Sunday, 2 August 2015

Sunday Snippets Make - Have a Wonderful Day

Hello Everyone,

I hope you've had a great weekend as we have here. Yesterday we enjoyed one of our trips out. We headed south, following the sun, and visited the village with the shortest name in the country, possibly even the world, Ae, after which we drove to Ellisland Farm where our national poet, Robert Burns, spent a few years of his life. Today, by complete contrast, has been spent mainly in the craft room catching up and finishing of a gift and card for my daughter's birthday tomorrow. Once that was done, I was left with a wee pile of scraps and snippets and, as I am trying very hard to keep the snippet pile down to a manageable level, I decided to make this card right away.
I've used a ready made Kraft card base. The patterned backing and trims were made by stamping this month's free stamp, designed by Michelle Powell, from Craft Stamper, with Fired Brick distress ink. The red and charcoal grey textured cardstock is from Papermania. The greeting is from Sheena's Only Words - Through The Rain set (stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black). I added chipboard candy coloured with a Ruby Promarker and some red/white Baker's twine for embellishment.

Here's what the pile of snippets looked like before I made the card.
There was only one usable piece of the charcoal grey card left once the card was completed.

That's me done for the day. I'm off to visit my daughter tomorrow, of course, so my contribution to In A Vase On Monday could be late, though probably no later than usual! It all depends on whether it is raining early morning, and how hard it's raining - I don't mind picking flowers in a shower but not if it's a torrential downpour.

Time for bed so I'll wish you all a bonne nuit and sweet dreams.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Friday Smile ... Week 130

Morning Everyone,

It's been a very mixed week personally, some good, some bad - mostly bad, so it's something of a relief to get to Friday and look back on what actually made me smile for Annie's happy meme over at A Stitch In Time. And it wasn't so difficult after all.
First up is this collage of photos showing this adorable twosome, my great-grandchildren, having a great time making their own sand art - with a lot of help from their papa and gran, SIL and DD. Rhian looks very proud of the little figure she has drawn and Brodie was fascinated to see his name written in the sand.

Next up are these strawberries growing in a hanging basket. There was only a few but they were deliciously sweet - better than any shop bought strawberries.

And who wouldn't smile at the sight of this bright and cheerfully rose aptly named Rock and Roll. The name brings to mind my fifties childhood when rock and roll took the country by storm. I have wonderful memories of my teenage relatives, of which there was quite a number, rolling back the carpet in my grandparents living room, putting Elvis Presley's Hound Dog on the wind up record player and showing a 5 year old me how to jive and rock and roll. Wonderful memories and all sparked by such a fun flower :)

Finally, my joke of the day ... another episode from Donald.

Donald decided he was not feeling too well so he took himself off in the old LandRover to see Dr McPherson, the local Medical Practitioner.

McPherson asked him what was wrong and then interrogated Donald on his lifestyle.

'How much exercise do you take each day?' enquired of McPherson.

'I'm on the hill from dawn to dusk!' replied Donald proudly.

'How many cigarettes do you smoke each day?' asked McPherson.

'None, Doctor! I have smoked a pipe all my life!' replied Donald.

'Now Donald', says McPherson, 'How many units of alcohol do you drink each week?'

Donald thought very carefully about this, and having got the answer firmly in his mind after counting all his fingers, asked McPherson:

'How many bottles in a unit, Doctor?'

Hope that tickled you :)

So not such a bad week after all. It's a certainty that the little ones in the family will always make me smile just as my garden is also a great source of pleasure.

Have a smiley weekend,

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 321

Hello Everyone,

I've been a really bad desker, and blogger, recently and for that I apologise. There's just been such a lot going on with family and friends which has kept me from participating and, truth to tell, my desk has been in such a state of chaos you really wouldn't have wanted to see it.
However, I've got myself organised again and so, whilst not much is going on, it is looking a lot tidier today. And, yes, that is sunlight you see coming from the direction of the window - such a nice change. I'm finally getting around to doing something with that flower photo I printed off a few weeks ago. It's still in the planning stage but I'm getting there. The diary, right back, is there just because I like the kitten on the front. The picture top centre is from one of our local newspapers and is of my grandson, his partner and their baby ... I need to put it in the family history album. The pile of photos, to the right, are there to be scrapped ... could be while yet. And that is about it ... everything else you've probably seen before.

Edit Note: Having been asked the question I thought I'd better explain why a photo of my grandson, his partner and their newborn son, my great grandson, appeared in the local paper ... it is that our local papers publish photos of all newborns in the area ... a lovely thing to do.

Our head desker, Julia, she of the Stamping Ground, has a wrist injury, is in a splint, and yet has still managed to type! How dedicated is that!?!? I hope, Julia, that you recover very quickly. In the meantime, feel free to 'whine' as much as you like :)

Right, I'm off to do a bit of desk hopping before the dinner gong sounds.

I wish you all a great week and happy crafting.