Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Finding Fun

I thought I would join in with this fun challenge over at Mess, Muddle and Fun, the theme this week is walking.  I already do lots of walking and the first four parts of the challenge were probably written with me in mind as I take full advantage of having two little boys and already go skipping down the street with them, play i-spy, go looking for lions and tigers in the local woods, hunt for mushrooms and go jumping in puddles too - funny the looks you get from the grumpy car drivers that stare at us whilst they are stuck in the long queue waiting to turn right from the lane into the main senior school road!

Anyway the sixth part of the challenge was to draw a pirate map - I have been meaning to make a pirate map to go in my pirate themed bathroom for ages now (the bathroom was painted bright yellow over a year ago and just has my pirate ship cross stitch on the wall and a half painted pirate ship bird box on the windowsill so far! although DS2 has now decided that he no longer wants the pirate bunting up in his room anymore (remember that??) so I am going to take his name off it and put BATHROOM on it instead too (that has been sitting on my to do pile for about six months so shouldn't be long now......)), anyway I am digressing, I started my treasure map on Sunday at my crop and have managed to finish it off this morning (quite quick for me!!):

For this I have used:  Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Black Soot, Broken China distress inks.  Magnolia Message in a Bottle stamp, Pirate stamp – cant remember the make, Pirate ship and flag are a Mickey Mouse cuttlebug die, Quickutz Skull, Sizzix Palm Trees.  The Compass Stamp I think is Unity inked in Chocolate Archival Ink.  Promarkers used: Black, Chestnut, Berry Red, Lipstick Red, Saffron, Blush, Sunkissed Pink, Ice Grey 1, 2,3, 4, & 5, Moss, Gold, Cyan, Aegean, Sky Blue, Marsh Green and Cinnamon.

Had great fun with this and its helped cheer me up as yesterday was another sad day in my house as I went to my third funeral in as many months.  Yesterday was for my Great Uncle Wilf who was my Nan's brother-in-law so the funeral was held at the same crematorium, the wake at the same Working Mens club and the family members were much the same who attended my Nan's funeral so it bought it all back home to me, so where I finally felt last week that I was getting to the edge of the forest and could see the light through the leaves, yesterday I felt that I had taken a wrong path right back into the middle of the forest again and now have to find my way back out.  Oh well it's just life isn't it and thankfully I feel a bit better again today (especially since I have just been to Starbucks and had cake!!).

A big hello to Carolyn, Ruby, Tgerber and Madame Samm - thank you so much for following me.

Thanks for looking - Can't see the woods for the trees from Solihull


Bernice Hopper said...

Sorry to hear about the wrong turn in the woods but hopefully you can follow the breadcrumb trail back to where you were last week.

I love your pirate map and I'll have to have a nose at the bathroom next time I come round.

Fishcake_random said...

I love the idea of a pirate theme bathroom! You could have so much fun with that.
x xx

Mrs A. said...

Sorry to hear about your Loss. Hopefully the sun will be shinning through the trees for you to see your way forward again.
Love your pirate map. Sounds fun in your bathroom.That's one way to get the kids in there for a wash!!! Hugs Mrs A.

Jane and Chris said...

Joining you from Finding Fun.
Gosh, you have been through a tough time.I'm so sorry.
Your pirate map looks very convincing!
Jane x

Carolyn Phillips said...

So sorry to hear you've been having a tough time. Maybe the path isn't the wrong path, it is spiralling round a little and you really are nearer the edge of the woods than you think?
Love your map, it is gorgeous and will go so well with what you described in your bathroom (and I think we need photos, I've never seen a pirate bathroom and love the idea!) Glad you were able to have fun with it. Thanks for joining in.

BJ said...

Thank you for your comment on the raindrop photo, really should have mentioned it was my husband who actually got down to take that shot. Although I had chosen the puddle and had taken a few shots myself beforehand. Loving your pirate map - I have made a Pirate card for a SWAP but can't show it yet as only posted it today - watch this space LOL - Thanks - BJ

Missus Wookie said...

Oh I'm sorry for another family funeral :(

That yellow bathroom with pirate them sounds way fun though and you need to get the bunting done and up so I can see photos!