Friday, 12 October 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 41st of 2018

Good Morning lovely people tis Friday time for 

Well it's been a quiet week on the photo front so I'll apologise in advance, however I've had a mighty busy work week and my phased return seems to have fizzled out.  Fear not my trustee rockers and rockettes I now have a cunning plan whereby rather than trying to leave early every day, I'm actually going to take whole days off - genius plan - what do you think?  It's not perfect but it does at least give me some time to do nothing - stop it - I can hear you all laughing as you read this. 

So positives, the house deep clean marches on - or rather stumbles along, but I've managed to rope hubby and said 18 year old into helping which is making life a little easier and I've finally finished the craft room - hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week hall stairs and landing, which in real terms means just mopping up the jobs we didn't get done in the other weeks, so this one has been quite restful in comparison.

We had a lovely brunch on Saturday morning, hubby is on with Christmas presents and we ended up with ample left over peeled oranges, so a stack of pancakes seemed in order.  A little bit naughty but so very worth it! 

The weekend included making a start on Christmas gifts.  In line with the Martin Lewis money saving show, the Mindful Christmas magazine that I picked up and the slightly emptier pay packet at the end of the month (who knew only having one job rather than two would do that to a girl), I find myself having a slightly more frugal Christmas - I know I know I keep mentioning that word, but when you are making gifts you have to start earlier! 

So Saturday was spent with needle felting machine at the ready, I can't share (yet) as it is a gift but I had fun making.  It isn't finished so I'm planning on completing that this weekend. 

Next up said 18 year old making strides in his next steps.  He has been over the years incredibly undecided about post college and what it will look like, but with less than 12 months until that becomes reality it has been a case of stepping out and making choices and decisions.  Which meant we spent the majority of Sunday trudging around different lecture theatres and classrooms to listen to tutors discussing their courses at the fairly local university. 

Surprisingly for me, he came home with a pretty firm idea of next step and ruled out elements he genuinely wasn't interested in.  Which means he has commenced uni applications this week and he is discussing finances and halls of residence (she runs for the hills with her hands over her ears - moving out - ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH) but apparently I have just less than 12 months to get used to it. 

Said 18 year old's girlfriend who was very much in the don't want the debt not going to uni camp, is now wavering having identified a similarly interesting course for herself.  Watch this space on the next installments to see where they head next. 

We are definitely having some odd weather at the moment, today is warm and very windy and it is likely to remain that way tomorrow too - I don't like it windy so I'll be glad of the calmer day forecast for Sunday even if it is a lot cooler!

We've also had a few beautiful sunrises recently, unfortunately I'm driving when I get to see them, but hubby captured this one this week from his work building and sent it to me, definitely worthy of a share don't you think! 

And that my lovely people is about that this week - like I said short on photos, short on fun stuff, long on busy work days.  Here's to a more productive less stressful weekend! 

Have a great day

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Friday, 5 October 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 40th of 2018

Good morning lovely people it is Friday and time for

So I mentioned last week that I'd been to an art journal weekend at my local craft shop with Kate Crane but I didn't share what we created over the weekend, so I thought I would share them now.  The first picture uses the gelli plate which is one of my favourite craft items, we created lots of different backgrounds using texture plates which I've never used before they reminded me of unmounted rubber stamps and very versatile at lifting paint off a gelli plate.  We also used some of Kate's new stamps cutting the items out and then sticking them onto the pages, the three below will appear in my art journal when I find a roll of red tape.  

This one is my favourite because Kate showed us a technique using the gelli plate with paint and alcohol inks.  I have copious amounts of alcohol inks from when they first appeared on the market but other than being shown how to use alcohol inks on photo paper I've never use them subsequently.

I finished this last one at home after the weekend using some pre stamped pages that I've made I really enjoyed the weekend I enjoyed spending time with my mum, said 18 year old and his girlfriend!

This was one of the Sunday projects, a gelli plated house which was originally flat packing and we created the house and gelli plated a butterfly.  We left part of the house open so we could pop the booklet below that you can see into it (the down side is there's no base of the house obviously the book falls out but I still like it).

