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Bloom 2019 – Sunset and Sunrise

I have been sorting through photos from the last few months for Project Life® and our recent holiday and I have come across another six flower arrangements I’d forgotten about! Life eh? I guess when you take as many photos as I do and love to make arrangements some are going to get lost.

Well thank goodness I found them. Here are a couple.

A feel that the vase above is a totally different colour scheme with its zingy orange calendulas and purple/blue cornflowers. Larkspur also features and a few yellow sunflowers. It’s great to ring the changes.

More pinks below.

Ammi and phlox, antirrhinum and scabious seed heads mix in with deep and light pink cosmos and white and pink salvias. And right there at the front is another dahlia crazy love.

I’ll keep sharing these summer scenes it will cheer us up as the winter begins to loom!

December Daily® 2018 – Day Fifteen to Day Twenty Five

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Yes you read it right. 2018! I spent Saturday in the (virtual) company of Ali and the community of December Daily scrapbookers and it was great. It was a December Daily Prep Day where Ali popped into your computer for 12 instalments worth of ideas, inspiration and page layouts over a 12 hour period.

It got me excited for this years album but also reminded me that I didn’t share my finished 2018 one. So here is it. As I recall we’d made it up to day 14.

Day 15 saw Gav and I head off to London for the weekend. I used that glorious gold star transparency to hold the number 15.

There is a card from a past December Daily® kit and a cut down page protector with two pockets.

Used the diagonal lines to write my story. You can just see the photo I took of the sign that lives in St Martins Theatre showing the number of performances of The Mousetrap. 27,614…… It’s been going a long time. I went to see it with my friend (it isn’t Gav’s thing!)

Perhaps I should have added that not only was I thrilled to see it performed in London but that Mum and Dad also came to see it here many years ago. As an Agatha Christie fan it was lovely to be there in that theatre.

Day 16 and I wandered to Covent Garden while Gav went to a museum. I spotted the very Instagrammed green mini so snapped a photo too and paired it with a sweet card I made. Really love that embellishment tree!

We met up again and went along to a service at St Pauls Cathedral. This was a truly lovely hour. I kept the programme and simply folded it up to pop in the album.

Day 17 and a red envelope paired with a photo of the mantle.

I seem to have merged the story for day 18 and 19 together.

All about making little fabric bags that I used instead of crackers. I added photo of Buddy too as he was looking cute.

As I finished this album months afterwards I was running out of words but I was ok with that. I added the photos and called it good.

The Chewbacca stamp from a Christmas card envelope had to go in.

The photo below of me preparing got my words flowing again!

Day 24 and our usual trip to the cemetery followed by coffee.

I made my sis a Christmas tree quilt. She loved it.

Scenes of present opening and around the table completed my album for 2018.

Looking back I really enjoy the smaller format, fold out pages, clear pages. All my usual favourites and it’s good to see as I can get ideas of where to go this year. Yes indeed I am ready to get going the 2019 foundation pages!

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

Read 2019 – The Holiday Books

Ah yes. Holiday reading. One of the best times to relax and read book after book…….. Um, no.

We planned on reading several books each on our trip but that simply didn’t happen. We were so busy or so tired we only managed two each! It just wasn’t that kind of holiday and that’s okay. No really Gav it’s okay…….

I only actually took three with me and one on the kindle. He insisted on six! All proper books too. Good job we had plenty of kilo allowance for the cases.

I went back to my old favourite Stephanie Plum for my first read. Hardcore 24 by Janet Evanovich. It was the usual easy read with a few laugh out loud moments. Even though these stories are virtually the same over and over I can’t seem to stop reading them. Like I say easy reading and sometimes that’s exactly what you want.

The second book was something a little different. I’d seen it previously but not bought it then I saw it mentioned on a blog I follow and decided to try it. At it’s core it’s a murder mystery but the author has given it a twist. In his words it’s a ‘time-travel, body-hopping murder mystery’. It is clever, mind boggling at times and absorbing. I took a few tries to get into it but then I was hooked. It also stayed with me for days afterwards as I unravelled things I’d missed and I had a few lightbulb moments. As I say it was complicated! Or maybe it was just me that couldn’t keep track. Just like The Song of Achilles it made me want to be in a book club so I could ramble on about it and check I’d got all my facts right!

