West Midlands, United Kingdom
Hi I'm Anne and I'm an Independent Stampin'Up! Demonstrator. I live within easy reach of Walsall, Sutton, Streetly and Great Barr in the West Midlands. I hold monthly cardmaking classes. If you would like details of my classes, hold a workshop in your own home ,more information about Stampin'Up! or would just like to place an order please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

WOYWW 269 ( and catching up)

Hello everyone. Thought I might not make it this week either. I don't know about one week to the next flying by, the last fortnight has fled.
I will try not to make this too long ( sorry Julia if it does run over a bit)

I did intend to post last week but I ran out of time. I could not believe it when I realised I'd missed learning that I had won the gorgeous 

'Tootie Fruiti Bag'  from LLJ  - Jan that she kindly gave away to celebrate the third birthday of her blog!!! Guess what it arrived today - oh yes it did and it's fabulous. It is going to travel with me - I usually take knitting /crochet with me and in future it will travel in my tootie fruitie bag. Many thanks Jan. 

Here it is complete with the pretty card with kind words inside from Jan. 

Since my last post I've been up to Yorkshire again visiting my eldest son and family. I helped my D.I.L. make two cakes based on the Disney film Frozen and also a football shirt for Sam who was having his birthday party that weekend. His party was at a climbing centre in Brighouse and unfortunately we got a parking ticket. We had paid but it fell off the windscreen. DH appealed and it was rescinded - this time!! Cheek it was the fact that the adhesive was affected by the heat and would not stick.
My photo of one of the 'Frozen' cake has not turned out well. It looks lop sided etc but in reality was fine!!

On our return from Yorkshire I had to gear up to preparations for my Card Making Workshop. I had 9 lovely ladies attending and had not done any preparation. Knew what I wanted to do! It was a difficult week as there were family issues, I didn't feel well and I had a lot of other things that needed to be done. I was very stressed last week. Glad to say I was ready for class, some issues with family resolved and although I still have a cough I feel better than I did.

All my lovely ladies - had to split them up this time :-) no they were not naughty just needed more space.

They made a bag ( thanks to Elaine at Paper craft button for instructions) - with some pretty coloured tea lights inside , a screen card 9 thanks to Linda Parker for the idea and the final card is not the one they made but is similar- thanks to Pootles for the inspiration.

I told them to do as I said not as I did - I didn't punch the clasp bit centrally :-(

I have also made

I bought this gorgeous fabric and ribbon - don't know what I'm going to do with it yet - sure I'll think of something :-)

Oh yes I'd best show you my 'desk' have been making a card for my grandson today - can't show you yet though.

And finally as well as getting my lovely bag today I also received some gorgeous flowers by post - a thank you from my D.I.L.'s friend thanking me for helping with the cake and also heard that my nephew got engaged yesterday - on the beach at Lyme Regis. So pleased for him.

The gorgeous flowers.

I am sorry for a long post - sorry Julia will try and do better next week.
Why am I showing you my desk? Pop over to  Julia's Blog and join in!!! As always will visit those I follow , anyone who visits me and those ending with same number. Have a great week. Back soon - I hope. x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Hello it's that time again!!! A trip around the world via some fabulous crafty desks/spaces!!! WOYWW - don't know what I'm talking about then pop over to Stamping Ground  the home of Julia who started it all.

Well I really can't believe it's that time again. The weeks seem to be flying by!! As always I've been busy, visiting my Aunt, having a lovely pedicure, Church Fete with my lovely DH, DS, D.I.L. and gorgeous granddaughters, I've made a card and almost finished another, knitting - well trying to - have undone more than I've finished, had our younger granddaughter yesterday p.m. and then took both out for tea last night after school - an end of term treat, had my hair trimmed this morning and then to lunch with several ladies from sugar craft class. At the end of the year we go to the house of one of the members for a 'garden party' She has a beautiful garden and this year we were able to sit outside. We all take something for lunch. It was all so delicious and the garden was looking lovely. Ended up staying to chat until 5.30. It was lovely to see everyone again. I've not been to class since March - to begin with because of problem with my knee and after it became easier I had various appointments and so decided not to rejoin until September.
Oh yes also been trying to make a model of Olaf from the film Frozen - for a birthday cake I'm helping with.

Well I digress - to  my desk (aka dining room table) - it's a mess again!! The whole room is. I have cake decorating stuff out, card making stuff and I have been having a big sort out, moving things around and getting rid of things. Have a bit more to do yet so everything is in the dining room.

