Sunday, 30 June 2013

gettin' out the big guns!

it was Armed Forces Day the other day, and I went on down to Princes Street gardens, below Edinburgh Castle, to celebrate and appreciate the amazing work our Armed Forces do for our country, our freedom and our way of life.

In particular I zoomed right in on the Army ~ cos I luuuvs the Army big time.

I spotted some big guns at the 3 Rifles stand and could hardly contain my excitement! and all my old memories of being a soldier flooded back!

and a very handsome soldier kindly jogged my rusty memory about the GPMG M60, the 7.62mm general purpose machine gun, which every platoon has. It's a very impressive piece of kit!

Ofcourse I had already drooled over the L115A3 long range rifle for like forever! (never had that in my platoon!) and would have loved to have spent more time there, but I was hogging the limelight and there were 100 little impressionable kids all wanting to touch the guns :) 
(em, just sos you know, they're not really guns, they are rifles :)

yup still drooling over the M60 *sigh*

over the years I've always supported the Army and the soldiers with my art - last year my watercolour triptych of Edinburgh Castle and the Scots Greys raised £220 for the Australian Engineers RAE Foundation
I hope to donate another painting to them again this year. The Engineers play one of the most valuable roles in the Army, as they clear the ground for safe passage. The Military Working Dogs are out there, at the front, on the front line, their wet noses doing the hard work sniffing out the IEDs. 
When I was serving with the Engineers in Sydney, my kelpie/heeler cross Max, became a bomb dog.

and very soon I hope to have an exciting announcement to announce(!) 
with these purdy lil' Drive Safe Hares and raising funds for the doggies and soldiers 

hares being born and soon to be Drive Safe with Baby Army Hares.... (ofcourse leverets are born with their eyes open and ready to run)

when I came back to Scotland I gave my small run-around a nice new coat ....

looking rather handsome all cammed up :)

only took me an afternoon 

as I was chatting to the soldiers I couldn't remember if I had bought their wristband - as I buy one for every deployment - but when I got home and checked, I had indeed

yeah, course you bought one Annette! you spend more money on wristbands than you do on treats for me, and chew and chew as I might, these buggers never seem to taste any nicer  *yeuch*

ha ha! thanks for reminding me Wes! (*off to get a chunk of oatcake for you now*)

You can support the excellent work these lads do by purchasing a wristband from them  and by donating and fundraising for them.

They have paid a high price to serve this country and have already lost 30 soldiers on tour, and many more have lost limbs and suffered severe injuries. 

Soldiers serve because they love their job, their way of life, their mates and their country. They have a great sense of comradeship and a great sense of humour - check out this postcard from 3 Rifles - this is Army humour at it's best!

thank you for the Army and the Armed Forces, and Thank You all at 3 Rifles for your service, so appreciated! ~ stay safe always xx 

Saturday, 22 June 2013

and like water off a duck's back ~

it's time Wesley - wakey wakey!

ZZZzzzz .... zzzz..

uh? time for what? 
and what's this? 5 little scraps of paper?

it's time for the brooch give away draw, and time for you to choose the winner!

what! already? ....I was having a nice nap before someone woke me up

and what's this? I was expecting a field of paper stems to be choosing from

*scritch* *scritch*

hmmmm... where's my carrot treats and my oatcake then?

I can't go to work on an empty stomach, I need substance, I need...

 mmmm, num, num,

hey! I have an idea - how 'bout you throw them on my back and first off wins? since my mouth is full of oatcakes now

alrighty Wes, that's sort of strange but do-able 

- here we go then -

and the winner is Christabel - Adelaide Hare! yay!

congratulations Christabel! that stag brooch will be on his way to you, drop me a line with your address and I'll get him down under :)

a big thank you to everyone who took part and for letting your bf and bffs and gerbils and everyone know about it, muchly appreciated

just out of the meadow is this little chap - he's in his forever home now
and he's the first little long furred tiny ornament I have made

I rather adore him

he has a very heart warming story of survival, against all odds.
shall post it next time ~ will make you smile ~ maybe even cry a little ~ he's based on Wesley :)

thank you

Monday, 3 June 2013

drawing straws

what's that Annette? 
time for a Give-Away?!

okay then, I'll get practising

 lah dah da dah da...

 hemmm hmmm hmmm hmm...

 treeem treee treee tre...

 deeeh deee deeeh dee dee..

 uh? now hang on a sec!

I'm not wasting my time here, this better be worth it
I don't do this straw pulling for magnets you know whats you giving away girly?

yeah, okay Wesley, a step up from a magnet this time

I'm giving away* my Deer at Midnight brooch 

like it?

A one-of-a-kind, not-for-shrinking-violets, handmade by me here in Scotland, purdy stag brooch

this cervidae is out in all his sparkle at midnight, amongst the jewels and glamour and glitz
and is excited about sitting on your breast, em, chest, and taking the cool evening air

made from an old Scottish kilt, scraps of ribbon, black faux fur tufts, the end of a shiny bracelet, a sparkly lil' crystal bead and lots of scrappy sewing

 alrighty then, I reckon that's worth a bit of my time

...and some dried carrots and some oatcakes and a piece of your toast and..

*Roolz -
leave a comment below (saying how beautiful the brooch is yadda yadda) 
do one of the following 
- blog about this
- FB it
- tweet it
- pinterest it
- tell your ma 
- tell your bf
- tell your bff
- tell your bbfff (?!!) 
- tell your dog
- tell your rabbit 

and if you do more than one of the above I WILL WRITE YOUR NAME ON AN EXTRA BIG STRIP OF PAPER :)

good luck!