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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. Recently I got back to Ballroom and Latin Dancing too. I run a UK based on-line papercraft group.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

WOYWW #450 - Crafting and Heat Tools

So here we are again. Desk is pretty much back to  "normal" tidyness this morning.

The "next" scrappage awaiting sticking, the new "bra top" or crop top which I tried at badminton last night. Not worn a bra in about 5 years so as this looked fairly comfortable I gave it a go. Not bad too.

But I HAVE been crafting this week and took photos to prove it. So here is my desk last Sunday.

I made a Sympathy Card on Mum's birthday as Uncle passed away that day too.

I started scrapping on Saturday and completed 3 pages.


I came to make my SWAP ATC on the theme of "January" then my "Heat it Up" heat gun died mid-embossing.

I tried my Ranger Heat Tool but that only came on with heat but no fan and started to smoke so I switched it off PDQ.

Hubby looked at both and consigned the Ranger one to the bin.

He fixed the switch on the Blue one only after ordering a replacement switch and me ordering a NEW PINK one!

So I got to finish my SWAP ATC before my new PINK arrival and have a scrappage ready and waiting.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

WOYWW #449 - Posted A Few Cards.

Desk is empty as the cards I made have been posted already.

I made a few simple thank you cards, cutting tags from old Christmas cards.
Also made my Mum's birthday card. She kept last years up all year so was looking forward to a change. It's her birthday tomorrow so shhhhhh!

Medical (Menopause) Update

My cold symptom (runny nose) didn't amount to a cold but to a full blown period after a week of spotting, now a week of flooding, all after 4 months of total absence.

Trying to piece together symptoms and noticed the hot flashes stopped at the end of November (had had them noticeably for 9 months). Since then I've had breast pains and my Lichen Sclerosus has flared up, felt tired and achy too, should have realised "the end" hadn't quite come - YET!

Hormones are having yet another mooch around I suspect!

The Orthotics for my foot pain weren't working at all, in fact were making things more painful! I went back today and they will be adjusted, I'm still hopeful in that arena.

Hope everyone else is having a better beginning to the new year health wise.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

WOYWW #448 - Deja Vu

Horrah, prompted by Julia's Facebook post, my desk today. Not dissimilar to last week but with a subtle difference.

I'd been putting the ATC on the journal page to make space/tidy my desk but actually I really liked how the ATC looked ON the page so decided to stick it on.

Didn't wish to cover the wild flowers so made a hinge for it. So had to decorate the back of the ATC as well. I also updated the wording from hand written to typewriter on card and added some snow too.

To recap:-


The Original page

The page with ATC attached and updated wording.

The page with ATC attached and opened.

The back of the ATC.

Also popped my phone in my new spare cover.

And there is the obligatory list as I can't remember the day let alone what I need to achieve in it - LOL

Seem to be getting a cold as well - ho hum - glad I did the shopping yesterday now.

 Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

WOYWW #447 - Crafty Christmas

Oh look what I got.

A diecut folder with refills and some Wildflower dies from Tim Holtz.

I made the ATC on Christmas Eve in the early hours inspired by a desk I saw here last week.

I made the bigger journal page on Christmas Day as somewhere to put my new diecuts.

I'd scavenged the Christmas cracker sparkly card to cut them from.

Oh and look who was on my desk before wrapping...

And I can't forget the Christmas Baubles I got from church too, Hope, Joy, Love and Faith.

Hope you all had a super Christmas.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

WOYWW #446 - Eventually

Here's my desk this morning empty and forlorn, after the day before where there was some activity of the altering kind.

I added a loop to a tea-towel.

I made short sleeves out of a top where I'd worn through the elbow and

I shortened the straps on my new party dress which I wore out last night.

Here are the cards I made to go in my spare envelopes last week.

"rather late" WOYWW everyone.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

WOYWW #445 - Christmas Crafting!

Yes, it happened this week. I needed to make some cards for my on-line craft groups SWAP for Christmas. The theme being Animals/Birds @ Christmas. So I did....

I used my Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight Die, some torn hand made papers and some old music score.

I inked lots of the edges and got very inky fingers in the process - yay!

I topped with copper stickles.

That's my desk in the week with all the bits ready to go.

And here are the 9 cards I made.

I used the miscut dies and bits and pieces left over to make the journal page as a reminder.

I also made a second penguin card.
So 11 cards made this year!

You might have noticed the card blanks on my desk. I got out any spare envelopes and made up card blanks to fit and these will be for my church friends.

As for the rest of the Christmas cards, I bought those back in January this year and have even written the ones which needed posting and posted them this week too, Go me!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

WOYWW #444 - Bills, Scrapping, and Christmas

Still no Christmas crafting, just a few bills to pay and the glasses adorn my desk...

I did do some scrapping of some March photos which have been sitting pending on my desk for weeks!

And here's the Birthday Card I can now show you all.

So for my Christmas contributuion, I now have a tree and have decorated the house too.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

PS This is rather late as I slept in somewhat, then had to race to get up and ready for Harp lesson, then a neighbour came round about cars and learner driver insurance advice, then I needed to take son's car on weekly run about, after a quick lunch, then neighbour came round to try son's car........ need I say more!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

WOYWW #443 - Threes

The only thing on my desk this week is the swap card I received from the lovely Cindy on the theme of Threes.

On the back of my chair my apron from the Tim Holtz workshop back in 2013. Need to keep that handy in case I ever do any crafting of the messy kind.  Just any crafting would be good at the moment though - LOL.

And now I can reveal one of the birthday cards I made last week as it's the fine lady's birthday TODAY.

Happy Birthday Elizabeth (fellow WOYWWer so allowed to shout it LOL)

Foot News - There was nothing the Surgeon could see wrong with my bones, tendons or nerves, not even any wear and tear, so I saw a Podiatrist yesterday and had my feet cast for some new orthotics. The bones across my foot are lying flat when they ought to be curved/domed upwards so a triangular pad ought to put this right. My current orthotics are generic half ones which don't address this problem.
Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

WOYWW #442 - Cards / Number Dies

Well here's my desk and have to say not a tad of festive ambience! Unless you count the fairy lights round my screen!

I have made some required birthday cards.

A couple for my Craft group (so they will have to wait for showing properly)

A couple for some young lads.

Also the SWAP card I made on the theme of "Threes"

Yep I love my big number die set from Sizzix, jolly useful for a "number" of occasions LOL.

My next scrap pages await inspiration under my Bible Study books. And as everything fell off my shelf the other day I kept down my "Art Journal Freedom" book in the hope that I get inspired.

Well that's it for this week. My foot consultant appointment was postponed from Monday to this afternoon so no news there yet.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

WOYWW #441 - MRI & March Scrapping

The scrapping continues although not that much as I've had a nasty cold this past week.
Sorry for not replying to most of you last week, only just coming out of the haze, will try better this week.

I've started March and was determined to use the "March" paper I was gifted a few weeks ago.

Did a bit of jiggery pokery with the photos, date wise, to get some meaning to the pages. First one is of a couple of geocaching days. Second one is various facets of the garden throughout March. More geocaching adventures are lined up to do next.

Had a crafty visitor in the week and she gave me the die cuts.

Also I had my MRI on Monday (postponed from Friday as I was just too poorly then). I should have the results by next week, here are a couple of the images from the CD they gave me. Scary eh!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.