Friday, 27 May 2016


Good Morning Friday - time to clock the positive moments and silver linings from the week that was 

So first up was a lovely day of crafting last Friday, yes I had a hundred and one things that I could have been doing but the day led me to slow down and embrace some crafting - which I thoroughly enjoyed! 

Next up early morning walks at a weekend mean we can actually travel out a little to find a good walk.  Within an easy drive of us is the lovely Worsbrough Mill and Dam and I love it because it's a circular walk around the dam taking you from woodland to open countryside to dam side walks.  The photos below really was beautiful, birds tweeting, fresh air - what could be better! 

At the end of the walk is the Mill and Mill Shop (both closed as it was so early), but I got a beautiful shot of this clematis! 

The other plant that is so prolific there is wild garlic which is currently in full bloom and full scent! 

A beautiful breakfast - fresh berries, Greek yogurt, honey and a handful of sunflower and pumpkin seeds!

Saturday saw me commence work on a gift (which is needed tonight and still not finished - whoops)

And Saturday brought about the commencement of the next piece of art textile work said 15 year old is working on - yes a huge canvas (he wanted one bigger but we had to explain to him it wouldn't fit in the car - he really didn't see that as an issue - rolls eyes!)

We were using our old overhead projector to put the image on the canvas for him to work on.  We used to use the overhead projector to project Celtic Knots onto walls that we then painted up - haven't done it so much in the current house, but when the OHP comes out it would be oh so easy to turn it and put one on the wall!

Said 15 year old and hubby have recently joined a shooting range - all safe and secure - it is something they both enjoy - and said 15 year old was good enough to get photos of him and his Dad when they were there - he knows his mother so well! 

We did the dam walk on Sunday as well and the sun was shining! 

At the end of the walk we spotted this little family, they then saw fit to walk up the overflow which is a fairly sharp angle to get to the dam at the top, one of the little guys kept sliding back down - we were getting a little worried he'd be left behind - but he made it - albeit - eventually!

Beautiful views through the trees, May has sudden sprung into full leaf which is fabulous as April it all still felt very bare!

We've also had some lovely morning walks - I loved the mist in the valley on this one! 

The rest of the week has been very heavy on the work front, it has also been stressful on the Mum's health front, we are waiting on the results of yet more tests, if you can say some prayers or offer up some positive vibes that would be lovely - we need all the help we can get at the moment!  So why is this a positive - well the hospital reacting quickly, keeping her informed and hopefully getting some answers for us! 

I hope your week has been positive, I know Kate won't be joining in this week - thinking of you Kate, hope you and your family are OK. 

If you do fancy joining in then pop back link up and we shall come and visit.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Another Alnwick layout this time the castle and the treehouse using Instagram photos, I love having these printed and then cutting them into their square structure they make for fabulous photos on layouts.  

And I finally managed to use that heart chipboard that I'd painted an age ago! 

I hope you are having a happy scrapping day! 


Good morning, now the Potter's house at Harry Potter world, a full sized prop to enjoy on a beautiful blue skies day! 

I've been using my counterfeit kit to document this amazing day, if you fancy joining in then check out their blog 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Good morning, how are you today, another Harry Potter layout (I did warn you), this one was a selfie I took on my phone and the reason I used pink papers - well I'm using my Counterfeit Kit this month, check out their blog below

I hope you are having a happy scrapping day!

Monday, 23 May 2016


Now it amazed me when we went to Harry Potter world of all the props that must have taken days, weeks, months and possibly years to create that we didn't get chance to enjoy on the film.  The 'puking pastille' model was one of those items and so we had great fun making sure we captured a photo whilst we were at Harry Potter World. 

This is another counterfeit layout from this months kit, check out their blog below! 

It really was an amazing day!

Sunday, 22 May 2016


More Harry Potter layouts, another one where the layout was done without the pictures, I managed to include quite a few from Diagon Alley

This is another counterfeit layout from my kit this month, I had great fun using it up!  If you fancy joining in that - then check out their blog 

I hope you are having a great happy scrapping day! 

Saturday, 21 May 2016


I didn't have enough papers left to add to this layout and I had a pack of new stamps, so I set too creating a fun background using distress inks, to document this photo!

Yet another layout using my counterfeit kit 

Friday, 20 May 2016


Good morning Friday again it has arrived so quickly - time for what's been Rocking my World this week 

We had a great day at Chatsworth, for the second year running we've joined Chatsworth as members and so putting our visitors card through its paces is always fun.  We had some tickets to attend the Horse Trials at Chatsworth and as the weather looked OK, we headed over on Saturday.  Now this was after almost a sleepless night, a call for hubby at 1am regarding his Mum meant a night spent in the hospital for him and me sat at home awaiting his return.  Thankfully she was OK and he headed home at 5.30am.  Hubby was adamant that we weren't going to miss out on a day trip out, so despite only having 2 hours of sleep we managed a few hours at Chatsworth! 

