Wednesday, 31 May 2017

WOYWW 417 - furry companions

Good morning to everyone taking part in this weekly tour of crafty workspaces (go to Stamping Ground for more details), or even if you are just reading my blog in a random way!

I have literally nothing to show on my craft table this morning.  Having a busy week as usual and off to Silverstone tomorrow for a F1 event on Friday, so I can't even show a half-finished project.

I do have a couple of furry companions whilst I read my Bible - here they are.

Buzz the Dog

Milky the Cat

Note that Milky has the comfy bed next to the radiator, whilst Buzz has his mat !  He does sneak onto her bed when she is not around.  They are both 10 this month and doing pretty well for their age.

This may be my shortest blog post ever - I will show some crafting next week.

Ali x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WOYWW 416 - 8 years, ATCs and my Bible

Happy 8th Birthday WOYWW.  Doesn't time fly when you are having fun?!  Julia over at Stamping Ground is the creator of this weekly event, and you can join in there.

We are doing an ATC swap to celebrate - and I have one spare to give away.  Let me know if you would like to swap with me. (gone)

Some creative stuff is happening on my craft table this morning.

I wanted to journal the image that has appearing on the television and social media since the horrible events in Manchester, so I searched for a Bible verse that would represent courage.  Psalms 31:24 caught my eye.  Simple words.

I had read about how good Crayola Twistables were for Bible Journaling, so I bought myself a selection of pencils and crayons to try out.  They are brilliant - definitely no bleed through, and can hardly see any shadowing either (even with the very thin paper in my particular Bible).  Using them for highlighting text and adding colour to images.  Definitely need to get the big packs now, so I have even more colours to play with.

You can see my little pile of ATCs ready to go in envelopes.  I used some left-over pieces of card from a project making affirmation cards.  Lovely shades of blue.

I rarely buy craft magazines now, but Making Cards this month had some really cute Boston Terrier designs that I couldn't resist - and when I opened up the wrapping there were a set of really useful border stamps too as a bonus.

Otherwise you can see my pen box etc.

I hope to visit some blogs today, but Wednesdays are always busy with my evening golf lesson, and we also have to go into town for a solicitors appointment (finalising stuff on the sale of a property), and I plan to visit the post office too.

I will be blogging in more detail about my Bible Journaling this week, plus finally showing some of my scrapbooking.

Ali x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

WOYWW 415 - my first scrapbook layout

Good morning to you all.  I am a bit later than planned due to my new morning routine of staying in bed until the dog asks to go out, plus Tesco delivery this morning.

No crafting - yet.  I fully intend to do some Bible Journaling later and perhaps even start on my next scrapbook layout (another cycling event).  However, I may run out of time - with financial stuff to sort out and my next golf lesson at 6 pm.  I accept now that I never get everything done in one day.  My health - physical and emotional - is more important.

My craft table is showing the completed layout, which now I see needs some more journaling, a pile of photos/event number, my new Bible, and my 'scrap journal' (for using up leftover paint, doodling etc).  Apologies for the blurriness - hands shaking this morning.

I hope to get round and visit some crafters in the next few days.

Ali x

ps  Whoops - forgot to add the link to the lovely lady who is the Queen of WOYWW!  Click HERE

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Crafting Fun For Kids Aged 3-8

I had a card with my latest HelloFresh Box (send me your email address and I will get a code over to you for a free trial box of 3 meals) with a link to a new company called Toucan Box.  I rarely turn down the chance to get something for free, so have signed up for my free Petite box to be sent direct to our eldest granddaughter.  She is 3 and she loves to craft, so this will be perfect for her.

children crafting having fun

I will come back and update this once she has received the box and we know what the contents are, but basically you receive a personalised box addressed to the child.  All materials are included for a fun craft activity.  Free delivery to the UK.

You can cancel your subscription at any time (I only sign up for free trials where this is the case) - and the Petite boxes are £5.95 fortnightly.  You can also receive a box monthly.  There are two larger boxes - £12.90 and £19.90 per month - and you can add in a sibling for a smaller fee.

Click HERE to receive your very own free box to try out.

Come back and comment below when you have received it.  I would love to know what you think about it.

Ali x

Thursday, 4 May 2017

CBD oil - what is it and is it helping me?

CBD oil - or cannabidiol oil - or medical marijuana - or many other names!

I had heard of it as medical marijuana and thought it was only available in the US and perhaps other countries.  I had heard a lot of good things about its use for chronic health conditions, but always assumed that it was illegal in the UK (as I did not know what it was exactly) and something I would never get to try.

Well, then someone on a Fibromyalgia Facebook group in the UK mentioned that she was trying it, and gave a link to the Facebook group set up for people in the UK who would like to try CBD.  I joined immediately and a new world was opened up to me.  It turns out there are lots of very good suppliers of CBD based in the UK, it is legal and it could definitely help me.  (If anyone would like to join the Facebook group, it is CBD Users UK.)

