Tuesday, 20 January 2015

WOYWW 294 and 'other happenings'

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Thank you for all the lovely comments last week. I found I could not put a comment on some blogs - so sorry.

Apologies for a longish post - with several photos (sorry Julia) but I only have chance to do this tonight but I will do my desk / craft bit first so that you can just see that bit if you don't have time for the rest.

My desk has not changed a lot since last week as I've not been here to craft. I've managed some knitting while I was travelling. Have been to Sugar Craft , it's been good to start it again - I had a bit of break. I was unable to finish my gelatine flowers - hope to next week. Several of you were interested. Yes Jan you just use ordinary powdered gelatine - you add water and food colouring. You can also 'paint' onto the flowers when they have dried. We used wires - shaped but also some sheets we painted gelatine onto some 'sheets' with various shapes/moulds on.

Not a good photo below but my flowers and leaves but not taped/arranged yet.

These are two sprays my friend put together.

You can use them on cakes but I also like them as decoration on gifts. I will show you mine when it's completed.

Below is what we started today - any ideas? :-) It's shaped over a small plastic ball to dry out. It's made from 'pastillage'

So that's my desk and crafty part for this week. Oh yes I also had some goodies arrive -

Show them to you next week :-)
Will visit as many desks as I can.

Now why I've not had much time!!! Last Wednesday saw DH and I set off to Somerset to collect my Mum. Not the greatest weather :-( to travel in

On Thursday we came back to West Mids with my Mum. On Friday set off up to Yorkshire to celebrate Mum's 86th birthday with our eldest son and family.
Had a wonderful time and Mum enjoyed her birthday. Weather on Sat/Sun was not the best but we did not let it deter us.
Although there was snow we set off to Holmfirth on Sat afternoon to show mum 'Sid's Cafe' - used in filming Last of the Summer Wine - had hoped to have coffee there but they closed early because of the weather. managed to find somewhere open though. My son also showed her round the village they live in( Hepworth)

On her actual birthday ( Sunday) she had lots of cards and pressies and was thoroughly spoiled. We all went out for lunch and then back to our son's for cake and tea. Then at Mum's request Matthew played her Moonlight Sonata and Jesu' Joy of Man's Desiring and the boys then played their cornets. Then we had to set off for our two and a half journey home!!!! After a wonderful time it was so sad to leave.

Yesterday I took Mum for a manicure and pedicure and then  we went and collected my granddaughters from school. I then cooked dinner for when our son and D.I.L. arrived from work and to spend some time with Mum.

Today I've been to my Sugar Craft class and then lunch with my friends and Mum went to spend the day with my Auntie ( her sister)

Some photos in no particular order :-)

Mum with Sam

Flowers for our D.I.L.

Waiting for Sunday lunch Harry, Carolynn, Mum and Matthew.

DS playing !!!!

DH and our GS's Harry and Sam

Just before we had to come home.

The boys!!!!

Harry cuddling Big Bear!!!

And below yours truly ( with eyes shut!!!! :-) ) with Sam and DH

Hope you've enjoyed sharing our weekend. x


  1. What a busy time you've been having, Anne ... lovely post with great photos. The flowers are beautiful. Unable to join in WOYWW for obvious reasons this week but just had to pop in and say hello :) Elizabeth xx

  2. Belated birthday wishes to your mum - it sounds as if you have had a fabulous time.

    The sugar crafting looks and sounds great.

    What naughty goodies have you got in those boxes I wonder?

  3. Hi Anne, it sounds like a wonderful family time for you all! I was so happy to see a photo of you, you're beautiful! Please show us you with your eyes open.. LOL! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Belated happy birthday to your mom and I hope you have a wonderful week Anne. Thanks for your visit and lovely comment.

  5. Wow, sounds like you all had such a lovely time. what beautiful memories to share.
    sandra de @43

  6. I'm just doing my blog dash round all my favourites while the twinnies are doing some cutting and sticking 😃
    Looks like your mum had a very special birthday...happy belated wishes from me. Really love your gelatine flowers.
    Annie x #23

  7. ah beautiful gelatine flower indeed Anne, find that fascinating...

