Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'm sitting on the doorstep......

while my children cycle round the block.  It is something I have very mixed feelings about.  They should be out playing, cycling round, enjoying htemselves and being children but I can't help thinking that something bad could happen to them.  I know I am not the only one that thinks like this...lots of my friends do.  And yet, when  was their age I used to spend hours in the woods across a busy main road (busy for 30 odd years ago) from our house.  Just my brother and I, not mobile phone.  We may have had a watch  and been told to be in at a certain time or just told to be back for tea, I really can't remember.  What I do know is that I'm still here, nothing happened to me.  No one approached us and asked if I would like to see their puppies or go back for sweets, despite the fact that Charlie from 'off the tele' met with danger every time he went out (thank goodness he had that sensible cat with him!!), so why are we all so paranoid now?  Come to think of it, my mother never made me wear a helmet (they weren't invented for bike riders) and I didn't have any lessons teaching me how to ride a bike...I just got on with it. 

Totally as an aside, Mr Chops has just asked me if I am writing my will!!!!  This is the same child who once asked me what I would do if someone phoned me and threatened my life...and I think I worry too much!!

I am excused, Mr C has just come and relieved me of my sentry duties...just as well as the battery was going :)  I am cheating a bit really.  It is my birthday tomorrow and my parents have got me a laptop...I am using it now...all shiny and wi-fi enabled...I should have waited really but I could not.  I have, however, shown remarkable patience in waiting for my pressie from the in-laws.  Back in the Easter holidays, when we went on holiday to Southwold, teh time of the great Ruby Port panic, we went into Anne Brewsters and they were having a Cath Kidston sale...what joy shall fill my heart.  So I bought a purse and MIL got the bag for me, to match, and I have had to wait until now to gaze and admire it (I am not always this shallow)...and now the time is here...what a beauty :)

So, some pictures.....I don't seem to have downloaded them from the camera another time.  Am still getting used to this new keyboard...I go to hit SHIFT for some capital letters and end up hitting the print button.  I have absolutely no ides what most of these buttons do either so lots of exploring will be  to find out.....

Friday, September 23, 2011


Bit of a bunny day here yesterday.  We are looking after some friends bunnies while they are moving and sorting themselves out.  Ours and theirs take it in turns to have the run of the garden.  So Magic (when he can actually be bothered to come out) and Diamond are having a fine old time tormenting ours and then Samba and Barley torment them when they are out.  Really, it's like having 4 extra children.  Magic, the cutest rabbit I have ever laid eyes on who would just fit in your pocket and looks like Yoda Bunny, had to have his bottom cleaned yesterday.  Here he is in all his laid back glory.......

I'll try and get some of him lolloping around...he has the cutes ears - one up and one flopping around!!!

And then we noticed that the Barley Boy had a sore on his neck.  he's either scrapped it on something or samba has had a go at him :(  So off we went to the vets.  came back with anti-biotic/inflammatory cream.  we have to make sure samba doesn't lick it or we'll have to separate them.  As they have only just got together we don't want this to happen so Barley is now sporting a rather fetching 'muscle top' to cover the cream area.  He is not impressed but he was an absolute angel having it put on...just a little star!

One very unimpressed rabbit!!!

Let's hope it clears up quickly!!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Just gorgeous......

I love the Flower Fairies and Beatrix Potter because I loved them as a child...but for the life of me I don't know why I love Humphrey so much.......

He is just so cute!!!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

So chuffed.....

As you may have noticed, if you read this blog regularly, I  get a lot of lovely stuff from here - Ribbon Girl . Mary and Andrea have lots of lovely stuff and their service and delivery are fab.  We all know that crafter's can't wait for anything so this is muchos important.  Well, today I had an email from Mary asking if I minded that she was putting some of my stuff that I have made with some of their stuff on their blog!!!!  Mind???????  I was whoopdedoop excited and very flattered.  Here's the link :) I now a lot os people will think this is a big 'so what' but for me thing is a big yippee :)

Busy week this week.  Tomorrow I am having a Pampered Chef party run by my cousin.  I am so glad that we had a good clear out in the summer because it has only taken me most of the day to get sorted!  I have also been working on my Christmas designs and visited DaisyChain to take in some more of my hair grips.  they won a rather amazing award recently and the article in the paper had a picture of them...with my stuff in the background!!!!!

