In total Flat Susan will visit and stay with 36 people before she returns home. Yes, thirty six! That's a lot of travelling for such a tiny person. If you are new to this blog perhaps you should scroll to the very first post so you know more about who she is and what is happening with her. You are welcome to take the button on the right to display on your own blog and we hope you will visit the blogs of the people she has been staying with and leave a kind comment after your reading.


Tuesday 15 November 2016

Where is She Now

This post will stay at the top of this blog and hopefully will be updated so you can keep an eye on Flat Susan's Adventures.

Where is she now?  Flat Susan is back home in the UK and is now with the talented crafter, Hazel, in Kent before going on with her journey around the UK.  Sorry for the big gaps but she lost all of her belongings luckily most of these have now been replaced and has experienced one or two minor hiccups of late.

Flat Susan is so excited about collecting nice signatures in her passport to remind her of her time over there too.  I think she really is brave doing all this travelling on her own.

It would be nice for you to leave some comments on people's blogs when they post then they are more likely to leave you some when you have Flat Susan to stay.

Thanks to my dear friend Paul who has helped me (Truthfully? - Sorted me out!  Done the Layout!) with this blog.  Without him it would be a complete mess.  I am indebted to him forever (and so is Flat Susan).  He will remain on admin for the duration.

A while ago now I had a lovely surprise when a great big box arrived at my door all the way from Australia. Annette has made me the most fantastic journal, if that is what you can call it, you will ever see.  It has little drawers, tags and a hundred things in it.  Pop along to Hickydorums to see it.  I have started journalling on the tags and things, all about Flat Susan's journey up to date.  What a treasure this is going to be.   Thanks Annette!

Friday 5 February 2016

Life Down on the Farm - in Wales

Flat Susan in Pembrokeshire

Huge apologies for the delay in getting this post written.  Flat Susan (more about her below) has been residing with me in Pembrokeshire for a while now.  My health and busy schedule meant that I have not been able to take her out and about as planned, and I nearly just sent her onto the next person, but I realised this is a chance to show some general pictures of our beautiful county and also F.S in our old farmhouse.

She started her world tour back in June 2013!  She travels in her own suitcase (she is so small, this is the most comfortable method of travel for her).

We live in an old farmhouse (blog about the renovation) right in the middle of Pembrokeshire (SW Wales, UK).  Hopefully this map will show our location.

Lower Tancredston

FS has been very comfortable resting in my craft room (on my cosy dachshund cushion).

Here are a few views of the farmhouse and farm (yes, the sun does shine in Wales!).

(This last photo is taken from my craft room window - so you can see that FS has been able to watch all the comings and goings.)

Lower Tancredston is a 400 acre dairy farm.  The oldest part of the farmhouse dates back to the 17th century - and it was then 'extended' in the Georgian period.  I am currently researching the history of the farm and Tancredston as a whole - and will be blogging about it when I have more information to share.

Pembrokeshire - where do I start?  It is the furthest southwest corner of Wales.  We are blessed with a mild climate (frost and snow are relatively rare), but the Atlantic storms do hit us hard in the winter.  The north and south of the county vary a great deal.  We have the Preseli Hills up in the north and the more rugged Atlantic coast on the west, whilst down in the south there are more estuaries and the famous resort of Tenby.

Here are a few views -

If you have never been down here before, then I would definitely recommend a trip soon.  Even a short weekend away would be fabulous - and I can give you ideas on places to stay/visit/eat out/shop.

We have 2 woollen mills close to us, where you can see the weaving machines in action.  We also have a lot of craft shops/artists/events/workshops in the county.

FS is off to Hazel in Kent next.  I will miss her company.

Ali x

Sunday 6 September 2015

Flat Susan visits a TV Studio

Flat Susan arrived by special mail, or should that be "female" to visit Rosie when Jenny dropped her off.

Then it was off to work with Rosie - at a TV Studio.

Flat Susan has not only been helping me prepare
for my shows on Create and Craft, she has also been to the Studios meeting the Crew.
Magic Hands - Matt, Georgina and Ben welcomed her. 
Sadly Flat Susan has to be on her way and I know she will enjoy her next port of call - Ali.

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Pushing the Right Buttons with Jenny

Hi everyone and welcome. I've been hosting a well travelled little friend recently and it's my turn to share that time with you. For those of you who aren't familiar with Flat Susan she is the brainchild of the lovely Neet (Hickydorums) and has been travelling the World (in her very own suitcase!)

Living right next to the Trent and Mersey Canal it was essential that Susan got to see it's delights and as luck would have it there was a floating market taking place. I marvelled at the fact that so many clever people could live and work in such a small place but Susan reminded me that it was all a question of being organised when you're small. Funny, that would prove to be somewhat prophetic! 

And there was another fortuitous event for Susan to attend. I got the chance to meet up with fellow creatives Anne Redfern (Redanne) and Tracy Evans (Craft Addicts) for a wonderful pub lunch. Bless her, Susan found it almost impossible to get a word in sideways! It's so very rare I get the opportunity to leave the confines of the craft room and this was a real treat.

