Hello gals - I have been playing around in Photoshop today after being sent a book called 'Big Book of Fashion Illustration by Martin Dawber' its fantastic and really inspiring, so I thought I would create something of my own' this lady above was photographed from a large bound book of the Illustrated London News that my Nan gave to me years ago, it is dated 1855 and is filled with reports on Florence Nightingale and the Crimean War. I have added colour and a few finishes with my flowers and hearts and some butterflies...I am really impressed with it - just shows you, how books can inspire!

This next piece above was something that my Freddy created, he used date stamps and drew a scene of London around them....so fantastic don't you think! I took it into Photoshop and put a blue background in with a few more finishes and voila!

Hope you like these pieces and it inspires you to create something today :).

Bye for now.

Collage Giveaway!

Here's the pictures gals of Debbie's Collage all ready to go! blogged about here and here...I actually posted it the other day so it should be on its way to her as we speak....lots of goodies are included...as she had to wait an age for it, what with me being in hibernation with the rotten flu! Yuk!

I had great fun putting this pack together and will be running another giveaway very soon....theres lots of bits and pieces...to make a collage of her own, a sewing kit buttons, bingo cards...spotty stickers, papers, happy faces and flowers...Yum Yum!

I have even added her name in Lexicon cards...Hope you like this little touch Debbie! and a large carrier from 'The London Design Centre' where I purchased the box and bubble wrap! doesn't sound much...but the graphics are sOoO cOoOl plastered on it in RED...with London addresses on it....FANTABULOUS!!

I am off out tomorrow, not sure where but I need to get out of the house...I'll take my camera with me, so that I can keep you all posted!

Bye for now...

Wordless Wednesday...

enchanted garden

Red Route...

In 2005 London Transport took these lovely Routemaster buses off the streets of London, due to concerns about disabled access...but since then there has been many a call for them. Tourists, Film crews and Londoners alike have missed this old traditional Gem...But I am pleased to tell you that by the year 2012 they aim to have a new fleet of these traditional buses with curved glass roofs and up to date mod cons, to give the passenger a total new/old experience for tourism in London! Horaah!

(Tower Bridge by Happy Harris)
The original Routemaster was an icon of London...so in the meantime...and it is a long wait until 2012! visitors can still have a ride on this wonderful bus on heritage Route 15! (shown above and below) Click here for details!

Until next time! :)

Its Pancake Day!

In England, (and the rest of the UK) the Tuesday before lent is known as Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday). On that day it is traditional to eat pancakes, toss pancakes and take part in pancake races. Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is therefore the final day before the commencement of Lent, a Christian festival leading up to Easter Sunday. Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February and 9 March.

The origins of eating pancakes arose from Christians who observe Lent and wanted to use up all the rich foods in their cupboards. During Lent eggs, sugar and butter were not allowed, so these ingredients were used to make pancakes.

Today everyone celebrates Pancake Day regardless of religion.

A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately from the frying pan with sugar and lemon...but these days people put what they like on them...Nutella for instance is delicious!.


220g/8oz plain flour, sifted
pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 pint of milk
50g/2oz butter

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets a airing.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.
  3. Whisk the eggs making sure any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl are mixed in with the egg.
  4. Gradually add small quantities of the milk, still whisking
  5. Continue whisking until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
  6. Melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a non-stick frying pan.
  7. Spoon 2 tbsp of the melted butter into the batter and whisk it in.
  8. Let the pancake mix stand for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
  9. Pour any left over butter into a dish. This will be used later to grease the frying pan after each pancake has been made.
  10. Make sure the non-stick frying pan is really hot before adding about 2 tbsp of the batter mixture.
  11. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip the pan around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter.
  12. Carefully lift the edge of the cooked pancake with a palette knife to see if it's tinged gold as it should be.
  13. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife to cook the other side....serve with a topping of your own choice...Hmmm

    Have a great day gals

Icon or Diva?

