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My last post this year of 2011

To be honest, I will be glad when this year ends. It hasn't been a bad year as such, but I am ready now to say goodbye to a somewhat strange year and welcome in 2012. I am hoping that 2012 will be a good year for my family and friends and not to sound too selfish but I hope it is a good year for me too. I'm not that mushy about new year as such but I am hoping it will be the beginning of the fresh start I need. Not working for a month now has given me time to think about some of the things I want out of my life in 2012. I need to change my attitude and some aspects of my life need an overall. I'm hoping the changes I am thinking about will be achieveable goals/targets rather than the proverbial resolutions that we so often make come the 1st of January and are forgotten about by the 30th of January.

My first goal that I want to share now (ahead of the 1st) concerns this blog. Firstly, some of you may have noticed I have changed the design template. I could have left that un…

Colour Blog Hop December 2011

Welcome to Decembers Colour Blog Hop. If you have arrived from here you are in the right place
I apologise for my lateness. I was playing Santa and visiting family and I was later than I anticipated.

As it is Christmas, I thought I would show a Christmas layout. This picture was taken in DisneyWorld, Florida in January 2010. AJ and I had a belated honeymoon to Florida in the January after getting married in September 2009 and we were lucky to arrive just before they took down all the Christmas decorations and trees. Disney at Christmas time is a very magical place so were glad we had a little glimpse of it.

I've tried to stick quite close to the colour scheme but I have added a hint of green to make it look more Christmassy. Hope you like.

Please go here for the next particpant in this blog hop and hoping that we can continue this blog hop in 2012. Happy Holidays!!!!!

Good Evening from Pickle Land.

Hope to speak to you very soon.

Love Lesley xxxx

November round up- Scrapbooking retreats ahoy!!

November has been a strange yet good month. I have been made redundant from my job in local government (my last day at work was Friday 25th - official day of leaving is tomorrow 30th). And though I'm worried about finding another job, I'm definitely looking forward to having some free time (whilst looking for another job) and doing the many things on my list of things to do - like sort out my craft room, Christmas shopping, JYC 2011, a good clear out and doing a little cooking/baking.




Leading up to last Friday was a mix of emotions and though I am not sad to leave my place of work (it feels the right time to leave), I am sad not to be working with some people. But you can not stay in a place just for the people, and I've got to do the right thing for me for once.




However, November has been a really good month on the craft front. I firstly attended the Sarah's Cards Retreat in Warrington (see picture below with two lovely ladies Mandy and Mell) and then this weekend I att…

November 2011 Colour Blog Hop

Welcome to November's Colour Blog Hop. If you are here from Kirsty's blog you are in the right place

This months colour scheme has a cocoa/chocolate theme

I thought this scheme was perfect for a layout of my wedding dress (picture quality not good as taken using I Phone). Butterflies cut out of American Crafts kraft paper, Misting using Studio Calico's Mr Hueys in Calico White, and mask by Studio Calico. Brown paper also American Crafts and pearls (from my craft stash).

Please go here for the next participant in this blog hop and I look forward to seeing you in December for the next blog

A full list of participants down below

www.abstractsmixedwithextracts.com
http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com
http://handmadebykirsty.blogspot.com
You are here - http://spud-pickle.blogspot.com
http://sugarandscrap.blogspot.com
http://digipage-blog.everything-digital-scrapbooking.com
www.michelleroycroft.blogspot.com
http://scrapyourlife.net
http://www.snapsandsnippets.blogspot.com
http://scribblesstic…

10 on the 10th - November 2011

It's 10 on the 10th day and I thought I would like to share 10 of my favourite things/obsessions of the moment. So in no particular order


1. My absolutely fab friend Chris (pictured with AJ and I on our wedding day) who's birthday it is today. Happy Birthday Chris - with lots of love





2) AJ and I have a slight obsession with Starbucks and Starbucks mugs. We started abit of a collection of mugs when we met 4 years ago and we must have at least 20 now. I'm going to have to empty another kitchen cupboard to house them all. We are that obsessed that on the 3rd November we had to get the latest Christmas mug and thus decided to be late for work and go to our local store to purchase. Also we just had to have a Gingerbread latte.







