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.
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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 :-)
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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

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Jems Blog Hop - 'You Are My Sunshine'

 'You Are My Sunshine'

Well you find me joining in with The Jems Blog Hop for the second time. When I saw the theme I thought ' help ' what can I do?  It came to me that the Delighful Daisy Suite fitted the bill beautifully. Everything associated with it seems to say Summer and Sunshine to me. Daisies have such sunny faces - well that's my story and I 'm sticking to it!!!!
So then I thought what to make. 

I had already made this lovely Card Holder - I first saw it on Julie Scaparra's FB page. I did change the measurements slightly. 
The light was dreadful when I photographed - I used Pool Party card, Delighful Daisy DSP, I think the labels may have been stamped with  some retired stamps as is the ribbon. I used the new Pretty label punch though.
I love the daisy stamp set and punch ( hope they are soon back in stock as I have several ladies wanting to buy :-)
I have wired them and put in an empty Room Scent Diffuser bottle. I knew they would come in useful. I used Daffodil Delight and Whisper White cardstock. I have cut out the centres from Gold Glimmer Paper using the 1/2" circle punch which is perfect. I made the little crate as a sample for a class. There are five labels each featuring one of the new In Colours. There are five daisies on the front, each stamped with one of the In Colours. The crate is made using the new Wood Crate Framelits. 

Sorry about the reflection. IKEA frame, used the Daisy Delight Bundle and the DSP is from the Fresh Florals  DSP paper stack .
A small gift bag, used gift bag punch board, Daisy Delight DSP, Copper Trim Burlap Ribbon, a gold Binder Clip and the pretty label punch and Label Me Pretty Stamp Set.

For the card I used the new Sheet Music Stamp - I was thinking of the song - You are my sunshine, my only sushine  I used the Sunshine Wishes framelits - cut several and glued together. Used the burlap ribbon behind Sunshine and the bow is the Linen Thread. Sentiments are from Jar of Love set and I used new classic label punch. Also used Wink of Stella which doesn't show up on here. 

All together 
Hope you have enjoyed looking and go and look at the other very talented Jems.
 Next is Karyn - enjoy.

Click below to carry on . 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Another week goes by in a flash. hard to believe we are practically half way through the year, I notice Christmas Crafts appearing and I still have not done all the things I had planned on getting done as we went into 2017 - time has flown.
Thank you for those who visited last week and for the kind comments. I tried to reply to all who left me a comment.

I think I still owe someone an ATC but I cannot work out who. Please let me know if I have not sent you one. I have one left.

I have been having a major effort at de cluttering and generally a big tidy up - so much seems to have been neglected of late :-(
I felt under the weather last Thursday and Friday.

 On Saturday I joined my SU  Upline to make a few cards with her for Ronald Macdonald House Charity

 -   she was at a Garden Centre nearby. DH came along and had a wander around while I made a few cards and chatted. Afterwards we had lunch and a wander around together. It was a gentle day and I enjoyed it.

I have made some cards for a Summer Fete to be held at the Care Home where mum was for a month. Other people have also kindly contributed and at the moment I have over 100 to contribute and some more promised. People are so kind.

My desk
There was not much to show as I have been having a mega tidy up. What you can see is part of a book of 'Art' sent to me by Donna along with her ATC,  there are all sorts of wonderful things in there!

Below all my received ATC's

Finally the cards for the Fete - those received so far!!!

So that is it for this week. I will visit all who visit me and those who end with the same number as me.
If you would like to join in with WOYWW then pop over to Julia's Blog

Bye for now.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Gosh where did the last two weeks go? I couldn't manage a visit last week and knew that I'd have trouble trying to visit so decided best to not come and say hello.
Thanks to everyone who visited week before last. I did try to reply to all where I was able to.

I managed another twenty cards to send to all involved in aftermath of the attack in London - I could not believe it when we heard the news of the fire at Grenfell Tower - hope our cards reached all those involved - probably the same people. My heart goes out to all affected.

Last Tuesday saw me out to lunch with friends, on Wednesday I did a class for one of my ladies and the rest came along on Thursday evening. Friday DH and I travelled up to Yorkshire to visit our eldest son Matthew and his lovely family and to meet the latest addition to the family - a gorgeous beagle named Ralph :-) We were also there to help eldest grandson, Harry begin his week of 12th birthday celebrations - where did those 12 years go?

Sorry I meant to show my desk first
The card is for my very best friend, it is her birthday on Friday - same day as my eldest grandson :-) and my grandma. I love the Daisy Delight Bundle from Stampin Up and have used it a lot. Inspiration for this card came from one made by Monica Gale - I have changed it somewhat though.This week I have to finish making cards I promised to send to the Care Home mum was in for a month - for their Summer Fete.

At last below are the ATC's I received. Aren't they gorgeous? Have a book full of lovely items as well from Morti and I will put that on next time.

Below are my cards for London. The group sent almost six hundred.

Below my display/ inspiration station for my class last Thursday to launch the 2017/2018 Stampin Up catalogue.

So that's all my makes for the moment. I am looking forward to visiting as many desks as I can to admire everyone's work. If you would like to join in then visit Julie's Blog and find out more!!!

If you can cope with more - a few photos of the weekend. On Sunday we left Yorkshire and all met up in Derbyshire for lunch for Father's Day and for younger son's family to meet Ralph and all visit with each other :-)

Harry and Sam - grandsons. Harry is at back. My D.I.L. made the cake and I decorated it.

Stand off between Ralph and my son, after Ralph took his sock  lol it was soooooo funny.

Grandpa and Sam playing cricket.

Well I think that's it - more than enough I think.


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...