And that was all I managed to read. Such a ‘bad’ year for reading but it is what it is.

The Click Tick List – Go Disneybounding

First of all for anyone who does not know what Disneybounding is I better explain. You use everyday, normal clothes to create outfits inspired by a particular Disney character. Usually you’d pick a colour, style of top, dress, skirt etc. It’s a creative way to join in the Disney fun without looking like you’ve gone all fancy-dress. Of course you could do it every single day. Or like me focus on that trip to Disney to try it out.

Above is my nod to Nemo. Orange, black and white. You can’t really see it clearly from the photo but that top has a fine black stripe running through it. I found it in a charity shop and knew that it would work for this character and then as a great warm winter top!

I must admit that since I learned about Disneybounding I have thought about it a lot. Maybe too much for an alleged sane person………. How I could use clothes I already owned to play along during our trip. What could I find in charity shops. Which characters to pick? I think I drove Gav crazy. I even had a Pinterest board going with ideas. I was throwing myself wholeheartedly into this idea.

Anyway for all my thinking about it all the ‘bound’ above was a complete accident. Here I am at 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian resort during a character breakfast. And who comes along but Mary Poppins all dressed up in her ‘Jolly Holiday’ outfit. When I looked at the photo afterwards I couldn’t believe how I matched! Even down to the lacy-ness of my t-shirt. Win!

This orange skirt was always going to be Tigger. Add a black t-shirt and there you have it.

One film that I watched and loved from my childhood was The Rescuers.  Evinrude, the dragonfly and Orville, the albatross. So cute. I even had a mirror in my room with a transfer of Orville on it. And then of course Bernard.  Above is my take on his cute jumper, the grey skirt forming his lower body and my sun hat his cap. Such fun!

Alice.

And Moana. It was sheer luck that I’m stood in front of a sea like background and that my hand mirrors hers.

Chip!

Chip and Dale were perhaps my most favourite characters when I was little.

And last was Minnie. She isn’t in her traditional costume here as this was at Chef Mickeys breakfast buffet. Where she dresses as a chef of course!

I found that red and white polka dot material in the sale and thought a simple tube style skirt would be easy to make. It was my first time sewing stretchy material possibly my last! But it worked and was so comfortable.

Something I realised during this adventure was that I have rather boring clothes! I mentioned that I found a top in the charity shop which made up an outfit and obviously I did come up with several of these fun ‘bounds’ but I’d have loved to try out some of the princess’s outfits I just don’t own items in those colours. I will definitely look out for pastel colours in my charity shop trips and who knows I could be headed for a whole disneybound wardrobe…… Not really but it was so much fun doing this and anything that brings a smile to your face is worth it!

Bloom 2019 – Pink Mix and Tiny Tangerine

Only a few more of these to share now. Just writing that got me thinking about how to bridge the long gap between summer flowers and spring flowers. I have a half formed plan to at least make Christmassy arrangements in the form of a wreath or two (using some of the flowers pods I have dried) but I also think the garden still has gifts to give I think I need to look harder!

Anyway on to the flowers I have arranged.

Dreamy and romantic. I love that I managed to convey a mood with this one. All thanks to the flowers. Cosmos in white and pink, nicotiana, antirrhinum, salvia and that gorgeous consolida that elongated the shape perfectly for me.

And from dreamy pink…

To teeny tangerine (and white!)

Perfect for that old yeast tin, this was a delicate yet punchy addition to the mantle. Calendula with white cosmos, scabious and salvia. Those white salvia were just amazing. I’ve grown the pink and purple before but this was my first packet of white ones. Will definitely be sowing those again!

Okay, I am going to wander down the garden and look for autumn things…..wish me luck!

Photo a Day – Week Thirty, Thirty One and Thirty Two

We start and end at home but in between there is a wonderful adventure!

Above a beautiful sunrise and below we made it to Florida. Blurry yes but that moment, well we have waited a year for this trip so it matches our feelings perfectly.

When I was looking through all the photos I noticed that there were lots of Gav and I together. To celebrate that here are some of them. There are a few self timers shots but also in the mix are ones taken by Disney Photopass photographers and some by automated cameras on a few rides.

