My sister is very talented, I love looking through her gallery at The Scrapbook Shop where she works, her mini albums are fabulous but this morning I spotted a layout that made me smile. We didn't have much at all as children but my mother always managed to buy Christmas presents and there are a lot of lovely memories of special toys.
We are going up to Durham for a few days at the end of term and although I was looking forward to it I was dreading the long drive there and back, especially in the horrid weather. It took us twelve hours last time and it was a nightmare. This time I have splashed out on train tickets and hired a little car for the few days we are there. I am really looking forward to it now, it will seem much more of a holiday.
Can't wait to see my folks, my favourite places and especially to spend some time with my sister.
Cheryl is running a weekend photography course called Boot Camp and I would love to go. Of course, you would think a best friend who sold you her old camera would come and spend the day with you teaching you how to use it..... It will be an antique before I learn what to do. So I had better sign up, a sure way of learning and a weekend away with friends as a bonus. Maybe I'll get a BFF discount for carrying her bag....
This is my table after a day making ONE layout! Inspired by Karen, I wanted to make an interactive layout for a magazine project. I knew what I wanted to achieve but working out the mechanics and mathematics from scratch was more difficult than I thought.
I've put a considerable dent in my cardstock stash and my headache pills (not helped by having Georgina off school, sick for the day) but I got there in the end. It's simple compared to Karen's work and I do feel a huge sense of achievement but I wouldn't have known where to start without taking some of her classes first. She's definitely the master and I'm the grasshopper!
Scrapbook Inspirations came last week, I had some layouts published showing different techniques for making backgrounds. It was really weird making Christmas and snow layouts before autumn was here and hard to find new seasonal papers when most haven't been released. I used paints; water colours and acrylics, glimmer mist, stamping and heat embossing. For this one I sewed lines onto cardstock and trapped coloured sequins in the stitches. I even managed to keep my fingers clear of the needle!
and apologies for the spelling mistake on this one, I am not really that thick but I always find it harder to spell in stickers - too busy making sure Brussels was correct!
When Alex was 3 all he wanted to be was the red power ranger. We watched it every day and even I knew all of the characters names, the baddies and the zords too!
I queued outside ToysRus at the Metro Centre from 2am in the icy cold to buy the full set of figures and zords for his birthday and Christmas and of course I made him a suit. It was a red dance leotard with matching football socks and diamonds sewn on.
15 years later he is going to a fancy dress party this weekend, the theme is to dress up as what you wanted to be when you grew up. With the only suit for around £40 to buy and not even the original ranger I set about trying to make one for a huge 18 year old.
I tried looking for red tracksuits (dance leotards aren't made for Alexander's size) but couldn't find anything, even Men's pyjamas didn't come in red. I eventually found these red silk PJs for £6 online and a silky white shirt in a charity shop for £2. I cut the sleeves and sewed them over the PJ sleeves for the gloves. A £1.99 racing helmet balaclava was ideal for the mask. I managed to order some white wellingtons from a workwear store so I cut some red felt diamonds to glue on them for the boots.
The gorgeous Martin Shaw stars in a new drama starting this Thursday on BBC1 called Apparitions. He plays a very hunky priest (I would start going to church every Sunday if they looked like him!)
As a bonus the lovely Neil Pearson (I was glued to 'Between the Lines' in the early 90's) is also a cast member. The only problem is I am frightened of the dark and never watch horror films so I hope it isn't too scary!
Definitely makes up for Silent Witness finishing last week!
Alex has his school Remembrance Day parade today but it isn't possible for us to go this year. It's probably just as well, I always end up in tears, especially when they play the last post and when the bagpipes start. Last year I set Alexander away too and it's best that it doesn't happen when he's in full uniform this year.
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres. There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
They mingle not with laughing comrades again; They sit no more at familiar tables of home; They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound, Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, To the innermost heart of their own land they are known As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain, As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, To the end, to the end, they remain.
I had a great day at Treasure Crafts today with classes by Karen Burniston and Cheryl Mezzetti. I went with Helen but when we got there we met up with loads of people we knew, it was a lovely surprise to see everyone, we had no idea they were going too. The classes were fab, food was gorgeous and although we stayed an hour longer than advertised I would have been happy staying another three or four. I am nearly finished both projects and will post photographs if we ever get enough daylight for my camera to work.
It was lovely to meet up with Karen again and to meet Cheryl, who reminded me so much of my friend Lynn Consovoy, they even say 'coffee' the same :)
I'm planning a lazy day tomorrow, watching the Remembrance Day parade on tv, finishing my class projects, a bit of altering and maybe a snooze in the afternoon.