Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday Smile

Morning Everyone,

Weatherwise it is not such a good one today and given all the bad news there's about at the moment you'd think there would be nothing much to share with Annie, at A Stitch In Time, today. Annie, of course, rarely fails to find a lot to smile about. And here's what's given me reason to smile this week.

First up is this cutie:
Like an awful lot of folk, I'd been riveted to the webcam set up at the Adventure Park, Harpursville, New York, waiting for April the giraffe to give birth. She went well over her due date and life being what it is I went off to do other things, as you do, so needless to say, I missed it! By the time I caught up he'd finally arrived and isn't he a beauty. I think April and dad, Oliver did well.


Next up we had an engagement:
This was a big surprise. My grandson, William, asked his lovely partner, Heather to marry him - and she said yes. Don't they look so happy too. We are all delighted for them.


And here's Callum, William and Heather's son, up a tree and looking mighty pleased with himself  too.


And with his gran on a trip to Eglinton Country Park.


Finally, I've been out in the garden a lot of late. There's so much to do at this time of the year.

We've had this trough for many years. It was planted up with phlox but last year the plant's weren't doing so well so the decision was made to clear it out and start again. Here it is newly planted up with violets, primroses, campanula, veronica, saxifrage, pinks and just showing through the foliage of Persian Pearl tulips. I'm loving how pretty it all looks.

Hope you've all had as much to smile about this week and that the weekend will prove to be full of smiles for you too.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Giveaway - Spectrum Aqua CD-ROM

Evening Everyone

I'm still sorting through my stash - decluttering the craft room - and today it was the turn of my collection of craft CD-ROMs, DVDs etc. So now I have a few to give away starting with this one - Spectrum Aqua from Crafters' Companion. The disc contains Leann Chivers' video tutorials showing how to colour using Spectrum Aqua water-based markers with hints, tips and inspiration.  It's a very comprehensive disc covering, for example, creating a customised background, stamping effects with markers, white outline stamping images, creating Bokeh effects and mixing your own custom colours from a palette.

If any of you are interested in this CD-ROM then leave a comment below. 

I'd appreciate it if you are a follower of my blog.
This is optional but it would be nice if you could add the first photo to your own blog sidebar with a link back to my blog - just to get the word around!

I'll make the draw on 26th April so if you are interested then do get your comment in before 10pm Tuesday 25th April. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

What's On Your Workdesk - Wednesday 411

Morning Everyone,

This is going to be a briefish WOYWW post today - that's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday brought to us by the inestimable treasure that is our Head Desker Julia over at the Stamping Ground. Julia loves brief posts.

But first I must apologise for my lack of commenting last week ... the holidays got in the way! Is it just me - oh, I hope I'm not the only one - who forgets to factor in all the extra visits to and from family? I got to the end of what seemed a very long and hectic weekend happy from seeing my nearest and dearest but absolutely exhausted too. Hope you enjoyed the holiday as much as I did.

Now on to what's on my desk today.
Photographs. Old photographs. I've caught the decluttering bug. Actually, I'm feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that's in my craft room. It's just too much. Especially photographs. You really don't want to see the collection the EM and I have amassed over the seventy or so decades we've been on this planet. When I think of scrapbooking them - well, it's just makes me feel faint. There aren't enough hours in the day and I need my sleep - I'd be cranky without it! There's just no possibility of me scrapping the vast majority of them and, in truth, I really don't want to. But I can sort them into albums and when we're gone the kids can inherit ... they'll love that!!! So, as you can see, I've made a start by culling anything that is a waste of space, i.e. shots that are blurry, too bright or too dark, etc., - in short, the lemons. Those that remain are all going into labeled photo albums and shelved. That way, when I'm looking for a particular photo I should be able to locate it in no time - well, that's what I'm hoping anyway.

So that's my desk today. I'm off now for a snoop at the desks linked over at Julia's.

Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week ahead.