My spices are a mixture of cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and star anise crushed a bit with a pair of pliers to release their wonderful fragrance - so Christmassy, I wish you could smell it. Some old buttons, bells and felt beads add the finishing touches along with die cut felt shapes. It all came together really well so thanks so much Emily for organising the perfect swap for me. Hope we can do it again next year.
Saturday 19 November 2011
Sunday 13 November 2011
I heard a radio programme this week recalling the experiences of over 70,000 women who sailed across the Atlantic in the 1940s to begin a new life with the American and Canadian husbands they had met and married during the war. Today there are over a million descendants in America and Canada of the women who followed their hearts and took a leap of faith all those years ago. Funny to think I could have been one of those decendants - but I wouldn't have been me!
Jim did survive the war and returned home to Staten Island, New York. And he did marry and have a family, so if any one 'over the pond' recognises his face I'd love to hear from you - and so would Mum!
Supplies: Centerpieces Vol 1 digital elements by Joanne Briseboise at Oscraps
Saturday 12 November 2011
Baukje, a knitter and stitcher extraordinaire living in France, will be giving them to her family this Christmas. So that she can add her own greetings and messages we came up with the idea of packaging and attaching them to a tag. I've put the angels in little cello bags and stapled them to the tag top, while leaving the bag open - that way the angel will slip out easily. I like how I was able to make up each one differently so all will get their very own angel.
Supplies: Lots of recycled packaging; Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here Holiday stamp set; various Distress Inks; Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #3 die
Friday 11 November 2011
Today is Armistice Day - a day when we remember all those who have suffered and died in war, and of course I think of my Father and Grandfather who did not die but certainly suffered. Their wartime experiences affected the rest of their lives. But this year I want to remember also Thomas Glyn Owen, the young man in these photographs. He was killed on the Somme on 21st March 1918 aged 38. He left behind his grieving wife, parents, sister and brothers. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Poizeres Memorial in France, just one of over 14,300 soldiers who simply disappeared there between March and August 1918. I can't imagine the anguish of the families who had to sit at home waiting for news that never came.
Supplies: Haute Couture Embellishment digital kit from Design by Anita at Two Peas in a Bucket
Friday 4 November 2011
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Supplies: Papertrey Ink Tea for Two stamp set and die, Beautiful Blooms stamp set; Distress Ink Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, Scattered Straw
Tuesday 1 November 2011
Children Month by Month. We don't often have foggy weather here - except when the clouds are low on the hills and we have to travel through them. However it really doesn't seem like November - I can still walk out without a coat and the garden really doesn't know what season it is......
|The hollies think its already the festive season and are covered in bright red berries.........|
|but underneath there are fragrant pink sweet peas still flowering!|
|The leaves on the young maple are coloured ready to drop.............|
|but there are still alpine strawberries everywhere if you look carefully - and still some flowers!|