Thursday, 21 July 2016

Where does the time go????

It has been ages since I posted. I wonder if I was missed - probably not methinks!! I usually join in with WOYWW on Wednesdays but I knew I would be unable to visit others as I was really busy on last few Wednesdays.
So let me think what have I been up to since the 21st June ??????

From the 23rd June until the 26th I was at my friend's in Witney. It was her birthday and it is the first time I've been able to spend her actual birthday with her. As she was out for a birthday lunch with her sisters we stopped off in Moreton in the Marsh for a yummy lunch and then stopped in Stow on the Wold for an ice cream - our pudding :-)

Delicious lunch !!!!

 We had drinks and nibbles on arrival at my friends and exchanged presents - we still had Christmas presents for each other!!!!
On the Friday we went into Witney for a mooch around and then on the evening we went back into Witney and had a delicious Italian meal.
Saturday saw us at a local garden centre - we had cake and coffee there :-) then that evening my friend cooked Boeuf Bourguignon AND WE OPENED SOME FIZZ.

I seriously need to go on a diet!!!!

Back at home saw me doing a quick class for a lady who'd missed one and also a play day at my Stampin Up's house - lots of fun.

On the 6th July DH and I went to see Mama Mia at Birmingham Hippodrome - loved it and we were dancing in the aisles at the end along with nearly everyone else :-)
Afterwards we walked into Brindley Place to see our D.I.L. - she was there for a youth music festival - selling ice cream from her vintage ice cream van - we also listened to some beautiful signing,

Betsey - the Vintage Ice Cream Van!!!

On 13th July we were up early to go up to Yorkshire to see our eldest grandson in his end of year production - he was Hansel - his last ever production as he has now left Primary School :( It was super!!

A bit of a blurry shot !!!

Here he is before his evening performance.

Left Thursday morning and travelled back via scenic route instead of down the M1 - beautiful scenery.
Home for a couple of days and then back u to Yorkshire for Grandson Sam's 9th birthday party and eldest Grandson's Leavers Assembly - very emotional. We had a really lovely weekend but it was sooooooooooooo hot!!!

The gorgeous birthday boy. Happy Birthday Sam,

Harry with mum and dad after the assembly

We got home Tuesday evening and I've not done a lot since !!!! ;-)

I am preparing for two classes - Crafternoon Tea and then a repeat of my All Day Class - some ladies missed it and wanted to do it so I fixed another date. I have prepared 14 kits in total !!!!!
I have been crocheting and doing sugar craft as well - more of that another time. Also been looking after grandchildren - who said retirement would be boring :-)

There was a lot more but didn't want to bore you :-)

Hopefully back next week for WOYWW

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


Hello everyone. Thank you for all the well wishes. I am better but discovered that I have a nasty infection on left hand side of my nose, so I am on very strong antibiotics plus nose drops. I've had nasty pain in my nose :-) ( better than a nasty smell I suppose !) GP treated me but no improvement so sent me to see ENT specialist. Camera revealed the infection. However I'm not sure the infection is a leftover from the virus I had or it's been there a long time and it's what is causing the pain. So watch this space !

If you want to find out more you will need to visit the lovely Jan's blog as she is looking after WOYWW while Julia recovers from her op. Hope you improving each day Julia. Also thinking special thoughts of you Jan at this sad time.

So to my desk, aka dining table ( which is only used occasionally - so I'm not clearing it off every five minutes)

So this is Tuesday evening and it won't change tonight :-)

At one end what was left after I had to get those cards finished last week. You can see to the left a card I am putting together for my great niece who will be nine soon.  I forgot to take photos :-( and below, at the other end some of my sugar craft work - it was my class this morning. We are making an orchid as part of an arrangement that also includes a rose - hence the rose leaves.

So that's it for my desk for this week. I will visit all who visit me, my favourite blogs and as many others that I can manage.

