Sunday, 20 September 2015

A conker treasure hunt with Daisy

Our weekend was just the best...our sweet Daisy came to stay and the weather all weekend was glorious.....warm sunshine and blue skies all day. We even had lunch in the garden both days. On Saturday morning we went out for our conker treasure hunt.

We set off for the park, where Nanna  knows the best conker treasure can be found and took a basket for our spoils. For those of my lovely readers who do not know what conkers are, they are the fruit of the horse chestnut tree.

Sure enough there was plenty of treasure to be found in the grass under the horse chestnut trees.

We showed Daisy that the best and shiniest conkers can be found in their shells and we found some beauties. I still get that childhood feeling of glee when you find a shell containing a huge, brown shiny conker...just magical. I collected conkers with my own children when they were small and smile at the memories of finding conkers in the pockets of my son's school trousers even in his early years of high school.

My Hb helped her gently ease them out of the shells. blessed I am to share these childhood thrills again for the first time through Daisy's eyes.

My Hb took these photos of us on his phone,,,I love them...Nanna and Daisy on a conker hunt.

We also found a huge horse chestnut leaf, a large worm and blew a few dandelions together in the sunshine.

And before we came home we whiled away some time in the swing park.

When we got home and Daisy had a good sleep. When she woke up......what better thing is there to do with a basket of conkers? We counted them and spent hours putting them in and out the basket in the garden ;0

I plan a Moment of our day when I have some time..but for now my challenge card is a birthday card I made for a dear friend . It sums up the autumn sunshine and my time with my precious granddaughter. Who needs anything more than a park and some time to celebrate  Mother Nature at her very best?
The stamp is by Clarity and the leaf die is Memory box as is the kite die. I made an inky and stenciled background using several distress inks and a stencil.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Memory Box terrific trees
Mixed media world anything goes with autumn colours
Our creative corner shades of autumn
Creative Inspirations Your favourite occasion mine is birthday
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Artistic Inspirations anything goes/twist of magic
Simon Says stamp Wednesday die crazy
That's Crafty lovely leaves
Crafty Friends B is for for me it is for Birthday
Creative card crew autumn/fall
Papertake weekly animal magic
Little Claire's autumn
Pixie's snippets playground 195  I used snippets of card for my leaves and for my kites.

I hope the sunshine made an appearance during your weekend too. Try to remember to look up to the trees this week as it is the first day of autumn on Tuesday. There is treasure there for everyone....just remember to open your eyes and take a moment to breathe and savour the joy through the eyes of a child, And if in your part of the world you are heading into spring enjoy the unfolding of the leaves and the beginning of the cycle of new life.

Our darling Daisy has now gone home with her Mummy and Daisy, taking with her the conker treasure and the very first crafting things she has made in Nanna's studio...more about that  in my next post. The house seems so quiet now she has gone...we certainly had the very best of times with her.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. How lovely to have Daisy all to yourselves for the whole weekend!! Brilliant too getting a second chance at all the childhood fun things! It looks like Daisy had a lot of fun and certainly memories are made of these days out.
    What an absolutely gorgeous card, personally I think it should win all the challenges you have entered it in, it's definitely a winner in my book! :)
    It has poured here today, so grim, wishing I was still in France!!
    Have a lovely new week my friend,
    V x
    P.S. Have been reading through the posts I missed while I was on holiday, beautiful work as always especially that amazing spell book!

  2. Such a lovely time collecting conkers with your sweet little Daisy! Your pictures of the day are gorgeous, and I share your glee still when finding perfect conkers too ! It is a real joy to see the world afresh again through our grandchildren's eyes. Love your autumn card, so pretty and colourful.
    Wishing you a happy new week, Jane.
    Helen xox

  3. aw jane it sounds like a wonderful weekend ..... full of simple pleasure. wonderful make too! hugs rachel xx

  4. I was so amazed at how much Daisy's hair has grown since the last photos! It's curly and oh so fashionable.. adorable! Gorgeous card, too. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Isn't she darling Jane! Delightful to see her and the joy that you have spending time with her. So very sweet.

  6. How your little Daisy is growing up Jane...she looks an absolute darling with her little basket of conker treasure...happy days! x
    Have a lovely new week,
    Susan x

  7. What a beautiful post Jane - Daisy looks such a sweetheart too. I could almost smell those conkers - took me back a lot of years :)

    LOVE your card, a perfect playground image too :)

    And thank you for the encouraging words about the back issue - I'm following all your advice and being patient as well. Managed a load of ironing yesterday but broke off soon enough to leave some for today as well. Pacing oneself here!


    Di xx

  8. Hi Jane . . . what a lovely joyful post. It's clear you adore Daisy . . . and she adores her Nanna. Looks like great fun was had by all. I also made the most of the sunshine this weekend. Great advice in the para below your challenge entry listings.

    Gosh . . . nearly forgot to say how much I like your autumnal card . . . I love it!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. A beautiful autumn card. Thankyopu for sharing with us at Crafting From The Heart. Hugs ValeryAnne. D.T.

  10. Hi Jane

    Thank you for your lovely post which brought back so many memories of my childhood.
    Unfortunately we don't have these types of Chestnut trees where I live but I think I've already told you that ;) I remember my Grandma saying that keeping a chestnut in your pocket kept rheumatism away.
    Have you heard about anything like that?

    Happy Autumn!

  11. oops...I forgot to say how much I liked your radiant BD card!!

  12. A fabulous creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  13. Wonderful pictures of Daisy! She sure is a cutie. Do I hear music - chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
    Your card is fantastic with glorious autumn colors.
    Sandy xx

  14. This post made me smile so wide, Jane,

    That sweet little girl is just like ray of sunshine (and shirt saying smile!), just lovely! Playing in nature is the best there is, I wish your autumn days stay warm, dry and pretty so you can make many trips like this! Enjoy!


  15. Perfect autumnal colours once again, thanks for joining us at MMW
    Donna xxx

  16. beautiful fall card to go along with the great autumn day you had! :) thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

  17. Your pictures are amazing! What a wonderful time! I love the card too you were truly inspired. Thank you for joining the Memory Box Challenge.

  18. Gorgeous card!
    also nice pic's
    Thanks for joinging in our B is for... challenge over at Crafty friends.
    Linda DTCF

  19. beautiful fall card :)
    Thanks for playing along in the Artistic Inspirations Challenge.

  20. What a lovely card! Just perfect for our fall challenge. Thanks for joining the fun at Creative Card Crew

  21. Hi there! Thanks so much for participating in our September challenge. Combining scenic stamps with dies is sometimes so tricky, so I am excited to see your sample where you blended the two together so beautifully.

  22. Gorgeous pictures of Daisy - reminds me of collecting conkers with my daughter all those years ago. Beautiful card too! Thanks so much for joining my challenge at Our Creative Corner. Julia x

  23. Beautiful Autumn card Jane, love these colours - thanks for joining us at Mixed Media World xx


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