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Sunday, 18 August 2019

CD Sunday Plus Challenge # 17 Summer Holidays - Prize challenge



Hi,
Welcome to another challenge for the CD sunday plus challenge and this fortnight we are doing a Summer Holidays special of which there will be a prize.  I am hosting the challenge this fortnight.
We have news at CD Sunday,  there will now be a significant difference to this,  and all future challenges,  because the team is taking this opportunity to tell you that they decided that in order to move more with the times we will have digital downloads, USBs and 
CDs as permitted source material.  Therefore from now on we will be known as CD Sunday Plus.
As before we will still need to know where the material used came from so please include this in your project description wherever possible.
Generally we will continue with our Anything Goes themes but sometimes we may throw something with a twist just to add some variety or celebrate an occasion.

For my card I used Art Deco Summer Moments Cd by Debbi Moore,  this is a beautiful CD.  It is a similar card I did for the her competition a back in June,  but this card I did her dress in pink,  again using the background that went with her.
I did a spray using the Ivy die by Joanna Sheen,  added a feather (which I forgot on the competition card)  pink ribbon and some pink ribbon roses from stash.  To finish off I glittered the trees.

CD Sunday Plus challenge has a Facebook page for those who would like to enter the challenge and do not have a blog,   here is a link to the page

I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Plus Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD, USB or digital material no matter how small and let us know where and what you used the material from.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Plus Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend



Margaret




Friday, 16 August 2019

Wedding Anniversary





Hi,

Today is our 17th Wedding Anniversary  and its fallen on a friday which is the day we got married,  it does not seen like 17 years,  the years have flown by its feels like  only yesterday we got married.  We have been through a lot with my operations and cancer treatment hopefully its all behind us now.
I made this card for Vernon its not the original die I wanted to use,  as the one I wanted to use would not go through my machine,    I hope he likes his card,  I dont think its my best effort but i'm in a lot of pain at the moment with my hip.
The backing card is from Hunkydory and the small heart dies were free from Paper inspirations,  the large heart die I got from Amazon,  its a very pretty die, I finished off the card with gold peels offs and a small spray of pink roses and matching ribbon.
Margaret.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Skiathos




Hi,
We went to Skiathos in June, and this has taken a time to write up,  hope you enjoy this post about our lovely holiday.  We really enjoyed our holiday on the island.   Its just off the main land of Greece in ;the Aegean Sea,  its  a beautiful island and part of the Northern Sporades group of Islands.  These islands are famous for the film Mamma Mia that was filmed in these island.  The second Mamma Mia film was not filmed there as the Freeks and the film company could not agree a price, although the chirch is the same in the both films the second film was filmed in Croatia. 


We stayed at Achlades at the Hotel Esperades, which is right on the beach,  we had a sea view room and this is a picture from our room.





The Water taxi (red boat) lands on the beach within a yard of the hotel.  The cost of the water taxi to Skiathos was 3 euro each way.  We went to Skiathos on the bus walked down the hill in the town to the harbour and got the water taxi back to the hotel.  There is only one road on the island and 25 bus stops.  The island is only occupied on the south sider as its too windy in the winter on the north side so they live on the south side of the island.


We did a 4 x 4 trip on the island it’s actually one of the best ways to see the Island,  but it is off road in every sense of the word,  once off the only real road of the island you are then on unofficial roads.  To be honest we have farm tracks that are better than what they call roads,  pot holes were like creators and ruts well they were like canyons.  I kid you not even in these beautiful 4 x 4 cars the going was rough and he could only drive quite slow as you ventured around the north side of the island,  to places the bus would not even go,

First we stopped at the castle unfortunately the walking was hard and the first part was uneven cobbles,  then onto a rocky sandy path which I was unable to go any further,  these are a few pictures of where we stopped for a while before walking back to the cars.






 Next stop was the Evangelistria Monastery only two monks live in this beautiful monastery,  the grounds were well kept and the flowering plants and fruit trees.












We did go inside the church picture on the left,  but we were not allowed to take photos of the inside,  









These are some photos of the monastery and the outside of the church.   They had a photograph exhibition on, Alexander Lamont Henderson and hie 1904 Holiday snaps.  We did not go into the exhibition as it was so hot we stayed in the shade of the gardens.









We then had lunch at Platanos which is a Panoramic View Restaurant,  the views were fabulous,  and these are some pictures that we took while having lunch.  I had my favourite meal of Moussaka,  and it was one of the best I have ever tasted.



