Friday, 20 October 2017


Morning lovely people, t'is Friday 

So what has this week had in store, well it's been a bit of a mixed bag if I'm honest, but let's start with the positives, a whole weekend (yes that's right folks both Saturday and Sunday) spent arting at the Craft Box with Kate Crane, together with my Mum and said 17 year old - nothing finer than a bit of family arting I'm sure you would agree!

Unfortunately it was also a gloriously lovely weekend weather wise which is a bit of a shame given that we were inside, nevertheless we made the most of the blue skies at lunch time and also made the most of the food and drinks festival occurring at the centre!  Said 17 year old was happy enjoying a buffalo burger on both days! 

Here is the proof of the blue skies although I appear to have clouds in this, but you can definitely see the blue skies!

And here is said 17 year old arting.  He thoroughly enjoyed listening to Kate's instructions and then proceeding to do things his way!  But we had a fabulous time!

My Mum also enjoyed getting into a painty mess (she was sensible on Sunday and brought a pinny aka apron) and unlike other craft classes that we've done in the past she was quite happy just to get on, the class was really relaxed and chilled out and we didn't feel rushed or pressured so win win!

Here is my first page in its work in progress stage!

And here is the finished page albeit under poor lighting!  I've got three other pages to share, but I haven't managed to photograph them yet!

Sunday's blue skies were even better (and I loved the bunting)

See proof - totally blue!

Flowers from hubby!  I love love love the colour!

And more flowers from hubby as I've had a couple of rough work weeks

Up close you can see the absolute beauty in the rose

So Monday arrived and because I'd worked a crazy mad day on Friday (yes I know I don't do Fridays but I thought swapping to Monday was sensible as it means I could have Monday off).  So the question is what to do?  Well the obvious answer was more arting, so I grabbed two old canvases out of the office and set to, throwing paint liberally over the two canvases!  I had a fabulous time!

I managed to catch the roses in different light

It's so strange how the colours change in the different sunshine levels!

The people of Facebook said go and look at the sun - which was a strange thing to tell me to do - but they were right!  The day was so calm, so warm and so weird!  Apparently subsaharan desert sand in the sky had caused the phenomena!

Anyway I carried on arting, I had a place for them to live which was as you enter the house from the porch.  I wanted to put a quote on the same and after much deliberation (aka pratting about) I settled for the Irish blessing that we had in the hallway when we lived in Stafford which starts May the road rise to meet you. 

I split the quote over the two canvases to make it eye level (well my eye level - for those much shorter or taller you will have to adjust your head!) there was already one nail in but I had to put three more in - hubby just rolled his eyes when I told him! 

And here they are in situ, can you believe hubby didn't see them?  Honestly - didn't see them, said 17 year old just said "wow" on the way through so I'll take that as a compliment!

Up close the detail is lovely! 

Anyway Monday night the hurricane Ophelia landed and caused some damage to the outdoor shelter (sad face), so we've got a sheet of the roof plastic to replace, but with storm Brian heading in over the weekend, I see little point in sorting it any time soon, although Ruby next door's cat is less than impressed with the new roof as she'd taken to sitting among the chairs on the deck!

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were all busy workdays (nothing new there I hear you say), and I was fit to drop last night when I landed home, but with the weekend looming and a day off on Friday I didn't want to spend the weekend cleaning, so I set to last night when hubby went to collect said 17 year old and by the time they landed home I'd managed to clean the bathroom and hoover through upstairs and down the stairs, so they both gave me a hand to sort the dining room, kitchen and TV room, so the rooms are all clean and tidy - yay! 

I've been up since 5am (yes I will be shattered later) and hubby woke soon after but he's always up around 6am anyway.  We had a very enjoyable cuppa in bed (well two - he is good to me - bringing a second cup up before he left for work), I've chucked PJ's on and headed down here determined to make the most of the day off.

