Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Hello everyone. Thank you so much for the lovely, kind comments re Mum. She is settled in the Community Hospital but having trouble putting weight on her foot due to swelling :-( We also heard last week that the hospital she is in may close at end of the month - so another hurdle.

Anyway you are here to see my desk - if you are not sure why I am showing you my  desk then pop along to the lovely Julia's Blog and do join in.

I did manage a little more preparation for Saturday's Class - it is still happening - at the moment.

Well I thought I'd taken a photo of my desk this morning as I knew it would not change until tomorrow - but it seems I didn't :-(

So a few  finished bits and pieces to share instead.

If you are looking Margaret I had a go at ribbon weaving - not the best but enjoyed trying.

A little gift for a good friend who really helped me recently.

The one below was to send to mum- it hasn't photographed very well - it says hugs - the letters are raised - called The Eclipse Technique so I'm told!

A card to go with the little gift for my friend.

Well that's it for now. I will visit all who end in same number as me and as many more as I can. Hopefully back with a photo of my desk next week!!!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

WOYWW 346 and other stuff

Hello. Apologies Julia, this will go on a bit - sorry.

Well I'd hoped to report in last Wednesday!!!! However I was unable to access t'internet - so frustrating. You see I went to THE CROP - oh yes I did - and DH and I stayed in Wales for the week and although I did have internet till Tuesday it then just wouldn't play at all!!! So I am a bit late reporting in. Anyway I had a fabulous day. It was great to meet Julia, Jan, Margaret, Neet,Annie,Chris, Sarah and Sarah's friend, Eva - who I chatted to for quite a while, Dolores and Bishop's Mate - Chris I did very little crafting, will show you later but lots of chatting and food - all fabulous!!! DH had a great time as well - he enjoyed chatting to everyone.

So to my desk first - I took two photos earlier today ( Tues) but then did do some crafting - for therapy - will tell you more shortly - so took another.

I have been busy trying to prep for my next class, though my heart was not really in it today. :-(

It's not dreadfully interesting but there we go. I will visit other deskers- as many as I can fit in. Definitely all who visit me, end in same number as me and some favourites.

The Crop 


 Below Margaret and Neet making ribbon cards.

 Above is me, Elizabeth and Chris - we are also in another online group and it was lovely to meet them.
 Above my dumphing - spelling Annie ? I thoroughly enjoyed trying this. Annie is a great teacher.
 I took a kit - I didn't have much time beforehand to sort out anything, also some crochet. All I did was put a layer on the card above and place the leafy bits- didn't get stuck down lol
 Above again the lovely swaps I received. Just a little taster of the day.

DH and I really had a lovely week in Wales- I think that needs another post though. I very much needed the break.

Today has been very difficult. Mum was transferred, via ambulance back to Somerset. Because she has still not sold her property she could not go to rehab up here. So eight weeks to the day she came from the very same Cottage Hospital she returned. It took over five hours to get back. It was awful saying goodbye. She looked so old and frail and was frightened.  It is one of the hardest things I have done. She is safely back and settled in.( My sister was there to greet her at the other end) I was at hospital last night until late as she was very distressed, I had no sleep and went back at eight this morning. She was due to go at nine but the ambulance was stuck in traffic and so it was 11.15 before she left.
 It is so sad her belongings are scattered at my house, my brother's and still some in her bungalow. Just have to reassure her that all will be well. It breaks my heart and I have shed many tears today. Anyway enough. I am sorry Julia this is not what WOYWW is about I know. But my day with you all helped me immensely. Love and hugs to all.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Hello everyone Firstly can I just say a huge thank you for all the kind words and wishes re my mum.
She is making slow and painful progress. she is getting out of bed, with a lot of help but it is very difficult for her and she really struggles but she has to do it. She is going to need 24 hour care for a long time I feel. yesterday we were told she is medically fit and they are looking to discharge her. They have said that she does not meet the criteria for the Rehab Unit and we need to sort out care. She is 88,has numerous health issues and we are now to quickly find her somewhere to go. There will be a meeting tomorrow with all concerned :-( I am not sure where all this will go.

