Tuesday, 3 February 2015

WOYWW - Eating Not Crafting

Well here I am for the second week running with an enjoyable weekend under my belt (literally - more of that later !) but very little crafting done !
Messy Desk this week !

My desk has clutter rather than much in the way of projects - and the one I do have I can't show you !
I have bought a new project zip up bag and pencil case from Paperchase to take some crafty bits on holiday next week ! Who could resist the tropical print ! On top you can see the back of 2 tags. These are the first of the monthly challenges that Lynda & I have embarked on this year. This month's challenge was "crackle glaze" and "tag on tag" - can't show you before Lynda sees them obviously ! But they have a January theme !

I did scrabble a little time together on Sunday when I got home from my weekend away to try to catch up on my 2015 Journal - the diary day page for the previous week harks back to the photos I showed you last week of celebrating the winter sunrise - with my rather wonky silhouette drawing !!

And the Journal Page is based on the Colour Wheel challenge for DLP.

I made up this quote as I thought it was apt for the page !

It is a bit messier than I expected but I had a bit of a barney with the Cosmic Shimmer sprays which were bunged up at the spray nozzle and then splurged !!
But hey it is all colour !!

Obsession January 2015
The reason I was away this weekend was that I was lucky enough to be invited, by the lovely ladies who run one of the ingredients companies we deal with at work, to an evening celebrating the work of 4 Michelin star chefs from Portugal. The festival called Obsession is held at Northcote hotel in Lancashire - itself famous for it's food - and features 27 days with 27 Michelin star chefs. We were served totally delicious & visually stunning food with selected Portuguese wines with every course.
Just amazed us how great seemingly simple ingredients could taste ! It featured lots of fish & fresh vegetables - so quite healthy if we hadn't been enjoying the wine quite so much !!

Our hosts had booked the Chef's Tasting Table which is located in a special room off the kitchen - so we got to see all the service being prepared & served and were hosted by Nigel Haworth - Chef at the Hotel who has held a Michelin star for nearly 20 years and is being instrumental in training young people into the industry.
We had a fabulous & memorable evening !

You can see myself (red frock!) and Helen who so kindly invited me with our souvenir menus.
Below that is a picture for any of you who are into Sugarcraft - an amazing cake designed to show the produce being celebrated at the Obsession event. A delicious salmon dish was served with chive dust !
And our favourite dish of the evening was the lobster in the centre right - totally gorgeous !

Well that was my excuse for no crafting - and I enjoyed every minute !
Have a great crafty week ! Ali xx


  1. Wow, what a great weekend!! sounds wonderful - and yummy food! Your pages are fabulous too.. Hope you have a great holiday. Helen 8

  2. Great pages but those meals look so yummy and what a treat to be involved in such an amazing evening with Michelin star food. Your weekend sounds perfect.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 21
    Happy WOYWW

  3. HOW FUN is that???? So jealous of your culinary delight!!! What a dream come true it would be for me too! Good job keeping up with your challenges. I haven't started one this year yet and it's already February! Have a great week and God bless!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #9

  4. Ugh, cos,ic shimmer sprays, I had a bunch of them clog up and no matter what I tried they wouldn't clear. What a waste. Lovely photo of you.

    Horace @ no. 47

  5. Lucky you Ali enjoying all that gorgeous food, and wine! I`m not too good with shimmer sprays, had more on me than the card even with a box!
    Have a good weekend
    Jan S no 55

  6. Well that's a blimming good excuse if ever there was one :D What a fun thing to do! (If you like fish *g*)

    Loving your clutter filled desk :) And all the shimmer spray goodness!

    Carmen x #53

  7. Amazing reason for not doing any crafting! Have a great holiday.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #7

  8. What an amazing experience to go to the Obsession event! Lucky you. It all looks very yummy.
    I like you DLP page and the contrast between the B&W and the colour. Great!
    Your travel bags look great. Have you got a trip planned?
    Have a good week, hope the weather isn't too bad,

  9. It's good you got a little art time in, and wow, what a wonderful event, the food looks amazing! Thank you for sharing with us!

    #67 this week with the
    finished chair & a chalkboard

  10. What a wonderful weekend you have had! Well done you.
    have a good week
    Christine aka Bishopsmate #73

  11. Oho yum, that sounds delish!! Can you bribe any of those chefs to do the WOYWW crop catering?? I'm feeling slightly under pressure now!! Lol
    Hugs, LLJ 26 xx

  12. Love your B&W and Colour journal page idea! It works really well! I'm doing DLP too, for the first time this year. Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #34

  13. Lucky you! It all sounds quite mouth watering and it is dinner time here as I write...I might have to go to the kitchen and make supper as my tummy is rumbling after reading all this! #56

  14. Love the journal page and the food looks great. Have a great week, Angela x 33

  15. What an amazing weekend, lucky girl! Your pages look great, too. Have a good week, Chris # 11