Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Spending the days doing what?

If you have read my Vintageland blog recently, you will know that I have been busy busy busy with my Etsy shop. I am not complaining, it is great! But it meant that I spent Sunday making lots of tags to send out with orders. It has been cold and wet and windy here lately, so I was in the mood for wintery tags. Here they are -

I do enjoy making tags :-).

Toodlepip xxx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Quick challenge catch up

After yesterday's very long wombling through Autun post, I'll have a very short post for you today, just catching up on a couple of weekly theme challenges.

Firstly, over at the Our Beautiful World blog, the theme is BLUE this week. I chose a photograph of a cornflower in a field near our cottage in France -

I adore cornflowers, and together with bright red poppies they make my heart sing when I see them growing alongside fields.

Second pic is of the tag I made for this week's CIRCLES theme over at the Tag Tuesday blog -

I used a champagne cork I had on my desk to stamp the copper circles with.

Thats all! I know, amazingly short post, lol, but I am so busy with my Etsy shop, I don't have time for anything else it seems. Long may it continue, lol, I am loving it.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by,
toodlepip xxx

Friday, 14 November 2014

Gateways to the past

It was horrible here on the South Coast of the UK this morning. So dark and VERY wet. I needed to be reminded of summer days and sunshine and being in France. I remembered that I hadn't even downloaded pics from the little point and shoot cam I carry around in my handbag. So guess what I did? Yes, of course, I downloaded the pics, lol, and edited some to show to you. 

Sometime in August, I went for a little womble in a couple of streets behind the cathedral in Autun ( about 40 mins drive from our cottage ). Autun has oodles of history, especially Roman history, and I so enjoy looking at all the wonderful old architecture. I didn't have much time, just a few minutes while my friend and occasional neighbour Sue went to find a bakery, but even just strolling down a couple of little streets provided a wealth of architectural features. Gateways. Studded medieval looking doors, others with paint blistering and peeling, ornate grilles on basement windows, wrought iron gates. All drawing my thoughts and imagination back to past centuries. Fancy a little womble with me? -

I love this door!!! Just check out the close ups -

And what about this one? Isn't the colour absolutely gorgeous? -

Street corner -

Reminders that Bourgogne is a famous wine region are never far away -

My heart skipped a beat when I came to this magnificent house, a walled garden, a beautiful wrought iron gate, and......... a most beautiful curved stone stairway leading up to the house. I couldn't help myself, had to squeeze my hands through the ironwork and take a couple of pics -

This beautiful home was right opposite the back of the cathedral, so I took a couple of quick pics of the cathedral from that angle -

It is a magnificent building, and can be seen standing above the town from miles away. We drove a little ways up the hill and took this photo of it -

Thank you for taking this walk with me, it was a pleasure to have your company :-).

Toodlepip xxx

Friday, 7 November 2014

What have I been up to?

Well, not much crafting unfortunately. I have made stacks of tags to go with customer orders, but thats about it. I  have been busy busy busy trying to sort out all the many little treasures I have brought back from France. I wish I could say the end is in sight, but heck, no, I have many days of work ahead of me still. I also promised myself that I would list a couple of things in my Etsy shop every day, and so far I have managed to keep that up for 4 or 5 days, yay! For example, today I listed a fabulous authentic French street sign, Rue de la Pepiniere, and some matching enamel kitchenware. I am going to do my best to keep this daily listing up. Keep your fingers crossed for me, lol.

As I don't have anything crafty to show you, I thought I'll give you a few scans to play with. I wanted to try out my son's new scanner on the printer/scanner combo anyway -

Feel free to use them in your artwork.

Have a lovely weekend my dear friends,
toodlepip xxx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Just a quickie post

As it is Tag Tuesday, I wanted to show you the little tag I made. The theme was CROWN IT and that immediately made me think gold, lots of gold, lol. I used a page from a 19th Century French play for the background and scattered gold flakes over it. I thought the young lady was so pretty and graceful, hence the words ' she wore her first crown with grace ' -

I finished the tag off with some pretty gold swirls and a piece of 70s gold thread ribbon at the bottom.

Touch wood, so far so good with my promise to myself to list a couple of items in Etsy shop every day. I am also getting on with sorting out all the many many things I brought back from France after the summer. At the moment they are all jumbled up in boxes and bags, so I am trying to get some order into it all, by categorising. Yikes, good luck to me, lol, its a big undertaking.

Still trying to get to grips with the new computer and Windows 8.1. Its a slow process, sigh. Still using the laptop for stuff like this where photos are required, it will take me ages to sort out what to transfer to the new computer and what to get rid off.

Have a wonderful week, my dear friends, and thanks for stopping by.

Toodlepip xxx

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Crafty little treasures

A little while ago, Wilma from the lovely EmpressWu Designs blog held a giveaway for some gorgeous tag sets she had created. TAGS! No way could I not enter such a giveaway, you know how much I love tags :-). And guess what, I was one of the winners, yay! All the tags looked fantastic in her photos, but I tell you, I was gobsmacked when I opened my little package, they are totally awesome fabric tags. Big, bold and beautiful, with a Circus theme -

Aren't they just fabulous?

Also waiting for me when we got home from the cottage on Saturday evening was my ATC swap package from Kimberly of ArtJoyStuff. Kimberly is the most amazing swap hostess and always surprises us with the sweetest little gifts. Look at this! -

That little box is just so cute!

And here are the terrific ATCs I received in the swap, beautifully packaged -

and OMG, the ATCs themselves, they are AWESOME! - 

From left to right, the ATCs are from Sheng, JoAnne, and Maggie. Thank you so much for creating such fabulous ATCs!

As much as I miss the tranquility of our French cottage, I was happy to be back in my craft room. I missed the last few Tag Tuesday challenges because I didn't have any craft supplies with me in France, so I was happy to be able to create a tag for this week's challenge, FRIGHT NIGHT -

Thats all, folks. Thank you for visiting, it is always great to see you here ;-).

Oh, and before I go, I should really tell you - visit Marie's Lost Bird Studio blog, she is having a giveaway which you'll love. Go check it out HERE!

Toodlepip xxx