Family selfie in front of the horse sculpture

Cups of tea in the sunshine and listening to the band on the bus was fabulous particularly when they played Bad Romance by Lady Gaga!

Watching the horses was also great, although said 15 year old was confused at the dressage side of things, similar to us last year, this year we just went with the flow as it were! 

As you can see despite them saying the weather would be really cloudy we were treated to a full day of sunshine which was fabulous! 

We even ventured into Chatsworth and had a bit of lunch, I love the way that the structure we were in (Flora's Temple if my memory serves me right) also framed the view! 

Another selfie with said 15 year old - he really is great company!  

And the cascade waterfall was very picturesque!  If you walk from the top of the Cascade to the bottom, each 'waterfall' element is set out differently so the noise the water makes is different - this always amazes me! 

We even found somewhere warm to sit in the day to have a cuppa!  

Thankfully we managed to grab a nap when we got home and so didn't ruin our Saturday evening.  In fact it was lovely to sit out in the sunshine with a coffee on Saturday afternoon, despite it being a little on the cool side! 

Sunday found said 15 year old at school for mass, so we dropped him off and then headed to Magna as there was a free art exhibition on by Pete McKee.  We'd come across a great exhibition by Pete McKee a few years ago in Scarborough, so a brand new exhibition on the doorstep was ideal.

It was called 6 weeks to eternity and was all about that 6 week holiday we all remember as children.  To say it brought back some nostalgic memories is an understatement! 

There was a helter skelter you could use (grown ups were having a fabulous time on it)

deckchairs where you could watch clips from old cine films documenting seaside holidays!

There was even a candyfloss stall which also sold sugar dummies.  This caravan reminded me of the caravan holidays we had when I was younger when the rain didn't let up - I remember spending a whole week making plaster models and painting them up as the weather was so bad! 

Then this set up - yes I remember watching kids do this on the street that I lived daring to do this!  

There had apparently been a specially brewed beer on Saturday but they'd sold out by the time we got there on Sunday - not that I'm drinking at the moment, however, there was a stall selling cups of tea and crisp sandwiches - with a choice of crisps! 

We had a great time wandering around, even the TV with the clips of favourite children's TV had us stood pondering, Paddington, Why Don't You?, Pink Panther - it really was brilliant! 

Outside we found a couple of sculptures we hadn't seen before

And I got a photo of the signage, its a great place to go, we used to have season tickets when said 15 year old was much younger, but eventually we'd been too many times for him to really enjoy it and then he sort of out grew it! 

We managed to catch up with my Mum, sister and niece as well, both on Friday last week (which I forgot to mention at the beginning) and on Sunday - which was fun. 

Monday found me with an emergency dental appointment - thank goodness they got my broken tooth sorted! 

Tuesday was an odd day meeting an old work colleague, the meeting left me feeling very raw and somewhat fragile, sometimes things aren't meant to go back together again and whilst its sad I'm glad I've finally realised that.  However, the outpouring of concern from people when they realised I was struggling really was lovely and makes me remember that I have lots of positive people in my life that make me very grateful for their friendship! 

Said 15 year old and hubby being their usual awesome selves helping out when the house needed some TLC - they really are brilliant - the pair of them! 

I hope you've had a good week and if you fancy joining in then pop a post together explaining what has made your world so positive this week - it doesn't have to be a long post like mine, just some small positive - if you focus on them - you realise how many positives there are in life - then pop back and link up and we can come and visit! 

Thursday, 19 May 2016


Morning all, on our day trip to Harry Potter World we had a beautiful blue sky day to enjoy when we got to the outside part.  We loved the fact that they only created a very small part of the bridge and that we got to walk across it! 

The colours on this layout (layout 4) are linked with the Counterfeit Kit that was released this month, I've had great fun using my kit up! 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


After a lengthy hiatus away from scrapping, I found myself with time on my hands last Friday and set too with a stack of photos, I very quickly ground to a halt and realised that my normal method of generating layouts simply wasn't going to work.  So I had to try a new tact, so I abandoned the pile of photos and basically found some sketches on Pinterest and created, without any thought of which photos I was scrapping for, by the end of the day I had 10 layouts ready minus title, journal and photos and then the fun task of trying to find photos to fit the what now seemed to be tiny photo mats (I usually have my photos printed almost 5"x7"), however it didn't take long to cut and streamline the photos and getting more than one photo on the layout allowed for me to make better use of the ample photos I've had printed! 

