Friday, 28 April 2017


Good Morning lovely people - tis Friday time for 

Well Friday I was still off from work with said 16 year old.  He was busy on his art project (yet another art doll) and I wondered how I could busy myself, so I took the painted face that I'd done and started to create an art doll.  

  I made the arms and legs out of stretchy t-shirt fabric and made a plain body. I then decided to get creative, I eventually found (at the bottom of a box) the mini quilts I made last year (but never used) Teesha Moore style - following a pin I'd found on pinterest, mine are a mix of hand and machine stitching!

And spent a good proportion of the day hand stitching each of the mini quilts to the doll.  

Eventually he was finished, so let me introduce you to Derek

I had such fun making him, hours hand stitching and machine stitching and embroidery, sat nattering with said 16 year old.  We had Harry Potter films on in the background and drank herbal tea all day, said 16 year old even used his colour change mug that always makes me smile! 

On Saturday hubby and said 16 year old toddled off to have a fun creative day making silver rings that I'd bought them as part of their Christmas box!  They had a fabulous day and came away with lots of techniques and methods as well as these two gorgeous silver rings that they made. 

Said 16 year old has an aspiration in life at the moment, well actually he has three.  He would like to be a silversmith, he would like to be a brewer and he would like to be a chocolatier, this is the first step on the first path and he is still enthused - let's see where this path takes him! 

So whilst they were busy getting mucky with metals (mucky a Yorkshire term meaning dirty for the uninitiated in the local lingo).

I enjoyed a quiet breakfast of Greek yogurt, honey, seeds and mixed berries, it was lovely! 

I got busy with the needle felter again, I wanted some stripey legs for my next doll but had no stripey fabric that would suffice, so made my own.

I also set to with my watercolour paints again making more faces, I finished the fabric with a watered down fabric medium to fix the paint. 

I managed the odd cuppa in the front garden and got to enjoy these amazing violas that have a heavenly scent. 

I continued with my art doll, as I'd initially struggled with an idea to get started again, I used a piece of art a friend did as my inspiration (she zombified her face on a self-portrait).  

And here she is in all her finery - meet Carmen - my second art doll - just chilling with Derek. 

Once done, I headed outside for a glass of wine and some magazine reading

Before the boys came home to tell me all about their day said 16 year old enjoyed photographing the items he had made, using the stones in the garden. 

As we'd had lots of sunshine in the day, my new solar lights in the backgarden looked fabulous - although a little bit too much like Christmas if I'm honest - but I love them! 

Sunday I went over to the Craft Den to buy some scrapbook shelves that I desperately need for my papers.  I had a lovely natter and catch up with Lynne.  I'm hoping to go and do some fabric classes with her and said 16 year old later in the summer (once he has finished his exams). 

We had a busy day in the garden and I managed to catch up on some washing.

So it was lovely to chill out in the evening with this, enjoying the last of the afternoon sunshine as my week off came to an end. 

Look at those blue skies! 

Work has been mighty busy - the joys of year end if I'm honest.  I worked solidly on Monday, albeit that it was a very frustrating day for multiple reasons.  Tuesday saw us physically move office (again, we only moved last October).  Thankfully it didn't take too long as we are in the same building just a bigger set of offices.  

My office is somewhat darker than before though, so I'm keen to make something to brighten up the office, I've got a couple of ideas, just need to make them a reality! 

Wednesday was a working at home day - but a full 12 hours on a PC is no fun for anyone and I was only fit to make tea and collapse on the sofa after that! 

I have managed small amounts of sewing along the way. 

I'm hand embroidering elements of the faces I've been working on.  

Hoping to make them more doll like soon!

Thursday was a hard day, the anniversary of my Dad passing away 28 years ago, I was only 16 when he died and my sister was 8 and my brother 6.  It seems like a lifetime ago since I last had a sit and a natter with him.  He had such an amazing sense of humour, so I shared the photo below on my facebook page, it reminds me of the laughter we used to have at home.  We often struggled money wise when I was younger, and his holey boots were a bit of a standing joke, but a house full of love really is all you need isn't it! 

I hope you have all had a beautiful and blessed week.  

