Sleeping Beauty’s Tower WIP #1

W O R K   I N   P R O G R E S S – P O S T 1

One of the items on my 101 List is to complete my Sleeping Beauty’s Tower project. I am very ashamed to say that this is a project I have been meaning to do for about 8 years or maybe more after buying The Gatehouse Kit from Dolls House Emporium.

The Gatehouse Kit

I had to Google an image of the kit as Dolls House Emporium no longer sell the kit on there website.

At various points over the past 8 years, I have made plans, brought items, etc… just not actually got around to doing anything.  I did actually start the base for the tower a while ago (I posted a photo in my “Hello April” post) but thought it was about time to start the tower.

Over the weekend I have been putting the brickwork on the tower. As you can see in the photo below it looks quite realistic.

Tower1

It is brick effect paper I brought off someone on eBay. They printed it on to textured effect wallpaper so it feels bumpy.

Tower2

I think it works really well. I have used this on the outside of the tower and also the lower floor where the arch is. I have also painted the flag stones around the arch to match.

This is as far as I can go at the moment with the outside of the tower as I have to do the interior. The problem I have with the interior is deciding what I have going to do in the main room and then how I am going to do it? At the moment I have a wooden floor and plain walls it needs decoration.

I am hoping to be able to do a bit more over the weekend so will hopefully have some more photo’s for next Tuesday.

A to Z Reflections Post

I have really enjoyed participating in the A to Z April Blogging Challenge this year. Views on my blog have been good and I have had some lovely comments. The best thing about the challenge though was finding some wonderful new bloggers.

I have listed a few of my favourites. (In no particular order)

Abbie’s Adventure Diaries  –  Abbie’s A – Z theme was things she had learnt by the time she was 30. Knocking on 40’s door (nearly) I was curious to know if they were similar things to what I had learnt. Quite a lot of them were.

Milly’s Guide  –  Milly’s Guide for the A- Z was centred around Mental Health. I have had Mental Health issues in the past and over the past few months due to some personal struggles they have been trying to resurface.  Reading this blog has helped me identify some warning signs and has made me re-think certain strategies before they get any worse.

Natalie Westgate – Natalie’s A – Z theme was A Secret Diary of A Serial Killer. This was great I loved getting a new chapter everyday. If you have not read it yet, you should. Go there now… Hang on read this first, then go!

Dorky Mom Doodles – This was a lovely little gem. Kids are so funny and the doodles that go with the posts are delightful.

Unfortunately I don’t have time to mention all the other wonderful blogs I discovered. I especially liked one who I cannot find now who put pictures of various hot men for every letter.

Linky List  – Yes or No

I did miss the Linky List this year. Due to being in pain during the last week (I lost a filling/crown mentioned in previous posts so won’t bore you again) I did not link my posts on any other social media or the A to Z blogs as I had scheduled my posts. Inevitably this led to the amount of views on these posts being significantly few. I also noticed that I only had 3 referrals from the A to Z website yet loads through the WordPress version and WordPress in general.

However, even though views on my blog are nice, it was harder to find blogs. I managed to visit at least 6 new ones plus the ones I decided to follow everyday. I used to like going through the list and knowing where I was. There were a lot of occasions when I clicked on the same blogs over and over again, not by choice. I understand the list is a lot of work for the moderators, but I did miss it.

Overall I really enjoyed participating in the A to Z Challenge 2017. Looking forward to next year.

Hello May…

April has flown by and time as they say waits for no man or woman. This post is of course delayed due to my participation in the A to Z April Challenge, I’m sure none of you mind though.

So, I’m combining what are usually two posts… Hello May… and Awareness & Special Days

May ‘s banner theme :  Finding Nemo

Nemo Banner

May’s Quote : “My goal is to create a life I don’t need to take a vacation from.”

M A Y 

Awareness and Special Days 

Below is a list of Awareness and Special Days which may or may not… inspire your any blogging blocks this month.

