Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Chelsea Flower Show and WOYWW!

Well this is what my desk looked like yesterday morning...Alex was sat busy crafting and making a friendship card for one of the girls in his class.  He used a cuttlebug embossing folder, a Penny Black stamp (coloured with Promarkers - he is actually very careful with them) and a Crafty individuals stamp. This is the neatest colouring I think he has ever managed!
As his finished card was Clean and Simple and for a child and he wanted to enter into a challenge (like Mummy!), I am entering this into Less is More's 'for a child/baby' challenge on his behalf!  I am also entering this into Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 'flowers', SCSC 'in the garden' and SSDS 'flowers' challenge on his behalf.
This is the state of my desk as it is now for WOYWW.  My challenge book is out as I try and get inspiration for crafting after a busy few days.  You can also see numerous stamos floating round the back of my desk that need to be cleaned and put away, my work keys and swipe card, as well as my phone and my trusty mug of tea.
I really haven't had time for crafting so far this week as I was unexpectedly invited to the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday.  Mother (and Dad) has been showing at Chelsea since 1972 and she has decided that this is the last year she is going to do it, so on Monday (Press Day), she held a party at the stand for all her RHS and AGS friends, Gran and me!  It was a mad trip down to London and back in the day, but so worth it! 
The Broadleigh Gardens stand (Mum's stand) looked amazing as you can see (view 1),
(view 2)
(view 3)
(view 4) so it is no wonder that she got BBC coverage last night (watch it on i-player if you missed it - her name is Christine Skelmersdale!) and a well deserved Gold medal.
It was wonderful to see her, Dad and Gran and to get a chance to look round the various exhibits in the marquee and outside,
I fell in love with various of the exhibits including Raymond Evison's clematis stand,
the Birmingham floral mini, complete with floral driver,
the incredible vegetable display
this steampunk horse
and driftwood dog.
It was a truly memorable and once in a life-time experience to be there on Press Day when all the stands were looking at their best and yet there was plenty of space to see them.  Now it is back to reality unfortunately and editing a student thesis!  Have a great week everyone.


JB said...

I saw your mum's stand on telly last night and I was astounded at it's beauty. You should be very proud of her but am sure you are anyway lol. Happy WOYWW from a fellow crafting mummy.

Lisa said...

Wow Caro, thanks so much for sharing these great pics and i'm defo going to watch the prog on the iplayer too, DS's card is very cute:D
Many thanks for sharing
Happy WOYWW day
Lisa #16

inkypinkycraft said...

Some great pictures and love the steam punk horse!have a great week hugs trace x

Lottie said...

Congratulations to you mother and father - I have recorded the programme so will take a look tonight when hubs is out.

Wonderful card by your son - he's sure got talent

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Caro, WOW a totally talented family, Your son's card is brilliant, clever lad;) I'm so pleased you had such a great day and congrats to your mother, what a wonderful display, xxx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Oh wow your pics are fantastic! Alex is a real crafter isn't he, hope that continues as his work is super! Take care and enjoy this sunny & warm WOYWW. Zo xx 80

downrightcrafty said...

fabulous photo's can see you had a great time, love this little creation just perfect, thank you for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx

okienurse said...

awesome flora displays. I love going to the home and garden shows here in the spring. I can't believe Alex is big enough to do all that crafting. He has certainly grown fast. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Have a great week Vickie #28

May said...

Wonderful post, faaulous pics of the show your parents are sooooo talented!!!! I love the horse and wooden dog... and Alex your card is another beauty.. Hugs May x x x#30

Chrissie said...

Great post Caro... how exciting!
Alex, your card is amazing!
What fabulous colouring! Watch out mummy, he'll be taking over your desk soon!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Marie said...

Fantastic card, Alex. Great job coloring that cute image. Thank you for sharing with Flourishes.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Oh wow!! That looks like quite a show!! Congratulations to your Mother - well deserved!!

Your desk looks like a happy place!

Jeannie #75

Queen Of Toys said...

Your pictures are amazing and you should be so proud of your mum what an awesome display, loads of hard work into that, that's for sure. Congratulaitons from me.

Eliza #49

Linny said...

Amazing pictures. Clever mum and dadxx .
I love the image you have used for this delightful card. Thank you for joining us at Secret Crafter SC. Linda x

Mandi said...

how fabulous
Great work Alex
Thank you
What a fabulous day, super pics
Thank you very much
"Less is More"

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Super cute card! Love the embossed images! Thanks for joining along with FTTC :)

Heather Jensen said...

So cute! He did a great job....thanks for playing at FTTC. :)