Friday, 30 March 2012

On a Scrapbooking roll

I really am loving Scrapbooking at the moment and seem to be creating at least 2 layouts a week, which is good for me.  I know I have mentioned this before but Shimelle really does inspire me especially with the Glitter Girl series as well as 'The Hitchhikers Guide to Scrapbooking' which I enrolled on a few weeks back.  She has made me think about how I scrapbook and has made me realise that a layout doesn't have to be complicated or timely.  A layout can be made quickly and easily and still look great and which I'm proud to have in my album.

So these are my layouts this week, I've used holiday snaps from last summer which have been waiting to be scrapped.  We really did have a good summer last year, we done and saw some pretty ace stuff.

As today was the last day of term the children could create an Easter scene using hard boiled eggs.  We decided on making our eggs into chicks and using an egg carton for it's nest.  So I set about boiling some eggs, dyeing the eggs yellow, painted the egg carton and drawing a template for the chicks beaks and wings.  These are our cheeky chicks.

**Excuse the state of her hands she had been playing in the garden, digging in the dirt with her fingers by looks of it!!!!!Lol**

Sunday we are off to spend a few day down at my parents house.  I'm looking forward to catching up with everybody.  Then next Saturday we are off to Leeds to see Les's Sister for a few days, well that is assuming that we can get petrol for the journey.  I can't believe all the panic there has been over this fuel.

Right I'd better think about making some tea.

Have a fab weekend.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Spring time and Starting point

I've taken part in Shimelle's starting point again, as I really enjoyed it last week.  This is my take on it, I've used the new Amy Tangerine's range which is so bright and cheery which is just perfect for Summer photos.

This weather we have been having over the past few days has been glorious, it makes you feel so much better to see and feel the sun. I feel like I have finally come out of hibernation and that I want to start doing things around the house, garden and to start looking after myself better again.  I've started running again although it was very hard work but it felt good to get back into the swing of things again. 

This weekend we have been out and about, we wanted to make the most of this lovely weather so we decided to go to Snowshill Manor but sadly it doesn't open until next Sunday. So I took a few photos anyway and then we headed up to Broadway Tower for a nice walk and to pick up sticks to dry out for next winter to burn on our wood burner.  Today we went for a long walk along to Hampton ferry and then back along the river, we are so fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the country.  Here are a few of my favourite photos from this weekend.

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Friday, 23 March 2012

I have been fairly creative over the past week and really enjoyed the process.  I'm loving some of the new paper collections which have come out of CHA this year.  I'm also enjoying my Polaroid camera that I purchased back in January, I love the instant snapshot and the excitement of how the photo will turn out, lets face it we don't really get that now with our digital camera's.

This is my first layout that I created this week, again using the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan I'm just loving this range.

I have so many scraps of patterned paper that I thought I would try and create a layout using a few of them.  The alphas used I've had for years (they are really nice, don't know why I haven't used them) and it feels good to use up some old stash, even if it does make a tiny dent into the amount of stash I have!


I also promised you a photo of my ripple blanket, it's more of a lap blanket really as I didn't make it very wide.  I could make it longer if I wanted but I don't really see much point as it's not that wide.  This blanket was my first big crochet project and I'm really proud of it, it's by no means perfect but I still love it all the same.

So for my next crochet project I've decided to do a Granny stripe, Mum gave me some balls of wool she had had for a while so I just bought a few other balls of wool.  This time it's going to be a proper size blanket, the great thing is that you can do a row very quickly and so it soon grows.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all the lovely comments I really do appreciate each and every one of them.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Starting Point

This week Shimelle has created a layout using some starting points which has really helped me to kick start my scrapbooking mojo. I have just recently purchased the new Dear Lizzy Neapolitan range, which is just so pretty. I decided to dive in and use the papers straight away rather than just hording them and hanging onto them because they are just too pretty to cut into!.  I'm trying to use papers as I buy them now, after all that's why I bought them, right? 

So here is my layout, for once I have used a photo of me from Croatia.

Oh boy I wish I could feel that sun on my back right now, instead of this depressing grey skies. Make sure you check out some of the other super talented ladies with there layouts over at Shimelle's blog.

Have a lovely weekend all, I'll be back soon to show off my finished ripple blanket.

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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Crazy time

Another week which seemed to go by in a flash. Either the weeks are getting shorter or I'm getting older!!. Another busy week with Les away in Dubai, and Mum and Dad up to keep me company.  We had World Book Day last Thursday and I had been asking Charlotte what she wanted to go as.  She decided on late Sunday afternoon that she was going as Janet from the Secret Seven.  So we looked through the books to see what Janet wore.  A skirt, knitted cardigan, long socks or tights and a piece of ribbon in her hair.  Charlotte really isn't a girlie girl and doesn't own a skirt (other than a school one) or a cardigan especially not knitted.  Mum said she thought she could knit a cardigan in time for Thursday morning, so Monday morning we got some wool, knitting needles and a pattern and she set about making a cardi.  Right the skirt, do you think I could find one which would look appropriate for the era.  Thankfully Tescos had a navy needle cord one which wouldn't look out of place.  Doesn't she look good?, Mum really did work her magic fingers on that cardigan (thanks Mum).  I really admire Charlotte as most of her friends were going as fairy's or princesses and she was determinded to be different.

Les came home on Friday evening shattered and with a hacking cough and feeling dreadful. I just thought it was a cold and jet leg kicking in. He woke yesterday morning feeling really rough, and to be honest he didn't look great. I went to the chemist (as there was no answer at the Dr's surgery) to see if there was a doctor on call as I really didn't think that he could wait until Monday morning, I hate to think what state he would have been in. They told me that our surgery was open, so I ran there and asked if he could see a doctor, apparently there were no doctors on. She gave me an out of hours number to call so I came back and called it, they were good and within a few minutes a local nurse called me back and asked what his symptoms were, she could hear him coughing and said it didn't sound very good. She booked him in to see the on call doctor at the local hospital. It turns out that he has a chest infection (which I suspected), and it really has knocked him out. So yesterday was spent running around, but I'm so relieved that he has some antibotics and hopefully they will kick in quickly.  I really wanted to do something constructive so I set about making some cakes with a little help from the little lady.  They look great, but they taste even better!!.

So today I've done the supermarket shop (which I hate) and then Charlotte wanted to do a 'She Art' girl, I got the box out and I knew I was in for a messy afternoon.  It was worth it as it kept her quiet for a while and she is never happier than when she has paints and glue at the ready.  This is what we created, I'm surprised I managed to create anything as it seemed like all I was doing was washing out the brushes all the time!!.

I have managed to do quite a bit on my ripple blanket, which is growing rapidly.  My Smash book is great too and I'm treating it as a bit of a diary, so all in all I've been really crafty.  I'm hoping this week I will be able to do a layout or two.

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