Layout Share – We Made It

I got a few more pages made a couple of weeks ago for the USA trip album and here is one of them from our first day.

Here’s the story –

I feel like we are all taking an enormous breath and realising that we are here after all that planning. Maybe it was just me? They were certainly sizing it up, not just the vast museum but the adventure to come. We’d done battle with AVIS, the heat when we got out of the car and Gav and I were preparing to see the last Shuttle. We rang Nana and wandered. Gav on his own, me with H and Bev with David. Yes, we’d made it!

I have mentioned it many times before but I’ll say it again here, this is one of those photos that pulled me towards putting it on a page. The idea of telling the story about us finally arriving on this holiday popped up as I thought about just why I wanted to scrap this picture. The feeling I got from it was that moment of breathing, relaxing so the story came together. I could have said much more but was running out of room on the page. Overall I think it captures more or less what I wanted to say and I’m happy it in the album.

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Photo a Day – Week Three

And some more….

Out with family for breakfast and this cutie came along.

A lesson in where not to put the camera when taking selfies…..

The light, the moon, the beautifully restored clock  at Oakwood in Leeds.

Things are growing.

Why sit on the blanket?

Making chocolate mini egg crispy buns.

Delicious pancakes and berries and banana for breakfast.

And that was Easter week!

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What I’ve been Reading – March 2018 and a Few Thoughts

I’ve been pondering the big pile of ‘to be read’ books ever since I mentioned them in January. Lot’s of those book have been on that pile since 2015!

Anyway those thoughts got a jump start at the beginning of March as I found myself falling down a rabbit hole……. I’ve haven’t read Alice in Wonderland yet but it’s on the pile!

It was the 6th and I know this because the catalyst for my foray into a warren of my past reading history was the google doodle for that day. It was Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 91st birthday doodle. Which got me thinking that somewhere down the line I’d read one of his books. So off I tumbled……..

I hopped (sorry!) to his wiki page and pinpointed the name of the book I’d read. It was actually a novella and called Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

Then I jumped (tee hee!) back to my blog to search for a review of that book. Hmm…. after searching and searching (which made me want a web site with a search facility….GAVIN!….) and not finding any mention of it I discovered that I read it before I started the blog! Eventually I located of this book included on a list I’d used for a scrapbook page made in 2009! Here is the blog post that introduced my intention to share the books I’d read and the layout that references the Marquez novella.

I have to say that I loved going back and reading both that scrapbook page and the post about my reading quirks. It also made me realise I have become very boring in my choice of books over the last few years. I think that the reason some of the books are still on the pile is because they were added when I was trying to be more adventurous and reading less in my comfort zone. So by actually reading some of those I’ll be broadening my literary horizons and reducing the pile. Win, win.

In the meantime here are the two I managed to remove from the pile in March.

This is the fifth of the Campbell and Carter mysteries from the author. Easy to read detective stories that usually keep me guessing as to who did it and set in lovely Cotswold countryside.

I think I’ve read about eight of the Inspector Montalbano novels by this author now. And again they are easy to read crime fiction. It’s good to read about Sicily and have that different perspective, always enjoyable.

Here’s to a slightly more adventurous April and lowering that ol’ pile of books.

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Adventures in Quilt Making – The Purple One

Hooray! I’ve finished it and I think this is the fastest quilt I’ve made so far. Under a year, now that progress.

Little photo bomber……..

I mentioned it over here in January.

I bought the fabric last year at Jo-ann in Florida with the intention of making a quilt for our living room and even though I say so myself I think it goes perfectly.

I also feel like I employed some of my previously learnt skills on this one too. I measured correctly this time and I trimmed all the edges as I sewed. Being precise does not come naturally to me but I have learnt that it’s vital when piecing your quilt tops. I also used a technique I saw on one of the Creative Bug tutorials about how to secure your quilting stitches. By turning the size of the stitches down to very very very small you can start the line off, trim your threads and the quilted stitches stay secure. A great tip which saved so much time for me because previously I sewed all my loose threads into the quilt.

I’m still no expert and it isn’t perfect but I’m fine with that. Do a little, learn a little.

I wanted to get this finished before spring and before the 100 day project as I know I won’t be doing much crafty stuff other than making hearts on fabric till July.

Glad it’s finished and ready for the autumn, or right now as it’s been snowing again today!

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Adventuring – Malham Cove

I mentioned recently that we went to the Dales. I thought I’d share the photos we took of our walk up to Malham Cove.

We started from the nearby village of Malham where we were staying.

It wasn’t a very nice day but we got on with it.

In the photo above you can see the white face of the cove. Once a waterfall (it occasionally still is in very rainy seasons) the cliff is made of limestone that has eroded over millions of years. Apparently it is formed along the line of the Craven Fault System and the erosion has made a limestone ‘pavement’ at the top of the cove.

There is a set of steps to the left of the cove which of course Gav wanted us to climb……

Halfway up and I seriously believed by little heart might give up! I also thought this experience should be added to my click tick list……

Gav wandered very carefully to the edge. The rocks were really slippery so I stayed put.

It is a great sight and when you realise how these cracks and fishers have formed it makes you realise just how powerful nature is.

Back down at the bottom we walked to closer to the face of the cove and spotted large boulders that must have fallen from the top. That’s one just in front of Gav.

We also found some crazy folk….

Hard to spot but dangling from a rope about halfway up on the picture above are rock climbers!

