Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One Photo Twenty Words

 Joining in with Abi's super meme. 

Blood Swept Lands
Seas of Red
 888,246 ceramic poppies
The Tower of London. 
11 November 2014
We will remember them.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Guest Post - Frosty Festivities Blog Event

Evening all, 

I missed Jennifer's Frosty Festivities blog event last year as I'd just had surgery. So when Jennifer asked me if I'd like to work with her uniquely designed Christmas items for this years event I couldn't have been more thrilled.

So there I was hunting around the house to pull together some supplies to use with the items Jennifer sent me . The garage, the loft (on three separate occasions because I couldn't find what I wanted), crates (still stacked up in my sons bedroom), I even turned out draws and cupboards looking for bits I thought I might have put in that one safe place. You know the one I mean. The one that's that safe you can never actually remember where it is. 

It worked. I pulled together a small selection of items and created Christmas cards (my first of the year) using Items from Jennifer's Happy Scatter Shop.  

To see more about these cards you must (if you haven't already) pop across to Jennifer, say Hi and enjoy her weekend long hourly posts...
These have been made using The Jolliest Time Ephemera pack. A gorgeous pack of high quality die cut Christmas card shapes designed by Jennifer herself. I feel in love with this pack.

 What are you waiting for....go see what Jennifer Grace Creates.

Happy Weekend to you all x

P.S. We are making progress on the house ....at last! I have since pulled out some more supplies so that I can make some more Christmas cards:) 

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Spooktacular Disney

Good Evening to you all. It's been a while since i've posted. Mainly because I haven't been creating, Instead I've been busy trying to re-organise the house which is still in a terrible mess. Although there does appear to be some light at the end of the tunnel...thankfully. I am hoping it won't be too much longer before I'm able to unpack all of my craft stuff.

It has been a little strange not being able to scrap. It made me wonder how you would feel if you weren't able to scrap for a while? It's not been as bad as I originally thought, possibly because so much has been going on and possibly because someone created a layout for me. How do you think you'd feel if someone else was able to scrap for you?

While my supplies have been packed away. I saw the lovely Nathalie's photo request on her blog.
I thought about her request and decided to leave her a comment to say i'd love to take her up on her offer. Luckily, she contacted me and asked me to send her some photos.

The idea was that she would use my Halloween photos to create a layout for me.

Nathalie blogged the finished layout here and then very kindly sent it to me - seeing a layout in real life is so much nicer than on the screen. All the detail is simply amazing. 

I'm so pleased to be able to include this layout in my Florida Album, every time I look through the album I will be reminded of Nathalie and her fabulous scrapping talent. I can't thank her enough for taking the time to create something just for me. I love it.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A hive of activity

 Hello all....how is everyone? 

It's been a funny few weeks here. I've had to pack every last craft item away now as work continues on the house. It's funny how I feel.... kinda in limbo. It isn't easy not being able to cut and stick when I fancy..I can tell you!  Still, all the shopping for new items and the delivery of my new kitchen has kept me going.

 This fun set of cards was made a few weeks ago before I packed everything away. I am hoping it'll only be another few weeks before i'm able to unpack it all. I'll keep you posted. 
(using Tim Holtz faded stencil and stamps and dies from Clearly Besotted Stamps)

The boys have been busy. 
No1 son made a brief appearance on our local news this week. His team were filmed for a news piece on the Rugby World cup coming to Milton Keynes next year. Here's a quick clip I recorded from the iplayer. He's the one who comes out the back of the scum and runs off with the ball. Did you manage to see him...if you blinked you've probably missed him lol! You could see him better and much clearer on the big screen.

 Then No3 son played in a tournament and met Will Greenwood. Former England Player. 
(Receiving their award. That's my boy on the far right..big smile.)

and last but not least ....No2 son won his first game of the season...whoop whoop.
 (That's my boy at the back - looking into the ruck.)

In other news. Grand Designs last week showed the building of a round house. Did anyone see it?

