Friday, 18 July 2014

Rocking Your World Friday

Good morning well Friday again and isn't it warm shouldn't grumble but we will.

Time to sit back and count those blessings, it will be short and sweet this week just to make a change because it's

  1. Being confirmed in post after my probationary period and being told the post is being extended to March next year - yay!
  2. Said 13 year old getting 94 achievement awards this year in total - all I can say is wow, beating his first year total of 88 achievement awards! (And not a single behaviour mark!)
  3. Car eventually going through her MOT - I mean really did she really need all that work LOL!  But she's an old car and keeps me getting from A to B so I shouldn't grumble! 
  4. Hubby for taking me to work on Monday when aforementioned car decided to have a weekend break at the garage! 
  5. Said 14 year old being all happy when we picked him up last Friday from his PGL trip, he had three tasks when he was away, one to text that he got there safe, two to text that they had set off back and the third and apparently the most difficult was to take some photos - 3 - 3 is what he took of the tent - really?  How on earth am I supposed to include that in my scrapbooking!!!!
  6. The lego ghostbuster car - I know I shouldn't but said 13 year old treated himself with some of his saved pocket money to pick this up and it really is fabulous! 

7.       Coming home to a clean house, it was worth all the trouble of running around to clean it before we went! 
8.      Catching up with my little sis and Mum at the weekend - fab stuff! 

And that my lovely people will have to do for this week, I thought however, I'd also share a couple of photos from last week which I didn't touch on in the form of wildlife such as the seal at Flamborough Head - never seen these in the wild! 

Then there was the ring tailed Mongoose - how cute is he!  And before you ask no he wasn't in the wild but at a zoo element at Sewerby Hall

However, the hares were wild, hubby had great fun chasing them down the drive only to find that when we sat down they were quite happy to come quite close

And finally my favourite little guy even though he was a swine to photograph - the barn owl!

So if you fancy joining in pop a post together, head back, link up and we will come and visit. 

Until next week

Thursday, 17 July 2014

LAYOUTS???? MMMMMMMMM not much going on

Morning all, well the blog folder is looking decidedly empty - I mean seriously empty at the moment and the likelihood of it being refilled any time soon is pretty much non-existent if I'm honest, I haven't even managed my counterfeit kit this month sob - but aiming on resolving that in August when time may be kinder to me.  

I'm still loving the summer of colour challenge but unlikely to get the layouts finished before the closing date on week six so they will have to wait.  Hey ho - can't do everything all the time as it were.  I am loving playing with kits from Wear Crafts though, the 12 pledges kits really are a joy to work with and each and every one has been so very different, means the scrapbook album has a lovely feel to it with so many different layouts appearing in them.  

So I thought I'd share a layout done last year, said 13 year old has collected turtles since our first foreign break when he was about when we bought him Shelley (get it?), anyway since then he's continued to collect them when he's seen them including a giant one we got when we visited the Deep in Hull.  

There were no turtles to be found when we visited Wales last year but there was a dragon, so he headed home with us!  This is how they looked on the last day we were on holiday and I just loved the way that he'd put them out - it deserved a photo and a layout all of it's own! 

Hope you are enjoying the weather and the scrapping time!  Have a great day! 

Sunday, 13 July 2014


Crikey I didn't think I'd get this one finished if I'm honest as I was away for a few days last week, but it just shows you when you put your mind to it you can achieve anything (plus I hate only doing half a challenge, so I had to get it done).  So without further ado this is this weeks rendition

Isn't it funny how you see a colour scheme and wonder if it will work and low and behold find that it does!  Gelli plate fun as always, add to it some red and blue cardstock, photos, memories and a few embellishments and I was set.

Said hubby and said 13 year old talking about how 'easy' this was (then proceeding to take 20 minutes to achieve it).

Then sieving through the 'archaeology' at the dig!

Walking above the Viking Street at Yorvik museum

Having a chat with the barber surgeon at Barley Hall

And enjoying the gorgeous hall itself

And finally the 'Viking' creating coins in Yorvik, together with his Viking Health and Safety perspex piece in front of him! 

Then A4 sheets of gelli printing I pulled the prints first and then wondered what to paint - last week was owls - this week I've gone for fish!

And here they all are!

I wonder what colours we will get for the final week - sob!

Friday, 11 July 2014


Morning all, tis time to take a step back and look back on the last 7 days and the positive moment that have occurred.  The therapy of taking stock, living in the here and now and appreciating what we have (rather than what we have not) is something that I've done for years, it maintains a positive focus and allows me to enjoy my life to the full.  I highly recommend it, fancy joining in pop a blog post together, come back link up and we will come and visit.  We love to find a new Rockette, if you can't make it on a Friday don't stress any day of the week will do.  If your list is short and sweet again don't stress it, if it's a longer post with lots of photos and detail - fab stuff.  Whatever it is we love to read about it.

