Evening all....what a rotten day its been here weather wise. Its been freezing cold all day long and then just as I left work the heavens opened and it poured down. Luckily the bus came straight away so I didn't get wet and by the time I got home it had stopped which is good as Daisy just hates going out when its wet.

I have had a good couple of weeks, am loving doing Project Life again this year and so far so good with doing it on a weekly basis. In fact I have to say I think it easier than doing it monthly as I am recording things straight away rather than having to try and remember it all (having a notebook to write things in is also helping!!). The craft room has had a real good clean and I have had yet another stash clear out, just my papers to do now..... and that will be the hardest task of all as paper is my absolute addiction, although at the moment anything Project Life is pretty high on my list of most desirable items!!. Below is a picture of my Week 4 page, as usual I am using a mix of cards from my Project Life kits along with some random bits of stash.

I attended my first Kingshill crop of 2014 on Saturday and for the first time ever we did a marathon 12 hour crop. My friend Jules came to stay Friday night so we could travel down to West Malling together Saturday morning. As usual we had a Costa coffee to get us going and then we hit the Spitfire pub so we could get on with the wonderful task of spending a whole day scrapping. It was a lovely day and both Jules and I managed quite a few layouts...I actually did more than I thought I would, quite surprising given the amount of chatting we did, still that along with lots of laughter, chocolate and cake is what make a great crop. Below are pictures of some of my layouts;

The picture in this one is of me and Tom on one of the viewing galleries at the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. The papers are Echo Park, the title is American Crafts Dear Lizzy and the bling swirl is by Kaiserkraft, the buttons and ribbon are from my stash.

For this layout I chose another pic of me and Tom, this time in Portugal last Summer. The papers are all from one of my old Studio Calico kitS, the bling swirl is Prima and again the ribbons and buttons are from my stash..

The last layout I have to share with you is again from our Vegas holiday last year and this time its of Tom. It was taken the day he had a stonking hangover, hence the title. All the elements of this one are from Studio Calico..

Hope you are all well, thanks as always for stopping by my blog. If you like what you see please leave me a comment with a link back to your blog if you have one and I will come and visit you and do the same.

Love and hugs, Jane xx

In Memory

Three years ago today our beautiful and gorgeous Hayley was taken from us in a tragic road traffic accident. They say that time heals and I am sure in some little way it does but today the emotion of it all has been as raw and painful as it was on the day that we heard the awful news.

Hayley was a clever, bright and vivacious girl with her whole future ahead of her, life can sometimes be so cruel and on more than one occasion I have wondered why she was taken when she had so much more of life to experience. But no amount of tears or heartache will bring her back so we are left with just our memories.

So in her honour I will raise a glass of wine tonight and wish her well, our loss was heavens gain. The picture below is of the layout I eventually scrapped, our angel...forever young and forever beautiful. You are always in our hearts Hayley.

Thanks as always to my dear friend Jules who took this photo of Hayley at a family party we had.

A little bit of time in the craft room...

Spending some time in my craft room is just perfect, especially on a Bank Holiday or a wet and windy weekend (both of which we have had recently).

My Sarahs Cards order arrived pretty quickly so I made a start straight away on the opening page of 2014. I am using a Becky Higgins Project Life album again, its part of the 5th and Frolic collection and is a lovely pink colour with a floral design on the front. I am using a mix of cards for this album as I have several core kits to choose from, and although I think I have enough stash to do PL for the next 10 years I am still tempted to buy more!! Below are a couple of pics, one of the album and one of the first page...

I have also been scrapping, mostly layouts of George and Scarlett. The one I am sharing with you today is for Georges album, the pictures were taken back in October 2013 and are from his 18th birthday. The papers are by Fancy Pants, I picked these up on our trip to Vegas last year. The title has been done with some very old Papermania stickers. I have also made George a little mini book using a Dear Lizzy day book, I have filled the book with lots of pictures from his 18th birthday. I used a selection of different alphabets for the front cover but the 'George' is my fave, they are Thicker and have a lovely crystal/glittered effect to them.

Thanks for stopping by my little blog, I hope you like my creations. Please leave me a comment if you do and if you leave a link to your blog I will stop by and do the same for you.

Love and hugs, Jane xx

Happy New Year

Well here we are, the beginning of a New Year....2014 has arrived!

I dont know about you all but for me 2013 seemed to fly by. It was a funny old year, lots of good times spent with family and friends, a lovely holiday in Portugal and another in fabulous Las Vegas. I discovered a new crafting passion called Project Life which I love, love, love and am happy to say I fully completed. I am currnetly (not) patiently waiting for an order from Sarahs Cards to be delivered so I can start it all over again for this year!! In Oct 13 my nephew George turned 18, I still really cant believe that the cute, cheeky little boy who used to come for sleepovers is now a grown man. I know I am a biased Auntie but he really has grown into a lovely, kind and totally gorgeous young man. Other highlights included us finally getting a new kitchen fitted, a meet up with our friends Gina and Ian from Warrington and a totally fab night out in London with the American/Yorkshire contingent.

The down side 2013 saw me saying goodbye to a dear work colleague who passed away very unexpectdly in May. Derrick 'Mac' Mckenzie was one of lifes genuine good guys who had time for everyone, his presence is still very much missed by all who knew him. December saw my our family receive the cruelest blow of all in my dear Uncle Bernie finally losing his battle with cancer. He bravely fought the disease, which for a while he even won however in the end it was too much for him and he passed away in the early hours of 15th December. Uncle Bernie was my only Uncle, he was my Dads younger brother. He was married to my Aunt for 50 years and he leaves behind two children and five grandchildren. We all miss him terribly and our future family get togethers will be a whole lot quieter without him.

Already we have a few things to look forward to this year, we have a surpise 60th birthday party in Jan and I have a 12 hour crop to attend (woo hoo - so looking forward to that). We also have a trip to Scotland in Feb, Portugal in July and hopefully Spain in October. I have two concerts to look forward to, Barry Manilow in May with Sharon and Sally and then Dolly Parton with my friend Karen in June.

I have decided not to make any resolutions this year as I never stick to them anyway. I just plan to take life as it comes and try to stress less about the little things.

I am sharing with you a couple of pics I took of the London fireworks on NYE. We are lucky enough to have a fairly good view from the top of our block - one of the perks of living in London!!

Happy New Year!!

Thanks for stopping by....love and hugs,