Friday, 24 February 2017

Winter Snap

I really enjoyed this Winter Snap Challenge from UKS. Thanks Sue 😊 It got me out and about with the big camera which I hardly ever do these days. 

1. Substitute: A Film or Book
Outlander is both, I have read a couple of the books and now I have watched the series; they aren't for the fainthearted but  I really enjoy them. I was pleasantly surprised by how great the production values were and swooned at the landscapes, old castles, frocks and horses. Worth it for that alone, but a good yarn as well. 🏔🐴
2. Green, Red or Gold
Green Fir Tree at Bicclescombe Park looking heavenly against that clear bright blue January sky. I am attempting to visit the park once a month to photograph the changes. Not that there will be so many changes in this tree, being evergreen and all. 🤓
3. A Shop Window
Trios is a gorgeous shop along from mine, I love everything in there, they dress their windows beautifully and renew them regularly and the girls are so great at their jobs and so lovely when they come shop in mine for their meal deals. At Christmas they had an enormous Polar Bear and when I came round the corner at 5:30am to open up I nearly screamed in shock. 😳😆 
4. Winter Trees
I adore Magnolia trees and this is my favourite, I love the shape of it and when it flowers it is beyond beautiful and then when the leaves are full out it turns this little wooden bridge into a wonderful green tunnel. 💚
5. Baking
Erm no that isn't baking. I am eating healthily at the moment and so I thought I hadn't baked anything but I did actually try a baked oats recipe which I knew really wasn't going to be for me as it included baked banana which I dislike. I was right and so I have carried on with either warmed oats or overnight oats. Which, if you haven't heard of, is as it sounds; oats, greek yoghurt and almond milk left overnight. You can then add to it, my favourite at the moment is to add a tablespoon of ground almonds to the oats and separately defrost some black cherries to pop in at the last moment, hello bakewell oats. ✅
6. Reflection
There were some stunning days in January weren't there? This is across the bridge on my walk into work. ☀️ 
7. Lights
This lantern in the churchyard where we walk the dogs always reminds me of the one in Narnia.
8. Chocolate
This is 'liquid choc shot' that I use for just that, a shot. Lovely and dark. Trying to fend off creme egg season for as long as possible, so hard when we have boxes and boxes at work.😬
9. A Bridge
And coming home from work the same sunny day as number 6 above. I walked the long way back to the car as it was so nice and the bridge looked beautiful and the reflection was 👏.
10. A Cone
A Pinecone in the grass that I was desperately trying to photograph and hold Minty away from as she loves a pinecone, she eats them if you aren't careful. 🙄
11. The Holly & The Ivy
Both of them growing together as they should be.🌿
12. Anything frozen, icy, glistening. 
At Bicclescombe all the areas that the sun hadn't touched was still wonderfully frosty, about the only frost I have seen this winter. ❄️
13. Lambs, snowdrops, signs of spring.
A pretty primrose growing in the churchyard. 🌼
14. Substitute: Hands
I had a week off in January and pretty much spent the whole week learning how to make a quilt. I was tackling a flying geese unit here to make a sawtooth block.✂️
15. Bedtime
Minty is allowed up for a cuddle at bedtime and in the morning, she looks as though she wishes she was allowed to stay doesn't she. 😛🐶
16. Cosy Socks or mittens or hats or scarves.
Woolly hat and my hood was needed during the cold snap. I also had a teeshirt, wool cardigan, a work fleece and my parka on to brave the walk across the bridge. This was me waiting for the car to warm up a bit before I wanted to take them off, which I needed to do so I could see to drive. 😁 
17. A hand addressed letter
A handmade card from The Most Lovely Karen™️ for my birthday, thank you, and to all my other Most Lovelies™️ for their beautiful cards and pressies. 😘
18. Substitute: Handbag
Cheap and cheerful. 👜
19. A Cobweb
Ewww. I couldn't find a nice pretty one anywhere. 🕸
20. Substitute: Fave from Christmas
My fam, we were altogether on New Years Eve for the first time since Lauren left for Uni. It was a lovely day. 👵🏻👩🏻👩🏻👱🏻👦🏼

I scrapped the family one sorry about the quality, but I didn't photograph it before I put it in the frame.

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

UKS Summer Snap Challenge

I have been joining in with UKS Summer Snap Challenge which gave us a list of prompts and two months to snap em.

