Back from the bloggy abyss with a Show and Tell

Did you miss me?

Did you even notice I was gone?!!

No particular reason for my lack of blogging …….just busy with life.

But it feels good to be back 🙂

For this week’s Show and Tell, I want to share several things.

First one of my favourite childhood books What Katie Did? by Susan M Coolidge

Here is a brief synopsis from Amazon

Katy Carr is untidy, tall and gangling and lives with her brothers and sisters planning for the day when she will be ‘beautiful and beloved, and amiable as an angel’. An accidental fall from a swing seems to threaten her hopes for the future, but Katy struggles to overcome her difficulties with pluck, vitality and good humour.

and then share what I discovered in a second hand book shop in Bushmills

I was really pleased to find them – and they don’t make cover art like that anymore!!

Again, here is the summary of these two books on Amazon

What Katy Did at School and What Katy Did Next continue the story of the high-spirited and rebellious American girl, Katy Carr, and her family, who first appeared in What Katy Did. What Katy Did at School is a compelling tale of the intrigues of life at the New England girls boarding school which Katy attends. Her trials and adventures are all interwoven with a sense of fun and gently ironic good humour. What Katy Did Next describes a tour by Katy of Europe as she evolves from the child of earlier books into a spirited young woman, and brings to a satisfying close this delightful trilogy.

In the shop I also bought a handful of vintage christmas cards, old postcards and a belated birthday card (seems forgetting birthdays is nothing new!)

This is the text from the card.

I’m sorry I missed your Birthday

Alarm clocks ringing in the morning
Tell us that it’s time to wake
How I wish they would give us warning
For our birthday calls to make,

But though this happy greeting
Is so late, it’s yet sincere
And brings my loving wishes
For your joy throughout the year.

Tomorrow is the second and final transfer test for my eldest daughter, and apparently also the final 11 plus exams ever to be held in Northern Ireland. We just need to wait now for the government to hurry up and let those of us with younger children know what the replacement will be.

I have been busy with some work for my J M Digital Designs business and here is a heritage layout I made for a customer’s father. The photo is of him working on a farm here in Co Antrim in 1944.

And finally one of my own recent layouts

This is Josephine, my husband’s paternal grandmother. The kit I used was the lovely True Love by Lara Payton at Dusty Bear.

Have a lovely weekend, please leave a comment, and I promise to be back soon(er)!

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  1. I MISSED YOU – did you doubt for a millisecond?

    Ohhh what a find these books are! I covet vintage books.

    You know, I loved two sets my English step-mother got me interested in – Noddy books (or would that have be comics – IDK) and the Bobbsey Twins, have you heard of either?

    You are right about the cover art!

    Lovely sentiment in the birthday card. Now you can’t send it to any one of us, for we know it. *wink*

    Still praying for dd’s tests. Bet you will all heave a big sigh of relief once this is over!

    Your layouts are lovely – I’m sure your clients are wowwed – I am!

    Josephine was certainly a lovely and elegant lady. Were their necks really that long and elegant then, perhaps ours have shrunk from staring at computer screens while blogging…

    Your pesky Cdn freind,

  2. I noticed you were gone! And enough with the testing already!! Poor thing!

    Those books look just like something I would have read as a girl, I’m going to keep my eyes open at the used book shops. Maybe I’ll find them.

  3. PS I agree with the comment before me…Josephine is so pretty, but what a long neck! I must look like such a frumpy slouch compared to how graceful they looked back then!

  4. Well, Janmary, I just didn’t miss you because I didn’t know you already. But I loved your blog and the things you shared with us. Thank you.

  5. OH! I got those books as a child… and loved them. I had never heard of the school one. I’m seriously considering the idea of asking for it for Christmas! haha Thanks for showing me one more in that series. Such great memories!

  6. I’m not familiar with those books but I know I would have enjoyed reading them….

    I have many vintage books and am always on the lookout for more….

    A pleasure visiting with you….Betty

  7. I love genealogical stuff like you’ve worked with on your new layout! That is one AWESOME set!!!

    Come view my show n tell if you can find time. It’s a new ‘hobby’ of mine started just this past week. Happy Friday, happy weekend.

  8. How wonderful that you found those two books that go with one you loved as a child! Love that layout you did with Lara’s kit, great heritage photo, and beautiful layout. 🙂

  9. Your layouts are beautiful. I have some of my mom’s old cards. They are really different than the cards of today. Have a great weekend!

  10. Yes, we missed you! I love your books, the front covers are great!

    A young lady from N Ireland will be joining us for Thanksgiving dinner next week. I hope she likes my mashed potatoes:) She said that her family eats some form of potato at every meal. I am looking forward to spending time with her again:)
    Linda C

  11. welcome back! now i need to go look for my old books – i remember 2 that my grandmother gave me. thanks for a great post 🙂

  12. I do believe I have at least one of those books. I kept all my childhood books(which was not that many as we were poor) and those of both my daughters. I always bought masses of books for them. I can’t somehow bring myself to part with them.

  13. Consider this your open invitation to come to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving at our our house any year you pick:)

    Blessings to you & your family,
    Linda C

  14. Yes you’ ve been missed. I’ve been grabbing time to read but haven’t had any time to post myself in a while. There must be something in the water, everyone I know here been up to their eyes the last couple of weeks and the Christmas rush hasn’t even started yet.

    I love the layouts. I’m actually having a go at some recipe cards for a present, but I’ve made the novice mistake of not writing down where I downloaded the free mini kits, so I’ll maybe post the next set.

  15. The books are wonderful finds!
    The family history pages are
    beautiful!!! 🙂 Jewelgirl

  16. I am relieved to see that it hasn’t been just me who has been absent from the blogging world of late. Great to read your post and fab digi layouts. Doing much photography of late? Did you get a wee surprise e-mail from a certain fab photographer? – I am postiviely giddy with excitment!!

  17. I love vintage things…just got out my old nesting Santas….your classic books are awesome!

    Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for always visiting me and leaving me such sweet comments!

  18. wow, so neat! I love all of your work. And yes, I did notice you were gone! ♥

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