Thursday, August 23, 2012

My month in numbers

 ........at last i've caught up with my numbers.
I'm sure by now you will have heard of Julie's Month in Numbers.
If not be sure to hop across to see.
These are my July numbers.

I am feeling all doilie at the moment!!

Now I best crack on with August's.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Faces

 ...is this weeks photo challenge set by Karen over at Me My Camera Eye.

My willing subjects are my neice (on the right) and her friend.

This last photo is my favourite.
This months seems to be full of photo posts and today will be another photography opportunity as we head out to a Bike Festival.  

There hasn't been much crafting going on and I'm starting to feel a little twitchy so yesterday morning I sorted out all my craft stuff, had a massive tidy up and clear out ready to get going again.  

Happy Sunday x

Friday, August 17, 2012

Messing about on the River

 It's time for this months challenge over at SJ Crafts

This month the theme is summer time. These photos were taken in June when we were away camping with friends. There were four boats with five in a boat. We laughed so much, we were unable to steer (for a while), crashed into each other, got caught up in reeds and grounded our boats on the bank. Happy Memories.
Hope you find the time to join in with the challenge.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rinda scavenger hunt

I'm sure by now you have seen Rinda's scavenger hunt here. I've managed to find some more subjects to photograph this past week and to cross of the list.
A border
 A church
 
 Someone playing with a ball
  A clothesline.....minus the clothes


and outdoor stairway

A bride.Me. I'm still on a hunt for a real (not that I wasn't real!) bride...an of the moment bride. Just in case I don't find one, here is a photo of the frame that I see everyday. It sits high up on the side. So high that it was glad to be moved and dusted of . Oh to be young (and slim) again!


 and lastly a pier....sort of....a jetty at least. It does sit on water. We live in the most central point of the country...and it is hours to the nearest coastline so the chances of photographing a pier over the summer with no seaside holiday planned is nil. Never say never though!

The hunt still continues for a library and a movie poster.  The pier, bride and tree swing will be revisited. I hope this time I don't startle DH by shouting out my find so he doesn't have to swing the car off the road and stop abruptly lol!!

How are you getting on with the hunt?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Our gold long jump Olympian.....

......Greg Rutherford has had a post box, or two, painted gold in his honor. 

We passed by while out shopping for school supplies. A photo opportunity was awaiting and we weren't the only ones.




photo taken with phone camera.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Stitching on paper

Stitching on paper is a free online class over at Obstinate Pursuit. So inspired I was that I pulled out my sewing machine, dusted it off and gave it a run. It's been a while. 
After a long hot day out with friends at the start of the summer holidays we all came back for a BBQ. After eating, my younger two and my friends two spent the rest of the evening playing with a picnic blanket. It seems........
  
......you can hours of fun with a picnic blanket.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rindas Scavenger Hunt

 Some more photos found on Friday from Rinda's Savenger Hunt list.

4. A roadside stand
 
5. A train - the train we were waiting to get on.
 11. A shadow
  12. A maze, labyrinth, or trail - The Tree Top Trail the boys completed.
 and another photo of the end of the trail.
 That's a few more crossed of the list.

Can you believe it's the closing ceremony for the Olympics tonight?
I'll be watching, will you?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Rinda's Savanger Hunt

Sometimes I just can't help myself.........usually its the chocolate that calls me from the cupboard....this time its Rinda's photography Scavenger hunt. I'd seen all the posts popping up over blogging world and all the fabulous photos....I even checked out Rinda's amazing list. But that is as far as I got..........could I fit this in over the holidays, probably not...especially if I needed to hunt out items on the list.

Still every time I've been out I've seen potential photographic opportunities, in the back of my mind were horses, angles, fountains and ........well that was it. I decided I just had to join in with you all. 

 6. A historic landmark - Nelson's Column. If you look closely you'll see his Olympic makeover.
 
 7. A person playing a musical instrument. This photo makes me smile.......while watching him Jack (who's ten) announced "I'm not going to give him any money, he'll probably spend it on cigarettes!"


8. A person dressed as an angle. This was the coolest outfit (apart from the Bronzes..)

9. A fountain. In Trafalgar Square. The boys managed to find an area to sit and be photographed.

 10. A horse at Horse Guards Parade, London
 15. someone dancing.

20. A swing hanging from a tree  hanging swing. Not strictly what was asked for so I'll have to find another photo opportunity.....wanted to share this photo though...would you swing from such a height?
 21. A picture of you standing with something that symbolizes your nation. I'm not sure who would recognise this photo as symbolizing my nation! It is the statue of Charles I with me on the left and my sister on the right. 
  or what about this one, the London Eye............do one of these qualify do you think?