If you're not sure, it was the one where the husband and wife bickered over the build, the husband was building a plane too....Remember now?  If you do....this beautiful house sits on the outskirt of our village, so it was lovely to watch the program and actually see what the inside looked like. Now every day when I pass the house, I enjoying see it all the more.   

What have you all been up to? anything exciting?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Three photos and sixty words

I hope Abi doesn't mind.

It didn't feel right picking one photo. Instead I chose three holiday photos of my beautiful boys and I.

No 2 son

Twelve years old. With the biggest, most generous heart I know. Determined and Courageous.
Love you and your quirky ways.

No 3 son
Ten years old. So funny. I love that you call me mum-a-licious and you are always on my side (yay).

No 1 son
Fifteen years old. A rugby loving boy, with a super sense of humour, you know how to make me laugh.

  I'm popping over to see Abi now, to link up and have a browse through all the other One photo and Twenty word posts - see you there.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tenerife in Numbers

  It's been a while since I've joined Julie's Month in Numbers.
While I've failed to keep monthly numbers..... I'd like to join in this month with Tenerife in Numbers.
 5 Selfie Smiles - as we set off for our summer holidays.

We arrived at 7.30 in the evening to find 93 steps to our apartment No 72. With a further 20 steps to our very own Roof Top Terrace (thankfully it was good therapy for my hip...which held out).

At meal times we passed 1 dumb waiter. His doppelganger :) # flairthosenostrils .....

....where 68 ice creams were eaten in 2 weeks. These 68 ice creams were not the collective figure between the 5 of us, as one would think......they were the amount eaten by 1 ice-cream loving 10 year old.
 Our trips to the beach....
   involved warm temperatures...
..... and 30 Euros for the use of the inflatables for the day. Money well spent, they had a ball.
We made 5 footprints in the sand (the boys have all ..nearly...got bigger feet than me)
and took a beach selfie with 2 photobombers
 There was a little rugby reading. 50 influential people in Rugby. An interesting read.
Our best day was 7 hours spent at the local waterpark. We queued, we laughed, I screamed!!
.....we spent a long while in the pool where the waves reached 3 metres high.

 Evenings consisted of time well spent with my 4 favourite (big and little) men....


  ... where we all met 1 Michael Jackson. An uncanny resemblance ... don't you think?

All in all we had a super time and can't wait until our next holiday.

Have you shared your holiday numbers?
or any other numbers this month?

To see more pop across to Julie for an interesting read of her monthly number.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A new baby....

....No not mine!
 Gosh, that would be a shock, for me just as much as you lol!
I'm referring to my husband's cousin, who has recently given birth to a beautiful baby girl. I was out shopping for a gift to send her when I came across a card in Next. A little vest hanging on string.

You know what I'm going to say, don't you? 

Yep, I got that feeling. The one that says I can make that.

So that's exactly what I did....and here it is.


 I liked it that much I made a blue version too. 
and so you can compare here's the card I first saw in Next.

Have you ever seen a card in a shop and gone home to make your own version?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

2014 Summer Scavenger Hunt

Finally...I am making a dent in the holiday washing and ironing, although I don't think my washing machine will hold out much longer. I only flooded the utility room....I opened the washing machine door as the cycle finished... a huge wave of water flooded out. Not good. How I didn't notice that the water hadn't drained away I'll never know. #needtogotospecsavers.

How quickly we move on eh. Just a few days ago we were on the beach, relaxed, basking in the sun. Now I am back in the through's of domesticity. 

Oh how I wish we back there, searching out our subjects for Rinda's Summer Scavenger hunt. I saved the list especially for our holiday and once again the hunt became a family affair. 

My aim was to capture the whole list while we were away. Only I found that there are some things the Spanish just don't have! 

