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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm a lapsed crafter of late but still managing my diary Scrapbooking, plus cards as required. Previously I've also dabbled in 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 usually play Badminton and go Ballroom and Latin Dancing, not really got back to the latter since the pandemic. I like walking which I couple with Geocaching and sometimes Bouncing on my Rebounder (mini trampoline). I am a Christian.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

WOYWW #676 - Happy Anniversary

OK So I didn't actually plan to come back for the Anniversary it's just a happy coincidence :) 

In the 2 months I've been absent I have had a new computer as the old one's capacitors had blown and it kept dying until it really died completely.

Lots more room under my desk now as it is so much smaller. It is a reconditioned one from Amazon for about £150. Hubby let me have a one of his bigger monitors too which helps with paperless stuff better.

I haven't really been crafting much lately, so I thought I'd wait until I'd actually done a scrap page before showing my face above the ramparts. 

A few throw back photos from Sept 2000 of my late Mother-In-Law, Hubby and our Son aged 1 3/4yrs. We have been walking in the fields behind our house a lot lately and always remember her coming with us that time.

I made a couple of birthday cards too.

I have also had my first pair of NHS hearing aids fitted and can hear oh so much better now. Obviously not something noticed on-line but I was missing out on a section of sounds in the higher bracket. They are way smaller than I thought and match my hair colour LOL.

Consequently my harp sounds so much more divine and I've been learning a new piece called "May It Be".<- CLICK

I guess that is about it.

Happy WOYWW 13th Anniversary Everyone...

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

WOYWW #668 - Stripped

Well I managed a bit of colouring despite colouring not being my "thing". 

Don't do any of the nice shading thing you guys do, I just bung the colour on!

Other than that I've been in the garden mostly. 

Also stripping our son's old room! Some of you wondered how long it would be till it became a craft room? 

Well we've decided to leave it as a bedroom for the time being in case he visits. I just needed to rid the tiny room of all the dust and posters!

I stood on the bed base and broke it so it's in the process of being mended and all the stuff therein is on the landing - so many toys!

Here's me vacuuming and also our son's new "work" desk. Love his dinosaur. He even got a plant! Not seen the "play" desk yet! 

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Monday, 21 March 2022

Ukraine Appeal

If you'd like to donate for the crisis in UKRAINE and know it is getting to the right place, Renata is from my church, she is Polish, and she has taken a team of 10 volunteers out to Lublin, her home town, to help transport refugees from the front line/border with UKRAINE and to support them.

This is her JUST GIVING link

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

WOYWW #667 - Space Again

It was certainly sad to drop our son off in Cambridge on Saturday to start his new chapter, but on reflection so nice to have the space at home again, a 1/3 less washing, easier to park car etc. etc. 

I made him a New Home card but that was the sum total at my desk other than the catching up with the house paperwork chores.

I'm reliving this month as February as I lost out with Valentine's, Birthday and Anniversary last month due to Covid. 

I finally made it to the garden centre and have planted up 2 of my 6 containers so far.

I visited a friend who gave me the Jesus colouring book as a "late" birthday present too, so sweet.

Anyway that's about all, managed some desks last week, getting there slowly although still coughing a bit (week 5!!).

Finally, if you'd like to donate for the crisis in UKRAINE and know it is getting to the right place, Renata is from my church, she is Polish, and she is taking a team out to Lublin, her home town, to help transport refugees from the front line/border with UKRAINE and to support them.

This is her Just Giving Link.

Many Thanks

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

WOYWW #666 - End of an Era

This time next week my only child will have left home to start his adult life in Cambridge. He's been trying to sort a rented house with a couple of his Uni mates ever since I got Covid-19 back in mid-February so it's been a doubly difficult time for me. 

I think I am nearly over the Covid, still coughing a bit and loads of catarrh but mainly OK, until yesterday and my dental check-up which brought on a severe attack of IBS. I was in agony for over 24hrs and finding my medication was well out of date I had to pop to Asda after the dentist to get some from there.

I tossed and turned with the old menopause night sweats all night but woke relatively pain free this morning - Horrah!

Sorry yet another week of not visiting desks last week but I truly hope I will be able to this week.

So to the main update. I SCRAPPED, yep, actually felt well enough to get out my photos this week and did a page, even got a couple of my new word dies on there too.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

WOYWW #665 - Still Coughing :(

Unfortunately despite 2 consecutive negative tests last weekend I still haven't recovered fully.

I'm totally shattered and still coughing.

Managed to finish the jigsaw though.

I have been making myself go for a walk around the block the past 3 days, but really slowly.

Took some daffodil photos on my walk yesterday as it was St David's Day.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

WOYWW #664 - Hot Chocolate and Sympathy

Just wanted to apologise for not visiting any desks last week. I was struck down with a nasty sore throat/cold virus and have been feeling horrid ever since. 

