Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Christmas

Finally, school has finished and in two days time we will all have two weeks together to enjoy the Christmas holidays. I'm looking forward to Christmas time spent with family. 

Here's hoping that you all have a lovely Christmas and that 2014 is a healthy year, not just for me but for you all too.   

Before I go, I'd like to share with you some frames I've made using these 10mm Mulberry Flowers
 There is something therapeutic and relaxing about sticking these mulberry flowers to paper
 so much so that I made another frame...and another...and another...and another....

It's a good friend of mine (that I've mentioned before) that has an on-line shop which sells these Mulberry flowers and because I have the privilege of seeing all the colours first hand (and they are all so lovely) it really is a struggle to decide what colours to use. In the end I decided not to decide 
...hence all the frames.

 I had a play around too with the flowers to see if I could take some nice photos to show them off.
You know it's at times like these that I wish there were some girls in the family (that lived close by) to enjoy these little flowers with me. 
Happy Holidays x x

Monday, December 16, 2013

Fast Festive Scrapping with a Mini Book

How are you all and how are you getting on with your Christmas preparations and in particular your Christmas journal? 

In the end I decided that I didn't want the structure of a daily entry opting to make a mini book to include some photos and stories over the month of December. If you would like to know how this book came together, using the Echo Park 'tis the season Collection Kit, full details can be seen on SJ Crafts blog today.

 Please pop across and let us know how you are scrapping your Christmas and if you've been inspired to create your own mini Christmas book.
 Happy Christmas x

P.S. Have you seen SJ Crafts DT call here 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Design Team Call

The lovely Sarah, owner of SJ Crafts online shop, is expanding her Design Team. 
It's a great opportunity to work with a super team of ladies. For me information pop across to check out the Design Team call details.

I'm looking forward to seeing who joins the team! 

Friday, December 06, 2013

six cards on the sixth

Today SJ Crafts is sharing with you the six cards I made for the 6 on the 6th challenge, using Teresa Collins Santas list 6x6 pad and sticker sheet

 If you'd like to see more, then please do pop across to SJ Crafts.

 I am sure that many of you will be in the throws of making or finishing off your Christmas cards so why not enter the 6 on the 6th challenge. SJ Crafts are offering a pizza box full of goodness to one winner picked from the challenge entries. 

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Misted Circles

I wish I could say I was taking a break from all the Christmas crafting to share with you a holiday layout. Which I am...although there is not much Christmas crafting going on. I am at home all day, every day not able to do any household chores (not moaning about that one :) ...not able to do much of anything really... except the scrolling of Instagram on my phone every five minutes (thanks to those of you that keep me smiling with your photos and comments) and the reading of numerous books. 

I am able to sit at a table and stand (with my crutches) for a short while now before I get sore and stiff. My lovely husband has moved some of my crafting supplies into the study/computer room also know as "his" guitar room. he says...I'm in now!! Oh... you bet I am. And once I am back on my feet properly I can feel a re-organisation and a trip to Ikea coming on!

The Christmas journal, is still in the planning. Somewhere in my head..amongst the Christmas pressie lists. How are you getting on with yours?

Anyways, here's the holiday layout. Using a small snippet from the Simple Stories Cheese Collection....

 A while back I was inspired by a post using mists.  I remember the coloured circle with all the little details and the photo to the left. Perfect for my Epcot photo.     
 I'll leave you now to carry on with your Christmas preparations...good luck.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Story Telling Sunday - Pick Your Precious

Today is the first of December. Woah....where has the year gone? It seems that every year passes faster and faster which is why we should stop and take stock. This past couple of years, with help from Sian from High in the Sky, this is exactly what I've done. Her enthusiasm and encouragement has helped to remind me of stories that would possibly never have been told.

This is the last Story Telling Sunday of the year and being in a position where I am not able to stand at the sidelines watching my little men play rugby this morning...sob sob....I thought I'd spend some time writing this post. Last night after considering some precious picks that I've not yet shared with you, I started to think about the format for my Christmas Journal....again! Well wouldn't you know it...there it is....the last Pick your Precious of the Christmas Journals. The one project of the year I start and I finish. 
I have 12x12, 8x8 and 10x8 journals. My Christmas journal started out in 2007, as part of Shimelle's JYC, over the years it has developed into a record of our daily December activities. Looking back it's great to see what the month of December held for us, to see the family traditions we have carried on from our own childhood and the traditions we have made our own.

