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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. For exercise I play badminton and I have been Geocaching since 2009 and now and again Pokémon Go. Recently I got back to Ballroom and Latin Dancing too. I run a UK based on-line papercraft group.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

WOYWW #455 - Bad Back into 3rd Week!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my post last week. Apologies for not replying but the bad back is stopping me spending any amount of time at my desk which includes crafting unfortunately :(

I did manage to make my February ATC swap yesterday but paid the price afterwards. It's hidden as my partner (Sue) is a WOYWWer.

Anyway on my desk you'll see my birthday gift from one of my UKPC members. I think the piece is absolutely divine. It has been left for me to decorate/finish off as I choose so any suggestions would be appreciated.


I glued the fastener to my trinket box yesterday, not sure silicone glue was the best but it was all I had to hand.

The Starry Starry Night is my new cover to my tablet which I got from my son for my Birthday.

So Medical Update

I have an appointment with an Osteopath on Friday for my back.

I had a blood test on 14th for my lady trouble. I got the results the following day, on my birthday, only to be told I had low iron but they couldn't tell if I was anaemic as my blood count vile had lost its label. GP offered iron tablets but I refused and have been eating spinach, pistachios and of course dark chocolate - going for another test in a month's time.

Have my ultrasound appointment for 1st March, hope I can drive by then.

As for the very expensive Orthotics - they still cause problems but I haven't been able to wear-in due to bad back.

If you have made it this far, well done and thank you. Back is giving me jip sitting here so I best post this now.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

WOYWW #454 - Valentine's & Bad Back!

Well I was struck down with a bad back last week and am still recovering.

So all I have managed this week is a birthday card for my friend whose birthday it is today.

I used the freebie fairy die from last week.



And a Valentine for my hubby.

 

Hubby did spoil me today though, which included being taken to the doctors for the blood test I had to postpone since last week due to bad back.

Back still not good but at least the blood test went OK (I usually go woosey and/or they can't get any out of me!)

Dead romantic sitting in GP waiting room together!


Oh and the lone button on my desk was snipped from my nightie in the early hours as I was tossing and turning, most likely the bad back giving me jip but there again I could be a princess!


Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

WOYWW #453 - Fairy Snowflake

As I might need to be a SWAP fairy again I bought this magazine as it has a freebie fairy die by Joanna Sheen, well that is my excuse anyway! Seem to have got a piece of mirricard with it too.













As for crafting, all I have managed this week is to mend the Christmas decoration my son did in school some 14 years ago. It had become very brittle and bits were missing so I hot glued and silicon glued it to a piece of scalloped acetate. I broke off some bits to even it out and stuck other bits back too. Popped a gem in the centre as well - aw.

Did take my tree down last Friday on Candlemas, it's on my previous post, the first non-WOYWW post since last October! Golly Gosh.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Candlemas

Yes it is Candlemas and time to take the tree down. It has done well having been up since 1st December, although I knew as soon as I touched it the needles would fall today.

So here is a before and after of the conservatory.

And the various stages of dismantling.

All the decorations neatly sorted ready for boxing.

The tree naked and lots of needle drop!

The tree outside, then with its branches removed and ready for the the stick pile at the end of the garden.

 


Hope hedgehog is hibernating there, added another layer of warmth for him/her.

Trimmed one of the ferns back too to give the snowdrops some light.

Lots more to tidy in the garden but I made a good start today.

And I went dancing this evening too, first time since before Christmas. I'm shattered.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

WOYWW #452 - Hat and Photo

I actually made the 270 mile round trip to my Uncle's Funeral in Birmingham (I live in Surrey) so on my desk is my funeral hat (was bought for a wedding originally but has been to numerous funerals since) and the photo my cousin produced of me aged 5yrs in 1969. Also a quickly drawn family tree, so nice to meet up with family again.

  

I received my ATC SWAP from another desker Cindy and she enclosed a spare WOYWW5 ATC too - LOL. Double Delight.

I made a second ATC SWAP as "fairy" for one member who was unable to do one this month. I also made the cat card.

