Fingers crossed that the weekend continues to be a glorious as it was on Saturday, where we whiled away the day in three of London's beautiful parks, along with quite a few other people! Hyde Park was our first stop, for our companions, Debbie & her girlies, to photographs the elephants along the Serpentine. We then enjoyed our picnic to lighten our loads before moving over to Green Park. Here we managed to photograph the 2 elephants that were missing on our last visit and enjoyed seeing the others again. There was a scarey part to our time in this park when Jamie wandered off and went misisng- not sure I have ever been so frightened in my life, but when I finally found him, after only a few minutes but long enough, he was fine, not bothered at all, and simply said "ah, hello Mummy, you found me!" Little tyke!!
After Green Park, we bid farewell to Debbie and co who had their return train to catch, and we sauntered over to St James Park. Not sure I have ever been here before but it was so pretty. Sadly the boys were getting tired and we didn't manage to locate any more elephants, but after some time in the playground and another cool drink we caught the tube home, having thoroughly exhausted ourselves!
I had planned on taking the kids to the coast today, but I think we may have had enough excitment for one weekend, and there is always half term!
And what a glorious end to the week we have, the sun is shining and there was much excitement in our houshold this morning as the weekend is about to start and we've much planned! Given the sun will be shining even more tomorrow we are back up London searching for more elephants from the Elephant Parade, meeting up with Debbie and her gorgeous girlies too for a lovely picnic in the park.
As mentioned before I already have over 200 photographs of elephants from the parade, and here is my first layout making a teeny-tiny dent into that pile! The layout (using the new Basic Grey Manilla Basics paper - available from ATDML) is based on this weeks Let's Capture These Sketches sketch which will be up later today (Canadian time difference and all that!). Go check it out and have a go, there are prizes up for grabs!!
So hard to just pick 8 photographs for this page! Think another layout will be following very soon, probably using Sketch inspiration #9 from Created by ATDML this week which is another multi-photo sketch. Mel's layout using the sketch is too darn cute, and full of fab details, can't wait to play, but first, the final day of the week at work to endure...ttfn, have a happy Friday x
Sharing more craftyness today, my project 12 April pages and a door hanger I made for my son's bedroom.
I really wish I could remember where I got the paper bird from, I had several in all different colours and the one used on this page is my last one!! Maybe I should be making my own anyway from one of the zillion birdie stamps I own!!...Watch this space!
And here is my My Little Shoebox doorhanger I made using their Imaginary Friends paper line. My boys love these papers and so I wanted to create something from them for their rooms so they could appreciate them every day. Robert is in love with his Room of Doom sign, and Jamie wants one for his room now as well!! These papers are such fun!
And finally I wanted to share a photo of my brother-in-laws new best friends, meet the gorgeous Max!
Well I have mostly been hunting elephants around London these last few days, aside from having to go to work (oh the joy!) and have over 200 photographs so far with 143 found of the 258 around London. It is a perfect way to visit London, walking around taking in the sites, and I would highly recommend it as a day out (or several) in Half Term. The map can be downloaded from here and Hyde Park is a good place to start with over 25 there and a perfect picnic venue too!
Apart from that I have been playing with paper (not all elephant orientated!) for both the ATDML design team, for Lets Capture These Sketches and for the My Little Shoebox DT call. As well as creating two layouts and a card we had to submit a project as well, and I made this home decor items for my kitchen.
My layout for this weeks Capture These Sketches layout featured my eldest son playing in the local park. We are lucky to have lots of play areas near where we live, including a new one not 5 minutes away which we are off to now, before joining the man of the house at the cricket, come on sun - shine for us!
It has been another busy week here at our house, with plenty going on for all. At one point I thought the week would never end, but it is now Froday night and I have been asleep most of the day having worked on the Parliamentary Election count last night until 6:30am this morning!
I took Roxy (our kitten) back to the vets today to have her stitched removed from her leg/paw. Whilst the leg had healed amazingly well she has since developed an infection in her paw pad which is not healing so good, so she is strapped up again, has more anti-biotics and we are back at the vets next week :(
This week I have caught up on all my scrapbooking commisions, transferred all April photographs to the network, done very little at home (but hubby is off now having been made redundant to he has been taking care of the house) and am about to snuggle down with my book for a relaxing evening.
Tomorrow I am hoping to get a few hours photography in up London, exploring for the elephants scattered around the town as part of the Elephant Parade London. That is assuming it doesn't rain all day!!
Until then I will leave you with a sneaky peak of one of my ATDML design team items for this month.
Sadly April saw the end of the Term 2 sketch team union at Lets Capture our memories and it was my pleasure to create the final sketch for the team. With some help from my techy-superior 13 year old here is the sketch I created, and my layout using delicious Websters pages and a homemade vine.
I am please to say I have been accepted to stay on with the sketch team for the next term and I am really looking forward to the fun time ahead!
Now I better get off my laptop and get on with some real work, even if the miserable soggy weather isn't conducive to being productive! Typical Bank Holiday weekend weather for the UK I guess!