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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

WOYWW 285

Hello to everyone on this windy Wednesday.  Life has been busy for me for the past 2 weeks - plus a nasty cold struck me down, and I am still suffering now.  My craft room is almost empty.  The main rear wall had to be replastered - and the painter is in there now putting colour back on the wall.  As usual for me, everything is last minute.  We have family coming to stay tomorrow, and the contents of my craft room are currently in the spare room!  There will be a lot of moving around later.  Wish me luck! 

Looking on the positive side, it does give me the push to really sort out what I HAVE to keep and what can go (whether to be sold or given to the charity shop).

I found myself watching a calligraphy show on Create & Craft last week - and several items fell into my flexi-basket.  This includes some gorgeous wax sealing stash, and I plan to decorate Xmas gifts/envelopes with these.  Will show some of the results next week.

Here is my empty craft room.


If you would like to find out more about WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), go over to Julia's Stamping Ground

I am off now to tour around a few of your blogs.

Ali x

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

WOYWW 283

Late again today, but got my mum staying for a few days - and the sun is shining for the first time in a while, so we took the dogs down to the beach.

For those who are wondering what WOYWW stands for (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday) and would like to join in with this weekly tour around craft desks, take a jog over to Julia's http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/

My actual desk this week has nothing much on it.  The Xmas card production line has ground to a halt.  Therefore, I am showing the cushion I finally finished this week.  My first 'proper' project with my sewing machine.  I discovered Craftsy, which has so many wonderful classes.  I have signed up for a few - some of which are free.


You may think that it is just a simple square cushion - but it has French seams!!  Yes, I did not know what these were either!  I have learnt so many useful skills with this first project, and I am starting to work through the preparation work for the next project - a skirt (I hyperventilate at the thought).

I am sure that many of you will be off to the NEC this week.  I so wish that I could get there.  I look forward to seeing pictures of purchased stash next week.

Ali x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

WOYWW 282

Another week has gone by and my promise to myself to blog more often has not been realised - again!  Oh well, at least I am here a bit earlier this week.

If you want to know more about What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, go over to Julia's Stamping Ground and join in with the fun.

I have managed to do some crafting this week - birthday and Halloween cards.  No more Christmas designs unfortunately.  Of course I will be regretting it next month when I am rushing to get them done! 

My craft room has been turned upside down, put back together and now it turns out that the builders need to replaster the entire back wall, so again everything will be in turmoil.  I am looking forward to finally getting everything in its place and be able to sew, in particular, as my sewing machine table is pushed up against my other desks at the moment.

My photos show one of my new purchases - been wanting/needing an A3 guillotine for ages and when I saw it on Create & Craft at a discounted price, it just had to be ordered - and also my messy main desk.  You can see a finished birthday card waiting to go in the envelope, 2 Halloween packages ready for the postlady, a fab new photography software suite, all of my washi tapes have decided to jump around the desk and various other 'things'.



I hope that everyone is having a good week.  It is a F1 weekend coming up (Texas), so I will be able to sit with my laptop and get some more blog posts written.  I hope that you come back and have a read.

Ali x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WOYWW 281

What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday is nearly over, but I told myself that I would join in, so here I am.  Was meant to get in my craft room early this morning, but overslept (a very rare occurrence for me) and then we went out shopping for most of the day.  I bought a fab crafty item from T K Maxx, so I hope you will excuse my absence.

Here is my desk -

 
 
I started seriously making Xmas cards yesterday.  Finished the cute Yorkie design (the others in the pile are left over from last year - need inserts) and printed out a sheet of fab donkey/Jack Russell toppers to make some more.  You can see the 2015 diary/planner which I bought today, and the scrapbooking/journaling kit.  My collection of washi tape is stacked up at the back - any ideas on a cheap way of storing them?  The calendar is produced by a Facebook friend who has a gorgeous family of Chihuahuas.  If you are a fan of the breed, then let me know and I will give you her contact details.
 
If you have no idea of what WOYWW is, click on this link http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/.  All will be explained and you can join in with this weekly tour around the world's craft desks.  

In the next week I will be making more Xmas cards, birthday cards (why are so many people born in October and November?), actually dusting down my sewing machine and finishing a cushion that I started ages ago, and my craft room should be painted (just one wall, but still need to empty out a wardrobe that I store my CDs in).

One of my dogs has a part-time job now - helping out with training courses for people with learning difficulties/mental health problems etc - so I chauffeur him on those days - and I will be starting my new paid work, Internal Verifier for the same organisation.  Should be only a few days work every month, so I hope that my annoying body will allow me to earn the much-needed extra income. One of my ponies has been diagnosed with PPID, which means daily medication for life - approx. 80 pence per day. 

I will get this published now, promise to be back soon, and will then go and have a nosey around some more blogs. 

