The Friday Post ~ 19th January 2018

Well hello there!  I’m Cobwebs. Cobs, for short.  Do you come here often?

Yeah, I know it’s cheesy but I couldn’t think of any other way than saying it like that in order to say hello to new people who might have stumbled across us all sat around the kitchen table having a giggle.

So anyhoo ….  how the divil are you?  Fine and groovy I hope.  No ailments.  No money troubles.  And no worries which keep you awake at night, I trust.  But if you have any of these, feel free to unburden yourself via a comment and I, and perhaps one of your fellow bloggers who visit here, might be able to help;  come up with a solution; or just generally say encouraging things which might help to ease your pain or troubles.  Everyone here really is so nice that I could squidge them all.  So feel free to chat.

Well, it’s Friday again and on checking the dockets, I see that all of your parents are up to date on their payments for your Private Edumacation at the Institute of Cobwebs, so I guess that we should get on with it.  Please find your seats … quietly but quickly …  and get comfortable, because then I shall begin.

Ready?  Ok … let’s go!

On This Day in History.

1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.  Dubbed  “The Wizard of Menlo Park”  by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.  He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications.  His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialised world.  His first power plant was on Manhattan Island, New York.

1915 – Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising. The French engineer, chemist, and inventor Georges Claude (September 24, 1870 – May 23, 1960), was the first to apply an electrical discharge to a sealed tube of neon gas (circa 1902) to create a lamp.

Georges Claude

Georges Claude

Inspired in part by Daniel McFarlan Moore’s invention, Moore’s Lamp, Paris-born Claude invented the neon lamp by passing an electric current through inert gases, making them glow very brightly.

In 1902 Georges Claude and businessman Paul Delorme founded L’Air Liquide S.A. (Air Liquide) based on a method to liquefy air that enabled large-scale production of oxygen. Air Liquide presently exists as a large multinational corporation headquartered in Paris, France.

In 1923, Georges Claude and his French company Claude Neon, introduced neon gas signs to the United States, by selling two to a Packard car dealership in Los Angeles. Earle C. Anthony purchased the two signs reading “Packard” for $1,250 apiece. Neon lighting quickly became a popular fixture in outdoor advertising. Visible even in daylight, people would stop and stare at the first neon signs for hours, dubbed “liquid fire.”

Being a student of Jacques-Arsène d’Arsonval, the inventor of the OTEC concept, Claude was also the first person to build prototype plants of that technology. Claude built his plant in Cuba in 1930. The system produced 22 kilowatts of electricity with a low-pressure turbine.

In 1935, Claude constructed another plant, this time aboard a 10,000-ton cargo vessel moored off the coast of Brazil. Weather and waves destroyed both plants before they could become net power generators. (Net power is the amount of power generated after subtracting power needed to run the system.)

Georges Claude was also an accomplished artist painting many watercolour pictures some when on holiday in the Pyrenees (1909) in the Valli’s De Lac hon.

Claude was honoured for chemical work in World War I but stripped of his honours and sentenced to life in prison in June 1945 for collaboration with the Nazis. Claude was convicted of propaganda work favouring collaboration, but was cleared of another charge that he helped design the V-1 rocket. In 1950 Claude was released from jail, at the age of 79.

1915 – World War I: German zeppelins bomb the cities of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn in the United Kingdom, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target.

1917 – Silvertown explosion: 73 are killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London.  The Silvertown explosion occurred in Silvertown in West Ham, Essex (now Greater London) on Friday, 19 January 1917 at 18.52.  The blast occurred at a munitions factory which was producing explosives for Britain’s World War I military effort.  Approximately 50 tons of TNT exploded, killing 73 people and injuring over 400, and also causing substantial damage to buildings and property in the local area.  This was possibly the largest single explosion to occur in Britain up to that time, though this is difficult to ascertain as there is not an obvious way to measure the size of past explosions.

Silvertown

Silvertown, UK.  1917

Just before 7am on 19 January 1917, a fire started at the works resulting in the detonation of 50 tons of high explosives. A large part of the factory was instantly destroyed together with several nearby buildings and streets. The flour mills and silos on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock were badly damaged. Across the river on the Greenwich Peninsula, now the site of the Millennium Dome, one of the gas holders exploded.

Although there was a strong response from local communities, the geographical isolation of the area hindered rescue work.   The cost of the damage was estimated at a quarter of a million pounds, an enormous sum at that time.

