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Friday, 12 May 2017

GRIDWORK, just keep snipping.



          In the last two years I have re-discovered parchment craft. The launch of the Groovi plates from Claritystamp has certainly gone a long way to creating a lot of interest from loads of people. There are lots of workshops for us to enjoy and learn from. I have been going to one to learn all the traditional methods of this beautiful craft. I am going to the Bristol parchment Exhibition soon and my tutor asked us to create a card to exhibit. I have found that I really enjoy gridwork which involves a lot of counting but the results are amazing. So below is one of the cards I have completed.





        The design for the grid was in the parchment craft magazine and is designed by Susan Moran. I added my own lettering in the middle section.  My nephew will be 50 later this year so this is his card completed.

        Looking forward now to my visit to Bristol and meeting lots of fellow parchers and many experts as well.  I am sure there will be a lot of brilliant work on display.  xx

       

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

TRENTHAM GARDENS



      I am not too sure what happened to April, the month just flew by. We did have a wonderful family wedding, our son Greg married his lovely fiancee Amie. It was just one of the best family days and they looked very happy. I will post some photos in my next blog as I have not loaded them onto my laptop yet. 

     Anyway it has been a glorious day here today so hubby and I decided on a day out to make the most of the sunshine. We have wanted to visit Trentham Gardens for ages so that was where we went. Takes about an hour from our home town so not too bad. There are lots of lovely outlet shops and I could not resist a wander around.  Of course we made some purchases would have been rude not to. I also saw many items that will make great gifts for some of the family. Christmas sorted maybe. 

         A few photos of our day out. The gardens have been restored over the last few years, they were originally designed by Capability Brown. 

       

                                                                The Italian Garden
                

                        A view of the large lake, you can walk all the way round
          but not something I could manage.  




                                              
                                                                    A few bluebells.


                        
                                               Fred doing a bit of information gathering.


    
                                              Then he saw me with the camera so felt the need to pose.


                                           
                                                                Capability Brown


  
                                  Statues in the lake which were nesting ground for Moorhens. At least that is what Fred said they were and I would not know any different. If you look in the bottom right corner you can just see the chicks in the nest.



    

                                             
  
                                                                 Pertheus and Medussia


                               Now I love Snakeshead frutilleries but just cannot get them to grow in our garden. Maybe I need  a piece of artwork like this instead.

                                                     
                                            Snakeshead Frutilleries
               


               
                          I loved these dandelions. They were very slightly bending in the breeze.



A wooden sculpture by the lakeside.

                        
                     
         
                           Came across this swan sitting on her nest. Very regal. 


      
           Anyway worth a visit to Trentham and if you have children while there go along to the Monkey Forest they will love it. My grandchildren do, even though they are getting older now. xx