Below is one of the little books that we did on the Sunday and we gelli plated the covers and created blank signatures inside which I sewed in some people just stapled the signatures together, again this was a treat to make and it was fun working small for a change. 

We also made on the Sunday another book this time with gelli plate pages I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the books, but I thoroughly enjoyed making them. 

Two paper cones gelli plated not sure what I'm going to do with these but they were fun to play with

Here is a picture of the little house box for the book

This week, said 18 year old came home with a project from his previous college year, it was an Alice in Wonderland inspired coil pot which is significantly bigger than I had imagined and is incredibly well made he has done an awesome job

It was my brother's birthday on Saturday and we met up for brunch needless to say too much talking not enough photo taking.  Afterwards we walked down to the Holt to look at the photos from the photo marathon event that said 18 year old and hubby took part in earlier in the month we really enjoyed trying to find their photos and look at other people's interpretations. 

Here they are in front of one of the photos all happy this was when we found hubby's 'go green' one (which was the prompt) hubbies photo is the fourth on the left going down

Me and hubby went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Sunday and had a significant walk soaking up all the artwork as well as enjoying the fresh air this particular piece is a Penone piece that we'd only seen from afar when we visited last.

Which looks like a tree with a box in it

Down through the park we could see the first of the Sean Scully exhibition pieces which is absolutely huge

Up close the colour of the rusting metal and the enormity of the piece is breathtaking

We found another piece Off the Beaten Track called the Coffin jump, but I didn't get the artist's name. 

At the top of the 71 steps we had to have a sit to catch our breath

Andy Goldsworthy piece is fully enclosed which drives hubby insane there was a piece of wood propped against it so he could have a look inside

Outside the long gallery is another large Sean Scully piece. 

Inside we were treated too lots of abstract art, mainly oil paint on the canvases and apparently still wet

 I quite liked the sculptures in the room this one known as blue stack

It's weird but the camera didn't capture the actual colours that we could see in person they were much more muted and mingled however this is what the camera lens shows

This metal piece was my favourite called coin stack and was reminiscent of Sean Scully's childhood when his father used to stack coins on the kitchen table

I grabbed this shot of a young lady just sat soaking up the art it's a shame sometimes that there isn't easier ways of doing this

Some of the sketches which had been framed

Outside we walked down the cow field which was full of cows to the third outdoor sculpture, I loved all the chisel marks on the stack of stone and the natural changes in pattern

Final piece 1000 tonnes of rock, stacked and reminiscent of dry stone Walling but on an epic scale

as you can see from the size of the people next to the sculpture

A beautiful autumn leaf on the floor I had to take a photo there is usually one leaf that speaks to me at this time of year I couldn't believe how vibrant it was and no I didn't use a filter

The final sculpture that was new to us on the day, reminiscent of some of the seeds work we've seen  before.  I did like this one because the shape looks like love hearts

A very very busy week at work meant that Monday Tuesday and Wednesday were something of a blur however on Thursday I managed a catch up with my sister at IKEA so I could re-balance the world we had a brief wander around the Market Hall and spotted some of the Christmas elements they have set up this one made me smile

And finally Thursday night we ventured out to a theatre we haven't visited before to see the English Touring Theatre perform Othello I've only seen Othello live twice before the first time it made me cry.  I was really hoping said 18 year old's girlfriend would enjoy it as she hadn't seen this before.  I was not disappointed absolutely breathtaking and yes it made me cry the only downside we discovered was

When you spend this much on the architecture it means they've forsaken the budget in other areas, in this particular instance the other areas were comfy seats we all had to get up and make the most of the interval as we were all struggling!

The set was fantastic minimal and atmospheric a fantastic family night out

so that was my week, I hope yours was good, if you fancy joining in pop back link and we can caome and visit. 

Friday, 28 September 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 39th of 2018

Good Morning lovely people 

tis Friday 

Well I had a lovely weekend down at the Craft Box at Elsecar, enjoying an art journalling weekend with Kate Crane, there was me, my Mum and said 18 year old on the Saturday and the same again on Sunday plus said 18 year old's girlfriend. 

Here he is at the beginning of the weekend

And again on Sunday having fun and being mischievous as usual! 

