Friday, 8 March 2013


I'm learning Italian and find all sorts of ways to put it into practice. Bounpomeriggio means good-afternoon. I love the way Italians are so expressive.
I know I will never get it just right but I'm having fun just learning.
I've always had an interest in learning Italian and when I read of a class at a local Community Centre, I couldn't wait to get there. Mind you, I'm driving everyone mad with my fractured attempts at the words I have learnt.

I want to say "benvenuto" or welcome to new follower, Jean of Jean Day Miniatures. I'm so pleased that you have joined my little blog. I encourage each of you to visit Jean's blog and web-site but be warned, you will spend quite a long time there as her work is stunning!

I am so tired of this hot weather, just hoping for cooler nights at least so we can get a few hours sleep. Oh well, it's a good excuse to sit at the computer saying "ciao" to each of you or looking in Ancestry to find new relatives.  My tree is growing almost every day. You can read more about my journey on my other blog, Life's Good.

Buster says hello too, he's laying right next to me under the ceiling fan.


Tuesday, 5 March 2013


 I feel very sad because I haven't kept up with regular posts. There was a lot happening here in the last couple of months of 2012. Some happy and some not. Christmas was enjoyable though, spent with family on two separate days. It's difficult to fit everyone in because we all have such full lives and many relatives to catch up with!

 I wanted to show you some of the things I've been making lately. I've given my Cuttlebug a good work-out, it's one of the best craft "machines" that I have ever bought. So versatile too.
 Our Probus craft group ended last year with a lovely day finishing off a milk bottle top covered Christmas tree. I can't show you a photo of it as all my decorations have been safely packed away.

We made a start this year with me showing the members how to make a burnt edge fabric brooch. These are six that I've made so far and I will make more because I've been invited to demonstrate the process to another craft group in a couple of weeks.

I enjoyed doing the stitched canvas items, I particularly like the cross in the pocket. It also has a printed prayer that goes inside, you can keep it in your purse or bag.

We also made zipper brooches one day. I'm not happy with mine and don't know if I will make any more. You know how some crafts just grab you and others don't?

I gave this card to a dear friend for her 90th birthday, she loved it. One of my favorite dies is the rolled rose.
I could make a whole flower bed with it!!

More rolled roses. This one was given to friends for their 50th wedding anniversary.

Some of the Christmas cards from last year.  I had recently bought the "Lovely as a Tree' stamp set from Stampin Up. Another versatile craft item to wear out!

 I made the tree and wreath cards by punching out LOT"S of little leaf shapes and gluing them down. It looked really effective.

Apart from all this crafting, I've been spending lot's of time with my little dog, Buster. He's found a permanent place in our hearts and when we take him for a walk, he just loves it if people stop and pat him. He's got the sweetest personality.

I hope you haven't forgotten me,  'till next time,