Yesterday brought some lovely post. My ebay 'win' of the Jan/Feb 2010 Somerset Studio, some arty bits and pieces I'd ordered, and these 2 wonderful ATC's. Penny and I decided to do an ATC swap and I chose the theme of 'home'. Penny's arrived yesterday - she kindly created 2 for me, while I only made 1 for her (she explained that her creative juices were flowing. I'm sure there's a cream you can get for that....). I love how Penny's are so different. You can't really see in the pic but the Alice background has been gel-penned, it's really pretty and adds another dimension. She's far more confident and adept at using stamps than I am, so I forced myself to use stamps this time (as I tend to be more collage-based). My background changed colours many times (acrylic paint) and having started off as blue it then eventually morphed into green. The roof of the birdhouse is paper napkin. The 68 is an old bingo piece. The wire is rusty, so I hope Penny's had a Tetanus injection recently!I don't expect many of you know that The Queen lives in Edenbridge, Kent. Queen Susie rarely allows her photograph to be taken, so when Hope managed to snap these this morning when Susie was in a post breakfast slurp we were very pleased. She resides on 2 very manky cushions and looks out on her subjects as they go about their daily business. What a wonderfully bizarre haul I had in the charity shop this morning! Luke was with me so there wasn't much time to mooch ("have you finished now, Mum?"), but in the under a tenner trolley dash I found a gorgeous wine bottle holder with cute white wooden heart, a delish danish metal heart tin, a very strange and so 'got-to'buy' pulley system with little baskets. German, I think. Goodness knows where I'm going to put it but it's wooden with lovely stringy pulleys. A brand new hippy collar, lovely colours and quilted with a heart shaped tag, for Rosie Mae. A ball of ribbony stuff, I think you use it in knitting but I'll be finding alternative uses, and, as a treat for Top Son, the dvd Austin Powers, the Spy Who Sha**ed me.