Jubilee Bunting & Essex

May 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm 2 comments


It is card-less Wednesday. Much crafting going on but nothing that I can show you!
I’ve some projects in the latest Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine which is just out. It’s a take one stamp and do 6 things with it. To be honest, it’s more a papercrafting slant than a stamping one. There are oodles of things you could do with them. Anyhow- the info is there for those that ask when I’ve got projects in mags.
I thought therefore I’d post a picture of some bunting I made a little while back. It usefully happens to be in Jubilee colours and one is residing in my hall as a quick last ditch attempt to brighten up my hall when we had a recent kids party. My daughter said it should stay up for the Jubilee celebrations so remain, it has. I’ve made an identical one too so if any of you fancy it- email me with a reasonable offer!!

Essex has been the topic of several family conversations recently. I did happen to live there for a few years, and trust me, it’s nothing like the way it’s portrayed on TV.
I lived in Colchester from age 16-18 before I went to Uni and it was a really great experience. Once my fellow sixth formers got used to the idea that ..
1. I did not own a flat cap or whippet- and neither did my Dad.
2. I didn’t go t’ut pub every night.
3. I wasn’t overly fond of tripe, meatballs or stout.
4. I wasn’t entirely thick ( well, not completely !)…
then things seemed to go more smoothly. I had trouble acclimatising to Essex and then had some more when I came up to Liverpool. The long haired blonde girl supposedly from Essex simply typified all the Northerners stereotypes of a southerner.
Oh dear.
I’ve recovered now !

The reason I mention this is because of several amusing conversations recently.
One was during a brief & rare trip to Tesco ( my allegiance to them has waned over the last few months- mostly due to price!). On the way out, one of the younger kids saw a ‘missing’ poster. It’s so sad, makes my heart sink whenever I see it. They asked what it was about and I tried to explain. They looked at me and seriously announced ‘well I’m not surprised they’ve been taken if they’re in Essex’.
Not sure who’s shaping her viewpoint here. A week later she categorically announced out of the blue that ‘Essex is a really famous place and lots of really famous people come from there’. Maybe her friends have been watching ‘The Only Way is Essex’. I asked them where it was geographically. The blank look said it all.
I have a feeling that she’s not alone in misunderstanding the County. Ah well. They’re not all blonde, not all thick and having known a fair few of them- they do not talk like that TV programme.Guess its like the countries view that scousers all have brown fuzzy wigs, have comic moustaches, say ‘calm down, calm down’ a lot and wear oversized furry brows.
Stereotypes over. Enough said.
I’ll ‘shat ap’ now !

See you soon.. when I’ve walked home over the cobbles and fed my whippet! xx


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ros crawford  |  May 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Gorgeous bunting …your sewing is so lovely!


  • 2. Virginia Lu  |  May 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Love your scrappy style of card-making! You make me want go back to UK. I was in London exactly two years ago and I didn’t get to see other cities–including Liverpool (wow! home of the Beatles)!! Good luck on your Gallery Idol entries!



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