Tuesday, 7 July 2020


Firstly can I say thank you for all the lovely, kind and thoughtful comments last week re my mum.
I am also so sorry that I didn't reply to all. It was a difficult and stressful week. Thursday saw me have a bit of a meltdown. However my son has taken over as my 'voice' re trying to sort out arrangements. It has been very fraught. We finally have a date for  mum's funeral.

I braved the hairdresser today and then went to the florist to sort out flowers.

When I returned home I managed a little craft therapy- it soothed me.

So this is how I left my 'desk' tonight ( Tuesday)

I made two thank you cards for two of my class ladies ordered something via me.

I wil try to do much better re visiting desks this coming week. Please bear with me. I will get to everyone eventually.

Why not pop over to Julia's blog and join with WOYWW - details of how to join in are all there.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020



She gave the gift of laughter
and dried her share of tears,
She left her mark on many lucky lives
throughout the years.
She spread a lot of love around,
She shed a world of light.
And in the memories she left,
her spirit still shines bright.

Hello all.
I am sorry I don't have a photo of my desk so I hope that Julia will forgive me.
Some of you know already  but my dear mum died on Monday 22nd June - for her a blessing but those left behind  are heartbroken but we wouldn't have wanted her to suffer.

I hesitated posting but I have often spoken about her on here so I hope you understand.

On Sunday 21st we were allowed to visit her in her Care Home. I made the 150  miles journey in trepidation as it was first time out for me since 17th March and I travelled in the back of my brothers car. I wore two masks and a visor!
Three hours later we arrived and dressed in PPE we went in to see Mum. She was so poorly bless her but knew we were there. We gave her drinks, wiped her chin and chatted gently.
When we had to leave to return home she put her fingers to her lips, kissed them and gently waved. I , through a mask gave her a kiss on her head.

She was rushed to hospital in early hours of Monday morning. She was very poorly but was still being treated and we were not expecting her to lose her fight. Sadly she couldn't fight the infection she had ( not the Covid virus thankfully) and left us during the afternoon. I am so thankful that the owner of the Care Home allowed us to visit the day before and we had those beautiful three and a half hours with her.

Not much crafting at the moment but I am sure I will resume at some point.
Just before all the above I had made kits for my ladies.

The box was a holder for the cards.

A little blurred = the card at the front was a pocket card. 

I think they were well received.
I hope everyone is ok and I will try and pop by to see you all but it might not happen in one go.

Anne x

Wednesday, 3 June 2020


Hello all. Thank you for all the kind comments last week. I have I think visited all who visited me. I was very late linking in. Discovered two new comments today - I will reply.

Sending special thoughts to all in the US - so sad to read of events over there. 😪
Despite still bring confined to barracks as it were it has been busy.
I think I am busier than before Lockdown!

My workspace and whole room need a good tidy up before I begin putting the kits together! I was up early this morning ordering all I need. Stampin Up have a new catalogue- live from today so new things to play with and use in the kits.

My work area - I took the photograph last night but it looks the same this morning!

I made only one card since last week as I have been mostly in the garden!
The above card was the  example for last week's Thursday Challenge for my ladies. It was to emboss- either dry or heat embossing. I stamped on vellum for the daisies and heat embossed , ran thew layer behind daisies through Big Shot in embossing folder. Quite pleased with this one.

I have practically finished planting. There are areas to tidy up and I am making plans for a few future changes- not practical at present.

We sat for a while outside after dinner last night. Enjoying last of warmth for a while ( had rain this morning and it's cooler)
We only have a small garden now but it is enough!

Last Saturday I had a lovely video call with Mum. She looked well and was telling me a story she had made up- it involved her, two boys, a boat, alligators and a box of frogs. She was chuckling away. The carer had taken her iPad in so we could do the call. She contacted me afterwards and said it was lovely to hear Mum laughing. I was very touched that she also said how much better mum was after my calls as I was so positive. I am lucky that the carer is so kind and keeps in contact with me.
I will be sending more cards down there and some goodies soon. They were all recently tested for the virus. They are all clear- such great news.

Another lovely surprise was getting flowers from family in Yorkshire and then a visit. All four came down, we sat in the front garden. They brought their own food and chairs and we kept two metres apart. It was such a joy to see them. First time since February. We thought Matthew a little quiet but I think his experiences with patients with the virus have taken its toll. He is now longing to get back to some sort of normal - but it is taking time to set up safe environments.
They stopped for two hours, popped to see Jonathan and family then home.
We were also able to visit Jonathan & family in their garden and watch girls having fun. We kept apart but it was a lovely change.

Matthew, Carolynn and grandsons

Ralph -  their Beagle!

Above the flowers they sent beforehand. So pretty.

Well I think that's it for this week. I will visit as many desks as I can. Also catching up with housework! :-(

Stay safe everyone

Wednesday, 27 May 2020


Hello all. Thank you for the welcome back last week and lovely comments.
We have had a few visitors over last few days- all socially distancing of course. Two friends popped by ( not at the same time) the one lives alone and is usually out a lot - she loves to have a chat. Son and family have dropped off shopping or popped via ours on their walks to say hi.
My brother and his wife brought along plants for the garden so that has been keeping me occupied - still a few to put in yet.
I asked the ladies who come to craft if they would like a class in a kit  and all said yes so I am busy planning that. I hope they will like it!
I spoke to mum, it is tricky as she does not hear well. She is missing seeing family and physical contact 😪. It is so very sad.
 There was little to show on my desk - my crafting has been mainly in the garden!

