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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, 1 December 2021

WOYWW#652 - Advent

Advent began last Sunday so we went and got our real tree for this year. I like to get the most out of ours so I won't be taking it down till Candlemas (2nd February) all being well. It's in a cold conservatory so it usually lasts. We can see it from the lounge and the kitchen.

Needless to say little crafting yet again I'm afraid. Even my wrist exercises and scar massaging has taken a dive.

I have started learning Hebrew via Duolingo loving that but aware it isn't quite the same as Biblical Hebrew.

I took on board those that liked the gold crocheted angel I made so I persevered with a few more.

I have 3 on the mantle and one on the real tree. I went with Purple and Gold for my big real tree this year.

I have a little faux tree in the hall and I have hung a white angel on there as I went with white on there this year.

There's a pile of the white angels on my desk ready to pop in the cards I haven't made yet - LOL.

Oh well at least the house is decorated.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

WOYWW#651 - Heavenly Host

Not much has changed from last week other than the paperclipped pages of my Hebrew have moved into an A4 File as they were getting out of control. I've very nearly mastered the Hebrew consonant Aleph-Bet and decided not to move on until I'm more proficient at that.

Hand/wrist, plus arm exercises continue. My Hand Therapist is happy that I'm progressing but I'm not to try badminton for at least another 4 weeks, as my wrist continues to hold me back with it's unusual presentation post-op.

Saying that, I've raked the garden leaves, cleaned some windows, vacuumed the house, put the bins out, trimmed my orchids, used my sewing machine, ironed a few things, driven to church and made dinner so realistically I am nearly back to normal. Wrist is sore still and I've had some sharp pains in my thumb but all in all not bad at all.

So to the ANGELS. 

I think the crochet is jolly good gently exercise for my wrist and goes some way to stop me munching whilst watching TV of an evening! I've now done 10 Angels and they have been gathering around the fireplace (except the blue one which my son has). 

I have done a gold one but the yarn is difficult and I prefer the white ones. Not sure how many more I'll get out of the single ball of fine white yarn I have. I did have a look at my stash but not any more to be found as yet. I have white DK yarn but I guess they would turn out slightly bigger. Hmmm???

Maybe I'll do some scrapping next week, maybe not. But either way I need to order some more photos as I'm near the end of the last batch.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

WOYWW#650 - Biblical Hebrew & Angels

Oh my, this week has taken a bit of a turn....not quite sure what happened, but I have dug deep into learning Biblical Hebrew! 

It's been mulling in the background for some years and I was led to a study plan on the YouVersion Bible App called Three Words From The Creation - Biblical Hebrew and Your Life. 

It contained a web link (which didn't work btw) but this inspired me to look some more and there is a wealth of stuff on YouTube and the Web so I got stuck in.

I posted this on Facebook last Thursday so that's when this all got started. 

NOTE:-  I have also been following the angel crochet pattern Jan kindly shared last week too. If I even get around to making any Christmas cards thought I might pop one in.

Made a blue one for my son on request, and another 2 white ones since my first too. 

My main reason for trying them in the first place was to test out my right hand to see if the Carpal Tunnel Surgery has worked, and pleased to say it passed the test no problem. 

My left hand only went a bit tingly on one angel, but left hand only does the "holding" rather than the "doing" so that was OK. Not sure at this stage whether I'd ever have the left one done as well as I am still struggling with a few things. 

My right hand is certainly NOT fully functional yet at 8 weeks. The scar on my palm is still very sore and tight and I cannot extend my wrist or thumb very well. My wrist continues to hurt mainly when handwriting which is a bind with the Hebrew Script. Seeing my Hand Therapist again on Thursday.

But I can CROCHET again - Yippee!!!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

WOYWW#649 - One of those Moments.

Here's my desk earlier this week when everything just came together for a LO. I still managed 5 photos.

It was a moment when dies just jumped off the shelf begging to be used.

Then I did a simple page of 6 of hubby's landscapes. 

He is much more interested in the photos than what I do with the page, so he just got titles!
Earlier still I did a couple of pages where the colours were based on the month word (MAY) I had just cut from an old calendar.

I got to showcase all the lower case "h's" I have from my 16 Alphabet sets in the hearing test page.

Finally a Garden in May page with 9 photos no less. 

Then a tribute to a family friend's son who tragically died back in June at 21yrs. We live nextdoor to his Grandma and had known him since he was days old. He was 7 months younger than my son, so they grew up together. I met him first "over the wall" and last saw him when we all played badminton.  I'm still shedding tears for such a beautiful soul to leave us so soon.

"For Owen"

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

WOYWW#648 - November Dawns

Hi Guys, I think October was a bit of a wash out for me post operatively. Weeks 3 and 4 post-op were quite traumatic. If you want to see my wound progression over 5 weeks have a look at my post from last week HERE.

I have managed to get some crafting done since last week so here I am back to show you all.

