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Monday, 15 January 2018

January beginners card class

Today was the first beginners card class at Scrapbook Magic for 2018.  I showed them how to use distress inks in a variety of ways.  We also incorporated the use of rubber stamps, stencils and embossing folders.  These were the cards I made but they were free to choose their own colorways and sentiments.  They all did an amazing job and it was nice to see their interpretations - I must remember to take a photo next time of the ladies and their cards.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Fifi progress on day 12 of the new year

The first of my stitching updates is Fifi, one of the kits my parents bought me.  I've managed to spend seven evenings on this one.

I'm pleased with my progress and would like if possible to complete the first page of six by the end of the month.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Christmas stitching gifts

Mum and dad bought me these two lovely designs from Gecko Rouge they are kits from artwork by Anita Invarity.  They also bought me the matching needleminders. I have to confess that I have already made a start on Fifi which tends to be my evening project but I am still working on It's Only Forever during daylight hours.  Both are coming along nicely and I will post some photos later in the week.

I also received this lovely Starlight Santa kit from my friend Kathy which will become my project to work on when on train journeys or waiting at appointments.  I hope to be able to have it completed and ready to hang up this Christmas though.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Final snowflakes

Today we made the most of a day filled with sunshine, although it was extremely cold and windy.  I think I should have worn more than just my bodywarmer today though. 

We did find the snowflake we missed on the Barbican which was called Cupid and then we caught the water taxi over to Mount Batten to find the final snowflake called Santa Claus.

Mount Batten used to be the base for the RAF during 1913 until 1986.  During the 1930's Lawrence of Arabia served there. The fortification tower that is still there was built around 1640.  This is also where Sir Francis Drake and his fellow captains dined at Radford House ( which was demolished in 1937) to celebrate the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

We enjoyed lunch in the Mount Batten Hotel which is dog friendly and was very busy today.  I guess everyone was making the most of the break from all the rain we have had of late.  It really was nice to get out for a few hours.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Old Christmas cards and junk journals

We received a lovely selection of both bought and hand made cards and I am always reluctant to throw them away.  Often I will recycle them and make tags with the shop bought cards and generally keep the handmade ones in a box.  This year though I thought I would have a go at making a junk journal out of them.  This is my card collection that I will be working with this evening.

What I will use the junk journal for I'm not sure, may be a Christmas planner for this year or maybe for Journal Your Christmas.  Any other suggestions?

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2018.  

This year I am sort of taking part in Ali Edwards One Little Word.  I've not actually enrolled in the course as knowing my attention span I probably wouldn't complete it but I did think it would be interesting to think of one word for 2018.  So I went in search of interesting words and this is the one I  have chosen,

Querencia is a metaphysical concept in the Spanish language. The term comes from the Spanish verb "querer," which means "to desire." Querencia describes a place where one feels safe, a place from which one's strength of character is drawn, a place where one feels at home.

Today Bryan and Harlee-Jay came to visit us.  We had just taken down the decorations and put the tree back up into the loft when they arrived.  Our next job was to take Max out for a walk while the sun was still shining.  It was cold and windy and we also saw a rainbow while we were out but as per usual couldn't find the pot of gold.  It was nice to get out for some fresh air and enjoy time with some of our young family.

The previous day we'd had to take Harlee-Jay to the minor A&E centre as he had split his forehead on the stair skirting board.  Thankfully we were seen fairly quickly and he was soon fixed with a few steri-strips.  He was very brave while the nurse did this and was rewarded with a lollipop when he got back to nannys house - not great for the teeth but it worked in getting him to stay still for the nurse.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

It's Only Forever update

Firstly I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  We saw all the family over the festive period and even managed to get dad over to our house for Christmas dinner which a major achievement.  I was a very lucky girl and received lots of gorgeous presents.  

I have even managed to find some time for stitching too and I am pleased to report another page finish on It's Only Forever.   I had set myself the target of getting this page completed before the end of 2017 and I've done that with a day to spare.

This page contained 1,438 stitches so total stitch count at the moment stands at 14,033.  I'm  now going to be working on the owls face and thankfully there is far less confetti stitching on this page so fingers crossed for another page finish in January.

This will be my last post for 2017 so I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and wish you all the best for 2018.