Heaven knows what was so funny!

I've made a start now so I'm going to write down the list to take with me. Happy scavenging.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

A little birdie told me.

Hello and happy Tuesday.
This past week was a good one. It started when I received this KnockOuts Border Punch Kit
from American Crafts......I entered there giveaway and won!!! (you know I'm a firm believer that you have gotta be in it to win it......and this time it worked lol!!)  I've had a little play and they are lovely punches you'll be sure to see them on my layouts.

Then I find that I also won lovely Mel's sunshine giveaway.
Wooo Hooo!!!
Could the week get any better. I didn't think so......until I found that I was selected to join
 fantastic ribbons design team.  
(((wow)))

To top it all off though I had two new ladies come to the evening crop on Friday....waves to Jean and Nicola.....and I just love it when that happens! Through scrapbooking I've met some brilliant people, made some firm friends and found a wealth of inspiration.
Am I glad I was introduced to the world of scrapbooking!

On the crafty front.......  I've had these frames hanging around for a while and wanted to turn them into some small gifts.

  
The following frame I picked up from Ikea......I think I'll be picking up a few more when I go again.
 

These possibly look much nicer in real life........what am I saying they must do.....I mean if DH commented on them, which is a unheard of around here then they must look okay......mustn't they lol!!

Have a super week xx

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Photo Challenge

This weeks challenge over at Me My Camera Eye is people. From my earlier post today you'll know that we spent yesterday in London........and it was very busy........people everywhere. A great opportunity for this weeks challenge.

Five boys and my brother-in-law leading the way.
Possibly my favourite photo, taken from the Millennium Bridge. Can you see that the Westminster Bridge is lined with people.





















Coming over Millennium bridge down onto Southbank.........busy busy busy....


...and one with the flag.

Lastly some of the crowds that gathered to watch one of the street shows!! 
These three did make me laugh!!


Thanks for stopping by, I have some more news & crafty stuff to share so I'll be back soon.

Olympic GB

We'd been toying with the idea of a visit to the Olympic park, with no tickets and a check on the website we found that there were no longer tickets available to visit the park over the weekend.

Oh what to do.......a quick call to my sister (I love spending time with them all!) yep they'd like to come with us so we travelled down to West London yesterday in the most horrific rain. We couldn't see for the rain on the motorway and the cars were slowing down to 30/40 miles per hour. I warned the boys we may not get into Central London after all there's no point if the rain continued like this......good old British weather!!

We'll have a cup of tea at my sisters and decide what to do. A check of the Transport for London website said that this weekend was the busiest day for travelling into London, expect to double your journey time! Oh and apparently you weren't being allowed out of Stratford station if you didn't have an Olympic ticket! On the plus side the weather was to brigten up with sunny spells.

My sister lives within a two minute walk to a tube station so we decided to go for it but we'd stay clear of the Olympic Park. Southbank here we come.

I was amazed at the Olympic fever. The trains were full of Olympic volunteers, Olympic althletes and officials and well as many many Team GB supporters.At Bond Street Emily Diamond  stood next to me on the train, smiled at be because Stan was having a winge!! My nephew spoke to Seychelles Judo Olympican Dominic Dugasse, and a USA Official.

Everyone was in high spirits, it was jam packed without a doubt, Southbank it's self was heaving........still we had a super day, lots of laughs and we got to meet and see more celebraties.
 Mr Bean.........Stan thought he was hiliraous. He loves Mr Bean!!

  Michael Jackson
My nephew invited to sit with them!
Ok so these are not celebrities, they were by far my favourite street entertainers. These bronze figures were slumped under a tree......drunk. The time and thought that has gone into the costumes and face painting was amazing.

We arrived back to West London in time to see Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford win Gold. 

All in all it was an amazing day.

This post is brought to you as part of Sian's Story Telling Sunday, please pop across to join in or read more stories.

P.S. Don't be put off by the travel reports into London. Our journey times were normal, the trains were busy but not unbearably. Thanks to Mel and her London Blog posts as she was the reason we made the decision to go.  

Thursday, August 02, 2012

My Month in Numbers

Each month Julie Kirk hosts a Month in Numbers. Each month I keep my numbers and record them in a layout. I was a month or two behind but managed to squeeze in a little time while catching up on Olympic viewing.
 June's numbers
 

















Hopefully July's numbers will be ready to share soon.

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