Tuesday, 3 April 2018


Hard to believe that Easter has been and gone and we are into April. I am so sorry if I didn't manage to get back to anyone - I will remedy that this week.  Lots as ever going on :-) you know what it's like. On Thursday evening we met my youngest son and family for a meal - a pre birthday meal for me as they are away now in Portugal. There was cake as well!!
Last Friday a friend popped in and then DH and I met my sister, her husband and other family members for lunch. We then went on to visit my Aunt. My brother also went so there were ten of us and my great niece and nephew.

In photos there is Auntie, the babies Matilda and Noah. You can also see my sister further down.

It was a lovely day. Saturday was quite chilled. I crafted. I am going to Stampin'Up! Onstage in Telford next weekend and have been making a few bits and pieces. 

Easter Sunday was also my birthday :-) lots of calls etc and DH cooked in the evening. I had celebrated with both sons beforehand as they were doing other things at Easter. DH made it a special day for me. Beautiful flowers from DH. Had other lovely gifts as well. I am very lucky. 

Yesterday a friend popped in with a gift and then DH and I went to see a friend of mine who does not have a lot of family and was not doing a lot at Easter.
Today pretty much back to normal but enjoyed crafting.

My Desk - AKA dining table :-)

Can you see my brushos ?? A friend made me the holder and brought it by today. With a super card that she had used brushos on. Isn't it gorgeous? She is very talented.
Well that is all for this week. Sorry Julia for all the photos. Hope it is ok. I will try to do better with my visits this week I promise.

Want to join in - then visit Julia's Blog and find out what it's all about.

PS Thank you for all the good wishes re mum. I am happy that she is settled and in a lovely place. The whole situation is not as I would really wish for but I have come to accept what is. x

Tuesday, 27 March 2018


Sad to have missed visiting you all last week but sometimes there are just not enough hours are there?
So since my last visit what have I been up to? Hmmmm how much can I remember lol.
I've had two classes, and was preparing things for a Craft Fair. The weather that day was awful and not many people visited. I made a little and had a couple of orders. Glad though that I didn't go overboard with what I made.
Had a lovely evening with a group of friends celebrating the 70th birthday of one of them. She loves entertaining and held a dinner party, doing all the work herself. It was all lovely and delicious.

The weekend just gone was spent visiting our eldest son and family in Yorkshire. We should have gone at beginning of March for Matthew's birthday but it was the weekend of 'The Beast from the East ' so we couldn't go of course. It was lovely seeing them and Sunday was a glorious day. I was up early and went with our son to take youngest grandson to play in a football match. It was their first since before Christmas - the holidays and weather has caused havoc. Sam ( grandson) said ' I will score a goal for you Grandma'. He got the first one and then three more.

Beautiful sky and views on the way home.

Sam is in the middle facing the lad in opposing team. 

 DH went with D.I.L. and eldest grandson to his match. His team also won!!! On the Saturday we spent a very chilled day in and then went out for an Indian meal on the evening. A wonderful weekend with more lovely memories made.

So to my desk. I am going to have a go at a Card and a Cuppa at the local Community Centre, after Easter and so have been working on 'poster' to advertise it. I've also been putting the finishing touches to cards for a swap.
So here's the mess I've made creating this week so far

Also a partly finished Easter card there.
Below a mini pizza box I decorated, it contains some small Lindt Easter bunnies that I am sending to mum. She won't eat much chocolate :-(

 Made 11 of cards below for a swap.

Above the finished treats for the Craft Fair

Below the card and a gift box for my friend who was 70, we are also taking her out for Afternoon Tea after Easter.

Mum is in a lovely Care Home and is ok. I have not seen the Home or Mum since she was in hospital. Hoping to visit her soon. Talking on the telephone is difficult as she doesn't hear properly. She seems happy and settled so that is all I can wish for really.

Sorry for the long post and lots of photos - I will visit as many as I can. Probably be later on as I have a medical appointment .

Happy Easter everyone.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Less than a week to go!!!!!

Yes, Stampin'Up!'s  Salebration is almost over, BUT there is still time to get your hands on some fabulous freebies. Spend £45 and you can choose from a fabulous selection of free gifts.
The gorgeous panda cards were a free stamp set as was the one used on the card below.

The panda's are seriously cute and very versatile - click to see just how cute :-)

 There's lots , lots more though that you can get free

Or you could join Stampin'Up! - it is the best time to join

Join as a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration
(3 January–31 March 2018) and get your starter kit for 129 €/£99,
along with TWO additional stamps sets included in your kit.
Choose 175 € | £130 In Stampin' Up! Products For Just
129 € | £99!
 Choose TWO Additional FREE Stamp Sets*--
That's Up To A 122 € | £90 Value!
*You may choose any stamp sets from the annual or spring/summer catalogues;bundles, kits,
and Sale-A-Bration items cannot be selected as free stamp sets for this promotion.
If you would like to know any more please do get in touch. I run friendly classes
and have a small team of demonstrators. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Hello, it's that time again, it does come round quickly doesn't it! What am I on about,well the weekly look at the desks of crafters around the globe. Don't be shy join in here !

Thank you for your lovely comments last week. Hello to Sarah Brennan - I always read your blog, thanks for commenting on mine.

So what have I been up to since last week? Hmmmmm struggling to remember some of the days :-)

Last Thursday was shopping and visiting my Aunt  Friday and Saturday stayed at home and was crafting. Had some gorgeous flowers in the post, from eldest son and family in Yorkshire,  and  another lovely surprise in the post - will share in a moment.
My second lovely surprise - in the post

The lovely Jan - LLJ sent me this delightful zip bag - how kind of her - thank you Jan ( I hope you got my email)  I love it! I am collecting Jan's bags , this is my 3rd one !