Today has also brought a couple of commissions, including a grizzly bear brooch (have to get my designer onto that and another flower brooch for autumn.  Also today I have been asked to speak to an 'A' level textile/art class on what I do!!!!!!!!  That is a serious OH MY LIFE!!!!!  they have been working on materials and design.  Given that I 'employ' Mr C as my designer it could be quite interesting but they are my ideas and I do feel strongly about choice of fabrics and things like that...I'll let you know how it goes.

No pictures...i'll have to do something about that.....

it's a bit old but a haircut is long over due and this one looked good!!

Hair cuts are booked for a week on Saturday...Mr B is NOT amused...his hair is getting very long.  2 people on holiday referred to him as a girl.

We'd also like to send lots and lots of love to Grandma in Kansas City...we are thinking of you and praying for you xxxxx

Monday, September 12, 2011

A few cards...

Don't often post pictures of cards on here and not really sure why.  They are nothing spectacular but they're okay.  I must have been having a 'flower moment' with these....  

leaf stalk cut on the cricut, flowers punched with a woodware punch and phrase stamp (as all the others) is Waltzing Mouse
 I love Waltzing Mouse stamps, particularly the phrase stamps that Claire does...they are perfect.

They are not the most innovative ever...but I like them :)

Talking of cards...tenuous link...only 14 days to my birthday...and a Cath Kidston handbag will be in my sweaty (!!) grasp...I have been waiting for it since April when MIL got it for has been torture.......but eh wait will soon be over :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Run, run, as fast as you can...

Well, you won't catch me running anywhere but I am in love with this little cutie...he has many more friends to come.....

He's a hair snap!

He needs some brooch friends....
And here's one!

I need to work on facial expression...I am not artistic in any way, shape or form.  But I feel that I may be making lots of these.  Got a key ring no the go and am planning to do a garland next. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

It's a whopper!!!!

In the spring I planted some potatoes.  Last year they were in tubs but this year we decided that low maintenance was the best way to go so stuck them seed potatoes straight in the ground.  I frankly didn't hold very high hopes because the seeds that arrived were 'micro' ones.  I planted 5 and 2 seemed to leaf up then disappear.  Then I pulled one up too early so just shoved it back in again (just call me Mrs Flowerdew).  Well, yesterday I thought, as my shallots have arrived, I had better just cut my losses and dig them up so I could prepare the ground.  It is okay to plant shallots where potatoes have just been, isn't it?  Must consult my gardening book.

Anyway...this is what I dug up.....

Not a lot of potatoes but they make up for it in variety :)

i think this one is a similar size to the seed ones I planted.

A couple of comparisons to show you the size!

Best get the garden dug over again before next door's naughty kittens use it for other purposes!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Happy bunny :)

Samba has settled in really well.  For a rabbit who has never been able to enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors before she has taken to it like a duck to water...quite simply as it should be!!!!
Loves young dream

Can I really have all this space to binky in??

Quick - eat everything!

Barley is practicing to be a draught excluder!!!

She loves it so much out there that she won't go to bed!!

Still very shy of us and wary but she is getting more confident with us all the time.
This is what happy bunnies look like when they are sprawled in the garden - not a care in the world!

Monday, September 05, 2011


my pencil case is broken!!

And school starts tomorrow...nothing for it than to whip one up myself.  'Scuse bad photos.  Of course, now I have to make one for Mr B!

And, as I am on a roll, I make as well make some for the shop while I am at it :)