Monday, November 29, 2010

xxx Happy Birthday Lavada xxx



Great photographer, great friend, funny most of the time! Love you lots and hope you have a fantastic day. Ps all the pictures here were yours, till I pinched them that is. xx

Lavada  is also a wonderful professional photographer, she collected dolls in Belgium, France, England and Tulsa for her exhibition  held last year. You can see more of her dolls in the Lost & Found Exhibit, just click the link below.

could not resist adding this!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Snow Fun in the Tarn

Well I for one have never seen it snow here in the Tarn in November. So to make the most of it Mr Snowman has been cobbled together with a dodgie looking nose, and a  very stickly grin, the snow fights and sledging all done and now all are thawing out  next to a lovely wood fire. Glass of mulled wine anyone!

2 hours later

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lost Your False Teeth, Breast Implants, Vasectomy Kit...Then

 You might just get them back. Did you know that over 184,000 pieces of lost property each year are left on buses, Tubes, taxis, trains, trams and stations, in London alone.

 If, for example, you happen to have lost your false teeth get in contact with these guys - best to go in person as they won't understand what your saying over the phone!  You could even choose a new pair - chances are you would find something to suit fit! Wheelchairs, now this puzzles me. If you lose your wheelchair how did you manage to get to where you were going without it? Yet they get several handed in each year.

How can any one lose their false arm?, or a14ft boat, park benches and even breast implants!! Wonder how long it took for her to notice she had lost them?
Many people though are lucky and grateful to have their items back, last year 27,000 handbags were handed in and 40% were returned.  This guy was not so lucky as he was loading his mannequins onto a tube, the doors closed before he could get on board and he was left  watching  them disappear, never to be seen again. Where are they now?

You can report a loss here

Photography by James Quinton

How to purchase unclaimed items

Greasbys Auctioneers & Valuers, 211 Longley Rd, SW17 (020 8672 2972/ Tooting Broadway tube. Auctions are held roughly once a month. Check website for details of next sale. Note: London Transport’s items are not distinguished from other sale items.

Just a few more examples of what people are losing. What was the last thing you lost?

False teeth

False eyes
Replacement limbs
Two-and-a-half hundredweight of sultanas/currants
Lawn mower
Chinese typewriter
Breast implants
Four-foot teddy bear
Theatrical coffin
Stuffed eagle
14-foot boat
Divan bed
Outboard motor
Water skis
Park bench
Grandfather clock
Bishop’s crook
Garden slide
Inflatable doll
Jar of bull’s sperm
Urn of ashes
Three dead bats in container
Gas mask
Tibetan bell
Stuffed puffa fish
Vasectomy kit
Harpoon gun
Two human skulls in a bag

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Would Love to Wear a Kimono... and

 An “Obi”  (not to be confused with the lovely Obi Wan Kinobi, picture thanks to

is a word that refers to various Japanese belts and sashes used for formal kimonos to martial arts uniforms.
Obi’s worn with kimonos; their function is to secure the robe as well as to decorate.

An obi for a mans kimono is often rectangular and darkly coloured whereas an obi for a woman’s kimono is much wider and longer and is tied under the bust and wrapped around the waist more times. The Yellow butterfly above is from

Obis are also worn with hakama, a type of skirt worn by men with kimonos, and yukata robes, a light summer kimono worn by men and women alike.

The term kimono refers to a form of traditional dress for Japanese men, women and children. Dating back to the 17th century, a kimono is a floor-length garment with square-cut sleeves.
Whether you are attending a Japanese-themed party or want to learn more about Japanese culture, be sure to familiarize yourself with the proper technique for wearing a kimono and the accessories that go with it.

For example never drape the right side of the kimono over the left. This way of wearing a kimono is used only when preparing a corpse for burial. Pictures from

Read more: How to Wear a Japanese Kimono
· Dōura upper lining on a woman's kimono

· Eri collar
· Fuki hem guard
· Furi sleeve below the armhole
· Maemigoro front main panel:excluding sleeves.

Covering portion of the other side of the back maemigoro is divided into "right maemigoro" and "left maemigoro"

· Miyatsukuchi opening under the sleeve
· Okumi front inside panel situated on the front edge of the left and right, excluding the sleeve of a kimono,Until the collar, down to the bottom of the dress goes, up and down part of the strip of cloth.Have sewn the front is also called
· Sode sleeve
· Sodeguchi sleeve opening
· Sodetsuke kimono armhole
· Susomawashi lower lining
· Tamoto sleeve pouch
· Tomoeri over-collar (collar protector)
· Uraeri inner collar
· Ushiromigoro back main panel:excluding sleeves,

I was having a browse on etsy and found these lovely items, a kimono a beautiful flower and an obi belt by the following sellers here on etsy

Other  sites to see more examples

And sorry but I could not resist this!  here is a picture of my son and what I think his expression would be like if I wore e a kimono around the house.  I really don't know how he took this shot!, but there seems to be a wire attached to his head! Hard to believe that he is actually quite a  handsome lad: ) Although I can't quite see me mastering the art of carrying lumps of wood to keep the fire going if I were dressed in a kimono but perhaps just for lounging would be great. Think I might go and have a look at a few and treat myself and if I do I will let you see it........later.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Feature with Chyrls "The art of Origami" + Giveaway

I first met Chyrls about 2 years ago when I was shopping for a special card and was delighted when I came across her gorgeous shop where I purchased my first origami card and it was just beautiful, we have kept in touch and I am so excited to share her work with you. Chyrls has generously offered 2 prizes to the value of $25. So, one lucky person will be in for a real treat, that I can promise.