I've set up my gelli plate as I know I've not got enough Christmas cards made, unfortunately the brayers were in said 17 year old's room, so I'm all set up but I've done nothing yet!  Thankfully he's up and about now so before he jumped in the shower I popped up and grabbed the brayer so I'm off arting again! 

I hope you've had a brilliant, beautiful and splendiferous week! 

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Friday, 13 October 2017


Good evening - ooh dear yes it would appear that the week has caught up with me yet again, what's 

It has been a mighty strange week, lots of positives a few issues but that's life isn't it. 

First grateful of the week is this young man, he is really enjoying his college course, it is fabulous to see him, chilling and relaxing and sketching - at a weekend - without prompting - now that's my kind of homework! 

Next up a warm dry day so that I managed to get some washing dry last weekend, I honestly thought it would be Spring before I got the line out again!

A little bit of Christmas crafting!  Another mini book finished ready to send on its merry way

Beautiful sunrises, this one was visible when the bathroom window was open the other morning! 

A work colleague providing a much needed breakfast as I'd not had chance - Janet you are a star!

After a tough work day I refused point blank to cook and insisted we go out for tea, was mighty naughty!

I walked back from a meeting in the city centre the other day and got to enjoy some awesome art along the way!

Hubby being happy to help sort the bathroom, it looks lovely now fresh coat of paint, new towels, mats, and shower curtain and yes before you ask I had to go to Ikea again, I'm sure their profits will have increased since they opened due to my visits!

Having a lovely catch up with an old work colleague, putting the world to rights and buying some crafty goodness in the process. 

Catching up with my Mum and my sister and my niece and my cousin all on the same day last week - brilliant day - didn't do anything other than chatting - bliss! 

A lovely thank you card from a friend's daughter for making her a birthday book, its lovely to see her writing change as she gets older and it certainly raised a smile today! 

Hubby buying me some beautiful flowers, a bunch of red roses and bunch of peach roses - absolutely gorgeous in the front window! 

And that my lovely people will have to be that this week, it has been quite frankly 'one of them', I hope yours has been epic and awesome in equal measure, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up. 

Friday, 6 October 2017


Good Morning lovely people tis Friday 

So what positives and happy moments have I got to share with you this fine morning. 

Well I had a grand catch up with Mum, brother, future sister in law last Friday which happened to be said brother's birthday.  As always far too busy nattering to actually grab a photo of us all - grrrr!

Anyway after that we headed back on the tram and met hubby on our way because I Ikea is finally (I repeat) finally open, I've waited months for this (they promised the end of July) and because the journey to Leeds is so horrendous I refused to go any more, so I went with a list and came out with a hefty bill! 

We even stopped and grabbed a bite to eat as hubby had been surviving on fruit all day.  I did quite like the flag!  At least we now have one on the doorstep (about time too). 

Next up, the first of the season, Morrisons do a lovely mince pie and I always find that come December food is far too rich and plentiful to really appreciate how lovely a cup of tea and mince pie is, so I've partaken early in this to truly enjoy it!

So mince pie and some TV and we were relieved to have found Russell Howard is back on TV his Good News format almost transferred into his new Sky show - it is brilliant! 

Saturday saw us heading for a morning walk down to the local dam, I love this little bridge and the seasons as the leaves change colour, the water was flowing faster than normal as we'd had quite a bit of rain.

Selfie of me and him, we both look tired 

Next up 17 year old's humour (aka boys humour).  One of the items I bought at Ikea was a Raskog trolley my craft table has got truly out of hand in recent months and has actually prevented me from crafting because there has been no space, so I decided to buy that and some of the little hook on plastic pots you can buy in the kitchen section and this is what he did!  Him and hubby were rolling about laughing! 

Next up crafting time, I started a birthday book a few weeks ago and because I could actually see my desk (finally), I managed to finish it off, I always fight with trying to find co-ordinating ribbons for these bind it all books though! 

