Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Hi all. So ran out of time and energy last week!Missed you all.
Had my All Day Christmas Class on Sat before last. I was tired after that, had lots going on as well. Class was very good and hope Julia won't mind some of the photos at the end. I fear my post will be a bit/ well a lot photo heavy - sorry. When I posted last time Julia noticed a box amongst the preparation- I was going to show it in all its glory but have let a lady , who missed the morning session borrow it to help her do hers so I will show it you next week - well hopefully.
Saturday just gone I joined in the Stampin' Up! Christmas Cheer Challenge - making cards for Ronald McDonald Houses - it was held in various places across the UK. Stampin Up demonstrators held various types of events. Mine was low key at home. Some of my class members came and made some cards. Our granddaughters and DH joined in. We managed to make 120. It was a very special and happy time.
Today, rather late I know I managed to make my Christmas Cake. I am so behind with everything. I haven't even managed to put my Advent Star and other lights and Advent pieces out. Tomorrow I am out for a Festive Afternoon Tea - my friend has booked it specially as I had to miss it before as I was poorly. On Thursday I hope to catch up with a friend I've not seen for ages and I need to start shopping :-(

Well I guess Id best leave my comings and goings there for now and share my space.
Earlier this afternoon (Tues) my table was actually very tidy. After a couple of hours this afternoon crafting it looks as though I've had burglars turn the room over :-)

All this to make a small box :-)

 Below , a not so good photo of our Class makes. The ladies made a total of 15 cards and the rather special box.

Photos below are the ladies prior to starting and then when we stopped for the gorgeous yummy lunch.

The cards that were made for the Ronald Mcdonald Houses.

Hope you enjoyed looking. If you want to join in looking at desks around the globe then go and visit the the lovely Julia's Blog and find out what it's all about.

Mum recovered from the Noro Virus. Yesterday she moved to a Care home for a while. this morning she fell again , in the bathroom. She waited a long time for Paramedics to come and see her. They don't think she has broken anything though knee sore. They have said see how it goes - didn't want to send her for an xray as it was late, I think they should have done. The Care Home are not sure it's right place for her now, despite them going to see her twice and assess her. She is staying for at least next two days while they do an assessment, she may have to move. She told staff at the hospital yesterday she didn't feel well enough to leave but they told her she would be alright. She is still down in Somerset so it is very hard to do anything. The whole situation is very hard and to be honest a real mess on so many levels. I just feel so sorry for mum. She doesn't deserve it all. It makes me so sad.
Well that is all for now. Hopefully back next week.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


Hello All. Couldn't manage last week. Also knew I wouldn't manage to visit much even if I'd posted - don't like to knowingly do that. sorry a bit picture heavy this week.

Had a brilliant time at the Stampin Up Onstage Got some lovely swaps in return for mine. Saw some lovely new products, was given some super new products and generally had a great weekend. I also got to meet the lovely Karen Pearmain  ( she recently started to join in with WOYWW) Karen became my downline early this year. We met for the first time on the Friday before Onstage on the Saturday. We shared a room on Friday evening, spent all day together at Onstage then Karen came to stay at my house so that she wouldn't have to drive back to Billericay on the Sat evening. We 'played' in my craftroom on Sunday morning before Karen returned home. We got on really well and never stopped talking :-) -  I got to know Karen from UKPC forum - run by BJ - and I think I came to join the group as a result of posting on WOYWW :-)

 Below team gifts I received
 All the stuff I received from Stampin Up themselves
 All the swaps I received

 Swaps I made - they each contained a Lindt chocolate or a truffle

 So to my desk - it is a tip as is the rest of the room - I have to sort it all out by Friday :-( - class on Saturday.
Another view 

After all that I was preparing a few makes for a Craft Fayre. My friend had suggested we share a table - she was selling cakes. I couldn't make the Fayre as I was in Yorkshire. So another friend sold my makes - didn't do too badly really.

I am now busily prepping for my class on Saturday - All Day Christmas Class!

I look forward to visiting everyone this week - I will visit all who visit me, end in same number as me and as many more as I can. If you'd like to join in then do visit Julia's Blog and join in the fun.

Update re Mum

The weekend of Onstage was spent with my phone on, by my side , even at night. Mum developed some sort of infection, they thought another water infection. They did put her on antibiotics and she recovered well. They then said they were not sure if it was a water infection :-( didn't know what it was though.
She then seemed to come on really well. I rang her on Sunday , very cheerful. more walking and looking forward to going to a Care Home for at least next four weeks. Chatting about the activities etc that they do there.
Forward to Monday - poorly again. Breathing difficult, vomiting. tummy pain :-( then told they think Noro Virus

Last bit of news - had a great weekend in Yorkshire. My D.I.L. , her mum and I went to see Fat Friends at the Leeds Grand Theatre on Friday eve. It was so funny. The three of us went for a meal beforehand. On Saturday we all went to Craft fayre at Huddersfield Uni in aid of a Hospice.That afternoon D.I.L., her mum and I went to an Afternoon Tea held to help some young men (still at school) to raise money they need to fund a trip to China, with their school for Voluntary Work. They were super lads, helped with prep and at the event. Good to know that there youngsters out there that are doing good things, not all teenagers are bad!
That evening we made our own pizzas, sampled raspberry liquer( bought at the Craft Fayre)  in Prosecco and then played games with our grandsons. Sunday very chilled, had lunch and then returned home. A great weekend and very relaxing.
Well I think that's all for now, a good job really - I will be in trouble with the boss!!! See you soon.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017


Hello there. Thanks to everyone who visited last week and all the super comments. My friend was pleased with the card, not sure what the birthday girl said yet!

