Pearshaped

Pearshaped

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Guess who's coming?

Our last challenge before Christmas at Try It On Tuesday is Guess Who's Coming?! We mean that Santa (or Father Christmas or St Nicholas) is the person we would like to see in your entries this time! 

The Design Team have found so many Santas it's hard to see which is the real one and in fact that is what my journal page is about!
My little lad thinks he knows which one is the real Santa - who do you think it is?

I used Distress inks to make a wash across the page and all of the stamps are by Crafty Individuals as are the Santa images!

Looking forward to seeing Santa on his way in your entries as Christmas draws near!! 

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Monday, 10 December 2018

T Stands for the Things we saw and didn't see!!

Hi everyone! It's time for a final round up of our visit to Prague!
I may well come back with the odd pic or two in the New Year but for now here are just a few of the interesting sights we saw!
First some people...
 I have no idea what these folk were dressed up for!
 These guys were on a traveling pub and the next two photos are of some filming we saw taking place on our last morning!
Group of people in suits ran through the area while being filmed and once it was declared a wrap all the extras sitting on the chairs walked off down the road!!! We are hoping it is the new Spiderman film!
This is Kosmik Kate - a spray can artist creating the most amazing scenes with her stencils
Now some more artwork...starting with the rotating head!


We spent some time here! I hope you can see hubby's video!
We saw these installations at Wenceslas Square



Not forgetting of course one of the statues on Charles Bridge
There were some lovely things in shop windows too
 This craft shop wasn't far from our hotel!
Outside them too
This was in the square near the hotel where we had lunch, just down the road from the hotel! 


 Hubby was happy with his panini but mine was nothing like it read on the menu!!
I wished I could go back into town for one of these!


We had Trdelnik from this stand on our first day! Delicious!
One of the best things about Prague was the amazing architecture.







 So...what was I referring to in my blog title?
This - the Astrological clock - was being repaired...there's always next time....

I hope you have enjoyed seeing our visits to Budapest, Vienna and Prague! We're thinking about next year now! I wonder if you will guess where we might go?

I still have some photos that may pop up from time to time but for now....that's all folks!!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Having some arty fun!

Hi everyone! Just to let you know that I haven't forgotten you!
We are away at our caravan for a couple of days and the weather has been errr...changeable! 
We went to Skipton yesterday to do a little Christmas shopping! A successful mission, but the weather went from rain, to sun to dark clouds and back to rain again! Last night we had one of the windiest night in our caravan.
The fields on the way were flooded...
  ...and the river that I have often shown you view of looked like this...

This morning, after quite a disturbed night as the wind howled and blew things around the garden, I headed for the Royal Station hotel for a workshop led by Abs(Autour de Mwa)
My lovely friends Sarah and Helen(plus Helen's daughter) drove up and we were lucky to be working on tables close by!
A top up of coffees kept me going!!!
There's someone you might know at the back of Sarah too....see below!
This was my journal as I was working on it!

It got dark quite quickly and while we were in the warm, the weather took a turn for the worse - so much so the Christmas lights outside in the square went off!
Some serious spattering taking place under the glow of a daylight lamp!
I still have some more to do on my cover but here it is so far!

We had the most wonderful day, lots of laughter, lovely food, good company and a great chance to play!
I am going back tomorrow with....did you spot...Neet! Looking forward to another fun day on a different project!!  

Thanks for looking! Chris 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

My Favourite Season

I must confess to not really having one favourite Season! I love Spring of course - new growth, longer days. I love Summer - more flowers, sunny days(although I am not happy when it gets too hot!.
Autumn of course with the changing colours and the chance of seeing snow covered landscapes in Winter, although I must say I am not a fan of short days, and living in the Arctic Circle would never be an option for me!

One thing I always look out for though are flowers - and all of these seasons have their own flowers, hence my page today, which is of course for Elizabeth's theme of 'Tis The Season or My Favourite Season! at Art Journal Journey.
I used a Distress Oxide background for these modern flowers that represent any season, coloured them in and then added some spatters!
The words are my attempt at some fancy lettering!!

Thanks for looking! Chris

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

T stands for the Castle

Of all the places we visited on our holiday the castle in Prague was one of the most memorable! Warning - I have just checked this post - there are a lot of photos!
It is the official residence of the president of the Czech republic so security checks were necessary. 
Once in we bought our tickets so that we could visit the areas of interest in the grounds, which are almost like a village.

First was the Cathedral of St Vitus which was huge...
...and beautiful! 







 You know how happy I am to find the colours of the stained glass windows on the walls when the sun is shining....this was one of many...I was very happy!!
We spent a long time here  - I will try to show you more some time!
It was time to move on, we walked on to St Georges Basilica - smaller but so many delights!
We arrived just in time to see these soldiers off to change the guard! 

 We set off to find somewhere for a bite to eat - entered a courtyard and were enticed into the Former Institute for Noblewomen 



This amazing view of Charles Bridge was a treat!
This view of the next bridge along the river shows the National Theatre and a restaurant we ate at a couple of times.

We really were getting quite hungry by then so we went back to the renovated courtyard!
I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T Stands for Tuesday.

I very nearly forgot to photograph my cheese and ham panini and cappuccino! Hubby had the same to eat but had a latte I think!!
Now we come to the part that I was looking forward to - Golden Lane!




As most of the interiors were protected by glass it was difficult to take photos but I have to tell you we spent quite some time here too!
As we were leaving the castle we saw another guard change - this time by the gates.



We walked down to the security gates


Oh no!! I missed this garden..too late to visit - we will have to come back one day!!!

I do hope you are still with me!

Thanks for looking, Chris