Wednesday, December 23, 2009

That's a wrap!

That's a wrap!

Thats it - I am done. 100% Christmas-ready. Stockings are hanging, cards have been sent, my bags have been packed for my Yorkshire trip on Boxing Day and all my gifts have been wrapped. Of course I honoured the age old tradition of wrapping whilst watching Home Alone 2 - the best Christmas movie ever! I also managed to squeeze in enough time to watch The Flint Street nativity afterwards, which is very very funny indeed!

And no Christmas would be complete without a trip down the road to visit this rather marvelous display of Christmas lights! They have their own nativity scene, CCTV cameras, charity donations box, and pretty much gets bigger and better every year...!

Having said that, I think I did spy an even more outrageous display today on my way to Greenford. I was going to take a photo on the way back, but ended up going on an alternative route on account of the disastrous Christmas traffic...! I'll definitely try and take a trip back before the 6th January, as I'd say it needs to be seen to be believed!

So, now we have mince pies on the go, mulled wine ready to serve, Christmas CDs on repeat, the Royle Family Christmas Special set to record, enough potatoes to feed an army ready and waiting to be peeled and all the family present and correct, Christmas can officially start as of tomorrow morning!

Have a Merry Merry Christmas one and all! And heres hoping that the snow hangs around long enough for it to be a White Christmas! x.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Little Christmas Cards

Merry Little Christmas Cards

I have finally managed to get all my Christmas cards printed, written and sent. They are rather little, more so than I had originally planned for - but this way they fit inside the stockings, which is rather nice!

Thats one more thing i can check off my list then...!

Monday, December 21, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Christmas is super-super close now, and with 4 days left, I have finally found myself with some time on my hands. Not much mind you, but just enough for a quick christmas update!

I decided to make stockings again, like I did a couple of Christmases ago. This year I used some great Michael Miller christmassy fabric, and got some little TocToc gift tags made up.

So now they're all hung up by the fire place, ready and waiting for Father Christmas to come and fill them up tomorrow night!

The one in the centre is a vegan version for my sister - hence the different fabric. This way, they definitely wont get mixed up!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

TocToc action

TocToc action

The TocToc blog is now up and running, along with the new look website. Click on the picture above to go and check it out.

We've also got two new great TocTocs to show off:

A wedding TocToc made For Tim & Colette, who wed on the 7th November in a beautiful barn in Bramley.

And a thank you TocToc for my excellent parents for taking me to Sunny SA.

More pictures over at the TocToc Blog

If you would like to order TocToc for a absolutely any occasion, pop over to the shop at Etsy or Folksy


Friday, November 13, 2009



October/November is birthday season! This is a card made for my now 26 year old buddy, Jimbo. And whilst on the subject of birthdays, today is mine!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

10 reasons to love South Africa

10 reasons to love South Africa...

It's been a whole week now since i returned from South Africa, and it is pretty safe to say that I am in love. Theres a whole bundle of reasons that make it such an interesting and beautiful place, but i've managed to narrow it down to 10 (in no particular order) from my travels that i never want to forget! There are heaps of photos following here, but i promise that i have been very restrained. Having returned with over 400 snaps, I think I've done well to whittle it down to this many!

1. Stellenbosch
An historical European settlement in the Cape Winelands housing some very attractive dutch architecture, some lovely little shops and restaurants and surrounded by many a vineyard.

2. Cape Winelands
Breathtaking views of rolling hills and rows upon rows of vines, and the free sampling is a bit of a treat too!

3. The shopping
Particularly in Stellenbosch there are some really lovely little shops. Exhibit A, B and C...

4. Camps Bay
A very beautiful suburb of Cape Town nestled behind table mountain and overlooked by The 12 Apostles. This is were my Grandma grew up, and met my Grandad, before she moved over to London.

5. Cape Town markets
Right in the centre of Cape Town the market stalls are full of life and colour. The stall holders go for quite a hard sell, and pounce on you as soon as they see you looking, and make it very difficult for you to turn them down, but still, very much worth a good look around.

5. Table Mountain
The journey up to the top of Table Mountain is a must - you can hike, which takes about 2.5 hours (apparently) or you can take the much easier option - the cable car, which takes about 2 minutes to reach the top - 1,086 metres above sea level. On a clear day the views are endless, however, when the "table cloth" is out you can end up with views of pretty much nothing!

6. Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Ocean's Aquarium is located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town and houses some great aquatic exhibitions - particularly the 5 story live kelp forest and the 2 million litre predator exhibit, where qualified divers can actually jump in the with the ragged-tooth sharks, rays and loggerhead turtle.

7. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The Waterfront is a residential marina area developed by Prince Alfred and is great for shopping, eating and drinking, as well as providing great views of table mountain. The renowned craft markets are located here, along with the gateway to Robben Island.

8. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch is nestled on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and is home to mostly indigenous plants, and largley native to the Cape region. We went on a rather cloudy day, the clouds were actually spilling over the mountain tops which made for some rather eerie views.

9. Muizenberg
I was desperate to make it out to Muizenberg, (meaning "Mouse Mountain") purely to get a quick look at these legendary beach huts. The beach itself rolls on for what looks like miles and the white sand in the sun is close to blinding. However, it is not a wind free beach, so is great for kites, but not so good for a relaxing day of sunbathing!

10. Guineafowl
I love these birds so much! Their huuuge bulbous bodies and tiny, brightly coloured, gremlin-like heads! Plus, they are monogamous, so thats nice too!

And I've missed so many other great things out - like Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, Hout Bay, the penguins on Boulders Beach, Bo Kaap and Robben Island, but I think this is enough for now. This little re-cap has not helped my post-holiday blues at all, and I'm itching to go back already - best get saving then!

But as for now, I will leave you with one of the most exciting experiences from the trip - I got to see the water drain down the plug hole in the other direction! CLOCKWISE! Imagine that!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

I love Whitby

I &hearts Whitby

Last weekend, Paul and I headed off up north as a pre-birthday (his, not mine) treat. I managed to strike a deal for us each to choose how one day was spent. His choice: Middlesbrough (football - how did i not see that one coming?!) and my choice: Whitby. So, super sunny Saturday was spent in a crowded football stadium, and grey, miserable Sunday was spent at the beach. Of course! But nevertheless, we had a jolly ol' time both days.

Whitby was lovely. Extremely busy for a cold, wet, Sunday, but lovely all the same. We saw seagulls, coloured beach huts, the sea, boats, the 199 steps, a fortune teller, tea shops, fudge shops, fish and chip shops, a very odd knitting shop/church, and we even treated ourselves to a bit of culture with an audio tour of Whitby Abbey.

(More photos on my flickr)

We had such a lovely time that I'm rather sad to be back in the south. I even got used to driving over the winding, meandering moors, breaking for the sheep who wander out into the roads, and the complete lack of street lights ANYWHERE!

Lets go back soon please!