I've got a few things on the go at the moment, but nothing ready to 'show and tell' so I thought I'd present to you a mid-week round-up.........
This little chap arrived in the post last week. He was kindly sent by Penny as a friend for the rest of my small and mainly knitted toys. What she maybe didn't realise is that Quentin, for that is his name, is the long lost brother of Pierre ze Bear, to whom you have previously been introduced. How about that for family reunions? They were separated at birth when Pierre was shipped off to Paris while Quentin went to live with an eccentric and reclusive old bear in London. While Pierre is the artistic type, enjoying all the cultural pursuits that Paris has to offer, Quentin took a more academic route in life and following private education and Oxford University has, in fact, been working for MI6. He is particularly experienced at working under cover (as you can see, he is almost invisible against the stair carpet).
Having received a friendly and loving welcome, Quentin has decided to stay, and immediately jumped into the basket with the other small toys. They have been spellbound by his tales of daring and espionage. I fear this story is not yet finished - Miss Hunny 'Fickle' Bunny has been fluttering her eye lashes at the new resident.........
This scary Spanish Senorita doll was found in a cupboard at school. The cupboard had recently been emptied, and then all of a sudden she just appeared. No one would confess to having ownership of her.
|The hands of a killer?|
|Don't look into her eyes....|
It was discovered that she's musical, and as the haunting and slightly distorted music plays she rotates. So in the staff room we decided to play a Scary Doll version of Spin the Bottle. Whoever she was looking at when she stopped rotating had to take her home. Yes, you've guessed it, she stopped dead when she saw me - her penetrating gaze looking into my very soul. My friend Ali said I'd have to put her on my blog (but I'm now thinking, supposing the doll is like 'The Ring' and now you've all seen her......?), so here she is. I'm going to take her back in tomorrow and when nobody's looking I'll leave her in someone else's cupboard and then listen out for the screams!
It was jolly chilly this morning, and the water in the bird bath had frozen over. Also frozen were the spiders webs - they looked beautiful. Like diamonds in the mist.
On Saturday Hope and I went to the Christmas Country Living Fair in London. It was SO BUSY! The stalls were incredibly varied, and there were many handcrafted things - there are some very clever people out there.
I bought a couple of bits, like this gorgeous cinnamon stick hanger - the smell is just divine. I expect you can smell it where you are now! It's meant for Christmas, but I couldn't wait to put it out.
I also bought this pretty tea light holder - it looks really old but isn't. It casts such pretty patterns on the wall when it's lit.
We got a few other bits and pieces (STOP PRESS: Hope actually got her purse out and treated herself to a pair of earrings!!)(Edit:Oops, Hope read this and I would now like to clarify this comment - Hope is very generous buying and making for other people but is not particularly known for treating herself. It made a welcome change to see her spending her money on something for herself.) and really enjoyed the Christmassy atmosphere and seeing the inspirational craft work.
That's all for now, folks! What's in your mid-week round-up? I'd love to hear.