Thursday, 20 September 2012

A room with a view

Hello everyone, I am back from my sun filled holiday to Rhodes. Seven glorious days on our favourite Greek Island. This was our 4th visit in 5 years and we were delighted to find that we had our room upgraded to the front block, which has an unobstructed view of the beautiful blue Aegean Sea. When we arrived we drew back the curtains, opened our patio doors and stepped outside to this...
We had such a view of the bay.

Not a bad view to have whilst eating breakfast is it?

We also witnessed  the most glorious sunsets from our balcony...

and even a wedding.....

We would always walk down to the beach everyday even if we had been out exploring the island during the day. 
The fisherman still take their boats out every morning.

It was always so relaxing to walk along the beach with the sound of the waves lapping ashore gently. There is a beach restaurant next door to where we stay so when we had come back from a day exploring we could shower and stroll around to enjoy this.....
I never get bored of taking the shot above; this is the 2012 Jane's Journal version. Even looking at it now it just makes me smile and think of sunshine and relaxation and lots of good food and laughter....
and time to watch the sunset with my dear Hb

Bliss, just bliss.

I am back to work tomorrow and today I am having the mammoth "washing and getting sorted out day" post holiday. It's also wonderful to have darling Billy home again, he has loved popping out into the garden. He is so well taken of by my parents but I am sure he misses his garden. The sun is even shining today but I must admit the temperature is decided autumnal.

People talk of having post holiday blues but honestly what I do is just close my eyes and think back to those precious days. I would say I have a post holiday glow and I just think how very very lucky I am to have those views etched in my memory. 

I do plan a couple more holiday posts over the next week or so. If you enjoyed these photos do come back to read  more about our adventures. I would also like to thank everyone for the wonderful comments you left me on my last post. I really enjoyed my first guest design card I made and I was so pleased that all seemed to like it.

 Today's challenge card just has to be beach related so I am showing the last in the trio of Mermaid cards I made in the summer featuring the sweet "Goldie" stamp by the talented Sylvia Zet.

I coloured her with my Promarkers and highlighted her with my Prismacolor pencils. The nautical backing papers are from Nitwits. I added some glossy accents to the bubbles to make them look realistic and some glitter glue to the flowers in her hair. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley as are the 2 fun tags. One of my bag charm mermaids found it's way on here too. 

She is for sale in my Etsy shop here

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Joanna Sheen so sweet
A and T Emerald Faeries challenge #32 use a tag
Dream Valley #41 celebrations
Forever Friends colour challenge #45
Make it Monday weekly linky party #107
Paper Crafting Journey my sentiment exactly
Whimsy Stamps Challenge blog Anything Goes #51
And a brand new Challenge Blog, Heck of a Challenge Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy, another new challenge blog Anything goes

No we didn't manage to see a real mermaid whilst we were away. Now wouldn't that make a fab blog post - I can see the title now, Swimming with the Mermaids..LOL!!

Back soon ,

Bye for now,

Jane x


Pami said...

Wow, beautiful photos Jane, thank you so much for sharing, looks perfect. Love your card too!! Pami x

brenda said...

So pleased to hear that you had a lovely time Jane and stunning photos of well.

We've only been to Rhodes once but my memory of it will always be opening the balcony doors of our cabin to see the beautiful walled old city before us.

And I can see us straight back into your card making the very pretty make.

B x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Welcome back Jane, looking at those beautiful views if it were me I would definitely have post holiday blues!!!
Looks like you had a wonderful time, I can almost feel the heat from your photos. :)
Love the little mermaid, now seeing a mermaid that would be something! :)
happy Thursday,
Vivienne x

Laney said...

Oh wow, that balcony with the blue cushions on the chairs...ummm I can imagine myself there. Sounds like another fabulous holiday. I am catching up with all the blog posts I have missed, been a bit busy here, but not with fabulous holiday stuff like you. Lx

Jane said...

Thanks Pami, great to see you here,
Jane x

Jane said...

Brenda, I have some photos of Rhodes Town to is an amazing city isn't it.
Jane x

Jane said...

