The Dictionary definition for twaddle/twaddling is:
trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious talk or writing.
verb (used without object), twad·dled, twad·dling.
2. to talk in a trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious manner; prate.
verb (used with object), twad·dled, twad·dling.
3. to utter as twaddle.

Art Therapy is Heart Therapy ~ TwinkleToes2day (aka mo)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

T Stands for -

Tea with Wee Man

Wee Man got a Jelly Fun Slush Maker at Christmas and we have enjoyed making different ones each day, like strawberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant. Well today's one was apple jelly (jello) topped with raspberry gummies, (jello sweets). 

It's good, quick fun, for a wee boy with little patience. And it's also a good job that sharing with my Tea Buddies is only virtual, as he doesn't like to share very much; but how many kiddos do like to share their Christmas goodies ;) (grin) 

Here, I have other Tea pictures to share with you; there are six pages and they are from a 1967 Betty Crocker cookbook. I was kindly gifted these by a Facebook friend, Jenny, that Wee Man and I 'met' during ICAD this past year. My new Profile picture is courtesy of Jenny too, on a magazine she sent, because of the image. Thank you Jenny ((hugs)) x

Aren't they fabulous?! I love all the little details, hints & tips, made to make ones tea party, and that of ones guests, most enjoyable. How civilised.

Thank you so much for your visit; I love it when you come by. I hope you will join us at Elizabeth & Bleubeard's for some tea, or the beverage of your choice. I do hope I won't be calling on anybody late at night, but if I do, I promise to tip-toe quietly.

Until next time..........
.............thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o)

Friday, December 26, 2014

By Wee Man

My Christmas Day

Hi everyone :-D  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day. I sure did. I got lots of lovely presents, but my favourite one is my new bike.

I can go very fast on my new bike. It is white and blue and it has new lights and two bells. 

I also got an Eddie Stobart bus, car transporter and removal lorry. I had a good idea to put them together. The removal lorry is pulling the transporter with the bus on top. 

My other favourite present is this remote controlled bus and it can go very fast. When the bus goes forward the front lights go on and when the bus goes backwards the back lights go on. 

My new puppies, Big Toby and Jasper the Dalmatian met the other Tobys' and they all had fun together. 

I took Big Toby to see Margaret next door and I took a present for her as well. Margaret is an old lady on her own. 

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well.

Love & Kisses
Wee Man :-D

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

By Wee Man

It's Christmas Eve!

Hi everyone, Wee Man here. 1 sleep to go! I am SO excited! Are you? I hope Santa remembers to bring me my new bike.

Me and Granny put some icing on the Christmas cake and some decorations.

Today we made some mince pies. The top is a Santa. I had one for my lunch after they had cooled down. They taste delicious. I will leave one out for Santa and some special reindeer food and some carrots.

I hope you have some tasty food as well. I am having lots of Christmas snacks like Pringles, chocolate strawberries and cheese sticks. 

I will go to bed very early tonight.

I wish you a wonderful Christmas.
Love and kisses
Wee Man :-D

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

T Stands for...........

Tag Tuesday & Tea with Elizabeth & The Tea Gang

I honestly wasn't sure if I would get time to enter these two challenges this week, so I am very happy that I did. If you would like to join us for a drink related blog-hop then pop along here to see what it's all about. My Tea on Tuesday photograph shows my second Christmas mug, filled with Pomegranate & Raspberry Tea, and a light snack that I enjoyed mid-morning. 

Wee Man and I are going to be making our own mince pies tomorrow, so I hope to share his blog-post showing them and our Christmas cake afterwards.

The theme over at Tag Tuesday this week is A Very Vintage Christmas. I used some vintage style papers to create my entry and the Warm Greetings stamp is from the Winter Wonderland set by Rubber Dance Stamps

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my visitors for your loving kindness and supportive words since I started this blog in April, and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year that is filled with Love, Laughter, Happiness, Good Health and lots of time to do what makes you smile. 

So until next time, have a fabulous festive time whatever you are doing................
................and thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) Mo :o) x

Friday, December 19, 2014

By Wee Man

It's Nearly Christmas!

Hi everybody, Wee Man here. Sorry I haven't been around much but I have been very poorly. Granny said she told you. Thank you for the messages. I am better now.

