Monday, 25 June 2012

Front Page News!

Firstly I must apologize for my absence (once again), every time I write a post I make a mental note to do more, and then 'things' take over!  Things are pretty busy here, which is fantastic, but it does leave me less time to share stuff with you all :-(.  If you do want more frequent updates, I do tend to post what I am doing on facebook.  If you haven't been over to see me there, please do pop in say hi, and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake while you are there!

I have had some lovely news today.  From Britain With Love contacted me to tell me that I am on the front page as they have featured my Family Tree in their Editor's Pick.  Yippee!!!


' is an online magazine and directory dedicated to showcasing Britain’s most talented designers, craftspeople, producers and retailers. From gorgeous handmade gifts to delicious locally sourced food, original designer fashions and unique pieces for your home, every fabulous product we feature has been made right here in Britain.'

If you haven't already visited the site, please do.  There is a fantastic collection of goods produced in the UK by small businesses.  Please support small businesses!

Since being commissioned to make one of these Family Trees in March, they have kept me very busy.  These are two that have already been given as gifts that I can now share with you.

Apologies for the dreadful photo.  I had little time to do this and get it
posted to the US  in time for Fathers Day, so it was taken at night!
I have also been working on Memory Trees in this style, but with dates of events on.  There is a gorgeous birth date one that I am dying to share with you, and I have also done one with a wedding date for a 1st wedding anniversary present (which is paper!), and have 2 more waiting to be made as wedding gifts.

It is so lovely that people like them so much.  Here is some feedback that I have had:

"love it, love it, love it :-) x"

"The Family Tree is absolutely beautiful - thank you. It will make a very unique and personal birthday present for a very good friend. Thank you for making it and sending it so promptly and for your outstanding communication every step of the way."

"This tree is so beautiful! It is even more amazing to see it in person than the picture. Leonie was so gracious to work with me to get this done quickly and shipped to me in time for Father's day. I love it and I can't thank her enough!"

"It arrived this morning - totally delighted, you are very clever."

If you would like to have a look at more of my papercuts, you can find them here.

Right, I'm  off now I have a papercut that I must finish as I also have some Foxy Loxy wash bags I need to make up in the next couple of days! 

If you are interested in having a Family Tree, or a Memory Tree made for you, you can find more details here.  Please do get in touch if you have any queries :-)

Sunday, 10 June 2012

A holiday in sunny Skeggy... and an escape to Lincoln!!!

We had planned to go camping this week, but last Saturday after searching the internet for decent(ish) weather in the UK, and a couple of glasses of wine, we decided that we would snap Butlins up on their offer of cheap accommodation and head off to Skegness!  When I told my family they really did think I was joking, but no, it was booked.  Am I pleased we went?  Well yes... I will never return (!!!), but despite it being difficult at times, the children had a great time and we had time to play with them, which was the plan.  We were also very lucky with the weather, it did rain, but for short periods, and we managed to keep dry for most of it!

On day one, the weather was dry, so we escaped to Lincoln.  A fabulous, and beautiful city that I would love to spend some more time in.  

We visited the castle, experienced the prison in the grounds, and saw one of the original Magna Carta's.

We had also planned to go into the Cathedral, but unfortunately the cost was a little too much after being in the castle, so we admired it from outside instead.  A truly fabulous piece of architecture.  Just look at some of the stone work.

We did a lot of walking!  We saw lots of gorgeous streets...

... stunning buildings... 

... and amazing doorways, and windows.

The Fairy also got a bow and some arrows, and spent hours practising (the mirror in our 'apartment' was covered in sucker marks when we left!!!)

So, you are wondering where the pictures of Skeggy are?!!  There are none!  We drove into the town, and back out again, deciding that we would rather be running around on the beach at Butlins than bustling with people and hotdog stands!

A fantastic decision, and we managed to get back just before the heavens opened!
We also had fun at the little funfair on site (most rides were free) and the water park was fab (it'll be even better next year as they are redeveloping it at the moment!!).

But...  I would have preferred to have been in one of these!