Saturday, 20 December 2014


Good morning, I hope I find you well, it's time to share the layouts that I've made with the gorgeous kit from Jen at Wear Crafts - now it has been so popular that Jen has run out of kits, but check out her website anyway as she always has some fabulous papers and always has some great kits available!

Fancy some more inspiration then check out fellow DT Lesley's blog posts 

or our leader herself - Jen's blog 

and the cost of the kit - £5 - yes that's right!

So first up is a layout of my niece, my sister and me at Chatsworth last year when the house was decorated with the theme of Narnia.  Here we are stood next to the lamp post.  I kept the layout simple if I'm honest, the papers are beautiful, the cut off strips from the bottom of each page created most of the strips, a bit of cream cardstock I had lurking and a few gems that were lying around on my desk and the gorgeous wooden embellishments were enough to create the layout!

Next up my sister having tea with Mr Tumnus - giddy doesn't cover it!  Again you can see the simplicity of the layout but the papers are so beautiful.  Simple block cuts, a splash of red and a little wooden title and it was done!

Friday, 19 December 2014


Morning all - well Friday again and December has fair tripped along at a merry old pace if I'm honest.

So this one has been such a difficult week - but I'm going to look at the positives to remind myself that even when weeks are ultimately difficult that there are still positives in amongst everything else that create those silver linings.

First up said 14 year old, helping me tonight, nothing was too much trouble, being great company, chatting away, helping me wrap some presents, making some Christmas gifts, all fab time together.

Lovely work colleagues (old and new), being genuinely concerned and interested to learn of updates, there really is nothing finer.  I spent a lovely Thursday morning helping create a Christmas buffet with a couple of them and it really was an absolute pleasure!

My hubby - for just being him, he really is pretty awesome all the time, I don't know if I tell him enough, this week he took a day off to attend some hospital appointments with me and took me to a funeral and then when work called and informed him he had to sort something the following day, even though I knew it would probably stress him he just took it in his stride!

A craft class at the local shop, it's always lovely when someone else takes charge and you can just enjoy the process of putting a book together, it was all the little extras that made me smile.  I finished the book in good time, came away happy and have enjoyed spending a week doing glitter stickles on the book to 'finish it off' it reminded me that the little details are just as important which was lovely!

Saturday found us wandering around Chatsworth, Alice in Wonderland theme this year, I know it's not Christmassy but I love Alice, so I loved having a wander.  Now if you are set to visit, look away now as here be spoilers!  the many legged caterpillar - complete with individually knitted leg warmers

The white rabbit disappearing down the rabbit hole (with no-one stood next to it - you wouldn't get the perspective as it were).

The giant table with the key on top - none of us could reach it!

And the psychedelic caterpillar which moved - amazing!

My Mum dressed as the mad - hatter!

And my niece as Alice!

And either Tweedledee or Tweedledum!

One of my favourite characters

This one is my favourite from the whole thing - absolutely fantastic!

Then a group shot of us near the end of the walk around.

And a walk for me, my sister and hubby, everyone else wanted the warmth inside but we needed some fresh air, to blow off the cobwebs!

I hope you have had a good week and that you have lots of positives to reflect on.  I've seen a few things on line this week that have made me smile.  One was Gina who had photographed a pot of tea and a cup and saucer and a cupcake - reminding everyone to ensure they took some time out for themselves as well at this time of year, I think sometimes we forget that and the season and festivities come and go without soaking them up as it were.

Oh and I nearly forgot (goodness knows how) but the teachers happy enough to do the Santa Sleepover last week, raising money for Lesotho, said 14 year old came home, absolutely shattered (3 hours sleep) but loving every minute of it and being glad he'd gone!

Right if you fancy joining in then pop a post together, come back, link up, leave a comment and we can come and visit!

Friday, 12 December 2014


I think the statement when life gives you lemons make lemonade comes to mind this time!

Okidoki - first positive is the NHS when my Mum presented with a problem last week she was seeing her Doctors on Tuesday and having tests Wednesday, this week we found out that it's the return of breast cancer and whilst we had hoped and prayed it wouldn't be we now have a plan forward, so my first grateful is for the NHS because they have been pretty awesome this week giving us answers and ways forward!

Next up my hubby and said 14 year old - absolute stars the two of them - constantly Rock my World for being utterly amazing.  Here they are earlier in the year when we were exploring Hartlepool - this photo makes me smile - you can see how tall said 14 year old is (he officially surpassed both me and hubby this week!).  Said 14 year old asking his Nanan how she was the other day on various occasions, she said she noticed it and was really grateful for his concern!

My sister is the other amazing person I want to mention, not only attending with my Mum for her biopsy etc, but also returning for the results and going for the subsequent appointment regarding options.  She really is a star, I think she forgets how amazing she is and she is being a real rock at the moment and has amazed me at her positivity!  Here is a photo of her and my niece earlier in the summer when we were celebrating her graduation from uni!

My Mums friends and family for all rallying around on facebook when she told them the news, it was lovely to see such positive amazing messages!

I'm also grateful for a wonderful lady who we lost this week, my Aunty Laurine, actually my Great Aunty Laurine, she passed away on Monday and I've spent a lot of time reflecting on who she was and what an amazing person she was too.  She had the most wonderful sense of humour and I loved her laugh - she will be so missed by so many.

Christmas Tree Festival at the weekend was lovely the ability to wander around the church admire the trees and check out the fayre afterwards was lovely, really enjoyed it and put a little bit of Christmas calm into a difficult week!

Pantomime because in the midst of this chaotic week we've had we actually went along to watch the local panto and really really enjoyed it, perhaps a little too close to the front for hubby who was one seat away from being picked on by the Dame - it was nevertheless a fantastic performance and much needed laughter in a tough week!

