Sunday, 31 July 2016


Good morning lovely people, finally sharing a few more layouts I'm hoping it will inspire me to get crafting again but at the moment the mojo has been lost for a while if I'm honest!

Here is a photo of said 15 year old and niece last summer at Bamburgh Castle, they were right at the end of the wall overlooking the steep cliffside onto the beach - the adults felt a little nervous of them being sat there if I'm honest!

Photos of this remind me of how close these two are, being cousins that have spent a lot of time together as they have grown up, which means they are more like brother and sister if I'm honest and I love to spend time with the two of them for they both have a wicked sense of humour!

Saturday, 30 July 2016


Good morning lovely people - another layout (finally) to share, this one from the beach walk to Bamburgh Castle last year (we never did quite get there).

The layout is a sketch from Scrapthology - the link to which is 

This is a really versatile sketch and at first glance I didn't honestly think I could get it to work, but I was soooooooooo pleased with the finished item as it were! 

Have a great Saturday lovely people! 

Friday, 29 July 2016


Good afternoon lovely people - apologies for the delay in posting today but we have literally just landed back after a week away in the lovely county of Wiltshire.  

We were quite late booking this one but had a lovely cottage for the week, although the beds were a little on the firm side for my decidedly dodgy back if you know what I mean! 

However, apart from that we wanted for nothing, there was even a welcome basket with biscuits, crisps and wine in it as well as butter, milk and cheese in the fridge!

The village we stopped in was called Corsham (they filmed a lot of Poldark there apparently although we didn't watch the series ourselves).  It is not far from a the National Trust village of Lacock - famed for its filming as well including Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Half Blood Prince.  

Being National Trust members we got to walk around Lacock Abbey, this is one of those knocked down during the dissolution of the monasteries and then later sold to a private owner who used the remains to build a country retreat.  It was very lovely to have a walk around and the inventor of the photography lived there at some point in the dim and distant past.  

Inside the great hall were terracotta statues in the niches.  

And a display of costumes from the Hollow Crown series on the BBC in particular I liked the costume that Benedict Cumberbatch wore as Richard III. 

This corridor was used in Harry Potter!

As was this, we saw Professor Quirrell's classroom as well as the place where the Mirror of Erised was housed - I love me a Harry Potter film location it has to be said!  

We even managed a selfie in the cloisters. 

We wandered the gardens and had a thoroughly lovely day! 

Corsham is mighty pretty as you can see! 

With a lovely church that we wandered around

And found this rather strange gravestone

We jaunted over to Fleet Air Arm museum, said 15 year old checked out the life rafts!

We got to see the second Concorde (the first British one) used for experiments at a point when they were trying to find out if it would be possible to fly super sonic. 

The day after we had pre-booked tickets for Stonehenge, I will be honest and say I never actually thought I'd get to see this place.  Don't ask me why.  We had a fabulous few hours, walking around the stones, checking out the exhibition and enjoying the gift shop and cafe!

We were also visiting on a lovely blue sky day as you can see!

The day after and we headed to Avebury - the biggest stone circle in Britain complete with a pub and church within the circle apparently!  Now here we were able to get up close to the stones (something sadly that you can no longer do at Stonehenge). 

As you can see (I've no idea what I was doing but I didn't know hubby was taking the photo). 

The Manor house at Avebury is famous for a BBC TV series the Manor Reborn, where the BBC were given permission to do whatever they wanted to the house.  As a result all the rooms are interactive in that you climb on the beds, check out the chairs etc, because whilst the items might look old they are only about 5 years old!  

Even the exercise chair was fun to try out - for those wet days when you don't want to take the horses out but still want the exercise, said 15 year old said it was strange!

Me and hubby also managed a jaunt to Stourhead, unfortunately said 15 year old was not feeling a hundred percent and so he stayed put for the day and rested watching DVDs etc. 

Again we had another blue skies afternoon to explore!

And our final day (are you still with me) we went to Glastonbury.  Somewhere we all fancied going.  We loved the crystal shops of which there were numerous, thankfully my friend Sam had told us which was the best one to go to, so we headed there and we not disappointed! 

She also recommended a wander up to the Chalice Well just outside Glastonbury, it was just what we needed to recharge our batteries if I'm honest.  

And there we have it, grateful to be able to explore.  Grateful that we managed to have some fun family days out with blue skies.  Grateful for a lovely cottage and grateful for spending time together. 

We are home, utterly shattered but feeling very positive about our lovely week away! 

I hope yours has been grand, if you fancy joining pop a post together, mention that you are joining in Rocking Your World, pop back and link up and we can come and visit! 

Friday, 22 July 2016


Good Morning one and all it's Friday which means 

So first up on the list of happies this week - are the Sheffield Herd - if you haven't heard about them (forgive the pun).  There is a website (and an app)

These elephants are dotted around the city and include large ones like the photos below and smaller ones decorated by local Sheffield schools

Said 15 year old appearing as if by magic in this photo! 

