Tuesday 1 October 2013

Seaside and Sunshine!

Hello friends
The sun was shining yesterday and although there was so many things
I should have been doing (shop door did get painted but could do with another coat!)
I decided a day at the seaside was in order. We piled into the car - 
myself, Elliott, Mitchell (his girlfriend too) and not forgetting Bella!
Whitstable was our destination and it was glorious.
Whitstable is famous for its oysters and they have put in place a recycling point for oyster shells!
It seems they are doing a grand job.
The town is quaint and full of lovely little shops and restaurants.
We discovered this particular eatery!
We had lunch outside the Tudor Tea Rooms ('outside' because Bella was with us!)
Everyone that walked by stopped to make a fuss of her, she totally stole the show 
and was very happy.
We all had a lovely time and when I got home I felt energised enough to 
do my garden, something that was well overdue.  

Elliott is progressing well with his mask at home - I feel we can surround him
with positively and by taking little steps we will eventually get there.

I will be announcing the winning number for the September Charity Add-On Kit within
the next couple of days - just a tiny delay as I've just received in a couple more orders.
The lucky winner will be selecting 6 stamp sets from Waltzing Mouse Stamps
Look out - October Charity Add-On Kit is nearly finalised thanks to my little workers (aka family!)

Now, as I've talked about seaside and sunshine how about a Christmas tag?!
Yes, I'm still sharing projects that I created for Make Christmas Cards magazine.
A simple design using Labels Four for the outer tag shape and also for the 
green criss-cross paper.  Wrapping a tiny piece of lace to the bottom section 
(never throw little pieces of lace/ribbon away!) 
Classic Hearts and Create A Flake complete the design. 

Take care friends and I do hope there is a little bit of sunshine in your day today -
it makes a world of difference.


Unknown said...

Bet you all feel revived after a great day out. Love your tag, very Christmassy. Hope Elliott maintains his progress with the mask, fingers crossed.

Wilma x x x

baconbits said...

Morning All
Just what the doctor ordered a day at the seaside, so rejuvenating and what you all needed. Fingers crossed that Elliot will continue in his progress with the mask - tiny steps.
Now for the tag lovely - would look great adorning any present.
Amanda x

Anonymous said...

So glad you had a lovely family day out ! It looked fab . Gorgeous tag x

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. So good to hear that you made the right decision yesterday and said "Lets go to the beach", rather than trying to do a hundred and one jobs that urgently "need doing" or "must be done". It sounds and looks like you all had a great time. Good news about the mask, Elliott will get there. Your tag is very sweet, I will be having a go at some like this. Take care.

Wendy L said...

Pics are wonderful, it looks like a great place. Tag is gorgeous too, xxx

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy those 'drop everything and go' days. we had a few of those this year, they do make you feel good. Lovely bright tag. JuliaT x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine glad you all decided to go to the seaside,looks like you had a great time. Good to hear Elliot making progress with mask what a brave boy. The tag is lovely, love the colours. Take care Sophy n Gran

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, WOW !! you certainly crammed lots into your day, and I'll bet you are all feeling more refreshed.
I loved the piccie of Elliott outside Elliott's coffee shop, and the coffee cup signs on their windows are the same as the one you use when we have to put the kettle on ha ha. No wonder Bella stole the show, she is so gorgeous.
Your little tag is gorgeous, bright lovely colours, absolutely beautiful.
Lots of love and huge hugs to you all from Patricia xx
PS Glad your door got painted xx

nattyboots said...

Aww Christine Thanks for Your blog today it really cheered me

Whistable now thats a place i have never been to { i must make a note in my diary } and the lovely little shops look so inspiring .
Elliotts Coffee shop haha , i love it ,What fun that must have been i can see you all having a good laugh while taking that lovely Photo.
It is what you all need a good day out and a good laugh i am sure your door will get another lick of paint before long
A beautiful Tag Christine { i was looking at your Christmas selection Yesterday for some inspiration , as i have it in my saved box } you have some other lovely ideas on there too that i will be trying .

Take Care all of you
Elaine H X

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Really pleased you all had a good day out.
Well done Elliott with the mask.
Love your tags,this one is so pretty. Take care. x.

hazel young said...

Glad you went to the beach and had a lovely day. Love the Elliott's shop and other pictures you posted it looks a lovely place. hazelLovely tag. Hope your week goes well have a great day xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Whitstable's great for a day out, my husband loves the little seafood bar in the high street his favourites are whelks and crab. Pleased you had a good day, we may not get much more nice weather, and of course Bella stole the show why wouldn't she.
Good news that Elliot is getting there with the horrid mask.
Very pretty little tag.
Have a good day.

