Saturday, 2 August 2014

Beside the Seaside

Well its our first summer living in sunny Wales and we're still loving it all!  Finding new places all the time.  We've had tea on the beach after work, been out on the boat, finding great places with rock pools, just having a lovely time.  We even had a free concert last week from Sir Tom Jones and Jessie J, actually it wasn't free but because we live so close to the venue it was LOUD so we just sat on the balcony and enjoyed for nothing :)

This is our Molly on Rhos-On-Sea beach, it always has a bit of sand showing even at high tide.  Beach is a lot of mussel shells so you'll need your crocs on here!

We also found Bodafon Farm which we'e driven past a million times!  What a little gem this is overlooking Llandudno North Shore.  Its free entry and theres tractor ride ons then an adventure playground, goats, llamas, deer, birds of prey and a kookoburra!  You cant take picnics though but the food is outstanding, my fussy OH was well pleased.  Its a pound or two dearer than pub grub but so much better and proper home cooked.

We've also been exploring over in Anglesey and favour Penmon Point overlooking Puffin Island next to the lighthouse.  If you love rock pools you'll love this place.  Theres a little cafe there you can use the loo if you buy something!
There are literally hundreds of rock pools and get more interesting the further the tide goes out, we caught loads of creatures and I can spend all day here.

I don't get much time to craft especially if the sun's out then I'm usually out and about.  This one took me about a fortnight to complete, I just had a red/pink theme in mind and went from there.  

I've coloured with promarkers, flex and tria, drawn the background myself and coloured the die cut border with matching promarkers.
Flowers are wild orchid and papers are my fav First Edition, I have a few of their stacks.

I'd like to enter Tilda into;

As you like it challenge - Fav papers - Why because I love all the first edition stacks as they have a mix of fancy and patterned and go together beautifully plus they are a lovely quality

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Daisy and Dee Dee

Evening all!  I'm trying to figure out how to use the new fangled blogger, I dont do change very well and I've been M.I.A for a while so I'm somewhat lost!  I'm also very rusty on the laptop, I use a PC and smart phone so this is bugging me lol!

I also need a tidy up as I'm on no design teams anymore, just dont have time as I have to do that other activity called work!  I'll get round to it as you do...

Well this week I've had my Nan up here for holidays, she booked herself into a hotel in Llandudno, she stayed at my house over xmas and we've plenty of room but I think she finds it stressful being nearly 94 and our house has 2 noisy kids and 2 noisy smelly dogs so this time she booked into a hotel so I've been popping over to see her.  We've been up to Bodnant Gardens and she walked 95% of it, very impressed given her age!  We tootled over to Tir Prince today as she was bemoaning that Llandudno doesnt have a market so where bigger than Tir Prince?  She bought a bag of toffees and a ham sandwich!
I've also been learning those loom band things this week that all the little girls are into, Mollys got an armful of them now.

I have 2 to share tonight!  I haven't used my pens since before I moved last October so wasn't sure if I could still do it as well so had a play with Dee Dee by Hannah Lynn using promarkers and flexmarkers and a dab of colorsoft pencil.  I had a raging headache all day when I finally put the card together during a respite of a couple of hours so the colours are a little funky ha!
I also had a mooch round some challenges and saw Passion for Promarkers wanted die cuts.  I really couldnt remember how to use my cuttlebug so had to have a couple of goes before it all came flooding back! Its their 5th anniversary too!  Happy Anniversary girls :)

She's on a base of Kraft with a Kraft die cut swirl and some very bright stripy DP which is a die cut doily which Ive no idea what possessed me to buy as the paper stays in the holes on the die and I have to pole them out!

I'd like to enter Dee Dee into the following challenges

This little lady below is Daisy who I coloured ages ago and she survived the move so she finally made it onto a card a couple of weeks ago!  Flowers are WOC which have been sat in the delivery box for a year, how bad is that!!!  Anyway I'm pretty much unpacked now, well my regular crafty bits are, I have waaaay too many stamps!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Hellooooooo! *Waves Madly*

Gosh what a long time to be away!  I hadn't expected such an epic break but life kinda changed direction somewhat and I just rolled with it as you do :)

So whats new?  Well first I went back into social work about 18 months ago doing safeguarding in nursing homes for a local authority so life if pretty busy.
We also sadly lost our MIL last June very unexpectedly so Boo had to go out to Bali with his boet.  Made us think a lot about life so we decided to up sticks and move over the border near the sea so now live in sunny Colwyn Bay.
We've been here since last Oct and love it, every weekend feels like a holiday and we try not to waste days sat at home as we previously did.  There's also lots of autism type groups locally as Ethan has also been diagnosed with ASD so Im getting out to some of them.
We also have a little cuddy cabin boat, like a cross between a speed boat and fishing boat, we've been having fun in that too.

Unfortunately as I still work 60 miles away it means early nights and not much craft time!  However we've just had a new shop open in the bay, Knitting Bee & Craft which local crafters can rent a space and sell there wares along with buying some crafty bits.  What we do need is a local craft group like Padgate Crafters where we rock up once a month for the day and have that protected craft time which the owner Rebecca is looking into :)

So not been doing too much craft, most of it is still packed up but Boo did buy me a pyrography set for xmas Ive been having fun with, some pics below.

Hopefully I'll get some crafting done as Im missing it!  I go to the local messy church and had made some wooden crosses decorated with tim holtz dabbers and a spray of ink.  Some of the older girls were interested so I gave them a box of dewdrop ink pads to play with and they loved it so I really need to get back on the craft wagon!

Well Im off out soon so will leave you with this, not new but unpublished.  Stamp is called Just a little love by crafts and me coloured with promarkers which is 
<a href="">HERE</a>

Id like to enter into..

<a href=""> Emerald Faeries - Flowers, Ribbon or lace </a>