Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our own Royal Wedding!

The day of our own 'Royal' Wedding dawned - a little windy but the sun was shining.
Some bloggy friends have asked me to share a few photographs so here they are - I was so busy socialising (I LOVE being with my family) that when I uploaded the photo's, I realised how many perfect shots I missed!

The dresses await the Bride and her bridesmaids.

Steph's hair..

I love this shot of our two girls...

Laura-Beth bought these 'I Do' blingy crystals for the bottom of Steph's shoes...

"I'm so excited Mum!" That's me in the background and yes - I had my hair straightened!

The Wedding car caused quite a stir - the races were also on in York so it was very busy and a large crowd gathered outside the church, when Andy and Steph arrived they cheered, whistled and clapped - Andy said they felt like celebrities! (Move over William and Kate!)

Jim, Laura-Beth and Charlie

Is this a proposal?
Actually, they are getting married next year :D

Mum and Dad

Andrew, Stan and Shelley

Niamh's Kurt Geiger shoes also caused a bit of a stir - not least, everyone asked how did she walk in them! (those plastic heel caps had to be worn to protect the floor of The Merchant Adventurer's - a medieval hall)

Martin and Niamh

The absolutely fantastic Ceilidh Band...

A special day was made even more special because Andy's beloved sister Marilyn was able to be there, indeed, here she is dancing!

That's me cautioning Andy not to embarrass Steph during his Father of the Bride speech! My cheeks are rosy from the wine!

Mr and Mrs Taylor!

And yet another stir was caused by the fantabulous choccywoccydoodah cake... I don't know if you've seen the tv show? Everything on the cake is edible - sculpted from chocolate! Spot those lego people on the top? It was served with coffee after the meal - I didn't even get a piece and they are away on honeymoon now so I hope its still OK to eat by the time they get back!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I'm late posting this month's offering for the 365 calendar Challenge and I did the background in March because I knew April was going to be busy.....just goes to show how good intentions go awry sometimes :)

But here it is, better late than never eh?

And this is April all filled in...we had a busy month but it was filled with my favourite pastime - spending time with family and friends :D

Right, this is an early morning post and I'm off to get ready to go to Harrogate for a play day at my favourite place with my buddy Shelley - first time we've had chance to get messy together in ages!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Good Life

Last week I taught a workshop at Art from the Heart - we made a gorgeous book with 7Gypsies paper and lots of their gorgeous metal trinkets.

We worked hard (well they did!) we laughed a lot and generally had a good time. Dyan observed me (for my teaching practice) and gave me 10 out of 10 for remembering to do risk assessments etc. hehehe - the bane of everyone's life.
One more essay and one more observation and I'll be finished...and what a celebration that will be...the course has been fraught with disaster. The first year I had a poor Tutor, really disorganised, didn't mark our essays or give proper feedback - basically, we had to muffle through ourselves, and then although we got a fantastic Tutor for the second year, sadly she died in February and I haven't been to College since then - you've heard the saying 'Physician, heal thyself'? well its been like that 'Teacher, teach thyself'!

Anyway, back to The Good Life.... Julie kindly emailed these photographs to me as my camera died :( - They seem small - don't know whether that's how I loaded them or whether it's how Julie sent them - you know Jpeg sizes and all that, but I hope you can see them anyway.

Top: - L-R Karen, Julie, June and Andrea
Bottom: L-R Jackie, Janet, Jane and Lisa

There are lots of pockets and flaps and envelopes and pullouts in this book so it was a very hands on morning - and really - you can see them all working hard - so hard that they did daft things like gluing the edges down BEFORE making the pockets... Sorry Jane - I had to spill the beans!

It made us all laugh a lot that we do some really daft things sometimes when we know we are all competent and intelligent people! What is it that makes us do that? Anyway, it was certainly an icebreaker and we all relaxed and just enjoyed playing and chatting the day away while creating a thing of beauty!

I shall be posting my 365 Calendar May pages when I get back to Yorkshire (seeing as that's where I left my journal and I need to upload photos of it!)