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SAL – A whole lotta latte #12

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is not yet finished. I was really hoping to get it done for this update but just haven’t had much stitchy time. Still, I have done some so it’s a little bit closer than it was.

This is how it looked last time. I’d just done the first few stitches of the last cup.


This is where it is now. 
Not a lot done, but I did manage some. I won’t have a chance to do anything for the next update so I’ll be skipping one, but this will be finished before the end of the year. I have a lot more projects waiting impatiently for their turn.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie

Look how many of us there are now! Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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Adventure playground – landscaping day three

Late shifts and rain have prevented me from posting the daily progress on this, plus the guys couldn’t work on one day due to unforeseen problems.

We do have lots of progress though. The gravel has been put down around the three sides, outside the enclosure, and it looks great. It’s still to be tamped down and levelled but we’re really pleased with how it looks.

The hardcore has been put down inside, leaving gaps where the planting will be. A finer layer was added after it was tamped down.

The slabs have been laid round the inside edge. They look great!

The step has been re-laid, with bricks beneath it and an extra step, partly because it looks nice, but mostly because otherwise we’d have had a patched bit of artificial turf as the roll isn’t quite long enough.

They’ve also weeded the patio and jetwashed the soil from between the slabs. They’re going to put some stuff down there to deter further weed growth as it’s a pain trying to get the weeds out of those fine gaps.

Looking good so far but lots more to do.


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Adventure playground – landscaping day one

I got home from work to find that lots had been done through the day. Just look at it now.

Stephen took a couple of photos during the day to send to me at work. At this point they’d put down the weedproof membrane.

They did a great job, tucking it under the enclosure so no weeds could come through and it’s tucked under the sleepers outside the enclosure too.

Talking of sleepers, don’t these look so much better than those old bricks that were on the verge of falling down.

And there are more sleepers supporting the slabs on the other side.

They’ve made a start on putting the hardcore down inside the enclosure, ready for the slabs and turf.

So far we’re really pleased with their work. I can’t wait to see what it looks like tomorrow night!

 


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Adventure playground – lots of progress

We’ve been trying to find the time, and the energy to get this bit of the garden landscaped for a while now. It hasn’t been easy, so we’ve given up on the idea of trying to do it ourselves and have found some nice chaps to do it for us.

It desperately needs doing and at the rate we’re working, it’ll still be a work in progress in two years time. Every time it rains it turns into a mud bath, which is why we have lots of cardboard down at the moment. My kitchen floor is permanently covered in muddy paw prints, or so it seems. Rosie loves the cardboard and burrows underneath it to dig in the soil. Not a great look on a cat with a white front and face.

I thought I’d take photos before, during and after as it’ll be fun to see the faster progress made by professionals.

This is how it looks this morning before the chaps start work.

The inside –  The safety porch –The left side – The right side – The back – The outside edges were knee-high in weeds but I had a good couple of days out there and got rid of them. Hopefully, once the chaps have finished, we won’t get that problem again.

Weather permitting, there’ll be more photos tomorrow.


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More Canada scrapbooking

I’ve really been getting a crack on with these layouts. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to scrap, and how relaxing. I’ve got several more layouts done for the Alaska/Rockies album, which is made easier by the amount of prep that I’d done when I first planned it.

As there are a few photos, I’ve put them into a gallery again.

The previous layouts in the album are here and here. There are still lots more to do as we had loads of fun in the Rockies going up mountains and seeing lakes. Hopefully now that I’m on a roll, I’ll be able to get those done and maybe do some Disney scrapping.


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Scrapbooking – I’m on a roll

I haven’t scrapped for a couple of years, pretty much. I hadn’t realised it had been so long until I checked when I last uploaded any layouts to my blog. It’s been frustrating, to be honest. I have so much stash and I really want to use it, but every time I tried, it just couldn’t hold my interest.

I recently saw that one of my friends had started to scrap her holiday photos, days after returning from that holiday. The layout she’d done was lovely and it made me want to play with photos and pretty paper again.

So, I pulled out some photos that I’d already got a vague plan for and scrapped them. Just like that. Previously, whenever I’d tried, I’d pushed bits of paper around for an hour and then given up. This layout came together in about 30 minutes. It just felt right.

It’s a rubbish photo, mind. I seem to have lost the knack, (if I ever had it) of photographing the layouts straight. You get the idea though.

Once I’d done that one, I wanted to do more so this one was the result. Again, it felt easy to do.

Looking at the photo of it, in hindsight maybe the photo should’ve been a bit higher, but it’s ok. More to the point, I loved doing it (and the photo of it is a bit better).

Since then I’ve pulled out the Alaska/Rockies photos and have made good progress on those. Once I’ve got a few more layouts done, I’ll post a gallery of them.

 


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SAL – A whole lotta latte #11

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is getting closer to a finish.

This is how it looked last time.

My plan was to do the saucer for the latest cup and I’ve done that, plus all the backstitch that I can, and a couple of drops of coffee on the side.


The fabric has been rolled around the frame a bit more so the top has vanished now. It won’t be seen again until the project is finished, which hopefully won’t be too long now. The last cup and saucer don’t look too fiddly so I’m hoping to get them done for the next update.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy, Heidi, Connie

Look how many of us there are now! Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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