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Sunday, 13 October 2019

CD sunday Challenge Plus # 21 Anything goes

Hi,
Time for another challenge at CD sunday plus,  again its anything goes,  as long as its something from either a CD, USB or a digital material,  this fortnight the challenge is hosted by Wynn.

For this challenge I used the Sunflower CD by Debbi Moore,  this is a beautiful CD I recommend it has some beautiful images on it.  I used several images off one sheet and placed them in a paper doily adding a ribbon down the side and matching bows at the top of two images,  plus two sentiments that were on the same sheet.  The backing paper came with the images I was going to use folded for a change,  well there is a fold on one side but when crafting things never quite work out how you think.  I wanted to make something different and I think I achieved it with this card.


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

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Travelling Lace in Greece




Hi,
Another post with the Lacy the Travelling lace,  she came with us to Parga Greece and had a great time using her in the photos,  some of you will have seen some of the photos of Parga already but these are similar or the same but with lacy in.

This shows Parga castle on top of the hill,  there was no way I could walk up to the castle as it was steps all the way up and they were steep most of the way.


These are a few of Parga harbour and bay,
My husbands hand got in the picture a few times its not easy to hold a piece of lace and take a photo,  I kept getting her to near the lens as you can see in pone or two of them

We took a train ride up to the watermill and Museum    not the best idea first I had trouble getting onto the train as it was high up,  (i'm only short)  but I managed it in the end and then when we got to the watermill where they used to ground wheat for flour using the power of water.   There was a steep path up to the waterfall,  Lacy and I stayed in the shade while Vernon walked up to the waterfall for some photos.  He took the picture of the waterfall.


Well that was our Journey with her to Greece shes been out and about again with me in Somerset but I will have to send her on her way to the next member of Craftree  for next venture soon.
Margaret





Sunday, 29 September 2019

CD Sunday Challenge Plus # 20 Anything goes

Hi
Time for another challenge at CD sunday plus,  again its anything goes,  as long as its something from either a CD, USB or a digital material,  this fortnight the challenge is hosted by Jane,

For this challenge I used the Roses CD by Robert Addams,  I did have trouble with this CD and windows 10,  I only got the rose image and a decoupage piece for the rose I could not get a backing paper,  rather than waste the image I have made this card into a CAS,  i matted the image onto embossed ivory card,  and decoupaged the rose, adding a bow and 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

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Parga ( Mainland Greece)



Hi                                                                                                           We have just come back from a lovely holiday in Parga which is in the main land north western part of Greece opposite Corfu.              Parga lies on the Ionian coast.  Its a very green and lovely town, plenty of shops and restaurants.We stay in the Villa Coralli Hotel picture above and at the side here,  It was a lovely hotel with only 20 rooms small clean and very friendly.
  
 Views from our Balcony of the bay of Parga



 This is a view of the castle at the top of the hill,  no way could I walk up there as its steep with steps all the way.
It was used to protect the town from Invasions and built in the 11th century by the residents of Parga.  I\t has a checker history and before reconstruction in 1572 by the Venetians,  the turks demolished it once again,  The Venetians built it for the third time and last time making it stronger fortress and it stayed impregnable until 1819.  It was sold to the Ottomans,  today its a ruin.

This is a glass bottom submarine that goes around the bay and rocky islands,  I say its red and Vernon says its orange,  I will leave you to guess its colour.

 Here are some pictures of the bay and the rocky islands surrounding





Every night we had these gorgeous sunsets,  this picture was taken from the restaurant where we had an evening meal most nights,











Parga by night taken from our balcony 





Just so you know,  here we are enjoying a quite drink
We did a train ride which I will do another post about in the meantime I hope you enjoy the pictures of our holiday

Margaret

Sunday, 15 September 2019

CD sunday Plus Challenge - # 19 Anything goes

Hi,

Time for another challenge at CD sunday plus,  again its anything goes,  as long as its something from either a CD, USB or a digital material,  this fortnight the challenge is hosted by Carol.

For this card I found an image on Pinterest for the Queen of Hearts and used a backing paper from Click Print and Go My craft studio. I matted the image onto silver bushed miri card from Hunydoiry and t hen onto a dark blue piece of card.  The die cuts were from a friend which I silvered and finished off with a silver bow.

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

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Travelling Lace



Hi,
On Craftree one lady produced  a piece of tatted lace which  is travelling the world,  and it’s my turn to have Lacy as she is called.  Eventually the owner of the lace is going to make up a book about her travels.
I live in Somerset so she been travelling around Somerset with me,  and at the moment she in Greece.

Firstly she went to Castle Cary.  Castle Cary is a small market town,  I took a picture with her of the roundhouse.  The roundhouse was an 18th Century prison,  this is a temporary prison or village lock up built in 1779 for £23.00 from money left to the poor of Castle Cary in 1805.  It is a circular stone structure and has a domed roof, 7ft in dia., and 10 feet high with two iron grills for ventilation, no windows and of course no electric as in those days there was no electric.





Her next journey took her to Wells.  Wells is an historic and Medieval city and the smallest city in England,  famous for the 13th Century Cathedral.
The picture is the Bishops Place Gate,  leading to the Bishops place unfortunately I could not walk any further due to server pain in my hip,  The Bishops place has been home of the Bishops and the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years,  construction started in 1210 and is a grade one listed English Heritage buildings.





This is a picture of the Town hall in Well market Place,  fans of Poldark will recognise this building as it was used in the filming of the series of Poldark which unfortunately has now finished and the last episode was last Sunday and there will be no more.







And finally she visited Kilmesdon,  home of Jack and Jill the nursery rhyme.









Shes in Greece now next part of her journey when I get home

Margaret

Sunday, 1 September 2019

CD sunday Plus Challenge # 18 - Anything goes




Hi,
This year is flying and its time for another challenge from the CD Sunday plus ,  we now accept not only CDS but also USB and digital material as long as you say where the material is from,  this challenge is hosted by Jocelyn.
By the time this post is published I will be on my way to Greece,
For this challenge I have used Pet set CD by La Pashe,  the Bounding Schnauzer image and backing paper,  I matted the image on silver Hunydory silver bushed miri card. The small hearts dies under the tatted lace die Pets make paw prints in our hearts was a free gift from Paper Inspiration.
I finished off the card with silver peel offs and a red 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

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Tai Mahal Snowflake




Hi,
Introducing my new pattern this is the Taj Mahal snowflake,  its taken a little practice and working out over the last month but I finally got there,  I still have the pattern to write out and get it tested,  Its not an easy pattern it really is an advance pattern for experienced tatters.


This is a beaded version of the snowflake,  on this version I did not do the split chain and instead it is a Josephine ring with a bead in it



I do hope you like my snowflake,   I will let you know when the pattern is written up and tested.


Hope you are having a lovely bank holiday weekend with this beautiful hot weather

Margaret



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