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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 run a UK based on-line papercraft group.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

WOYWW #385 - Greys with an Accent Colour

The theme for this month's SWAP on UKPC is:-

Greys with an Accent Colour of Your Choice.

The 2 cards done so far have turquoise and pink so I went with orange.

I had pondered this for a while and had to force myself (yet again) to sit at my desk and actually DO something.

SAD light on and it seems to have done the trick too.

I used various grey pieces of card for the oak leaves and Spiced Marmalade and Iced Spruce inks.

Thought the corners cut out added a nice feature plus my usual liquid pearls and stickles.

Here's my finished card - phew done it!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

WOYWW #384 - Pushed Myself!

I seem to have the energy of a gnat these days. Do anything energetic (like going up stairs) and my pulse goes whoosh. I feel like I have a mild flu but really I think it is the hormonal battle raging within.

I did sort of manage badminton last night but I had to take the box anyway. Thought it would either make or break me. I didn't play as many games as usual and didn't play two is a row either and after an energetic rally I got mildly dizzy, but I'm still here to tell the tale.

Anyway I forced myself to at least stick down a LO before even attempting a blog post. Also to sit by my SAD light for at least an hour hoping this dark cloud would lift. Probably need to do this EVERY day.

Well I did said LO and then went on the do a second. I sorted my brick wall of the cycling photos by deciding NOT to bother scrapping them at all which was a great decision. After all I have never scrapped any badminton photos of me, why should my DH get all the glory!

So there we have it, 2 pages with a sort of railway theme.

One where we went geocaching down some local footpaths we would never have known were there, which took us over the railway.

The second of seeing the Flying Scotsman Locomotive from the bridge at Preschool after a meeting. Best attended preschool social outing to date they said (it was my first - LOL)
Hope this WOYWW finds you well fellow deskers.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

WOYWW #383 - It Gets No better!

Oh dear, it doesn't get much better at my craft table.

I think the light is on but nobody's home!

I did stick down last week's pending pages and get out the next set of photos. I'm getting a tad sick of bike photos so might have to stop getting all those printed!
It's no good if you don't have any inclination let alone inspiration.

Life's little traumas still haunt me.

Last week I pulled something in my back on Thursday so couldn't work nor run my badminton club. Nor could I drive my car to the garage on Friday to get the oil leak sorted.
My back was a whole lot better by Sunday though.

Therefore today my car was taken away on a lorry to be fixed. It's had a small oil leak for a while which I only noticed a fortnight ago. My local garage (where I had it serviced and MOTed said they couldn't find anything and to keep an eye on it) not amused! And when the battery died the other week I asked the RAC man his advice and he gave me a couple of cards for other RAC approved garages as he said he could clearly see it was still leaking.

So I am carless and will have to take the bus to work tomorrow!

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

WOYWW #382 - Sans Crafting

A whole lot of nothing has come to pass on my desk with regards to crafting.

I did fiddle with my latest photos and seem to be having a pink and purple moment!

I cut off the sleeves of a t-shirt for badminton but now it gaps at the armholes so that will need sorting, or rather be added to the pile of stuff awaiting the sewing machine's emergence from its wardrobe hibernation!

A pretty empty tissue box awaits being added to my patterned paper/card box.

Oh and the sign to remind me to go to my harp lesson needs putting away as I went yesterday! Having a laugh trying to play Handel's Harp Concerto which is grade 8 and I am barely grade 2 level - LOL

Had a pretty horrid week, usual monthly a week early, felt devoid of energy for about 2 weeks before and during that.

Car oil leak wasn't sorted by garage last week then a couple of days later my car battery decided to die. It was still in its RAC warranty so they came and replaced it but that took time and it is still leaking oil so is going to a different garage on Friday. The electric driver's side window had a blip Monday as well but seems to have sorted itself???

Add to that, although I managed to play badminton last night, I got hit on my back by my partner ouch!

Also the top of my water bottle broke and I skinned my finger trying to undo it! More ouch!

