Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Thank You from the bottom of my heart...


This year marks a very important time in the world's history and at the Tower of London there are some fabulous poppies that have been commissioned to both commemorate the 100 years since the start of the First World War and raise money for our wounded soldiers of modern times.  To play a part in this commemmoration, and to celebrate what would have been my dear FIL's 100th year, as well as our 25th Anniversary, I bought one for Hubby.

(Photos courtesy of Hels Sheridan)

Well, I wanted to let Mr Hettie know I had bought one but couldn't figure a way of telling him.  I have also planned a trip to London for which he does not, as yet, know the purpose.  It is to go and see this for ourselves.  So this is what I have done...

I love how the paint has slightly bubbled on the top of the right one.  It gives great texture.
After asking a few close friends if they had any poppy dies or stamps I went on a certain well known auction site and bought the Sheena Douglass Poppies.  Paint fusion to the rescue.  No idea where I bought the hearts from, possibly from a little Playground outing last year with Miss Di and Scrappy Mo!  Well, this makes a nice change from something silver!

The number on the tag is the number of our poppy.  When the poppy arrives with us I suspect it will be placed on FIL's grave.  He was too young for the First World War but he was involved in the Second World War.

Thanks for calling by.  

Lest we forget.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Friday Funny


Two Aussie  builders (Patrick and Peter) are seated either side of a table in a rough pub when a well-dressed man enters, orders a beer and sits on a stool at the bar. The two builders start to speculate about the occupation of the suit.

Pat: - I reckon he's an accountant.

Peter: - No way - he's a stockbroker.

Pat: - He ain't no stockbroker!  A stockbroker wouldn't come in here!

The argument repeats itself for some time until the volume of beer gets the better of Pat and he makes for the toilet. On entering the toilet he sees that the suit is standing at a urinal. Curiosity and the several beers get the better of the builder.

Pat: - 'Scuse me.. No offence meant, but me and me mate were wondering what you do for a living?

Suit: - No offence taken! I'm a Logical Scientist by profession.

Pat: - Oh! What's that then?

Suit: - I'll try to explain by example... Do you have a goldfish at home?

Pat: - Err... Mmm . Well yeah, I do as it happens!

Suit: - Well, it's logical to follow that you keep it in a bowl or in a pond. Which is it?

Pat: - It's in a pond!

Suit: - Well then it's reasonable to suppose that you have a large garden.

Pat - As it happens, yes I have got a big garden!

Suit: - Well then it's logical to assume that in this town if you have a large garden then you have a large house?

Pat: - As it happens I've got a five-bedroom house...built it myself!

Suit: - Well given that you've built a five-bedroom house it is logical to assume that you haven't built it just for yourself and that you are quite probably married?

Pat: - Yes I am married, I live with my wife and five children.

Suit: - Well then it is logical to assume that you are sexually active with your wife on a regular basis?

Pat:- Yep! Five or six nights a week!

Suit: - Well then it is logical to suggest that you do not masturbate very often?

Pat: - Me? Never.

Suit: - Well there you are!  That's logical science at work!

Pat: - How's that then?

Suit: - Well from finding out that you had a goldfish, I've told you about your sex life!

Pat: - I see! That's pretty impressive...thanks mate!

Both leave the toilet and Pat returns to his mate.

Peter: - I see the suit was in there. Did you ask him what he does?

Pat - Yep! He's a logical scientist!

Peter: - What's that then?

Pat: - I'll try and explain. Do you have a goldfish?

Peter: -  Nope.

Pat: - Well then, you're a w***er.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Rudolph Day ...

Hello there!

Wahoo!  It is Rudolph Day again.  Only two more after this one until the Big One!!

As I usually do I am playing along with Stamping for Pleasure's Rudolph Day Challenge!  This Angel stamp was bought for me by my Bloggin' Friend from over the water when she visited last year.  I just love it.  And surprisingly this is it's first outing this year.  I stamped it with Versamark and then embossed it with some silver.  However, this time I stamped it onto a linen effect Papermania cardstock and I just love the effect you get.  It looks like it has been stitched.  The Merry Christmas is my ole' favourite Penny Black stamp and a little bit of Czech ribbon between the two before mounting it onto some silver cardstock.
And to prove I made more than one, here they are in a group together.  Some of them have slightly different silver cardstock (not that you can really see it on this photo) as I was using some from the Snippets basket.  

