Hello my friends. I’m back from a great break in Derbyshire, where I went on some trips down memory lane! Many years ago I trained as a teacher in Matlock in Derbyshire. I lived there for three years, courted John there, went to church there in Matlock Bath, learned, had fun as a student, even learned how to drive whilst there! It was such fun to be back, see how things had changed – even to the extent that my old Hall of Residence is now a block of luxury apartments!! (I assure you it wasn’t luxury anything when we were there! One day I travelled to Dovedale, a glorious valley and river with famous stepping stones across. The last time I went there was before we were married – so about 47 years ago! Somewhat poignant to see a young man go down on bended knee in the middle of the stepping stones and propose to his young lady. When she accepted the crowd burst into applause! I hope they have as long and as good a life together as John and I had.
The stepping stones. I think this was the only time whilst I was there that the stones were empty of tourists! It was a long queue either side of the river most of the time.
Another day I drove a little North to Chesterfield and Staveley and discovered the Pink Frog craft shop. Tucked away in the same complex as Morrisons Supermarket, I think I was expecting a large store – but no – a tiny shop, but with very friendly staff.
So, after 6 lovely days in which I did very little crafting other than try some pergamano patterns and knit a whole 2 rows of my cardigan, I was home. (I did read five books!!) And it hasn’t taken long to mess up that lovely tidy desk! I’ve been playing around with a few Christmas ideas. Some I am happy to repeat, others, I’m not too sure!
So, my desk today looks like this. My cutting mat, some cards I have been trying out, stickles, perfect pearls, a Christmas die, glue, my diary as I was trying to get hold of the gas service man!
These are the ideas I am beginning to think about. Back left – a glorious Christmas die – 6inches square – cut out in a rich blue and stuck onto white card. The sentiment “Jesus – the reason for the season”. Back middle is the same die cut straight out of the card front, then backed with black. A die cut “JOY” stuck onto the side. Back right a new Joanna Sheen Christmas die – but cut up into three scenes and stuck straight onto the card front. Middle left – the same die cut but in white on a red card. I certainly prefer this one. Middle right – a gorgeous Crafters Companion die. The frame is cut out of the card front, and the candle scene cut out of Christmas paper, and glued behind the card front. The bow is cut out of the same paper and stuck on to the candle piece then covered in Glossy Accents. All this is backed with black card, then a poinsettia cut out and glued on the front. A few perfect pearls dotted about! The card front left is one of the new 3D embossing folders from Crafters Companion, placed on the card front with decorative paper and a ribbon behind it. Some stickles and a bow added.
So that’s me this week, folks. I will endeavour to get around to folks – but I have to do the shopping for Step Inside. Feeling just a tad guilty that this is all I can do to help this week, as I have to be at a funeral on Thursday lunchtime.
Take care everyone. God bless.