Friday, 12 January 2018


Good morning 'tis Friday time to clock the silver linings and positive moments

First up is hubby being crazy enough to agree to a winters walk despite the rather poor weather.  We headed up to Yorkshire Sculpture park (just the two of us) and managed a circular route over an hour or so, we didn't go as far as the long gallery but enjoyed the circuit nonetheless.  So we headed out of the main centre down through the sheep filled field

Took a selfie as we headed over the bridge 

Stopped to enjoy the David Nash piece, aptly named The Mound

The sun started trying to peep through as we walked along by the lake, there were loads of gulls enjoying a paddle

and as we got to the other end, the blue skies appeared

We could see the Jaume Plensa piece across the lake, if you look closely you might make out the cows that were making their way across the inlet. 

The clouds had parted by the time we got to the end of the lake

The Antony Gormley piece is still going strong on its extensive column

And the Zak Ove pieces looked shiny like a new pencil from a distance.

There's a new light installation with moving figures on it

And the Ai Wei Wei piece was quiet so I got a photo from a distance, I so love spending time with sculptures

We got a reasonable shot of the rabbit next to the Camelia house

Before meandering back up to the central visitors centre

We walked past the conker trees and the bonfire sculptures

Before heading across the car park past the other rabbit

We wandered past the underground gallery before heading back in the other side of the original visitors building and I had a wander around the Ed Kluz exhibition again as I'm not sure I will get to see it again before it moves on

We had bought said 17 year old some scraperboard following our last visit, which is what this is made of, basically those kits you used to be able to buy with a picture on it, with a black surface that you would scratch away to show gold foil, well they do blank ones with different coloured basis, and these are with a white base.  Having seen how hard they are to do, it made me admire the Ed Kluz work even more!

There are a few giant collage pieces on the main stair case too

I love his use of light and his colours, he really seems to love the dark blues

He has done two three dimensional pieces in the doorway

and I love them both

up close view

I managed to catch up with my Christmas journal and hubby helped me put the book together, here it is all complete

Grateful for some work time to get caught up on assignments if I'm honest.  I managed to complete the one I'd almost finished and the one I hadn't started on one day which I was pleased about. 

Wednesday was my sister's graduation, I didn't get to see her in her cap and gown (as they limit the spaces for these sort of things, my Mum and niece went), but we arranged for a family get together to celebrate, left to right, my Mum, me, niece's boyfriend, said 17 year old, said 17 year old's girlfriend and my superstar sister who graduated for a second time with a PG Diploma in Nursing - clever girl! 

Thursday has been a busy day at work, I was grateful hubby was happy to get on and clean when we got in, it was pretty much done when said 17 year old walked through the door.  

I hope you have had a lovely week and that it has been full of silver linings and positive moments, if you fancy joining in, pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit.  

Sunday, 7 January 2018


Morning lovely people, well I'm determined to make my way through the draft posts I've got lurking from last year, this one was for a wedding last April!  

I used an original Voodoo Vixen (AKA Annette) design on the book, it is one of my favourite tutorials that she has done and it looks so different depending on the papers! 

Hubby made the box for it to go in

I used soft pinks and ivory papers

with lots of space for words and photos

The book 'pulls' out so it looks like this

And here it is in the box

I'm hoping to crack on with more mini books this year, just need to find people to give them to, or maybe I should start trying to sell them?

I hope you are having a splendiferous Sunday

Friday, 5 January 2018


Good morning lovely people, may I wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year, 'tis Friday which means it is time for 

First up - is the snow day we got, it was very pretty and we didn't have anywhere to go particularly which pleased us immensely, it also treated me to my favourite noise, the sound of snow falling, it's the fact it reduces all the other noises to silence that I love so much. 

I had a lovely trudge through blogs the other day, sat with my card from Tink a bar of chocolate from a work colleague and the nicest frothy coffee from hubby's new coffee machine - it is sometimes the little things that we need to take note of. 

We knew we were going to have a quiet New Year, because lil sis who normally has a gathering had done 2 night shifts and then was on days on New Year's day, so there wasn't much chance of having a knees up.  Strangely enough she didn't have a gathering in 2016 either, maybe it was a forerunner to 2017.  So we decided that we'd have a barbecue (yes I know madness itself) and perhaps an outdoor fire and then maybe we'd sit around playing board games and drinking prosecco and then have some plant pot fireworks - well it was a plan, not necessarily a very good plan but it was a plan nonetheless. 

Now anyone in the UK may recall that New Year's Eve was a bit of a wash out and the evening wasn't much better, regardless of this, hubby still set up a makeshift barbecue outside (he decided against using the main barbecue for reasons that became apparent as the evening wore on - it absolutely bounced it down).  Initially he dealt with the rain using the summer parasol, but when even that wasn't helping, he just dragged the makeshift barbecue under the garden shelter and away he went, eventually though, he just handed the burgers back through the window and I finished them off in the pan, sometimes the best laid plans have to be altered to suit the conditions.

Here is crazy hubby at the window, headtorch and all!

