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, 26 August 2014

WOYWW 273

It's that time again !! WOYWW !!! Want to know more then pop over to Julia's Blog 'the boss lady ' and go on join i,  do.

So since last week we've looked after our granddaughters for a day. We went to local shops to a special sweetie shop so they could have some treats for their holidays. I also took them to look at some clothes. BIG MISTAKE !!! They are only 5 and 7 but oh my word they knew what they did/didn't want!! Some things I said, ' no way'. Then Phoebe said she couldn't choose and wanted all seven items. I don't think so!! I said. So we had tears. In the end they chose something and off we went. Asked them where they wanted to go - they said IKEA lol they love lunch there and to play in the creche. So we did that. After the creche they went on a huge trampoline thing. Fastened in with harness and then jump away - looked fun. Then ice cream and balloons and finally the park. Phew were we tired that night. Good fun though. The next night we babysat because my D.I.L. got her Biology GCSE so I suggested they went out to celebrate  as my D.I.L. has been struggling a lot of late.
On Friday evening this arrived




My granddaughters Guinea Pigs are in there. We are looking after them for a week while they are away. They are called Chloe and Grace - very cute. I managed to get them out of the cage and outside today. Cleaned them out and then got them back without losing them - :-) phew. All this after having my hair done!! I'll never be a glamorous granny!!!
Saturday was just shopping and crafting and then DH cooked a lovely dinner. On Sunday we went out for a late lunch at a nearby hotel. It's really lovely there and the food is superb. We made it an early Wedding Anniversary celebration. It's not until Thursday but we will have our grandsons staying with us from Wednesday until Sunday so no 'Romantic Meals' for two !! Hahahaha 
Yesterday DH discovered a leak in our roof. Oh happy days. So waiting for the roofer to get in touch :-(  and of course we've had so much rain!!!!

Anyway I have managed to craft - yippee - so to my desk   
This is my actual desk and I have put on here the preps for my next workshop plus everything I used. Got to finish prepping when grandsons go home. 



Below the table where I usually craft.


And some makes

This was for our son and D.I.L. - there Anniversary is today ( I'm writing this on Tuesday )

This speaks for itself.

For my nephew's engagement.


I saw one with this fold today and needed a card really quickly and so made this this evening.

Below I was having a bit of a play making some different sized bags ( part of a challenge in a group I'm in) I haven't finished yet.

Well that's it for now! bet you're relieved if you've got this far :-) I will visit everyone who visits me and those ending with same number - and grandsons permitting a few others :-) x





Tuesday, 19 August 2014

WOYWW 272

Hello everyone and here we are another WOYWW . Wondering what it's all about? Pop over to Julia's Blog  and find out - oh and join in do.

Thank you to everyone who popped by my blog last week and left lovely comments I appreciated them so much.
Had a slightly more restful few days since last Wednesday. On Thursday I shopped, tidied and made sure DH had ironed shirts etc. I geared myself up for my arthroscopy on Friday. Then at 5.30 on Thursday evening a phone call from hospital my appointment was cancelled!!! :-( so now waiting for another. Very frustrating as we'd made all sorts of arrangements around it all. ) So everything back in the melting pot. Still I know it could be so much worse.

I have managed more paper crafting so that's been good. Mainly prepping for my next class ( if it goes ahead - depends on that appointment. I've made a lot of mistakes working it all out - sometimes wonder if I'm cut out for taking classes. I sort of design as I go along. Usually get an idea from Pinterest etc and then try to do my take on it. Trouble is I have to try it out and get it wrong and so waste card etc. Only way I can do it though.

So here's my space this week.






Space I've been working in. All self explanatory really.

Below a view down the table!!! Most of stuff there I've been using for class prep. The box contains Christmas Stamps - my non Stampin Up ones.
In bottom right you can just see bit of order that arrived today :-) can't show it yet as it contains some of Christmas goodies.





I also spread out to the window sill :-)


Well that's it for this week - not terribly exciting is it.Hopefully put some makes on next time - can't show them just yet.

Will visit everyone who visits me and those who end in same number as me. Bye for now x


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

WOYWW 271

Again I've missed a week! Missed visiting you all. There really are not enough hours in a day etc at the moment.
Since last time I've been back up to Yorkshire to help with childcare during school holidays. I came home on Sunday 3rd August, hospital appointment on 4th, a sugar craft class on 5th  and down to Somerset on 6th to collect my mum for a visit here. Came back on 7th and then spent time with my mum until yesterday when we joined my brother and family for most of the day. This morning I went to second sugar craft class and I'm now hoping for a few days of rest and chance to paper craft!!!!
During this time there have been a few issues to deal with - some resolved but another I fear won't be. I've tried and can do no more!!!!
Anyway enough of all that and on to the reason for today's post WOYWW - what does it mean - you don't know well pop along to Julia's Blog and find out all about it!!!

I cleared my work space as I wanted to use the dining table on Sunday as our  son and family joined us for dinner and of course Mum was with us as well. So all that is there now are two paper cutters and envelope board. Mum messed up an envelope for a card for my Aunt so I made her another. She was very impressed :-) sadly wasted on my aunt though.

So to my desk

Very , very empty and boring!!!

However I've managed a little crafting of another sort. Remember me mentioning two sugar craft classes? Well this is what we were making an Amaryllis and a rose - both from flowerpaste.



And while travelling backwards and forwards I've been knitting!!! This travelled in my lovely LLJ bag . Love that bag!!! 

Well 'That's all folks' as they say. COuld have written a book but tried to keep it short. I will visit all who visit me, blogs I follow regularly and all those ending with same number as me. Thanks to all who visited me last time. See you soon. x 

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

WOYWW 267

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.


HERE THEY COME


FLYING PAST IN A BLUR!!!




AND THEY'RE GONE!!!!

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