Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Pocket Letter Pals...... I hope Sheila doesn't follow my blog, I don't think she does - if you are reading this Sheila - click off now. ha ha

I had heard of these and saw a few people had posted pictures but didn't fancy making them at all, not interested one iota !

However, Sheila off Inchie group and I had decided to do a swap, I left it up to her to decide whether she wanted to swap inchies or twinchies, or ATC's etc and how many.  Sheila suggested Pocket Letters.

Pocket letters are 9 segmented wallets which people keep pokemon cards in - you theme the pocket letter - or you can have a free choice, and after looking up on  You Tube I found that you also enclose a letter - can be about yourself, which is normal when you don't know someone, or can be about the pocket letter or your love of crafting etc.  You also enclose a little something behind the ATC's you make - like die cuts or a chocolate bar or a tea bag of some exotic tea etc so the recipient can sit and have a cuppa whilst they open your pocket letter.

Anyhoo, I decided on a Summer/holiday theme - and away I went, I loved loved loved it, couldn't stop !  And made my offering/swap within 3 days - now that I only work the latter two days of each week.

so here it is ..................... better in real life me thinks, and hope that Sheila likes it, she's on holiday for a week now so won't post it until next Wednesday when she will be on her way back.


front 9 x ATC's Summer/Holiday theme


Back view 


first ATC -  made like a pocket and has enclosures of hearts 


Little heart die cuts inside first ATC


top middle pocket made from life journal cards & stamped with my name 


back of card - die cut ampersand 


Little enclosure of 3 x sample washi tapes


top right ATC - as a folder type with a letter from me telling Sheila about how we love Woolacombe and the reminders of the kids when they were small, that we aren't too bothered about abroad holidays and  funnily enough we are going to Woolacombe for our holiday again this year but just me and Keiron 


Middle line left ATC - made a beach/sea view ATC and then a pic of someones feet as from a sun lounger - I used silk, shiny thread as if it was the sea waves.


the little extra in this ATC is a small colouring zentangle ATC card for Sheila to colour, although she probably wont. 


Middle of 9 ATC's is a Sun - made by me out of a mould and polymer clay, love this mould 


Right hand middle row ATC is a photo from the net of the world - everyone says how small the world is but really it's very big and we have never explored it, i know that Sheila does a lot of travelling, I think she may be retired..............because we work such a lot we don't travel much, and to be truthful with how bad the world has become with terrorists and bad people, I think I shall just travel to little villages and the like !


Another little colouring project


Gold embossed this ATC and a shiny heart 


and the little extra is some sticky-notes


middle bottom row ATC is a beach hut - love beach huts and sand was made from sand paper and a little rinchie of a deckchair - a reminder that me and Sheila met on the inchie group where we make, inchies and rinchies and twinchies and thrinchies etc etc 




and the little gift of a rubber/acrylic 'frame' stamp


bottom right ATC - a map of Somerset & my favourite place in the whole world.


the back of this ATC shows from whence I came good old Brumigum - although we escaped there as it has gone down hill considerably.


Altered paperclips are the little gift 


And the backs of those clips 










Saturday, 20 May 2017

oh and a bit more crafting !

for UK Stampers - 6xinchies


Saturday 20th May 2017 - where has nearly have a year gone.

Trying to get back on Slimming World and end up at the Pretty Pigs for lunch - but we didn't overload our plates and didn't have a dessert so I felt quite virtuous.  maybe.



Korin had her car in the week, and it's lovely.


Settled nicely into two days a week (Thursday and Friday at work) - all day, and prepping is so much easier when I'm 'at it' all day long, did 15 clinics.  when I did mornings I was doing maybe 11 or 12 in the week.

Went round to Keirs this afternoon and Little Luna is just so adorable, getting bigger and now started on rusks too -  the joys of being a nanny is absolutely fantastic.  love her with all of my heart, I didn't' think I could love a child as much as my own, but Luna has filled my heart to overflowing, I know that sounds gushy and stupid but it's the only way I an describe it.




and we went to see how the house was getting on, she has a number on the door and the two car parking has been jet washed and looked really clean and sparkly - hoping above all hope she will be moved in by 8th June, fingers crossed.





Monday, 15 May 2017

Korin got the car

will be delivered next Friday - no more news on the house looks like the end of the month

made these for a swap on Nederlands and joined UK stampers on FB too !


Sunday, 14 May 2017

going to look at a car for korin today

hope it's ok and she likes it and she gets it etc !

no news on the house - except it'll definitely be the end of the month before handover to the housing association and then their solicitors have to do their thing to sell it on to Korin hoping it's not going to take months and months.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Lovely surprise received today ......

I knew these were on the way but didn't think the post to and fro the Netherlands would be so quick, so it was a very nice surprise when these arrived this morning............ from Wanda, we did a one to one swap of 8 protractor shapes.................and i love them them.  Thank you Wanda.









Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Spent a lovely 2 hours with Ali and Luna

It was so nice not just to be stuck in here - and Luna, as always, was just so beautiful.


love you to the moon and back baby Luna.


made these to swap with Wanda

I proposed to host a swap on Nederlands group.  As per usual they all came back with more questions rather than saying they would join me.  after two days no one had joined me.  To make 2 sets of 8 of protractors swaps.  send to two people.  tried to explain it as best as I could and Henny did explain it in Dutch, but the ONLY person that was positive about it was Wanda. So Wanda and I decided to do a 1 to 1 swap and i deleted the swap on the group.  I will NOT host a swap ever with the Nederlands group again,  Plus, AND I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY .......... I tend to always get the 'lightest - limsey'ist - not so marvellous' swaps back in return, yes these people have to pay the postage but I try and send the best i can possibly make to them as swaps, and get sometimes 'rubbishy' inchies and twinchies back.  This will mean nothing to anyone who doesn't know what inchies, twinchies, betwinchies, thrinchies and now protractors and mini ATC's are !  I have grown very fond of the ladies - all of them !  but I havne't been enjoying the received swaps as much just recently. Sheila who is part of the group feels the same way - although maybe not as strongly as I, and I know that Sandra from UK pulled out completely, her artwork is absolutely beautiful and she got rubbishy stuff back, it feels that your work is undervalued.  I shall stop moaning now.