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I retired on March 11th 2014 after 26 years as a doctors receptionist. I am now looking forward to the freedom to enjoy my days doing anything I wish to. Spending time with family, catching up with friends. Playing in my Scrappy Shack, scrapbooking, cardmaking, art journalling, quilting, gardening, baking. Spending wonderful times with my beloved other half. I am so looking forward to this time in my life.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Did Fifteen Minutes De Cluttering....

In my shed today.
Filled a bin bag.
Put boxes back where they should be.
Stashed the 12 x 12 frames on a safe shelf.
I can see the floor now!!
Vertigo has been gone for 36 hours, fingers crossed:)

Wednesday, 5 October 2011



I am ashamed to say this is my shed:(
Since having this stupid Vertigo thing, I am unable to look up or down, if I bend over, you really don't want to know what happens!!  Typing this making me feel sick.  But I just wanted to check in and confess the sad case of craftlessness in my life.

Thanks to Julia for the pleasure of seeing amazing projects on other desks today.

PS. Blogger isn't letting me comment on Julia's blog, so I would just like to say on here,
Congratulations one 600 blog posts, thanks for a lot of entertaining and inspiring words in those posts.
Keep them coming!!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

My Three Gorgeous Girlies

We had a lot of fun yesterday doing "A Photo Shoot" The weather curtailed things a little but I think I got some delightful photo's. Considering it was the first time I had used my "Big Girl" camera for the first time with the girls. The girls were very good for me, There are so many more, I took 218 photo's, I am working my way through them.  Enjoying every minute.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Love Is

Love is the only thing that we can carry with us
 when we go and it makes the end so easy.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Pretty Pink Patio Plants

I have some beautiful Fushia's and Geraniums in my planters and troughs this year. 
They make me smile every time I go out to my shed.
Wish I could paint them.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

One of My Favourite Wild Flowers

Rosebay Willowherb, a pretty name for an even prettier flower.

I love to see them on motorway verges.
These were on a country road on the way to Dollar. 
So we stopped to take some pictures. 

Saturday, 3 September 2011

September 3rd Three Days In

More Art Journalling.

I'm loving it.

Friday, 2 September 2011

My First Attempt at Art Journalling

I am still not confident about painting, I am still more comfortable with stamped images.  I may get to playing without stamps before the end of the month. But doubt if I could ever not have them.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Thirty Days Hath September

September is my favourite month of the year, followed closely by October. Autumn being my favourite time of the year. With the coldest summer for eighteen years departing yesterday, I am looking forward to the warm, rich colours of Autumn to brighten things up.  I remember as a child and also when my own children were of school age,  September was always warm and the sunshine was so beautiful it took my breath away at times. It always coincided with the start of the school year and it seemed such a shame that summers final glory came during term time.

 I have given myself a project for September, I am going to try to post here everyday, something I have created, be it photo, a card, a scrapbook page, some art journalling (just getting into it). I so want to get back into having some fun with all the "Toys" I have at my disposal.  Today it is a set of canvas's I have done for my granddaugher for her new bedroom.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


I have been gone a while, but I am back and hopefully will start some serious playing in the not too distant future. On my play desk this morning is a delightful stash I bought yesterday on a jaunt to Art From the Heart in Harrogate. What a FABULOUS shop!  I could have broke the bank but I was kept in check by my beloved.  Well sort of, because when we were having a bite to eat in the cafe downstairs, he offered to buy me the Dylusions sprays I had been coveting. Hence  back upstairs we went and purchased eight delicious colours just waiting to enhance my world.  I NEED all the colours though so I may be visiting again online before very long.  I also bought three Moleskin journals, not the really grown up one's but the learner one's. I want to get into art journalling so thought these would be  good to get started with. Any tips on getting started would be graciously received.

Anyway must get gone, have a great day grazing on delicious arty desks via

Sunday, 19 June 2011

My Shed.

My shed and my crafting has been sadly neglected of late. With all the problems with my husbands eye, I have had too much on my mind to think about playing. Today though  I got out there and have had a big sort out and cleared the decks ready for when my mojo gets back..

