Things I learned this Week . . .

Happy Friday!  …  and welcome to Cobs Lessons of Life.  A snapshot of a week spent being taught certain lessons which we all run into from time to time – but I’m sharing my lessons with you so that you learn in a fun way, . . .  and have a laugh at my predicaments.  or even go away after reading this post feeling so much wiser and far more clever than you started out!

Regular readers may remember that last week I told you my tale of woe about having absolutely no electricity in my craft room.  All the electrics went pop on Wednesday of last week and despite Mr. Cobs efforts, the electricity was no more.

Thankfully, my Super Hero:  Electric Man,  came Friday morning last week and managed to locate the problem, sort it out, and the magic which is electricity was restored!

But I still haven’t told you what caused the loss of electricity in my craft room yet.

I bet that you couldn’t ever guess what caused all the electricity to suddenly disappear in my craft room – not even if I gave you two weeks to come up with your best guess.  But .. let’s give this a moment, and let you have one stab at what you think it might have been.

Go on…  I’ll give you chance to make just one guess.  Just one.  Make it outrageous.  See if you can guess.

Now let’s see how many of your were right ….

What caused my entire craft room to be plunged into the bleak dark ages of no electricity was … A WEB SITE.  Yes, you really did read that correctly.  Maybe I should be more specific so that you can picture how this loss of electricity occurred ….  I lost all the electricity in my craft room simply because of a particular type of web site,  more commonly known as . . .  a spider’s web.

Yes, honestly truthfully.  Honest to Dog.  Cross my heart and all that stuff.

A spider had crawled into an electric socket and decided that he would make his home there.  He’d spun himself a rather intricate web (my Super Hero Electric Man told me it was really quite pretty one).  And it was this web which shorted out all of my electricity!

Can you believe it?  No me neither.  If this was anyone but my Super Hero (aka Chris) , I would have given them a shifty look which told them that I didn’t believe them.  But Electric Man is brilliant.  He doesn’t tell me tall tales.  He also told me that it was something that he’d actually seen before!  Along with he told me, slugs and snails which had crawled into sockets, and wiped out the power!  And there was I thinking being a Super Hero was a glamorous job!

What else did I learn this week .

  • That I miss the funny people who were around (well-known folks of TV and Stand Up comedians on tours in theatres etc) in the 80’s  and 90’s  – such as Pam Ayres, Mike Harding,  Brian Connolly,  Robin Williams, Steve Martin, John Candy, Mel Brooks, Bob Newhart.  Do I miss them … or is it that I miss the  whole era when comedy wasn’t filled with filth, filthy words, and downright disagreeable subjects – all of which todays comedians seem to earn a fortune from injecting into their acts.  I don’t understand it and can’t understand why people find it funny.

I also learned that …

  • Harry Potter’s house is valued at £475,000 ($615,000)  (The house where he lived with his uncle and aunt).

and . . .

  • That I really like this blog and LOVE blogging.  I’ve ‘met’ so many really lovely people because of this blog;  and I’ve also learned tons by reading other blogs.  Yes .. blogging, for me at least, is an experience I’ve found to be truly wonderful.

also . . .

  •   More than 200 UK drivers are at least 100 years old.

and …

  • The best coffee can be found in our cottage, at 4pm every single day,  especially after a tough day, a painful day, a miserable day, or just any ol’ day …  and it’s made by Mr. C,  – just to make me feel human again.  ( what can I say? The guy’s brilliant.  I got a good one.)

Oh ... and this one made my eyes stretch to the size of saucers:

  • The ad executive behind the Nike slogan  “Just do it”  got the idea from the final words of condemned murderer Gary Gilmore.  Ohhh, this made me feel like I didn’t want to ever buy Nike again.  What a way to get a slogan!

And finally … I’ve learned that if I don’t get enough sleep, the sleep I do get is peppered with the strangest dreams, which ‘feel’  like it’s real and that the *things* actually really have happened.   I need to get more sleep.

So … that’s what I’ve learned this week.  Now it’s over to you.  What lessons has life taught you this week?  Not to spend so much money?  That you won’t die if you eat some treat or other?  That she was right …. Your Mother DOES know best?    Or something else?  Do share it with us all.  We won’t judge and we won’t laugh … unless you want us to, and then we’ll howl with laughter so loud that you’ll hear us!

In the meantime …  may I wish you a totally Fabulous Friday.  A very special Saturday, and an easy, peaceful, gentle, and sunny Sunday.

Be careful out there.  There are nuts on the road and there might even be one in your car too!  

Squidges from me in my corner to you in yours …

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A Home, made for Tweety Pie

About 12’ish’ years ago I made myself a paper mache bird house for the corner of my bedroom. I painted it; crackle glazed the roof; hand painted vines around it; sealed it and then I wrapped a length of Ivy around it and secured it in place.   I never got to hang that bird house because when my mother saw it, she loved it so much that she claimed it for her own bedroom!

