Friday, April 21, 2017

Missing in Action

Thank you so much for the emails I have received asking me if I was well. Yes I am thank you but instead of giving excuses ( I could invent several) as to lack of blog posts lately I hold my hands up and admit it was shear laziness and bad management on my part. Something else always seemed to pop up and then I would forget about it for a few days, and then it turned into weeks.
But I promise you I have been busy with a few custom orders, doing appliques and trying to master Kanzashi petals.
 Love making these cushions with a machine applique of retro birds with gorgeous curly tails

 my first attempt of Kanzashi flowers
 and another
 A sweet little makeup bag
 A few hair barrettes

 I love Dandelions
 Fun with Applique cats
This one was quite funny as I was to make a hairdressing cape with  the name Eveyln, I made it up thinking perhaps it is a French way of spelling Evelyn. Client got it wrong and told me not to bother changing it and seemingly her friend thought it was hilarious. Wonder if she will ever use it?

Will be back soon with a giveaway have a great weekend xx

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Secrets of Rose Cottage

On looking through some old paperwork I came across this news cutting.

This is going back to 1986 when I awoke one morning   to find a letter in my post box from my sister; on opening it I found a scrap of paper  (above if you click the picture it will enlarge for you to read) and nothing else in the envelope. When I read the article I had a good chuckle to myself and then never really gave it much thought except to note that it did state my then current address, must have been a misprint!.
Later that day I got a call from my mum who started by telling me how disappointed and how disgusted she was with me!  how could I do something like this! She went on and on and I could not get a word in edge ways so I ended up hanging up and immediately called my sister who had called my mum that morning to read out the said article. She also believed it was me in the article.😞

At first I was speechless and then was really upset that both my mother and sister thought that this was me!!!

As you can see the address is “Rose Cottage” and yes I did live there but I was 33 at the time not 51 as the article suggested (my sis and mum obviously missed this fact).

Turned out that there was another Rose Cottage at the other side of the village where this was going on.

I was forgiven but I stayed cross for awhile as you can imagine. Now I can have a good chuckle.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A bit of Lamination

I love reading and have sometimes up to four books on the go, occasionally I find a book that needs my full attention and if it's hard going I may have to leave it for a while and find something lighter to read.  I truly dislike giving up on books. Anyway  I got so fed up with just having pieces of card or scraps of paper to mark my place, I decided to make some books markers that are not only cute but practical to boot. 

 Found these on graphicsfairy site and they are gorgeous

 These gorgeous Edwardian costumes from ArtCult on Etsy
 Again the same ones from Artcult but did them in what I can only describe as atmospheric black & white.
 This was an embroidery pattern I bought for a project and decided would be fun to make these up for a few creative friends
These I made for AimeBroiderie on Etsy, great idea for a little promotion
 Can't decide whether to add an eyelet & ribbon or leave as they are

Love the sepia tones
My first attempt with printing on candles, really fun to do, only burnt myself once (more than sufficient)
  tissue printed on candles 

 A  wee tartan Mouse Pin Cushion, nothing to do with lamination! Cute though

Monday, January 2, 2017

Peyriac de Mer Christmas Day 2016

We decided that for Christmas we were going to head of in our old camper, we choose Peyriac-de-Mer as a couple of friends of ours who stayed with us last summer spent a night there and loved it. We were not disappointed as the weather was glorious, blue skies and sunshine with a slight breeze, perfect for walking.
At Peyriac de Mer you can either keep on the boardwalks around the old salt pans  or take the longer, higher option around the ridge above the Etang de Doul, we did both.
 I was not expecting to see Flamingos in December, nor Pelicans neither of which I have seen in the flesh before. Although the flamingos were well back from the land the  fact that they were still pink made them more visible, and as we had binoculars managed to get a good look at them. We saw around 30 Pelicans and I never knew they were so graceful in flight.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ready for the Christmas Fair

Getting ready for the Christmas fair on the 10th December along with my girfriend Suzanne from Lavande de Combenegre, thought I  would show you a few things we have been busy making, lots more to see so if you find yourself close to the Salle de Fete in Castelnau, do pop in and say hello. Everything is handmade and with oodles of love. Wish us luck.

