Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter greetings

Happy Easter everyone and I hope that the chocolate bunny has been good to you. We have been out and about for the last few days so we plan a quiet day at home and I may even get some time for some crafting. After nearly 2 weeks of wonderful sunshine the heavens have opened and it's pouring this morning. I think lots of chocolate will feature today in our house today ;0) It's certainly not a day for the garden.
Here are some photos of the surprises my dear ones are opening this morning

Our Daisy Jane is too young for chocolate yet so here is Nana's gift this year.........
a bag to match her pretty sundress and the sweetest story book...Stripey Horse.
As always all of mine get a little chick in their Easter bags, they are never too old ;0)

I would like to wish all my great blogging friends the happiest of Easter's. Have a peaceful day whether you are relaxing at home or with family.

I can't send you all a card so here is GD one I made for Ignacio of Nicecrane designs using one of his fab Easter sheets called chicks and ducklings available here 
I love his vintage sheets so much. I also used as little "seed packets" another set called Henderson's Giant flowers available here. This is one of my favourite sets.
Here are a couple of close ups;
 I made butterfly with a MS punch which I then inked with distress inks and added some gold embossing powder to and some gems for some sparkle.
I added a little vintage bird box charm from my stash which I tied with twine and also some lace to add to the vintage/shabby chic  feel.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

We do doobadoo Embellish it
Allsorts Birds and feathers
Totally Gorjuss Die cuts/punches
Polkadoodles springtime
Chocolate coffee and cards spring
Inky Chicks shabby chic
A creative romance Eggcellent spring
Jelly Park Happy Easter
Papertake Weekly Happy Easter
Loves Rubberstamps Easter/spring
Party Time Tuesday die cuts
Oldie but a goodie Easter my oldie is my bird charm from my jewellery stash
The Ribbon Girl yellow/lemon
Bearly Mine Spring

Enjoy your long weekend however you are spending it. Thanks as always for your kind visits to me here and the comments that you take the time to leave.

For those of you who love to see my darling granddaughter Daisy...we caught up with them on Good Friday over at my parents' house. She is now 5 months old and was wearing her butterfly dress...I will leave you with a couple of pictures of my little princess busy playing.

 I bought her a new outfit which I think she approved of, a little denim skirt dungarees set...

and just look how big she is in her bath now :0)

she even peeps her feet over the funny! I could eat this little sweetie, she is just adorable.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x (and Daisy waving with her feet)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Bluebells and Daisy

..what a perfect combination this is and I found Bluebells with Daisy last week at Hatchlands. This is a beautiful National Trust house and garden in Surrey. I met my darling daughter and Daisy there last week. We were very lucky again with a lovely sunny day. I have visited Hatchlands before and their bluebell wood is stunning. This year the bluebells are out at little earlier...we were so thrilled to see them.
 The native English bluebell is in decline and these drifts of them are so important to keep this beautiful plant growing.
Hatchlands is a set in acres of rolling country side and when we got there we started our day with a drink in their cafe which is in the old kitchens of the house.
The old stable block still smells of the horses kept there for years.

The pathways are very buggy friendly and we had a lovely time exploring the vasts grounds in the sunshine

 There is a gate which leads into the bluebell wood and Daisy "helped" her mummy open the gate.

There was a children's find the fairy activity.....sweet fairy dolls had been hidden amongst the trees.
Daisy found one ;0)

What a special day we had amongst the bluebells.

Of course my card today has to be flower and fairy inspired.

It is Lili of the Valley's 10th birthday next month and I decided to make them a birthday card using one of the very first stamps I bought from them. The delightful fairy stamp called Dandelion Clock. I love this stamp and still use it lots. 

I coloured her with my Promarkers and highlighted with Prismcolor pencils. The backing paper is ancient from my stash. The round and tag sentiments are LOTV. The butterfly and leaf is by Cheery Lynn. The lovely doily is also Cheery Lynn.  I coloured the butterfly with my distress inks. I finished it off with a sparkly organza ribbon and some gems. I even added a number 10 to wish the girls at LOTV a great celebration. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Lili of the Valley ideas to inspire 10th birthday card
                                                                Crafty hands anything goes
                                                           Ribbon Girl lovely Lili anything goes
                                                              Rhedd and Rosie anything goes
                                                            The cupboard trilogy friendship
                                                          Whimsy stamps anything goes
                                                             Little Claire's Lots of layers
Stamping sensations dies and/or punches
Cheery Lynn Pretty in purple
Simon says stamp Monday challenge Things with wings
Passion for Promarkers all creatures great and small
Addicted to stamps and more  anything goes
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon
Loves rubberstamps Easter/spring themed
Party Time Tuesday Die cuts

I am now on holiday from work until next Wednesday...woop woop. Today I am meeting my Mum at the Museum of London to see the exhibition "The Cheapside hoard, London's Lost Jewels". It sounds very interesting. The weather this week has just been outstanding and I just hope it lasts for a few more day. Enjoy the upcoming bank holiday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 14 April 2014

Amazing athletes

Yesterday saw 36,000 runners take to the streets of London for the 26 gruelling miles of the Marathon 2014. My son's girlfriend was running for the Anthony Nolan trust. It was a rather too sunny a day for the runners but London looked beautiful under blue skies.
My Hb, who is a keen runner, went up to watch and was astonished how many spectators there were. He found a spot where you could see the runners on their way in and then on their way out 11 miles later. The elite athletes came through first and he managed to snap a couple of shots with his phone of Mo Farrah.

He also got a shot of the front "pack" and the runner who went on to win, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya.

He managed to spot Charlotte at the 11 and 22 mile leg of the race but it was such a fleeting moment and there were so many runners that he did not have a chance to snap her.
I am so proud of Charlotte. She has spent months training for this gruelling race and has also raised over £800 pounds for the Anthony Nolan Trust. I would like to thank those of you who so generously helped to swell the amount that she has raised. If you would  like to donate, her JustGiving page is still open here

And here is a photo of her amazing medal....well done Charlotte and very well deserved.

Photo: Thank you all my lovely friends and famalam for the support today - a little disappointed I didn't get closer to my target time, but there's always next year.. just glad I finished, sunburn and all! :-)

I put the live coverage on my tablet in my studio and watched the race from there. It was a most beautiful day outside in the garden. Billy loved me being around.

 and as Charlotte ran I made her a card. My inspiration was London and the wonderful cheering crowds there. Here it is ;

I used a Penny Black stamp which I won many years ago and it is such a great image to use for her. I coloured it with my Promarkers and added some highlights with Prismacolor  pencils. I decided that I wanted a patriotic red,white and blue theme.  I used some papers which are very "London" and even feature a London bus. I want Charlotte to remember all those wonderful iconic London landmarks she ran past. I decided that rather than a congratulations sentiment that I would use a Lili of the Valley "amazing" sentiment. The date sentiment is Whismy. I also added a charm from my stash and hand cut some celebration bunting.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Totally Gorjuss charming
Stampin for the weekend favourite stamp
Crafty hands anything goes
Ribbon Girl lovely Lili anything goes my "amazing" sentiment stamp is LOTV
Rhedd and Rosie anything goes
The cupboard trilogy friendship
Whimsy stamps anything goes
Little Claire's Lots of layers

Already Charlotte is talking about "next year" so if she gets a place again come autumn you will find her out pounding the streets, in all weathers, getting her training in ;0) A remarkable and inspiring young woman. Everyone is very proud of her. And one thing she needs to remember for next year if it is as sunny..."Wear Sunscreen"..ooowch!!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x