Sunday, 29 March 2020

A bunny

Hi everyone, I do hope that you're all well! Here in the UK we have just completed our first week of social isolation.
We still have enough food although after tomorrow we may start on freezer stocks. I still have a few recipes to try though, that don't involve anything from the freezer, and we are expecting our food delivery on Thursday. There will also be a basics delivery on Friday from the wholesaler that our manager has found - if the quality is anything like the bag we received last Friday it will save us buying from the supermarket, leaving that for those who can't get online orders.

I have spent a lot of time chatting on the phone today to a friend, my brother and my sons.

I also had some time to play and made this tag for Tag Tuesday and Michele's  Bunnies and Butterflies theme.

I love this That's Crafty Melina Dahl rabbit and decided that she should be pink today - my painting leaves much to be desired and I think really I should have stamped her on white before colouring and fussy cutting.

I added some numbers by Aall and Create's Tracy Evans, a Crafty Individuals butterfly and part of  die cut. Finally I added some doodly dots

I would also like to enter at Country View Challenges and 'The Eyes have it' theme.

Thanks for looking, Chris


Saturday, 28 March 2020

Turning Green

Hi everyone, what a strange week this has been.

I have learnt to get to grips with WhatsApp, something I had heard of but never seen. 

We have spoken to our friends (my ex SIL and BIL) in France, where things are pretty much the same as they are here! What a joy to was to see them both!

I have got all of my Crafty Individuals samples ready for the Hochanda show, most have now been posted.

I haven't been in a garden except for a walk around the block here where the leaves are definitely turning green with all the sun we have had.
We did have a bit of a scary walk to the post box yesterday when we didn't expect quite so many folk to be out!

I have sat out on our balcony, something we haven't done for a long time as we didn't like the chairs, however, as our eldest son can't cart them off to France yet we have put them up again, it's cramped and we never got around to the redecoration and decluttering but hey! ho!'s pleasant enough with the windows open and we think it will be our reading area for the duration of our 'confinement'

The highlight was seeing my youngest son, who rang me one morning and asked could he please donate a whole load of food to our neighbours here in the retirement complex - I put him in touch with the manager and the result was that he arrived with enough ham, cheese, and bread rolls for everyone. He delivered ours himself by putting it outside our door and retreating back along the walkway so that we could open the door for a chat. It was a very emotional moment when he and his partner left.

Now,I know you are going to ask, so the reason for this food donation was that his bosses at Greggs had asked him to find some way of not wasting it as they were having to shut the shop down.  Our manager was delighted and had great fun delivering the gifts herself and from the phone calls it seems a lot of folk were really grateful of the gift.

Okay, so, I apologise,  I'm real reason to be here is to show you my latest journal page for Art Journal Journey and Eileen's 'Green' theme
When I first saw Eileen's theme my first though was of this Green Man stamp that I bought from Lavinia Stamps over year ago - I confess to never showing it to the ink pad even though it is one of my favourite images! We used to love to go to Southwell Minster near Nottingham where there are lots of Carved Green Men.
I had lots of mop up greens from stencils so stamped the image, added some Crafty Individual trees and some leaves from the GM set.
I added some images cut from a magazine and added the quote and some spatters.

I have much more to show you on Tuesday, maybe pics of that walk around our garden, and some of the meals we have had. Hubby has obliged with a photo! I will also show you something I am keeping my eye on!

For now, stay safe and enjoy your weekend, Oh Yes!!! It's the weekend.

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Behind Closed Doors!

Hi everyone! Now that a lot of us are stay at homes I have a journal page that just evolved by looking in one of my scrap boxes!

Anyone who has either bought something at a craft show from Crafty Individuals or on line may have a series of post cards that come in your package! 
I have collected lots over the years so decided to use this one.

I used a page in one of my larger journals and stamped a background with my favourite Crafty Individuals background stamp using several different colour greens. 
I cut off part of the card and then added some of my own made tape and some ribbon. The tree was part of some biscuit packaging and I cut around it -I think it works.I stamped some text a few times to fill it in! I chose two stamps from my quotes box that seemed to sum up these time we are in!

I hope everyone is keeping well and busy.
We are building an exercise session into our day which started with great hilarity - it just doesn't seem normal - we'll get used to it...or seize up!

I am entering at Art Journal Journey and Eileen's theme -'Green'

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

T Stands For - the last trip to the garden centre

Well, here it is TSFT day already...
I did promise to continue the tour of the garden centre last week
so shall walk a little further. Grab a drink...we going shopping..and it could take a while! All pics will enlarge if you click on them!
Update - Just had e-mail to say that they are shutting their doors to customers but that plants and animals will be looked after until they re-open
I didn't see any of these on our last trip in the outside area.