Hello there gals....I expect you have noticed that things have changed quite a lot around here lately...sorry if your browser takes along time to load, as I have added quite a few photographs onto my side panels...I do love change you see and as my life is changing I feel I need to change the blog....it will always be a bright place to visit and indeed a happy one, but I want to be able to write about a vast amount of subjects rather than just decorating or my influenza! LOL!

I have recently bought the new Magazine LOVE, FASHION AND FAME (see side panel and above) it features Beth Ditto on the front, it is such a ground breaking mag...as I have longed to see for a lifetime, a real sexy curvy woman on the front of a mag...it makes me proud to be a curvy woman and I think more magazines should follow suit! Although the lovely green and the pink catches the eye...her body and soft skin will make people realise how wonderful a larger woman body really is! and how fewer wrinkles we have than our thinner sisters!...

Coupled with the fact, that she is sporting the most wonderful anchor tattoo! and a SISTERHOOD tat on the side of her hip....only makes me realise how badly I want to have it done...pondering for years, about what tattoo to have where....she has finally made me decide!..

Why oh why have curvier women not been featured on mags before!
Afterall in the days of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield, both size 16 models....they had to stop those ladies modelling clothes because the men were oggling their bodies instead of looking at the clothes that they were supposed to be selling!....So what does that say then! surely its a good case to stop those terrible stick thin size zero models from starving themselves...surely they want to look attractive and not amansipated...I definitely think this is the right step forward...the mag is full of fashion advertising, inspiration, interviews with iconic diva's and lots of fashion tips...its a winner in my opinion!

To celebrate the new look of my blog I have included in this post some lovely vintage ephemera...for you to use as you like....

Sorry about the 'Bile beans' advert....it just made me laugh - the wording of it and all! so I just had to add it :)

Speak soon Honey's

The sun is shining!

Well look at the view from my dining room window at the start of the week! what a lovely sight...was spring finally on its way! Oh I know we are only in February! but it seems like we have had too much dark and too much cold! I so welcomed this lovely change!....This sunshine day made me want to do the washing and ironing...a bit of spring cleaning and create something new!

Hmmm Freshly folded sheets!

Even the daffodils were in full bloom....Hmmm I can feel a trip to Columbia Road flower market coming on soon!...Easter is just around the corner and I feel ready to fill the house with fresh flowers, they always look so gorgeous, especially in the centre of a dining table...The heart of the home.

We now have our Dining room all set up how we like it, we used to have a small thin table in the middle of the room, but I have moved that to the side now and placed our 21 draw unit on top of it...which looks rather lovely! even if I do say so myself!...I have placed our larger table to the side of it and it really is the hub of our house....its where we drink coffee, have our suppers, paint and create!

..And remember Max! well he sits on either chair, there's one either side of the table in the window, he's not fussed, as long as he is near one of us...! He is doing well, very fluffy at the moment...he even has curls on his tail! LOL! so I need to be giving him a short back and sides soon.

This week I have been creating some art in my Moleskine book...I created a collage (don't worry Debbie, collage is on its way to you very soon!) and I drew a daffodil, and as i am so keen on digital art I took the daffodil into photoshop and....

...created this 3D flower, I brightened it up with pink and green spots and made it look like it was on a canvas...I am so pleased with how it turned out...I thought I would share it with you...but please if you use it in your own work (non profit making please!) could you be so kind to link back to me - thanks! This is a picture of myself that I took into photoshop and used a special filter with and this is how it turned out!...its so much fun...you gals must try it!

And yes...you are right if you have spotted that Cath Kidston button necklace in the piccy of me above....how could I resist it, after I had blogged about it!...my lovely Mum bought it for me as well as this lovely bag, below....well a sunny week without a trip to Cath Kidston! Now C'mon!!!

I am so sorry to all of you, for not sticking to my MAKE DO AND MEND Motto this time, but, sometimes a gals gotta break the rules a little, especially when its from one of her favorite shops! and the necklace was so much nicer than in the brochure....How could I resist! :)

Bye for now gals...

