Sunday, July 21, 2013

Already it is Sunday evening. Where did the weekend go. Only a two day week for us all this week. I don't know about you, but I am ready for a rest.

A rest.... so that I can create a few more pages for my holiday album, I'd like to get it finished this year...I wonder what the chances of that happening are eh!?

This layout is for the Seaworld section of my album....when the boys met Shamu...they've still got big smiles on their faces.  
 
 I used MME, Find your Wings and Fly range of papers and stickers. The B sides of these papers are as lovely as the A sides.

Wishing you all a super week. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Long may it Last.

Lately I have been a little slack with my crafting, blog updating and reading. I am behind on my month in numbers post and the 15th of the month for Alexa's Simply a Moment passed without a moment. A combination of good weather and the boys finishing school has kept us busy. We have had school leaver plays, a brass concert, sports day, a guitar concert, an induction evening for moving up to secondary school as well as rugby training and music festivals, sleepovers and birthdays. I'm now looking forward to next week when the boys finish school for the summer and I finish work for a few weeks.
I mentioned here that my friend Hayley launched her own business, she sent thank you wishes to everyone that popped across from here to like her Facebook page and enter her giveaway. It's here if you'd like to enter and didn't see my last post.....you might have to scroll down a little way to find the post...the closing date is Saturday 27 July.  

I have made a few more cards using products from Hayley and Sara's shop. The twine and the butterfly centres are their's. The card above is my favourite (I think) the big glass buttons look fantastic when the light catches them.


 I hope you are enjoying the glorious weather we are having here in the UK. Long may it last.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Crafty Business4u Giveaway

With so many businesses closing...it's always nice to hear of new ones starting out. Especially when they are crafty ones....and even better, a friend.

Now my friend, Hayley and her business partner Sara are not crafters. Although I think that may all be about to change. They are both mums who (are secretly interested in crafts) got together to run a small business from home.

A week or so ago Hayley asked if I could use some of their products and make some crafty things for her facebook page. Really.. (I thought she'd never ask :) ) .....She gave me a box full of their products....oh my!!.... it seems I really am easily pleased. 

Their products are lovely, however, from their website, craftybusiness4u I thought the mulberry flowers were big (and did wonder what I would use them for and how I would incorporate them into my layouts or cards) and in a house full of boys not something I would use.  In fact theses Mulberry flowers couldn't be more opposite than what I thought.....they are so small and delicate...(just like me.....lol!), in various sizes and the most gorgeous colours, I can see them popping up on all sorts of projects.  To show you what I mean, I made a card and tag using their flowers, ribbon, twine and ivory flower centre.
The reason for this little post is to introduce them to our little corner of the blogging world and to ask you for a little help....in return Hayley and Sara would like to offer you a chance of winning a lovely little package from their shop. All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is.....

.... Pop across and LIKE their facebook page, SHARE and leave a COMMENT on their giveaway post....(you could say I sent you). One commenter from their facebook page
 will be chosen at random to win....

The closing date for this giveaway is 27 July.

I'd like to wish Hayley and Sara the best of luck with their business, I hope they go from strength to strength.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Washi Tape

This month over at Fantastic Ribbons the design team are altering household items with washi tape.  
I've had this lovely photo frame for a while now, yet I never got around to finding a suitable photograph to put in it.  It has sat on a shelf amongst other frames and after changing my mind a few times (once you start looking for things to alter there are no end of possibilities) I finally settled on altering it!












I started off by covering the glass with the green dot washi tape to match the quote I wanted to use. Using a few scraps of card I covered them in gold script washi tape and cut out hearts shapes. The hearts are layered with foam tape for a 3D effect. 

Do you have something that needs brightening up?
 I bet you do? 
Have fun!

Thank you for stopping by and remember to pop across to Fantastic Ribbons over the next month to see what other household items are being altered.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Storytelling Sunday - Pick Your Precious

Storytelling Sunday on a Monday . I knew what story I wanted to share yet the time flew by and before I knew it, the first Monday Sunday in July had arrived. On the first Sunday of each month Sian hosts Storytelling Sunday . If you haven't already you might want to pop across to Sian's and take a look.

This is a story that I wish I had more to share with you. It starts in Liverpool. My husbands family on his mums side are Liverpudlians. Last year we were visiting C's grandparents when his grandfather gave him these two Saws. Now you might think....Saws....why are these precious? I'm with you there.....yet these are no ordinary Saws.... 
 This is where the story begins, six generations ago, with C's great great Grandfather. 
 
 He was married to Henrietta and together they had four boys (boys really do run in our family!).  He was a Shipwright (Ships Carpenter) and his job was to cork the decks of ships. These two Saws are over a hundred years old and it is believed that they were used on the building of the Titanic, that C's great great grandfather worked on.
If this is the case. Imagine the stories that these Saws could tell. They are well used as you can see. One is a rough cut Saw the other a fine cut...each Saw has his name engraved on the handle twice with his initials too. He was definitely making sure that these remained in his possession. Each one comes with it's original cover and string to hold the cover on. They have been used and they work/cut perfectly....even all these years later.
I have so many questions going around in my head. For instance, most of us know that the Titanic was built in Belfast, registered in Liverpool yet sailed from Southampton. I would like to know if he was Irish and moved with his family to England to settle in Liverpool at a later date. Or were the decks corked in the UK.  One day I would like to research further, in the meantime we will be visiting C's Grandfather in the summer holidays so I will be trying to see what else I can find out. 

Thank you for stopping by. I have a busy week ahead yet I hope to get around to visiting all your story's soon.

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