Friday, 20 November 2015

Spreading a little happiness instead

I don't want to feel angry, scared, despairing of humanity any longer, I decided to spread just a little bit of happiness instead. So I finished a quilt , started many years ago, which my son Nick had been waiting for so patiently -




I sent some money to an animal charity, desperately trying to raise funds -

https://www.facebook.com/Help-Bulgaria-Street-Cats-and-Dogs-find-Forever-Homes-669151113196963/

I started a quilt for a little girl who is suffering from a rare disease ( daughter of one of my son's work mates )

and I am going to have a little GIVEAWAY! No photos, because I would like the giveaway to be something YOU really enjoy. So, if you love laces and fabrics, your pressie will be just that. If you love paper ephemera, your package will have lots of cool French and English ephemera. Like French vintage? Tell me the kind of thing you like, and I'll try and find something to please you amongst my hoarded French treasures -




Just comment on this post to let me know that you would like to win the givewaway, and what makes your heart beat a little faster :-).

I have also finally started on my Christmas cards - 









I prefer being happy.

Toodlepip xxx

22 comments:

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh Liz I was glad to see your post and know that you are well. Have been thinking of you and our prayers are going up for France; and all those in Paris.
Such beautiful Christmas cards! They are gorgeous. So moving and the message of "Peace On Earth" so fitting for such a time as this. You've included a beautiful (neutral) mix of textures, papers and laces. Thank you for sharing~
I would love to be entered in your give-a-way! It sound wonderful Liz! Blessings, ~Karen O

Judys Lace Creations said...

Love these pretty cards Liz. So sorry your dear Paris has been rocked with such horrible events.
Life is still worth living, and we just have to carry on.

Betsy said...

Liz,
You are such a sweet kind and generous person. The world is a better place because of your love!! I want to follow your lead and have a "Spread a little Hapouness " giveaway!! What a wonderful idea!!!
You beautiful Christmas Cards are gorgeous... I wish we were meeting you in Brighton again this December... I cannot believe it was almost a year ago... I still enjoy last year's card every glimpse I get of it. Love and hugs... Should I win I know you know what I'd love... Anything you have to offer!!!
Love and hugs, dear friend,
You have such a generous heart!!!
Betsy

Betsy said...

By the way, your quilt is gorgeous!!! And such a lovely thought for a little girl..I'm sure she will enjoy a quilt, as your son loves his. The animal shelter will benefit from your love as well!!
Xoxo

Wen Sylvestre said...

Oh my, your Christmas cards are gorgeous, Liz! And sending out so much peace and love, which we so need at this moment, thank you sweetie! Your quilt is beautiful, such a wonderful gift to your son. And I'm inspired by your generosity. Yes, let's give give and give, spreading some love and joy! Sending you many hugs and happy weekend wishes, xx

Elizabethd said...

What a lovely giveaway... I won't join in as have already got drawers of things I keep meaning to use.....!
Paris, oh yes, so many happy memories.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

So good to see your lovely post. I've been missing in blogland also. I have been praying if only there could be Peace Around the World. My heart beats a little faster over the lack of respect our country has lost, the violence, terrible negative things on FB,( trying to avoid them.)and a good heart beat for sharing fun, off the diet food with long lost friends. And your post made me realize, it's time to go on and do some of the fun things I enjoy.
Your beautiful Christmas cards, lovely quilt and your precious little dogs, has put a smile on my face. Thank You. Have a lovely weekend. Our 12 inches of first new snow has enlightened me also. It's a winter glistening wonderland out there.

Lesley UK said...

Liz, so glad you're back. Your quilts and cards are beautiful. I really don't know what to say about Paris. It just doesn't feel real. We can only hope that love will overcome such savagery. I'm listening to my football team at 3pm. (Norwich City) and along with all other clubs they will be playing the Marseillaise before the game. We are all thinking of you and Paris. Blessings

cindy lanier said...

i totally agree with you, not going to be scared but concentrate on all the goodness in the world. i love all your creations and would love to win your giveaway!