My friend Sue Waters sent me a magic snowman. It was about 3cm tall and when I put it in water it grew to about 7cm tall. It was funny and squidgy. Here is a picture of it.

Thank you Sue :D

Last Sunday we put up our Christmas decorations. I decorated the tree all by myself, but granny did the lights. 

Me and granny decorated my bedroom as well

And here you can see Frosty Wosty, Sandy Wandy and Winnie The Pooh are ready for Christmas as well.

My favourite decoration is the ones I made at school.

Do you have a favourite Christmas decoration?

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas. 

Bye for now! :D

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Q&L Challenge number 25

Wow, I can't believe we are at the end of The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics challenge! The year seems to have gone by ever so fast don't you think?! I am very happy that I managed to complete every challenge, albeit by the skin of my teeth occasionally, but I did it! *Grin*

Many thanks to everyone at The Craft Barn for hosting this interesting challenge and to all those who visited me and left such lovely comments for me, they were all very much appreciated. Thank you! ((Group Hugs))  

So, back to this week, and the final words we have, are Harmony and/or Faith and as with every other week, we are to use a Quote and/or a Lyric in our work. 

The theme over at Tag Tuesday is Christmas Angels and as time is at a premium for all of us at this time of year, I figured I could use my quote on a tag and double up with both of my challenges.

I painted a Christmas tree using green acrylic paints, edged the tag with red and created a star with silver Wink of Stella. I drew the angel, coloured her with pencils and fussy cut her out. I wrote the quote by Doug Floyd,  You don't get Harmony when everybody sings the same note, onto some white card, cut it out and edged it with green. 

I am looking forward to finding out what The Craft Barn's new challenge will be, in January. I hope you will join in too. 

Until next time.................
.................thanks for stopping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) Mo x

T Stands for...........

.............Hot chocolate on a cold and frosty day.

I can't believe it's 'only' been three weeks since I was last online for more than a few minutes; it feels like sooo much longer.

Also, it's a little bizarre to me that my last post was also a 'Tea post', when I joined Elizabeth and others, here, for a cup of whatever takes your fancy.  This time I have got one of my Christmas mugs out for a cup of something tasty and warming.

And the other side of the cup after I had drunk the delicious nectar. 

My lovely china mug is resting gently on the keyboard for photographic purposes only. Well; maybe just a little to show off my new laptop too, hehe, :D  Santa was very very kind and visited early. I think he felt sorry for me when my Sony laptop completely crashed and left me adrift without communication to my blogland buddies. My new toy, aka, Twinkles Enabler', also has a larger screen. Wee Man says it's as good as watching tv, lol. Bless. 

Speaking of Wee Man, to those of you who left comments and emails asking after him, I would like to thank you and apologise for not responding; now you know why. Wee Man has been poorly for the best part of a month with various chest infections, fevers, chills, ear, nose & throat problems, sore tummy and headaches. What a poor little bunny he has been. But I am delighted to say, that he now seems to be on the mend and has every intention of doing a blog post soon. He has a very cute photo of some of his friends to share with you and wants to tell you a little about our Christmas decorations too, but I shall say no more just now.

In the meantime, if you would like to join Elizabeth & I for a drink, then please feel free to join us on Elizabeth's blog

Until next time...............
....................thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) Mo x.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

T Stands for...........

 Toddler Two Today

Well strictly speaking, the birthday was yesterday, (Monday), but I like the sound of the title, hehe.
I have just spent a wonderful few days with my daughter, her partner and their little boy, Jack, who turned two just yesterday. They arrived on Friday and go home on Thursday this week. It has been such a lovely time getting to know a sweet little boy with a gorgeous smile and beautiful manners. 

My Wee Man has found it hard at times, having another child in about his home and toys, and disrupting his routine somewhat, but I am proud to say that, overall, he has coped very well. It helped having the foresight to get different toys and books available for he and Jack to share; as they belonged to neither boy, there was no territory to fight over. 

We all celebrated Jack's birthday with a traditional family tea party of jam sandwiches, sausage rolls, mini sausages, crisps, cheeses and of course birthday cake. I'm just sorry that there wasn't enough to share with you all ;)

I am sharing these pictures along with the other ladies who join Elizabeth & Bleubeard each Tuesday over at Elizabeth's hang-out, the, Altered Book Lover.

