Monday, 8 February 2016

WHERE IS THE TAG TUESDAY BLOG GONE?

I just tried to go to the Tag Tuesday blog to check on the theme for tomorrow's tag, and its gone!!! It says the blog has been removed!?!?!?!?

Does anybody know whats been happening? I am crushed that the blog has disappeared.

Liz xxx



Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Attempting a masterboard

My goodness, its been ages since I did some crafting, and I really needed to get some glue and ink on my hands :-). I have a big box with about a million small pieces of paper, left over from tags, ATCs, collages, die cutting, punching etc, and I thought it was about time to try and use some of the bits for a masterboard. This was so much fun!

This was the board after I stuck a multitude of little bits of paper onto it -




I then rubbed some paint over it all, a greyish white and a beigey white, stamped it randomly with a variety of new and very vintage stamps and sprayed it with some golden stuff. Lastly, glued on some small skeleton leaves -







Now what am I going to do with it, lol?

Oh, as these are all neutral colours, I am joining Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday party! You can find the party HERE and drool over more beautiful neutrals.

Toodlepip xxx

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Tag Tuesday tag - Windows

The theme over at the Tag Tuesday blog this week is WINDOWS. I don't know why, but my mind turned dark again and showed me a ghost at the window. Lol, I shouldn't watch spooky movies!




Toodlepip xxx

Friday, 15 January 2016

Tag Tuesday Tag - Ornate

May I present to you an ORNATE, beautifully detailed, fancy piece of gold JEWELLERY, embellished with clear diamonds of the finest quality, gorgeous rubies and the sweetest pink diamonds. All real of course :-). May be used as a large brooch, could be a pendant on a massive gold chain, or you could pin it to an Ascot Ladies Day hat, lolol -





IF ONLY!

Toodlepip, xxx

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

This is gorgeous!

In our little corner of Blogland, we all love art in one form or another, don't we, and appreciate beautiful creations. How about this stunning painting then? -


The artist, Sarah Stokes, donated this hand embellished print, worth over £300, to one of the charities I support as a prize in a very special raffle. I fell in love with it because it reminded me so much of a photograph I took of our very first dog Harry in the snow. Maybe one or two of you love it as well. You could try and win it in the raffle, the tickets are £1 each. Details of the raffle are here -
https://www.facebook.com/events/557978517710129/ . You could end up with a stunning piece of art and help save lives at the same time.

And now I have to try and get some bits and pieces together for my Tag Tuesday tag for this week. Darnit, its going to be a Thursday tag again! I'll be burning the midnight oil again, lol.

Toodlepip xxx


Saturday, 9 January 2016

French Lavender Hearts

I got my sewing machine out, woohoo! To make a quilt, really, but before I started on that, I wanted to make some lavender hearts to put into an auction one of the animal rescue charities I support, is holding on Facebook right now

I used antique French hand loomed linen, over a hundred years old, vintage lace motifs which my dear friend Alexandra had gifted me with, vintage sequins and beads from Paris, and backed the hearts with a lovely cotton fabric from a vintage French torchon ( tea towel ). Filled with toy stuffing for shape and lovely lavender for a beautiful scent -





You can check out the auction HERE if you are interested. The starting bid for the two lavender hearts is £9.00 plus postage.

Toodlepip xxx

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

First post of 2016

And it is a crafty post, yay! I love the Tag Tuesday challenges, but had missed quite a few lately, so I was determined to start the new year properly with the first new challenge of 2016, SCIENCE. Soooo many possibilities, but in the end I went with medical science for the tag -





And because somehow I ended up using neutral colours ( how I love them ), I am linking this post to Wendy's SIMPLY NEUTRALS TUESDAY party, the first of 2016. I can't believe we are already up to party No. 14! If you love neutrals, check out all the beauties being shared on Wendy's blog right now.

Toodlepip xxx

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Bonne Année!


Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2016 and hoping that all your wishes will come true.

Toodlepip with many hugs,
Liz xxx

Monday, 28 December 2015

Christmas was Beautiful!

Oh dear, very, very long post, but this is like my diary, so needs to be done, lol.

I count myself really incredibly lucky that we have a wonderful family, who can come together at Christmas time without any hiccups, without any nastiness, without the stress and problems so many families seem to encounter at this time of the year. We take things easy, and just have oodles and oodles of fun and laughter together. But before we get to Christmas proper, I wanted to post some photos of Christmassy gifts received from bloggy friends. I think pics are in the order I received them.

First, our dear dear Dorthe sent me these beautiful gifts -




You might see these and others again later in the Christmas photos :-).

Then, a little package arrived from Karen B, and I was thrilled to receive one of her beautiful Christmas Tree ornaments -



My lovely friend Alexandra sent me this beautifully made Christmas card -


This arrived from darling Julia, it goes so perfectly with our Christmas decorations -



Sweet Marie sent this beautiful Madonna card, typical Marie touches with the glittered crown and the lace trim -


And dearest Suzy surprised me with this beautiful wall hanging and card -





I wish I could give you all a real thank-you hug, I would love that.

What with the auctions on my blog, Gizmo's adoption and taking part in the various auctions on the charities' sites, it was last minute decorating for Christmas this year, and as always, my youngest son Nicholas upheld tradition and dit it together with me.

I love having cards and gifts from my blogger friends as part of our decorations, you'll probably spot some from previous years as well. I am not posting all of the very silly pictures, I would probably get shot if I did, lol, its just a (fairly safe) selection. So here goes, Christmas 2015 -

















And then the family arrived, first my daughter in law with Grace and Emily ( Stefan had to work, but joined us later ) with little Gizmo -



Grace with Uncle Nicholas -

Oldest son Chris -

All three sisters together, Paige, Grace and Emily -

Stefan, proud dad of the girls -

Popeye with Gizmo -

Nanny and Stefan -

and my darling husband -

Then the fun started, lol, with opening the stockings and all the silly presents, funny hats, moustaches etc - 








I don't know how Gizmo managed to sleep through all the noise

So many more pics, but I am too tired to add more, lol.

Are you looking forward to 2016? New adventures, new challenges?

Toodlepip xxx