I've thoroughly enjoyed blogging recording my stories, thank you to Sian for giving us a place to do so.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thank you

Thank you for all the lovely comments left on my Simply a Moment post. When you're a mum, working and keeping house it's hard to adjust.....having to rely on others for almost everything is soooo frustrating. You have to let go and allow someone else to take charge. It's not easy! 

The boys are of an age where they are self sufficient.....ish and they have been a great help. Then last night H ended up in A&E. Rugby training. A studded foot met his face. He's now sporting a swollen face, 5 stitches and what looks to be the start of a shinny black eye! His dad was with him luckily..... but still .....not being able to go to him was the most awful feeling. It brings home to you how much you take for granted. I have some cards to share with you, these were made prior to going into hospital. The  cards were lifted from pinterest, using washi tape and mulberry flowers with some stickles sparkle. I did plan to take part in SJ Crafts 6onthe6th Christmas Card Challenge this month, not knowing that I would be completely out of action for a while.
Next..... I''m going to make some notes to plan out my Christmas Journal....
Have you planned yours?
Will you be following prompts?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Simply a Moment

It's good to be back...... to open my laptop and type something here.
 I'm joining in with Alexa's Simply a Moment.
Friday 15th November 13.30pm
I'm lying on the sofa, propped up with pillows, legs straight out in from of me. My helping hand and crutches by my side. A small table holding all the little things I need is too hand, the bright red Poinsettia that sits on it reminds me that Christmas is on it's way.

I'm thinking how thankful I am for my lovely family, parents and friends who have all rallied around to ensure that I haven't been left on my own.

 Just over two weeks ago, I really thought I'd never walk again.
The surgeon said the operation had taken much longer than expected and with the work they'd carried out to try and preserve my hip, he would expect me to be in this much pain. I couldn't move, the pain was excruciating, the drugs were making me feel violently sick, itchy and so so drowsy!

 A few mornings later I awoke, someone had flicked a switch! The pain was still there but it wasn't like before. Maybe the body was starting to heal, maybe my pain relief was stable, maybe now they would let me go home.

After six days they allowed me to leave and slowly over these past two weeks every day has been a little easier.
I'd love to take this moment to thank everyone for their kind words, for all the gifts and flowers. Most importantly to my family and friends who without their support would have made the past few weeks even tougher than it's already been.

This is the first week where I've felt able to stay awake and read for a while. For a few minutes here and there I have scrolled through Pinterest and Instagram.... there's nothing like catching up on your blog posts though. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Frosty Festivities

I' ve always loved the build up to Christmas and even more so when it involves cutting and sticking.  Jennifer is holding a Frosty Festivities weekend at the beginning of November. I'll be following to see her inspirational projects...I hope you will be too.
and to get you into the Christmas spirit......
... a few more Christmas cards and tags.

If you are ready to start you Christmas card making remember there is still time to join in with SJ Crafts Six cards on the 6th challenge.

Monday, October 21, 2013

One photo & twenty words

Joining in with Abi's one photo & twenty words 

I love that my family gather together to celebrate birthdays.
 Happy Birthday Dad and Nephew. 
Family time is the best.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Glitz Dapper Dan and Vellum

Last week SJ Crafts shared two layouts that I'd made with the Glitz Dapper Dan collection.

There was this one

and this one.

