Monday, 15 August 2011

At last - I have managed to make something!

It took me over a week - I am so slow and out of practice.  'Life' has been getting in the way of crafting, but I am sure once the autumn comes and there is less going on, I'll get back into it.

My daughter-in-law's parents are visiting from Japan, so I made them a little book to take back with them of photos of his stay with them last year (this year was cancelled at the very last minute due to the Tsunami) and I have also included 'big' events of this past year up to date.  Such as first day at school in his new uniform, winning a medal in the school sports day, special photos with mum and dad, learning to ride his bike without stabilisers in the pouring rain - that sort of thing.

The book was inspired by one a forum friend Paula made me - you can see her blog here  obviously mine isn't a patch on the one she made, and I didn't have all the wonderful embellishments she used, but Haruko's parents seemed very happy with it and my grandson explained to them in Japanese all the events and Haruko translated all the messages for them.

It was a very hot and humid six week summer break in Japan last year so an afternoon nap was essential!

There are lots of exotic insects in JiJi and BaBa's (grandad and grandmother) garden.  This was a green stick insect that was on his bedroom windowledge.  At least I think it was a stick insect.  Long and bright green, with long long legs - and perfectly harmless

I won't bore you with the rest of it - just wanted you to know that I haven't given up!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Time for flower arranging again.

It was our annual flower arranging and lunch day yesterday
The weather was excrutiatingly hot and humid but we still had fun.
This is a pew end but as I don't have a pew, its laying on my table.

This very large arrangement is difficult to display.

It smells wonderful and is designed to look nice from all sides.

Its in a long tray which holds three Oasis blocks so quite a lot of space to fill.
We all took food for lunch - and had a veritable feast - it was great - and there was laughter all day long.

(We made the little pew end arrangement in the afternoon - as you can probably guess.  We were all wilting from the heat, and full of fabulous food)