Anyway I am here for WOYWW - sorry to digress. I have not done much crafting as you can imagine but have been having a little play - it is therapy and helped

 Above - my work space with something I am working on but can't share yet :-) In the background the abandoned project that was to be some swaps - I might go back to it

A view along the table
 The bag and gift card holder above were for my D.I.L. - photo not so good, it was her birthday on Monday.

The Cookie Monsters Cupcakes ( she designed them herself :-)) were for our granddaughter who was ten on Friday. She went out for afternoon tea with some friends. The restaurant is the photo above the cupcakes. We were invited and it was lovely. Again photos don't do justice to everything.

Well that's really all for this week. If you wonder what WOYWW is and would like to join in then click on the icon on my sidebar. I will do my best to visit as many as I can and all ending with same number as me. Hope to be back next week.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Hello all. Well where have I been? I will explain later. thank you for all your lovely comments the last time I posted.

I didn't think I would make it today but decided that even though it's late  it's better late than never :-)

So I photographed my desk earlier today in the hope I would make it :-)

So this was my work space today, it is still the same tonight. I was making some swaps ( tags ) for a SU training day. I didn't manage to finish them or get to training.

Not a lot of crafting has happened since my Crafternoon Tea on Sept 9th. It was a very successful day and everyone said they had a lovely time.

Some photos of makes etc

 There was also a card which I didn't get round to photographing :-)

All above of the Crafternoon Tea afternoon.
If you are wondering what WOYWW is about then please click on the icon on my side bar.
I will visit as many people as I can but it may take a while.

 Why have I been MIA ? Well on the Tuesday after the crafternoon tea I took mum out for lunch etc. A lovely day!! On the Wednesday I went back down the M5 to mum's bungalow. My brother was making good all work he'd done. I cleaned and tidied ready for estate agent - that's the short version :-)

I was chilled on Thursday morning as one of my sister's was going to take mum out. THEN came the call that changed it all.
Mum fell in her room at Care Home. Very, very long story short. She had actually broken her shoulder and hip. I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the hospital with my brother. They were finally able to operate to pin her hip on Saturday, it was thought that she wouldn't survive - she has so many health issues. Amazingly she pulled through. Of course not out of the woods yet but hopefully getting there. Until today I have been at the hospital everyday. My brother has gone this evening and my sisters are going tomorrow.

Below is DH with our new Great Niece - we met her for the first time on Sunday, she is a sweetie. her name is Matilda. On the day of mum's operation my nephew had his first son- Noah William - I felt so sorry for my sister - it should have been a very happy day but like rest of us we had an agonising four hours waiting to see if mum had pulled through.

So a week of mixed emotions. Mum has a long way to go, she is being a little difficult at the moment but she has suffered a lot. :-(

Hopefully I will be back soon!!!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


Well I'm back! I hope for a while but who knows? I won't go on too much - my absence mainly due to the situation with my mum. At the moment she is in the Midlands in a Care Home for some respite care, only five minutes away from me , which is good - has been there three weeks now. It is a very, very long story. It has been and still is very difficult and has nearly finished me. However a stern talking to by my sons and DH have helped and I am trying to view things differently - but not easy.
Thank you for all the kind and thoughtful good wishes following my last post re mum and what happened.

I am going to keep it short - you will be pleased to know :-) , I have just started to do some more crafting - I've not had time or inclination really and so this was my desk aka dining table where I work tonight. My first Christmas Card and some daisy cards ( well they will be) - unsure what they will be for. Afraid all cased though have changed them a little. Have no energy to dream up anything original .

Light wasn't good and photo not brilliant but think you can see enough.

I have just had some new goodies from Stampin Up - looking forward to playing with them.

