Sunday, March 28, 2010

I caught a bug.....bugger!!!

I was just looking for some colourful art for my kitchen walls and found these....gorgeous mixed media collages OF kitchens!!

You may think I've been out absorbing the sunlight on my terrace but since my family arrived from Australia, I caught their jetlag (seriously!!) and some other virus thingy with sore throat, my daughter got a terrible stomach flu (won't go into detail), my husband has had stuff to do with his Archery club and I've been cooking non-stop and going to bed at 9pm! I'm so happy daylight saving arrived last night, now the days seem longer.

Had the usual Sunday 4 course lunch at MIL's then the usual children's birthday party until 7pm. I would love to do absolutely nothing but stay at home by myself on a Sunday and it's too late to start anything now at 11pm but I can't wait to start doing "stuff" tomorrow.......

Hang on!!! School is closed until 12th April! Bugger!!!

Off to eat some chocolate :P

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bunnies in progress.... making your "nice" bunnies for your English holiday right now! ;-)

What am I getting myself into...??

So! The holidays start tomorrow and I'll have the kids 24/7 until 12th April...that's fine and I can deal with that as they ARE my kids...BUT, tomorrow I have Mum, Dad and tweenager nephew arriving into Rome and I just couldn't be bothered to clean up my studio AGAIN! We are also having a humungous Easter Party here next week with over 25 ex pats PLUS Italians and it would normally seem daunting but this year it is going to be really special....

Thinking of giving all the kiddies a Beaster Bunny each, we'll see if I find the time to make 15 but with all the kids and family here it may not pan out that way!!

Yesterday I made this lyrical singer, can you get past the initial reaction of it looking closely like a "blow-up doll" or come to think of it...Betty Boop on acid??....still have to come up with a name for it..any suggestions????

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

so pheasants do crow....

...and they've been crowing all day!!

I had BIG plans today but when I went to pick up my son from school he asked me if he could bring a friend home..."sure" I said and went on to explain to his mother that I would bring him home later as I had to pop out and do some shopping, the teacher butted in and remimded me that I had a meeting in 10 minutes at the school for a project we are working on....#@*!!! had to apologise to a mother, 2 boys and a teacher (because I was going to be late) and raced over to MIL's hoping she was home....she was thank goodness!! I then spent 2 hours listening to the Mayor promise a hole lot of bullshit, raced over to do some shopping, get the kids and make dinner..hubby is now arguing with the beings to brush their teeth and I still have to put the shopping away......UUFFFFAAAA!!!

But I did have time to finish Pablo this morning ;-)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dudley the Pirate Dude!

This is Dudley. He's a Dandy pirate and his nickname is Dude.

Today I surprisingly heard the pheasants crowing (??? must google that), which is a definate indication that Spring is near...YES! I'm obsessed with Spring, I can't wait to get outside and do some gardening and painting. I also love searching the forest behind our house for sapplings to plant around the house and the kids really dig "naming that bug"!

I'll have 3 kids next week as my nephew arrives on Friday with my parents...oh gawd!

Off to work, will post more later if I'm not in a comatosed state....

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring sprang....then ran

Well....all looked rosy this last week with the warmer air, blossoming cherry trees and the sun shining into the house after a few days of scary snowstorms, but now we are back to rain and wind.

Today is officially the first day of Spring here in the Tuscan hills but you wouldn't have known stepping outside this morning! We can still see remnants of snow on top of the hills in front of us and I have even put the fire back on!!

We are going to a children's soccer game in a few hours but I am dreading the thought already....I just wanna stay home and sew. Maybe I could get hubby to take the kids.......although that wouldn't be very social of me would it?
PS. and Mum, if you are reading this...yes, we are wearing our skivvies!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


I'm having a giveaway! All you have to do is click on my Facebook Fan Page and become a fan and Cordelia could be yours.

On 1st April I will randomly pick someone worldwide.

Good Luck!

little bags for little girls...

I made some of these a while ago and didn't get much reaction from my daughter until.......I put some little matrioska faces on them. Now she LOVES them. I gifted 2 of them 2 weeks ago to two six year olds and got an amazing reaction!!
So I made some more....

