Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Another commission finished and despatched

I really enjoy creating these wedding toppers and this last one was no exception. It threw up a couple of challenges.

My first challenge was the veil. Veils are really hard to perfect on the toppers and it is very difficult using the clay, they tend not to last long, the clay would have to be so thin it would crack either when fired or while in transit and the second challenge was the kilt. It has to look something similar to the actual garment.

I think I managed on both counts, to see all the steps please follow this link and let me know what you think.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My daughter Rebecca gets married on 17th December and her husband to be is a Wii addict. I wanted to show this in the Wedding cake topper I created for her.

She chose to make her bouquet from beads, brooches, crystals, pearls and porcelain roses. Her headdress is also jewelled.

You can see all the steps that it took to create this topper on

Please feel free to leave any comments both here and on my website.

Thank you for looking.

Poorly Bertie

Poor Bert had an operation to remove his longing for girl doggies on Monday 14th November. He came home as right as rain and then went slowly downhill. He developed an infection and by the Wednesday he was very unsettled, agitated and wanted nothing more than to put himself in the smallest corner of the house. Another trip to the vet took place and he confirmed the infection and gave him painkillers, antibiotics and a buster collar! 

 For some reason his favourite place was the bathroom.

He looks like a sunflower and I was tempted to draw petals on it but thought it may embarrass him when he went out.

He was on short walks only, no running, playing or jumping, not that he wanted to at the time. Only problem was he wouldn't spend a penny with this collar on and he stored it up for two days, then we stood at one tree for a full five minutes while he got rid of it. Because he couldn't go in the garden we were walking the estate at 5 am when he needed to go out. I have to admit I was a little worried when he seemed to show no improvement.

He had a little difficulty eating his tea so I ended up holding it for him and for some reason he wouldn't stand and I had to hand feed him till he decided he wanted it. I have gone through a load of pasta, he loves it.
You may notice the grey around the collar, we had to tape it up several times to keep it from dropping to bits. He crashed into all the doors several of which have no paint left on them. My legs are covered in bruises, you would think someone had whipped me with a stick, he couldn't judge the distance and would crash into you from behind. He did enjoy loads of cuddles and would sit with his head on your knee and go to sleep.

After several more visits to the vets and more antibiotics he was more or less given the all clear, he is 99% healed.  The collar is used only for bedtime and then after another couple of days it is going in the bin. He is running around pinching slippers again and looks forward to his walks and meal times.

Boy am I glad, I have been totally stressed out and worried about him all the time. I have been told off for fussing over him too much, but I am sure all you pet lovers out there can identify with that. It's just so nice to see him back to 'normal'.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Another Holiday, Another Cat

Just had a week in Lanzarote soaking up the sun and yet again Steve found a friend. He is not a great lover of cats so why do they take to him so much. It followed him all over the complex.

This poor cat who we christened Fang had a bit of a deformed chin, it was much larger than it should have been and the two front canine teeth were longer than normal, one even came half way down his chin and he found it difficult to pick things up off the floor. He wasn't a skinny cat and he was very friendly, in fact he would sit by your side and lift his paw as if he was begging.

The complex Las Tabaibas was well looked after very clean and tidy and we were very central to shops, bars, restaurants etc and the sun shone the whole week just at the right temperature. Bliss, wish I was back there now.

The old town habour.

View from the patio.

The pool which was deserted much of the week making it nice and peaceful.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tasty and a bit of Fun

Thought I would share with you the best recipe I have ever found for Pumpkin soup. Nice and warming with a touch of curry spice. Lovely at this time of the year. If prepared with vegetable stock it is suitable for vegetarians.

2 pounds ( 900g ) of pumpkin flesh, cut into cubes
1 large onion, chopped
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 flat teaspoon of curry powder, mild or medium strength
1 bay leaf
salt and freshly ground pepper
3-4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon sunflower oil

1. boil the pumpkin cubes and the bay leaf in some water until nearly tender
2. sweat the chopped onion in the oil until transparent
3. add the crushed garlic, trying not to burn it
4. mix in the curry spice and stir
5. pour the cooked pumpkin into the mixture
6. add potato cubes, stock and salt and pepper, simmer until cooked
Blend to a creamy consistency.

I store this in plastic containers and as soon as it has gone cold I pop them in the freezer. Lovely served with crusty bread and a dollop of Creme Fraiche.
As well as a tasty meal, you can also make an item of jewellery out of the seeds! I cut the pumpkin in half and then scoop out all the soft squidgy bits along with the seeds, a bit messy but necessary. Wash the seeds in hot water, dry and spread them out on a baking tray which has been covered with silicon paper. Pop them into the oven at 100-110 degrees and leave them for about 30 minutes. Keep an eye on them, your oven is not very hot but they can go too crispy.
I coloured the seeds with alcohol ink, very carefully put a hole in the top, bent an eye pin and put that through the hole, as if you were going fishing and then dipped them in the Melt Pot. I think the orangey ones look a bit like Amber. You could go on and do a number of these and thread them into a necklace. It brought back a few memories for me making these. As kids we used to dry the melon seeds and make ourselves necklaces and bracelets. Mum would boil them with onion skins to colour them brown or use the flowers from Gorse bushes to make them yellow.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Another Wedding Album

Here we are again creating Wedding Guest/Photo Albums.

My eldest daughter Rebecca is getting married in December at Horsely Hall near Stanhope. A lovely setting although by then we may be under a covering a snow but we have been assured that the lane will be cleared by one of the many farmers that live around there so no guests should get stranded. Fingers crossed.

