Wednesday, 31 December 2014

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Well 2014 has been a bit of a fairground ride, twists and turns, ups and downs - you know the one - I think it's called life.

However, in amongst it all it's important to remind yourself that


and that the best way to enjoy it is to surround yourself with amazing people!

During the year we had many visits to Chatsworth
Said 14 year old joined in the colour assault challenge
and my washing machine got used quite a lot afterwards too
He also did Santa Sleepover which was awesome
and threw himself into team building and fundraising for Lesotho
Speaking of which he continues to get more sarcastic (it's genetic)
and taller (he overtook both me and his Dad this year).
He has grown a great sense of humour and a really deep voice - although that wasn't grown it just arrived after many weeks of it being all over the place (going from deep to squeak and back again).
I finally managed the 5 Weirs Walk (something that has been on my to do list for quite some time)
And we got to enjoy the Bluebells in the local ancient woods (crikey how much has he grown, bear in mind this was may time, he is now taller than me)



We finally abandoned some art and I sent some onward to Sarah to help with the Swindon Free Art Friday
We took up geo-caching again (albeit intermittent)
I had fun crafting days with my Mum, sister and niece
And thoroughly enjoyed being part of Jen's DT for Wear Crafts and finally got to meet the lady in person and got to know Lesley another member of the team even better


We created puking pumpkins at Halloween even if said 14 year old stated he was too old to dress up (even though he has never been overly keen on dressing up anyway!)

And we visited Hardwick Hall AKA Malfoy Manor


Got to celebrate my sister's graduation in the summer


We also got to see Souter Lighthouse - the highlight of my year



Together with discovering Flamborough Head with hubby - neither of us had been before this year!


We visited Harewood on triathlon day - whoops so had to park the car miles away - on the plus side got free sausages with our chip dinner!
We wandered around the maize at night in September
We had fab holidays in Much Wenlock, meeting up with old friends
We painted pots for our anniversary
Me and said 14 year old got to grips with my new needle felter



I met up with school friends for a meal
We saw Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at Chatsworth
We 'found' Temple Newsham - which I never even knew existed until this year
And found two transformers at the local cinema



We had a fab week in York as well
Escaped for a few days with hubby at Aldbrough when said 14 year old was on PGL
We found a Japanese Garden for my sister's birthday treat


I finally got to meet Sarah from the WW girls
I did an Autumn bucket list most of which I achieved
I made a Christmas junque journal which I sent off to France and received back with lots of new additions thank you to the lovely ladies who joined in and Rebecca for being a great host on that swap!
We made an Alice tree (and table)
Visited Alice in Wonderland at Chatsworth twice
Enjoyed a fab Christmas day
Watched said 14 year old make snow angels on Boxing Day night
And managed 365 layouts in 2014

And now I look forward to 2015 - a brand new unspoilt page to stamp life all over!  Have you any plans, or tasks you want to complete?  Do you make resolutions or are your trying rememberlutions this year?  Have you got a life long project you are wanting to fulfill?  Or just planning on meandering your way through?  Let's hope that 2015 is a positive year for you and yours and for mine and ours - all I can say now is - Let the fun commence...


Monday, 29 December 2014

CARMEN'S SECRET SANTA SWAP

Hello everyone, well sharing my other Secret Santa swap, this one part of Carmen's secret Santa swap that she has run over recent years.  I love these swaps so much fun and I was spoilt yet again this year!

Lots of yummy goodness, some beautiful 8 x 8 papers and 12 x 12 papers (of which I've been busy with them already).

Some gorgeous fabric button type brads, a box of paper flowers a knitted/crocheted brooch which is gorgeous.



A fab gift to open on Christmas morning - thank you!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

UK SCRAPPERS - SECRET SANTA STOCKING SWAP

Last year I learnt from Carmen that there is a Secret Santa Stocking Swap on UK Scrappers, being a crafter having a crafter as a Secret Santa is basically a dream come true, so I joined in last year and had much fun!  This year I did the same and ooooh my - what a beautiful stocking with so much no I mean SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCCHHHHHHHHHHHH inside it and in the attached box - completely overwhelmed.  I also discovered that Karen was my Secret Santa - thank you so much hun it really is amazing!

