Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas at Kew

What fun evening my Hb and I enjoyed last Friday up at Kew Gardens in London. There is a 1 mile trail laid out and all the trees are various displays are decorated with lights. We met before hand and enjoyed a meal in the city. We found a great diner in One New Change at St Paul's which had some local lagers on the menu.
The area around St.Paul's has been transformed recently, I love this area. The new fits in really well with the old.
 We very rarely eat burgers or chips so this was a treat for us.
 With delicious locally brewed later in a really fab can.

We hopped on the tube after our meal and  travelled to Kew Gardens station. 
 Kew Gardens tube station has a fab pub attached to it called The Tap on the name eh?

The walk to the gardens was just a few minutes.

The trail is about a mile long and there are lots of pretty illuminations.

 We really enjoyed the field of fire in particular. I shared some photos of that in a previous post here

Half way through there was also a vintage carousel.

I could not resist taking a ride. My Hb snapped this joyful shot....yes I know I am a big kid ;0)

It was such a fun, festive evening. The weather was very kind to us, mild and dry.

My Hb also snapped this shot which I just had to make into a moment for my journal....Guess who...?

 When I got home I chose a full size paper from my stash....I think it's ancient Graphic 45.

I stencilled a few festive images using Wendy Vecchi gold embossing paste.
 I wanted to tone down the page down slightly so I added some stamping using white acrylic paint.

I also used my new Tim embossing folder and plenty of glitter.
So here is my Moment of our evening at Kew.

 I added some Frantage for some Christmas spirit and lots of sparkle.

I think my stamped sentiment says it all..........

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

Whimsy Winter anything goes
Simon says stamp just a pinch mine is of Frantage
Simon says stamp Wednesday die crazy
Memory box Season's greetings my photo is die cut using the stitched rectangle
Love to create anything creative/mixed media #25
Visions of Sugarplums 2015 Christmas/Winter
Inspiration Emporium 'tis the season
Bunny Zoe 3/3 Sparkle
Sparkles Christmas favourite Christmas colours I love gold and black together
Winter Wonderland Christmas Bingo 1/3 my line is through the middle, snowflakes (stamped) glitter (on my holly leaves) and pearls and gems.
That's Crafty 1/3 anything goes
Sweet Stamping 1/3 anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stamping 1/2 Father Christmas
Crafty Friends 1/3 anything goes
Country View create a scene
Emerald Creek Dares celebrations around the world
Wow winter I have used embossing powder for my snow

I managed to get the last of my Christmas shopping on Thursday and that evening my Hb and I had a grand wrap up session and got everything wrapped. Today I plan to finish my final Funkie Junkie project and then it's time for my hand made Christmas crackers....yes we have reached that time of the year.

Enjoy your weekend, it's still ridiculously mild here in South East England we hit 17c on Thursday and I spied daffodils out in full flower in a garden round the corner. Here is the proof! This morning the back door is open, the central heating has been turned off, I have washing out on the line and it's 17c again....amazing.

 Thanks for taking the time to visit.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (other than the weather)....just 6 days left now.

Back very soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow Jane, I was totally hypnotized by all the photos today! So many beautiful lights and things to see! Love that shot of you in front of Santa, and that paper was a perfect fit for the background. The gold accents are so pretty! Awesome post!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Jane! hugs :)

  2. What a great photo Jane and you've turned it into a brilliant moment too!
    Beautiful images from Kew, thanks for sharing. I'm loving all the traditional London images too, buses, tubes, St Pauls...I know I keep saying this but I really need a trip to London.
    I am also loving this balmy weather too, I think we should have Moroccan Christmases every year !! ;)
    Happy weekend my friend,
    V xxx

  3. Hello dear Jane,

    Loved every photo of this post, but that vintage carousel and that colorful peacock are to die for! And you seem so happy riding there :) And your moment captured it all again so beautifully.

    But that weather?!? Daffodils? Oh my, enjoy it all, it is perfect for those long walks during holidays (to burn those chocho-calories!). We have little snow but we should hit +5 --- +10(!!) soon too. Strange December!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. What a fun excursion you and hb took! I enjoyed the photos. We watched a TV show last night about the Secrets of Chatsworth Castle.. and the greenhouse in your photo looks exactly like the one they had.. is it a reproduction of theirs?
    *M*E*R*R*Y* * *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. om goodness Jane - daffodils - thats crazy! Looks like a fun day and a fabulous layout! Happy Christmas lovely lady! Hugs rachel x

  6. Wow, what amazing photos and gorgeous memories you've made together in London. Love the Santa snap you journalled too. A really cool shot. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with the Sweet Stampin' girls for our 'Merry Christmas' challenge. What a wonderful entry and fabulous way to kick off the challenge. Come and play again with us next year, we've some great challenges in store. Hugs, Wends x SS DT

  7. I love the page you did! the background is wonderful! This would make a great entry over at Emerald Creek Dares! :)
    I love your photos too..looks like it was such a wonderful night!

  8. Gorgeous photos! Love this page with the stenciled images and embossed folder! So glad you linked up at ChouxChoux Paper Art!

  9. Hello dear Jane,

    Thank You for your wonderful post. It's as if we were there with you!
    The peacock is amazing and so is the picture of your shadow with Santa.
    I'm so glad you used it to make a beautiful moment!!
    We have heard about the incredible mild temperatures. The Cherry trees were blossoming in Washington DC! Crazy weather and such a shame for the fruits...

  10. Your photos of London and Kew Gardens are so nice. Glad you got to go and have a good time. Your card is so nice! Merry Christmas from Oregon where it's chilly and raining again! Maybe I'll go for a walk today with my husband...or not. Will wait to see how it goes!

  11. Lovely card thank you for showing us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Debbie X

  12. hello Jane! what gorgeous photos...thanks fro sharing! your card is stunning, such am amazing details! so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  13. Dear Jane, THanks for sharing Christmas at Kew Gardens. I've been there but not at Christmastime. WOuld you believe--- I have some narcissus sprouting up here in my front garden??!! Normally, we would be covered in snow.
    Thinking of you, Please enjoy your holiday time.
    Anne D.T. xxx

  14. What a lovely way to capture lovely memories of a wonderful Christmas holiday! Loved the photographs as well as the LO!
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Emerald Creek Dares!

    Claudia x

  15. hello Jane - just popping back to say thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and goodluck! Hugs rachel x

  16. Thank you for playing with Sweet Stampin'. Warm holiday wishes!

    Love and hugs

  17. Thank you so much for playing along over at Noor! Design UK!

    I looooovvvvve your creation, we hope to see you back here next time!

    DT - Keeley Ainsworth
    Noor! Design UK

  18. A great project!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge over at Crafty Friends & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    Happy New Year,
    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Come and Get It)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

  19. Fab photos and superb journal page.

    Thanks for sharing at CASS.


  20. Lovely photos - they make me miss London! Great journal page too. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'! Tracey x


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