Homemade Art

So I finally got round to doing a little crafty project for our bedroom.  I have seen this on Pinterest and thought it was such a simple but effective idea.

To display in a frame all the locations of places that my husband and I have been to over the years, places that have special meanings or memories for us.

I bought a frame from The Range (this particular one was less than £5!)

http://www.therange.co.uk/rustic-mounted-frame//the-range/fcp-product/92826

Then print off from the internet maps showing where we have been on holiday, so the ones I chose were Las Vegas, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tenerife, Barcelona, San Francisco and Paris.

Here is the finished article!

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So for less than £5 and about 30 minutes of my time produces something unique and personalised.  More posts on my crafty projects to come.

Maybe you should try it!

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Holidays

Its that time of year again, Christmas is over, the decorations have been put away and we are now being bombarded by holiday adverts on TV or pictures in the press of celebrities enjoying their festive breaks in some exotic location.

So where to go? well it all depends on a lot of things, do you want to go somewhere new? stick to what you know and is familiar and go to somewhere you have been before, what is the budget? who is going? depending on who is going can make a huge difference to the destination.

We haven’t yet decided where we are going this year, but I thought I would share with you some memories of some of my favourite holidays starting off with our honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Sri Lanka
We spent an exciting week touring round the south of Sri Lanka and it truly is a beautiful place, the people there are the loveliest I have ever come across on holiday and learning about their culture and way of life was really fascinating. From swimming in a hotel pool surrounded by tress full of small monkeys to visiting sacred temples and the tea factories it was like something from a film set. Here are just some of the images from that week.

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The Maldives

The second part of our honeymoon we spent in the Maldives, a lovely island called Meeru. For the entire time we were there it felt like we were on the island with only handful of other guests it was so peaceful. We didn’t need to wear anything on our feet as literally everywhere there was sand, in the restaurant and the reception area. We had a water bungalow which was just magical, the view from the bedroom was looking out to sea, you could never tire of the view. I remember saying to myself while I was there to make every minute of it as I may not get to go there ever again, it was definitely paradise and exactly how it looked in the brochure, even better! After our week of touring round Sri Lanka this was a chance to relax and do nothing, oh apart from sunbathing, snorkelling, swimming and kayaking round the island…….. My favourite part of that week was after dinner we would sit on our verander and switch the light on that was underneath the steps that led into the sea, the light would attract all sorts of fish and stingrays, it was so relaxing.

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Las Vegas

This was somewhere else on my list of places to go, we went in April but typically the weather was actually quite cold (we must have brought the UK climate with us!) but that didn’t stop us from having an amazing time. We stayed in a hotel on the strip so that we were right amongst all the action. It was mind blowing just how many hotels there are and how big they are. While we were there we took a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon. Our destination was a little ranch in the desert where we took a horse back ride. I can see why the Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world, flying over it you almost can’t quite believe just how big it is. I must admit although I really enjoyed Las Vegas you probably wouldn’t want to go for more than a week, there is only so much gambling you can do…….

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San Francisco

After our week in Las Vegas we headed over to San Francisco, a city I fell in love with. I have never wanted to live abroad but if I had to San Francisco would probably be the place I would choose. There was a English feel to it, probably due to the gorgeous Victorian style houses they have there. Again lots to see there including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and just wandering around the lovely streets soaking up the atmosphere.

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So whether its a paradise holiday in the Maldives or a week somewhere in the UK any holiday can be special because of the memories it creates and the people you create those memories with.

Review of the month – December 2014

My birthday!

I won’t reveal how old I was as a lady never tells (plus age is just a number!) My birthday wasn’t overly different to any other day as I had to go to work but I did get some lovely presents including my gorgeous Olivia Burton watch, my birthday evening consisted of snuggling in front of the fire with hubby and a Chinese takeaway…….bliss!

Watch

Christmas cards

Christmas was approaching so time to get organised, present buying and wrapping, decorations and tree up and of course writing out Christmas cards to send. My favourite Christmas card that we received this year was from my parents as it was a very unique card. The picture on the front was painted by my Dad, he has always loved painting and for the past couple of years they have sent out these beautiful cards. My Dad’s workshop is full of his paintings now, I keep telling him he should try and sell some of them so that they can be enjoyed by other people rather than just being stacked up in his workroom collecting dust. Maybe I will start to feature some on my blog this year and if anyone is interested in purchasing one let me know!

Xmas card

Work Christmas party

This year’s party was amazing, the company very kindly took us all up to Battersea to a masquerade ball. The venue was gorgeous and something I had never been to before. Definitely something to remember.

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Gingerbread House

This year is the first time I have decorated a gingerbread house. Now that my daughter is a little older she happily volunteered to help me. So on Christmas eve after we had been to the local church to watch the choir sing my daughter and I (and hubby) set about decorating the house, and looking at the picture we didn’t do a bad job. Maybe next Christmas I might be brave enough to make one from scratch!

Gingerbread House

So thats my December, overall a lovely month especially as its host to my birthday and Christmas. Before we know it it will be December 2015!