Thursday, 19 February 2015

These shoes were made for walking

We had a lovely day in Southampton last Sunday catching up with Daisy and her Mummy and Daddy. We are all great walkers in our family and after lunch we decided to take a walk along the coastal path to Lee-On-The-Solent.
My daughter knew of a Tea shop there where we could enjoy afternoon tea. This was the view as we passed Hillhead en route. We could see that the clouds were beginning to break up revealing the blue sky and sunshine.
 We passed the beach huts and some were even opened up for the day.
It took about 30 minutes to walk to Lee-On-The-Solent and we found the tea shop tucked away in a side street. It's called The Tea Party and I highly recommend it if you are even in this neck of the woods.
The decor is very Cath Kidston style which suits my daughter and I perfectly.
We were served tea in a teapot..the best way, and had china cups and saucers. The home made cakes were awesome.
 I had passionfruit cake and it was so moist..mmmm
Daisy slept all this time in her buggy so the 4 of us adults caught up on lots of chatter around the table whilst sipping tea and enjoying the cake. When we left a few hours later the sun was so bright it was like a spring day. At this point Daisy woke up and we got her out of her buggy to enjoy the seaside view.

We had put on our walking shoes and Daisy had on her sweet blue first walking shoes. She was still needing to hold onto one finger to walk on Sunday. As she was awake she wanted to have a little walk and we, very slowly, made our way along the beach path with everyone smiling as she walked with us. She really is such a cutie. We even bumped into 2 of our daughter and SIL's friends and Daisy pointed to her shoes and said "shoooo" proudly to them in the sweetest voice.
Here are some snaps of my precious girlie and her shoes or shoooo in Daisy language.

Daisy has the sweetest nature, I just adore her.

Now all this walking in such tiny shoes took some time and eventually we had to pop her back into the pushchair and get back as the sun began to set. The sunset that afternoon was glorious but it got so cold as the darkness arrived.

It really was a glorious day. Such precious family time that we treasure. On Tuesday we heard that Daisy has just started taking her first solo steps....incredible, she's now mobile and there will be no stopping her....bless.

Today I had my planned inky day and I decided that I would make a Moment of our wonderful day on Sunday for Jane's Journal. I wanted to incorporate everything I saw into it so I sat down with some ideas and this is what happened.

I wanted to create an inky background with sunshine, the sea and Daisy...
First I blended some inks and then added some water drops to give a sea feel to it. I added some sun rays through a stencil with archival ink and lots of grey hearts, as Daisy's sweet T shirt had a big grey heart on it.
I added some extra stamping and you may notice that I have bought a date stamp, I stamped the date into the background too.
I decided  to use the grey heart from Daisy's tea shirt as a feature so I cut one out free hand and painted it with acrylics. I wanted it to have a wood effect like wooden sea breakers we passed.
I cut out some sweet flowers and threaded them up with twine.
So then it was time to put on my creative hat and put together my Moment.
This is what I made..

 You may recognize that the words are from Daisy's T shirt, All for You, and I also added a little red ribbon. I think I achieved the "wood" effect of the sea breakers from the beach by not fully mixing the black and white acrylics together and brushing them on coarsely with thick brush strokes.
 The little flowers with the twine represent her very first walking shoes...I am sure they will be kept safely and put away when she grows out of them.
 I thought this Tim Holtz sentiment was perfect,,,,we certainly did pause, breath and enjoy our time together on Sunday.
 Sweet Daisy's
I added a piece of film ribbon as I thought my Moment was like a photo of every moment of our day rolled into my single artistic representation.
and it is attached at each end by a sunny yellow heart.

My  Moment will  be put into my Journal and when I look at it it will bring back all the memories of that sunny Sunday. Those shoes really were made for walking.

I would like to enter my Moment into the following challenges;

Artist Trading Post alphabet soup
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday add some texture
We do doobadoo hearts and flowers
Noor! UK spring
Frilly and Funkie winter blooms 
Country View Crafts drips and drops
Live and love crafts hearts
Simon Says stamp Monday a piece of paradise
Papertake weekly bingo my line is diagonally from top left to bottom right; ribbon, free (stamps) blooms

The weather is looking very wet and windy here for the next few days so I doubt there were be many visitors to the beach this weekend. I will end my post today with something else to make you smile.......................this was me trying to take the photos today of my Moment in my light box....hmmmm
 No guesses who these paws belong to....
OK Billy we're not forgetting you.......;0)

I would like to warmly welcome my newest followers and to thank my regulars who stop by to say hello. It's always lovely to see you here. Thanks for all your encouraging comments, I am really enjoying my creative play and remember there is inspiration out there everywhere, even in your granddaughter's T shirt and first walking shoes! Enjoy the upcoming weekend. 

