Tuesday, 31 March 2009

365 #90

I've had two new lenses delivered today for my camera and have been walk about in the garden to see what I could see and to capture some lovely shades of green.

Both of these shots were taken with a Canon 50mm f1.8 II. I am in love with this lens. (Does that sound a bit...odd?)

Monday, 30 March 2009

365 #89

This weekend the children went to stay with Grandma and Grandpa and while there they made chocolate eggs for Mummy and Daddy. They had been wrapped in tissue paper and popped into a decorated egg box. Really lovely.

Today I decided to try one and gave one to Jamie as a treat. I then left him watching TV and went to finish a LO as Rosie was in bed fast asleep. Jamie came up to me a few minutes later to ask me to take the stalk off his apple, when I noticed chocolate all round his mouth. Needless to say Daddy and I no longer have any chocolate eggs... here's the box, nice and empty.

A 365 Layout

I've decided to start scrapping some of my favourite photo's from my 365 2009 Project.
The photo used in this LO was from day 70, the 11 March.

This one uses more of scrapagogo march '09 kit that included the lovely puffy thickers. Shame I have no e's left after this. Guess I'll just have to get some more. LOL. The hearts and bling are from the Feb '09 kit.

For the journaling I've used an October Afternoon stamp.

SLYMI - Week 13

Although I've only done a couple of layouts as yet from the Scrap Like You Mean It challenge over on UKS, I am making a note of them all and aim to give each one ago. Shockingly, I've done this weeks - Scrap with Stamps. I'm getting back into my stamping again and wanted to used some with the PWL photo I took of Chris.

I've used the Scrapagogo March '09 kit for this one, along with October Afternoon journaling stamps and Adorn It mini alpha stickers. The hearts and swirl are also stamped, but I can't for life of me remember whose stamps they are.


Sunday, 29 March 2009

365 #88

Clifford Tower, York.

Yep, we went back into York today for lunch, so this isn't a cheat photo.

365 #87

In between all the rain and wind and dropping the kids off for the weekend, we managed to pop into York. I love York, and feel very lucky to live so close to it. My photo of the day then is of one of the three bridges in the centre that span the River Ouse. This is the Skeldergate Bridge, built in 1878 -1880 and until 1914 was a toll bridge.

If you ever visit York and park on St Georges car park you can walk under part of this wonderful bridge to get into town, rather than take your life in your hands getting across the very busy road.

Below are some of the tree's that line the bank of the Ouse just by the bridge. You'll notice the lack of grass, all down to the numerous times the river breaks it's banks over the winter (and has to be said the summer!)

I've been shortlisted....

Last night I logged on to find that CJ has made her shortlist for the People Imagery module on the PWL course, and mine, of Chris, has been shortlisted. I am so excited and proud of myself that I just had to share the news with you and the photo in question. I just love this photo of Chris and if it makes CJ's final four then great, but just the fact that she has shortlisted it is enough for me.


Friday, 27 March 2009

365 #86

There is a strange car sitting on my drive today as my car was collected for some recall work to be done. I'm missing my car, but at least it will come back nice and clean.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Dancing Queens CJ....

Glad you all liked the sneak peek so much and thank you for all your lovely comments on here and on UKS.

Well, here is a better look at what I've come up with for Em's CJ - The things that words have done to me. Sorry the photo's aren't the best.
As you can see, is titled "Once Upon A Time..." Why? Well, as the short journaling inside the flap reveals, there was once a little girl called Vicki, who's love of reading started with a huge pile of Fairy Stories.

I'm grateful for that pile of Fairy Stories as a child, they really did bring me into a world of books and so Once Upon A Time are my life changing words.

Stash roll call for this then: Crafty Individuals (flock of birds), Stamps Away typed out alphas and Lavinia Stamps - these are great for all things fairy!

Adirondack inks in sunshine yellow, red pepper, eggplant and cranberry. Versafine - onyx black and smokey gray. Versamagic in niagara mist and tea leaves. And finally for a touch of bling Kaisercraft gems in black and Stickles in Star Dust.

365 #85

Rosie granted me a small photo shoot earlier today for my Painting With Light course. I love how I've managed to capture the catchlights in her eyes. Two seconds later she'd had enough and was gone.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

A sneak peek...

