Friday, 10 September 2010

Putting a spring in it....

So I found these little spring thingys by Papermania. They have an adhesive pad at each end

Then when I was buying some decoupage sheets (for a USA friend who has asked me to do some shopping for her) I saw this little dog decoupage (I don't usually use these sheets at all) and thought it would be a perfect way to try out my springs,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so here he is, his head is mounted onto one of the springs, so he looks like one of those little nodding dogs people used to put in their cars.


The springs would be wonderful to use in explosion boxes, and I have a couple of those to make, so I will be playing around with that idea.

I am quite glad to be able to report a eccentric person story today, otherwise when I get back to Dunkin Donuts next week it looks as if all the ermmm eccentrics (I was going to say crazies, but that's not very nice is it?) are in the USA, and believe me, we have our fair share of them over here in the UK as well.
So there was a woman sitting on a bench in the centre of town, smartly dressed, with a lot of shopping bags. Her daughter (??, making an assumption here, she was the right sort of age) came up carrying a Poundland bag, from which she produced a plastic washing up bowl. She disappeared into Starbucks, and came out carrying the bowl, which appeared to be full of water. I watched in fascination as the older woman took off her shoes, and put her feet in the bowl. So there she was, sitting on a bench, soaking her feet, as happy as Larry. I had to leave, so I didn't get to see how she dried them..........now that takes a considerable amount of self assurance to sit there soaking whilst watching the world go by, so I felt a sneaking admiration for her. Me, I would hobble and crawl before having the nerve to do that. How about you? On the way home I mused about just how far this self-assured person would go. Would she whip out a nail clippers next and start cutting her toenails? Or maybe, nip into Boots for a bottle of nail varnish and give herself a quick pedicure? Or horror of horrors, start getting rid of the hard skin on her soles with one of those giant nail file things.

34 comments:

Dana said...

Cute card...cute story. Those springy things look like they would be fun to play with. Enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

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Kelley said...

Love the springs. I wonder if I can find them here (USA). For some reason, I think I may already own some. Wonder where they are. The dog is a cutie, too. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

I so enjoyed your post and the vision in my mind of the bowl being carried out. And I love your spring thingys! Adorable doggy card. I'm reminded of the bobble head dolls!

GrannyCharlotte said...

This is such a cute card. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

I'm with your, I'd hobble home! What a funny story. Love the card. That little dog is just adorable and I bet even cuter in person where you can see his little head bob! :)

Grandma Bugs Place said...

I love the card with the bobble head dog! How stinkin cute! Now I will have see if I can find the springs here in Denver!

Giggles for sure - that is a great story. I have never see anyone soak their feet while watching the world go by...except myself. EXCEPT I was at home, inside and looking out a window.

Thanks for the giggle...Marcie

Melodie said...

OMG, this is soooo cute, fabolous card, dear Enfys.
Hugs
Melodie

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Enfys,I love the image.

Hugs Riet.xx

- - Sheryl - - said...

First off, lovely card! And cool attire to pop things off pages and cards. Secondly - your story of the woman taking a break. What a great idea, they should set up little stations to energize us! I am not sure I would have done that... I've taken my shoes off and did a little exercise but would not think I would have my daughter fetch me a water bowl for a soak. Hats off to her. She prob had a great day.

Terrie B x said...

Those springy things look fab!!!
Your card is Gorgeous Enfys TFS
Have a great weekend:)x

Donna said...

Oh Enfys, you do know how to sell a story, you really should write a book. TFS I also loved the doggie card, those clips are awesome.

Donna C.
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mahuntington said...

Oh goodness, what a funny vision in my mind of that lady and her feet. Her poor "daughter" having to go ask for the bowl of water and who knows what else she has had to ask for to help her Mother. I love the springy dog. Those springs would certainly add to all kinds of animals bobbing heads on cards. What fun things to have.
Hugs,
Mary Ann

Anonymous said...

I have tried to make springs like that with no success. I wish they would sell those here. I can only find them online at UK sites right now.
Keep us posted Enfys on if you see them in the US!
Love your story about the lady and her feet! Too funny. Thanks for sharing - your blog is fantastic!
Susan

Janet B. said...

