Month: July 2013

The Canvas


I saw this great home-made canvas ages ago and was determined to make one myself. It’s taken a while and lots of snipping magazines to bits but at last I finished it.

I tried to fill all the gaps and worked down from the top to the bottom varying the colours and sizes of letters as I went. They are adhered to the canvas using gel medium in a matt finish. I love that stuff.


Not sure that the style of the picture actually goes anywhere in the house but I love it anyway. And my younger niece loves it too so you know what that means….. more snipping.

Photo a Day – week thirty


Here are more.








A few details – Calendula and clary flower arrangement, a trug full of crops, reading the Florida guide-book on the bus, some of the family reflected, ripening blueberries, playing go fish with H and Gav’s vanilla latte and naughty chocolate.

Read – July


Yes, I’ve read another book. Maybe I’m gearing up for my holidays or maybe I am just reading what I truly enjoy. Romance and teenage fiction with a little dystopia thrown in for good measure.

I liked this one very much. Great characters, well written and very scary world building. And the good news is the second book in the series is out so I could pick it up right away. But I shall wait a little while at least.

That’s about long enough right?

Bloom 2.0 – Sweet Peas


The heady any wonderful scent of these pretty little flowers is filling the house at the moment. And I can’t get enough.



Hope to get some long stems so I can mix them in with other arrangements too. But just enjoying the smell and the beauty of them.

Project Life – week eighteen


Another week documented.


Still only doing one page per week and trying to tie in colour schemes on the page and between the two week spreads. Just added a wooden leaf shape and a couple of staples and the ever present washi tape.



Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. Click the link to visit her site and read more about Project Life.

Photo a Day – week twenty nine


Food, walks and holiday planning.








A few details – our first set tomatoes, herbs, garden produce, me and bud, a record of the amazing temperatures we’ve been having (and yes just noticed wrong date!), Gav making pizza, and a new top for holiday.

Bloom – Calendula, Cerinthie and Ammi


The Calendula are blooming at last. Love that orange.


And my trusty blue vase.

Gardens visitied – Filoli, CA, USA


Maybe it was because we were on holiday and the weather was perfect but this garden, nestled in the hills of California 30 miles south of San Francisco, has to one of my all time favourites.



It was a true delight to visit and soak up that Californian sunshine. And of course get a self timer photo.



Bloom – Sweet William and Philadelphus


I re-cycled some of the sweet william stems from a recent arrangement. I have mentioned before that they are long-lasting flowers which makes them such good value to buy or grow and I couldn’t waste these beauties even though everything else in the vase had gone over.

And while I was walking in the wood I caught the scent of Philadelphus flowers so I picked a few of those too. (I don’t go around picking flowers from any old wood by the way. This wood is private and owned by all the houses surrounding it.)


The scent from those flowers is so amazing. They call it the mock orange although I don’t think it’s very orangey just heavenly though.

And I’ll be back to share more of that ‘I love you’ canvas that I was inspired to make by this pin.

Project Life – week seventeen


This week I used a different page protector. I had a few left over from last year and like the variation in the photo’s it gives you. I also used up a little 3 x 4 card I made last year. Just been waiting for the right week!


The Wednesday Wednesday is from an American Crafts stamp and the ‘hello sunshine’ from a Dear Lizzie sticker book.

And onward.