On Sunday, Mothering Sunday, I had a very chilled day. My youngest son came round with flowers, card and voucher for Afternoon Tea! A lovely call from eldest son. I also spoke to Mum. I was sad that her card had not arrived, my sister and brother's, posted after me got there, mine arrived Monday morning :-(. Then later on we went to youngest son's for dinner. My D.I.L.'s Mum was there also and my son cooked everything and waited on us all, I was rather proud of him. Our granddaughter's entertained us well. A lovely, lovely day . ( It was tinged with sadness as I thought of Mum and also it was the Anniversary of my brother's accident and death. I remember it all vividly even though a long time ago , he was ten and I was eleven, sad that this year it fell on Mother's Day )

This week has been filled with more decluttering, sorting and crafting.

I have four ladies coming to craft on Thursday evening and four on Saturday morning. I also promised just a few, very few items for my friend to put on her table at a Craft Fair on Saturday.

So my desk tonight /Wednesday morning

I also spread out onto the kitchen table. Have some finishing off to do yet.

Below the gorgeous flowers etc I received for Mothering Sunday

Below the card I made for Mum- not quite finished in these photos but I did finish it before I posted lol

Well that's it for now. I will visit as many as I am able to .

Mum should have left hospital today to go to yet another Care Home . I tried to ring her but no reply. I am waiting for information to go through to my younger sister . It is all very difficult and is getting me down a bit. Hopefully will know a little later if she got to new home ok and is settling in.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Wednesday again - well actually Tuesday evening !!! Here again for WOYWW - see here for what it's all about Stamping Ground home of WOYWW 

Thank you for all the lovely comments last week. Mum recovering well, still in hospital but doing well. Amazing everyone :-)

Our son much improved, being very careful but is back at work and driving himself.

We've had a lot of snow :-) - everywhere in the UK and it has led to some very nasty conditions. Photo in previous post of DH clearing a pathway on the drive. It meant we couldn't get out for a few days - well not easily and we had no need to and in fact advised not to - so I didn't and have been crafting. Some of my makes on previous post.

So to my work space I took a photo earlier but then decided to tidy it up as I had to make something - unexpectedly.
I soon messed it up again :-) I am not a neat , tidy crafter !!!

So below was as I'd left it after an afternoon crafting with a friend. She wanted to make the pyramid maze card for her niece soon to be 21. We did it in black and white, it was fabulous but I didn't take any photos and she took it with her :-( I could kick myself.

Took just before I stopped this evening for dinner. No more now until tomorrow.My Misti at the back and the new Stamparatus from Stampin Up. Love both. Good to have two of these tools for classes. The ladies who find stamping a bit more challenging loved using the Misti

My latest makes - some were on previous post. 

All needed to send for birthdays etc - I have a lot of events in March that need cards!

Hope you've enjoyed looking and reading. I will visit as many as I can tomorrow.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Snow, Snow and more Snow!!!!!

I have not been out since returning from Somerset last Tuesday ( visiting my Mum who has been very poorly- see previous post) evening. It has been so cold and we have had a lot of snow.
We should now be in Yorkshire for our eldest son's birthday today but the weather put paid to that!! He didn't even receive his birthday cards!!! Boo!

So I have been crafting, what else can a girl do when she can't get out!!! :-) Oh and eating too much! Next week that has to change :-(

So a few photos

All quite simple really. I am working on some other projects that I will share at later date, I used the Picture Perfect Party Stack from Stampin Up. it is a 6x6 pad of papers, on one side there are photographic images, on the other graphic designs - they are all gorgeous. I think I'm going to order a second pack as they are so useful for quick, effective cards.

Thought I had pics of the snow but I can't find them :-(
Here's one of DH clearing a path on the drive yesterday morning.

Well I'd better go and tidy up and then I think more crafting :-) Stay warm!!! 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Hello all. Thank you for all the lovely comments last week.

I did manage a little crafting since last week but it has been busy and then the unexpected.

So to my desk

So my work area this week.I was searching for something - the card was one I did ages ago and then didn't send. I'd written inside and so I took the front off and put it on a new card base.

I was looking for papers to make this card. It was called a Pyramid Maze Card, and is a series of different sized cards and can hold photos etc a card album if you will.

Hopefully show you it completed next time.
Please join in WOYWW here at  Julia's I will be popping by as many desks as possible.

and the rest ........
My son is a little better and managed to go into work - he can't drive but DH took him yesterday and a friend today. Thank you for all the good wishes , I'm sure they helped.

Me ..... I've had a haircut, too short :-( but hey ho it will grow!  On Saturday I went to the Hippodrome in B'ham to see the ballet Sleeping Beautiful it was wonderful. Absolutely everything about it was superb. I went with two friends. We had a light lunch beforehand, then afterwards we had dinner at an Italian Restaurant before returning home - all very special

And then - I mentioned Mum last week. The short story ----- Last Wed she moved into a new Care Home as I said. Unfortunately she became poorly. She was admitted to hospital on Sun morning, she had a nasty pneumonia , we were told she was very ill and might not pull through. My brother and I went down to Somerset. She had picked up when we got there and incredibly made good progress. They have said she might be able to go back to the care home in two days. I cannot believe how she has recovered. They have now moved her from the Acute Medical Ward to a respiratory ward. She is of course very frail and the Consultant has said she has has done well, they have got her through it  ' until the next time' :-( I returned home this evening. Feel very tired but am pleased I saw her - she was pleased to see us all. There continues to be other issues but they are more difficult to resolve. :-(
Back soon.


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