Friday 30 December 2011

Here he is ............... Charlie (Sunday name Charles) John Ebdon Stobbs

Hello lovely Blogging Friends,


I hope 2012 will be a kind year to each and every one of you and my wish for all of us is that we can be happy, healthy and enjoy the little things in life because that is mostly what our lives are made up of.

I'd also like to thank all of you for visiting and especially those of you who take the time to leave such lovely comments.  This crafting and blogging lark has given me some wonderful really close friends (some of them virtual ones) and for that I am really grateful.  My love and a big hug to you all.

2011 hasn't been too great a year for many of us I know and my family included.  There have been several sad changes to our lives but ................ it could have been worse and I'm not going to dwell on them.  Instead I am going to remember my favourite bits, the main one being the birth of our first Grandson, our gorgeous little Charlie and now I have a new camera, here he is

 Isn't he beautiful!

Here he is with his very possessive big sister, lol!

and getting to know his Uncle Jamie!

and his cousin Alexa! (My three precious people)

and his Mamma (me, in case you didn't know, lol)!
He always seems to fall asleep on me ....... I guess
it's the cushioning that does it ;-)

Whilst I'm sort of seeing out the old year I have to tell you that because of the extra demands on my time at home, I very reluctantly took the decision to resign from the Chocolate Baroque DT a couple of months ago,  mainly because I felt that I wasn't able to give the 100% commitment that Glenda and her company deserves.  I was very proud to serve on the CB DT and considered myself very fortunate to get to play with their beautiful stamps before most other people did and I will really miss it I know.  I am still a member of the CB Guild, still consider Glenda and the rest of the team to be my friends and will look forward to receiving my newsletter every month filled amongst other things with the fabulous designs from my ex-Teamies.  I'll still be buying their lovely stamps (I already have a couple of sets on my wish list already) and when I have time I will be promoting them on here when I can.  Have a great 2012 Chocolate Baroque!!!

And to finish my last post of 2011, here is a hanging that I made for the CB DT earlier in the year and which I can't remember if it appeared anywhere.  I really liked this piece when I finished it and loved the colours.  Hope you like it too after all the Christmas stuff, lol!

The Grungepaper flowers came from the Chocolate Baroque Doodle Butterflies stamp set and the lovely leaf spray is a Marianne die.  I painted the background with Viva Precious Metal paint over Gesso (I think) and deliberately left brush marks to give texture.  Looking at it again now (it was made back in March) I think I'll have to make another one, lol!

Bye for now lovely friends and I'll see you in 2012 (probably with a sneaky peek at my next Snazzy's DT project)

Lots of love to you all.
 Lesley  Xx


Suzanne C said...

What a gorgeous grandson! Love seeing all the family pics! Happy 2012 and may it be a blessed one! Gorgeous wall hanging the flowers are stunning and love the effect on the background.

veronica said...

Sorry to hear you have resigned from the CB DT Lesley, will miss seeing your stuff.Love the hanging, great flowers and colours. You have gorgeous grandchildren,and console yourself with the thought that Charlie may sleep on you, but he isn't being sick!
Hoping you and your family have a great New Year
love n hugs, Vronnie

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What gorgeous grandchildren Lesley, and Charlie is a stunner. I'm sorry to hear that you have stepped down from the CB DT, I always look forward to seeing what you and the rest of the DT have made from new stamps being launched. But I can always see what wonderful creations you've made here on your own blog, on the Snazzys blog, and dare I say the Stamping Quartet blog.

All the best for 2012.
Sue x

PS Love the wall hanging.

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Lesley what gorgeous, lovely photos!! Charlie looks the sweetest little button!!

Sorry to hear you decided to resign from CB but if that means you will stay on at Snazzys I am very, very happy!! The hanger you made is amazing, those flowers made me drool, what an ab fab idea, must give that a try....

I hope the New Year will bring you lots of health, happiness and creativity. Thank you for all your support over the last few months!!

Aquarius said...

Lovely pictures of your beautiful grandchildren - thanks for sharing. That floral hanging is great and thiose leaves are from one of my favourite dies (I have many). Take care and have a great 2012.

Paula (PEP) said...

I shall miss seeing your CB DT posts but fully understand. I've decided that I cannot spread myself over too many stamp companies & since I have a solid love of Glenda's (not to mention well over 100 stamp sets) that has to be one of them.
Your grandson looks a real treasure - great that you have such a soothing effect on him.
Wish my best wishes to you & your family for 2012.
Much love
Paula (PEP)

Paula (PEP) said...

Part 2
The colours of your project are absolutely delightful &I love the way you have combined the die cuts with the flowers so that the eye is led from bottom upwards - a bit like flowers & leaves woven into a trellis. the brushstroke texture is so effective - rather like whitewashed wooden panels. I shall have to acquire some grunge paper to play with.
Paula (PEP)

Sally H said...

