Friday, 26 August 2016

Happiness is a Hill

On Tuesday I met my daughter and Daisy at Claremont in Surrey. This beautiful National Trust garden has a huge central lake with lots of ornamental fowl. It was the most glorious day....wall to wall sunshine and the clearest deepest blue sky I have seen for a long time.

Daisy loved feeding the ducks with her bag of food we bought.

We also spotted lots of dragonflies on and around the lake. I edited this photo in black and white so that you could see the amazing blue colour in the grass.

There is also a super hill...and of course Daisy loved running up and down it

 Stopping and picking daisies for her Mummy
After lunch, exhausted from all her running she very conveniently snoozed in her buggy whilst my DD and I sat on a picnic mat, admired the view, ate ice cream and chatted...for over an hour....just bliss. Happiness really is a hill!
There are some challenges I would like to enter before the end of August including the Craft Barn dictionary challenge where the letter is H.
I wanted to use some of the photos of Daisy running down the hill. So I decided to create a hilly distress inked background with sunshine and blue skies in my art journal.
 I then created hills with my distress inks.
I got out several of my Visible Image stamps to add to the background
Sorry I only took 1 photo when I had added the grass as I got so engrossed in my work.
So here is my finished "Moment" for my art journal..............
On the right is my hill dictionary definition...I put it on a hill ;0)
I tried to give the impression of Daisy running down the hill and getting closer by die cutting 3 photos of her,
 I love the photo of Daisy below bringing a daisy to her darling Mummy....precious moments indeed.
I would like to enter my Moment into the following challenges;

The Craft Barn dictionary challenge H I know that Jane says no dragonflies need to be included but my Moment needed one as we saw so many of them! 
Uniko inspired by a song no prizes for mine...of course it was "The hills are alive" from The sound of music! I kept humming this as I created!
Happy Little Stampers anything goes with a die
Crafty Calendar summer fun
The Craft Barn weekly challenge blue
Fussy and Fancy 1/3 let's fly away
Creative Corner soooo sweet
Crafty Boots anything but a card

It's been another glorious day today, wall to wall sunshine and more blue skies. I really hope that it lasts for the bank holiday weekend.
Thanks for visiting me today and for all the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Enjoy the long weekend for those of you in the UK...dare I's the last bank holiday before Christmas ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a totally beautiful post Jane, I was there with you! Darling photos of Daisy too, the whole thing made me feel really happy here :)


    Di xx

  2. Absolutely wonderful! The photos are beautifully showcased and fit with the song perfectly. Looks like you had a fantastic day out. Thanks so much for playing along with Uniko this month! Deborah, DT.

  3. I absolutely adore this wonderful record of your glorious day. Just magic!!! Love the song too! Thanks for sharing at Uniko.

  4. Really great layout Jane, you have captured the day perfectly, even all of Daisy's energy is in there. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  5. Awe how lovely and you have captured the moment so well, great photos of Daisy with the daisies!!
    The weather has behaved itself here too these past couple of days lets hope it continues over the bank holiday weekend, Hb's birthday tomorrow!!
    V x
    P.S. I'm still trying to figure out how on earth we got to the end of August so quickly...please don't mention C!!

  6. Another fabulous collage of images. Claremont is not far from me and I haven't been there for ages; think a visit is on the list now!

  7. Stunning layout. Love the inking and the dragonfly. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  8. I loved seeing Daisy running free like a bird. The dragonfly is actually a Damselfly. I just found that out this summer, there were tons of them at Waldo Lake. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Daisy is so dang cute - love your pictures. Your are lucky to be able to spend so much quality time your your daughter and granddaughter!
    I love the photo of Daisy running down the hill - such joy.
    Delightful make and such a keepsake!!
    Sandy xx

  10. What a wonderful day you had.....and daisy is sheer joy...bless are so lucky to be able to spend time with her and your daughter.Love your page and the certainly have a very creative mind.

  11. Wow, what an amazing place, so beautiful! I love those shots of Daisy running up and down the hill, it looks like she had a wonderful time! Great shot of your toes with the lake in the background, amazing angle! Beautiful page, you even included the dragonfly, love it! hugs :)

  12. This is so creative and such a lovely summer memory too! Great background for your pics. Thank you so much for entering the Crafty Calendar (Summer Fun) Challenge this month. Please remember that in order to able to win the prize you must be a follower of our blog. Lots of luck to you. Hugs Sue Pxxx DT

  13. That is a lovely memory of a beautiful day. By pure coincidence we had lunch in Esher this afternoon and drove past Claremont afterwards. Have you visited Garson Farm nearby? My sons used to love it when they were younger.

  14. What a lovely page to commemorate a day full of sunshine and laughter. Love those rolling hills!
    Alison x

  15. Fabulous and cute layout! Love your diecut frame :)
    Thank You for playing along with Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies August Challenge.

    - Helen Gullett -
    DT Member

  16. You always make the most outlandishly gorgeous art!

  17. OH how very adorable and sweet this is and what a beautiful little child she she is too!! Thank you for joining out challenge at Fussy and Fancy!
    Diane FAF DT

  18. Lovely scrapbook page, very happy memories...
    Don't tell Jane about the dragonfly... it might give her ideas!

  19. A beautifully composed page and a lovely memory of a wonderful day.

  20. This is such a beautiful page full of happy memories and lovely photos.
    xxx Hazel.

  21. A lovely page - thank you for entering the Craft Barn Dictionary Challenge. Good Luck in the draw! Mickie x

  22. A beautiful page, you can't but smile at the joy on little Daisy's face running down the hill. A beautiful way to capture the memory xx

  23. Wow Jane, what a fabulous way to remember a special day. With a budding star like Daisy stealing the show to make this such a delightful page. The dragonfly is the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for joining in with our 'Let's fly Away' challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday, and hope to see you again.
    Eileen x

  24. It looks like you had the most wonderful day and so many memories to treasure. Your creation is just delightful too and LOVE your song choice. Thanks so much for joining in on the Uniko Challenge & my apologies for commenting SO late. Hugs Bev x


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