The day after the explosion, the local authorities set up the Explosion Emergency Committee to oversee rescue and rebuilding work. By mid-February 1917, more than 1,700 men were employed in repairing houses. By August most of the work was complete. The government eventually paid about three million pounds in compensation to the people affected by the disaster.

An inquiry into the incident judged that Silvertown was a totally unsuitable place for a T.N.T. plant and castigated Brunner, Mond & Co for negligence in the running of their works. The report remained secret until the 1950s.

1920 – The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations. The League of Nations (LoN) was a supranational organisation founded as a result of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919–1920.  At its greatest extent from 28 September 1934 to the 23 February 1935, it had 58 members.  The League’s goals included disarmament, preventing war through collective security, settling disputes between countries through negotiation, diplomacy and improving global quality of life.  The diplomatic philosophy behind the League represented a fundamental shift in thought from the preceding hundred years.  The League lacked its own armed force and so depended on the Great Powers to enforce its resolutions, keep to economic sanctions which the League ordered, or provide an army, when needed, for the League to use.  However, they were often reluctant to do so. Sanctions could also hurt the League members imposing the sanctions and given the pacifist attitude following World War I, countries were reluctant to take military action. Benito Mussolini stated that “The League is very well when sparrows shout, but no good at all when eagles fall out.”

After a number of notable successes and some early failures in the 1920’s, the League ultimately proved incapable of preventing aggression by the Axis powers in the 1930’s. The onset of the Second World War suggested that the League had failed in its primary purpose, which was to avoid any future world war. The United Nations replaced it after the end of the war and inherited a number of agencies and organisations founded by the League.

1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first briefs. Jockey International, Inc. is a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of underwear, sleep-wear, and socks for men, women, and children. The company is based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jockey is known for having invented the first men’s Y-Front brief in 1934. Jockey is a recognised Trademark in 120 countries.

Coopers Briefs

1937 – Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles, California to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.

1953 – 68% of all television sets in the United States are tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.

1966 – Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India. Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was the Prime Minister of the Republic of India for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and for a fourth term from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, a total of fifteen years. She was India’s first and, to date, only female Prime Minister.

Indira Gandhi

In 1999, she was voted the greatest woman of the past 1000 years in a poll carried by BBC news, ahead of other notable women such as Queen Elizabeth I of England, Marie Curie and Mother Teresa.

Born in the politically influential Nehru dynasty, she grew up in an intensely political atmosphere. Despite the same last name, she was of no relation to the statesman Mohandas Gandhi. Her grandfather, Motilal Nehru, was a prominent Indian nationalist leader. Her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, was a pivotal figure in the Indian independence movement and the first Prime Minister of Independent India. Returning to India from Oxford in 1941, she became involved in the Indian Independence movement.

In the 1950s, she served her father unofficially as a personal assistant during his tenure as the first Prime Minister of India. After her father’s death in 1964, she was appointed as a member of the Rajya Sabha by the President of India and became a member of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s cabinet as Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

The then Congress Party President K. Kamaraj was instrumental in making Indira Gandhi the Prime Minister after the sudden demise of Shastri. Gandhi soon showed an ability to win elections and outmaneuver opponents through populism. She introduced more left-wing economic policies and promoted agricultural productivity. A decisive victory in the 1971 war with Pakistan was followed by a period of instability that led her to impose a state of emergency in 1975; she paid for the authoritarian excesses of the period with three years in opposition. Returned to office in 1980, she became increasingly involved in an escalating conflict with separatists in Punjab that eventually led to her assassination by her own bodyguards in 1984.

1971 – The revival of No, No, Nanette premieres at the 46th Street Theatre, in New York City.  No, No, Nanette is a musical comedy with lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, music by Vincent Youmans, and a book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel.

Its songs include the well-known “Tea for Two” and “I Want to Be Happy”.  It was first produced on March 11, 1925 at London’s Palace Theatre, where it starred Binnie Hale and George Grossmith, Jr. and ran for 665 performances.

1975 – Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia. Triple J is a nationally networked, government-funded Australian radio station (a division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), mainly aimed at youth (defined as those between 12 and 25). Music played on the station is generally more alternative than commercial stations with a heavy emphasis on Australian music and new music. In metropolitan rating surveys Triple J usually has less than one-third the market share of its major commercial rivals, but its influence on Australian popular music belies the modest ratings, having provided a launchpad for numerous Australian recording artists and announcers.

1977 – President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D’Aquino (a.k.a. “Tokyo Rose”). Iva Ikuko Toguri D’Aquino (July 4, 1916 – September 26, 2006), a Japanese-American, was the woman most identified with “Tokyo Rose”, a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda.

