Monday, 21 September 2009

Snail mail, elephants and stuff

Firstly, Custard says "hello" and wants to thank Penny for finding us both the theme tune to Roobarb and Custard. I would love to put it on my blog but, being averagely technophobic, I haven't worked out how to do it yet!

I've had some lovely snail mail recently. Over on my TEXTILE ART blog I showed you the beautiful textile art piece called "Autumn Leaves" that Cathie made for me in a recent swap - please have a look - it's just wonderful!

Last week I was so lucky to win a giveaway hosted by Chris Gray. My parcel of goodies came lovingly wrapped in red heart fabric

Inside was this lovely little sketchbook. The cover piece was beautifully stitched with gold stars, machine and hand embroidery and beading

Beautiful star detail

There were also some lovely bookmarks made by Chris and this wonderful hand made card with an elephant. Chris even wrote inside with the bestest RED pen I have ever seen!


I have a real affection for elephants. They are so special because they remind me of my 40th birthday celebrated in Bangkok and Koh Samui, Thailand

Hubby and I went elephant riding through a Thai jungle and I had a very irregular Thai massage! Yes, I participated in an elephant show and NO - CHEEKY! I was not the star of the show! I had to lay down on a rug while an elephant gave me a massage with his foot all over my back. He was playful and gentle and loving. It tickled and made me giggle. Later, a baby elephant gave me a kiss on the cheek with his trunk! They are adorable animals ♥

This is one of the elephants we brought back from Thailand, just about everything we brought back is related to elephants one way or another!

Knowing that I ♥ elephants, this is a card that Jo gave me. It's made using Kibera paper from recycled materials by women who live in Kibera (the largest slum in Nairobi). They make and sell cards to provide an income for their families. This card was made by Ehphridah Ngoli

and this little cutie is a print I made in Rose Madder from a linocut that Jo made on one of our Crow Days. I loved her linocut so much I had to have a print from it!

Now before I forget, and elephants never do, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and I'd like to let you know about A Charming Exchange Breast Cancer Auction. Over 30 pieces of jewellery from the book, "A Charming Exchange" by Ruth Rae and Kelly Snelling, will be auctioned off and 100% of the profits will be going to Breast Cancer Research. If you are interested, please visit A Charming Exchange to find out more about the Auction

This is the piece of jewellery that I would love to own from the collection that will be auctioned

For helping to spread the word about the Auction there is also a giveaway to win a lovely piece of jewellery from the book

Well, better go, lots to do this week and I can't give these men any excuses ...

Have a fun week :o)


Jacky said...

I hate getting up early...but I should make a point of getting up a little earlier each day to have some quiet, creative time (I have noticed on a few peoples blog they are doing that).
Love your elephants and the wonderful gifts you received in the mail is always so special.
Off to check out your other blog now....

Have a wonderful week.

Jacky xox

Catharina Maria said...

Lovely post !
Groet , Rini

bad penny said...

my brother was an elephant keeper ..he was ! He lives in Thailand but no longer works with ele's ( cafes & motorbikes ! ) Lovely red goodies...did you mean me ? I don't think I found the roobarb & custard theme for you ...but I do remember it well ! Dananana.... xx


Hi Jacky, Catharina and Penny - lovely to hear from you all. Thank you. Hope you all have a good day!

It was Penny from Fibrefrolics that found me Roobarb & Custard but I'm so glad you remember it too Penny. I've got to work out how to get it on my blog when I get a moment. It's cool. I can just see my Custard shaking like a jelly to it!

Gez said...

Morning Carolyn
Don't faint! hehe..Hope you are well. It's been lovely catching up with your blog. Enjoy your heffalump goodies.xx

Have a lovely week. Gez.xx

Chris Gray said...

I'm so glad you liked your goodies - and what a coincidence (or was it REALLY?) that I chose to send the elephant card rather than the horse or peacock.....

Enjoy filling the book too! ;-)

x Chris

JJ Beattie said...

I'm not sure if I've ever left a message here but I've been reading for a few weeks now. I wanted to delurk today because I'm an English woman living in Thailand... I liked that you enjoyed your holiday here and yes, elephants are the best!

missy k said...


It's an education coming to visit your blog! I have never heard of an elephant massage! I wish you 'lived round the corner'! You could teach me to sew!!!! Thanks for your comments - you always make me smile:)

Have a good week.... the sun is going to shine ALL week here (!)

Love Karenx

libbyquilter said...

love the elephant art and i think if i were physically close to any i might just weep with joy~!~ i feel the same way about dolphins.
your new journal is very cool and i think it's such a bonus when a gift/give-away is wrapped so thoughtfully~!!~


Diane said...

Your goodies are great. I love the elephants. Ive never seen them in their own environment and they always look too sad in Zoo's. I remember when I was about 8 years old. A circus (I think it was Billy Smarts) used to over winter in a village where my aunt lived in Northants. It was a bit odd seeing the keeper take 6 elephants for a walk - each holding onto each others tail!! And for the record, its the men folk who would lie in bed all day (given chance)in this house. xxx

ewa-christine said...

It was nice to read you blogg this time as always. Hope you will have a fantastic week and a lot of fun!!

Ruth said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog again. Hopefully, I'll post more shibori scarves this week sometime. I would love to have an elephant massage. What fun! And LOL about your women's work photo.

Cathy said...

An elephant massage sounds amazing and I like the idea of being kissed by a baby elephant. They are beautiful, dignified creatures. Love your giveaway goodies.

Pom Pom said...

My mother collected elephants for years and we all have memories of her displays. Now our Jenny likes elephants and that's why she has that cute elephant print in Samantha Rose's room. I liked Thailand, too. I just had a regular old leg massage which relaxed me so much I took a VERY long nap. I'd love to go back, but I don't think I want an elephant stepping on my 50 year old back! xopp

florcita said...

Lovely post. I love elephants too! As a matter of fact Im working against the clock on an elephant related ...something..ahhaaha All those elephants you put there where really inspiring.
How lovely to get a kiss from a baby elephant!

Thanks for the links, the auctions and the rest!

blueberries in the fields said...

lovely post on your trip to bankgok and your " love affair " with elephant. Such a great and unique experience you lived. Elephants are such noble and pacific animals.
Love your gift and the idea it was wrapped in lovely red fabric.
have a great week Carolyn !

Kelly said...

thanks so much for giving a shout about our upcoming auction!

Menopausal musing said...

What's not to love re elephants? Great post. Will look at all the links. x

Gunnels blog said...

Yes, it´s always fun when we got lovely snailpost! Have a good week !

jackie said...

Now I know how brave you are - massaged by an elephant - no way!
I'm always up early, but I make up for it by going to sleep v. early.