Thursday, 20 June 2013

Weather Beaten, Older and Poppies in the Breeze!

Hello Everyone, it's good to be back!
We had a wonderful holiday, and Iceland is a really fascinating country, in my opinion.  Not for the sun worshippers of course and your more likely to get weather beaten than a tan, but then I didn't go for the sun.

Those of you who follow my blog regularly will know that I have wanted to visit Iceland for a while, on the bucket list, well it didn't disappoint. It was however very expensive and we had to choose carefully what we wanted to do, but as it was a very special holiday, Alistair made sure that I did indeed, do all the things that I had on my list.
At this point I want to THANK everyone who wished me a happy birthday and made wonderful comments on my last post about seeing the whale, I was amazed and thrilled that so many of you did comment cos there was no card, just some ramblings about my day, I was really touched by them.

We had good weather by Iceland standards, not much rain and a couple of days where the sun shone and was really warm.
We stayed in a lovely apartment which was very central and Olga, the lady who owns it had left all kinds of information to help with our stay, it even had wi-fi, and I could keep up with your blogs, well some of them at least.

I found some fantastic wool shops, but the Icelandic sweaters were so expensive, from about £150 upwards, so couldn't afford one, I'll have to learn how to knit one, but I did buy a pair of Elfeshoes and here they are,
I just couldn't resist them, you see, being a Lord of The Rings fan, I always see myself as an Elf, unfortunately, I'm built like a Hobbit but without the hairy feet.  I am forever hopeful that I will eventually metamorphosis into a tall willowy  creature as I could just be a late developer. Och well we all have dreams.
I'm sure I could knit these.

Anyway, that's enough of our holiday for now, nothing worse than being bored silly by someone else's tales.  I have got some photos which I will post over time, but let me introduce you to the lovely man who made my holiday possible,
This lovely smiling face is Alistair, and he is very precious to me, and he always makes me laugh, and these days that's no mean feat.

I do also have a card, and it another Thank You card for my dear friend Dale,
This is just a simple wee card using;
SB Poppy Die coloured with Promarkers and sprayed with Gold CC Spray and Sparkle
SB Decorative Lables Tewnty Two, edged with DI in Spiced Marmalade
SB Marvelous Squares with Sentiment from Stamp-it Australia, Sentiment Swirls
Butterflies and gems from my box
Cream base card embossed with Flower Frenzy, Embossalisious Folder,
I've had the Poppy die for ages but could never get it to cut out, so pleased I found the wax paper.

I arrived home to loads of cards and some very lovely gifts, so I've still got quite a few cards to make.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me and comment on my efforts I really appreciate that you do.
Bye for now
Hugs, Kate x


May said...

Welcome home Bilbo..oops I mean Kate...I am a mega fan too! Love the knitted elfshoes... so Glad you had a wonderful time & managed to tick off some of your to do list...What a lovely Happy photo of your DH...Gorgeous card too... you sound as though you have a busy crafty time ahead...Take Care... Hugs May x x x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Just catching, belated Happy Birthday. Your hol sounds wonderful and s for seeing whales, how fantastic. Love those socks x

Hazel said...

Kate love those elf shoes, I am quite sure you could knit them but these can be your guide to work out how. Your card it beautiful love the poppies.

Hazel xxx

Rita said...

Good to have you back Kate. It must have been a wonderful experience made possible by the lovely man in your life. Fabulous picture. I love you card , I love poppies but sadly I don't have this die. Hugs Rita xxxx

Crafty Lark said...

Welcome back Kate. gorgeous card and shoes. So pleased you enjoyed your special holiday. I am with you forever hopeful that I will eventually metamorphosis into a tall willowy creature, if you find out how please let me know, lol. xx Flora

rachel said...

welcome back Kate and I'm so glad you had a wonderful holiday - I loved iceland but only was there for a very short time - I think it was three nights - I was teaching and on a school trip - amazing to see the aurora borealis - and we had so much snow - love your elf shoes - you did make me chuckle about the hobbit! Love your card too Kate - that folder is just wonderful! Big Hugs rachel xx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Your card is lovely Kate love that embossed background. Glad you had a lovely holiday
jacqui xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Welcome home Kate. I am so pleased that you holiday was everything you wished for and that you had a good birthday too.
Your card is gorgeous, I love the design and beautiful embossed background
Sue xx

Marie-Louise said...

I do love your elfeshoes Kate. They look so cosy. They would be marvellous in the winter.

Really lovely card.

Glad you have such a good holiday.

Wendy Fraser said...

Aha, so that's what he looks like, I have a face to go with the name now! Stunning card and I love the elfeshoes, they looks so cosy. Looking forward to seeing some holiday snaps, so glad you had a good time away xx

Wilma Brown said...

Hi Kate, sounds as though you had a wonderful holiday and Alistair looks happy . Love your elf shoes no doubt you will be able to replicate them with your knitting skills. Lovely card and look forward to more holiday snaps.

Wilma x x x

sue w. said...

Hi Kate, sounds as though you had a super time and those elf socks are super (picture with them on please) I too must be a late developer ha ha!!
Love your card, so elegant with the embossed background and Poppies are my fave.
Have a super weekend.
Hugs Sue W.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and for following me.
Have been catching up with what you have been doing and it all sounds wonderful. I am also a Tolkien fan and have been since I was given The Hobbit and read it in one day!
Lovely card, that embossing is a delight. Look forward to seeing your future creations.
Ang x
ps pretty pussy cat on your avatar.

MRS DUCK said...

Ooh, I've just brought up your half century of followers . Woo hoo!

pam said...

welcome home Kate, so glad you enjoyed your holiday, lovely photo, nice to see a face to a name, you next?.
your card is beautiful, love the die cuts and beautiful colours

Patricia said...

Welcome Home Kate,
Great to see you posting again, love reading your "witty" banter. Did have a wee laugh about you and the Hobbit....... no way folks is Kate remotely like one!!!! Mind you it will take a couple stretches on the "rack" to make her a Tall Willow Creature!!! Remember Kate all great things come in small packages.

Just like your little card it is stunning, I love what you have done with the poppies.
Have a great Weekend

Patricia xxx

downrightcrafty said...

beautiful card and fabulous socks
Hugs Kate xx

Sandy said...

The colors of your socks are beautiful - I love them and your wee card is beautifully made!

Erika said...

Kate my I am loving those socks. Isn't wax paper fabulous!! Especially with those delicate cards.
Hugs Erika.