Tuesday, 21 June 2016

WOYWW - Mini albums, hearts and running.

Hi Everyone!

I am so glad to be back with you all this week. I have been very busy with school stuff, putting together portfolios of the children's work ready for an inspection which we are still waiting to hear about and will not happen now until after the summer!   GGrrr….

So I have put those away and have been making mini albums instead. This one on my desk is for our holiday. I have been inspired by Shellie Giegle on You tube who makes the most wonderful books. (I'm not quite up to her standard yet) 

I am using papers from Kaisercraft called 'Sandy Toes' just right for holidays!  I love adding all the little flaps, tags and surprise pages in these albums. 

I have also been busy making invitations for my Dad's 90th birthday party. I plan to have an afternoon tea for him with our family, nothing too energetic, just lots of little sandwiches, cakes, trifle and strawberries and cream. I am ordering the sunshine too! 

Yes that little boy enjoying a ride with Teddy in his car is my Dad. This photo was taken in 1928 and he was two! 

May also saw the 10th anniversary of loosing our beautiful daughter Katy and I made this little heart to hang near me in my craft room. 

So it's been a mixed old time, hard work, tears and celebration, but isn't that the same for everyone. 
My heart goes out to MP Jo Cox's family after the awful events of last week. She died because she was busy doing what she loved and believed in. Senseless.

Finally to challenge myself and to get away from the endless hours of football that's on in our house (Come on Wales!)  I have downloaded the nhs Couch25K podcasts on my iPod (Don't know how I did that tho) and for the last 2 weeks have been pounding the streets of Llanelli / Water Park along with my colleagues from work. It's so much better to have some running buddies! I'll keep you posted if I haven't collapsed and been taken away on a stretcher! Must remember to BREATHE and run at the same time  Ha Ha…..

Glad to be back in blogland and sharing with you all.

Have a happy week

Lynda X


  1. I was thinking about you and how long it had been since you joined in, only yesterday! glad you're back - sorry about the sad anniversary but what a lovely photo! Your dad's card is great, and I hope the sun arrives on time Helen #1

  2. So sorry to hear about the anniversary but that is a lovely heart you have made in memory of your daughter. It must be hard.
    Congratulations to your dad however, achieving that age is something to certainly celebrate and the tea sounds just perfect. Give him a hug from me.
    Now to look up Shellie Giegle.
    Hugs, Neet 5 xx

  3. You're going through a happy and sad time too..sending you a big hug 💖💖💖
    I hope that you have a wonderful time with your dad, I really hope the sun shines on the party!
    You are good, getting going with the running...mind you, the water park and coast are pretty fab to run around in :-)
    Hugs, LLJ xxx

  4. hello and good to see you back, I don't miss those inspections :-) Your daughter was beautiful and I love the heart you have made. Have a wonderful time with your dad and I do hope the sun shines for you all. Anne x #20

  5. Super 90 card Happy WOYWW BJ#24

  6. Me again - an article about my dad and his work to save Cefn Sidan has been published in the Llanelli Star today, if you're interested.
    Jan xx

  7. Oh the dreaded Ofsted! Something to look foreward to after the holidays (not).
    I love that 90th birthday card. Beauty!
    And the badge in memory of your lovely daughter is so gorgeous. Yes, life is made up of sadness and happiness.
    I didn't quite understand what you meant by couch25K, but reading on I understand it is a sort of marathon (don't quite know where the podcast fits in... motivation? Music to run to?). I'm sure all will be revealed and we haven't heard the last of it. Well done you.

    Happy WOYWW and have a good week,
    Greetings from sunny Spain,

  8. Welcome back and lovely to see the birthday card and little memory heart for your daughter. Hope you get to have a lovely high tea for your dad.
    sandra de @18

  9. Hi Lynda, nice to see you again. You look very busy. Dads party will be ace, fingers crossed for the weather. Lolled at needing bto remember to breathe and run. At the moment, I can either breathe and walk, or breathe and talk. Walking and talking at the same time is my next goal!Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #7 xxx

  10. That looks like a lovely tribute to your daughter. The tea with your dad sounds like it will be lovely. My Mum turns 80 this year. She doesn't want a big party just a meal out with her kids. I am so lucky that I am going to be able to be there.

    Have a wonderful week
    Sharon K #37

  11. Such a tribute for your daughter, I am so sorry for your loss. Love your dads card as well. xoxoxox Donna #4

  12. May the sunshine you ordered for your dad's tea party arrive on time great card for him hugs Nikki 2

  13. Lovely keepsake of your daughter - obviously taken too soon, I'm so sorry for your loss. On the other hand, congratulations to your Dad! 90 years - he must have lots of stories to tell! Be sure you write them down, I lost my Dad before I was able to do that. Thanks for sharing, Lindart #45

  14. I love making mini albums and books but don't seem to have done any recently. Your dad is doing well and hope he has a lovely party. This is another late visit for me today as we've been to the Lincolnshire agricultural show. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x 21

  15. I love making mini albums too, so I hope you'll post the finished piece. The heart is lovely with such a pretty picture. x


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