Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter!

HAPPY EASTER Everyone! I hope the Easter bunny has brought you lots of yummy chocolate eggs. Enjoy the Easter weekend and have a wonderful time with your loved ones.

I think I might just have to watch the Vicar of Dibley Easter episode today, tehehehe .........

Toodlepip xxx

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

This week's challenges and oh good grief, more tags, lol

The challenge over at Every Inchie Monday was MAP. I used a teeny bit of a 1888 map of the area around Paris, and slightly altered the date to 1889 as the Eiffel Tower was built for the Exhibition in that year, and I had put a minute little Eiffel Tower bit on the map -

And now to the tag for this week, letter L. I think I just copy what I had written on the Tag Tuesday blog, its just too painful to write it out again...

L is for...... LYREBIRD,

or, in this case, LOST, as in completely LOST the plot, sigh. Does that ever happen to you, that you get so fixated on an idea that even though you know its complete poo and not working, you still go ahead and try and make it work? This wretched bird has stupidly fine tail feathers, why oh why did I pick it? And why the heck did I print it out so small that this tag is more like a 'spot the bird' competition ? And use such strong colours for the 'forest' background? This is definitely not my finest moment, lol, but once Lyrebird was in my head, it refused to let any other Ls in there -

See what I mean? Oh dear.

I just hope that you like the next tag I am showing you a little better -

Toodlepip xxx

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

A very special Blissful Whites Wednesday post

I did try and prepare you yesterday, when I said that this was going to be a very long post, so I hope you  have a cup of tea or coffee with you ( and a piece of cake, if you feel so inclined ). You'll see in a sec why this is a long post, and I am sure you will agree with me that I just had to post all the photographs, anything less just would have deprived you of so much beauty.

A few days ago, I received a couple of packages from two of my dearest bloggy friends. If you have been around for a while, you will recognise their style without me telling you their names, but just in case you are fairly new to our blogs, I'll tell ya. OMG, I am so excited about showing you these pics, lol.

The first package to arrive was from my dear friend Dorthe, dollmaker extraordinaire, who also creates the most beautiful cards, tags, hearts and collages, and all kinds of other beautiful little treasures. Ok, now I will shut up and just show you the pics -

Beautifully packaged -

Ahhhh, such beautiful treasures -

A gorgeous altered charm decorates this beautifully wrapped present -

And inside.........

THE most beautiful collage in unmistakable Dorthe style. See that sweet little heart above the girl? That is a piece of seaweed, totally natural and unaltered. Amazing. I just love the way Dorthe uses natural found objects in her beautiful creations. This post on her blog explains a little about the way it was created.

This beautiful birthday card was also included in the package, so personal with my initial and date. I love the gorgeous skirt the mannequin is wearing -

Biiiiiiiiiig thank you hugs to you, Dorthe my dear dear friend, for these beautiful gifts.

You are probably thinking, well, that wasn't too bad, not really all that long, just normal Lizzie post size, lol, but I am afraid that was only the first part. I can't wait for another day, I am way too excited, I got to show you the second package as well. 

For a very very long time, I have been totally in love with Suzy's creations, most of you will of course know her blog  inside out and admire her just as much. I am so very lucky to count her among my friends, she may be thousands of miles away, but she always feels close. She has gifted me with some awesome pieces in the past, but this time she has really outdone herself. I have to explain a little - you see, I am supposed to be making a fabric book with a Mermaid theme, which for some reason scares me witless. Suzy has been trying to explain to me many times how to approach it, and I am such a wimp and nervous about it, lol, she finally resorted to showing me once and for all how its done................... by making a book for me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Perhaps now you can understand why this is such a long post, lol.

This is what arrived on my doorstep -

Wrapped in layers of lace .............. 

............. was this -
You can't imagine how I felt when I saw this fabric book, it just leaves you speechless. Except for maybe the odd squeak, sigh, murmured OMG.

I'll just show you the photos of the pages, they don't need any words -

Suzy, you are an amazing woman and a much loved friend, thank you so much!

Did you make it right through this post to the very end? You are stars, lol, each and every one of you. Thank you for visiting, for staying, and I hope you enjoyed seeing these beautiful creations. I am smiling.

Toodlepip xxx

I am linking this post to BLISSFUL WHITES WEDNESDAY at the beautiful TIMEWASHED blog.