Wednesday, 19 November 2014

First Day Excitement

I love that first day excitement feeling on a holiday.
It's the best!!

I used this photo on my new LO that was taken our first morning.
We got up early and got to Magic Kingdom for 8am before it was open. We walked down an empty Main Street and had breakfast with Winnie the Pooh and friends at Crystal Palace. We could see the castle from our window. It was perfect.
We met this chap as soon as we arrived.

I played along with the new Cocoa Daisy challenge set by Martha.
We'd love you to play along with us.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Monterey Bay Sneaks

I'm so looking forward to my December Cocoa Daisy Kit arriving.
The US girls have started receiving their's so hopefully mine won't be too much longer now.

For now, here are some sneaks.

Main Kit.

Day in the Life Kit.
Pacific Grove Add On
Carmel – Day in the Life Add On
 Napa – Patterned Paper Add On
Find out all the details here at
Have a great day xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

I Love Pumkin Oh Yes I Do!!!!!

I feel like that title should be sung.
''I Love Pumpkin Oh Yes I do''.
''Tra la la la la la la la laaaaaaaaa''.

That's how much I love them!!!

So much so that I made a LO about them too.

Whilst in the US last month I had as many different pumpkin dishes as possible.
The Cheesecake Factory cheesecake was amazing. Lots of pecans and caramel. So Good!! But on our first ever visit to Dennys, they won best pancake dish. Hands down!!
Those pumpkin pancakes were just the best pancakes I've ever had. With pumpkin spice whipped cream and cinnamon sugar. Yum!!
I bought some pumpkin spice back with me and have been recreating my own and using it in cream for pumpkin cake. It's so good!!
  This LO is featured on the Cocoa Blog today with tips on how to use these free printables that come with each monthly kit. See here.
Happy Monday to you xxx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Fun with Stamps

Hello to you on this grey and rainy day.
To brighten this day up I have a really fun LO to share with you.

It's hard to believe that this was taken just a few weeks ago, 20th October to be exact. I can't imagine how hot it was that day. We were in Islands of Adventure and we happened to see storytime in Seuss Landing. Being big Dr Suess fans we stopped to watch. We were fortunate to find a brolly to sit under, it was so hot and it was still only 10am ish.

I love that they didn't care that they were the oldest kids there but instead just sat and listened to the Dr Suess stories.
I used my November Cocoa Daisy Stamps a fair bit on this LO. I created a border with the CD paper along with the large arrow stamps. And I used the DITL kit to layer up beneath my photo.
Take a look here for more projects using this months stamps. 
Enjoy your day xx

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

I wish I could wake up to this everyday

Every morning whilst away we would open up the blind of our balcony, lay in bed and watch the sunrise.
It was my favourite part of the day.
We'd put the kettle on and sit out there and enjoy the warmth and the morning sun.
The perfect start to any day.
I cried for that sunrise Saturday morning : (

I used my November Cocoa Daisy Kit.
I used the wood vaneer as a mask with Maya Mist and then used the blue wood vaneer and placed my photo on top.

I used this months Cocoa Daisy Sketch.

You have 2 weeks to play along if you wish.
You could win $10 to spend in the CD store.
See here for full details.

Enjoy!! x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Time for Hellos & Weathervane

It's been a while.
We are now home from a 3 week trip to Orlando.
It's taken me a couple of days to settle and stop getting teary each time I think about it.
So I guess I should pre-warn you from now - Orlando photo overload for the next few months.
And yes, before you ask....the next trip is already being planned : )

Whilst I was away Cocoa Daisy launched the new November Kit 'Weathervane'.
It was waiting for me when I came home.

Lucky Me!!
Friday afternoon was unpacking, Saturday we went to Swindon to collect our doggie from Mum's, we went out for lunch and I spent the evening with my sister.
Sunday was catching up with the house and work and finally Sunday afternoon I opened my Cocoa Daisy box.

Here is my first Orlando LO of this trip using this beautiful kit.

That's it for now.
I will be back with lots of stories very soon.
Hugs xxx 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

October Sketch Challenge

I love using sketches when I scrapbook.
Here is the October Cocoa Daisy sketch challenge.

And this is my LO.