So definitely no crafting for me just now as it is even difficult to write as it is my middle finger on my right hand!

Hope everyone else's WOYWW is a good one.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

WOYWW #381 - Lambykins

Well I managed to do my Lambykins page using some gifted papers and handmade flowers from my new dies.

So now on my desk are the next set of photos laid out under pieces of plastic to keep the dust off and to save the bits from being blown about.

Also on my desk is the delightful SWAP card from my SWAP partner using up bits and bobs as the theme for this month.

Now I have to go to get a filling at the dentist, tummy is all jiggled about and no idea what state I'll be in later for replies.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

WOYWW #380 - Google+

Please please please tell me why some bloggers on Google+ I can quite happily comment on without having to sign up to Google Plus and some I cannot?

I really would love to have commented on Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith's page last week but unfortunately was unable to, nor could I find an email for her. If you see this Zsuzsa please email me so I can reply directly to you.

I could happily comment on Vicky Fisher and Angela Radford's Google+ blogs, so what makes their set up so different???

As for my desk, not much happening, other than my next set of photos awaiting inspiration and my Godson's birthday card pending.

I did do a scrap page over the weekend. It had been lurking for simply ages as I wasn't sure whether to wait for the photos of the sunflowers flowering or not but went with not.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

WOYWW #379 - Back to Work!

Yep - just stuff on my desk and very little crafting!

My Bits & Bobs Tin is still there, I did make one another card from it, but that is for a swap so is lurking behind it????

The closest I have got to crafting was using my corner punch and crop-o-dile to make a little laminated card for my Geocaching trackable. This will be the 3rd I have released, the last two have stalled somewhat, well the first has disappeared for over a year now and the second, who knows?

Then there's my WOW box I made for Preschool last term. I found my son's Spot toy packed away in a cupboard this Summer (well he is 17yrs now!) so now I can use it when I read the book to the children. There are a few more books I have prepared to use and my notebook and pencil case all ready too.

Yes I have been ironing again, hence the jug of water. Managed half Monday, perhaps the other half today.

And lastly my little pouch of mini Ink Joy pens. I love these pens and was really looking for a mini pen for my Geocaching (to attach to my phone case) but these just HAD to pop into my basket.

I guess that is me.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

WOYWW #378 - Olympics and Bibles

Strange title I know but this is just what is on my desk today.

Olympics - I was sorting out the old Radio Times to recycle and it reminded me that I was missing the Olympics so I cut out some memories and made a journal page.

My happiest moment was seeing our lads (Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis) win the Bronze in the Badminton men's doubles.

Some of you know I play badminton (socially) and run a little club but I have also been to the same club as Chris Langridge in Epsom and our local paper had this article too.

Bibles - A lady gifted me this box of Bibles and Hymnals which are too battered to pass on to a charity shop, so she wondered if I could use them for crafting.

I did give first refusal to my craft group but this raised the question of whether or not one ought to tear pages out of Bibles be they useable or not?

There are 5 Bibles, 3 Common Prayer/Hymnals and a Communion Book.

If you could let me know your thoughts on the subject and whether you are desperate for a page or two yourself (UK only), I'll see what I can do.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

WOYWW #377 - Bits & Bobs & Bhs

To show I do manage to get some sun on my desk I took this yesterday late morning.

Much brighter than SAD light which is still on btw as the corner is jolly dark!

My bits and bobs tin had decided to share its contents with my desk this week, forcing me to sort, tidy and trim it down a bit.

So I made some cards and posted one already for an upcoming birthday.

Unfortunately after making the first one I got Juniper Liquid Pearls on my new Bhs t-shirt. Managed to get most of it off but there is still a slight stain.

Oh dear, and Bhs has closed for good now, I will miss that shop. 
Slight glimmer of hope looking at the website link though???

So thank you bits and bobs tin for making me use some of your contents to make some cards.

And thank you Bhs for being such a great shop, you will be missed.

