Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Moving Mum!

Hello and welcome to Mapieheaven! Thank you all so much for your kind wishes with regard to my Mum's move on Monday! I have really valued all those messages of support. Today is Wednesday which means it's time to show and tell all that's on my workplace. If you are wondering  why in the midst of moving mayhem I'm photographing a craft activity, click HERE and you'll be transported to the wondrous Stamping Ground, where Julia, the venerable blog hostess with the mostest will make it possible for you to link up with the crafting desks of the world. I didn't think I'd have even a nano-second to write or post this week with moving the Magpie Granny into her lovely new flat. However, addiction is an incredible thing and I'm so addicted to WOYWW, I've rushed home between cleaning, sorting and shopping to photograph the change of address cards I've been creating - up until 2.00 am doing those.
Here they are with some teasels and some pears from the garden ripening. I cut out the cards and then painted them with my favourite autumn Fresco colours: Smoked Paprika, Pumpkin Soup, Brown Shed and London Bus in the corners. I added some Graphic 45 butterflies and little Tim Holtz houses die-cut from different scraps of papers. The music stamp is from the Paper Artsy Eclectica by Sarah Nauman. I felt they weren't quite 'finished' like this, so I added some bee-hive stencilling in Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival ink. I took them through to the dining-room to do this.
Here is my favourite. I liked the way the lady with wings is visible and how she matches the butterflies. The post-mark is from a Lynne Perrella stamp plate.

Well, it has to be a very short post this week, as I am still disposing of Granny's rubbish and trying to make her comfortable. The removal men seem to have packed what should have been the contents of several dustbins mixed in with all the useful things and treasured possessions: it's a kind of 'unlucky' dip most of the time, as we struggle to find toasters, tea-bags and tin-openers among empty plastic bottles, dried-out floor wipes and the end of mouldy loaves! You would have laughed to see Mrs Magpie up to her elbows in bin sacks sorting out recycling from rubbish and the best china! I must fly off as I have to find a quiet room for our cat, Daisy to hide away in Magpieheaven. Granny's friend, Patsy will be arriving shortly to help out for a few days. Poppy her dog is coming too and Poppy+Daisy would = trauma, so I had better make sure they are kept well and truly separate!

38 comments:

  1. Those are just stunning. I love the colors #5

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  2. What beautiful cards! You have been really really busy! Hope you get some rest soon! patsy

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  3. Those are some pretty change of address cards, and boy where you up late creating them. I can't wait for the trick or treaters it's suppose to rain here so I hope I have enough kids to get rid of all my candy and I'll post the pumpkins when I'm done
    May your life calm down again so you can relax you seem so busy with all the moving it's hard to sort thru others stuff when it's mixed with rubbish. hugs Nikki 1

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  4. You must be very tired Julie Ann!No easy business moving a parent.Hope she's happy in her new home. Hope you can have a break soon.Love those Cof A cards!love the colours too.
    Judy

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  5. What lovely house moving cards you have made..... A paperartsy fan from the materials you used I think!
    Jackie 27

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  6. Your COA cards are exquisite, Julie Ann! What a treasure to receive one of them! And, omg, what a horror story with poor Gran's belongings!! Yikes!! I'm glad she (and you) have help coming. Moves like this can be very traumatic for the elderly, even w/o a mess like this, bless her heart! Happy WOYWW, my dear! Hugs, Darnell #9

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  7. Wow gorgeous cards ang I love the Autumn colours. Have a happy week
    Lynda B #30

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  8. Glad that your Mum is in her new place, hope you get the worst of the unpacking - and clearing of rubbish! - done soon. The change of address cards are fabulous, I'd never had thought of that... Happy WOYWW. Helen 31

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  9. Moving house is NEVER easy! Those change of address cards are fantastic - LOVE the colours. So impressed that you found the time to make them! Hope your Mum is very happy in her new home. MMx #42

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  10. So glad the move went well, you must be exhausted and glad to see it nearly ending. Those cards are just stunning and truly a masterpiece within themselves.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 17

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  11. Gorgeous! And now I want to move house just so I have an excuse to make and send out change of address cards! lol.

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  12. My dog is called Poppy too lol.Your cards are so absolutely gorgeous. Those rich colours...wow. Great work. Thanks for sharing.
    Karen no.51 x

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  13. gorgeous address cards, that one is my favourite too. BJ#50 thanks for the visit

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  14. FABULOUS cards - it sounds like you are awfully busy with that move !!!? What on earth happened with those bin bags ??? Cripes - what a mess !! Bit of a mix up something methinks !

    Thank you for letting me visit :-)

    Happy WOYWW #230
    Hugz
    IKE in Greece #63 xxxxxx

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  15. Wow, we love the cards and are rather impressed that you managed any crafting at all. Good luck to Magpiemum, we hope she settles in soonest.