I've finally been able to start on the first newbie Circle Journal I've received, and I thought I'd share a sneak peek whilst its drying off so I can do the next part to it. The CJ belongs to Em (Soulcrafter on UKS) and its titled "There are things that words have done to me". I hope she doesn't mind, but I'm having an experiment!
Once it's dried and I'm happy I share a little more of it with you.

365 #84

In the last couple of weeks the children and I have started a new breakfast tradition. Wednesday mornings is for croissant and pain au chocolat. Jamie has to have his croissant with apricot jam though...the thought of that makes me shudder. When I ask Rosie if she which she would like, strangely she replies "choco-at".

365 #83

A little late, but here, my photo for yesterday. I had several deliveries yesterday, including some ribbon storage. As a result I spent ours going through my desk, drawers and bags gathering up all the ribbon I have in my stash. Oh boy - there is a lot of it! I rarely use ribbon for anything other than wrapping presents up, I like ribbon on layouts, I just can't remember what I have and can't be bothered to sort through it all. Bring forth the ribbon storage. Now its all hanging up on a four inch book ring in sight so I know what I have.

Monday, 23 March 2009

365 #82

As I was up early, well early for me anyway, I made bread this morning in my trusty bread machine. Once cooked I left it on warm so that we had lovely ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Jamie still gets excited over "Mummy's bread"and I just love the smell of it baking. We have managed to munch our way through half a loaf while it was still warm.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

365 #81

More gardening today! I was determined that I would set up our patio veg plot, and these are the two planters I'm using, one for veg, the other for herbs. Today Jamie and I were busy filling them and sowing carrot and onion seeds along with some garlic and flat leaf parsley. Chris was busy starting to clear a corner patch of the garden where we intend to put in a couple of raised beds to grow potatoes, peas and sweetcorn.
And should you be wondering, the little pots in front are my hellebore collection, yet to be put in to the garden.

365 #80

An afternoon of gardening, part of which was to chop back an extremely overgrown penstemon, but that was stopped when I found several ladybirds sitting in it. I love ladybirds, so having found a few on the plant, I moved on to hack away at something else.

Friday, 20 March 2009

365 #079

When I was a child I loved looking through my Nan's button tin. Now I have my own button collection, although they are not salvaged ones as most of my Nan's were. These few are the exception to that as they are freshly "picked" from some of Rosie's tops that are now too small for her. I doubt they will ever be on clothing again, more likely to end up on a layout.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

365 #78

I wondered in from the garden today and noticed that one of the flowers on the cactus that featured on day 54 had opened. I said it would be back....

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

365 #077

I've always found something about Henry Moore's sculptures very luxurious and sensual so today was a real treat for me as I packed the kids in the car to took them off to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Little legs soon got tired so we only managed to cover the Henry Moore sculptures while we were there. Its a place I would highly recommend, even if you're not into sculpture as the grounds themselves are beautiful and have a very serene feel about them.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

365 #76

With all this lovely sunshine we're having, the kids and I took a quick trip to the garden centre as it's about time Jamie grew something from seed. So here we have a selection of flowers, herbs and veg. I think he would have walked away with every packet of seed they had if I'd let him, but for now he'll have to be satisfied with these as we've only got a small garden, but we now have a couple of lovely rustic planters to go on the patio.

Monday, 16 March 2009

365 #75

Bit of a dull domestic day today, so I thought I'd share two cards with you. The photo was taken today, but the cards were made yesterday. I hope that's allowed!
I've used card stock and patterned paper from the March scrapagogo kit, stamps, watermark pad and ribbons.

365 #74

With such lovely weather, you have to get out and about with the camera...and the kids. So on such a nice day we went to Brimham Rocks. We weren't the only ones, but Jamie and Rosie enjoyed exploring amongst the rocks.

365 #73

At last! I have new jeans. No more ventilation in areas that might not be considered polite. I really do hate clothes shopping, but I had my first experience in GAP, and I have to say I will go back. Strangely I didn't feel pounced on, but one of the girls in the shop came over straight away when I walked up to the jeans section, explained the sizing and cuts, the found me a couple pairs to try on. I walked out with both pairs (after paying for them of course). I will definitely be going back there.