On both of these layouts I used Vellum. When I was creating these pages I was thinking about the last time I used vellum and decided to look through my albums to pinpoint how long ago it was. I reckon around 11 years ago or so, when number two son was a baby. It was red vellum too. Most scrapbooking tools and techniques come full circle, I am sure it's now the time for Vellum. Would you agree?
Like many scrapbooking techniques and tools, vellum seems to have come full circle.  I've spent the past hour working back through my albums to pinpoint the first time I used vellum on my layouts. I think it was around 11-12 years ago now. It looks as if, then red vellum was a firm favourite of mine. - See more at:
Like many scrapbooking techniques and tools, vellum seems to have come full circle.  I've spent the past hour working back through my albums to pinpoint the first time I used vellum on my layouts. I think it was around 11-12 years ago now. It looks as if, then red vellum was a firm favourite of mine. - See more at:


This week SJ Crafts posted my final layout using Dapper Dan and Vellum, along with some cards. Here's some close up peeps for you.
Thank you for stopping by and thanks too for leaving lovely comments over at SJ Crafts.
Enjoy your weekend x
Like many scrapbooking techniques and tools, vellum seems to have come full circle.  I've spent the past hour working back through my albums to pinpoint the first time I used vellum on my layouts. I think it was around 11-12 years ago now. It looks as if, then red vellum was a firm favourite of mine. - See more at:

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Simply a moment

Today's post is brought to you through Alexa's Simply a Moment. To join in or read more stories please pop across to Trimming the Sails. 

Tuesday 15 October 2013 9.10pm.
After a long day at work it is nice to relax on the sofa. A cuppa at my side and my laptop perched on the arm of the sofa.

It's nice and quiet No3 son has been in bed for over an hour. I have to smile at him. Why is it he recalls everything that's happened in the day and decides to tell all at bedtime, despite pumping him for information when he comes home from school.
 Anything for a few more minutes eh.

The front door bursts open and in comes No2 son. Dad picked him up from youth club tonight and he comes in, talking so loud and swinging a little sweet bag. He hands No1 son the bag and says there are three strawberries in there for you and three each for mum and dad too.

Bless this boy, he is so generous, spending his youth club pennies on us all. This boy would give you his last Rolo. He really would. He climbs onto the sofa between me and No1 son and snuggles up close, resting his head on me and reading your blogs over my shoulder. Don't get too comfy I say you have to go to's past your bedtime. It's 9.16pm and he says 4 more minutes. True to his word at 9.20pm (after 10 mins to wind down from a busy night) he kisses us goodnight. No, that's wrong. We kiss him. He offers us his head...always.
With two now in bed, No1 son pulls the throw onto the sofa and spreads it out between him and me. He looks over at his dad and says in a funny voice.....

 "bitbits daddy" 

He eats his (McVities chocolate digestive - no other make compares!) biscuit and then takes himself off to bed.....
......and you know what....I'll not be far behind him.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Six cards on the sixth

Six cards on the 6th is a Christmas card challenge hosted by sj crafts

I've joined in again this month, now I am well on my way to having all my cards hand made this year.

This months cards were inspired by Julie Kirk and her going postal theme that I have been following with interest. I used vellum and a postage stamp punch (I was lucky enough to win a whole family of these punches a few years back when I took part in Julies Going Postal challenge) with luggage tags and postal stamped washi tape from Crafty Business 4u.

You have until the end of the month to join in and if you do SJ Crafts will enter you into a draw for a pizza box full of supplies......what are you waiting for :) 

see you there x

Now it's your turn! Link up your cards below for a chance to win the pizza box full of stash (prize will go out in early January). We can't wait to see what you create! - See more at:

Now it's your turn! Link up your cards below for a chance to win the pizza box full of stash (prize will go out in early January). We can't wait to see what you create!
- See more at:

Now it's your turn! Link up your cards below for a chance to win the pizza box full of stash (prize will go out in early January). We can't wait to see what you create! - See more at:

Now it's your turn! Link up your cards below for a chance to win the pizza box full of stash (prize will go out in early January). We can't wait to see what you create! - See more at:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Glitz Dapper Dan

Today I am over on SJ Crafts Blog sharing some layouts using the Glitz Dapper Dan collection.

Here's a sneak peak to tempt you over there. 


Tuesday, October 08, 2013

He even bought the t-shirt

 The hard rock cafe - have you eaten in one? 

Even though we have passed the London restaurant on many occasions over the years our first experience of eating in one was on holiday last year.

Towards the end of our holiday the boys wanted to re-visit Universal Studios and Island of Adventure so we stopped for an late lunch...or you could say an early dinner.....between parks. 