 I don't think I would like any of these in a garden of mine but had to curb hubby's enthusiasm when he thought of putting on on our balcony - we have few enough birds around as it is without scaring the remaining ones off!!
Lots of baskets by the door of the gardening area.. 
...lots of seed packets...
 ...a whole range of gardening gloves and bins, and on to home and clothing... and games...
and more clothing...for the great outdoors here.
Next is a large area dedicated to garden living, including barbecues.

This next area often has rabbits and guinea pigs..
...I wonder if Bleubeard and Squiggles would find something here?

Back through another doorway - the Wet Floor sign has been there for quite a while
Now, to one of my favourite areas...., surely I'm not the only one to get some inspiration in card shops?
 Books, including childrens and cookery books

 Candles, smelling lovely!
 Next, through the cook shop with lots of temptation..

 ...and then the food area - with even more temptation...

 Oooh! I feel a sugar rush coming on just looking at these!!!
 I'll pass on the pies too but sure to weaken on the cheese!
Oh! and its here I will point out my ticket to T Stands for Tuesday the Weetwood Ales are made by a small local brewery. They have interesting names.

This Frozen food range makes one of our favourite pasta bakes that was always a standby at our's in the freezer now as a standby in case we are ill and can't get food!
Finally there is this temptation on the way to the tills!

The sign at the back that says 'The Kitchen' is where the coffee shop and restaurant are.

I hope that this has been an enjoyable visit - we will miss browsing shops for the next few months so feel free to come back here for another look anytime!

If you want a smile take a look at my previous post at what was found by one of my boys the other day and put onto Instagram!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sunday, Sweet Sunday......

Hi everyone! We have a glorious day here! The sun is shining, the windows are open and there's a helicopter circling around drowning the sound of the few birds we have around here!
I have had some crafty time - and sure to have some more now we are in for a while! We still hope to take some walks by the river but yesterday proved that we may have to be up with the lark and back before everyone else does the same!

I made a tag using one of my favourite Crafty Individuals stamps. Yes I'm still thinking of Paris, our trip is definitely OFF!
I recycled a tag that I no longer liked by using some gelli printed paper. Onto that I added my favourite background stamps, also Crafty Individuals. I would have used their Paris postmark stamp but I seem to have mislaid it in a tidy up!! I added some Brushed Corduroy DI around the edge.

I am entering this at Tag Tuesday for Pinky's theme - 'Women/Mother's Day/Feminine

I'm not seeing my family today but they are sending lots of messages via the WhatsApp group we have set up and making me smile/cry/laugh with some of the photos that have found.

This one was put on Instagram by my youngest!..
I have to admit to dressing up the eldest in toilet rolls one year when we were on holiday in a holiday camp in the 80's!
Yes...what was I thinking!!!
I love the caption he put on it!!!

Hope this made you smile, especially if you are we soon will be!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 17 March 2020


Hi everyone, I know it's only a matter of hours since my last post here(my TIOT post)but I am here with some greenery!
I thought at first when I made this page that the Tracy Evans flowers looked bit like shamrock but now realise that they are nothing like! 
I used a piece of mop up from the workshop I went to the other week and added some Aall and create stencilling with some very tired crackle paste and then decided to just go with inks! I added some delicate stamping in greens and some words from the same stamp set!
I think the darker ink stain looks like a clump of grass!

I am of course joining Eileen at Art Journal Journey and her 'Green' theme.
I would also like to join in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
where they also asking us to 'Use Some Green'

Last week we went over to Styall Mill Garden for a walk in the fresh air - it was fresh indeed especially when we entered at the top of the gardens!
It was so good to see new growth!

A new visitor centre and cafe is being built - it looks huge!

From here we went on to Notcutts Garden Centre that we visited the other week.
We have wanted to look around the garden outside the cafe for a while but it has not been the weather for it!

First I will join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesday!

This photo though was taken on the last occasion we went,it was for the offer I mentioned in a previous TSFT post when I showed you outdoor photos of part of the garden centre!
They were serving a choice of different sausages with peas, mashed potato and onion gravy, we shared a plate of veggies and as you can see we had water to drink!
You can see the garden behind hubby.
Here it is...

 The stag needed a hair cut!
 We peeped around the corner and saw the back of the Aquatic centre that we see from the car park - we still haven't been in here!

 A rhubarb patch!

We think it would be nice to sit here with our day....
 Back through the hot tub area. 

I will stop here but one day I will show you the photos I took inside!

Meanwhile, stay safe, wash your hands when you have been in public places and try to sleep well! 

Thanks for looking, Chris