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a fun family time you all had! Little Daisy is just the sweetest darling ever! Your card is the perfect thing for remembering what a fun time you all had. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    1. Fabulous coastal post. Love your creative picture. X

  2. Gorgeous photos Jane and sweet Daisy looks so happy in her shooos. It's quite spooky you walking past those beach huts as some friends of ours own one, don't know if they were down there over the weekend. Love your pretty card with the promise of Spring to come.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  3. Lovely pics Jane. Daisy looks like she really enjoyed herself. Love your work.

  4. Awe what a lovely way to remember your walk. Your artwork is beautiful and I love how you've captured little Daisy's t-shirt heart!
    She really is a cutie and what gorgeous shoes and what a wonderful smile! :)
    Happy weekend my friend,
    V x

  5. Tried earlier to leave a comment but my internet was playing up. What a super way to document a lovely family day and I like the idea of using a date stamp on your Journal page.
    Julie x

  6. Awww...this post is so happy, perfect and beautiful that it brings tears to my eyes ;)
    Thank You Jane!

  7. Wow, wonderful photos! Looks like Billy loves your creation as much as I do!! Great colours Jane, so perfect for spring and I love your little flower banner with the buttons! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Winter Blooms' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  8. What a lovely day out, and special family times. Little Daisy looks very cute walking in her lovely new shoes, and your moment captures it all perfectly! Billy made me LOL!!
    Happy weekend, Jane!
    Helen xox

  9. Hi Jane,
    Seems like you had a wonderful day at the seaside. Love how you incorporated the print from Daisy's t-shirt in your vibrant project. So funny with the kitty who wants to be in the picture (or at least the lightbox :-)). Thanks for joining LLC for our hearts challenge.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  10. Wonderful journal page to celebrate a wonderful day. That tea shop looked amazing, and your Daisy is adorable. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

  11. Hi Jane your trip sounds wonderful and I love how you have transferred this to your entry at ATP Exchange. Wonderful layers and colours with the sweet heart
    Tfs and for joining in with Alphabet Soup Challenge at ATP
    Annie DT

  12. It's always such a treat to see your amazing photography and how it ties into your creative process. What a great way to find inspiration and I love it when we can pull our muse from little things we see in the world around us. I really enjoyed the post and thought that you included so many clever elements in your piece. I really liked the weathered wood technique you achieved on the heart and I love that Daisy's shirt was so inspirational and how you recognized this poignant moment in life. Kudos to a job well done and thank you so much for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  13. It looks like it was a wonderful day and I'm glad you enjoy and appreciate these days when you get them. Daisy is adorable :)

  14. Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange for our Alphabet Soup challenge, great layers and colours! Ruth x

  15. Dear Jane,

    What a lovely, lovely post! That precious little girl walking in those cute shoes and that lovely shirt just melted my heart! All for you, awww! And that moment you made just captures it perfectly, that will be just so wonderful page to turn and start remembering one day!

    Happy last days of February to all of you and a big kiss to Billy! Maybe it would be time for him to be a guest-blogger once again soon - he definitely takes part of everything around yours!


  16. I do so love going on your journeys with you Jane and you've developed a brilliant way of capturing these precious memories in your pages. This one is such fun and has those wonderful seaside colours running through it perfectly. And thank you Billy for your photo bombing opportunity! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  17. Love it Jane.Thanks for joining us at Noor!DesignUK.
    Tracy x

  18. Dear Jane, what a lovely post! So beautiful photos and places! Daisy is a little cute pumpkin! And your card so cute! I love also the BOX in your latest post and enjoyed seeing your son's dog Bear! Wow he looks fantastic with those huge ears! Those wonderful beach huts, do they belong to private people? Unfortunately I try to be less at the computer because my wrists are not well.
    Hugs and kisses! x Teje

  19. Great idea to document Daisy's new shoes and her t-shirt words on your page. this is perfect scrapbooking and journalling all in one :-) x

  20. Gorgeous photos of Daisy and the shooos! Lovely take on our Challenge at ATP Exchange with your wonderful layers and the memory you've created of your day with Daisy. Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange. Juliax


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