It doesn't look that bad in these photographs but that's because you can't see the rest :-)

Below is the card I made and have I just realised there are a couple of things not straight and I've forgotten the butterfly that was to go on it!!

I will visit the blogs I follow regularly, anyone who visits me and those ending with same number as me.
Back soon x

Friday, 11 July 2014

Friday's Smile

Very late joining in but think I've just made it!!!!! Lots of things made me smile last weekend and during the week.
We spent last weekend in Yorkshire with my eldest son and family and were lucky enough to see the second stage of Le Tour de France as it went through Honley ( near Holmfirth) . My son was one of the Tour Makers ( volunteer helping on the day) It was brilliant being there and experiencing the excitement, enthusiasm and anticipation of the crowd. Lots of smiles.My grandsons enjoyed writing messages on the road.

The day before my youngest grandson lost his two front teeth ( first teeth) after a long wait for him. He looks so cute.

On the Friday evening the boys came home with excellent end of year reports. So on Saturday we treated them to luxury hot chocolates at The Carding Shed - Oil Can Cafe - near their home. They love these.

There were lots of other smiles as well hope you've enjoyed these few . Now I must link my smiles to the lovely Annie's Blog  I'm pleased I can join in this week. Thank you for hosting this Annie.
Back soon x

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

WOYWW 266 ( and Le Tour )

Well as always it's been hectic since this time last week. Nothing new there I hear you say. I am going to show my work space first as I know Julia - who started this wonderful weekly visit to desks around the world will be cross with me for a long post. So if you only want my desk you only need to read the first part.
As I have been away again from last Thursday until late Sunday evening my paper crafting desk is the same as last week.
However I have been attempting to set up a sewing corner in one of the spare bedrooms.I am attempting to organise it so that I can easily turn it back to bedroom for when my grandchildren stay.

So here we go

A small folding table with my old, old machine - well used as you can see.

I would like to paint the small sets of drawers above
I am also going to decorate fronts of the boxes you can see to  right of shelf - you can also see folding chair to the right. I still have a lot to organise etc but have used the space to sew and it works well.

And finally for this section - rather late but I hope they will still be acceptable 3 quilts for the Lilybo appaeal. The first one was made by the mum of a friend of mine - she was 90 when she made it ( she sadly died in January)

The next one was made by her niece.

The above are gorgeous - the next effort is mine - I'm not very happy with it and would do it so differently. I hope though it will comfort someone. I would not make such big panels again.

Below the bag for mine - almost done. I'm ashamed at how long mine as taken - the other two were finished ages ago - hope I'm not too late with them.
Well that's it for this section . I will visit all who visit me and any ending with same number as me. Why not join in with WOYWW - pop along to Julia's Blog

Le Tour 

Last Thursday we set off for Yorkshire to visit our eldest son and help with childcare and also attempt to see one of the two stages of the Tour De France which started in Yorkshire. 
On Friday we took our grandsons to school and watched the whole school put on their own' tour' and then looked at a display of work connected to 'the tour' . 

On Saturday our D.I.L. was working and son went off to Pool in Wharfedale to watch the cyclists come through there. We took Sam to band practice and later took both boys for  luxury hot chocolate as a treat for excellent School Reports. That evening we all enjoyed a super BBQ together.

DS with his new toy - a BBQ!  

On Sunday D.I.L. back at work (she is a nurse) and DS set off early as he was one of the volunteer helpers for day 2. DH and I had decided where we would go with our GS's to watch but DS rang and said he was on route not far from home- there was parking , toilets and still a lot of space so off we went and set up camp. DS was able to be with us a lot of the tie and he was especially pleased that he was with our grandsons when the Pelaton went through. It was all so exciting. The boys were really good despite a wait of nearly four hours - we managed though to keep them occupied. As the crowd built up so did the anticipation. The lads enjoyed all the police , support vehicles and floats etc and managed to collect one or two freebies. They were very spoiled with sweets and ice cream. 
Before we knew the cyclists swept through and were gone in a flash on our stretch of the route ( Honley - if you know it) they then went on to Holmfirth and the the climb up Holme Moss. It was an amazing spectacle. 
Sadly my photos don't do it justice. 

My little offering 

I took the above photo at Holmfirth High School where Sam does Band Practice. They have a sweet little garden area and had set up the above scene - a tribute to Le Tour and Last of the Summer Wine

Above 2 my son and his sons.

Above next Harry and Sam all set up and ready and waiting.

Grandpa looking after base camp :-)
 The boys were writing various messages on the road.

