Sunday, 15 November 2015

Frosty Festivities Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my blog....this post is part of Jennifer's month of wonderful 'Frosty Festivities' crafty inspiration.
So I'd like to give you a bit of christmas themed inspiration........and as I usually send out about 50 handmade christmas cards....and haven't really made any yet this year [oh dear].....this blog hop seemed like a good place to get started!!
I like the idea of making little sets of cards using the same papers and makes it quicker.....but still fun as they aren't all identical.
These cards all began with 3 things......the large snowflakes......the images.......and the paper pad.
The snowflakes were a bargain die cut pack bought at a craft show for £1.....and I have loads left.I actually bought them for scrapbooking and then really liked the idea of using some of them behind images on cards.
Using the same card and papers on a selection of cards makes it so much quicker and easier to make a few at a time.
And to make this hop even better......Jennifer Grace is giving away a prize pack of a Lawn Fawn stamp set and more - enter to win by commenting on all the blogs in the Frosty Festivities 2015 hop! The giveaway closes on Sunday the 6th of December at 10pm GMT, and is open internationally........a great prize as you can see.
And now it's time to see what great inspiration Julia has for you.......if you get lost......or didn't start at the beginning of the hop.....just pop over to Jennifer's blog.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

At the eleventh hour

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month....we shall remember them

Friday, 6 November 2015

Days in Dorset

Back in August we spent a few days in Dorset......basically relaxing and being tourists.......I blogged about it in this I just wanted to make one layout about the trip to go in my annual album.
The motor museum at Beaulieu was definately our favourite place......we ended up spending most of a day there......well worth a visit if you're in Dorset or Hampshire.
I chose a few photos that gave a feel for the Dorset visit, printed them small size and mounted onto green card.....the background papers were all chosen to bring out some of the bright colours in the photos.
I definately now need to start on my christmas cards.....I can't actually believe it's November already.....though I know it is because when I went into Costa today they were selling their gingerbread of the best things ever......and sadly they only sell them in the run up to christmas.....though, actually, that's probably a very good thing!!!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

London Calling

Another of the 10 pages I completed at the Bloggers Weekend......we spent a weekend in London earlier this year......visiting the V & A museum......taking a Thames boat trip.....being tourists in the Tower of London.
Lots of reds and greys which just seemed to perfectly match the photos which definately have a grey tinge with pops of was actually 2 pretty damp,grey English days in London.....but fun as well.
I liked being left with the expanse of grey the journaling is going on the back.
A page completed for my 2015 album.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Bloggers Weekend 2015

I can't believe it's a month since I must have sorta caught up with me.....and it's not even as if I've got nothing made to blog about....I've got plenty.....because last month I went on my 3rd Bloggers Weekend.
Another great weekend at Cirencester Agricultural University with 15 other crafty bloggers....including this year my long time blogging friend KathyK who came for the Saturday as she lives well as Kirsty's gorgeous new born babe.Thanks to everyone for such a fun weekend....and especially to Jemma for organising it.
We all spent the time chatting,laughing,eating,drinking......and making......making loads of pages.....probably over 100 between us.......I had made myself 'page kits' and managed to make all 10 pages.
The first 2 are my 'littlies' birthdays as they'd both been in the couple of weeks before the bloggers weekend.

So I need to get myself in gear to blog the rest of my weekend's pages.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Pass the page blog hop 2015

Welcome to my part of this 'Pass the Page' blog should have arrived here from K's pop back there if you haven't......because 'pass the page' is a bit like chinese whispers for scrapbookers....the original page has been scraplifted and changed as it comes down the line....with everyone only seeing the page before their own.
All the pages were made before last weekend's Bloggers' Craft Retreat.....and it was great fun lining them all up and seeing what everyone had come up with......and what a difference from the first page to the last!!
This is the page I received from K
And this is how I interpreted it......using photos taken on DD1's birthday.......a meal out......18 floors up...... in a revolving restaurant in Hawaii.
There's plenty more pages to do pop over to Jo's blog to see how she interpreted this page......and you can start at Julie's blog to see the very first page....enjoy.

Monday, 24 August 2015

The world's largest maze.