Talking of confines... I've been kinda chained to the laptop more recently (the necessities of setting up a new DT and managing another) so Susan became a rather constant companion in these endeavours. In fact she's really got the hang of touch typing, not bad for someone who's reach only extends to about four keys at a time! Remember what she said earlier about 'it all being a question of organisation'? I've discovered that Susan is very good at making lists and cracking the whip...

Something else, she's become a 'dab hand' at is using "FlitterGlu" 
So while I got to grips with the stamping side Susan worked that Scoochy like a pro.  I'm telling you that girl has an amazing eye for detail.
And so, with her CV nicely extended and a new tag in hand, it's time to head off to visit Rosie (Crafting at S G) down the road. It's been a joy to host this special little lady and I look forward to seeing where she travels over the coming weeks and months. Jenny

Saturday 11 July 2015

Sad News

It is with a heavy heart that I post today to tell you that I heard from a blogging friend in Australia that Eliza (Queenartoypia) passed on last Tuesday night.  Those of you who have followed Flat Susan's adventures will know that Eliza and her daughter Myrene (along with that adorable little fella, Yoda) played hostess to Flat Susan and did seven, yes, SEVEN, posts about her adventures with the family.  You can start reading about her time with the Harms family here.

Eliza was so fond of Flat Susan that she would talk of her as if she was a real person and she really did show concern for the 'little doll' if someone was late in posting about an adventure.  I know Myrene Eliza's daughter, loved having Flat Susan visit too.

So, Flat Susan and I would like to send our condolences to Eliza's family, to her children, Michael and Myrene and not forgetting Yoda and the other fur babies and not forgetting either her bessie, Di who must be devastated. She will be missed, not only by the huge number of friends and work colleagues, TV, sports people etc etc but also by lots of friends she had made in Blogland.

I would like to share a paragraph that I often used to read from one of Eliza's emails that shows just what a huge heart that woman had:

The first of December is a family tradition that I started and have threatened massive sissy fits and violence if people don't turn up.  My children's friends come and their partners, work employees etc. There is eggnog of the alcoholic type and plenty of food, fun and laughter.  As long as the tree gets put up and decorated before we eat then I am happy, we party for the rest of the night.  Some of the guys that work for me end up staying until the late hours (0430am) of the morning, but that is normal for us, everyone else carks it.   Everyone that is a family member has their own baubles or Christmas decorations that they must hang themselves.  I even have decorations that the children made at pre school.  My deceased mothers decorations also get put on the tree by me every year in her honour.

Eliza, heaven is a better place now you are there but we on earth miss you so much.  

Saturday 28 March 2015

A Very Unusual Race

Sue tells us she had a small visitor last week called Flat Susan.  She has been travelling around the world over the last few months experiencing different ways of life and now it’s my turn to show her my little corner of England.  She arrived just before I was going on my annual girly scrapbooking retreat to Olney (famous for its annual pancake race) so was thrown in at the deep ending meeting all my friends.

The pancake race has been going since the 1400s and is the oldest in the world - only ladies who live in Olney are allowed to take part.  There are some wicker ladies carrying pancakes in one of the gardens in the market place where the race starts and Susan wanted to have her photo taken here.

Here she is outside the house we stayed in.

 The house is quite quirky – two sets of stairs, a shower in the laundry room and two bathrooms half way up the stairs.  Half the time Flat Susan ended up going in to the crockery cupboard instead of going up the stairs as there are two doors next to each other and it was very easy to get confused.  She enjoyed the garden with all the lovely spring flowers and one day I found her hiding beneath some pretty primulas.

An enormous amount of chocolate is consumed on our retreat and Flat Susan certainly took a shine to some Cadbury Creme Eggs.

I had to keep my eye on her as she always seemed to be up to some mischief - I found her in one of my bags 

on the top of my water bottle

and playing on a tractor which was waiting to go on a scrapbook layout.

She enjoyed the company of Tuppenny Wee, my little dog who goes everywhere with me.

We don't tend to venture very far while we are away but we did take a trip to Milton Keynes and had a cup of coffee in Costas

before going in to Hobbycraft to replenish our supplies and here I handed Flat Susan over to my friend Sue, who was going to be her host for the next few days.

Monday 9 February 2015

Waiting for a New Suitcase

Flat Susan is resting at home after her hectic trips back and forth across the world and she has never stopped talking about how much she has enjoyed meeting people, how kind they have been to take her here and there, and how much she has seen.

She needs a new suitcase now before she carries on with her journey through the UK but I have been admiring the lovely postcards she has collected along the way.  I thought I would take this opportunity to show you some so you could enjoy them too

The top one is from Sandy in Australia, bottom left from Kay in New Mexico and the one on the right is from Kimmie in North Carolina.

The top two are again from Kay in New Mexico, the next one down shows the San Francisco skyline and is from Darnell and the last one is Flinders Street Railway Station which was built in 1854 and is the oldest City station in Australia.

I also got some photographs and here is one of Susie but you will need to check back on her write up to see why she had Flat Susan meet these two handsome guys.

and here are two photos from Kimmie, I don't think you need any introduction to who the famous person on the left is or who the Star(r) on the right is.  If you do you had better check on Kimmie's write up.

I have some lovely tags to show you but they will have to wait for another post - and I need to sift through my stuff that did not travel with Flat Susan as I am sure there is a postcard or two there.

See you soon and hopefully will be sending Flat Susan off again.