I was ready for that cup of coffee after getting a phone call from school saying Wee Man wasn't well, for the second time in as many weeks. Hopefully the meds will take effect quickly and he'll be back to his charming self very soon. 

In the meantime, we all sang a little ditty
and the birthday boy blew out his number two candle.

Then came the wearing eating

and a cheeky nap

Isn't that just the best?! What a little rascal he is :o))

From there, he went directly to the bath, hehehe, and is currently fast asleep, as I type.

If you would like to join us for Tea on Tuesday, simply nip over to Elizabeth's blog and read all about it here.

Until next time...............
..................thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Friday, November 21, 2014

Q & L Challenge number 23

The words from The Craft Barn this fortnight are Journey and Friendship. I can hardly believe we're almost at the end of this year long challenge; I wonder what's in store for us next ;)

For this time, I chose to use Journey and have made a one line drawing; not a thousand miles long, but then I doubt I would have had enough ink for that, (hehe) ;)

I used distress inks for the colouring and the stickers are from a chit-chat pack I have and I hand wrote the words I don't have stickers for. The quote, The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, is by Lao Tzu, who was a philosopher and poet of ancient China.

Please follow the link above if you would like to see more work related to this challenge.

And until next time..............
.........have a fabulous weekend, and thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) Mo :o) x

Sunday, November 09, 2014

We will remember them

For The Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

by Laurence Binyon

Monday, November 03, 2014

Q&L Challenge #22

The words from The Craft Barn this fortnight are Sensation and  Moon. We are to use one or both words in our work with a Quote or Lyric. I was going to use sensation until a quote in a book I'm reading at the moment popped up.
'Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon', so of course I switched tack, and this is what I came up with.

I used a gritty texture paste for the moon, painted it with a metallic grey acrylic paint, stamped some footprints on, which I outlined with paint to make them clearer, and then mixed paint for a nightsky. I dotted some twinkly stars with white Wink of Stella and wrote the quote. It is actually part of some lyrics of a song called There's a world out there by Paul Brandt - you can listen to it by clicking on the song title if you're interested. It is a lovely song.

Thank you for popping in to look and if you leave a comment I appreciate it very much. I always try to reply and apologise if it isn't always done quickly.

That's all for now, and until next time...........
...........((hugs)) :o) x

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

T stands for treats, Q&L #21 & Tag Tuesday

I'm late for tea again so I hope my friends at Elizabeth's will forgive me and will still join me for a cuppa anyway. If you would like to join us, pop over to the Altered Book Lover and post a blog link that shows your beverage of choice.

I had a real treat this morning, I was invited to a friend's house for coffee, along with another lady, and whilst there we started chatting about cups and mugs and she showed me this pretty blue cup that is part of a set she was given when she got engaged over fifty years ago. I just love the pattern on it and asked if I may take a couple of photographs with a view to sketching it. She was very happy for me to do so. 

After my chat and catch up I did a little shopping and then went home for a light lunch and another coffee. My Moomin mini-mug was a gift from my son in Sweden a couple of years ago. It is just the right size for me. Bon appetit!


This afternoon I did a little crafting to complete my entry for #21 of the Quotes & Lyrics Challenge from The Craft Barn where the words to choose from are Hug and/or Nowhere. I chose the word Hug.

My quote, from I know not where, is 'Keep Calm and Hug Someone'.  I have a stamp of a girl and I have a stamp of a teddy bear, but I couldn't figure out the best way to stamp them so the girl was holding the bear, so I decided to draw my own and I'm really rather pleased that I did. I did a quick sketch with a pencil then went over her with a micron pen. I did the background with Neocolor IIs and coloured the little girl with Inktense and Faber Castell watercolour pencils.  


I am also using this tag as my entry for Tag Tuesday this week, where the theme is 'Fright Night'; and all things halloween; bu-ut, being a lazy person, I decided not to do another tag and use this tag as the antithesis of halloween. Hehehe. Why not pop over and see the scary tags already posted? 
I double-dog dare you! 

Until next time...........
............thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o)) Mo x

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

By Wee Man

My Adventure to Cardiff

Hello everyone, Wee Man here :-D  I went to Wales last week and it was such fun. I have got some pictures to show you from some of the things I did in Cardiff. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales.

