Giggling Squid

When we visit our family down South we always go to the Giggling Squid restaurant to enjoy the yummy Thai food!


I stamped a Hessian background texture stamp by Kaisercraft using Distress Ink creating two panels on the page, then to add more texture and contrast I stamped a grid design over the top using a homemade stamp and black Archival Ink. Next I cut our meal choices from a takeaway menu I picked up when we visited the restaurant and stuck them down with a UHU Stic. The different papers are from a Design Pad which are cut into various widths and stuck to the page using a UHU Stic; they remind me of the different panels, textures and natural wood and leather decor in the restaurant. I then added a strip of wood effect paper to the top and bottom of the page panels to frame them, a silver border to the dark grey panels of paper using outline stickers and the Giggling Squid signage using double-sided foam tape. To reference Thailand I used a postage stamp from my hubby’s childhood collection dated 1972, it matched the colours of the page beautifully. Then I added silver sequins and a Christmas bauble topper using Glossy Accents embellishing the centre with a flower rhinestone and to finish a pretty wooden frame.

I’m pleased be able to join Erica from BioArtGal who has done the most excellent job of hosting this month’s theme “Tell me a Story” over at Art Journal Journey. Thanks Erica!


The food is always amazing! For my starter I had the Tempura Vegetables and a side order of Salt and Pepper Squid to share, then for my main I had Pad Khing which is stir fried prawns with vegetables and ginger – delicious!  As well as the ice water I ordered a Tiger beer, which is an Asian Larger and was very light and refreshing. As T stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang – Happy T day!


There is a lot to choose from on the menu and as we went at lunchtime, my hubby had his favourite – the ‘Two Giggling Squids’ Tapas Set which consists of Chicken Massaman Curry, Salt and Pepper Squid, Beef Salad and Jasmine Rice – yum! He had a Cranberry Crush to drink.


This small chain of restaurants can only be found in Southern England and is still family run. Their story is a lovely one and the food is always delicious and the decor is wonderful – both rustic and chic!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Hessian CS153)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall tape
  • Poundland Design Pad (Purple Paradise CRO701/PL3, Changing Seasons CRO701/16PL1, Urban Style CRO701/16PL2)
  • Takeaway menu
  • Postage Stamp (Thailand, 1972)
  • Silver outline stickers
  • Poundland (Assorted Sequins)
  • The Works stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)
  • The Works (Wooden Frame CRO282/TW1)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

38 thoughts on “Giggling Squid

  1. My mouth is watering. I just came from Elizabeth’s where she blogged about the China Inn again. I miss oriental food! I don’t think I’ll try the squid though 😉 You did a great journal page about the “Giggling Squid.” It makes me giggle just to type it. Happy T Day, Jo. XOX Eileen

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  2. Wow that food does look very yummy – very very yummy! and what a fabulous name for the restaurant – feeling really hungry now 🙂
    As usual you have created a wonderful memory page of your visit – love it!
    Gill x

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  3. What a super name for a Restaurant and the food does look delicious. I could pull up a chair if it wasn’t so late. Its a fantastic journal page to keep and store your memories of your meal. and a good place to dine
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. That looks like a great restaurant. Even the name made me smile. I read the story as you kindly supplied the link. I found out there is one in Clifton, Bristol. So next time we are over there we shall definitely pay a visit. Thanks.
    Happy T-Day,

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    • That’s great, I’m pleased you’ll be able to visit the one in Bristol next time you’re in the UK :-). The food is so yummy and fresh tasting, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time :-). Thanks and Happy T Day! J 🙂


  5. I love that name-The Giggling Squid. Nice! And the food looks sooooo good. I love Thai food and haven’t had it for quite some time. Too long I think. You made a great journal page about this too. You have the knock for great food and adventure pages Jo. Hope its a happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  6. I had to laugh at the name of the restaurant, and loved how you interpreted it in your journal page. It is gorgeous. I was intrigued by the way you incorporated the take-out menu with the paper and stamping. Handmade stamp? I’m in AWE.

    I’ve had squid once and am not fond of it, but yours looks SO much better than mine did. Mine didn’t have the puffy crust around it. I am a big fan of Thai food, though. It’s always fun to eat and you can get vegetarian without too much trouble, too.

    Thanks for sharing the Giggling Squid, both the restaurant and the art with us, as well as your Tiger beer and your husband’s Cranberry Crush with us for T this Tuesday.

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    • I think you’d find lots to eat here, we have eaten there a number of times and found they will happily substitute dishes to accommodate dietry needs :-). As you know I like to experiment and using the handmade stamp was fun. Many thanks and Happy T Day! J 🙂


  7. Everybody’s showing such great food this week and such great photos!! Yum!!! i have never had Thai food… I’m going to have to try it one of these days… But you know you hate to go and spend the money and then not like it! Always look forward to your Journal page every week Jo! happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  8. Two Giggling Squids! What a lovely name – Your page turned out great – gorgeous made!
    You always exactly know what fits together! Your pages always are so elegant!
    Oh I am hungry and now all this delicious food to see here!
    Two Giggling Squids ( I love this name…lol) seems to be a fantastic place to eat!
    Happy T-Day dear Jo and a big THANK YOU for all your support this month again for Art Journal Journey!
    I appreciate this very much! Great to have you with us!
    I am happy that I got to know you!
    oxo Susi

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    • We always make a beeline for this restaurant when we visit Horsham (West Sussex), it’s such a relaxed and friendly place to eat and the food is so delicious! Thanks so much for your kindness and I’m happy that I got to know you too :-). Wishing you a very Happy T Day dear Susi! J 🙂


  9. The name Giggling Squid makes me smile
    AND seeing that fine feast is making my mouth water.
    Oooh it looks and sounds scrumptious.
    You have created a wonderful burlap background Jo (hessian is such a cool name!).
    The pages you create has such flow and unity to them.
    They are seamless and always tell such nice stories.
    Happy T Day oxo
    p.s. it’s almost dinner time and I really am hungry now after visiting you 🙂

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    • Thank you Patty! I love the name too, it reminds me of good times! The food was delicious and inspired us to get a couple of Thai recipe books so we can enjoy Thai food at home as well :-). We went shopping at an Asian Supermarket today and had such fun. Hope you are having something nice for your dinner – Happy T Day! J 🙂


    • Thanks Sheila! It would be a great name for a blog, I’d always smile when I saw it :-). The squid is delicious, I always have a side order to share and it’s one of the main reasons we eat there – you can’t go to the Giggling Squid without having the squid after all … lol. Hope you are having a great week and wishing you a lovely weekend! J 🙂


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