Thursday, 22 September 2016

Days are passing!!

Oh how the nights are drawing in - Autumn is definitely here and I have no idea how the Summer managed to go so quickly!

You may have seen the beginning of this page on my desk on Wednesday.
I added a lot more ink, stamping, stencilling with Clear 3D gloss Gel(and using some of my new stencils) and then added some  Carabelle Studio leaves that were stamped and cut from a Sheet sprinkled with Infusions. I really enjoyed myself!

There is a new challenge to join in with at -
Moo Mania and More - Fall Foliage 
as well as a new challenge at -
Stamps and Stencils - The Colours of Autumn 
I would also like to enter at -
Craft Stamper Make it take it Challenge - Anything Goes

As you may have guessed we are off for a few days!! 
Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

WOYWW 381 - the Ally Pally review!

It has been along time since I last showed my messy desk but today we are at home (now there's a surprise!)and I hope I can get to visit lots of desks today at WOYWW via our lovely host Julia's Stamping Ground blog. 

I think I may have said this before but I don't like to show my desk without being sure that I can return visits and when we are at our caravan now we hardly ever get a signal - not even for phoning.

So what is on my desk?
A lot going on - trying to cram as much crafting as I can into the short time we are at home this week, as well as taking riverside walks with hubby and looking after our grandchildren after school while their Dad is on a course.

A page with lots of watery Brushos that I have started to stamp into.
Stencils to be used on the left, stamps to the back. On the right is another page in my A5 journal and a master board sheet to be cut up etc.
As you can see from the back of my desk things are getting a bit wobbly!
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to visit Ally Pally (Helen has far more photos than I have so take a peek here)
It was great to be in such an amazing building and even better to meet up with blog friends
 Helen(Stamping by H), Brenda(Bumblebees and Butterflies), Nikki(Addicted to Art) and Julie Ann Lee(magpieheaven)It's a bit blurry as I think I was laughing at the time!!
Thanks ladies for the teasing about my never being home!!It was great to see you!(err…thanks to my not being at home!!!)

Alexandra Palace(Wikipedia link here) is built on a hill overlooking London with a big park nearby. It was built for the use of the local residents and was also used for BBC broadcasts in the past.
Leandra on the Paper Artsy stand using some gorgeous paints on new stamps by Kay Carley.
I met lots of other bloggers and saw some great demos but in the excitement forgot to take photos - this is near the end of the day as most folk had left!
Oh! Did I spend any money….err…a bit…Happy Stampers coming up soon so tried to pace myself!!!
Paper Artsy Lin Brown stamp set(also got some stencils and a few other bits from PA), some Woodware sentiments and Carabelle Studio stamps, some Dinky stencils and surfaces from That's Crafty(Thanks to Helen Chilton doing such a great job of demoing)

I think that's it for today, off to check out some desks now! 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

T stands for Time for home

This is a very apt title having just had a few days away although we are only staying put until Thursday!
We had a great time and I have some photos to show you!

First though I would like to show you my latest page for Elizabeth's theme of Back to School for Art Journal Journey.

A little bit of random stencilling and stamping as a background…the image is from Print Shop and I printed out my words on the computer too.
I think this image still sums up what it is like at Home Time in Early Years teaching - making sure that children are dressed properly and have their belongings with them.

Now I am also here for Tea with Elizabeth as T Stands for Tuesday!
On the first day of our break away we called into a cafe in Romford where we stayed. I ordered a scone and was surprised to have it arrive toasted - however it tasted delicious and was very welcome after our 6 hour journey!
Hubby had an Armenian speciality cake (the proprietor was Armenian)and said it tasted good too!
As you can see hubby had a milkshake while I had a cappuccino!

The main purpose of our visit was to research my family history and we had some success with that. Hubby's is easier as his family was close to where we live.
The Records Office in Chelmsford was really helpful and when we came out again into the heat of the afternoon sun we walked along by the River Chelmer.

The view of the Records Office from the river.
We then went to visit Mountnessing where my Mum's family lived when she and her siblings were youngsters.
My Mum never mentioned the windmill but it has been recently restored.
 I doubt this view has changed much
I am peering over my specs because I was using my camera and can't see the image without them!

We went for a meal in the oldest pub in the village and what a good decision that was. The Prince of Wales not only does excellent food but the landlord after finding why we were visiting the village went to fetch me a photo that was taken while my Mum was living in the area

I tried to get in the same position for my photo.
The thought that the man down the road walking towards the camera in the 30's photo could have been a relative was a strange feeling!

On Friday we were up very early - a train to catch into London!
We headed to the Tate Modern to meet up with...

.lovely Julie Ann Lee of Magpie Heaven! We had a great wander around the galleries (until it was time to go when we lost our sense of direction and took a while to get out!)
With a plan to meet up again at Ally Pally on Saturday Julie Ann went off for a lunch date and hubby and I sat and enjoyed this view while eating our lunch.
St Pauls Cathedral in the rain!
After lunch I went to see the Georgia O'Keefe Exhibition…
..then we walked along the South Bank to reach Westminster Abbey where we had managed to obtain 2 for 1 tickets.
No photos were allowed in the Abbey but we did buy a guide book to remind us of our visit!
After a quick coffee and a couple more stop offs we caught our train  back to Romford.