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Friday, 21 April 2017


Good Morning lovely people, Friday already - 16th of 2017 and time to take stock 

First up a week off work, always a blessing particularly when you are juggling 2 jobs! 

Friday was a bank holiday as it was Good Friday, so we decided to head to the cinema, Fast 8 is out and as we've loved all the others we wanted to see this one, plus if we leave it too long we end up knowing about the story so wanted to see it early.  We then popped to get some lunch before heading home.  My Mum and sister popped up and hubby went and collected items from the gardening centre. 

As the weather was good over the bank holiday weekend (I know unheard of), we decided to continue working on the back garden, the plan is to go grass free as the lawn often looks pretty awful and the high maintenance factor means that it has driven me mad over recent weeks.  That and the fact we took the grass out of the front garden last year and literally haven't looked back! 

Hubby repaired the fence on the right hand side, it needed a little TLC, then I set to with a fence paint - country cream!   Then hubby set to making a raised deck platform whilst me and said 16 year old worked on the slate in the garden.  As we already had quite a lot of slate down, but the membrane underneath was no good, we decided to put down new membrane and put the old slate through a riddle to get rid of the soil and debris leaving only the bigger pieces of slate to reuse, a thankless task but worthwhile given how expensive slate is and how much we managed to reuse. 

The photo is at the end of the day where said 16 year old decided to try out the decking! 

Sunday was more of the same when it came to the garden, although we also had an evening wedding reception to attend.  

Here we all are at the do. 

I made the happy couple a book in a box to fill with photos from their happy day

And me and my sister got a photo together 

Easter Monday came and went and we had quite a lazy day. 

Tuesday arrived and our 19th wedding anniversary - scary how time flies!  

This is a photo from the day

And another, I remember laughing in this photo because hubby was hiding a glass of bucks fizz in all the photos!

We went up to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for our anniversary 'date' said 16 year old had gone to the cinema with a school friend. 

We did the full circuit which is in excess of 5 miles.  It was utter bliss!

And we managed a selfie despite the bright sunshine 

I loved seeing the cherry blossom in flower. 

And this installation is now in, but we couldn't get close due to filming! 

Me and hubby photobombed our own piccie

And found this beautiful bench with the beginning of a favourite poem on it!

We found the new art - which is actually painted over the old art which said - Art makes Children Powerful - it now says - All Schools should be Art Schools

Wednesday was a strange day, hubby back at work and said 16 year at school all day finishing off coursework and doing some revision, he was the only one in for the full 6 hours! 

I did a little mini book, managed a single 12 x 12 layout and then made a start on an art doll.  Said 16 year old has his original book from art at home at the minute whilst he makes improvements to it.  The original project was an art doll and I thought, well I've never made an art doll.  I've been pinning lots of examples on Pinterest recently and thought I'd have a go, so this is the beginning of my art doll. 

I have since done another face which is just as strange. 

Thursday I went for a walk as I needed some fresh air and captured this photo, hubby detests this particular crop as it always triggers his hayfever.  We seem to be surrounded by it this year!

I came home and enjoyed a cup of spiced ginger tea in one of my favourite cups bought for me by a friend. 

The rest of Thursday was spent playing on the sewing machine, said 16 year old joined in when he eventually got up and we put Fantastic Beasts on the TV whilst we were working. 

Once hubby was home, he took items to the tip from the garden and off the drive and picked some more slate up on the way back. 

Me and said 16 year old had planted out a couple of pots I had and they needed a bit more compost so they picked me some of that up too, whilst I stayed home and made tea. 

And then you find me here on Friday morning, a bit later than normal, I've been food shopping as the cupboards were bare. 

I hope you've had a grand week, if you fancy joining in.  Pop a post together, pop back and link up and we shall come and visit. 

Sunday, 16 April 2017


I found another draft post, this time from our day trip to the Harry Potter world just outside London.  

The first one is a photo of two Thestrals, they form part of a much bigger album from the day (yes you heard me right, a whole album).

And then documenting the Knight bus, we and said 16 year old aboard the Knight bus, a photo of the exterior of the bus and one of the interior!  The background papers were gelli plated papers from a while ago

And that is me officially caught up, now I need to fathom out if there are any I haven't shared!  There must be some lurking somewhere! 

