Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas


Happy New Year


Slàinte maith, h-uile latha, na chi 'snach fhaic!

Love Krishenka

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Trivia with a €25 gift voucher to be won

Last time I did this Christmas Trivia was back in 2010 and  a lot of you thought it was fun, so then I thought well lets do it again.

How to play...Someone will post something like " I like my Vodka to be .... the next person finishes the sentence and starts a new line for the next person to finish. Try and keep it clean :)

The winner will receive a €25 gift voucher to spend in my shop.

I would like to say a huge thanks to all my followers for all your lovely comments throughout the year and wishing you all a very Happy Christmas. So have fun and looking forward to seeing your comments.

Here is the first line to get you started....

I love it when my....

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Friday, December 11, 2015

First stop Marrakech

Spent last month touring Morocco starting from Marrakesh and had completely forgotten how manic the  square (Jemma el fna) was (translates as "assembly of the dead"), aptly named given that it was a place of public executions many many moons ago. You will not know where to look I promise as it is packed with snake charmers eager to drape a snake round your neck.

Water sellers (who don't seem to sell much water but you can pay to have a photo taken with them). Storytellers, acrobats, belly dancers who are men (pretty obvious) especially when they tried to sing, but as women are not allowed to perform, it makes it quite amusing all the same. You have doe eyed children selling packets of paper hankies or biscuits and sidle up to you and bat their huge eyes. On one stop at a cafe to catch our breath and a pot of mint tea, no less than 19 offers  came to us trying to sell their wares, from watches, sunglasses, wooden statues, feather paintings, cigarettes, mirrors, baskets,lamps to name a few. The whole square is alive with sounds from drums, singing, tambourines, storytellers, violins, wafts of smoke from the food stalls, it is a total sensory explosion and can be quite overwhelming.

Chained Barbary apes wearing nappies! henna artists, orange, date, and nut sellers, and don't forget a 100 or so plus chefs with stalls where you can eat delicious tagines or Ghoulal soup if you fancy it.(snails)! and I don't and didn't. Take a trip in a Caleche  (horse and carriage) on a tour round the city, oh and then there are the souks and it seems once you are in you can't get out but a fun experience all the same but can be exhausting.

After the square we visited the Majorelle Gardens, where the rustling of leaves, the chirping of birds, the whole garden was alight with the most vibrant of blues, water features with tortoises sunning themselves and stunning cacti giving the whole place an air of complete tranquility, a sheer delight after the craziness of  Jemma el fna.

After strolling round the garden several times, next visit had to be the Berber Museum on the same grounds as the garden, you are not allowed to take pictures but here are a couple from their website. The jewelery displays are set in a stunning mirrored room with several display cases with some exquisite  filigree work, enameling, cabochons and engravings, look up and you will  see a black velvet sky strewn with thousands of stars, traditional Berber music plays softly in the background and you  find your self transported to the desert dreaming of having a chance to wear perhaps a few of these choice pieces... ahem back to reality!!!! 

Next stop  Ouarzazate and a drive through the Tizi-n-Tichka. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Autumn in the Tarn

Well somehow I have managed to pass an entire month without adding a new blog post. There is a reason for that and it is simply time or bad management of it perhaps.  I am getting excited now as in 3 days time I am heading of with my DH to spend a month in Morocco. Not sure if I have mastered my tablet to post any pictures so it may be awhile before I post again, meanwhile here are a few lovely pictures taken by my girlfriend Sue, which for me sums up Autumn here in France. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

CraftCult Giveaway.. 2 Weeks Free Advertising- Worldwide

I am delighted to announce that the CraftCult website is back! Those of you who sell on Etsy may already be familiar with this site, it allows you to create widgets for your blog or website, check out what treasuries you have been included in and lots more, have a look by following this link and check it out for yourself.

A friend of mine, Cathy Savels, has recently purchased the site and it is now live again. Craft Cult is widely promoted and is a high traffic site so it's well worth checking out their advertising rates. 

However, Cathy is offering a giveaway of a 2 week ad spot worth $28. Once the winner is selected, I will put you in contact with Cathy and she will give you the details of how to claim your free advertising spot.

If you have a shop, website or blog then just enter below and you could just be the lucky winner, good luck..


Corinna from Piddix says:-  Advertising on Craft Cult is the single most important piece of marketing I do for my digital collage sheets.  My ad brings in a huge number of clicks and sales, and their advertising rates are a bargain.

Tricia from Trickyknits says:- I've been a Craft Cult advertiser nearly as long as I've been a Craft Cult user and I can track the spikes in my business directly to my Craft Cult ad exposure. w from talking to my customers that advertising on Craft Cult works for me - and I've made many purchases by browsing other Craft Cult ads, so it is definitely working for other shop owners as well!

Cathy from AosLeather says:- I'm thrilled with the results of my Craft Cult advertising.  Perfect for the Handmade Movement and absolutely the most cost-effective online advertising I've used!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

La Vie est Belle

The verbena is still attracting lots of bees, butterflies and hawk moths, the grapes are being harvested, the hammock has been put to rest, garden pots emptied ready to refill, plenty fabrics to play with and thoughtful neighbours showering me with their wonderful home grown produce. A few nights left to still sit outside and savour the the nights drawing to a close with a crisp white wine to hand.
La Vie est Belle xx

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Higgs & Higgs Fat Quarter Giveaway.. Graphics Collection.. Worldwide

The Graphics Collection

I am delighted to be hosting this fabulous giveaway from Higgs&Higgs a 6 fat quarter 100% cotton bundle from their Graphics collection. You will have prints including origami, rice, tear drops & twirl and a coordinating Oliver Owl. Each fat quarter measures approx. 50 x 55cm / 19 x 21". Perfect bundle for quilting, patchwork, fashion,bags........ Oh the winner will have a ball with this bundle!!! This giveaway is open Worldwide and the value of the fabric bundle is £13.99/ €19

Easy entry using Raffle copter, but first I wanted to show you some more of their eye candy fabric, and to say thank you to Barbara & Joe for sponsoring such a great giveaway with me. They also have a wonderful collection of trims, ribbons and accessories. Higgs & Higgs also ship worldwide and with very reasonable prices in my opinion.

I just had to slip the gorgeous  Christmas selection in, but I am sure you have already forgiven me

Good luck everyone

Krishenka xx

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