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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. I run a UK based on-line papercraft group.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Sweet Peas & Sadness

Gosh a whole month has passed since my last post, where did September go?

New College for our son so new routine, also tinged with deep sadness from a friend.

My first pages are from photos taken back in April.

Firstly, when my husband fixed us new kitchen taps. The old ones had been dripping for a while so we popped into Wickes and got some new ones which surprisingly were on special offer, we found out at the checkout.

Secondly, photos of our Bible Study group. The close up shows the emblems of Canada and America befitting our leaders.

My next pages are of my Sweet Peas which were a birthday present from a friend.

I dedicate these pages to my friends' little girl, Lucy, who died suddenly on 22nd September 2015.

I only knew her on Facebook but the adventures she had in her short 5 years were a delight to share.

RIP Lucy Ceri Smith.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Scavenger Hunt 2015 - part 9

Sometimes in this life you just have to work out how to do things yourself.

#15 - A Flag pole with at least three flags on it.

Not having been able to locate a flagpole with at least 3 flags on it, I thought I'd make my own. I just knew I had some little flags "somewhere", so under the stairs I went.

I found the Scotland flag (top) in the first cupboard, but it took emptying out the old dressing up bin from the second cupboard to find the others.

The other British flags going down are the Wales, Union, England and Lion Rampant of Scotland (but I don't think this is a complete version.)

Then I had the task to get them all on a piece of bamboo where the joins were too thick.

So out came the penknife to whittle down the thickness!

Then where to place it for a good photo. Upright didn't work, but into the ivy on the fence at an angle was much better.

I hope this counts.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Scavenger Hunt 2015 - part 8

My husband came home yesterday from his cycle ride and mentioned there was a "proper" Carousel up on Epsom Racecourse (as opposed to my playground Merry-go-rounds).

We braved the pouring rain on this UK Bank Holiday Monday to check it out, just in time for the end of month round up over on Rinda's blog.

I just had to include the Helter Skelter we saw on the way to the carousel.

#13 - A Merry-Go-Round or Carousel

We walked down a public footpath next to where the carousel was situated and got this tantalising shot through the railings also showing the Carousel Lorry and the farm animals for the "fun day".

In the pouring rain I think not!

Further down still I managed to get a complete shot of the carousel, aren't they colourful.

So still outstanding for me are:-

#15 - A Flag pole with at least three flags on it.
#A - People Eating Outside
#C - A Rocking Chair

However as I have got one of the substitutes I am essentially done.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Battenburg Cake...

...or as we call it here, Daddy Cake! As it is my husband's favourite cake.

Plus point is that I don't like it at all so it is safe to buy as I don't eat it!

This version is even less fattening too.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Knitted Plane

I knitted a little toy plane from a pattern a friend had sent me.

Here it is being created.

Guess what I'm knitting next?


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Scavenger Hunt 2015 - part 7

In the Pink!

#B - Someone Holding an Umbrella (as I haven't cracked #15 the flag pole yet)

My son went out to town with his mates but didn't take a coat and it was about to rain! So he bought a pink flowery umbrella from the pound shop to keep them all dry. The funny thing is I just know he'd get one and somehow I wasn't even surprised it was pink! Not his usual colour choice but they were being lads!

I have gone for pink in the garden this year too.

#21 - A Photo of me with the Scavenger sign.

I then got my husband to take a photo of me with this year's Scavenger Hunt logo, I had a pink top on and the logo is pink too.

Definitely in the Pink!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Grow Wild Seeds - GONE WILD!

At last I have some flowers from my Grow Wild seeds.

It would seem that the poppies have taken over since my last installment.

There have been a couple of blue corn flowers.

Also a couple of yellow daisy like flowers (there's a bee taking a rest on one here)

But the poppies are certainly the front runner.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Scavenger Hunt 2015 - part 6

Toddling  along nicely with this year's Scavenger Hunt.

Couldn't find a carousel so had to go with Merry-Go-Rounds at the local park.

#13 A Merry-Go-Round or Carousel

Just need the flag pole with 3+ flags and/or the 3 substitutes, plus me and a sign.....

Well we do have until 21st September, plenty of time.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Scavenger Hunt 2015 - part 5

Just popped out to the post office to get some stamps.

When I was parking my car I had to get a ticket despite it being free there for the first 3 hours.

So does this count as a ticket booth?

#19 A Ticket Booth

I came back to the car via the train station and as it said "Tickets" on the outside I snapped that also.

Then I was desperately looking for a couple of people in the same uniform. I approached a parked bin lorry and plucked up the courage to ask their permission but sadly denied. 

#17 At Least 2 People wearing Matching Outfits or Uniforms.

So it was back to Asda! Fortunately for me 2 of the trolley retrieval guys were together outside so I surreptitiously snapped them, then another bin lorry drove behind them so I snapped again.

#13 A Merry-Go-Round or Carousel

The carousel is seriously giving me trouble so I searched the toy aisle in Asda and came up with these, well they do go round!

Clutching at straws here.

So these are my latest adventures for the Scavenger Hunt.

I think this Merry-go-round/Carousel is seriously lacking and also the multiple flags on a flag pole, so I better watch out for the three substitutions methinks.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Scavenger Hunt 2015 - part 4

OK.  So I managed a little trip out but not feeling all that well as I now have an ear infection following an irrigation last Monday. Add that to having a crown fitted yesterday on the same side as the infected ear, I am rather under the weather!

#16 A Panoramic View, taken while standing someplace high in the air

It was a warm Saturday afternoon but as there was a gentle breeze I wore my ear muffs as the pain was too much to bear with wind in my ears too.

Anyway to the Scavenger Hunt. We popped over to Box Hill and I took a photo of the valley from the Memorial Stone, overlooking Dorking. My husband will be taking part in the Ride London event around there next weekend, all 100 miles!!

(#09 A Tent) ditto

I then surreptitiously took a photo of my husband with some tents in the background, but really focusing on the tents LOL. ditto

#20 A Natural Body of Water

Then we went along to a local pond at Walton-On-The-Hill. The water was quite low due to the dry Summer we are having at the moment.

#04 People Playing a Board Game or Card Game

When we got back I managed to get my son to join us in a game of Chinese Checkers.