Saturday, 31 March 2012

Flowers are blooming

I am so happy that Spring is here. In fact, I think with the temperature we are having, we've gone straight into Summer. IACW is having a Spring Blog Hop this weekend to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

You might have seen previous posts on IACW and on here and you might know that I love adding large bunches of flowers to my background cardstock. I have another one today. I am going to show you how to make some flowers with 1cm ribbons and embroidery thread.

Start in the centre, stitch the ribbon into place. Fold the ribbon approximately 1cm away and stitch over the fold. Continue folding and sewing the ribbon in a spiral to end up with this

I added embroidered stems and some leaves made out of patterned paper and water colour. I also added some jewels to the centre of the flowers.

And a garden bursting with blooms is not complete without some butterflies.

And here is the finished layout

You might have read my previous post about Princess Layer laying her first egg. I am pleased to report that she has been laying an egg everyday since then. Jabba the Hen started laying last Thursday and she has also been producing every day. We have two still not started...roast chicken anyone ?

I will do a draw at the end of the blog hop. For a chance to win a little something from me, please leave a comment on this post. Thank you visiting. I hope to see you again.

Katherine is next on the blog hop so be sure to visit her at Fruit of My Scraps.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The best Retreat ever!

I am now recovered from my weekend in Warrington with Sarah's Cards Retreat. I have stolen this picture from their page on Facebook of our group photo.

Can you spot the rabbit up front ? I am not sure where he came from but he was very obliging.

I taught a class using gorgeous papers from Crate Paper. We misted and stamped and cut out some cute birds...

The photo is of my boys and A walking along the beach in Southwold. Ok, I confess, we didn't get down to the beach proper, just the paved path along the beach because A does not like sandy beach. I am Malaysian and the only way for beaches to be is SANDY! What about you ? Do you prefer sand or pebble ?

Thursday, 22 March 2012

The first of many

There was much excitement in our household this week as our Cambridge Blue became the the first of our hens to lay. She has been having a straight run since that first one.

Isn't she gorgeous ?

We had placed some ceramic eggs at the weekend to encourage the hens. Her egg is the smaller, red egg.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Spring Blog Hop

IACW is having a blog hop. I hope you will join us for some Spring creative projects. Remember, 31st March and 1st April ( and no, it is not April Fool ).

Monday, 12 March 2012

When you were 4 or 5...part 2

I've been rummaging through boxes of old photos and I have another one to share with you. This is a photo of J at school during his reception year, taken by his teacher or TA. He came home with a CD containing a PowerPoint presentation entitled, "When I grow up" of every single boy in class and what they wanted to be when they grow up.

J wanted to be a Police Officer. It was not something he mentioned at home so I was surprised. I am guessing his best friend said it so he followed suit. Over the years, I had forgotten this, I think he has too!

Right now, I am not sure he knows what he wants to be. He has applied to work either in a law firm or accountants for his work experience after IGCSE. I think it is a good time to remind him of his childhood ambition...

This layout was created for the March Challenge at Sarah's Cards which I am hosting. Why don't you join us for a chance to win £20 e-voucher to spend at Sarah's Cards ?

Monday, 5 March 2012

When you were 4 or 5...

Many years ago, a young man I know love to try my jewellery, especially my big sparkly earrings. I was looking through my boxes of old photos and found these.

We even made a bracelet out of Fimo beads. Didn't it look cool next to a plastic number out of a cracker ?

It was nice to remember and reminisce...I couldn't resist making a layout to document this.

Many years later, when he was 11 or 12, he came home all made up. With his big gorgeous eyes, fringed with lengthy to-die-for lashes, he looked quite good.I have a photo too but that is a story for another day.

Sunday isn't usually a good day for me to be blogging so I am late joining in with Sian's Storytelling Sunday. Why don't you join us ?