1. Vapour trails
From the Bandstand, Ilfracombe
From Grexy Combe, Exmoor 
2. A Horse Drawn Vehicle
St James' Place, Ilfracombe.
3. Flowers in bloom
Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe.

4. A Summer Job In The Garden
My harvest of sugar snap peas from my new allotment ☺️
5. Staycation
Ilfracombe Harbour
6. Play (sub)
Alex and spade, High Tide, Woolacombe Beach

7. Ice Cream
Gelato Mondo Cherry Bakewell and Clotted Cream from Carlucci's Ilfracombe Quay.

8. Balloons

For five minutes, I really wanted a unicorn one. Ilfracombe Carnival.

9. Bubbles
High Tide, Woolacombe Beach

10. Seabirds
Rocks north of Ilfracombe Pier
11. Summer Sunrise or Sunset
Sunrise viewed from the top of Ilfracombe near Lynton Cross.
Sunset viewed from Marine Drive, Woolacombe
12. Eating Al-Fresco

This was a last minute effort, I did eat al fresco a couple of times but I forgot to take photos! So this was the penultimate day, hot soup isn't very summery I know!

13. Somewhere you would only visit when the sun shines
South Molton Brass Band, Bandstand, Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe
14. Flags or Bunting
St James' Place, Ilfracombe
15. Summer Shoes

Time for another trip to Animal, these have had it.

16. Fruit growing in the hedgerow.
On the South West Coast Path above The Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe

17. Water
The MS Oldenburg, Ilfracombe Harbour.
18. Favourite colour
Blue Sky and Turquoise Sea

19. Something that made you smile.

The start of the South West Coast Path at Minehead :-)

20. Fete, Fair or Festival
Ilfracombe Sea Front, Carnival Night

Westward Ho! Beach
With thumb and everyfink. Not my thumb, he's such a noob, I would never make a selfie mistake like that 🙄 otherwise I would have been allowed to take it, of course.

Part of the challenge was to scrap the selfie, a minimum of six photos on a layout and a larger photo.

I used one kit for this, my friends pointed me in the direction of Cocoa Vanilla which was new to me. It shows how busy I have been this last twelve months with the DIY that I don't even know this brand. I love them already 😊 This range is Hello Sunshine. Perfect for the summer snap challenge.

The selfie layout, I scrap-lifted this layout I found on Pinterest from
I used my stamping' up hexagon punch and stamps, circle punches and sewed it down. Stamped a background and embellished with the kit, lovely puffy stickers and veneers. The cute little puffy sticker animals 🐱🐰🐭 are from Crate Paper.

The larger photo challenge was tricky as I am out of ink for my big printer, so I printed a panorama out on my canon selphy out of two shots of the same carnival squad. I could have used a few that came out better but I wanted to use this one as it was a tribute to and to raise funds in his memory for, a little boy Diesel that died suddenly of an aneurysm suddenly in his sleep just at the end of last term. It was undiagnosed so neither he nor his family knew about it so at least he lived his life right up until he went to sleep. 
I went on a bit of a sticker sneeze here, which isn't my normal style AND no white card stock! Shock horror, call the layout police. Or at least alert the white cs suppliers.
I 💙 it. I learned that sometimes I need to scrap all day so that I try new things, when I only do one, I revert to my go to scrapping. 

The last one is back to type with white cs backed onto a full sheet ✅
I promise there is some kit left, but, yeah, I put most of the rest of it on here. I tried to fill the white space for a challenge to myself but i'm not sure I succeeded, there is a bit left 😀

Sooo, typing this at 23:12 on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August I guess this is my summer in a post. 
It started with a manic amount of work, destructing the bathroom, digging the allotment out, spending a load of money to improve all these things, starting a new job (same position, new store) and investing a lot of time and emotion in so many things my head was pretty scrambled. I tried to make sure that the time I was at work was invested there and the time away from it was clear of it, concentrating on pushing forward on the home projects and any other time was devoted to sleep and rest. I had no energy left for creativity though so I really missed scrapping. I made a few layouts but nothing I loved or was interested in. So this week has been about getting back to that as it feels like therapy. I get a lovely feeling of well-being when I have sat crafting for a while.
And paraphrasing Roald Dahl, If that wasn't nice, I don't know what is.