Marrianna said...

The quilt looks marvelous! Great job as always. Glad you are creating your Christmas cards already. I'm waiting for a Cyber Monday sale at my favorite inkjet paper company. Anyway, I digress. Should my name be drawn for your wonderful giveaway, I would love some of the delicious laces and fabrics you often show on your blog that you have found at the brocantes in France.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dearest Liz
I am so pleased you have found your positive heart again to create these gorgeous Peace on Earth cards - so beautiful as always!

That quilt is fantastic too. I bet Poppy and Hector are going to be a bit peeved when you give it to Nick. After all why can't it stay on the couch for them??? LOL!
I too have lifted my veil today and am trying to recover my apathy and sympathy too never forgetting the sate of so many ruined lives.
It is so much better to work with a generous heart than to close up shop. Bless you dear friend,

Suzy from downunder but not under!!!
xoxox

Dorthe said...

My dear Liz,
so wonderful to see you here again, and to know, you are feeling better, even we all ,in our hearts will keep a fear and a big sadness for this world and what happens all over in it !!
But you shows again your big heart , dear friend, with that wonderful give away where the lucky one can wish from the heart , how beautiful is that.
The donation to the dog-cat home is surely being treasured so very much, too, as the loving idea to create a quilt for your son`s workmates daughter , is beautiful Liz.
And how stunning is your cards, I love the serene beauty you created, and the use of the kneeling angel statue ,- and with the lovely new and old fabrics !!
A post filled with your heart and your love !!
Hugs from Dorthe

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Nick will be happy to receive that beautiful quilt and what a lovely gesture to make a quilt for that little girl as well. It's difficult not to think about what happened in Paris but creating helps to feel a bit better. I love you for sending some money to an animal charity, dear Liz! You're so sweet!!!
Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway! If I would win, I would like some small items (wood, metal etc.) to use in assemblages.
Hugs & ♥
Julia

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work again. I love the beautiful lace and ephemera you find in France. We so need peace and happiness and kindness in this world. Hugs, Valerie

Szara Sowa said...

Thank You for asking us to Your giveaway. I love all charming works. I'll be happy for any vintage Frace items. (Sorry for ma English)

Karen B. said...

Liz, you are such a sweetheart!
Thank you for the chance to win something lovely. When it comes to things that make me happy ... anything that a friend would gift me is the perfect thing to put a smile on my face.
Wishing you a lovely day.
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

WW said...

Your cards are so beautiful. I'd love to win some interesting trims, etc.

Amy B said...

Liz,

Your Christmas cards are as beautiful as your heart. I have several of your lovely ATCs from Kimberly's swaps and found your blog that way. French vintage ephemera or book pages and old lovely lace do make my heart beat a bit faster. I live in Southern California, and it seems that at jaunts to flea markets and garage sales I am more apt to find "mid century modern" than old world treasures. I spent my sophomore year of college in Heidelberg Germany 30+ years ago and made several trips over to stunning Paris during the year. So very sad that the very few with hearts of stone can impact so greatly the great preponderance of generous, loving souls that abound! Amy Bauer

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Hello Liz,
This post has it all.... Beauty..... Kindness..... Spirit.... Generosity.... And all from your lovely heart and hands.
Thank you for sharing and for a chance to win your giveaway.
hugs and JOY,
Kim

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Liz,
almost missed your wonderful giveaway:) You know what makes my heart sing,lol.
Merci for the chance. Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs and love,
Marie

LesleyAnn said...

What a kind thing to do! We all need to spread a little more happiness. :-) The quilt is beautiful and so is the pooch! The memories of my beloved dog, Samson, makes my heart sing. He was my best friend and left an imprint on my eternal heart.

Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!

Lace Age Girl said...

Hello Liz, Your angel cards are exquisite. I'm sure your giveaways will be happily received :)
Hugs,
Jesse