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Decopatch Gallery

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Welcome!

to my little decopatch Gallery.

Each picture is worked on canvas and is of a particular place ….

places that hold special memories for me …

So without further ado here is

The Derbyshire Level …

I love leaning on a gate and this one has lots of memories for me

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the next one is special because it is the first time Bella went to the seaside ….

the sand dunes at Christchurch beach

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the next two are really part of the same walk, a very big favourite of mine

the falling down dry stone wall makes a welcome stopping place,

a flask of coffee and a cookie,

then carry on the walk to ….

The Bluebell wood

 ….. I had better explain!

First of all, the idea of this kind of design was inspired by the picture Lucy has

on her mantlepiece, I think it is from an artist in New Zealand. Her work is

based on the old fashioned Test Card that used to appear on the television screen,

and is worked in pastels and watercolour.

Mine is decopatch and is a continuation of the path from the dry stone wall ….

walk along to the gate  and pass the small trees,

the blue in the circle is the carpet of Bluebells,

 some trees were still coming out of being winter trees,

and the starry sky …. well whether it is night or day, the bluebells would still be there

waiting for visitors just like me!

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I hope you like my “art” gallery! Thank you for visiting :0)

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I think if you click on the photos they will go bigger.

from Bella and me xx

Blanket L O V E!

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Oh Yes!

Yes Indeed! I have caught it ….

that all consuming hooking bug,

and I love it and am so happy to be completely captivated by it :0)

My last Granny stripe was completed today, oh me or my ….. now I know that “skippity doo da”  feeling for myself :0)

I have seen Lucy dancing around her “TaDah!” moments and, though it isn’t time for that yet, I still feel so

excited about it,

well here, take a look and see!

Isn’t it scrumptious?

Now, I know that every crochet-holic out there has already been there, done it,

and got the Tshirt, everyone seems to be inspired by Lucy, but this is MINE, ALL MINE : 0)

It was about 40 years ago (I know I’m knocking on a bit!) when I first learnt to crochet, but

then it was just cotton doillies – not very man friendly, and a house can only have so many doillies!

THEN, when I started blogging and found Lucy http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/

and lots of other lovely crochet blogs I started thinking that

THIS WAS FOR ME!

I have even loved this part

sewing in the ends, which I was not looking forward to, now I just have to decide on a colour

for the border …..

BUT the fever continues! I have all of this left!

Another Blanket!!  YES!

This was my Christmas present  – all 17 of Lucy’s colours from Masons of Abingdon £25.50 Bargain!

http://www.masonsneedlecraft.co.uk/

I feel like a child in a sweet shop given her first pound coin to buy whatever she liked (perhaps you need

more than a pound these days!)  I keep seeing all kinds of lovely Blanket ideas …….

I just need to decide ….. what a nice decision to have to make :0)

One last look ….

(I can’t stop looking at it, stroking it, snuggling it!)

Thank You for your patience : 0)

XX

for the LOVE of yesterday ….. and to eternity

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VALENTINES DAY …..

has different meanings for different people, at different times and in different places.

Hearts were everywhere yesterday,

chocolate hearts,

Two hearts chocolate Royalty Free Stock Photo

balloon hearts,

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patchwork hearts and crocheted hearts –

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http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/01/28/crochet-heart-garland/

but then there is a whole year ahead and I wonder what will be remembered?

The chocolates will have been eaten,

the balloons popped …..

but memories last ….

Something has remained a memory to me since I first saw it,

I wonder if anyone else remembers?

Did you read the book, or see the film ……

“Carve her name with Pride”

where Virginia McKenna plays 23 year old Violette

I saw the film in 1960 and have remembered the poem ever since ….

The love that I have is all that I have

and the love that I have is yours,

The love that I have of the life that I have

is yours and yours and yours,

A sleep I shall have, a rest I shall have

but death will be but a pause,

For the peace of my years in the long green grass

will be yours and yours and yours.

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http://www.violetteszabo.org/

Tania, her daughter, wrote a book about her mother Violette Szabo called

“Young, Brave and Beautiful”

unfortunately it is sold out but you can read it on line at:

http://www.authonomy.com/

They died  heroic deaths together,

and we now live in the peace that they paid the price for.

But the greatest and supreme love ever shown to mankind was on Calvary,

Cross In The Dark

where peace with God was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ

for all who are truly repentant and turn to Him.

Heart love that goes on into eternity.

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Lucy’s colours

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What a Wonderful Christmas Present :0)

Special DK 100g 17 Assorted colours Pack

apparently it came from Masons of Abingdon

http://www.masonsneedlecraft.co.uk/

who actually have Lucy’s colours already packaged – all 17 of them!

