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28 October 2015


Has it been that long? It's been FOREVER since I last posted and LOTS of things have happened. I have started a new blog about my 'new' life lol. I haven't written on here because I haven't been doing much of anything crafty.

HOWEVER - now I have finished a WIP! Finally! I can't believe it is done. May it be the first of many!

I finished my Gorjuss cross stitch.

It is a design from a Cross Stitcher magazine.

31 January 2015

Creative Saturday

I actually got some artsy stuff in today. I did a couple of pages. One for an art journal I am trying to do. The theme was blank page. It's difficult to get started in anything and when faced with a blank page it seems especially difficult!

I played around a little with another page, but not quite sure what I'm going to do with it. It's on a separate page so not in a journal.

I tried to make my Mum a card but I couldn't get started. Another blank page. Not sure quite what to say. I want it to cheer her up. I dug around some stamps but couldn't find quite the right one.

I did do another small background page. Perhaps the beginning of a card...

29 January 2015


I feel like such a failure.

I was doing well with the whole photography thing but with work and my Mum's cancer it all seemed to fall away and I didn't feel like doing much of anything.

I thought about stopping blogging altogether but I like doing it though I don't seem to be doing it as much as I have in the past. I've decided to pick myself up and start all over again. I'll try taking a picture a week - a little more realistic. I am still going for reading books off my bookshelf but have only managed one so far lol.

I am still in the states - sort of holding on and waiting to see what is going to happen next with Mum. The waiting is awful. She's had a couple of tests recently - one came back not so well. Her kidneys are still not working right so no more chemo - she only had one round. The other one - the big one - came back yesterday. The cancer hasn't grown and hasn't spread. Very good news. I was nervous all week.

I am going to get my creativity back! I have plans for this weekend - maybe I'll have something to post.

08 January 2015

Updated Photography Page

So far I am keeping up with my daily photographs. The longer the week drags on the harder it seems to take the pictures but I am doing it. Once my two days come around I'm raring to go again. I don't think I'll be popping outside much this weekend to take pictures as it is so cold and snowy. I miss taking walks in the woods. I miss seeing the wildlife.

Spring will be coming :)

02 January 2015

New Pages

I've added my Photography 2015 page and my Book shelf reading page 2015. Let's see how well I stick to these goals!

01 January 2015

2015 Goals

Another new year - how time flies!

Lot going on with Mum and work and home, but I have a couple of goals for this year. Well, I probably have more than a couple but realistic blog goals are the following:-

Reading Challenge - I'm going to read 5 books from my to-be-read pile (pre-2015) per month. I will then filter out at least 5 books per month.

Photography Challenge - at least 1 picture per day. It will be something to do with my life. I'm looking at a couple of prompters right now but will decide on a theme - or not - later!

09 December 2014

Card for Mum

I finished a Christmas card for my Mum. Hope she likes it!

It was made with a Sizzix Cut n Pop base. I found a really nice verse on the web. It was only my second time making a card like this and I like the way it turned out!

07 December 2014

Christmas Projects

I did start on a couple of Christmas projects. I've been watching One of my favourite 'presenters' is Kay Rutter of Hougie Crafts. These are from one of her programs. I filled them with goodies for family/friends.

The boxes are really easy to make once you get the hang of them.  Kay makes it so easy to follow! The bottom stamp is a Penny Black stamp. The top is a stamp by Dyan Reaveley from the Christmas Words collection. Love them!

30 November 2014

Absent again...bad news

I keep meaning to post on my blog but life got in the way again. Found out that my Mum has cancer. Been feeling down as I am so far away and there isn't a lot I can do to help. I'm worrying a lot, not sleeping but that doesn't help.  I feel so helpless not being able to give her a hug and support her. Skype just doesn't do it.

08 November 2014


Last week while I was looking around on the web I came across British craft Network and found a lovely woman Kay Rutter of Hougie Crafts. She was making Christmas Crackers. I've been looking for an easy way to make them for years. She made it sooo easy! The only problem I had was that, as I am in the states, A4 paper isn't the standard size paper. I cut down some 12 x 12 and made my own. I do own a little A4 stash so I used that too. Haven't decorated any of the crackers but I'm getting the hang of making them. I ordered some Bath and Body work minis to put inside and I think I'll do lottery tickets and maybe chocolates for guys.

Here are a few of the ones I made. She showed how to make circular ones, square ones and triangles! Really fun.

She also shows how to make the gift part larger or smaller. She also showed a Christmas Cracker card and envelope I'm going to give a try.