 One of the floats.




Hope you enjoyed this little taste of my experience - I think I will do another post later with some other bits and pieces from my weekend. Back soon x 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014


Another week gone and now it's July!!!! Whatever happened to the first half of the year - and everything I was going to accomplish!!!!

Thank you for all the lovely comments last week and good wishes re my knee problem - no more news there yet.

At last I've photographed my received ATC's 

Above top row envelope and ATC from Lottie, card and (bird) ATC from Sharon Madson
Second row - pink envelope/ATC from Regina, blue card ( with lovely verse) and 'quilted hug' from Annie

Above - top row first one from Maggie (Silver Crafter), orange ATC from BJ,  bird card and ATC from Elizabeth
Row two - from Cindy and second from the lovely Jo ( Twiglet)

Below - floral card and butterfly ATC from Diane Baker Williams , Hello Friend card, ATC and bits and pieces from Robyn ( Waterlily Cards ) - there's also a better view of the ATC from Maggie

Thank you everyone they are all fabulous.

My desk ( AKA dining table) is very bare of any crafting etc. I have almost tidied everything away after my class on Saturday - which went very well. Ladies loved the card and were anxious to know when I was doing the next one - very flattering for me -
We made cards for males and I did CASE them / used some I saw for inspiration. I find it very hard to come up with cards for men !!!!

The box at the back was courtesy of PaperCraft Button. The one at very back inspired by Paula Knall - I can't remember where I saw inspiration for other two. 

My workspace - as I said very bare!!!

Other end of table with last few bits to put away and stamps to clean.

Ah this is where everything is :-) I'd seen these in a lot of craft rooms. Did convince myself I didn't need it. Then talked myself round :-) It's great cos it means I can have everything handy but just wheel it out of dining room when I need to tidy up!!!

A bit picture heavy - sorry. 
If you would like to join in WOYWW pop over to Julia's Blog and join in the fun.
I will visit all who visit me and those who have same number as me. See you soon. x 

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


I am sorry that I have still not photographed all my received ATC's . Many apologies and I will try to do so for next week. I hope that everyone has now received theirs from me. 

Another week has flashed by and as always I have been so busy!!! Not a lot of time for crafting but I did manage to do a little knitting and have almost finished sewing those pesky ends in on my crochet squares.

Last Thursday I had the results from the MRI scan on my knee. A tear in the meniscus, extensive bruising, fluid and a query osteonecrosis. Consultant asked if I'd had a fall ( no) He seems a little puzzled and wants a second opinion. I am also going in for an arthroscopy . It is so strange really as it has been a lot easier and DH said last week just as I was going to see the physiotherapist that I was walking so much better. The consultant said that is is probably the steroid injection that is making it easier at the moment. I do worry about return of the pain I had before :-(  So watch this space!!!

After my appointment DH and I went straight off to Yorkshire to visit my son. his wife and our grandsons. Our eldest was 9 on Monday so we were there for his birthday celebrations and to see/hear our younger grandson play in his first concert - he plays a cornet.   I will do a more detailed, separate post about all of that as I am waiting for some photographs from my son. Briefly - ish on  Friday evening we sat and watched the boys at cricket practice - it was a wonderful evening in stunning surroundings. On Saturday morning we took Sam to band practice and I sewed in some more ends !!! Saturday afternoon D.I.L. and I decorated Harry's cake and then we went to local beauty spot to look at 'Art in the woods' - I only have photos on my phone though as I forgot to take camera and I can't get photos onto here. We then went to a local pub for tea. It was yummy.
Sunday morning was Harry's party. Started with 7 boys going swimming. They came back to have hot dogs and chips. Cake of course!!! Then at Harry's request they had a pinata - a dragon shaped one which they bashed with great gusto until all the sweeties fell out and were quickly gathered up. This was followed by some football themed games.

The birthday boy on his new bike ( in the garage) still in his PJ's :-)

Later on Sunday we set off to Holmfirth High School for the concert. Wonderful!!! More in a later post.
Sam ready to go to his concert - looking a little nervous here. He has never done anything like this before and is only 6. Bless him. We were very proud of him.

We returned home yesterday !!! Today we had Phoebe - well grandpa did I went out with friends for afternoon tea :-) but more of that later.

My desk - nothing has happened there since last week. It is all waiting for me to start to prep for my class on Saturday!!! Gulp.

Well that's it for now. If you want to visit some far more interesting desks than mine then pop along to Julia's Blog and join in the fun!!!!! See you soon. x