Iva Toguri D'Aquino - aka Tokyo Rose

Iva Toguri D’Aquino – “Tokyo Rose”

Identified by the press as Tokyo Rose after the war, she was detained for a year by the U.S. military before being released for lack of evidence. Upon return to the U.S., the Federal Bureau of Investigation began an investigation of her activities and she was subsequently charged by the United States Attorney’s Office with eight counts of treason. Her 1949 trial resulted in a conviction on one count, making her the seventh American to be convicted on that charge. In 1974, investigative journalists found key witnesses had lied during testimony and other serious problems with the conduct of the trial. She was pardoned by U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1977.

1977 – Snow falls in Miami, Florida.  This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW’s plant in Emden.  Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.

1981 – Iran Hostage Crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity. The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States where 52 U.S. diplomats were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students took over the American embassy in support of the Iranian revolution.

Iran Hostage Crisis 1

The crisis has been described as an entanglement of “vengeance and mutual incomprehension”. In Iran, the incident was seen by many as a blow against the U.S., its influence in Iran, its perceived attempts to undermine the Iranian Revolution, and its long-standing support of the recently overthrown autocratic Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Shah had been restored to power by a CIA-funded coup of a democratically elected Iranian government and had recently been allowed into the United States for cancer treatment.

Operation Eagle Claw ended in Disaster in the desert

Operation Eagle Claw ended in disaster in the desert

The ordeal reached a climax when after failed attempts to negotiate a release, the United States military attempted a rescue operation, Operation Eagle Claw, on April 24, 1980, which resulted in an aborted mission, the crash of two aircraft and the deaths of eight American military men and one Iranian civilian.

The crisis ended with the signing of the Algiers Accords in Algeria on January 19, 1981. The hostages were formally released into United States custody the following day, just minutes after the new American president Ronald Reagan was sworn in.

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Freedom

After months of negotiations, helped by Algerian intermediaries and the Shah’s death, US diplomacy bore fruit.  On the day of President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, 20 January 1981, the hostages were set free.  A day later they arrived at a US Air Force base in West Germany.  Here, Airy Force attaché David Roader shouts with joy as he arrives on German soil.  In return the US had agreed to unfreeze Iranian assets worth $8bn and give hostage takes immunity.

In America, the crisis is thought by some political analysts to be the primary reason for U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s defeat in the November 1980 presidential election, and described by some as the “pivotal episode” in the history of U.S.-Iranian relations. In Iran, the crisis strengthened the prestige of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the political power of forces who supported theocracy and the hostage taking. The crisis also marked the beginning of American legal action, or sanctions, that weakened economic ties between Iran and America. Sanctions blocked all property within U.S. jurisdiction owned by the Central Bank and Government of Iran.

Iran Hostage Crisis Fin

Ticker tape parade
From Germany, the freed Americans were taken to Washington where they were given a hero’s welcome along Pennsylvania Avenue before a reception hosted by Ronald Reagan at the White House.

The crisis may have helped bury the Carter administration’s re-election hopes but it gave Mr Reagan a massive boost at the beginning of his presidency.
However, some sceptics remarked at the convenient timing of the release.

Pres. Ronald Reagan and Bruce Laingen

Newly inauguration US President Ronald Reagan listens to Bruce Laingen, top diplomatic hostage during the Iran hostage crisis who was one of the three seized at the Iranian foreign ministry on 4 November 1979.

After the euphoria had subsided, awkward questions arose that have never been fully cleared up. Critics still believe Mr Reagan’s campaign team conspired to postpone the hostages’ release until after the 1980 election to prevent it helping Mr Carter’s returned to office.

Memorial
Today, the embassy is still the stage for angry anniversary demonstrations in which protesters chant anti-US and Israeli slogans and burn flags and effigies.

Memorial

But for the rest of the year the building serves as a museum to the revolution, opened in 2001.

Outside the door stand a bronze model based on New York’s Statue of Liberty on one side and statue portraying one of the hostages on the other.

1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.

Apple Lisa

The Apple Lisa was a personal computer designed at Apple Computer, Inc. during the early 1980’s.

The Lisa project was started at Apple in 1978 and evolved into a project to design a powerful personal computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) that would be targeted toward business customers.

Around 1982, Steve Jobs was forced out of the Lisa project , so he joined the Macintosh project instead. Contrary to popular belief, the Macintosh is not a direct descendant of Lisa, although there are obvious similarities between the systems and the final revision, the Lisa 2/10, was modified and sold as the Macintosh XL.