It was great fun and fast paced but we all enjoyed playing with paint and gelli plates

My Mum enjoyed getting very painty

Hubby on the other hand had a very quiet weekend, he took himself off to the cinema and caught up with a few house jobs but nothing major. 

I came home with some blank gelli plates at the end of the weekend and I used this one at the beginning of the week on my Instagram feed to write how I was feeling at the time.

Unfortunately, I started with a weird back pain on Monday which resulted in a Doctor's appointment Tuesday, it was gallbladder like pain, which is weird since I've recently had that removed, I'm also suffering with excessive tiredness.  So a blood test on Wednesday morning was called for and I had the joy of enjoying this sky on my walk around to the Doctors, as they say there is always a silver lining. 

I've been busy at work and have done the deep clean on the bathroom, I've now started the craft room just a bit at a time and hubby and said 18 year old are helping but I may well get lost in there and never return, so if I go missing send a search party care of my craft room. 

The blood results have come back and there is nothing on them showing as problematic currently, the Doctor (and I know you are all there now as I say this rolling your eyes and saying I told you so), believes I have returned to work too early and this is why I'm suffering with chronic fatigue.  

He has suggested time off, but I won't get paid if I have any more time off so I'm going to have to strike a happy medium somehow and try and actually do a phased return to work rather than what I'm currently doing which is phased return but still working a full week's hours.   So the silver lining in this one, is the blood tests are good and I just need some more rest and relaxation. 

And that my lovely people is your lot. 

I hope you've had a grand week, if you fancy joining in come back and link up and we can come and visit. 

Friday, 21 September 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 38th of 2018

Good Morning - tis Friday so time for 

Well I didn't manage to share many photos from our day trip on my birthday to Chatsworth last week, so I though I'd share them this week. 

First up one of the rooms you can look into but not enter (if that makes sense), all those beautiful books, the library is always a little bit special.  

Then the fantastic model of the Joseph Paxton conservatory that originally stood at Chatsworth, it was built in the mid 1800s but was demolished after the first World War due to the cost of running it, the footprint (the dwarf walls it stood on) is still visible and contains the Chatsworth maze. 

On our way out tip toeing past the sleeping lion.  Chatsworth have just announced their Christmas theme of fairy tale scenes, so we are all looking forward to that. 

The Belvedere had a lovely area of blue sky behind it when we ventured out of the house. 

There were a few of Chatsworth own sculptures around the gardens as there is no Beyond Limits Sotherby's Sale this year - note very sad face as it is one of our annual jaunts. 

We haven't actually seen this statue before, but he seemed very sad. 

We managed a selfie on a bench as we headed up to the Grotto garden.

And managed to find this tree that Mick Brown whose Instagram feed I follow as he is the head gardener at Chatsworth promised had the smell of burnt sugar - he wasn't wrong it was like sitting underneath a giant toffee apple. 

And it is such a pretty tree

They've made some changes to the quarry part of the garden, removing a bridge and extending the stone work, it is starting to look lovely now. 

We found another statue on our way around, it reminds me of an Anthony Gormley but I'm not positive it is.

And the seated horse had a great view of the house.

The garden at the far end of the maze was filled with Autumn colour

And the Grotto garden has these gorgeous Acer trees in full colour

The light levels have certainly dropped, it is feeling like we've definitely hit Autumn (even more so since these last two Autumn storms the last couple of days, at this rate we won't get to enjoy the Autumn colours as they will all have been blown off the trees). 

Grotto garden

And another moved piece, although still don't think it is in an ideal place

Red hot pokers were in full colour

And the last of the summer petunias

Friday night brought us together celebrating said 18 year old's birthday

We had a lovely evening

Sharing time with family

We even sang him Happy Birthday

Even though he was a little unimpressed with the cake

I've started my usual deep clean of the house, which included some new bedding

And I returned to work, albeit that it's phased, although it doesn't feel phased with the number of hours I've done, must try harder next week. 

I'm definitely glad I've got the day off as I'm feeling shattered.  I am still sleeping for England, but trying not to over think that side of things at the moment and appreciate that it is only a few weeks since I had major abdominal surgery. 

I hope you've all had a grand week and looking forward to your weekend and week ahead, if you fancy joining in then pop a post together, come back link up and we can come and visit.