Here I am waiting for our plane to come.

At last we're off to Bristol. 
We went to Bristol because the plane didn't go straight to Cardiff. When we got to Bristol we got the A1 bus to Bristol Temple Meads train station. 

Then we got the Great Western train to Cardiff Central train station and that's where we met Helen. 
We went to Premier Inn at Pentwyn and that's where we slept. 

On Tuesday I went to the biggest soft play centre in the UK. It is called Jump Cardiff.

I had such fun there and we went again on Wednesday afternoon for a wee while. 

I had a fantastic time in Cardiff but I was excited to go home again. 

We sat beside the wing on the way to Cardiff and on the way home as well. 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventure to Cardiff. I'll see you next time.
Bye for now!  :-D

T Stands for........

 Planes Trains and Automobiles

It's the school half term holidays here and a few months ago I booked a few days away for Wee Man and I to go to Wales to meet for the first time, with a gorgeous lady I met online about three years ago - I can't believe it's been that long! Helen is a prolific crocheter, most of which she makes for charity. She even shaved her hair off for charity earlier this year, so how cool is that?! She is so inspirational to me; I was very excited to have this adventure.

The countdown began on a scale I knew Wee Man could cope with. 
And as Wales is approximately 560 miles from us, flying was the preferred mode of travel.
With a good tail wind we made the journey in about 45 minutes and as Cardiff was still about an hour from the airport we got to go on a shuttle bus

and a train as well!
When we arrived in Cardiff Helen collected us from the train station; so it really was a Planes Trains and Automobile Adventure. 

We stayed in a Premier Inn Hotel which was, clean, fresh, quiet, warm and welcoming. 
With a fine view

And fine food
Apologies for the untidy look of the food, I was nearly finished when I remembered I needed a photograph to share with my T Buddies over on Elizabeth's blog hehe. 

We had such a wonderful time in Wales; Helen and her family made us so welcome and it was all so relaxed, we could have stayed. I hope it won't be too long before we can return.

I hope you have time to return to Elizabeth's blog and perhaps visit some other T for Tuesday suppers

Until next time............
............thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fly Free & Sing

I created this page for the monthly colour challenge over at the Rubber Dance blog, where the colours for October are 'Vintage Tones'.

For colour I used Neocolor IIs, Derwent Metallics and Yasutomo metallic paints, (they're similar to Twinkling H2Os); and all my stamps are by Rubber Dance.

If you join in with the colour challenge, you stand a chance of winning, 'an amazing grab bag of unmounted Rubber Dance stamps worth 25Euros, (that's over $30)'. So head on over to the Rubber Dance blog and check out the Guidelines.

Until next time...............
.............thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Q & L Sketchbook

I haven't done much more than drawing practise lately and I haven't posted them for fear of boring you all to distraction, but I have also managed to complete my latest entry to the fortnightly Q & L Challenge over at The Craft Barn. We are up to #20 and the words this time are Destiny and Gift. We are to use one or both words from a Quote and/or a Lyric in our work. I chose to use the word Gift. I had no idea what I was going to do until I opened my book and found a page I hade been playing on with some watercolours.

The trees and bird stamps are from Rubber Dance Art Stamps, I can't remember where the butterfly is from I'm afraid, and the lettering is just a wee alphabet set I have in a cute wooden box.

I am also linking this to The Sketchbook Challenge where the theme is Trees. 

Wee Man and I are off on a new adventure on Monday; we are going to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, to meet up with Helen for the first time. It is all really exciting, to be flying down there, getting on different trains and buses and then meeting someone who has been a fabulous friend over the past few years. I have no doubt Wee Man will tell you all about it soon after we get back.

In the meantime, have a great weekend whatever you are doing, especially if your name is Tracey Fletcher King and you are celebrating your birthday tomorrow (Sunday)

Until next time.............
.................Thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

29 Faces of September - #25 to #29

I did it! I completed the whole month of the challenge, creating one face for each day. I have done a couple more since, but here are the last few that take me to Twenty Nine!

Thank you to all who have visited through this challenge, and left such generous comments, I have appreciated every single one of them.
I intend to continue practising this side of my creativity. 

And until next time...............
.........thanks for popping by to say 'Hi' ((hugs)) :o) x

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