Friday, 30 July 2010

K is for...Keep Up! It's Folksy Friday!

Believe it or not, there aren't that many superlatives beginning with K that I can think of! Which is a shame as I've had a cracking week and would have liked to have gushed about it appropriately... Kettle..? Kebab..? Keys..? Nope, they aren't gonna cut it this week. Best just get on it with it then! (K-word-suggestions very much welcome!)

This week I've been a tourist in my own city - and it's been grrrreat! A close school-friend was up from Buxton for a visit, so I took a couple of days off work to show her the sights - and I'm Knackered! So much fun, but boy did we walk FAR: Calton Hill, Arthur's Seat, all along the Pleasance, through Cow Gate to the Grassmarket, up to the Castle, down to Prince's St (FYI - the city is filling up fast with visitors - so exciting, can't wait for the Festival Fringe to Kick off!). Then out to South Queensferry to see the bridges... phew!

My K Folksy Finds this week are Korkers (I know, I know, it should be Corkers, ah well...)

King of the World Postcard by Orange Bird Studio

Scented and Cakey Key Charm by Once Upon a Time in the North

Kool Karma Sugar Scrub Cubes by Taonga Homescents

And my K streetnames cards this week include...

See you for 'L' next week!

Jen x

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

I interrupt this alphabet broadcast...

After many, many weeks of procrastination, busy evenings, card making and photo taking, I am pleased to announce that I have finally created a couple of new collages, which I would like to share with you...

Please welcome Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh and Solomon's Temple, Buxton. Having popped to the scanners this morning before work, and then back a short while ago on my lunch break, here they are!

Solomon's Temple is a small tower which sits on the hill overlooking my home town of Buxton, in Derbyshire and was quite a presence in my childhood, it being a key spot for kite flying and sledging! If you're ever in the Peak District, do check it out - it boasts stunning views of the town and has a cracking walk up through the woods and out on to the fields. This collage is a true depiction of Buxton weather! But I kinda like it :)

The Forth Rail Bridge doesn't really need much of an intro, but suffice to say this has been a long time in the making. Three trips out to shoot it and finally the clouds and sky produced this wonderful light, I hope you like it!

See you Friday for my Folksy post on all things beginning with the letter 'K'.

Jen x

Friday, 23 July 2010

J is for... Jen's Folksy Friday!

It's 'J' week! Can you believe it's been 10 weeks since I started out on my alphabet-themed Folksy Friday blogposts? It's going so fast, but we've still got plenty more letters to go...

This past week has been Jam-packed full of Joyous things. Last Saturday I had the best day ever on a spa hen-day, relaxing in the Jacuzzi, getting a back massage and followed by lots of girlie chat and giggles in Glasgow - lovely :) The rest of the week I've been crafting away on a new project that I can't really say much about yet!

Looking through the J streetnames that I've managed to get so far, I'm quite chuffed at how many I've got. Still need to find Jen Street though! Although a good friend has informed me of a Jenny Lane near Manchester... I can see a trip home happening soon. What's lovely about the J streetnames is that they were nearly all found with family and friends in mind - two brothers-in-law, a cousin and a good friend :)

My J-Folksy finds this week:

June - 50s style wedding dress by Lizzie Jayne Designs

Joy collage by Lilly Makes

Jazz Your Jacket by Poppy Cork Hill

And here's some J-streetnames (more to be see on available on Folksy.

Happy Friday everyone!
Jen x

Friday, 16 July 2010

I is for...It's Folksy Friday!

Happy I-Friday!

The letter I has played a big part in my streetnames cards ever since a good friend had a little girl last year and named her Isla. A quick check on Google Maps, I discovered that not only was there an Isla Road in Perth, but also a whole host of other street names!

So off we set, Mr O and I, up t'road for an hour drive to the lovely bright lights of Perth. After depositing him at the pub with a friend to watch the football, I had a very productive few hours walking around and around (and getting lost) and around until I'd snapped up no less than NINE new names - Angus Court, Malcolm Court, Lewis Place, Rae Place, James Street, Victoria Street, Scott Street, Stuart Avenue and of course, Isla Road. What a haul! AND I walked 6 miles that day - go me!

Here's my letter I Folksy finds this week - an Imaginative, Innovative and Incredible bunch!:

Instamatic Print by Cut Copy Create

Happy Folksy Friday everyone!

Jen x

Friday, 9 July 2010

H is for...Happy Folksy Friday!

And what a Happy week it's been! Since last Friday I've seen a good friend celebrate her marriage (in a truly beautiful dress), seen old friends with new babies over coffee and cake, created some new gift cards (which I can't tell you about yet!) and had two days on a course with some lovely fellow learners...Happy times indeed :)

And with the letter 'H' I get to show you my H-streetnames, including Heaton Street - which is my maiden name! Soon after the streetname idea came to me, Mr O and I found ourselves visiting family in Christchurch, New Zealand (Heaton family members no less!). We spent a gorgeous blue-sky sunny day wandering around the city only to discover on a street map that there was, oh yes, Heaton Street... as you can imagine, it had to be photographed. Can I just say, here in an official blog-writing capacity, a big thank you to Mr O - we walked about 2 miles out of our way that day to get Heaton Street and he hardly complained at all! Bit of a legend my fella :)

My Hip-Happening H-finds on Folksy this week:

Hot Pink Orchard Veiled Comb by Imogen's Imagination

High Tea Illustration by Mel Croft

High Seas Necklace by Lightwear

And as for my H streetnames, so far on my list I've got...

See you next week for all things beginning with 'I'...

Jen x

Thursday, 1 July 2010

G is for...Good grief it's Folksy Friday!

Ah what a lovely week it's been...or should that be Good and Great week seeing as this is a 'G' week blog. On Sunday Mr O ran his oh-so-crazy self up and down a few hills across 28 miles from Braemar to Aviemore and all in the name of 'fun' (hmmm...) followed by a smashing few days spent relaxing on campsites, walking big hills and chilling with cups of tea and tablet. Just lovely.

The best part about our holiday plan was that there was no plan! Yep, we just had a look at the map, chose a possible place and drove. Thanks to our crazy-kids kinda thinking we managed to take in breath-taking views at the top of Schiehallion, find a campsite within minutes walk of a pub showing the World Cup in Aberfeldy, enjoy possibly the best cup of peppermint tea I've ever had in Killin, and reminisce with a half-day excursion to Stirling Uni, wander round our old halls of residence (where we met - ah, romantic!) and catch an early afternoon movie.

As it's a 'G' week and as we're back in good ol' Edinburgh, I would suitably like to present to you one of my more popular collages...Grey Friar's Bobby.

Taking the shots needed for this one was trickier than I imagined! I know it's a tourist attraction and all but Geez! Patience was needed, I can tell you, as I took pot-shots at each section of the statue between tourists posing next to it. Got there eventually though and I'm glad I did.

My Folksy finds this week on the theme of the letter 'G' are from some truly Gifted crafters...

Green Apple pin cushion by Woolly Duck

Grace handbag by Made by Loulabelle

Green Flower Notecards by Quirky Pit Stop

And as for my streetnames? So far in my ever-growing list...
George Street, Edinburgh
Gordon Terrace, Edinburgh
Grant Street, Melbourne, Australia
Green Street, Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire

Have lovely weekends everyone, see you for 'H' next week (anything from Sesame Street yet? No? Oh, OK...maybe next week...)

Jen x