Friday, 28 June 2013

Beautiful Lavenham

We have often driven past the sign, "Historic Lavenham" but never stopped. We decided to make it our day out destination. It was a very fine April day.  What could be more perfect ? Rows and rows of timber framed Tudor houses in the spring sunshine.

I love taking photos of the houses. I love the contrasting colours, a wonky house wedged in between two straighter ones, some massive, others not so and especially the fact that the houses don't run in a straight line. I wonder if a row of mismatch terrace houses will ever catch on again ? I only wish I didn't have to contend with all the cars parked on the road side.

I made a couple of layouts from that day. The first is to record the fact that H always come out to visit places with us and how we enjoy his company. It makes up for the fact that he always decline a meal at a posh diner.
Next has a couple of photos of houses. I finally got to use my Sizzix die to cut a row of houses out.
Some close ups of the title area with many layers, featuring Basic Grey Mint Julep.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Go Ape

Firstly apologies if you don't like spiders!

I have another Go Ape layout to share with you today.  Warning, this is not the last.  The guys were very good and provided me with a lot of wonderful photo opportunities. I loved all the photos I took, even if it was mostly in the pouring rain.

I love the critters printed on the packaging of Basic Grey's Bow Tie collection pack, I had to use it. I wish this was one of the papers in the collection instead of the bugs on green background on Leapfrog. That might be because I like white background though. 
I did this layout for Sarah's Cards sketch challenge. Why don't you join us for a chance to win £20 voucher ?

Monday, 3 June 2013

Lunch at Midsummer House

Lunch at another excellent establishment to celebrate J's end of exams ( well, most of it ) prompted me to make this layout about another lunch.
A& I took J to lunch at Alimentum last week. I love this place.  I said so to A, "because it is not pretentious", I added.  A disagreed.  He prefers Midsummer House, again because he thought it is not pretentious.  He loves the fact that you eat in the large conservatory of a house...very informal he says.  He has a point.  And you can see The Chef cooking, through a large window into the kitchen...that could have been a serving hatch in another household LOL. We've been to some special places to eat but never before has the chef cooked for us.  He even replaced one of the dishes for us due to dietary requirements. Special, who ? Moi ?
As was at Alimentum, lunch at Midsummer House was for three.  H elected not to accompany us.  He'd rather stay at home and eat beans on toast. It was a shame because on this occasion, we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. I asked a waitress if it will be ok to take a photo of a dish.  She said, of course and even offered to take a photo of us.

I did this layout for a post on Sarah's Cards. I went very white with a lot of die cut hearts as the base of the layout before adding splashes of colour.

This is the finished layout.  It was difficult to photograph...