So next time you get stuck scrapping - try a different tact! 

Now this is another sketch that I would like to thank the original producer and I was sure I'd pinned it to my board, but I now can't for the life of me find the pin - must make notes on the back next time! 

If you know the sketch in question shout out and I'll update my post to give due thanks where it is needed!

My third layout from my counterfeit kit 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Good Morning, another layout this morning, this time more of the dark arts from Harry Potter.

The vanishing cabinet on the left, took over 12 months to build and the lock mechanism worked (not sure about the vanishing element mind you).  

Still documenting a single day - anybody else done this many layouts on one day?

This is the second layout I made using my counterfeit kit

Monday, 16 May 2016


Our day trip to Harry Potter World was by far my favourite day last year (and probably of the last few years), 10 hours spent wandering through the amazing sets, props, designs, costumes etc.  Simply magical! 

And I'm documenting the day - trying to fight my way through 700 photos (I kid you not), I am now growing increasingly selective as I can see a mini (insert the word maxi) book destined to be created as I've soooooooooooo many photos left over! 

This photo the quidditch set!

I finally also managed to put together a Counterfeit Kit ( - having had many months away from the blog, I've been tempted occasionally but never quite got around to managing it, so this month I actually got around to putting my kit together, unfortunately I forgot to photograph the original kit, but I have managed a good few layouts from it this month already! 

Happy scrapping 

Sunday, 15 May 2016


Good morning, how are you doing, are you having a good weekend, another HP layout, this one of the Crystal Goblet, the book made out that it was a Goblet, but I love that the props team made it into a cross between a shell and a natural quartz crystal - fabulous!  

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, 14 May 2016


Morning all, more layouts this morning, first up the triwizard cup at Harry Potter world, an absolutely gorgeous prop to admire when we were there! 

Now this is definitely a sketch I saw - but can I find the link - nope not for the life of me, if any of you know the sketch and can point me in the right direct let me know I do like to acknowledge when a sketch has provided a much needed boost as it were! 

Next up outfits from the Yule Ball, Hermione's dress really is very very tiny, however Emma Watson was only around 14 at the time that she wore it, Ron's outfit however, left an awful lot to be desired - bless! 

Have a happy scrapping day! 

Friday, 13 May 2016


Good morning lovely people, tis time to take a step back and appreciate the little silver linings that occurred through life in the last 7 days as it is time for 

So last Friday I had a simply lovely day, chilling out and scrapbooking with a relatively tidy house, I had the fun time of working my way through a pile of pretty papers and just spending some quality time at home crafting, I re-watched the most recent series of NCIS from the TIVO box and I had a lovely day crafting at my table. 

The weekend was glorious wasn't it - unfortunately I didn't get chance to see very much of it if I'm honest, so why you may ask, well me and my Mum had booked for a craft weekend at our local craft shop, we were there both days from 9.30 until 4ish and had a lovely time.

Can you see the concentration on her face!

We made lots of beautiful items, very much not in my style (if I'm honest) but I do like them nonetheless.

This bird house housed a selection of handmade cards

And we also made some cards, again very much not in my style but I enjoyed nonethless!  The photos are the original but mine are just the same!

The amount of work the team had gone to was amazing! 

Look she was very happy making items!

When I got home on the Saturday evening, hubby had set up outside, including a barbecue, unfortunately the rain came in the evening and we had to finish the cooking off inside, but the thought was there and hubby had been mighty busy preparing the food. 

He also made a large quantity of biscotti which have been very tasty but very naughty and not at all friendly to the waistline! 

On the second day we made a recipe box

Thankfully I wasn't subjected to colouring in (really not my forte) although a few of the ladies were disappointed.

The classes were taken by Clare Rowlands and Julie and Karen who work at the craft shop.

The weekend literally went in the blink of an eye but we had a lot of fun.

I briefly managed to catch up with my sister on the Saturday evening and my niece which is always lovely. 

Hubby and said 15 year old managed to grab a game at Lock N Load on the Sunday and said 15 year old went to a birthday party on the Saturday! 

The week has flown by, we've managed early morning walks but work has been hectic and I'm feeling a little tired tonight. 

I have another busy week next week, including a meeting about more consultancy and another consultancy day so I'm going to make the most of my day off tomorrow. 

The weekend already has plans formulating so I'm going to make the most of crafting if I can.

I hope you've had a beautiful and blessed week and that you've got some silver linings and positive moments to be grateful for, if you fancy joining in then pop a post together (and if you can mention that it's a rocking post somewhere in the narrative that would be nice) and I will come and visit.

Have a lovely weekend and week ahead.