Saturday, 28 November 2015

Announcing the GIVEWAY winners!

Yep, thats right, winnerS. I have decided to draw three names out of my little heart shaped box. I did it the old fashioned way, put the names of all the people who commented on strips of paper, folded them and put them in my little heart shaped box. And out of the box came -

Julia - who had asked for small metal or wood items for assemblages

Amy B - who had asked for French ephemera and lace

Karen O ( Roosterhead Designs) - who still has to tell me what sort of thing she would like.

Would you please get in touch so I can confirm the addresses with you and also to narrow down what to send you?

Thank you all so much for entering and helping me to spread a little bit of happiness. 

Leaving you with an old photo of our view from the cottage ( but we are in the UK )

Toodlepip xxx

Friday, 27 November 2015

Last Day of the Giveaway!

Just a quick reminder that today is the last chance for you to enter the GIVEAWAY! Just go to THIS POST and leave a comment, telling me what pressie would make you happy.

Good luck! Toodlepip xxx

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Simply Neutrals Tuesday No. 11 and a GIVEAWAY reminder

Firstly, a quick reminder that I am having a GIVEAWAY! Ephemera, lace, fabric, embellishments, mixed media supplies, French vintage treasures, you let me know what you would like to win and I will try and put together a little package to make you happy. Enter the giveaway on this post HERE

I made a few more Christmas cards inbetween braving the world out there for a bit of Christmas shopping. It really is the only time of the year when I enjoy wombling through the shops these days. I stuck with the same theme and image as before ( see last post ), but each and every card is different. Did a bit of stamping, used pages from a very early 1700s Italian book, vintage Swarovski bling, antique French lace motifs, vintage French shelf edging, lots of sparkly bits of course, this is me after all, lol, and bits of this and that. This stone angel is one of my most favourite images -

A couple of cards with more silvery embellishments -

Here are all 6 completed cards, a few more to go yet -

I know I am ridiculously late for Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday party, it being Sunday today, lol, but I don't want to miss this gorgeous party altogether! So, better late than never, right? You can see all the other beautiful neutrals on Wen's blog HERE .

Stay safe and happy. Toodlepip xxx

Friday, 20 November 2015

Spreading a little happiness instead

I don't want to feel angry, scared, despairing of humanity any longer, I decided to spread just a little bit of happiness instead. So I finished a quilt , started many years ago, which my son Nick had been waiting for so patiently -

I sent some money to an animal charity, desperately trying to raise funds -

I started a quilt for a little girl who is suffering from a rare disease ( daughter of one of my son's work mates )

and I am going to have a little GIVEAWAY! No photos, because I would like the giveaway to be something YOU really enjoy. So, if you love laces and fabrics, your pressie will be just that. If you love paper ephemera, your package will have lots of cool French and English ephemera. Like French vintage? Tell me the kind of thing you like, and I'll try and find something to please you amongst my hoarded French treasures -

Just comment on this post to let me know that you would like to win the givewaway, and what makes your heart beat a little faster :-).

I have also finally started on my Christmas cards - 

I prefer being happy.

Toodlepip xxx

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Simply Neutrals Tuesday - The Christmas Card Box

I love Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party, there are so many beautiful things to drool over and admire each and every week. I am always happy to share some neutrals as well, because however much I love some colours, I always seem to go back to neutrals sooner or later. 

Everybody seems to be ahead of me again this year, well into making Christmas cards and gifts already. Me? All I have managed to do so far is put together a box with all kinds of bits and pieces for making cards. But at least that is kind of getting organised and getting ready, right? Here is the box, not quite complete, I haven't put in the stamps and pens, nor some images I am going to use, but you get the idea :-) -

Now all I need is some time to get making!

Hop over to Wen's Simply Neutrals party No. 10 HERE to see all the other gorgeous neutrals, and why not take part yourself?

