Tuesday 29 May 2018

T stands for...TioT's new topic and a treat day

Hi everyone!
Our new topic at Try It On Tuesday is 'She's Got The Look'! We would like to know what gives someone that special look, whether it is her style, a look in her eyes, or maybe, as in my case, a spectacular hairdo!

The Design Team have some fabulous ladies to inspire you!
I have had 'Cara', one of Donna Gray's sets for That's Crafty, for a while now, just waiting for now to show her! My friend Sarah has lovely hair that is often multicoloured and always looks brilliant, so, thinking of her I have coloured Cara's hair using Inktense water colour pencils.
I added a dragonfly in her hair and decided that she could be 'the girl with the dragonfly tattoo' and stamped her neck too !
The background and Cara's dress are gelli prints - I added some dotty stamping to the tag!
The flowers and the bird are from the same set.

On Saturday we headed to one of favourite places for lunch - Kennedy's Chocolate Factory in Orton
We were delighted to find that there was a Scarecrow festival on in the village based on the four seasons. 
We ate lunch - sorry forgot to take photos then set off on the trail!
The church was our first stop - it is such a lovely old church!

Each aisle was dedicated to a different season

Weddings featured quite strongly too!!!
The village is beautiful and we often enjoy a walk around.

Here are some of my favourite scarecrows

This last one really made me laugh as it reminded me of my Dad - it had little moles popping their heads up all around!
We headed back to the Chocolate Factory for coffee, so it is here I will join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday!
This next photo is the result of a lot of hard work on my behalf and captured at the end of a laugh!He was playing hard to photo!!! 
Hubby had a sugar laden (with chocolate swirled around the glass too) coffee milkshake while I had a filter coffee - not that I was being virtuous, do you see the chocolates in the little dish?
We had only had water with our lunch so it was a lovely little treat(I wrapped up two to take back with us!)
We drove back down the motorway (we had arrived via a scenic route!)past the heart shaped wood.
Hope to see your take on 'She's Got the Look' at TioT and if you are sharing your drink I'll see you at TSFT too!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday 26 May 2018

Time to play!

I hope the weather is good for you today - Friday here was a bit of a wash out but the forecast is good now!
I have been little busy lately which has meant not much time to play in my journal! I grabbed my chance yesterday!
I used a new Tracy Scott Paper Artsy set and coloured it in with Infusions. The bees are by the Artistic Stamper.

It is of course for Art Journal Journey - 'Flora and Fauna' Jo's choice of theme this month and I am sorry I haven't had more time!

I also wanted to enter agin at Moo Mania and More so it'e a flowery one for 'Even More Flowers'

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! 
Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday 24 May 2018

We only went out to the dentist's.......

.....but we ended up at Dunham Massey garden again! 
I am such a fickle being with my affection for gardens - I have come to the conclusion that the garden I love most is the one I am in at the time!!!
Last week I was convinced that Alnwick was the most beautiful and back on May 3rd it was Dunham! Five weeks ago it was Kew and after that it was the gardens in Parc Montsouris! We hope to visit Sizergh  Castle again soon and I know I will love that too!
The Dunham garden has changed so much in 3 weeks, the sun was shining and I loved it!
We saw a little rabbit eating petals as they fell off the tulips.

 This Hawthorn bush is huge!!

 The ferns have all unfurled
I only know this as the handkerchief tree, because of the way the flowers form!

 One of my favourite views!

These remind me of little bonnets - they are called Silene Fimbriata.
 This guy walked into my long view

 There were plenty of volunteer gardeners around but we think it must have been lunchtime!
 A duck family kept us entertained for a while!
 The opposite end to the little moat - standing on the narrow bridge!

 The vegetable garden is being planted up

As I may have said last time - another favourite view!
 Back to the entrance!
If you want to compare the changes you will find my 3rd of may post here

I have another journal page - in my small journal.
I used some infusions sprinkled deli paper that had been used as under paper, a piece of stained (can't remember what with!)book paper,a Dina Wakley woodcut flower, a bird cut from some scrapbooking paper and some numbers - all from one of my scrap bags - I added a few doodles!

I would like to link to Art Journal Journey for Jo's 'Flora and Fauna' theme and also Moo Mania and More - Even More Flowers!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Gelli plate fun!

I was asked a while ago would I run a workshop at our retirement complex so today we had a Messy Morning with five lovely ladies attending! I had deliberately limited the numbers (unfortunately our 6th was poorly) as I don't have enough gelli plates to go around more. I bought two extra plates last week and they will be going to the caravan and two ladies brought their own brayers.
The sun was shining on the Hobbies Room table at first and paint was drying too quickly so we moved the table across into a shadier part! 
I had made a couple of sample cards with some prints I made for Brigit's Gelli plate challenge.

 The shrieks as they pulled their prints were brilliant!
We moved onto the making part - they had notebooks to cover as well as making a card! I had plenty of die-cuts to choose from and I had done some label printing on the computer.
I haven't asked permission to publish their faces so I have masked them.

The smiling faces of the ladies who made these have also been cut from the photos for now!
Wendy, my HKA came too, instead of doing my ironing, and did an excellent job of keeping an eye on things as well as having some fun herself! You may spot her expert brayering! She was a total star for staying on after her morning shift finished to help me take everything back to my flat too!

As we were packing up I was asked if we could have another Messy Morning so in July we are using Infusions and Brushos!!
The ladies also asked me to make sure they were on the list first!

Thanks for looking, Chris