Sunday, 21 September 2008

Indian Summer weekend

Wow, what a lovely weekend we have had weather wise. We have had beautiful sun most of the time, which has made a lovely change. Alex and I were invited round to friends yesterday to mess around with water in their garden. We had a great time and Alex got thoroughly soaked (see photo below!) which was the whole idea. Lisa has two lovely girls (pictured above) and the youngest is only a couple of months older than Alex so it was a perfect afternoon spent watching the children playing together.
Today we spent time in the garden with me weeding and Alex 'helping' with his plastic fork. It was nice to be out there so safely and to be able to enjoy the weather. This afternoon we went for a run round the park, although Alex was too tired to enjoy it properly. His ulcers are finally mending with only two left on his tongue and for the first time in nearly a week he actually ate some vegetable puree...he still can't/wont eat anything solid, but at least we can get something other than rice pudding, cereal or custard into him.
Despite everything I have managed to do some crafting this weekend. I have joined another forum, Time for Crafting, mainly in order to join in with their monthly ATC swaps. This month the theme is travel and I chose Steam trains (no surprise there!). These ATCs are decorated with steam train memorabilia, a steam engine stamp from Stamps Away, and an image from Crafty Individuals.
I also made a scrapbook page for the vintage book. This one features Solomon Merrit and uses a photo taken in about 1908 (we don't have the exact date for this one). The page uses the Hot Off the Press kit and Making Memories lettering. The journalling reads 'Solomon Merrit (pictured here with his wife Lizzie and daughter Annie) was injured while trying to stop a drunken brawl and spent the rest of his life in the 'Bath Chair' which he referred to as his 'Chariot'. Apparently he retained a great sense of humour... One year Annie wanted a doll which she had seen in Keoghs (the local drapers) window for Christmas. In the run up to Christmas a school friend said 'I saw your Mum going into Keoghs and the doll has gone from the window'. Christmas morning came and there was no doll in Annie's stocking. Very disappointed she went into her parents room to find the doll looking out of Solomon's stocking!'.
Having been assured that I am on the right lines I have altered two more postcards for the swap on the CM&PC forum. The first is of a painting by Georges Seurat (Une Baignade, Asnieres, 1883-4). I have added the biplane, cocktail glasses, ice cream, fishing rod and fish, gramaphone, music and butterflies as well as the gold edging and corners.
The second postcard is a classic Renoir of Madame Charpentier and her children. I decided to turn this rather staid little scene into a birthday party giving them all party hats, and adding a cake, gramaphone, music, presents and party banners down the side. It is back to work for me tomorrow, so I will update again mid-week. Have a good week everyone.


Allison said...

pop over to my blog I've tagged you

LazyKay said...

Glad Alex is on the mend and that you have a good week-end.

LOVE that vintage page, this book is a treasure - how lovely that you have been able to gather photos and anecdotes to go with them.

Love the travel ATCs.

The postcards are good, especially the party one.