Reasons to be cheerful

I had the nicest Easter last week with so many days spent with family, a lovely meal in the company of my smashing in laws and of course – CHOCOLATE! The Easter bunny was indeed very generous to me this year. I never normally receive eggs i have always been the giver so this was something to smile about for sure. On a completely different note this photo makes me smile with fondness We have Jack on the right who was our first ever kitten and Domino on the left who was our first ever stray. They have never gotten

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WOYWW 255

Still not a lot going on here i’m afraid, at least not crafting wise anyway. But i have given my blog a makeover with a new name and address so if any of you happen to read this you might wonder where Stamping Lemons has gone.  I never really liked the name which was made up on a whim so have changed it to something that reflects my real passion, books! The only thing i have on my desk are three books i am currently reading. Yes, i know its mad to have them all on the go at once

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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Published by Orion Books 393 pages I really loved this book, from the moment i read the blurb to the final page. Who can resist a mystery, not me. It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. He arrives at his parents’ house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But twenty years ago

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Carte de Visite – bootfair booty

Our usual Sunday bootfair had a special ‘Good Friday’ one today so i hauled myself out of my comfy pit in the wee small hours and we set off to rummage.  I wasnt sure i would go as we had a late night following a great evening watching our son perform in his band, but i’m so glad i did as i saw these Victorian Carte de Visites  The carte de visite (abbreviated CdV or CDV) was a type of small photograph which was patented in Paris, France by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854 Each photograph was the

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Friday Smiles – week 64

Its hard to believe another week has gone by already and here we are again.  Its been a fairly quiet week here though I am amazed to discover that i havent yet killed off my begonia that i got for my birthday, in fact its romping away and producing so many gorgeous flowers fingers crossed i may have inherited my mums green fingers at last.  Also yesterday i was astonished to discover a couple of things whilst doing some family history. I found out that two of my granddads brothers I had thought died early (one in WW1 and the

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Friday Smiles – Week 63 and feeling blessed

Hello folks, its that time again when we all join up to share our happy moments with Annie. Why dont you have a read and join in with us, its guaranteed to cheer you up no end. My smiles this week come from having a wonderful Mothers Day last Sunday.  My darling son bought me these I was really thrilled with my digital photo frame and have been busy putting loads of photos on it. He also bought me breakfast out, wouldnt let me do any washing up all day and made a meal for me in the evening. I

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Friday Smiles – Week 62 with a new life

Well, well Friday again is it, so nice to see all you smilers out there making the place a happier one for us all. My week began with a huge smile on Monday when i went out to feed the guinea pigs and discovered this little darling Yes, Cookie gave birth a week earlier than i had anticipated. She just had the one baby again. a pure pink eyed white with the cutest pink ears too. Being original, hubby has called it Snowy. It is a sweet thing albeit as nervous as most guinea pigs seem to be but when

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WOYWW 251

Hello there, I hope i find you all well, healthy and with a desk full of goodies for me to snoop at. I’ve cleaned my desk especially for your visits this week, those pesky moggies of ours love to wander all over it with mucky paws and shed hairs so i thought i’d make an effort. This week i’m going through some of my Edwardian postcard collection. I’m not an avid collector but if i see them at bootfairs or on certain online auction sites at the right price I may buy the odd one.  One of my favourite things

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Friday’s Smile – Week 61 with a Spring in my step

  Good morning to you all and a huge thanks to Annie for rising from her sick bed to host yet another Friday Smiles for us.  Love that sofa Annie, i want one. Things that have made me smile this week? well let me see We had our first BBQ of the year last Friday evening.  What? i hear you cry In March? Well its al my sons fault, he loves BBQs and has been pestering for one since the rain finally stopped  and as it was such a lovely few days of weather we fired up the Bar B

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