Happy WOYWW Everyone

PS Happy news my son did really well in his AS exams (1st year of A-levels - age 17yrs), and he's been up to Carlisle on the train alone to visit his girlfriend, but that's another story. Very proud Mummy.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

WOYWW #376 - Well I Did The Ironing!

So what do you get for feeling a bit better?

You get to Vacuum and I finally actually did the Ironing!

Then last night I realised I hadn't done any crafting to show you all, so I set to work on my latest scrap pages, only to be cut short by the Men's Olympic 3m Springboard Diving Final.

So  I've nearly finished my page on my new and first ever smartphone, which was a bit of a milestone for me, the phone that is!

I took the photos of my Snake's Head Fritillary with my phone too, not bad for a phone camera.

Had to add my fairy and toadstools to that page which needs sticking now.
Can I get away with no title/words on that one I wonder?

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

WOYWW #375 - Serengeti Evening

Hi Folks, just to say, after nearly 6 weeks of period with only 6 days relief due to medication, the latter seems to have reset my body and things are back to normal at present - phew!

Good news for me but not such good news for crafting as I have been out Geocaching and Pokémon Going.  I got a FTF cache (First To Find) yesterday and managed to fill up my virtual Pokémon bag too!

Looking at my desk, not so good for the ironing either (much larger pile in cupboard awaits my attention, this lot didn't even make it to the cupboard!) nor the recycling reclamation (although there is a potential fairy jar in there).

I did however have a Serengeti Evening Sunday. Dare I mention I fell for yet another magazine and freebie die. I'd already set the SWAP theme of Serengeti but seeing the balloon die made me think this would work.

I've not even published the partners for the SWAP yet so hope my partner doesn't see this.

I made a journal page with all the left over bits and bobs from the card. Can you believe I'd forgotten the delights of stencils and only added that detail after the stickles! Yes I got into a bit of a mess, but hey ho I had a good inky evening.

Well I think I managed a visit and comment to all last week, but unfortunately there were a couple of Google+ participants I was unable to reply to, couldn't even find emails, such a shame.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

WOYWW #374 - Fairy Page Plus

Ah so what have I been up to this week?

Well I made the most of the medication for the first half of the week and got out Pokémon Going and Geocaching in the lovely sunshine.

Unfortunately for the latter part of the week I have been rendered "house bound" yet again!

For the most part I have been doing some scrapbooking, but first I needed to tidy my desk of the fairy stuff.

Then out "popped" a journal page from the bits and bobs.

Looks like I did quite a few scrap pages, with the next laid out too.

Firstly I stuck down the pages which had been languishing on my desk for the past few weeks!

Of my son learning to drive and what he did to my room on April Fool's day! Did I laugh! Shame that wasn't a Wednesday!

I was tidying up the Preschool garden on April Fool's day as my son was up to no good.

These photos are of before, during (me with big grin) and after plus a couple of months on as well.

Then there was the insect my husband photographed as it was quite unusual.

Bombylius Major, a bee-fly bee mimic.

And finally a few family moments.

Well that is me for this week.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Scavenger Hunt : Part 9 : Duplicates

I bagged all the items for the Scavenger Hunt earlier this month but have still been keeping my eye out for better shots.

#13 The Moon still captivates me and one morning when I woke before dawn I watched it track across the sky as the birds began to sing and the sky lightened.

Another frequent finding were #01 Wild Hearts. A Potato, A Petal, some Tendrils from the Wisteria and bubbles in the kitchen sink.

At last a quiet moment in a church and a beautiful #12 Window.

The chance sighting of a foal by the River Mole for the second alternative.  A Baby.

My latest #08 Art Project, A Fairy Jar.

My #21 July Calendar shot.

And to top it all the latest craze to be sweeping the nation, I have been doing Pokémon Go for the past 11 days.

I wrote a blog post about Geocaching vs Pokémon Go so here is my #16 Map of a Trip and me #09 Playing by Water (you'll have to take my word for it as I haven't got into this selfie thing much yet).

So yes, despite having bagged all the items, the Scavenger Hunt goes on.

Thanks Rinda.