Indulgence

A very indulgent chocolate drip cake. Three tiers of Victoria sponge, sandwiched together with buttercream icing, covered with buttercream icing with white chocolate ganache poured over the top with lots of Maltesers for decoration – oh – and some edible glitter as well.  My dripping went a little too far but stopped short of running over.

Pink, green and purple. Not brilliant but am getting used to the food colouring gels – they don’t match the colour of the label on the pot.

The cupcakes and chocolate sponge with coffee buttercream topping.

Here’s little Gracie. I recently posted about shouty man who said ‘He’d know what to do about her if she came into his garden again’ after finding a dead bird and believing her to be responsible and how less than a week later she had a length of her tail degloved. She is, of course, the only cat for miles and miles – said nobody round here ever. He obviously doesn’t see the 50-odd cats line dancing round his flower beds and plant pots every day.

Anyway, the fur is growing back now, just as the vet said it would. I thought she was going to have a bald patch. You can see where her tail looks thinner in the middle but it’s so much better now.

The winter nights are drawing in, as my dad used to say, and it’s getting colder. Every day we have the heating and fire on to take the chill out of the rooms. The biggest signs of winter are that I leave the house in the dark in the mornings now and am having to scrape the frost off the car windscreen. How quickly we forget these things over the summer – especially this last summer which has been fabulous! On the plus side, The Apprentice is back on the telly. And GBBO has a bit of a run left.

This is Gracie in front of the fire.

Her and Jess have a comfy, squashy bed right beside the hearth.

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I went hookey again and made another pair of these dolly-sized bootees. The wool is a mohair mix with sequins. Sparkles. Seen the sparkly socks in the stores lately? The magpie in me had to buy some. I put them on and feel epic, lol. I’ve also started on a ‘Call the Midwife’ blanket. Coming along nicely. Pics for next post. I’ve to finish a crocheted poncho – the crochet work is done but it needs a fringe. In fact, I’ve several projects that need finishing so I’d better get a wiggle on. Tara for now!

Adobe Video Fun with CC

 

The graphic above was created in Animate – I saw a video that used this effect and wanted to have a go myself. I ended up doing mine quite differently but the end result is the same. Check out the inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuUjUDGAqt8.

Adobe CC

I am upgraded to Adobe CC! The previous version was CS6 and a few years old. The new features across the whole suite is a lot to learn but I’ve been trying my hardest.

The video I’ve posted is a synergy of Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Character Animator, Animate and Premiere Pro. It’s a work in progress with a lot still to do (the audio is awful – dunno why that’s so bad) but you get the idea. Stitching all the individual bits and pieces present sits own challenges and am still trying to work out how to include the Animate file (Adobe Fun posted above)  into the video I’ve posted. Hannah is obviously looking and pointing in the wrong direction for the glass ball particle explosion so when I re-do it will reverse the background picture and ball (the picture is taken from Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins – I love the sweet graphics).  There are a ton of things to correct but I’m getting there. It all helps me learn and that’s the objective.

 

This mountain landscape was a happy little play in Illustrator to get used to the latest interface and icons. It was based closely on this tutorial: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-mountain-landscape-in-flat-style–cms-28759

 

Juicy Illustrator Curvy Ribbons


Being snowed in and going slightly stir crazy has some benefits. I spent time with Adobe apps having great fun with online tutorials. Since I got Adobe CC at the beginning of the year I found there was some catching up to do from CS6 (the previous version I had) to the new features and functionality in the cloud suite.

The curvy, organic shapes was created in Illustrator and inspired by Veerle’s blog . The combination of the juicy colours and the lovely curvy shapes drew me in and kept me occupied for a good wee while.

You can check out her tutorial in the link below.

Elegant Gradient Ribbon

Create a reflective bubble: Photoshop tutorial

I’m not one for lengthy tutorials if I can avoid it. I have followed many a tutorial in the past and slavishly followed every subtle colour change, every minor layer palette setting, etc, and spent hours striving to achieve the same result as the OP. I prefer quick results which can be customised to your heart’s content, to the nth degree… at your leisure.

I’ve pared the steps down to their bare minimum and still achieved a good looking reflective bubble. What do you think?

You can find my tutorial on how to create reflective bubbles in Photoshop here. Reflective PS Bubbles Tutorial

Bees, Buttonholes and Bullions

I finally got a shot of a red-bottomed bee. This is Mrs Do-As-You-Would-Bee-Done-By. These little red bums are very industrious and barely sit still. Heard an expression on the telly yesterday: ‘Triple F’ – know what that stands for? Fierce, Fit and Fabulous. Suits these little furry firebums perfectly.

Hover flies enjoy the Hebes, too. This fine fellow is having a happy time below:

I’ve been practicing a couple of new embroidery stitches: Bullion and the Open Buttonhole stitch. One of my favourite places for inspiration and instruction is Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials. She offers the most fantastic resources for hand embroidery. Brilliant place to visit if you’re looking for new stitches and how to do them.

For some reason I always felt daunted by the Bullion Stitch and would never give it a go even though when seeing it worked into textiles designs always thought how pretty it was. You know what? It’s dead easy. Simpler than the French Knot. If you don’t believe me, just try it. 🙂

The buttonhole stitch is a sort of Blanket Stitch and made pretty cartwheels, carousels and whirligigs:

This is the end result of my practice. Happy Days! Colours are juicy like a summer carnival. I used some of my best wool felt that was bought to make Luna Lapin which was very indulgent… one day I will get round to making Luna Lapin and finishing the Tilda Hare… the mood for stuffies and dolls will overtake me some time. It always does. That’s the way of us all, I expect. And there’s plenty of that wool felt left to make Luna Lapin when that time comes so no penalty for the profligacy.

The ‘Carnival of Stitches’ might work against this dark grey-almost-black flecked tweed:

We shall see – it might also turn it into a lumpen broody-moody article. Last thing I want is a cushion with bad attitude glowering at me from the rocking chair. Time will tell.

Reading the news this morning I stumbled upon an article about an abandoned lab in Tanzania that had a library with a reading section entitled: ‘Realm of Knowledge and Silence’. It kind of stopped me in my tracks and gave me food for thought. It’s so  perfect.

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