After falling in love with Stampin' Up! and becoming a Demonstrator in May ~ and becoming utterly obsessed with crafting even more as a result ~ I took some much needed time off over the holidays to recharge my batteries and spend some time with my family.
We spent Christmas morning at my parents' house, here is my five year old daughter with a mountain of unwrapped toys behind her and in typical fashion she is playing with a cardboard box:
playing with getting the packaging off Barbie.....
Around mid-morning we travelled down to Mr Hippy's family home in Somerset, where we spent the next 4 nights. My Hippy and I managed to get out on our own for a day's exploration on Exmoor which was just fantastic, we don't get to spend much time just the two of us. The weather was pretty terrible at times; which just added to the atmosphere of the place and meant we saw some fantastic waterfalls which would have otherwise not been there had it been dry and sunny:
We went down some really steep, drop-sided roads which were a little like something from that "World's Most Dangerous Roads" programme ~ ok, that might be a slight exaggeration ~ but not liking heights, I have to admit that I had to hide my face a few times; and I quickly learned that what goes down must come back up again! How we managed to climb some of those roads I have no idea.
All this in a long wheel base van - we must be absolutely crackers......
Still, our lovely van managed to get us where we wanted to be and we ended up at the beautifully desolate Porlock Weir, which is a quaint little harbour overlooked by the towering woods of Exmoor. The view from the harbour was breathtaking and to me conjured up all sorts of images of smugglers and pirates:
We then warmed ourselves up in a beautiful little pub called The Ship Inn which was popular with locals and tourists alike - there must have been 8 dogs in that pub!
We then climbed back up into our lovely (and rather dirty) VW, and made our way back home ~ this time along the coastal route where we stopped at Blue Anchor to watch the sun go down.
This trip inspired the first card of the year for me to post up. It is created using the nautical stamp set "The Open Sea" and some of the "Polkadot Parade" designer series paper, both from Stampin' Up!
I hope you all had a good holiday, and I look forward to helping you all in 2013 with your Stampin' Up! needs,