As they lead us to our table, I have to say, I thought the restaurant was pretty amazing. There was a car hanging over the bar!! The section we were seated in was a shrine to Jimmy Hendrix (in my husbands opinion...... the best guitarist ever......and he really does means ever!) It if they had known. They really could not have seated us in a more perfect area.

Our whole experience of the Hard Rock Cafe was pretty cool, the food was (((huge))) fantastic, the atmosphere was great and there was plenty to look at and discuss.  A pretty cool experience to end an already perfect holiday. 

You know the saying,...been there....done the t-shirt. Now he really has!

 A special thanks for this layout goes to Lucy, a fantastic card maker who sent me a beautiful box of goodies, including the cool "just a little randomness" stamp.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Story Telling Sunday - Pick your precious hosted by Sian at From High in the Sky. 
If you would like to read more stories today, or wish to join in, then pop across to Sian where she will be waiting to tell you all about it.

I wouldn't say I was an ornament type of girl. I can count on one hand the items that I consider precious and then there's a few items from our travels that I would consider less precious but still remain an important part of our lives. 

This little lady was a gift given to me over eight years ago when I moved from London. I think this little lady is more precious because the gift was from my lovely next door neighbour, who is the person responsible for introducing me to scrapbooking over 14 years ago now.

As a Creative memories consultant she asked me to come along to a class. I declined gracefully, I was about to get married and had no idea what scrapbooking was or even if creating a memory album was something I wanted to do.

Fast forward 9 months ( first born arrived nine months almost to the day I got married!, a honeymoon baby some may say....I'm not so sure he was 4 weeks early! and still 8lb 3oz!!) when my neighbour asked me again. This time I did go along (it wasn't far...just across the drive)......and well as they say....the rest is history!

This willow Tree figurine is called "Angel of Spring,...Bearing the promise of new beginnings". 
A perfect gift. 

I'll always be thankful for her persevering with me and asking me again...I wonder if she's knows just how much I  looked forward to those evening classes. 

The figurine holding the heart was bought for me by my keep the little lady company. It's another one of my precious pieces.  

 Happy Sunday.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Pegging it out

Hello there.

Have you seen stamped pegs springing up on projects? I have and when Crafty Business4u gave me some of their new dainty pegs I had ...... one of those moments.
You know the ones where you think, I can do that. So the question was could I stamp on these pegs......hmmmm...... was a little fiddly until I got a technique going....and it did take a few attempts to get it right.

There were a few that I wasn't happy with, waste not want not, I covered these in washi tape, that way I can still use them.

All that was left to do was too add them to my projects.


I'd be interested to know if you've tried this out.

Enjoy the rest of your week, I plan to be back here for Story Telling Sunday.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Summertime Scavenger Hunt

Rindas Summertime Scavenger Hunt has been a family affair and tonight on the last day i'm here to share my last few photos with you.

A fisherman - not one but four. My dad has individually taken the boys fishing during the summer holidays. They have each enjoyed a packed lunch made by Nan and a day spent with Grandad at the lake. 
No1 Son
 No2 Son
  and No3 son - putting the maggots on the hook ....ew!!
 and just so he doesn't feel left out No1 dad.
 This next one is a little lame. We searched the clouds in the sky day after day. We debated over shapes one of us found.. yet the other couldn't identify until we all agreed on this one.
 An ice lollie....popsicle!
 A fire engine.
 The next couple are ones I've captured since posting the originals.
I think this amazing elephant is better suited to an animal in a zoo.
  ...... a funny sign. 

Originally I posted a photo of a bottle. A bottle of sperm oil. Not really a funny sign, more peculiar wouldn't you say. Some of you mentioned that this must refer to a sperm whale, this was my thought too. Wikipedia does refer to Sperm oil as a waxy liquid obtained from sperm whales.ew.ew.ew.

Out walking the dog this week we noticed these new signs put up around the village. 
"There's no such thing as the dog poo fairy"
"Bag that poo - any bin will do"

It made me smile.
our local pub

and lastly......I'm substituting a theatre for performing arts for a sundial.
Thanks Rinda we've had a fun summer capturing.
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