This week has been a fun one with lots of things going on.  First up said 13 year old in front of Bumblebee and Barricade at the local cinema last Friday, I'll blame my lil sis for letting him know about this, but if I'm honest, it was fab to see them and will make for a great layout no doubt some time soon.  Plus we bumped into relatives who had also come to have a nosey and so it was a lovely impromptu catch up!  

Then poppies, the local council decided a couple of years ago to sow wild flowers into certain areas. On our way to bag packing at a local supermarket for said 13 year old; raising money for his trip to Lesotho, we passed whole swathes of beautiful poppies. I grabbed this shot on the way back whilst hubby was driving!

Then came across some more in the centre of town, how pretty do they look!

Now said 13 year old is on a school trip this week to a PGL camp - apparently stands for 'parents get lost' - but I'm not sure if that is true or not.  We decided to take a few days away as well to make the most of time on our own.   It happens so rarely, the time before this was when he went to Whitby whilst he was still in junior school so that's 2 year plus and the time before that was before he was born. So we booked a break away and are stopping at a gorgeous converted Granary just outside Aldborough, our journey was pretty trouble free which is always nice and we got blue skies.  This is us travelling passed the Humber Bridge!

On the first day we went in search of a supermarket to pick up a few things and ended up in Withernsea we had a walk along the front and found the pier entrance, the pier is long gone, but the entrance is still there in all it's glory.  Apparently created to replicate the entrance into Conway - not quite as monumental obviously but I get where they were coming from.  Apparently the pier was never really destined to survive, with boat after boat crashing into it during high storms.  They did eventually decide that a lighthouse might have been a good idea - go figure.  Blue sky days and walking hand in hand with hubby seeing sights - nothing finer!

Being spied on by the locals, I was sat in the car and he was this close - literally - not sure what he thought we had that he might like but glad he posed for the picture!

Aha - I thought I had a shot inside, this is the Granary, recently converted with two bedrooms, an open living space, it really is beautiful!

Our first full day we decided to venture to Flambrough Head, neither me nor hubby had ever been which is strange as I definitely holidayed on the east coast when I was younger.  We parked up and headed down to the beach, the views from the top of the cliff are fabulous there were also some fantastic view points and stopping points on the 190 steps down to the beach.  The beach we found was full of a geography field trip but they didn't seem to mind us wandering around.  With it's chalky cliffs there was an opportunity to do our own piece of seaside art whilst we were there.  Maybe I'm missing my crafting whilst I'm away!

And this is a photo of hubby on said beach, yes I did say we were in Yorkshire!  It has to be the prettiest beach I've seen in quite some time and definitely the prettiest I've seen in England!

We trudged back up the steps which wasn't actually as hard as it sounds given the viewing platforms and benches on the way back up, we then wandered off along the other part of the cliff top to take a look around.  By this time we were most definitely hungry so we headed for the cafe at the top, I ordered a crab sandwich, I love seafood but thought that I might be envious of hubbies butty of sausages with a side order of chips - how wrong can you be - this is quite honestly the nicest butty I've had in quite some time!

Wednesday had us setting off to Burton Agnes a big country home, on route we came across this memorial of 158 Squadron by the side of the road, this was the Squadron that flew the Friday the 13th plane during WWII that we came across at the Yorkshire Air Museum, there was an information board and a visitors book to sign.  I was saddened to note the 44% of the men that served the air force during WWII never returned home - a frightening statistic! Names of all the men lost from the Squadron are etched on both sides of the memorial, hubby was in the shot so you can see the perspective of the pieces.

Burton Agnes also has the original hall next to it, now a shell but still open to the public, at the back of this old hall is a human water wheel where the water would have been brought up from the well - never seen one of these before!

Now anyone who follows my blog regularly will know that I have a thing about sculptures, I just love them, so to come across this amazing piece of glass art in Burton Agnes was truly amazing, it 'changed' as you walked around it, the impression that you can see on the right hand side in the dark turquoise is actually a casting from part of a statue on the gatehouse.  This was a highlight of the day for me. I love how it refracted the image of hubby so he appears twice.

Burton Agnes was worth the visit for the beautiful house, but add into it the amazing gardens and it really was a treat, add in the fresh air and it was almost perfect.  However, I know a 13 year old who would have loved to have played with the giant board games that were in the garden, in particular this chess board.

Next up just to prove he doesn't need Mischief 2 to misbehave hubby sticking his tongue out when I asked him to pose for the picture.  This place with this beautiful gardens reminded me of Alice in Wonderland.

And finally the new water sculpture at Burton Agnes, I spotted it from the house and it rotates around, because of the way its designed it appeared to be balancing on the top of the water - fab stuff.

So there we have it absolutely the most fun week I've had in a while, family time, fun photos, seaside, beaches, country houses.  Time to read, take stock, sit back and relax and time to miss each other (well hopefully said 13 year old will at some point have missed us).  We have certainly missed him.  I'm hoping that he's had a fabulous time and hoping fingers and toes crossed that there might be the odd photo of him from PGL - well I can hope can't I. 

Now as you'll have gathered I'm actually putting this post together whilst I'm away so fingers and toes crossed that Mr Linky behaves!  

