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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Scrabble Tiles

Imogen went back to school today after the summer holidays. It's her last official school year (she hasn't decided yet if she'll stay on for 6th form or go to college). I like to take a photo of her in her uniform before she leaves on the first day of term. Here's the photo from her first day at 'big school'. She hasn't grown much taller, perhaps an inch or two, but is definitely much more grown up.




Here's my baby now, as always it's passing far too quickly.





I've made quite a few things for our new grandson, most of them crochet or knitted before he was born (little Zackary has been here for 4 weeks now). I thought it would be nice to make something that would include everyone, something with everybody's name on it to tie them all together.

I have some shadow picture frames that I'd picked up a while ago when Hobbycraft reduced them, just the right thing to make a scrabble tile crossword in. I chose white as it goes with most things.




I think the hardest part was looking through the papers I already have to choose one as a background. I love this design, I must have been influenced by the approach of Autumn.




Lots of wooden scrabble tiles, I knew I was going to need 3 Z's and luckily this bag had a good selection.





Then to simply arrange the tiles so they all interlink like a crossword, I also added a few novelty buttons to make it a bit more interesting.






It turned out really well, Adam and Holly were very pleased and I'm thrilled to say they have hung it in their hallway.





Only one of our 2 Hydrangea bushes flowered this year, though the one that did was covered in big, beautiful, pink blooms all summer. I snipped this pretty one so I could admire it from indoors too. Most of the ones outside now have a sepia tinge to them as though they have been soaked in tea, quite stunning.







Take care
xxx

32 comments:

  1. Goodness how much more grown up your daughter looks!
    I do the same thing with the photos each year, they are great to look back on.
    Hope all goes well for this last school year.
    I love the picture you made, something for the whole family as you say.
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you Lisa, she really does look so grown up now x

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  2. A very grown up young lady you have there Cheryl. Time passes far too quickly doesn't it? Talking of which, four weeks?!! I can hardly believe your grandson has been here four weeks already. I expect it's like he's always been around, however.
    Your picture is lovely. A great idea to make it as something for the whole family. X

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    1. Thank you, it doesn't seem 5 minutes since Imogen started school x

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  3. I have "the first day back to school each September" photos too. It's lovely to see the changes that happened each year even if they did moan at me at the time. (aged 37,35 and 29 now!)

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    1. I always say to my 2 that they'll be glad to look back on the photos in years to come x

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  4. They grow so quickly ...lovely to see but then you realise how quickly the years go by!
    Our grandchildren all returned to their respective schools recently, it was lovely to know they went off with big smiles.

    I do like the scrabble tiles picture you've made, what a good idea.

    That hydrangea bloom is a gorgeous pink colour.

    Enjoy the rest of the week

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, it's reassuring when they skip off happily isn't it x

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  5. Oh yes, how fast they grow and you'll find the grandchildren seem to grow even faster!!
    What a clever idea with the tiles!!

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  6. That is just beautiful Cheryl - you have done such a wonderful job of creating it with all their names. Do you dry your sepia hydrangeas? When the leaves feel papery you can pick them & put them in water for a week til they absorb it & then they will last for ages in a vase or you can use the dried petals in a project.

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    1. Thank you for the tip Julie, they do look very beautiful x

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  7. What a great scrabble tile picture, inspirational.

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  8. The names picture is brilliant Cheryl.
    I am not looking at the picture of the cheese and ham roll because I will want to make it....and if I make it I will want to eat it.....all of it....lol.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thank you, the cheese and ham pastries are rather yummy x

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  9. Oh, that's beautiful, Cheryl! What a thoughtful gift. Someone made our family a cross stitch that was the same idea. It had all of our names. We loved it, and my mom hung it on the wall. Your daughter is beautiful.

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  10. What a great idea with the scrabble tiles, I Love it!
    We used to have the obligatory back to school photo, they grow up so quickly don't they.
    Our hydrangeas have started to fade too, they still look pretty though even then I think.
    Have a good weekend

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  11. What a beautiful young lady, Imogen's changed so much in those years between photos. It's amazing how that happens, isn't it, it passes in the blink of an eye yet when you look back at the photos you can see how much they've grown up. I love the scrabble tile picture, a very clever idea.

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    1. Thank you, I can't believe this is Imogen's last official school year, it has whizzed by x

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  12. Oh, time just whips past doesn't it? Lovely pics of your girl. That picture you created is brilliant, I love the way the names interlock so well!
    Hugs LLJ xx

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  13. Hello, Cheryl - this is my first visit to your sweet blog. Your daughter is darling and I know how quickly time passes and turns a baby into a beautiful, young woman. It is exciting to see the results all of your hard parenting work as they grow. Love the scrabble tile picture - what a great idea! Congratulations on being a new Nanny, too. I look forward to following along :) x Karen

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  14. They are looking so smart in their school uniforms! A part of me misses those days, but I'm also glad they've grown up and are out in the world. I love the shadow box and scrabble tiles. What a great idea!

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    1. Thank you, yes there is something to be said for the independence you regain as the children grow older x

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  15. Such a lovely gift the scrabble tiles are...beautiful.
    You have a very pretty daughter.

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