Monday, 2 August 2021

In A Vase On Monday - The Thistle and The Rose

Hello Everyone,

I hope you have all had a very enjoyable weekend. Mine was spent trying, but failing, to bring some sort of order to our much neglected garden. Deadheading and cutting back the too, too exuberant growth that's sprung up in all the borders gave me the ideal opportunity to check out what there was to cut for today's vase. 
As you can see there was a lot and I was spoiled choice. Particularly among the roses but it was the peach roses growing just below the dining room window that really caught my eye. 
When first picked, on Saturday, they were still to open fully. Today they have opened and the colours are stunning. Unfortunately, I can't tell you the name of the rose, they were already well established long before we moved into this house. 
Also making it to the vase are buddleia, a self-seeded gift from the old shrub which grows at the bottom end of the front garden, hypericum 'Magical Red Flame' grown more for the bright red berries than its small yellow flowers and my husband's 'thistle', eryngium 'Big Blue'. 
I could have picked more but both the thistle and the roses were so prickly, too prickly, they forced me to carry them indoors as fast as possible. And that reminded me of the old poem entitled The Thistle and The Rose by William Dunbar written to mark the wedding, in August 1503, of King James IV of Scotland to Princess Margaret Tudor of England - James being represented by the thistle, the flower of Scotland, and Margaret by the rose of England. 

I'm not always fit enough to work in the garden but I do when I can in the hope of taming the too boisterous growth of shrubs, plants and, of course, the weeds that have tried to completely take over every border. My son tells me not to worry - the overgrown garden is a perfect haven for wildlife!  

To see yet more lovely floral offerings in a vase pop over to Cathy's blog, Rambling in the Garden

Have a lovely day. 

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Saturday's Smiles

Hello Everyone, 

I did intend joining in with Annie's Friday Smiles yesterday but, sadly, it wasn't to be. That being so, I thought I'd come in late with what has had me smiling this week. 

First up is this photo of my son-in-law, Graeme. 

He's had such a hard time of it recently with a really nasty case of infection in his spine. He was first admitted to hospital with it earlier this year and discharged on treatment seemingly on the mend. Then he got so much worse and had to be admitted again to be told he was going to have to stay in hospital being treated with intravenous antibiotics for three months. You can imagine how we all took that. Happily, after six weeks of this his doctors decided that as long as he goes in every day he could be treated as an outpatient. While none of us likes to be in hospital even for  a short stay, for Graeme it's much more difficult because he's deaf and usually communicates with sign language. This makes everything about hospital all the more difficult for him but everyone soon worked out that they could write him notes to help him understand. So, as you can see, he's now back home and just going back for an hour every day for treatment. He's got a big smile behind that mask. 

That was the main reason to smile this week but here's a few more from the garden. 

My one remaining hollyhock. The others have been lost to neglect - this last year neither of us has been well enough to tend the garden. I do what I can but it's become very neglected. 
One of our many clematis, this one is Hagley Hybrid, that has climbed through the roses and black elder. I thought I'd lost this one last year but it's just been in hiding.
The huge cotoneaster at the bottom of the garden is in flower again and the bees just love those tiny blooms. Every day I go and stand under its branches and just listen to the hum coming from all the insects feeding on it. Bliss!

And finally a funny,

Anyone who lives with someone hard of hearing, like my hubby, will identify with this. Conversations with Alan can be very quirky at times - so much so we just have to laugh at them. 

That's me done for this week. Hope what's made me smile has amused you too. 

If you are wondering why my signature isn't my usual one on some posts, it's because they are composed on my mobile phone and I don't have access to my PC from here. 

Take care and bye for now,

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Scrap Page 25/2021

 Hello Everyone,

Just a very quick post from me today. I'm still working my way through yesterday's WOYWWers posts and commenting - slow but sure. So here's the next scrap page - this one dated 11th March. 

