Paint & Chronicle….

…a new class by Suzi Blu 🙂 Here is my first attempt at drawing and shading a portrait using the lightest coloured prismacolor pencils I possess! Obviously, a work in progress 🙂

 

 

Journal your Christmas 2012

I have been joining in Shimelle’s class since December 2008 and have really enjoyed journaling, making plans and designing the pages. I didn’t finish last year, as I was going through a bad bout of depression…..my children came up on Christmas Day to make dinner for us all….so I didn’t blog at all and only made a few pages. Looking back at the other years, 2009 was the year I made the best record of what I’d actually done in my journal…two Smilebox presentations showing each page. I hope those of you who have shared your Christmas before will enjoy it and those who are new this year will find some inspiration. The layouts are all 8×8 inches, some double spread, most single. Thank you for visiting and ENJOY! 🙂

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London 2012. The Bus Tour.

The ticket for the bus tour lasts for two days and you can get on and off the bus where you wish to visit the attractions en route. We just wanted to get a general idea of the City because it was such a long time since we visited, so we stayed on the bus and just took a break at a pub along the way to break the journey. It’s not easy taking photos from the bus, as you’ll see when you view the slide show….lots of odd angles and blurred traffic lights!! There was a commentary over headphones, but I can’t remember what a lot of the places were, so I’ve just captioned where I could. I used my camera and my mobile phone and then I’d no batteries left…it was getting near the end of the tour and the light was fading, so it didn’t matter all that much! I feel really cheated though that we weren’t driven past Buckingham Palace and that my mobile phone re-started too slowly to take a photo of Eros in Piccadilly Circus! Hope you enjoy my photos as much as we enjoyed the tour 🙂

 

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Thanksgiving!

I would like to wish all my friends and followers in the USA a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are able to spend it with those you love 🙂

 

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Knitted Mo…..

Wool and needles have arrived at last, so I’ve knitted my first Mo using a pattern from the internet which was very easy to knit 🙂 I need to knit them in different sizes so I have a different Mo for each week so I’ve collected a few patterns together. Some are free so if you have a few oddments of wool, you can easily knit them.

My FAVOURITE find when searching for all these patterns, was Mr & Mrs Tache (see photos above)  from Knitted Toy Box . They have felt Mos but they’re cute anyway!  All the patterns on this blog are delightful, so if you love knitting small toys, it’s worth a visit 🙂

Please visit My Mospace and look out for my photographs and updates. If you are amused by my photos, perhaps you could make a donation to my effort to raise money for mens’ health.

London 2012. Thursday was Fryday…..

All my anticipation and anxious excitement were centred on this one day…..renamed Fryday. I had been looking forward to this trip since Mr Fry tweeted from New Zealand that he was to play Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Globe Theatre in London. I booked the tickets for DH and I immediately that night and then started to plan a holiday in October around the event. We had been Fryophiles from the late ’80s when we slumped on the settee every evening exhausted from working and bringing up two lively children…..this was our chance to relax and have a laugh 🙂 ‘Fry and Laurie’ and ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ were our favourites. So, seeing Mr Fry ‘live’ in a play and seeing a Shakespeare play performed at the Globe were two of my ‘to do’ list ticked off!

The weather was rather grey and misty which meant that my ‘point & shoot’ camera was taking everything by flash, but I did manage to take a few photos before we had lunch at the Thameside Inn. It was a matinee performance so we had to be in our seats by 2pm. When we arrived the excitement of the crowd was tangible and it seemed to take forever to get to our seats for which we paid £32 each plus £1 each for a cushion (DH hired 2…1 for each cheek :)) and £6 each for a backrest…..the seats are wooden benches as they would have been in Shakespeare’s time and were VERY uncomfortable even with the cushion and backrest! At the interval, I almost envied the ‘groundlings’ as they sat on the floor before having to stand again. A little run up and down the steps and round the yard was called for to bring circulation and feeling back to the nether regions of my anatomy!

The play was MARVELOUS and Mr Fry was so lovely, especially in his Wee Willy Winky nightshirt and later his cross-gartered, yellow stockings. All the actors seemed to enjoy the play and there were several standing ovations at the end of the performance….all in all, the stuff of dreams 🙂

One thing that wouldn’t have been there in Shakespeare’s time was the hearing loop….I wear an aid in each ear and when in crowds, I often have to ‘switch off’ because the effect is too confusing but I could hear the dialogue clearly and could even hear the rustling of Mark Rylance’s dress as he seemingly appeared to float around the stage…EXCELLENT!

I very naughtily took a few photos with my mobile, so I have included them in the slide show….they’re not very clear but still, they evoke WONDERFUL memories 🙂

 

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I’m trying to regain my scrapbooking mojo, so today I start this class with the lovely Shimelle 🙂  She has loads of really good creative ideas so I’m looking forward to dusting off my stash and getting some photos on page layouts! Wish me luck 🙂