Sunday, 30 January 2011

A Trip to Chesterfield

On Thursday Lily and I went on a trip to nearby Chesterfield. I love it there as it's so quaint and lovely. We usually go on a Thursday as there's a fleamarket on, however, this week we ended up not getting ANYthing! We did have a gorgeous lunch at a Veggie cafe called Elliotts ~ definately worth a trip. Here in Derby there is no places for vegetarians to eat! Their food is scrummy and homemade. There's some great shops there, including lots of arts and crafts shops and a dolls house emporium.

the crooked spire
(not my photo, no matter how many times I go I never take one!)
My Lunch ~ Yummy!
These photo's are from when we went to Chesterfeild in October
Miz Lils
Little A
It was so bitterly cold though, so I will wait til it warms up a bit then I'll go have another rummage on the fleamarket.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Home Sweet Home

Here is my postcard for this weeks SPA which is hosted by Cindy. I love the quote I've used (from a collage sheet on Art from the Heart) A HOME IS A HOUSE WITH A HEART INSIDE.
Images from The Octopode Factory

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

What Fun!

I have just got myself this book.... it's by Twinkie Chan and all the crochet in it is so cute. Twinkie also has a blog... go see her here ~ she is super cute and has pink hair like me!

I've decided to join the 'crochet a rainbow' appeal. Check out details here it's for the Australian floods.

I've already crocheted a couple of squares but I'm such a tight crocheter that I need to go up a hook size.

Monday, 24 January 2011

I thought this was a lovely idea so I want to join in. I saw it over on Joy's blog.
Here are the rules: I promise something handmade to the FIRST five people who leave a comment on this post. To be eligible, you must repost this, offering something handmade or handcrafted to five other people. The rules are that it be handmade by you and it must be sent to your five people sometime in 2011.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Pens and Pencils

On SPA this week we have the wonderful Willy Anderson as hostess... she chose the theme of pens/pencils... here's my postcard

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Dog Lurgy

The dogs have got the lurgy ~ I've been up all night with the little babies. Hopefully, today they will feel a bit better, poor little mites (oh Little A has also been poorly this week and not been to school except for exams! no photos of her though or she may do physical harm lol!)

Thursday, 20 January 2011


this is my entry for Theme Thursday this week.

Altered Mona

Wow, it's Thursday and I'm posting my SPA that I made on SATURDAY ! I've been out of sorts this week, but I thought it time I pulled my finger out and put it up! lol

Saturday, 8 January 2011

It takes courage.....

to make a fool of yourself ~ quote by Charlie Chaplin. The theme on SPA this week was chosen by Joanne, hobbies and pastimes.... one of my little pleasures is watching films so here's my tribute.
I've used this new sheet from The Octopode Factory for my postcard
Thanks for looking
Mandy x

Calendar Journal

I've noticed on lots of other blogs... lots of people are joining in the Calendar Journal that is on Kate's blog The Kathryn Wheel. I've decided I will try my very bestest to join in this year... it's such a great idea! Here's my January pages!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Joy is not in things....

it is in us. When Donna was over on Sunday we made journal pages... here's mine. I'm entering it into MMM where size matters. I rarely make art bigger than a postcard size these days or ever! lol

Wednesday, 5 January 2011


Over on SPA we wanted to start the year with stars in our eyes and be reaching for the moon... and so our theme is 'celestial' this week. I am late posting ~ not a great start to my wish for this year of creating art every day!