Friday, 5 June 2009

Happy days are here again...the sun is shining and the daisies are scattered in the meadows. As you can see we are feeling rather poetic here in Dorset, where the sun is hot and the urge to plant up those tubs with geraniums and clouds of michelmas daises is quite overwhelming. We think we might change Barney's name to Buttercup as he is springing through the fields gathering yellow blossoms in his fur as he bounces along and he looks so sweet with his curly spaniel ears dotted with tiny yellow flowers - quite flower power! So, with that in mind we thought we should try and inspire some summer cards using Michelle's lovely Daisy Chain stamp. We have inked up the stamp with black memories ink onto pink gingham paper and cut round it, we have used silver and pink brilliance to stamp out a few other daisies. We stamped with the pink brilliance onto a piece of black shrink plastic to heat shrink down the design, we decorated the edge of the card with little stamped flowers, added a pink gingham bow and assembled a quick simple pretty card fit for any summer birthdays.
We all had a day out at the seaside yesterday and went down to Swanage. It was fantastic, the sea was a sparkling azure blue and we sat in a cafe on the quay side and ate seafood in a white wine cream sauce with so much garlic we were transported on the fast ferry (which we saw leaving Poole harbour!) to the cafes in St Tropez! - who says you have to go abroad for sun, sea and sangria - we can recommend Swanage. After lunch we walked along the South West Coastal Path, sat on a sun drenched cliff and lay in the grass watching sky larks and listening to the crickets chirruping in the grass on a hot afternoon - bliss!! We also stopped off in Corfe by the Castle and had the biggest and best cream tea you have ever tasted - it was superb, the fluffiest home baked warm scones, home made wild strawberry jam and clotted cream - Oh! Oh! Oh! So we are now definitely on a diet today and its cottage cheese for lunch (low fat of course - yuk!! it is truly vile), crackers and a stick of celery - yum yum!!