3 & 4) Orla Kiely and John Lewis. I absolutely adore Orla Kiely and have just began to start collecting a few items and have put a few on my Christmas list too. I am so glad that you can get Orla Kiely items from my favourite store at the moment - John L…
Welcome to Octobers Colour Blog Hop

If you have arrived from here you are in the right place

This months challenge is autumn/fall colours themed. Unfortunately for me I have been without internet for nearly a month(I'm sending this at my brothers) so I could not check the actual colours, so from memory I think this incorporates the colours picked for this month. Also due to a very busy schedule I have been unable to do any scrapbooking the past couple of weeks, so hope you don't mind but I have used an old scrapbook page I have previously published on this blog that I hope uses some of the colours.

please continue onto Jo's blog now

List of all participants are here

www.abstractsmixedwithextracts.com
http://suealthouse.blogspot.com
http://xnomads.typepad.com
http://michelleroycroft.blogspot.com
http://throughthecameralens.typepad.com
http://scrapyourlife.net
You are here at http://spud-pickle.blogspot.com
http://curlyscrapbooker.blogspot.com
http://1200somemiles.blogspot.com
http://su…

10 0n the 10th - October 2011

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I can't believe it is October already. This year has just flown by and it will be Christmas before we know it.

The 10th has sprung up on me and as usual I am totally unprepared so I've gone back to my photo archives for this month and I would love to show you 10 of my fave pics from my honeymoon to Florida in 2010. I hope you enjoy.
Good evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx





Getting back into the swing of things

Firstly can I thank all that participated in yesterdays Colour Blog Hop. I am finding these monthly challenges really fun. I have seen all the participants entries and they are all fab. I am, however, having problems with adding comments. So if you haven't received a comment from me, I'm sorry and I'm hoping to sort the problem out if I can. I think it may have to do with changing my e-mail address on Goggle and it not recognising it properly.


Secondly, after my wonderful holiday ( some photos to follow later) I am feeling refreshed and in a more creative frame of mind. I have so many projects I want to do and complete, and I have so many ideas. I just need to get myself organised abit more and then allow myself more time to create. I love this hobby of mine so I should dedicate all I can to it.



I thought I would show you the card I made for a friend who is going to give it to her aunt for her birthday. The image is a Lili of the Valley stamp (I am starting a little collect…
Welcome friends to the September Colour Bloghop as organised by Amy. If you have arrived from here you are in the right place. Below is also the full list of participants this month







Can't believe a whole month has passed since the last one, and indeed it was my last post. Since then I've been to Kew Gardens in London, went on holiday to Slovenia and Italy, and it was 2nd wedding anniversary and my 37th birthday. More info on Kew and my holiday coming up in next few weeks.







This months colour scheme incorporates, yellow, pink, turquiose, mustard and black. I decided to use a black background to make the other colours pop off the page. I have used embellishments from the Make and Create Shop Spring to Life Kit ( I think it came out in April this year). The colours are absolutely perfect for this challenge. For the pink lettering I used colorbok Flavia range (an old kit I purchased years ago), yellow lettering is Carla Bell Pepper from Bella Blvd and the other lettering is Faded Blu…

August Colour Combo Blog

Welcome fellow bloggers to the August Colour Combo Blog Hop organised by Amy.


If you have arrived here from here you are in the right place


This month I have taken a photo from my recent holiday to Spain, and show AJ's and my tired feet- hence the title of my page. The main background paper is from Pebbles May Bouquet Collection (Patio), Other papers from the Cafe Mediterranean range from DCWV, Treaure These Memories card from the Tres Elegant 4x6 Pad by WRMK, Adhesive stones in Sunshine colours from Papermania, and other embellishments from the August Kit from the Make and Create Shop.