Friday, March 19, 2010

life just gets in the way sometimes!

I've been cooped up all day...something about dreary days does this to me.

We had PWK over for dinner tonight and they just left...which also interrupted a possibly productive day...I spent all afternoon helping with homework then with the kids napping, me cleaning then cooking a 3 course meal which I started at 6pm.....all turned out well!

...and I've come up with some new stuff, just have to add finishing touches and will post pics...although I have another birthday party tomorrow, and a dinner at my English friend Tracy's PLUS I ended up going to bed after 1.30am last night, I don't know how long my poor body can cope. But I have been extremely busy and am very satisfied. keep an eye out for the Dandy Dolls...they will be here soon.....well as soon as I get enough sleep that my hands don't tremor and I don't see double any more.... ;-)

Ahhhh, might just go to bed now (I spy my husband asleep on the couch already).....we'll see!

sogni d'oro....

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Percy, Delilah & Jasper

These are the 3 I have been working on today. Now listed on Etsy.
Am trying different techniques on hair for next lot but for now I must get into bed. I have been doing 1-2am stints these last 4 or 5 nights and waking up late. Yesterday my mother in law came to take my daughter to preschool at 8.30am and we were both still in bed...together!!!
It is now 10.43pm...let's see exatly when I do get into bed.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sassy Sopranos and Ballerina Boys!

I have no idea why I decided to call them these as I do not have much interest in lyrical music or classical Ballet, but when these little creatures were being made they started to look that way. Singers and Dancers....go figure!

Now that my body is in the same position for hours at a time and the aches and pains are surfacing, I'm starting to think it a calling in disguise....I need to start dancing to get myself moving and singing at the top of my voice before I lose it (my voice...I haven't talked all day!).

It is now 12 hours that I have been online uploading photos onto Etsy...and I'm only up to 8 listings! The telephone men should be here in the next few months to attach my satelite ADSL but I'm not holding my breath as that is what they said in June 2009!

Must make some more dainty dollies now so I'm off, I'm off, it's off to work I go......

PS. thank goodness for husbands who feed their kiddies!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fabric overload!

I have just realised how lucky I a crafter I mean. I have sooooo many fabrics it's not funny. I have been literally collecting them for 20 years and constantly check ebay for something I just MUST have!

My girlfriend Josi , who has just moved back here to Tuscany after going home to Australia for 9 years, went through her garage and found me a HUGE amount of beautiful fabrics....some even vintage which I am currently using for my lovely ballerina boys and used for the beastie bunnies.

I am now listing my first ballerina boy on etsy....Ruben, from photo below....

Monday, March 15, 2010

Birthdays just get in the way.....

I posted a huge blog yesterday and lost my connection....blah! still have to figure out how everything works.....and hoping to have broadband within the next 40 years!!!!

T'was my sons birthday party last night, it took me almost 3 days to tidy my fabrics and sewing stuff and now I don't dare mess it all up again....only problem is, I haven't made anything since last thursday, and to top it all off I "gave away" 3 of my dollies last night after I had a few Martini bianco's too many.......I'm sure there is a lesson there to be learnt!

Here are my ballerina boys...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I am button Crazy....!

Haven't done any sewing since thursday, have been banned as my son is having his 7th birthday party tomorrow downstairs in the playroom ( sewing room), so I spent all day yesterday putting my fabrics away...yes. it took that long. I can't throw ANYTHING away.


I also realised that I am button crazy...I just LOVE LOVE LOVE buttons, especially vintage ones. I went to my MIL's 2 weeks ago and raided her attic. I pulled ALL the buttons off ALL the jackets and even convinced her to throw some stuff away, so she was happy that I helped her clear the stuff out...and I was happy that I went home with a bag full of buttons and fabric scraps!!!

After tomorrows crazy kid day, oh and Monday's dentist appointment, I am finally going to put up some of my dollies on Etsy..... until then, addios!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Well....I disappeared for a while but only because I'm working hard at my goal of setting up an Etsy store. I now have 20 dolls, 8 bunnies, a couple of handbags and 4 pair of I just have to list them with descriptions and all with dial up!!!

Here's a pic of my Beaster Bunnies...or Beastie Bunnies....not sure yet.
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