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

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.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017


Hello there, Sorry I was missing in action last week . especially after the ATC swap. I still have two to send but that's because I was waiting for a couple of addresses , I think I got the others out  pretty promptly for me :-)
I still need to photograph all my lovely swaps - it;s been a very busy, etc time. More at the end as I know you have come to see my work space.
 I have been trying to get ready for my next class - this Saturday , although now I only have three coming. Others are coming next week on Thursday evening :-)

As you may realise I am also a Stampin Up demonstrator . My Upline, a lovely lady named Julie Wade was devastated by events in Manchester. She really wanted to do something, 'to make a difference' she invited as many as wanted to, and who were part of the team known as Julie's Jems ( Julie Kettlewell)  to make cards to send to all Doctors, Nurses and Emergency Services who were involved with the aftermath of Manchester, to thank them for all they did. She did a lot of research etc and we sent almost 1000 cards to Manchester.

Then of course we heard on Saturday evening/ Sunday morning of the dreadful events in London. Julie again invited as many of the team who were able to make cards to send to all those involved in aftermath of the London atrocities.

I could only commit to 20 cards for each these are the ones I made  for Manchester

I will show you the London ones next week.

My work area tonight ( Tuesday ) it will not change until tomorrow pm.

You can't see the exact spot I work in as the cards for London are there and I don't want to show those until they have been received.

I will endeavour to visit as many desks as I can. I am sorry that there are some I can't leave comments on as they are Google+ and I don't want to go that route. I will leave a reply in the comments though. Please if you don't know what WOYWW is then please pop over to Julia's Blog and discover more, you won't be sorry.

I have had a lot going on re my mum. She is quite well really, considering what is wrong with her. There are issues re what care etc she will need in the future. Also issues re where she lives and how that is affecting us all. Last week my brother and I arranged for mum to visit a Reitrement Apartment here in Birmingham ( mum is in Somerset) this Monday. I went down to visit last Thursday, my brother was going to join me on Saturday and we hoped to bring her back. Anyway she wouldn't come. made all sorts of excuses - even though she has said it was what she wanted. So I had to come back and leave her. one of my sisters does live near her. Mum has a bungalow where she lives but has been spending a little time in a Care Home , she has a week left there. The situation is not straight forward or easy to deal with but I don't really want to go into it all.
It was very hard leaving on Sunday, especially as it was the anniversary of my dad's death. Anyway suffice to say that last week was not the easiest.  one of the reasons I didn't make it here.
hopefully back next week.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Just want to say that my heart goes out to anyone affected by the dreadful events in Manchester on Tuesday evening. Words just don't seem enough.

Well it's Wednesday again, such a special one, 8 years of WOYWW thanks to the lovely Julia from The Stamping Ground - thanks Julia !

Thank you to all of you who commented last week, I loved reading all your comments. It was interesting re quality of my photos. I did say that I was not sure what had happened to the first one - apologised for the quality. Well thank you Vicky for saying she liked it - all dreamy :-) I didn't think the others were too bad - used my phone and I'm afraid this week's are the same.

I didn't get masses of crafting done last week, catching up with everything.

My work space as left last night. I have been experimenting and playing - trying to come up with ideas for my next class. As I said not had a lot of time so not got very far , and I also seem to have lost my mojo a little. A lot of stuff going on in the background :-(

Little sausage had his PEG fitted. I hope that life will be a little easier now for him and his parents. That is him below having fun before his operation. You may be able to see his feeding tube, it is attached to a pack on his daddy's back. Thankfully no more.

I look forward to visiting many desks later.

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 s...