Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Cards

I don't know how you guys do it, you are all so organised and already beautifully decorated and probably done with all your Christmas crafting. Me, I am way behind with everything, lol, just like every year, despite my best efforts.

I made what felt like millions of wintery/Christmassy/Frenchy tags though over the last few weeks for the many orders which I have sent all over the world, but didn't take any pics. It was only today when I got round to making some Christmas cards and took pics of them, that I remembered to take a pic of the last tag before sticking it into the 7th parcel to go out today. Oh, and there is the Tag Tuesday tag for this week as well, of course.

This is the Tag Tuesday tag with the theme Christmas Greenery -

Next, one of the customer tags I send out with orders -

And a couple of the Christmas cards I made today -

Enjoy your day, toodlepip xxx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A very eclectic mix

I finally found some time to do something with the red wire wrapped fabric beads which I made a while ago. In the summer, I bought this really gorgeous vintage necklace with deep red sparkly aurora borealis crystal beads, quite possibly Swarovski beads. And when I had finished the fabric beads, I realised that they would go very well with those crystal beads. I didn't want to take the necklace apart though, so instead I decided to add to it. Fabric beads, ceramic beads, vintage shimmery glass beads, a religious medal. A very eclectic mix, I know, weird and wonderful but quite pleasing to my eyes. The wire wrapped fabric beads were a given of course, and the ceramic organic looking beads I added because they kind of represented nature. The flat white glass oval beads I added just because I like them, how the white coating has flaked off in places, how they shimmer so delicately. And the solid silver medal of the Madonna I added because it is such a beautiful piece and I didn't want it lingering in the drawer any longer -

All this is thanks to Sandy Babb's totally awesome Embellished Fabric Bead tutorial, which you can find HERE.

Wishing you all a lovely afternoon/evening/morning, wherever you are. Toodlepip xxx

Thursday, 4 December 2014

A little time spent crafting

At the moment, I find it really difficult to get any crafting done. There is so much on my to-do craft list, but..... lol, time just flies and I seem to lose days all the time. Hah, make that weeks. How can it possible be December already?
Anyhoo, I had not taken part in the Tag Tuesday challenge for a couple of weeks, so this week I was really determined to make a tag. The theme was Let's Dance! and ballet sprang to mind straight away. I adore classical ballet, and one of the most beautiful and memorable performances I have watched was Nureyev dancing in Romeo and Juliet. Gosh, that must have been in the 70s. So thats what I went with for this week's tag -

I also spent some time making something else. Something not involving paper or tags, lol. 

You see, a little while ago, I was looking through all the wonderful things which were popping up on my Etsy homepage, and amongst other lovely stuff there were some really interesting looking ceramic beads. Unusual free shapes and glorious colours, and I thought they would match the fabric beads,which I made a while ago, perfectly. Couldn't resist them, I ordered them, and a few days ago they arrived. And yes, when I put them together with my fabric beads, I thought they were a match made in heaven, lol. 

I gathered a whole lot of beads and chains and bits and pieces together to make myself a necklace. Such fun! In the end though, I changed course, discarded most of the stash, and went for a much lighter and airier look -

I want to make more! :-)

Well, I had better get on with my chores, otherwise I will never find the time to do more crafting.

Toodlepip xxx

Friday, 28 November 2014

Did you?

Did you brave the masses and venture forth to find yourself some Black Friday bargains? Good grief, Black Friday fever has also taken hold here in the UK, and I was somewhat bemused when I saw the news this afternoon - you'd think there was a riot and looting going on in so many supermarkets and departments tores, the way people fought each other to tear stuff off the shelves, not even looking what they were taking, just anything! Fights, arrests..... lol, I am not one to risk life and limb to get a few ££ off something I don't even really need.
Enough said.

Those of you who also look at my Vintageland blog might have noticed that although I promised to show something new in the shop every day, I failed miserably yesterday. I had orders to get out, customer requests to deal with, needed more tags, needed more business cards, return address labels, etc etc, I just had too much to do. Also, the weather was so horrid and dark and grey, I couldn't take any photos. I did make some new tags and also some boxes for the rosaries I have listed in the shop -

I did take more photos for the shop today though. I was having a real LADIES DAY, lol. Pretty little things. Femine fabricy things, darling little silver bits, litte paper mache boxes..... they looked so pretty, I decided to show them to you on here as well -

I might be able to list some of them tonight, the rest tomorrow, and I'll try put whatever gets listed onto the Vintageland blog tonight as well.

So I had better get on with it, right? Lol, Have a great weekend, toodlepip

Thursday, 27 November 2014

To all my wonderful American friends

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving today. I wish we'd celebrate Thanksgiving here as well, I so love the whole idea of it. Every day I am thankful for the friends I have made on here over the years, and how you have inspired me with your beautiful creations and your wise words. Above all, I am thankful for my family, my husband of 30+ years, my sons and their loved ones, my gorgeous granddaughters, and my fur babies as well. 

Group hug time, lol, xxxxx

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