale on my hand stitched
patchwork pincushions
starting tomorrow (Tuesday)

So pop on over
and take a peek
you never know
you may find just the thing
you've been looking for
Have a happy week!
Robyn
 
 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Date Scone Recipe

There's nothing more comforting
on a cold winters day
than a freshly brewed
steaming pot of tea
and a batch of freshly baked scones
So guess what I've been up to today?
I only had to spend less than an hour
in the kitchen to create this
comfort food, and it was comfort
food I craved today
being yet another cold rainy
winters Sunday in our part of the world
I do enjoy making scones
I guess I learned it from watching
my mother bake them when I was young
(not that long ago....really)
So I'm sharing her recipe with you
today and hope you might find
much comfort and pleasure
in baking them too

So here we go

This recipe makes quite
a large batch of scones
If you're lucky enough
to have any left over
they do freeze really well
 Just wrap in foil, freeze and
reheat when required

You will need to sift
4 cups self raising flour
with 1 teaspoon baking powder
into a large bowl
To this you now need to add
4 dessert spoons butter
(or margarine) whatever you prefer
Now spend a little time
rubbing in the butter
with the flour
lifting the mixture up as you go
keep doing this until
the mix looks like soft breadcrumbs
Now add one third cup castor sugar
mix this in
Now add one cup dates finely chopped
You can snip them with your kitchen 
scissors if you like
Now take a butter knife and make 
a well in the centre of the mix
and pour in one and three quarter
cups milk (you may need a little
more if necessary but just start with
this amount first)
Mix quickly with your butter knife
to bring it all together
Make sure you mix in
all the flour that hides down
in the bottom of the bowl
Now tip the mixture out
onto a lightly floured surface
knead lightly to form a round shape
gently pat down to about 
2.5 centimetres thickness
Now take your scone cutter
Mine is 5 centimetres
But you can use whatever
size you prefer
or you can just cut into
squares with your knife
So just cut out your scones
Place onto a large baking sheet
lined with glad bake
Brush the tops with a little milk
Place into a preheated very hot
oven mine is 210 degrees fan forced
Bake for around 12 minutes
Now while they're baking
You can put the kettle on
Get the butter ready
Jam and cream if you like
When you remove them
from the oven wrap them in 
a clean tea towel and
leave to cool on a cooling rack

Bon Appetit!

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday
Happy baking!
Robyn

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