Month: June 2018

Layout Share – Here We Go and some Thoughts on Travel Scrapping

I’ve been thinking a lot about these scrapbook pages recently as I’ve signed up for a class over here all about travel story telling. I adore Ali’s classes, always get so much from them and come away inspired and ready.

The first week is walking through all of her past albums and then looking at those trips that haven’t got completed stories ‘in the books’ yet. She is encouraging us to think about the way we have told travel stories in the past, what has worked and what hasn’t.

When I think back I’ve used lots of ways to tell our travel tales. Mini books were a go to choice for many years. They were very popular in scrapbook land and inspiration was on every scrappy blog. I also used travel notebooks from Paperchase to journal on the go and then add all the ephemera and photos in when I got home. There are a couple of smaller sized scrapbook albums dedicated to holidays and most recently of course I have made 12 x 12 layouts to put in an album for that trip.

It has been good to think back, look back and remember all those places we have been and celebrate the stories I have told about the adventures. It has also made me happy to realise that for right now and for the stories about last years travels I’m happy to carry on with the 12 x 12 pages (which is good really because I have at least ten pages already made!)

Here We Go

Here’s the story –

We packed up and had a quick breakfast and got loaded into the car for the journey to the Eclipse. It was so very exciting indeed. What wasn’t exciting was the traffic! But we were off again on the next phase of this crazy adventure. Bring it on!

Looking forward to more from the class and sharing more of these stories.

The 100 Day Project 2018 – Thoughts on Eighty Days Done

Well. Here we are then. As I write I have made eighty four squares! Eighty four days. Wow.

Here is a re-cap on the basics of my project.

I’m putting 100 hearts onto fabric. The squares are all 6.5 x 6.5 inches. I selected a variety of materials in a limited colour palette. White, cream, pink, grey, brown, beige. All except one piece of fabric I already had on hand. These were an old linen blouse, three re-purposed cotton sheets.  I bought one length of salmon pink linen.

For adding hearts to the fabric I have used fabric markers, dimensional fabric paint, Mr Huey’s spray ink, applique, white spray paint and two fabric ink blocks. Embroidery floss, and buttons have also been used.  I have cut up card and fun foam for templates and to make my own stamps.

When all 100 are finished I’ll be making a quilt. Phew.

Here are a some of the squares from the last fifty plus days. Some are my favourites and some I included here because they are ‘different’ and a little bit different should be celebrated!

Possibly my all time fav below.

Gav, H and my fingerprints! Hers are the perfect ones!

I said way back in March as I pondered this project ‘what if I run out of ideas?’ My response back then was where is the challenge if you know you can do it? Which is still true but I know now that I won’t run out of ideas.  There are endless ways to put a heart shape onto fabric. Endless.

I did however, begin to plan and mentioned this over on my Instagram feed a while back. I planned to help focus my mind on what ideas from my Pinterest board I still wanted use and also to help prevent that moment of panic, especially on days when I’m out at work for some of the day.

Here’s the plan as it stood on day sixty.

I deliberately made it visual, so drew a representation of what the square looked like. Seeing it all laid out made me both really happy and focussed. I began to see each row of ten as a mini goal which kept me on track. Ten days is nothing right?

I have been intentional about where the colours came in the layout from the start but seeing it laid out on a plan was helpful. I also love looking back at the photos I’ve taken of them all arranged on the floor.

I also tried to make the squares different as they sat side by side, above and below. If I’d done a central large heart the day before or on the row above I tried to do a smaller random pattern for the next one etc…

I still love, love this project and am thinking about what I have learned this time around. I’ll come back and share those thoughts and then of course the sewing begins so I can turn my squares into a quilt!

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Here is my intro post to the 2018 project and my thoughts on 25 days down. And here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the 2017 project with this one summing up my thoughts at the end of those 100 days last year.

Photo a Day – Week Twelve and Thirteen

Still playing catch up…….

Preparations for sweet pea planting.

A trip to the seaside and some camera timer fun!

Light on Clematis.

Fav plant, fav buzzy thing!

A reflective moment.

Lunch.

Adorable pooch.

And again……

This area of the garden is getting an overhaul soon!

Another lunchtime in the gardens at Roundhay Park.