I hope you have a fabulous day! 

Have you ever done a whole album on a single day?   If so what was your day about?

Saturday, 15 April 2017


These have sat as a draft on blogger for long enough, I thought I'd better share them

First up a layout from Gibside, documenting some of the walk we went on and the flowers we came across. 

Next up playing with a couple of polaroid style frames, again taken at Gibside, I was in a using up mode as most of these items were lurking in my scraps bag! 

And finally one of Prudhoe Castle, a castle we went to and when we got in realised we'd been before - whoops!  Enjoyed it nonetheless. 

I hope you are having a good day and managing more creativity than me as mine seems to have taken a nosedive again.

Friday, 14 April 2017


Good morning, tis Friday time to take stock, look back at the week and count the silver lining 

Visits from family, my Mum, sister and niece popped over on Friday last week when I was off.  We had a good natter, catching up and putting the world to rights, I rarely remember to take photos (talking too much), but when my sister was trying out the snapchat filters she had me giggling (I don't do snapchat) for reasons that are fairly obvious in the photos!  

We are still enjoying the cooler evenings which enable us to have the fire lit, we enjoyed sitting and enjoying the warmth, chatting and reading and I was impressed with my new reading light that attaches to my book preventing me having to put the main light on! 

Saturday we decided to make a start on our garden, but first up the side of the house, there is a tiny gap between us and our neighbours and it has become overgrown and rather untidy in recent years so hubby and said 16 year old set about sorting it out.  This was the start of the day

And this was the end - doesn't it look better.  Weeds and rubbish removed, weed suppressant fabric laid (double layer) and then gravel on top!  

Whilst the boys were busy with this I made a start on the actual back garden, this was the start of the day

and this was the end, I decided to paint it a light cream as our garden is tiny and north west facing so trying to make the most of the garden is a priority.  After working on the front garden last year, our mission this year is to sort the back garden.  This is only the beginning! 

Sunday morning and said 16 year old had one of his keep warm team building activities with NCS.  This time out at a country park, strangely enough I haven't visited this one before, but know my sister likes it for the occasional walk.  We left him to it (it was RAF team building so we knew they would put him through his paces) and we set off on the circular walk around the reservoir.  Whilst it is a lovely walk near the water, I wasn't awfully keen on the flies in the areas where it was quite sheltered if I'm honest so I might head here again, but perhaps before the weather starts to warm up! 

We did however enjoy the blue skies! 

Hubby wasn't impressed with this lot as it sets off his hay fever, but I loved the fact that it looked like there was nothing beyond

The sun was mighty bright as the selfie shows

There were a few sheltered areas and we spotted a swan nesting in the middle of some bullrushes.

Talking of swans, I didn't spot this one when I took it but it fair made me chuckle afterwards

Said 16 year old really enjoyed the activity and despite there being a couple of friends there, the team were sensible enough to mix them up so they were forced to start chatting with other people, he enjoyed having new friend requests pop up on facebook during Sunday afternoon. 

Being a finance person for two charities, means the rest of the week has been pretty much wall to wall work if I'm brutally honest.  I had done in excess of 30 hours between Monday and Wednesday and then had another mighty long day on Thursday.  Grateful hubby went and sorted the food shop on Tuesday so I could finish some work off. 

Thoroughly enjoying Broadchurch at the moment, last episode next week, for some strange reason hubby keeps falling asleep to it - goodness knows why!  But then I fall asleep to some of the stuff he puts on so I suppose I shouldn't grumble. 

Bumping into family at the supermarket last night twas fab, haven't seen either of them in an age. 

Said 16 year old getting on with the old revision, he's been into school twice this week for revision sessions.  Monday it was DT food and finishing off a bit of coursework.  Wednesday it was a full day of biology revision and Thursday he had a friend over for RE and history revision!  I can't fault his work ethic, I'm hoping it will give him the results he needs in the summer. 

And that my people is that, I find myself at Friday morning, Good Friday and a long weekend stretched out in front of me.  I hope your weekend is a good one.  If you fancy joining in pop a post together and pop back and link up.