Please hop over to Stephanie to continue this blog hop

I have added the links to all this months participants below and I look forward to seeing you in September for the next blog hop

Hope you have a lovely day in whatever part of the world you are

Love Lesley


http://amysoto.blogspot.com
http://www.curlyscrapbooker.blogspot.com
http://michelleroycroft.blogspot.com
http://snapsandsnippets.blogspot.com
http://s…
As promised, some holiday pictures from our holiday to La Mata in Spain, that we took in July. We had a lovely relaxing time and La Mata is a charming, little town by the sea, with a beautiful beach and restful parkland. Not too touristy which is to my liking, and I'm so lucky that AJ's family own an apartment here.






























Hope you have a good day

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

10 on the 10th - August 2011

My 10 for this month is Images from a recent trip to Bath, I especially like to photos from the Fudge Shop



Good evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon



Love Lesley xx

My craft space project

As a scrapbooker and card maker, I'm terribly disorganised and I am finding it increasingly hard to get motivated to scrap or make cards because I can't seem to find what I need when I want it. My craft space at the moment is in the dining room with all stash in various bags, boxes and tins. There is absolutely no organisation to anything and I really can't say what I have. I sometimes open up a bag to discover something I had bought months or even years ago - like yesterday I found some gorgeous cat stamps from Penny Black that I purchased on my honeymoon two years ago.

This disorganisation is stunting my creativity and thus, I have decided "Enough is Enough!". It is time to get organised and create a permanent space to use solely for craft,

I am fortunate enough to have two spare bedrooms - one for AJ's stuff and the other allocated for all my stuff. However, my room has become a dumping ground. From clothes to an old television. The room is actually a fairly…

Time flies

Can't believe it is August already. What happened to July? It appears to have disappeared in front of my eyes.

Apart from our holiday, July hasn't been a particular good month for me. Nothing major, but still not fun.

I applied for a internal job vacancy, and didn't get. So I'm still being made redundant in November which is seriously worrying me now that it is only four months away.

Our washing machine finally blew up - a few days after coming back from holiday when we've just spent our money so we have had to get another one

A trip I was looking forward to was cancelled. and I've done absolutely no scrap pages or cards or anything craft related.


I'm hoping August is a better month for me. Got a trip to Kew Gardens to look forward to and a party towards the end of the month. I actually created a scrap book page this evening, so will photograph and put on blog soon, so already I've broken my scrapbook hiatus.

Good evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you …

I'm back

Just to tell you I'm back from a much needed break away to Spain.

Have had a lovely time and hope to show some photos and subsequent scrapbook pages in the coming weeks.

It's good to be home, but definitely not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. But back to reality I suppose.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Discovering the story behind the picture

Following on from Finding my scrapping mojo, journalling on layouts is becoming more important to me of late, as I am discovering how important it is to preserve my memories rather than just embellishing a picture.

When starting out scrapbooking a few years, I was only comfortable adding a few stickers here and there, keeping the layout minimal and just adding a date, place or name of person, and nothing much else. I was happy with that at the time as I was finding my feet, and even now just adding a date or persons name alongside a photo with no journalling is fine by me if the mood takes me and the photo being used speaks for itself. However, no I'm a tiny bit more confident in using lots of embellishments and about highlighting the story behind the photograph.

I want to preserve my memories more, to say how I felt about a particular incidence or place. I want to share my views of the moment (and about the past), and to journal a snapshot of my life now.

The Scrapbooking blog wo…

Finding my scrap mojo

I would consider myself fairly new to scrapbooking. Even though I've been doing scrapbooking for a few years, it has only been in the last year that I feel I have found my scrapbooking mojo.

I still feel as if I'm not confident in my layout, but here are a few layouts I'm fairly pleased with.



Gretna Green, So Peaceful and Mirabelle Gardens all feature embellishments from various kits from a favourite of mine - The Make and Create Shop. Cinderella, Lake Garda and Peggys Cove all feature parts of various monthly kits from Sarah's Cards.


Good Evening from Pickle Land


Hope to speak to you very soon


Lesley xx