This is a typical view of these two, one or the other of them finding something interesting on line to share, it's usually funny videos or stupid people but they always end up laughing! 

Sunday lunch and I decided as we hadn't had a proper roast dinner in forever, that we would have one and I decided that we needed Yorkshire puddings.  The statement on the photo I think sums it up!

And then on to another mini book, as I was in the flow of crafting, I set about making another one (another gift) using a combination of two papers (which seemed to have combined quite well) and used some 8 x 8 cards cut down in various formats for the book base. 

I've had a pretty difficult week at work at both workplaces, I think the statement too much work and not enough hours comes to mind.  Wednesday it reached a peak if I'm honest.  So a glass of vino midweek and a rugby match seemed like a sensible option.

So you'll probably be asking have I resolved the work issues, partially and I'm going to work at sorting some more this next week.  I'm hoping to down tools and have a positive and relaxing weekend at home. 

I'm hopefully catching up with an old work colleague and friend today, my Mum and my sister and that's before the weekend officially starts!

Said 17 year old is off on his placement that he has to do for college, so hopefully he will have lots to talk about at the end of his day. 

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Sunday, 1 October 2017


Just realised I had some layouts in my draft folder that I've not shared.  This one from early 2016 when we went bowling! 

The papers aren't my usual colours but I loved the finished item! 

I hope you are having a great Sunday

Friday, 29 September 2017


Good evening lovely people I'm so sorry it is late posting - it has been quite honestly one of those weeks.  

So without further ado the positives from the week, first up hot toddies, sofa, great TV, good company and a fluffy blanket, sometimes it's the simple things in life!

Next up, hubby helping me sort this room out, it looks tidier now than it did here (not much but at least I've gone through it), out went the old clothes and lots of bits and bats and boxes that we no longer needed.  A good tidy, one room down, many many to go, but we've decided to do these one per week, next stop our bedroom!

Next happy (and excuse the pixelations on the photo) but this is said 17 year old arriving back from his first driving lesson (gulp), next one today went really well - he is quite honestly a happy bunny!

Then these two starting a brew kit in the kitchen, my house smelt like Masham!

We've enjoyed the early episodes of X Factor up to now (it usually goes down hill from here).  

And two cups of tea for me on Sunday morning

Back to Chatsworth on Sunday and it was a fine day and all the sculptures were finally in situ

We found this amazing artwork (fully enclosed granite block with a garden hidden inside)

The back engraved with this lettering 

and this was the view when we peered through

Mischief 1 and 2 enjoying the walk!

We still didn't like this having seen it again, just not us, but I do like pop art so that does surprise me!

A side view of the numbers, the garden was full of tents for the Art Our Loud exhibition

Fun jaunty angle photo

Me and him, enough said

The lake looked moody in the late afternoon sun

And we quite liked this next to the ornamental pond particularly as it swayed in the wind

I loved this one because it wasn't equilateral, just symmetrical from certain angles

Said 17 year old this reminded him of those toys you always find in tourist places like English heritage that you buy kids which is a mix of plastic and stretchy elastic and you can manipulate it - I must admit looking at it again - I think he's right!

This was one of my favourites

I thought this one was fun

And I liked this one but think it could have been displayed better.

Whilst this was impressive the big M sculpture has some serious stress fractures in it!

And this one was either the English Heritage symbol or as we called it hashtag

This one was amazing as hubby thinks it was on gimbals so it was silent but moved with the wind - stunning and mesmerising

The lock - didn't really tick the right boxes for us

But I quite liked this one

Over two weeks on and my birthday roses are still hanging on in there

And this a present from a friend is in my window in the main room and looks stunning, it was a birthday gift, I love receiving handmade items!

The rest of the week has been mad, busy and crazy in equal measure, but spending time with hubby in an evening, chatting to said 17 year old, catching up with my beautiful cousin and loving the change in the seasons has been brilliant! 

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Much love people