Denim and Lace

I've been very busy lately preparing samples for  the latest Create and Craft shows for Aspire Crafts
The new kit is gorgeous and I really enjoyed making cards with it
Here are some of the samples

It's a really pretty kit with some cute owls - right up my street !
                 I will be busy packing clothes and crafty supplies later for a retreat this weekend with Scrapagogo - can't wait!


Me on Monday

It was a  getting wages done before I go making sure id got enough pills,dog sorting, packing,and last minute thinking my eye was going to play up- better get some drops - making sure dogs have enough fishy treats and set Strictly to record sort of weekend for me
So now it's an at last I can relax , catch up on blogs ,read a bit and generally chill kind of Monday for me

I'll miss these little fellas, but they are in good hands with number three son at home dog sitting 

It will be oh so nice to be me for a few days. I'm determined to catch up on some books I started ages ago - all sitting there in my iBooks .... Fractured ( thanks to Deb's recommendation) Gone Girl is another one . Anyone read them? I'm also planning my friendship squares too so I can get cracking as soon as I'm back ... I might even blog some more ! 
I can't quite get the hang of doing it on my iPad though - it seems ok till I post a photo then the keypad keeps popping up when I don't want it to - hey ho no doubt I will get used to it.
This post is joining in with the lovely Sian's Me on Monday  - pop over to her blog and see what she's been up to.


What do you blog about

When you really don't think you have much to say ???

Well funnily enough I have been flicking through my blog and actually In the past I've had lots to say - so many nice comments and so many nice memories like the memory of 18 months ago - REALLY ?? was it that long ago ??
i am very happy to re- visit this post - ah wasn't it a grand weekend ?


Blogfriends Unite

A few years ago I started this blog. Just to keep a diary of life,crafty bits and general 'stuff' for me to look back on. I never had the time to sit and write stuff - so thought this would be far more interesting for me. Then I decided to do an online class run by Shimelle, as lots of my friends were doing this 'picture a month' thing and it sounded great fun. After signing up I started to discover other peoples blogs.I saw their pages and crafty makes -also learned  bits about their lives and began to think of them as real friends.
We have shared happy moments and sadder moments between us and have always thought how wonderful it would be to actually meet in person.
Well,this weekend,some of us did. I'd posted about a crop that my friend Deb  and I go to which is run by Karen  a few times and the lovely Deb from Arizona had said she would love to be at one of our crops one day ..........
This weekend, we fulfilled that ambition. Deb and her lovely daughter Carrie came to the UK for a visit -  and Alison flew in from Spain - so Karen arranged a wonderful set of papers ( with a tiny bit of help from me ) and Deb very kindly hosted it .
It was just like our crops,we had cupcakes
We scrapped and chatted 
We even went to a 'typical English pub' for dinner and ' pudding'. 
The day after was also a perfect day.
Even more lovely ladies who have all been friends via blogland came together in London.
There were eleven of us altogether, a real international gathering. Helena came down from Scotland,Alison flew in from Spain, and of course  Deb and Carrie from USA.

We all got on so well,it was like we'd all met before .. it was an absolute pleasure to meet each and every one of these lovely ladies
Deb and I have shared some very happy emails chatting about our joint love of a certain Mr Donny Osmond - and some very emotional emails when we both went through some sad and trying times with both of us losing one of our parents,we always said how lovely it would be if we could make those cyber hugs we used to send each other real - this weekend we did ...and it was amazing.  
and it was so very hard to say goodbye.