Wednesday, 22 September 2010

This blog post is soft, strong.. and very very long!!!

Bright Mabon Blessings to you all today.

This was the view which greeted me when I opened my curtains this morning - Equinox sunshine over ‘my’ beloved field. Would you look at the way the light is painting the tips of the leaves on the tree behind the shed?

It’s been a perfect Autumnal day in the Midlands, very befitting for Autumn Equinox I feel - although it did go a little dark and moody around teatime. A bit like me really when I got home from work and had to unload the biddy washing machine, wash up the detritus of my son’s various meals/drinks (whilst he lies pale and wan on the sofa nursing earache so I can‘t shout at him for being a lazy bum!), and then cook tea. My good mood did wobble for a little while back there but hey - don’t’ sweat the small stuff eh?!

Have a look at these little beauties!

How yummy do they look?

Cost? Nothing! Nada! Zilch! Zero! Nowt!

When I leave work at five I have to walk along the high street to the bus stop. Just by the side of the stop is a little fruit and veg shop. I actually went there at lunch time today and stocked up on some fruit and veg so was pretty loaded down with two heavy bags already. The owner of the shop had put loads of punnets out in front of his closed shutters - free for the taking. People were just walking past them! Why?!! I appropriated four of the boxes and offered a grateful thanks to the free food angels. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them apart from the odd one in each box which is going over a little. They’ll need using up very quickly but the kids have already eaten some for pud and the rest will be turned in to strawberry jam quick smart before they have time to go off. He’s left bananas out before now - almost perfect save for a couple of brown marks- and for some reason I’ve walked right past them cos I was bit embarrassed about picking them up. I really don’t know why - they would have been perfect for nana muffins and bread. I shall certainly be keeping an eye out in future and see what the kind man puts out. I may pop in tomorrow and just check that it really is ok just to take them. I’m sure it is as they’re just left in a pile in front of his shutter door but the scaredy cat part of me needs to check just in case I’ve been caught on cctv and I’m arrested for wanton strawberry theft !!!

Changing the subject now, what do you think of these gorgeous little things?

 The boxes were from my best friend, the clock from my kids and the cushion from my Mum and Dad, all for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I’m saving them up for when I re-decorate my lounge in a few weeks time. I do love the Union Jack design as you may have guessed!!

So…. Would you like to see some of the things I made over the weekend?

You would?

Ok….here goes then- in no particular order cos I’m not that organised!!!

I’ve never been a card maker. I never really ‘got’ the fact that you could spend much time, effort and product to make a card when you could buy a pretty enough one for pence in the local Card Warehouse shop. (blimey I can hear the boo hisses from here!! Bear with me!! Lol) The weekend totally changed my mind and I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed the card making classes. The brilliant (and absolutely barmy but lovely!) Zoe Pierson taught her scrummy butterfly card class and this was the result:-

This fairly innocuous looking card opens up to reveal…….

This! How cute!!  Zoe has posted all about the weekend too - you can check out Zoe's blog here but be warned - there are gratuitous graphic images of chocolate awaiting you!!

I also attended a couple of Jane Gill’s classes. You can check out more of her gorgeous work on her blog here   Wow was I ever impressed and totally hooked on making these little babies!!

How amazing that these flowers are made from punched sunburst shapes - and from plain old photocopy paper too! - before being chalked, fiddled with and assembled to make these ultra cute little flowers. Once I get hold of the starburst punch I feel lots of these coming on!!! It was very therapeutic making them too! I purchased all the tools from Cardinal Colours for less than £10.00. Bargaintastic!!

And how about this one?

I really can’t believe that something so gorgeous was actually created by completely cack-handed little old me!! I’m so proud! The poinsettia ‘petals’ started life as Christmas tree punchies!! Impressed aren’t you?!!

I know I was!

The make and takes were equally as fantabulous too!
We made this:- using the Cricut.  A Cricut may have just fallen into my shopping basket recently - watch this space - oh... sorry about the delightfully decorous background - I've only just noticed!!

We made the tres elegant butterfly card using the Cuttlebug for embossing - and the cutesie Christmas tree using Origami paper folding techniques. It’s easy when you know how - and have a very patient teacher!!!

And the very lovely and fragrant Anita (check out this talented lady's gorgeous scrapbooking layouts on her blog here) was nagged and nagged until she found me a spot at her table so she could show me how to make the following gorgeous little trinkets!!! Can you see what they’re made from?


They look like murano mille fiori beads don‘t they?

Oooooh no. Nothing quite so grand - or expensive….
They’re these little jockeys!!

Yup. Brads!!! Anita you are Queen Clever of the Clever People. I’m so hooked! (HAH!!!!  see what I did then?!)

I only actually did one scrapbook layout as I was so busy with all the make and takes, classes and noseying at other crafter’s work. The Sassafrass Lass Class (try saying that without yer teef in!!) was very full on but when we settled in to our respective grooves the layout came together really well and I'm loving all of the embellies!

Right then - I think that's enough whittering from me for one night!!

See you soon xxx


  1. Really lovely cards! Might there be an Etsy or Folksy link in the offing?? And how lucky are you with the fruit & veg shop?!

  2. Hello me darlin' :), didn't know you had a blogeroo, I would have been here a looooong time ago! Twas fanflippingtastic to see you at the weekend Hun....and to meet your lovely Mummy too, she's a sweetheart! I am so glad you enjoyed yourself, it really was a fab *do* wasn't it! Tis lovely seeing all your bits out on display too, you made some goregeous creations Stikks.
    OMG! I have just blogged about the start of Autumn too....I just LOVE it, another thing we have in common eh ;)
    So.....whats all this with the lovely AND fragrant Anita????.....(I promise it wasn't the sprouts!)he!he!he! Honest!..xx
    warmest wishes


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