    The bears #62

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  16. Well bless you, you sweet thing all that extra work you are a trooper, then finding time to still play with Miss Julia, we are blessed you did, the moving cards are absolutely GORGEOUSSSS and brilliant, imagine receiving one of those in the mail, you will make everyone's day.. Looooove the backgrounds you created, those houses look fantastic made with the different papers,BRILLIANT, you were born to be the artist you are becoming, I'm so proud I can be along for the journey.. I love those teasels I have a bunch, I use them in making wreath, but didn't know that's what they were called. Well my dear cousin, I hope you can get a wee bit of rest and have a wonderful weekend, I'm out the door, off to swimming.. ((( BIG HUGS ))))

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  17. wow a whole lot of pretty unique address cards..topsy turby world when moving...best of luck. Happy snooping Carole #65

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  18. Now those are are some change of address cards! They are absolutely stunning! Yes removal men tend to do that, mix trash with good, must be in their genes or job description. :) Thanks for the earlier visit! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #6

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  19. Hi Julie Ann, these are all absolutely superb. I see what you mean re the lady on your fave - she is indeed perfect placement and I love your beautfiully rich colours too.

    Good luck with your Mum - what a pity with the bin men mix-up! Hoping all is sorted out happily asap. Nicola x

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  20. I think those are the prettiest change of address cards I've ever seen! Take care of sweet Granny. And by the way...so glad someone else remembers Tweety from their childhood! Thank you for a sweet visit to my worktable too. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #10

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  21. May everything go smoothly now you've sorted the stuff out...honestly. what were those removal men thinking of??? And I hope your mum is happy in her new place :-)
    Those really are the sweetest Change of Address cards - good for you for making an effort when it was have been easy (but boring) to do the run of the mill stuff.
    Have a good week,
    Hugs, LLJ 35 xx

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  22. Those are such beautiful moving cards, truly gorgeous. I'm glad the moving is almost over, well the big chunk anyway. I hope you find time to drink some tea from those china cups =)
    Happy WOYWW
    xx Monique #75

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  23. Yet another great use for the houses die, it's perfect for your change of address cards.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments.

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #3

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  24. Wow wow wow those house moving cards are absolutely gorgeous. Not only did you move your mum in you also managed to send me my bits which are super gorgeous, I received them today. I shall email later if Internet is playing lol. I can't believe the moving men did that are they stupid. You pay all that money and that's the service you get. Hope you complain. I so hope your mum settles in well when all is sorted. Hope daisy finds a safe place bless her. Try not to do too much. Lots of hugs Kezzy :-) xxxxxx

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  25. Those cards are so very fabulous - love the idea and the vibrant colors. And what a great idea to create change of address cards. Happy late WOYWW and have a great rest of the week. Suzanne
    #532

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    1. PS--we all understand about being addicted to woyww, don't we??

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  27. I am completely impressed what these cards and the fact that you made time for them in the middle of a move. Happy WOYWW to you. Rennata, #70
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  28. Oh my goodness, I'm tired just reading about the mayhem, you must be exhausted and a cat and dog situation on top would be just too much. I love those gorgeous cards. The colour are amazing, I really should learn to use stamps as they really make a fabulous effect. Hope all goes well with the final bits n pieces and you don't get anymore rubbish to sort through (eek). Honestly packing rubbish with good things, that's definitely a male thing!!
    Try and get some rest in between the chaos and have a good week.
    Von #40

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  29. WOW. They are all just stunning, and deserve to be framed and saved. Will the recipients realize they have been given a little piece of art and not just a COA?? I do hope so.

    Busy with DS's visit yesterday so Happy (late) WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (12)

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  30. wow stunning moving cards they are works of art..I love the warm autumnal colours used .you have had a busy week im impressed you even managed to make 1 let alone so many. I hope you soon will see the last of the plastic bags! and the cat dog dont cross paths have a good week ahead and some time for yourself belated woyww wishes and crafty hugs Andrea x

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  31. Fabulous moving cards and I like your favourite. Good luck with the unpacking, hopefully not to many surprises.
    Sandra @65

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  32. Never seen such beautiful changing address cards!!! Stunning colours and textures, am sure every person who received one of these had a smile at such a lovely touch. Hope all continues well with the move :-)

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  33. Love your COA cards Julie Ann and am amazed you found time to make them. They would take me a week with nothing else whatsoever to do, lol! I do not envy you the task you've had this week. My mum has dementia and has so many clothes she will never wear in her bedroom you can barely move but she refuses to let me have a clear out. Good luck with getting things straight.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  34. Gorgeous cards, what a brilliant idea! hope Mother Magpie is all settled soon.
    Bishopsmate #84

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  35. Love your cards. Great tips on how not to move granny! Love your post. Very amusing, although possibly not for you at the time. The kind of thing that's hilarious after the fact.....

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  36. These are soooo gorgeous!!! Such beautiful work!
    Thanks for stopping by already and leaving a lovely comment - don't know where the days go to - it's already Sunday!!
    Happy belated WOYWW xx

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