Tuesday, 7 August 2018


Sorry a little photo heavy.

Hi there, I'm back. Couldn't quite manage to put in an appearance last week.

I wasn't too sure I'd manage this week as we are in the middle of having our windows replaced and I felt so tired earlier but have rallied a little :-) - I haven't been sleeping and getting up to be ready for the fitters to arrive at 8 a.m. They only seem to work half a day though - maybe the heat I'm not sure. Today was difficult for them- an awkward window and difficult to get at part of it.

There is part of a wall between the three to the left and the one on the right. Hard to explain, maybe I should photograph the other side - hold that thought.

From the inside - the three
There is a little door to access for cleaning

Then on the other side of the wall / door is the fourth window along. 

It caused a few problems as I said. I will be glad when it is all done - we were in two minds about what to do , they were metal frames in excellent wooden frames and we had looked after them. However they were not doubled glazed and we were so cold last winter. Have to admit that they do make the rooms brighter. I'm getting myself geared up to the big one tomorrow - the lounge!!

Anyway I digress- sorry Julia - my craft area/aka dining room is in a right state as we moved stuff in there - there is already a double glazed window in there, apart from having one of the sealed units replaced it is not being touched- only room that's not.

I am working on altering a wooden box. Hopefully share next time.

So much stuff around :-( 

On Saturday 28th July I did my Crafternoon Tea - my friend hosted for me as I was in a bit of a muddle preparing for windows 

It was a lovely afternoon, nine ladies and me! :-) 

 Goody bags in place ready to start!

 Working away!

The lady below in pink hosted for me and did the food.

We made a card, stamped on two tiles to use as coasters and made a box for the coasters.

So if you would like to see what other crafters have been up to then join in WOYWW - started by Julia
Last week we had our grandsons from Tuesday until Friday. Met our D.I.L. half way to collect the boys and then our son to hand them back. We had a super time. Spent a lot of it with our granddaughters, our other D.I.L. and our younger son. There was a trip to the local Arboretum, the golf club range, pub for tea, playing at girls home, swimming and pizza at ours. It was a great , fun filled time and lots of lovely memories made. 

A picnic 

Playing on the Pirate 'ship'

Three of the children practising their swing etc :-) 

Phoebe was practising getting out the bunker!

And now the windows - :-) no time to get bored!!!

Sorry it's so long.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018


Well that week went by in a blur :-) Thanks for all who visited I think I eventually got to everyone.
Cards and a Cuppa went well - there were three ladies. I am not sure what will happen in Sept, might need a new venue as the person running the Community Centre is talking about me paying for room hire. I wouldn't mind it for a class - if they advertised it but it won't work for card and a cuppa as it is just drop in - wouldn't be viable. So we will see.
Last Wednesday evening saw us collect our granddaughters from school, give them tea and then our son picked us all up and we went into Brindley Place in B'ham to the Film Festival. Watched Back to the Future 2. It was all open air and great fun. Our D.I.L. has a pitch there with her Vintage Ice Cream Van - Betsey ( she is the only ice cream seller that they allow in there) .

Brindley Place

Friday saw us packing ready to go and visit our son in Yorkshire and his family. We were celebrating all sorts - more later.
Yesterday and today I have been getting ready for Crafternoon Tea. I am having a bit of trouble with the tiles I am using for making coasters. Have researched and got the glaze used by others but the ink was still coming off. Not sure if it's the heat. Going to leave overnight and praying all will be well tomorrow. If not I am up the creek without a paddle !!!!!

So to my work space

This is tonight ( Tuesday ) it won't change - I'd tidied up a bit as had no space left. Had been cutting card and DSP for the card and box that the tiles (coasters) are to go in - fingers crossed.

I showed the cards I made for Card and a Cuppa last week - brief explanation how ( someone was not sure what I meant.
I cut the corner from a piece of laser cut paper and used as a stencil and sponged ( different colours last week)

 Below is the negative , above the stencil.

I used both pieces to make two cards.

I stuck the stencil piece on another piece of card and then put other piece onto a backing piece.
Hope that makes sense.
Completely forgot to take a photograph other cards I made  :-(

If you are wondering why I'm showing off my desk then pop along to Our Head Desker and join in all the fun.

We set off for Yorkshire on Friday morning. Had lovely lunch with our D.I.L. and her parents and then went up to the school to see our youngest grandson, Sam,  in his Leavers Assembly. He spoke very well and we were very proud of him.