Next up - live Theatre, I've said it before and I will say it again but you really cannot get any better than live theatre.  This particular production named "Dream" and performed by the Sheffield People's Theatre - the first time we've had chance to see them - and ooh my were we in for a treat!  

A mash up of Shakespeares romances - we had them all - starting out in a gig and ending up in the Northern General hospital - apparently with 80 actors in total - 80 and the hours flew by - the audience was in uproar at the hilarity and the utterly compelling play that appeared in front of us! 

All I can say is that I wish we'd booked for a second show! 

Said 15 year old and hubby - enjoying the pre-show drinks, the play was at the Crucible which always has a great atmosphere!

Overnight oats - always a lovely refreshing breakfast and the gorgeous summer fruits that are out and about at the moment - fabulous! 

So some of you may remember me mentioning my gelli printing session the other week, well I was stuck with lots and lots of backgrounds.  Those of you that follow my blog may remember that last summer I generated lots of A5 art using the Summer of colour inspirations, unfortunately, the summer of colour is no more so I thought I'd have a go myself, however, I had no idea what to do on them this year (I exhausted sea creatures last year).  But then the Sheffield Herd was launched and I thought what finer way of celebrating it than creating elephants! 

Then Monday saw my niece turn 17 - 17 years of age - you can see she looks shocked LOL!  We had a meal out at a local pub which was lovely and not too expensive.  It was a really warm night so afterwards we headed outside (not that it was much cooler).

My sister organised (in organised she asked my Mum to source whilst said 17 year old niece had facials, hair cuts and catch ups with other family)

And my Mum managed to ring my Uncle - no idea how she managed it - it was a crazy conversation! 

My sis and niece both looking beautiful as always! 

The rest of the week has muddled along, lots of work, said 15 year old finished school.

I had my hair cut.

The weather has finally cooled down, some of the evenings it was stifling 25 degrees at midnight in Yorkshire is what can only be considered crazy madness! 

So there you have it people the week that was, I hope yours has had some silver linings and positive moments - if you fancy joining in do a blog post, mention this blog, pop back and link up and we can come and visit! 

Friday, 15 July 2016


Good Morning lovely people and as we wake yet again to difficult news from around the globe, it is at these times that we realise how important it is to celebrate the positives and realise that there are some amazing people in our lives and that we are truly blessed for each and every day.

Last weekend was one of those that was going to merrily trip along without much achieved if I'm brutally honest, the world was still rather wonky without the tablets, with the tablets it was OK, so we decided to try and get a few jobs done around the house.  Our enthusiasm for this is never at its peak if I'm honest but I aspire to get lots of things done, so we decided to actually get on.  

This involved sorting the office, no simple feat because it was in a mess, two desks rather than one, work office spilling into home office, the filing cabinet at capacity - you know what I mean. 

There were also other tasks, a new shower curtain to put up, a new handle to sort out etc, so we were mighty busy for a good few hours.  Once done there was definitely a sense of achievement and so we popped to the pub so hubby could have a pint. 

Sunday we popped to my sisters who'd invited us to a Wimbledon party - she'd been very busy as had my Mum to create this lovely spread! 

My sister even let Loki - aka Ginger Monster into the main room - he doesn't get along with the other cat so this is a rarity, the hope is to try and integrate them in the long run, so we had to make sure he didn't find where Boo (the other cat) was as she certainly wasn't impressed!

These two were watching the game intently - me I was a bag full of questions as I didn't have a clue what was going on, so many games, some stupid scoring system, advantages, disadvantages, sets, difference in sets - I was somewhat bewildered - you can imagine how happy I was when he managed to win in 3 straight sets - yay!  I'm so pleased he did and I'm glad I saw the match - but I'm still bewildered! 

Ah just found a photo of the 'tidier' office.  I still have to go through the box on the floor, it has additional hobbies in it - no idea where I'm going to put the contents, but I think I might try and sort it today to finish it off fully! 

For a Father's day gift I arranged for said 15 year old to go with his Dad to the Sushi School at Yo Sushi, I arranged for them to go this Tuesday so they were both looking forward to the evening.

It started at 6pm and they finished just after 8.30pm.  They were taught by the head chef and had a great evening! 

This is what they brought home - you can't imagine how giddy I was when I saw the bag! 

They did the course with another two people, strangely enough another Father's day present, but this time Father and daughter!  They were kind enough to get this photo of Mischief 1 and 2 for me - these two know me well - "she'll want to scrapbook this - better get a photo"!

And this is the contents of the goody bag and yes before you ask it was absolutely gorgeous, I really enjoyed it and both of them feel confident they could recreate at home without an issue.  So a new skill learnt!  I can highly recommend if you like sushi, want to learn a new skill and fancy buying a present that is an experience.  They also tried the miso soup - which was apparently free flowing - the only statement about this was that it was salty and green tea, which apparently said 15 year old liked! 