Apparently that is true of the maze at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii.......they even have a little quiz and a series of clues to follow.....I'm hopeless at mazes......luckily it seems that DD1 is quite good at them and we managed to find all the secret stations......I think a little bit of cheating cutting through gaps may have occured.......and eventually we even managed to escape.
We also had a meander round the gardens.....full of exotic plants
before a well earned pineapple ice cream......well it would have been very rude to go to a pineapple plantation and not try the [delicious] pineapple ice cream.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Pineapples in Hawaii

I've finally started scrapbooking my Hawaii photos.....there's far too many to scrap them all......but a start has been made.......with our visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation......where we spent a fun afternoon.
We began with a train ride round the plantation.....I love pineapples but had no idea how they were grown.....and we didn't notice our selfie being photo-bombed until much later!!!
More to come later.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A short road trip.....and Scavenger Hunt captures

Last week we took a trip to Dorset.....we haven't been there for years......the weather was perfect....the time was too short for all we would have liked to do....but we managed to visit a fair few places....and I added a few captures for Rinda's summer photography Scavenger Hunt.
We stayed in a lovely hotel on Portland island overlooking the English Channel[Scavenger Hunt no.20] ....which had a roof terrace to sit and enjoy the view.
I had no idea that the 'Jurassic Coast' of Dorset was a World Heritage site......World Heritage status was achieved because the Jurassic Coast provides a unique insight into Earth Sciences. It shows a geological ‘walk through time’ spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
So dinosaurs abound.......bones and fossils in plenty at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.
 and some real....and 'not so real' ones at the Dinosaur Museum.
a trip round the very cute....and fascinating....... Teddy Bear Museum....getting re-acquainted with Rupert, Sooty, Paddington,Pooh and more.....we also visited the Tutankhamen Exhibition......and the Chinese Terracotta Warriors Museum....but no photos allowed in them.
immersed in a lot of Thomas the museum....
 and at the cottage that he was born in....a quintessential English cottage
a visit to Bournemouth beach.......coming across the 'wedding on the beach' tent [Scavenger Hunt no.9] while a wedding was actually in progress.
a carousel by the beach [Scavenger Hunt no.13]

amazing views across Portland Bay......where the 2012 Olympic sailing took place [Scavenger Hunt no.16] towards Weymouth...on our way back to the hotel after watching Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation.....enjoyed the film.....but why does Hollywood always insist on making Brits either villians or idiots???
 a half day visit to Beaulieu Motor much to do and see there
vintage cars of every shape and size

we went on a vintage bus trip
and I felt extremely brave going on the monorail
our journey home was slightly slowed down by the New Forest ponies who appeared to be playing catch with the cars in the road.

a good few days break

Friday, 17 July 2015

Saying goodbye to San Francisco

Though...actually.....going on one of their famous cable cars was one of the first things we did....very early on our first full day....our body clocks still on UK time we woke at some ungodly hour....the first cable car stop was just round the corner from our hotel.....and we were there....on a very chilly morning [who knew San Francisco could be colder than London!!!]......waiting for one of the first cable cars to take us down to Fishermans Wharf. 
It was an interesting start to our holiday.......the conductor had a row with a passenger who refused to show a ticket or buy one.....we quickly realised from their heated conversation that this was an ongoing battle......he called for an inspector.....who arrived 10 minutes later.....and the passenger immediately produced a ticket....the inspector had a calm,but firm,talk with her before we set off!!!! 
We were in no just enjoyed the three way exchange.....and the conductor's ongoing grumbles.......and the woman's mutterings......throughout the journey.
We did alright out of it.....the conductor apologised to us for all the delays.....and waived payment!!!
[I'm not sure whether to put this story on the front of the page.....or hidden on the back.]
We were certainly ready for a big breakfast of American pancakes.......before starting a city tour on the hop-on-hop-off bus.
Thia will probably be my last San Francisco page......I've plenty more photos.....but I think they will go into the album in divided page now to move onto Hawaii.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

"If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair"

As a child of the sixties 'flower power' and hippies were a big influence on my childhood......sadly the peace and love vibe didn't last long.....and seems to be in particularly short supply tourists lie dead on a Tunisian beach.....and Europe prepares to sell Greece down the river.
But when visiting San Francisco Haight Ashbury was somewhere we were drawn to visit.....a mecca for middle aged tourists reliving their hippy past,no doubt.....but fun to see all the same.
I remember that song playing over and over again on the radio......and it seemed apt to include it on the page.......along with bright colours and flowers.....lots and lots of layered flowers......and a bit of 'heart' journaling.
Let's hope the peace and love vibe returns sometime soon.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Today was the day....

that the bedroom fan was on all night.....that you could feel the heaviness of the air......that it was actually hard to breathe......that the washing dried in less than 2 hours.....that the garden wilted......that opening the doors and windows just made the house hotter.....that our sun worshipping dog avoided the sun.....that ice cream and iced water was obligatory......that there was absolutely no respite....that the temperature hit 33 degrees celsius ......that I wondered why we don't have air conditioning at home [though the answer to that is obvious!!]

and I know that for some of you this is normal summer weather....but it sure ain't normal here [thank goodness]......and definately not during Wimbledon when rain is almost guaranteed.