Happy's CK favourites

Happy's 'Cath Kidston' favourites from the online catalogue 2009

These are my predicted best sellers from the CK shop for Spring...I love these items and if I hadn't been so affected by the Credit Crunch! LOL! I would be straight into Cath's to buy them all! Luckily I am a dab hand at making button necklaces, so I shall be making my own one of those...as her one, is way too expensive for me! even if it is made from 1940's retro buttons!

Don't get me wrong, you know how much I love Cath's creations, but I also have been a very BIG fan of Vintage and there is nothing like finding a piece of vintage material and making your own bag (or covering your rather dull shopping trolley! hehehe!) or making something that totally takes your fancy.

Remember our 'Make Do and Mend' motto! lets look at these designs and get inspired...in these hard times, lets make our own truly unique vintage pieces...making your own items is very creative and you can involve your whole family - kids love getting crafty!...crafting passes the time, that we would of spent going shopping and spending yet more money....Don't go out and buy something else to help you make what you want! use what you have in you home, if you have no material, use clothes that no longer fit you...you can make do and mend quite easily!
Happy's 'Cath Kidston' favourites from the online catalogue 2009

I remember about 10 years ago now we used to make bags for a friends quaint little shop in Whitstable called the 'Clothes Horse' Nicky used to sell vintage and second hand clothes back then, and we used to make different themed bags, very quirky bright and fun. I used to cut the bags out from an old oblong chopping board...no difficult patterns were used, just plain common sense, so c'mon girls - if i can do it so can you! and if you do have to use a pattern, unpick one of your own bags...you can always sew it up again :).

Get Inspired...look in magazines, catalogues, the internet and your favorite shops. Jot down styles that you like,. Keep a book and paste ideas into it, or keep an online folder and put all inspirational ideas in it! keep referring to it when you want to make something...but rather than copy anything, put your own stamp on it...it will be so fun. And whilst I don't expect many of you to have a kiln to make mugs, or tins LOL! I think we will all be able to manage a lovely vintage bag.


Cadbury's Eyebrows!

I just love this advert...I find myself humming it...and Fred can actually raise his eyebrows just as fast LOL! I just has to add this on my blog :)

A valentines gift for you....

I was sorting through some of my old postcards the other day and decided to put them on here for all you crafters out there, if you are into digital scrap booking or would just like to copy and paste them into your browser and print them out....you can use them just how you like :)
Most of them are to do with Love.....Anniversaries, Valentines....or just plain old roses...very pretty plain old roses though!....using these old pictures for vintage craft projects, or even making your own Valentines card for your loved one....I hope they will be of some use!
I have also come across a fabulous blog called The Vintage Moth the lady that owns this blog is called Abbie, she is a graphic artist and the whole blog is dedicated to very useful graphics....you can simply take what you want from her blog, and some of the graphics are divine....I love the tickets, bingo cards and invoices...I love all of that and again really handy for scrapboooking - whoops too many oooo's there!
I might even start giving away some more of my own graphics.....It seems a shame to just keep them for my view..I love Ephemera and have been collecting for years now...what with our move and everything (and I don't know how I have done it!) but I have moved soo much paper into this little cottage, Our Dining room has many cupboards and I am all organised now...so much more than in the larger house...strange isnt it!
Another website you might like to look at is ALL FREE CRAFTS this link will take you to Valentines crafting...but there are other sections, that show you how to do other projects...its just a great little website with lots of fun things to do with the kids as well...
I hope you are enjoying my little selection of cards and postcards....I so prefer vintage cards and paraphenalia, don't you...everything has just got so commercialised these days! So I'd thought I'd carry on the Christmas GIVING cheer with these lovely cards :) for Valentines Day xx
I love this red rose card....a lot of these I have bought in France, As I love the French script...it all looks more romantic to me....this will be a lovely rose to use in photoshop...you can cut it out and use it for so many projects.
I hope you have enjoyed this lovely selection, along with a couple of fab websites that I hope will come in very useful for you all.....I hope I havn't posted them too late for your projects!

Bye for now,