For those who are interested DH and I went to Yorkshire last Friday. We went to visit our son and his family. Our eldest grandson will be eleven on Thursday so it was to celebrate his birthday and also Father's Day. On Saturday morning we went with DS and younger grandson to watch him in a football tournament. Bless him after three of the matches he felt very poorly and was lay on the ground. He then started to vomit. So home we went. His team though won the tournament so we were pleased for him. He has been quite poorly and off school so far this week. Poor little boy.
He fell asleep when we got back but woke when his brother and friends were setting off for birthday celebrations. He desperately wanted to go but could hardly stand. Grandparents all stayed at home to look after him :-)

Poorly boy :-(
 It was a lovely morning on Saturday morning with fabulous views

The birthday boy!

With his cake !!!

Grandpa and granddad opening their Father's day presents.

We left after a super lunch and birthday present opening :-) then back home and a meal with our younger son and family - more presents for DH and another meal! Yummy ! ( I need to go on a diet!!!)

On Monday my friend Thelma took me and two others out for a super late lunch to celebrate her birthday.

I don't think she will thank me for this photo as she is showing a lot of knee/leg :-) - it wasn't that short really !!!She had a lovely time . She is amazing she was 82 on Monday  does keep fit, sugar craft comes to card making. She also has a fabulous garden which she does mainly herself.

Hope you've enjoyed all my news this week. Look forward to visiting some desks and seeing what everyone has been up to. :-) 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Wasn't sure if I was going to join in. It has taken a while to feel well after the bug/virus I had. I still don't feel quite right - not exactly sure why. but am trying to get back to 'normal' whatever that might mean :-)
I managed to do my craft class last Saturday - had to cancel previous one due to feeling so poorly. I wasn't 100% but I enjoyed it. Had eight ladies and I sold some of my retired Stampin' Up! items - so I can buy some new ones :-) Also gave out some new catalogues so I think I might have encouraged some ladies to spend some money- was going to say pennies but that sounded completely wrong !!lol  :-) I'm such an enabler!!

I have had some cards to make for family and friends - have been working on those this afternoon after I'd been to Sugar Craft. I was going to go in the garden but there was a storm and a lot of rain.

So I have photographed my 'desk' this evening

I am working on the blue card - it is for my grandson who will soon be eleven!! Some stamping and embossing - also punching out some balloons. Not entirely happy yet - don't have long to play though.

Made all the above on Saturday with the ladies. Not a very clear photo - the light was not very good.Hope you can see. The hand sanitiser was cased from Erica Cerwin, the others were inspired by some I have seen. Ladies enjoyed making them.

Well short and sweet for me I guess. I really am finding things hard work at the moment.

If you want to see far more interesting desks than mine then pop over to Jan's lovely blog  Jan is hosting WOYWW while the lovely Julia is recuperating. Pleased to hear she has been doing so well.

I will visit as many as I can manage. Hopefully back soon.

Saturday, 4 June 2016


Unfortunately since my last post I have been poorly. Some sort of virus apparently. The last time I ventured out was Tuesday before last!!! Have had the most dreadful cough, sneezing, headaches, nauseous, tummy upset and so on. I had to cancel everything. We should have been celebrating a friend's special birthday on the 29th May - I was confined to bed :-( I am starting to feel better than I was but the cough won't go!

The launch of the New Stampin'Up! Catalogue , on 1st June passed me by. I have just added a link to the new catalogue etc on my sidebar. There are some lovely new items in there. I had to cancel my last crafty get together - 28th May but am hoping to meet up with everyone on the 11th June. Have just started to play with my new pre order goodies.

If you are interested in Stampin Up please ask me about it. I was very dubious before I joined and it took me a long time to decide but I needn't have worried. :-)

Today I decided that I would venture out. Went to collect some flowers. It is ten years today since my dad died and I wanted to take flowers to the cemetery. I was pretty tired afterwards but I think it did me good to get out.

Sat in the garden this afternoon - sun came out - lovely. My brother and sister in law popped by. Did me good. He also brought me some dwarf beans, ordinary beans, cucumber, tomatoes and some begonias. I'd best get better as I need to get them all sorted soon.
Hopefully back soon.

Begonias and cucumber plant


Flowers for dad

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

WOYWW 364 The 7th Anniversary !!!!

(Firstly thank you for all the lovely comments last week - I was so pleased and surprised. I replied to all I could by Wednesday evening. We then went to my son's home , in Yorkshire until Sunday - I cannot access unpublished comments for some reason via my phone so couldn't reply - I am so sorry - I don't usually join in if I know I can't visit people who visit me - doesn't seem fair - but I'd expected to be able to :-( I will try to do better this week ) 

It's Wednesday again!!! Gosh that came round even more quickly than usual. 