Making dream catchers.

Gav and I went to London. This is the view from the Tate over the Thames to St Pauls.

We did a lot of climbing steps that weekend. Here we were at the top of St Pauls Cathedral.

Love a sign. I assume this is an old one still in use at the tube station.

And there we go. Not quite caught up but getting there.

Timely Reminder

I’ve just read a wonderful post over here. I adore this blog, her outlook on life, her words, her photos.

It made me feel like I needed to write something today so here I am.

The day did not start as planned. We were out last night at Gav’s uncles Diamond Wedding Anniversary do. Diamond Wedding! Consequently we were home late and I slept in. I hate sleeping in (actually I LOVE sleeping in!) because the rest of the day seems over too quickly somehow and I end up shortening our morning walk so I can get home for that first cup of coffee. Then while Bud and I were walking our shortened walk I got a text from my older niece to say she was visiting my Mum with our newest addition, my great niece, so the walk was shortened even more and off I went to see them all.

I got my first cup of coffee there while I watched this 11 month old walking and laughing and being so crazily stubborn about going all those places she shouldn’t. Looking quizzically at an old toy phone my Mum brought out then at a mobile and wondering what the old one was. Technology eh? She doesn’t recognise an old phone! Anyway, it was an hour of loveliness and a timely reminder to live and love and enjoy even on days that don’t begin quite as we’d hoped.

Happy Sunday!

Bloom 2018 – Hellebores and Sweet Rocket

I picked a few Hellebores before they set seed a week or so ago and to go along with them I added Alchemilla mollis, Euphorbia oblongata, Lunaria and Hesperis (sweet rocket). All plonked in my favourite blue glass vase.

Everything here, except the Hellebores, are self sown! I love a free plant especially one you can make flower arrangements with.

I got all the annuals planted last week and they are growing away happily. We have had quite a dry spell recently which is always good for growing but not so good for us who have to keep up the watering. But I’m not complaining. Looking forward to a summer of flowers in the house.

What I’ve been Reading – May 2018

Oh the heady heights of literary fiction…….. May was not the month for such novels. I appear to have forsaken my quest to reduce the pile of books already!

And I only managed two.

The first was another of the Lord Peter Wimsey written by Jill Patton Walsh. Presumption of Death. It was very enjoyable. Set in the second World War it gave an insight into country life during that period and we got to know the characters a little better. I have leant the book to my Mum which is why my photo is less that perfect!

My second book was another Jack Reacher – pictured at the top. Not too much death and destruction in this one and perhaps all the better for it. A quick (because you can’t put them down) read to finish the month.

I’ll try for three in June so I can make my goal of twenty four for the year……

Layout Share – That’s One Way to Get Steps

Another week another story!

That’s one way to get Steps

Here’s the story –

I said I’d finish the laundry as it was my turn. For some reason I walked back and forth between the room and the laundry room about twenty times! In the heat! Who know why but I did. Anyway the laundry got done and I went way over those steps.

This page is an example of yet another of those photos that I wanted to scrap but wondered why. After looking at the picture for a little while the memory of the trips back and forth popped into my head and that was a good enough tale to marry with the photo. I love this strange ritual of the Disney Caribbean laundry room. I could also have mentioned that the change machines ate your money, the wait for the engineer  to retrieve said money or the bliss of the air con inside the room. Maybe I’ll just remember those things or maybe I won’t either way I love the page as is and am happy I have those big washing machines in the album.

Photo a Day – Week Ten and Eleven

Playing catch up…..

Blossom under our feet.

Love this greenhouse.

A trip to the park in my lunch hour.

Pondering music……

The UK asparagus arrived!

Hawthorn blossom against that blue sky.

Avocado, tomato and scrambled on homemade toast. And a pretty plate from Emma Bridgewater of course.

Picking a few things for a vase.

Tuned into NASA TV for a rocket launch.

Another visit to the park. This time with Buddy early one morning and a wander past the gardens which include some medal winning entries from national flower shows.

Lots of family things this week. Here the newest member of our family is showing her great Nana how pushing is done!

Blurry but still beautiful.

Me, my sister, my niece and my great niece!

Reflections of me and Bud in the local florists window.

And there we go.