Thursday, April 17, 2014

What was next on our journey?!

It's wet and wild today, the white horses were fairly jumping down the beach and the sand blast fairly woke both the dog and I up.  It's a tad nippy too.....a perfect day to forget about the jobs, put on the fire and do a little crafting!

I am I boring you with the holiday snaps yet?
Guess this is the modern version of having your friends around for the evening to show them your holiday slides?!
Does anyone remember that?
I used to enjoy playing with my Dad's slide machine just before an evening event of viewing and nibbles....making sure a couple were the wrong way around or upside down, used to make me giggle....the simple things!
It certainly would add a little fun to the evening.

Not so many pictures today as I don't really want to plaster lots of the family over the net....I have picked a couple out for you as a wee taster.

The second park we visited was Disney's Hollywood Studio's.


Now, at all parks there are activities for all ages but I do think this is a good one for older kids.  Lots of rides/attraction like Star Wars, Jack Sparrow, The history of the Movies, Studio tours, The Twilight Zone and Rollickin 'roller coaster to name but a few.
This is also where you are shown all about how props are made, stunts are done, filming, costumes, editing and the history behind Walt himself.


The Rollickin 'roller coaster was my youngest first roller coaster ride and boy what a ride.  I think I even closed my eyes at some points....talk about waking you up with force first thing on a morning!
We did giggle about it once off the ride.  You just really don't expect the start......and I'll leave it at that as I know a couple of you reading this are planning a visit later in the year and I don't want to spoil it.

Next was the haunted house.....I LOVE this ride....it is done so well and waiting in the queue is equally as interesting as there is so much going on. Some of the gravestones will really make you laugh.  Very clever at winding you up before the ride, so much so my youngest refused to do this.


Once you've done the Tower of Terror no ghost ride in this country will ever come close.

This next picture was from a play area for children and related to the film Honey I shrunk the kids.  It was great fun for kids and adult alike. Everything was at mammoth scale, lots of large plants and rubbish, waterspouts, ant runs etc...  At one point I kept hearing sniffing and I said to hubby "can you hear sniffing or is it me?"
It turned out round the corner there was a 6" dog nose.  It did make me laugh.


Final photograph today is of food....now we didn't have one of these apples, I thought they are far too good to eat.  The detailing on the "treats" was amazing and each Disney park had these sort of shops.  As I like to bake I can only dream of getting this final effect....bit like some of the fancy makes you see on Pinterest (they look too good to be real!)



Anyway that is all from me today I plan on an afternoon off today, I have a bespoke card to make and either some crocheting or sewing planned.  More from me tomorrow, enjoy your Thursday.  x

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Our first visit was to Sea World.

Hi folks, not so warm here as it was yesterday and the early morning walk on the beach was "fresh!"
Still working here on that mountain which seems to be never ending so I'm just doing a bit each day.

My excitement yesterday.....not in a good way, was a wee dead bird in the conservatory, bless....who managed to cover everything in poop before giving up on life.  Such a shame as if I had noticed I would have tried to let it out.  Still I have the joys of tidying that later.

The first place we visited in Florida apart from the hotel was Sea World as we were staying in one of their hotels just around the corner.
Sea World has had a lot of bad press of late with regard to their Killer whales but I have to admit I thought the trainers had a good relationship with all the animals at the park, with a real emphasis put on only working with the animals when they want to.  I'm sure some will disagree and I have yet to watch the documentary "Blackfish" behind all the controversy....maybe that may make me change my mind?
One of the arguments seems to be on the size of the tank in relationship to the ocean....which is a strong point but you could say that about most animals in captivity.
Do folk feel the same about animals which have been rescued from extinction purely by breeding programmes in captivity? 
Deep questions for you today folk!
I certainly don't have all the information to be able to make a decision either way.


Personally I think the whales are magnificent and very clever creatures, I enjoyed watching and learning all about them.

The kids had other ideas with two big roller coaster rides to do....the first being The Kraken!


I have to admit to having wobbly legs after this one!  
Talk about being all shook up.  The boys loved it and went back on again and again.  Sorry the picture quality isn't' the best.  It is probably a good thing.

The second was called The Manta....and once seated actually tips you to simulate the position of a Manta ray.  At first I didn't want to do this one especially after having wobbly legs from The Kraken but I'm glad I did, it was a super roller coaster.


The boys loved it too.

My youngest at the start of the holiday didn't want to do any rides!
I know....we didn't know what to do....no amount of encouragement would sway him, but at some point mid first week that all changed and by the end of the holiday he was a roller coaster demon!
I think it just him a wee while to get into the swing of things out there, the heat, food, drink and all the activities.  By the time we had to head home he really just wanted to stay forever!  Kids.

