As you will know we have finally been successful in buying Olympic tickets for the Men's 3 metre springboard semi finals in the amazing Aquatic Centre right in the middle of the Olympic park. Last month my Hb and I had a last day of annual leave to use up from work and we decided to take a trip up to Stratford, the home of the London 2012 Olympics to see how the park was progressing. (Well OK then I also wanted to visit the new Westfield Shopping Centre that has been built there). At the back of Westfield (which is HUGE) there is a great viewing platform
After our window shopping and lunch we decided to head outside and see how things were shaping up.
You can see it was the most dismal day and we had to dart in and out between the downpours.
This is a side view of the Stadium. It really is enormous, this was taken from a fair way away.
This is the amazing Aquatics Centre, where we will be sitting in August.
The structure to the right is going to be a lift feature where people can pay to have a panoramic view of the park.
In the background you can see the tall buildings of Canary Wharf.
At that point the rain came pouring down so we dived into my favourite store, John Lewis.
Inside the store they also have a really good view of the Olympic Park so I snapped a couple more photos from inside in the dry.
They also had some amazing Olympic Pins for sale. Of course I had to buy a couple and I bought limited edition ones. 2 designs I bought are limited to 5,000 of each badge. 1 is really special as it is only a 2,012 run which makes it pretty rare.
We had a great view form our seat looking out to Stratford station and the link bridge to the Olympic Park.
Now when I was standing in John Lewis I had the brainwave that a Limited Edition Pin from the 2012 Olympics would be rather cool to offer as a prize for my next giveaway. At first I could not find another one but then hanging by itself was the very last one...and I bagged it. If you remember my Wimbledon giveaway it was a similar story then!
So here we are this is my giveaway prize to one lucky reader. A real rarity.
Now at the time I bought this I had no idea of the Julibations ahead but now that there is so much to celebrate I have decided to offer not 1 or 2 but 3 giveaway prizes to help me celebrate the Jubilee and the Olympics. The pin badge is for the first name out of the hat.
I have made one of my popular bag charms as my prize for the 2nd name out of the hat. This one is a special red, white and blue one with a teapot and tea bag charms...how British! The lovely handmade lampwork glass beads are from my stash and all made by UK artisan lampworkers.
And last but not least as my 3rd prize ....
of course, a Cath Kidston celebration tea towel! Everyone who visits my blog both old and new visitors are most welcome to join in the fun. There is only one thing that I ask for - a little market research ;0)
I would like you to look at the handmade cards-this is the link which I sell in my Esty shop and decide which is your favourite card and why. It might be the stamp, the colours, the embellishments etc etc.
Then just leave me a comment at the end of this post saying which card is your favourite (you can even look at my sold items if you would like to) You have plenty of time to do this as I am going to leave my giveaway open for 2 weeks. It will close on Friday 8th June at 4pm (GMT). So as not to affect the numbers I will not be leaving my usual replies to your lovely comments but I will enjoy reading them as I always do. I will make the draw that evening and will put up a post with the winners that weekend, so remember to pop back to see if you have won.
So finally my card for today which just has to be another Jubilations card.
This lovely Penny Black stamp called La Soiree is one that I won some months ago in one of the card challenges. I am delighted with her. She inks up beautifully with my Promarker pens and I had fun with the balloons.
I added some more of the papers from the Crafts Beautiful freebies and dug out some of my flowers. I have had the deep blue in my stash for ages and they work really well with my Patriotic theme. I have also added some satin edged ribbon and red,white and blue Baker's twine to finish off my card.
I would like to enter this is the following challenges;
Penny Black and More London Calling
Bearly Mine #36 anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday #77 dig out the old my old are the deep blue mulberry flowers I have had for ages in my stash.
Crafters Companion Here comes summer
Passion for Promarkers #150 Birthdays
Papertake Weekly True colours
Creative Inspirations #164 anything goes
Joanna Sheen Birthdays
Make it Monday Linky Party #90
I'm off to enjoy this fabulous weather as it's my day off. Don't forget to enter my giveaway (please check the details above as I will assume that you not want to be included in it if you have not added a comment re your favourite card your have seen in my Etsy shop) and good luck to everyone. Thanks as always for visiting me, your comments always make my day.
Bye for now