Picture Perfect

Another photo from the last family wedding, in November 2019, before the pandemic. I wonder now when the next one will be; we do have two engaged couples who have had to postpone their plans because of the happenings of the last year. The stand out feature of this page is the fab die-cut from Peartree Cutfiles. I've been debating with myself whether to invest in a machine to make cutfiles like these but I seriously don't think I can justify the expense and the space. For now, I'll stick to purchasing them as and when needed. Patterned paper scraps and embellishments used are from stash. 

Now it's kitten time.
This photo was taken on the first day Silver came to live with us. I can't believe how tiny she was but just look at the contrast between her size and hubby's feet!

That's me done for today. 

Many thanks, once more, for your visit and your comments - they are always appreciated. 

Take care,

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

WOYWW Week 634

Hello Everyone,

Well, it's been an age since I felt I could participate in Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and be able to leave comments too. Now that I'm my hubby's full-time carer, time is scarce but I've managed to carve out some craft time this week. 

And look what's on my desk. Another reason why scrapping has become a very slow process. Silver can't resist moving pictures, especially any that feature fingers, and inevitably these are in most craft process demos on YouTube. I did finally complete the page she's sitting on this afternoon. 

I made this for the Summer Challenge at Mind The Scrap over on Facebook. It's made from a combination of leftover scraps, a patterned paper, a Vicki Bouton Hexagon stencil and white puffy alpha stickers from various MTS kits. All other materials, except the bee, from old stash.

The bee is from one of Bramble Fox's lovely collections, so nice I simply could not resist. There goes the spending freeze I've been on for ages. The others are cameras - I always think that you can't have too many camera embellishments - and seagulls. Living in a seaside town seagulls are a fact of life. They are also noisy, dirty and downright dangerous during the breeding season but a sea themed page wouldn't be right without them. 

That's me done. It's good to be back and I will do my best to comment where I can even if it takes me all week. 

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Kitten in a Basket

 Afternoon Everyone,

Hope this finds you all well and enjoying whatever season you are in at the moment. Here in Scotland it's summer and it's been scorching but I'm glad to say it's just a bit cooler today - just how I like it.

I have the briefest of posts for you today with just this fun snap of Silver, the intrepid kitten. 

She loves climbing into the washing basket and rolling it around the floor. 

That's me done for today. Endeavouring to be back tomorrow, all being well. 

Once again, many thanks for visiting, any comments are much appreciated.

Take care. 


Monday, 26 July 2021

In A Vase On Monday - Sunny Sunflowers

 Hello Everyone,

It's Monday again. The day I often show a vase full of flowers and foliage from the garden but today's different. 

These sunflowers are all that's left from a beautiful bouquet I received from my husband on our 25th wedding anniversary which was last Tuesday. 

I seem to be on a bit of a blogging roll at the moment - nice - let's see how long it lasts! 

Finally, it's kitten time.

That's it from me today.

Thanks for visiting and, as always, any comments are much appreciated. 

Take care. 

Bye for now. 


Sunday, 25 July 2021

Scrap Page 24/2021

 Hello Again Everyone,

Surprise, surprise! Posting two days on the trot is almost unheard of these days but I'm hopeful I'll be able to surprise you more and more as things get easier around Casa Worthington.  I can but hope. So here's page #24 in the backlog of scrap pages.

Shine Bright

The photo is of my daughter looking incredibly cute for a school photo day. The little dress she is wearing was made by yours truly back in the days when I did a lot of dressmaking. It's in a style that was very fashionable then - think 'Little House on the Prairie'. It has the addition of a front pocket for her to keep the body worn hearing aids she had back in the 1970s. She was the happiest of little girls despite her disabilities.

The patterned papers were, I remember, freebies in a scrapbook magazine that's now no longer published. I fussy cut some of the butterflies from the paper for embellishments, as was the birdcage which I have placed cunningly to cover most of the damage up in that corner of the photo. I know I might have been able to Photoshop the damage but I decided that I wanted to preserve it as is for sentimental reasons ... it was one of the many photos I took with me to Wellesley College, MA, US, when I studied there, and so got taped up in a collage I had on the door of my room. My fellow students all had similar collages on their doors.. It was they who introduced me to their style of scrapping - absolutely nothing like the scrapbooking I did as a kid in Scotland!

