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.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016


Gosh this last week went quickly. I have been busy preparing for my All Day Class on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing the seven ladies and enjoying the food that my friend will prepare for us. i know there's lemon and lime cheesecake for dessert and carrot cake for the afternoon :-) - I'm never going to be thin!!! I did manage to swim twice last week but I don't think that will counteract all I've eaten. Unfortunately when I am stressed I eat - and I've been worrying a lot about mum and her situation.

I was happy on Friday and Saturday when I knew my sons and their families had returned safely from  their holidays in Portugal/ US ( Florida ) I'm so pleased that they had fabulous holidays but so relieved they were home safe and sound.

On Saturday evening we had a lovely meal at younger sons to celebrate their homecoming Lasagne and salad followed by tiramisu- yummy.
Enjoyed looking at all the photos :-)

I have almost finished everything for the class - on my desk/aka dining table you can see final bits being finished.

Normally the ladies would do own die cutting but they need a lot of these and I only have one set and one Big Shot!

Looking further down - there is an order to it - honest :-)

And I've spread out onto the sideboard - I've made some goody bags as well .

Popped into Aldi last Wed after the dentist and bought the above for some charity knitting - not the price marked!!!!

The yarn above is for a CAl I decided to try and join in with - just in case I don't have enough to do :-) The yarn is the basic kit but it is beautifully soft.

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

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

WOYWW etc etc

Well I was missing last week - been away and then had my mum here - more of that in a while. Had been going to post yesterday re what I'd been up to - but never got round to it :-( so will do my desk and for anyone interested I'll do a 'part 2 ' :-)

So to my desk  aka dining table ( I don have to keep clearing it off - someone asked - we only use dining room on highdays and holidays when all family come DH and I usually eat in the kitchen

So two views

Above I am prepping for my next all day class- yes there were two mugs there :-)

In this view is my very old sewing machine and curtains that I am turning up for a friend not very happy with how it's going :-(

So there you are not  very interesting

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I will visit all who visit me and those ending in same number.

Etc etc

It has been a whirlwind of activity since my last post !
Thursday 24th March saw me having hair done and packing. DH and I went down to Southampton on 25th March ready for our nephew Michael's wedding. Friday night saw us with some members of family, including the groom enjoying dinner together. We were all pleased  Mum was able make it as well. She hadn't been very well again - and as is usual she delayed going to see the doctor.
On Saturday we all had a leisurely breakfast together and then all got dressed up :-)in our wedding finery.
The wedding took place at Romsey Town Hall with the Reception at Amfield Golf Club. Lovely time  had by all.

 Bit of a blurry photo of back of dress

Bridesmaids - flower girl is my great niece Tabitha 

 my nephews, sis in law and brother ( flower l and mummy at end - wife and daughter of my nephew 1st right)
 top table

cake - I didnt make this one

DH and I decided stay down that way for an extra couple of days - just in time  for storm Katie :-) was not as bad as we'd thought ( very windy during Sun night) however didn't do  a lot as DH was poorly - turned out to be a chest infection -  but we had a rest.

 At Southampton - a large cruise ship - Britannia I think

On Monday we went to Calshot - saw ship come in

Returned home on Tues and then mum came - she had been at my brother's for a few days.
Friday - 1st April :-) it was my birthday. Went out for lunch and then had a Chinese take away in the evening - quite low key - son's and family away and DH unwell. Did enjoy the day though and had lots of lovely cards.

Flowers  sent by my son and family who are on holiday in Florida

Mum cuddling Alexis - my phone flashed and startled her.

 I had a cuddle with my great nephew - he's at home now and mum held him. His daddy went to just the wedding ceremony as he was joint best man. It was a long journey for him though especially as they are getting no sleep. Alexis is struggling  with feeds. Some concern re arm  that was broken , it is healing but little movement - could be nerve damage or to do with the damage to right side of brain due to being starved of oxygen. We just have to wait now.

Managed to go swimming today - had  miss a couple of weeks.

Well that's all for now. Back Soon.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016


Hello everyone. Thank you for all your kind comments and concern last week. Hope Julia doesn't mind me starting with news of the baby.
He has suffered some kidney damage - some of the tissue had died as it was starved of oxygen but his liver and heart now seem to be ok. He had to have a transfusion of platelets as his count was low. The MRI scan shows some brain damage on the right hand side but it will be some time until they know what the impact of that is. BUT the good news is I heard from my brother about an hour ago and they are discharging him so my nephew and his fiancee can take him home - hurray - that is such good news. He is two weeks old today and this time a fortnight ago he was not expected to make it - such a little fighter. We are so pleased. Thank you for all the kind words, wishes and prayers.

So to my desk/aka dining table - not a lot happening there I have tidied up a lot and for the moment no crafting as we get ready for Easter and the wedding.

  A book about basics of crochet that thought someone might find useful

Some mankey looking sponges :-) at the back are Easter decorations in the box and on the right the start of preps for my All Day Class

Another of the cards I made with my class.

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on Saturday I went to a Sugar Craft Demonstration. The person demonstrating is named Alan Dunn and his work is fabulous. He is very entertaining as well - it was relaxing and good therapy.
Some of his work

Saturday evening we went out for dinner with our younger son and his family- an early birthday celebration as they will be away on my birthday - going to Portugal, as will my eldest son and family. who are off to Florida. Needless to say I am slightly concerned following the terribly sad events in Brussels - my heartfelt sympathies to all affected.

Yesterday my friend Marion had a birthday. She invited some friends to her house and arranged for a beautician (a neighbour) to come round and we all chose various treatments. There was cake and Prosecco. Then Marion made a wonderful meal for us all - she insisted it was what she wanted to do on her birthday - she really does love entertaining and cooking. It was a lovely relaxing day. Something I needed.

