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Sunday, 18 October 2020

Sailing birthday

Hi,

Making birthday cards for men can be quite hard,  so when I needed a birthday card this week,  I used the Plain Sailing pad by Hunkydory,   These images are beautiful and after choosing one I used two pictures and decoupaged the image.  I used a grey A4  Adorable Scorable Hunkydory card and folded in half,  Matted the image on pale blue card I finished off the card with gold peel offs in the corners,  using a strip of of pale blue card to place a happy birthday peel off. 

I wanted something simple and not too fussy.  I am pleased with the result and hope our friend will like his card.

Margaret
 

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Test tatting snowflakes


 Hi,

I have had the pleasure of test tatting some snowflakes for. Robin (Tatting by the bay),  she has a new book which will be sold on her Etsy page,  called Four Dozen Tatted Snowflakes.  Robin gave me permission to show you these snowflakes early.  She is hoping to release the book around the 20th October.

The patterns are not only beautiful designed,  most are easy to tat,  and the diagrams are very clear and easy to follow with also the written pattern.

I tatted mine in Lizbeth thread white no 20,  they are no 8,  24,  and no 42,   I also tatted no 42 in a new thread called  Cranberry Bush size no 20,  it’s reds and green are very much in the Christmas colours.

I hope to tat more of these and will show you more as and when I have some to show you.

Margaret 


Sunday, 11 October 2020

CD Sunday Challenge - Anything goes # 46


Hi,

Time for another challenge at CD Sunday,  as always its anything goes  as long as its from a CD, USB,  or digital material,  the host this fortnight is me.

I thought I would make a very different card,  a gate fold card,  difficult to photo so there are three photos.  I used Hunkydory embossed card as the base,  which does not show up at all,  For the image and backing paper I used Roses CD by Robert Addams,  I matted the image onto Hunkydory gold miri card,  the same card \i used for the butterflies.  The dies I used are Apple blossom rose butterfly and the rose panel wrap,  I cut the rose panel in rose pink card,  and the butterflies in Hunkydory gold bushed miri card,  there are three butterflies in all,  with small pearls on their bodies.  I put gold accents in the roses middles on the panel.  The sentiment is from Art Deco Romance CD by Debbi Moore  which I matted onto the same gold miri card.  Finished off with pink ribbon.

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

 

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens


Hi,

Recently we visited The Abbotsbury Subtropical gardens in Abbotsbury Dorset,  We have a lovely walk around,  of course it was social distancing and they had a one way system which meant some of the garden was roped off,  

The gardens were established in 1765 as a kitchen garden for the nearby castle,  it is now a 30 acre magnificent garden  filled with rare and exotic plants from around the world.  some of the plants were first introductions into this country discovered by plant hunting descendants. 

Some of the sculpture was from Alice in wonderland as you will see in some of the photos,  


We found this sculpture in a corner of the garden of Peter rabbit,  I love Peter rabbit so I had to take this photo.

The gardens are beautiful with banana plants and ferns,  Japanese maples, and ornamental grasses,  unfortunately we took the shorter routs due to me not being able to walk far,  it was a lovely day sun shining and a really enjoyable walk,  pity that part of the gardens were roped off giving just a one way walk around. 


This was as little area with a grass lawn and fountain at the far end,  with this lovely display.    Just one of the little areas the as you walked around you walked into.

Below is a picture of a goose we found nestled in the foliage


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 This plant I really like but it did not have a name and I would love to find out what it is,  and if possible buy one for my garden,  If you do know please let me know in the comments.


The gardens are open all year round and well worth a visit if you are on the South coast in Dorset 

Margaret

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Cross stitch Indian

Hi,

I remembered this morning I have never shown this cross stitch picture before anywhere, I made this for my husband before we got married. He had taken me to a country and western night which they were all dressed up at Indians. I had no idea what to give him for his birthday, when I saw this kit, it was one of the hardest cross stitch pictures I have done but worth it measures 5 x 6 inches.  I framed it and he loved it, it’s still on show in our lounge the first picture shows it in the frame and the other a close up.

Margaret 


Thursday, 1 October 2020

Cruise ships in Weymonth Bay

Hi

Recently we had a few days away in Weymouth Dorset,  it was nice to get away and have a different four walls just for a week.    While we were there I took these pictures of the cruise ships at anchor in the bay.
Due to the virus these ships are let’s say resting, although they have a skelton crew on board no doubt doing repairs and looking after the ships.
I know the pictures are not great unfortunately these are the best 
This is a list of ships we saw
Aurora.                   -   P and O
Jewel of the Seas.   =. Royal Caribbean line
Queen Elizabeth.     -  Cunard 
 Britannia.                 -  P and O
 Queen Victoria.        -  Cunard 
 Marbella Explorer 2 -  TUI
          


It is sad to see these ships at anchor and not cruising the high seas, No doubt these ships will sail again, until then there is a little ferry in Weymouth taking people out to see the ships but they won’t get that near as there is an exclusion zone around the ships of 50 meters.

Margaret 

Sunday, 27 September 2020

CD Sunday Challenge - Anything goes # 45


Hi,
Time for another challenge at the CD Sunday challenge blog and as usual its anything goes as long as its from a CD, USB, or digital material,   this fortnight the challenge is hosted by Wynn.

For my card this fortnight I used a free image from Google,  the backing paper came from Something for everyone CD by La Pashe,  I matted the card onto back card and printed out a couple of images and decoupaged the quad bikes.   This card was for my husbands nephew  birthday who has a quad bike,  and into cars and bikes etc.

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