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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 more recently Pokémon Go. I'm a Preschool Practitioner and I run a UK based on-line papercraft group.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

WOYWW #403 - The Presents

Early morning desk, so no point even opening the curtains yet!  

Thought you might like to see my wings though, they were a late found Christmas decoration last year which I couldn't bear to put away!

On my desk is my journal and the next set of photos for scrapping.

Anyway, amongst my presents for my birthday last week I got some new dies.


A couple of Tim Holtz thinlets sets which I saw on some desks a few weeks ago plus a set from a friend. 






I had an initial play then I did the journal page using the months dies.

The dies cut like a dream and are already finding their way onto my scrapbook pages.

I added "july" to last weeks last page and "august" to its facing page which I did this week.

I did a couple more pages which were quite hard as it was from my son's visit to see his girlfriend last Summer but they broke up last month! 

I made it matter of fact as it showed him on his first real train journey on his own which in itself was special. 

So that's me for the week, onward and upward with the scrapping, only 6 months behind now...


Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WOYWW #402 - Happy Birthday ME!

Gosh 53yrs - really????   Yep born in 1964 so it must be!!

The desk shows the latest scrapbook page I am working on, my journal and other Love card.



Got a bit of "LOVE" inspiration from our host's desk a while back although neither of us can find the original post - blog or facebook???? Anyway Julia assures me it was her original creation which launched my crafting.



Firstly I made a SWAP card on the theme of LOVE, plus a spare.



I then changed up the colours, but had lots of paint left on my board so spread it on my journal.




The journal page just grew and grew and I added my favourite Tennyson quote.

"O love, O fire! Once he drew
With one long kiss, my whole soul through
My lips as sunlight drinketh dew."



I then adapted and blinged up the spare for a friend's Valentine Birthday.

Then changed the items for twin boys 15th birthday cards. (today too!!)



Thanks for the inspiration Julia.


Oh and the other scrapbook pages I have done this past week.....

 
Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

WOYWW #401 - Got the Love

Morning deskers, left my desk in a mess yesterday just so I could take this shot today.

Been preparing a "few" hearts for a threading activity in preschool tomorrow.

32 heart diecuts, thank you Mr Cuttlebug with 12 holes each, that's a whole lot of holes 384 in all. Horrah for Mr Crop-O-Dile II.


Last Saturday I managed to get out to a craft sale and got a few bargains.

Great to get a new scrapbook album for a fiver as I'm going to need it.

I got some more refills for my 8x8 family album and when I came to add them found I was a bit behind with my scrapping in there!









Hence the page for the Christmas BEFORE last and last years only family photo.



I then had a eureka moment and placed one of the refills at the beginning of the album and did a wedding page (album had started with our son's birth) The backing page has some photos of my pregnancy (not a fun time).
  
Whilst we are on the reproductive system topic. I'm back in Norethisterone to stop the "Never Ending Period" which seems my lot for this preimenopausal stage at the moment. I've been dealing with that as well as the cold virus which is still lingering.... However I'm feeling a lot better in myself and can go out now (without the flooding) and actually played badminton last night as a result.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

WOYWW #400 - History Repeating Itself

This exact time last year I got flu after having had a cough for a number of weeks, and so it is again!

Not sure if it is flu this year or just a nasty sore throat, aches and sore skin type of virus but I'm off work feeling yuk!

So on my desk is just an empty tissue box, indicative of my condition.
Photo taken from my sick bed!

I did do a couple of basic scrapbook pages over the weekend.

A university visit with my son and our road being resurfaced plus our postman!




Also an impromptu birthday card for one of my husband's friends who had a party which is where I probably got this virus as his wife was ill with something!!! Ho Hum

Happy WOYWW Everyone.


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WOYWW #399 - Colour Candy & Dancing

 My desk today, colour candy threads gifted via Streetlife from a lovely lady who happened to live just round the corner from me.



The start of my 13th Scrapbook album, I'll need a new shelf for more....



And a box my husband thought I'd like despite the fact that I have just sorted and thrown out all the various boxes which had accumulated under my desk to accomodate the new PC! Hmmmm!

Anyway my scrapbook album started with a page of my son's new "smart" clothes he needed for his work experience during the Summer.

Possibly for interviews for university too, although I think they seem to have done away with the latter these days!





The first double LO is of some geocaching focused on the statue of Dame Margot Fonteyn which is just down the road in Reigate.




This got me thinking of my own ballet career which I blogged earlier in the week, here >>> Ballet

My first ever photo album (the sticky back kind) is rather shot and the photos wouldn't stick back in after I took them out to check the back for possible dates, so I made a scrapbook page to fit in the original album which I could stick back in.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Ballet

I have always loved to dance, it's like singing with your body.

I started Ballet classes around 4yrs and continued until about 14yrs.

I got my first and only tutu in April 1970 when I was just 6yrs, it still fitted me the following year although you can see my hair had grown somewhat.

I not only did Ballet, but also Tap, Modern, National and Greek dancing. I was often on stage in competition or productions. I remember being in Thumberlina and Snow White. I was a bunny in the latter (thankfully no photo!!). This was all when I lived in South Devon in the early 70's.

I have 4 certificates to show my achievements. I won a medal and distinction for my Bretagne Duet with Julia Creber and also a distinction for our "Busy Doing Nothing" duet with Amanda Rundle in the same year 1971.

   

I auditioned for the Royal Ballet School and got to the last section but didn't get a place.

I got up to Pre-elementary in my Ballet Exams and was just into Pointe Ballet Shoes when we moved house/area and I gave up.

I gave my pointe shoes away to a friend's sister, something I now regret.



However I found a keyring shoe in a dance shop the other day. It is made the same way as a real shoe and I love it.

I remember Ballet with fondness and still love to dance and find I now live just up the road from the birthplace of Dame Margot Fonteyn.

In my late 20's/early 30's I did Ballroom and Latin dancing at Peggy Spencer's Dance Centre in Penge and recently I have taken up Line Dancing.

I'd love to do more Ballroom/Latin but lacking a dancing partner is a big consideration....one day........

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

WOYWW #398 - Flowers Abound

Here's my desk today. Just got a couple deliveries, 2 books for preschool and 3 stickles.

The stickles colours are:- Lagoon, Gold and Raspberry Tart.

The Raspberry Tart isn't exactly what I was expecting as the basic pink colour is flecked with holographic blue a bit like the Crystal.

My makes for this week are, a tag for a SWAP.


Then I used the left-over flower diecuts for a journal page and one of my favourite poem quotes by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.





Finally I did the last page of my 60 page 12th 12x12 scrapbook album.

Still have over 100 photos to scrap to finish off 2016, goodness me!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.






PS And my favourite music of the moment is Ed Sheeran. I downloaded his latest 2 singles and have pre-ordered his new album due out on 3rd March called Divide. Oh YES!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

WOYWW #397 - Spot the Difference?

Guess what's changed on my desk?

If you can't spot it - the answer is here.

Saw another desker use a panorama so I have done the same with my craftcorner.

I have done quite a bit of crafting this week but had to pack it up for my Mum's birthday which is today. 














I made her a mini album of my son's "learning to drive adventure" which she financed.





















The last page has two hidden tags which we wrote our thank yous on.




I also made an ATC thank you and a card for my aunt's birthday next month. On a roll.










Happy WOYWW Everyone.