Friday, September 30, 2011

Nature's Calendar - Hydrangea

I love how the petals go spotted as they die off they will eventually go papery and dry out but still retain their shape.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

I was reading Karen's blog and as I came to the end of today's entry the lolcat sparked a light bulb moment for me. I have never considered how just 26 little letters can convey so much how we can use just these 26 squiggles and lines and tell a whole story, bring a whole universe to light.
29 -26 can and does become countless

The sales went well this morning but I was tired even before we started and have spent most of the rest of the day resting with a book (unheard of event) I've also enjoyed the kittens company except when they or rather Mittens decided I might taste nice and nipped me. I'll have to cure her of that and not let it become a habit.

Nature's Calendar - Yellow Buddleia

I have never before seen a Yellow Buddleia

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

Today I discovered that when we see something familiar for a different angle it can surprise us. Walking down to the doctors surgery today I passed these trees from the road rather than the pathway and saw a picture in them that I hadn't seen before.
28 Beauty in the ordinary
Very tired today so only doing a very short post.

Nature's Calendar - Through the Yew Tree

I think this makes for a good photo the reflection in the water behind the curtain of Yew berries

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

I've been playing catch up and gone completely off prompt but at least I have found something that I have learnt for both days.
Sunday night it was so nice to sink into my own bed with my memory foam mattress even though I had Rudi in the room with me for part of it.
26 One's own bed is best

Today I have been trying to sort out my acrylic stamps. I don't have all that many but they were in a box that was overflowing and so made it difficult to find what I wanted to use each time. Someone has shown me how they stored theirs, on acetate sheet in a sleeve and then put into a ring binder so I have copied that idea, I am part way through it now but it has taken some time to do as a lot of the stamps that haven't really been used seem to have welded themselves to their backing and they were breaking up as I tried to remove them. A valuable lesson 'remove the stamps, at least once from their backing, when you first get them.
27 Some jobs seem to take forever

Nature's Calendar - Bright Blue flower

Not often you see such a bright blue flower and with red leaves it is so striking

Monday, September 26, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

when something good comes to an end they is often a feeling of 'letdownness' but if you can start planning for the next it helps.
Our lovely retreat has finished but we are already looking for dates for the next one. We hope that it is going to be in February which will be lovely especially if we can get the same venue again.
25 At the end of a retreat start planning another

Weekend Retreat

I have had a lovely weekend away, with like minded people from UKScrappers we have been in a lovely big room with plenty of space around up we had a table each to spread out on so no need to keep having to search for stash.
We had 7 classes/challenges altogether and I managed to do 6 of them, I hope to do the other one, a minibook in a box, at some time soon.
Going picture heavy now as I want to put all the pages I have produced.
The first class was Marvellous Mask-erade in which we could and did get messy spraying misty paint over a mask or two to make our background paper
Rudi (IRL)

in this one we used part of the mask to cut cardstock to add as embellishments
Autumn Splendour (ASDA carpark)

Next was the minibook in a box (the one I haven't as yet done)

Saturday we did Good Times a lovely 6x12 format on an easel with a stunning flower and easel trim made from a beer or coke can
Mittens (on an easel)
Mittens (embellishment)

then a teeny tiny envelope album
Bristol Zoo Minibook

Sketch challenge
Hammans Clan

then on Sunday a beautiful class to create a stamped border by masking a circle or oval and stamping around so that when you removed the mask you were left with a frame.
Emeline Blanche (IRL)

and finally a speed scrap for this one we were given instruction in 6 parts at 10 minute intervals
Ben & Daddy

We had plenty of spare time too to get on with other projects and I managed to finish off one I had started some time ago
Swing Your Partner

I didn't sleep all that well the first night and finally gave up trying to get back to sleep at 5.00 so sat in bed and did a digi page
It's a set up

Thank you for being patient with me and ploughing through all these

Nature's Calendar - Delicate Fungus

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Nature's Calendar - a Ring of Pine Cones

Learn Something New Every Day

To day has been a great day. First class was to make these lovely flowers out of beer/coke cans. Petals were dye cut and we coloured them with alcohol inks, once the ink dried we could then stamp them with an alcohol based pad. embossing the underside to give the texture then curl the petals. These are held together with a brad and lifted up on circles of chipboard to keep the curls from getting squashed.
24 Making tin can flowers

second class was a minibook which I have used to add lots of the photos taken on Rufus's 2nd birthday at Bristol Zoo. I'll share that another day, finally we did a sketch challenge and again I'll share this when the light is good enough to take a decent photo
It is now gone midnight so I'll sign off for now

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

Away at a scrapbooking retreat, journey smooth, assisted boarding and alighting a good idea, porter ready as I arrived at Birmingham, took my case and led me to the taxi rank what a splendid service and all free.
Thank you Tracie for bringing your Coffee Mate, and sharing it with me.
23 Tracie and I have similar tastes

Just a short post tonight, going to get back to scrapping with paper and glue.

Nature's Calendar - Strange Fruit

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

It is the day before a scrapbook retreat, my case is packed to capacity, I have my clothes packed in a little rucksack and the only thing to be packed is my laptop. I am ready for the off, well I will be when I have booked a taxi.
So why do I panic. I always panic. It is something I have to do. Will I never learn that it is pointless to panic. Yes I know that, and yes I have put it all in the Lord's hands and he always protects me. So this is not so much a lesson learnt but something I do that is really silly
22 It is silly to panic
Muffin thinks she will be coming with me but she's got another think coming. Mind you I am not looking forward to leaving them for the weekend but at least I know that Neil and Gemma will be visiting and letting them out of the room to play.

