Saturday 30 December 2023

New Year

 I hope its a happy one!!

On reflection, this past year has been a crazy, trying one. Full of tribulations and difficulties. Hopefully, next year will bring some peace and happiness to Octopode Towers

Here are my two postcards for this week's SPA

Have a wonderful week

Mandy xx

Saturday 9 December 2023

On the First Day of Christmas

 My true love gave to me..... A Partridge in a Pear Tree

I always remember as a child I struggled to remember the words of this song beyond the fifth day! We always seemed to perform it at Infant school 

This week, the theme on SPA is the 12 days of Christmas.... Ive gone with a partridge for this one that I found in a bird book.

So happy to get back to my usual collaging mixed media as opposed to my Christmas conveyor belt lol

Looking forward to seeing your postcards ❤️

Mandy xx

Monday 4 December 2023

Berry Christmas

 For this weeks theme on SPA (which is BERRIES) Ive made a Christmas-inspired postcard using a pair of robins

I have to apologise to you all for being MIA from the internet and from the blog and commenting. Its been a very trying six months, but Im back and hopefully Ill be back making my postcard and mixed media now

Mandy xx

Sunday 3 September 2023

The Greatest Magnifying Glass.... the world are a man's own eyes when they look upon his own person. ...

Thanks to Deann for choosing this fab theme

Mandy xx

Saturday 26 August 2023

Coffee, Tea or Me

This weeks theme is chosen by Sabine and is COFFEE OR TEA

I always start my day with two cups of tea, I like a small to medium size mug. After 2 cups of tea, I can begin my day. Then, I will have a latte or a mocha... I do prefer an iced coffee over a hot one. 

Here is my postcard for this week 😁

Mandy xx

Saturday 19 August 2023

Anatomy of Medicine

 This week the theme on SPA is Anatomy/Medicine chosen by Anne Cornucopia

Here is my postcard

Main image is from a medical book, otherwise its all bits n bobs out of my stash

Happy Sunday!!

Mandy xx

Sunday 23 July 2023

Seashells are loveletters in the Sand

 Good morning

Love this theme on SPA this week SHELLS chosen by Anne W

Here is my postcard featuring this beautiful seagull, just look at his eyes!

Thank you for looking and taking the time to comment!

Mandy xx

Saturday 15 July 2023

Go wild, go wild

 ....go wild in the country

This weeks theme on SPA is WILD ANIMALS chosen by Rein πŸ¦πŸ―πŸ¦“πŸ˜πŸ¦πŸ¦›πŸ¦’πŸ†πŸ…πŸ’πŸ¦πŸ¦§

Of course, my thoughts went straight to animals of the African plains... 

Ive made 2 very different cards

A collaged one with a blue elephant

and a lovely napkin decoupaged cheetah

Thank you so much for looking and taking the time to comment

Mandy xx 

Tuesday 11 July 2023

Ground control ... Major Tom

This weeks Sunday Postcard Art is SPACE chosen by the lovely Sabine

Here is my postcard


Mandy xx

Saturday 17 June 2023

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.

 This week, Peggy has chosen BRIDES BOUQUET for our theme on Sunday Postcard Art

Here is mine.... ill be honest, i couldnt find an actual bride image in my stash so I just found a couple and turned it into a wedding portrait with a lovely bouquet of flowers πŸ’

Hope you get chance to play along

Have fun

Thanks for looking

Mandy xx

Sunday 4 June 2023

Twit twoo

 Owls is the theme on Sunday Postcard Art this week!! 

Thanks for looking

Happy Sunday!

Mandy xx 

Sunday 28 May 2023

Cogs, clocks and labels oh my

 This week's theme on Sunday Postcard Art is STEAMPUNK

Oh my word, honestly I struggle to think outside the box with this theme!! Just do vintage with a few cogs thrown on lol 

Here is my effort

Thanks for looking
Mandy xx

Saturday 20 May 2023

One Fish, Two Fish guessed it!

FISH is this weeks postcard theme on Sunday Postcard Art chosen by Sabine 🐠

Here's mine.... That seaweed was a doozy to fussy cut! Lol


Mandy xx 

Monday 15 May 2023

Is she really going out with him?

 This week's SPA is a challenge indeed.

Ive chosen to use this retro comic cover. I printed at different sizes and collaged together on a collaged background

Thanks for looking

Mandy xx 

Monday 8 May 2023

Club Tropicana

 This week's Sunday Postcard Art is FLAMINGOES

Here's mine

Thanks for looking
Mandy xx 

Saturday 29 April 2023

It's a Mystery

 Ok... First thing that comes to my mind when thinking this weeks postcard theme MYSTERY is the song It's a mystery by Toyah so no prizes what's been giving me an ear worm for the past few days!

The Mystery theme was chosen by the lovely Cindy

Here's my collaged postcard. All pieces have been fussy cut 

Thanks for looking

Mandy xx 

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Where do you come from?

 Thats what Marion, our hostess with the mostest wants to know this week.

