Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Wanderer Returns & Soooo Much To Tell :)

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Hi there lovliest of peeps and I hope that you are all OK.

It feels like it’s been ages since I last posted so I’ll get the card bit out of the way and then we can have a good old gossip!!! But firstly, thank you for all your lovely e-mails wondering where I got to and checking that I was okay – how sweet and kind you are, bless ya little cotton socks, mmmwaaahhhh xxx

It’s a wet and windy Tuesday here today (nothing to do with me!!) but nothing like it was yesterday when we had a hailstorm with mahoosive hail stones, lightening and the loudest thunder I think I’ve ever heard.  Our house literally shook and so did I!!!  But wet and windy aside, it’s time to nip over and check out what’s been happening over at Papertake Weekly and this week we are

In The Garden

Well not literally of course – it is far too wet and windy of course :(  - but we want to see anything floral or to do with the garden included in your work.

We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps and there is a fab prize up for grabs so if you get a sec, nip and check it all out peeps.

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So this is me card and I’ll run through all the stuff I used really quickly so I can get to the goss :)

The image I used is of course from  Lili Of The Valley and she is Milly Me & My Dog, I coloured her with the following Copics -

Skin -  E000, E00, E11, E21, R00, R20

Hair – E43, E50, E81

The rest – E43, E50, E81, R85, RV0000, RV000, RV00, YG0000, YG00, YG03

and all the papers are from NitwitsFQB Butterfly Kisses and FQB Confection collections.

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Ohh I am LOVING these new LOTV sentiments – they are from Set 24.

You can use them to make up your own sentiments and there are 36 different ones in the set which makes them pretty darn good value in my book.

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The bow was made using some gorgeous 15mm Shocking Pink No 72 Microdot Ribbon  which is of course from my fave Geordie girlies at  The Ribbon Girl (fab to chat today Mary xxx).

I topped it with a sweetheart blossom from Wild Orchid Crafts ……..

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… and this little arrangement was made using various bloomage which was also from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Delish :)

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So that's the old card done.

It's been a mad  couple of weeks putting it mildly. Basically I had a few problems with my router and therefore had trouble connecting to the Internet, but eventually it got sorted.

Then there was a real crisis here.

You may or may not know but we breed birds of prey here and this time of  year is our busiest as we have eggs and chicks coming out of our ears - not literally of course!!!   But there are eggs hatching all the time and chicks that need feeding. Then there’s  equipment that needs sterilising, food that needs preparing etc etc and on it goes.   Amongst all this last week,  we had two very poorly chicks and to be honest, we really thought they were going to die. We were up for two nights solid with them and of course we were both pretty knackered by the end of it.  I really didn't have any energy left to craft to be fair.

But the good news is that they survived. How they pulled through I honestly do not know, but they did and they are both healthy and strong, so a happy ending there – phew!!!!.  But as we have new chicks being hatched all the time, it gets a bit like Groundhog Day!!

So with all this going on, I didn't get chance to post anything on here really last week.  But of course the weekend before, we had the open weekend at Lili of the Valley and what a fabulous two days it was. I got to meet lots of lovely crafters, including some of my lovely blog buddies and I hope they will forgive me for not mentioning each of them by name, but they know who they are and it was fabulous to meet up with them all.

But the was one special crafter who I just have to mention because he just about stole my heart!!!

And here he is ……

So Proud

… meet my little friend Bobby.

He is the son of the sweetness that is Tracy over at the Country Mouse blog and Tracy, I hope you don't mind me nicking this pic of him chick xxx   This kid is amazing, he really is. We chatted for ages about crafting and how he loves his Pro Markers (I think they are Mum’s really lol !!) and by the end of it I just wanted to take him home. I mean, how could you resist that little face!!! He is going to be a real charmer when he grows up for sure, and hugs to him from Aunty Piggy xxx.

And then last weekend we had  the craft fair at Port Sunlight.  As always, the show was really busy and again it was wonderful to see all the lovely crafters, even if we didn't really get chance to have a proper chat as we were sooo busy. I have to say that this is one of my favourite craft fairs,  and it has a special atmosphere all of  it’s own :)  It’s nice to see familiar faces there and of course, working with Richard from LOTV (Laila’s brother)  is guaranteed to be a good laugh cos he is soooo funny. And he is Liverpool supporter as well, yayyyy :)

In between the open weekend and Port Sunlight,  I  met up with  Rosemary Merry. You’ll know Rosemary  from Create & Craft and she has a gorgeous craft shop ( Crab Apple Crafts) in Frodsham which isn’t too far from here.

