Sunday, 17 April 2011

Alphanumeric Blog Hop

Some of the Ds I love:

Daisies, daffodils and dandylions,
Dalmations, dolphins and  dragonflies,
Dancing, daydreaming and doodling,
Dinner, dark chocolate and desserts,
Disney, Dr.Who and dressing up.

What's your favourite D?

D is an important letter to me - it's my initials - both of them! It's also the first letter of my Mum's name and it was my Dad's too. I guess they liked the letter D a lot to give it to me too, although there is a funny story about how I came to be Donna. I'll save that for another time though because today is all about the alphanumeric blog hop which began on Mel's blog. 
Surprise! I was given the letter D - and why not? It's my letter :-)
I hope you're enjoying the hop. Your next stop is to see Miss Smith, Better be on your best behaviour!

Here's a complete list of all the blogs on the hop:
I Speak Melsh:
BE Glorious:
Captured On Film:
Chatty Crafty Arty Pig:
Creating Room:
Curiouser and Curiouser:
Daily Life - Bits and Pieces:
Deb's World:
Den's Crafty Diary:
From High In The Sky:
Gallo Organico:
Ginger's Life Of Spice:
Handmade By Kirsty:
Havoc and Mayhem:
Heather's Scraps:
Helena's Creative Maven:
Holaday's Happy Hearts:
Just Jimjams:
K's Crafty Corner:
Life...As I See It:
{Life Behind The Purple Door}:
Lisa E Design Blog:
Living Life One Blessing At A Time:
Mary's Musings:
Michelle Loves...:
Obstinate Pursuit:
Over At Our Place:
Paper Turtle:
Peonies and Pennies:
Random Reflections:
Rosalind Revival:
Scrap Dreams:
Scrapworthy Lives:
Staring At The Sea:
Surefiredaisy Says:
This Kalil Life:
This Little Life Of Mine:
Xnomads' Blog:

Note: If any of the posts aren't up yet, please bear with us - the different time zones and the peculiarity of blogging platforms when it comes to autoposts may mean that one or two posts don't appear on time! If that's the case, come back to this list to pick up from the next blog, but do please pop back and try the other link later, when the post should be there for your enjoyment.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

A Pause in Transmission

I am sadly going to be without internet access for a short while - eeeek, what will I do???
Actually, I'll be doing quite a lot; primarily involving a big black mouse, some of his friends and a cruise ship (yippee!)

I will be back soon though - watch out for this:

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Sixty Easter Cards!

I'm very lucky to have a job that I love - I'm a primary school teacher. We do have lots of important stuff to do like numeracy, literacy, science etc, etc, BUT... every now and again we get to play. With paper! One of those times is Easter. We have to make Easter cards. This year we had to make a lot of Easter cards!
The children always make a card to take home but this year we had also arranged to make cards for children from a school in Manchester who sent us Chinese New Year cards. Thirty children in my class, two cards each - that's a lot of cards. And that's not taking into account the Easter baskets we had to make to carry home their Easter goodies.
Now I'm guessing that most of you are like me and make quite a lot of mess when you are creating. Well imagine that mess multiplied by thirty. Are you seeing the scene of devastation that was my classroom this morning? Oh yes - we can sure make mess in Year 5! Still, we can also tidy it up with a little help from the Magic Mess game and the 'Everybody has to pick up twenty pieces of paper from the floor' rule.
It was all worth it in the end as they went home clutching their cards and baskets for a well earned two week break.
Here is the card I made for them as a sample.
And here are some of the children's cards hanging on a specially erected line in the classroom because we had no space to stand them all up!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Fun Flowers

You may have seen my 'Fun With Felting' post a week or so ago, where I showed some pictures of a couple of things I'd made on a free felting course run by the County Council. Well this afternoon I went on another free course and made this sweet flower brooch. Simple, enjoyable and pretty - a great way to spend an hour on a Monday afternoon.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Mothering Sunday and Sewing.

It's been a lovely weekend here - birthdays, anniversaries and Mothering Sunday all in one weekend! We've had several meals out and more than a few celebratory drinks.
There was a family service at church which was very child centred and included sunflower seed planting, face painting and church hugging! Have you ever tried that?
Apparently it was a medieval custom and we revived it for a day. I'm not a regular church goer but living next door but one to the village church, I usually go along for special events like Mothering Sunday and Christmas. All Mums and Grandmas were given a posie, a packet of sunflower seeds and a card by the children.
All of that was lovely and the gifts of a book, CD and DVD from the three small people were fab BUT...... my favourite thing of today was this:
She dates from 1913 and works perfectly. She was given to me by a friend to use at school with the children. I just can't get over how beautiful she is.
I hope you had a lovely Mother's day too!