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Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Happy Christmas

Hi,

We saw this brilliant image of a snowman at a local small market garden shop we pass when we go shopping and I just had to take a photo,  hes made of tyres and painted white,  what a brilliant idea.

I would like to wish all my friends and followers around the world a Very Happy Christmas,   hope you all have a lovely christmas.

Margaret

Sunday, 22 December 2019

1,000 post - Its snowing snowflakes


Hi,
This is my 1,000th post since I started my blog,  it seemed to just suddenly creep up on me,  I am going to do a giveaway after the New Year that will give me time to finish the item I am going to giveaway.  I am going to keep you guessing what it might be,  its not tatting or card making related,  but if you are a regular reader of my blog you might just guess what it might be.
Land of Laces started a challenge of 25 snowflakes before christmas,  well I have not made the 25 rather fell very short of the 25 but these are the ones I have made,  there are a lot of new patterns this year,  and they are ready destined to be made in 2020.
All the snowflakes have been made with Lizbeth thread no 20 in white



 No 1 This is one of my favorites its called Wheel of Nine Rings


No 2  This is the snowflake from Renuleks snowflake mat she designed in 2013
 No 3  This is a new design by Muskaan November 2019,  I made the small one from the design but I felt it worked up just too small for my liking,   I have since found out that Lizbeth thread seems to be thinner than it should be at the moment and this was made from a new ball.   I then made it again but made more rings which turned into a circle.




No 4   the Twelfth day of December from the book 24 Snowflakes in tatting





 No 5 Diane’s snowflake no 3 from 11 September 2012




No 6  The Eleventh day of December from the book 24 Snowflakes in Tatting











No 7.  Twinkle Twinkle by Joelle from leblogdefrivole.blogspot.com


No 8 The Third day of December from the 24 Snowflakes in Tatting

No 9 Graces first snowflake  by Grace Tan December 2012


No 10 My own Snowflake design,  Taj Mahal Snowflake








Over the the years I have enjoyed my blog and hopefully will continue to blog for many more years to come,  In the New Year I will be doing a giveaway to celebrate this 1,000 post.

Margaret

Sunday, 8 December 2019

CD Sunday Plus Challenge # 25 Christmas Prize Challenge


Hi,
This is the last CD Sunday Plus Challenge for this year and we are doing a special challenge for Christmas with a Prize for the winner., This challenge is open until 21st December.
My card for this challenge is a download from Debbi Moore Website,  if you are a member or join the website Debbi Moore gives away downloads regularly and there are some downloads which you can buy for a small charge,  this is one of her free downloads
I really love this image which I used with the backing paper,  I matted the image onto Hunydory gold brushed miri card (I think by now you know I love this card)  and decoupaged the image several times.   I made a poinsettia from Debbi Moore's poinsettia dies which I did in glitter blue card to match her dress and white card making a spray with a blue feather and blue ribbon.  I used a Hunydory base card in blue with gold lines running through it.  I finished off the card with the Merry Christmas sentiment which came with the download and gold peel offs.

The team and me would like to wish our followers and those who enter our challenges a very happy Christmas and New Year.

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, 28 November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi,

To all my American friends and followers I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving .

Margaret

Sunday, 24 November 2019

CD Subnday Plus Challenge # 24 Anything goes


Hi,
Nearly to the end of year, gosh this year has gone quick,  its time for another challenge at the CD Sunday Plus challenge and this fortnight Carol is hosting,.
For my card this fortnight I used Janet Kruskamp the collection CD, by Joanna Sheen.  I used an  image and matching backing paper,  I matted the image onto dark blue card and then onto Hunydory gold brushed miri card.  added two flourishes and a ribbon bow I made.


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, 20 November 2019

Happy birthday Vernon



Hi

Happy birthday to my husband today,  I made this easel card from the American Frontier CD by Joanna Sheen. Using the image and matching paper.
I tatted a dream catcher and attached it to the card.

Margaret

Monday, 11 November 2019

Sunday, 10 November 2019

CD Sunday Plus Challenge - # 23 Anything goes


Hi,
Another fortnight has gone and nearly the end of the year,  The challenge for the CD Sunday Plus Challenge,  this fortnight Jocelyn is hosting and again its anything goes.
My card for this challenge I used an image and backing paper from House Mouse Triple CD no 3 winter by Joanna Sheen.  I love House Mouse and this is one of their lovely images.  I matted the image on pink miri card and then onto dark blue card along with the two sentiments that came with the image and  finished off with a ribbon bow I made.