That evening we had a lovely dinner and joined by  eldest grandson Harry, Sam went out with the other leavers for dinner. Sadly our son was On Call and had to go into work.
On Saturday we all went to a Golf Club and some played golf football - much laughter.

 Afterwards we went back for lunch and chilled out ready for dinner at a lovely pub - quite high up with fabulous views.  Called The Huntsman .
We went early so that Matthew, son, could join us. Fortunately he was not called in on Saturday evening.

 View from by our table
Son, D.I.L. and grandsons.

Sunday morning saw us up early again and went to watch both boys play in a cricket match at their cricket club. Beautiful views, bacon butties and coffee watching our grandsons team win - joy.


The Birthday Boy

Then back for lunch, birthday cake for Sam who will soon be 11 and he was allowed to open his presents from grandparents.

 We also said Happy Birthday to out D.I.L.- her birthday at the end of the week, and then up to the pub in the village to listen to the village Brass Band. They were fabulous - thought of you LLJ :-) - unfortunately I did get sunburned - not intentionally - thought I was safe as there was some cloud. I moved when cloud all dispersed but by then the damage was done :-( I should have realised of course but there you go. I don't usually sit in the sun as I know what will happen.

Hepworth Brass Band - brilliant!

Here's their dog Ralph. It was a little cooler up at  cricket ground on Sun morning so he came with us. He was keen to field :-)

We left Yorkshire at about 5pm and had good journey home- with many, many special memories.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


Hello again. I'm afraid that I didn't manage to get to many desks last week but think I did visit all who came to see me. I fully intended to via my phone as we set off for Sidmouth, Devon on Wednesday last week to see my mum, I lost track of time and hence my poor attempts at visiting desks. I will try better this week. I was crafting on my lap as I was in the car last weekend when I posted :-)

So we got back late on Friday evening and I felt very tired ( physically and emotionally drained) and did very little on Saturday. Sunday saw us going to see our youngest son and granddaughters. A lovely time in the garden having ice cream, playing and painting pebbles.
 Yesterday ( it is Tuesday evening at the moment) saw me doing a few chores and then crafting , preparing for Card and a Cuppa tomorrow. Classes at the Centre finish this week for the Summer holidays so no more there until September - though not sure yet how that will pan out as they want to change the arrangement :-(

Today more crafting I needed a few cards for family and friends so have been doing those. Last night I went to a WI meeting. It is ok but I feel they could do so much more.

So my work space tonight - it will be the same tomorrow

 So the part you can see is not too bad.
 However I did put stuff onto the sideboard ready pack for tomorrow.The cards are a two for one. We will sponge using a laser cut paper as a stencil and use the paper and the negative to make two cards - hope that makes sense. I saw this done on Pinterest I think and used the idea with a couple of other touches of my own.
 The card above is for my D.I.L. - she has a new job. Also saw this one online somewhere and liked it - just a couple of differences,
The one above is for a colour challenge.
Well hope to visit a lot more of you this week. why not join in , just click on link on my sidebar to get the details.

As I said earlier, DH and I went to see Mum. On our arrival I was pleased to see that she seemed quite well despite a fall she had on the previous Saturday - thankfully no broken bones this time. We stayed in a lovely B&B not far from the seafront. You could easily walk into Sidmouth - we crossed a wooden bridge over the River Sid and walked along The Byes. On the Friday we walked in the other direction - just beautiful alongside the river. We'd hoped to spot a Kingfisher but it did not oblige.
On the Thursday we took Mum out to a lovely hotel on the seafront and we had tea and cake. She was tired afterwards but seemed to enjoy it.
On Friday we had lunch with her at the Care Home and stayed until about 6pm. Had afternoon tea on the decking outside her room. I washed and styled her hair , walked around the decking with her and sorted out a few things. It passed very quickly. I am hoping to go for a bit longer the next time. We were sad to say goodbye to each other.

 Above Mum and me. Below across the road - the sea!

Loved this display by our table.

Just outside her room - she has french doors from her room onto the decking. DH is in middle of munching cake :-) behind him is part of the day room which is lovely. I forgot to take a photo after her hairdo - she liked it though.
Our view from the decking.

The River Sid, gently bubbling along at this point.

where we stayed - a lovely house. It's garden went down to the river.

Looking along the front on Wednesday evening. I think everyone was watching the football match :-)
Look forward to catching up with you all.


Sorry a little photo heavy. Hi there, I'm back. Couldn't quite manage to put in an appearance last week. I wasn't too sure I...