Monday, 29 November 2010

::: Cow Walk :::

The cows get tied to the back of the tractor and led through fields and across roads. The quad bike follows behind in case there is any trouble.

The cows here on he farm we live on are for showing therefore they get led by handlers in a ring.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

::: Frosty :::

The weather has been changing these past couple of weeks and every morning when we wake up the landscape has been getting whiter and whiter.

There is snow on the mountains behind our house and on the island which our house overlooks.

The car windows have been getting scraped and the heating has been getting turned on more often.

Brrrrrrrrr it's cold!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

::: Pasta Bake :::

Steve is amazing at making these pasta dishes, he's been making them ever since I have known him.

Just layer veg and pasta, any pasta, even spaghetti, put a tomato or cheese sauce through it with grated cheese on top and viola – Pasta Bake.


Friday, 26 November 2010

::: Composting :::

That's right! We're a composting family!

We've always tried to do little bits and pieces for the environment but now we're doing a whole lot more. Apart from making bird feeders and growing our own (or trying to at least) we now have a composting bin – inside and out!

We have a handy little kitchen caddy which we can sling egg shells and tea bags etc into and when it's full we pop outside and throw it all into this amazing garden bin.

Adding to our kitchen waste we also have the rabbit waste which consists of straw, paper and hay as well as their own mess. I always felt bad throwing a lot of it in the regular bin even though it doesn't take long to break down. We just didn't have anywhere to put it in our previous home and our recycling facilities were so poor.

Hopefully we can build up enough material this winter and be supplied with fresh homemade compost in the new year.

Here is a picture of the bird feeder we made a couple of weeks back hanging in a tree in our vastly overgrown garden!

Monday, 15 November 2010

::: Homemade Bird Feeder :::

This is so quick and simple you could do it in one weekend.

What we did was collect the fat from our frying pan (Steve's sausages etc) and pour it into a yoghurt pot. It took us around a week to fill this little pot but it depends on how much meat you cook and how many people you cook for.

Simply stick a skewer in the fat then either tie a piece of string around the yoghurt pot or slide the mass of fat out and hang in a tree or fence pot.

Voila – homemade bird feeder.

PS – I'm dying to tell you all about my new bird feeding/housing station – keep popping back and I'll tell you about it soon!

Friday, 12 November 2010

::: Omlet :::

After receiving this funky large rooster tray from Omlet I decided to take a look at their pet accessories.

Check out this cool Rabbit Eglu:-

Or this Chicken Eglu Cube:-

And this Bee Haus:-

As well as animal housing they also sell food and toys for your pets too.

But don't let those humans in your life feel left out – they have plenty of bright and fun homely items too!

All pictures are the property of and will remain so.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

::: Little Flower :::

Remember that lonely little flower sitting on my kitchen windowsill in the picture I took of Lucky?

Well in only a couple of weeks look how much it's grown!

This was a cutting from my Mum's plant who originally got a cutting from someone else's plant.

I have no idea what it is but it's so pretty. The little flowers close at night and open up in the sunshine.

I wonder how what it'll look like at Christmas?

Monday, 8 November 2010

::: WIP - Advent Calendar :::

(Also a sneek peek at one of our new sofas!)

It has been sitting in a pile among my craft things for such a long time that I nearly forgot all about it.

It's the advent calendar I started hmmm... what? 8/9 months ago? Longer?

Anyway, I've finally started it up again and progress is good although it's been very cold and I've been doing this on the kitchen floor as we're still not entirely unpacked.

I'll keep you up to date and I promise to finish it by December 1st!

Saturday, 6 November 2010

::: Crafts Akimbo :::

Many of you have been wondering why I call this blog 'Crafts Akimbo', well here goes:

I love all the crafty blogs that are out there and I follow so many of them. But many of them have more than just crafts.

I wanted to have crafts but also parts of my life that I wanted to cherish and remember and also silly little things that might make people laugh and come back and read on.

'Akimbo' means 'splayed' and so I thought I would 'splay' from crafts and add some other things so it really translates to 'Crafts and more'.

I hope this clears that up and you come back to read some more.

Thursday, 4 November 2010


Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Amy Anderson, and yes, I do like alliteration.  I also love Mod Podge, as you can see from my blog's name.  I'm a crafter from the rainy Pacific Northwest  living in the hot South.  It's a long story as to how I got here, but I can tell you that for now, this where I'm supposed to be.  I work out of my one bedroom apartment, also known as "Mod Podge Command Central."  MPCC is home to me and my three rescue dogs.  It's a good time!  

What is Mod Podge?

