Friday, 20 September 2013

Back in Time

 Some more photo's from the depths of the tidy box. The photo above is of my Great Granny Wright. It must have been quite a trek in those days to go to Taunton to have a studio portrait taken and quite expensive too. We take nipping to Taunton for granted now and the journey takes about 25 minutes. The photo isn't on paper its on really thick card. She had 13 children of which my Grannie was the youngest.
The photo above is of my favourite great Auntie (although I loved them all dearly) These were taken not log after they married. I discovered that they were married at West Ham Registry office which was a surprise to me. Auntie Mabel prior to her marriage was in service, so she went from being below stairs to The Lady overnight. From being a servant to having a servant. Auntie Mabel and I shared a birthday and so she has always featured large in my life. I think these photo's of her and Uncle Bill are wonderful.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

I knew it was a mistake ....

 ......... to let Nan have a wander through my big box of photo's to choose some more for her scrapbook! These are a selection that she chose based on the way I changed from baby to toddler and so on, this supplements the other page. I loved using the box frame it was a freebie on the Craft Artist Users FB page and I really found it a doddle to use. Also in these pictures are my Mum and Dad and my much loved Granddad who I called Ampy.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

My Little Cherubs

I don't have many photo's of my children for reasons we go into, but I have managed to beg, borrow and blag these. my children are the greatest achievement of my life and I love them dearly. Photo posing never was a pastime high on their list of enjoyment as you can see from the tear stained faces.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Family Album

 I love this photo above. It is my Great Aunt Bessie with my cousin Jack during the 2nd WW.
 This photo is of my Grannie with 2 of her sisters, with my Mum, her cousins and their daughters. The garden this was taken in has lots of very happy memories for me.
The above page is made up of 2 photo's. The top one of Christmas in the late 60's. I am the child sat on my Grannies lap.

I have a massive great tidy box of photo's which I am scrapbooking for my children. I am labelling who's who and where I have birth, marriage and death certificates I am tucking them into the back of the photo. I am really enjoying doing this and equally I am enjoying looking through my scrapbooks. My Nan's scrapbook is almost up to date now. So I can crack on with the other side of the family.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

A Wonderful Day

 Isn't he wonderful? For various reasons I have missed out on so much of my Grandchildren's lives so to be able to spend as much time with this little darling is so very special. As you can see I just can't resist scrapping my photo's. Above is Grannie (Yes BlogBaby herself) with young Edward and below is Great Great Nan inspecting the latest addition to the family - her verdict? "He'll Do"

Monday, 9 September 2013

......... and more

 This is my Granddaughter Amelia with her new baby brother, they are both so cute in this photo. Amelia is going to be such a help with Edward but with 2 older sisters it could become a battleground as they all adore him.
 This is Edward with his Mum and Amelia, who is going to make sure that she isn't going to be far away from him.
This is my baby with his baby, don't I feel old! William is a passionate fisherman and can't wait to introduce Edward to it. Luckily for William his 3 girls love fishing so he never has shortage of company to go fishing with. I must admit at this size Edward would have to borrow a rod from a garden Gnome and there is a real danger that the bait might be bigger than he is!


Look who came to meet Grannie today! This is the new addition to the Sassie Tribe young Edward Francis. My first Grandson and even if I say so myself a beautiful baby. The little girl in green is one of his big sisters Amelia. I'm so proud I could burst.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Living Vintage

Another play. I love mature faces and of course the one I love most is my Nan's ( of course I'm biased). I'm not sure how she will feel being branded as 'Vintage' though, I always call her a recycled teenager. I turned a much loved photo that I took on our holibob of her to black and white, I then changed it to a pencil drawing and applied  the transparency tool to it. I then changed the colour to sepia and added elements that told of her life. I deliberately didn't add wartime images to it as she is very modest, almost dismissive of her service although she did some remarkable things. She worked as a commercial sewing machinist until she retired - when she first started on the machines they were big clumsy, cast iron treadle machines which were first converted to electric running from a light fitting! and then replaced with a series of more modern electric machines. As a child I remember meeting her from work, at that time she worked in a glove factory making gloves, she will still comment on the quality of a glove as there are distinct ways of telling for which company a glove was made for. In her time at the glove factory she worked on a variety of fabrics - satin, chiffon, lace, leather, suede, sheepskin and something she calls worsted which if I understand it correctly is a type of boiled wool.

I'm not sure whether I shall show her this page, she doesn't mind me using her photo's in anyway I see fit, I would never use them in a disrespectable way as they all tell such a wonderful story. I hope you enjoy a little bit of my family history xx

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Challenge for Daisy Trail

 The picture above is the finished piece of work, I used my favourite picture from my holibobs of St Mawes pulled it out to full size gave the blending touch with the transparency tool added the weathered wood back ground. The image below is the compulsory element which I have shrunk down and put into the foreground. I then added some text and Bobs your Uncle (or in my case son) and away we go. Do nip over to Daisy Trail and see what other folk have done. There are such clever people around. This is Picture Play 2.

Friday, 6 September 2013


This is elements from a new kit which I thought would be great for the CAPpers homework on facebook. This months homework was blending techniques which you may have gathered is a favourite technique of mine. Of course I had to change it to my favourite colour too. I hope you like it. I have been awol for a couple of days, I had a short break in a NHS Hotel (hospital) I had some rotten chest pains that broke through my pain relief so ended up in hospital - thankfully nothing too serious and I'm home again xx

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Exciting News

So very excited tonight. My youngest son and his partner became the very proud parents of this little chap. He was born at 6.50pm and although he gave his Mummy a hard time they are both doing well. As for my son , he is a wreck but absolutely delighted. We now have 4 beautiful Granddaughter and a rather scrummy Grandson. I can't wait until I can visit, it won't be for a few days as they have just moved into a new house and they have to get the girls ready to go back to school on Thursday so Grannie Huggles will have to hold on a day or two.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Blogbaby Now

So this is what Blogbaby grew into! She has had her perennial shearing so the hair is much shorter. Poor little Blogbaby if she knew then what she knows now she might not have been so keen to grow up. This is a lovely kit and of course if it turquoise I'm going to like it.