It's great to be back Vivienne, it was so gloriously hot...yes those photos sum it up. I must catch up with your posts really soon, still ploughing through the washing at the moment,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hey Laney, hope all is well? You seem to be doing brilliantly with the bead making/ well deserved my dear!
Jane x

Louise Palser said...

Great photo's Jane. Sounds like you had a fab time. Lovely card, She is such a cutie,lou x

Jane said...

Thanks Lou, I love mermaid images and Goldie is one of my absolute faves ;0)
Jane x

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Fabulous photos Jane! Would love to visit Greece one day.
Victoria xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Jane so nice to see you back! Oh your photos are so Grand! I loved all of them. What a view you had, now if that's not paradise I don't know what is!! I think it is so nice when you find a vacation place that speaks to both of you and where you can really relax and enjoy each other, is so very special. My Hb and I have felt that way about St. Martin.
Weddings seem to be following you, what a magical theme!
Welcome home, xoRobin❤

Jane said...

Thanks Victoria, we have visited many of the Greek Islands. They are all fab but Rhodes holds a special place in our hearts. Put the Greek islands on your list of places to visit one day ;0)
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi dear Robin, good to see you here. I am gradually getting around to see everyone now I am back. You know what I mean about a special place don't you. Weddings do seem to follow us, it was such fun to watch from our balcony.
Jane x

Mia said...

Welcome, dear Jane!

I am so happy to see that you've enjoyed your sunny days, seems that your holiday was no less than perfect? And now you have all that energy for this autumn, and the C-things too, I have already started, can you believe it??

Have a great day at work tomorrow (I'm sure everyone will envy your tan!) and kiss Billy for me again!


DesignerDiva said...

Wow jane what a gorgeous view! I can't wait till I go somewhere warm and sunny again!!
Really cute little card too, those SV images are lush!
HUgs Laurie xx

Jane said...

Hi dear Mia, I am perfectly rested now and raring to go for the seasons ahead of us ;0)It is great to have a 1 day week at work tomorrow..hurrah! Billy sends a purr, he is so pleased to be home.
Happy weekend my friend,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Laurie, it was so gorgeously warm out there, never any lower than 20c at night and up to 34 during the day. I have had to turn my heating on here now..brrr! Thanks for liking my card,
Jane x

by Teresa said...

Welcome home, Jane! Oh thank you for sharing your holiday with us.. that photo of the sunset and the lantern was just AWESOME! I also love your card, so cute, you know I love sea things. Say, do you have a sea bead like on your Etsy store, just the bead, that you would sell to me? The glass makers that you got those from aren't making any and I'd love to buy one from you. I would use my gold wire to make a necklace. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Katina said...

What gorgeous photos Jane! I love Greece and my favourite place has to be Santorini. We went to Rhodes two years ago and it was beautiful. Where did you stay - it looks gorgeos?

Love your card too!

Jane said...

Hi Teresa, I will go through my stash at some point but as you know all the beads I buy are one of a kind and I cannot get any more of these. I don't tend to sell just the beads as it rather defeats my selling my jewellery and these very special beach beads are so popular. I have an open house here in October where I need lots of stock, I will see if I have anything left over. Have a good weekend, nearly there,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Katina, we stay in Pefkos near Lindos. I agree that Santorini is also stunning, we stayed there a few years back. Thanks for visiting me here,
Jane x

Linda Hensley said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Welcome back to reality with spectacular memories :)

Teje Karjalainen said...

Welcome back, Jane ... or should I say welgo back because you were near to me! I'm so hapy to hear and see how wonderful holidays you had! My hb has worked several summers there and he says it's so lovely island. x Teje

Jane said...

Linda that is just what I was trying to say! Brilliant! Good to see you here, I shall catch up with you at the weekend,
Jane x

Jane said...

Kalimera Teje ;0)We flew in over Crete and I gave you a wave from the plane. Rhodes is indeed a gorgeous island..and SO much glorious sunshine even in September. I will catch up with you too over the weekend,
Jane x

Helen Philipps said...

Welcome back Jane! Gorgeous photos of your holiday, what a lovely time you had! I loved the blue sea and sky pictures, and the beautiful sunset ones too. Your little mermaid card is so pretty...yes,wouldn't it be nice to see a real mermaid??
Wishing you a happy weekend.
Helen x

Manderly said...