So … I made another one.  That one ‘walked’  too – this time to a friend.   I made another, and kept it.  But word had got out and by the time I’d finished … I must have ended up making around 20 or so of these darling bird houses. I even made myself a couple more one for my conservatory and another for my living room – it hid the CCTV camera inside it!.

Then three years ago I moved home  (down-sized)  and decided that I would only bring one of those little bird houses with me. So I gave two away and chose the Geranium one I’d made, to keep ….. in fact … this one ….

Cobwebs Birdhouse 1

Yes … that’s the one.  Hanging on my door, right there.   People who have come to my cottage where I live now, and seen it, have always commented and admired it,  – but one person – … my fabulous parcel delivery lady –  (who has become a friend) –  said she really liked it and was trying to work out how I’d made it.  Here’s a close up …

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… now –  to be brutally honest … it’s a little tired looking now.  I mean to say … it’s actually about twelve years old and has gone through many things in its little life, so it’s not as ‘freshly made’ and perky looking as it used to be – but I love it.  I love it hanging on my front door during the early summer days, welcoming people as they arrive. (The front door is under cover and very well protected – & doesn’t get any rain on it – so I knew it would be pretty safe hanging there.)

After my parcel lady had said she liked it, I said,  to Mr. Cobs,  that I thought I still had “a bird house waiting for painting, ‘somewhere’ – but goodness knows where!”  (I still have boxes in my loft that I haven’t unpacked from the house move  3 whole years ago!!!    Please don’t judge me. – I never said I was brilliant or anything near it!).

After some searching, the wonderful Mr. Cobs found it!  (give that man a medal, I hear you cry!).   I decided that I’d make my parcel lady a bird house as a surprise.  I got to work and, for the first time ever, I made a Roses bird house.  But ... I couldn’t find a little bird for the perch.  I searched…  I checked out florists, craft supplies … everything I could think of, but no luck.  So I decided to use the only thing I had – a little resin bird, in a gentle pinky colour, to match the roses.  I gave the bird house to her a couple or so weeks ago, and thought that now the surprise was ‘out of the bag’, I could share it with you.

So, dear reader, I present to you …. The Roses Bird House for Tweety Pie  (well, no, not quite.  It was for my parcel lady to be precise – but you know what I mean! lol).

the front 3

Left side 4

the left hand side

In the photo directly above,  you can see the crackle glazed roof, and the little hanging loop over to the left, at the back (top) of the roof.  However – if you make a loop of wire, for something to be hung on the wall etc – try to make sure that you ‘cushion’ the wire against something – (I used a leaf on this bird house) – so that the wire doesn’t damage any painted surface or wallpaper you have on the wall.

Right Side 5

the right hand side

It was such a delight to do a ‘blast from the past’ crafty make again.  It was as if time had rewound itself and I magically found myself back in time, twelve to fourteen years ago – and crafting in ways I’d forgotten I used to do.  It was a really sweet, memorable time in my craft room, and I absolutely loved it.  Memories of my mother;   old friends who my heart misses;  our girls when they were younger;   teachers at the school where I used to help out;  people I’ve known but have now sadly passed on;  others who I’ve lost touched with – like ships that pass in the night.   So many memories, and all so precious to my heart.   It kind of almost felt like a friend who I hadn’t seen for years and years,  had suddenly visited me out of the blue,  and we’d sat together going over old times, laughing together, remembering together.   Awww,  just wonderful!  ❤  

I hope you like the bird house as much as I do.  I was kind of sad to give it away.  It had bought back such wonderful memories as I crafted with it and it had left me all warm and snuggly inside.  But … it was for my lovely parcel lady – so I knew it was going to a great home.

Have you crafted with paper mache at all?  Would you like to?  You don’t have to actually make the paper mache item – there are hundreds of ready-made paper mache things which can be bought pretty cheaply at hobby stores.  You get to use your imagination to decorate them and go mad with paint effects, papers, adornments, twiddly bits and crafty  joy!  If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a ‘go’.  You never know … you might just find out that you love it.  Oh … and if you have little ones on school summer holiday/break – this is something they’ll love to do!  Paint, papers, glue … even coloured magazine pages would be great to stick to the ‘object’ using PVA glue.

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Thank you so much for coming to spend a few minutes with me.   I’m totally thrilled that you do.  Please feel free to leave comments.  I love hearing from you.

Oh,  before I go … Since this post is about a Home for Tweety Pie, I really should bring him in on the post:

Tweety

How very  true!  {smiles}

Have a truly blessed rest of your day ~

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