Here is the cake and cupcakes a friend of ours made for her

Mum not well - fluid on her lung - she would not go to the doctors so is now worse than need be and it is not helping re wedding attendance arrangements for her as she is not sure she feels up to going :-)

So there we are - good news and not so good. Hope all is well with everyone out there.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016


How sad I was to read Julia's news - I hope Julia that you get the surgery you need sooner than expected. Here's to a rapid recovery. Take care and we are all here for you.

Thank you for the lovely comments last week. I will expand a little on my 'sad news' at the end of the post. It is not my mum though- thanks for asking.

Thanks Shaz for the advice re camera - still not got round to it yet :-) but must.

So what have I been up to since last week. Well I had eight lovely ladies come to my class and we had lots of fun :-) They made two cards, one in a box envelope and an Easter basket - with chocolate in of course :-)

I am making a few Easter cards at present - have two ladies coming this afternoon to do Saturday's class as they couldn't make Saturday and then I'm going out to tea with them as they are good friends of mine.

So to my desk.

A card for a great nephew who will be eleven tomorrow!!!  

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The sad news

A fortnight ago - on Wednesday we heard that my D.I.L's cousins husband had been killed in a head on collision. they had been married for two years ( though together a long time) and had a baby on Christmas Eve - we were with my son and family and Carolynn's parents on Christmas Eve when they were waiting for news of the baby - and Carolynn's Auntie rang to tell them all of his safe arrival. Feel so sorry for the family, especially his wife and the little boy who will never know his daddy.

Last week at 5.30am my great nephew was born by emergency c section. He had been starved of oxygen and was put onto a ventilator and had/has all sorts of problems. He is off the ventilator and is improving - he had MRI scan yesterday to try and ascertain more information. One consultant said he could have been starved of oxygen for hours - they don't know. It could also be two years before any/all damage is known. He is a beautiful looking little boy and does seem to be making some progress so we are praying that he will overcome known problems and the future will be good. Obviously this is just a short version of events etc - there are a lot of questions to be asked and answered yet .
The baby's daddy- my nephew should be Best Man at his brother's wedding - just a week away - so it has also cast a shadow over the wedding . "Every one was so excited for the arrival of the baby and the wedding - both should be such joyous occasions - my heart goes out to my brother and his family at this time. But we are all trying to be positive . I will keep you updated with baby's progress.

Take care everyone.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

WOYWW and Where to begin ???

There has been a lot going on during my absence :-)
I have not blogged for a while because had a lot happening, been away visiting family and have felt a little under the weather.
I also changed to Windows 10 and the last time I attempted to get photos from camera to laptop was an absolute nightmare - so I gave up and then had no time.

First to my desk and then if you want to catch up with rest of my activities I'll include them at the end :-)

At the moment I am preparing for a class on Saturday - an Easter theme photos are from my phone - still trying to sort camera and windows 10

 A bit blurry making a box envelope

 A sneak peek above

 Ribbons and a card

Spread to the sideboard :-)
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Thank you for all the lovely comments last time I joined in. I will visit all who visit me and those ending in same number as me.

I had a class on February 20th and I was grateful to Julie Kettlewell for sharing her project - I changed a couple of bits and added a bit but main idea from her.

 Four note cards

A box to put them in

A gift bag to put it all in

Made this card for our eldest son :-)

Absolutely unplanned really but we have had a new car - on way back from my mum's we were hit and wing mirror damaged. We went to get a new wing mirror and ended up getting a new car - as you do :-) we'd had the other for seven years and it was fine but reaching the point where it might need work so there was a good deal so we went for it. Very amusing when we got home - DH went back out to it, came in and said I don't know how to start it. The salesman had started it, showed us all controls etc and off we went. Although the same model it starts differently to last one - DH felt very silly having to ring them up :-)
ons eldest

Last Thursday we travelled up to Yorkshire for the final celebrations of eldest son's 40th birthday. Lovely meal on Thursday evening with family.
Friday morning children off to school and son, D.I.L. DH and I set off to  Holmfirth Vineyard and Restaurant for a tour and lunch. It was snowing as we went but we carried on regardless :-) We couldn't tour actual vineyard but had an interesting talk and look at how wine produced and of course some wine tasting. When we came out and into the restaurant - white out - it had snowed so much. We sat had a warming coffee and chose our lunch. as we were waiting one of staff asked what sort of car we had - then told us no way we were getting back down the lane. D.I.L.'s parents were unable to get up the lane to join us. So we settled down for lunch and a glass of wine. Carolynn's parents had to abandon their car and went to nearby pub.
Then staff managed to clear a track and D.I.L. got us safely down

We all managed to get back to our  son's home. The birthday boy chose hot dogs for tea and then later the adults trecked through the snow to the village pub, The Butchers Arms  for drinks with friends.

On Saturday morning our youngest son and family joined us. We had a super lunch and then went for a long walk ( we needed it )
That evening all twelve of us went to Grappolo's - an Italian Restaurant where we had a super evening - which included singing along to some older songs - our son seemed quite bemused :-)

 Above with our son - he wanted a selfie at the exact time he'd been born 40 years before - I am looking more relaxed than then but a darned sight older :-0
 The birthday boy when very young :-)
 Not the best photo of his cake - grandsons chose the shape etc - Matthew likes the particular ale

On Sunday all the mum's were truly spoiled with tea in bed, gorgeous gifts and a superb lunch.

We then all made our way home. A truly wonderful weekend and it marked the end of Matthew's celebrations - there were quite a few !!!!!

My Mothering Sunday presents - lovely photo of my grandsons. Love those boys ( and my granddaughters) to bits.

We have had sad news as well but I will keep that for the moment. Take care everyone - hope to be back soon.