The Lisa was a more advanced (and far more expensive) system than the Macintosh of that time in many respects, such as its inclusion of protected memory, cooperative multitasking, a generally more sophisticated hard disk based operating system, a built-in screen saver, an advanced calculator with a paper tape and RPN, support for up to 2 megabytes of RAM, expansion slots, and a larger higher resolution display. It would be many years before many of those features were implemented on the Macintosh platform. Protected memory, for instance, did not arrive until the Mac OS X operating system was released in 2001.

The Macintosh, however, featured a faster 68000 processor (7.89 MHz) and sound. The complexity of the Lisa operating system and its programs taxed the 5 MHz Motorola 68000 microprocessor so that the system felt sluggish, particularly when scrolling in documents.

1993 – IBM announces a $4.97 billion loss for 1992, the largest single-year corporate loss in United States history.
1999 – British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.

2006 – The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.

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Born on this Day

1736 – James Watt, Scottish inventor (d. 1819) and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both Britain and the world.

1807 – Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (d. 1870)

1809 – Edgar Allan Poe, American writer and poet (d. 1849)

1839 – Paul Cézanne, French painter (d. 1906)

1923 – Jean Stapleton, American actress best known for her portrayal of Edith Baines Bunker, the long-suffering, yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker.

1930 – Tippi Hedren, American actress

1935 – Johnny O’Keefe, Australian singer (d. 1978) hits include “Wild One” (1958), “Shout!” and “She’s My Baby”.

1939 – Phil Everly, American musician of The Everly Brothers fame

1940 – Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)

1942 – Michael Crawford, British singer and actor

1943 – Janis Joplin, American singer (d. 1970)

1946 – Dolly Parton, American singer and actress

1947 – Rod Evans, British musician (Deep Purple)

1949 – Robert Palmer, English singer and guitarist (d. 2003)

1953 – Desi Arnaz, Jr., American actor

1954 – Katey Sagal, American actress best known for her roles in Futurama, 8 Simple Rules and Married… with Children.

1958 – Thomas Kinkade, American painter (d. 2012)

1963 – Martin Bashir, English journalist

1963 – John Bercow, English politician, Speaker of the House of Commons

1980 – Jenson Button, English race car driver

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Died on this day and remembered here

1998 – Carl Perkins, American guitarist (b. 1932)

2000 – Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress, singer, and mathematician (b. 1913)

2006 – Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941)

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Thought for the Day

Someone somewhere is speaking well of you.  Live up to the things they’re saying.

History lesson complete.  Birthdays remembered.  Those who have gone before us are remembered also.  And now ….  It’s PLAYTIME!

What do you call a fat psychic?  A four chin teller.

😀

Why did the duck go to rehab? Because he was a quack addict!

🙂

My friend hates when I make jokes about her weight. She needs to lighten up.

😀

The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so they can tell when they’re really in trouble.

🙂

The fact that there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven says a lot about the anticipated traffic load.

😀

Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time! I think I’ve forgotten this before?

🙂

What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere? ‘Hold my handbag.’ (‘purse’ for folks of the USA)

😀

What do you call a bear with no ears?   . . .   ‘B’.

🙂

I went to a pet shop and asked the man behind the counter if I could buy a goldfish.  He said:  “Do you want an Aquarium?”.  I told him  I didn’t care what star sign it was.

😀

What do you get when you cross a dyslexic,  an insomniac and an agnostic?  Someone who lays awake at night wondering if there’s a dog.

🙂

and finally ….  a joke I used to tell my big girls when they were little girls, and they LOVED it  – so much so that they took it to school and I was terrified I’d get it in the neck from the teachers because of it . . . . 

Knock knock.  Who’s there?   Smellip  . . .   I’ll let you finish that one off all by yourself – say it out loud and you’ll ‘get it’.

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Well that’s me done and dusted for another Friday.  Today was a busy, busy day in history, wasn’t it!   phew!  There will be a test later today so you’d better have been paying attention, that boy at the back there!

I hope you found something to interest you, something that might surprise you and biggest hope of all …. something to make you smile.

May your Friday be filled with smiles and peace, and may your weekend be truly wonderful, and blessed from the moment you wake up on Saturday to the moment you fall asleep on Sunday at bedtime.

