Friday, 17 October 2014


Good morning lovely people, it is Friday and once again it is time to reflect and identify the positives in the last 7 days because it's

First of all  hubby - just having time with him at the moment is lovely, we have the occasional hour wandering around the local shopping centre just window shopping and chatting.  We stopped off for a coffee last week and had a sit to watch the world go by - utter bliss.

Next up Saturday night's fire - twas fab - we haven't had many outdoor fires this year, but with the mild air last weekend and it not being too breezy we decided to sit out, have a fire, enjoy coffee and a brandy and watch the stars.

Next up is my solar lamps and the little tea light holders, I love love love my solar lights outside - I can't get enough of them - my favourites! 

This also meant two ticks on the Autumn Bucket list, one for stargazing and the other for the outdoor fire! 

Speaking of the Autumn bucket list we managed another two off this on Sunday - a visit to YSP and an Autumn walk, now we've seen most of the current exhibitions before, but that's not a problem as we love this place! 

But on top of the norm we found gorgeous spider's web

and gorgeous mists!

As you can see from these amazing photos!

And that is the mist 'evaporating' as the sun came out!

We've seen one of these at the Chatsworth, Beyond Limits exhibitions before!

Gorgeous autumn colours and the blue skies once the mist disappeared!

Gorgeous statues

Little guy next to the river

The only new sculpture we found - but we liked it a lot!

And said 14 year old enjoying using his Dad's camera tripod, he was astonished to find he too owns one when we arrived home and I went hunting for it!  He was certain he didn't!

Other positives have been hubby enjoying Titanfall on Xbox live (and said 14 year old for giving him a few pointers).  

A lovely salmon pasta bake made by me and hubby on Thursday evening.  

Coming home on Wednesday to find hubby had had a good clean through whilst he was off for the day.  Clean bathroom, tidy kitchen - fab stuff! 

Hubby for taking me and collecting me from work on Wednesday too, was nice just to chat on the way to work and have a bit of company for a change! 

And that my lovely people is my week, I hope yours has been beautiful and blessed and that you've got lots of gratefuls for your list.  If you fancy joining in then blog it, head back, link up and we will come and visit.  

Thursday, 16 October 2014


Good morning lovely people, I have two final (and I use that word loosely because I do have some leftovers from this kit!) layouts to share using the A Charmed Life - Simple Stories range from Wear Crafts - I know Jen has a few of the items left, so hope on over here and have a look if you fancy.

I used some plain blue cardstock and then offcuts and a frame on this one, hand stitching, a sticker and some journalling - sorted!  

The photo was taken of said 14 year old enjoying the bouldering when we visited High Force Water Fall in Teesdale - him and his Dad thoroughly enjoyed climbing over all the rocks for a better view (and because they can!)

And this one, using strips of paper, highlighted with glossy accents, two square photos, hand stitching and a foam mounted tag with the title 'It's a Charmed Life'.  Hidden journalling.

Photos taken on the beach near Souter Lighthouse, I can still hear that crashing wave noise in my head when I think about that day!

Hope you have a happy scrapping day!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014


Evening all

Crikey hasn't it turned cold, blinking freezing in Yorkshire tonight, well I didn't get around to posting the last couple of days so thought I'd put best foot forward tonight. Here was a quick layout created with off cuts.  

As you can see a bit of hand stitching a few photos from Raby castle, including the photo bomb one and it was soon done.  I love these project life style ones - so quick and easy to put together and a great way to use up 'bits' if you know what I mean! 

So is this the end of the kit you might ask (nope afraid not - still more to share!)  

If you fancy getting your paws on these gorgeous papers, rumour has it that Jen still has some available at Wear Crafts - so hope on over if you fancy a look! 

Sunday, 12 October 2014


Good morning lovely people, here we have another layout using the 'A charmed Life' bundle kit from Jen at Wear Crafts I've said it before this kit just keeps going on and on and on - fab stuff! 

An assortment of the papers, a bit of plain co-ordinating cardstock, hand stitching and glossy accents, using the large title and adding some hand journalling.  

Photo taken in the summer when we went off along the Wenlock Edge in Shropshire searching for a geo-cache, can't believe when I see these photos how much said 14 year old has grown this last year - crazy stuff! 

