Monday, 31 October 2011

Today was a geocaching day

One of our geocaching friends suggested doing a 20-cache series today, while the weather was still fairly clement and as my DS3 wasn't working today, we decided to give it a go. It sounded like a great little series, as a number of tools were required, like spanners, magnets, string, and a liter of water. Water? That turned out to be a really clever cache, actually. 7 1/2 miles later, we made it back home just as it was getting dark ( which is very early now that the clock have gone back again ). Feet and back are sore, but we did it, yay! 20 caches in the series, as well as an extra one which was close by.

But it didn't leave me any time to do my inchie for the Every Inchie Monday challenge or do any crafting. So instead, I posted a few little treasures on my Vintageland blog -

A gorgeous little French crown pin -

An Edwardian pocket size shoe horn and button hook set -

and a very collectable French 1930s hat pin -

And now I am just about ready to fall into bed, lol!

Toodlepip xxx

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Happy Pink Saturday!

Aah, I do love PINK SATURDAYS. PINK is such a cheerful colour and makes me feel smiley even on a grey and rainy day. Not that today is rainy, it has turned quite nice this afternoon, I can see sunshine and a bit of blue sky.

But back to Pink Saturday, and a question - Do little girls dream in PINK? This silly question kinda planted itself in my head while I was making this PINK collage. The image is from a French postcard, which I found at a vide greniers this summer. I dug it out the other week for the inchie I made for Every Inchie Monday, but I love it so much, I wanted to use it in a few other projects as well. So here is my DREAMS collage, a tad bigger than an inchie :-) -

Can you stand a bit more pinkness? I was happily collaging away with my bits and pieces, and thought that in honour of Pink Saturday, I could make a little PINK inspiration kit for my Etsy shop. Here it is, my Little Bag of PINK Happiness -

Inside this bag

you will find
morceau of French damask ticking
morceau of 1930s silk fabric
page from a 19th C. French book
music paper

as well as

I am planning to make some more Little Happiness bags over the weekend in different colours.

I am linking all this PINKNESS to the PINK SATURDAY LINKY PARTY over at How Sweet the Sound.If I haven't outpinked you yet, then hop over there and check out the other PINKS.

Friday, 28 October 2011

I have finally done it!

It has taken me a long time to finally get round to opening an Etsy shop, but I have done it! I had my first sale there, woohoo, which is very encouraging. Some of you have already noticed and sent me such kind comments, thank you so much for your support. I have put a link to the Etsy shop on my sidebar, if you fancy having a look.

But I don't want to neglect my blog shop either, so I have listed some of my recent finds on there this evening. Things like these -

All this has meant that I haven't had any time for crafting, or, even worse, visiting your blogs! Might have to pull an allnighter today, lol, in order to catch up. I also have some crafty pinkness on my brain, so I had better get on with that as well.

Wishing you a happy weekend,

toodlepip xxx

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

White Wednesday - mother-of-pearl buttons

Is there anybody out there who doesn't love MOP buttons? Well, to be fair, I suppose there could be one or two people who are not at all moved by the beautiful shimmer of those delicate beauties. I just haven't come across any in blogland yet.

I dug out a few of my buttons for today's WHITE WEDNESDAY over at the beautiful FADED CHARM blog. There are French MOP buttons in all sizes on cards -

There even are English MOP buttons on card -

There are huge MOP buttons -

and there are tiny little MOP buttons -

There are MOP buttons with shanks -

square buttons -

and there are very shiny and colourful MOP buttons -

This is a gorgeous old French MOP cufflink -

My favourite ones are these beautifully carved buttons -

Sweet little things, which give me great pleasure.

I am linking this post to WHITE WEDNESDAY at FADED CHARM. Take a lot at all the other beautiful white posts.

Toodlepip xxx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Etsy Cottage Colours - AQUA and Every Inchie Monday - ENCOURAGEMENT

Both of these challenges were really quite difficult for me. Etsy Cottage Colour for this month is AQUA and it seems I have very little of that gorgeous colour in our home. Hmmm. Perhaps I ought to do something about that, because aqua is such a beautiful colour.

Here is what I could come up with for AQUA -

First is this beautiful vintage trim in beautiful shades of aqua/sea green

Next, beautifully soft tattered aqua silk ribbon and a fantastic vintage trim with aqua sequins -

Aaah, antique bottles, they are the most delicious shade of aqua -


The Every Inchie Monday challenge this week was exactly that for me, challenging. The theme was ENCOURAGEMENT, and I did struggle a little with that. For some reason, I saw messages on a beach in my mind ( I know, lol, huh? ), so I used Distress Stickles in Tattered Straw to simulate a sandy beach, and put my message both on a little pebble and on the beach -

I am linking this post to



Monday, 24 October 2011

Nature's Bounty

When my DH took the doggies to the Firehills this morning for their daily run and play, I decided to go with them and pick sloes. Have you ever tasted sloe gin? It is the most delicious liqueur and luckily doesn't taste anything like gin. I don't like gin, don't even like the smell of the stuff, but sloe gin, thats a totally different matter. I'll start it tomorrow, and it will be ready in time for Christmas. Oh, I can't wait to get it going, seeing the beautiful deep rich red colour develop in the big wine making jar over the next couple of months.

I adore the rich purply blue plum colour of the sloes as well, with that gorgeous lighter blue waxy bloom on them. So I got a bit carried away taking some photos after I got them home -

I have also made my inchie for this week's challenge, but not before it got dark, sigh, so I'll have to wait til tomorrow to photograph it in daylight.

Toodlepip xxx