Monday, November 30, 2009

Poppy and Sonny + Goodies from Bea, 29th November 2009

Goodies from Bea

When I did my last post, I forgot to put on the wonderful parcel I received from Bea, some time ago now. We'd moved things round so many times I've only just re-discovered it. I received it just before I went to Spain.

I can't remember what I did to deserve this super pack of goodies, but I think it was a give-away! Whatever it was, I was thrilled with all the contents:

I particularly loved the little box with the picture on the top and that wonderful piece of black netty kind of material! Jim saw that and said, 'it's strange what some people get excited about!'.

Look at those fantastic serviettes.
And this cute little basket. I bet Kitty and Poppy would like to play with that when they visit.
On the right, some super stencils and at the top, lots of pretty paper and 2 lace doilies, one is heart shaped.
And finally, a very pretty fabric ATC. This has gone in the bottom of my alphabet ACT wall hanger as there were 30 pockets and of course only 26 had been filled. I have also put 2 in from The Weaver of Grass and one from Stampmaiden (Linda).

Bea had previously sent me a fabric postcard, posted on its own, like a proper postcard. It was not dirty or spoiled at all from going through the post all the way from the USA to Ireland!

Jim's UK Trip

Jim stayed with his daughter Jenny in our UK house in Worthing. Jenny is married to Matt and their son, Sonny is now almost 4 months old. It's hard to believe how quickly the time goes! Of course Jim took lots of photos and I'll pick a few for you.

Sonny now. How cute is his face? He was actually quite poorly when Jim was there with a nasty cold and that made his tummy bad too. But he managed the odd smile here and there.

Sonny and him Mummy.

Sonny trying his best to smile.

Jim's older daughter Ali's daughter Poppy will be 1 on 1st December. Now that really is amazing! Jim, Jenny, Matt and Sonny went visiting.

Poppy and Sonny. Of course Poppy thinks Sonny is a lovely toy to play with.

Poppy, almost walking now.

Poppy and Grandad Jim.

Daddy Matt feeding Sonny - you can see who Sonny looks like!

They held a party for Poppy, a few days early, but she didn't know!! She was as good as gold and loved her presents. We bought her one of those 'touch feely' books and she knew which parts to feel. It was called 'That's not My Snowman'. We're also buying shares in a car seat for her.

Present opening time with Daddy Joe, Poppy, Jenny at the back and Ali.
Jim's son Russell and his wife Caz also came. Poppy looks a bit bemused by all the action.

Cake Time. Sonny had had enough!

Poppy had a wonderful time with her chocolate cake and after a while Ali put her in the high chair as she got messier and messier!

Chocolate Heaven!!


A great time was had by all. I'm sorry I missed it but maybe next year. It was lovely for Jim to have all his family together.

I'm still making Christmas cards so I haven't too much time for blogging. Happy Monday everyone.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

ABC/ATCs Complete Set and Other Crafty Things

Susan Boyle: I Dreamed A Dream at - Sheet Music & Songbooks

For any musical enthusiasts, Susan Boyle's Sheet music and songbook is now out for voice, piano and guitar. I have her CD on my Christmas list. When I hear her sing, it still sends shivers down my spine. For those who don't know, Susan was an entrant in 'Britain's Got Talent' and wowed everyone with her amazing voice, although she looked quite frumpy when she walked on stage.

ABC of ATCs Around the World

In this group of 10, as some of you will know, we have been going through the alphabet and making an Artist Trading Card for each letter then swapping with each other. We have reached 'Z' and I have today posted my full set on the blog, featured on my profile page. Some of the others have put on their complete sets too, so pop over if you'd like to see.

All My Amazing Alphabet

My Wonderful Complete Set of ABC ATCs from Around the World. I love them all and this whole thing has been fantastic. Thanks everyone.

A is for Apple by the Boss herself - Teri

B for Bananas, Butterfly, Ball from Soulbrush

C for Carp by Mim

D for Desert Rose by Marianne

E for Energy by Lynn

F for Feel Free by Lolo

G is for Goat by Lisa

H is for H by Laure!

I is for India by Linda - Stampmaiden

J is for Juggler by Teri

K is for Kick Boxer by Soulbrush

L is for a lumpy Lumpfish by Mim

M is for Maneki Neko by Marianne

N is for Needle by Lynn

O is for Oranges in a Blue Bowl by Lolo

P is for Platypus by Lisa

Q is for Quite Right by Laure

R is for Retired Rebel by Linda - Stampmaiden

S is for Sand Dollar by Teri

T is for Tuesdays by Soulbrush

U is for Upside Down Catfish by Mim of course!

V is for Violet by Marianne

W is for WOW by Lynn

X is for X Marks the Spot on this Treasure Map by Lolo. I have to say this is my favourite!

Y is for Yak by Lisa

Z is for Z by Laure of the lovely letters.


This year I decided to make collages for my Christmas Cards (I have made my own for ever). I made a large collage, then cut it up. I didn't like it as a big one and was having second thoughts, but once chopped up, I was quite pleased with them. Of course they have to be stuck on cards yet. I have made about 25 that already are:

A closer view.

I have also been making some papier mache pots, some not finished yet:

I rather like how this one has turned out!

New Purchases

I bought these 2 lovely bright red mugs, they're big too, for lots of tea!

They are white inside. I love mugs.

The sheet behind was the start of another Christmas collage, but I decided the card is too thick to cut up for cards, so I'll just put it on the wall over Christmas, or somewhere! The flash caught the middle.

And here are my lovely warm slippers. I know, they're a bit 'old lady' but I don't like the 'mule' sort as I often pop out into the garden in them.

Well, that's about it for now. A 'different' blog from me and I hope you enjoyed it.