And finally, here's a kitty photo for those of you who love cats.
I'd like to say she took to the harness and lead like a duck to water but, no, it was never going to work. This little kitty has a mind of her own and it doesn't embrace being trussed up. She now goes out unencumbered but she's so nervous she will only go out as long as one of us is there to escort her. Funny wee thing. 

That's it from me today. Hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday. 

Many thanks, as always, for visiting and any comments are much appreciated too.

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Scrap Page 23/2021

Hello Everyone,

Happy Saturday to you all. As the situation here hasn't changed all that much since I last posted I won't dwell on it, except to say I haven't made a scrapbook page in forever! So I'm still posting pages made way back at the beginning of the year. Here's #23.

Fun Photograph

The photo, as if you couldn't guess, is a selfie. I'm not very practiced in taking selfies, mainly because I'm not keen on photos of myself anyway, but after this one was cropped and changed to black and white - the fun bit - I decided it wasn't too terrible. I've used several pretty patterned paper scraps for the layout; the large pink flower was punched from scraps too. The other embellishments and alphas for the title were from old stash. I tried my hand at framing the layout with black pen lines - one day I'll get those lines right!

I'm actually stealing time today to be here in the craftroom hoping to actually make a page or two. As long as there's not too many interruptions from our 'toddler' kitten ... she's clearly reached the terrible twos ... I should be okay.

Here she is in the craftroom, on top of my turret of patterned paper, batting my decs and totally unaware that she could bring the whole lot down like a house of cards.

That's it from me today. I hope you are all well and if, like us, 'enjoying' extremely hot and humid weather, you are staying hydrated and slapping on the Factor 50. 

Many thanks, as always, for visiting and any comments are much appreciated too. 

Monday, 12 July 2021

In A Vase On Monday - Minty Peas

 Hello Everyone,

Long time no see. We're still living, and dealing, with the affects of Long Covid so there's very little time/energy/inclination for flower arranging, not to mention all the other associated pleasures of gardening. The EM has been in hospital again, this time with severe heart failure. He's improved but is by no means recovered. It will take time. 

One of the EM's favourite vegetables is garden peas with mint and thinking of that led to today's title. The idea of putting the two together was inspired by the pot of sweet peas growing slap bang in the middle of the mint which I suspect has been established since the 1950s, when the house was built. I thin it out every year and back it comes as prolific as ever. 

For the vase enthusiasts, this one is from a set of two manufactured at the Poole Pottery. They were bought for the bargain sum of 50p at a church table sale about thirty years ago. 

That's it for now. Thanks for visiting and commenting - so much appreciated, especially during this difficult time, when I'm finding it difficult to interact as I would like. I hope you all understand. 

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Situation Update & Scrap Page 22/2021

 Hello Everyone

Many thanks for visiting today and for all the lovely comments. Your continued support is much appreciated. I hope all is well with you wherever you are.

Situation update: things took a turn for the worse here last week when the EM became very unwell and had to be admitted to hospital on Friday. Happily, he's responding well to treatment but a scan shows that he has heart failure and his kidneys are damaged - all from having Covid-19 last year. Thankfully, he's looking and sounding very much better today and hopes to be allowed home soon.

Now on to today's scrap page.
Another one made in February - the intro page in my daughter's album. Juli was born premature and spent her first weeks of life in an incubator looking incredibly fragile, so this photo celebrates the day we finally got to bring her home. The background has inky splatters and some floral stenciling in green and pink inks. I dipped into very old stash for the patterned paper scraps, embellishments and alphas. Even the background paper is so old, I've forgotten the source. 

That's it from me today.

Take care.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Scrap Page 21/2021

 Hello Everyone

Many thanks for visiting today and for all the lovely comments. Your continued support is much appreciated. I hope all is well with you wherever you are.