The dress has arrived and is now carefully stored ready for the first fitting. Rebecca has created her bouquet out of beads and crystals, unfortunately I don't have a photograph of it finished I will have to update you later on that one, she is also doing the button holes herself. I have created the favor boxes and the wedding guest/photo album, I have also created one for myself, I am guilty of taking photographs and storing them on my hard drive and never printing but with wedding photo's I find it so much better to put a few in a nice little album for friends and family who don't attend to view. I also want to redo her cake topper on a smaller scale with more detail as I now know the design of her dress and headdress.

I have posted some photographs of the finished albums, to view more on this post please follow this link. The full story appears on

Rebecca and Ian's wedding album.

My album.

Favor boxes.

Please feel free to leave any comments on here or my website

Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Chain Maille Bracelet

It is ages since I have updated my blog, I have been too busy with my new website but in an effort to put this right I thought I would show you my latest jewellery project. Chain Maille.

I got all my jump rings together along with the instructions for the piece I was going to make, Dragonscale. Unfortunately I just couldn't get it together. No matter how hard I looked at it and how many different instructions I looked at I couldn't get it to come right. After two days of getting so far and swearing at the jump rings I began to lose my temper so I decided to attempt another pattern instead. For the sake of my sanity.

This time I managed to complete and here is the evidence.

All set to go.
I knew I was missing one step from getting the pattern right but for the life of me I couldn't figure out what that was. I had to admit defeat on the Dragonscale but I can always revisit it at a later date and have another go.

This is the second attempt of getting something right and thankfully it worked out well. The pattern is a daisy and it has a total of six flowers each with six petals.

The rings are made from non-tarnish wire and come from 
Chain maille rings are not just your ordinary jump rings. These artistic wire chain maille rings are precision made and have the ideal temper for making chain maille designs and come in loads of different colours. You can also buy beginners and advanced books showing you lots of different designs and all come with instructions.

I also want to congratulate my good friend Carrie on her new business venture. You can visit her website on  Affordable web and print design. Carrie is also a very accomplished print maker and dazzles you with the intricacies of her carvings take a look at some of her work I know you will be impressed.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Birthday Topper

I was asked to make a Birthday cake topper for a little girl called Lucy. Lucy will be 3 years old at the end of August.  She likes all of the Mr Men and the Little Misses.

I began by deciding which of the bunch to make and finally settled on Little Miss Sunshine for her infectious giggle, Mr Happy as he is always happy, Miss Chatterbox as Lucy is always chattering and you can't get a word in edge ways, Mr Bump as he is so lovable and lastly Mr Tickle who likes everybody around him to laugh and giggle. Here is what I came up with.

Little Miss Sunshine

Miss Chatterbox

Mr Happy

Freshly baked Mr Men, Mr Tickle needs his arms but I need to position them on their base first so I can be sure to make his arms long enough. He wants to be able to tickle Little Miss Sunshine and Mr Bump.

Mr Tickle now has his arms and is tickling his friends. Miss Chatterbox has her shoes all painted and the laces tied and Little Miss Sunshine has fastened her ribbons in her hair.

I have added a lamp post so they can see where they are going and I needed somewhere to position the number three.

This is the back view, haven't the flowers grown well!! Must be good fertilizer.

and finally with the addition of the number three. I have made this detachable so once the birthday celebrations are over it can be taken off and the Mr Men and Little Misses can be displayed on a shelf.

Hope you like it.

If you would like to see more please visit my website on

Monday, May 23, 2011

Coates Family.

This Wedding Cake Topper is for Rachael and Andrew who get married in July.

Two smiling fishes in the bag already!

Fishing rod at the ready to catch another.

and now for the bride.

Pasa, a German Shepherd dog is next.

I had to get the basic shape of the dog right first. Pasa has been fishing too!

Then add some colour into the mix.

I made the base a wee bit small to fit the three figures, so had to make a larger one to sit them comfortably I also needed the banner that the names will appear on.

Now Rachael has hair complete with tiara and her bouquet of cream and white roses.

Man's best friend.

The back view of the dress, I have added little buttons. The happy smiling fishes are waving and the large fish is swinging merrily from the fishing rod! Pasa is sitting very still in case the fish should slip away.

The happy couple with Pasa of course.

Comments from Rachael and Andrew.

Hi Judith
Its fantastic we both love it sooooo much I have put pics on facebook and already ppl have said how lovely it is.

That is just excellent I'm so pleased with it I love Pasa.

Judith the dress is fantastic It is brilliant I love what you have done so far :-)

Thank you so much we love it cant wait for everyone to see it...

I think its fantastic what you do and I will use you again and I would tell anyone aboout you.

We cant thank you enough...


Thursday, April 07, 2011

Biker Wedding

I had to think long and hard as to how to tackle the motorbike. I wanted it to look as authentic as possible without going into every minuet detail.

All ready to go into the oven, bits of greaseproof paper hold the important bits while it bakes.

I have to admit I am pretty pleased with it, Groom next I think.

Easy rider!

Now has hair, still no eyes.

Say 'Hello' to Smudge.

He likes to ride pillion!

and now for the Bride.

I wanted her slightly leaning forward so she can grasp the bottom of her dress to show her Mother of Pearl biker boots off!

All they need now are eyes to see the road ahead.

Back view of dress and bike.

Bike washed, nice and shiny, shoes and boots polished all ready for the open road.

I have really enjoyed creating this model, I hope it shows in the detail. The bike took a little thinking about but I am very happy with it.

Although John & Denise have not named the day as yet, the model will be put to good use on display at Wedding Fayre's and then given to them for their big day as a present from me.