Hi Friends,   

Happy Sunday! I hope you remembered to turn the clocks back last night if you are in the UK (or Europe?) because it is time to Fall Back and get an extra hour in bed.  That aspect of it is nice but I really don’t like that it will now be dark at 5pm.  It’s not necessary and it confused the cats no end because they know what time it really is despite what the clock now says. Most of my post was written last night, but I was too tired to finish it off and schedule it, but I will have to be quick today as I am not feeling 100% and think I might put my feet up for a while.  Hopefully though the post will still be understandable without all the explanations I had planned.  If  you have any questions thought, just post them in the comments. Just one more page left for this month…

Today’s Art . . .

Today’s art is another page using my Day 30 prompt:  Candy

This page is dedicated to this Scottish Folk Song that I was recently reminded of in one of the DCI Logan books I read this month.  One of the minor characters in the book was called Ally Bally, and that was a blast from the past, as that is the start of a little lullaby my mum used to sing to me, and naturally the character in the book, started singing it too.  The first verse goes like this:

Ally Bally ally bally bee
Sittin’ on yer mammy’s knee
Greetin’ for a wee bawbee
Tae buy some Coulter’s candy

The full lyrics of this Scottish folk song can be found here.  For the non-Scottish people – “greetin” means crying, and a “bawbee” was another name for a sixpence in the old money before decimalisation.  Coulter’s candy was a real product and this song was apparently written as an advertising jingle in the days before that was really a thing.  This aniseed flavoured candy was sold on the East coast in the 1890s but several times people have tried to bring it back and use the name.

I bought a couple of bags of treat-size chocolate bars and sweets to hand out at Halloween, so I thought I would use the bags that contained the treats as the basis of my page.  It’s amazing how many of these chocolate bars have orange wrappers, not for Halloween but as standard.  I guess it helps them stand out.

I wrote some of the lyrics down on the page which was painted with orange neocolours first.

I had this little treat bag already die cut and assembled so I thought it would work on my page with all the chocolate bars.  It’s a Tim Holtz Sizzix set that makes the bag, and another one that cuts the pumpkin. The background is a Tim Holtz stencil coloured with Distress Inks, Stickles and Nuvo drops for decoration.  I  added the word CANDY down the left side with  some shiny black alphabet stickers.

There’s still time to join in the challenge this month!

EDIT:  told you I wasn’t feeling well, nearly forgot to add my TREACLE TOFFEE I made last night!

Boiling till it reached the right temperature and then…

Smashing it up with a hammer into bite-size pieces!  Like the Treacle scones I made the other day, this is another traditional treat at this time of the year.  It’s all about the treacle for sure!

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!

my handmade journal, watercolour paper, candy wrappers, letter stickers, Tim Holtz Sizzix dies, stencil, Distress Ink, Nuvo drops, Stickles, neocolours,


Country View Challenges – Halloween or Harvest
Art Journal Journey
Fairytales, Folklore & Fables

Daily Prompts

Here are the prompts I will be using and you can probably tell that a lot of them are related to fairytales, but you don’t have to use them that way or you don’t have to use them at all.  I will be attempting all 31 days but I may not make it and that’s OK too.  The prompts are there if you feel stuck or in need of extra inspiration.   I just respond well to a daily prompt and I will also be sharing my pages on Instagram.  If you share your work on Instagram there is a hashtag.  Please note, that to enter the Art Journal Journey challenge using the Mr Linky tool, you will have to link from a blogsince it is a blog challenge.

Or you can ignore the daily prompts completely and focus on the overarching theme for the month.  The daily prompts are there if you want to make more pages but need some extra prompting.

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Bleubeard and Elizabeth
November 1, 2022 10:49 pm

My brain is not working tonight, I guess. I make a version of your treacle candy at Christmas. It all depends on how long I cook the candy. If I leave it to the hard boil stage, I get the stuff you break with a hammer (grin). If I don’t leave it that long, I get a soft candy that, when set, looks like (takes on the shape of) a Kisses chocolate drop. I bet it’s a very similar recipe.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
November 1, 2022 10:41 pm

It’s obvious I have never heard of that poem about candy. Very Scottish, I guess. Regardless, I LOVE your take on candy and the die cut pocket you kept it in. Thanks for yet another wonderful and very different spread using your theme at AJJ. I sure know Cadbury’s. Great chocolate.

November 1, 2022 12:10 am

we have ome similar candy we used to do at Christmas. But now I have not done it in many years. Maybe I should do it this year.

Erika N
October 31, 2022 12:48 am

We change our clocks next week, and I don’t look forward to that 5 PM darkness either. But you candy page is bright and cheery and not at all dark. I really like that bright blue and orange. They work so well because they made this candy page really fun. I like the pocket too. Have a great start to the new week. Hugs-Erika

Iris Flavia
October 30, 2022 5:17 pm

I´m with you. I hate winter-time. Not needed anymore anyways with LED etc-technologoy.
It just drives people nuts, esp when we switch back.

Hope you are better soon!!!

The bell will not be turned on – no trick-or-treat-kids, only the lazy postie to be expected!

Wow. I sure don´t wanna be a toffee in your place, LOL! xx

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