So it's time for WOYWW - and this week it's a very special one!!! The Seventh Anniversary of this wonderful, weekly sharing of desks around the world. Want to know more, join in the fun then go to the lovely Julia's Blog  where you can learn more. For the next few weeks WOYWW is being hosted by the lovely LLJ ( Jan) - all is explained on Julia's Blog. 

Sadly I'm not able to join in with the ATC swap but look forward to seeing them all as they are shared, have fun everyone!!!

I managed to start paper crafting after a bit of a break as I have been busy ( see last week if you are interested! As I'm due to do some crafting with five ladies on Saturday I though I'd better get my act together!! It's somehow proved difficult, I didn't seem to have the ideas or energy. It would seem I may have a cold/cough so that might explain it. :-( 

My desk/dining table 

Above where I'd been working and below a shot along the table - various items - not connected to card making - need to be put away.

I also spread out to the sideboard - as usual - the card/3D item are for Saturday - still not finished though and there's another that I'm not happy with so still messing with it.

The photos above were taken with new camera and I have a card in now  - but I still don't think they are very special - I'm obviously doing something wrong :-( need to study the manual more.

I will visit everyone who visits me -I promise,  this week and all ending with same number - that caused me confusion last week. I started as number 24 on the list but hadn't checked later and I went to number 23 so that messed up my system as well!!!

To finish - as I said earlier we went up to Yorkshire to visit our eldest son and family.
Thursday evening we had dinner with Matthew and Carolynn ( boys had eaten earlier) and caught up with each others news.
 We also did a spot of babysitting :-) Our D.I.L. went for a Spa day on the Friday and stayed at her friend's on the Friday evening and our son went off to London on Friday afternoon to catch up with friends he knew from his Uni days.
Matthew treated us to lunch on Friday- it was good to chat and lunch was delicious and then DH took him to the station to get his train to Huddersfield and I think from there to Leeds and on to London.

 Our venue for lunch - the pub in the village - love going there.

Carolynn returned early on Saturday morning and took Sam to his cricket tournament - which his team won :-) We had a quick lunch on her return and then all set off to Wakefield to watch the Wizard of OZ - it was a musical production by an amateur society but it was excellent. Afterwards we went to a pub for tea.

Sam looking very smart in his cricket whites though they were not white on his return :-)

On Sunday Harry, eldest grandson went to football practise while DH. Caro, Sam and I just chilled out - DH and I played a game of table tennis with Sam.

Harry all ready to go off to football practise,

After lunch it was time to start back home. Had a good journey, no hold ups so only took a couple of hours. Sad to leave though look forward to catching up with younger son and family this week.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


I'm back!!! It's been a busy time but then that's not new for me is it? :-) More of that later for anyone interested.
I have still not done any paper crafting. I do need to get my act together though as I have a class booked in for a week on Saturday - so if I make it here next week I might have something on my desk.
Crafting wise I have been trying to get to grips with a crochet square that had a daisy in the centre, then a heart inside a square. Very simple to the experts out there but took me a while to get it right.

Not perfect- did manage two more that were better.
I also joined in a CAL but have not done a lot yet!!!

I have also been working on some sugar craft items. Our group have made made some Edwardian ladies, a Geisha girl and peony and a Victorian street scene. Our teacher is taking them to a Sugar Craft Show to exhibit as an example of work her class does.

 Above my peony and Geisha ( had a bit of help to finish her as I was a bit behind)

My 'Matchgirl'
 Everyone's work together

Some of the other models for the street scene

I have also been doing some knitting for charity.

So that's my craft offerings for this week.
Why am I showing you? Well it's all the brainchild of the lovely Julia - pop along and have a look at what it's all about :-)
I will visit as many desks as I can and all those who visit me and who end with same number as me.

...... and the rest

It was our youngest son's birthday on 28th April and DH's on 30th April. That weekend our eldest son and family came down from Yorkshire to celebrate all the April birthdays.
On the Saturday we went into Birmingham to the Pizza Festival to support our D.I.L. who took her Vintage Ice Cream Van to sell ice cream. Unfortunately it was a cold day and not really what we all expected but we made the best of it.

