Tuesday, 31 January 2017


Gosh it's number 400, that's amazing isn't it. Surely you know what WOYWW is- no? Well pop along to it's founder the lovely Julia  at The Stamping Ground and find out all about it and join in!

Sadly I didn't manage to join in last week but it was not the best week, I was also very busy as I was getting ready for my class here on Saturday. I had nine ladies come along to play :-) It was great fun - but I was so busy I forgot to take any photos.
 One of the ladies who has been coming since I first started this madness - I mean classes had some great news. She and her husband been trying to have a baby for a long, long time. She has had treatment and I believe  suffered two miscarriages- well she has been undergoing treatment again and told us on Saturday that she is expecting twins. We are thrilled and pray for all to go well.

We made three cards and just added a little decoration to a treat bag with chocolate hearts in. One of the cards was a Valentines Card but could be adapted to use as an Anniversary card.

I have not had time to clear up since as I needed to make one or two other items that needed to be sent out so if you are of a nervous disposition look away now!!!

I have my scraps to the left as I am cutting out a sample of each of the SU colours for a new downline. On the left you can see a note book and covered post it note pad that are a little gift for someone. I still need to finish it.

Above is the display I created to show some of the new SU products.

So that's my desk for WOYWW 400 - I will visit all who visit me, those ending with the same number as  me plus as many others as I can.

Other News

Last week I was due to travel up to Yorkshire with my SU Upline and another lady. A training event but lots of chat and things to make. It was to be an early start - up at five o clock, leave here at 6.15. Unfortunately by five o clock I had not been to sleep at all - felt awful and so had to cancel going.
Monday I was shattered. Managed to sleep on Monday evening but then another terrible night on Tuesday. :-( It made preparing for Saturday a little hard going at times. The house next door was broken into and with things with my mum I do lie awake worrying about it all. I think as well that it is to do with the Fibromyalgia. Ah well just have to soldier on!

Little sausage is gaining weight and although he is still fed via a drip he is being a normal inquisitive little boy :-) which is wonderful!!!

I tried to add a little video of him exploring the kitchen cupboards but it wouldn't work -(
Have a great week everyone, back soon.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017


Hello WOYWW  deskers, can you believe it's Wednesday again!!! It has flashed by. So what is WOYWW - if you really don't know, and want to join in the fun then visit here  The

Thank you for the kind comments last week. Especially re mum. The situation has not changed much and worries me greatly but there's not much I can do at present.

My blood pressure was even higher when I went for my health check  :-(  I was also worried re diabetes - but thankfully my blood tests revealed that I had not got that, more less everything else is wrong but grateful for small mercies.

So craft wise I am getting back into the swing of things. I made a card for my Mum for her birthday tomorrow. I'm not sure how pleased I was with it and I always feel that it is not as appreciated as some of the 'book like' affairs she gets from others, full of flowery words, but from people she hardly sees. Oh dear I sound somewhat bitter I'm sorry not what you are here for.

 Above Mum's card - colours were more intense in real life. I embossed with Copper embossing powder - it is a lovely effect


Box of goodies from Stampin Up - new products!!! I was a bit naughty !!!!

I also put some chocolate hearts etc into treat bags and made some fancy tops for them. Used some new dies and stamps from Stampin Up.

Took them to our granddaughters on Saturday evening when we went for a lovely relaxing dinner :-)

I am working on cards for my next class and some swaps for an event next Monday - more next week.
Have been trying to organise a Craft Weekend - did I already say, but it has proved very difficult and have lost my enthusiasm and the 'will to live' re it all :-)

Have been using the stamps you can just seen in preparation for my class.

Above a clue to my swaps :-)

This morning I returned to Sugar Craft class after a long break - wasn't sure re going but decided to for a few more weeks. Did enjoy it.

So short and sweet ( I hope)  back next week all being well. I will visit all who visit me and those ending with the same number.

PS  Little Sausage was allowed home. Has to keep the feeding tube as he won't take anything otherwise. The truck he is sat in was bought for his little cousin for Christmas but he took a fancy to it :-) they opened presents on Sunday .

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


This last week seemed to fly by!!! Thank you to all who visited me last week , I hope I visited you in return - think I managed. Also thank you for all the lovely comments and well wishes. They are very much appreciated.
 I haven't quite finished putting stuff away but all decorations are down, upstairs and waiting to go away. Most crafting stuff is back in the dining room.
I have even managed to make a couple of cards I needed. Work space is still looking strangely tidy though :-)

Above for 'Little Sausage '
I still have to put a sentiment in this one but is for my sister n law's sister who is retiring. 

