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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The never ending adventures of Desk Ted - Bahamas Style

As promised, here are the photos of Ted whilst on holiday at Sandals Emerald Bay.





















Monday, 12 January 2015

Sandals, Emerald Bay - Great Exuma, Bahamas December 2014

Well, there is a long title!

Thought I would share some photo's from our recent holiday...........


We flew from Heathrow to Nassau and connected onto George Town, Great Exuma.
The transfer time was really fast to our resort, Sandals Emerald Bay, where we were greeted with a lovely cold towel and refreshing drink.

Our room was fabulous..


The main pool area was stunning, we took this one as the sun was coming up one morning.


They have lots of cabanas around the edge of the pool which we were lucky enough to have each day, and mainly the same one.


Before we travelled Robert had found out about an excursion where you could swim with pigs - Yes, I did say Pigs! - and upon arrival were told to book early as they get very busy. I am so glad that we did!  Operated by Exuma Water Sports this was the most exhilarating trips ever!

I "borrowed" this photo from their website.


Heading towards one of the islands out came the pigs, swimming as fast as they could.........




We jumped in and fed them with Turkey Chipolatas.......



Then headed on land to see (and cuddle) the piglets.
Justin and his family take great care of them and bring fresh food and water each day, they have even built them a little pen.


Onwards around the Cays to another stop to feed grapes to Iguanas - Robert thought there would be one or two in a cage owned by someone but...........
there was a beach full - again all come running as we approached....





The tour was a half day and we did lots of other exciting and adventurous things but I wouldn't want to spoil it for others who may go and, a waterproof camera would have been a very good idea.

I have to admit that we were quite boring really apart from that and didn't do other excursions. There were a few on offer but as the Islands are not commercialised like other Caribbean destinations, were not really appealing. We met a couple who were getting married on the resort and went to George Town (the capital) to do the paperwork who said that it was very small with not a lot to see.

The weather was another factor as we were hit by the tail end of some nasty storms which came across the southern states of America bringing windy and sometimes showery conditions.
The Ocean Safari trip was cancelled quite often due to this so we were lucky to have booked to go early on during our holiday.

Emerald Bay has he most amazing, long beach with another resort at one end - Grand Isle resort and spa - but it would never be crowded. 



The staff were excellent and couldn't do enough to make you feel welcome, we were treated to an Anniversary cake one evening.............


And the freshest coconuts ever after breakfast one morning.


It was a fabulous two weeks away from home and would I go back?
At the drop of a hat!

Watch out for Desk Teds photo's - he came too!





Sunday, 4 January 2015

Hockey jumper for Christopher.......

Another order from work was to replicate this hockey jumper for Jennifer's nephew.


This is what I made -


Apologies again for the bad photo but it was a last chance before I gave it to her :(

The card is 8x8" and features papers from Basic Grey's PB&J collection. 
I used the bunting from the elements sheet.

I stamped the shirt onto orange bazzill then coloured in the stripes with a black promarker and added detail with a white gel pen. It was stamped twice and stuck together with foam pads although that does not show very clearly here!


I hope he liked it - Happy Birthday Christopher!


Friday, 2 January 2015

Congratulations to


Chloe & Dan!

Alie from work asked me to make a special wedding card for her friends Chloe & Dan for whom she was bridesmaid - this is the result.


Unfortunately, being an idiot, this was the only photograph I took!

The card is an 8x8 white which I have layered with bazzill, punched and with a pricked edge.
The photo Alie gave me sat perfectly in the middle of the punched square,
I die-cut and punched flower and foliage and added the the left side along with a good sprinkling of gems and glitter!
The ribbon is from my collection and was similar to the colour of the bridesmaid dresses, I finished the bow with a pearl and diamante gem.
"Congratulations" is a die-cut but their names were white stickers which I customised with a 
Pro-marker.

Here's wishing Chloe and Dan a very happy future together!







Thursday, 1 January 2015

UP at the O2 - Scrapology January Challenge - L is for lots of letters

Happy New Year to you all!

To kick us off this year we have chosen a stunning layout by Laura Vegas.
Laura's blog is here.

I chose to adapt the layout to fit a larger photo so placed it at the bottom right.

I used a variety of scraps that I had to make the page and a collection of letters too.
The large UP is Tim Holtz grunge board which I painted with blue acrylic paint, distressed with Black soot ink, covered with glitter glue, then smeared with orange paint!


I've added lots of card candi, pearls and faux stitching plus part of the brochure for the climb - which was awesome by the way!

This is Laura's beautiful original and our sketch.



The challenge runs until the 5th February so you have plenty of time to take part - check out the details on the Scrapology blog here.


Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Five of something - December Scrapology Challenge.

This month we chose a stunning layout by Kimberley Van Diepen who's blog 'Stamping by the Sea' can be found HERE.

Mine uses papers from Basic Grey's PB&J collection.
We had taken my Dad into London to see the Poppies at the Tower of London and ended up on a magical mystery tour!
1 - Car to the station.
2 - Train to Charing Cross
3 - Bus to the Tower of London
then..............walking around the Tower we saw the pier for the river boats so,
4 - River Bus to the O2 Dome at Greenwich
5 - Emirates Skyline (round trip) cable car.
                  

I used the numbers that came with the collection pack and layered them onto circles and scallops.


I added the squiggly border down the centre as I felt it represented the Thames with its twists and turns.



And of course the list.......


I might add that we took the River bus back to Embankment, walked up Villiers Street to Charing Cross to get the train and car back home!
We also included a lovely walk around St Katharine's Dock with Dad in his wheelchair so could have made this "6" modes - but that's for another day.

This is the lovely original that inspired us...........



And our sketch..............


Still time to enter the challenge - follow this link for more info.

Thanks for looking.
xxx