Thanks to Cath Stannard who inspired me yesterday with her Pencil Lines LO, I was tempted to get back to my scrapping after a break of 18 months. Before starting anything new, I had to finish of my unfinished LO. I was sick of looking at it too everytime I went into my scraproom, but I did used to love the LO. It comes from a designer in Jenni Bowlin's gallery that came with one of her kits about 2 years ago. It's a scraplift, but with my house of course!
This was our first proper house we had when our family moved from Norfolk down to Devon. I was 14 at the time, It was in a tiny, tiny little hamlet called Warkleigh, we had a good few acres of land with it. We had chickens, tame lambs, dogs, cats and even neighbour's horses, it was a real shift of lifestyle for me. Our neighbour was Carol Klein, the TV gardening guru, she used to be my sister's art teacher. I remember the day she moved in and them renovating their house. The circle around the scalloped cardstock is drawn, not stitched!
The Lo, that I actually managed to complete last night from start to finish is was this week's Pencil Line sketch n0 162 by Michelle. It's just some quite old photos of my Boys, and their cousin Will taken in 2006. I used an old Jenni Bowlin kit from June 2008. (Gosh I have loads of them stacked up and unused, it will take me a long time to get through them all.) I'm pleased with it anyway and it was great to use such a fab sketch.
Typepad has changed so much since I last used it, that I am struggling to find where all the old buttons are, so excuse me if this looks a bit rubbish for now.
So what have I been doing with myself over the last year if I haven't been scrapbooking? Well I've been madly growing veggies in my garden, and had some very sucessful crops of just about everything, and I am still harvesting lettuce, carrots, curly Kale and chinese radishes. My other obsessive hobby is my family tree, and I spend loads of time on it. I love the detective work and I have recently managed to obtain a lot of photos from my Aunt, which are gorgeously old and beautiful. I'm still trying to put some names to faces though.
Trawling through parish records are a favourite of mine, and I love seeing the little comments left by the parish priest. Last week I was going through burial records in the 1770s, and found an entry that said the name of the man followed by "who was killed by a windmill" I just had to laugh out loud. I'm sure it was devastating at the time, but I just had visions of this windmill chasing this poor man around the field!!
I'm halfway though another LO, which I hope to finish tonight.. It's great to be back blogging to, except I doubt anyone will read it. Hee hee!