Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Marigold ice bowl

 My garden is full of marigolds and I use them in everything I can think of from salads, garnishes and today it's an ice bowl. I've put some Lady's Mantle in around the edges.
The smaller ice bowl has some lobelia and mint in it.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

35! Tonic Studios Milestones dies

Another card made with the Tonic Studios Milestones dies. I've cut part of it off this time to mix it up. You can see the products and a Boomerang video below 

Friday, 17 August 2018

Fabulous at 40

Fabulous at 40! (I wish!!)
I made this with the Tonic Studios Milestone dies and Sentiment Strip die. With these die you can be fabulous at any age!

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

I took this photo just as we were leaving Ballycastle this evening - such a beautiful place!

Cushendall today

 The view from the road up into the hills from Cushendall, Co. Antrim

 Oliver McParland  - taking a break from painting a mural at the Lurig Inn, Cushendall.

 I love the hedgerows at this time of year :)

Honeysuckle and brambles :)

Antrim Coast Road

 A few photos which I took today from the little car park at the Ardclinis Church ruins on the Antrim Coast Road.

Furry friends

A couple of new friends I made in Annalong last week. Just thought I'd share :)

Friday, 10 August 2018

In the Mournes, Co. Down

I'm very happy to share this photo of the two of us at Annalong in the Mournes on Tuesday. We had been invited to join a family gathering to welcome a new member to the family. It was lovely to meet Suzi (more pics later, I hope!) and especially good to be there after a morning spent in hospital where David started chemo again after an enforced break due to an infection. A little bit of normality along the way .. :) 

Saturday, 4 August 2018


I just got a new phone today so I've been trying it out to see what the camera is like. I'm really pleased with this photo of a bee on one of my agapanthus flowers in the back garden 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Cardmaking and Papercraft issue 186 - Sept 2018

I'm just in to find the postman has delivered issue 186 (Sept) of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine

My commission for this one was a Back to School set and I used a photo of Andrew on his first day at school in the frame - doesn't he look so cute all those years ago?!
The magazine is full of fantastic projects for every level of papercrafting and has 2 super free gifts this month. One is an A4 booklet of beautiful Christmas papers and the other is a Majestic Peacock stamp set with a dinky little die.  

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Trimcraft decoupage papers on pebbles

 Some more pebble art - this time using decoupage papers from Trimcraft and a little Dovecraft Crystal Glitter Glue, of course!

 Not a great photo, but the fairy does indeed have wings and glitter! This one 
had left home long before I realised that the photo wasn't very good:(

The melting ice cream effect! - Plaid Marbling paint

 I must say I really love the effects you can get when using the gorgeous Marbling paints from Plaid. The one above reminds me of melting ice cream. Do you remember the old "Screwball" ice cream plastic cones with the coloured chewing gum ball at the bottom which melted into the ice cream and made it go all different colours? 

Fifi :)

We went to visit David's auntie and uncle a few days ago and, as usual, I captured poor Fifi. She's so cute! I've had this reaction to dogs since I was a child - I don't think there's a cure :)

Friday, 27 July 2018

Some more garden photos

The Topiary bay tree was a present to us back in January from the 1 in 3 Cancer Charity just after David was diagnosed with bowel cancer. It's thriving on the patio in this good weather!


 Agapanthus just about to flower


 Handel Rose


 Every step I take anywhere in the house or garden has become hazardous! Missy seems to want to wear my shoes/slippers!

Thursday, 26 July 2018

In the garden today

 Lots of buds and one flower already open over the arbour in the back garden. I think it's "The President"
 Ville de Lyons in the front garden

 Missy just chilling on the decking


Agapanthus about to flower