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, 25 November 2014

WOYWW 286

Went to  Yorkshire last  Thursday to see our son, D.I.L. Carolynn and grandsons Harry and Sam. So there has not been much going on there until Tuesday afternoon when we got back. I am still working through makes for Craft Fair. En route to Yorkshire I did some knitting. When boys were at school I helped with preps for school Christmas fair and also covered some wreaths for craft fair I'm doing. Was also going to make some 'bead angels' but had left some stuff at home.

Where I have been working - bit of a jumble!


As you can see below I spread out a bit.




Even onto the window sill.

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All for now. I will visit all who visit me and those ending with with the same number as me.


On Friday as I said I helped with preparations for School Christmas Fair. Spent time with boys when they came home from school and we all had lovely dinner together. On Sat both parents had to work although our son had hoped to come home at lunch time but was needed all day. Luckily didn't have to work all night. We were able to have lovely evening together. On Sat morning we took Sam to band practice. A friend took Harry to football. In the afternoon boys donned cub and beaver uniforms and we took them to do bag packing at local co op to raise funds for a new scout/cub hut. Afterwards we took boys for an ice cream treat. Of course DH and I had a little treat as well- would have been rude not to :-) We then waited for the Christmas Light Switch On - it was a bit of a let down really but the children had a great time.
On Sunday Sam went to football practice and I cooked Sunday lunch. We all went for a walk in the afternoon and then Harry went to a birthday party , Sam stayed at home with DH and I went with my son. When we got back the boys went to bed and my D.I.L. had come home and we had tea together. I took it easy on Monday - a bit more crafting :-) After school DH and I took the boys for their swimming lesson. DS and D.I.L. went to see James Blunt in Leeds. After taking boys to school this morning ( well DH took them) we came home  - and I carried on crafting :-)
Tomorrow collecting our granddaughters from school and giving them some tea. There's never a dull moment :-)





 Cheeky monkeys


View just over the road from my son's home- he also has this behind his home.

Son and grandsons pointing towards their road and asking if they could go that way as we were going around the block - not far.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

WOYWW 285

Wednesday again and I've actually managed to blog last Friday and now again today.

Thank you for all the lovely comments last week.


Time is certainly flying by - already so much on calendar between now and the big day ( Christmas :-) )

There has been a bit of a lull in proceedings since last week though I've been busy preparing for the Christmas Charity Fair I mentioned. I really have no idea how it's going to pan out. I don't know if I've made enough , not enough but I've had enough of making for it now. Not sure I like doing it really.
I did take my Aunt to hospital last Thursday- she has a cataract - in her only eye. Unfortunately removal of cataract is not advised. It won't make much difference to her sight as the scarring on her retina - a result of macular disease is the real problem. Removing the cataract might cause her to lose what vision she does have, sadly she had to have her left eye removed because of a malignant melanoma behind the eye. I do feel so sorry for her but she is not the easiest of ladies - also doesn't help herself. She thinks that I should be there a lot to help her.
On Friday night I had a great time at my friend's Pink Party' ( raising money for cancer research etc) She decided on Tapas for the menu. The food was fabulous but I ate far too much!!!!  Sadly only took a couple of photos on my phone but they were not very good.

Since then I have been crafting!!! Did have a visit from my D.I.L., son and granddaughters which was lovely. We were invited to spend Christmas Day with them ( that was last Friday) then when they came on Sunday DS asked if they could come to us :-) It is going to be a difficult time for them as it's first Christmas without Sarah's ( D.I.L.) dad and on top of that they have building work starting next week.

Anyway I'm sorry Julia the big boss of WOYWW in case you were wondering :-) I have digressed. So here's my work space. Tidy really. There was a mountain of stuff but I was struggling to find stuff or a space to work so had to have a big tidy up.


I also spread about a bit. I have my makes for craft fair in various stages of readiness scattered around the place.

In lounge - some part finished wreaths and treat boxes


The dining table - the hearts, gifts bags and more treat boxes


tags


more bags, treat boxes and little bags waiting for bag charms to be put in and decorated.


Well that's it for now. I will visit everyone who visits me and those ending with same number. x

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Friday Smiles

It's only Thursday but I am going to try and join in with Annie's Friday Smiles. Not been able to for quite a while. Had a lot of things to smile about but these photo's ( sent to me by my D.I.L. in Yorkshire) of my gorgeous grandsons thrilled me and I was grinning from ear to ear - love them so much.



Sam who had just had his hair cut and styled - he was very proud of his new hairdo


Harry- in his Cub Scout uniform  proud to wear his poppy and take part in The Rememberance Day Parade



God Bless you both my lovely boys. x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

WOYWW 284 etc etc

Hello and I've made it this time!!!!! I will do my WOYWW bit first ! I had fully intended to post last week - took the photo Tuesday evening and then completely lost the plot. I remember on Wednesday morning seeing that LLJ had posted and thought I wonder why on Tuesday morning? On Thursday I though uh uh I've got me days mixed up :-) When - well if you read the etc etc you might understand :-)

Anyway my desk - well the table is a tip as I am now trying to make some stuff for a Charity Christmas Fair that I rashly agreed to take part in - I really should engage brain before opening mouth but I never learn.
Yesterday morning the table/room were all tidy - after I'd cleared up the aftermath of my all day workshop - didn't last long - being tidy I mean.