This stumped me completely. Besides not having any stamps or access to a printer, i started thinking about the bigger picture. I descend from Vikings (yes i know!) My mum was German coming from an island called Sylt my dad was a Londoner through and through, although his mother came from Wales. 

I decided to stick to where I was born and where i feel like im from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire

I found these little boxes of info about places around the area in a map book and used as the background, Barnack, Ferry Meadows, Nene Valley to name a few. 

Added a paperdoll from TH and painted my background.

Thanks for looking

Mandy xx

Sunday 16 April 2023

Rain, rain go away....

 ... dont know about you guys but here in England it seems to have been raining for a month! Definitely ready for some sunshine!!

This weeks theme is chosen by my lovely friend Sabine and is RAINY DAY

here is my entry... 

Have fun
Thanks for looking
Mandy xx 

Monday 10 April 2023

As sure as eggs is eggs

 ...guess what the theme is on Sunday Postcard Art this week? There's two hints in the title lol.... Yes its EGGS! 

Ive gone for Easter eggs but you dont have to... Birds eggs, reptile eggs, whatever takes your fancy as long as there's eggs!!

Thanks for looking

Mandy xx 

Saturday 1 April 2023

"a birdsong can even,

 for a moment, make the whole world into a sky within us, because we feel that the bird does not distinguish between its heart and the world's." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

This week the theme on Sunday Postcard Art is SONG BIRD , chosen by Tania at Tatty Treasures on youtube 

Thank you for taking the time to look and comment... Have fun!!

Mandy xx 

Saturday 25 March 2023

Time Flies....

 ....when you're having fun!!

This weeks Sunday Postcard Art is TIME FLIES chosen by Annie on IG

Here is mine


Mandy xx

Arty Divas

 Hi all, recently I was asked by Zowie to be a Guest Designer for Arty Divas

Please go check them out!!! Its a great challenge blog... Where anything goes!!

This is what I made for the challenge 🌺

Fairies of course πŸ’—

Check out the Arty Divas blog for more photos

Thanks for looking
Mandy xx

Monday 20 March 2023

Not all who wander are lost

 Live for today!! 

This weeks SPA is GYPSIES chosen by Deann 🌺

Thanks for looking

Mandy xx 

Saturday 11 March 2023


 This week on Sunday Postcard Art the theme is chosen by Peggy and is ORANGE & GREEN πŸ’šπŸ§‘ 

Ive used this delightful Nasturtium flower fairy... these flowers are like weeds once you plant them they grow everywhere. Of course weeds is such a subjective word to use. Its much nicer to say wildflower 🏡️

Thanks for looking and all your support

Mandy xx 

Sunday 5 March 2023


 This week on Sunday Postcard Art Amy has chosen the theme of CHICKENS

Here is my postcard for this week

Thanks for looking and commenting. I appreciate you all ❤️

Mandy xx 

Tuesday 28 February 2023

Down the rabbit hole

 This weeks theme on Sunday Postcard Art is Alice in Wonderland

Here's my postcard... Ive used a selection of Stamperia products


Mandy xx

Sunday 19 February 2023

We all become what we pretend to be

 This is a wonderful quote.... 

We understand how dangerous a mask can be... We all become what we pretend to be

Ahh alas!! If only it were true I say!! I wear a happy mask on a daily basis but my heart is always sad

Here's my postcard for Sabine's theme of MASKS


Mandy xx 

Sunday 12 February 2023

Roses are Red

 This weeks postcard theme is RED ROSES 🌹 chosen by Sue

Ive added red roses to my card... I made this for Amber for Valentines Day

Thanks for looking ❤️

Mandy xx 

Monday 6 February 2023


 This week, Rein has chosen the theme of CIRCUS for Sunday Postcard Art

Here's my postcard

Mandy xx 

Sunday 22 January 2023

Love is like a Butterfly

 .... as soft and gentle as a sign, its multicoloured moods of love, are like its satin wings

This week's SPA is BUTTERFLY chosen by Miss Peggy

Here Ive used one of Cicily  Mary Barker's Flower Fairies as my focal point

Thanks for looking
Mandy xx

Monday 16 January 2023

Not all that wander

 This week's SPA is TICKETS chosen by Sandie.

Ive used this little victorian image of a girl holding a cat... The image reminds me so much of Amber. As a child she was always 'cat whispering' and cats followed her everywhere. Now shes grown up shes the same but also includes dogs 🐢


Mandy xx 

Sunday 8 January 2023

Splitting Hares

 Here is my entry for this weeks Sunday Postcard Art for Deann's theme of Year of the Rabbit.

I made this postcard using lots of layers of paper, gesso, texture paste, napkins. 

Mandy xx 

Wednesday 4 January 2023


 Hi guys.... Happy New Year to you all... Thank you for a wonderful creative year of postcards!!!

This weeks theme is Zodiac chosen by Anne. I must admit my first thought went to the notorious serial killer but decided to do this zodiac wheel instead lol

I decided i really didnt like this postcard so i rejigged it


Mandy xx