Saturday, 22 October 2011

Good And Bad


It has been a very strange few days with mixed emotions

The Good

A surprise gift arrived from Sonja in Serbia to wish me a happy birthday, I have got a little slow at posting thanks.


and actually this arrived a little while ago,it contained some paper items including homemade, lovely crochet embellishments,a ATC ,a bag of goodies and the most delightful hand sewn hanging ornament.

Please check out Sonja's blog.

I also received my Mother Earth Atcs from the swap hosted by Louise over at


each one was well worth waiting for.

And I  received a Fat Bag ,well it was a postal bag over stuffed with goodies from my very dear friend Kit in sunny Florida



Once again Kit has been very generous,and there is far too much to list.

And finally I received  a dainty origami heart from Kalona in the U K. which was just a RAAK . (random act of kindness )


I always admire anyone who does Origami because I lack the patience.,Kalona is also hosting two swaps over at


The Bad

My sweet little Granddaughter had her vaccinations earlier this week ,and since has been quite poorly.We thought it was the vaccinations that made her so ill but a couple of day's later Mummy also was  very poorly so I guess a nasty bug was picked up somewhere. All I could do while looking after her  was plenty of cuddles as she was not interested in playing or eating. I did have to find inner strength for this weeks child-minding because as someone once wrote( Feel the fear and do it anyway ) and I have a real phobia / fear of vomiting. Thank goodness today when she did a quick visit with Daddy she was feeling much better.


Unlike the love of her life Wilson who has gone away for the weekend and has overdone the swimming and is unable to walk.


I have been told he is feeling very sorry for himself.

The other sad thing I /we  saw while out walking was two dead frogs and even worse a dead grass snake, I know in the grand scheme of things perhaps this is not worth mentioning ,but if it were not for our weird unseasonal weather  they would not have been in the road just waiting to get run over.

Today My husband and i decided to spend the day working outside in the garden ,It was so warm that the dragonflies were hovering over the pond ,and  we were both struggling in the heat,

What is happening with our weather ?

Monday, 17 October 2011


Autumn seems to have arrived at last ,the weather is cooler and the winds are beginning to remove the last leaves.
We had twenty four hours in Brixham , Devon  at the weekend and the weather was kind to us, we even had a meal on the outside balcony of a  new restaurant in the town.IMG_5849
It was not as unhealthy as it looks ,vegetable pancakes,garlic bread and wonderful fluffy chips.Anyone who knows me will tell you this is a very rare thing for me to do as I really dislike eating out, but there was something about the mild evening,the lights around the harbour and the smell of wood smoke from the wood burner inside ,that made it a great experience.
I did manage to resist dessert
I do think Brixham is so pretty at night.
Saturday morning this  ship the Tres Hombres came into the harbour,she is a commercial cargo ship and she bought goods from the Caribbean and will be leaving with ale for Brittany in France.She sails the world delivering goods and relies solely on the wind.
she will be quite at home in the port for a few days as  Brixham has several heritage vessels already based there.
These are managed and maintained by willing volunteers
Add Freddy the ferry boat into the mix,and there is always something to see.
Wilson sometimes forgets he weighs 40+ kgs
On the craft front I received a wonderful little INCHIE box from Kalona  in the swap she  hosted over at milliande

And this is the Twinchie box I sent her which is much more rustic with a seaside theme.
It is made from a felted cashmere jumper,calico and printed muslin.
I can now also post pictures of a journal page I did back in June for a collaborative Journal for Milliande.
Marilyn over at hosted and assembled the Journal on our behalf and this was my page.
Glossy accents added brightness to the eyes
I created it by printing onto calico and stitching this onto card,The face is made using Fimo and before curing I made holes to thread her hair through.The two Tags were cut with my Sizzix and coloured with inks before adding text.These tags were placed in the pocket behind the face.