We have our pre-Easter meeting at my local W.I. tonight.......there's lots of activities going on at the meeting.......and there's a contest to bring along a decorated egg.....I thought I'd have a go.....but sort of steered away from too much of an Easter theme.
I rather like him.
I had a lovely day at the Hobbycrafts Exhibition on Saturday......there was far more variety of sellers this year.....some delightful exhibitions of quilts, embroideries,knitting and more......
an amazing knitted '4 seasons'
and some equally amazing clothes.
And I was so pleased to have a brief meet up with my bloggy friend Sandie. I didn't actually buy much [that is a good thing]......some fabric [top secret]......beads.....a knitting pattern....2 paper pads......and I did succumb to one stamp. All in all.....a good day....even the trains were on time!
Back to some cards.....I'm trying to always make more than one at a time......it's so much quicker and easier to build up the stockpile.....especially making them from one lot of limited stash......I'm also pleased to be using up some pretty old stash [I think these are some K &Co papers].
The images are LOTV layered on papers......with just a few gems and sentiment added.
I'm off to the Hobbycrafts Exhibition at Excel on Saturday......I found it a little disappointing last year.....but I've got free tickets.....and a new found stitching addiction.....so there may be more to interest me this year.....and as our conservatory is essentially being rebuilt on Saturday it seems a good day to go AWOL!!!!
I don't often buy scrapbook kits......but was tempted by the pretty gorgeousness of SJ Crafts February kit.....perfect for a sweet photo of my two little granddaughters taken while they were on holiday last month.
I added some aqua letters [there weren't enough pink for my title] and a couple of word stickers.....everything else is from the kit.I cut some flowers and butterflies from a couple of the pages for embellishments.I love the enamel spots.....and may have to add some to my stash!!
I have plenty of the kit left to make another couple of pages......it's well worth looking at Sarah's monthly kits......she puts together some really lovely ones.
I know that there are some who read my blog who have already started their christmas makes.......and others who will be horrified at the very thought of it. I enjoy making christmas cards......but hate feeling under pressure to get them made in a limited time.....so am happy to start making a few each month.
I've found it's quicker and more enjoyable to use a limited set of supplies to make a few cards at the same time.
These 3 have all been made from one winter decorative paper pad......some plain card......a little white fun flock.......and snowflake punches.
We got off the canal waterbus right in Camden market........one of London's permanent markets.....next to all the stalls cooking and selling food from all parts of the globe......the smells were very enticing......but we decided to have a wander round before succumbing!!!
The warm sun had brought everyone out.....I think it may have been the most crowded place on the planet!!
There are hundreds of stalls scattered over quite a wide area.......though I think they may have a few central suppliers.....as many of them were selling the same stuff.
My favourite part was the underground Horse Tunnel market which was full of stalls selling vintage items......though it always makes me feel ancient to see items I've once used classed as 'vintage'!!
We had a look round the shops.....loved the 3D shoes advertising......but most of the stuff is geared at those much younger than us!!
Returned to the food stalls for a bite to eat.......such a choice.
Before returning to Little Venice on the waterbus.......pausing to look in the 'water bookshop' as we returned to the hotel.
We certainly didn't decide to snack at the hotel....we could have had a whole meal in Camden for the price of a bag of M&Ms!!! A drink in a local pub seemed a far better option.
And as we returned to the hotel from the pub we played 'spot the porsche'.......I've never seen so many expensive cars parked in one street before......5 porsches,2 mercedes,3 jaguars......and a host of others.......according to my London based brother a house in this area can cost up to 3 million pounds....no problem affording a porsche then!!
Monday was spent with said brother......which was a wonderful way to end our little break.
We had a couple of days in London to celebrate OH's birthday and decided to stay in Little Venice as we'd never been on the Regents Canal. We found a very nice hotel with a last minute deal.....only a few minutes walk from the canal.
We couldn't have chosen a better weekend as the weather was glorious.
We decided to catch the waterbus along to Camden and visit the market.
We passed under bridges
through one very dark tunnel
by amazingly grand houses
through London Zoo
near houses with gardens on the water's edge
a Chinese restaurant
before arriving at Camden
right in the heart of the market
The trip took 45 minutes to travel about 3 miles!! We really enjoyed it though....and were ready to hit Camden Market.