Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy 40th Andy

Happy 40th to my son Andy who is celebrating with a surprise trip to Barcelona.  Hope you have a fabulous time and can't wait to here all about it. See you soon much love mama xx
Andy discovers a new way to fry his fish

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dolls Hares Pixies and More

Little Scrap Alice which  I have just discovered through Twitter today and I fell in love and just had to share her beautiful work with you. Click on the link above to see more of her work and feel free to go and visit her page she will be delighted to see you Little Scrap Alice on Facebook
   
Cloud Dream Doll £40
Named by my daughter when she saw her amazing white, fluffy woolen hair which has a clear thread running through it which catches the light. I have hand sewn 3 soft blue roses and added a trim to finish the look. Her dress is fashioned from a vintage blue and white scarf (which still has the original tiny little tag on it which reads 'rain repellant') I think it just adds a little touch. Hand sewn detail of a feather like braid around top of the dress and a little ribbon choker.
 
Happy Hare  £35
One of a kind, hand finished up-cycled creation. Heavy cotton cream fabric with a large floral print in shades of sage, dusky pink and duck egg blue. Her full skirt is gathered at the back with a navy ribbon, the waistcoat is made of felted wool and hand stitched with a feature button detail. Facial expression full of character and hand sewn. This magical hare is just waiting for her new adventure. Made to be a keepsake rather than a toy she is not suitable for babies or young children. Approx 48cm (19") long.

Spring Blue Pixie  £20
Up-cycled, one of a kind loveable and soft pixie doll. Body, arms and legs in pale blue cotton with a pink rosebud design on. Hands and feet in gingham cotton. Appliqu├ęs face with hand stitched features and hand sewn felt heart on leg. A little ribbon around the neck (which is easily removed for younger children). This unique and adorable pixie is for hugging and will not like being pulled about. Just waiting to be someone's little buddy. Approx 50cm (20") long and 15cm (6") wide.

Little Miss Pastel  £15
One of a kind, hand finished mini ragdol. Made from recycled materials.Face, arms and legs in a pale pink cotton and body, sleeves and skirt in a pretty heavier printed fabric in shades of pink, blue and grey. Her hair is hand stitched and knotted in blue jersey fabric giving her a really quirky and unique style. Finished with a chunky wooden choker of 3 beads and button detail on her ankle. Not suitable for babies or young children she will make someone a wonderful little comanion or unique decor piece.

Approx 36cm 14" long and 5cm 2" wide

Interlude... Taking the same route 25 years on?

If I said I was excited that would be an understatement! I am sooo looking forward to packing my rucksack tonight and heading for some sun and lots of R & R. Going to be  taking almost the same route that I took 25 years ago on my first trip to Morocco, flying into Casablanca  with my DH and will then spend two weeks exploring and eating hopefully some great food, lamb tagine being one of my all time favourites. But will tell you more about it when we get back.  Are  you going anywhere exciting for your hols sometime soon?

See you in a couple of weeks and I am sure will have some good shots to share with you. xxx

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Sunday Finds

A few treasures found in a car boot sale last Sunday  and after a good ultra sonic treatment they have come out looking good. A few need repairs but nothing major. So hopefully will be listing soon.

A beautiful multi faceted crystal rosary from Lourdes along with  case.
Did not clean this brooch and I think the flowers are hand painted as I love it as is.
The colours on this brooch are gorgeous.
Now I think this pendant  looks like a distorted snail new picture needed!
And this big chunky pendant along with a few buttons that I have not yet sorted out and cleaned and I am off to do that shortly.

But my favourit has to be this lovely little leather rose purse which is so excited to be going on holiday with me next week. So all in all a good, in fact the best finds for awhile. Have you found any treasures lately?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Senior Banking........... PRICELESS


Shown below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86 year old woman.
The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the Times.

Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my cheque with which I endeavoured to pay my plumber last month.
By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the cheque and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it..
I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years.
You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account £30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, --- when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.
From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person.
My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by cheque, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.
Be aware that it is an OFFENSE under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.

Please find attached an Application Contact which I require your chosen employee to complete.
I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.

Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public figure, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.
In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me.
I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modelled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Let me level the playing field even further.
When you call me, press buttons as follows:

IMMEDIATELY AFTER DIALLING, PRESS THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR ENGLISH

#1. To make an appointment to see me
#2. To query a missing payment.
#3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
#4 To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
#5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.
#6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
#7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required.
Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier.
#8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 to 9
#9. To make a general complaint or inquire.

The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.
While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.
Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year?


Your Humble Client


And remember:

Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off. !

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