Month: November 2016

Photo a Day – week thirty seven


I am just a little bit in love with autumn leaves – not sure if I’ve mentioned that. I’ve had my eye on these for several weeks just a glance at them as we pass on our morning walk. Not sure what the tree is but the leaves are so unusual. Waxy and a distinctive shape. And perfect for holding the water after the rain.


Here is another waxy sort of leaf and another favourite plant. Love me a Holly tree.


I did some sewing while we were away the other week, I have four quilts on the go at the moment….. Laying out some of one of the designs to see what it looks like. I have to admit that pinwheel quilts look lovely but I think it’s just too much sewing for me. Oh yes and the denim is upcycled jeans!


Photo by Gav. We are working on her December Daily® album. Never to soon to start.


Master of all he surveys…..


Out for coffee and a delicious cinnamon swirl.


Frosty morning.


Heading towards December…..twinkle and glitter abound!

December Daily® 2016 – Foundation Pages


Back again to share the foundation pages of my December Daily® album for 2016. My second year using page protectors for most of the album and I found last year that I changed the pages quite a bit from how they started off so instead of planning these too much I’m keeping them simple. Numbers and a few papers inserted in the pockets.



And as usual I cannot resist red, white and kraft…….


I have a couple of different design of page protectors, the 6 x 8 and the two 4 x 6 pockets but I have used my sewing machine to create some 3 x 4 pockets on those two pocket pages for a bit of a variation. I also hope to have some pages not in the protectors, again as I like the look of those in the album. More or less what I did last year.


The stamped number 02 above is from this set. It was very good to have those number stamps to use because all of my number 2 alpha stickers have been used up in December Daily® past albums. Most of the numbers are not adhered yet.


I’ve been hoarding a sheet of velum for years but found a new supply of this pretty paper and added a large page into the album. I am a big fan of layers and being able to sneak a peek through to other days.


Hope to be able to do that again this year.





I’ve tucked a couple of tags into the album too. I actually like the look of them loose but we’ll see.





I made the 3 x 6 page last year from a cut down 6 x 8 pocket. Love that size.


And I absolutely adore an envelope in these albums. Again that 21 is stamped from the same set I mentioned above onto a Tim Holtz label sticker.


Tried to vary the look of the stamped numbers.




So there we have it the foundation pages all ready to go.

Here are my foundation pages from 20152014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010/1, 2010/2


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


Celebrating autumn leaves and loved ones


Recently I suggested that we have a trip to Roundhay Park to throw some leaves about. They were not that enthusiastic but we seemed to have fun anyway!




I think that I need to practice my photography skills some more……. But regardless of the blur I had fun too.



And clearly we were rather pleased with our efforts. A great reminder for me. Get out there and enjoy whatever moments you can with those you love.

Photo a Day – week thirty six


I thought it would be interesting to see more or less the same view for a week (well not Sunday because we were home then!) But this is no ordinary view……

Embleton Bay beach and Dunstanburgh Castle at sunset.


On a cloudy day where the beach was awash with seaweed.


The beautifully highlighted castle.


Finally the sun emerged.


Sunrise and an impatient pooch.


The oncoming tide.


I thought how amazing it was that there are so many variations of cloud, waves, light and look of the beach. Oh how wonderful it would be to see everyday.

And back home I was working on my December Daily® album.


And that was that.

Read – The Lake District Murder by John Bude


This is another of a pile of books given to me by a friend. Previously I read the Cornish Coast Murder but don’t think I blogged about it!?

Anyway this is a detective story set in the 1930’s and this edition is the first time it has been re-published. It is locked in its time but I don’t think there is anything wrong with that and if you like a detective murder mystery then this would suit you well. A little slow and perhaps too long but as with the Cornish novel the characters are interesting and overall I enjoyed it.


December Daily® 2016 – The Album Cover


It would be wrong to break with tradition! So I’ll say what I always say at this time of the year…… the most wonderful season is soon to be upon us and I am joining in the fun and making a December Daily® album once again.

This marks my ninth year! I signed up for Ali Edwards Storytelling with December Daily® class again. The content is the same as last year more or less but I loved the class and got so much from it I thought taking it again live would be the best option. So far, so inspired!