This page, from early March, was made almost entirely with scraps leftover from the MTS February kit.  The flower embellishments were fussy cut from packaging. The little camera is from a Nicole Jones 911 digital file. The photo is one of the few ever taken of me with my brothers and sisters together and dates back to May 1967 when we were all so very young. 

That's it from me today.

Take care.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Friday Smile

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for visiting, it's much appreciated. And a very happy Friday to you all.

This red campion, Silene dioica, is flowering beautifully in our wild flower patch. And that is really something to smile because it seems to be one of the areas in the garden that has benefited from the neglect of this last year. I think it's interesting that this flower is named as red and not the pink it quite clearly is. There is, though, always a good reason for wildflower names and, for this one its all to do with the English language of olden days. When this plant got it's common name, there was no word for the colour pink, that came much later. So red campion it was then, and still is today.

That's it from me today.

Have a lovely weekend and take care.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Scrap Page 20/2021

 Hello Everyone

Many thanks for visiting today and for all the lovely comments. Your continued support is much appreciated. I hope all is well with you wherever you are.

This page, like the last one posted, was created way back in February. The layout is based on a beautiful Pear Tree Cutfile, simply backed by a very pink Cupid & Co paper, and one of my favourite photos of my youngest grandchild, Shari-Ann. She was just one year old at the time. Hard to believe she will be eighteen in a couple of weeks. Sigh. 

The Cupid & Co papers were in MTS February Scrap kit and embellishments from old stash. 

That's it from me today.

Take care.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

WOYWW Thank Yous

 Hello Everyone,

Thanks once again for visiting and for your very welcome comments.

Although I'm unable to join in with everyone over on What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, I feel I must just share the lovely cards and ATCs I received from two lovely WOYWWers, Jan (LLJ) and Annie (Wipso) to celebrate 12 years of Julia's famous blog hop.

Thank you ladies. It was lovely to be included in the celebrations even though my participation is noticeable by it's absence at the moment. Hopefully, we will get through this bad time and I'll be back and joining in with the fun again one WOYWW week. 

That's it from me today.

Take care.

Edited Note: Apologies for forgetting to mention her and thank you too to Jo, (Twiglet), Annie's sister and sender of  the lovely felted ATC which, as she says, looks so very much my ideal Scottish Highland retreat ... if only!

Monday, 7 June 2021

In A Vase On Monday

 Hello Everyone, 

Thanks once again for visiting and for your very welcome comments. So far the plan to share brief posts is working - if a bit late today. 

Today's photo is of the pretty posy I made up from the flowers in our garden. There's aquilegia, astrantia, lady's mantle together with some fresh foliage.

That's it from me today. 

Take care.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

The Woodland Garden

Hello Everyone,

Many thanks for visiting today and for all the lovely comments. Your continued support is much appreciated. 

It's not big, our woodland garden. In fact it's very small but it is currently my favourite place to walk. Among all the shrubs are two apple trees - blossom time is over but I can see the promise of fruit to come. And there's my treasured beech tree - brought all the way from the nursery on the banks of Loch Ness - looking fresh and springlike now that it has it's new covering of soft green leaves. The trees are underplanted with bluebells - just going over - ferns and aquilegia. Hidden from view is my secret bench - the best place to go to lift the spirit - even better with a cuppa and a good book, of course. 

That's it for today. Hope to be back tomorrow with yet another brief post.

Take care.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Scrap Page 19/2021

 Hello Everyone,

Many thanks for visiting today and for all the lovely comments received yesterday from Annie, Cathy, Kate, Kathy, Margaret and Sandra. It's so nice to hear from you all.. 

As promised yesterday, I'm sharing just the one photo and it's this one of a scrap page I put together way back on 6 February this year. However, the photos scrapped go back even further to a family wedding in 1998. Alison the bride looked fabulous. 

That's it for today. Hope to be back tomorrow with yet another brief post.

Take care.