All being well I will hold my Crafter Noon Tea - postponed from July. Thankfully all the ladies can make the new date. They have been very patient with me.

Anyway that's all for now. I will visit as many as I can, certainly all who visit me and those ending with same number as me. If you don't know what WOYWW is about then pop over to the Chief WOYWWER find out more and join in.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

WOYWW 426 It's been a while!

Hello deskers I have missed you all. Where have I been - for those who want to know I will tell you shortly.

Craftwise I have nothing to show really. I had to cancel my Crafternoon Tea back on 15th July and since then I have not really done anything , apart from an odd birthday card or two. I had to buy several as well. Hope that you will forgive me for joining in but not having a lot to share.

So as you can see not a lot to show. The SU catalogue is an old one as I was looking for something. I have had some new goodies but no time to play :-(  I found the little wooden stand at the back from Ikea and my phone sits there quite nicely :-)
If you want to see more interesting desks than mine then pop along to http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/

So where have I been? Well up and down the M5, many times to  where my mum lives.

I think last time I told you that mum had decided to move up here. So the process began. Later that week she became ill. A long story but she ended up in hospital with a chest infection, gall bladder infection and water infection. My brother , sister and I rushed down. She was very, very poorly. She pulled round after a few days and so we went home as needed to sort out the move. The next day got a call that we should go down as she was again very, very poorly. Amazingly she pulled through. She was so ill it was heartbreaking to see her. My brother and I came home and a few days later we travelled down to start sorting out her home. She was then moved to the local Community Hospital - she is still there - getting a bit stronger.
Last Wed evening down there again to complete the packing up. We were reassured at all stages that everything going through. So on Friday a call to check where to send funds due to mum. We said is it going through, yes they said will complete today. So we continued with the emptying and packing. Two hours later my brother came in and said you'd better sit down. The sale had fallen through. So mum in hospital and a meeting that afternoon re discharge. House not suitable to live in. We had packed a lot of her belongings and moved them. Her bed and sofa were on a skip as she was having new.
We were so shocked. Situation still the same at the moment. We all trying to find a solution :-( I am beyond tired and so stressed. Anyway sorry for all this but for those who want to know I wanted to include it.

Another view of my craft space - some of mum's belongings :-(

So sad. I hope that next week I might have better news. Thank you for reading .

Tuesday, 4 July 2017


Thank you one and all who have visited and left me a comment. I hope I returned the compliment. 
As always the week flew by :-) I took part in a Blog Hop (see previous post)
Then on Friday my brother and I travelled down to Somerset on Friday ( a round trip of 300 miles) to collect my mum. On Saturday we took her to see some Retirement Apartments. Things got a little heated between us all that evening - everyone tired, all wanting best for mum etc. My brother asked mum to stop over on Sunday as well but she wanted to get back. So on Sunday brother and I took her back home - another 300 miles there and back. From all that she said it sounded as though she really didn't want to move. We left with heavy hearts as she stood in the window waving, crying and looking so sad. Then last night a call from my brother she has decided to make the move!!! It will not be easy and I have some reservations but I know it is the best thing. 

I delivered over 100 hundred cards to the care home mum spent some time in, ready for the Fete on Saturday. Hope it goes well for them. I am still trying to sort out and get organised. Bought some new shelves to try and help :-)

So my desk tonight - which won't change by tomorrow morning

I had started to put some stuff away as I'd made a right mess cutting up an oasis. Then remembered I'd not taken a photo so that's it at the moment!

Recent make.
Managed to make a few cakes for my granddaughters to take up to school. Apparently all good. I just wish I could find some cases that don't come away from the cakes. 

Anyway I hope you've enjoyed a peek into my week. I will pop by and visit as many desks as I can and those ending with the same number as me. 
If you would like to join in with this fun , weekly visit of desks then go and visit the lovely Julia and her blog where all is explained


Hello everyone. Thank you so much for the lovely, kind comments re Mum. She is settled in the Community Hospital but having trouble putting ...