Thursday, 23 March 2017

Crafting Mishaps #8

Oh, darn... that moment when you've slaved over a mini album for days - WEEKS even - and than you realise that you've made a bit of a boo-boo. I made a pocket too close to the spine of the album, so no tags would be able to slide in or out. The whole page had to be redone. Was that the crafting mishap? Nope...
I had to carefully cut off the pocket and remove the backing paper underneath so I could re-do the page. I managed not to be as careful as I wished, and sliced through the top of the page! I did sort of rescue it with glue and a slither of paper... and managed to glue my fingers to the backing paper on the other side of the page! Was THIS the crafting mishap...? Oh, noooo...
I was stressed about this mistake, I'll admit - and stress makes me a messy crafter. The desk was overflowing with bits of discarded paper, backing card, glue, tools... I had to stand over the project to see what I was doing! BUT I did manage to alter the page  - even though the magnets I bought are too thick, and I had to peel back the paper I just glue'd down because I forgot to place the magnet under it first. So... was this a crafting mishap that was blog-worthy? Oh, dear no...
The page finished, I started to tidy up the extreme mess I had made... and then sat down - heavily - in my chair.
THIS was the crafting mishap...
You see, my desk was such a mess that I had put some tools on my chair because of the lack of room...
I don't think it would have been quite as bad if I hadn't sat quite so heavily. But on the plus side, I was wearing a thick dressing gown because being ill has made me feel the cold. Every cloud has a silver lining :)
Now... does anyone know how to get glue out of a heavy jersey dressing gown...?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Welcome once again to my crafty area on What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW)!!!
Race on over to The Stamping Ground and let Ms Julia tell you how to play along if you want more information :)
Today I shall be number... 45
It is now Tuesday night, and I just know that I will be too tired to write this post Wednesday morning - I have had a day in the City Centre with my middle daughter and two youngest grand-daughters (birthdays are looming! lol), so I am absolutely shattered already!
And so on to the mess that is my work-space today:
Yup... still a mess! In all fairness, it's not really my fault - I have a problem. You see, in town today I arranged to meet my daughter at a cafe where I would have to walk past The Works - and part of my problem is the inability to actually walk PAST that shop. I entered. It was triple points day... YAY!!! I bought loads of papers. Again. Oops lol. On the way back home, I realised I had forgotten to collect my ankle boots from the cobblers, and had to walk past The Works again to collect them. Once again, I couldn't (and didn't) walk past, but went in and spent some more. BUT I did remember to buy my mum some lovely gifts for Mothering Sunday :) Should I also come clean and admit to shopping at The Works online last night too? Problem, me? Noooo... I see paper, I buy it, no problem! lol
 I haven't done much more to my mini-album ... just added some of the charms I bought...
... and also started to make the tags and photo mats.

So... that's my work-space ... how about yours? Show it off and let's all have a sneaky peek :)

A Wonderful Wednesday To All!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Spend, Spend, Spend

I took a quick visit to The Range... well, it was supposed to be a quick visit :)
The crafting section beckoned, and I just couldn't resist the pull as Hubby went off in search of fence posts. I wandered through the aisles, not really needing anything, but wanting ever such a lot of things, when hidden away in the corner of a bottom shelf I espied some 6x6 papers. Now, I am not admitting to being a paper hoarder or addict of any kind... but if there was a 'Paper Collectors Anonymous' group, I'd probably be the first member lol
Anyway, I don't usually buy foiled or glittered papers, but these ones just have to be the exception to that rule...
There were six different pack designs, my favourite being pack number 5... but they only had one of those left :( Still, I did buy at least one of each paper pack :) I've not anything specific in mind yet... but I'm sure I'll think of something eventually.
I also managed to find some other papers, a die-set, some mini kraft booklets and tiny tag books as well as a few other odds-and-ends I obviously desperately needed :D
The die set was half price at just £4... oh, and all the 6x6 books (30 pages each)? they were £1 each - bargain!

I am supposed to be finishing working on the 'Wild At Heart' album - making tags and photo matts... but keep getting distracted by animals, deliveries, phone-calls and sneezing fits lol
I WILL get it finished - I'm waiting on a few little bits that I bought online to be delivered and then I'll have no excuses left at all.

Happy Crafting To All... or whatever it is you all do to make yourselves happy :)

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WOYWW #406

ARGHH!!! For all my good intentions of once again being a regular bloggerite, life got in the way and I have done absolutely NOTHING. I have had my flu jab - and again got incredibly ill after having that awful needle jabbed into my arm (it was expected - though I am forever hopeful that one year, my flu jab will do nothing except protect me from the flu lol). So... apart from very slowly crafting and laying in bed feeling all sorry for myself, I have done very little - as my messy kitchen can testify to :)
It is now the extreme early hours of Wednesday morning, and I have 'things' on my mind that are keeping me awake - so, a perfect opportunity to partake in the ever-expanding, always interesting "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?".  Ms Julia at The Stamping Ground hosts, and the rules and regs are over on her blog if you want to find out more or  take part :) This week I am number... 11
So, onto my desk...
 Bit boring, huh?!
 I have finished the base of the project mini-album I started working on - it's an album with a drawer attached. I have to make all the tags and photo-matts to go inside now :)
 I had to include this little bit of the desk - at the back there is my favourite pencil sharpener with hugging foxes on it ... so cute! The lucky troll was a present from my mum, a long time ago! She also crochet'ed the little flower it sits in. Oh... the foxy eye mask - that's my daughters and I am supposed to be repairing it.
 I did treat myself recently - I bought a little craft tidy that hangs off the drawer of my desk - I just use it to keep my most-used glues and tapes handy :) It was £3 at 'The Works' ... a shop I have NEVER been able to walk past lol
 I ordered myself a few paper pads too :) The mini-album drawer combo I just made was decorated using the "Wild At Heart" First Edition paper pack - I LOVE these papers :) 
Now, I must apologise... some people may have noticed that the black curtains in my craft room always look a bit grubby and dusty. I swear it's not my fault... my cats love to sit on the windowsill as I am crafting - so it's not dirt or dust you see - it's just masses of cat hair :D
 See...? This is Coco just sneaking out from behind the curtain. The local fox was just doing her rounds and my cats like to watch her from the safety of the inside lol
 Coco (we call her "CoCoBean") loves nothing more than sitting on my crafting space and stopping me from working lol... but she's not the only distraction...
 Barkley McScruffles doesn't like to be left out either, and he often sits or lays on my feet as I craft the hours away.

Well... that's my Workdesk this Wednesday - and I will admit that I have discovered something in the last two weeks...
I have tried my utmost to 'clear as I craft' and tidy up as I work on my projects and creations. It makes every project take twice as long... and it's BORING! I tidy up, and I can't find anything! Okay, so I do find it hard to find anything in the mess and chaos I create in the wake of my crafting anyway - but at least rooting around in piles of stash is fun (and I always seem to find something I'd forgotten I had too). Tidy crafting is boring crafting - mess is good :)
I shall leave you with that thought... and wish you all a wonderful week and a Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

WOYWW #404

After another LONG hiatus, I am back again :) and returning for the always fantastic "What's On Your Work-desk Wednesday?". Hosted by the amazing Ms Julia over at The Stamping Ground.
Want to join in and have a nosy peek at other people's work spaces? Just click  to pop over to Julia's page, and all will be revealed on what to do.
Today I am number 17 :)
Not a great deal has happened since October last year - I am STILL trying to lose that last 12 pounds in weight... and I haven't been crafting a great deal at all. I have been trying to get my home in order - room by room :) Right-O! onto my desk. I was inspired by Alexandra M to make a mini-album, and on my desk is the start of my new project. 
 It's all quite tidy at the moment - but that won't last long lol. The project sits in the middle of the desk - along with a little chocolate to keep me going. The only items I seem to be accumulating are adhesives - tapes and glue - because I can never make up my mind which to use at any certain point in making the mini-album.
I did spend almost an hour cleaning my craft mats. I do have a new one - but didn't want to start using it because it will get ruined lol.
 My cup-flask of coffee has to stay handy too - as well as my glasses. 
This project is going to take a long time. I have had a few falls in recent months - breaking bones all over the place. I broke my little finger on my right hand, and it's not healed properly, so much so that it's practically useless. I also suffer with psoriasical arthritis, and this has caused the skin at my finger joints to dry and crack so much that I can barely bend my fingers. Still... could be worse :) 
Right now, I'm writing up a list of "I want..." that includes dies, scissors, papers, glues, tools - a whole medley of little things that will add up to a whole lot of money lol. Well, I can dream... right?

I'll try to post more regularly - but not making any promises :)

Have A Wonderful Wednesday Everyone!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

WOYWW #383

After a LONG hiatus, I am back again :) What a perfect day to return to Blogger - a "What's On Your Work-desk Wednesday?". Hosted, as always, by the amazing Ms Julia over at The Stamping Ground.
Want to join in and have a nosy peek at other people's work spaces? Just click  to pop over to Julia's page, and all will be revealed on what to do.
Today I am number 44...
I've recently started crafting again - since February (my last post) I have been busy - dieting! I've lost more than half my body weight, and am down to trying to lose those last stubborn 12 pounds :) I have no idea why this change of lifestyle stopped me crafting - maybe because I have been cooking a LOT - trying to eat healthily and experimenting with flavours and tastes. Anyways... back to my work desk...
 This is Tuesday night, and usually my desk remains much the same... but it's even more crowded and messy right now lol. This Christmas, I am making a lot of the gifts I shall be sharing - candle making, candle decorating, making chocolates, biscuits, cakes and also pickles and jams, gathering flower seeds from the garden and placing them in pretty jars, - even the jams and chutneys have been made using fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in my garden :) For my amazing "she's-more-like-my-sister-than-my-best-friend" Ms Lizzie, I also decided to make some decorations, and really wanted to try my hand at creating some little tree decorations. Her beautiful home is very 'up-market shabby-chic'... so I decided on a pink theme. They are far from finished - I have lace and sparkles to put on yet :)

 So  disappointed with how the silver ones look in the photograph - they look so much nicer and a LOT less 'tacky' in real life :)
 Had so much fun making the basic tree's... even if the little fabric roses ones took about two hours! Of course, I have to decorate them yet - and I have been shopping, so have lots of little things to rifle through and choose from :)
I have three more sets to make - probably three to each set. I'm looking forward to making a red-and-white Nordic themed set :) and then something in icy blues I think...

I'll try to keep up-to-date... posting once a week if I can. In-between cooking, cleaning, shopping and walking the dog every day, I'm hoping to find a few minutes somewhere :)

Have A Wonderful Wednesday Everyone!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

WOYWW #351

Roll Up! Roll Up! It's time for another round of....
What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!
Ms Julia at The Stamping Ground is our lovely host, and if you're unsure of what's going on, just pop along to her blog and all will be revealed!
So... my desk today:
is a complete mess!
I am trying to do so much all at once, that all I have achieved is a great big untidy space :D
I have a tray on the left that's filled with things I may need right now, and jobs I've yet to finish:
The problem is that, with so much going on at once, the tray is overflowing!
My wonderful friend (I really shouldn't call her that - she's more of a sister than a friend) Ms Lizzie, bought me the Gorilla glue for my birthday on Saturday - not a strange present at all, I promise - I really wanted it. She also made me the crates and veg you see, the tray of prawns on ice, the steaks in a tray, and so many other little items of dolls house food, I am quite overwhelmed!
I have finally finished the heads for the next five dolls house figures - from 'The Village Idiot' to 'The Grumpy Old Man', I am finding it quite interesting to see what emerges from the clay lol
I'm currently making dolls house onions - well, amongst other things. I haven't been well the last few days, so I am struggling to keep up with what I'd like to achieve. 
Well, that's my overflowing workspace - what's on yours?
Oh, and just to make things easier, in today's WOYWW pick, I am number 36 :)

Have A Wonderful Wednesday Everyone!