Monday, 23 January 2017

The Treat Kitchen

A shop opened up in town a few weeks before Christmas, it sold mainly boiled sweets in really interesting packaging.

Being an ex-chemistry teacher I LOVED the conical and round bottomed flasks; they did originally had a set of test tubes in a rack for sale too, but these had sold out before I managed to get my photos.

Maybe next year...

Sunday, 22 January 2017


We visited  friends of ours during December and Kev got to talking about his hobby of crafting with wood. A week or so later, Kathleen gave us a gift, including a small book on whittling for Kevin.  He had never really had a go at wood carving before (turning is his thing), but decided to have a go.

Incredibly, this is the result of his first attempt!!
My boy is so talented; he is wasted in teaching.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Who Are You?

Kev bought us a very silly game to play over the Christmas holidays where you had to clip the picture onto you nose, and play a version of twenty question in order to work out what or who you were.

Lots of laughs for all!!

Friday, 20 January 2017

A Fresh Start

My lovely teacher friend (now retired) married earlier this month, and although it wasn't on the first, I thought her wedding made a perfect theme for the idea of a fresh start.

As they love to travel I used some suitcases cut from Shimelle's Go Now Go papers and a real mix of various papers and embellishments.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

New Year's Eve

Most New Year's Eves we stay at home, invite family around and have a huge takeaway.  This year was no different.  With a house full of 11, we ate our dinner and used up the left over crackers for Christmas.

One had one of those curly, acetate fish in it that (supposedly) tells you what you are like or what the future will hold.

As it was so hot in the dining room we all turned out to have a passionate future!!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

2016 review

I usually set out my review page in the same way each year, printing off one photo to represent each month with the date added using Photoshop.

For my journalling, I couldn't help but comment on my thoughts about the state of politics this year (being really interested in this subject), so my comments about the photos are very brief.

I added a tree from Basic Grey 25th and Pine along with dots from the glitter Thickers I had been using throughout the journal as baubles. The little word stickers are by Simple Stories and Ali Edwards (Review).

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A Fond Memory

My sister had these jelly fruit sweets at her house on Boxing Day, and I couldn't resist snapping their jewel-like loveliness!

As a girl, my grandparents in London always had these at Christmas, and as we went to visit them every other year for the festive season, they really reminded me of them.

This is one of the things I love about my Christmas journal; it really helps me to look back at the tiny things happening either now, or in the past.