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1 Jun 2017


I still craft, from time to time, you know.  I coudn't bare to part with a great number of my supplies but I have had a sort and will be listing odds and ends on Facebook's Craft de Clutter group so keep your eyes peeled :)

I have had this week off from work.  Mark and I are sprucing up the back garden with a long overdue seating area and prettification of the borders and pots.  I chose a good week, right?  The weather is gorgeous but as for hayfever - erm, not so good.

I'll be back with pics of some of my recent makeries, its been good to dust off the scissors and card stock :)

Kisses x

22 May 2017


All these promises of keeping you updated and nada!  Zilch!  Zero!

My time gets swallowed up with work, family and gym time - I have very little free time for the creative monster inside of me.  I have been making the odd project to occupy grey weekends and precious free time on an evening.  My supplies are still very much looked after, I couldn't bare parting with all my craft stuff even if its way out of date, stash wise.

Here are two of my recent makes which, when looking closely, I still have the same format for cardmaking.  But who cares, I set no trends and just follow my heart:

Birthday card for a mummy to be:

A pregnancy congrats card:

For the past 18 months I have been working hard at the gym and toning up this 46year old body.  Its not easy, the older you get, I can tell you!  I manage 8-10 classes a week including HIIT, Spin and Weights.  Its got to be said that I will always be curvy but I feel stronger and fitter.  I sleep beautifully, my skin is lovely and I have a resting heart rate of 49bpm. As for the happy endorphins?  I cannot recommend it enough.  Im always feeling giddy and motivated.

I also cut my hair short.  So many reasons why but the best reason is that it takes nano seconds to wash and style, especially after morning gym sessions where I have to rush off to work afterwards.

In April this year I ran a half marathon.  All was going well until mile 8 when BOOM!  The most painful shin splints burned my lower legs complete with the most hideous cramp Ive ever experienced.  Instead of pulling out, as advised, I walked to the end as I had my heart set on my medal and fulfilling the purpose of sponsorship donations for The Bolton Hospice.  A charity linked very fondly with my employers.

As for photography?  Gosh, it is months since I dragged my gear out.  What, with the iPhone capable of taking such good pictures, I seriously barely see the point anymore.  Saying that, this weekend, I dusted the old Canon off and have promised a few friends a session with their kids.  So lets see how that goes!

This was taken near my folks home.  With a pokey iPhone.  Crazy, right?

Well thats me up to date now.

Who knows, I might update again this week.  And then again, I may not!

How have you all been?  Tell me xx

7 Jan 2017

Well, hello?

After an eternity, I think I am back.

How are you?

1 Jun 2016

Colour Combo

I decide on colour combos from the patterned paper first.  Always have.

Having battled through a toxic week. A surge of colour is all it takes to encourage the endorphins to hug all the funk away.  These papers, from my minds eye, are a delight.

I know I'm a sucker for ribbon.  And pins.  And doilies, still.  Yet I feel they all meld together in their own sweet way without choking the overall look.

Hoping that card sentiment will magic its way into my head, too.

Adios xxx

30 Apr 2016

Blue Day

I am in the middle of a crisis.  Everything is blue.  Doors close.  Huge windows open.

Despite feeling blue, I made a blue card.  To shoulder the tone.

I've loved Marion Embersons stamps forever and this one can be used for 743467644  occasions.  I used tim holtz inks in three colours to get the ombré effect.

There's therapy in creating little pretties like this.  Suddenly I'm more relaxed.  Happier.  Accomplished.

Small steps........

1 Mar 2016

More Pretties

Friends ask me how I take piccies of my cards.  So I'll let you know my super secret.  Yonks ago I'd use my best cameras and shoot in RAW format then primp in photoshop.  I'd set up my pro studio lights and all.  Took frigging ages, it did. These days I'm  like "sod that malarkey, it's far too faffy.  I'm too awesome to waste time doing that for a crummy card".

Up here, in the sticks of Glenbervie, where I stay with Sally the gardener..... In a weeny cottage - space is of a premium and time is lacking.  So this is what my teeny weeny photo space is like from two foot away.  The glue pot and paper on the left act as a reflector to brighten up the shade and shadows.

And best of all, I use my iPhone to take the pictures. I know, right?  Who would have thunk it?

Note: The Paris card is made from craft packaging by trim crafts, I think.  Too gawj to chuck away.

I crop the piccies square now so I can adjust lights and darks in Instagram.  And that's it.  I mean, it's not hard at all and I don't  pretend to be fabulous.  I guess I naturally am ;). Joking aside.  Grab a daylight lamp, some pretty papers and don't forget white card to reflect the shadows.  

And voi-bloody-la.  

A pretty good mini studio for emergency wintry light where daylight lasts all of five seconds.

21 Jun 2015

Welsh Cakes

I first experienced welsh cakes in Scotland - I know, hilarious, right?

From the age of 11-16 I grew up in Wales and never even knew they existed.  The only welsh dish I was familiar with was Lob Scaws which, if Im brutally honest, was vile.  I mean, I love it now but as a teenager, all I wanted to do was wear black, pout and become a breathe-arian.  Clearly anyone serving me that was the spawn of the devil and suffered the wrath of my kevin-like flounces.

Ive been shopping various supermarkets of late and haven't noticed any on the shelves so I thought "Blow it, I'll make my own", especially when I had learned that Jamie Oliver had one on his website.  I mean if that boy can make them, surely I can, right?

Im not going to bore you with the recipe and method - the link is here.  My only edit to the recipe was just 50g of mixed fruit because that's all I had.  Oh an I didn't have a heavy bottomed pan, so I used a wok......... you know, chav'ed it up a little?!

And they turned out spectacular, like this:

I didn't fancy making just round ones I made them star shaped because you get five pointy crunchy bites and that, to me.... with a soft welsh cake crumby middle? Is heaven on a bloody stick.