Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Not much happening!

I seem to be battling with my mojo these days! I think being poorly has a had a greater effect than I thought! It's good job that I made  most of my Christmas cards early! I have been playing in my journal but nothing finished yet! 
I did sit and use a favourite stamp to make this card yesterday before going off to look after our GD.I think it will be sent to someone who doesn't mind 'wonky'!!

Wonky or not - I am entering in the Penny Black Challenge - Black and White plus one

We are going to the caravan today in the hope of having some walks over the next few days!

Thanks for looking Chris

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


Our new theme over at Try It On Tuesday is 'Celebrate'. Once again the Design Team have some fabulous inspirational makes for you!

Of course  we are all aware of the Christmas decorations in shops reminding us of the big December celebration but I have also quite a few birthdays to celebrate (including my own). I counted up and I have made eight Birthday cards this month!

This card is one of the 4 mens cards I made.
I sometimes struggle with cards for men but this one had to be special - Bill, our friend, was 90.
I had my star dies and punches out when inspiration struck - Bill is a star!

 I even had just the paper to hand too! It was ready to layer up with some card and some ribbon to attach some stars to.
The large star was just the right size to use the last two numbers from a TH die and I slightly raised them with some silicon glue.
Bill seemed pleased with his card too!

This card will easily adapt to a Christmas card with a simple greeting.

I hope that in the midst of the Christmas rush you have time to take part and celebrate with us!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Monday, 5 December 2016

T stands for Tea set

Last week on our way back from Wiltshire we stopped off couple of times. First stop was Old Sarum as you saw last week, then we drove quite a way before stopping again.
I have nothing against Motorway services (although some are better than others!) but we always like to get off the motorway and find somewhere to eat and hopefully a National Trust property!

We found that Croome was quite close to the motorway, unfortunately via winding lanes which made the detour slightly more than expected!
We did however find a gem of a place and intend going back there soon - we could make the trip in a day!
We knew our stay couldn't be for long so after a baked potato for our lunch in an old RAF canteen we headed for the house.

We were in luck as there was a little shuttle vehicle to take us there!

The house has a had varied history - from stately home to school to Hare Krishna retreat and was very nearly ruined by developers before the National Trust stepped in! 
All this means that the rooms are also varied! 
The ceiling in this room though was fabulous….
 …and so was this wall covering..
…and as I am here to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday...

..I will show you one of the fabulous china cabinets -I am not a tea drinker but I would certainly love to take my preferred coffee from this lovely china!

One of the most beautiful installations I have ever seen anywhere was in one of the rooms...
...the Croome Plum Lines - a tribute to women and the 9th Countess of Croome who encouraged a jam factory in nearby Pershore to send plum jam to the troops (at least I think that's it!)
Each of the twigs was made from book paper with poems about the women printed on them. You can also see plum stones scattered around.
 The front of the table with jam making equipment on it...
…and from behind the table.
Around the walls were the story of how the jam making came about along with Pershore's first Womens Institute.
I'm sorry this isn't clearer - the room was quite dark and I didn't want to spoil the atmosphere with a flash!
On our way out we noticed another rather strange chair sculpture!
We hopped onto the shuttle and went back up the hill past the church.

As well as the house Croome also houses RAF Defford's museum! During World War II it was a secret base for testing radar, and the first automatic approach and landing took place here!
The grounds were also Capability Brown's first ever landscaping design - the land was farm land for a while and the NT is using original plans to restore the features! 
We didn't have time to look at either of these this time so hope to go in Spring!

While I am here I though you might like to see my latest entry for Art Journal Journey - Valerie has a great theme - Light and Darkness.

This is a page I made (I think) in 2011
 I had a 'thing' about candles at the time!
This is a page I did earlier today..

…and is my entry for AJJ

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Winter Sunset page

I have made page for Art Journal Journey where Valerie has chosen the theme of 'Light and Darkness' There are so many possibilities and I couldn't wait to get started! 
I have chosen the time in between the two for my page! There are few things as beautiful as a glorious sunset!
The golden fox(a freebie stamp)is just off on his evening walk through the woods.

