A very happy new year to all my lovely readers. I can not believe it is the 8th January already scary or what? It was back to uni for me this week, working hard preparing for the assessment on Monday 13th. However, its not been all work I did manage to fit in a bit of retail therapy last Friday. Hubby and I went to Aintree retail park and popped into Dunelm Mill where I buy my cotton. They have the tiniest craft section and I always have to have a nose. This time I got a real bargain 24 Derwent Pastel Pencils £14.99 half price in the sale. Now I am not a big fan of pastels,which are normally in blocks not pencils, mainly because I'm not really sure how to use them. I find them cumbersome and awkward. Oh joy of joys this is so not the case with these pastel pencils, I am totally smitten. Here is my attempt at a pomegranate and I am so pleased with it. I have also drawn an onion and again the pencils are lovely to work with. I just need to buy some fixative as pastels tend to smudge, you can use hairspray, which I did but ran out last night.