Burns Supper at Sally and Andy's....
I was born in Scotland and lived there till I was twelve and we always had haggis with neeps and tatties. Amazingly, I have never hosted a Burn's Supper but Sally and Andy do it so well I daren't!
I do get asked to 'do the ode' and my broad Scottish accent comes out. 'Fair far your honest sonsie face, great chieftan o' the puddin race.....'
I love this bit..... 'an cut ye up wi' ready sleight!' and plunge the knife into it!
It was a really atmospheric evening and the food was superb. We started with cock a leekie soup and then the haggis. They served clapshot with the haggis....a mix of mashed swede and mashed potato and gravy for the sassenachs!! We finished off with Tipsy Laird and then a selection of Scottish cheeses and my home made oatcakes
I have just got back from Belstead where I had three days away with The Bezzies! This was our last meeting at Belstead as it is to close at the end of the year but I have six more visits to go....four of them teaching scrapbooking. It truly is Heaven on Earth...I do hope we can save it from demise!
I made jelly baby bag bunting at Barbara's suggestion, for my mum's 90th birthday at the end of February so I'll blog it then when it is up. It really was great way to use up the huge pile of jelly baby bags I have held onto!
I thought it would be fun to screen print some napkins for the occasion so here they are drying out after Grace helped me to print them
I have showed the process before but here is a quick reminder....cut out the design carefully using a fine tipped craft knife or scissors...remember to keep the centres of numbers and letters.....
Here, the paper stencil has been laid onto the first napkin and the centres of the numbers and letters added. The silk screen has been masked off around the design
Add the printing ink along the top.....
and then flood the screen with the ink...
and press hard on the second pull!
Grace really enjoyed doing this....and then finally
we added gold dots to the the crown and left them to dry covering every surface in the studio!
The best news of all is to hear that my cousin Ena is going to ocme over for the family paprty to celebrate mum's 90th birthday at the end of February...I am SO excited. The whole family will be together and this will be the first time in 45 years that my four cousins and I will be together. I can imagine we'll be sitting chatting into the wee small hours and catching up with all the gossip!