Monday, 21 January 2013

A Snowy Show in London

The eagle eyed of you will have noticed that the blocks in the centre of this photo read "Matilda" and that is where I took my dear Hb to see this great musical at London's Cambridge theatre on a very snowy Friday night last week. I really was not sure we would get there as this was the conditions as I sat at my local railway station earlier in the afternoon.

As everyone knows the UKs transport system grinds to a halt at the first snow flake.Luckily the trains were still running at that time and I met my Hb from work in Spitalfields (he recently moved jobs from Farringdon). I had not seen around Spitalfields for a few years so we had a snowy walk before we found a spot for an early dinner date.

Although some of the photos are a little blurred as the light was really poor I think they add to the effect. Spitalfields is a really interesting area, it is very ancient but has been developed over the last 10 years and there are some great office buildings. There is also a good view of the Gherkin (top small photo above). It was so cold that we quickly found a restaurant, the trusty Carluccio's.

It is very unusual to get snow in central London so it was fun to see this wintry view.

There was no one sitting outside....perhaps these snow covered tables and chairs were waiting for snowmen? We went inside into the warm and were shown to a lovely table by the window.

We enjoyed this lovely wintry view. M and I had a delicious relaxed  Italian meal.
Matilda was due to start at 7.30pm so at around 6.30pm we took the tube from Liverpool Street  to Covent Garden and made the short walk up to the Cambridge Theatre which is situated in the Seven Dials area.

Already the area was buzzing with lots of taxis dropping people off.

There is a very interesting sun dial at the top of the road which is what the area is named after

The view below is opposite the theatre.

and the photo below I just love...
It really has the feeling of all the buzz and excitement going on. We found our seats in the stalls, they were really excellent seats, right near the front.

This was the view from out seats. If you have not see Matilda it is an absolute treat. It is true to the plot of Roald Dahl's book and the actors are fabulous. The little girl who played the lead role of Matilda was quite outstanding and received a standing ovation at the end. If you are in London in the coming months do try to see it. I even came home with a couple of souvenirs.....

A brilliant tin which I shall use for my card making stash and also one of the props which came flying out into the audience during one of the songs.
It is a pretend report for one of the children, folded up as a paper plane.
It landed in my lap so I thought I would bring it home to show isn't it ;0)

My challenge card today is the card I made for my Hb's birthday. I wanted it to be "Vintage Childhood" birthday card to complement our visit to Matilda. I knew I had a wonderful Lili of the Valley stamp which I had not inked before which would be perfect. I also decided to make my first stepper card. The stamp is called Times to Treasure, how very apt.

Here is a side view of the card. I used Promarkers to colour my image and I highlighted using Prismacolor pencils.

The sentiments are also LOTV. I had fun with my new Big shot and cut some fun flourishes. The surround of the stamp is a Martha Stewart punch.

This is the other side view . I added lots of embellies including diamond gems, hand punched hearts, ribbon, Baker's twine and spotty buttons. My hubby loved this card and he actually said that it reminded him of Matilda and also of vintage childhood memories. I could not ask more could I?

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges.

Winter Wonderland Vintage
Whimsy Card Challenges #55 Fancy edges
Crafty Ribbons #37 Love/romance
Visible Image Time to Reflect
My Mum's Craft Shop anything goes
Forever Friends Monthly Challenge Birthdays
Cutie Pie Use 3 different textures I used lots of textures on my card but 3 to name are my spotty ribbon, my Baker's twine and my gems. 
Bunny Zoe Anything goes
Stamping Sensations Friendship
Penny Black and More Love is in the air

Unfortunately the weather really deteriorated yesterday and it snowed all day meaning that only my son and his girlfriend could make the journey to us for my Hb's birthday party. It was still a lovely day and of course we had plenty of food ;0)  We are still in the middle of a wintry grip here and the forecast is showing more of the same for the coming week. I am not sure I will get to my silversmithing class tomorrow and dancing tonight also looks very unlikely. Never mind at least we are safe and well and keeping snug. Luckily I can walk to work so even with the heaviest snow I can make it in.

I hope everyone in the UK is not too disrupted by the snow but  I must confess, it does look so very pretty ;0)
Thanks for visiting me here and for all the kind comments you take the time to leave.

Keep warm and Carry on Crafting,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. So pleased you had a good night out Jane and the snow didn't hamper the trip too much.

    As you rightly say, the UK comes to a standstill when we have adverse weather. We've not been able to get out of the Fen since Saturday afternoon, but like down a single track road is like that and we are used to it after 30 plus years.

    A really pretty stepper card, such a bright and happy one for a Birthday.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenges this month.

