Sunday, 19 April 2015

A Card, Car Booty and Une Belle Histoire

It's been a busy old time of late but I found time this morning to knock up a quick card for the latest challenge at Less Is More, the theme is Up Up and Away.  I have shamelessly stolen an idea that I saw being demonstrated on Create and Craft this week and adapted it slightly.  Here it is.

foliage and bird by Inkylicious, sentiment a magazine freebie.

So what have I been busy with you may ask?  I caught up with Dad for a pub lunch last week and afterwards finally viewed the photos from his recent trip to the Antipodes. I don't think I told you that he did a bungee jump whilst in NZ...not bad for an old geezer!  Whilst being briefed, a staff member asked how old he was and when he replied 'seventy five' he got to jump for free, thus saving himself $200!  Result!

I've also had several lunches with friends and been to the local theatre to see The Illegal Eagles, also with Dad.  Thanks to the fine weather the garden has seen some action (not that sort Curtise!) and it's great to see new shoots emerging.  There's also been some crocheting.  As the forecast for today was good, I hauled my backside out of bed just after 7 a.m. and got myself down to the local car boot sale.

Here's what I bought

two brand new, bone china Morris Minor mugs 50p each, Country Living mags 10p each
filing tray £1, picture for child £1, tray of nicotianas £2, 'Tippex' 50p.   

I'm really pleased with the filing tray which has restored a little more order in my craft room, the 'Tippex' is needed for my homework.  I have been having tuition in French for over a year now to improve my command of the language and homework is set by my tutor after every lesson. It is usually accompanied by much swearing and crossings out, so Tippex will improve the appearance of my work, if not the content.
  Recently I was asked to try to translate the lyrics to this song as it was being sung!
 Trés difficile....but I loved the 70's fashions of the French version of our Young Generation and les pantalons of Monsieur Fugain. 

Unfortunately, I am unable to upload the video as the embedding has been disabled but you can watch it by clicking the link below...it's worth a look for the dance moves alone!


Bonne Semaine.


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Hooky Heart

A number of things have made me happy during the past week.  Not an ecstatic, joyous or blissful kind of happy,  just a quietly content with some of the small happenings around me kind of happy.   
You know the feeling.


The first thing that lifted my spirits was finding my gloves.  I 'lost' them before xmas and had convinced myself that I'd left them in a public loo, but no, they were lurking in my gym bag all along.  Hoorah!

Another thing I felt good about was finally feeling well enough to return to the gym. (hence glove discovery)  A winter of coughing and spluttering accompanied by pulled intercostal muscles which took months to repair, halted my gym attendance abruptly.

But boy did I know about it after 30 minutes back on the treadmill!

The local ice-cream van made an appearance over the Easter weekend and hearing the tinkling notes 
of O Sole Mio for the first time this year signalled the start of spring, if not yet summer.
  Another good reason to feel glad I think.

Lastly but in no way least, I finished my latest crochet project....a little bit of nonsense that is the Hooky Heart.  A lovely way to use odds and ends and cheer yourself up in a jiffy, for it took no time at all to hook up the flowers and leaves. If you fancy a crack at this yourself you can find it here at Attic 24.   The seemingly interminable grey skies of winter left me feeling in need of some cheerful colours so I used five shades from King Cole's Dolly Mix....all acrylic, (no need for decent yarn here) but they hooked up very nicely. 

 Prudy was a tad curious, so naturally made it her business to supervise the photo shoot.

 After sewing in the ends and stitching on the buttons, I glue gunned the lot onto a heart fashioned from pipe cleaners or chenille sticks..... as they are apparently now known!

Et voila!

The vibrant colours please me very much indeed.
What's made you happy lately?

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

March Scavenger Hunt

I've been incredibly remiss this month as nearly all of these snaps have come from my archives and I know that isn't really the name of the game.  I'm hoping you'll forgive me just this once and will return at the end of April when I promise I will do better.

March's List


Porthole design feature seen in a seafront wall on my recent trip to West Wittering


 A handbag shaped birthday card I made for my niece a few years ago


So glad I had my camera at the ready when I spotted this darling puss... halfway out of an upstairs window!


Inexplicable beach art in Wittering


Another Wittering pic

a favourite word 

'Sunshine'  -  taken recently at Hastings


 Outdoor dance session at La Tranche-sur-Mer - Summer 2014


Thought this was marginally more interesting than a shot of the bog !


1924 Buick belonging to and restored by my cousin Ian.


Never mind the plate, look at that tarte.

something you made

 My first ever Pavlova...not a brilliant success, but nevertheless tasty.

Whatever you want

 Memories of last summer.

 I've just booked the ferry for this year's holiday, again in Vendée
 ....it can't come soon enough.

Thanks to you lot for looking and to Greenthumb for hosting.  Pop over to her blog to see some great entries and next month's categories.  

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Two Cards and a Teabread

The card stash was getting low and I have a very brave and stoic friend who'll be undergoing a horrible operation next week.... time for more carding.   I themed them around a couple of current challenges.

  Panel coloured with dusters using Memento inks
Stamps - Hobby Art, Memory Box and magazine freebies (gift from friend Sue)
Dragonfly die cut - from Sue

Blossom - CASology
Whoops!  Looks like I missed the boat with this challenge which closed earlier today.

 All stamps - again from Sue
Vase - heat embossed and decoupaged onto cardstock panel
 Cherry blossom coloured with watercolour pencils, liquid pearls added for texture.

 I'm busy today just pootling around at home.  I had this tea bread in the oven shortly after nine this morning and later, after my weekly dash around Aldi I grabbed myself a slice and a cuppa.

