Saturday, 28 April 2012

Chester & Special Occasion Cards

DD has safely received these celebration cards I made and sent to her in Germany and has kindly emailed me some pics  as I forgot to take any. Thanks Fluffy!
Today they will attend the 80th Birthday of one of my SIL's uncles so I made a concertina tag book for the guests to sign as well as a vintage style card with some gorgeous antique mother of pearl buttons on the front.

 Tomorrow they will attend the "Konfirmation" of the daughter of one of their neighbours. It's a very special occasion over there. There are two embossed gold angels on the left easel but they are a bit unclear due to the flash and behind the right hand easel there's a little pocket to hold a money gift and a card for a personal message.
 This fourfold card is for their friend's forthcoming wedding and has lots of flaps and hidden messages.

Despite a dull day we went out to Chester and although we enjoyed ourselves as we haven't been there for quite some time, it was mega busy, much busier than usual for some unknown reason,  as you can see from the throngs of shoppers from The Cross along Eastgate. 
The ancient Cross, (looking just like a pole), can be seen in the centre front and it's here that the Town Crier rings his bell and bellows out his messages throughout the day.... the forerunner of newspapers and even the internet!!!!
We love to wander away from the crowds on the less busy Rows which is an upper gallery of shops, cafes and pubs. Just further along on Bridge Street Rows, from where I took this pic below, is a fabulous fabric and trimmings shop for quilters.
DH studied in Chester at "The College" many many moons ago so it is an old haunt we know very well.
The Clock at Eastgate which was added to this Roman Bridge in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. After Big Ben in London, it is said to be the most photographed clock in England. 
Chester has a cathedral well worth a visit and has a good refectory for a rest, food and a cuppa.....

and there is so much Roman History to see. We have often walked around the Roman walls which encircle the city and once did this with a group of friends
at 2am after a night out.
Here's one of the watch towers along the wall.


Helen said...

Great photos Jo - of the cards - which are stunning!! and Chester, which I love, though only been once, many years ago.

Annie said...

Love your photos of Chester Jo. We went to Michelle's two graduations in Chester Cathedral and really love it as a city so it brought some fab memories back for me.
A x

Anonymous said...

What wonderful architecture Jo.Chester is certainly a plce I love to wander through with my camera! Love the cards too JO.
Judy #15

Von said...

The photos are stunning Jo I've never been there and what super makes :)
Von x♥x

Paul Browning - The Artsider said...

Beautiful cards Jo, so much attention and details in each. Love those mother of pearl buttons! Chester is a lovely city, we go there now and then, when warm, it's nice to sit by the water with an ice cream :) I have fond memories of being driven around the city with "I am what I am' blasting out at full volume. We went to Stockport briefly yesterday and it was incredibly crowded too. Maybe it was that kind of a day. Much prefer to be in busy Chester though. Pxx

sam21ski said...

WOW Jo you don't half make some complicated things!!!

Love the photos of Chester, never been and it looks like another world.

Sam xxx

Twiglet said...

Chester is lovely - it always reminds me of a mini York. Your cards are amazing - I really love the wedding one. x Jo

Neet said...

Lovely cards Jo and what a delightful tag book with a great idea for its use. Am sure your daughter loved it.
Crackin' photos of Chester, haven't been there in a while but maybe on my way back from Wales later in the year.
See you Wednesday!
Hugs, Neet x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Fab work of yours Jo :-) Great pics of Chester, thanks. We went to the show at Aintree on the Friday, had a good day
Anne xx

lisa said...

You've been so busy with all these gorgeous makes, Jo.
Chester looks beautiful. Another place we keep meaning to visit and never have. Maybe everyone is going shopping to escape the dismal weather!!
Hugs Lisax

Lee said...

WOW,Stunning cards Jo.Love the pics really brill.Hugs xx