I went to the website of the most-mentioned company, CBD Bros, and ordered some capsules first of all.  I had been warned of the horrible taste of the oil and thought that capsules would be a gentle introduction (turns out that the taste is ok and that dropping under the tongue is a better way of absorbing the oil, so I am now buying the oil).

The smart packaging of oil from CBD Bros.

I have been taking the oil for nearly 10 weeks now, and am still experimenting with different types/doses to see which best helps me (I take it for increasing energy, improving sleep, reducing pain/stiffness and also my Psoriasis).  Just about to order a different oil to take in the day which has been recommended by other Fibromyalgia sufferers.  (I will blog again in a few months with an update.)

I could not even start to explain all the different types of CBD oil and how it works, but this website seems to be very useful - CBD Family Information Centre

Cost - the oil I have been taking in the day costs around £20 per month for the dose I am taking currently.  A very small price to pay for reduced symptoms.

If you have any questions, then I would definitely suggest joining the Facebook group.

Ali x

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

HelloFresh - inspiration ... tasty food ... no waste

I received a free trial box from HelloFresh last week.  This is one of those companies that sends you the ingredients and recipes for meals for you to prepare.  I have been posting pictures of the results on my Instagram feed (come over and join in, if you haven't already discovered the delights of Instagram!).

I was really impressed.  Lovely fresh ingredients in just the right amounts (or sometimes a few left-overs that can be used in other meals - for instance last week I had a pack of tortillas and there are enough for 2 more meals - and the suggested way of serving them, crisped up in the oven, is fantastic).  I had the Classic Box with 3 meals (you can also have 5, but I knew that would be too much for me to cope with - I get tired when having to work in the kitchen) - there are also Family and Vegetarian boxes.

The meals were Mexican Broth, Sri Lanken Spiced Cod and Rosemary Glazed Chicken.  I would never have tried cooking anything like these, but the clear instructions (with photos) were simple to follow and I was very proud of the results.

Portion sizes were generous and both plates were cleared each time.

I continued with it this week (box due to be delivered any minute) and looking forward to learning some new skills and tastes.

You can cancel/pause at any time - just notify them via the website by midnight Wednesday.

If you would like to try a free box too, send me your email address.  

If you have any further questions about HelloFresh, look at the FAQs on their website or leave a comment below.

Ali x

WOYWW 413 - scrapbooking starts

Happy Wednesday to you all.  It is sunny in Pembrokeshire this morning, but chilly.  If you would like to join in with WOYWW today, go to Julia's Stamping Ground for more details.

It is fairly early for me (I really struggle with mornings now), so haven't actually started any crafting yet - but I have got out of the cupboard the scrapbook I bought years ago, and have the memorabilia from a recent cycling event that hubby did ready to create my very first spread!  I have done some digital scrapbooking, but this is the first time that I will be venturing into 'the dark art'!  

I will blog about the process and results (two other blog posts to come this week - about HelloFresh and my experience of using CBD so far).

I have also laid out the postcards I have received so far from the Spring Postcard Swap I took part in.  All so different and amazing.

I was planning a trip into town today with my trusty shopping trolley (Xmas pressie from hubby), but just seen that one of our local golf clubs is starting a series of free golf lessons this evening at 6 pm.  I cannot drive out twice (only just started driving again on Saturday), so will postpone the shopping to Friday.

A nice short post today.

Ali x

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Yummy Vegan Oat Bars - very easy recipe

I posted a picture of my favourite Vegan sweet snack on my Instagram account yesterday, and promised to blog the recipe, so here I am.

It is so easy to make - and really quick.  Less than 30 minutes to when they come out of the oven.  I had not made them for a while, but had some over-ripe bananas and then wanted a sweet treat yesterday, so my trusty recipe book came out of the cupboard.

BTW - these are US measurements (will put the UK equivalent next to each)

3 ripe mashed bananas
1/3 cup apple sauce (5 tbsp + 1 tsp)
2 cups oats (454g)
1/4 cup almond/coconut milk (4 tbsp)
1/2 cup raisins (or blueberries, cherries, rough chopped dairy free chocolate) (113g)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

(I also add some chopped nuts quite often.  This is such a flexible recipe - use up whatever you have left in your fridge/pantry.)

Just mix together well, spread out in a lined baking tray, and bake at 160 degrees celcius (fan) for 15-20 minutes (320 degrees fahrenheit or Gas Mark 3).

I cut it into pieces when it is still warm - and make sure you taste one!


Ali x

ps  Look at my cute piggy Cup Measures (from a pound shop in the UK)