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I am a little bit chuffed with myself.

My no. 1 daughter and I are going to a fancy dress party – of which, more soon – and she needs one of those little mini top hat fascinators to complete her costume.  I left it too late to order from the U.S. and somebody in the U.K. wasn’t answering my begging messages so I decided to make one myself.  What fun and all from stuff I had lying around my workroom.

This is how it started

and this is how it finished

It’s far from perfect but judicious use of netting enables me to cover up a bit of glue overspill and less than exact joins.  Just got to work out how to attach it to her head now.  I’m thinking a couple of alligator clips hot glue gunned (new verb!) to the bottom might do the trick.

……and all this yet another reason not to vacuum or do any ironing.  What lengths will I go to?

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3D Wonderland

Yesterday, I went to Toulouse – a three hour round trip – to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D and, as a bonus, in English! As it is a multi-screen cinema, they were showing the orignal version and the French version (i.e. dubbed) at the same time but on different screens so one of my daughters went in to the dubbed version, as she had her French friend with her, and my other daughter and myself chickened out and went in to the English version.   Bizarrely, I felt  drawn to the French subtitles not only because they were in 3D so stood out more but because I was interested to see how they had translated some of the script.

The Red Queen

I know 3D films have been around for a while now but, living in the back of beyond as I do, they haven’t found their way into the cinema nearby yet.  So, this was my first real experience of modern 3D technology and I must admit, I was blown away.  Before the film started, there was an advertisement for Haribo sweets and I literally had to sit on my hands to stop myself reaching out for a marshmallow which was hovering, tantalisingly, just in front of my nose. 

As far as the film itself  went, I think if I had seen it in a non-3D version, I would have been less impressed.  I didn’t feel it did anything particularly innovative with the story and it lapsed into sentimentality towards the end, which I could have done without, but I forgive all this for the amazing costumes and scenery.  I was enchanted with butterflies whizzing about my ears and the Cheshire Cat disappearing in a puff of smoke right beside me. I want to go and see everything in 3D now although I suppose the novelty will wear off and I’ll start demanding a good plot again!

However, for now, I’ll be grateful that I could feel a sense of enchantment and wonder in a cinema again, something that probably last happened when I was a child and went to see Mary Poppins!

And those costumes…………..

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My friend Anna is a brilliant illustrator and creative artist.  Despite having 5 young children she still finds time to produce other beautiful things and is a big inspiration to me. 

She makes some of her lovely illustrations and fonts available on items such as her cotton tape which is really useful for other artistic  people who use it within their own crafts such as quilts, mixed media and card making.


Tea for Two Cotton Tape

Tea for Two Cotton Tape

Story Book Cotton Tape

Story Book Cotton Tape

She has recently made these little keyfobs from an original illustration of her own.
Matryoshka Key Fob

Matryoshka Key Fob



I know that Anna’s real passion is painting and, although life is obviously very busy, I hope that I will see some more of her beautiful trees, quirky birds and weird children very soon. (the weird children in her illustrations that is not her own children who, by the way, are gorgeous).

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