Above was trying out some ideas for gift tags.

Below a view all along the table!!!




The hearts are a project I am also working on - hopefully more of that later.










So that's it for my desk. Not heard of WOYWW - surely there's no one left that hasn't - or not joined in yet then pop along to Julia's Blog and join in.


I will visit anyone who visits me and all those ending with same number as me. Below the etc etc if you're interested.


The etc etc

Since I last posted it has all been happening - well when doesn't it? To think I thought I might get bored if I retired lol
Thursday 30th October - went to see consultant re my knee and the arthroscopy . Apparently the cartilage was torn and had been catching between bones - hence awful pain. I found out that they had shaved the cartillage. However the arthritis in right side of same knee is bad :-( so to cut a long story short - one day when I can't stand pain, loss of mobilty etc etc than I will be a candidate for a knee replacement.
After the trip to hospital went to have tea with my granddaughter as it was her 5th birthday. Lots of fun.

31st October decorate cake for GD's birthday party on the Sunday also get ready for eldest son and family to arrive for weekend. Went to youngest son's house, eldest and family arrive and children have tea. DH and I come home. Sons, wives and children get dressed up and go to visit my friend for trick and treat fun. All back here and children watch DVD adults have a take away and chill. All children stop the night!

1st Nov - eldest GD up at 6.15!!!! Not long before rest arrive downstairs. Later they all go out so that I can prepare for evening. All arrive back, get dressed up again and go for spooky walk in woods, call at another friend's house and then bring him back and we all have dinner - Halloween party for children.

2nd Nov - we all meet up for lunch for GD's birthday. After lunch eldest son and family return to Yorkshire and we came home to collapse :-)
Had a wonderful time though. That was the short version!!!!


Phoebe's cake - not very good light.

Monday 3rd Nov - out all day with friends.
Tuesday 4th Nov - sugar craft then out for lunch

5th, 6th, 7th Nov preparing for all day class here ( oh and a morning shopping)

8th Nov
Let the card making begin!!! Had 8 ladies here and they made 24 cards each. Some were fairly simple and they made mulitiples of those designs and then 6 individual ones. my friend made lunch which was amazing- chicken tagine, roasted veg , couscous, homemade bread for dipping. Two deserts and biscuits for morning coffee and cake for afternoon tea. DH made special coffees for anyone who wanted them and also tidied up. Had a great time but boy was I tired when I sat down that night. Photos to follow!




Above tables ready and waiting. I made goody bags and little gifts for everyone.


Some ladies at work.



Some finished cards
 Some more
 and some more


And finally - if you've lasted this long



Some inspiration.

Thanks for looking- espeially if you got this far- hopefully back next week :-) x

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

WOYWW 282

Hello everyone. Couldn't manage a visit last week :-( just knew I wouldn't have a lot of time to visit others either - so doesn't seem fair) missed you all.
Last week saw a lot of paper crafting as I prepare for my all day class on 8th November - never done an all day one before - eek! My friend is doing lunch for everyone - I am excited as well as a tad nervous . making 24 cards. Some are quite simple - and they will make 4 of each of 4 designs, then 2 of 2 stepped up designs and then , 2 shaker cards and two more detailed ones- I hope they like them all. When it's over I will post more details.
It was good to have a lot of crafting to do as I was not able to go out I still can't drive - another 4 weeks yet the physio said - though they are very pleased with my progress.  DH was at our son's house quite a lot as they are having some work done and needed someone there when they couldn't be. Also our D.I.L. was unwell and had to go to two medical appointments so couldn't be there. Did get my hair done ( hairdresser comes to me) so that made me feel better. On Sunday we were invited to have dinner with our son and family so that was lovely.  I also managed to get to Sugar Craft so that was good and I enjoyed seeing everyone.
Well on to WOYWW ( if you don't know what I'm on about then pop over to Julia's Place and find out more)
I have put most of my paper crafting stuff away until Sunday as my eldest son and family are visiting at the weekend and we will all get together for dinner on Saturday evening and I will need to use the big dining table. I have been trying to catch up with sugar craft projects as well and they are still on the table so that's what I'm showing you this week. They are not brilliant - I missed a class and have rushed to catch up.




Hopefully they will look better when finished and all put together!

I was surprised when I went out in the garden yesterday at how lovely these pots still looked.



