Friday, 21 October 2016

A Vintage White Christmas ATC Swap

I am so pleased that thanks to Kimberly's ATC swap, I finally got a bit of my mojo back and started crafting again. Might have taken me two days to figure out what I wanted to do, get all the bits and pieces together and then make the ATCs, but it felt really good. 

This was the stuff I finally decided to pick from for the ATCs -

And this is what I did with the stuff -

And while I was at it ( and had some orders to get out ) I made some tags for the lovely customers as well -

Monday, 17 October 2016

I am excited!

For the first time in months, I am really excited about crafting again. And I have Kimberly from ArtJoyStuff to thank for that. I used to love her ATC swaps and was so sad when she stopped, but......... the wonderful woman has just announced a new swap!YAY!

I do hope that lots of my blog friends will take part in this swap. You can find all the details here.

In my mind, I am already making a list of all the possible bits and pieces I could use on the ATCs, it will be so much fun to rummage through all my supplies again :-).Toodlepip xxx

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

A Roman church in a tiny French village

A few days before we came back to the UK, we went out for lunch with our friends Frank and Christine at a little auberge in a nearby village, inhabitants approx. 150 or thereabouts. After the meal at the local auberge, which was delicious, we went for a little walk through the village and I managed a quick visit to the local church. The small roman church apparently was restored in the 16th and 19th Century. It was beautiful, totally unexpected in such a tiny village, and of course I had to take photos of it. They didn't turn out too well, because it was so dark inside, but I just can't bring myself to use flash, it is so harsh. I thoroughly enjoyed the quick visit, so I thought I'd share it with you -

Sorry about the poor quality of the photos, but I only had the phone and as I said, it was so dark inside even though it was a beautifully sunny day -

(Christine, Frank and my DH )

We walked past this lovely old house -

admired the colour and fabulous shape of this fire hydrant -

and puzzled over this weird little building -

I miss being in France. Our dogs miss mornings like these as well -

Toodlepip xxx

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Oh Blogland, how I have missed you!

Apart from 1 week in June, we spent all Spring and Summer at the cottage in France. The computer gathered a lot of dust there, lol. We got back to the UK a few days ago, and I am just beginning to get back into my normal routine again. Part of that is of course blogging and visiting the beautiful blogs of the many people I follow. I have missed blogging regularly so much, thought about it so many times, but converting thought into action somehow just didn't happen. 

And we had such a wonderful time in France which I could have talked about. The family came to visit again for a week and we did so many wonderful things together, the yearly fete des voisins took place in August and was such a fun evening, we visited lovely places and exciting brocantes, we spent quality time with neighbours and friends and volunteered twice a week at a dog shelter, where we fell in love with so many beautiful furbabies.

I hope to be able to catch up just a little and post at least a few pics of our activities over the next few days, but for right now, I am just saying HELLOOOOO AGAIN with a few photos of our newly planted roses -

This one we planted last year and it really struggled in the drought last year, but I think it is recovering -

And because I thoroughly enjoyed looking through my flower photos just now, here are a few more for you :-) - 

This little flower, which looks so much like a sweetpea, is actually a bean flower. This variety of bean grows almost half a meter long! 

Aahh, the sunflower, you can't help but smile when you see one of these in the garden, they are such cheerful flowers -

I loved my flower trolley by the front door -

The white begonia is just amazing -

The sedum flowers are such a beautiful colour -

And to finish this post, a photo of one of the things I miss the most about being at the cottage, the amazing sunrises I was able to enjoy during my early morning walks with the dogs -

Toodlepip xxx

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

The first time I saw this amazing creature, I was convinced it was the tiniest hummingbird. It hovered in the air, wings beating almost too fast to see, while it visited the flowers to feed on the sweetness inside. Hummingbirds in the middle of France? Was that even possible? There were so many of these tiny creatures flitting about the flowering shrub in front of the restaurant we visited with the family last year, we all stood there absolutely fascinated by these fabulous things. We weren't the only ones, there were other people, who stopped to watch the incredible display. Some were convinced they were tiny birds, others were convinced they were insects of some sort. So we researched and found out that they were indeed tiny moths, which looked and behaved just like humming birds - Hummingbird Hawk Moths.

Imagine my absolute delight, when my DH very excitedly called to me a few days ago, pointing to a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in our own garden! On my flowering pot plants! I grabbed my camera, and tried to photograph it, with no success whatsoever, lol, it was so fast, moving from plant to plant, from flower to flower. All I got was blur, lol. Andy read up on the moth again, and found out that they like their routine, visiting the same plants around the same time each day. So the next day the camera was ready and I didn't have to wait too long before the moth appeared again. And I finally, finally managed to get some shots -

Toodlepip xxx