The rest of the week has seen me manage to get back to work, which is good as I had sooooooooooooo much to catch up on and didn't do a first day back for one job but two so I'm thoroughly shattered today as you can imagine! 

We've got a play to look forward to this evening ooh and we managed to see Now you See Me 2, we all enjoyed it although it hasn't been given the best of reviews, mind you we tend not to read them as we often like the films that the critics don't!  

Said 15 year old has had his final sports day, he finishes next year so won't be at school when sports day occurs as it were.  He's got a full day of CV writing today, although I think it is somewhat pointless, firstly because its a task they've already done and secondly none of them have qualifications or work experience to put down, but hopefully he'll come home having learnt something. 

He has two more days to go next week before the long summer holiday stretches out in front of him. 

My Mum also started her treatment this week, fingers and toes crossed it keeps the cancer isolated and not progressing and hopefully that she doesn't suffer any significant side effects.  Time will tell but your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated. 

Right lovely people that's my round up of the silver linings, positive moments that make my life all the better, if you fancy joining in pop a post together pop back and link up so we can some and visit. 

Sunday, 10 July 2016


Travelling over to Holy Island aka as Lindisfarne really is fairly magical, we've been twice now, enjoying visits to the ruined Abbey and the Castle, but I'm always drawn to the beautiful church next to the Abbey always so peaceful! 

On our last visit we captured the beautiful stained glass and the amazing textile artwork.

Saturday, 9 July 2016


This layout was based on a brilliant sketch 

found over on the Scrapthology blog click the link below for the post in question. 

I honestly didn't think I'd get the sketch to work - so many photos required in such a tiny space, but I must admit it was brilliant at using photos that were less than perfect.  You know the ones you've had printed and aren't quite sure how you are going to use them as there are objects and unknown people in the way! 

I usually have my photos printed almost 5" x 7" so you can imagine how much 'cropping' has been done to get these to work, but it was also a great summary of the day and what we'd seen! 

The layout documents our day at Alnwick Gardens last summer - such fun and so beautiful! 

Friday, 8 July 2016


Good Morning/Evening/Afternoon

Tis Friday which means

It has been something of a mixed week if I'm brutally honest but hey - sometimes that's what life throws at us! 

First grateful is said 15 year old arriving home safe and sound from his trip to France last Friday, he arrived back mid-afternoon, thoroughly exhausted, however, his first port of call when we got back home was - well I'll let the photo do the talking! 

We should also have been at Chatsworth for a Garden Party last weekend, but alas the weather was decidedly naughty, so we had a gathering at ours to have a catch up instead!  

As usual me and my Mum thought we were feeding an army, making far too much food which then fed us well into the weekend! 

Sunday we finally got the grass mowed at the back of the house, said 15 year old and hubby had gone to the shooting range for an hour so I thought I'd do a quick mow, anyway quick mow turned into mow, strim, hedge trim, mend fence etc - you know how it is. 

I did manage to get the table clean though and took this fab 'reflection' photo once we'd done and were having a cuppa!

Monday was a work from home day and I was starting to feel a little 'wonky'.  By the end of Monday my wonkiness had turned into dizzy and I was bouncing off walls!  Sigh! 

I had no idea what was causing it but felt pretty dreadful so went off up to bed at just gone 6pm on Monday in the hope I could sleep it off.  Alas it was not to be, but I'm grateful that I managed a Doctor's appointment who confirmed that he didn't think it was anything too serious and was probably viral, possibly middle ear, so he sent me on my wobbly way with some tablets. 

The world is just starting to steady itself again, keep your fingers crossed that it continues. 

Next happy is said 15 year old being put forward for an award in Art Textile - he got an attainment award, which I always think sounds a bit well - plain, we've renamed it the best of the best of the best award and I got a photo to scrapbook - so happy Mum as you can imagine! 

He's had a funny old week at school, he went on Tuesday despite the national teachers strike, lots of teachers missing but he just got on with work bless him! 

He's arrived home today to tell me he was off syllabus this afternoon - I couldn't fathom out why, but apparently all the children who have had no behaviours against them got invited to a barbeque.  Apparently there were about 60 in attendance out of 850 odd pupils, which makes it sound like there are a lot of naughty kids in school, but they can get a behaviour for not having the right equipment with them, forgetting a book, not having the right uniform, not doing their homework etc.  Said 15 year old has actually never had a behaviour against him in the last 4 years, something that we are all mighty proud of!

And here we are on Thursday evening, the world is slightly more level than it has been but I'm still sleeping a lot.  Said 15 year old came through the door having made profiteroles in school so that was definitely a positive today and he has provided ample hugs since he arrived home last Friday, I had truly missed them. 

I hope your week has been positive and upbeat and full of silver linings, if you fancy joining up pop a post together, pop back and link up and we shall come and visit!