Before Christmas I won a Blog Candy Prize from Twiglet of sisterscraftycreations and it is quite an amazing prize to win. I was thrilled that she made it so quickly! I had to send some photos to Twiglet who then collaged and embroidered a picture of my little house! As it's Winter, and the front garden is decidedly sparse, she took artist's license and brought it into bloom for me. The lovely thing about it is that she magically managed to get the Spring daffodils, forget-me-nots and cushions of geraniums in exactly the right places just as they will be in a few months time. Roll on Spring!
I also received one of her lovely dumfed felt cards in my favourite colour and now I'm thinking hard how I can put it to good use as a box lid or a book cover.....I'll come up with something as it's too good to be stored away.
Thanks so much to Jo, aka Twiglet, for such a lovely prize....our new family treasures!
Here's the first card I've made in simply ages and it was spurred on by Jump Start (see last post) when I was inspired to mess with colour as a warm up. The tags and papers I coloured were useful to make into a birthday card for a friend.
Betws Y Coed
We have a great way to start the New Year, in fact it has almost become a tradition that we drive into Wales to Betws Y Coed. The entire place is always open as it is a favourite haunt for walkers and climbers, but we just take a leisurely stroll these days. Afterwards we always visit the Royal Oak Hotel for an excellent 3 course luncheon.
These two pictures were taken at the bridge in the centre of the little town and here we are.... two old dudes all wrapped up for our day out!!
Further down river there are the spectacular Fairy Glen and Swallow Falls.
We cancelled our planned New Year's Day trip as the weather was torrential rain all day but decided to go on Monday and were so lucky to enjoy sunshine all the day.
It looks a very dour place but inside is lovely and has recently been refurbished and the main thing... the food is excellent!
People were even sitting outside the Saddle bar at the side of the Royal Oak