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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Variety is the Spice of LifeBook

Busy , busy, busy....
Days out with Hubby and days In with paint :D
The thing about doing an online art course like
is the variety of styles you encounter...

 Painterly, is a new term to me...
and I'm loving the splodginess of it :D
 Then there is collage (with watercolour painting)
 and finding your own "story" with
Tam's beautiful whimsical style.
 Even within the "whimsical" genre you 
get to learn differing techniques through the 
 uniqueness of each teacher!
Then there are those that teach us to  just
let loose...
 and let the paint do it's own thing!
Can't even describe how much I am enjoying this course.
Should have joined in years ago :D

Blessed Midsummer to all!
May your creative light shine ever on
XXX

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Beautiful Boy...

June will be my last DT post for 
CHPPC, so I wanted to make it 
something extra special :D
I have really loved working on this DT
but I have a loooooong "to do" list this
summer and something had to give.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank 
Hazel and her team for being so lovely XXX


First page from 
Baby's "1st cuddles" memory book
(face obscured digitally for privacy issues)
 I have made similar books for my nieces, but
was excited to make a "boy" book for a change.
Fortunately I found this gorgeous paper pad by
"Cavania" via First Edition Paper Company
 The pad includes a sticker sheet and  2 pages
of tags.
I bought the 12x12 pad and cut down pages for an 
8x8 album, don't be afraid to cut down "picture" pages
they make lovely layouts just the same :D
I cut around the shoes and bunny with a craft knife
 to slot the photo behind them,
and cut the words "New Born" from 
the page of words to make the legend :D

I would like to enter this project in the 
following challenges;

Friday, 17 May 2019

Happy Mail equals Happy Play...

In my last post I mentioned the lovely
and the fabulous "Happy Mail" she had sent me....
Well this is what I have been making with it :D

 I am not posting a step-by-step for this project
as Brenda is much better at it than I am, and
I highly recommend a visit to her blog.
 *and yes I will be purchasing the die to make more
of these little books*

I only used 3 of the pre-cut pages for now, but the book 
holds 3 signatures ...

and I stuck to my theme and colour combi for the year too :D
 I thought a compass made more sense than 
a clock face for the legend.
Can't wait to start "arting" the pages :D
Enjoy XXX

I would like to share this book in the following challenges;


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Being a Tree....

...and the importance of a calm soul.

Sometimes life throws us interesting(but scary) lessons.
Yesterday morning had a beautiful calm start to it,
watering vegetables in my planters and greenhouse.
Listening to the birds singing, happy and loud.
My 2 furbubs wagging excitedly to be going out 
for a walk to the park....
We didn't make it to the park.

After walking to the end of the road and chatting for a
moment with a fellow dog walker, we noticed 2 dogs in a
nearby yard getting "excited" so we went our separate ways 
to give them space.
Their owner was checking his fences for gaps....
when 1 of the dogs squeezed through and ran at us.
I am not afraid of dogs(and because we were near a busy
road) I stood still and allowed it to approach(the owner 
rushing after apologising)
Unfortunately, his dog took an instant dislike to Poppy.
and attacked.
This excited the second dog who then also broke out
and came running to join in.
Their owner was distraught ...trying to pull them away,
horrified by their behaviour.
I wanted to attack them myself(I know I could have hurt them)
but I needed to stay calm...I became a tree.

I dropped Busters lead ,
as they didn't show any interest in him, so that he could run away
BUT he didn't. 
He repeatedly ran at them(no teeth) "tigging" them to get
 them to chase him!!! to draw them away from Poppy, while
I managed to reach down and lift Poppy off the ground. 
The dogs still tried to jump and drag her from my arms,
and Buster STILL ran at them to distract them.
By this time a wonderful young woman pulled up in her car
to offer assistance(dogs still jumping up me barking and growling)
This total stranger allowed me to put my dogs...I now had Buster
up off the ground too...into the boot of her car, and drove us home.
The 2 dogs continued to try and get at P and B even though
 they could no longer see them, and her car was scratched quite badly.

Fortunately a visit to the vet(which the other dogs owner offered 
to pay for) showed Poppy had been very lucky. No puncture
wounds but badly bruised and soft tissue damage on her abdomen.
She is now understandably nervous to be alone, but resting.
 I have several scratches and bruises from the jumping,
but to be honest I didn't feel them yesterday...a Tree has to 
stand fast and tall against the storm to provide shelter
and safety to it's furry friends..
on this occasion, screaming and kicking out would have 
only served to fuel the attack.
And Our Hero...
instinctively knew that...and came out with no
injuries at all!!!

Sorry if this post causes any distress, but if I don't write 
it down it will keep cycling in my brain, and I won't
 get anything done :)


and the lovely Brenda Brown
sent me a stash to play with, which arrived yesterday after the stress 
of the morning to provide balance in my life XXX