 I have also managed to knit a very small baby hat ( still needs to be sewn up and I think I will add a pom pom) - for charity and have started on a cardigan. 

If you'd like to join in WOYWW then pop along to Julia's Blog. I will visit everyone who visits me , those ending with the same number as me and as many others as I can manage. 

Everything else 

My sister took mum to GP. He was very concerned. Took mum back to the car himself and in a wheelchair! He arranged for an ambulance to collect her at home and said he expected her to be there for at least two nights as he wanted a thorough investigation done. 
Unfortunately my sister didn't go with mum to the hospital ( a whole other story :-( ) They did some checks and then asked her if she was ok to go home!! She said yes! Sister collected her late that night and then left her at home. Mum has to return for echo gram and still not had Pacemaker checked!!! She does not feel well at all.

I went to GP and was told my Blood Pressure was way too high - said not surprised!!! Been sent for blood tests, health check and see GP again. 

Brother and I spent a lot of time on Saturday viewing a lovely new retirement apartment , near us that might suit mum. 

Asked if my sister down there could bring mum up to view and we would take her home. No go. ( Short story)  We were going to go and get her but then she said that she wasn't interested. So we are back at square one. I am very tired, cannot sleep worrying. 

On a lighter note I went out to lunch with some friends - very enjoyable and relaxing :-)

'Little sausage' was sent home on Monday. He still has a tube for feeding - he still refuses his milk and anything else. Doctors think it neurological - have said they will know more re his condition when he is about 18 months old. So hard for his mummy and daddy and the rest of the family.

Well a lot shorter this week. Look forward to looking at other desks annd seeing what you've all been up to. 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

WOYWW 396 and other news

Hello fellow WOYWWers :-)

Happy New Year Everyone.

 I had hoped to join in last week and wish you all a Happy New Year but it was not to be. My son and family went home Tuesday I then had to prepare for mum coming on Wednesday and time just flew!! I will put more news in Part 2 - so that you can read just WOYWW bit if you wish.

There is not much to see crafting wise -  if you read my news bit later you will learn why :-) My work space AKA dining room table in the main is sporting it's Christmas cloth and there is all sorts of stuff waiting to be put away. 
So here it is, 

I am hoping to change some of my crafting habits :-) I would like to try some challenges and make more cards that I need to send. I am probably not going to be going to many more Sugar Craft sessions as it looks like the Centre will be closing. I also feel I have come to the end with it. I can do what I need to do now - not showing off but don't make many cakes now, I have made a lot of stuff at classes I don't use. The two Christmas cakes I made and decorated were done very simply as I ran out of time - but had spent a lot of time making stuff I couldn't use. So I think I need to move on! it is sad the centre is closing though because as well as classes it was a centre for Mental Health. There were respite flats, a cafe where patients could work , There are still various therapy classes as well and they will all go. The Sugar Craft class was part of Community Centre - lots of other classes all providing social interaction as well as learning. the council will sell all the site for development we think.

If you would like to join in with WOYWW then visit the stamping ground
I will visit all who end with same number as me and as many others that I can.

Part Two 

Well as you know I was unwell before Christmas and it took a long time to clear and I didn't get everything done but it didn't matter. The world didn't end!!!  :-)

I managed to do some shopping and DH finished the rest.  Managed to visit my Auntie on Christmas Eve - though not a joyous occasion :-( she is very difficult to please.

Christmas Day was lovely. We had a leisurely start - most unusual :-) My eldest son and family came down ( from Yorkshire)  to us at four o clock on Christmas Day. Younger son and family  came round at two o clock. I'd planned our 'feast' to start at five o clock . It is the first time for many years that I have had both sons together on Christmas Day, It was wonderful to have them all here. It was hard work and if I'm honest I didn't enjoy my food so much - I think it was a combination of feeling unwell and then worrying that everything was going to be ok. Everyone said it was lovely and when DH and I had a meal from leftovers I did enjoy it :-)

Table - laid by granddaughter - ready and waiting.