Special DK 100g 17 Assorted colours Pack

they also have a super selection of Stylecraft yarns

I couldn’t decide then what to do …..

ripple, granny stripe? ripple, granny stripe? ripple ….

well in the end

I decided on ….

Granny Stripe

I’m   L O V I N G  every hooking minute!

and it is growing ….. very quickly …..

It is so scrumptious! All thanks to Lucy!

What an Inspiration she is :0)

if you haven’t visited attic24 yet …. pop over soon ….

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/

It also goes rather well with my decopatch window light …

I  L O V E  decopatch too!

Happy Rainbows …..

till next time XX

a cover up!

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It all started because I just couldn’t discard this …..

an unused Royal Horticultural Society diary ……

but with such gorgeous artwork ……

These are NOT photos, but beautiful botanical drawings …..

SO what to do with it, tear out pages and make cards with them?

bookmarks?

frame one or two?

THEN I had this what I call a “BRILLIANT IDEA”

I would use it Just As It Is!!!

But it would be my very own, very special diary of

“RECIPES IN SEASON”

each month I will add a recipe suitable for that season and month of the year …

Brilliant Idea, don’t you think?

I started with the month of December, adding the Gorgeous Christmas Cake,

and …..

a Brandy Mincemeat, and a gorgeous Apple and Cranberry Chutney Recipe

(recipes for you in the next blog on Monday :0)

SO WHERE DOES THE COVER UP COME IN???

well, this is the Title Page ….

and I made a Journal cover ….. just to hide it being a 2011 Diary!

Well, I think it is a brilliant idea!

Recipes coming on Monday :0)

Bye for now, xx

Well, Hello 2012!

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Yes, I know I’m a little late …..

but hey! We are making our come back!

So from Bella and Me, we say ……

Hello to you all in 2012 ….

and may this year be a year full of new inspirations,

new beginnings,

and new thoughts and delights …..

and so here is my new thought for this New Year …….

Whilst walking in the park on an early December morning,

delighting in the beautiful Oaks

and the winter trees,

I suddenly stopped and took another look …. at the Chestnut trees,

everywhere around were winter trees,

in fact the Chestnut looked like a winter tree,

but standing under its huge branches I noticed ……

new sticky buds …… the promise of Spring.

I was struck again and marvelled at the the faithfulness of God,

that in the middle of winter ….. He gives the promise of Spring.

May this New Year bring ….. a new inspiring spring of inspiration to you!

thanks for visiting  ….. till next time …..

from Bella and Me XX

Inspiration

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We have a new member of our family ……

at first I had thought he would just be passing through ……

moving on to pastures new …..

to make new friends …..

and make others happy …..

But ….

we just can’t say “Goodbye”

So let me introduce him to you ….

his name is  JOE




Isn’t he handsome!

He has come here from Elaine

at Bloomin Myrtle

He has shoes and socks to put

on in the morning,

his shirt buttons to do up,

his working dungarees

and then he is ready …..

to inspect the plants!

He is good at gardening!

See his Designer Label ….

if you haven’t discovered

Bloomin Myrtle yet why not pop over ….

http://bloominmyrtle.blogspot.com/

His brother Sam and sister Violet live at

http://thebalancingkiwi.blogspot.com/

also his lovely cousin Missy lives at

http://painting-new-memories.blogspot.com/

PHEW! all that plant watching is

jolly hard work on a hot day!

If you have time …. please call on his family and say Hello from Joe!

and not forgetting to call on Elaine (his Mum)

Hope you enjoy Bloomin Myrtle   :0)

have a nice day!

chick chick chick chick chicken!

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One of the nicest finds of my new area has been …..


Mayfield House, NY ….

No not New York ….

New Yatt

do you see all those Happy Hens?

apparently it all started with 10 hens and a hobby,

but like Topsy it has grown and grown ….. and grown!

Into Happy Hen Haven!

which means ….

lots and lots of bountiful, beautiful, breakfasts!

FREE RANGE EGGS!

HERE THEY ARE in close up beauty! …..

don’t they just look Happy and Content ,

I don’t know if they all have names ….

you can follow their story –

http://www.mayfieldhouse.eu/

or if you live near NY you could try them for yourself ….

BUT

I do know that Fiona has names for her lovely ladies …….

so

without further ado …..

Introducing …..

drumroll please! …….

From left to right,

Cluck, Geraldine, Margery and Lady Gaga.

I have been Inspired by Fiona’s blog many times …. well every time I visit actually!

(It was Fiona who had the inspiration to start 20 Minuters)

If you haven’t met up with her pop over and be Inspired yourself!

http://marmaladerose.blogspot.com/

or see my posting under Inspiration Plus on the 1st April 2010

you won’t be disappointed!

