Wednesday 24 August 2011

Social Somerset weekend!

I have had a lovely long weekend at my parents in Somerset.  The weather was a little mixed; mostly sunny with the occassional shower, but despite that we were able to eat most of our meals outside in the garden. My brother and his family were also down so Alex and his cousins played on the bike and tractor for a lot of the weekend.  The tractor proved good exercise for the adults as we had to push the boys round the drive!
Blackberrying was another favourite trip out, with walking through the long grass,
(helped by Grandad and Mummy where needed)
hiding in the corn
and of course eating the blackberries.
To top it all off we had a little boat ride on mill stream, which made Alex's day.
For the rainy session my mother unearthed all our old lego so Andy and I ended up building numerous small castles and cars which the boys then adapted. Even little Nicholas, who is not yet 2, was getting quite good at putting bits of lego together!
Alex also discovered Andy's euphonium and spent a happy time playing it...we were quite impressed that he managed to make some decent notes on it....who knows, maybe he will become a brass player!
As well as all the fun things to do at home, we had a stream of visitors including my Great Aunt Elizabeth, my godfather and his wife and of course Gran and Uncle Geoff.
We celebrated Uncle Geoff's **th birthday with cake and a barbeque in the garden. All in all it was a wonderful weekend and I really did not want to return to work.
Since coming back I decided that I really had to clear my side of the study as it was starting to look like a paper bomb had gone off. Of course, no sooner had I tidied, then I made it messy again by actually crafting! Here is my desk for WOYWW, partway through making a scrapbook layout. You can see my trusty mug of tea, my marker pen for doodling/grafiting (is that a word!) on my layout, various paper scraps, a craft knife, DST and various sundries shoved to the back of the desk!
What was the first site I checked out after coming back from Somerset?  Less is More of course!  This time the challenge was to make a card featuring something that my case I chose a dragon as I needed to make a birthday card for a little boy. I stamped the dragon so that he is peeping onto the card, coloured him with promarkers and then added the sentiment and drew steam/smoke puffs to finish it off. The colours I chose for the dragon are autumnal so this card also fits with Pollycrafts 'autumn colours', Ooh La La 'no backing paper' and cards for men 'anything goes' challenges.
I have also made a scrapbook layout of Alex attempting to play the drums. This one followed this weeks creative scrappers sketch and as I added some grafitti elements in the 'Banksy' style to the bottom left hand corner it also fits with this weeks Daring Cardmakers (thanks for the really stretched me!). As the colours used on this layout are blue, green, white, red and brown the layout also fits the Colour Create challenge. Apologies for the flash glare! That is all from me for now. Have a great rest of the week everyone.


Simple homemade living said...

Wow what a busy weekend you have had!! I love the picture with the trumpet. No wonder you dodn't want to come back.

The LO is gorgeous.

Laura #54

okienurse said...

great looking projects. Looks like you had a lot of fun with the family! Thanks for sharing the pics! have a great week. Vickie

Helen T said...

I love the dragon image, just perfect for a boys birthday. Well done.

Sarn said...

Love your "off the edge" dragon! Brilliant.

Hugs, Sandra View my card HERE

Alison said...

Love the simple design and your beautiful colouring. Thanks for joining our anything goes challenge at Cards for Men and good luck.
Hugs, Alison x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

What a fab family weekend you had - I love it when we do something similar!! A Euphonium player in the making - wonderful! Son No 2 and I are both E flat bass players in a brass band. We love it :) !!

sandra de said...

Wow that looks like a lot of fun over the weekend. Great pics.

Helen said...

What a totally fab weekend - loved looking at your pics, thanks for showing us.

Chrissie said...

Cute LIM card this week Caro and sure lots of little people would love this dragon!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

Lovely photos, looks like you all enjoyed a great weekend. Your LIM card is simply smashing too


Mandi said...

What a handsome fellow that dragon is, super!
Thanks so much
Diva LIM Mandi
"Less is more"

ally fiddy said...

Lovely photos and sounds like a fab weekend.

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Looks like a fun weekend, and I love your layout. Thanks for joining us at the Daring Cardmakers this week x

ScrappnBee said...

It looks like you had a truely fabulous holiday! I love that the legos are truely timeless! I had never heard of a euphonium before Mr. Megorium's Wonder Emporium, but glad to see that they are not just fantasy! Love the card and layout! They are great! Wish you well in your entries and happy WOYWW! -Amanda

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

A fab Dragon card. Lovely family pics too.

Wendy -x-

Aileen said...

Super image of the dragon and coloured beautifully. x

Deborah Frings said...

Looks like you've had a fabulous holiday - great photos. I remember picking berries and eating them :)

Love the dragon on your card - so cute! Here's mine!

Pauline said...

A lovely little dragon on your card, great colouring too.

Anne said...

Your weekend sounds just perfect Caro and am so glad you had such a lovely time. That dragon is so cute. Anne x

Samm said...

Cute little element in your layout!
Thanks for joining in with my challenge and DCM this week!


Anonymous said...

Love the dragon! And great job with the shading and colours. Hugs, Gill x

Oscar said...

Beautiful lo, thanks for playing along with the Daring Cardmakers this week!

Kathy said...

Lovely stuff Caro! Thanks for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers' "Inspired by Banksy" challenge this week

DesigNeAl said...

Great dragon!!
Thanks for joining us at Ooh La la with your No backing Paper entry; we hope to see you again soon x

Twiglet said...

Hi Caro - thanks for popping over to my blog. The photo is the view from my kitchen window - I live on the Wales/Shropshire border. x Jo

Tertia said...

I love the dragon! Looks like you had a great time witrh your family.
Happy very belated WOYWW