Mmmm, not half bad for a Weight Watchers recipe.

After a miserable start the weather has turned bright so I'm planning to spend the afternoon in the garden tackling the weeds, unwanted deposits from the neighbour's cat and general detritus resulting from the effects of winter.  Wahey...I know how to live!

 What are you up to?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Stash Busting Bunting

I'm feeling a bit below par at the moment. I woke up on Saturday (my first day off) with a streaming cold, I looked so frightful that even my own reflection scared me,  I've hardly left the house since.  Still, every cloud and all that..... it's given me the opportunity to finish my latest project.   A few weeks ago I had a fancy to crochet some bunting,  perfect for using all those odds and ends. There are oodles of patterns on the net and even a couple in my crochet books but, ooh,(sucks teeth) one of them required decreasing and I just knew that was a bad idea.  How could I become engrossed in Mr Selfridge & Indian Summers when concentrating on the complexities of decreasing double crochet?  Not. A. Chance.  Eventually I settled for a granny triangle bunting similar to this lovely one found here on Attic 24 and hooked them all together using the method found in my book.

It's far from perfect, my triangles are larger than they should be, because as crocheters go I think I'm a little on the loose side (!) and even after much blocking some of my triangles are slightly curly and more shield shaped than triangular.  I'm not gonna lose any sleep over it, but any suggestions ?

It is a great stash buster....

......and will pretty-up the garden in the summer time.

I'm not quite sure what I'll be hooking up next but I'm feeling the need for some loud colours, a reaction no doubt to all the gloomy greyness we've endured for months on end.

Since the start of the new year,  for some unknown reason I haven't really been in the mood for the chazzas, but recently I did venture out to my local salvage yard which I love to poke around in, periodically.  I spent a total of £2 and came home with this rusty wire basket.  I imagine most of you will think it was £2 wasted?

Some good news to finish with.  Prue seems to have made a full recovery from her recent illness.  Once again I am rudely awoken by meowing and a paw in the hair/face, she has also returned to her previous habit of sitting on my lap and trying to suck my crochet yarn...yucky I know, but I'm just thankful she's back to her old self.  I'm also delighted that despite being hit up the arse by a cantankerous pensioner a few days ago, my 13year old car passed it's MOT yesterday...Hallelujah!

Must dash, I've a lasagne in the oven and it smells like it's burning.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Wittering Weekend

I'm just back from a wonderful weekend in West Wittering with friends and family.  My aunt rented a lovely big beach house for the 70th birthday celebrations of my uncle.  It was a really relaxed couple of days with plenty of eating, drinking, more eating....you get the picture.  I'd never visited this area of West Sussex before and enjoyed exploring the village and beach front, of course it helped that the weather was glorious on Saturday and as you'd expect,  I took a few snaps.

 Our lovely spacious accommodation... my room came with boutique hotel feel en-suite

After a late breakfast on Saturday we strolled for several kilometres along the beach

where the beachfront properties were of much interest

some ramshackle, others palatial and lots inbetween.

These two were fashioned from old railway carriages.

There were plenty of hardy individuals surfing and kite surfing

and my bonkers aunt even went in for a paddle!

On our way back to the house we spotted these dear little Jelly shoes hanging from a branch...
...and a mermaid's head shoved in between fence posts

I wonder what happened to her body?

After a hearty lunch we went for a wander around the village,  Hawkeye here, had spied a couple of chazzas on arrival the day before and was keen to have a recce.

Inside this one, there were lots of bargains to be had but I restrained myself and purchased only a small French mustard pot for the grand sum of 50p and was not at all tempted by this novel vase!

That evening after the arrival of my brother and SIL, we sat down and ate more food than was good for us and consumed quite a lot of fizz.  At the end of the meal my aunt produced this wonderful birthday cake (all made in secret) for my uncle.  A sort of This Is Your Life, in cake form.

Now back home there has been another visit to the vet and I'm pleased to report Prue is doing a little better.  Thank you all so much for your Get Well wishes on my last post, you are a kind lot and your positive vibes seem to be working.  Let's hope it continues before I'm made bankrupt!   I've had to employ crafty methods of getting medication down her as trying to get a tablet down her in the usual way resulted in a struggle and the pill being spat out across the kitchen floor....too much stress for both cat and owner! 

Crochet is helping me to chill at the moment, here's how my latest project is looking.

It shouldn't be too much longer now till it all comes together....I know you'll be waiting with bated breath. 
I'm off now to catch up with Indian Summers...anyone else watching?

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Scavenger Hunt - February

Another month has passed by in a flash and here I am posting this month's snaps for Scavenger Hunt already.  Again, big thanks to Greenthumb for hosting and providing us with inspiration.


 The fragrance of these hyacinths filled the room. 


While I can't be sure that Prudy feels love for me,  I certainly feel it for her.
This last week has been very emotional as she was an extremely poorly puss.  She is not out of the woods yet, so please keep your fingers crossed for her.  

 Taken a while ago...can't remember where.

Something Beautiful

 The latest addition to the family,  my cousin's baby - Sophie Rose

Your Favourite Colour

 This pheasant was legging it.... trying to escape pesky visitors at a National Trust property.

On the Road

 Boris's bikes


 A revoltingly ostentatious tap that I recently discovered in a salvage yard


 Bargain of the month, a pair of cropped jeans for under a pound!  These will be pimped up in due course.


Heart Art on Hastings beach

A Corner Of Your Home  

Whatever You Want

and finally,  just to a give you all a laugh...me as a toddler.

Please do check out the other link ups and next month's list  here.