Saturday, 28 July 2018

Belgium Break

Hello from a very warm Belgium. I never thought I would pray for snow as much as I have over the last few days. BUT....what great beauty we have encountered.
Although Graham and I visited Ypres several years ago, we hadn't taken a hop around and boy did we miss out.
We started our Belgium adventure with an overnight sty at St.Pancras Renaissance Hotel (well a girl has to have a luxury treat now & then). I can highly recommend, utterly gorgeous.

The beautiful St.Pancras Station & Hotel.
It's hard to believe now that in the 1960's this had become redundant and was being considered for demolition.

It was only the dedicated campaigning of John Betjeman that saved this magnificent structure.

It was declared Grade 1 listed only a few days before demolition was due to begin.
That fact that it then took nearly 30 years for the revival to start.

If you would like to find out a more detailed explanation you can go HERE

It would have been a true crime if it had been replaced by a modern monstrosity, especially if you travel all the way to Antwerp.

Because when you get to Antwerp Station you are greeted by this
The very grand Antwerp Central Station. (and this is just a small part of it)
We went for a little exploration once we dropped our bag off.

All I can say for now is Antwerp is well worth a visit. We also visited the magnificent Antwerp Zoo and went to a Dweezil Zappa concert but I will save that for another day.
Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Make Em Laugh

A good laugh can make a world of difference to your day and over at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

we want you to 

"Make it funny"

Yes we want to see your sense of humour come flooding out.

Our lovely sponsor this week is 

I have to confess my sense of humour is a little on the raw side, but I hope my card makes you smile
 I have gone for a simple design with this fabulous Mad Hatter digi-stamp as the main image. I couldn't resist making him LOUD.

Please pop over and check out all our lovely ladies designs. If you can leave them some positive vibes that's even better.

Hugs and Happy thoughts
Buffy x

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Christmas is coming

Yes we are preparing for Christmas over at Fab'N'Funky challenges.

This weeks challenges is 

Quick & Simple Xmas card

We want to see your take on a quick and simple Christmas card
So a pre-coloured image or simple stamp 

I have a simple confession, I always have snowflakes in my die-cuts box
which is very handy for last minute cards or spiky flowers.

So here is my take on our challenge this week
I chose a simple white/blue/silver colour pallett

Please don't forget to check out our lovely DT inspirations, they love to hear from you.

Back soon
Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy xx 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Creatalicious Colours

So we are have had a colour explosion over at

our sponsor this week 
You can find them at

I have used Belly-dancer Amirayah and set everything at slightly differing angles. I also added a little bit of gold.

Please pop over and share some positive vibes with all our lovely DT ladies

Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy x

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Sewing Sneak Peek

So I have been working on a insulated lunch bag that will fit my lock-lid plastic box. Its almost finished but first I thought I would tease you all with a sneak peek and here they are

I'm sure you are wondering what I have used for insulating it and that is a very good question. The simple answer is Thermal foil.
Yes DIY insulation. It might seem a little crazy but it is perfect. It's flexible, lightweight and easy to cut.

Hopefully my next update will have a finished lunch-bag and a sneak peek at my new dress.

Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Mamma Makes Gardening

We have a Fabulous challenge for you this week over at

Our challenge this week is 

Garden or outdoors

so lots of leafy /floral projects please

This week our lovely sponsor is

Be sure to watch Loti on Hochanda this Wednesday 9th May at 11am and 2pm - remember you saw her here first!!

Bio about the company:
Mama Makes is all about preserving memories and sending positivity through crafting. These stamps are perfect for cardmaking, journaling and scrapbooks. They are a perfect combination of modern, quirky and the perfect size for a multitude of projects. Mama Makes originally started as a craft blog in 2014, while Loti was on maternity leave. On Mother’s Day 2017, Mama Makes opened as a store selling Loti’s designs as photopolymer stamps. You might have seen the stamps as part of Katie Skilton and Paula Pascual’s demos on Hochanda or maybe in Papercrafter and Die Cutting Essentials magazine!
Loti Maria has been creative ever since she was a small girl watching Art Attack in her bedroom! This passion evolved over the years and was reignited when she was on maternity leave with her son, Charlie and found herself watching craft shopping television.
She then went onto work in craft shopping television and one day was offered something she couldn’t refuse, a chance to make her doodles, into photopolymer stamps, to sell. The rest is history!
Loti lives with her husband Esteban and son Charlie. All of the stamps are made in A grade 3mm photopolymer and are hand poured and packaged by Loti and her husband in their home. Loti designs all of the stamps digitally and takes time to think of quirky sentiments for all occasions. Some of Loti’s sentiments are words she wrote down to motivate herself through tough times and she hopes to help and inspire others by making them available as stamps.

This lovely flower and foliage are from Mamma Makes Foliage Frenzy. 

So I noticed one of my favourite plants is starting to return and that was my inspiration for this little card.
It comes back each year and has the most lovely orange/yellow colouring.
One day I will make the effort to find out what it's called.
(I don't know its name because so I rescued it from my my mother-in-laws garden, she was going to bin it).
 When it comes into full bloom I shall try to remember to take a picture, I'm sure one of you lovely people will recognise it straight away.

Well, back to studying.
I have my PTS course next week and I don't want to fail.

Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy xx

(p.s. PTS for anyone who doesn't know means Personnel Track Safety (yeah I work for a railway company but don't hold it against me)
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