So first up - how cute is this stocking - I mean seriously - how cute!


This 'little' bundle was the contents of the parcel with the exception of one item which I will reveal later!  To give you some perspective that is one of my dining tables!


Up close we've got alphas


And 8 x 8 papers


More alphas


And wavy boards - these are a new concept to me - they will be being used at some point today!


Then there are stencils - ooh gelli plate you are in for a treat and then you can see the corner of a bundle of 6 x 6 papers too


Enamel dots


And gorgeous stickers


A black journalling pen and a white pen - yay!!!!!!!!!!


Fab elements to appear on a scrapbook layout very soon!


Gorgeous stickers


And buttons


And embellishments


And butterflies


And needles to go with...


Embroidery threads - yay!


Washi tape



Ink pads


And that tape that I love so much and use too quickly


Liquid pearls and glossy accents


Oh and chocolate


Chipboard pieces


and glue sticks with a fab note on - I will be asking Karen where the original shop is because since our local store that I normally buy my glue sticks from has shut down I've struggled to find a good alternative!


And paper - how gorgeous are these - and my table and tree had lots of red going on this year - so these are utterly perfect!


More papers (all double sided too).


Oh and I haven't used one of these before so we'll have to see what I can do!


Now you should just be able to make out - giant alphas in stencil styley!


and mahoosive 12 x 12 chipboard!


And a blank journal to play with

 And the icing on the cake - BLACK GESSO - YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Once again a massive thank you to Karen for all the gorgeousness - above and beyond!

Friday, 26 December 2014

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY - THE LAST OF 2014!

Crikey, blimey o'trousers it's Friday and I hadn't realised it.  Therefore it's time for the last Rocking post of 2014!


Well the week has been lovely up to now, busy but lovely and the day pretty much went according to plan yesterday so a big win win in my book!  

This was the table before the day as it were - an Alice in Wonderland themed tree and matching Alice in Wonderland themed Christmas table, so the first positive is my hubby for accepting that I'm completely mad most of the time and happily embracing the idea and running with it - we had so much fun creating this! 


Said 14 year old helping with the heart shaped napkins on Christmas Eve, it's the little things in life! 


the tea light holders created at the last minute and the planned/unplanned bowls of rose lights!


Even cutting and laminating a set of Alice cards - we were all involved spending time together - bliss!


Loving said 14 year old's new minion onesie!


the table in natural daylight all ready for the day ahead!


It really did look pretty!


I even revamped the shelves behind and put all Alice themed items on them, and fifteen minutes before everyone arrived I created the world's fastest Alice layout to finish off the shelves!


Me and hubby before everyone arrived!


And the crazy melee after the present opening!


Started at 1pm, sat for starter at 2.30, main course around 4.30 and pudding around 7pm and everybody toddling off just after 9pm - a fantastic day was had by all!

I hope you and yours had a positive day too!

Reflecting on the year I've had a pretty awesome one, spending time, enjoying life, being grateful for each and every moment from celebrating with my little sis following her graduation!


To wandering around Chatsworth on my birthday!


Getting to meet Jen in person - finally!


Just chilling with hubby on holiday


Watching these two wind each other up - they can't help it!  They are such good friends and great fun to be around - which makes me feel very very blessed!


Enjoying the fresh air and time with family


Maize maze at night


Chatsworth at night


Colour assault challenge!


Cobwebs at Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Scrapping fun with my Mum and sister


Reunion with school friends


Art abandoning was fun!


Autumn walks


Preparing for Halloween


bucket lists


Chatsworth at Christmas


And just in case you didn't know - we are all mad as hatters in this family - my amazing Mum included!



I hope you've had a truly beautiful and blessed Christmas and that your year on the whole looks and feels positive, I'll leave Mr Linky for those that fancy joining in - I'll see you in 2015!