I was asking Gav all about the stream that seems to begin at the cliff face and he was explaining that this stream (that comes from the water filtering through the hills and originally from Malham Tarn) becomes the River Aire.

The River Aire runs through Leeds and it all starts here in the Yorkshire Dales. You can tell I was pretty impressed by this walk we took.

Loved getting outside and seeing nature at its best. Really does the soul good.

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Project Life® Catching Up

Here are a few Project Life® layouts from 2017 as promised!

I keep it all very simple if you recall. One side per week usually and Design A page protectors.

Adore those family photos!

Words and photos, words and photos.

Into November and I remembered to keep the cinema ticket from Blade Runner 2049 and slipped it into a pocket.

So many wonderful (and not so wonderful) memories.

I added a three pocket 6 x 12 page with extra photos from our week in Northumberland. It’s a simple way to add more without having to fill up a 12 x 12 page.

And December.

Because of December Daily I usually condense the month down to fit some of the photos that didn’t make it into December Daily or photos that tell certain stories.

And there we go just a quick update from last years album.

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Photo a Day – Week Two

Here we are with another week.

Still a little snow.

Proof that occasionally I do clean the house….

Pretty Anenome blanda.

All gone!

My sampler is filling up.

Breakfast out as  local vegetarian cafe. Everyone was jealous when my ‘budda’ bowl arrived.

Gav is still finishing the shelves in the greenhouse. One day it will be all done I’m sure.

And there we go.

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The 100 Day Project 2018 – 100 Hearts on Fabric

Can you believe it is almost a year since I began writing 100 Brush Script Quotes? I can’t.

I loved the project so much last year that I have decided to jump on board again in 2018 and have shamelessly plagiarised the project that Elise Blaha Cripe  did last year. But instead of 100 Plants on Fabric I’m going with 100 Hearts on Fabric!

And let me tell you I am about as excited as I have ever been about this! The idea came to me about two months ago during a quilty phase when I found myself wondering how I could do something similar to Elise (because I thought her take on the idea was so cool) without being exactly the same. Then it hit me. I love hearts as a motif so why not do hearts on fabric.

I began by pinning over here to see if I could come up with enough ideas……..

Then I thought where is the challenge if you know you can do it? I was hooked on the idea anyway and now can’t wait to get going.

Although I’m all fired up, which is of course exactly how you need to be at the start of something that is going to last a long time, I’m also realistic and know that I’ll get fed up and stressed along the journey. To help combat those feelings I know I can consult my board over on Pinterest when I need inspiration.

As far as supplies I’ve purchased some fabric markers, fabric inks and dimensional fabric paint.

I’ve sorted out a pile of embroidery floss, sequins and beads and have a small stack of fabric. The salmon linen on the top of the pile is the only one I have purchased so far all the others are from my stash.

I intend to make squares (when I said I’d plagiarised her idea I wasn’t kidding!) and sew them into a quilt so my colour scheme is going to be white, pink, grey and some other neutrals. If I get to the end of the 100 days and manage to sew a quilt I’ll put it our bedroom to go with my very first quilt.

A week today is all begins again!


Here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the 2017 project and here is a post summing up my thoughts at the end of the 100 days.

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Photo a Day – Week One

Time is a funny old thing. Memory is also a funny old thing. As I begin this photo project for another year I got to thinking about how many years I’ve been sharing these pictures. After a bit of checking up I discovered that it all began in January 2013! Now I would have said it was further back in time than that hence my comment about time but also when I think about the year of 2013 what sticks out most in my mind was out first trip to Disneyland and that does not seem so long ago at all.

All that to say that documenting is good for the memory and story telling in whatever form is simply good.

Okay onward with this first week.

A pre-birthday night out at our favourite pizza place.

Not sure if I mentioned before but I tried out the free trial at Creative Bug. I did lots of painting and line drawing and also added an embroidery class to my list. The teacher produces these amazing samplers so I purchased one and am really enjoying stitching. Although I don’t really need any more hobbies…..

A completely different birthday trip this year. We went to the Yorkshire Dales and stayed in the hamlet of Malham. We stayed in a lovely country Inn called the Lister Arms that welcomes dogs with home-baked dog treats and a pile of blankets and beds you can pop at the side of your table so the four-legged friends are as comfy as the two-legged ones!

We walked to Malham Cove the next day and even though it was rainy and misty there is nothing like a walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

Cinnamon porridge for breakfast before we headed home.

Crafting was done.

And to round off the week we got four inches of snow!

And that was week one!

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Layout Share – Me and that DNA

Here is a story from the Washington D.C part of our trip last year.

Me and that DNA

Here’s the story –

Of all the museums on the Mall this is the one I wanted to take them into because of the Ruby Slippers and Kermit! But no! They were both having some refurbishment. BOO! It was okay in the end though because they saw the amazing US flag, the pottery and dresses of the First Lady’s and then this. Harrison’s or should I say Indiana’s hat and whip from Raiders. It was Gav that made the DNA remark but hey it was so true. In the presence of actual Harrison actual DNA. Wow!

Typing this fun story out I’m wondering how many exclamation marks I can fit into a paragraph? Never really one for proper gramma………. Anyway as I say a fun page that documents some of the other things we saw in that museum as well as the props from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Also on this layout I have put both photos right next to each other to form one block. I don’t do that very often preferring margins around the photos but sometimes it is good to have a change. It does give a different feel to the page and on this occasion I like it.

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