Friday, 12 December 2014


I think the statement when life gives you lemons make lemonade comes to mind this time!

Okidoki - first positive is the NHS when my Mum presented with a problem last week she was seeing her Doctors on Tuesday and having tests Wednesday, this week we found out that it's the return of breast cancer and whilst we had hoped and prayed it wouldn't be we now have a plan forward, so my first grateful is for the NHS because they have been pretty awesome this week giving us answers and ways forward!

Next up my hubby and said 14 year old - absolute stars the two of them - constantly Rock my World for being utterly amazing.  Here they are earlier in the year when we were exploring Hartlepool - this photo makes me smile - you can see how tall said 14 year old is (he officially surpassed both me and hubby this week!).  Said 14 year old asking his Nanan how she was the other day on various occasions, she said she noticed it and was really grateful for his concern!

My sister is the other amazing person I want to mention, not only attending with my Mum for her biopsy etc, but also returning for the results and going for the subsequent appointment regarding options.  She really is a star, I think she forgets how amazing she is and she is being a real rock at the moment and has amazed me at her positivity!  Here is a photo of her and my niece earlier in the summer when we were celebrating her graduation from uni!

My Mums friends and family for all rallying around on facebook when she told them the news, it was lovely to see such positive amazing messages!

I'm also grateful for a wonderful lady who we lost this week, my Aunty Laurine, actually my Great Aunty Laurine, she passed away on Monday and I've spent a lot of time reflecting on who she was and what an amazing person she was too.  She had the most wonderful sense of humour and I loved her laugh - she will be so missed by so many.

Christmas Tree Festival at the weekend was lovely the ability to wander around the church admire the trees and check out the fayre afterwards was lovely, really enjoyed it and put a little bit of Christmas calm into a difficult week!

Pantomime because in the midst of this chaotic week we've had we actually went along to watch the local panto and really really enjoyed it, perhaps a little too close to the front for hubby who was one seat away from being picked on by the Dame - it was nevertheless a fantastic performance and much needed laughter in a tough week!

I hope your week has been a full of happies and positives, but remember even in amongst the detritus of life there is always something to reflect on with a smile on your face - don't believe me - try it!

Mr Linky for those that fancy joining in, pop a post together, come back link up and we'll come and visit!

Friday, 5 December 2014


Good morning/afternoon/evening delete whichever is appropriate.

Well the first Friday of December greets us and it's turned mighty chilly this last few days and the evenings are getting earlier here in Yorkshire if I'm honest.

Well this week is going to be a dig deep week, you know what it's like whilst life is good and I have many blessings there are a few health issues causing concern generally that need resolving not for me but for people close, so if I can ask you to offer up some positive thoughts in the interim for a quick resolution and positive outcome that would be really good!

Anyway this post is about positives so lets walk those.  Said 14 year old he really is an absolute gem and I can't put into words just how proud I am of him.  He came home last week with a Headteacher's Award for work in his textile art and he has had some positive statements made by his teacher this week too - makes me feel really proud of him.

Speaking of which, here he is after opening up his Advent Calendar - yes more lego that's obviously what this house needs!

Next up a visit to Kelham Island for their Victorian Christmas market, we headed over mid-afternoon and got immediately accosted by this couple of Victorian con-men asking if I wanted a real Victorian experience by having my pockets picked - hysterical, we disappeared pronto though when the mistletoe appeared!

Grateful to have a wander, catch up with my sister and my niece, enjoy the most lovely stalls, the beautiful surroundings, the mulled wine and the real ale and at the end of the afternoon the freshly made pizza!

Then the view of the fairground, a fabulous family afternoon - makes me very happy!

Next up Journal Your Christmas, I was so giddy to see it arrive again - my book is all prepared I just don't happen to have made a proper start on it yet - really need to sort that out if I'm honest.

Putting up the trees on Sunday and Monday - I wasn't expecting to get them done but they were relatively quick and easy and I think they look pretty!  So first up the stair decorations - ooh those teal baubles were incredibly difficult to get hold of!

And the white tree using the teal tinsel which turned out to be way too big for the stairs

Making some headway on the to do list, getting the Christmas cards sorted, two of the Secret Santa's arriving where they needed to and receiving both of mine, just the junque journal to arrive and it will be sorted. 

Right my lovely people well on the grounds we've got an advent liturgy to attend I need to get this post prepared ready.  If you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back, link up and we'll come and visit.  I hope you've had a fabulous week! 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


Good morning - how is everyone, mighty chilly here in Yorkshire this morning.  A while ago, Jen sent me some gorgeous papers from Wear Crafts to play with, I had to eventually admit they were defeating me and when things get like that it's easier to step away from the screen as it were.  But then I dragged them back out and didn't engage brain (much easier if you are fighting with papers) and started to create with them - I was amazed at how they came together so easy!

First up said 14 year old and hubby chatting when we were away in the summer, they weren't aware that I was taking the photo, they were watching a bird of prey at the time riding the thermals.  I kept it really simple and I think it works!

