Month: October 2019

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!

Bloom 2019 – Shades of Pink

Another vase full of flowers and this time a punchy pink one. Just looking at this arrangement from a few weeks ago make me realise that there is still so much to explore in this hobby of mine.

Mood for example. I have concentrated on the shape of my arrangements, pushing that creative boundary without giving much thought to mood for these past few years. Mainly because I use what I have, what I grow. I don’t trot off to the florists and buy anything even when I see stunning arrangements on Instagram filled with romantic roses! (I think it’s time to buy rose bushes…..)

And to be honest I am always rather pleased with my arrangements especially this year where I feel at last I have a better understanding of the lopsided vaseful!

Anyway here is an almost lopsided one filled with the nameless pink dahlia, cosmos, malope, salvia, antirrhinum and a few touches of white with scabious and ammi. I also added in some sweet pea stems. And yes this is going back to when my fav vase was still in one piece!

I love having these insights and the opportunity to keep learning and growing…… oh dear bad pun!

In the Frame – A Family Photo Shoot

Back today to share some of the photos from that family gathering.

We started out at my sisters house. Here I am with my niece and great niece testing the shot!

Look at those two so cute!

The sun was against us in the garden as the best backdrop, those bushes, meant we were facing the sun and therefore squinting! I coached them all on trying not to squint but it’s so hard!

Even I’m doing it! But I love this photo because not only did the cat make it into the shot, hello Tigger! But my Mum is there too. She didn’t make it to the park.

Unfortunately my favourite wall was also in direct sunlight. But they wanted to give it a go……

Harsh light and squinting! So we moved.

Here they are getting ready…

But not before some antics. There in the background a two year old swinging from a tree! SHe was very pleased with herself.

My sister caught me directing things….

I love that photo. In full bossy mode.

The the bandstand became free so we moved again! I set up the camera, popped it on timer and let it take some shots while they gathered.

I like it even blurry.

We tried moving inside and standing differently.

Too dark but look at that little girl smiling away.

And although I think it looks a little strange with my nephew staring off out of the shot I love that my sis and niece are looking at each other. These are the gems.

More antics…

You can just see feet sticking up over the back of the seat!

And then the boys thought they could lift H up…

Which they could.

All in all blurry or in focus these are a great collection of pictures and memories of a fun filled hour together.