Thank you for coming and sharing a coffee with me.  I have such a ton of fun with you.  Sending squidges ~ 

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InkTober 3rd 2017

InkTober caused me a moment today.  I began with an idea in mind and started to draw it ….  kind of liked it … but not enough.  So I scrapped it and decided on something different instead. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Its like knitting … and getting eight rows in then realising that you made a mistake on row 2 so having to pull it all back and re-knit. grrrr!

So anyhoo ...  this is what I ended up painting….

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… but .. that’s not everything …

The photo above was taken with the desk lamp as lighting, but the next photo is taken with the flash on the camera …  and it shows you what the photo above can’t….   that I broke open the Kuretake, Gansai Tambi Starry paints (watercolours) – for just the one colour – White Gold, – so that I could use a teeny tiny bit around the edges of the moon, and onto the clouds.  And this next photo, taken with the flash, shows you the difference that this one colour can make …

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It just gives the moon and clouds a more magical feeling.  Slightly more depth.  And … well, I just had-ta!  lol.

The apparent ‘bend’ on the left hand side of the painting, isn’t a wonky bit of water-colour paper, it’s actually how the paper dried.  I’ll bury it between the pages of a book, weighted down by a couple of book, and it will then magically become flat again.

The pens used to create this bit of Inktober Art are by Kuretake, apart from one Sakura Gelly Roll Ink Pen, in white, which I used to add some ‘moon shine’ hi-lights to the trees and parts of the landscape.Pen

So far I’m quite enjoying InkTober  . . .  it’s a bit like doodling, only trying a bit harder.  But I can see me getting tired of black a bit quickly.  But that might just be me wishing to break out and crack open the bottles of blue and brown ink which sit on the side of my desk.  I wonder if that would be against the rules.  I mean to say … it’s still ink, isn’t it?  I could rather go for a nice inky denim blue drawing.  Or a fabulous vintage looking brown bit of fun!

Ahhh .. I’ll be good as long as I can .. then I’ll break the rules and be naughty.  lol.

Thank you for coming for a visit and sharing your coffee moment with me.  I just LOVE seeing you here.  Blog land has turned out to be one of the nicest places on the web.  I’m not sure what I expected when I began The Cobweborium Emporium – certainly not being part of such a great community of bloggers who are truly amazing, and so very talented!  Cooks, Knitters, Writers, Bakers, Farmers, Artists in a variety of forms, and .. well just genuinely nice people.  I’m SO glad that I began this blog, for without it I wouldn’t ever have even known that you existed.  And that thought alone is SO painful to my heart, because I love knowing you.  Truly.

Thank you for being exactly who you are.  For who you are is  . . . perfect.  I tried you on and you fit perfectly, and I love you for it.

Have a truly great day out there!  Sending squidges ~ as always …

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Time is not measured by clocks, but by Moments.

I have a fascination of/with time.  It’s not an obsession, but it’s been something to which I became more aware of about ten to fifteen years ago.  I can’t quite explain it…  well, no, actually that’s a bit of a porky pie.  I could try to explain it, but to do so would unfortunately give away something in my book – which I’ve been writing inside my head for .. oh – heaven knows how long!   And a girl has to have some secrets, so I don’t want to divulge them yet  … at least, not until I write my book first!

Because I have this ‘time thing’ going on, I thought last week,  that I should make a time card.  I had a sentiment in mind and had recently bought some new stamps which would fit perfectly with that sentiment … so I went to work.

I began by making a sort of ‘explosion’ of colour happen on a ready scored 6″x 6″ card…

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I stamped four different coloured ink pads in a (sort of) circle onto my glass mat, then spritzed them with water so that they bled into each other and ran a little.  I stamped the ‘spoldge’ stamp into that watery mess and then stamped it straight away onto my card.  There was a little section which didn’t quite pick up enough colour, so I just used a paint brush to fill in.  You can see in the photo where that was – but I knew it wouldn’t matter as this was just to be the (kind of) background to what was to come …

After the ink dried thoroughly, I stamped the image of a Fob Watch which had exploded …

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..  and embossed it part in silver and part in gold embossing powder.

Then on another scrap piece of white card I stamped the same image again…

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This time though I didn’t do the explosion of colours behind it.

This was because I wanted to cut some parts of that image out and needed those particular parts to be crisp white . . .

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The white arrows in the above photo point out which parts I wanted to ‘fussy cut’ out.  This was so I could coat those pieces with Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss – because the parts I’ve pointed out in the photo above, would be the face of the clock…  and would have had the glass over them too – so I wanted to give those parts a clear glassy type finish.

By half way through I have to admit that I was beginning to wonder if it was such a great idea,  but I plodded on telling myself it would look fine and groovy once I’d finished.