Friday, 4 June 2021

Blog update

 Hello everyone,

Many thanks for visiting this poor old and neglected blog of mine. I keep hoping to get back to normal posting but regrettably it's not happening ... at least not for now. The EM's health is still not good and, sadly, shows no sign of improving even after all these months. Not that we've given up ... it is what it is and how long it takes to recover from long Covid is still a bit of a mystery. 

So, having given it much thought I've  decided that the best I can do for now is keep things simple. Instead of long posts with lots of chat and photos, I'm going to keep it brief with maybe a photo and not much more. Just until things return to normal. Starting with this sweet little shot of our newest member of the family, Silver. 

That's it for today. Hope to be back tomorrow with another brief post. 

Take care.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Scrap Pages 16, 17 & 18/2021 - International Scrapbooking Weekend

Hello Everyone,

Welcome again to my blog and thanks for dropping in.  This is not just a post celebrating International Scrapbooking Weekend - yes, 1st of May was officially International Scrapbooking Day but, of course, the fun stretched over the entire weekend - but the pages I'm sharing today are the first of those I've created with the help of Shimelle's new online class, Half and Half .

Hygge Season 2020
I can't get away from how Covid has, over the last year, quite dramatically changed our life. Normally, we would have spent much of autumn outdoors visiting our favourite places and enjoying the last of the warmer days before winter set in but not in 2020. This page is my way of recording how very different it all was. That life was all about staying in, being cosy and keeping myself busy with books and hobbies. The papers and stickers used are mainly from Photoplay's 'Heart & Home' and 'The New Normal' collections. I used American Crafts' thickers 'Grove' and 'Sorbet' for the title. 

Settling Into the New Patch
My page for Shimelle's second class feature photos taken of our late cat, Bonnie, as, when we moved into our new home, she got to know her new prowling ground. I enjoyed making this page - it brought back happy memories and I got to use some very old (2015) papers from Echo Park's 'Meow' collection as well as some from a newer collection, 'Playful Pets'. The title is made up from some very old (2012) Pebbles thickers, 'ABC', the black American Crafts' 'Sorbet' and red stickers from Echo Park's 'Meow' collection. Many of the embellishments are from the same collections but a few are from old stash.

Best Foot Forward
And my favourite layout from the weekend. It features photos of my gorgeous little great-grandaughter Lacie setting out on her first day at primary school. I just love everything about this page from the  beautiful striped paper - Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful 'Awesome Possum', the water colouring with Vicki Boutin powdered pigments, the stamping with  Amy Tangerine's 'Brave & Bold' stamp set, to the title made up from a combination of  Pink Fresh's 'Noteworthy' puffy stickers and American Crafts' sparkly black 'Tuxedos & Tiaras' thickers.

I do struggle to find time to scrap at the moment so I'm delighted to be keeping up, more or less, with Shimelle's class. I enjoy watching her videos and being inspired to step out of my comfort zone and do something different. Apart from anything else, it brings variety to the contents of my scrapbook albums and that is no bad thing. 

Hopefully, I'll be back again soon with a few more pages, just for the record.

In the meantime, I hope you are all well, you've had a great Bank Holiday weekend, and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Scrap Pages 13,14 & 15/2021

 Hello Everyone,

Welcome again to my blog and thanks for dropping in. I'm back with a few more of my scrap pages for the record.

Popeye Village



These three pages were inspired by various Facebook challenges ... though I don't remember which ones now that weeks have passed. The photos in the first were taken many, many years ago (1986), in Malta on a visit to the set built especially for the Popeye film. We could only look at it from a distance then but I believe it's now a fun park.

The other two pages were made of photos of my daughter, both taken a long time ago when we were all a lot younger. Those two little boys in the Family page are both grown up, one married and the other engaged. How time flies. 

I'm keeping to my aim to use old stash up. All three pages were made using leftover paper scraps and ancient stash. In fact, the only new supply used, as far as I can see, is the white card stock that make up the background of the second and third pages. 

Hopefully, I'll be back again soon with a few more pages, just for the record.

In the meantime, I hope you are all well and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.