Well I have some FAB news to share cos I'm going to be doing classes at the shop, starting in July and I am soo excited. I’ll let you know more details soon as soon :)

Right well I think I’ve probably waffled enough but before I go, I have to say the biggest


to everyone who has sent me jumpers for the babies.

I cannot tell you how thrilled I have been with the response. I expected a few but I think we are over 100 now. I will get around to sending out thank you emails but as per the above, the last few weeks have been crazy. I have lots of pics of them and I’m working out where to put them on here because I want to share them all. I didn't dream that so many of you would send them to me so I am a bit behind with me emails etc. But I will sort it and get them on here. Maybe I could put them in the sidebar (she says as a light has just come on in the pea brain – it is a shame sometimes!!!).

I’ll be back tomoz and thanks for bearing with me through this looooooooon post peeps. I’ll get off now and  leave you with a sneakie peekie   …….

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… and all will be revealed in the morrow.

Huggiest of hugs to all and it is so nice to be back xxxxx


kath said...

wow sweetie...what a whirlwind you've had...busy busy times and woohoo great news about your classes at Rosemary's shop and your new best friend is just so darned cute...sending mega hugs kath xxx

shampylou30 said...

gorgeous card glad to see you back good luck with the classes sue xxxx

Amanda said...

So glad the babies survived Dawny! And you are right that little chap looks a real charmer :-)
The card is stunning, such a vibrant pink, it is mouthwatering <3
Glad you got a good response to your jumpers too. Sorry i only managed one set but my knitting is a little slow lol.

Lorraine A said...

Hi Dawny :-) I have just had a lovely hop around all our PTW girlies and you're the last one ! :-)
Gorgeous card ,, such a cute image and I love the fresh colours ,,, lovely :-)

aww Bobby is a cutie !! how adorable is he ! :-)

Lols x x x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Just read all the news. It was lovely to speak to you on Saturday at Port Sunlight, I had a great day and bagged some bargains.
Love your card, so pretty, they always are.
Glad your chicks are ok, I love birds but I'm terrified of them...mad I know...but I feed them all the time and love to watch the blackbird family who live in our garden...dog food is their fav.
Might see you at Rosemary's place, I'm often there buying and chatting with Ruth, Nige is a bit scary though.
take care. janex

tilly's crafts said...

glad to have you back Dawny! And glad that the chicks are doing ok. fab card as always
Kim x

Tracy said...

Hi Dawny,
So glad your chicks are doing well now. What a gorgeous creation, love it! Beautiful colouring too.

Thank you for such kind and lovely words about my little boy Bobby and taking time out to talk to him too, it was lovely to visit LOTV and i'm planning another trip there real soon. It was such a pleasure to meet you in the flesh and see your gorgeous work in action.

Bobby says Hi, he's just getting his football kit on for football practice. Bobby says if your ever going to be at LOTV again, please let him know so he can come and see you.

He's obsessed with animals, thats why we have so many pets and I read your post out and he gave a big AWWWW about your chicks and said it must be exciting to have them.

Have a lovely week
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Shazza said...

wow you have had a busy time. My jumper is now finished, just the beanie hat to do and then I will get your address x

Mau xx said...

So Glad you are Ok Dawny, Was beginning to thing you had caught the horrid bugs going around.
Love the card and your new friend is so sweet, what a lovable little face he has.
Glad you got lots of Jumpers for the babies, Amanda's came in with my sets. I was so chuffed with her as it was a challenge for her. so glad your little little chicks survived too :)
Hugs Mau XX

Lee said...

Blimey Dawn,do you sleep well lol.Not enough hours in the day for you is there hun you are sooooo busy.So glad you liked me fish n chip baby jumper n hat.Did you say we could make more cus they are not going until September.
Your card is STUNNING in every way.Big Hugs xxx

Helen said...

I didn't realise it was you at Port Sunlight at the weekend - it was me who bought the stamps at the start of the show with the voucher!

Helen x

MagsB said...

Great news about the baby chicks, how worried you must have been!

What a busy time you've had! What a terrific card you've made, your posts are always worth the wait.

Take care!

love Mags B x