Once cut out, I used the Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss on those pieces and put them on one side to dry overnight.

The following day they were dry and ready to go  . . .  so I fixed those pieces in place using Pinflair Glue Gel (what would we do without that gel, eh crafters?!).  But I put the pieces in a sort of ‘wiggly woggly’ way.  Some were tilted one way.  Some another way.  Some this way, some that.

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You can’t quite see it here in this photo (above) but you’ll see it better in the final photo in a minute.

The sentiment I found some time ago and don’t know who it’s supposed to be credited to – even though I’ve searched the internet.  I think it’s just something which happened one day and there it is.  It belongs to us all (maybe).

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It reads:  Time is not measured by clocks but by Moments I printed this out using my computer and Photoshop.  I knew how I wanted it to look, and had a font in mind … so built it then printed it out onto card, then matted it onto gold Mirri board.

Finally … I added a short length of Ivy  (Ivy is so timeless that I felt it married well into the card)  and some paper flowers …

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I made the flowers from music sheet paper which I ‘vintaged’ with an ink pad and a duster brush.  The die used to cut them out was a large die of different flowers by Heartfelt Creations.  The added bits,  of cogs and parts of the clock explosions, were also cut from a Heartfelt Creations die, which I die cut using my Ebosser and three colours of Mirri Board, Silver Shiney Gold and Matt Gold,  and then the resulting die cuts I cut into to make the effect I was after.

And that’s all there was to it.  😊

This card, well ….  I very nearly opened my bin and plonked the whole lot in.  It took me sooo long to make.  Doesn’t look as if it did – but oh boy, it was all  Start.  Stop.  Start.  Stop.  I had to wait for glue gel to dry.  Ink to dry.  Work out the size I wanted the sentiment to print out – I only had a certain amount of space – so it needed to feel balanced.  Even when I finally said “Ahhhh.  Finished!”  I still had to wait till the next day to photograph it because the centres of the flowers have gold and silver Tonic Drops as their centre and they had to lay flat in order to keep them where they should be.

So yes..  I’ll admit that I was kind of glad this card was finally finished.  But … I’d still make it again. (I know… glutton for punishment.  lol).

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I trust your Monday went well and that now you’re home (or when you eventually get home) that you feel that wonderful “Ahhhhh” feeling when you shut the door and kick off your shoes”.

Oh I remember that moment so well and will freely admit that I don’t miss it.  Although I’m not of retirement age,  (YAY) …  naturally – because as you well know,  I’m “Ooooonly 27“,  I am truly blessed to be ‘living the retired way‘ – even if very early on in life.  And no, it’s not because I won the lottery or have pots of money – sadlyBut if I ever do …. I promise you’ll be the first to know. 

I’m glad to not have that horrible Monday morning feeling – which actually happens sometime during Sunday afternoon.  See …. not so old that I don’t remember that feeling.

I hope your Monday has ended with you having a smile on your face.  And remember … Tomorrows Tuesday … already on the way to Friday!  YAAAY for Fridays!

BUT . . .   For anyone who needs an extra smile today …  I’ve come complete with a joke.  It’s the tiniest bit naughty … but not really, because it’s your mind which will make it naughty.

A Joke For the Day

The Mole Family
A papa mole, a mama mole, and a baby mole all live together in a little mole hole.

One day, papa mole sticks his head out of the hole, sniffs the air and said,
“Yum! I smell maple syrup!”

The mama mole sticks her head out of the hole, sniffs the air and said,
“Oh, Yum! I smell honey!”

Now baby mole is trying to stick his head out of the hole to sniff the air, but can’t because the bigger moles are in the way.
This makes him whine,
“Geez, all I can smell is….

.…. Molasses!!!!!   😆

Have a truly fabulous rest of your day,  and a blessed rest of your week.

Squidges and love,

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Oh I do like to be Beside the Seaside!

I wanted to send a card to a fellow blogger  – Berverly of More Ink Please –   not for anything in particular,  but ‘just  because’.   I couldn’t share the card until she’d received it as it would have spoiled the surprise.  But, I got an email from her at the end of last week telling me that the parcel of  ‘Happy Mail’  had arrived,  so I can now post details of the card here on the blog.

Because I live by the sea I wanted to send her a card which made her think of the ‘Seaside’,  and that’s why the card itself is all about the seaside.

It has a little Tibetan silver bicycle leaning up against the Beach Huts.

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And someone is flying a kite ….  which has a tail of ribbons! . . .