 Fun and Photos

We had a super time together and the children so enjoyed being together,
On Boxing Day we got up late, had brunch and then eldest son, D.I.L. and grandsons plus us :-) went to nearby park and boys tried out their mini rockers ;-) DH decided to have a scoot round the car park , then came back to us , hit a patch of grass and rolled commando style over the grass verge. Fortunately he did not injure himself - we were doubled up laughing. We then went on to see Aunt again - not much better than on Christmas Eve but at least I had back up :-) Then home for tea and playing games.

Our D.I.L. had to get up and leave at 6.30 on Tuesday morning and drive to Wakefield as she was at work ( a nurse) she didn't want to go Boxing Night, leave everyone and go home to empty house. It was so cold that morning - a very heavy frost, really felt for her and missed her so much.
DS , grandsons, DH and I went to youngest son's for lunch and then they caught train in afternoon up to Wakefield for when D.I.L. finished work.

Grandsons are up there somewhere :-)

DS playing carols at Auntie's

Both son's at youngest son's on Tuesday- enjoying karaoke - very funny

Below is the cake I made for mum - nothing amazing


DH's card - I was not completely happy with it but at least I managed to make and finish one for him.

It was a lovely family Christmas and I am blessed to have had such a wonderful time with family. After taking them to the station I went home to tidy up - a bit :-) and change beds.
 On Wednesday went to my sister's in Towcester to collect mum. She spent Christmas with them.
Sadly mum had been/was quite poorly- a visit to GP confirmed a chest infection.
I had to take mum to GP again on Thursday as she seemed very unwell and said she couldn't breathe. She is 88 and has a pacemaker and it was very worrying. It has been a very difficult few days as at times she seemed to be quite childlike, critical and not very thoughtful but she is not usually like that.

Auntie came over to see her on Friday - not without it's problems but we survived.
New Year's Eve we took mum to my brother's, did some shopping , popped to see a friend. We went back to my brother's for the evening - mum slept quite a bit though - but it was fun with my brother and sister in law and much needed light relief.
On Sunday we took mum back home to Somerset. Took a long time - weather was atrocious cold and lots of rain. Left ours at 1.30 arrived there about 5.30 and had so much stuff to unload from car. Then discovered that some cream had spilled - everywhere. I had to change beds and cook dinner. I was exhausted.
Monday more leisurely though mum asked me why I was so tired - at eleven o clock that night - I'd taken her shopping to Tesco and cooked dinner!!!!

Left mum's at two o clock this afternoon and home at 4.45. I have collapsed in a heap :-) - it was so sad leaving my mum and I am very worried about her. I spoke to her GP and told him what had happened and my sister down there is taking her to her own GP tomorrow.

An Update re Alexis

Poor little sausage went into hospital on Christmas Eve and is still there. He just wouldn't feed and had lost a kilo. He has a tube for feeding - and has the cutest socks on his hands as he kept pulling the tube out. His tummy is ok - they did a barium meal etc all well there but they don't know why he is not feeding. :-(

Little sausage on Christmas Morning
- above

Later in week he has perked up :-)

So I am sorry (Julia) a bit long - so a varied and interesting time but lots of good times. Hope you all had a lovely time.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016


Twas The One Before Christmas :-)

 Would like to wish everyone a Peaceful and Joyful Christmas

Thanks for the lovely comments last week - it is lovely when people visit and leave a comment. I have almost cleared the dining table / aka desk - but not quite. Had a bit of a setback in proceedisng as got a bug again!!!!Flu like symptoms - but not flu - had the real Mcoy when I was 18 and oh was I ill !!! I have felt shivery but hot, aches and pains and I have a cough :-( cancelled a few social events as decided I would take it easy and just potter.

So here you go

Last bits to clear away - when/if I ever finish my husbands card- this is mark 3!!!

Look at that empty table !!!!

Sleigh and reindeer in place - not really done much more to it - haven't felt up to it.

Latest photo of Alexis. He had to spend a night in A/E again with very high temp - he has a nasty viral infection - home again now.

I finished three of the staircase cards - I put a link to the blog where you can find the tutorial - the lovely Amanda Bates - of the craft spa Thank you Amanda. 

I meant to photograph a couple more cards  that I made but forget. 
If you would like to join in with WOYWW then pop along to Julia's Blog and find out more. 
I will visit as many as I can and all who visit me. 

Other News

Last Thursday I visited www.gawsworthhall.com/ I have been going to WI for trial visits and this was their Christmas Day Out. Lovely place, enjoyed looking round. Also visited nearby church that had a Christmas Tree Festival - stunning! Started to feel unwell that evening though. However still went out for lunch with some girlfriends on the Friday and then shopping on Saturday. Felt very unwell Sunday - lay on sofa under a blanket on Sunday. Should have been out last night and today but as I said I've stopped in to take it easy. Still have a bit of shopping to do, hope to be ok on Thursday. 

