Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pretty Bows all in a Row

This month the DT are sharing their bow projects over at Fantastic Ribbons.

I don't think tying a bow is as easy as I looks and after many attempts over the years I tend to make bows by piecing together lengths of ribbon and building them up. 

I chose ribbon to match the patterned paper and found the bright colours worked well.
The big orange bow has been made from four lengths of ribbons.
 Each length a little shorter than the last. 
The ends of each length have been stuck together to form a circle.
 The circles are flattened and laid on top of each other. 
A narrower contrasting colour ribbon has been placed over the middle to hold the four lengths in place. 
The green bow has been made in the same way with a brad to hold the top two lengths together. 
used: Orange Grosgrain 22mm and orange Grosgrain 9mm white dot
I really love the same colour combination of the wide and narrow ribbon.
used: kiwi 22mm dot
How do you make your bows?
Please share I'd love to know.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ripsaw Falls

It's no secret that I don't like heights.
I like my feet to remain firmly on the ground. Previous visitors to Florida explained that the rides there weren't the same as here and that for many a ride you don't know what you're queuing for. Yer Yer....doesn't matter what they say you won't find me on those big rides, I thought.
I mean if you've been to Florida you'll know that some of the rides there are massive and even this log flume ride Ripsaw Falls was enough to turn my stomach. The trouble was this was our first day, our first park and we were just a few rides in, when we encountered a problem. My DH was suffering from motion sickness...really really really bad... This left me in a dilemma. I couldn't let number one son go on this ride on his own...could I? I really really wanted to.....but no. Get a grip girl you can do this!! 

The good thing about this is there was no steep incline to get up to the top and apparently on the way down the others knew exactly which boat we were on! My screams were heard all over the park.
  We got soaked as you do on most rides in Florida. The warning signs made me smile - 
"you will get wet you may get soaked" 
and believe me they weren't kidding.

I'm not sure if you call tell from the layout but I have a huge smile on my face and having to go on this ride was the best thing for me and the first of many more big....ish rides!!
  I'm being inspired by Janna at the moment. I adore her fresh feel layouts and this layout was one that really made me smile and made me think that if I made a page like this I might be inspired to loose weight too. Who's inspiring you at the moment? Please do let me know!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Snow days

Like many parts of the country this weekend has been filled with sledging and snowman building. 

Today our schools were closed so we had another snow day! The boys were in and out all day......and after a walk to the village post office I spent the best part of the day pottering with a little cutting and sticking. 
Taken yesterday

Thank you for all your comments, emails and kind words this week on Simply a moment
It means a lot.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Simply a moment

Whilst I sit at my desk at work, staring at my PC screen not reading what's on it I find that alexa's simply a moment crosses my mind. A time for pausing, noticing and recording. I've been wanting to join in for a while now and found that today was all about reflection. 
The words on the screen in front of me are a blur. My mind today is elsewhere. Far far away thinking. I see the man in front of me, talking. Talking to me. He turns to the screen to the left of me, shows me an image. He keeps talking, I hear myself ask questions. He speaks of hip replacements, operations and recovery times. Is he really talking to me. Am I too young. It seems not.

It could be worse. It is fixable. No more pain. Oh to sleep through the night again. Think positive.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Holiday Itinerary

 Does making a layout or completing an album ever weigh on your mind? 

I don't think it's ever happened to me before, I tend to be easy going, using photos that take my fancy at that time. At the end of last year we took our family holiday and since then it has taken me, what feels like forever, to look through all our photos, upload them for printing and then when they arrived sort them into some sort of order to scrap an album. All 500+ of them. 

I have made a note not to take so many photographs next time!! 

The only thing I was sure of was the 12x12 paper that was to be my first page. Last November Sarah from SJ Crafts sent me some Studio Calico Paper from the yearbook collection to play with and I saved this sheet to use as my holiday itinerary page.
So now with all the memorabilia organised and notes made of the stories to tell.....I think I am just about ready to roll. 

 I'm look forward to sharing more with you very very soon.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Story Telling Sunday - Pick your Precious

Happy New Year to you all.
It's good to hear that so many of you had a lovely Christmas.
It was good here too.

 There has been no creativeness here over the Christmas period to share with you, so I'd wondered how to start the new blogging year. Then, when catching up on some blog reading I came across Sian's post. Today is the first Sunday of the month. Story Telling Sunday hosted by Sian From High in the Sky. This year however it is all about celebrating the little things you love. Pick Your Precious. 

When I first read Sians post nothing immediately sprang to mind. I would have to give it some thought.

Over the Christmas period I had a huge sort out. There is something to be said about a fresh start to a new year. Wardrobes thinned out. Cupboards cleaned and re-organised. Boys rooms sorted and books passed down. It was here that I came across a book that i'd given to Harry a few years back.

 I was eleven years old, it was my first year at secondary school and we were given a copy of this book to read and discuss in class. We were then put into groups and in these small groups we spent weeks writing our own book using The Hobbit as reference. I have wondered in the past what happened to the book we put together, which I recall we illustrated so beautifully.

There is no doubt that this book has seen better days......the spine is frayed and some pages are loose. It is a great reminder though of the many times the pages were turned and turned again and the weeks I carried it around in my school bag.

All these years later the book is now a film yet I have no desire to watch it. Have any of you see it?

There are many more precious stories to read over at From High in the Sky.
Thank you for stopping by.
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