Sunday, 29 May 2011

Footie P52

It's no secret that we are football buffs in this house. We watch a lot of it and follow a few teams closely every season. One of the high points of the year is the derby between our home team Malmö FF and neighbour (fairly) Helsingborg IF as both teams are viewed to be the best in the country (first and second place last year). This season's home game was this week and we had secured tickets several months ago.

It all started off lovely with an electric atmosphere and a beautiful tifo by the supporters in north stands.


Then right before kick off both supporter sides lit fireworks


and the place turned completely foggy.


Once the game started it was a wonderful experience with two games eager to score. We were on the edge of our seats from the get go. I love games like that.


Then 30 minutes in some idiot threw a firecracker at the away team's goalkeeper and stormed the pitch to attack him. He wasn't caught until after he was able to push the goalie. The referee immediately ordered everyone off the pitch and 20 minutes later we were told the game was called off. Such a huge disappointment, and what a huge scandal for our team, and our supporters.

Even though it isn't a positive thing, it gets to be photo of the week.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Join the fun and get a freebie - 7 Days in May

Ok, just so you know, if you haven't popped over to join in the fun of the 7 Days in May challenges at JessicaSprague.com yet then you are really missing out. The forum and gallery is hopping with creativity! Of course, it's not too late to join. Come on over! You will get a freebie! Today is a template freebie from moi!



Go on, you know you want to! ;)

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

7 Days in May is roaring - join and get a freebie



Are you keeping up with the 7 Days in May challenges that started on Monday? So far we've had two fabulous challenges courtesy of Liv Esteban and today's challenge, which I put up, is live right now! Come on over and join us in the fun over at the foum at JessicaSprague.com. Do it today though, because the freebie that is included will go down tomorrow to make room for tomorrow's challenge freebie (also by me).

Here's a sneak peek of today's freebie:

Monday, 23 May 2011

7 Days in May - starting today



Today is the start of the 3rd annual 7 Days in May challenge week. For seven days starting today we will be posting a challenge in the forums at JessicaSprague.com. Each day we will also include a freebie. So stop by and join us, why don't you?

See you there!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Pretty petals in pink



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Supplies: Shine Template, Indulgence Paper Pack, Indulgence Elements Pack, La Storia Elements Pack, Be Berry Paper Pack, Sassy Season Paper Pack, Sassy Seasons Elements Pack, Framed Elements Pack, Sappy Love Words Wordart Set, Button Up Elements Pack all by In the Making Design, Mellow Mess Brushes by Jason Gaylor Designfruit, Stitches by Anna Aspnes, Parfait and Century Gothic fonts
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Yell-oh

The farmer who owns the field just across the road from our neighbourhood decided to grow rape this year instead of what ever other crop that has been the prevalent choice for the past four years. Now, I love the vibrant colour of rape but to be honest, it does smell like cow dung.

We were laughing the other day that even though it's only fifteen minutes in the car to the very centre of our town, we have to consider us living in the countryside with fields just across from us and dung smells from time to time.

I shot some pics of the field yesterday and even though the colours of the photos are so vibrant, they don't even come close to the real thing.







It gets to be photo of the week!


I just have to share what the field looked like in December. Isn't it amazing how things change with the seasons?

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Planted

We decided when we moved in to our house that we would take it slow with our garden. We sure did, it took ten months before we even laid down the grass. Slowly but surely we have added plants every year and it's starting to look like a real garden now, not just an area that belongs to the house.

I was walking around in the garden the other day and was so happy to see stuff starting to bloom.

The allium buds are bursting.


Some more than others


The clematis is full of buds and there are two flowers as of right now. So pretty.


The lavendar has some ways to go yet before it blooms (it will look so gorgeous later this summer) but the plants have grown tremendously since we planted them two years ago.


I had to get new flowers for the front porch and I just love the look of the butterfly lavendar.


This morning I went for a walk before starting on all the chores that were waiting for me and got some nice shots of flowers around our area.

Gorgeous, but super annoying, dandelions (I can't tell you how much I hate them in our lawn - we had a few a few weeks ago and I dug every single one out before they reached this state).




Lovely lilacs that I had to sneak in as the bush was in someone's garden. The branch was hanging over their low fence. I only snapped a couple of quick shots and then moved on. I wish had been able to take my time.


Flowers in an unknown (to me) tree. Pretty, even though I don't know the name.


Hydrangea balls. I love the compact ball shape of the hydrangea flowers. I'm also fascinated with the fact that the colour of their blossoms are different depending on what type of soil they are planted in.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

True love



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Supplies: La Storia Paper Pack, La Storia Elements Pack by In the Making Design, butterfly from Mouse Paper Scissors Mom class at JessicaSprague.com, Mellow Mess brushes by Jason Gaylor, Designfruit, Courier New and Butterflies fonts
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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Mark your calendars, folks!

Guys, don't forget about the 7 Days in May Challenges Week that kicks off on Monday! It will be a blast, and we've got great challenges and freebies lined up for you. Mark your calendars, folks!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Gallery sightings

I just have to post these beauties created by the lovely creative team. Gorgeous talent for sure.

by Miki

by Lisa

by Smitha


by Jenn M

by Jenn P

by Miki

by Jenn M

by Jenn P

by Lisa

by Miki

You can see all these and many more, with full credits, in the Inspiration gallery at JessicaSprague.com. They all feature products by In the Making Design and also by the other fabulous designers at the site.

New in store - Shine

I've got a new template/quick page combo going live in my shop at JessicaSprague.com today!
It's a template with a bit of a clustered design and there is plenty of room for both photography and journaling. The design coordinates with the Thankful Template which means you can use them together on a double spread. The quick page features papers from the Retro Mango Paper Pack.

Shine
(Click on the image to go directly to the product in the shop)

And look at what beautiful things you can do with it:

by Cathy


by Renee


by Miki


by Michelle, using the quick page


by me


by me, using the quick page
 Shine is available today at JessicaSprague.com.
Don't forget the BOGO (buy one get one) every Monday this May! If you buy one product of mine you get another one of the same or lesser value for free. Now, who can pass that up?

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Slow business on the "new" front

This week has certainly not brought much when it comes to new stuff. Not new in the sense that I've never done it before. We did get new plants and herbs for the garden, but that happens every spring so that's kind of meh. And even though I did visit an emergency clinic while at a conference in Stockholm, something I've never done before, I hardly think that is worthy of being featured as part of New52. So the only thing I have to report this week is the monthly cooking, which for this month took place yesterday.

I skipped making a starter as we had a small cheese tray while watching football on telly. I mean, there is a limit to how much a person can eat. The main course was paella and it turned out pretty damned good. It was surprisingly easy to make, and I got praises from the husband for how tasty it was.


For dessert I made an apple tart which was served with vanilla ice cream. This was super easy to make and I think I will try it again with pears.


I really like the fact that I decided to try this monthly cooking thing out. I always panic just before (and a bit during too to be honest) I start, but it's been a success five months in a row now and I am starting to enjoy the challenge.

It's blooming!

We got some really nice flowers and some herbs to plant in our garden this week. Every spring when we do this I get a rush of happiness seeing the greens and the beautiful flowers in our pots and flower beds.