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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. I run UK based on-line papercraft and stitchers groups.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

WOYWW #420 - Too Hot to Craft


Yep too hot here in the UK to craft!

Unless you count painting my toe nails! Nail polish is on desk at least!














I even cheated a bit with the two cards I needed to make as one was a previously made twinchie used as a topper and the other was made before but I just added the lettering.

I did get my Bifocal Glasses and that all seems to be going OK.

I am doing a daily diary on my Facebook page like I did with the Varifocals. It's much more positive.

I'm the new advocate for grey hair and bifocals.

I took this photo last Sunday in the Garden of Remembrance where I go to remember my Dad's passing (19 years ago) which just happened to fall on Father's Day this year. Glad I'd had the dedication as well this year, time holding a baby soothes the saddest heart.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

My Dad - Father's Day

This year Father's Day will be particularly difficult for me as it coincides with the day my Dad died, back in 1998.

On top of that my friend is having her son dedicated too.

The pain eases but it never goes away.
The memories are sweet though, so a couple of photos:-

Back in the day - holding my pushchair I do believe.


On the farm with his trusty tractor behind him.

Love you DAD.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

WOYWW#419 - More ATCs, Scrapping and Cards

Not much on my desk this morning except my BP petrol receipt from last night, as I was supposed to get double Nectar points with the voucher but it didn't work???

Might look into that today.



I received my last few ATCs so now have a lovely set which I have put on my fireplace tiles.




I'm back to my usual style of scrapping and have done some more pages from last December.











I made a black and white card for a friend's birthday and a second spare one with bits left over from the first.

Exam season (A-levels) here so things are a little unusual, 2 down and 6 to go for my son.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

WOYWW #418 - Not a Paint Person.

So to my desk, not much happening other than the next set of photos to scrap.

So popped my ATCs on it for all to see.

I received another 3 after last week's posting and have sent another 4 since.




As for last week's paint pending, I guess paint to me is like stamping - not my thing.













Whereas pretty papers, coloured card and diecutting IS my thing.

So what did I do with the painted background?

Well I cut it up and and diecut it - LOL.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

WOYWW #417 - A Shambles

My desk seems to be is a state of, I will do it sometime!

I did a couple of scrapbook pages in my usual style, here's one.

The other is of my "birthing partner" experience so really can't show it.


Anyway having been part of the, "For the Love Of Pretty Paper (UK Scrapbooking Group)" for a few weeks I thought I'd try a painted background.

I have an idea (on the lines of my journal page and ATCs), I even got some paint out but that's as far as it went...........





There was something else on the desk before I photographed it this morning and that was pages of lists of stuff to do. There seems to be a lot of deadlines at the moment, things to remember to do and it is all getting out of hand.

But the best part of the week was the HAPPY MAIL. I have received 3 ATCs from the mega anniversary of last week so far. From Shaz, Julia and my SWAPee Angela. I love them all.

I seem to have a few left to SWAP if anyone would like one still.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WOYWW #416 - ATCs and Varifocals

Been a bit of a week trying to get used to new Varifocal glasses and failing miserably!

On the left my new driving glasses, great - on the right my trusty reading glasses excellent for all sorts of stuff, like crafting, reading, ironing, cooking etc.

In the middle the glasses of torture land, not much use for anything at all.

Then the medication, which seems isn't much use to me either and the GP said on Monday I may as well stop taking it, so I am left in limbo land there too.



And it would seem I have Osteoarthritis in my fingers so the embroidery has had to be put on hold as I don't think it helped matters really.

Then my trusty tape measure used to measure the distance from my eyes to various things as outlined on my daily Facebook diary of my experiences with the varifocals.


On the plus side, I did make my ATCs, a dozen of them over the weekend. I was prompted by seeing paint pots on a desk last week and in honour of our wonderful host, Julia, I have made mini interpretations of a design of hers I loved back in February.

So that's one for my partner, one for me and one for Julia, so 9 left up for grabs if anyone would like to SWAP.


Happy 8th Anniversary of WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

WOYWW #415 - Mainly Scrapping

Laid out on my desk are my next two scrapbook pages.

The last two are hanging up still.

The others are already in my album.











Yep done quite a bit of scrapping this week.

Also a journal page using up the frames from The Works" dies I got last Thursday.


 


A few cards I need for next week.
 


And as I found a beautiful fabric butterfly when looking for something else, I added that to my embroidery.

Got a friend coming round for a crafty play date this morning too.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

WOYWW #414 - Something Had to Give

Yep something HAD to give if I was to get back into scrapping!

Thanks to WOYWW and doing my replies a bit late last week I came across a scrapbook blog hop on Julia's page which spurred me back into my scrapping.



I've done a couple of pages and as you can see am planning the next ones too....














Last Saturday I had to make a card to be posted that day so this is what I came up with.

I have started May's embroidery and was doing well until yesterday which turned out to be an "extra" busy day so I didn't do any embroidery at all. First day missed since 6th March! Yep something had to give!








The reason for my "extra" busy Tuesday was a visit to the opticians where I found I now need glasses for driving! Oh Dear!



During my visit, I had to move the car as they were running late and I had to drive home and then I had to drive to badminton volunteering in the afternoon and also to house group in the evening. Lots of driving. Oops!

Well I ordered some plain driving lenses via the internet when I got home (£19.40 inc P&P) They were dispatched yesterday so I am hopeful of them arriving today.

I also ordered some varifocals at Boots opticians too, they'll cost £145 and will take about a week.

Will this be the end of reading glasses dotted all around the house and in various bags??? I wonder?
Happy WOYWW Everyone.

May's Embroidery

Another free flow embroidery in neutral shades.

Started well on 1st May but missed doing anything yesterday, first time since starting the one year of stitches on 6th March.

Tuesday is my "busy" day, oh well I won't beat myself up about it we're all human after all.



 


So that's the first 8 days of May, doing a bit of this and a bit of that.

Choosing whatever stitch I fancy and stitching where ever I fancy too. Adding lots of bits and bobs as well.

This is so much easier than following a pattern which means I can do it whilst watching TV of an evening in artificial light.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

WOYWW #413 - It's Finished

I finished my embroidery on Friday and posted it to Mum yesterday and she received it today and is overjoyed and completely surprised too.

So obviously this view (from my bed) is earlier in the week as I have the embroidery hanging up over the fireplace and a stretching on the go.


Pondering my next project, I emptied out the drawer under my bed of all the UFO's (unfinished objects) and you'll see there is a mountain of them!






I decided to stretch the "boat" embroidery which has been waiting patiently for 20yrs! So that is done now. I have had its "twin" on the wall for as long so will need to get this one framed similarly, or it might do it myself.

I made this card last week amongst all the embroidery.

And I have started another circular sampler type free form embroidery for this month.







So other than saying, I was a little premature about the medication as I'm having a blip with it this week, not fun, no idea what's happening or when it will stop, that's me for this week.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.