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Work In Progress

September 18, 2009

Here is a little something I started last week for Matt’s birthday. Sorry for the poor lighting, I was using my parents dining room (the only place I could find with room to get the sewing machine out) and there isn’t a lot of natural light.

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I’ll show you the finished article when I remember to photograph it!

I’ve been lucky enough to be featured today in an interview for Donna’s blog! She makes the most beautiful fairies and art dolls which she sells in her shop. You can read the interview here.

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Moopy meets… Justin Langer!

September 12, 2009

Since we are trying to retain some shred of dignity today in the 1 day series against Australia (We lost the first 3 games, getting progressively worse) I thought it would be a good chance to show you this.

A few weeks ago we watched Somerset play Sussex at their home ground of Taunton. It was a good game (Somerset won, woo!) and went on fairly late because it was a day-night game. (At this point I’d like to apologise to any non-cricket fans, a day-night game starts in the late afternoon so people can often get there after work and goes on with floodlights after dark. Try here if you want to know anything about the game.) Because of the huge queues to get out of the ground and the car park we decided to hang around a bit to see if we could meet any of the players. The only other people doing this were a crowd of 10 year old boys wanting autographs and some of their pushy dads (“Get that one boys! He’s a good one to get!”)

Moopy is quite the cricket fan so we’d taken him with us, and he insisted on staying right until the last minute so he could meet the Somerset captain, Justin Langer. Luckily for us, when he finally emerged Justin was most obliging and even gave Moopy a kiss before posing for a photo. (Even if he did look completely mystified by the whole thing. I guess it made a change from all the young lads asking for autographs!)

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Thanks very much Mr Langer for making a little rabbit very happy!

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Things to do

September 9, 2009

Today is one of those days when I’m finding it really hard to get anything done. You know the ones. Picking things up only to put them down again 10 minutes later, starting something and losing the motivation to finish it, not quite being able to concentrate on any one thing because there are a million others to think about.

Maybe it’s the change in the weather making me restless, moving towards autumn when we were promised another week of sunshine! Anyway… Here are a few new bits of jewellery I’ve been working on. They’re all available in my shop.

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1. Betty earrings, 2. Polly earrings, 3. Spirit of the Sea, 4. Margaret earrings

Off to try to get something done with the day, I think some list making is called for…

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Old Town Poole

September 2, 2009

It’s a very wet, miserable day here today so I’m looking back at some pictures I took at the weekend. We had a nice walk in the evening sunshine around the old part of town behind the quay.

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There are lots of pretty cobbled streets with flowers spilling out from around doors and old fashioned buildlings and lamps. There are also a lot of traditional pubs and souvenir shops and it’s a very popular area with tourists.

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Every friday evening throughout the summer the quay fills up with car fanatics showing off their shiny vehicles in a different theme every week. It’s quite good fun to watch them all driving along the seafront and the noise frm the engines can be amazing! That was certainly the case this week as it was classic American car night.

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There were some very pretty cars, especially the red one and the yellow and white one, (I’m not an expert- can you tell?!) My favourite picture is this one above which was actually captured by Matt.

Hope you had a nice weekend too, I’ve got a work in progress to show you soon, and hopefully finish in the next couple of days.

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flickr inspiration

August 27, 2009

Some pictures making me smile today…

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1. Hurrah craft Moonstitches Owl, 2. valentines day, 3. -:::-*Milky* Time-:::-, 4. A Side of Hanging Heart Collage, 5. Can You Feel the Love Tonight …., 6. You can now adopt… The Felt Orange Bug!, 7. Felt Galaxy, 8. Stay away from me weirdo !!, 9. Strip-tease!!!, 10. ‘Strawberry Sundae’ wall art closeup, 11. 3 for Tea, 12. rockpool shells, 13. the new happy bed, 14. Altered matchboxes, 15. Frog Moving Into Triplex, 16. Vintage block print illustration

If you enjoyed the first installments of Moopy’s adventures and would like the chance to win a lovely mini moopy doll of your own, head over to Lisa’s blog where the talented lady is hosting a giveaway to win one!

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A treasury and a party

August 22, 2009

Well I am officially addicted to making these things. This is my second treasury and I wanted to include a couple of new shops to maybe help them get their first sale.

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I wanted to capture the lazy happy feeling of a late summer day with nothing to do except sit under a tree with a good book. You can see it here for the next day and a half or so.

Even though it’s a bit grey here today I’ve got that lazy happy summer feeling too (probably what inspired the colour choices in the treasury). The reason is the celebration party we’re having this evening. What are we celebrating? Well a few months ago Matt asked me a rather special question that resulted in this…

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We’re having a few friends and family round to celebrate with a glass of homemade elderflower bubbly.

Have a nice weekend!

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…Part 2

August 20, 2009

The hotel we stayed in had quite a nice bar where they served a full English breakfast every day. Of course Moopy had to try it and luckily it passed muster.

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We visited the Weston Park Museum where there was an excellent exhibition about insects as well as the regular rooms showing the history of Sheffield and the metalworking industries, and a lovely natural history section.

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Moopy wasn’t scared of the bears but prefered to play with new friends in the polar exhibit.

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We spent a lovely afternoon in the botanical gardens. It was a warm sunny day so most of Sheffield had the same idea and it was hard to find any space on the grass! We eventually negotiated the footballs and frisbees and sat under some magnolia trees with the radio to listen to test match special. Unfortunately it was the last couple of hours of England’s dismal defeat in the 4th test of the Ashes, but as we new it was inevitable by that point it didn’t spoil the afternoon too much! (Better luck this weekend boys, although judging by the start today you’ll need it!)

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There is even a bear pit which I didn’t know about until this visit. You could go inside which was a bit spooky, there are still little alcoves in the sides leading into the ring.

I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of Sheffield, I think Moopy will be back on the blog in the future!

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