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine
Glad Elliott is making progress with the mask. Looks like you all had a great day out. Love the tag by the way!
Anne X

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

Whitstable looks a lovely place to visit, glad you were able to enjoy the late summer sunshine, don't suppose we will have too many more

Elliott looks really well and I am pleased that he is getting there with the mask

Very pretty tag too

Sue xxx

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, Just what the Doctor would have ordeered a brasing day at the seaside to blow September away.

Lovely bright and colourful tag.

X Ros

Anonymous said...

Oh how lovely your blog post is today. The pictures are super. Great to hear positive news. Good wishes. Phil D

Mac Mable said...

Great you had such a wonderful day out. Thanks for sharing the photos with us. Love the bright and cheerful Christmas Tag xx

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, its good to have a day out, love all the photo's, never been there but it looks lovely. lovely tag and a great way to use the left over bits. sending a hug. xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, what a lovely post today. Sounds like you ALL had a well deserved treat yesterday. Thanks for sharing them the pics with us.
Baby steps and positivity will get you there Elliott. Sounds like it is working too.
Have a lovely day.
Elizabeth x

Magzeeann said...

Hi Christine, it's great to hear that you all had a super day out ~ just what was needed! Really pleased to hear that Elliott is making progress, it's these little steps which will get him to his ultimate goal. The
Christmas tag is super.
Take care,love to you all, Maggie xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. Must have done you all so much good to take a day off and have an outing.
Love todays tag.

Love Val x

loftylass said...

Hi Christine - so pleased you took some time out to be with your family - it looks like you all had a great day. I'm also glad to hear that Elliott is progressing with his mask. Love your sweet tag - I still need to get cracking with mine!!
Hugs to all.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
Great idea - seize the moment and all that - to go to the sea to get re-energised. And Whitstable looks like a really nice town to visit. And to get the garden done, too - BONUS!
I'm sure Elliott will get there in time and will be able to deal with his treatment.
And Mitchell's girlfriend - is it serious?
Lovely little tag, by the way.
Best wishes, Rose

Jean Z said...

So glad you all went out to the seaside it give you energy and strength to carry on, it's good that Elliott is getting used to his mask a little bit more it can't be easy. love the tag so pretty and clean looking. love Jean Z xx

Janice said...

A lovely tag Christine. Glad you all had a good day at the seaside. Weather was glorious yesterday. Janice x

Janice said...

Sounds like you all had a fabulous day, just what the doctor ordered! Fab photos too. We love Whitstable too and visited the oyster festival for the first time in July. It was a lovely day, perfect weather & so well organised.
Lovely tag. I have too many scraps which I need to sort through!
Hope Elliot continues well with his mask this week.
Janice x

Lacelady said...

Nice to see Elliott looking so happy outside his shop - and good news about the mask, he will get there. I love Whitstable, wish I had beet there with you.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Looks like a lovely day Christine I am sure it did you all the world of good! Love your tag today love the crisp colours of the papers with the white! Susan x

Maggie said...

Another great day today. We are lucky with this autumn weather and good on you for making the most of it. Keep up the good work Elliott, it will soon be like wearing a second skin. Lovely tag by the way so fresh looking. xxMargaretxx

LoraineC said...

Glad you enjoyed Whitstable, I wished you had kept going a bit longer I live in Broadstairs, pretty sandy bays and quaint shops but none called Elliot's!! Glad things are progressing with the mask one step at a time. Pretty tag a fresh feel to it x

Laura O said...

looks like a lovely place and great day ,you were so right to go and enjoy yourselves.Nice tag by the way.Laura O

mags said...

Looks and sounds like you had a nice day out. Glad that Elliott is making progress with the mask.
Your tag is lovely and has given me a use for my little scraps of ribbon and lace.

Valerie said...

What a lovely way to spend a day. I love Whitstable, so quaint. Glad Elliott is progressing with his mask. Love the tag. Valerie

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, sounds like you had a wonderful day! Great pics and love the tag! Carole Z X

Ann said...

Hi Christine

Best medicine ever a day out by the sea and a little sunshine with the Family and of course lovely little Bella. So pleased you had a wonderful day love Elliotts eatery:-)

Gorgeous Christmas tag love it

Take good care love to all Annxxx X

Craftychris said...

I am glad you had such a fabulous day - you all deserve it! Elliott is so brave - he will win over the mask! Lovely tag too! xx

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