52 Stories – Number Forty Five – First Time for Everything

Late last year I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Ali Edwards Story Kit™ and Story Stamp™ It was part of a sale event. I went for the ‘First’ kit and the ‘Stuff’ stamp set. Love them both and hope she does another sale of these products as they are excellent and packed with good stuff. I have been tempted several times to buy the full priced kits and getting the opportunity to see the products makes me want to hop on board with that even more. We will see…..

Anyway the reason I am rambling about that is because the 4 x 6 card on this layout came from the kit and I loved that it gave me both a spark for the title of the page but also a colour scheme to use too.

First time for everything

Here is the story from this page –

I got Gav into a taxi, now that’s amazing. I’d wanted to take H in a London cab every time we’d visited but had never managed it until this time. The combination of change in my pocket, the 40 minute walk to the Science Museum, the heat and the fact that I needed the loo came together and I just hailed one! It was a speedy trip and so worth the look on Gav’s face.

Have I got the story down? Would I add anything more?

My typing went a little haywire here. I missed words out and ran out of room. Really just wanted to add another sentence or two but it does get over the main idea of the story so I must be satisfied with that.

I also liked having the colours for the two cards from the kit match so well and loved the little wood veneer car.

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52 stories is a series (or adventure) in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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The Click Tick List – Visit the Top of the Rock

We have been away for a few days. I had a big Birthday last week (insert the scream emoji!!) and Gav took me to New York City to soften the blow. He knows how to make me feel better.

We had an eventful few days in the big apple what with Storm Stella swooping by but we didn’t let her dampen our spirits for too long and I needed to get something crossed off my list.

The day after the snow came I was out of our hotel early and at the Rockefeller Centre for the doors to open up on the trip to the Observation Deck. It was 8am and there were just a handful of folk waiting with me for the ticket booth to swing into action.

In fact as it happened I rode the elevator to the 67th floor all by myself and apart from a couple of security guards was alone up there for a while, it was amazing!

And the weather cooperated with me. The views were stunning, clear as far as you could see and the ground lightened by the snowfall. Here we are looking uptown to Central Park and beyond.

Towards the Hudson River and New Jersey.

And towards the East River.

The architecture was impressive.

As was the snow still clinging onto the building.

And my favourite view. Downtown to the Empire State Building, Times Square on the right of the picture and way off in the distance you can just make out the silver sliver of One World Trade Centre (Freedom Tower.)

That view right there, wow. It sends a shiver down my spine. It makes me want to live in the city so I could see it every week. It makes me thankful that I rode to the top of the rock. It makes me happy that I had a sunny morning and a clear view and the place to myself for ten minutes.

It makes me thrilled to have crossed it off my list but I will be back, one day I’m sure because it was just awesome!

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Photo a Day – Week Fifty Two

And so here we are at the end of another year in photos!

An ordinary everyday picture of a street here in Leeds complete with red phone box.

A sprinkling of snow.

Pancakes (a day late!)

New trainers. Trying to decide if I like them or not…..

What can I say?

Spring like sunshine.

And finally in this fifty-two weeks worth of photographs, a light filled blossom to go out with a floral bang!

Thanks for sharing our year in pictures. I will be back in a couple of weeks with week one of a brand new photo year.

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52 Stories – Number Forty Four – This I Know

Happy Wednesday!

This story is one of those that I aspire to tell. It’s not about the photo, it’s about a lesson taught, learnt and hopefully remembered.

Don’t get me wrong I love telling the everyday stories that relate directly to the picture, the who, what, where, when and why stories. But happening upon one of the less tangible ones makes me happy.

This I Know

Here is the story –

It first struck me, in 2014 when we were riding on that cable car, that when you travel with a child you have to become something you might not usually be. BRAVE. That journey over the River Thames scared me silly but I couldn’t let it show. I had to be brave and pretend all was calm, all was well. It struck me this last visit to London in the same way and I realise that this is a gift. I know that if I can do it with her I any do it anytime. That is something powerful to remember, something good to remember and hold on to. Thanks H.

Have I got the story down? Would I add anything more?

I mentioned last week that I keep a ‘photos to scrap’ album. Somewhere to pop pictures that I love and know I want to use in layouts. I may not have a story in mind I just know I adore the photograph so I keep it to one side. Hmm… I have rather a lot of these!

This photo of me and her went perfectly with my story. I could have a different story with it highlighting the trip we were on or our relationship but I’m glad I used it here. I think it works well.

Overall apart from some dreadful typos and missing words in my typed paragraph (I blame the typewriter…) I love my story and wouldn’t add anything to it.

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52 stories is a series (or adventure) in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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One Little Word® – 2017 – Light

My fourth year doing this project. I usually write something here at the beginning of the year and then forget to share as the year goes on. We’ll see if I can improve on that.

Light came to me around October last year. And as often happens with these things it just stuck around. I pondered a couple of other words – magic and adventure because hopefully we have a potentially adventurous and magical year planned! But I went with light as my focus and I’m keeping the other two close as well.

When I began to think about the word light and all its potential I was filled with joy at the possibilities for my journey with this word.

Here is a stream of consciousness I jotted down about it –

lots to explore – eclipse, all about the light – living under this sun – light to nurture, make stuff grow – light/dark – for photography – candles – twinkle – harness the light – solstice – moonlight – starlight – drawn to it – shadow – travel light – light touch – shine your light – catalyst

Oh so much to think about and work with.

I joined in with the class again this year and for February we were asked to practice something. I loved the practice prompt last year and that was the spark for my increased walking. I carried the prompt into March when I practiced drinking a glass of water before leaving the house every morning. I still do that today and I know it does me good! So practice is a lovely idea to work with.