If you’ve been here a while you’ll remember a layout of me on this ride two years ago where I kept my eyes closed the whole time….. I was obviously braver but still out of my comfort zone. And look at Gav smiling away!

Dole whip? Yes please but in a strawberry float please with and orange one too.

Hello Tigger!

Love, love this ride.

A very enthusiastic photographer in Galaxy’s Edge. Love this one.

Crazy and fast ride Test Track my hair was an absolute nest after this ride.

This one was at about 8am with a beaustif early sun lighting up Cinderellas castle.

Outside The Beach Club Resort. Very fancy.

More for the Star Wars fans. It was very hot (I thought it may have cooled down in October….) too hot to wear these t-shirts but we’d brought them so snagged a photo before we packed up and headed north to Charleston.

So pretty.

Then north again to The Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Where we took a trip to see some wild horses. More on this story soon.

We also found Duck Donuts. Oh my goodness. You select your own icing, toppings etc. And they are made fresh right there as you wait. They are delicious and reminded us of proper seaside doughnuts from here in the UK.

The all too soon we headed home.

To greet our beautiful pooch who clearly missed us…..

Autumn had arrived while we were gone.

A snap of the garden right now.

And there we go.

The Click Tick List – Have my Hand Painted in Henna

This one sounded easy but after a little research it turned out to be more of a challenge.

Although I had found places that did the ‘tattoo’ they were not using traditional henna. A genuine henna tattoo is orange-brown but all the ones I was seeing were black. Apart from the fact that the black ones do not, in my opinion, look as good as the real ones, the added ingredient to make it black can cause irritation to the skin and in some cases leave scars. I didn’t want that so I put this one on the back burner.

I’m not sure why it popped back into my head before we left for Disney but I’m glad it did becasue a quick search online informed me that the Morocco Pavillion in Epcot’s World Showcase offered genuine henna tattoos! Hooray.

In the photo above it looks very dark but you can see a little of the lighter colour where the paste has dried and fallen off. Basically the henna paste is applied it then dried after about 20 minutes and over the course of the next day the paste falls off revealing the pattern that the dye has left behind.

It does look a bit odd and you have to be careful of the paste that has fallen off because if it gets wet it will still stain clothes, towels etc. I was also advised not to pick off the paste but let it fall off on its own. That was hard but I did as I was told!

And I simply loved it. It felt like something slightly crazy to do and so unlike me. Well, maybe unlike me. Lol. I mean I did it right?

It began to fade after about eight days, that’s the photo above. And today, two weeks later, only the faintest trace remains.

So glad I did this. I’d definitely do it again, maybe my whole hand next time.

Bloom 2019 – Golden

Okay so the arrangement isn’t golden but boy the vase is. A charity shop find and a perfect vase for flowers. Thought I better get sharing the last of these arrangements as summer is a distant memory now!

Cosmos, white and pink salvia and beautiful dahlia labyrinth. A lovely explosion of pink and white.

I was thinking about lifting the dahlias this weekend but the weather has been too rainy. Hope to get them done soon though and label them up properly for storage….. I can but hope.

Photo a Day – Week Twenty Eight and Twenty Nine

But before any adventuring photos a few from my daily photo series.

Produce!

Lovely purple aster complete with raindrops and sunlight.

Cooking apples ripening nicely.

Took a walk to Canal Gardens. Lots of textures going on.

Sun-flares.

The screen says it all! What a fantastic night.

My take on a healthy bowl lunch with homemade hummus.

Another walk. This time around the garden at Harlow Carr.

Raindrops again but this time on that beautiful shrub Cotinus coggygria.

Gav was sizing up a new building project. Oh no not more building work…….lol!

Winter foliage coming along.

Love to document the garden from this spot. I must try and do a scrapbook layout about the changing seasons with some of the past photos.

Light.

Lovely breakfast out with friends. This was a spicy bean and egg dish.

And there we go.

Been Adventuring

The weeks slipped away and all of a sudden we’re back from our holidays and I didn’t write a single blog post! It was a full on fun packed couple of weeks in Disney World and a quick road trip to South and North Carolina. I’ll be back soon with stories of crossing things off the click tick list and our adventures!