    B x

  2. Oh wow, what a wonderful card, such fab attention to detail. Super pics of your night out too. Thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie xx

  3. Thanks for the little London visit, the last time we were in London, we went in search of the Gherkin and almost got ourselves lost!! :)
    So glad you had a lovely evening and M enjoyed his birthday. What a clever little card you made for him too!
    Snow has come on here this evening, just when I thought we were going to escape it. :(
    Have a cosy evening Jane,
    V xxx

  4. Beautiful card, thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie's. Sue x

  5. Love the photos, sounds like and great time and that was lucky getting the little souvenir! I love your gorgeous card, what a great shape and perfect image for our challenge.Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  6. Hello Jane I loved this post....your snowy London pictures are very atmospheric, and it sounds like such a lovely night out. The show looked great....and how lucky that paper plane landed on your lap...what a great souvenir! So glad your hb had a lovely birthday despite the snow....and the card you made him is really special!
    Keep cosy!
    Helen x

  7. Your photo's look like you had a smashing day out! Thank you for sharing this gorgeous card with the cutie pies xx

  8. Sounds like you and hubby had a wonderful time at the theatre and your photos capture wintry London fabulously! We've had about 4 inches of snow and now it's freezing hard, making for a dangerous may look pretty but I'll be glad when it's gone!
    Love your lotv card, great colouring and fab shape and embellies! Hugs, Lisa x

  9. Gorgeous card thanks for sharing with us at crafty ribbons.
    Your photos look fab, glad you had a good evening.
    Hugs Kelly

  10. Brilliant card, Jane, so beautifully made! Great design and colours, and the image is adorable. Lovely to see your photos too, and I'm glad you made it to the show and enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Stamping Sensations this month, and good luck.


  11. Thank you for the photos. The snow makes everything so beautiful. Although I live miles away in Washington State, USA, I remember my last visit to London with my daughter. We also went to a show in Covent Garden and had a wonderful time. Thank you for reviving those memories. :-)

  12. oh love your photo's and this is such a wonderful, and gorgeous vintage creation, thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  13. Looks like you had a fabulous time. Happy Birthday to your husband. Love your card Jane.
    Caz x

  14. Dear Jane, you have the most wonderful day in London! I have never been in a live musical and it must be amazing! I have seen the movie and I can only guess how fantastic musical it can be!
    Your card is so beautiful and the folding is super!
    You walk to your work, but how about your clients?
    Enjoy your beautiful snow! x Teje

  15. Hi Jane, lovely photos, thanks!
    Beautiful card, lovely design and details with cute image!

    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more, good luck;-))m

  16. Jane, thanks for sharing those pictures!!!!
    Your card is so adorable! That sweet couple is one of my favs from LOTV!!!
    Hugs, Dena

  17. I love your choice of image, beautiful details and the design too, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and Stamping Sensations challenges good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  18. Your card is beautiful, lovely colours. The pics are lovely too, some of the scenes look like a Christmas card pic. Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends. xxx

  19. Looks like you had a fabulous time at Matilda Jane! Your card is so pretty, love the card shape and the details. Thank you for joining us at Whimsy Stamps this month x

  20. Jane, your snow photos and all the psychedelic colors in the theater were fun to look at! We've been hibernating like bears here. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  21. a beautifully designed step card! lovely pics; we're used to some snow here in canada, but always hear about it when it snows there. thank you so much for sharing another lovely card with us at penny black and more this month.

  22. This is beautiful Jane I adore the image the layout is just fab to. Thanks for joining us at the Visible Image blog challenge. Xx

  23. Oh Jane! Such lovely lovely photos of Matilda and London..oh what sights and sounds..and it sounds like you had a wonderful time. Happy belated birthday to your dear hubby! Your card is so sweet. I'm stealing 15 minutes at my in-laws house for internet access so I just wanted to pop by and say hi..and thank you for your sweet visit. Wow! A queue for pay phones!! Talk about a different world. : ) Have a super rest of the week, Jane!

  24. Hi Jane; I love your London-photos and the card is great for our challenge at Crafty ribbons this fortnight!

    Thanks for participating,

    La Vikinga / charlotta

  25. What a gorgeous card, I like the colors and the lovely LOTV stamp. Thanks for joining us at FF this month.

  26. Loved this post, Jane!! What a great theatre, inside AND out. I'm glad your husband had a great birthday.

    Lovely card. Goes well with Matilda and childhood memories.

    Best wishes,

  27. Dear Jane,

    I do not know where I have spent the last a few days ;) as I seem to missed to leave a comment on TWO of your gorgeous posts! What a lovely view to London, gorgeous pictures! Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your evening, I wish we had something similar around here to see. And that tin is adorable (and so is your card!!)!

    I wish you a lovely weekend and happy greetings from SNOWYSNOWYSNOWY Finland!


  28. What aa great card love the image and card .shape.Thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie.

  29. Beautiful card and lovely photo's too sounds like you had a wonderful time x
    Thank you for joining the 'Love is in the Air' Challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan

  30. Great photos. Love your lovely card too, so much detail. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Ribbons this time.
    Dawn xxx

  31. What a lovely card! Thanks for entering Visible Image challenge!

  32. Hi Jane another brilliant entry from you...Good luck
    Julie (Invisible Image design team)

  33. fantastic card - and love the photos of snowy London! Thanks for joining us at Whimsy Inspires! Kim x


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