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, 6 November 2019

Travelling Lace part three


 Hi,
This is the final part of the travelling lace,   she been out about in Somerset with me over the last couple of months,  I am waiting to hear form the next lady who going to have her so I can send her on her way for her next adventure.
We went to Mells and this small  stone building in the centre of Mells is reputed to be where Little Jack horner sat eating his Christmas Pie,  The earliest Version of "Little Jack Horner" dates back to the 18th century.
This is Vernon holding her up for me to take a picture,  only it didn't work


We went back through Kilmersdon and I managed to stop and take a picture of this thatched cottage who had its thatched roof redone recently and on the top of the roof they have built two figures of Jack and Jill and they even have one holding a small bucket.
Kilmersdon is recorded in the Domesday book.which dated back at least 1,000 years,  most of the village dated back to the 19th centruy

We took a trip out passing the Glastonbury Tor,  unfortunately Lacey decided not to co-operate in taking a picture of her and folded back over my hand as I took the picture of the tor,  while Vernon was driving,    on  this road there was no where to stop to actually take the picture.
On our way back we drove through Pilton and I managed to get this picture of the centre of Pilton with Lacey.
The Glastonbury music festive is actually just outside the village of Pilton, and Pilton is about five miles from Glastonbury,

We had to go back to Castle Cary,  and I managed to get parked and take a couple of photos,  the top one is the Horse pond,   the horse pond which is said to be part of the moat to the castle,  The first castle was besieged in 1138 and again in 1152,  originally made of a timber frame  and would have been built by the Normans.   Today no is sure where the actual castle was.  The history of Cary appeared after the Norman invasion in the 11th century,  but there is evidence of  occupation before that.
The Horse pond was used where they had horse and wagons and the horses where driven into the pond for a cool off and drink,  Its fed by underground streams,  having only lived a few yards away with an underground stream under the stone cottage I rented,  I can say in winter after heavy rain there was some dampness.
The bronze swan was put in the pond in 2001 for the millennium year 2000,  I watched as they lowered the swan in place,   Years ago there was a pair of swans living on the pond but after the mink killed them,  they were not replaced instead this bronze was put in the pond.  There is fish in the pond but don't think about catching them,  the locals would soon chase anyone off for stealing the fish.
The other picture on the side if looking up the high street.  There are many listed buildings in Cary,  it is a market town rather than a village.   One factory still exists in Cary and that is the horse hair factory making cloth from horse hair and is said to be the only left in England.  When you see some of the chairs and furniture in stately homes or in the royal palaces the fabric will have been made in  Cary.




This is the last picture of Lacey before leaving me and I thought it would be nice to show her with my heirloom cloth,  this tatted lace doily which was made by my fathers mother is over 100 years old,  is in good condition even through I washed in the washing machine.   

I hope you enjoyed this post and some of the history of Somerset.

Margaret

Sunday, 27 October 2019

CD Sunday Plus Challenge - # 22 Anything goes ( Debbi Moore)


Hi,
As usual our challenge this fortnight is Anything goes as long as its from a CD, USB or a Digital material.
This fortnight I am hosting the challenge for CD Sunday Plus, I meet Debbi Moore at a craft show in Shepton Mallet in April,   we the team were  delighted to have been given from Debbi Moore CDs to work from for this challenge,  we as a team thank Debbi Moore for her generosity.
Because we have used Debbi Moore’s CDs this is still anything goes challenge but I you would like to use one of her CDs, USBs or one of her downloads from her web site please feel free to do so.
For my card I have used the Once upon a Fairytale CD,   there are some beautiful images on this CD,  I actually made this card into a christmas card,  using the image and a backing paper from the CD,   I used the snowflake die by Chloe and cut two splitting them in half placing one each side of the image and them on the sides of the card,  I used Hunydory silver brushed miri card to cut them out with,  I place a spray of dark blue roses and foliage with blue ribbon at the bottom of the card and finished the card off with blue ribbon and a silver peel off.


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, 17 October 2019

Parga Train to waterfall and the Museum

Hi,
We decided to go on a train ride in Parga to the Watermill and Museum,   It was a hot day and the ride was lovely to go up into the hills that surround Parga.
This is us sat waiting for the train to go and the girl guide took our picture for us.

The views of the bay were lovely but hard to photo as every so often a tree would get in the way.



This is the weatermill,  the owner of the mill was there giving a talk on how the mill milled the corn into flour,   the picture below is the grinder were the corn would fall into and how the water from the hills was used to work the grinder.




Unfortunately I was not able to walk up to the waterfall,  the lane up to the waterfall was very steep and rough,  I sat in the shade while Vernon negotiated the way to and back down to the Museum.
He took these pictures of the waterfall the first one is the top and the second is the bottom





Here are some pictures of the garden in the Hotel just thought I would take a few as they had some beautiful plants.







Well thats finishes off our Holiday for this year,  its been a year of travel  starting with Norway and the Northern Lights and two visits to Greece,  I do hope you have enjoyed our travels

Margaret

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