Month : 

National Walking Month

Share A Story Month

Local and Community History Month

Weeks : 

2nd – 8th May – Donkey Week / Family Safety Week

6th – 12th May – Real Bread Week / National Doughnut Week / Red Cross Week

8th – 14th May – Coeliac Disease Awareness Week / Mental Health Week

14th – 20th May – Dementia Awareness Week / British Sandwich Week

15th – 21st May – Vegetarian Week / Learning at Work Week / Walk to School Week

27th May – 3rd June – English Wine Week / National Canoeing Week

29th May – 4th June – National BBQ Week

Days : 

  1. May Day / Mother Goose Day / Hawaiian Lei Day
  2. World Asthma Day
  3.  –
  4.  Star Wars Day
  5.  Space Day / Day of the Midwife / Save lives and clean your hands day
  6.  –
  7. International Day of the Dawn Chorus
  8. No Socks Day
  9. Europe Day / Lost Socks Day
  10. World Lupus Day / Bike to School Day
  11. Twilight Zone Day / Eat What You Want Day
  12. M.E Awareness Day / Nurse Day / National Limerick Day
  13. National Train Day / World Fair Trade Day / National Mills Weekend
  14. National Children’s Day
  15. International Day of the Family
  16. World Hypertension Day / International Museum Day
  17. World Aids Vaccine Day
  18. Spinal Cord Injury Awareness / Great British Fish and Chip Supper Day
  19. World Goth Day
  20. World Turtle Day
  21. National Missing Children’s Day
  22. European Neighbours Day
  23.  World Hunger Day
  24. International Peace Keepers Day
  25. No Tobacco Day / World M.S Day

Z is for…

Z I G G Y   T H E   V U L T U R E 

Ziggy

Ziggy is one of four vultures who appear in the animated tale of The Jungle Book. The other three vultures are called Buzzie, Flaps and Dizzy. Together they appear to parody The Beatles. I read somewhere that The Beatles were meant to voice the vultures but due to other commitments they were unable to attend the recording. I have no idea how true that is? But it would be nice if it was.

I love the vultures in the cartoon. When I was younger we used to have a show every school holidays called Disney Time. Back then we had very little in the way of Disney Home video and at the time where I lived lacked a decent cinema. Due to this classics such as The Jungle Book were not seen by children of my generation. That was why Disney Time was so popular, we got to see small sections of all these classic Disney movies we never got to watch.

One of the clips I remember loving was that of the vultures. I remember watching them tease Mowgli and loving the way moved. They move as though they are shrugging their shoulders all the time and sort of bounce. They also sing a song called “that’s what friends are for”.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures over the A to Z Challenge. Some have been more successful than others. Thank you all for visiting, liking and all the lovely comments.

Back to normal blogging now…

lu

Y is for…

I do apologise for my posts this past week as I did schedule them all last Saturday due to being in pain. Well you will all be pleased to know that last night I had a really good sleep after having a week of pain. I lost a crown/filling last Thursday night and it was so deep it disturbed the nerve. My tooth was also quite sharp and kept cutting my mouth. My mouth is still sore but after visiting the dentist yesterday I now have a temporary filling and at the moment it is all good. It will get sorted out properly on the 16th May.

So this it the penultimate post on the A to Z Challenge…. It has gone so fast.

Y is for… 

 

Yao

Y A O

Yao appears in the animated movie Mulan as solider in the Chinese Army. Yao is usually found with his friends Ling and Chien Po.

Yao is the shortest of the Trio and also appears to think himself the leader of the three. Yao is also quick tempered and Chien Po is often required to cool him down. Yao initially dislikes Mulan due to Mushu insulting him, however they later become friends.

Yao, Ling and Chien Po help Mulan as she saves the Emperor by dressing as concubines. This is the image I chose to draw as I love that part of the movie.

Mulan definitely appears in my Top 10 Disney Movies.

I hope you like today’s drawing. See you tomorrow for Z… the last day… sob!!

lu

 

X is for…

X – C A L I B U R

Xcaliber

Okay I cheated – I know it is spelt Excalibur but there are no Disney Characters that begin with X. I have searched and searched nothing.

Excalibur is the mythical sword that appears in The Sword in The Stone. Legend stated that whoever was able to draw the sword out of the stone would become the next King of England. In the legend the sword drawer was of course Arthur. In Disney’s version Arthur is a young orphan who is known by his carers as Wart.

Wart is befriended by Merlin after stumbling across his cabin in the woods. Merlin has a pet owl called Archimedes who talks like a human. Archimedes also teaches Wart to fly.

I apologise for my drawing today. Only there was not a lot to go on. See you tomorrow for Y…

lu

W is for…

W H E E Z Y

Wheezy

I haven’t done him looking very happy have I? Wheezy is a toy penguin who makes an appearance in Toy story 2.

Wheezy first comes to our attention gathering dust on the top shelf in Andy’s bedroom. Woody discovers him up there alone and forgotten, his squeaker is not squeaking anymore. This leads to Woody being taken by the Toy Collector as he goes to rescue Wheezy from the garage sale.

Wheezy appears at the end of the movie with a new squeaker and sings us out to “You have a friend me”.

I hope you like Wheezy. See you tomorrow for X…

lu