Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Wash Out Wednesday

It is pouring with rain.  It is miserable.  It is grey.  It is summer in England!  While neighbours bask in warmer climes abroad I am here at home again without a holiday for 9 years!  I have just spent 2 weeks trying to get the house in order, deep cleaning and getting rid of  'stuff'.  I was hoping that I could spend the latter part of August having days out at the beach or countryside but if today is an insight of things to come that is unlikely.

Every year I dread the summer.  There are no picnics or fun days out.  Everyone else seems to be away and having a wonderful time - yet I know that is not a true picture and just one that the advertising agencies would have us to believe.

I will make the most of the day.  Home made American pancakes for a mid morning snack, a run up to the local shop once the rain subsides, a movie to watch later and three bags full of odd socks to match or throw!  Life is what you make it isn't it?

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Hanging Teddy Out to Dry

I've been having a massive cleaning, tidying and reorganising purge in the house.  I really want to get the place in order before I return to work in September and before my son goes off to University (sob!)

He gave me his old toy bear to wash.  I hung it out on the washing line pegged by its ears but was perturbed to see it there, hanging unsupported.  I quickly took my dressing gown belt and fashioned a little swing seat for old bear.  He looks much happier now!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

Owls and pussy cats make the sweetest tags!  Do you prefer the owl or the pussy cat?

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my 1000th post!  It was lovely to know that some of my 'old' readers are still reading!  I allocated each name on the comments list a number from 1 to 12 (not including those who are already receiving a little paper crafted 'something' and used a random number generator.  The lucky number was seven which was Lisa's number!  Congratulations Lisa.  I will email you.  Rosie, Judy and Julia I will put something in the post to you next week.

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

One Thousand Blog Posts

This is it.  The 1000th post at Linden Grove blog.  Many of you have stayed with me throughout the journey including Rosie, Julia and Judy who all left comments back in August 2008 and whom still regularly comment today!  Rosie left the first comment on 8th August, Judy on the 12th and Julia on the 19th!  Thank you all so much for your loyalty and supportive comments over the years and for your friendship.  I will be sending Rosie, Judy and Julia a little paper crafted something by way of a thank you.

I never imagined that blogging would open so many doors for me.  Doors and windows into the lives of people, that without blogging - I would never come to know. Some days I enter the world of crochet bunny maker extraordinaire,Vivienne, at home in Ireland and see her latest creations with their hand sewn dresses and crochet cardigans, all matching so beautifully.  Other times I am sitting on the porch at a ridge meadow farm in Wisconsin as the night draws in, watching the sunset with Sharon as the chickens bed down for the night.  I am happy to witness life's celebrations in Vermont as Karen talks passionately about her little piece of earth.  Back at Wisconsin, Sharon's daughter Anne is a self taught artist and creator who has made a huge impression on me.  She is kind and intelligent and mastered the art of water colour painting with persistence, hard work and a love for the medium. I sit in her art studio with the cats and watch how she transforms a piece of paper into a botanical observation with meticulous strokes of a brush.  All of these people share a passion for nature, humanity and beauty as do many of my blog readers and commenters.

Of course I am not really in the presence of the great people depicted above.  It is all metaphorical.  They write with such diligence and conviction that I really feel as though I am by their side.

Thank you to all my friends old and new who comment, email and snail mail me.  You have all added an extra dimension to my life and enriched it more than I could ever hope.

If you would like to receive a little paper crafted something from me to celebrate my 1000th blog post then please leave a comment below to be put into the draw.

From the bottom of my heart - I thank you all  💗

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Tags or Card Toppers

My intention was to make these into tags but now I am thinking that they could be used as card toppers?  I am not sure yet.  May have to let this one sit a while.
These were time consuming to make as I had to stick sheet music onto card stock, die cut and then look through my crafty stash to see what embellishments I could use.  I fussy cut some bird papers and mounted onto card, picked out individual paper flowers and stickers and then enhanced a few areas with glitter.

I am pretty pleased how they turned out.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Floral Tags

I put aside some time to make some pretty floral tags.  They still need to have their ties threaded through but I am undecided on ribbon or twine or even both!

I enjoy the assemblage of making these tags.  I can relax my mind when I am stress free crafting.  It is fun putting them together and picking out which embellishments to use.  Such a shame that most people just throw the tags in the bin after use!  I think they could be used as a classy way of labelling boxes or old leather suitcases used to store love letters of the past...............