Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Birthday Girl

So it was Hope's 18th birthday 
a couple of days ago.
I know it's a bit of a cliche to say it,
but really, where have the years gone?!

Family Urbani went out for a lovely meal
to celebrate.
Unfortunately, the birthday girl had a bit
 of a cold but she soldiered through.

(blurred/soft focus works best for me these days!)
(me and my girl)
There was much laughter
(especially when Hope noticed that I'd
tipped head first into my handbag -
alcohol not to blame!)
lots of reminiscing 
talk of the exciting times ahead.


Monday, 17 November 2014

The Imitation Game

Grant, Hope and I went to the cinema
today to see

Benedict Cumberbatch
Kiera Knightley
Charles Dance
Mark Strong
etc etc

This was Hope's choice (pre-birthday treat),
even though she hasn't yet forgiven
Mr Cumberbatch for getting engaged recently.

The film follows the life of

the brilliant maths professor who solved the 
code presented by the German's Enigma machine.
His work ultimately led to the end of the
war (estimated 2 years 'early' and saving
14 million lives). 

This was such a good film;
the storyline was remarkable, 
even more so because it is based on truth,
and the acting was superb.

The Urbani3 give the film 10/10 :)


It is going to be my baby-girl's birthday tomorrow.
Hope is going to be 18.
She's not a Party-Party kinda girl
so we're going out for a family meal tomorrow
night and, when they get around to organising 
it, she's going to go with her BFF,
Victoria, to the


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

'One Staple Collage' Swap

The 'We {heart} Mail Art' three
have been swapping again -
this time Jewels, Lenna and I swapped
'One Staple Collages',
which I first read about on

To cut a long explanation short, it's
a collage with
one staple securing the components,
and no glue.

This is my collage for Jewels,

the background is a Coca-Cola ad from a
vintage National Geographic magazine.
Also used, odd scraps of printed paper etc,
ribbon, found text.

I sent it in this Mail Art envelope,
a faux one staple collage.

I gave it a Canadian vibe as a hug for Jewels,
who is from Canada and was understandably 
devastated following the recent dreadful
terrorist attack in Ottawa.

This is the collage I made for Lenna,
again using a Coca-Cola ad from a vintage
 National Geographic magazine.

and sent it in this faux stapled collage envelope.
Lenna and her husband, Steve, have just adopted a
young kitty called Lightning, so I welcomed him
to his wonderful new life on the envelope.

Jewels' collage and Mail Art arrived first - 
she used paint as well as the cool Eastern imagery.

The collage theme followed through onto the envelope.....

....and then on to the back.
Jewels laughed that she had visions of me 
constantly telling Grant, Luke and Hope 
to take their shoes off at the front door, 
and that I could use the collage as a reminder!

Lenna's collage to me offered words of advice for 
my current campaign of decluttering the 
Urbani household prior to our 
planned downsizing move.
Fabulous background,
and a super collection of images,
text and lovely herbal tea-bag packet.

On the reverse she reminds me to take one day 
at a time to make the whole process achievable.  
I'll try!
She sent it in this envelope,

I LOVE that fishy rubber stamp!

I really enjoyed doing these collages,
and have made some more since
(I'll put them on here sooner or later).

Next swap for us,
Vintage Gluebook.

Bye for now,