For the first time in a while I have thought the week is going slowly! The snow forecast all week isn't helping much! Roll on the weekend, some warmer weather, I hope!
Today I have been working on a card, this one for my younger son's birthday so keeping it suitably masculine in colour!
For those interested in the books I posted about last week here they are a series of historical fiction with a sci-fi twist. It is not my normal type of book, I don't go in for romance novels as such and there seems a lot of it in there! Still, it is turning out to be a bit of a page turner and with another 5 books + in the series that is a good thing! They start out set in post WW2 Scotland but with a bit of time travel it mostly takes place in 18th Century Scotland. The later books do arrive in the US in North Carolina but I am way off reading those just yet! More info here!
Once I realised she was an American writer I was ready to nitpick at the language and realism but I have been pleasantly surprised and often thought she must be British to use those phrases! She has certainly done her homework although I have found a couple of little things I thought were out of place but then I was being very picky! So far it hasn't spoiled my enjoyment of the book!
Homemade enamel dots.
Another update from last week - the hama beads that I tried to melt last week were totally unsuccessful so I headed out to Walmart and got these Pony beads which had great reviews. The result is below. They melt very quickly, within 10 minutes and there is very little smell so I didn't mind doing a couple of batches in my regular oven. I did 400 degrees F.
The results are super shiny enamel dots. Some turned out better than others but the success comes from having a very flat piece of parchment and watching them and removing them from the oven as soon as they have closed so you retain the rounded top and then they don't spread so much.
My little treasured purchase this week! I have been wanting one of these for a while, do we all know what it is yet?
Sorry for going on but I thought I should answer some of the questions from last week and this seemed the most sensible place to do that!
If you are wondering why I am showing all this stuff head over to Julia's blog for more details of our little Wednesday party!