A busy week this week. Yesterday I went out to lunch with friends. They have been so good collecting me etc. Today I went to see physio who was very pleased with my progress. Tomorrow my D.I.L. and granddaughters are taking me out :-) , Thursday I have to make youngest GD's cake ready to decorate on Friday and I am going to see consultant Thursday afternoon re knee. On Friday eldest son and family arrive and then it's all go for the weekend. Hope to blog about it all next week. 
Anyway I will visit all who visit me and who end with same number as me and as many more as I can. Bye till next time. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

WOYWW 280 (etc if you want to read on :-)

Hello again. I had every intention of joining in last week but it was not to be. Since my last visit I prepped for my Class on the 4th Oct. Had a rest on the Sunday and then it was all go - but with enjoyable things - more afterwards. Thought I'd do WOYWW first cos don't want Boss lady to tel me off :-) and I know some of you are busy and it's my desk you have come for.
Many thanks for all who visited last time - much appreciated. As always I will visit all who visit me and those ending with same number as me.
Well my class went very well and the ladies all enjoyed it and were keen to book up for the next one - which I hope I can be ready for!!!

We made these cards and a box.

I also made some other bits and pieces .

Another play with another Christmas set.
And when we were asked out to tea on Sat evening I decided to have a quick play with a die from Stampin Up - called Curvy Keepsake - I have a lot of plans for this but these were done very quickly and filled with chocolate eye balls and creepy fingers - my granddaughters loved them!! 

After all this - this was my work space I am in process of getting sorted for all day class I mentioned- had to stop for a bit - see later on!
So my work space as of Sunday evening as I've not touched it since.

Above area I was working in - fairly tidy with a little peek at side of all day class projects.

Below a view down the table of stuff I am using. 


If you want to see much more interesting desks than mine click on button in sidebar  WOYWW

Also made these as well 
The new baby card was for my nephew and his wife. My great nephew Jack was born last Wednesday !!!!!
As I said last week was busy. I had Sugar Craft, then out on Wednesday for lunch with a friend of many years. On Thursday I took delivery of new blinds for my kitchen. I've waited for a long time for them to made - long story and now I'm not sure I really like them :-(  On Thursday afternoon I had one lady who had to miss class last Saturday and wanted to make the cards etc. Then on Friday I went out again for lunch - this time accompanied by Champagne - all very civilised and delicious. 
As I said we were out to tea on Saturday evening at my son's house - had a lovely time with him, our D.I.L. and granddaughters. Sunday was a bit fraught I was trying to get a lot done, DH was trying to fit the blinds ( fraught with difficulties) I made a cake in preparation for our GD's birthday and then went to do something else. DH heard the timer ring but didn't call me- one 9" sponge that was not cooked in centre. Outside was ok - but I will have to start again at some point. 
Yesterday I finally had the arthroscopy - I did not go down until 4.10 pm and finally got home at 8.30 last night. Had to have general anaesthetic. Didn't feel too bad last night but have felt very tired and a bit down today - guess it's the anaesthetic. Not really in pain as such and am able to move around quite well- just not felt up to much today. Here is my enormous bandage!! :-) 


I was not given any feedback last night so don't know what/if they found out what caused the dreadful pain earlier in the year!!! Anyway that's all for now folks. Good to be joining in this week. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

WOYWW 278

Was in two minds about joining in as feeling a bit under the weather but had to miss last week as I was so busy - nothing new there then. I am also very late to the party this week!!!
Since I last blogged I've spent a day looking after my granddaughter who was poorly and couldn't go to school!
Then we had both granddaughters the weekend before last -overnight so their mummy and daddy could have a day out and a lie in! On the Sunday we all went out for Sunday lunch as part of eldest granddaughter's birthday celebrations. Also made a birthday cake for Ella.
 Then had my hair done, made a lot of cards, another cake for my eldest son and D.I.L. to celebrate their 10th Wedding Anniversary. We took ourselves off to have dinner out one evening as well - needed a break!!! :-)
Then last Thursday went to Yorkshire to celebrate our son and D.I.L's 10th Anniversary. They got a babysitter for the evening and we went out for a lovely dinner with them, my son's in laws and us. Champagne for starters! beautiful bread and olives and then beautiful food. had a starter and main but couldn't manage dessert but had an Irish coffee - delish. Then son and D.I.L. went away for the weekend and along with son's in laws we looked after our grandsons for the weekend. They were very good and at school on Friday and then went to a party on Saturday afternoon followed by a sleepover. As they didn't go to sleep until 4.30 am they were very quiet on Sunday!!! :-)
Lunch out yesterday and Sugar craft class today - phew.
Have been preparing for Saturday's class - 8/9 ladies coming!!!
Sorry Julia think I've gone on a bit!!!

Anyway my desk this morning- not very exciting.





It's tidier than this now as I sorted out all that scrap at the back.






Below colouring in on a Sunday morning with my granddaughters - at 7.30 am

 


Eldest son and dear D.I.L. last Thursday - their anniversary.

Below quick cake I made.

The happy couple ten years ago.


Their sons - our gorgeous grandsons.

Below a mug made out of paper. This was for a swap on theme of time - I put a twix and the options drink with a tag saying 'time for a break. (I sent it to lovely Sue who is also a WOYWWer :-)

 The One Direction cake I made for my granddaughter.

That's it for now. I can't believe that anyone has not heard of WOYWW but if not then click on button at side of my blog and go join in. I will visit anyone who visits me and all ending with same number as me.