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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.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Get Your Sparkle On!

My family quiver when I say I'm going to a shoe shop.
Not that I'd come home with "more" shoes but rather, will I even be able to actually get any to fit me.

I have rather small but exceptionally wide feet, so shoe shopping can be quite depressing.

Worse still I was aiming to get dancing shoes for Ballroom and Latin! I went to a new shop for me, Fame of Surrey in Redhill.

Unbeknown to me my husband bought be some flowers just in case I came home depressed at having tried every shoe on in the shop but not finding any to fit!

I did try as lot of shoes on and most didn't fit at all but there was one pair with an adjustable front section and they fitted. OK so they are sparkly silver but I don't get to choose the shoe it has to choose/fit me first.

So doubly blessed, Shoes AND Flowers.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

WOYWW #432 - Eleven More Sleeps

Yep just eleven more sleeps until my son goes to university!

Hoping the crafting will start up again then amid the tears!!

Meanwhile, sitting on my desk, I have the book for my new Ladies Bible study which starts on Friday.

Out on the landing are ever growing piles of stuff for my son.







Still waiting for the ultrasound for my foot but managed badminton last night all the same.

Still wearing vest tops and sleeping with the window open, these hormones may save on heating this year!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

WOYWW #431 - Seahorse and Snowflakes

Too much Badminton and Ballroom Dancing has made my left foot sore! Had it X-Rayed yesterday and waiting on an Ultrasound Scan now. I have been resting it as much as possible so what better excuse to do some crafting over the weekend.



The last of my new diecuts have been languishing on my desk for a few weeks now so I pushed myself to journal with them. I had wanted a seahorse for some time and the snowflakes are the "remains" from the snowflake frame which came in my goodie bag - hence the unusual combination!



Love the quote I found, it is by Van Morrison from "Into The Mystic" 1970.

Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly.

You never know I might make a Christmas card with the frame itself! Stranger things have happened.

Added "Birthday" to a card for my Godson too, wonders will never cease.
Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

WOYWW #430 - Monkey Photos

OK so I wasn't going to post today as I haven't crafted BUT a geocaching friend posted a photo of himself and some monkeys "back in the day" and I remembered I had one of me likewise THEN I remembered I had a second one of me with a monkey AND a parrot. These will HAVE to be scrapbooked.


The first was taken in Brixham in May 1969 with the replica Golden Hind in the background. Apparently I was adamant I could hold the monkey and parrot on my own but my Mum thought otherwise! I was 5yrs old then.



The second was taken in Hamleys, London. Guess I was 7yrs by then in 1971, as my hair was now long and in a bun. The monkey was holding onto my hair!

So there we have it, a bit down memory lane asking for scrapbooking.

Just wondering if anyone else had similar photos taken, "back in the day"

Oh just remembered I DID get my inks out momentarily - I inked/stamped the paper for a geocaching trackable - the number for which I received as a gift for completing the Summer Pirate Challenge. And to think I have a photo of me with a parrot on my shoulder next to the Golden Hind - Ooohhh Arrrrhhh!






So full circle,

Geocaching Friend; Monkey Photos; Geocaching Pirate Trackable

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

WOYWW #429 - Blessings

Well the nearest I have got to crafting this past week is opening the pack of diecuts my friend gave me.

She is loving her "new" Cuttlebug which she acquired secondhand after chatting in a craft shop queue.



I had a great week last week with blessings falling from heaven left right and centre.

1) My son got A*AA for his A-levels and secured his place in Southampton University - NEXT MONTH! -

Oh dear empty nester syndrome approaching fast...........

2) In Geocahing got a First To Find (FTF) with my son - treasuring these last days with him at home.


3) Took my son driving on the Motorway for the first time.

4) Impromptu meeting-up with 2 old school friends last Saturday not seen them for 14yrs/40yrs!




5) Played 2 good evenings of Badminton, loads of exercise.




6) Volunteered at a Tea Dance, found a new dance school and went to a social last Friday and it was brill, so even more exercise.

7) Actually seem to be losing a bit of weight and have been sleeping marginally better too.

Not doing so well this week, in fact I think this week has been cancelled! It'll pass and if I feel any better I can of course do some crafting.

Did get this lovely SWAP card on our theme of Gingham though, that will help me smile this week.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

WOYWW #428 - Journal & Cards

My desk this week.

Just remembered I got a new white pen last week and it is proving to work well. It is a Uni-ball Signo broad, pigment ink. Not had much luck with white pens in the past - we'll see.



So I did the journal page inspired by the diecuts from last week, in fact I did two!

I also made a card from the diecuts for a SWAP on the theme of Gingham.

I  also added the new "Happy Birthday" diecuts to two previously made cards for birthdays this month.




