Monday, 1 September 2014

Awww, my poor craftavan!

Stripped bare, devoid of all the beautiful creations from bloggy friends I had on display, and without all my bowls and boxes full of craft stuff, it looks so empty and sad!

It is that time of the year again, when I have to pack up all my stuff ready to go back to the UK. But I did get a couple of hours of crafting in before I locked the craftavan for the very last time this summer - I made the Tag Tuesday tag for tomorrow and a bunch of customer tags as well -

The Tag Tuesday theme is SILHOUETTE, which presented me with a bit of a problem, I didn't have a single bit of black paper anywhere in the craftavan or the house! Nor did I have any punches or dies suitable for silhouettes, lol, so I had to draw a silhouette and you can probably tell that drawing is not my forte -

I coloured some card with my black pen for the silhouette and tried the same on a butterfly I had, but not very successfully, as you can still see the print underneath. I used a piece of gorgeous black beaded trim, which was one of many my darling friend and neighbour Annick had gifted me with.

These are the customer tags I made for any orders going out this week -

Tomorrow I have to face the daunting task of trying to pack up as many beautiful French brocantes finds as I can fit into the car on top of all our other stuff AND all my craft stuff. Yikes! So much stuff and so little space, lol. Wish me luck!

Oh, ooh, before I go, I have to tell you about one absolutely wonderful brocante find - a STANHOPE rosary! 

They are so rare and this one is a beauty, it has a micro photograph of a young girl and a young boy in their Holy Communion outfits in the tiny lens in the cross. I'll try and post more pics of the rosary on the vintageland blog later on tonight, but of course I can't show you the teeny tiny photo seen through the lens.

Toodlepip xxx


Rita C. said...

Love your tags, Liz, and sorry you have to leave. Oh my, I love that rosary! If you will be offering it for sale, please let me know!
Rita C at Panoply

lynn cockrell said...

What wonderful inspiration the French countryside must be for creating your lovely projects! The tags you posted today are so very pretty!

Rhonda said...

Sigh... I feel for you trying to pack your car before heading back home. I would want to bring everything back...good luck.

Safe travels and your find is absolutely gorgeous!!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Dear! Time to head home - at least the weather forecast says warm! I love your silhouette - you have made a lovely tag as well as your other fantastic tags! Chrisx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

AMAZING tags are this! Great!

morkaren said...

Din silhuette er da smuk, det er ikke mange der ville kaste sig ud i at lave sådan en "på fri hånd" jeg føler med dig og din ned pakning til hjemturen, håber du husker det hele, det er altid svært at have to bopæle vi har solgt vores sommerhus så jeg er færdig med ned pakning og oppakning, jeg håber du kommer godt hjem til "gode gamle England" efteråret er jo begyndt. knus morkaren.

Dorthe said...

Oh Liz, I know it is a sad time for you, when having to leave your wonderful spot in France, for the summer. I never thought you had to strip your caravan, but ofcourse you have to, or every lovely piece will turn wet and mossy !!
I do hope you can find place for it all in your car dear friend.
I love your silhuette , it is wonderfully drawn and cut ..I know how difficult that is ,in that size!! And your tags all are great, you alwayes find new wayes and lovely adds !
I wish you a safe travel to England and will write you in a few dayes.
Hugs and hugs and hugs !!

Mom E. said...

I love your tags! I especially love the one I received with my package! It is beautiful! You will be sorry to leave France, but you made such lovely memories whilst you were there! I will remember your summer in france! LOL!!!! The rosary is gorgeous.....amazing. I found some beads similar to these in an envelope in my Mother's things and wondered if they might be rosary beads. There is no chain or cross or anything representing a rosary, but beautiful carved beads.They are a dark red sort of brown. I'll have to show them to you sometime and you can tell me what your expert oppinion is!

Ana K. said...

can’t imagine what you would make with all crafting supplies...these tags are fabulous!! Silhouette looks perfect, your drawing is very good and I love beads on tag! Of course I am in love also with bunch of vintage tags, wonderful papers and images...
Hope you had a nice trip back to UK. Hugs from Slovenia

Vicki Boster said...

Safe travels to you dear Liz-- it must be so hard to leave your lovely little cottage -- and even harder to pack up all your beautiful new found treasures!!
Sending love

May said...

Adorable tags Liz, Your drawing is fantastic.... It must be so hard to leave your wonderful French home Have a safe trip back to the UK... Hugs May x x

Inky and Quirky said...

Hi Liz,just stumbled upon your blog from a rather beautiful tag of yours that I found on Pinterest.

I am so glad I did,you have a wonderful blog and as I am a complete Francophile I love the brocante finds :)

I have become a follower so I don't miss out in the future

Donna xxx