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Saturday, 9 April 2011

Vive le printemps !!

Oh, today was such a nice day, so warm and lovely. It felt like summer and it was great to see the kids play outside all day. I pottered around the garden, which is coming on nicely and I can't wait for the brick layer to come over next week and finish off the new borders. I have planted lots of little seeds in the play house ( my green house !! ) and they will soon be ready to be planted outside. I know I might sound sad, but I am getting really excited. I can already imagine all the colours and smell the sweet fragrances. I can't wait !

Last week was my friend's Mariska's birthday. I won't say how old she was or she will get upset with me but she invited me to her tea party and it was very lady like !! Strawberries and cakes, cupcakes and yummy biscuits, sitting around a nice pot of tea in the garden. ( well it was lady like until I tried to get on her new hammock with my skirt !! ). I had prepared her a card and some of her favorite biscuits. I don't often make cards these days. ( I used to before kids !! ) but I enjoyed making this one and it was super quick compare to a 12x12 page !! Mariska is Dutch so I was adamant I was going to put a bicycle on the card !! and she loved it ( or so she said !! She probably thought it was a really childish joke but kept quiet !! ) ( Mind you she might give me a card that smells of garlic for my birthday ! ) . So anyway, here it was .

Last night I had a chance to finish off a page I started at the beginning of the week. The lay out is from Once Upon A ... Sketch, a new challenge blog that encourages you to write on your pages. I really like the idea and the sketch reminded me of a page I done a couple of months earlier about Amelie in new York so I thought I would give it a try. Here is the sketch.

And here is my page .

I choose the back paper as it looks like something straight out of the seventies and is very similar to the wall paper we had in our dining room when I was little. The journaling is about how privileged I feel to have had such a happy, stress free childhood. No drama, just a happy simple life with two working parents quite strict but looking back very fair, lovely caring grandparents, good friends, good education and good values. Until you have kids yourself, you don't quite appreciate how hard it is to make the right decisions sometimes but when I look at my brother and my sister, I think my parents did a pretty good job raising us.
I must admit I struggled a little to coordinate all the papers and I would really have like to sew the blue circle but I didn't have any blue that matched so I had to borrow one of the kids' felt tips. The picture makes me laugh as everybody comments that Harry looks the spitting image of me.

Anyway, enough of me talking. I would like to try and my a page for Sketchy Thursday again this week. They have a lay out with 4 pictures this week but I am running out of pictures !!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.



  1. beautiful work ann... fabulous colours .. thanks so much for playing along ... fingers crossed for the prize .. hugz x

  2. Very cute card! Absolutely love the layout! Love the super busy base paper!!! The paper strips, the journaling, the stitching, the embellies (especially that butterfly) are all fantastic!!!

  3. Anne this is fantastic work! I LOVE what you have done here...Absolutely love the 'seventies'colours as you say, and LOVE your take on the sketch! Very unique..:o) Thanks for playing along at Once Upon A..Sketch! xoxo Nadia.

  4. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your take on Nadia's sketch Ann!!! Really great :) Thanks for playing at OUAS!

  5. everything is matche dperfectly to this precious photo! LOVE this page so so much. Thanks for playing along with us!

  6. Wow! This is great how everything goes together so well here. I really like the look of the circle!

  7. Merci pour ton passage sur mon petit blog. Je suis également ravie de t'avoir découverte. J'aime beaucoup ce que tu fais. Tu as complètement réinventé ce sketch ! C'est magnifique !

  8. Absolutely looove your take on the sketch!! So creative and the colors work perfectly!! Fabulous effort with the journalling too!
    Lou xx

  9. I remember the wallpaper in the living room too, quite like your base paper! And by the way I am not only beautiful (?) but clever too!!!
    Take care

    P.S. Harry does look very much like you in this picture

  10. Yes, I can say that your layout is simply fantastic! The background, all the particulars are perfects! Thanks for play with us, I'm your new follower!

  11. Thanks for your visit in my bloggie, yours is full of inspirations!!! XO