    Oh, and those boxes look really tantalising :D glad your mum had a great birthday too.
    happy WOYWW!
    Shaz in Oz.x #38

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards blog}

  8. I have enjoyed sharing your weekend. You certainly did a few miles there but worth it for such an enjoyable family time. Your flowers are totally stunning, so pretty and delicate. Thank you for sharing them with us. xx Maggie #27

  9. What a happy family time. happy birthday to your Mum. I can't believe those flowers are made from gelatine - so clever!! x Jo

  10. Aww. how lovely to see your family weekend! Your mum is looking good for 86 :-) Nice to see a pic of you too!
    Those gelatine flowers are really fantastic - you do such delicate work. You've obviously got bags of patience (I haven't!). I just couldn't envisage what they'd look like, but they are ever so pretty!
    Hugs, LLJ 25 xx

  11. Me again! Forgot to say, the vintage bag is still available if you're interested :-)
    LLJ xx

  12. Looks like you've got two BIG boxes of goodies - enjoy! Your sugar gelatine flowers sound very interesting, and a lot of work to make I'm sure. Fun family photos too!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #14

  13. Gosh that is so much you have managed to achieve i am exhausted for all you have done. Lovely photos and I finally can put a face to the name, thank you so much. Wow and a milestone birthday in the family, wonderful.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 35
    Happy WOYWW

  14. Gosh, so much going on Anne. The sugar crafted flowers are great and I just can't wait to see what is in the boxes, so love new goodies Lol!
    Thanks for the visit, have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 33

  15. It looks like your Mom had a great birthday :) More important then tons of crafting as it only comes around once a year. The gelatin flowers are beautiful. I wish I knew how to make them :) Shel#71

  16. Hello!

    Great photos - what a nice family visit! I am intrigued but the gelatin flowers - need o read more! Looking forward to seeing your projects! Wishing you a happy day today!


    Barbara DIane

  17. How lovely for you to be able to spend the entire weekend celebrating your Mum's 86th birthday with the family and your gelatine flowers are fabulous!! Happy WOYWW from Annette #13

  18. What a busy week you have had. Happy belated birthday to your mother. Looks and sounds like she had a wonderful time, even with the bad weather. What a memory you created for the entire family.

    Lovely gelatine flowers. Look forward to seeing what you got in the mail. You are SUCH a tease. Happy WOYWW from #1 and thanks for visiting me while I slept.

  19. Those sprays your friend made are lovely, so I hope I get to see your versions of them. I'm also very intrigued by the big boxes of goodies you received and enjoyed perusing through your sweet family photos. Thanks for stopping by and Happy WOYWW!

  20. Hi Anne, what a lovely post - celebrating your mum's birthday with the family sure is special. I do love your sugarcraft work, wow - just gelatin hey!!, they are lovely. Enjoy your week, keep warm Cheers RobynO#42, thanks for visiting

  21. Lovely family photos for a great family celebration, Anne. I love the gelatine flowers. They remind me of something in a tin or jar you used to be able to get years ago (can't remember the name) that you dipped wire into to make flowers like that - it was some sort of plastic, I think. I'd never have thought of gelatine! They are so pretty and delicate.

    Thank you for your most encouraging and uplifting comment - your kind thoughts, and especially your prayers, are very much appreciated. We'll get through it all somehow, and meantime I'm trying not to think too far ahead and think of worst case scenarios which may never happen! I think I shall feel slightly less at sea once we get definite dates for scans and surgery etc.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #44

  22. Your handmade flowers are lovely.

  23. Blogger froze and only let me write a ridiculously short sentence!! It looks as though you had a lovely weekend with your mum and family, such treasured memories. Thanks for visiting me already.

  24. Smashing photos - really enjoyed seeing you all enjoying such a wonderful occasion.
    Impressed with the flowers you have done and your friend's skill at wiring up the tiny bouquets.
    Keep 'em coming.
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

  25. What a lovely time you've been having - making lots of wonderful memories! I love your flowers, they are beautiful and so delicate - they will look stunning on top of a cake. Thanks so much for stopping by my desk, I hope you have a great week,
    Diana #39

  26. I really love the sugar craft sprays.

    Lots of lovely photos to keep the happy memories alive. Your mum obviously had a fab time.

    So jealous of those big boxes with stash inside:)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #40

  27. Wonderful photos of your family! Such happy shots. Will be interested to see what you will make and unbox!


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