Sunday, 26 August 2012

Bank Holiday weather? No accounting for it!

Bank Holiday Sunday has dawned both fine and bright ..... and totally unexpected, especially after the tremendous thunderstorms of yesterday!! YIKES! Hubby's gone flying this morning - there's a surprise!

Stand by for a slightly photo heavy post!!

If you checked in with my blog yesterday then you will know that my hubby and I have enjoyed a few days away with friends. It was lovely, we left on Wednesday and made good time to Essex - even managing a swift drive by shop at the local craft emporium, Imagine That, where I snagged the Dylusions set I have been after since the Newbury Art Stamps show in July, along with a rather tasty sentiment set.

It was a lovely evening so we set off to walk the ½ mile to the restaurant for a fab Indian meal and all headed home stuffed to the brim a little while later.

Thursday morning saw us tucking in to one of the few "full English" breakfasts that we allow ourselves each year - delicious!, before heading back to meet up with our friends. The "guys" headed off to Clacton, for the air show whilst Lauren and I walked back up to Imagine That to take a look at a couple of completed SMASH books as Lauren had set her sights on one of those ..... of course, NOW she's got loads planned in her head!! Then it was back for a couple of hours crafting before we were due to drop one of her sons at the local college where he was set to enrol - having achieved the required grades for the courses he wants to study this coming two years - well done and good luck, Andrew.

We HAD planned to visit the Artbase shop in Hornchurch but found it to be closed down - not sure whether it's even still operating as an on-line store either - such a shame. Nipped back home (Lauren's - not mine!) and on to the internet and found another in South Ockenden which professed to be open on Thursdays according to its site .... guess what? A hand made note on the door declared them to be closed for two weeks! Grrrrrrrrrr, no crafty shopping for us so back to Lauren's for yet more crafting - worked for us though we did adjourn to the garden for a glass of wine and then a second and that was us done really!

Using a Sizzix die, the new crunchy wax Kraft paper, pan pastels and a brad from Costco

Materials used:
  • My A4 journal (recently acquired from Hobbycraft)
  • Pan Pastels in Violet, Violet shade, Magenta, Bright yellow green
  • Stencils
  • Modelling paste
  • Dylusions images inked using Memento: pear tart, rhubarb stalk and Paris Dusk
  • Octopode "Bat Boy" image inked in Memento Paris Dusk
  • Crystal stickles - not that it shows in the photo but, trust me, there's sparkle there!

Of course, it's not finished yet but ......

The guys really enjoyed their day out too - to the tune of over 100 photographs (including one SIX minute video!) so here are some edited highlights of their day too

Wing Walking? Don't think it's for me!

This is the same type of plane the Red Arrows formation team fly

Highlight of the day was a flight by the last airworthy Vulcan in the U.K.
They were pretty tired after such a full on day so we ordered a few pizza's and bits and just "grazed", it was a lovely evening so we sat out in the garden enjoying the summer.

Friday saw Lauren's hubby back at work so the three of us set off for Colchester. My hubby had tracked down a model shop and Lauren had found us a craft shop to visit and "satnag" located both for us - so we were happy. Our craft shop (Birds in the Barn) was situated inside an enormous garden centre and was a fab place to visit for a couple of hours - Lauren and I were like kids in a sweet shop and her basket was filling in under a minute!!! Once we'd done with our craft shopping we wandered round the garden centre and found it to have loads of things of interest including a hairdressers, grocery/deli section as well as a nice coffee shop cum restaurant where (once joined by my hubby once more) we all hugely enjoyed their cheese scones! HOWEVER, before leaving we simply had to return to Birds in the Barn where Lauren wanted to pick up just a couple more bargains!! Ooopsie! then it was home to Lauren's once more and she cooked us a delicious Moroccan lamb dish featuring the freshest aubergine (purchased at the garden centre) - and it was during this process that we discovered neither of their three dogs likes aubergine!

Though they sure look keen to try the aubergine, don't they?

Have a great Sunday - I'm off to try to find homes for all my stash and then start on my homework or some challenges ...... this is what Lauren HAD planned we should work on but ........ time just got away from us!!!

The projects we had meant to work on but which have now become homework!!!


scrappyjacky said...

Or maybe it was all the wine that got away with you!!!!!!

clare said...

fab projects, new stash looks great! enjoy your homework, looks fun! x

Cheryl said...

oh loving the new stash Hun,and as for the flower oh its lush,and love,the,colours on the collage,you have done,great photos,too Hun no not for me wing walking either,but could do with a full English ,he he,hugs Cherylxxxxxx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Great post and great pic's.

Sarn xx

My name is Wynneth said...

I'm deeply envious of your yummy new stash and your flower is fabulous. I have some of the crackle paper, must try using it !! Sounds like you had a wonderful time (just so sorry to miss it) great pix from the boys' day out too. Thanx for sharing.

Debs x said...

i can see the pics now (in google chrome), love that journal page! sounds like you all had a fabulous time x

SHARY said...

Sounds like you had a fab time Kathy loving the Dylusions stamps.x