Hi Lesley
You have a gorgeous grandson! He is so handsome! I fully understand you feeling unable to commit yourself to CBDT, and knowing you you will still be producing some fabulous art work using CB stamps, just not quite so often. I hope 2012 brings lots of happiness for you and yours. Happy New Year my friend x

Suzi B said...

what lovely family photos... delightful little girls and a very cute Charlie... he looks scrumptious.

The wall hanging is yummie the flowers.

Sorry your not on CB DT any more... they'll miss you :o)

I've just zoomed in on the photo of your lovely flowers how did you get rid of the "black box" effect? share the secret lol.

love and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2012.
Suzi B xx

Miranda said...

Hi Lesley, you know already that I miss you on the team but I understand your reasons! The new one is really adorable and he looks so serene like baby's only can.....The other two lovely girls are also adorable and can imagine you are a very proud grandmother. Lesley, I wish you all the best for 2012, especially a good health and lots of creativity ann inspiration and we will stay in touch! love and hugs Miranda

Debbie said...

Hi Lesley.
Charlie is an absolute cutie. He looks so peaceful and relaxed. The girls, I'm sure will mother him and be great roll models. You look really well in the photo and also very proud. I was saddened to hear that you were stepping down from the DT as you've been such a special friend. I know we will meet up at some point in the future and will keep in touch.
I wish you and your beautiful family All the best in 2012.

Anonymous said...

Hi Leslie,
you lucky thing, what a wonderful new years gift, he looks beautiful. I'm jealous! I know he'll bring you and all the family lots of joy.

Sorry to hear you're leaving the CB design team but I guess you've got a lot on your hands, especially now.
But I do love the wall hanging you've made.

Haven't been able to craft much lately, actually I mean stamping actually, I've been doing quite a bit of crochet. Health problems haven't permitted but we never know what 2012 will bring, lets hope it's a good one!

Happy New Year to you and the family. x

Val said...

Dear Lesley

My good wishes go to you and your family for 2012, and may it bring you joy, peace, happinness and good health.

Such delightful grandchildren, and what a beautiful new addition Charlie is.

Love and Hugs

judith@poppy cottage said...

Lesley, the photos of Charlie and the girls are adorable. He is going to melt some hearts, isn't he? It is lovely to see the family, as we hear so much about them from you.
You know how much we miss you on the CB Design Team, we started out on that adventure together. However, we will still see your fab creations on your blog, I'm sure. I loved this hanging when you made it. It is stunning, a true example of your wonderful talent. Happy New Year to you my friend, big hugs, Judith xx

lisa said...

Oh Lesley, he's beautiful. What a cutie. He knows when he's safe and loved by the look of that contented face when he's asleep with Grandma!!
You have the most gorgeous family.
I too am sorry to hear you are no longer part of the CB DT. I love seeing your projects, but I know how much time it involves and can fully understand. I hope you still manage to share lots of other projects with us though.
Thank you for being such a lovely Blogging Buddy and I wish you and your family the happiest of New Years and I hope 2012 is a good one, you deserve it.
hugs Lisax

Shirley said...

He is beautiful, Lesley!! Congratulations and TFS the wonderful pix of your lovely family! Wishing you and yours a Very Happy Healthy New Year, too!!

Janet said...

Congratulations Lesley on your lovely grandson! Very envious! All the best for 2012.

Janet xx

Isabelle Norris said...

Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year. Your grandchildren are gorgeous.
Also love the beautiful hanging you made, thanks for sharing.
isa xx

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

What beautiful photographs in your lovely post.

Love the happy faces of your precious Grand daughters whilst holding Charles (I had better use his Sunday name as today is Sunday LOL!!).

I am sorry you had to step down from Glenda's DT. I bet she was sorry to lose you and your uber artistic talent.

I wish you and your family all the best for 2012 and want to thank you for all the friendship and support you extend to me.

It means more than you could know.

Take care.

Love Jules xx

InkyArtitude said...

Awww, he is absolutely beautiful Lesley and he looks so very comfortable, what a little treasure. You have a very good looking set of grand children there, they are going to break some hearts in the future!

The wall hanging is stunning, if it hasn't been published anywhere then it's a shame, it deserves to be drooled over! I love it.

Here's to a very Happy New Year for you and your family Lesley, I know that some of your loved ones have had a really tough 2011 and its about time that we feel the winds of change blowing into 2012, just hope they get a move on and bring some early good fortune!

Lynn x

Paper Engineer said...

Happy New Year namesake! Your family photos are wonderful, a start of some brand new memories.
You already know how sorry I was about you leaving CB DT, but I understand your reasons and know that whilst you may have left the team you will always stay our friend.
Thanks for all your inspiration, I know you will
continue your good work on here.
Lesley x

ikki said...

Hi Lesley, congratulations on the birth of your beautiful grandson - what a little stunner, you must be well chuffed.

I will keep popping over to see what you are doing and wish you and yours all the best for 2012.

Take care and stay well,
ikki x

erasercarver said...

Awwww, what beautiful photos! Charlie is gorgeous :)

Just popping in to wish you a Happy New Year, Lesley, all the very best to you for this coming year :)


Kathryn said...

How cute is he :)