Saturday, April 25, 2009

Swanki Hats GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

I haven't posted about any giveaways on gosgrain for a while because while I love most of them I don't have a small girl and much of there outfits are for little girls. I would love it if we did have a girl in the family but we don't just lots of boys :)

BUT today they have a guest giveaway and it's for hats ! I LOVE hats so I had to tell you all about it and thereby get myself a chance of winning !

Swanki Hats GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

I must admit they have some very tempting looking hats !

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Drayton Manor photos

We went to Drayton Manor yesterday which is a zoo come amusement park. We took Noodles with us but left Treestump at nursery as we decided he was a little young for most of the rides and taking him would limit what we could do. Noodles is now big enough for most rides and quite a few he could do on his own (though he only did that once) however he was just short of the proper adult rides including the big water ride which he would have really like to go on. He did however manage to have 21 goes on various rides and decided the best three were bumper cars, the troublesome trucks rollercoster (in Thomas Land) and the rapid ride (the water ride he was allowed on).

Rather scarily we had measured Treestump that morning and he is 80 cm high which is only 10cm under the min size to ride alone on a lot of the smaller rides, I don't think he will be anywhere near old enough to do that by the time he is 90cm!

We took a good few pictures though i don't feel right showing ones with other people in on our blog.

Firstly a few on Tom and Noodles on the rides (there are a few of me and I might find one I like later to show you).
On the troublesome trucks
On the rapids ride just as they get very wet.
and the after shot where he is going argg I'm wet!!
I'd like to point out this was the second time on this ride, the first time we all went on and I got soaked but they both stayed pretty dry!

I took various pictures of the scenery on the rapids ride and had a bit of a play with effects on it as it was lovely and bright colours and strong contrasts.
This first one is a watercolour effect.
This one is playing with various levels of contrast etc.

I also took some good photos in the zoo part of the park some of which I plan to use later on cards or similar but here is a couple now.
I love this back shot
More later.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

fabric egg and flower photos

I just like this photo for all it's faults.
Noddles has to have a decorated hat or boiled egg for the Easter parade at school. Now he wanted an egg but we both agreed that a boiled egg could not be kept after and so as I had just found this lovely idea on Reto Mama we decided a fabric egg would be better.

Fabric as duly chosen by him and i then sewed it. He put the stuffing in though. Are you as surprised as me at the colours he chose given he had a fair range to chose from many of them quite bright? He is going to decorate it some more so you never know what it will be like by the end.
I thought you might also like to see some of the Helibores we have in the garden this year as they have flowered amazingly.

I'm tempted to remove at least some of them as they current occupy the area you see as you look out the back room and one of the few sunny parts of the garden. Currently the leaves fill the bed for most of the summer which is rather boring. I will either move them round to the shaded side or take them to the allotment I think.
Finally a shot of Treestump who is now starting to grow out of 12 to 18 month old clothes even though he is only a few weeks past his first birthday ! The surface with the monitor on is at normal table height ! He is also now happily walking around everywhere and was off across the playground at school yesterday when i let him out of the buggy.. exploring without a care in the world !

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