Saturday, 11 October 2014


Morning all, well I'm back with another Simple Stories 'A Charmed Life' layout using the bundle pack from Jen at Wear Crafts, this kit just goes on and on (and apparently there are a couple of bundles left so contact Jen if you want to know more - link to Wear Crafts here )

This was the carved figure at the head of the ship, I loved the colours in the photo and thought they blended well with the papers - so away I went, using some of the journal type pieces of paper, some chipboard pieces, a bit of hand stitching you know the drill! 

This was a replica of the original, the ship Trincomalee can be found in Hartlepool's historic quay and we were amazed to find the original ship (most of which is still integral to the refurbished ship) was built in Bombay in India!

Hope you have a happy scrapping Saturday! 

Friday, 10 October 2014


Good morning one and all - we find ourselves at Friday again already, this month is fair tripping along if I'm honest!

Right let's see what I've got to be grateful for this week.  Well an amazing night at one of my favourite places last Saturday - Luminaire at Chatsworth was a fabulous evening, walking around illuminated paths in the gorgeous garden telling us part of the story of Oberon with my two favourite men - said 14 year old and hubby!

We got into the garden at twilight - apparently the best time of the day to see it in all it's splendour.

We found the 'map' waving on the floor first.  Children loved trying to follow the symbols as they moves across it!

They had lit up some of the normal statues

And had a fabulous digital image on the house itself that moved from mountains

Turning into

Spinning gems

Our favourite part was around the rocky area that always reminds me of the Flintstones but the subtle laser lights that twinkled all around really didn't take kindly to the camera!

The cascade was all lit up

And the house from the side was fab

The main fountain was subject to brilliant colour changes

The central pond had people lighting tea lights on giant lily pads !

The last piece was in the Courtyard, with two digital horses galloping towards one another!

We had a fabulous evening, stopping once we'd got to the courtyard for a cuppa (and a scone but we won't mention that) before heading back into the garden - minus bag and tripod for the camera, just to soak up the atmosphere!  I am so happy that the weather was kind, that it was just as good as I imagined and that I got to share it with my two favourite people - a perfect evening!

Sunday saw said 14 year old attending a team building/money raising for a hospice challenge at the local Scout Activity Centre.  This is the before picture

And the after picture!

I can officially tell you that that much paint doesn't easily come off and it was two showers that were needed to make a 'dent' on the green and orange paint he was covered in.

I'm grateful that he had fun, that he wanted to help a worthwhile cause.  I'm also grateful that family were happy to provide donations for it too.

Other things have been less photographic - but grateful moments nonetheless.

Central heating - brrrrr it's been cold this week so I'm grateful for this.

For the three of us as a family unit being able to sit and talk and chat - it's always been something I'm immensely proud of and is good for the soul.

Grateful that the scales are still going in the right direction even if I did think it was more than likely a huge fluke!

Grateful for a cuppa and a catch up with my sister and my Mum.

Grateful for the WW girls - you know who you are - they keep me sane, laughing, smiling!

Grateful for the advice given by Mum and sister when I wasn't sure which way to deal with something.

For being alive, for enjoying blue skies and autumn colours and having an amazing 14 year old and a fantastic hubby.  Life really is beautiful if you spend time look at the positives.

I hope you've had a beautiful and blessed week too, if you fancy joining in then pop a blog post together and pop back, link up and we'll come and visit.  It's always nice to see a new face as well so feel free to join in.  Or an old face there were once a good hand full of us that did this each week!

Thursday, 9 October 2014


Morning all, well thursday greets us - Thursday?  Really?

Back to the Simple Stories - A Charmed Life - layouts, I was sharing these about a week ago - well I've still not done with the bundle kit that I bought from Jen (seriously good value with what I've managed to squeeze out of this set up to now).

Fairly simple, strip of paper, some of the alpha stickers, creating a 'large' polaroid like frame, punching three hearts out of a corresponding green, a bit of glossy accents.  Hand stitch around some elements, adding a chipboard arrow and some hand journalling.

The photo is when we were on holiday at Beamish Open Air museum enjoying the circular tram route - great fun!

Jen always has a great supply of the Simple Stories range - so you can always check out Wear Crafts website if you want to see what's available.

Hope you have a happy scrapping day!