Unity & docrafts Adventures!

April 8, 2014 at 10:04 am 17 comments


Morning! I’m sorry to have been away for so long- I’ve been travelling and working & other stuff- so much so, I’ve hardly had a minute to myself!

I’m over on Make The Day Special today with this project because the store are saying Goodbye to Unity. Not unity in general!- us gals are a pretty tight knit group but the company Unity who produce some beautiful sets. I was surprised at how many different styles they produce- there is something for absolutely everyone- from CAS, to artsy, to grungy, to cute.

This card combines two sets

and I’ve showcased quite a few projects harnessing the Harvest of Memories set (just pop the title into the search bar)

They have another 25% off, if you enter UNITY25 at the checkout, and it will remove the 25% as the order goes through. The paper is Fresh Cut from Basic Grey.


I have been a busy bee.. done a little travelling (if you can count Abingdon & Bournemouth as travelling!) The first place, Abingdon was to see my lovely friend Carole who has been doing quite a sterling job adding simplicity to the crafting world. For any of you with the WRMK envelope board or the Stampin’Up! one, she (with a little help from her techie husband David) have produced a gismo to give you the measurements of any sized envelope when you just pop in the cards measurements.

It’s GENIUS and it’s here.

A little bird tells me someone super famous in the crafting community will be featuring it on their blog very soon- I’ll tell you about that when it happens.

Her blog is here and she’s well worth a visit- she’s a marvel with the Silhouette- even gives coaching too.

After I’d laughed, got several inky alcohol stains all over my hands which I then realised needing removing pronto as they wouldn’t look good in filming, I scubbed them and fortunately got them clean.

She served some very awesome ‘duck puddings’ (we were in the South- good grief, she’s posh!!) & we crafted and sorted the world’s problems out in around 2 hours & then I had to go to bed reasonably early as needed to be on the road for 7am!

Filming for docrafts with Katy Godbeer & Rob is always funny & nervewracking and a case of thinking on your feet..like when you realise you’ve left the glue runner on the other side of the room and rather than having to do another take, you manage to carry on, gently stuffing the items into the pockets unstuck & hoping they’ll remain in place there for long enough to get the filming finished!

I went back to my Best Western hotel after a brief visit to HQ and was disappointed to find there wasn’t a bath.

It was supposedly one of the best hotels in Bournemouth (according to the travel reviewers) & it was certainly beautiful downstairs.photo 4-2

Having 5 kids and very little ‘downtime’ , an unhurried soak in the bath is my idea of relaxation (amongst other things!). So no bath was a little disappointing. I was scrupulously clean but a little on the ’80’s side’ in my bedroom anyway. I was showing my friend Virginia the pics and she (living in Canada) thought it was ‘quaintphoto 2-16

The staff were really lovely & I couldn’t fault anything else (other than the crazily noisy fan in the bathroom which was more annoying than a whiney child!!)

Before I checked out, I went on a lovely beach walk (my legs were sore the day after on my demo day!!) photo 3-8

When checking, there was the usual ‘was everything ok with your stay, madam’.

I told her how lovely the hotel was, clean, with attentive staff but mentioned the fan and the ‘sans bath’. She replied

‘well you should have booked a bath when you made your reservation’

I looked a little surprised.

This was not the time to bring up the fact I’d asked for a sea-view when booking and instead got one of the car park.

‘I didn’t realise I needed to book a bath’

She repeated her comment, maybe she thought I was a little hard of hearing.

‘You needed to have requested a bath when booking’.

At this point I wasn’t impressed. I replied

‘I have been to many hotels, and never have I needed to ‘book a bath’ before’

I guess you live and learn.

Britishness prevented me from issuing the following statement

‘Oh, ok. What’s next? Booking a kettle? Booking clean sheets?’!!

The manager emailed me (standard email) on Sunday morning, so I related this to him.

He’s yet to get back to me!

Maybe in light of the fact I was only 5 minutes away from the sea, I should have gone for a soak there? I’m not sure the swimming pool was the correct place either. Someone mentioned that I should just have sat in the bottom of the shower?

I didn’t fancy that option either.

Ah well, now you know.

Always book a bath… and maybe check there’s a roof on the hotel and a door on your bedroom whilst you’re at it!! (he he!)


See you when I’ve braved another beach to take the bottom 3 kidlets on a walk,




Entry filed under: Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , .

Carte Noire Coffee Review Lawn Fawn & More Beaches

17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carole  |  April 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Another great card and story. I’m so pleased to be apart of one of your stories and you could have had a bath here. Next time – I’ll remember – I’ll get some “posh” bubbles in, just for you ;)! C x


  • 2. massofhair  |  April 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Fab adventure Keren! Sounds like a fun time with DoCrafts and an even better time with your Friend Carol:-)

    Great post, good to know need to book a bath if visit a BW Hotel lol. Love your Monty Pythonesque rant, that would have been me too 🙂 xxx


  • 3. pinnednpenned  |  April 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Good to see you back! I love the card. Popped right out and made me pop right over to see what you’ve been doing across the pond! Glad you’ve been busy and doing well with your art! xo Kate


  • 4. Virginia Lu  |  April 8, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Delightful card, Keren! I love how you pulled all the elements together! Your little adventure made me smile…when I said “quaint” here in Canada, it means nice and cozy (LOL). BUT that part of booking a bath tub is UNHEARD of , even for a world traveler like moi! I would have demanded a discount/free breakfast/meal if it’s here in North America! LOL…well, that’s just me! I know it’s a totally different story in UK.


  • 5. Ros Crawford  |  April 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Fabulous card!! Perfectly I love the way you tied in those sequins with the pretty flowers …
    Sorry about your bath … but the hotel does look lovely … Enjoy your week!


  • 6. Ruby M  |  April 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Lovely card. I like the soft colours.


  • 7. Linda Hotwheels  |  April 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    what a cute card.


  • 8. she  |  April 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Lovely card….sorry your story did make me smile 🙂 xxx


  • 9. jpscraps  |  April 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Super sweet card! The owls are adorable.


  • 10. Gaylynn  |  April 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Very pretty card with such a unique design. So sweet. 🙂


  • 11. rachel  |  April 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    what a sweet card, i really like it! i love the touches of vellum too.


  • 12. KristyLee  |  April 12, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Very interesting looking card, the way you have it balanced. Great job! I found you on Unity’s Friends with Flair.


  • 13. LB Buchl  |  April 12, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I love the colors. Adorable card.


  • 14. Dawn Fields  |  April 12, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Amazing card design; very lovely card!


  • 15. Julie  |  April 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I love the card design and your very British story!


  • 16. mary anne k.  |  April 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    What a great combo of elements and stamps. It makes you want to run your fingers over it!


  • 17. Miwa  |  April 14, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Stunning card! I have that kit, but you’ve blown me away with your creativity – thanks for the inspiration! I’m sorry to hear that you were denied your bath – that’s so odd! Hope the manager gets back to you sooner than later with an appropriate apology!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Welcome to this space, my little place of creative refuge away from the busy-ness of life!
I'm a wife, Mum to 6, crafter, Christian and fortunate to be doing a job that I love!

Enter your email address to follow this blog and get notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,503 other subscribers

I’m designing for;

Gallery Idol Top 10 2014

Flickr Photos

Paper Scraps Challenge Winner on Moxie Fab World!

Spectacle Challenge


%d bloggers like this: