Me on Monday - 16th November (where has this year flown too?)

06:53 Karen 6 Comments

Sometimes I  think I will do a me on Monday and then realise that not much has  happened and it will only be interesting to me.  Although a lot of the weekend was spent constantly checking our phones for updates about Paris we did have a lovely weekend -  after reading mine why don't you pop over to Sian's blog to see what other people have been up to!

On Friday, we drove to Newcastle to stay with Gracia and Josh in their new flat.  Although, they have lived in the same house for the past five years there has always been other people living their too and this is the first time they have had a flat all to themselves.  It was such a joy to see the little bits and pieces that Gracia had made for their home and it makes my little heart sing for two reasons.  1.  She is making time in her very demanding study schedule to do something for herself and 2. she likes making stuff!

On Saturday we went out for a huge breakfast, went to see The Lady In The Van at the cinema - I loved this film but I do love most Alan Bennet plays, Gracia and Josh enjoyed it and David said 'I wouldn't buy the DVD but would watch it again if it came on tv.

We then went to Olive and Bean for an afternoon tea - a very late Birthday treat for David, one that had been planned for August but we had to cut our Newcastle trip short at the time so we had it on Saturday.

Then back to the flat for a bit of a chill 


and off to the main even of the weekend - The Durham Lumiaire.  

 Gracia has been to the last two of these and so wanted us to go this year.  It was fabulous, with so much to see and the highlight was the illusion of a whale leaping and splashing in the river - photo taken from internet as mine were not as good.

Sunday saw us going for a walk in the morning, lunch and then traveling home with heavy hearts.  


It doesn't hurt any less leaving Gracia after five years of her living in Newcastle than it did the first time we left her.

So Monday sees me gearing up for the sound and lighting for the GCSE Drama devised pieces and getting ready for a weekend away with the lovely Thornham girls.

Hope your week is a very good one.
Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  A lovely weekend with the three people I love most in the world.
2. Seeing Josh and Gracia so happy and proud in their new home.
3. Looking forward to Gracia coming home at Christmas and our next visit to Newcastle.

Sparing a thought and lighting a candle for those who have lost loved ones in Paris.


What A Weekend

17:00 Karen 6 Comments

So, at the ATDML retreat,  I was up first with a class on Friday and I am closed the retreat with my Graphic 45 class today.  What a fabulous weekend it has been with fine food, fabulous friends and absolutely sumptuous classes.  ATDML really know how to throw a retreat, just looking at all the happy faces and listening the the comments from the lovely attendees is a testament to the Fab Five who put in all the hard work to make it happen.

I have, for some time, wanted to to teach a layout class that was opulant and festooned with sparkle and flowers but, other than cutting all the flowers out on the Silhouette - a mammoth task for a class of 30+, I couldn't see how I could mange it. 

Then the fabulous Denise gave me her Big Shot and a whole new world of crafting was opened up to me - die cutting.  

 Having retreat selfie fun with The Fabulous Denise

So I was able to buy the necessary dies, add some punches and the class was manageable, with everyone cutting out their own elements.  

The resulting page was one featuring lots of flowers, lace, gold and sparkle and a photo of my very lovely 3 year old Gracia.  I am going to put it into a box frame and bring it out each Christmas as a piece of home decor .

I had more than enough papers left over to make a second layout featuring our 'mad as a hatter' family in our prefered Christmas headgear.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  David is well on the mend.

2.  A weekend with good friends, eating lovely food and playing with paper, glue and sparkles.

3. Having gone into work for two days last week I can start this week without a huge list of jobs on my desk.