More from me tomorrow enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.  x

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Did you guess correctly? But it wasn't my favourite place!

Hi folks, and yes, some of you guessed correctly.  The family and I went to Orlando in Florida to see "the mouse" although I have to admit it wasn't my favourite place we visited.  What I hear you gasp?!
I know how bad is that?
But there are so many other places out there to visit, with not a mouse in sight!

Today I thought I'd share a few pictures, with many thanks to the photographer at Discovery Cove for them. I must mention that these are for my own personal use and can not be copied, thank you.


Discovery Cove was an all inclusive day out, everything was provided.  A buffet breakfast up on arrival, photo's taken, snacks, drinks, lunch, sun cream , wet suits, snorkel and mask plus towels, shampoo etc...


It was a huge site and the day we were there it wasn't very busy at all. We grabbed beds by the Coral Reef and Ray Lagoon, a pool where you could snorkel with the fish and rays.  It was fabulous, although having not snorkelled before it took a little getting used to at first.
I was soon keeping up with the boys, who use them all the time in the sea here.

My favourite time of the day was heading to Dolphin Lagoon around lunch time to spend a little time with dolphins....yes I know....how magical is that?


Our dolphin was called Latoya and we were warned she was a bit of a diva!  She kept disappearing to play with the other dolphins but the trainers work with that and still give you the same experience with the animal even if you have to wait a little longer for the fun to start.  We got there in the end!
I got a kiss too!  (My youngest wasn't keen but give him his due he did it, but refused to take the picture to school!)
This was the best bit though.......


....my swim with Latoya.

Another thing ticked of my bucket list!


It was a super experience and Latoya was a star performer, she seemed to be enjoying the fun just as much as we were.
This was followed by a super buffet style lunch, I had a Chinese meal followed by red velvet cake!  Well, I was on my holidays.  Yum, yum!
The afternoon was then spent swimming in the tropical river, feeding the birds at the aviary and in the resort pool (complete with bar seats in the water!  Very bizarre!) before more snorkelling at the coral reef to finish.
All in all, a fabulous day out and well worth the ticket.  A lovely relaxing and chilled out day in amongst the dashing and queuing at the theme parks.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I'm back! Can you tell where I've been?!

Hi everyone, did you miss me?!
No crafting has been done over the last couple of weeks, not even a little bit.  Oh my, how many withdrawal symptoms?
I've been busy, very busy having lots of family fun.
I didn't mention what I was up to before hand because you never know who is reading your blog being open to all, you can't be too careful. Now I'm back in sunny Scotland I can share with you.
Let's have some fun first as I've got lots of lovely washing and ironing to catch up on.....the worst part about coming home from holiday....yes I've been on holiday, but can you guess where?

Here's a photo for those of you not on Facebook....who will already know.....


Can you guess?

I'm away to fill up my washing line as the sun is out.
The dog is suitably walked and chilling in the sunny conservatory having also had a fun couple of weeks staying with good friends, I think she had a fab time too.  More of that later.  
She is really clever too, we came home to "welcome home" banners and a card, together with rock and soap made locally in the village! (That is where she has spent her holiday!)

My pal who had looked after the house had also popped essentials in my fridge and flowers in a vase for me.

I am grateful for good friends......you guys know who you are, and I totally intend on repaying your kindness very soon.  x
Whether you like it or not!

That's all from me today.....have you had a guess of where I've been?  
I'm sure you'll get it straight away.
More from me tomorrow.  

Friday, March 28, 2014

Patsy Clairmont-crafting Part 2.....there's also a chilly edge to today's project!



Good morning all, brr it was cold this morning out walking on the beach and wet, not my favourite walking weather but it seems to be brightening up now.

I wanted to share is this video.....the part two from yesterday's "I like to craft!"
When I listened to this yesterday I really did laugh out loud.  
Have you listened to it and  have you had a project like this?!
I have, I planned on making a wreath and loved the idea so much I bought a dozen more wreaths to make as Christmas gifts one year.
Guess how many I made?
Yep, one and I kept it, LOL.  It too so long to make, my hands were sore by the time I finished.....I must find a picture of the culprit and share it with you.....another watch this space!

Back to today's post, it is the last day of school before our local Easter holidays, I would say my last day of freedom for a while but the wee man has been off again this week.  Apparently there is a virus doing the rounds that seems to be lingering and returning.....he isn't really poorly but just off colour and not his usual self. Calpol to the rescue!
As the kids are due their break I have decided to take time away from blogging over the next few days and enjoy some quality family time.  If I do get around to anything crafty I will share it with you but I'm not promising anything.  I intend on getting out and about and having some fun.

