Monday 31 October 2016

Day at Battle Abbey

Last week, half term, we took Leon away to the Isle of Wight for the week. I will blog about that in another post. However on the Friday before then we took my mother in law over to Battle Abbey . My son and his girlfriend were over in Winchelsea on holiday and we had to go over to pick up the dog as they were out to a party on the Saturday so we decided to incorporate a visit to Battle also.

Lovely place with lots of history. Unfortunately we couldn't get round all the battlefield due to the 950 year anniversary the week before when they had an enactment of the battle. 

When we left there we went on to the caravan where my son was staying and we went to a lovely little pub for a lovely meal. Gave a chance for Dan to say bye to his Grandma as she was going back to France the following morning.

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Monday 24 October 2016

Another Wedding Anniversary Card

Last week was a very good friend of mine's wedding anniversary. Her and her husband went away for the week so I had to send it to them early. Hope it got there on time :-) 

The card was made using Twiggy and Toots, the owls. The card was designed using CAP.

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Sunday 23 October 2016

Starting to Panic now

I go to the U.S in just under 4 weeks time and I am beginning to panic now as I have so much to do, however I don't seem to have the inclination. I want to get all my birthday/anniversary cards finished for the rest of the year. I also need to get all the Christmas pressies bought and sent before I go away and I am away from tomorrow for a few days with my oldest grandson. So I really need to get my bum in gear. I'll get it done....I have to :-) 

Anyhow I was sitting here yesterday and designed a couple of cards using CAP. Great way to do cards. Design online then print off and make into a card. This one I even followed the sketch over on Sketch Saturday HERE and will be entering it into the challenge.

Here is the sketch 

I printed off the base papers then printed 2 more hearts and owls so that they can be decoupaged. The picture doesn't actually show the decoupage but it is. Wasn't too keen on the colours of the backing bits at first but I have grown to like them. 

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Thursday 20 October 2016

Holiday Time - September 2015

Last year, just before Leon started full time school we took him on a small holiday for a couple of days to the Isle of Wight. We stayed in a caravan although according to Leon it was a 'campervan' :-) 

Here are a few scrap page layouts of some of the pictures we took. 

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Wednesday 19 October 2016

My Grandsons' and a First Wedding Anniversary

Last night we had our eldest grandson to stay overnight. He is in year 1 at school and now has homework (some quite hard I think for a 5year old!!) He has surprised us at how good his reading is. We get him to read a couple of books each time that we have him.

Here he is doing his numbers homework with Grandad whilst Nanny cooked dinner :-) . We got him to use coins to help him add his numbers together. 

Today, Wednesday is my normal day for the grandsons so whilst Leon was at school we looked after Ollie. He is 8 months old now and quite a little character. Here he is playing with his new bricks ( a bargain I picked up at the local charity shop for £3. 

Today is also my son & daughter-in-law's first wedding anniversary. Not sure where that year went but here is the card that I made for them. I designed that card in CAP.

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Sunday 16 October 2016

Day Trip to Isle of Wight

 Last Thursday we took my mother in law over to the Isle of Wight to visit a friend over there. Unfortunately she couldn't visit her friend as the friend was ill so we decided that we would visit Osborne House. What a beautiful place and tranquil gardens. Home of Queen Victoria.

We only went into the house and were unable to explore the grounds as my mother in law has difficulty walking but hubby and I will definitely be returning to explore the grounds more.

The house is beautifully decorated with very elaborate ceilings. The pictures below are all from the house and the grounds.

Victoria's bedroom

Her sewing room

The office

The Dunbar Room (The Indian Room) Beautifully decorated with intricate paneling and ceiling. This room can be hired out for private functions and as of next year, weddings can take place there.  

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Wednesday 12 October 2016

Hubby's Anniversary Card

As you know the weekend just gone was my anniversary and here is the card that I made him. 

The stamps are from Lawn Fawn - Love you Tons, I just thought they were so cute. The heart is from Nellie Snellen dies. Backing paper and backing card are from my stash as is the ribbon. 

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My Handmade Birthday Cards

Every year on my birthday and Christmas I always say that one of the best things about having friends who are crafters is receiving beautiful handmade cards. This year for my birthday was no different. Here are the cards I received this year on my birthday. All so different but all so beautiful. Thank you so much everyone. 

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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Anniversary Weekend

This weekend just gone, hubby and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary and we went away down to the New Forest for the weekend. On the way down we visited Portchester Castle near Portsmouth. The castle is just a ruin but it is on a huge plot of ground and very interesting. You have an audio guide whilst walking round and it was very interesting. Well worth a visit.

Saturday we spent the day in the Forest - stopped off in Lyndhurst first so that I could visit the craft shop there. Then on to Brockenhurst. Such a beautiful part of the country. The day ended on a sad note though as we hit a deer that came running out of the bracken across the road. We missed 2 but clipped the 3rd one. Unfortunately she had to be put to sleep when the ranger came out as she was too badly injured. Luckily we were ok and no damage to the car but ot was very sad. 

On Sunday, our actual anniversary, we decided to have a drive into Bournemouth and then work our way back via the coast. We visited Boscomb, Christchurch, Highcliffe, Milford by the Sea, Barton on Sea and Lymington.




We then drove inland to Beaulieu. Here are some pictures of the village. These were taken from the car as we couldn't find anywhere to stop.

We then made our way back to Lyndhurst and were met by the donkeys. I love donkeys. 

The evening ended with a lovely meal at Prezzo's in Lyndhurst.

A fabulous weekend in a beautiful part of the country.

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