Saturday, 5 July 2014


I can't believe we are on week 4 already - boo hiss!!!! Anyway, this weeks colours were apple green, a mid pink and a splash, splodge or smudge of dark green.  Gelli plate at the ready - I set too with my papers, creating a variety of A4 pieces (which were then cut to A5 and turned into mail art/art pieces) and the 12 x 12 were used to create layouts.  It's fun sometimes to have a series of layouts all using the same colour scheme (and gelli plating session).

First up the mail art/art.  Usually I send these through the year as mail art, but this year Sarah has a Free Art Friday commencing in Swindon and she put a call out for help, so most of these have been parcelled up to send to her (yes Sarah I may finally get around to sending the promised pieces), mind you some of the other art she's received is far more arty than mine.  The image is hand painted and should be an owl, but said 13 year old commented he liked my aliens - so they can be either I suppose.  Although they were supposed to be owls - whoops!

Then the layouts, it's always a challenge using the papers to create layouts that look different, but I think I managed it.  First up me and said 13 year old trying very hard not to look conspicuous whilst trying to find a geo-cache in a rather busy area of York city walls!

Then Jack and Jill the Shetland ponies in the field next to us when we were on holiday recently!

Hexagons for the next one, showing a Victor Bomber, for a change a plane hubby hadn't seen

Then plane artwork - I love seeing all the different designs.

Me and hubby in a shot taken by said 13 year old off the top of Clifford's Tower.

More Yorkshire Air Museum photos, this time hubby and said 13 year old with one of those fold up planes - as you do!

So that's this weeks installment!  Much fun was had wonder what colour challenge we will have for week 5.

Friday, 4 July 2014


Good morning, Friday again, time to take stock, step back and notice the positives in life as it's Rocking Your World Friday .

Blue skies and sunshine (earlier in the week)

A cool breeze on a warm day

Vikings series on TV a good watch and a good find by hubby

Sister coming over at the weekend and staying over, we had a lovely evening.

Making cards with hubby, we are in fundraising mode for said 13 year old's trip to Lesotho in 2015 and as part of that, I promised to make some cards for people to sell on.  So we spent a couple of evenings putting them together, he volunteered to hand paint some images on Monday and the week went from there.  We were cutting and inking and sticking and stamping most of Tuesday and Wednesday night and this morning, I sent said 13 year old with two bags full of cards made by me and hubby - 35 in total.  Hoping they raise a bit of money.   Here is a photo of the same.

Nag Champa incense sticks - of an evening - lovely! 

Happify - I love this on line daily positive website, I had a couple of weeks when I didn't go on and it definitely altered my outlook, need to remember that and keep using it! 

The Grand Depart in Yorkshire, we went up part of the tour last night in Sheffield, we went up a particularly steep hill and I loved that some of the houses have decorated the front of their homes with bunting in the shape of little yellow jersey tops, I also loved the house that had put the yellow bicycle outside - such fun! 

Summer of colour challenge - loving this challenge, I'm still on with this weeks colour. 

NCIS on DVD - fab to be able to pop an episode on whenever I fancy as background noise, the news can be so miserable sometimes, so it's nice to escape into something else.  

Edge of Tomorrow at the cinema - what a watch, I love me a Mr Cruise film and this one was pretty awesome.

I also loved being able to pre-book our tickets so we knew where we were sitting - makes a lot more sense, why they haven't done that before I'll never understand. 

My sister getting herself a job - woohooooooooooooooooooooooo!  WTG Melanie! 

Then there's the wood I drive through each morning, lush and green and the lovely people at work, messages from old work colleagues and a general feeling of positive contentment with the world.  There are still blips, but if you focus on them rather than the good elements then the world becomes a harder place and life becomes more negative, focusing on those positives really is fantastic. 

Lack of photos again - sorry 

I'll leave you with a layout from an art installation at YSP last year. 

I hope your week has been fabulous, if you fancy joining in, pop a post together, link up here and we shall come and visit! 

Thursday, 3 July 2014


Morning all, well the week has fair tripped along this week at a merry old pace and before I know it I'm sat here on Thursday morning.  The air is cooler today although it was stifling over night - not much fun.  Although the blue skies seem to be evading us too, they've been replaced with grey cloud.

Sharing a couple more layouts this morning, this is Wenlock Priory when we visited Easter last year, I liked the look of it with the snow on the ground, it is such a tranquil place and Wenlock is lovely too.  My favourite winter papers too, I thought they went well with the triple matted photo.

Then the one millionth Austin car that we found in the Midlands Car Museum when we visited it last year.  This met a challenge over on UK Scrappers too, using up photos I'd been meaning to scrap but hadn't managed, using papers I'd had an age, using a technique I'd not used in a while and using a tool I'd not used in a while - hello cropadile!

Each of the workers involved in it's creation, signed their name in the paintwork. I'd had the photos for an age and couldn't work out how to scrap all three on one layout.  Then I realised by cutting the two additional photos to a more manageable size and retaining the main work it would all come together - yay!!!!

Hope you're having a fabulous Thursday.