Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentine's Day (and some crafty thanks!)

Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

I've just been shopping for our "romantic" meal - £15 courtesy of Waitrose. Since the £15 includes a bottle of Prosecco (£8.99) and steak (£6.99) I think that's great value - means our garlic & rosemary roast potatoes, mixed veg and chocolate souffle were free. Now if only the cooking fairy would visit to make it!lol

Viewing tonight will be the very unromantic "Reds" - well David did sit through "Valentine's Day" last night so I can't really complain. That was better than I thought it would be and it had some nice eye candy in the shape of Taylor Lautner  and Patrick Dempsey (even if he was a love rat!).

Now for my crafty thanks.
First up is Valerie who had some free downloads on her blog this weekend.
I used one of them for the background of the first exercise in my Collage Course class 3.
The butterflies are vintage German scraps and the apple blossom was cut from an old book on British trees.
Thanks Valerie!

Next up is Joanna (aka Fiddlesnips) who kindly sent me some ephemera last week. I used a page from an old German book and an old German map for the background on the second exercise.

I fell in love with "Little Snowshoes" when I saw the picture in "Home Words" 1883/84 and I knew I just had to use it.  Thanks for providing the background papers Joanna!

I inherited a pile of these "Home Words" books from Dad. Most are in good condition (despite their age) and David didn't want me to cut them up. This volume is falling apart so I didn't feel too guilty!lol
 I can understand why he didn't want me to use them as they do make fascinating reading. From what I can gather they were published all over the country, so much of the material in them would be the same. The differences would be articles written by local clergy and the "hatched,matched and dispatched" lists for local churches.  The list of burials shows just how much life has improved - it's heartbreaking to see babies and young children listed. Also upsetting are the people whose address was simply "Workhouse".

So this week my first grateful will be that we aren't living in the 19th century with its' poverty and high infant mortality.

Hope you're all having a great Valentine's Day.
Hugs xx


craftattack said...

How nice to see your collage work! Well done, I always think collage is something very satisfying. Hope you have a great valentine's Day! I will be putting up more downloads once a week, so look out for them next Saturday!!


Hi Sue
Fabulous creations
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Joanna said...

We've just finished the M&S £20 meal for 2 - absolutely de-lish and I'm totally full up! I hope yours was as yummy.

I ADORE little Snowshoes - she looks just perfect on the German papers. I'm so glad you were able to make use of them so soon.

I so agree with you about how life has improved - life seemed so cheap back then, although surely losing a child is always heartbreaking.

Happy Valentine's Day, Sue


ps thank you for visiting my friend Penny on her Birthday and leaving a sweet comment!

Hi I'm Maria... said...

hope you had a lovely evening sue, and your work is fab, well done...xx

maria xx