Friday, 22 August 2014


Good morning one and all and here we find ourselves at Friday again, I swear these weeks are speeding up!

So this week I find myself being grateful for honest tradesmen - we knew we had a problem with the boiler, I managed to find and source a local repairman using a local forum, not only did he come out and have a look Friday but he returned on Saturday to do the work, it didn't take as long as expected.  He thanked us for moving furniture out of his way to make his life easier and that as we say is that!  So despite the bill (although even that was far less than we'd been quoted by other 'big' firms and that was with an additional job added in) we are now (all being well) prepared ready for the cooler mornings and evenings - yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next up hubby for putting up with my whimsical ideas - oh the boilers mans has gone - let's paint the hall stairs and landing (at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon), his answer - OK then!  So that's what we did, emulsioned Saturday, glossed Sunday morning, job done now all it needs is carpet and bits and bobs - but we've done the hardwork involved - yay!!!!!

A meeting on Monday being shorter and less difficult than expected and closes another chapter which I'm quite happy to close - yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next up the highlight of the week, the all male theatre group - Lord Chamberlain's Men, entertaining us with Romeo and Juliet at Chatsworth house a fabulous evening, sat in hiking chairs, drinking hot coffee, wrapped in blankets - utter bliss!  If you get chance to see them then do, we saw them last year at Bamburgh Castle and this year at Chatsworth and enjoyed both evenings - fabulous!

Productive meetings at work - always good.  Completing work jobs - again always good.

Helping others - another positive for the week.

Our 13 year old - an absolute treasure and we've had lots of hugs this week when he knows I've been having a tough time which has made me smile.  Here he is ready to watch the play, woolly hat on, feet up, great company!

Now as this week draws to a close I'm aware of friends and family in my life facing significant challenges, my thoughts and prayers are with them over the coming days, weeks and months!

If you fancy joining in, then blog it, pop back, link it and we've come and visit it!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Good morning, Tuesday and what a day Monday was, I need another time turner day today and so does hubby so fingers and toes crossed on that front!

My last two layouts from my counterfeit kit this month, first up a simple matted design documenting our stay at The Granary recently, I added some little wooden clouds and half of a heart doily which I'd sprayed with ink.  simple but effective.

Took the centre out of this one and put grey card stock behind, a strip of typography type paper, a fabric flower attached with a brad.  I didn't add a title as felt the photograph more than covered it!

Hope you have a splendiferously scrapping Tuesday!

Monday, 18 August 2014


Good morning, well it's Monday already, not sure how that happened, blink and it arrives I tell you.  Got a busy busy week ahead of me, with work added into the equation it might also feel like a long one, but we'll see.

I'm still sharing my counterfeit layouts this month, so without further ado, me and said 13 year old in the Muniments Room at Hardwick New Hall, this is where all the deeds and paperwork linked with the surrounding area would be kept - for me and said 13 year old though, we thought it looked like Ollivander's shop from Harry Potter - hence the title wands!

Next up the giant rusty nail we 'found' in one of the gardens at Hardwick, a piece of modern sculpture - one of my favourites!  A shaped page, strip of paper hearts and ink, a little splash of journalling and a title and it was done!

So there we go hope you have a happy scrapping day ahead of you!

Sunday, 17 August 2014


Good morning, tis Sunday already, the weekend flying by, although I may well have had a time turner working yesterday as we seemed to cram in a fair amount.  Well I think it was a fair amount; had a cooked breakfast, boiler man came out to power flush system and sort the expansion vessel on boiler ready for winter, took said 13 year old to lock n load, popped to B&Q to buy some paint, came home, painted hall stairs and landing (just glossing to sort), hubby made a lovely tea of pan fried salmon, salad and sw chips, watched some rugby 7's, showered, had a snooze on the sofa and watched From Paris with Love in bed with hubby!  Like I said busy!

So thought I'd share a couple more layouts from my counterfeit kit this month.  First up another photo taken using my phone and a free app (so I can do the journalling on the photo - win win).

I used a precut shaped paper to draw around and cut the shape out.  Put a contrasting strip of paper that I'd hole punched across the middle.  Added a sprinkle of white stars and did some hand stitching around elements of the edge.

Next up is a panoramic photo that we did when on Flamborough Head beach.  I typed the heading and journalling on my PC and printed onto a sheet of paper.  Additional strips of contrasting paper and this was a simple but effective layout.

So there we go two more layouts.

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Good morning, more layouts from my counterfeit kit this morning, the first one is a favourite, it took me a while to work out how to get all three photos on the layout and retain the shape of the cut out black element.  But finally the penny dropped and I managed it.

I journalled around the edge of the black, added some stitching using an arrows stitching template and free hand cross stitch, a simple title and it was done!

Photo taken of said 13 year old in front of Barricade and Bumblebee at the local cinema earlier in the summer, we still haven't got to see the film mind!

Then using some 6 x 6 elements and some cut outs, this one has an interactive element in the tag pull out of the pockets.  I added strips of left over paper to break the layout up.

Photo taken at Flamborough Head beach (another one LOL).

Hope you are having a happy scrapping day!

Friday, 15 August 2014


Tis Friday, time to take stock and look back at the last 7 days!

Another pound lost at slimming world meaning 10lbs in 2 weeks - quite happy with that.

Lots of lovely new recipes being tried as well - the double bacon burger, chips and homemade coleslaw was pretty spectacular it has to be said and yes I am eating that and losing weight!   We also made a Brazilian fish casserole which was mighty tasty too!

The days at work tripping along at a merry old pace and having a cup of herbal tea!

Said 13 year old for having us rolling with laughter, he is so funny to be around at the moment!

Hubby - because he's fab and I don't tell him enough!

Anniversary flowers from a few weeks ago still going strong

Spending a lovely few hours shopping with said 13 year old - yes I did say that all in one sentence - we were school uniform shopping but it was nice to wander and have a look around etc and natter - fab stuff.

Catching up with my lil sis after her first 12 hour shift - she said it was exhausting, but that she might go back for another day LOL!

Free Christmas stamps in a magazine I bought - it's the small things!

Another fab day making layouts with my Mum, sister and niece last weekend, it was a bit more fraught than the previous week but just as much fun!   Just to show how much my Mum and niece wind each other up

Hubby for fitting a new bedroom door, a first for him and now the door closes which is a novelty because the last one hasn't shut for the last 10 years!  You'll have to forgive the yellowy tinge I took this photo late at night when the lighting wasn't great!

And that my lovely people is this weeks list, I hope your week has been rocking too, if you fancy joining in, pop a blog post together, come back link up and we'll come and visit!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Morning all, well the week is gambling along at a decent pace and I find myself on Wednesday already (yay!), today in work and then off the rest of it so more time for me and said 13 year old.

First layout is another one from the UK Scrappers summer challenge and documents our first visit to Hardwick New Hall, a fabulous Elizabethan house with an amazing interior.  The house is where Bess of Hardwick lived for many years and she certainly put her thumbprint on it.  

The next layout documents the view from Hardwick Old Hall, which is a ruin to Hardwick New Hall, strangely enough despite one being a ruin and the other being in tact they were still in use around the same time for many years.

I've enjoyed playing with the bright coral papers this month, I like a kit with a strong colour theme!