I just wanted to let you know that I think you should compile all your hilarious adventure stories into a book and get it published! Ever read Erma Bombeck? I think you might be stiff competition for her! You have me laughing until I cry with your wonderful stories :)

Janet B. said...

Sorry...totally forgot to say how much I LOVED your card! Wish I could see the cute doggies head bobble :)

Jessica said...

Oh En! You do make me chuckle... well laugh really! thanks for the image I'll have in my brain until you replace it with the next crazies/excentrics story! I love the little bobble head dog! I've never seen those little springy things. Are they specific to the UK or Europe? Well thanks for sharing. Travel carefully!

Kristie Maynard said...

What a cute card! I have seen those springy things, they make a project really "pop" Great for inside a card for something to pop out when it is opened. In the states Piggy Tales sells them. So if you are in need while you are here, check them out online and you can order some.

Lynn said...

Lovely card ... lovely story ... maybe the poundland bag also contained a towel. Must admire the woman for having the guts to do that, I would have hobbled home whilst trying to keep a smile on my face.

Lynn x

mustavcoffee said...

Hi Enfys, your card is lovely can imagine it wobbles beautifully, must get me some of those springy things!
Love your story, can't imagine however bad my feet were that I'd have the nerve to soak in public, but good on her, I'll bet she had a much better day for it He He He! must have looked very funny:) xx

Kaye's Crafty Place said...

The dog is so cute and I can imagine even cuter seeing his head wobble on one of those springs.

Really don't think I would have the courage to sit in public soaking my feet, I would definately struggle like you but hey if it helped her who are we to judge LOL!

hugs
Kaye x

Cris said...

I love your puppy dog spring head card! He is adorable.

chris said...

Hi Enfys, what a fabulous card and that doggy is so cute, I will have to find some of those springs, not seen those before.

must go I have got to get yesterdays scarf on the line that I used for drying my feet!! oh the relief!!

Loopylou!! said...

lol!!!!! oh en!! i do love an en story! and this little doggy looks super cute, i think i will have to try out the springs! fab cards in the do crafts mag too hun, sneaked a peek at a friends copy on friday!! have a god trip hunny, chat when you get to the other side ( ...says lou in a star wars voice!!) hugs Lou xx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Enfys, Im with you over the lady soaking her feet in public, not sure Id want to find her cutting her toenails, I had catching hubby doing it in his office, he has a piece of paper on the desk with all the clippings, its real YUK.
Fabulous card though and those springs sound fabulous for childrens cards, nodding Santas and Snowmen. With love and hugs Shirleyxx

Bug Junkie said...

The springs look like a wonderful element to add to projects. Love, Love your puppy dog. He's so Cute!

scrapn_momof2 said...

Cute little card Enfys. I am going to have to be on the lookout for those springy things.

Terry said...

Funny story En!!! Love the card..that dog is so cute!!!

Going to have to search for those springy things...look like so much fun to use!!! TFS

Hugs,
Terry

Hope Jacare said...

Funnily enough Enfys I have just bought some of those - waiting for some inspiration to hit me! Your doggy is fab! Cheers Claire x

1CardCreator said...

Love the card, the springs are so cool! I love the sweet layout you put your pup into also. I loved your story, what a sweet daughter to do that for her Mom too. ~Diane

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1CardCreator said...

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Kim. said...

Cute card, I was looking at some of those springs yesterday but couldn't decide what I would do with them.
Oh dear what images I have going around in head thinking of that women sitting on the bench lol.
Kim xXx

scrappinnicole said...

Love the bobble head idea with the springs. Quite idea!

Nicole

O. G. said...

Ahhh! The happy woman in your story must be the same age as me. It's wonderful to finally be this old and be free of the need for the approval of strangers!

I'm excused from understanding your jargon and who sings what song. I can wear the colors I like, shoes you wouldn't be caught dead in, but the ones I've always loved. etc!!! Free!!! :)

And I always have an excuse...I'm "old" (in YOUR eyes)! It's wonderful to finally be free!!