As with all my previous albums I have constructed the album from scratch. I looked towards all my pins over here for inspiration and honed in on this one as a jumping off point for the cover design.

I adhered kraft cardstock to a couple of sturdy cardboard pieces and began by embossing the stars on the cover. I used white embossing powder.


The original pin is quite dreamy and soft so I didn’t emboss all the stars and kept some as white Stazon ink to give a different texture and look to the tree.

I tried out various ribbons, twine and embellishments before settling on that lovely red ribbon that was on a Christmas gift last year.


I removed the velum insert of that metal rimmed tag and added the ’25’ from a set of American Crafts Thickers and stamped the 2016 which is from an Ali Edwards stamp set.

I wanted something else on the design and thought that some kind of representation of a tree trunk would look good. Unfortunately I messed up my stamping and it didn’t turn out quite right so I just added those good old teeny rub ons for our initals, some little gems in clear and red and called it done.

The ribbon is tied inside the album cover.


Before I began the heat embossing I wanted to test a patch to see how much the paper and cardboard warped with the heat. So I stamped on the back cover to see if it stood up to the heat gun.


The photo is a little blurry but the test worked and there wasn’t any warping.

Here is a link to last years post about the cover and of course all my past years are here.

Happy to have this project started once again.


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

Photo a Day – week thirty five


Here we go with some more everyday photos and a couple at the end of the week of holiday ones – we headed up to that cottage in Northumberland again.

The church I walk by five days a week, bathed in sunlight on this day.


No explanation needed.


An almost tidy craft room with added twinkle lights. I can’t keep it tidy but oh! I love it so when it is.


A poppy for Rememberance.


Stopped for an eggnog latte and a photo-op on my walk to work.


And off we went and took H with us for the weekend. It was very windy on that beach.


Pondering how we should cross the river estuary at the far side of the beach near the cottage. We didn’t in the end they just tried to re-direct the water flow….. Gav should have been an engineer!


And there we go.

Bloom 2016 – Crazy Wild (aka the one where I totally go for it)


Remember I mentioned that there was another arrangement left to share? Well here it is. Basically I picked everything I could lay my hands on in one last burst of floral fun.


I found that an old stool was perfect for sitting the vase on to take a photo. It’s a great stool that was my Grandmas and usually lives at my sisters but was on loan for a family do we’d recently had. Think I may just forget to give it back….

The sun came out just in time to capture a photo or two. It is a clash of colours, a clash of delicate and robust blooms.


The flowers making up this vase are sunflowers, cosmos, dahlias, clematis, amaranth, antirrhinum, sweet pea foliage and some rose hips.


As far as the going for it thing….I really tried to make the arrangement asymmetrical with short flowers at the front and longer stems towards one side. It was a challenge especially as I was limited with my flowers but I like how it turned out and it fills me with hope for trying this type of construction next year.



Photo a Day – week thirty four


Let’s do another week of photos.

A cute boy in the window watching me leave.


Yellow leaves today.


I know this is out of focus however I rarely get to go for a walk with my sister so this had to be documented.


Working on the cover for my December Daily® album.


So in love with autumn right now.


We walked to the park and threw leaves about (photo’s of that coming soon!) These three…


It is a long time since we had a fire. But lots of ‘stuff’ was building up in the woods so it was time. And he enjoyed himself.


There we have it.


52 stories – week forty – Forest Lawn


Here’s another story, another layout.

Forest Lawn


Here is the story on the page –

We have been to some gardens in our time and this one is up there as the strangest. Since I have been crossing gardens off my list we have found a few that have left us wondering why they would be in the 1001 book and this was one of those. Interesting, yes. Unique, yes. But really worth a visit? But it was worth seeing as a historic park cemetery where tinsel town lays their folk to rest. Famous and ordinary alike part of a vast parkland in the sprawl of L.A.

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

Either I’m getting better at this story telling thing or I’m getting less picky but I’m happy with this story too! Another one from our adventures stateside and one to add to all our garden visits. On to the next.


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.