 This is us waiting for our meal,  it was a very hot day as they were having a heatwave at the time we visited the island,


In the afternoon we drove on to two different beaches,  there was very few people in these beaches as they are what can only be described as off the beaten track,  the first one I can’t remember it’s name but the second one was Mandraki beach,  we had a drink at the hut on the beach while some of the other went for a swim.   It was a lovely day out and saw some of the island that we would not have seen.



Skiathos town has a busy port,  part of the port is in the Mamma Mia film.  There’s a fair bit of history to the island and of course during different periods of history it’s been invaded by the Romans, Venetian and Turkish,  before the protocol of independence of Greece which was signed in London in 1830 which included Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and surrounding uninhabited islands making it part of Greece.  During the Second World War Skiathos town was almost totally destroyed by German bombs during the Nazi occupation of Greece.  During the difficult years the people of the islands risk their lives to help allied solders hide and then escape.
Today the town of Skiathos is the capital of Skiathos,  the airport is beside the town,  which has the shortest runway in Europe.   We were lucky if the airplane has a full load they can’t refuel completely so they have to refuel on the way home,  as our plane going home was not full they were able to take on enough fuel to fly all the way home.   As planes land on the island you actually go very low over the sea,  almost touching it before touching down.
We enjoyed our holiday and would recommend it to anyone,  it’s a very green and beautiful island,  and there are trips to the other islands to see the places in the Mamma Mia film,  this visit we did not do these trips but perhaps next time we will,  we do intend to go back one day.
Margaret

Sunday, 4 August 2019

CD Sunday Challenge # 16 - Anything goes using something from a CD


Hi,
Time for another challenge at CD Sunday challenge blog and this fortnight it is hosted by Wynn.  As usual the challenge is anything goes.
For this challenge I used the Royal Horticultural Society CD by Joanna Sheen,  for the image and the backing paper  I printed the whole sheet out which gave me more orchids for the spray beside the image, plus I also decoupage the image.  I matted the image on Hunydory gold bushed miri board.  I finished off the card with a feather in the spray and ribbon.

CD Sunday challenge now has a Facebook page for those who would like to enter the challenge and do not have a blog,   here is a link to the page

I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend

Margaret

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Another babys Knitted cardigan and hat


Hi,
Before this really hot weather set in,  I made another babys cardigan and matching hat,   this was a bit wool I had to use up and I enjoyed knitting this wool.   I have knitted this wonderful pattern quite a few times and always looks good when I finish it,  The pattern is by Marianna and this is her famous top-down cardigan with sleeves.

 The hat is also her pattern but I changed the pattern to match the cardigan.   I knitted it in this random colour double knitting wool for the size of is a 0 to 3 month old baby.  I have no idea the make of the wool as I was using up some from stock.
If you want to see more of Marianna knitting she has a blog and her is link blog


Margaret. 

Sunday, 21 July 2019

CD Sunday Challenge # 15 anything goes using something from a CD


Hi,
Time for another CD Sunday challenge,  this time it is hosted by Jane.
For my card I used a piece of backing paper from Glitter and Glitz Art Deco Christmas by Debbi Moore.   My image is rather special to me,  this is a photo I took of the Northern Lights on the 30th January this year on our cruise in Norway.  I put the image slenting because it came the sense of moment which the northern lights do across the sky.  I matted the image on the Hunydory Silver bushed miri card.  The trees are a die from Creative Expressions winter trees which I used glitter card from Craftshash.  To finish off I add the santa Reindeer,  made a silver ribbon bow and added a happy christmas peel off.   The reindeer added a memory to us as  on the cruise,  its like beef but has an earthy taste.

CD Sunday challenge now has a Facebook page for those who would like to enter the challenge and do not have a blog,   here is a link to the page

I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend

Margaret

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Baby’s knitting



Hi
Sometimes you just fancy something different and it use up a bit of wool,  well this was the case with this baby’s top and hat.  I have knitted this wonderful pattern quite a bit and always looks good when I finish it,  The pattern is by Marianna and this is her famous top-down cardigan with sleeves.


 The hat is also her pattern but I changed the pattern to match the cardigan.   I knitted it in pale blue and the size of is a 0 to 3 month old baby, knitted in double knitting wool.  I have no idea the make of the wool as I was using up some from stock.
I have just finished another one which I will post when I have seen it up and sewn on the buttons.
If you want to see more of Marianna knitting she has a blog and her is link blog


Margaret.