 When we got home that evening we actually ordered in more pizza for supper as everyone was still hungry - lots of fun all being together.
On Sunday D.I.L. was based outside the library in the City Centre ( B'Ham) for the B'ham 10 K run. It was a better day weather wise. Our son and D.I.L. took part in the race and were pleased with their times.

That evening we all went out TGI'Fridays where we had a very  noisy and fun celebration. Afterwards back to younger son's for cake and a glass of wine or two. :-)
 Eldest son and family went home on Monday and then we got ready to go to Somerset to visit mum and then on to Cornwall for a much needed holiday. I was very stressed, especially after visiting mum :-( - she is lonely and needs help with looking after her home. Breathing is not good especially when she tries to do too much - but she is being very stubborn. We did go out for a lovely meal on the Saturday evening and she enjoyed that. It was hard leaving her on the Sunday.

Above the view from our bedroom, lounge - stunning .

Duck pool beach and below a misty day at Boscastle.

Only been back since about four o'clock on Sunday and went to our son's that night for a BBQ, then afternoon tea on Monday ( a birthday treat for my friend and me from two of our other friend's) It was yummy- sandwiches, lots of cake, prosecco and tea :-)

Lovely friends

This morning it was Sugar Craft where we were all frantically getting everything finished and together for our teacher to take to the show at the weekend, Then came home and collapsed :-)

Sorry re the phone photos. Took the new camera away , had got the card for it but  left the cable needed  to recharge at home :-(

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

WOYWW Catching Up!

Didn't make it last  Wednesday to WOYWW - not much on my desk though as I'd tidied up after the All Day Class on Saturday. In fact not a lot this week as I have not done any paper crafting since the class.

All ready for me to start again!!! Got family coming at the weekend though so I don't think any paper crafting getting done just yet.

The class went really well, everyone enjoyed it - well so they said. I forgot again to take many photographs -

 I made up kits with everything in for the above - that way those that didn't finish were able to do so at home.

In the morning we made the mini album and box below. This is not my photo of this - but from jenny Moors from whom I purchased the class tutorial. The ladies all finished theirs and they looked as beautiful.

Completely forgot to take pics of the lovely food/ cakes etc my friend made for the day :-(

well I'm a bit late to the WOYWW party this week , but will visit as many as I can and all those ending in same number as me.

Catching Up

 I needed to catch up with a few chores that were neglected and also wanted to spend time with DH - he was very good while I was preparing for my class and he was brilliant on the day. He did go out on the morning but came back in time for lunch :-) which was delish. He loaded up the dishwasher afterwards and tidied up the kitchen, what would I do without him.

We actually spent quite a bit of time together in the garden- moving things around etc. I was inspired after visiting the Garden Centre last Sunday with DH and also by the 'bucket o' herbs ' my friend gave me for turning up her curtains.

On Tuesday I went to Sugarcraft and then DH and I went to hang the curtains for my friend.

Friday we went on a ' Jauntette' as DH described it. Not mega exciting by many standards but we enjoyed it. Went to Ikea for breakfast, very tasty and good value - they just need to get people through the tills more quickly to ensure food stays hot. Afterwards we went to Boundary Mill, had tea and scones there!! Then ordered in pizza for supper - we were very lazy. Bought a few bits when out as well - spending the kids inheritance :-) Enjoyed the day!!

Had to go and do food etc shop / really needed to replenish and replace :-)

I decided to join a CAL - should have started on Wednesday but haven't managed to yet. Have my yarn and everything ready now though.Not stressing will do it as and when  am able .

On Saturday we had an impromptu picnic in the park. I had to go and get a few bits and pieces ready for DH's and youngest son's birthday ( Thursday and Saturday) , added a couple of new tops for me. DH had gone to park in the park - it is near my Auntie's and we had to pop there as well. I bought a sandwich etc and we sat in the car enjoying the view and watching lots of youngsters enjoying themselves. very relaxing and then I had to go to my Aunt's - another story !!!!

Here are a few more cards Imade/ still working on the bottom two . Cased  the first one

That's all for now - have a cake that just cooked needing my attention. back soon.