Leave your link over at Julias place, The Stamping Ground, and we'll be round for a visit.
However, I did finally get all my ATC's corralled into pockets in a 3 ring binder.
And I have one more year than I thought, I've been swapping them since Birthday number 4.
A quick pic of one page from each year.
Came across lots of names that I haven't seen on the list for a long time too.
our 8th Birthday swap
And finally this years swap. So next year we hit double figures!
This page in particular brings back memories of a lovely WOYWWer, who is sadly no longer with us. The card in the centre right is from Janet Fairythoughts, back on the 4th birthday celebration. That was the first WOYWW crop we went to as well.
So not only are these gorgeous artworks to celebrate our blog hops anniversaries, they give us permanent reminders and memories too.
Found this set of Alpha stamps on my travels on Monday. A place called Flying Tiger, and cost £3.
I found a box of die cut Poinsettia flowers I hadn't put together, so I got those done, and added seed beads to the centres.
Easy to just grab now for Christmas cards.
While I was doing the last bunch of Christmas cards, I found some really tiny- maybe about a centimetre across- Poinsettia flowers that some one must have sent me in Happy mail. They were with some really small Deer.
One was this size, one a tiny bit bigger. If anyone knows what die set/ punch was used for them, I'd love to know.
So that's all the crafting that's happened.
Doug spent Sunday in the garden building some trellis. A few weeks ago, we decided we wanted a couple of fan trellis for the fence. Went to B&Q, and had a look. HOW MUCH!
He realised he could buy a couple of packs of wood- which ended up making 2 trellis, and leaving enough for half of a third, for less than the cost of a single fan trellis.
So, he was building some more, but bigger, for a Passion Flower we have planted. Yes, I know they get enormous, but we have 150 foot of fence down that side of the garden, so I think we're good.
These are the result, and for the same cost as one single panel, but this way he could build them to fit the fence better.
And the Passion Flower is clearly happy with it, as today it opened it's first flower.
This yellow plant is a herb, Rue, which does amazingly well every year, despite getting cut down almost to the ground every winter.
These are all in the small front garden.
A Lavender bush also doing well. I was a bit worried it wouldn't do so well this year, as normally I cut it back in Sept/Oct, but couldn't risk any gardening that time last year, so it didn't get done till Spring.
Troughs full of Violas, Pansies,Lobelia and Petunias.
A big round planter with Violas, Lobelia, a Fuchsia and a Pelargonium.
This Pale Pink Cabbage Rose is a climber, and on the kitchen wall. It's called Spirit of Freedom. The flowers are huge, and really densely packed with petals.
And a window box & hanging basket, also on the kitchen wall.
A gift from Julia on the window sill! It normally lives on the patio table, but that's down at the moment, while Doug was building, and also so he can pressure wash the decking to paint it.