Chyrls love for paper folding started with folding a simple frog whilst reciting a poem to her students 'The little frog'. She works passionately as a full time language teacher for children. In her daily work, she does not allow her students to fold paper aeroplanes during lessons, however, they amaze her when no matter how many times she emphasises that paper folding is not allowed, they still do it quietly and hope that she won’t confiscate their piece of work!

From her lovely students, she learnt how paper models intrigue the children and the smiles on the little ones’ faces motivated her to learn how to fold different kinds of paper models. She started with folding animals (bunny, elephant, dinosaurs, flamingo, kangaroos, humming bird and terriers, etc). Ironically, she had never folded a crane (a kind of bird not a lifting device!) at all since she started origami, although it is the most common model that most people attempt and is recognised globally as a peace sign.

She taught herself to make little origami booklets and the children love them just as much as the adults do. Even though her little gifts to her students are 'just a piece of paper', it means more to them when she spends her most precious time to make something for them. It’s the little thought that means so much.

Chyrls and drawings:

She has always loved to draw and was never trained in fine arts during her academic years. She bought two watercolour pencils and self teach drawing books, some watercolour specific paper and Faber Castell 12 watercolour pencils and off she went on her first long trip to Taiwan in 2006.

The stormy weather during her Taiwan trip gave her the opportunity to sit down and read the two drawing books, and since has never stopped exploring art.

Chyrls and origami cards

People often asked her, "What are you going to do with this paper model?" Her answer was simple. She thought that if the paper model brings joy to the origami folder and the recipient, the purpose has been met, right? This question also gave her further inspiration on what she could achieve with origami. During her holiday, she decided to combine the art of origami with card making. Although this technique is not new, it is not commonly recognised either. The folding of one piece of paper in halves is in itself the simplest form of origami.

Chyrls joined Etsy in Dec 2008, and she makes about 5 cards a day. It may not seem many for some, but to come up with 5 different designs which require the combination of origami and greeting card is not easy for a non-art trained individual. For these cards she only uses watercolour pencil drawings, and has decided that it has to come with an origami envelope, which compliments the main theme of her work.

You can’t put a price on a piece of handmade artwork. However, in order to sustain this expensive hobby, she will continue to sell her favourite creations even if they are just one-off pieces. She insists on handwriting the fonts and self-drawing the pictures for her cards. Although many people have suggested that she uses a printer for this part, she prefers to jot down in her own style the few words her customers want to communicate, which a printer could never match.

The materials Chyrls uses for her cards are simple and carefully coordinated to bring out the beauty of different paper texture and colour contrasts. She uses a range of watercolour papers, polyester satin ribbons, gift-wrapping ribbons, and silver metallic cords to soften the look of the cards. These materials are similar to what the scrap booking hobbyists use. Her work is different from scrap booking in the way that she refuses to use commercially available toppers or scrap booking papers for her handmade cards. This allows the freedom to express her feelings of beauty with her own handmade toppers; she also adds little magnets to some of her cards so that you can display the card on fridge doors.

The pure joy of someone liking your work lasts a lifetime. For me her passion shines through and onto her finished pieces and that is truly precious.

She also manages to find time for her other hobbies which include, cycling, photography and aquascaping which is the craft of arranging aquatic plants as well as rocks, stones, cavework, or driftwood in an aesthetically pleasing manner within an aquarium—in effect, gardening under water.

Aquascape designs include a number of distinct styles, including the garden-like Dutch style and the Japanese-inspired nature style. Typically, an aquascape houses fish as well as plants, although it is possible to create an aquascape with plants only, or with rockwork or other hardscape and no plants. You can see her artistic flare again!

Thank you so much Chyrls for such a fabulous insight into your work and hobbies and also for such a generous giveaway.

Giveaway 1

Set of 4 bookmarks – Which she will personalise with your name

Giveaway 2

Sample pack of 6 mini cards in a origami box

6 x blossoms Miniature Cards 1.75" x 2" (Approximately 4.5cm x 5.5cm)

Description of box:

1x Cupcake Series Square Origami Box 2.36" x 2.36" x 0.9"(Approximately 6cm x 6cm x 2.3cm deep)

This is one of Chyrls latest creations. She has named it the Cupcakes Series since they look so much like little freshly baked cupcakes decorated with beautiful toppings when she put them all together.

The origami gift box, and matching pearlescent miniature cards with blossoms, which feature the pattern from her Princess Rose series. The box is designed, hand signed and crafted with wonderful detail. It is finished with a beautiful Peach tint organza ribbon and matching organza deep cocoa ribbon. The inside of the box is also sealed to preserve its form and durability.

Simple Rules:

1)Please follow my blog yes you know it makes me smile:)

2)If you tweet about this giveaway, use the hashtag #Chyrls. Post in a separate comment, and get one additional entry each time you do this, up to ONCE a day.

3) Please visit Chyrls shop and pick your favourite and post here only take a minute

4) Follow Chyrls on twitter,  and post in a separate comment below. If you are already following, post in a separate comment as well. One additional entry.

The more times you enter, the better your chances of winning!

This giveaway will begin Noveber 14, 2010 and end at 11:59 pm EST on November 29th 2010. It is open to anyone worldwide to enter so come in and have a go. will pick a winner!

Good luck and thanks for entering
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