Thursday, 10 April 2014

Tea in the Garden

Well, not today, I am way too busy stuffing my suitcase with all sorts of things to take to my craftavan in France tonight. But I hope to have a cup of tea or two in our French garden tomorrow, yay! Weather is supposed to be very good, temps in the low 20s and sunny, which sounds just lovely.

TEA IN THE GARDEN is the theme for Kimberly's latest ATC swap though, and I just had to get my ATCs done before we toodled off to France. I reduced a sepia copy of an Alice in Wonderland tea party to black and white
and then hand coloured it in with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pens. Felt about 6 years old, lol. Gotta love colouring in. And then I raided my stash of fabric flowers and applied them to the ATCs -

Spot the difference!?

Back to packing. Oh the decisions to be made, what craft stuff to take, what to leave behind......... I just know that I will realise after a week or so that I have forgotten something vital and will have to ask my darling son to post it to me. Its happened before. Once. Or twice.....

Toodlepip xxx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Eggs on my Bird Brain

Since I made those ATCs for Marion's Bird People swap, I have had bird people on the brain. So when I checked this week's Tag Tuesday theme, FANTASTIC AND STRANGE, it just had to be, yes, you guessed it, more bird people, lol! 

This is what I came up with -

And this was the little explanation which went with the tag, about the newly discovered fantastic and strange Bird People of Silk Nest Island -

The island was named by the man who discovered it, Sir Walter Featherbottom. The homes of these exotic creatures are giant nests made with delightfully colourful strips of silk, the origins of which are still very much a mystery. Exploration of the island and search for answers to the many questions these bird people have raised are ongoing.

I am getting very fond of bird people ;-), and I could have written pages and pages about the professor, Sir Walter Featherbottom, and his explorations of Silk Nest Island.

And now to the EGG bit of the blog title. I wanted to post a photo for this week's theme of EGGS over at the Our Beautiful World blog. They are tiny little spun cotton eggs, which I keep in my beautiful and much treasured Shabby nest, one of Vicki's designer nests which she sells to benefit some wonderful charities. If you are really really quick, she has just put six utterly amazing nests in her Etsy shop, and you might be lucky and get your hands on one.

Here is my Our Beautiful World photo -

Toodlepip xxx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Bird People

I love swapping! And I came across a fabulous ATC swap on Marion's bockel24 blog. The theme is BIRD PEOPLE, and that just screamed FUN at me. Just the thing I needed to get my creativity out of its hole. I had started on the ATCs even before I contacted Marion to let her know that I would like to take part. I spent a wonderful afternoon/evening knee deep in bird images and all kind of papers, and these are the results -

I had so much fun making these, I might make some more for myself.

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday, toodlepip xxx

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Rainbows and Gifties

Over at the Our Beautiful World blog, the word prompt this week is RAINBOW. They are magical things, and I don't know anybody who doesn't ooh and aah over a beautiful rainbow.

I took these rainbow pictures at our cottage in France, when the rainbow spanned the whole of the valley below us -

If you look very carefully, you can see a faint second rainbow above the main one.

These photos make me homesick, I can't wait to get back to France and our little cottage ( which you can just see in the last photo ).

And now, confession time. I am sooooo bad at remembering dates. Birthday dates to be precise. I have them written down in my Bloggy address book, but of course I forget to check it regularly. Now, my darling friend Dorthe knows this and puts up with it, and instead of sending birthday presents, we send gifts when, well, when gift sending pops into our minds. On Saturday, I received the most wonderful 'non-birthday giftie' from Dorthe. I could hug that beautiful woman forever, she is such a wonderful person. Here are my gorgeous gifts from her -

Always so prettily wrapped -

Beautiful skeleton leaves -

Stunning collage -

Another little package held all these fabulous pieces of ephemera -

Yet another package held this oh so pretty tag -

And the last package, oh my goodness, it was wrapped in the loveliest paper and was decorated with these dainty and delicate dried little flowers. Amazing that they survived the journey totally intact -

They now live permanently in my beautiful nest from Vicki -

Inside the package, this exquisite heart -

Everything so very beautiful, sigh.

Big big hugs to this amazing lady, wonderful friend and constant inspiration.

After showing you all these beautiful things again, all I want to do is fondle all the amazing creations I have received from friends over the years. They are all around me, so even while I get on with the tedious task of listing stuff on Etsy now, I can see them and smile at them, so all is well with my Sunday evening.

I wish you all a great week. Toodlepip xxx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

GREEN and Bits n Pieces

The world prompt over at the Our Beautiful World blog this week is GREEN. Yesterday was a beautiful day, blue skies, sunshine, and the new growth on the bushes and trees was the most delightful fresh green. But I didn't have my camera with me on our short walk in the Firehills. Today I was prepared, but it was overcast and grey and not right for pics. Sod's law, lol. So I decided to go with a photo I took a few years ago of a brocante find in France -

I couldn't bear to part with this beautiful vase, so it is still gracing the kitchen window sill in our cottage in France.

I keep making simple little tags to go with customer orders, it gives me much pleasure. Here are a few of them -

And a couple of tag which have gone to friends -

Thank you for all the lovely messages re my poorly back. It is much better, I can walk and sit again, woohoo. 

Also, a big hello and welcome hug to the lovely people who have recently become followers and/or left comments. It is such a shame that this - noreply-comment@blogger.comcomes up so often and prevents me from saying hello personally. Please consider changing it, it is so nice to communicate with fellow bloggers.

Toodlepip xxx