Rainy days are here again

Well, nothing unusual in that – this IS Ireland! But, it’s not something to be downcast about. Ireland is lush and green, thanks to the frequent rainfall. And our dairy produce is second to none! So, we have to remember that every drop of rain that falls from the sky is a rainbow in disguise! Just colour me happy!

Holeeee Moleee… what about Fauja Singh?! This chap took up running when he was ninety (yes, 90!) after his wife and child were killed in a car crash – was or is there a truer example of this maxim: Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass.. it is about learning to dance in the rain (unknown) than this man?!

Now 100 years old, he has become the world’s oldest marathon runner after finishing a race in Canada. Fauja Singh, from Ilford, east London, ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16  seconds. WOW! A HUNDRED! No excuses for the rest of us  now!

Mr Singh said: “The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, stay smiling and keep running.” So, in the words of Rosamunde Pilcher : You don’t stop doing things because you get old. You get old because you stop doing things.

What an inspiration! I love his philosophy (but not the running). Well done Mr Singh and I hope you have many happy years before you. And time to stop looking for storm clouds hiding behind trees. They’re not there. Don’t go courting misery.

Made me stop and think what simple things make me thank the universe for making me happy. Something I really enjoy is to get into a freshly made bed after I’ve had a shower. Clean feet on clean sheets is what REALLY clinches it for me. That is just ten-little-piggies heaven.

And comedy. I love comedy. And science fiction.  But especially comedy. I love to laugh. It’s good for you, you know!  So a couple of watery things to make you laugh:

My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
Mitch Hedberg

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
Mitch Hedberg

Ha ha!

Now, to all creatures great and small… well, just butterflies really …


Papercraft Butterflies

Now. Butterflies. I have a BIG thing about them. Creatures so lovely, so pretty and so oodly doodly….

Here are some I made with the C R. I cut out several in various sizes then stitched them on card using a basic machine  stitch. I printed out the ‘Thinking of You’ and cut it with ordinary schnipps (scissors! ha ha) and stitched that down, too. The antennae are pinchy-poo lengths of craft wire curled round using little round-nosed pliers.

And the inside…

I made a LOT of butterflies…. so used a bunch to decorate the inside of the card. They are mounted on a stepped mat so they pop up when the card is opened. The beauty of a plain stepped pop up is that you can attach anything you like to decorate the steps – flowers, birds, hearts, butterflies…. well, anything!

If you like them, they’re here – just 3 euro for the butterfly and the stepped mat together. All payments are received through Pay Pal and it will perform the currency conversion for you. The files will be sent to you via email when your payment is received.

Butterfly topper and pop-up stepped mat SVG (€ [price])

Butterfly topper and pop-up stepped mat GSD (€ [price])

Thank you for looking and on a final note:
Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
Groucho Marx


Have fun and find something to make you laugh and make you happy!


Many Thanks to eRiQ for the water droplets texture image



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