We enjoyed the burgers, then played various versions of Monopoly (millionaire and empire versions), before playing Uno and before we knew it, I was sending hubby outside with a lump of coal, a piece of bread and a £1 coin to bring in the New Year through the main door (he let the old year out through the other door that we rarely use).  The chimes of Big Ben rung out (on the TV of course) and he headed in (eventually once he'd finished listening to the bells at the local church).  We sang a very short version of Auld Lang Syne, whilst said 17 year old looked on rather bemused, then we went to look at the gloriously clear night outside (bearing in mind the rain earlier in the evening).  Then we decided to have the plant pot firework party (plant pot due to the size of the garden and the quantity of wood decking versus the size of the fireworks - hubby had been warned no big fireworks!). 

And then after draining the last of the Prosecco we headed up to bed, we had actually had a really rather lovely night!  We got some fab messages from lil bro and said niece and sister woke with the fireworks and wished us a happy New Year as did Mum who had gone to bed early as poorly but was adamant that she would see the new year in, she said she was worried that if she didn't see it in she might not see it out - she got a right royal telling off for that I can tell you).  

Next up Christmas pudding number two, I was very naughty and made a second Christmas pudding this year which needed to be used up, so it got flamed and eaten over several days and was nom.

There was also a chocolate pudding left that needed eating, I mentioned it to said 17 year old, he told me not a problem, I did not expect him to eat it in one sitting - sigh!

On Tuesday as part of my - we really must do something earlier in the year - routine for 2018 and because lil sis was having a day off and because said 17 year old didn't fancy a return visit, me hubby and lil sis went to Chatsworth 

We started as we meant to go on - cake and tea for breakfast - that's how we roll - literally at the moment, I've seen a picture of a seal making its way down to the sea front on Facebook this week and I recognise the movements - really need to sort that out too this year! 

We had a lovely leisurely walk about, I don't know whether it was because a lot of people were back at work, or that many thought it was too late or because it was a rather rainy day, but the house was virtually empty which was bliss.  

I got to admire the Lucy Loveheart illustrations that had been done to compliment the theme at the house this year (Dickens)

I got to have a look at all the houses that Su Blackwell (a local Sheffield artist) had done for the house, I loved this Christmas Carol version

I got to look at my favourite decoration again 

And managed a far better shot of the 'Christmas tree' in Fagin's den, they were playing tracks from Oliver which kept us singing away after we'd left the room, there is something about the track 'consider yourself...' that really sets the brain off isn't there (now it's it your brain isn't it - sorry - I hope it doesn't last all day). 

We discovered this fabulous felted decoration which we hadn't seen the other day, the level of detail were fantastic!

My sister had to point out what this was, we'd seen it the other day and just didn't 'get it' - yes I know it's obvious now but it wasn't the other day 

Don't get it? 

Favourite Scrooge expression?


"Bah humbug!"

The library is one of my favourite places, you can only see into it and the room is always cool, but it is such a beautiful room the day we visited there was someone playing the piano

The dining room was much quieter so I got a better shot of the table

I loved the cobwebby wedding decorations on the backs of the chairs.

The gorgeous chandelier against that stunning ceiling (why is it that chandeliers always brings the Always Fools and Horses scene to mind).

The final room was framed by twin trees that we didn't spot the other day (because they were behind us).

We headed outside where it was still raining, so we grabbed a cuppa and a bite to eat and then the rain stopped, so we managed a wander, we even got up to the grotto garden and had a good walk to blow off those cobwebs

I've set myself a resolution of arting every day, here is a semi circular book I'm currently working on, I received the book in my crafty advent calendar, I've dismantled it and gessoed each and every page and the covers, some in black gesso and others in white gesso, which give a very different finish when you add acrylic paint.  I'm not sure of the end goal for the book but I've enjoyed playing with the book nonetheless and yes I will put it back together once I've finished it (I can't cope with not getting the paint to the edges which is why it had to be dismantled).

I've also been working on some Christmas cards, although at the moment I can't make out whether they can be identified as Christmas cards if I'm honest.  I've used some fabulous Tracy Scott stamps over gelli plated backgrounds.

I've started to add white highlights, oil pastels and some glitter - because glitter obviously makes these Christmassy! 

Other positives from the week, having some time away from work (although I did do one day's work it should only have been a couple of hours, but turned into 5 - whoops). 

Also the hospital being uber efficient when I went for a mammogram on Wednesday, due to family history I have to go every year from the age of 40 for a mammogram, we were in the hospital, cup of tea, mammogram done back in car and away in less than 30 minutes and the lovely lady who took me through was great, far better (and far less grumpy) than the one I had last year. 

Having a slow take down of decorations, we took two trees down yesterday and the stair garland and window lights and have the two main trees and the outside decorations to sort today and then it's back to normal (whatever that is).  The house looks rather bare now it has to be said, but it is also nice to have a good clean through as well. 

Blindspot on TV, we've officially caught up (which now makes me grumpy as there are no new scheduled episodes for us currently), but it has been well worth a watch, and that my lovely people is this weeks rocking moments. 

I hope you've had a beautiful and blessed week and are looking forward to embracing the New Year.

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