Although not directly linked with light I chose to practice meditation. Gav and I had a go at meditating in 2015 and we loved it. So we brought the practice of meditation back.

This month we are tasked with making a vision board or a variation on that theme. I’ve not had great success with this prompt in past years but I am willing to give it a go again.

So far I love my word and love the chance to walk along side it this year.

Do you have a word?

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One Little Word® is a class over on Ali Edwards site go here to check it out.

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52 Stories – Number forty three – Allsorts of Selfies

I’ve said it time and again before…….. hobbies phase in and out. Because I have so many of them (!) I feel that this is a good thing. When I get bored of one there is always another to take its place.

I’ve not been making many scrapbook pages lately but felt inspired last week to make some new ones. The process of bringing out photos, story ideas and supplies always sparks creativity and productivity and now all I want to do is tell more stories and make them into layouts.

To help me with this process I keep an ongoing list of story ideas in the same note book that I use for Project Life® and I transferred all last years ideas to my new book for 2017. I also keep ‘to scrap’ photos together in a regular photo album, a concept I got from a class I took at the old Big Picture Classes run by Stacy Julian. Her idea is to sort through your photos and keep them all handy in one spot. I pulled this set from there.

Allsorts of Selfies

Here is the story from this page –

Oh yes indeed. I don’t just stop at the self timer when we are on our hols. No, I do selfies too. And of course I have to get us both in the frame. Good to see that Gav joins in with equal enthusiasm and FUN! On the drive to downtown LA, On the bus to Hearst Castle, Shadows at the crater, lunch in Paso Robles, Breakfast in Cambria.

Have I told the whole story? Would I add anything more? 

When I gathered these images together way back in 2015 and slipped them into my to scrap system I knew I wanted to highlight the fact that they are all ‘selfies’ but most have a quirky twist on that. I wanted to showcase them all together, to highlight my love of a selfie, that Gav joins in and that we get creative sometimes. That was the main aim of this layout. The words for once were second to the overall visual of this collection of pictures of us together.

I’m happy that my ‘concept’ worked out and I love this page.

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52 stories is a series (or adventure) in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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Photo a Day – Week Fifty One

Can’t quite believe that another year in pictures is almost over! But here we are…..

Rain drops on Hellebore.

Road works on the way to work.

Pooch on bed…..

New crafty project Gav and H started.

Sunlight on a rare tidy kitchen.

Cutting out paper to line cake tins.

Sandwich on a plate I decorated over at Emma Bridgewater Decorating Studios

Those sponges are tricky to work with but I love it all the more for its imperfections.

And there we have it.

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52 stories – Number Forty Two – So Unfair

Back with another story.

So Unfair

Here’s the story from the page –

Hannah and I were oh so happy to find the game full up with BA-NA-NA Kevin and Bob. We fed that machine and Han grabbed Minion after Minion only for everyone to fall back down when the claw got to the top. We were simply robbed! So I bought her one for Christmas instead!

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

Simple answer – yes! I was running out of room even though I’d used the typewriter for my journaling rather than writing it out to fit more words on the page. The story is there more or less but I could have embellished a little more as it is short and to the point. Like I say it gets the idea across and it is a reminder of another fun day spent with her at the seaside.

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52 stories is a series (or adventure) in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

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Photo a Day – Week Fifty

Added a new star bowl to our collection.

A frosty morning.

I’m sure I take a photo of this sun every year. I love the combination of bricks, terracotta and metalwork.

Someone had a birthday last week and yes this photo is blurry beyond hope. However, that face blurry or not was a sheer delight.

A crazy hard jigsaw puzzle that I bought Gav for Christmas. I didn’t realise it was going to be so difficult. He had to try the blue pieces in each spot…..that’s what the little piles are for so he knew which one he’d tried!

The potatoes are started.

Making bread.

There we have it.

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30 Vegetarian Pizza – A Review and a Bonus Pizza

Wow. This project was a long time in completing!

It all began on the 8 March 2014. And really? I can’t believe almost three years have gone by since then. But time flies. You can read my orignal post here.

Looking back at what I wrote in that post I have to say first and foremost I pretty much failed in this project. I wanted to try different flours and cheeses and toppings. But it proved harder than I thought to sway Gav from his tried and tested dough recipe and the toppings were a challenge too. All that said I need to make it clear that I wasn’t doing this whole thing as just something to write about here. I had hoped to push our culinary skills but when it came down to is he cooked the pizza, I photographed and then we ate them for dinner on Saturday nights. On only one occasion did I get in the kitchen and make three at once. And I only did that because it was a bright summer day when Gav was off walking and I felt like trying out some toppings I knew he wouldn’t like. (Yes, the beetroot one! Ha.) Basically it was real life with its real challenges.

But enough of the negative, what about the positives? We have discovered several new favourite toppings.

This one from Cookie and Kate was my number one.

Followed closely by Quorn ham and pineapple.

Such a great combination.

I also loved the beetroot one….

That had Feta cheese on it too which I think worked so well with the sweet beetroot.

Then there was the artichoke and sweetcorn.

With a few black olives and red onion throw into the mix too.

And finally the one in the photo at the top of this post. It was number thirty one because I miscounted! Of course best is last right? This was roasted vegetable. Onions, courgettes, red pepper and tomatoes roasted in the oven for about 30 minutes and added to the pizza before cooking. It was so good.

So there we have it a few lessons learned and a few new combination of flavours, not bad really for three years in the making!

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