Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It is a time to be thankful for all life has to offer, for family and friends and blessings great and small!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
This afternoon I finished making the scarecrow in the picture, the head and hat I bought ready made but I dressed him up with shirt and dungarees, straw and all! I am really pleased with the way he looks! Stay safe, drive carefully and have a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
5-6 medium carrots
6 zucchini (the round marrow kind)
4 medium onions peeled and halved
2-3 tablespoons Olive oil
Herbes de Provence
Preheat oven to about 350-400 degrees F (175 to 200 degrees C).
Scrape and wash carrots and zucchini, then roughly cut or chop them. Add prepared onions.
Lightly oil a large, shallow baking dish.
Combine prepared veggies in prepared baking dish and add olive oil. Mix vegetables well until they are coated with oil on all sides. Sprinkle some Herbes de Provence over all the veggies.
Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour in preheated oven or until vegetables are tender.
Note: You can also use broccoli or cauliflower florets or even mushrooms. If you are using potatoes, I suggest you pre-boil them first for a few minutes before baking them along with the other veggies.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I took the above picture only a few days ago when I was taking pictures of clouds. Have you ever tried to take photos of birds in flight? Gosh it is ever so difficult to get them all in one perfect frame. It was getting kind of dark then, but this is the best one I got and I am quite happy with it. I think capturing birds in flight will be my next challenge : ) Have you ever thought about how fast birds fly? The photo inspired me to write the poem. Poetry takes me into worlds and places I may never get to, it frees my spirit and my mind travels anywhere it fancies, anywhere it longs to go and through my verses I can travel beyond the horizon and back again.
Thank you Lord for the wind beneath my wings
every time You inspire me
with Your wonderful creation.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
On this side of the world we are just about crossing
the threshold between summer and fall.
They are as beautiful as ocean waves yet they have a beauty of their own.
We dream soundly in our sleep,
Changing winds forever blowing
A crisp rust carpet for us to sweep.
Pumpkins, scarecrows, autumn leaves
Blend to help us remember
As we cherish sweet memories of seasons past
And enjoy these bountiful days of September.
I long for walks along the countryside
Wait for inspiration along the bay,
I love the scent of the first rainfall
Fall is here to stay.
Doreen Scerri © 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Various crafts are shown here including the re-cycled paper bags, sponge-painted jars. decoupaged plates, painted terracotta pots and decorated wooden spoons. At the back you can see some of the nativity cribs.
This is not a very sharp picture but you can still see the lovely ideas the children came up with in decorating their own cards with corrugated paper and fun foam shapes and glitter.
The acrylic painted terracotta pots were decorated with a plant poke made in the shape of a hat and a real plant was added for extra effect.
I love the way the sequins on these butterflies made them shine in the light...we also added chenille stems to shape the body and feelers.
At the bottom of the picture you can see more decoupaged plates.
Part of the exhibition from a different angel...I love the butterflies and hats!
Here is one of the Name-plates decorated with Fun foam.
Although this picture is out of focus, I decided to post it since it is a close up...you can see how the bottle caps have been placed in the shape of a triangle to form the tree...each one was basically filled with cottonwool over which sequins were glued. A strand of sequined ribbon was glued to the edges to finish off the effect. At the top you can also see a hanger and an ice-cream stick (lolly stick) was stuck to the base for a tree trunk. This is a great re-cycle project to make with kids for Christmas : )
A lovely idea for a fun-foam card. It was lovely to see the ideas the kids came up with, sometimes you feel as if they are teaching you!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Remember this picture earlier this summer...these were foliage that I grew from seeds and was so looking forward to summer flowers...well from this it went
Most of my plants suffered the scorching heat of the day, the dry winds...I have tried to save what is left by repotting or adding top soil, we'll see...
I managed to save one bulb of my trio in the Nolina family, fingers crossed this one will survive.
I had a couple of cuttings my Mum gave me which I had in water for several weeks and one of them even sprouted roots...
I have now potted them and they seem to be doing nicely.