I made two cards for challenges

Plants etc waiting to all be sorted. It is looking different now, photos when I finish.

Hoping to pop and see one of the ladies who comes to class - she is almost 86 ,recovering from a broken wrist , has managed to provide a neighbour with cards to send and yesterday said she has made us a cake, wants to order new goodies and wants to join in with class in a kit!

She is remarkable- we keep well apart and chat - sometimes Graham pops things in to her via his walk. She was saying she would love some ice cream, she will only ask people to get her essentials, so I asked my S.I.L. if she would get some ice-cream for her. I am taking that this afternoon - a surprise.
Take care and stay safe.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020


It's been a long time ........

Lots of reasons for my absence from my blog - nothing major or scary, just life. I also had problems trying to get onto Julia's Blog :-( - hopefully sorted now with help from the lovely Doug ( Shaz and Doug) and our son. I still can't link by clicking on side of my blog but at least I can get on.

I say lots been going on and there has but in the main it has been a different kind of busy.

 I had my last class on the 14th March, was supposed to visit my mum on 15th march but it was decided it was not sensible and then the Home closed doors ( understood perfectly) to visitors on 18th.
 Since the 17th March Graham and I have been nowhere apart from walks locally. Lots of kind people have helped with shopping. I am not complaining we are very fortunate. I miss the family. Jonathan, Sarah and girls pop past on their permitted walks but of course no hugging. We last saw Matthew and family in February :-(  thank goodness for modern technology - we have at least been able to keep in touch and 'see' each other.
 It was a difficult time at the start - worrying about Matthew - he was on the front line and the more I heard about NHS staff dying ( and doctors in other countries) the more upset I became and didn't want to do some things. I feel a little easier about him and my D.I.L.now. Worry of course re all family - youngest son and family have all been at home, all well at mum's Care Home they are doing a wonderful job.

Crafting wise I initially made some crochet hearts plus sympathy cards for the ICU of my son's hospital ( he requested) then thank you cards for hospital staff. Also sent an array of cards to Mum's Care Home. Sent a food parcel to Matthew's in laws - things they couldn't get and I had managed to :-) donated hand cream and other bits and pieces - doesn't seem a lot when you write it down.

There were three birthdays, mine , Graham's and Jonathan's cards so cards to make for the men,a cake for Graham .

So to my workspace -

I have had a few items from Stampin Up's next catalogue and have been making some small samples for the ladies.

A few photos of makes and mentions above.
Probably too many - sorry Julia.

I think I had better stop there! Looking forward to visiting you and your desks.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020


Thank you for the kind comments re mum and my Aunt last week.
Mum ok and I hope to see her soon.
My Aunt is moving to a Nursing Home for respite, she really needs it full time. I will do what ever is needed re her but things are not easy and you need to know her and situation to truly understand. Her reasons for not telling my brother were unkind and spiteful - but life goes on and you deal with it.

My desk, is slightly staged. I had just finished the cards you see ready for posting today so put them on my workspace to share.

I look forward to visiting others later.
If you would like to join in WOYWW then tap the icon on the side of my blog.
Have a lovely day .

Tuesday, 25 February 2020


Not managed to get on for a couple of weeks. Life and its problems etc etc.

I did manage to do my class on the 15th Feb. Had a fun time and the ladies were pleased.

I was supposed to go and see my Mum on the 17th Feb but the weather and conditions led us to postpone. I don't think I've been forgiven yet :-(

My Aunt is in hospital, she told the Manager of her Sheltered Housing not to tell my brother and me. One of my sisters was told but has not communicated with the rest of us. My brother and I were very hurt and it has led to a lot of ill feeling and distress :-(

Had a lovely weekend, eldest son and his family came for the weekend and we spent a lot of the time with youngest son and family as well. We met up here for drinks and to catch up and plan Saturday.On Saturday we went Roller Skating - well our grandchildren and daughters in law skated, both sons and I watched. DH stopped at home as he felt a little under the weather. On Saturday evening we all made it out for dinner and then back here for dessert and games.

DH, eldest son and eldest grandson

A leisurely Sunday morning and brunch and then they set off home for Yorkshire ( eldest son that is, the youngest lives round the corner. It was very quiet here afterwards :-(

So to my desk. I have tidied up a little as I want to be ready to craft again tomorrow.

Making a card for our son, well trying to.

 Looking up the table

Actual desk

 Card I made for DH.

Make and take for the Craft Group I went to

Below ready for my class on the 15th Feb, it is tidy sometimes lol

 Ladies at work

Flowers I had ordered to take for mum - I have enjoyed looking at them but wish they had gone where intended.

Better stop there. I will visit as many desks as I can. If you want to know more about WOYWW then click on the link at the side of my blog.

Hope to be back next week.


Firstly can I say thank you for all the lovely, kind and thoughtful comments last week re my mum. I am also so sorry that I didn't repl...