Franks Feline Frolics – or The Webheath Wanderer !

Good morning All ! This morning my blog has a slightly different look to it as its a story about a cat called Frank. Its quite a long tale – as long as a cats tail perhaps – so if you’re sitting comfortably, then I’ll begin…..

Once upon a time there was a cat called Frank. He was a handsome, chocolate point Burmese with the bluest eyes you’ve ever seen – well why else would he be called Frank except for those big ole blue eyes! Frank lived with Matt (my son), Kate (his fiancée) and Austin (my grandson). They lived by the sea in sunny Brighton. Frank had already had an adventure in Brighton when he managed to get himself completely lost for several days and was only found thanks to an intense search party& a tip off that Frank had been seen around the local hospital. So clearly Franks GPS system was already flawed! Anyway, due to job relocations earlier this year, Franks family had to move house and move into a rented house which meant Frank couldn’t go with them. Stephen, my husband, and I invited Frank to come and live with us  and our 8 year old cat Bessie in Webheath. Now Bessie is a quiet cat, independent, comes and goes as she pleases. Her general routine is sleep all day in our bed ( or Bessies bed as she likes to call it!) and out hunting all night. She had settled in well to our new house and had soon fitted in with the local cat social scene, establishing her territory. And then Frank arrived…..

Now Bessies attitude to visitors is ” Yeh nice to see you but I’m off now – be back when you’re all gone”! Frank, however, is a different character altogether. Frank crashes in through the door yelling ” Hey, I’m Frank – lets party”!!! It was quite a shock to quiet living Bessie and needless to say it was NOT love at first sight! Much growling and hissing ensued – all on Bessies part I might add! The first few weeks of house sharing were not easy, in fact it was like having two stroppy teenagers ! There was a great deal of ” I’m not sitting next to him” and “Are you still here?” going on but eventually the two cats grew to tolerate each other and as long as Bessie ate in a different room to Frank and Frank stayed out of Bessies bedroom a modicum of peace prevailed. Frank settled in to life away from the sea and seagulls pretty well and soon had all the lady neighbours swooning over him – well he is a handsome chap! He was careful to divide his attention between the neighbours and felt justified in wandering in and out of their homes to say Hello and of course partake of a morsel or two if it was offered! The ladies didn’t seem to mind and in fact he got on particularly well with Ralph, the little doggie who lived next door. Frank always came home though – usually looking for more food – he was always hungry and was very good at convincing people that he hadn’t eaten for days!

Yesterday started off as a perfectly normal day for Frank. He had eaten Breakfast No.1 with Stephen at about 6.30 then come back to his favourite bed for a snooze whilst waiting for “her indoors” to shake a lazy leg and get up! Breakfast No. 2 wasn’t far away! I decided to have a morning shopping in Droitwich and when I left, Frank was in the house gazing longing at his food bowl in the hope that another tasty morcel might appear. Imagine my surprise therefore when an hour later I received a phone call from my son to say my local vet had rung him to say they had Frank! A few phone calls later and the tale began to unfold.

Frank had gone for a stroll but this time had wandered “off piste” and obviously his GPS had failed once again. He found himself in a strange garden several streets away but spied a door with a catflap – well it would be rude not to say Hello wouldn’t it! SO in he went, only to be met by a little doggie! “Well Hello” said Frank,” I’m Frank and I’ve come to play”. Well Hi” said the doggie, ” come on in, I’ll show you around”! ” Lets rub noses and be friends” said Frank. “Come and meet my sister – she’s a cat but she’s ok” said the doggie. “We’ll go upstairs, she’s in my room” said the doggie. Well although this was a little forward for a first meeting Frank could handle it so upstairs they both went. The other cat was sleeping peacefully in her igloo and was frankly shocked at the intrusion! She retreated further into her igloo and I’m not sure she’s come out yet.

