Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A new ATC swap!

Kimberly from ArtJoyStuff is hosting another swap, yay! The theme is Springtime in Paris. I am enjoying Springtime in France right now, but not in Paris, lol, we are back at the cottage, and one of the first things I did was organise my craftavan again so that I could finish the ATCs I had started before we left the UK on Saturday night. And here they are, photographed amongst the gorgeous little wild violets which grow everywhere round here at this time of the year -

Wishing you all a lovely warm and beautiful Spring, toodlepip xxx

Monday, 27 February 2017

A bit of upcycling

I have used sooooooo much sellotape in the last few months, sending out items from the jewellery auctions I had been running for a an animal charity and of course posting orders from my Etsy shop, I ended up with a huge amount of empty sellotape rolls. Time for at least one more little tubby, lol! The others I made were very much Tim Holtz/steampunk inspired, this one is a bit more Spring-y, flowery, bird-y :-). With a teeny bit of bling, of course :-) -

Toodlepip xx

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

My ATC swap package has arrived!

Shipping from the States was really quick this time, wasn't expecting it today at all, so it was a really lovely surprise when the postman handed the envelope to me.

And as always, opening it and taking out the swap ATCs was such a pleasure! Everybody in the swap really did their best work, all the ATCs ( shown on Kim's ArtJoyStuff blog ) were awesome, and I would have been delighted with any one of them. As it happens, I received an ATC from Kimberly herself, from Lynn Stevens (trash to treasure art ) and from Terri Wilkerson ( junqueseeker ) -

From Kimberly -

love the wonderful details and layering

From Lynn - 

a blingy heart, what could be better 

From Terri -

the back is as pretty as the gorgeous front

Kimberly is a fabulous swap hostess, and always includes a sweet little gift. Love the lace on the peg she sent this time! Thank you, Kim, for yet again hosting a wonderful swap, you're the best! 

Toodlepip xxx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

About time!

It has taken me ages to list new things in my Etsy shop, life sometimes has a way of interfering with the best laid plans. But I have finally done it and filled at least one shelf again :-). Here is a little collage of some of the things which have recently gone into the shop -

And now I'll go and have a cuddle with my doggies. I love taking photos of them, this is a pic I took earlier today of Hector, looking all sweet and lovely -

and this is a pic my DH took of our darling Hector 5 mins ago, lol, what a tart - 

That is one relaxed doggie!

Toodlepip xxx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Sometimes you just have to

I buy very little these days, after all I am trying to downsize, not add more things to the home, lol, but as the title says, sometimes you just have to. I was getting an Etsy order ready for posting and had a little browse through Etsy whilst getting the paperwork done, and found something I really really couldn't resist - a wonderful little book called Snipped Tales ( ). I love it! It is 'snipped' by Julie Kirk and I adore the whimsical, crafty, papery marvelousness of it :-). Have a quick look -

It arrived beautifully wrapped with a long handwritten note and a dinky tag. The snipped tales inside are just adorable, some made me chuckle, some are thought provoking, all are brilliantly put together. I have only read a few so far, I want to make it last, lol, but it is difficult, I want to read all the tales straight away. The ones I did read immediately set off all kinds of ideas in my head for collages to go with the stories etc. 

It is such a fun read, I am so glad I found this.

Toodlepip xxx

Friday, 6 January 2017

First ATC swap of 2017 !

I am so grateful to Kimberly, ArtJoyStuff, for hosting another one of her fabulous ATC swaps. They get me creating even when I think my creativity has deserted me. And because I know how unreliable the postal services are, I always try and get the ATCs done straight away.

This is it -

and if you would like to take part as well, click on the thumbnail on the right, it will take you straight to the sign up post.

Last night I started gathering a few things for this Valentine's Pretty & Pink swap and this morning I started selecting bits - 2 different doilies in pretty shades of pink, a pink floral background paper, pastel lace flowers, a darling little cupid, fabulous pink German glass glitter and of course some bling. Have to have bling, lol. This is what I turned those bits into -

While I have gluey fingers and bits of paper all over the place, I think I will make a couple of bookmarks to go into an animal charity auction ( as well as a bunch of other stuff as well, of course ).

Toodlepip xxx

Sunday, 11 December 2016

A bit of altering

Been busy busy busy with helping out one of the animal charities I support online, and also listing lots of things on their auction to raise funds for the animals in their care. I always try to list plenty of variety so there is something for everyone, and just in case there were people who, like me, love vintage and shabby chic, I altered a large notebook -

Nothing too fancy or over the top, but isn't the image of the little girl with the big dog so adorable?

Friday, 9 December 2016

Mail from the other side of the world

When the door bell rings and the postman hands me an envelope from Australia, my heart always beats faster, because I know it can only be from my darling friend Suzy. 

It is hard not to tear it open right there on the doorstep, lol, but I controlled myself. This is what my dear friend sent me this time -

I love Suzy's work so much, just look at this beautiful card she sent me. The details are amazing, the many layers -

The images are always so beautiful, soft and serene

and even the inside of her cards are always embellished

And when it comes to ornaments, I am just bowled over. These two beautiful ornaments for my Christmas tree also arrived in the envelope -

Thank you so much, Suzy, you know how much these beauties will be treasured.

Toodlepip xxx

Sunday, 20 November 2016

A Christmas Wedding

A few days ago, a dear friend asked me whether I could possibly make her some tags to put on the Christmas tree which would be put up at the wedding of her son just before Christmas. Of course I said yes! It turned out that combining Christmas with Wedding and Vintage and Lace and Bling and digital collage elements which she liked a lot wasn't all that easy, lol. I can't do digital collages, I am strictly a cut and paste girl. I found some lovely vintage French wedding images to combine with the elements she had emailed me, and finding lace and bling is never a problem in my workroom :-). This is what I managed to come up with -

Finally finished them today. Fingers crossed that they will make it across the sea in time for the wedding.

Toodles xxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The Heart

When you look at the photographs below, you won't need me to tell you who created this stunning heart. It is immediately recognisable as her work, her style is unmistakable. 

A little while ago, we had a swap, this precious friend of mine wanted to make me one of her beautiful hearts in exchange for some fabrics and metal bits for her art. Of course I was absolutely delighted and I managed to send her some bits and pieces before we left for France. What I didn't manage to do was to take photos of the gorgeous heart which arrived the day we were leaving for France :-(. We got back a few days ago and I so wanted to take photos, but the weather frustrated all my plans, it has been horribly dark and grey and raining most of the time. I gave up waiting for a sunny day today, and took some photos anyway, so the close ups are not the best. But the heart is a ray of sunshine all by itself anyway :-). And here it is -

The back is so beautiful as well -

It hangs right by my desk, within touching distance, lol, so that I can feel the beautiful textures all the time -

Of course you all realised straight away that this heart was made by Suzy from Suzyqu's Threadworks ! Love, love, love it!

Toodlepip xxx