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Two smaller pictures featuring Beach Huts stand proud of the card itself, by being mounted on foam tape. 

The fun,  and colour continue inside with a teeny bit of zentangling and a little bow.

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The Bunting and sentiment (‘With Love and Best Wishes’) were added to the front,  and a silver metal airplane – ‘flying above’ – was fixed to the card, in the skyline.

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Finally a little brassy coloured (metal) vintage style post card finished off the front.

And that’s all there was to it!

For those of you who don’t know the song which is the title of this post,  I’ve been and collected a YouTube video…  but if you know the song by heart, there’s nothing to stop you clicking and enjoying.  The song was written in 1907,  and this version was sung in 1909 by a music hall singer called Mark Sheridan.

We have beach huts here where I live, but they’re not quite as fabulous as the ones on the card. . . .

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However …  a couple of years or so ago a designer (who some of you may have heard of) did a Random Act of Kindness  – but she called it:  a  Random Act of Kidston . . .

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…  and she covered some Beach Huts in her fabric designs,   –  she made matching deck chairs,  and put matching bits and bobs in the Beach huts.  It caused quite an impact.  People were coming from miles away to see them.  This following hut is my personal favourite…

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It’s a typical Cath Kidston design and so me.  I love it.

But … if wishes came true …. I think I’d want a Beach Hut like one of the ones on the card I made for Beverly.  There’s something so friendly and smiley about them.

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Thank you so much for coming and spending some time around the kitchen table and sharing a coffee with me.

Have a truly lovely start to your week.  Be good to yourself, and each other …. and may your God go with you.

Sending love from me in my corner to you in yours ~

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P.S.  . . .   Dear Lord  …  hello, it’s me again.  Ummm..  it’s about the weather.  It’s hot.  Very hot.  VERY, VERY HOT indeed.  It’s causing me some problems.  One of which is that I appear to be melting.  I know I can’t be sweating …  because my mom taught me that ladies don’t sweat.  According to my mother,  ladies ‘glow’.   Well …  I’m really glowing here.  REALLY glowing.   So … I’m wondering …  could you please turn the heating down a little bit?  A little biggish bit?  Not just for me but also for my plants, and for my three fur babies.  Alf Capone, Maisie Dotes and My Little Fat Bitch aren’t coping well with this level of hot.  I’ve just taken a look around my living room and down the hallway …. and it looks like a murder scene.  All my four-legged companions are  ‘as if’  dead.  Now if I’m hot and I’ve only got shorts and a t.shirt on,  then these four-legged babies must be SO uncomfortable because they’re all wearing fur coats!

I’d be so grateful if you could turn the heat down.  Thank you.  ~  love ~ Cobs. x

Hark I Hear the Angels Calling …. or is it my My Hermes delivery lady at the door?

I’m still racing to catch up after being poorly – and although I made this one last week, I couldn’t post it until I’d given it to my My Hermes delivery lady, and since it’s now in her possession, I can now share photo’s of it!

As were all my Christmas cards this year, I made this on a 6×6″ base card with a high gsm, so that it would take the weight of the embellishments and papers I wanted to use.

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I began by searching for an Angel image that I loved, and then, once found,  (image above – isn’t she just beautiful?), it was simply a case of seeking out some vintage sheet music which partnered her, and I couldn’t have found anything more perfect than “Hark I Hear the Angels Calling” – which I resized and printed out. (It’s a royalty free image – as is the Angel).

I used some vintage type paper on the outside of the card, in sort of muted shades  which I knew would sit nicely in the background, and attached some cotton  lace to the top and bottom of the card.

After printing out the Angel, I matted and layered the image onto two shades of blue linen effect card and attached it to the background using some dimensional tape.  The sheet music, I rolled and then curved it so that it sat ‘naturally’ and adhered it in place.

I added a fancy, bright silver metal corner, some faux miniature holly and berries, a white Christmas rose and a deep burgundy smaller rose, a previously gilded miniature frame, and a length of pearls – which trailed around the card, in and out of the music, around the roses and under and over the holly.  I added a little glitter here and there and the front was complete.

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I’m not going to bore you to tears with how I did the inside of the card … instead, I’ll just show you what I did – because you’re all super intelligent beings, with brains far bigger than mine and you’ll be able to see what I did – so here goes:

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The Bauble  ↑  is a stamped image.  – adorned with gems to make it look pretty.

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“Oh!”  I hear you say . . .   “.. what is that on the inside front of the card?”  ….