Wow! What a glorious holiday you had! Good for you and DH! And Goldie is a real sweetie, colored so well. Love the little charm. Thanks so much for entering A & T Emerald Faeries Challenge this fortnight. Nice to have you.

Shirley said...

Oh, those are simply AWESOME photos. It's so great to see that you and your hubby have such a dependably relaxing place to go to when things get too busy in life.

Your lovely mermaid card is GORGEOUS! The details you add to it kick it up a the anchors, the hearts, the tiny seahorse..beautiful work!

Thank you so much for your support of my are such a gem! Have a lovely weekend Jane!

lady e said...

Gorgeous card! Lovely image and cute charm :) Beautiful photos too! Thank you for joining us at Heck of a Challenge and Good Luck!
Lady E

Jane said...

Hi would be fun to see a mermaid wouldn't it ;-) Have a great weekend,
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Maderly, Goldie is one of my favorites.
Jane x

Jane said...

I really hope you win Shirley..fingers crossed. Thanks for your lovely comments,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Lady E, I was pleased to find your new challenge blog.
Jane x

Gale said...

Lovely photos Jane. Looks like you had a very good time. The mermaid card is lovely too. Thanks for joining our challenge at PCJ and good luck. Hugs, Gale

Jane said...

Thanks Gale, we had a wonderful holiday. The sun is shining here today too..perfect. Enjoy the weekend,
Jane x

Lisa M said...

Gorgeous card to accommodate such glorious vacation pictures!

Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
Happy Crafting...
Lisa xx

Jane said...

Thanks Lisa,
Jane x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Welcome back Jane...I think you have been in paradise lovely friend! I really don't think I would have moved from the balcony with such a stunning view!
Your little mermaid card is adorable...Oh my,swimming with mermaids would definitely be a fantastic blog post...lets keep our fingers crossed!
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday,
Susan x

Jane said...

Good Morning dear Susan, it is good to be back but I must admit that really was a room with a view and we spend many peaceful hours sitting there. Great to see another mermaid fan ;0) Enjoy your Sunday too,
Jane x

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

Beautiful card - thanks for joining the So Sweet Joanna Sheen Challenge.

Jane said...

Thanks Wendy ;0)
Jane x

Creations by Shirl said...

Pretty mermaid card, love that seahorse charm... Thanks for joining us at FF challenge, hope to see you soon on our next challenge.
Shirl ~ DT

Julia said...

I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

My entries are: #23, #109, and #213.

I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and Me and Myself on the Dark…



Jane said...

Thanks Shirl it's a sweet charm isn't it,
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks for visiting Julia,
Jane x

Lin said...

Wow, I'm sitting here, chilly, miserably wet day outside looking at your holiday snaps and am green with envy!

Fabulous little card and it so fits with your lovely holiday memories, but I bet you didn't see any actual mermaids from your holiday balcony!! LOL

Thanks so much for joining in with our Celebration Challenge at Dream Valley and hope to see you back soon.

Lin xx

Jules said...

This is a goregous card and I love the image. Thank you for joining us at A & T Digital Designs. Good Luck xoxoxo

Jane said...

I'm glad my post cheered you up Lin it's such a rainy day again today. Sending you some sunshine,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Jules, she is one of my face images I just love Goldie!
Jane x

Jac said...

Ooh gorgeous views! Love the cute card and how you have glazed the bubbles, very cute, thanks for joining us at the Emerald Faeries Challenge this fortnight.

Sonia said...

Wonderful card ^_^
Thanks for joining us at Heck of a Challenge this month and good luck.
DT Sonia

Natalie Amy said...

What a cute card I am so glad you got to join us :D I think I could do with a holiday like yours!
Thank you for joining us at Natalie and Amy's Challenge and good luck.

Huge hugs

Amy xx

Jane said...

Thanks Amy great to join the new challenge blog,
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Jaq,
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Sonia, for your visit and kind comments,
Jane x

Diane J said...

Thanks for joining the 'Colour' challenge at Forever Friends with your gorgeous cute card. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you again for our next challenge.
Diane xx

Jane said...

Thanks Diane,
Jane x