Monday, 28 December 2009

Hi there!

Hello Pamkez- glad you dropped by and welcome to my blog:)

Saturday, 26 December 2009


 I have been spending odd moments putting something together along the lines of late winter.
The file is 43mb. Is a download of this size large enough to put you off downloading? I'd appreciate comments either way. It would not take too long to redo kits at 200 rather than 300 ppi.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Hummies Course

Here is a preview of my "kit in progress"

Participants in the course at "Hummies World" are sharing their work to date. Anyone is welcome to take a look, but there is not much in it yet!

Friday, 11 December 2009


A big welcome to you Jackie- thanks for coming to see my blog. I read your post and it would be great if you could join in the Hamper challenge. You can read all about it in the forum at DSP (you would have to become a DSP member, but it is free to join and there is loads going on there). The Hamper will be filled with goodies from participants and the items do not need to be digital. It could be something simple like a typed document of a recipe. The hamper will go to all who take part. Hope to see you playing along.

Thursday, 10 December 2009


I was looking through some older kits of mine and came across a Christmas one, so thought I would share it.

Christmas Past

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Hello Folks

Just a quick post to say hello and welcome to SBQ (Paintedgal) and to Elaine. I don't know either of you, but I'm pleased you have come visiting:)

Over at DSP, I have posted a new challenge "Christmas Hamper" All who contribute to the hamper will receive the full hamper later, and I hope that it will be fun taking part. This is not just a scrapping/digital challenge.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Crispy Christmas Freebie

I'm so pleased to be joining in the Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies This is the first time I have taken part.  About 50 people have contributed freebies to spread goodwill and bring some Christmas cheer.
Here is a link to my contribution "Crispy Christmas".

There are going to be lots of goodies to hunt for.
Thanks to Dutchsparky for organising this.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Don't miss this!

Silver Healer is offering a most beautiful kit for free. It is called "Christmas in the City"- a seasonal kit with an unusual twist. You will find the link on her site "Sweet Maple Designs"

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Working on brads

For Hummie's World design class, the current lesson is on making perfect brads with no jagged edges in sight. Here are mine, keeping within the theme and colour scheme I have chosen.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Weekend away in Cambridge

It was a windy weekend with trees being blown over. Here are a few views around Cambridge taken between the showers.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009


Welcome to my blog Catherine:)

Most of the trees round here are coniferous, so there isn't much autumn leaf colour, but I did find one tree strutting its stuff:

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Busy Day

My busy day again, so just a quick post to say welcome to Mary (that's two Marys here now) and to Isabella and Nancy.

I've taken my Christmas "Elf Yourself" video off now- I'll make another next year.

Monday, 9 November 2009

New Sunday Scrappers Challenge

Hi Mary- thanks for coming to look at my blog:)

For those who missed the chat last night, Stitchmich gave us some word art to use in a new challenge. There is a bonus of more great word art for all who take part.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Sunday Scrappers

I co-host an on line chat called "Sunday Scrappers"  over at DSP chat room.  You can sign in as a guest. All are welcome to attend a friendly hour chatting to people from Europe and USA, sometimes early rising down-unders manage to come too. We meet at 3pm EST, (8pmGMT,  9pmCET). Thanks to Dutchsparky for making our logo.
One of our Sunday Scrappers has just put up a lovely freebie add on (look for the main kit too) at "Lotsofprettythings"

Friday, 6 November 2009


Here is a freebie for you- "From Grannie's House". Hummie's World has a subtle colour swatch which I liked and I used it in a makeover of a kit I was working on a while back.


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

My Busy Day

Just popping into my blog to say "hi" to Derfiss, A1nnie and Tora- thanks for coming to look at my blog.

Tuesday is my "volunteering time" and is always the busiest day of the week. I spend the morning helping to cook for about 80 needy people- many of them homeless, and in the afternoon I run computer starter sessions at the local library.

Sunday, 1 November 2009


When did I first start gathering mushrooms? Probably more than 60 years ago, and so I felt fully confident in identifying an edible one. Yesterday, I found several perfect-looking specimens and until I came to prepare them, I had no doubt that they were edible field mushrooms- the shape, colour, texture, peeling skin, pale pink gills all looked right. Luckily I plunged my nose into the bag to enjoy that evocative earthy smell- but it wasn't there. The smell was strange, rather like strong disinfectant. As I removed the stalks, I notice a rim of bright yellow appearing. This sparked a deeply buried memory "yellow staining mushrooms".  Although not toxic enough to kill, they can cause severe stomach upsets.

Friday, 30 October 2009

RNLI Memorial

Hi Diane, thanks for coming to follow my blog:)

Last month, the RNLI opened a new memorial to lifeboatmen lost in service. We visited it this morning and admired the modern steel depiction of a boat and drowning man. The names of all those who lost their lives, are inscribed around the base. I took a photo of the section showing someone who lives on in family recollections.

Thursday, 29 October 2009


We went shopping this morning. That sounds a trifle dull, but not when it included a walk around the ancient town of Christchurch. We went past the Priory which has the reputation of being the longest parish church in England. The present building was started in 1094.

The photos show the Priory, Norman House ruins, Mill (mentioned in the 1085 Domesday Book) and other old buildings.

Friday, 23 October 2009


Today I gathered the last of the runner beans from the garden, then sat in the sun. Lots of insects were buzzing around and they started landing on the warm brick wall of our house. They were harlequin ladybirds and I think they were looking for a cosy spot to hibernate. These ladybirds are not native to the UK and are a threat to our native species, but they are attractive none-the-less. I took these photos of their varied forms earlier this year.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

1066 and all that!

Hi Roberta, Lisa and Antoinette. Thanks for coming to my blog.

We went to Sussex for the weekend and visited the town of Battle. 1066 is the one date which all English children seem to remember. Prince William of Normandy came across the Channel to defeat King Harold II to claim the English crown as his own. Soon after, he built an Abbey on top of Senlac Hill where the battle had been fought. We walked around the fields with hand-held audio recordings and learnt exactly what happened where. The abbey itself was very atmospheric.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Designing Course

Countdown is now in full swing for the start of a new designing course starting at  Hummie's World
I jumped at the chance to sign up when I read that the course would be taken at a slow pace.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009


This month I was keen to get my SNL (designing forum at DSP) contribution done early and was quite pleased with the result, but not pleased with the way I displayed it on the kit page. It was meant to be along the lines of  TEEN GIRL GRUNGE but it ended up tidier than I first intended- hence the name: "Neatest Grunge in Town".

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Car Boot Sale

Two followers to my blog already! Thanks Fulltime RVer and Auddymay.
X  <- that marks the spot where I would put one of those little yellow smiley things if only I knew how to do it!
This morning I should have been at church. 99 Sunday mornings out of 100 I would have been; but today I helped at a car boot sale in aid of our local soup kitchen. Usually the cupboards are well stocked after the harvest offerings, but this year, people have given smaller packets of food and less of the more expensive protein items, but oh so much pasta. We made a reasonable sum of money, but seemed to take more stuff home than we started with.

Saturday, 10 October 2009


A cloudless, warm autumn day made the garden the place to be. There are still a few runner beans and tomatoes coming. I pruned out the old raspberry canes and cut back plants which had finished flowering. A gentian is is full bloom and I took some photos of it. It is kept in a pot so that it can enjoy the acid soil it needs.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Grunged Nature

I make kits for SNL members at
We choose colours each month and a subject or style, and  upload our kits for the use of other members.
This is the one I did for September:

9th October 2009

I have never before felt the need to create a blog. Now, though, I'm about to start a course which will use blogs as a means of communication, so here I am doing what I never thought I would do.