memories of travelling


So awhile ago, I was trying to think of ways to remember the trips that we’ve gone on. I’m not talking the little trips to nearby areas, but the bigger trips, and specifically for us, exploring Europe. I thought about doing scrapbooks for each of the trips that we’ve gone on, but let’s face it – scrapbooks take forever and then mostly sit on the shelf.*

*I realise this isn't what happens in everyone's world, but it is most certainly the case in mine.

I decided that a good way to remember the trips was to use an online service to make photo books – simpler, quicker, cheaper and smaller! I’ve printed two or three so far and am really happy with them.

But this didn’t help me with the little souvenirs I love to pick up. The problem with little souvenirs is that if they sit on the shelf looking pretty, they simply gather dust. And I hate dusting. So here’s my solution:


I bought a couple of Ikea shadow boxes and have gathered ‘stuff’ to put inside a couple of frames. I only bough two frames at first, because I know I won’t be able to get these ones forever, so I decided I needed to get different frames to create a random frame collage. I chose to use smaller frames (the one above is 9 inches square) because I didn’t want them to take up too much space. I’m hoping to create a larger one and to put things from all of our trips within the UK in it.

For now, I’ve done one frame, but I have everything I need to create one or two more. If people would stop having birthdays and wanting Christmas presents… ūüėČ

This is the frame from our trip to Thailand back in 2011 – we went on our first anniversary.


And the best part – I can see everything, but the dust can’t get in. A quick duster across the frame and it’s clean! So please with this idea, and can’t wait to share more of my trip frames with you!



photo challenge week 35: peace

I know, I know… I’m late! I’m sorry. But you know what they say – better late than never?

I’ve been sewing, mostly! And getting ready for work – I have pupils starting tomorrow… Crazy!!!


Anyway… Peace… This was my peace this summer:

Week 35 PEACE

Love it!

Have a feeling I won’t be feeling peace any more tomorrow by 9:00 tomorrow!



photo challenge week 34: silver

Hello again – sorry I missed you all yesterday. Sometimes, on summer holidays, I completely forget what day it is and such!

Anyhow, here is my photo, then stay tuned after for a bit of what I’ve been up to lately…

Week 34 SILVER

That was a photo from my trip to Paris a few months ago – wonderful! Can’t wait to see your silvers, and I am intending to do a round-up later in the week, for the whole of summer!


Anyhow… we just got back from a holiday – a week away in Malta! It was lovely and baking hot. I’ve got a nice suntan now, which is wonderful – reminds me what it was like to be hot in the cold British ‘summer’!

Here’s a pic of what I was doing there for most of the week, and I’m sure I’ll share more vacation pics in the near future! (the bars are just a railing – good view, eh?)




photo challenge week 30: soft

What a busy couple of weeks it has been. For those who are interested, I’ll add more of that lower down the post, but first, I should share my photo of the week.

This is an old photo, but one of my faves! As soon as I saw the word soft, this came to mind! Makes me smile every time I see it!

Week 30 SOFTLooking forward to seeing your versions of soft!


Now onto this week…

I always tell myself that I will be able to do ‘things’ once school is out for the summer, but I forget the magical rule: It’s not gonna happen!

Firstly, I’ve been sick with a stupid, energy-sapping cold since the last couple of days of school. It seems to be the teacher thing – as soon as you’ve allowed yourself a little bit of relaxing time, you get poorly. (btw,if you’re gonna be a teacher-hater about it, please don’t – I realise I’m on a long holiday…)

Secondly, I’ve been working. I always forget that about holidays. I want to be one step ahead of the game come September, so I’ve been planning and prepping resources and display stuff. I’ve been in to clean out my classroom. And even more frighteningly, I cleaned out my cupboard. The boards are backed and ready to be decorated, and a few things are up, and there it sits, waiting for the final few touches… Which brings me to the rest of the week.

EVERYTHING has broken this week. First, our car was acting up. I took it to the mechanic, and annoyingly, it didn’t act up AT ALL for them! So I brought it home…

CoffeeThen, the coffee grinder broke. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but if you knew¬†how significant coffee is to my life, you’d understand. Thankfully, my hubby was able to fix it – major crisis averted!!

Then… the wheel fell off the vacuum cleaner. And I do like a clean house. I wasn’t overly impressed by the prospect of having to wait to vacuum, but thankfully, it was fixed again.

THEN… the car broke down. Like really broke down. Since the car has been acting up (for the last couple of weeks), we had decided that it was time to buy a new (used) one, so we had a couple short-listed. This morning, the hubby was able to get time to go and look at a few cars, because we knew ours wasn’t long for the world. We got in the car, started it, drove to the end of the road, around the corner, another 50 feet, then stopped. DEAD! It is completely and totally broken. Well, the hubby looked it up, and it would cost around twice what the car is worth to get it fixed.

Luckily, a wonderful friend loaned us his lovely car so we were able to get out to see cars. And in the end, we did manage to buy quite a nice car. It’s a bit bigger, and has a strangely coloured interior, but it drives well and will definitely be more reliable. I don’t know if you can see in the picture, but the car is actually a really nice dark green!

Astra EditUnfortunately, because our old car is no longer running AT ALL, it looks like we won’t get more than scrap value for it. Oh well! There are more important things in life.

So… hopefully my week will calm down from here.¬†I’m going to clean my craft room out now¬†– it’s become a bit of a dumping grounds, and I’d like to be able to use it to, you know, do… crafts… And I have trousers that need hemming. Not that that’s so exciting!



photo challenge week 28: scent

Hello, my severely neglected friends!

Not that long ago, I was remarking on what a brilliant job I had been doing of remembering to post every Monday. I haven’t missed one yet this year. Til yesterday. But I’m here. I haven’t forgotten you!

I was actually away at the weekend. I had a random long weekend (pay back for a trip I did), so I dragged the hubby down to Devon. It was really nice. The weather was pretty good – a few rainy spells, but I still managed to get a burn! I’ll try to post more photos of the weekend soon. In fact, I tried to while I was down there, but didn’t have enough internet connection to post the pics!

My photo this week is from the weekend away. While we were there, we did a lot of driving on small, windy roads, which were lined with tall hedgerows. The whole way along, these were filled with flowers and smelled beautiful. On the way home, there were also moor-like areas that were filled with heather. These smelled wonderful, too.

Here is my photo of heather. I apologise for the lower quality, but unfortunately it was raining so much that my lens was very wet!

Week 28 SCENT

Will be around more soon – summer holiday starts next week! Happy, happy me!!!!



photo challenge week 27: close

Wasn’t sure how to go about this one. Was it a close the door? or a close together? I thought about a couple of different ideas, but ended up going with a close-up of a butterfly that I could get close to! Nice!

We did the whole ‘tourist at home’ thing a while ago, which involved a trip into a butterfly enclosure. Beautiful. Most of them were flying so I couldn’t get good pics, but this guy was calm and content!

Week 27 CloseLooking forward to seeing your versions!