Little coin purses
Suzanne's gorgeous birdie lavender sachets
Mini Christmas stockings
Fabulous lavender manniquins

Insect hotels (how cute are they)
Vintage Dolly peg bundles
Heat packs with lavender and flax mix
Suzanne distills her own lavender along with soap and massage bars
Tissue holders
Lavender heart  sewing kits
Christmas wooden angels

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cecilia Ekback - Book Giveaway - Win Two signed Copies

This is the perfect read for winter, so turn up the central heating, wear a thick woolly jumper and fall under the magical spell of both  ‘Wolf Winter' & 'In The Month of the Midnight Sun'.  This giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will receive a copy of each book signed by the author herself. Keep them both for yourself or give to a friend with a personalised inscription. I have read both books and enjoyed both of them immensley and I am not kidding about the wolly jumper either, oh and a bar of chocolate would not go amiss. Good luck everyone and a huge thank you Cecilia for this fabulous giveaway.

There are six homesteads on BlackÄsen Mountain.
A day's journey away lies the empty town. It comes to life just once, in winter, when the Church summons her people through the snows. Then, even the oldest enemies will gather.
But now it is summer, and new settlers are come.
It is their two young daughters who find the dead man, not half an hour's walk from their cottage.
The father is away. And whether stubborn, or stupid, or scared for her girls, the mother will not let it rest.
To the wife who is not concerned when her husband does not come home for three days; to the man who laughs when he hears his brother is dead; to the priest who doesn't care; she asks and asks her questions,digging at the secrets of the mountain.
They say a wolf made those wounds. But what wild animal cuts a body so clean?

An orphaned boy brought up to serve the state as a man. A rich young woman incapable of living by the conventions of society. Neither is prepared for the journey into the heat, mystery, violence and disorienting perpetual daylight of the far North.
Stockholm 1856.
Magnus is a geologist. When the Minister sends him to survey the distant but strategically vital Lapland region around Blackasen Mountain, it is a perfect cover for another mission: Magnus must investigate why one of the nomadic Sami people, native to the region, has apparently slaughtered in cold blood a priest, a law officer and a settler in their rectory.
Is there some bigger threat afoot? Blackasen seems to be a place of many secrets.
But the Minister has more than a professional tie to Magnus, and at the last moment, he adds another responsibility. Disgusted by the wayward behaviour of his daughter Lovisa - Magnus's sister-in law - the Minister demands that Magnus take her with him on his arduous journey.
Thus the two unlikely companions must venture out of the sophisticated city, up the coast and across country, to the rough-hewn religion and politics of the settler communities, the mystical, pre-Christian ways of the people who have always lived on this land, and the strange, compelling light of the midnight sun.
For Lovisa and Magnus, nothing can ever be the same again.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Great day out playing hunt the Murals in Angouleme

Having moved on from our trip to La Creuse we then headed for Angouleme and found a fabulous campsite 6klm out of town (Camping du Plan d'eau), and as a bonus we found a cycle route that took us through a park and alongside the Charente river right into town. The whole cycle ride was infused with the gorgeous fragrance of the Elaeagnus hedging.

Armed with a town plan which had all the wall murals numbered think there were about 20 in all. We never found them all despite spending 6 hours walking the streets, but it did make the day more interesting to say the least. My feet were less impressed.

Stock photo of  HergĂ© & TinTin

The International Comic Strip Festival d'AngoulĂȘme did nothing but grow with the help of great geniuses as the great Moebius, Hugo Pratt (creator of Corto Maltese), HergĂ© (The Adventures of Tintin), Will Eisner (The Spirit ), Enki Bilal or grand prize winners like Albert Uderzo (Asterix), Bill Waterson (Calvin and Hobbes) or Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball). 

Hugo Eugenio Pratt was an Italian comic book creator who was known for combining strong storytelling with extensive historical research on works such as Corto Maltese. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2005. 

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