I will ask my friend what make the stamp was, as there is no label on it and will edit this post if I can find out.

Thanks for calling by.


Monday, 22 September 2014

Special Pink card for a Special Pink Lady...

Hello there!

I am hoping to creep back into the Playground without drawing attention to myself.  Do you think I will be noticed?  I have been missing in action due to generally being busy and life does get in the way doesn't it?

I thought I would share the card I made for someone who is known to the Snippets Playground for liking pink.  This looks more lilac on the photos but IRL it is more pinky.  

I tried out a new (to me) technique and introduced myself to my brayer which I was given a little while ago by the recipient of this card.  So two NBUS things for me.  The video is HERE if you want a go.  It involves glossy card stock (I used good ole Tim Holtz stuff), brayer, distress inks and cling film.  Once the background was made I then stamped on it using my Lavinia Stamps and TH Archival inks..

Here is a close up of the ribbon with a bell and angel wings.  These bells are so cute and I could not resist buying them.  First time out of the packet for these little ones.

I am joining in with the Snippets Playground (black thread...neeed more!), my Mate Darnell's NBUS challenge as well as the Lavinia Stamps blog which is asking you to use some ribbon!  Yeay!

Thanks for calling by.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Friday Funny

This is good

Students at a local school were assigned to read 2 books, 'Titanic' and 'My Life' by Bill Clinton.

One student turned in the following book report, with the proposition that they were nearly identical stories!

His cool professor gave him an A+ for this report.

Titanic: Cost - $29.99
Clinton : Cost - $29.99

Titanic: Over 3 hours to read
Clinton : Over 3 hours to read

Titanic: The story of Jack and Rose, their forbidden love, and subsequent catastrophe.
Clinton : The story of Bill and Monica, their forbidden love, and subsequent catastrophe.

Titanic: Jack is a starving artist.
Clinton : Bill is a bullshit artist.

Titanic: In one scene, Jack enjoys a good cigar.
Clinton : Ditto for Bill
Titanic: During the ordeal, Rose's dress gets ruined.
Clinton : Ditto for Monica.

Titanic: Jack teaches Rose to spit.
Clinton : Let's not go there.

Titanic: Rose gets to keep her jewelry.
Clinton : Monica is forced to return her gifts.

Titanic: Rose remembers Jack for the rest of her life.
Clinton : Clinton doesn't remember anything.

Titanic: Rose goes down on a vessel full of seamen.
Clinton : Monica.. Ooh, let's not go there, either.

Titanic: Jack surrenders to an icy death.
Clinton : Bill goes home to Hillary - basically the same thing

Monday, 15 September 2014

Been sewing again!

Hello there

Thank you all for your kind comments to my post yesterday. I was working on trying to put a few deterrents around the coop and run so hopefully the B..... will get the message and leave my Girls alone.  I can report that all the Girls came out to see me this morning, but they don't stay out if either myself or Hubby are not around.

Now to share something which I hadn't realised until the other day I hadn't posted.  I thought I better do so soon or else it will be totally out of season!

I sometimes find myself spending too long on Pinterest but sometimes I do get to do something I found there.  Like this top...

I found the pattern HERE and downloaded it and printed it out.  It was kinda like a jigsaw having to join all the dots to make the pattern.  Then I remembered this seersucker fabric I bought a looooong time ago to back a quilt, but when I ordered it I didn't realise it was "knobbly" so it wasn't going to work.  So I dug it out and made it up into a top.  I even made my own bias binding....again using a howto on Pinterest HERE!

Here is a little more of the photo with my patio in view.  That seat is a double seater and Hubby an I like to sit on there whilst we let my Girls out to roam the patio.  As a result I cannot put weedkiller on the patio as the Girls like to pick at the greenery.  Any excuse ey?

Well, as both the fabric, pattern and bias binding are all NBUS I am joining in with my mate Darnell in her NBUS Challenge.

Thanks for popping over.



Sunday, 14 September 2014

My Poor Hilda...

Hi there

Sorry I haven't been around much today.  I went out to see to my Girls this morning to find a buzzard had murdered my lovely Hilda.  The Girls have not ventured out of the coop much today and are very nervous of any noise around them.  The buzzard has been seen around and I have been like a nervous wreck.  Such a sad day for us all.

RIP Hilda.  Her time with us was way too short and she was just coming out of her shell and jumping on our laps.  So sad.