Loved this Nativity display at entrance to the Hall - made for wire mesh. 

Below some photos from inside the church - photos  don't do it justice.

Hope you all have a lovely time at Christmas and stay well. 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016


Thank you for all the lovely comments last week and kind thoughts about Alexis. He is ok at the moment. Has to wait a while for the EEG - brain scan. We already know he suffered some brain damage at birth - won't know how badly he has been affected until he is older.

I do visit everyone who visits me - however there are a couple of blogs I can't respond to - I think need to join google +

As always it's been busy. I've been getting some chores done and putting up decorations. Of course the inevitable shopping. I had to buy some cards as I knew I wouldn't get enough made in time to post. I still have to finish the staircase cards ( if you would like to see the tutorial I am using it is here -The Craft Spa and my granddaughter's and DH's.

So my desk-

A bit of a mess!!!I am trying to create DH's card - for some reason I can't come up with an idea and I'm not inspired by anything.

I've written a lot of cards and completely forgot to take photos.
Wall lights are reflected well in my Misti :-)

Hopefully by this time next week this will all be away ready for using the table as a dining table when family come for Christmas.

If you would like to join in with WOYWW then pop along to Julia's Blog and find out more.

Other News 

Last Thursday evening I was lucky enough to go with younger son to watch our eldest GD perform her Christmas performance - super. DH went to see younger GD on Wed morning. Parents are only allowed so many tickets.
At the weekend DH and I took our granddaughters up to Yorkshire for the weekend. Our youngest son had asked us to babysit and as our eldest son's wife  was performing in the village panto up in Yorkshire we went to see her and took the girls with us. The girls love seeing their cousins and were mega excited.
The panto was brilliant - our D.I.L. is very talented and our younger grandson took part with others in his class, they were dancers. He was very good.
Our eldest grandson was part of a guard of honour at Huddersfield Town's match. His other grandparents and our son took him.
On Sunday I went with my son and youngest GD to watch Sam ( youngest GS ) play his match and D.I.L. and her mum took Harry ( eldest GS) to his match. Both of their teams won!!!
After lunch we set off for the two and a half hour journey home.

Our D.I.L.  - she was so funny in this role

It was very cold up here at football

A stunning sunset on the way home

That's all for now. Hopefully I will have time to visit next week. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


Hi there. Gosh that week went by very quickly. At times I think I'm getting on well with preparations for the big day and then start to panic :-) I have most cards to write and presents to buy yet!!!

Thank you for all the lovely comments re my great nephew and my Craft Fair makes. Sadly during this last week Alexis ( great nephew ) has had a seizure. He's out of hospital and ok and waiting for an EEG. So worrying for everyone.

So to my desk. I have been finishing a few cards off and making some for a swap. As if I don't have enough to do -  like to be busy.

So to my desk/dining table.

I am trying to make a staircase card as made by Amanda of The Craft Spa - she makes some beautiful cards etc.

A bit further along you can just about see some holly stamped ready for cutting out.

Just see one of my swap cards peeking out, show you them next week.

 If you want to know more about WOYWW then visit Julia's Blog The Stamping Ground and do join in. I will visit as many as I can and all who visit me.

Other news

I spent a lot of last week tidying up and doing some shopping,putting a few decorations up - still lots more to do :-)  However on Friday night I went to my friend's house. There were fifteen of us for a 'Pink Party' raising money for cancer. We had fabulous food and such fun.

The table - before we sat down :-)

On Saturday I collected another friend from the local station - she lives in Witney and had come for a Christmas Weekend. We went out to lunch and then on the evening went to a concert. There was a choir - my friend ( from Friday) is a member - it's an amateur group but they were very good and it was such fun. There was also a ukelele group as well. The choir teacher is so enthusiastic and such fun - I can't sing but am tempted to join !!!

On Sunday we went and had lunch - again :-) but very light one. Did a little shopping and then home. Settled down with mulled wine and later a Chinese take away. She went home yesterday ( Monday ) lunch time. Had a great time catching up with each other. We have been friends for over 50 years.
Hope all your preparations are going well.

 I'm sorry but I couldn't leave a comment last week on a couple of blogs.