Tuesday, 20 December 2011


We have a beautiful shop in the countryside near us. It is so fancy that it isn't actually called what it is - ie a Garden Centre. Road signs instead direct you to the 'Emporium'. Everything is tasteful (read expensive) and tasty (in the deli and restaurant). At this time of year they even have an ice rink!

Ice skating isn't like riding a bike. If you don't attempt it for 20 years then you do actually forget... Or, is the ice just much slippier? I stepped gracefully onto the rink ready to swish across in an elegant fashion... Then, I gripped the side barrier in fear. What was happening to my legs? They were running away from me in opposite directions.... A few turns around the ice later and I finally plucked up the courage to let go and eventually managed some semblance of 'skating' but it wasn't pretty... and it hurt. My muscles were so tense that every slide and slip sent screams of protest through my body.

Small boy got himself a blister and that was all the excuse I needed to get the implements of torture off my legs and sidle into the cafe for a restoring cuppa.

Maybe I shouldn't leave it so long next time!

The whole point of this post was to share this photograph of wooden snowflakes from the emporium's wares. I played with some textures from Kim Klassen and a few filters. Lovely Kim is giving away free textures in the run up to Christmas. I'm using 'more magic' for the words and 'ugg love' for the crackle.


  1. Lovely editing Lisa! So you're a KK fan too eh?
    Have a wonderful Christmas, mate, and a Happy New Year!

  2. My last visit to the skating rink 2 years back ended up in hospital, so I will not be trying again too soon! Valerie

  3. Oh I love these - I am very drawn to shabby chic these days and these are perfect for that type of decorating!
    How are you dear friend?
    I am in awe of your ice skating bravado!!!

    I am considering taking the whole brood roller skating this break, and I grew up on skates, but we shall see how I do! :-)

    I wish you and your family a wonderful xmas!!! Hope you get spoiled by Santa! Thank you so much for the encouragement about my recent artventures - I am in awe of your entrepreneurial (sp?)spirit so I sure appreciate your positive thoughts!

    Hugs and smiles and don't you wish we could meet down at your favorite pub for an elegant drink?!

    Smiles and hugs and holiday cheer!!!


  4. Oh you made me smile! I too have not skated since uni (20 odd years ago).
    This year I went skating with the year 6's. I too went across the ice with less than elegance. I too went flat on the bum, in front of the kids, who all thought it the funniest thing they had seen for years.

    Fun though isn't it, even if it is painful?

  5. Looks fabulous Lisa..I love it! Gorgeous ! Yay skating is such fun!

  6. A beautiful use of KK textures Lisa!

  7. A braver girl than me, you are! My legs are a mess if I even just run briefly in answer to Maggie's " I'll race you to the car, Mommy!" taunt....haha!

    Sad, I know....
    The Emporium sounds amazing, though! Love what you did with that photo :)

  8. Sending warm wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas and much health and happiness for 2012.

    Gaby xo

  9. Lovin' these wooden snowflakes! I so enjoyed your description of your ice skating adventure :) xxoo

  10. Love these wooden snowflakes!! And I love Kim's new texture "more magic" !! Am playing with it now on some images! I saw your photo and knew it had to be Kim's texture. It looks amazing!!


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