First my desk with the last page from April 2021. Was getting a bit bored with my same old 4 photo layouts so Googled some sketches and one is on my desk.

My favourite one was this one though, worked out really well methinks.

Previous to that were, chair to bench upcycling and setting a few geocaches in the local woods.

And of course my pond planting and prodding.

Scar is really sore and hypersensitive so I made up a book of different fabrics to stroke it with. Desk is a Hand Gym as I'm seeing a Hand Therapist trying to get my movement back. I can sew again without my hand going numb though which is most definitely a plus.

Wrist is really sore today as I probably did a bit too much yesterday as I'm back to driving at last. Typing is difficult so I'll stop here.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Five Weeks Since Carpal Tunnel Procedure.

17th Sept (before)                                                    21st Sept (day of procedure)

24th Sept (bulky bandage off)                          27th Sept (dressing fell off)

1st October (Keeping new dressing on)                   4th October (dressing off officially)

6th Oct (some stitches out)                               9th October (all stitches out)

12th October (skin peeling)                                    21st October (loose skin peeled off)

24th October (very sore)                                          26th October (still tight and sore)

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

WOYWW - #643 - Left-Handed Crafting etc.

I survived! Still pretty much one handed but learning how to do stuff bit by bit. 

So this is my left-handed crafting table. Cuttlebug turned round and I can use it ok. Push the plates in with my hip whilst turning handle with left hand. 

My scissors seem to work OK in my left hand and my trimmer is good as well. 

Good job I'm happy with simple scrapping - photos trimmed and arranged, title and minimal embellishments. 

Will write the stories/journalling when my right hand has recovered methinks.

Then there is the jigsaw desk in the conservatory. Finished that on Sunday, quite delightful.

For the record, bread, cheese and salad cut using left hand. I can steady stuff with my right but that's about it. Am typing a bit with right now - YAY.

And last but certainly not least my surgeon's handiwork with a needle and thread! My dressing was all but fallen off on Monday so I had to redress it. Bit scary but then again I did have a peak mid-procedure last week and also after the stitches were in so I was sort of prepared.

PS The one on my desk as I just stuck it....

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

WOYWW #642 - March 2021 in the bag.

Just doing a quick scheduled post on Monday in case I'm not feeling up to it tomorrow as that's surgery day or Wednesday for that matter...

A couple of double layouts cover March 2021.

The pinky one is a general overview of 4 different things and the yellowy one Amelia Pond.

I've also set-up my latest jigsaw, which has been pending from a The Works order some time ago. I've worked out a place in the conservatory which is working well. It will be fine until either the really cold weather sets in or we get the Christmas tree. Hmmm I wonder which will come first?

Hoping jigsaws will be a good recovery activity after the Carpal Tunnel Release surgery, which is like this... Eeeeeekkkkkk

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

WOYWW #641-February 2021 Done.

Thought you'd appreciate a wide angle shot of my Craft Corner with actual stuff on my desk for a change!

I was determined to get February done for this week and have just finished the two layouts currently on the hanger on the frame (top right). Previous 2 in album open on my bed. 

The beginnings of March on my desk, die folder and Cuttlebug still at the ready. Trusty fan for warm nights too.

So we have my 57th Birthday. A friend popped by with a cake which was a nice surprise. Obviously had to chat outside such was the time of it. My lockdown birthday, had got away with it last year LOL.

Then Pancake day which was a few days late on the Friday. My son made the pancakes, I really don't cook anything out of the ordinary and have never made a cake in my life so was wondering where I'd use the cooking paper I'd acquired from somewhere and the freebie embellies.

Then we have the car wash. I'd waited 6 months to the day from my shoulder operation so it was a day to remember for me. Son came out and did his too, they were both pretty dirty sitting around most of last year. They've not been done since either!! 

Finally my first walk trying out my birthday walking poles. Yes I'm that old! Seriously though we do go to some challenging places geocaching. Muddy, slippery, steep and overgrown etc. I only use one now as I need my phone in the other hand for finding the caches. Hubby prefers landscape photos and invariably askes me to move so I bombed one of his LOL.

This time next week I'll be post-op AGAIN. Carpal Tunnel Procedure Tuesday 21st September 2021. To add insult to injury I've done my back in again as well, so I guess resting up after surgery will help my back too. All good fun. Hope I can manage some crafting whilst recovering.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

WOYWW #640 - February 2021

Here's my desk. Calendar printed off to see how my recovery weeks/months will pan out. Various notes to remind me to do stuff, not least to take hubby to hospital for an eye appointment first thing and me to the dentist in the afternoon.  Plus a couple of layout/photo sets pending under the the small green mat....

All good intentions to get more of February scrapped but just the one this week. The heat has knocked me for six again!

February Flowers, Landscapes and A Mole. 

We found the mole quite amusing even entertaining but our neighbours weren't so amused so apparently used some distasteful "sprinkles" to make it go elsewhere! Hmmm??!!

Happy WOYWW Everyone