Ali x

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

WOYWW 274

I'm back!  Life has been keeping me away from blogging.  There really aren't enough hours in the day - and I certainly do not have enough energy to get through all that I want to do.  I hope that all the lovely crafty bloggers are well and happy.  I will have a tour around this week to catch up on your news.


I cannot imagine there are many people left on this planet who do not know what WOYWW means, but if you do need more information go over to http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/


Crafting has not featured a great deal in my daily life  'vgbgbgb' (just typed by Milky the cat!).  The cushion cover I had started on a while ago is still sitting on my 'cutting table' and any birthday cards for family/friends have been quick digital designs.  I am about to start my first decoupage project - this 'tea bag box'.


I created a nice main design (to go inside the lid where it won't get too knocked about) with my Silhouette Cameo - and the rest of it will be decorated with a random selection of papers.  The nice shiny new bottles of Mod Podge are waiting to be opened.  I think I will need to consult YouTube to ensure that I have some idea of what I am doing!


Something exciting has happened this week - and got my writing juices flowing again.  I saw a request on Facebook for writers for the Positivity in Pain blog.  Decided that it would not do any harm to send an application in, and received my invite yesterday.  I am an expert at the difficult process of remaining positive whilst enduring constant pain, and have a constant stream of new ideas to research and write about.  Being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Hyper Mobility Syndrome, then developing Hip Bursitis - and having Psoriasis since early childhood - has torn my life apart (and many of the dreams I had), but I am now rebuilding myself and there are so many new aspects which are positive side effects of my health. 


Crafting is a huge part of my new life.  If I had been able to continue with horseriding, running etc, then I would not have time for my craft room - ' ... silver lining ...'


I will not promise to be here every week - but borrowing hubby's tablet has enabled me to type this whilst catching up with some tv.  So much easier and quicker than using my smart phone. 


Ali x







Thursday, 26 June 2014

Christmas 2014 has started!

I have been thinking about starting my Xmas cards for 2014 for a while, but it took a post on Facebook from CraftyHazelnut and the arrival of my new Bebunni Christmas Papercrafting CD-Rom to get me going.

I cannot even remember when I last entered a challenge - so forgive me if I am a bit rusty.

I dragged my Xmas Stash Box out of the wardrobe - every year I forget how heavy it is (and I have cleared a lot out!) - and put together this simple card.

The card used is from Kanban (both snowflake designs and the gorgeous dark grey), topper is a Bebunni 'fabric' design (the edges are faded to suit printing onto fabric), the sentiment is from a Hunkydory diecut topper sheet, and the fabric brad is from Wilkinsons (they are such a great place for some Xmas stash).  I will design an insert closer to the date to suit the recipient.

I enter this into -

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #182 - Include a building or part of a building

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes

Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - #222, Christmas







Sunday, 25 May 2014

Stiff and sore

That little title of this blog post really describes how I feel most of the time.  I have Fibromyalgia and Hyper-Mobility Syndrome, and hip pain which has been diagnosed as Bursitis, but may well 'just' be a symptom of either/both of the first two!

I used to wake early every day, but in the past few months have been able to stay in bed until a more reasonable hour - until today, when I woke at 5 am as usual but the pain/stiffness was too much to bear and I have even taken a painkiller to make things more blurred and fuzzy.  Painkillers also used to be a regular part of every day, but since I changed my diet and started taking an assortment of supplements I am mainly coping with just one (or even none) per day.  Oh well, no one is counting, except for me!

This morning has been productive for me so far, sort of.  Yes, there has been time 'wasted' on Facebook - for some reason many of my 'friends' and family look down on Facebook.  Their lives are just too busy and full with 'real friends' to come down to my level.  A level where we live in an isolated location, where my day is full of pain/fatigue, where I have lived in over 20 different homes and, therefore, never really made the sort of friendships where I get invited to endless weddings, where I keep myself busy with my animals/housework/crafting/internet - and to tell you the truth, I have always been a sociable loner (I can chat for ever with people I want to chat to and I used to be the woman who was the first on the dance floor!) and would quite happily become a hermit.  Facebook - and my blogging friends - are good.  I can be nosy about other peoples' lives, but 'defriend' them if they share something horrible/have views that I cannot tolerate.  I laugh and cry, and all from the comfort of my own home.

I typed a letter to a new penfriend this morning - a lady on one of the Fibromyalgia Facebook groups.  I used to have lots of penfriends, and there are 2 more who are writing to me - so I look forward to receiving Happy Post.  If anyone would like to share 'snail mail', then just get in touch.

Most of my blog posts have been regarding crafting - or sharing the renovation of our farmhouse http://lowertancredston.blogspot.co.uk/ - and, therefore, there has been photos.

I will add a random photo so that you have something to look at apart from my early morning rambling.


Gorgeous bluebells in a local wood

I discovered a really interesting blog this morning.  Go and take a look - http://zenhabits.net/

Ali x