 


Oh and a couple of scrapbook pages. One to end my 13th album and the other to start my 14th.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

  PS It is a Blue Moon today.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

WOYWW #451 - Colour Theme!

I think my desk became a bit of a dumping ground.
Popped back to Sainsbury's yesterday to pick up a couple more crop tops.

Tried on some clothes for my uncles funeral next week but only ended up with the rather bright t-shirt!



What with that, my new Lime Green phone case and my new Pink heat gun, things are definitely getting a colour theme!

I have started to populate my new die folder. The cross and dove are new and the latter was just the ticket for the 2 baptism cards I made for last Sunday.

I made the zip charm from the metal die we got in one of the Christmas crackers and a few beads.


Finally I got the "With Sympathy" word die and at the same time "Celebrate", an interesting combination. However a funeral is a way of celebrating a life here on earth before they go to glory in heaven with our maker so not such a strange combination really.

Finally the scrapbook page is stuck and is of our church weekend last April.

Just one thing to get sorted is the flattened fabric flower on my hat for the funeral. Had it handing in the bathroom with a clip holding the petals the right way and I think that might have done the trick. Of course a spot of silicone might help too.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

WOYWW #450 - Crafting and Heat Tools

So here we are again. Desk is pretty much back to  "normal" tidyness this morning.

The "next" scrappage awaiting sticking, the new "bra top" or crop top which I tried at badminton last night. Not worn a bra in about 5 years so as this looked fairly comfortable I gave it a go. Not bad too.


But I HAVE been crafting this week and took photos to prove it. So here is my desk last Sunday.






I made a Sympathy Card on Mum's birthday as Uncle passed away that day too.

I started scrapping on Saturday and completed 3 pages.

 




I came to make my SWAP ATC on the theme of "January" then my "Heat it Up" heat gun died mid-embossing.





I tried my Ranger Heat Tool but that only came on with heat but no fan and started to smoke so I switched it off PDQ.

Hubby looked at both and consigned the Ranger one to the bin.

He fixed the switch on the Blue one only after ordering a replacement switch and me ordering a NEW PINK one!



So I got to finish my SWAP ATC before my new PINK arrival and have a scrappage ready and waiting.










Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

WOYWW #449 - Posted A Few Cards.

Desk is empty as the cards I made have been posted already.

I made a few simple thank you cards, cutting tags from old Christmas cards.
Also made my Mum's birthday card. She kept last years up all year so was looking forward to a change. It's her birthday tomorrow so shhhhhh!













Medical (Menopause) Update

My cold symptom (runny nose) didn't amount to a cold but to a full blown period after a week of spotting, now a week of flooding, all after 4 months of total absence.

Trying to piece together symptoms and noticed the hot flashes stopped at the end of November (had had them noticeably for 9 months). Since then I've had breast pains and my Lichen Sclerosus has flared up, felt tired and achy too, should have realised "the end" hadn't quite come - YET!

Hormones are having yet another mooch around I suspect!

The Orthotics for my foot pain weren't working at all, in fact were making things more painful! I went back today and they will be adjusted, I'm still hopeful in that arena.

Hope everyone else is having a better beginning to the new year health wise.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

WOYWW #448 - Deja Vu

Horrah, prompted by Julia's Facebook post, my desk today. Not dissimilar to last week but with a subtle difference.

I'd been putting the ATC on the journal page to make space/tidy my desk but actually I really liked how the ATC looked ON the page so decided to stick it on.

Didn't wish to cover the wild flowers so made a hinge for it. So had to decorate the back of the ATC as well. I also updated the wording from hand written to typewriter on card and added some snow too.



To recap:-

The ATC

The Original page


The page with ATC attached and updated wording.

The page with ATC attached and opened.



The back of the ATC.

Also popped my phone in my new spare cover.

And there is the obligatory list as I can't remember the day let alone what I need to achieve in it - LOL

Seem to be getting a cold as well - ho hum - glad I did the shopping yesterday now.


 Happy WOYWW Everyone.