Now the lady who owned the house was also quite surprised at Franks sudden appearance but soon succumbed to his charms and in no time at all had offered him a bite to eat. She noticed Frank had a collar on with a contact number for Petlog – he was chipped. She rang Petlog but was told to take him to her vets so he could be scanned, which she duly did. Imagine the vets surprise when Petlog told them Frank lived in Brighton! ( an oversight on all our parts that we hadn’t changed his details!) That was some journey – maybe he took the train!  A phonecall to Matt and the vets were soon put straight so my shopping trip was quickly cut short and I had to go and rescue Frank from his cage at the vets!

I spoke to the kind lady who took him in and she was fine about his visit – I’m sure it wont be the last time he visits! We exchanged contact details so if he ever turns up at her house again, she can call me straight way.

He was somewhat subdued for the rest of the day and it felt like he was superglued to my feet – he never left my side. Poor Frank – what an adventure he had! I’d like to thing he’s learned a lesson from this experience but then again….. probably not! Perhaps we need to buy him a new satnav for Christmas!

Told you it was a long story – are you still awake???

Til next time…….

Lynda xJpeg Jpeg

Winter sparkle

Good Morning fellow crafters! Quite a dull few days here and feeling a bit chilly – feels like Autumn is already in the air! SO time to start thinking about the dreaded “C” word and get cracking making cards to cheer ourselves up!

I follow the lovely Lynnda Worsnop at Oak House Studio and recently saw her delightful English Garden Words stamps and while I was online ordering that I spotted her Winter Words Stamp too. This looked just right for winter floral cards or even for Christmas cards that are a bit different. We’re always looking for new ideas for Christmas themes aren’t we! I some Tattered Lace Winter floral dies which I thought would look just great with Lynnda’s stamp.I just love working with stamps and dies and enjoy the challenge of mixing and matching them to gain different effects.  So here goes…..

The wording s stamped on white stamping card using Ranger Coffee Archival ink then matted & layered with a complimentary colour Co-ordinations card stock. I’ve raided my paper stash (vast!!!) for some subtle green papers which, although not strictly Christmassy, I think work rather well. Using the Tattered Lace Helibore die, I’ve cut out the helibore and coloured with distress inks.The Tattered Lace Christmas Pine die have been used for the branches and coloured with distress inks before being sprayed with Crafters Companion Stick and spray and coated in Tattered Lace fine glitter to give them a lovely wintery sparkle. Oak House Studio’s Winter Words stamp has been placed over the background and adorned with the helibores and winter branches.IMG_2209IMG_2210

 

The copper & bronze card has been created using a background of a Tattered Lace Winter Wishes embossing folder finished with bronze & gold gilding wax.  Once again Lynnda’s Winter words stamp finishes of the card together with Tattered Lace helibores and branches die cuts and with the final addition of a double bow made using the fabulous Embellishment Attic Bow Maker I’m rather pleased with the overall effect.Winter Sparkle 1

 

At last I can now happily say I have started my Christmas Card making – a little later than I had planned as, like so many of us, I vowed this year to make so many each week so as not to be caught out by the last minute rush in December! Better late than never I suppose!

I hope you like my finished samples – Happy crafting

Lynda x

 

Floral Garland

Good Morning fellow crafters! Not such a bright day here where I live – hope you’re having some sunshine wherever you are!

So today lets add a bit of sunshine into our lives with a beautiful floral garland using Craftworks goodies!

Firstly to make the flowers – craftwork flowers are a joy to work with as they are all die cut and easy to assemble. The hard bit is trying to decide which to use and how many shapes you can create by mixing and matching! Here’s some examples of different combinations you can make.

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Using the ready made cardboard ring from Craftworks or alternatively you could create your own using a circle cutter ( ideally the ring needs to be about 5 – 6 ” in diameter and 1/2″ wide, I tread ribbon through punched holes – organza is nice as it keeps the overall look very “soft and elegant”.

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Next add the flowers in whatever arrangement you want. I usually add a few die cut leafs or scrolls to add the overall effect. Here’s a picture of a  finished floral Floral Garland. They make super gifts for brides at weddings if done all in white too !

Happy Crafting !

Lynda x

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