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A crochet finish!

I’ve finally finished the Carousel blanket, thanks partly to taking it to craft club at work. I’m really chuffed as it’s such a pretty design and looks a lot more complicated than it actually was.

It’s a bit tricky to get a photo of it all but I managed by moving some furniture to make space on the floor.

It looks nice on the single bed but I think it’ll be put away for now as the cats would love it too!A few close-ups.
I didn’t have many finishes last year so I’m planning to make 2018 the year of getting things completed. I’m really happy to have the first finish just two weeks into the year. I’ve set myself the challenge of 5 crochet finishes on Ravelry, and hopefully will have several cross stitch projects joining those. No stash buying until I’ve made a considerable dent in the stuff that I already have.

Next on my list is the temperature blanket. I think that I’ll end it after the current round as I’m not loving as much as I did initially and it’s the right size now for a lap blanket.

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SAL – A whole lotta latte #14

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 finished. Hoorah!

Hopefully for the next update there will be some progress on Crazy Cat Lady.

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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Dino bones, dogs & pretty colours

I’ve done another three Disney ’17 layouts. The first one is photos taken in Dinoland with the Dino bones magic shot. We tried every time we went to Animal Kingdom to get these pics and finally got them near the end of our holiday.Next is one using photos from the show/parade in the Magic Kingdom. Lots of colour in the photos so they were fun to scrap.

Finally, another one from the Safari at Animal Kingdom. One of the areas has painted dogs during the day and Hyenas in the evening for the night-time safaris. We got quite a few decent pics of the painted dogs this time, although none of the hyenas.

 


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Fun in the snow

The cats loved playing in the snow last weekend. Two of them did, anyway. Sammie refused point-blank to go out in it. Frodo was outside for most of the day, with a short interlude for a wash and a snooze on my lap. Rosie was outside for a fair bit of the day although she wasn’t as keen on the snow falling on her and didn’t like the sound of the snow crunching under my wellies.

This photo was taken on Saturday before the snow really came down on the night. There was just a sprinkling so it gave them a chance to get used to the idea before playing out on the Sunday in the deeper snow.Frodo had a whale of a time. He was chasing snowflakes, helping Stephen to shake the snow off the enclosure roof and stalking Rosie. Rosie was a bit more cautious but didn’t seem to mind the snow underfoot. It was great seeing them have so much fun and it definitely wore them out as Frodo spent the evening cuddled up next to me, fast asleep, while Rosie curled up in her favourite bed on the cat tree.


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SAL – A whole lotta latte #13

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 back in action. Those threads arrived much more quickly than anticipated so I swapped Latte back into the scroll frame and have managed to get some more done on the last teacup.

This is where I left off when I ran out of threads.

And this is where it is now. Not a huge amount done, but it’s getting closer to that finish.

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

The cat enclosure is pretty much finished. We’ve got a couple of ornaments, the water feature & some solar lights to go out there but we’ll wait for spring for those now. Other than that, it’s all done, apart from a couple of places where the paint on the woodwork needs touching up.

I’ve taken a couple of photos…

There are planting areas around the roof supports. The supports are on bricks, which are cemented in. I’ve planted with lots of different grasses. They look a bit weedy at the moment but will be all different heights, textures and colours once they get going next year. I’ve left spaces between them for the cats to stalk through. I’ve added an extra layer of weed-proof membrane as I planted, so hopefully no weeds and the cats won’t be able to go digging. I’ve used river cobbles on top of the membrane as I love the look it gives and also I was hoping that the cats wouldn’t move them. I was wrong on that one. Rosie has been playing football with them. Still, they’re easier to put back than smaller pebbles so all’s good. The new step looks good and the cats love the border of slabs that goes around the edge. They like to lie on it, especially if the grass is damp.Frodo is enjoying being outside more as we can now let them out after it’s been raining. Before it would turn into a mud bath out there. He has some lightweight balls outside which he loves to bat around the grassy area. Sammie is a bit of a gymnast and balances on the roof supports. She loves all the higher sections, including the new shelf we’ve added between two of the supports. The big of garden immediately around the enclosure is looking good but the rest of it is still a mess. We’ll be working on that next year as well as sorting out the conservatory.


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Mike Wazowski & Beetlejuice

Before I went on holiday this year, I noticed that one of my friends, who had just come back from Disney World, was already scrapping her holiday photos. She’d signed up for an online class by Shimelle, called A most magical scrapbook. The class is Shimelle scrapping her own Disney World photos, with lots of videos and so many tips plus sketches for each day of the class.

I’ve had to wait to make a start on mine, partly because I needed to go on holiday first, to get the photos, and partly because I wanted to finish the Alaska/Rockies album first. In the meantime, I’ve been sorting, printing and organising photos. I’ve printed the PDFs for each day of the class and was finally ready to start scrapping.

My usual style is quite plain. In the past I’ve bought lots of embellishments but didn’t use that many. I have tons of ribbons, flowers, chipboard, brads etc and I’m determined to start using it up. I also have a lot of patterned paper, which is another thing that I’ve struggled to use. Shimelle uses lots of pretty paper and is brilliant at using embellishments without overwhelming the photos. I’m planning to use the classes to start scrapping a bit more like Shimelle and eventually finding a new style that I’m comfortable with. Does that make sense?

Anyway, less of the chatter. How about looking at my first two layouts for my Disney 2017 album!

This is the first one that I did. It’s influenced by the classes but isn’t any particular one. I remembered that I used to like using the tags that came with some of the Basic Grey packs so I pulled some out and this is the result.

Hollywood Studios – Mike Wazowski magic shot

And look, there’s actual journalling on it. Not hand-written though. I can’t bring myself to do that. Instead I’ve found a nice handwriting-style font on my mac and am using that. I don’t do enough journalling, mostly because I hate my handwriting so this is working nicely so far. On the layout above it just tells the story of how we finally managed to get that particular magic shot.

The title is chipboard that I heat embossed. I’m chuffed with how it turned out because I haven’t done that for ages.

The other one that I’ve done so far is pretty much a scrap lift of one of the classes. I just happened to have that same sheet of cardstock lace from about ten years ago. I knew there was a reason that I bought it!

Beetlejuice at Universal Studios

The journalling just rambles on about how Beetlejuice is one of my favourite films.

I’ve really enjoyed making these two and can’t wait to do more. I’m so happy that I’ve got back into scrapbooking.