Friday, 31 October 2014


Good morning lovely people - Friday - here already and so time to relax and sit back and take stock - I'll pre-warn you this will be a short one, it's just been one of those weeks but that is fine, short list, long list, detailed daily routines or just general amazingness - all is good if you are taking stock of the happies in your life - time for

So the weather allowing the work on the outside of the house to be completed!  Hurray!  Just need the scaffold down now and we'll be back to normal (whatever that is).

Aerial man being able to arrive quickly and sort whilst we have scaffold up (difficult neighbours - don't ask).

Carpet man been and gone and come back to sort a glitch and gone again, the stairs are finally starting to take shape.

Finishing off a few mixed media frames (mind you deciding when they were finished was the hardest bit).  We've enjoyed playing and adding layers - etc - might still add more later, but for now most are back in situ!

Said 14 year old for being very tolerant of the fact that he hasn't really had a proper lie in this week, what with the builders, the carpet people and the aerial bods - really has been one of those weeks if you know what I mean.  Mind you he has still managed a couple of PJ days when it suits!

Meal out on Thursday night - I've had quite a rough week and I'm not currently very well, so to escape from the house have no cooking or washing up to do and a gorgeous if not very SW friendly meal was a lovely change.

Having a few hours with said 14 year old Thursday afternoon wandering around the shops with me was fun too!

Needle felting and machine stitching this week - santa stockings for me and cushion covers for said 14 year old - it's lovely to see him enjoying the process if I'm honest!

Managing a couple of layouts in the middle of the week and the world's grumpiest craft group on Monday (aka my Mum, sister and niece who were all in 'one' of those moods)!

Looking forward to some quality time with my hubby and hoping my ailments leave the building - had enough of them now if I'm honest!

I hope you've had a good week, if you fancy joining in and taking stock and reflecting then pop a post together, pop back link up and we can come and visit!

I'll leave you with a layout I did this week (because there are no other pictures this week - promise to try harder next week). I've been wanting to scrap these photos of my sister and niece for an age, they are such fun pictures when we were trying to get them to smile nicely for the camera.  Taken at Portmeirion last year (where niece spent the day saying "I don't get it!" - I was struggling for papers (I know me struggling for papers whatever next) and hubby said - make your own, so stamps, masks and ink at the ready I created the background and then added little bits to finish it off!

Friday, 24 October 2014


Good morning one and all, I find myself yet again faced with Friday - how does that happen, the week has been literally a blink and miss it if I'm honest.

So what positives have I got to reflect on this week?

Well time with hubby just having a wander again last week was fab, it's so nice to break the working week up with something to signify the weekend.

Grateful for a fabulous time at the theatre last weekend, we went to see 12th Night at the Crucible Theatre.  We love Shakespeare, it goes back to my school days if I'm honest and it's stuck ever since; so any local productions we can get to is a must if pennies will stretch.  This particular production was the English Touring Threatre - click here if you fancy learning more about the fab production!

Then Saturday night after a mad dash back from the theatre was a meet with with girls from school.  It's 12 years since we last managed a get together - 12 years - where does the time fly.  The lovely thing is that it's just like we saw each other at school yesterday when we meet up - no gap in time, apart from when you start mentioning the ages of our children.  It was a fab night, we had wine, giggles, laughter, Bernie found us a guitarist to serenade us (she managed this last time we went out - it was at an Italian last time).  We literally laughed until we cried and the cheeks on my face were aching from laughter within a very short space of time - it was lovely to see them all, we're hoping it won't be as long next time.  And here is the photographic evidence!

Next up Sunday lunch - it was lovely to throw something together with hubby last weekend and then really enjoy it!

Walks of an evening when we've managed to snatch them.

Said 14 year old cracking on with revision!

Said 14 year old for just being him.

The scaffolders for finally getting the scaffold up so we can get the ridge tiles and gutters sorted - it was supposed to happen in the summer - it didn't due to neighbours, but with lots of cajoling we are finally in the motions of getting things sorted.  I'm thinking about getting the aerial done at the same time to prevent us having to go back on their property - because I don't think they'd agree to it!

Well my lovely people that is my list, brief I know this week but that's the kind of week I've had.

Hope yours has been awesome, if you fancy joining in then blog, come back link up and I'll come and visit.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Morning all, well the week is galloping along at a merry old pace if I'm honest which is good, although a busy day stretches out in front of me at the moment.

This layout is one from a visit to Wenlock Priory, we'd visited it the year before when it was still covered in snow so it was nice to see it in some summer sunshine for a change.  I love these panoramic photos on layouts!

Next up 'using up' some scraps that I had remaining on my table, scrapping my Mum and sister who'd come over for a scrapping day - much fun was had by all!

Hope you are managing a happy scrapping day!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


How the weekends tend to speed up and Mondays appear only too quickly, so quickly so now I find myself on Tuesday!  It's a little bit cooler this week in Yorkshire if I'm honest, the winds over the weekend seem to have stripped a lot of the autumn colour from the trees so it's feeling properly like autumn now. Waking up at 6.30am to find it still dark isn't much fun either, but next weekend they give us back an hour that I've been missing since March so that will be nice!