It's an adhesive, sealer and finish used for decoupage - really, it's the most amazing crafting medium in the world.  Decoupage started back in the 1700s in France with intricate paper layering, and the craft has changed a lot since then.  It's become modern, or modern decoupage, which is where Mod Podge got its name. I get a lot of people asking me if it's watered down craft glue, and the answer is no way!  Mod Podge glues things down, but it also seals them.  Mod Podge is built to last.  It's like craft glue on steroids.

How/when did you start blogging and why do you love it so much?

It was about two years ago that I thought about blogging for the first time.  I've always been a late adapter when it comes to technology.  I knew about blogs but I didn't read them that much, at least compared to the amount of time I spend on them now.  I was very interested in Mod Podge so I went online to investigate, and I realize there were blogs for all types of crafting - but none specifically devoted to decoupage.  I decided rather than just wonder if someone was going to make one, I would do it myself!  That was the start, and now here I am.  The best part about blogging is sharing with so many other amazing women.  I never anticipated making the wonderful friendships I have.  I've even gotten to meet fellow bloggers in person and they are always amazing people.

Where do you find your inspiration for crafting?

Everywhere, and I keep a craft inspiration book to record everything that I see.  If I find something online, in a magazine, just think of it. . . it goes into the craft inspiration book.  I've found that the more I craft, the more I think of.  If you don't have a craft inspiration book, you should start one today!  It's perfect if you ever have "crafter's block."

How does blogging fit in with your everyday life?

Let me tell you something about blogging - if you are serious about it, it's an all-the-time deal.  I don't mean that in a negative way at all. I love blogging!  It is a lot of work though, and I do it all the time.  It becomes a juggling act with fitting the projects, photos, writing and posting into daily life.  You learn through trial and error how to balance everything.  It's very fulfilling, and as I mentioned before, the people I've met having been amazing.  Crafting is such a small part of my blogging.

What is your favourite crafty item you have made so far?
It's very hard to choose - I love many of the projects I've done for different reasons.  Today my favorite project is the upcycled owl table I did (, because it took me SO long to do it, and when I finished it felt great!  I will tell you that there have been times that I've finished projects and wanted to throw them in the garbage.  If that happens to you, don't let it get you down. Keep on going. Not everything can be a winner!  You may have spent hours on something, but remember that whatever you did is a learning experience.

I look forward to hearing more from Amy in the future and I hope you will all go and check our her website too!

(All quotes and photographs used in this particular post are the property of Amy Anderson and and will remain so.)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

::: Shoes, Shoes, Shoes :::

I saw these shoes and I knew I had to have them. They look 'wooden' :)

They are the most comfortable shoes I own and I wish I could wear them everywhere but the weather here right now means I have to wear my wellies which I also love.

Steve got me these Joules wellies for my birthday. How great are they!

And I'm wearing my slippers because it's super cold!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

::: Cuckoo Clock :::

I have been wanting a cuckoo clock FOREVER! I didn't want a modern one with pink and fluff and fanciness. I wanted a wooden, old fashioned cuckoo clock.

And look what I got:

I love it. It was an ebay find. It has a little sunflower and a wheelbarrow, it's all wooden with the exception of the cuckoo who is a little yellow and green plastic bird. It is battery run and comes with a volume button! Very handy!

It goes very well in my new kitchen don't you think?

Monday, 1 November 2010

::: Vegetarian VS Meat Eater :::

Yup you guessed it. I'm the vegetarian and Steve is the meat eater.

I have been a vegetarian since birth. My Mum is vegetarian as is my brother and sisters. My Dad – not so much.

We were the only people in my entire little world that didn't eat meat. People found it strange and weird, we were called 'hippies'.

I was brought up reciting 'Meat is Murder' and 'Fish are Friends, not Food!' Meat was something horrible and not to be touched, smelled or eaten. My Dad only ever ate meat when he was in a restaurant – as he still does to this day – no meat is to be brought into the house.

I didn't necessarily liked being different from everyone else when I was growing up. I wanted to blend in, yet I didn't like the idea of meat in the slightest.

Steve was brought up as a meat eater, his family are meat eaters and (excluding me and my family) he doesn't know anyone who isn't a meat eater.

It is hard either preparing a vegetarian meal we both like or making two dishes the same – one with meat and one without or maybe even having two separate meals altogether.

But we have learnt to co-exist and are doing pretty well. I still won't touch meat, I barely even buy it unless I really, really have to. Steve is pretty good at going to the butchers and buying his own meat and preparing it away from my food and using separate utensils etc.

One day I might convince him to become a full-fledged vegetarian...