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Ha!  Who’da guessed!   It’s a Christmas Stocking!  (in the same shades of blue as the Angels Wings!  ….  see, … I do [sometimes]  plan these things!  lol)

I had to make it a little box as it was too chubby for an envelope!

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Some close up details:

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A ‘gem’  in the same colour as the deeper shades in the Angels Wings – I ‘glittered’ the gem to add opulence to it.   A wooden lock – which I gilded.  A miniature silver metal key which I did a little twinkling job on and made it shine like it was gold.

The frame around the ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment – I only partially gilded, as I wanted it to look distressed.

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I believe …  do you?  A metal charm which I kind of beat up a little to make it look aged, and then added a little verdigris twinkle around the edge to just take it up a notch.

And that’s this card done, delivered to my wonderful My Hermes delivery lady, and shared with you!

I’m back in my craft room tomorrow because I’m STILL trying to catch up!  But …  I won’t bore the pants off you with anything I produce after mid-day! LOL.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve all.  May peace rest upon your homes today and stay with you all throughout Christmas.

Thank you for visiting.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your time.  It seriously means the world to me.  Thank you.

Heaps of love

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Let’s all sing ‘Around the Christmas Tree’ … (for the Avon lady!)

Before I begin – apologies for the lack of posts over the past few weeks.  I’ve been quite poorly – and still not quite fully well – but feeling improved,  I’m now so far behind with my Christmas crafting that I don’t think everything’s going to be done!  But I’ve been into my craft room a couple of times and began crafting the Christmas cards which I wanted to make a little more special – like this lovely vintage style card which I made for my Avon lady.

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It all began with this beautiful little girl who’s carrying her very own Christmas Tree.   She’s a royalty free image courtesy of the Graphics Fairy (LOVE Graphics Fairy big time!).  The photo above is not true to colour – but I didn’t notice this until just now.  There seems to be a pink stripe across the middle of the card.  It wasn’t there when I printed the image out so it must be light playing with the camera.

The base is a little 6″ x 6″ Kraft card, which was covered front and inside with papers.  The music sheet on the front of the card is again the G.Fairy,  I resized it for what I needed.

The metal, fancy swirls corner (bottom right) piece was originally silver, but I wanted it to look old,  so enamelled it in a bronze/gold, and added a little verdigris powder in a couple of places, just to make it look like it was beginning to corrode in parts and add to the ‘aged’ look.

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The snowflake is ‘rusty’ metal and I’ve had a handful of them in my ‘metal embellishments’ drawer for so long that I can’t remember where I got them from, but I dragged a tiny bit of Stickles along some of the ‘arms’ of the snowflake, in order to give it that magical twinkle.

I added paper roses, lace and some bakers twine, then finished it off with a little string of Christmas lightswhich I bought a good length of about five years ago and put in a safe place in my craft room….  I’ve just this month found them again!  tsk tsk.

Finally, I added glitter around the roses and the matting & layering of the picture – just to add a little twinkle.

I made a matching box for this card, but forgot to take a photograph, and the card has already been given to my Avon lady.  She’s a lovely gal … and so dedicated and patient.  I barely buy anything from her – (the older I’ve got the more sensitive my skin has become and I can’t wear Avon cosmetics) – I tend to buy things like the gorgeous fabric and air fresheners and stuff like that.  But, bless her heart, she comes and delivers a brochure when they’re due, in sun, rain, wind, or snow (all of which can be experienced in one day here in the UK) and so I felt she deserved a card which I’d spent a little more time on.

Have to admit …  this card looks prettier in real life than it does on the photographs.  It has a sort of personality which comes over as warm, friendly and kind of romantic.  Shame the photographs don’t show it as well as they could.  I shall put that down to my rubbish camera work. 

Well that’s this card done and dusted!  If I’ve missed mentioning anything, or you want to know a particular thing just ask away in a comment, and I’ll answer any questions in a reply.

It’s great to be back posting.  I’ve missed everyone and missed sharing stuff with you.  I’m now hoping that I continue to get better so that I can get some serious crafting done!

Sending love . . .  and hoping that you aren’t getting snowed in under masses of Christmas wrapping paper and tape!

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It’s a Beautiful Day! Listen, and you’ll hear it.

I came across this song/video on YouTube by accident (I was actually looking for a song from an advertisement) – and I’m so glad that I found this because it’s so lovely. I began singing it the moment the music stopped and haven’t stopped singing it yet – 21 hours later!

I thought I’d share it with you. Let me know if you end up singing it and having an ear worm wriggling around your brain too. LOL. 😀