Monday, 30 September 2019

Tag cards

Just a quick update on some cards I made recently.
I used some tags to mop up some inks I was using and left them to the side until inspiration hit me!  Well, a few weeks later I suddenly remembered I had some purple flowers so decided to add them with a sentiment to the tags.  They then sat there for a few more days until inspiration struck again and managed to get 3 cards out of one sheet of backing paper so happy with that.

Slowly but surely I am getting through some of my older stash, seriously, it always amazes me how much I have!


Wednesday, 25 September 2019


Happy "What's on your Workdesk Wednesday"

On my desk this week...actual crafting!

Well, a card I have just finished off and a couple of journal pages I am hoping to prep (I like to apply a layer of gesso as it helps the inks flow over the page rather than sink straight in)

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are "Nude Cop Wanted"........well I bet that would be interesting news coverage!!

Happy crafting

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Free Art

The other day I found this!
Full details can be found on my Instagram account (search KylaCotterell)
It was part of Art Drop day started by Jake Parker (someone I already follow and am a fan of for his Inktober challenge that I take part in each October) and is by a local artist known as Planet Photon.  

I love that I take part in Free Art Friday and Art Abandonment and every now and again find art myself!  How cool is that?

This will be added to my wall in my craft room where art I have received or found is displayed.


Wednesday, 18 September 2019


Happy hump day and  "What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday" where we bare our desks.

On mine this week it has looked the same most of the past week....mainly because it is preserving season so my crafting has been in the kitchen (or on the computer so sorry if I missed revisiting some blogs in the past week).  I have printed out some labels BUT the wretched inks do NOT last as long as they used to so once again I am going to have to buy some more as this batch have printed quite light.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are "Mayor Tricks General"....ooh!

Scroll on down the page if you'd like to see some of the preserving I have been doing recently, not posted them all as there is rather a LOT this year since I have the allotment.

Have a nasty feeling is this my ONLY batch of elder brandy and elder vinegar this year as sadly the berries have all been shrivelled and not great where I go for my walks (same with the sloes and bullaces-very few on my walks)

For the first time I thought I would try drying my calendula to use in tinctures etc.  My friend has passed me some recipes (thanks Bex) so I have a few ideas.

Made lots of pickled nasturtium seeds this year.  I didn't make any last year and had to buy capers!  Shocked I know, I have made about 6 jars so hoping they will see me through.

Made these the other week, Strawberry Jam.  A fabulous local fruit seller gave me a load of fruit past its sell by rather than binning it so I picked through and had enough to make a few jars of jam.

 Been making LOTS of this.  Marrow and Ginger jam.  Those who follow me on instagram would have seen the HUGE courgettes I have, especially the yellow zephyr ones.  Well these make a delicious ginger jam and I have made about 4 batches so far!  It does take abut 3 hours from start to finish per batch so hard work but worth it as tastes delicious (even added some warmed up to a glass of spiced rum the other day!

Couple batches of spiced courgette chutney to ring the changes (rhubarb wasnt great this year so was low on chutney for winter/spring) its having to wait a few months before I can taste it to find out how it turned out which really frustrates me!

Last but not least, Strawberry Vinegar.  LOVE this, last year I made tons of elderberry vinegar but this year its strawberry as I had a lot on the allotment as well as local producers.  It is like an old fashioned shrub and nice in a cocktail, cooking or my favourite, neat over salad or cous cous. 

 Phew, just need somewhere to store it all now!!


Saturday, 7 September 2019

365 Challenge and Bullet Journal

If you saw my post on Wednesday you would have seen this page in its earlier stages.
I used the luggage label punch for the days and added some stamped images of apples - a crop I usually forage in September, which I cut out and coloured.
Now to try and remember what I did for the first week so I can catch up with the entries!

I had however already finished my bullet journal ready for 1st I just forgot to blog it!
Over the past few years I tried various versions including weekly but I have found that monthly with a To Do list, longer term list, next month at a glance and habit tracker are what work for me so I have stuck with this since June 2017.

Have you found a way organise time etc that works for you?  I am always up for learning new ideas so please share.


Wednesday, 4 September 2019


After a couple weeks off I am back (albeit in catch up mode).On my desk this week is my 365 Journal for September, a few days behind but once the ink and glue is dry it won't take me long to catch up.  The cup to the right is one I made at a pottery painting session for a mates birthday a couple years ago and has ginger tea (my go to brew).

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week  'Blind Convict Strikes Star' out famous people!

So, have you dared to bare your desk via the lovely Queen of Desks Julia here

We are a friendly bunch and based all over the globe, go on, you know you want to.

Happy crafting