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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 now and again Pokémon Go. I run UK based on-line papercraft and stitchers groups.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WOYWW #416 - ATCs and Varifocals

Been a bit of a week trying to get used to new Varifocal glasses and failing miserably!

On the left my new driving glasses, great - on the right my trusty reading glasses excellent for all sorts of stuff, like crafting, reading, ironing, cooking etc.

In the middle the glasses of torture land, not much use for anything at all.

Then the medication, which seems isn't much use to me either and the GP said on Monday I may as well stop taking it, so I am left in limbo land there too.

And it would seem I have Osteoarthritis in my fingers so the embroidery has had to be put on hold as I don't think it helped matters really.

Then my trusty tape measure used to measure the distance from my eyes to various things as outlined on my daily Facebook diary of my experiences with the varifocals.

On the plus side, I did make my ATCs, a dozen of them over the weekend. I was prompted by seeing paint pots on a desk last week and in honour of our wonderful host, Julia, I have made mini interpretations of a design of hers I loved back in February.

So that's one for my partner, one for me and one for Julia, so 9 left up for grabs if anyone would like to SWAP.

Happy 8th Anniversary of WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

WOYWW #415 - Mainly Scrapping

Laid out on my desk are my next two scrapbook pages.

The last two are hanging up still.

The others are already in my album.

Yep done quite a bit of scrapping this week.

Also a journal page using up the frames from The Works" dies I got last Thursday.


A few cards I need for next week.

And as I found a beautiful fabric butterfly when looking for something else, I added that to my embroidery.

Got a friend coming round for a crafty play date this morning too.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

WOYWW #414 - Something Had to Give

Yep something HAD to give if I was to get back into scrapping!

Thanks to WOYWW and doing my replies a bit late last week I came across a scrapbook blog hop on Julia's page which spurred me back into my scrapping.

I've done a couple of pages and as you can see am planning the next ones too....

Last Saturday I had to make a card to be posted that day so this is what I came up with.

I have started May's embroidery and was doing well until yesterday which turned out to be an "extra" busy day so I didn't do any embroidery at all. First day missed since 6th March! Yep something had to give!

The reason for my "extra" busy Tuesday was a visit to the opticians where I found I now need glasses for driving! Oh Dear!

During my visit, I had to move the car as they were running late and I had to drive home and then I had to drive to badminton volunteering in the afternoon and also to house group in the evening. Lots of driving. Oops!

Well I ordered some plain driving lenses via the internet when I got home (£19.40 inc P&P) They were dispatched yesterday so I am hopeful of them arriving today.

I also ordered some varifocals at Boots opticians too, they'll cost £145 and will take about a week.

Will this be the end of reading glasses dotted all around the house and in various bags??? I wonder?
Happy WOYWW Everyone.

May's Embroidery

Another free flow embroidery in neutral shades.

Started well on 1st May but missed doing anything yesterday, first time since starting the one year of stitches on 6th March.

Tuesday is my "busy" day, oh well I won't beat myself up about it we're all human after all.


So that's the first 8 days of May, doing a bit of this and a bit of that.

Choosing whatever stitch I fancy and stitching where ever I fancy too. Adding lots of bits and bobs as well.

This is so much easier than following a pattern which means I can do it whilst watching TV of an evening in artificial light.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

WOYWW #413 - It's Finished

I finished my embroidery on Friday and posted it to Mum yesterday and she received it today and is overjoyed and completely surprised too.

So obviously this view (from my bed) is earlier in the week as I have the embroidery hanging up over the fireplace and a stretching on the go.

Pondering my next project, I emptied out the drawer under my bed of all the UFO's (unfinished objects) and you'll see there is a mountain of them!

I decided to stretch the "boat" embroidery which has been waiting patiently for 20yrs! So that is done now. I have had its "twin" on the wall for as long so will need to get this one framed similarly, or it might do it myself.

I made this card last week amongst all the embroidery.

And I have started another circular sampler type free form embroidery for this month.

So other than saying, I was a little premature about the medication as I'm having a blip with it this week, not fun, no idea what's happening or when it will stop, that's me for this week.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

WOYWW #412 - Joining the Dots

Gosh what a week!

Made my first flat jellyfish for a premature baby but have yet to do the eyes.

Mum sent me some more yarn so I will be able to do those now.
Mum has loads of yarn left over from her shop so said she could donate to the Octopus for a Preemie charity so I arranged for her to meet up with the South Wales coordinator.

I have just joined a new church and went on their church weekend away last weekend. What a wonderfully uplifting time we all had.

I took my embroidery so I could keep up with my 1 year of stitches too.

I got the Bic Cristal pens on recommendation from one of the girls there as well.

The swan was a late arriving Easter present from my husband.

The money from a badminton club for buying shuttlecocks for them.

Lots of doors seem to be opening for me and as the medication seems to be doing the trick I am able to say "yes" and not worry about being housebound each month!

God is Good

Joel 2:25 "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten"

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

ROWAN - Yarn Test

There are quite stringent rules for making an Octopus for a preemie, the type of yarn being one of them.

They have an approved list of yarns but my Rowan cottons aren't on there so I have done a test wash at 60C but am unable to test in a drier as I don't have one!

I have used:-

Rowan Cotton Glace - Orange - 100% Cotton

Rowan Handknit Cotton - Pink - 100% Cotton and

Sirdar Pure Cotton Double Knik - Black - 100% Cotton as a control as this is on the approved list.

I also tested my Coats Polyester Filling.

So I stuffed them in a sock and popped in a 60C wash.

All the yarns were slightly longer when wet (above) but returned to original length after drying (left)

Hoping they get approved as I have quite a supply from my Mother as she used to have a wool shop and has quite a store of yarns left over still.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

WOYWW #411 - Octopus for a Preemie

I seem to have been taken by the need to make an Octopus for a Premature Baby.

So I joined the FaceBook group, Octopus for a Preemie UK and have been researching the requirements as they are quite stringent.

I have a sock stuffed with my stuffing and a few lengths of my yarn as they aren't on the "recommended" list and certainly don't say whether you can wash at 60C either! We'll see.

Other things I have been up to.

SWAP card using peel-offs.

Peel-Off Journal page as I discovered a lighthouse and have been wanting to do a lighthouse page in ages.

I did a scrapbook page inspired by a lovely WOYWWer although it isn't a bit like the original, I was inspired.

And here's my latest embroidery photo

Off to the dentist to have a broken tooth/filling seen to. It broke a month ago and it was not right for a while before that so looking forward to eating on both sides again!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Embroidery - Week 6

Picnic Time is coming along nicely, I finished the picnic blanket and flowers.

I followed that by the water and ducks.

Although I seem to have a ninja duck - can you spot him!

I'm now on the final straight.

I don't need to move my hoop again and just have the 3 children to finish.

Pondering what to do next now.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

WOYWW #410 - Painting!

So my husband got sick of all my flower things in his cable tie tube so he made this for them.

I laughed and said I'd have to paint it!

Woke early and decided to do just that!

It started life a piece of cardboard tube hot glued to a wall tile.

Still doing daily embroidery too. Weekly update here. I even stretched and finished my colour wheel embroidery so now have my large hoop to work with, much better.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.