I used my Main Cocoa Daisy Kit along with the 'Day in the Life Kit'.
This was such a funny day.
It was when all the family were staying and it was Ade's birthday too. We visited a local museum which is all inside but is set like it's outside and takes you back to the early 1900's and see's you through the years.
We thought this would be so much fun for Dad with all his grandchildren.
We had the biggest laughs of the trip.
There was so much silliness and lots of photo staging going on.
There are so many photos and stories for this page, so I added one of the glassine envelopes to hold all the extras.
I had to add the skeleton card.
There was a pretend pier in this musuem full of ald arcade games, fotune telling machines etc.. We swapped money for old English pennies to use these old machines. The adults enjoyed it as much as the kids.
My 27yr old brother decided to try one and have his xray taken and received this card. He was genuinely so disappointed. We found this so funny that he was behaving like a 5yr old. What on earth did he exepect for a penny??? And no, he wasn't wearing a hat or smoking a pipe.
It did make us laugh.

So that's my silly LO.

Not too much to tell here.
Busy getting work up together before we head off.
This time next week we will be waiting for the kids to come home from school and they we will be off to stay at Gatwick Airport over night before our flight : )

Hope you are having a good week xxx

Monday, 29 September 2014

Blue Ridge Reveal

I hope you are well.
Thank you for reading and your messages.
I've been so quiet in the land of blog. What with work, kids and our Disney trip next week....yes next week : ) Life is rather busy.

I am however still scrapbooking and loving every minute that I get to scrap.
My October Cocoa Daisy kit came, Blue Ridge and I have loved this kit to bits.
There isn't much left already. Always a good sign I think.

The kit was revealed last night and has sold super fast. I understand that there is already a wait list for the main kit now. You can view the kit galleries here to see what we all made with the kit.

I made this first LO within 40mins of opening up the kit.

This photo was taken at the end of July when we went down to the coast (Mudeford) for a day. The kids were too cool to paddle. So we left them sat on a wall, kicked off our shoes and had fun in the sea without them. 

 I used the main kit here along with the 'Day in the Life' Kit.

I hope you have a happy Monday.
Thanks for stopping by xx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Lovely Moments with added Unicorns

We had many of these lovely moments when my family recently visited.
One in particular was a Sunday morning when we went for a stroll from our home.

I made a LO about this walk for a Cocoa Daisy Challenge which you can play along with here.

Me, Millie & Sarah-Jane

This walk was so much fun.
We are only a 5 minutes walk from Yateley Common, but there was an area that we were yet to explore.
Castle Bottom.
We've walked past the signs for this area before but never ventured through the kissing gates.
From our house, once we are on the common we walk around to the disused runway. The blackberries are great at the end of summer.

Ade & Louis

We usually follow the runway around and head back home, but today we went through the woodland at the top of the runway.

But not before my sister, Sarah-Jane, headed in to the bushes for a wee.
This happens on every outing with her.

We then arrived at the fence with the kissing gates to enter Castle Bottom.
The area that was unknown to us (after Ade having lived here all his life and me having lived in Yateley for 16years)

And this is the view that met us.

The heather was so pretty.
There were clear walk ways to follow.

Which then became a wooden walkway leading down.
Lots of stopping and chatting throughout.

And then we found this little gem of a place.
Shoes and socks soon came off.
And dresses were tucked in to knickers.
Then the paddling began. It was soooo cold.
It really is so beautiful here. It felt like we were on holiday and not a short walk from home.
We spent quite some time here paddling, chatting and messing around. I wish we'd have taken a picnic. I could have spent all afternoon here. Not a single other person was in sight.

Ben, Louis &  Hollie

And my darling sister, Sarah-Jane
I've left out the photo of her trying to put her tights back on and rolling back on the ground with all bits exposed or the ones when her dress came down too. It's hard to find a normal photo of this girl.
Anyway, we decided to continue with the walk. There was another wooden walkway up on the other side to where we had come. We had no idea where this headed.
As we got to the top and the ground evened out again we were met with this coming over to us rather quickly.
My brother in law filmed little Millie's excitement as the wild pony approached. I just love this.
You should be able to see this mini video here.
Little Millie shouting ''We found a wild horse. Isn't it amazing??'
And me saying ''it's a unicorn'.
It does look like a unicorn, doesn't it?!!
I wanted one of those blow up unicorn horns right then to attach to it's head.  
It really did feel very magical right in that moment.
I did keep my distance though, I'm not fond of ponies and horses. The rest of the family were braver than me.
Then another started galloping through rather pronto.
Joined by a couple more.
I was so ready to leave at this point.
Then there were big horses too.
The walk continued and everything opened up again and we went from woodland to this feeling very high up again.

I kept thinking how lucky we are to live here.
The walkway lead back down again then towards the woodlands.
And after a while we were back in the areas that we were familiar with.
It's times like this when I see us all together that I really how many there are of us when Dad comes to stay.
We had a really lovely time.
I loved this morning.
Family times are the best!!!