Wednesday 27 August 2014

A ray of sunshine before the rain

Hello everyone, I'm back after our little mini break with our daughter, SIL and Darling Daisy. We were just so lucky with the weather, we had 4 totally dry days and returned on Sunday evening. On bank holiday Monday the heavens just opened, biblical rain.  My blogging friend Vivienne correctly guessed our was indeed the Isle of Wight. We last visited when our children were 10 and 7 and it remains a wonderful holiday destination.
We stayed at the Royal Hotel in Ventnor, nestled on the south coast of the island.

Under the canopy are geraniums that have been grown for years. There were palms galore which thrive in the gardens.

There was a further "Rivera Terrace" across the road where we enjoyed relaxing in the sun and taking afternoon tea.

 Ventnor has its own micro climate and is one of the most sheltered part of the United Kingdom. It supports botanical gardens on its under cliff and the hotel gardens have some very exotic plants for a UK climate.
We were able to put down a blanket up here for Daisy to crawl around on..yes she is now crawling bless her.

It was a perfect base for us, Daisy could sleep in her cot and the baby monitor reached our dinner table where we sat in the evenings. We enjoyed superb on site food and a glass or two of liquid refreshment.
We had a couple of days out too, more of those in another post.

I had a few moments of inky time on bank holiday Monday so I dashed out between the torrential rain as I wanted to make a mini Moment. I wanted to capture the essence of our wonderful hotel and the sunshine which warmed and relaxed us all.

I decided to make a tag using an embossing folder with a vintage fee,l just like the hotel. I used colours representing the lovely sandstone which the hotel was built out of.
The 2  photos below show my background before I added all my elements I used some crackle paint and glitter to add to the vintage feel of our splendid hotel.

Here is my finished Mini Moment with my elements added.

and a few close ups

The heart framing the flowers are for our family love and there is a little paper daisy holding a TH Ideology tag.

The pink flowers are to remember the beautiful flowers in the hotel gardens.

I attached my words to a tag inked with the same inks I used for my background and tied it with some rich velvet cord to represent the furnishings in the hotel which were very luxurious.
I certainly cherish every memory of our time there.

I would like to enter my Mini Moment into the following challenges.

Natalie and Amy die cuts and flowers
Cheery Lynn frame it I have used my heart dies to frame the flowers
Country View word play
Bunny Zoe summer colours
Die cut divas hot August nights
Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
PanPastel UK pink pink and more pink
Frilly and Funkie a summer garden
Creative Inspirations flower power
We Do Doobadoo add textures

I am sorry if I have been a bit MIA with my commenting over the last few weeks, I do read all your posts even if I don't have time to comment. Life is still super busy this end. Thanks for all your kind visits and comments, they are so lovely to read.

Little Daisy Jane is now mobile....such a delight to see her crawling. She is such a little busy bee with all her chit chat too. I will be back with some more photos from our break but just to put a smile on your faces here she is with her bucket and spade on the beach...
 and laughing in the swing in the hotel gardens...happy days....

After the dreadful weather of Monday and Tuesday the sun has made a return appearance here again today and it feels more like summer than autumn again, thank goodness.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hi Jane, oh what a charming place for a holiday! And to have your daughter, SIL and Daisy Jane along, icing on the cake! I'm glad you had good weather there! Your tag is magnificent, as usual.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Awe bless little Daisy enjoying her seaside holiday! :)
    What a really beautiful place, so glad you all had a lovely time and that the weather was kind to you.
    What a pretty little reminder of your time there too.
    V x

  3. I especially like the swing shots, but all the photos are beautiful!

  4. Lovely tag, you have certainly captured the feel of the hotel. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  5. Sounds like a fabulous holiday, Jane! Beautiful tag - I love the crackled and glittered background and the pink floral die cut is wonderful too. So happy to have you joining in the fun with us at Frilly and Funkie!


  6. Lovely pictures, looks a beautiful place you visited.

    Stunning Tag, loving the crackle and that pink flower is a need :-) xxx

  7. Oh Jane I wish I had known, I would have popped down to visit my father he lives in Ventnor and we could have had a cuppa on the beach :) Looks like a lovely break, little one is such a smiler. Lx

  8. Hi Jane, what a beautiful place for a holiday, I can see why you were inspired to craft. A stunning tag and love the organic feel to it and your pink flower. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

  9. Welcome back Jane after a beautiful holiday for all of you. Such a stunning spot to vacation. Love the area to dine and that you could have dinner and just listen if Daisy needed one of you! That's wonderful. Daisy is so darling in the photos, love that smile!
    Missed you, xoRobin
    Beautiful tag!

  10. Thank You for yet another delightful post
    You know how much I appreciate it when I get to travel thanks to your beautiful pictures and informative comments! I have never been there, it looks absolutely lovely. I also love your tag and the darling pictures of miss Daisy. Such a happy angel!

  11. Hi Jane! So happy to hear of your wonderful holiday! Your tag is so very pretty and will be a treasured momento of your time on the Isle of Wight. Thank you so much for joining in our challenge at the Frilly and Funkie!

  12. Hello dear Jane,

    You had a lovely (and well deserved!) break, and Daisy seemed to enjoy it all so much! Those smiles are just priceless!

    Have a wonderful weekend soon, dear, and happy September soon too!


  13. beautiful design and love the colours and as always your lovely post and photo's
    hugs Kate xx

  14. Hello Jane,
    Thank you for joining us this month at CVC, you have made a gorgeous card with lovely words.

  15. What a gorgeous break, and such a lovely hotel.....and bright blue sky! Daisy looks so happy to be at the seaside and on the swing....such precious times. Your little tag is a lovely keepsake.
    Wishing you more sunny days this week, Jane.
    Helen xox

  16. Hi Jane,
    Yes, you have been busy- Creating memories one memorable event after another! Love seeing sweet Daisy playing on the beach and the beautiful tag commemorating your family's visit to the shore. Happy Friday to you! :o)

  17. It's a small world Jane. We stayed very close to Ventnor when holidaying on the Isle of Wight a couple of years ago and you are right, it is an incredibly beautiful place. So glad you had great weather and had a wonderful time.
    I love your tag and the way you've captured the unique look of the hotel and flora. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  18. How wonderful - love your photos. Glorious time!

    And so glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.

  19. This is a lovely creation hun and great photos :) Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  20. Gorgeous tag Jane, so pretty and sparkly. Lovely photos too.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  21. Wow beautiful card with the tag. I really like the techniques you used on your tag. Thanks for joining us in the Cheery Lynn challenge

  22. Wow what a beautiful place Jane and Daisy Jane is such a cutie!
    Your tag is so beautiful, lots of texture and great sentiment,thank you for joining in the fun over at Pan Pastel UK Challenge. xoxox

  23. I have a soft spot for the I of W as we used to go camping there when I lived in London, not quite as nice as your lovely hotel though! I'm way behind in my blog commenting (as you can tell) so I know how it goes. Hope the tags did well. Bethxx


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