Tuesday, 2 August 2016


It seriously can't be a week since I visited can it? And how is it August - where did the last seventh months go ??  Thank you to all of you lovely ladies that visited me. I did try to return all visits - think there was one blog I couldn't get onto.

 It's been good though!!! Last Friday we looked after our granddaughters - well DH did in the morning as I was putting finishing touches to my class on Saturday. He took them to the library for 'Craft Activities' bit of a poor show really. All there was were colouring in sheets. They were not impressed - used to more at Grandma's :-)
They came here for lunch - they were very impressed I'd made some bread especially for their lunch :-) We took them to the Arboretum in the afternoon where they played happily and were quite worn out!!!

So Saturday arrived. I thought that the weather was not going to play nicely and we wouldn't be able to sit outside for the tea- but after the craft bit the sun shone and we had a super time outside. Everyone said they'd really enjoyed it.

Above the ladies with their completed projects ( Thank you to my Up line Julie Wade for letting me use her idea.)

Outside enjoying our delicious tea - Provided by the lovely Marion (she is on the right and in the centre - wearing a spotty top :-) )

On Sunday we took it easy and the girls and my son and D.I.L walked round to say hello. The girls were painting in the garden.

Since then I've been putting the finishing touches to my Repeat All Day class on Saturday.

The table etc looks like there has been a whirlwind pass through. I have some serious tidying up to do in there before Saturday.

Anyway this is what my desk/table etc looks like this evening, and won't change before tomorrow afternoon.

The white/ patterned design paper in the background is scored and folded ready to make into something for Saturday - show you next time :-)

Below is the card I mentioned last week. It was for a card swap with the theme ' Celestial'
I used all Stampin Up materials. I distressed the backgrounds and also used a stencil and Swirly Birds set. I enjoyed 'playing' - haven't done anything like this in a while.

So why am I showing you my work space - pop over to the lovely Julia's and find out more, and do join in :-)

I will visit all those who visit me,those who end in same number as me and as many more as I can manage.

Hope to be back next week but my mum is coming to visit on Sunday and staying for a few days. She has at last put her bungalow on the market. She is going to have a look at what's on the market here- sadly not a lot at the moment.

Have a lovely week everyone.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


Hello all. So what have I been up to since my last visit - if you are really interested it's in the previous post :-)

On Sunday I went into B'ham to meet the lovely Darnell!!! She is such a joy. Exactly as she comes across on her blog. She met with us at B'ham Grand Central. I also met Shaz ( Silverwolf cards),Chris - Cardius Bloggus ( Bishops mate), Ang, Mrs Duck from The Ducks Doodahs, Donna from Room in a cupboard, Maggie from Silver Crafter. There was also Ang's friend Kussum and my friend Marion ( Miriam :-) ) we all had a lovely lunch together and of course chatted away for four hours!! It all went by so quickly - it was a super way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thank you Darnell for inviting me along and thanks to everyone else for your great company. Also many thanks to Julia who started WOYWW - if I'd not visited and joined in I would not have made and met some lovely friends.

I am at the back on the right hand side.

So to my desk -

I have been preparing for my Crafternoon Tea and then the following Saturday the repeat of my All Day class. Here I was having a go at a card I saw in the Stampin Up catalogue- mine will be slightly different. I really like this stamp set, thinlets and paper. Have been making up various samples.

I have been making a card for a swap - will save that for next week just in case the recipient pops by.

I have made a couple of cards,

This one was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest - I changed a couple of things.

And another

I will visit as many desks as I can , all who visit me and those ending in same number.

Today I went to Sugar Craft - last class of the term- when I have finished putting everything together I will share it.
 Afterwards we went to my friend Thelma's ( remember I mentioned her back in June when it was her 82nd birthday), Each year to mark 'end of term ' she holds her garden party. We all take something to eat and we get to look around her amazing garden. It is huge with an amazing collection of plants and shrubs.Apart from having someone come once a year to cut back large shrubs and trees she does it all herself.

There was also a delicious chocolate cheesecake!!!! We were very full afterwards and it did nothing for my diet!!!!
Hope you have enjoyed sharing my week. Hope to be back next week!!! Will try and remember some photos of Crafternoon Tea :-)

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.