Toodlepip xxx

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Simply Neutrals Tuesday - Gorgeous Greys

We are still at the cottage in France, and the weather has been pretty unkind to us. Couldn't get much done in the garden. We managed to clear the veggie patches of most of the spent plants ( but not the weeds yet, lol ), cleared away all the bits and pieces which had decorated the garden over the summer and disposed of all the dead geraniums etc. We also worked our way through 7 seasons of The Big Bang Theory, it had us in stitches on those rainy days we had to spend inside and the long evenings. But I find it really difficult to just sit and watch tv, my fingers were itching to do some crafting. Just a teeny bit of crafting. I wanted to check on the craftavan anyway to make sure everything was wintersafe, so I wombled across to the top field the other day and spend a few minutes revising summer spent in there. And........ I found a tiny tub with bits and pieces for a little needle keep in there, which I had brought with me, oh, probably a year or two ago and totally forgotten about. Yay! So today, I finally tipped it all out, sorted out the beautiful hand dyed grey laces and embellishments and got stitching -

I have only done the cover, front and back, so far, haven't put the grey felt inside for the needles yet. Maybe I'll get that done tomorrow.

I am linking this post to Wen's wonderful Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over HERE. Sigh, so many beautiful neutrals to drool over, hop over and see for yourself!

Toodlepip xxx

Saturday, 31 October 2015

A proper Halloween morning

It was yet another early morning in the clouds, but I could see the sun through the hazy air while I was out walking the dogs first thing. It felt like a proper Halloween morning. The filtered sunlight gave everything a scary dull orange glow and there were many crows about. The silence was quite eerie. I took these photos on my phone and thought that just for today, I would use one of them to change the header photo to a Halloweeny one :-) -

This last photo is the one I used for today's header. I had tons of fun messing around with it on Picmonkey!

Have fun! Toodlepip xxx

Friday, 30 October 2015

Simply Neutrals Tuesday - Surprises

I love getting surprises from friends, who doesn't? And on Sunday, when we got back to France, I got two beautiful surprises from two wonderful friends.

I checked the mail box after we had unloaded the car, and was so surprised to find a letter from my darling Suzy. Had to open it straight away of course, and this is what I found  inside -

Wrapped in that very pretty napkin were these -

two locks of the softest, silkiest hair you have ever touched, from Suzy's goats,

and some of the gorgeous rose trims she uses so beautifully in her collages -

Now I wish I was in England in my craftroom, lol, so I could use these beauties. But then I look out of the window or door here at the cottage, and I just wish I had brought my craftacase with me :-).

After we had unpacked and settled in, we drove down to visit our friend Frank and Christine, and thats when I received my second surprise. Christine knows me so well and she had found something so beautiful for me -

She didn't realise it when she bought it , but it turned out she bought a really beautiful Edwardian wedding veil!

and she gifted me with it!

Two thoughtful and beautiful gifts from very dear friends, I just had to share them with you for Wen's much loved Simply Neutrals Tuesday party.

Have a great weekend, wherever you are, toodlepip xxx

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Back in France

Bourgogne in the autumn is so beautiful. The gentle hills, covered in fields and deciduous forests and speckled with farms, blaze with rich colours in the sunshine. We picked a great time to be at the cottage for a couple of weeks, any earlier and the colours wouldn't have developed yet, any later and the leaves would have fallen. The mornings are awesome, some are almost spooky and perfect Halloween settings, like the other morning, when we were in the clouds again - 

( taken on a walk with the doggies, near our cottage )

But once the clouds lift and the sun pokes through, the views from our hill top are so beautiful -

We haven't had much sunshine, most of the time it has been wet, windy and dark, so we haven't done much in the garden. Errrmm, haven't done anything in the garden yet actually. Starting this afternoon though, as it is not raining today. We have just enjoyed being at the cottage, all snug and cosy and cuddly with our doggies, watching an episode or 2 or 20 of The Big Bang Theory and ending up with very sore throats because we have laughed so much. 

Wishing you all a cosy, snuggly day wherever you are. Toodlepip xxx