The sky is layers of different Paper Artsy Infusions and the woods are an Indigoblu Christmas stamp. I used a Prima quote.

I must apologise for not being around much lately - I am trying to catch up but had to slow down a bit when the antibiotics I was on had 'one of those side effects'! Thank goodness our pharmacy is only a short walk away! 
I am feeling much better now - the cough that followed my cold is almost gone too!
Thank you for your good wishes!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Friday, 2 December 2016

A second look on the 2nd - Austria

Today is the day to join Bluebeard and Elizabeth for a second look at a previous post.

I looked through my posts and wanted to show you some thing I had made but couldn't decide so the Travel journal page at the bottom of the post will have to do I'm afraid! It was the first time I had tried this style and was quite easy to do on the train journeys we took.

This was part of our trip to Austria and Budapest in Autumn 2014 - we have been looking at some holiday brochures recently and thinking it would be nice to see Austria at a different time of year…not sure when yet! 

This post was from November.
Okay, so I know I wasn't impressed at first but Sunday dawned and the sun was shining - time for an early start - a metro train to catch and palace to visit!

Schonbrun Palace - the most visited attraction in Austria we knew there would be queues - fortunately not for too long - they were very organised!                                                     The palace was beautiful and interesting! No photos inside!!

The gardens were amazing - and although we wanted to go somewhere in the afternoon we spent some time wandering around in the sunshine
I have never seen such a tame squirrel or birds, this squirrel kept going back to some children with nuts
We had a simple lunch and saw this advertised on a card on our table Kaiserschmarrn - couldn't resist - it was (apparently) Kaiser Franz Josef 1st's favourite dish
I could see why - delicious - loaded with sugar - we shared and hubby did his best to eat most of it!!

Then it was a metro ride back to the city centre.
We decided to walk to our next destination.
Past this..
Minecraft you could move yourself (I have grandchildren - I've seen their games - that's all I know! lol!)
Down the road to…
…beautiful Belvedere Palace
I wanted to see the Klimt exhibition- hubby wanted to wander outside.
What did I see? 'The Kiss' - couldn't get a photo, 
some lovely decor

some interesting faces
by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt who did these based on himself while receiving treatment for an illness - each face contorted in a different expression - fascinating!
I also took this view from a window
Hubby took some fab photos outside

Then it was a tram back into the centre again for another highlight!
The Sacha Hotel cafe!

Happy! Happy! Happy!
This is the one my Diabetic nurse said I shouldn't miss - bless her!!! She had been earlier this year and enjoyed the Sacha Torte!
From here we went for a walk, thought I'd better!!

Then it was time for something to eat and back to the hotel to pack!

------------------------------------------------------------------- There are other posts from that trip here, here, herehere, here and here

I am bit under the weather today - too much sugar yesterday probably (I never learn!!) so I am going to spend some time trying to catch up! 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Calendar pages…..

……it's so late in the day now I could have filled in todays square! We had a computer problem today and by the time it was sorted it was time to party!! 
My friend Mona had a joint party with another friend Bill, who is 90 today! Not many folk have parties here but Mona is a life and soul type and at 96 is very good at letting folk know exactly what she wants! 
We had a sit down tea followed by 'entertainment'! 

So my December page is ready - I had a little experiment I wanted to try out - spattered gold paint with turquoise and light brown - so I used my calendar page.
I wrote December and then overwrote using a copper pen!
The swirls are a big stamp I have had for ages.
Here is  my November page completed…

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Marmite page!

Oh Yes! Literally! I don't suppose this will mean much to some of you but Marmite is a love it or hate it product to spread onto toast! Personally I love it which is why last year we bought a special jar with a tag around the neck of the jar.

The tag disappeared into a scraps bag and yesterday surfaced again - along with the other scraps you see here along with some wash tape!

I had some random text stamped onto the page and I made this while watching a Christmas movie with my GD yesterday while she coloured some Christmassy pics!
It doesn't have any leaves, faces or wings which is why I am joining in with Susi's collage theme for the last time this month at Art Journal Journey!

Thanks for looking! Chris