Before I go today I wanted to share this with you.  This is a bespoke card made recently for a lady with a very specific brief.....a snowcapped mountain with skis, poles and boots!

I'll see what I can do......

                                                                                                                                .......and here it is.


I think I've fitted the brief don't you?

It only remains for me to wish you all the best over the coming days....if you have children at home, enjoy!
I'll be back soon with more crafty fun.  x

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I'm a crafty woman!



Morning all.  I've been missing in action in the early part of the week.  Lots to do before the kids break up this Friday and a few extra hours at work keeping me out of mischief.

I saw this clip on Facebook today and just had to share it.
At the moment I have to agree with this video............I own crafts just now! :D
It really made me giggle.....so this is to all those unfinished projects.
I'm sure you must have one or two too?

Enjoy your Thursday and I'll be back tomorrow with more.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nifty at 50!

Good afternoon all, have you got that Friday feeling?
I haven't as I'm working all weekend but then I've been off during the week so you can't have it all!
Last night my BBF rang me and said any chance of a plain 50th card for a man for tomorrow?
And why not.  It would be rude not to.


A bit of tartan and layering, personalised and Bobs your Uncle.  Clean and simples!

I caught the dog napping on one of the boys bean bags yesterday, obviously more comfortable than hers. 
You can tell from the look she's giving me that she knows she is not were she should be...one eye open!
Can you guess what she is saying, I reckon....."just ignore her, she'll go away....I'm not really here!"


So cute but then I'm biased.
Have a good weekend, I hope you are up to something fun or interesting.  
Happy crafting if you get chance.  x

Thursday, March 20, 2014

An artist by any other name.

Morning!
A lovely walk along the beach today, dare I say Spring could be on it's way?  Best not.
The kitchen cupboards are all looking a lot cleaner and emptier after a mammoth chuck out....just the appliances to go now and then the larder.   I'm just doing a bit each day in-between other jobs.  Mind you today I have my rope and crampons out and at the ready.....can you tell what I'm going to be doing soon? Boo!

Today I am sharing a bespoke order for an artist who will soon be 70. This chap enjoys painting watercolour land and seascapes so this is what I came up with.


Lots to crack on with today, I will share more later!
I hope you have a great Thursday.  x

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Crafting with friends.

Morning all, still on my knees in the kitchen today, these jobs are always longer than you think that they'll be, aren't they?
Today I thought I'd share a couple of photographs from the crop on Sunday.  Not so many of us this time but we still had a good craft and giggle.


Don't you think the girls look very productive?
We had sewing, knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching as well as card making and scrap-booking, basically anything creative goes.


As you can tell from the photos we like to bring a lot of stuff with us!
Three of us are missing as were behind the camera ooooing and arhing at Tracy's selection of papers that she brought in to share.  
To top it off we had a lovely selection of home bakes this session washed down with lots of tea and coffee, my perfect kind of day!

On that note I better get back into the kitchen.  :(

Monday, March 17, 2014

You hum it, I'll strum it.....can you name that tune?

Did you have a good weekend?
I had a busy day at work on Saturday and then watched the rugby, shame England lost the Six nations to Ireland but what a way for O'Driscoll to end his career in professional rugby.  It was a great competition this year with some very close run matches.

Yesterday I got together with some of my crafting buddies but more of that tomorrow.  Today I am concentrating on yesterday for another very special reason......
It was my eldest boys 15th birthday!
Where did that time go?
He had plans during the day as he has just started doing his Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme so was out with his mates walking and map reading.  He wants to have his friends over for a beach BBQ for his treat so I have suggested leaving that until the weather improves nearer the summer.
It felt really strange not dashing about organising a party of sorts and actually being out crafting too....but he wasn't bothered.  #Growing up!

I decided I would use a rubber stamp from LOTV I bought a while ago to make his birthday card of a little boy playing a guitar, he loves his music. However once I stamped it and coloured it I just wasn't happy with it.....I didn't feel it was grown up enough.  So what to do?
I had a limited time span to play so had a wee look on Pinterest for inspiration.
I must at this point thank Labullard for her inspirational card and set to work on my own version using my trusted dies.


I have used Spellbinder dies Classic circles and Labels 25, plus Sizzix egg dies and SU tag punch, framelits dies & stamps.  I've distressed the edges with tea die and embellishments from my stash. 

This card was great fun to make and I was really happy with the finished article but was was even better my son thought is was fab.

It only remains for me to wish you all the best this Monday I am away for a cup of tea and to make a bespoke card.  Then I have an appointment in the kitchen....new floor fitted at the weekend and the dust!
Kitchen cupboard cleaning time, yawn!  Can you tell how much I love housework?
It so gets in the way good quality crafting time.