I am feeling a lot better thank you. Had a super weekend and saw mum. More later.

I've been busy finishing off my swaps and planning makes for my All Day Christmas Class - feel a bit more in control now. Hope my swaps will pass muster but I won't show them off this week :-) The SU Onstage ( Convention) is on Saturday. I am getting rather excited about it all.

So to my desk / AKA dining room table :-)

You can see the birthday card I was making for my Great Niece - gosh that makes me sound very old - I'm a Great Aunt lol
Also signs of Christmas :-)

 Love a cup of tea when I'm crafting. Lots of glimmer paper in evidence - I was covered in glitter :-)

Looking the other way - 
So that's my work space for this week. I have been trying to keep reasonably tidy in there this week. Tell you why next time :-) 
So why not go and look at some other desks or better still join in at the the lovely Julia's Blog, go on you know you want to :-)
I will visit as many as I can, all who visit me and all ending in same number as me.

As I'd started to feel better we decided to go down and see mum. We went via Weston Super Mare - ate lunch, had a walk and found a lovely placed for homemade cake and lovely coffee. Checked in to our hotel in Chard, The Lord Leaze. Went to see Mum for evening visit. She looked a lot better than I had thought she would - last time I'd seen her was waving her off in the ambulance :-( we returned to the hotel, had a lovely bar meal and a glass or two of wine. On Sunday we went down to a freshly cooked breakfast - cooked to order. So much nicer than when it is all precooked and then served buffet style. After checking out we went along to mum's bungalow ( still not sold :-( ) I had a little dust and put vacuum round. We ate a sandwich we'd bought and then locked up and off to the hospital. Mum was not quite so bright but did perk up. At the end of afternoon visiting we popped out to find something to eat - not that easy unless you wanted to drive and DH didn't as we were driving home later. Anyway we managed and then back for evening visit. It was very hard leaving, mum got very upset. Difficult leaving but needed to get home. It took us three hours and got in at 10.40. 

Mum, couldn't get her to smile for a photo though she was smiling and laughing at times. She is still in lot of pain when she tries to walk, but is managing a few steps. Staff said she worries too much about silly things and is maybe not trying as much as she could :-(  
Well that's it for now. 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Well another Wednesday has come round so quickly. Cannot believe it is November either!
Thank you for comments left last week and again kind comments re Mum. She is ok, still struggling with painful leg but trying to walk a few steps each day. We are trying to keep her motivated as she says she doesn't feel she can go on. I was due to go down to see her today, but I have been poorly since last week and am still coughing away and as well as not feeling up to going all that way,  am worried about passing something on to her. Going to wait a few days and see how I am.

I was late visiting last week, but hope I visited all who popped by.

So onto desk (photographed Tuesday evening )

A gold teddy :-) I got DH to bring him home - for research purposes of course :-) he was too big for what I wanted - so does that mean I can eat him? :-)
 I wanted teddy to fit in box - big one but not to be , so back to drawing board :-)

A friend of a friend asked for a card for her mum. Said not over fussy and likes browns, cream, taupe - I'm not sure re colours but that was what was wanted. She also asked for that spelling of 'mom', there will be an insert and short message, she said her mum doesn't do soppy :-)

I don't really do Halloween but made some little treat bags for my grandchildren- they all do Halloween :-)

There has been other crafting going on - slowly and I have been messing up a lot - I shouldn't have tried really as I was feeling so poorly but have a lot to get done, swaps for Stampin Up Onstage Event and have a big class coming up with lots of other stuff in between.
I sadly missed out on some fun stuff last week - meeting up with family for day in Cotswolds and an Afternoon Tea on Friday, meal out tonight - oh well better for my waistline :-(  I have been 'confined to barracks'  since last Tuesday :-(

Well that's all for now. Will try and visit a few more this week and on time. Why not pop along to the chief desker and look at some far more interesting desks than mine WOYWW

Tuesday, 24 October 2017


Hello, Wednesday again. The time is flashing by. Thanks again for all the kind thoughts, good wishes etc re my mum. The hospital she was sent to closes tomorrow, she was transferred to another one today :-( She was in reasonably good spirits, though her leg still very painful and causing problems'

 I finally got everything ready for my class, had nine lovely ladies attend. The ideas I used were from a training day I should have been on- couldn't attend as it was day after mum's op. My lovely SU Upline made them up for me and I used three of then for my class - it was so kind of her and I'm not sure I would have made it with her. The fourth card ( the one with NOEL on it) was based on one that the lovely Linda Parker of http://www.papercraftwithcrafty.co.uk/ I changed a couple of elements. Linda makes some beautiful items.

My work space is reasonably tidy, waiting for me to come up with some ideas for my all day Christmas class.

 Above - ready for action!!!!

Below my new alchohol markers from Stampin' Up! I've not had time to play with them yet but am looking forward to having a go.

I also decorated a cake for my granddaughter Phoebe. She had her eighth birthday party on Friday. She loves her Uncle Matthew's dog Ralph, and would dearly love one. Daddy is allergic though so she can't. So she wanted a cake with a model of Ralph on for her birthday. So grandma obliged. She loved it, not sure it was pretty enough for her friends lol

Well I think that's all for now folks :-) I will visit all who visit me, those ending in the same number and as many more as I can. Why not pop along to http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/ and join in the fun.

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.


Hi all. So ran out of time and energy last week!Missed you all. Had my All Day Christmas Class on Sat before last. I was tired after that, ...