So I'm going to share a layout I did utilising inspiration from UK Scrappers using Simple Recipes inspiration.  This one creates the confetti look utilising the eraser on the end of a pencil dabbed into an ink pad.

The photo was when we visited to Tar Tunnel at Ironbridge last year - you can tell it's over a year ago as said 14 year old is significantly shorter than the two of us, this year - not so much!

Hope you are having a happy scrapping day!

Oh before you go I forgot to mention that I've done a guest post on The Weird Scissors this morning a Halloween inspired mini book (and layout), click here to have a nosey.  The Weird Scissors blog is fabulous and has loads of Halloween inspired posts, don't forget to check out all the other work they've done!

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!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Good morning, well this is my last layout using the gorgeous Simple Stories DIY Boutique collection from Jen at Wear Crafts - click here to find out more 

Up to now the pages have been bright and vibrant, but I went for a more subtle scheme on this page.  Using up some of the gorgeous polka dots, some brads, burlap stickers and the title sticker.  I used a 12" wide photo that I'd had printed and all came together really quickly.

The photo was a panoramic of a gorgeous photo taken on the beach near Souter Lighthouse, an idyllic day, blue skies, beach and crashing waves!

Hope you are having a happy scrapping day!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


I've been sharing some layouts I created using a selection of the Simple Stories DIY Boutique range from Jen at Wear Crafts - check link here 

They have been so much fun to play with and are just a selection from the main paper kit available - I kid you not. 

This one I built up blocks of the paper on a plain pink cardstock to marry in with the busy picture. 

This was documenting the second scrapbook day, me, my Mum and my sister and my niece had and we had loads of fun.  They are holding the layouts created on the day - not bad going to say it was my sisters second time of proper scrapbooking!

I stamped the title and added journalling to the strip on the right and it was done.  It really is a versatile paper pack!

I've got one more to share with you tomorrow if you fancy popping back, until then happy scrapping!

Monday, 6 October 2014


Good morning, wow what a difference a day makes, this time yesterday we have bright blue skies - utterly gorgeous - now we've got rain and drizzle and well it looks pretty miserable out there if i'm brutally honest!

So let's have a cheery layout to make us feel and happy and positive.

Now I haven't done a double page in forever so thought it was about time I sorted that out.  This is hubby and said 14 year old basically pratting about with armour, gauntlets, dressing up clothes, swords and guns at Boscobel House in their education room.  They had me giggling away as I took photos of the two of them messing about.  It was like a game to see who could put the most on if I'm honest!

The papers are the Simple Stories DIY Boutique range from Wear Crafts which can be found here I used a strip of paper at the top and at the bottom mounted it onto orange cardstock and used a strip of washi tape (that I received as a gift from Sarah for my birthday!)

Added a chipboard heart and a journal card some photos and it was done.  I love papers that just come together so easily!

Hope Monday is a happy scrapping day for you!

Sunday, 5 October 2014


Sunday morning already - time flies.

Good morning, well I'm here sharing another layout using the Simple Stories DIY Boutique range that I got from Jen at Wear Crafts

The background is a gelli print I made for the final summer of colour challenge earlier in the summer but never got around to using.

I know it's a bold page but I love it.  The brights of this set of papers is fab.  Adding a bit of washi tape from my stash and some burlap stickers (also from Wear Crafts), the layout was a quick and easy one to pull together.

It documents a photo I took on my phone of said 14 year old's lego during the summer he bought the Ghostbusters vehicle and it was uber cute I couldn't help but document it!

Saturday, 4 October 2014


Morning all well showing some more layouts that I've created with a selection of the DIY Boutique Simple Stories papers from Jen at Wear Crafts - check the link here if you want to get your hands on some.

The photo was taken at Blist Hill Open Air Museum, I just loved the composition of the same.

I used some plain pink cardstock from my stash, then added a punched shaped piece of paper, other strips of paper to make the page pop, I used one of the envelopes that Wear Crafts stock.  They are just plain when you get them, so I added some paper, some washi tape from my stash and the page started to come together.

I added three brads and the layout was done.  I love love love simply but effective layout!

Hope you like the layout and that you are having a happy scrapping day!

Friday, 3 October 2014


Good morning well I'm here to share the last two layouts out of the six I created with the wear crafts 12 pledges September kit.  This first one uses the ripped square out of a layout I share yesterday and if I'm honest I didn't actually think I'd be able to use it, there was actually a tear in the paper at the bottom right hand side, but a carefully placed title card and you'd never have known if I'd not told you.

A few squares of paper with rounded corners a sprinkling of stars and a sheet of card stock from my stash and we have the layout.  I finished it off with a ring of stitches around the inside of the circle and had such fun.  The photo is the day me and hubby arrived to enjoy the Granary at Aldborough for a few days when said 13 year old was away!  A view like that and a glass of wine - it's the simple things in life that I love.

And the last layout - using the circle cut out of the paper above and placing left over strips of paper behind, splitting one of the PL style cards from the back of the pages and rounding the corners, to offset the picture.  I mounted the photo on white cardstock, added some stars and some stitching!

The photo shows the reflection of Hardwick Hall in a gorgeous ball on the water.

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!