Fiona’s posting about her New Girls is a really happy read ….

though at the time of her writing there had been no real product!

Which made me smile because I had just been watching

Series One of   “THE GOOD LIFE”

(for those of you who are not old enough to remember them being shown first time around)

the DVD is well worth a buy …. though it costs much more that a

dozen eggs!

The episode “Say Little Hen” is really funny, just old fashioned

good English humour

where “Poor Barbara” paints the greenhouse converted into henhouse – pink

what made me smile is that Tom and Barbara have the same situation as Fiona ….

NO EGGS!

(I won’t give away the ending!)

The series is probably not politically correct by today’s standards but is soooooo Good!

Oh, by the way …

The Good Life - Complete Series 1 [DVD] [1975]

from Amazon ….. it is Eggcellent viewing!

Now I am saving my pennies for ….

The Good Life - Complete Series 2 [DVD] [1976]The Complete Series 2!

As   BILL COSBY once said   …

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter.

If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”

I think that really sums up the series ….

and life itself …..

even Hens and no Eggs!

Hope you all have an EGGCELLENT  INSPIRATIONAL DAY wherever you are ….

NY or New Yatt!

Moving in …. inspirations

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Apparently …..

Moving to a new place can be a very traumatic and stressful time …..

OR

on the other hand it can be

a very exciting and exhilarating time filled with new opportunities

new places to discover …..

new people to meet …..

new adventures to take …..

YES!

That’s the option for me!

So why not

come along for a short tour as I find out about places near to me ….

and a little further away from me ……

or within walking distance

a bit like a Tourist Information blog!

So lets begin with  …..

MY NEW SHOPPING place  ..

Top of the High Street in Witney

part of High Street

the town is a market town, with also a Farmer’s Market at sometime in the month.

It was world famous for a certain product in the wool industry,

sadly no more.

Lots of history to discover with a small museum tucked away in a little courtyard,

I will pop in ….

but unfortunately my Bella wont, as she isn’t allowed. Sad!

MY NEW PLACES TO VISIT – not too far away

Woodstock

WOODSTOCK

apparently  is often visited for two reasons:

Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and his grave in nearby Bladon.

However the brochure says, Woodstock has much more to offer…

so I will have to have a trip out and discover just WHAT!

– As soon as my bus pass turns up in the post!

But THIS does look impressive!

Blenheim Palace

“Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country. It was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It is now the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and is lived in and cared for by the family for whom it was built. Inside the Palace can be found a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture in the magnificent State Rooms.

Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room – both are included in the Palace tour. Sir Winston loved Blenheim and, as a member of the family, was a frequent visitor during his long life. He is buried in a simple grave in the nearby church at Bladon. A separate exhibition, ‘Churchills’ Destiny – the story of two great war leaders’, celebrates the achievements of Winston and his great hero and ancestor, John Churchill.”

Seeing as I am reading Churchill’s 6 volumes of the Second World War, I think I MUST

go and see where he was born.  I had assumed that as such a great leader of our country

that he would have been buried in Westminster Abbey ……

So I will have to make a trip to:

BLADON

is a place of pilgrimage.


” It was January 1965 that the greatest Prime Minister in British history came back to the Cotswolds to be buried. Sir Winston Churchill was laid to rest, next to his parents and other members of the Spencer-Churchill families. in the small cemetery at St Martins.”

One thing I do already know about Bladon

is that it has a gorgeous ….

typically Cotswolds ….

Must visit ….

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CHIPPING NORTON

“Perched on the highest point in Oxfordshire,

Chipping Norton was once a centre for the Cotswold wool trade

and was given a Royal charter by King John in 1205.

The medieval Guildhall and St Mary’s Church reflect the prosperity brought by the wool trade.”

Isn’t this so pretty? and so typically English?

ONLY A WALK AWAY …..

River Windrush at Minster Lovell Hall

along the banks of the River Windrush

and I arrive at …..

Minster Lovell Hall

MINSTER LOVELL HALL

“Located in a picturesque position beside the River Windrush in the lovely village of Minster Lovell are the ruins of this 15th century manor house, home of the Lovel family for centuries. The manor of Lovell was once in the hands of the crown, and appears to have been granted to the Lovel family by Henry I prior to 1124. The manor holding passed through a succession of Lovels until John Lovel (d. 1310) was created first Lord Lovel.”

SO …..

lots to see …

places to go …..

people to meet!

I think it is all very  INSPIRING.


I hope you have enjoyed visiting my new area with me!

I wonder if anyone knows where I now live?

See you around!