Toast, hot chocolate and paracetamol has been the order of the day for over a week now, that's about all the action my desk has seen.

I did start my jigsaw but can't concentrate for long and the conservatory is a tad too cold to sit in for long anyways. (Did have it in the front room over the weekend but our son works in there in the week so it couldn't stay there)

Anyway sore throat is beginning to shout out for a hot drink so better go avail myself of the kitchen facilities. I'll try to visit this week, really hoping to feel better soon.

EDIT - Did another test and this one was surprisingly positive! I have Covid-19!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

WOYWW #663 - 3 More Scrapbooks!

Had a lovely quiet birthday yesterday. Haven't done any scrapping YET but do have 3 more scrapbooks! And a lovely jigsaw and a handmade butterfly origami "card" and a beautiful butterfly light too.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

WOYWW #662 - Photos or Cards?

Nothing like the arrival of 140 scrapbooking photos to make you want to make cards!!

Sorted the photos into months, they always come mixed up, then made cards....

I googled Valentine's (24 years and I needed a kickstart for yet another Valentine's card!)

I saw this... 

and made this.... even dusted off my bow maker and some embossing folders. I was on a roll...

Then came my anniversary card... and one for a friend...

The a couple of birthday cards...

I did do one page however. My 8x8 yearly page for my family album as it turned out the photos of all three of us from back in April were the only ones for the year (save a really bad Christmas dinner one!
So that's me for the week. 

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

WOYWW #661 - Tree Down

Usually take the tree down on Candlemas - 2nd February, but as I need to do the weekly shop, WOYWW and have Connect Group this evening, I did it a day early.

Beautiful day, sunny and warm even with the door open! I chopped it all up in the conservatory ending up with a trug full of branches and needles and a trunk! Sorted.

Loved my Purple and Gold theme this year, I wonder what it will be next year. 

Anyway I boxed up all the decs, popped them in the loft and did all the necessary cleaning and vacuuming. Didn't do all the conservatory windows, will do that is bits, hard work.

Still no crafting but have sorted photos from August 2021 to January 2022 inclusive about 144 - all ready to up load to order prints. Photobox have 50% discount on till 8th Feb supposedly for Valentines gifts, hope it includes basic prints. Must get it sorted before then.

So that's me.

Happy WOYWW everyone.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

WOYWW #660 - Card and Goodies

I actually made "A" card last week! Thought a desk shot of that would be more interesting than my usual empty desk.

I'd cut some shapes out the night before and the remains are still on my desk now!

Anyway, with thanks to Angela, I sourced some affordable 12x12 scrapbooks on Amazon. 

Bought a couple plus refills and put some more in my "wishlist". I usually buy the cheapest as it's more about what's inside for me. I like 30 pages per album and they only come with 10.

I also bought some word dies. Always wanted the days of the week, although I'm bemused as to why they feel the need to include the abbreviated names as you can get those from the full ones with a careful snip!!

The general words are cool too, they are both a good size for scrapbook pages and they all cut well, even though "Wednesday" got bent in transit!

I used my firstcuts for a journal page...Think it still needs something but not sure what...

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

WOYWW #659 - Sewing

Desk saw a bit of action on Tuesday afternoon so I'm sharing that. 

When I say "a bit" that's exactly that. Hubby's cycling helmet chin strap was getting tatty so we replaced it.

I have been selecting photos to print for scrapping and have managed August, September and October so far. They might yet need a slim down, but I'll do that after I've done November and December.

Running out of Scrapbook Album space and pondering what to do next as they aren't that easy to come by anymore, not the 12x12 ones I like anyway. We'll see.

So there we have it.

Would love to be "enabled" in getting some new dies and hence might get round to some card making, so will be watching out on all your desks.

Happy WOYWW everyone.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

WOYWW #658 - 900th Cache

Honestly guys the desk is as last week!

Big news, I went to badminton last Thursday evening. (3 1/2 months post Carpal Tunnel Surgery) As my wrist is still sore I only intended to try the warm up but as that was OK I stayed on and ended up playing 5 games. I was quite careful how I played and there was one shot which was momentarily extremely painful, but I was OK with no ill effects afterwards either. Actually hoping it will loosen up my wrist in the long run.

Scrapped our 900th geocache find from back in July last year, it feels like longer ago than that, what with the surgery and recovery malarkey. 

(really need to sort and order some more prints now!)

We are currently at 961 finds so I updated the milestone card to 1000 and have chosen Leith Hill Virtual Cache for our 1000th when we get to that point. For that we will need a sign of our caching name so I made one and laminated it too.

The tree is still up and the sunshine makes it look lovely plus I treated myself to the first daffs of the season, the hope of Spring just round the corner.

Happy WOYWW Everyone