Yesterday after we had been to the vets I picked up a lot of windfall apples and today I have made some chutney I haven't done that for some time but I did enjoy the aroma wafting through the house.

Nature's Calendar - Red Currants

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

I have been fiddling all day creating the kit in previous post and packing last minute odds and ends of stash into every nook and cranny I can find in my case. I bet I don't use the half of it but if I don't have it with me for the weekend retreat you can bet your bottom dollar I will want it.
So I have learnt that time enjoyed playing is not time wasted. That my case can hold more than I thought just hope I can get it on the train OK
21 Time enjoyed playing is not time wasted

I had to take the kittens for their first inoculations today. Muffin was not at all pleased with it but Mittens didn't seem to feel it at all. They slept all afternoon but became quite lively this evening so don't think they will have any reaction. I do hope not anyway.

Freebie Kit - Jungle

I have put together another freebie kit hope that you like it - I've called it Jungle you can download it here
I used this kit on the layout I posted yesterday and one of the papers here in this double page layout done for the weekly challenge on UKScrappers
Challenge criteria
Theme Anticipation
1. A clock, or clock hands
2. An embellishment made from something that relates to the event
3. Something you don’t like very much!
Sleek Black Bundle of Mischief LHS

Sleek Black Bundle of Mischief RHS

The thing I struggled with most was the clock or clock hands I just couldn't see how I could make that work until I thought of the sentence 'What will you grow up like? only time can tell'
The paw prints are for the second criteria
The background paper was the altered item and I really didn't like it or know how to use it in its original state (something I had made a long time ago) but taking the colour down and giving it a strong texture made all the difference and I have added that to the Jungle kit.

I'll be back later with what I have learnt for today (probably in a fresh post)

Nature's Calendar - Closed Cones

I love the pattern on these cones

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

Today we have been encouraged to find out what our 'signature' is. It may be a colour, as in my case, or something more subtle.
When I was in town today, just went in to take a key up to my son's, I saw this lovely purple cardigan at the bargain price of £6.00, well, I couldn't resist.
Looking at my page for this day last year, guess what it was the new clothes I had bought and again they are PURPLE I think this confirms that my signature colour is purple.
so without further ado here is my page for today
20 More Purple clothes
and as a comparison here is last year's page
20th Mary's New Clothes

I've also done another page of the bundles of mischief
Mischief & Mayhem

Digi CJ

As I've mentioned before I am taking part in a digital circle journal. I thought I had posted my own pages here but I can't find them. If I have then please forgive me for repeating, myself put it down to my age.
I have taken as my subject Nature, well I had to didn't I :D

Title page - background photo is just one of the lovely sky photos I seem to take on a regular basis
My Front Cover

Instruction page
My Instruction Page

My own page - the lake in Queens Park in the centre of Swindon town
A Myriad Shades of Green

I am so pleased that two others have chosen Nature also and I will add the pages I do for them to my own book, well why not.
here is the one I've done for Karen of Dolly's Dreamings

A beautiful peach pink rose also taken in Queen's Park
A single Rose

Nature's Calendar - Flowering tree

There was such a heady perfume to this tree I could smell it from some distance away

Monday, September 19, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

Getting ready for the retreat means I have stash all over the place, case opened drawers opened etc. the kittens have had a great time investigating all these extra places. So today's lesson is don't open drawers unless you expect to find a kitten in it.
19th Kitten in Drawer
or perhaps behind it

This morning I found the lovely paper bag I have been saving and decided to scan it into the computer. I then digi cut it into scalloped circles and had a little play around. Here is my venture into something other than normal scrapbooking, not sure that you can call it alternative art nor is it messy art, (no mess involved) but I rather enjoyed making it and it will appear on an LO at sometime.
being mounted on an envelope means I can add hidden journalling or even more photos to which ever page I choose.

today I am grateful for having such bundles of mischief to keep me entertained
also that Rudi wasn't as scared of them and walked right passed them to get to his food.

Nature's Calendar - leaves

Spring green in colour looks like new growth but this photo was taken yesterday.
I love the way the background has focused out to almost one shade of green

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

Today has been a good day on the whole. I woke feeling yuk again but didn't actually wake till 8.00 so no nice sunrise today. I almost didn't go to church but I took myself in hand and made myself go, so glad I did felt so much better being there than it would if I had stayed at home.
We had a church picnic after the service and the rain stayed off for long enough to enjoy each others company eat and play rounders for a while (not me though). I went for a walk through the tree walk and took photos. It started to rain as I was coming back and everyone was sheltering under the tree, I got soaked but I don't mind wet weather walks.
This evening I started to sort out stash for the scrapping retreat which is next weekend. I didn't find it all that easy to know what to take and what to leave behind. I have too so much stash but limited space to pack any in I can only realistically take a suitcase full.
18 So much stash

Nature's Calendar - Clouds

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Learn Something New Every Day

Waking this morning feeling yuk as usual I happened to look outside the front of the bungalow and saw what looked like a promising sunrise, so quickly grabbing my camera and going out into the lane. I just love this time, no one around just the birds and a beautiful sky to greet me. It is better than any tonic to pick me up and set me straight for the day.
17 I love a beautiful dawn

We have had a day of prayer and fasting for our prodigals today. Starting in church at 9.00 we broke for the afternoon so that people could do what they needed and a group of us decorated the church for tomorrow because it will be our harvest service.
We then met again at 5.00. It was a positive and powerful day.

Nature's Calendar - Beetle

Collecting from the hedgerows to decorate the church for harvest I collected more than I realised, this little beetle being one of the creature I brought in with me.
A place for me to put the pictures of layouts I have done that I am pleased with, to put in the poems I write and to add snippets of things that have caught my eye