I hope your week has been a full of happies and positives, but remember even in amongst the detritus of life there is always something to reflect on with a smile on your face - don't believe me - try it!

Mr Linky for those that fancy joining in, pop a post together, come back link up and we'll come and visit!

Friday, 5 December 2014


Good morning/afternoon/evening delete whichever is appropriate.

Well the first Friday of December greets us and it's turned mighty chilly this last few days and the evenings are getting earlier here in Yorkshire if I'm honest.

Well this week is going to be a dig deep week, you know what it's like whilst life is good and I have many blessings there are a few health issues causing concern generally that need resolving not for me but for people close, so if I can ask you to offer up some positive thoughts in the interim for a quick resolution and positive outcome that would be really good!

Anyway this post is about positives so lets walk those.  Said 14 year old he really is an absolute gem and I can't put into words just how proud I am of him.  He came home last week with a Headteacher's Award for work in his textile art and he has had some positive statements made by his teacher this week too - makes me feel really proud of him.

Speaking of which, here he is after opening up his Advent Calendar - yes more lego that's obviously what this house needs!

Next up a visit to Kelham Island for their Victorian Christmas market, we headed over mid-afternoon and got immediately accosted by this couple of Victorian con-men asking if I wanted a real Victorian experience by having my pockets picked - hysterical, we disappeared pronto though when the mistletoe appeared!

Grateful to have a wander, catch up with my sister and my niece, enjoy the most lovely stalls, the beautiful surroundings, the mulled wine and the real ale and at the end of the afternoon the freshly made pizza!

Then the view of the fairground, a fabulous family afternoon - makes me very happy!

Next up Journal Your Christmas, I was so giddy to see it arrive again - my book is all prepared I just don't happen to have made a proper start on it yet - really need to sort that out if I'm honest.

Putting up the trees on Sunday and Monday - I wasn't expecting to get them done but they were relatively quick and easy and I think they look pretty!  So first up the stair decorations - ooh those teal baubles were incredibly difficult to get hold of!

And the white tree using the teal tinsel which turned out to be way too big for the stairs

Making some headway on the to do list, getting the Christmas cards sorted, two of the Secret Santa's arriving where they needed to and receiving both of mine, just the junque journal to arrive and it will be sorted. 

Right my lovely people well on the grounds we've got an advent liturgy to attend I need to get this post prepared ready.  If you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back, link up and we'll come and visit.  I hope you've had a fabulous week! 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


Good morning - how is everyone, mighty chilly here in Yorkshire this morning.  A while ago, Jen sent me some gorgeous papers from Wear Crafts to play with, I had to eventually admit they were defeating me and when things get like that it's easier to step away from the screen as it were.  But then I dragged them back out and didn't engage brain (much easier if you are fighting with papers) and started to create with them - I was amazed at how they came together so easy!

First up said 14 year old and hubby chatting when we were away in the summer, they weren't aware that I was taking the photo, they were watching a bird of prey at the time riding the thermals.  I kept it really simple and I think it works!

Then this one documenting our first trip on the Bridgnorth cliffside tram thingy - you know the ones I mean!

I cut the frame out of the photo and then flipped it over and placed it on another sheet.  Matted up some scallop cut circles

Simple but effective, if you fancy looking at some of the gorgeous papers Jen has then head over to the Wear Crafts site by clicking on the button above on the right!

Sunday, 30 November 2014


Good morning, hope I find you well, I'm here to share a couple more layouts using the fab 12 Pledges kit from Jen at Wear Crafts this month.

So first up the three of us on a barge trip in the summer.  I loved the papers and wanted to use the key elements from this one.  I used a border punch on the top and bottom and then stuck to some dotted cardstock, matted the photo added a couple of hearts and it was done!

Next up Bowes museum which we visited earlier in the year.  Again using a border punch, using some of the cut elements from other papers in the kit and some of the stickers.

And the final layout using this kit me and said 14 year old at our second visit to Wroxeter's Roman Villa.  A strip of the floral paper, couple of strips of the plaid style papers, three hole punched hearts.  I used a grungy stamp on the layout and added the title.

So you'll be asking where to get this kit from - well head over to Jen's Wear Craft website

Fancy some more inspiration then check out fellow DT Lesley's blog posts 

or our leader herself - Jen's blog 

And did I mention the cost of the kit - £5 - that's right £5, fancy a few extras, Jen usually has some fab add on elements you can buy too - so what are you waiting for! 

Saturday, 29 November 2014


Good morning one and all - and we are here to look at the layouts created with the gorgeous papers available in the 12 Pledges Wear Crafts kit this month.

First up a photo taken on a day trip to a Japanese Garden, part of a birthday treat for my sister.  I loved the gorgeous flowers on this paper and thought they set off the pagoda photo beautifully.  A frame around the paper, some of the lined paper for journalling, matted the photo and used some of the letter stickers for the title.

Next up what we thought was the 'oak' at Boscobel House (but turned out to be a younger relative - whoops).

I liked playing with these papers, the subtle stripes and fabulous quotes really made this layout.  I used a grungy stamp with some distress inks to tie the layout in and my trusty heart stamp.

So you'll be asking where to get this kit from - well head over to Jen's Wear Craft website.  Pop back tomorrow and I'll share a couple more layouts that I managed out of the kit!

Fancy some more inspiration then check out fellow DT Lesley's blog posts 

or our leader herself - Jen's blog 

And did I mention the cost of the kit - £5 - that's right £5, fancy a few extras, Jen usually has some fab add on elements you can buy too - so what are you waiting for!