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town). 
The town we were staying in.
 3. Birds on a wire
They did walk along a wire during the show - Hope this counts.
 4. A group of tourists
The Sunday market full of tourists haggling for the best price.
 5. A rack of post cards
 6. An urban street scene
(Spanish Style) 
7. A rural landscape
 8. A tattoo on a person
With the camera posed this chap ran past me and I took a couple of extra photos. 
10. A photo bomb 
 Made us smile.
11. A horn (substituting for a birdhouse) I knew this was going to be a tough one to find so I am using my substitution. A strange place for a birdhouse..if this is indeed a birdhouse. It certainly looks like one, there was a bird lurking on the edge too.
 12. A mascot
Our Be Happy Holiday Mascot.  
13. A sunrise
You had to be up early if you wanted a brolly to shade you from the sun during the day. 
 14. A parade
A pool parade. It most certainly woke us from our afternoon snooze in the sun
 15. A juggler
This is were I am to give credit to my darling husband for making the effort to walk across the courtyard one evening to take the photo while I supped my Pina Colada
 16. A sign in a language other than English
 17. A lamp post
Another credit to DH. I couldn't get the angle right so it was agreed that if I gave him the credit he would take the photo. I think he is trying to muscle in on my photo hunt.... don't you?
18. A water fall
 This isn't the best photo, the sun was so bright. Can you see the waterfall at the back ?
 19. A public garden
If you look closely, you can see a chap having a snooze on the bench
 20. A bus with a picture painted on its sides.
We actually got on this bus (to Siam Park - the local Water Park) and can you believe it, I had to be prompted to take a photo. Someone paid more attention to the list than me! 
 21. A photograph of you with something representing the season.
Me, Summer and Ice-cream.....and him. See I wasn't kidding. I'm pretty certain he was muscling in on the Summer Scavenger Photo Hunt.

 There are two items on the list that I "we" were unable to find during our holiday. It seems the Spanish don't do Garden Gnomes and can you believe that we never came across a bakery. 

Thanks Rinda for adding a little more fun to our summer holiday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SJ Crafts Challenge


We've returned from a lovely relaxing holiday back to a chilly UK. So chilly in fact we had to put the heating on. In August!

While I catch up on the washing and ironing, it's time for another challenge over at SJ Crafts.

The theme is holiday & travel using something old & something new

 Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, Dinner like a Pauper.
  If you have boys then you may agree with a few of the things I say here. 

As my three grow up they eat more and more. They are constantly hungry and they are constantly asking:-

 "Can I have something to eat mum" 
" Mum, can I have a...." 
 "What's for dinner mum"
 "What time is dinner mum, I'm starving" 
"Any pud puds mum" (their word for pudding/desert)
and then there's "mum...when are you doing the shopping, there's nothing in the cupboards....."

Is it any wonder the cupboards are bare a few days after doing a weekly shop. 

So...... when we are on holiday it is nice not to think about the food shopping (or cooking).
 In Florida we ate out at a different place pretty much every evening. The boys loved it and H who was thirteen at the time always managed to order the biggest and best meal...every single time. Really.

It became quite a thing, so I started to take photos and keep notes.

Harry VS Food
EAT... Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, Dinner like a Pauper. Huh! Two out of three wasn't bad!
See I wasn't telling stories, did you see the plate of pancakes he had for breakfast and the rack of ribs hanging over the edge of the plate. Then there's that huge hotdog!

 At one restaurant he worked his way through a bucket...yes a bucket...full of monkey nuts. Even a little park treat was a family size tube of frozen yogurt.

He's not a greedy boy, he was just ordering what he fancied and every time his meal arrived it was bigger than his dad's. You can surely imagine how much head shaking, moaning and laughing Dad did when his meal arrived smaller than H's!  As the old saying goes "if you can't beat them, join them" .... and that's exactly what he done in the end, by ordering the same meal.

Getting back to the challenge I included some old word stickers. For something new I used Simple Stories label stickers.
A great challenge to mix old with new. I hope you''ll join in the challenge to use up some of the supplies you've been saving or simple hoarding.

Hoping you are all having a super summer x 

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