Then this one documenting our first trip on the Bridgnorth cliffside tram thingy - you know the ones I mean!

I cut the frame out of the photo and then flipped it over and placed it on another sheet.  Matted up some scallop cut circles

Simple but effective, if you fancy looking at some of the gorgeous papers Jen has then head over to the Wear Crafts site by clicking on the button above on the right!

Sunday, 30 November 2014


Good morning, hope I find you well, I'm here to share a couple more layouts using the fab 12 Pledges kit from Jen at Wear Crafts this month.

So first up the three of us on a barge trip in the summer.  I loved the papers and wanted to use the key elements from this one.  I used a border punch on the top and bottom and then stuck to some dotted cardstock, matted the photo added a couple of hearts and it was done!

Next up Bowes museum which we visited earlier in the year.  Again using a border punch, using some of the cut elements from other papers in the kit and some of the stickers.

And the final layout using this kit me and said 14 year old at our second visit to Wroxeter's Roman Villa.  A strip of the floral paper, couple of strips of the plaid style papers, three hole punched hearts.  I used a grungy stamp on the layout and added the title.

So you'll be asking where to get this kit from - well head over to Jen's Wear Craft website

Fancy some more inspiration then check out fellow DT Lesley's blog posts 

or our leader herself - Jen's blog 

And did I mention the cost of the kit - £5 - that's right £5, fancy a few extras, Jen usually has some fab add on elements you can buy too - so what are you waiting for! 

Saturday, 29 November 2014


Good morning one and all - and we are here to look at the layouts created with the gorgeous papers available in the 12 Pledges Wear Crafts kit this month.

First up a photo taken on a day trip to a Japanese Garden, part of a birthday treat for my sister.  I loved the gorgeous flowers on this paper and thought they set off the pagoda photo beautifully.  A frame around the paper, some of the lined paper for journalling, matted the photo and used some of the letter stickers for the title.

Next up what we thought was the 'oak' at Boscobel House (but turned out to be a younger relative - whoops).

I liked playing with these papers, the subtle stripes and fabulous quotes really made this layout.  I used a grungy stamp with some distress inks to tie the layout in and my trusty heart stamp.

So you'll be asking where to get this kit from - well head over to Jen's Wear Craft website.  Pop back tomorrow and I'll share a couple more layouts that I managed out of the kit!

Fancy some more inspiration then check out fellow DT Lesley's blog posts 

or our leader herself - Jen's blog 

And did I mention the cost of the kit - £5 - that's right £5, fancy a few extras, Jen usually has some fab add on elements you can buy too - so what are you waiting for!

Friday, 28 November 2014


Good morning, afternoon, evening one and all, we find ourselves on the last Friday of November already and yet again time to take stock and reflect on the last 7 days.

You'll be pleased to know there are a few more photos this week - I am trying! 

So the biggest happy and grateful moment of the week is this photo of me and Sarah meeting for the very first time.  I've known Sarah online for an age and regard her as one of my best friends, so to finally get to meet her in person really was amazing!  We met at an ice hockey match when she was visiting the locality last Saturday and we got on like a house on fire - which is what I expected.  I also got to meet her clan as well - which was fab! 

Saturday morning me and hubby escaped to the local heritage centre where we popped for a coffee.  They'd decorated the place which was lovely and I loved this statement on the wall! 

The coffees were pretty nom too! 

I liked the giant snowflakes on the ceiling - it was lovely to take a break from everything and just enjoy each others company!

Oh I nearly forgot - when I met Sarah I got a selection of her gorgeous Lost Dogs stickers!  So I've now got a fabulous selection of these amazing stickers!

Sunday was stir it up Sunday where I made the Christmas pud, I've used the same recipe year on year and love it - no fat in it, light and tasty!  This is it before I cooked it

And here I am making the obligatory pudding wish (I have photos of hubby and said 14 year old 
partaking in this as well). 

Sunday saw us venture to Wentworth Castle for their Christmas market, we didn't buy anything (I have this awful habit of doing the 'I could make that') but it was lovely to listen to the carol singers and enjoy the autumn colours across the landscape! 

And said 14 year old - looking taller and older by the day - it's so strange seeing him grow so much so quickly!  He is still great company with a great sense of humour - all good!

Then almost completing the Autumn Bucket List - only one item missed off which I think is pretty good.  I've now replaced it with the Christmas bucket list which is continuing to grow!

And the last grateful is the safe delivery of my ceramic poppy from the Tower of London display.  Not sure how to display it yet, but display it I will.

So there you go, happy moments from the last 7 days, if you fancy joining in then pop a post together, pop back link up and we will come and visit.  

Hope you've had a fabulous week.

Thursday, 27 November 2014


Finally got around to photographing some layouts the other day when the light level was brighter than the dull misty grey we have this morning.

It seems forever since I was doing the Summer of colour challenge crikey nearly Christmas what's happening to this year!

Have a happy scrapping day!