Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Going Round in Circles

Hi everyone, we have a new theme at Try It On Tuesday and as you can guess, 'Going Round In Circles' is all about your entry having at least one circle in it.

The Design Team have lots of Circles to show you.

I have little Laura here, as a child she used to watch her Mother sew had a dream about what she wanted to do when she grew up and I am happy to say it came true.

You may have picked up the clue - yes, she wanted to become a famous singer and I am happy to tell you that she was well known in Musical theatre circles in the 60's and her dream did come true (sorry, just couldn't resist)

I used lots of sewing based stamps and of course at the centre the old SINGER sewing machine just like the one my Mum used to have.

As usual our theme runs for two weeks and we look forward to seeing your circle themed entries. 

I will be late visiting but I will see you soon. 

Thanks for looking, Chris

I am also joining in at Art Journal Journey with Wendy's 'Vintage' theme.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

T Stands For...Taking a Break

 Hi everyone, after today's post I am taking a blog break. I know  a few of you will think that I am already on a blog break and I do apologise for not visiting. Hopefully after a break I will be able to get back to some sort of normality.

Last Thursday we met up with middle son and two of our grandchildren for a visit to RHS Bridgewater a recovered site that was part of Worsley New Hall. My son had, in the past, used a path that is now part of the site so he was particularly interested in what had been done.

As I am short of time I will let the pictures do the talking - please feel free to follow this link to get virtual tours and other info.

We had lunch by this new man made lake

They left me behind!

The woodland and the natural lake close to where the hall stood is just as beautiful as the formal gardens.
The family had to leave but hubby and I headed back to the cafe - especially so that we could join Bleubeard and Elzabeth for T Stands For Tuesday

One last look at somewhere we will be visiting quite a lot I think.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 5 September 2021


 The Art Journal Journey theme chosen by Wendy this month is 'Vintage' and it set me thinking about films. 

I can think of nothing better on a dark Winter afternoon than watching an old film on TV. One of the few things to look forward to when the clocks go back next month

I love Audrey Hepburn films, you can probably guess that my favourite film is Charade (also starring another favourite film star, Cary Grant) as it is set in Paris, although I may be pushing it a bit by saying it is vintage as it was released in 1963. However another favourite is definitely vintage  - Roman Holiday, her first film was released in 1953.

I tore a piece of paper from an old paper collection I uncovered in a tidy up, then added some texture paste through a Tim Holtz tag stencil.

The photo is from a box that held some Audrey perfume(not that nice!) and I used a label cut from some Stamperia papers and the word photo from some freebie paper from a French scrap magazine. The rest of the images are stamped using Aladine stamps, bought in Paris a few years ago. The circle image(from Breakfast at Tiffany's) is stamped onto a piece of the leftover background paper.

Audrey was recognised as an English actress, although she was born in Belgium in 1929. She appeared in several musicals productions in the East End in London while in her teens before her career in films, which she had, alongside working for UNICEF. 

I hope that this may have brought back some memories for you too, 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Vintage style calendar

Hi everyone, I have had a day out with grandchildren and son today - we went to the RHS Bridgewater - absolutely blown away by it - I'm sure some of you in. the UK may have seen the programmes about it but I can tell you it is far better than it looks on TV.

I will write a post especially for it as soon as I can sort through the many photos I took!

Meanwhile here are my calendar pages. I am of course going to link to Art Journal Journey and Wendy's 'Vintage' theme

If you are thinking it doesn't look finished you would be right!

Instead of writing up notes and then adding them when we come back I am taking some squares away with me to fill in daily. The are holding on here with some sticker glue. I will also be filling in a travel journal while we're away.

I stamped and stencilled using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then stamped the Tim Holtz Vintage style photo and Eifel Tower then added some Craft box images.

Here is August's all filled in

I had intended adding a typewriter image that I stamped out but I think I have tidied it away with some thing else - I will find it  - I will use it!!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Travel Vintage Style

 Hi everyone,September here already????!!!! We have a new host at Art Journal Journey with another great choice of theme! Thanks so much to Neet who has been an excellent host during August.

We are welcoming Wendy as our new host with 'Vintage' as her theme.

My page shows Al and Betty (yes I do love Paul Simon's songs)who have decided to take a road trip to celebrate their wedding anniversary.They have their map with them and a pen to mark the routes they want to take.

I used distress ink to cover the page then used a real vintage stamp that came from a French garage for the background and map stamp, all place randomly over the page.

The car and the words are from Tim Holtz stamps and of course, Al and Betty are Paper Dolls.

I hope that you can join us this month.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

T Stands for - The Family Picnic

 Hi everyone, our family finally got the chance to meet up last Saturday, well almost everyone, three still couldn't make it but I have high hopes that we can get together again in the Autumn!

We decided on Norton Priory as I had told them all about it following our visit a few weeks ago, we had also been informed that Saturdays were usually quieter than Sundays.

Some of us set out earlier so that we could walk and visit the walled garden - a short walk away from the main site. 

A fun scarecrow!

From here I followed in line up some steps and along a tunnel of plants - looking out on the gardens we walked through last time

It led to here - a sunny room - an orangery with table and chairs and lovely fruit growing...


By the time we got back to the car park youngest son and partner had arrived so - let the picnic commence!!
He likes baking and had brought us sausage rolls, 2 different kinds, and lots of traybake cakes!
My DIL had brought salads so I just stood back. I had promised some porkpies from our butcher's shop but the baker was on holiday and they didn't have any!!
The baked goodies were packed in individual boxes for each family - no digging in a communal box for the biggest!!! Youngest son is hot on Health and Safety rules. 
We had moved one of the picnic tables to be in the shade - very pleasant!
Much chatter, eating and laughter - we all enjoyed being together!
Eldest son took this I'm sure you can see at least three drinks here so I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday.
After this some of us we went in to the museum where we had to be quiet as there was a wedding taking place.
We saw the wedding party as we were walking in the ruins later.

It was a lovely day, enjoyed by all! 

We are going to France next week but hope to be here on Tuesday!

Thanks for looking, Have a great week, Chris