Friday, 13 March 2009

365 #72

Today's 365 was meant to be about my successful jean shopping trip, but it turned out to be very unsuccessful, so it's now about my other shopping. A couple of days ago I went Stash shopping at Sarah's Cards, and today my beautifully wrapped in pink package arrived. In amongst all the lovely papers were these little robots. I have no idea, yet, what I'll use them on, but I just had to have them!
And here's the rest of the goodies.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

365 #71

Jamie's nursery had a "messy day" today. The result, other than he has come home with paint all over his jeans and in his hair, is a messy biscuit. He's extremely proud of his biscuit (now eaten by the way) and wanted me to take photo's of it, mainly so Daddy would get to see it as well but also so that Mummy could put it on the internet.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

365 #70

Rosie has recently become all about Teddy, or as Rosie says "Teddeeeeee". She doesn't want to sleep with him at night, but constantly carries him around and is forever giving him hugs. This may be a short lived phase, so this morning we took photo's so we'll always have that memory.

I'm on a roll....

Playing about with my camera on Monday Jamie presented me with some great photo ops, and the photo used in this LO is one of them. I love the ways he's just gazing into the distance. I often wonder where he goes to in his mind while he's doing it.
I've used more of my January Scrapagogo kit, this time the project kit and the
February create kit.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

365 #69

I love reading but am often too tired to do any. Yesterday I finished reading Ben Elton's Chart Throb, so last night I started reading this one, "Once in a house on fire" by Andrea Ashworth. I can't put it down. I was even reading in bed at 6am this morning hence the decision to make it the subject of my photo of the day.

Monday, 9 March 2009

365 #68

One of Rosie's soft play blocks.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

I've scrapped again!

This is in danger of becoming a habit! Thanks to SI April edition I found that there is a crop in my town, so yesterday I popped along with January and February's Scrapagogo kits in hand and managed to produce one whole layout! Must mean my mojo is back all this scrapping, I even did another one last night.

This first LO is from our walk in Millington Wood last weekend. I just had to scrap Jamie's love for his camera.

This second LO is Jamie giving me "that look" because I got the camera out again and he was trying to have his breakfast.

TFL, and I hope you enjoyed them.

365 has a new camera!

On Friday I treated myself, not to a nice fluffy cake, or a box of posh chocolates, but to a Canon EOS 450D! I have never seen so many buttons on a camera. Having charged the battery, found the on switch and taken the lens cap off, I present to you my 365 Photo's for days 65 to 67.

#65 - Horus, my tom cat and willing model for a while at least.
#66 - "Dotty Massager", a freebie from Ruddington Park Hotel. Not that I got a posh night away, this is down to Chris and an overnight stay with work.

#67 - the sky late afternoon. We had rain that within minutes turned into a snow shower this afternoon and this was our sky an hour later.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Baby girl card

Life has been complicated this last week or so, so as a distraction you may have noticed that I've been catching up on my card making. Today's card is another Tilda card for someone who has recently had a baby girl. I did try to scan it but with the button flowers it made it hard to get a good image.
For this one, I've used the same method to colour Tilda with a little bit of sparkle on her heart and wings. Basic Grey Eva paper and a BG rub on and buttons.
I hope you like it and thank you for looking. I'll be back with my usual photo's soon.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

More Tilda...

Another birthday card, for yet another little girl whose birthday it is this weekend. This time I have used Basic Grey papers from the Sugared range. Lovely earthy greens and pales pinks. Tilda herself has also got a small splash of glitter on the spots of one of her patches for which I used a Sakura clear glitter gelly roll pen.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Birthday card

My first Tilda, and the first card I've made since doing a huge pile at Christmas. This is for the little girl of a friend of ours whose 4th birthday is next month. I thought it would be a good excuse to have a go at one of the lovely Tilda stamps.
I've used Basic Grey Eva papers, purple ribbon from an Angel Crafts kit and a Tim Holtz ticket. To colour I have used whispers pens for the flesh tones and then Derwent Inktense pencils for hair and clothes. I think she's turned out rather well. I enjoyed it so much I've ordered more Inktense pencils to complete the set.
Thanks for looking!

365 #59 & 60

On Sunday we went for a walk in nearby Millington Wood. I hadn't taken my photo for day 59 so really wanted to catch up. Jamie decided that he wanted to take his camera as well. I'm still not sure who took more photo's, me or him.