Monday, 25 June 2018

In A Vase On Monday - Taking Time to Smell the Roses

Morning Everyone,

Monday again, and time to join in with this vase of roses over at In A Vase over at Cathy's Rambling In The Garden
Apologies for the photo - I've caught the vase at a very jaunty angle!

Suddenly the roses have all burst into bloom at the same time ... it's heavenly. A wander around the garden resulted in this bunch of mixed roses, with astrantia 'Buckland' and a very beautiful dark red unknown variety - a transplant from a friend's garden which is establishing itself very nicely. Also included is good old Lady's Mantle, alchemilla mollis, and a couple of sprays from the black elder, sambucus 'Black Beauty'.

This is my favourite white rose, 'Tranquility'.

The climber, 'Susie' - only put in last year but doing so well.

'Carefree Days' - a patio rose that has other ideas! We transferred her from a pot to the border and she is now flourishing and outgrowing all expectations!

Some of the roses have no name, for example this stunning and heavily scented deep pink climber - pictured here with white clematis grandiflora.

Other roses included are the pale pink 'Happy Retirement' and a bud from the very striking 'Hot Chocolate' - brown in bud opening to a vivid orange.

And now for a cautionary tale. As you can see, I placed the vase on the dining room dresser overnight and then wished I hadn't. This morning the room was filled with the most pungent odour! On investigation I found it was coming from those pretty little black elder flowers. It completely masked the perfume from the roses. I have, of course, now removed the offending sprays!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you will pop over to Cathy's blog, Rambling In The Garden, where you will find links to many more beautiful arrangements to admire.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Scrappy Sunday - Crazy Hair Day

Hello Everyone

It's Sunday so time for something scrappy for Pixie's Snippet's Playground, and for the second week it's not a card but a scrap layout. I still haven't got back into cardmaking but I am enjoying putting together scrap layouts so, for now, I'll just go with the flow.

This photo has to be one of my all-time favourites of my little great-grandson, Brodie, as he looked on his school's Crazy Hair Day last year.

The inspiration for the layout is from the second part of Shimelle Laine's class, Clear the Desk, which I am still working my way through. This part begins with the mixing of two collections. I never buy full collections so I've had to mix what I have of Echo Park's 'Meow' and 'Magical Adventure'. The combination works well because, as they are both by the same maker, the colours are similar too.

The blue/white spotted paper used for the star (top right) and film strip backing plus the yellow/white starry half circle (bottom left) are all scraps. There's also a scrap of red tartan paper which I used as a nod to his grandad calling him a Green Oor Wullie ... for those who don't know, Oor Wullie is a the 'hero' of very popular Scottish comic strip ... a lovable rogue known for his shock of blond spiky hair!

As usual, if there are any of the supplies you'd like to know more about, please do not hesitate to ask.

Have a great scrappy week and thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

What's On Your Workdesk - Week 472

Morning Everyone,

Back again after, for a special reason, missing last week's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at the Stamping Ground.

Yes, it's our very own Annie who, with her lovely hubby, travelled all the way up to Scotland to stay in a nearby village cottage. So near that we were able to spend several lovely days together showing them the delights of Ayrshire, including where we are in this photo, Culzean Castle. Not to mention the particularly yummy delights of Nardini's in Largs - ice cream!!! The week sped by to quickly but without our blogs and Julia's WOYWW we would never have become such good friends - and what a shame that would have been. Like Annie says, 'we shared much chatting, laughter, cakes and, oh yes, ice cream ... Ellie made me eat it honest!' She's not kidding, I really did ... nobody goes to Nardini's and not eat ice cream!!!

Of course, I would have been somewhat remiss had I not told Annie about the fabric shops in the area ... well, she is a sewist after all! One of the best is Mandors in Glasgow. Annie lost no time in visiting this magical shop bringing back a gorgeous selection of fabric which she insisted on splitting with me ... someone who shares her stash is my definition of a real friend! Annie, I'm still stroking these on a regular basis!
And, at last, the reason your here ... my desk today. Another layout in progress. Since I reorganised (read cleaned and decluttered completely) my craftroom I've rediscovered my love of scrapping. The pile of coloured cardstock is there while I decide which one would make the best layer for that photo. At the back is a book of layout sketches - my page is based on the third one down on the left on the page it's open at. The alphas will be used when I eventually decide on a title. Why, oh why, is it so hard to think of titles??? Up in the left corner of the photo is a post card which reminds me that my daughter and I will be off to  a quilt show at Mary's Patch, Glencarse, at the weekend. I discovered Mary's Patch by chance on the road to Aberdeenshire, where we were visiting my son a couple of months ago, when we stopped for a bite to eat ... a serendipitous stopover if ever there was one!

I haven't stopped listening to Audiobooks and I do intend to update you on all books listened to over the last couple of months but I think this post is long enough for Julia as it is. I'll just leave you with the one I'm listening to as I type, 'Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul' by Ruth Soukup.

While I was in a decluttering mood I thought this would book would be just the thing needed to encourage me to keep going! And up to a point it has though I don't necessarily agree with everything Ms Soukup has to say on the matter. She has a very interesting viewpoint on the hobby of scrapbooking ... in a nutshell, she appears to think it's a waste of time!

Right, that's my lot for this week. I have a day at home today so I should be able to visit a goodly number of desks - well, that's the plan!

Take care everyone and have a wonderful WOYWW.