I will be back tomorrow to show you Ally Pally photos and what I managed to add to my crafting stash!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Monday, 19 September 2016

Too much of a good thing!

Hello everyone! As you may tell we are back home…and it  won't surprise some of you that we are off again at the end of the week!!

I will leave showing you most of my photos until Tuesday(TSFT) and Wednesday (WOYWW)

We had great time - some of it spent in the cool of the Record Office in Chelmsford searching for my ancestors (couldn't access the ones I wanted online!)
It was quite a walk to get there and it was HOT!
This was the temperature in the shade as we set off in the morning - we had been for a wander up the road in Romford where we stayed.
As it turned out we found out quite a lot and it made interesting reading!
We then headed to the village where they lived. It felt good to be there!
Friday was spent in a slightly damp London (definitely more of this another day!)
Of course on Saturday it was a different day altogether - off to Ally Pally which is a beautiful building!

Hubby went off to buy newspapers and also wanted to have a walk around. 
Meanwhile I was meeting up with blog friends and having a little spend(Helen has some great photos over on her blog Stamping by H)
This morning I have been playing with some of my new purchases except that…. you know how it is…I wanted to play with everything.well almost!!
The page I have made is just sightly overdone…...

…proving that you can have too much of a good thing!
New stencil and a Paper Artsy set by Lin Brown ELB30 .
I used part of a quote by Mae West by Woodware to express my feelings on this! 

I am now hoping to get some more crafting in as well as blogging!

I am going to enter my page in Craft Stampers 'Anything Goes' Make it, Take it challenge

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Back to school

I love Elizabeth's choice of theme at Art Journal Journey  which is Back to School

As many of you know I used to teach Special Needs children and of course with three boys of my own I also had the experience of getting ready for the new year at school with them too!

This page is about Mary who is having her first day at school. She is not happy about leaving Betty, her big sister who is reassuring her and says she will play with her later!
As you can see Betty is carrying flowers for their teachers.

I used the alphabet strip from my JOFY mini to edge the page, the rest is some random inking and stamping. Small talk stickers show what Mary is thinking.
I do hope you like it!
I would also like to link to Moo Mania and More where the theme is Alphabet

I will try to post some photos as we go along our trip 'down South.
So looking forward to meeting up with…..aah! wait and see….and Ally Pally!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

T stands for TIOT Coffee and Cream

I'm doubling up today as we have a new theme at Try It On Tuesday - we would like to see Coffee and Cream this time although it's okay if you would rather do monochrome using another colour! The design team definitely are into coffee and cream so please do take a look on the blog.
I have made a 'Hello' card that can be used for a variety of occasions! 
I started by stamping the tree, using Potting Soil Archival ink, onto water colour paper. Some Ground Espresso DI around the scuffed edges and also used to paint the tree.

The bird was facing the wrong way so I turned him over and stamped with part of a Caraballe Studio stamp.
I used fairly tough old book paper as I wanted to scuff the edges - I then inked the edge and mounted it on the card(also inked)

The flower had a pearly middle but I wanted the little clock button and some ribbon on instead. The 'hello' is from a bargain set of Tim Holtz thinlit dies.
I backed it with some lace and gauze.

I hope you will come and join us at Try It On Tuesday for a coffee and cream!

Of course I have a coffee to show you at Bluebeard and Elizabeth's today too!

Sadly I didn't even get to try this Mocha - we bought it for youngest son when we went to Manchester Rylands Library!

I am showing this because we went to Grange Over Sands last week to one of my favourite cafes and forgot to take a photo of our drink and scone!! My excuse is that there was the cutest baby on the next table!!
I did remember to take some photos of Grange though. We took a different road in and stopped here for a look around - nothing much to see but I did like this reflected tree.

The view from across the railway lines is across Morecambe Bay.
We walked through the little park.

I love this although the little footnote made me feel sad!

On Friday I went down to Carnforth Railway Station(Brief Encounter was filmed there in the 40s)to a craft demonstration organised by local craft shop Rowantree Crafts….

 …and there was my lovely blog friend Jenny Marple demoing for Indigoblu!
I have saved my best news for last…
I think I just may have mentioned before that I love watching the birds that visit our caravan garden……….
The other week I was so excited to have seen these goldfinches….
…can you imagine how excited I was when we saw….
….three a few days later? 
Well…last week I looked out to see these…
…….EIGHT!!!!Six on the ground, one in the tree and one on the feeder! Happy Me!!! This was on the second day I saw them - I was far too giddy to get my camera on the first day - as you can see I have bought another Nyger seed feeder!

We are off to Essex(looking for family roots)and London this week, meeting up with a blog friend in London - I wonder if one of the T group can guess who?
I am also getting a chance to visit Ally Pally craft show too!

Thanks for looking, Chris