Monday, August 8, 2011

More fun at Southport and Birthday Stuff


I went to see my son and his girls last week, my other 2 grandkids came with me.  The girls live in Formby, he lives in Southport.  There are a couple of pics of the kids in a park in Formby and DS with his new bike.  He got the bike through Merseyrail, who he works for through a scheme called 'Wheels to Work'.  He only pays £5 a week and less than half the price of the bike which means he could get a really good bike at an affordable price.  We then went into Southport and onto the carousel with the girls love, then the amusement arcade and through the hall of mirrors.  We also hired a little boat for a ride round the lake, all the kids had a turn of being skipper ;-)




Some time ago I showed concertina box files that some friends and I made.  When we did the journalling class with Kate a couple of weeks ago she had something similar but the outer cover was like a book cover.  Some of the 'Ladies Who Lunch' were there and wanted to have a go at making one.  So as I'd done the other one I sorted out how to make the one with the book cover.  When the LWL met up for our monthly playday we did this project.   I forgot I actually had my camera with me or I would've taken pics of what everybody did.  Basically we used a hardback book and took the innards out and made the concertina folder bit.  We didn't have time to decorate the book cover, but I'd already done mine as I thought it would take too long on the day and if I didn't finish it that day it may have ended up being another UFO!  The technique I've used for my book cover I found on Youtub and is one of CapricornArtist73's techniques.  We also made some 'bobbins' mine still have to be embellished.
Pat made me an absolutely beautiful book for my birthday, which was in July and Tracey made me a gorgeous little chipboard 'hangy'.






I bought a new 'toy' from Lidl which I simply love.  It's a Brother Lable Maker, £14.99  This one can do 3 different font sizes and has 4 frames plus an underline facility.  I resisted one of these for a long time as I could do any printing on the PC but it's so handy for card greetings when the PC's not on and DD always wants any cards, she asks me to make, personalised.   I've used it for the 'days' on my 365 pages for August.  Mine has 2 different fonts but for some reason the one Pat bought is slightly different and only has one font and one of the frames is different.
Spent a lovely day in Manchester on Saturday with Suzanne, who is one of my oldest friends.  I treated myself to a vanilla slice in Kendals and bought a lovely long-sleeved black top and a black sleeveless cardi - not a colour I usually go for.

12 comments:

Sandra Hall said...

Hi Anne, nice to read your news...your son's bike sounds like a great deal! Your birthday book from Pat looks lovely. Enjoyed making the file folder on Friday, alas, mine shall be a UFO - at least for a while :D

Clare H said...

Fabulous project this time at the LWL meeting! Yours looks amazing

Angie said...

Really enjoyed this post ...love your new toy ...and I love your bags below too. I have just had a quick catch up ...not sure why you fell under my radar lol xx

patcrafts said...

Well you don't blog often these days but when you do there's plenty to go at, enjoyed reading it all. The girls plus one boy look to have had a good day, love the bike, a brill idea from Mersey rail.
Glad you had a good day in Manchester. See you soon. xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love reading your posts because they are always so full of interesting things to comment on. Your son's bike is an example. How great that his facility helped him get that bike for a reasonable price. And the kids looked like they had SO MUCH FUN at the playground and arcade. I love carousels, too.

Wow, you got me with the book cover. It is gorgeous. I really MUST check out that YouTube video.

Sorry I missed your birthday. I'm sure it was awesome.

Crafty Chris said...

Oh I have missed a whole lot of lovely stuff here while I was away you have been busy, sorry I have missed your birthday hope you had a good one, those bags are gorgeous esp the blue one, hope you are keeping well.
Chris x

Linby said...

Belated birthday wishes Anne. It looks like you had some lovely items. Like the look of your bargain from Lidl too. I bought a Xyron runner but can't get on with it, I think my hands are too small !!!
Linbyx

Cheryl said...

oh hun belated birthday wishes hope you had a wonderful time hun,just love the bags hun,brilliant and great photos love the bike,brilliant to get it at such a reasonable price,take care hun hugs cherylxxx

Julia Dunnit said...

I'm a July baby too, I love having a summer birthday - Happy Returns! Like the hall of mirrors photo,how fun.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

PLEASE stay safe as the riots close in on your city.

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Jayne C said...

Your bobbins look great....so does your concertina box! Thanks for the instruction....mine is finished and over on my blog (http://earthtoplanetcraft.blogspot.com/) for viewing!!! xx