Friday, 30 May 2008
My fingers are truanting from sewing long enough to post up my entry for the Exhibitors' Challenge which will take place at the Stratford Teddy Bear Artist Event in little over a week's time ! As the theme is The Four Seasons , he will be appearing in the Autumn section - together with his rather fanciful lepidopteran chum . I had great fun making the teeny tiny maple leaf pendant from shrink plastic .... well , they do say ; "small things amuse small minds". Oh yes , and why does it take extra ages to casually / artlessly arrange things (ie . the felt leaves) to look as though they haven't been arranged at all ?
More photos next week ... on with the sewing !
T.T.F.N , Ruth x
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Well today my blog would like to wear a culinary hat ( I would love to have a foodie blog as well ! ) so here are pics of an easy-peasy , yet ; "look at my fantastic efforts" sort of dessert , which I made on Sunday . It's a mousse on a biscuit base and a really Summery treat - remembering just how good it is I decided to share the recipe :-
Very Easy Key Lime Pie
250 gm of chocolate Digestive biscuits (milk choc' give a lovely result - and a few extra biscuits don't hurt !)
105 gm butter
1 135 gm pckt LIME jelly (the blocks which you dissolve)
Juice + zest of 3 limes
400 ml of Whipping cream (or Double cream)
60 gm Dark chocolate (to decorate)
Best started the day before you want to eat it !
1. Line an 8.5 " loose bottomed tin ( 8" would also be fine) with tin foil , smoothing it carefully . Try to make a high collar all round . Rub just a dot of butter over the base only .
2. Crush the biscuits in 2 plastic bags with a rolling pin , to a fine consistency . Melt butter and stir biscuit in to completely coat . Pour in tin and smooth and press down . If the crumbs are sticking to the spoon just pat down as evenly as you can . Chill the base .
3. Zest the limes . I like to take some long curls off each , wrap in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for decorating next day . Cut jelly in tiny pieces , dissolve in 150 ml of boiling water , add the lime juice and grated zest .
4. Whip the cream so that it is leaving "trails" but not to a "clotted" appearance . Fold in the jelly mixture and stir well until it's a gorgeous even pale green .
5. Pour in to the base and level . Leave in the fridge overnight .
6. Next morning you can decorate the top ready for your "piece de resistance" moment !!
Carefully push up the loose bottom , peel back the foil gently and set "pie" on a serving plate .
Melt the chocolate , and spoon in to a rolled grease-proof paper piping bag (with a tiny end hole) Let the chocolate drizzle out Jackson Pollock style !! Then throw on the curls of zest .
7. Consume like there's no tomorrow !! LOL !
I can personally vouch for the deliciousness of this dessert - and I've made it more healthy than the original . Which used 600 ml of cream - but I think it was "top heavy" . Plus it HAS LIMES IN IT = very healthy , eh ???
Maybe some of you will be brave enough to try it ? Enjoy ! ......
Ta Ta For Now , Ruth x
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
This little bear is my offering for the raffle at Stratford TBAE . It's a very worthy cause ; in aid of the British Heart Foundation , so I'm delighted to be involved .
He is made from Malden Mills Vintage Long Pile upholstery velvet in a gorgeous gold , with ultrasuede paw pads , and measures just 2.6" tall (6.5 cm .) I made him a tiny Japanese paper origami heart with a metallic loop to hang from his arm . His name is "Bertie" - which I decided was a fitting tribute to an uncle who died a few weeks ago from heart-related causes . I really , really hope the Teddy Bear Artist Event is super-successful not only for each artist , but as an effective fund-raiser .... with many more to come !
Check out the Teddy Bear Artist Event website for more pics of the raffle bears (I'll add a link a bit later when I've worked it out !)
T.T.F.N Ruth xx
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Well , I just can't believe it is the first day of May already !! I've been so busy , busy , busy - and soon the moment of showing the fruits of my labours will be upon me ; at the Teddy Bear Artist Event , June 8th in Stratford-upon-Avon !
Actually there's rather a flavour of "out with the old , in with the new" now that this month has arrived . Yesterday was the very last day that Bear Artists Online was in existence . I am really sad to see such a great site disappear in to the ether ; it was the first place that I felt I may just belong next to these people called "Bear Artists" , and I was so proud to be involved with a venture which brought me enormous personal satisfaction . It also gave me the privilege of reaching a wide audience of arctophiles , and enjoying the fantastic 24 hour online shows .
So we're well in to Spring , the bluebells are in full bloom at Apedale Country Park (up the road)
and I need to look ahead for the "new" things on my horizon ; the first of which will be the TBAE. My first-time exhibitor nerves are charging up nicely ! I made myself a list ages ago , of all the bits and pieces that are bound to be "de rigeur" when taking part in a show - actually it was quite lonnnnggg. I can never do things by halves ... and everything must be just so .... or I'd have to hide in a corner !! I decided to get some cool , cute little cards made up to hang from the bags I'll be using .There are 3 colours and phrases .
I should have some more exciting bits coming through the post to me from the same print company , including another set of mini cards with a picture of "Pollyanna" and the Flutter-By Bears name on them . Good job I'm married to a clever stick who knows his way around a Photoshop montage or two !
Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend all !
Ta Ta for now ,