So I actually got a bit crafty and inky this past week in the end - horrah.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

WOYWW #427 - Craftiness

Nothing like a Craft Shop Birthday Demo Day to get the ball rolling.

Met up with a couple of new crafty friends last Saturday and headed out to CraftsULove in Charlwood.

Bought some dies and got a goodie bag.



Then watched the demos and bought some more dies!!! Even got a die in the goodie bag.



Die Heaven! 

So my desk is covered with the first cuts of said dies! I can feel a journal page coming on.....

I got a couple of 12x12 sheets in the goodie bag and would you believe one of mine had a fairy playing the harp on it - all my friends had a different sheet - so how cool was that, someone is watching over me.

Loved this demo card for Christmas so bought the tree die.

Then added its first cut onto my current scrapbook page (yes still on last Christmas).

The best thing of all was when we were in the very big queue for the checkout and my friend was getting dies despite not having a diecutting machine. We were chatting about this and the lady behind had one to spare and just happened to live near me so I went and got it later for £20 - bargin. What an amazing coincidence.

And for the record
I also placed and had published a new geocache in a local church and added pirate goodies for the Summer theme.

Add on top of that I wasn't well last Thursday evening and all day Friday, as well as the previous Monday. My hormones are really mixing it up these days, no idea what each day will bring but still hanging in there.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

WOYWW #426 - Blue

Had the sewing machine out yesterday to fix a muslin which had become a bit holey.
Thought you'd prefer that shot than the empty one of today!










The delivery came as scheduled last week and it was in a HUGE box compared to the size of the item. My son and I just had to have a play!

Skylight all done now, it took a whole day for the boys to fix it.
Now that's better!


Last week I performed surgery on my third Corsa Doll, "Blue" to replace his batteries so now he says, "C'Mon" again. You can see he is a bit bigger than "Red" and "White" and doesn't have a hanger loop.




Still not got back into my scrapping, oh well one day.........

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WOYWW #425 - Delivery Man

Yep delivery man woke me with a phone call at 7.30am to say he'd be here between 10am-11am! What a way to start the day!

Anyway Julia's Facebook post for WOYWW prompted me to get my post done today, so still in my nightie here is my desk.



I have actually done some scrapping, Shock Horror!

All this talk about doing cards for this year's Christmas and I am still on last year's Christmas photos for scraping!


Having fixed last week's Corsa Doll "Red", I thought I'd make the hanger for his friend "White" the same so will be doing that this week.

Both were very faded so I have touched up their mouths and eyes with Sharpie pens. Took a while to dry but seems to have done the trick.

I also have a bigger version of "Blue" who sits on the dashboard.


Here is a picture of them all, Cheri, White, Blue Moo, and Red. I guess I only liked the male versions!!

Popped in to The Works last week and bought my son a book on "Equations" so had to get myself something so got these paper pads.






I received this lovely array of colourful items for a SWAP on the theme of "Colour Fest" from fellow WOYWWer Sue.




And the delivery man, what is he delivering you may be thinking?

Well the scorching sun from past months has done untold damage to our kitchen "caravan" skylight so Hubby ordered a new one. Hope the rain will go away so he can fit it soon.....

Better get dressed before the delivery man comes don't you think!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

WOYWW #424 - Did You Miss Me?

Had an impromptu visit to Mum's in Wales last week which was the reason for my absence.

I had thought I'd have time to craft in the Summer but with the HOT weather and outings it just doesn't seem to have happened YET!




Whilst on Rhossili Headland I duly waved to Jan!

I also dug out some old photos whilst there including this part contact strip.


I have done a photo order from Photobox, just in time for the 30% off promotion. (202 prints)

I still have my Christmas visit to Mum's to scrap from last year, but all set up for the moment crafting grabs me......

Other things:-

Need to mend one of my Corsa C'Mon Dolls from the car as his hanger broke off.



Also I have been getting ready for the Geocaching Pirate Summer Challenge. Yes I am truly bonkers!


Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

WOYWW #422 - Empty Desk

Hmmmm empty desk again except for list of things to do.

I finished the shirt collar removal last week and it was received with thanks, some money and more importantly some chocolate!
















I also recovered my badminton racquet grip, never realised the handle would have been wooden! 

This is my spare, I did my main one too.



Only real crafting was a birthday card for hubby.

Glasses Update - I got my refund of £60 for the difference between the Varifocals I hated and the Bifocals which are much better.

I have since bought a pair of single vision driving sunglasses on-line for £30.40. Wasn't going to bother but it has been quite sunny of late!


So that's me, really need to do some scrapping and ordering of my next set of prints as I am 6 months behind now!!

Got a craft friend round today too, best set up the Cuttlebug!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.