Sunday 30 November 2014

Simple Pleasures - CSI challenge 148

  Welcome to my blog, it’s lovely to have your company.
Today, I’m sharing a DT page for CSI.
to see what the team have created for your inspiration
Here is the challenge
What do you think?  I’d love you to play along, 
so grab your forensic kits and lets get sleuthing.
I used a Blue Fern paper for the background,
"Leslie's dream", from the Ombre Dreams collection.
All the required colours are on the paper, 
but I added more watercolour and texture through a stencil.
The yellow daisies, the title and the butterfly are from Scrapmatts
The tree charm is from the Scrap book store
A bit of stamping, some die cutting and 
the tea cup embellie is from Craft Queen

Teacup accent
House, tiny one in the right cluster

I went to Sunday Scribblings, and chose to write about a vintage photo.
The journalling is on the back and it reads:-

One of the most vivid memories I have, is of playing in this garden on the farm when I was about four.  My Sister and I have our good clothes on; so I expect we were just home from Church.

I see Lettuce and Cabbages growing and Sweet Peas climbing the fence.  My Mother always planted the Sweet Peas on St. Patricks day to ensure a beautiful flowering. The photo triggers a memory of me picking Snap Dragon flowers and popping one bloom on each finger, before proudly showing my Mother my pretty hands.  I couldn’t understand why she was cross!

Another memory flashes into my mind. It’s a warm summer day, not too hot.
I’m sitting on the edge of the veranda with my bare feet in the dirt; a soft, sandy dirt which puffs up between my toes when I tap them down. My feet are wide and calloused on the soles because I loathe wearing shoes. They are only for Sunday, when we go to church.

My patched cotton dress is protected with a Pinny; my hair in pig tails as
I watch black ants scurrying into their nest. They are busy mounding up the sides.  Rain must be coming soon. The fragrance of the Lorraine Lee rose perfumes the air, as I watch the monarch butterflies and hear the drone of the bees as they swarm over the Lavender.

In that moment, all my senses heightened; I feel at peace, serene and connected to something bigger than myself.  I’m aware that I feel happy.  I hug the happiness to my heart, like a warm blanket.  Decades later, I can recall that moment with utmost clarity.  I’m always at peace in solitude and I’m sure it stems from the gift of that one perfect moment.



  1. Beautiful. Love the hint of shabby chic and tge autumn hues.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  2. wow wow wow !!! I am gobsmacked by this beauty .... what a wonderful way to solve this case xoxo

  3. Wow!! This is divine Helen!! I love the colour palette, so soft and pretty and your journaling is absolutely delightful!! A case beautifully solved!! ox

  4. Such a pretty layout Helen! That photo is darling! Love the beautiful background and sweet embellishments!

  5. As always, I ADORE your journaling - especially the idea of writing what's in your head - stream of conscience .... & I really like how you've added to the bg op...looks great😊 Hoping to join in with this one, but I guess it depends!!! December gets slightly busy, LOL!!!

  6. Lovely layout, precious photo and always enjoy reading your journalling too!

  7. LOVE love love this subtle page. The colours are so beautiful!

  8. Soooo soft & pretty Helen. This has a real magical feel to it. I think you have totally nailed the case file.

  9. Absolutely love this layout Helen. The colours, the sweet photo, the layering and elements are all just Gorgeous.. I too enjoyed reading your wonderful journaling. TFS xx

  10. Another cracker of a layout. I just love that background and it is perfect for your photo. I wouldn't have pegged you for having a sister... I would have thought just you and boys... not sure why. Your recollections brought memories rushing back of similar exploits, although I never go barefoot. I have soft feet :) if I have to go barefoot for whatever reason I walk on tipey toes.....Even on the beach I have slops close by.... :P you have the ability to make me revisit places, sounds and feelings so easily some I want to and some I don't. Thank you for that.

  11. Wow....this is so beautiful, in every way Helen! I love that soft, watercoloured background and the soft colours, stamping and pretty blooms! A gorgeous photo of you and your sister! Beautiful journalling, as always and your recollection is vivid, happy and so super....hold onto that happy place! xx

  12. So beautiful...and such lovely memories. That is why we take so many photos because we need to remember these happy times xx