We are still in limbo as to how things are going to turn out for Ralph but getting on with living.

Monday, 13 June 2011

St Lucy Please Listen

Well the eye surgeon didn't really have any answers, in fact she is referring Ralph for a second opinion to a consultant in Chester. She said during the operation she could not get his eye to move after she had undone what had been done in the first operation. She spent two hours trying to get it to move!! Stopped the operation and went to discuss it with two other eye surgeons. She reckons she has never come across this before and neither had the other surgeons. She has been a consultant for fifteen years or more....

We have to ring each morning to see if he can get the MRI scan sooner than 27th June. The surgeon said to make a nuisance of ourselves...

So we are trying to be upbeat, not easy, Ralph's mum is very upset and angry about the situation and it was sad to hear her on the phone yesterday, the mothers instinct to protect her young was very apparent in the 84 year old lady, I guess it goes to the grave with you.  So we are praying to St Lucy as well as the Good Lord and hoping things will improve as nature takes it course. Thank you for reading and for being there.


One's eyes are what one is, one's mouth is what one becomes.
~John Galsworthy~

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Not a Good Week

This past week has not been good. Ralph's operation should have took 40 minutes at most, but took nearly 3 hours instead. He has to have another MRI scan as they have found "inflammation" behind the eye.
He is in considerable pain and the operation was supposed to correct the mistake in the first operation. There has been NO improvement.  We have an appointement with the surgeon who did the operation tomorrow, she better have some good answers  I would be most grateful for prayers and healing thoughts for my darling, just to get back to where he was before the operations. Please.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Absent Without Leave

Sorry not to be about at the moment, things have been pretty fraught here. Ralphs eye surgery went wrong and he is to have another operation on June 7th, hopefully to rectify the damage that was done. Any healing thopughts and prayers would be gratefully received.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


My first finished canvas's. I can see fault in them already but had to post something that was finished for a change:)

I am off to Julia's to poke my nose in..

Saturday, 7 May 2011

 Saturday afternoon playtime. Jaz and I had fun making ATC's all afternoon.
 We were supposed to be scrapbooking with her cousins, but they forgot about it .  So it was just us.

Jaz enjoyed doing ATC's and having a giggle, I did too.

As you can see she is an untidy worker,
just like her grandma...

Hope you are having as much fun this weekend

Tuesday, 26 April 2011


A work in progress, hopefully finishing by Friday. I am mad about canvas's at the moment and buying them constantly. Never in my life did I ever think I would be creating little works of art..cough.cough..

Right thats me off to work, I will be nosing round other workdesks when I get back this afternoon.
Thank again to Julia for starting this phenomenon.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


Mine looks a bit of a mess right now.
My stash from the weekend needs sorting.
These photo's are just a small taste of what I brought home. My mission today is to sort it all out. This is a mixture of cards made, prizes won, gifts generously given at the Card Camp with Rosemary. Souvenirs of a wonderful weekend
   Here is what I treated myself to at the weekend:) Well who wouldn't? Guests at the Card Camp had 10% discount at Crabapple and I also had four full loyalty cards so I got it at a great price. So guess who is a Very Happy Bunny. Now I am off for a nosey around some very very interesting desks via Julia:)

Monday, 11 April 2011


I am recovering this morning after a fab weekend at Card Camp with Rosemary Merry and her happy crew at the Forest Hills Hotel. From Friday afternoon through to 4pm yesterday it was fun all the way.

I met some lovely new friends, rekindled friendships from previous retreats and spent the whole time with the bestest friend in the world Trish. We made some wonderful cards, and canvas's, ate some delicious food and did so much laughing it was just a huge JOY.  I also treated myself to a new toy and I am sooooooo happy with it.

I have just gone to download the photo's to add some to my post and I cannot open them :( I will have to wait for my DH to get home tonight to sort things out for me.  I will try to post some of the photo's tomorrow.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011


I'm Late Again:(

Today I have been playing with some new stamps designed by my lovely friend Marie.
They are sold by Imagination Crafts and I think they are so cute.  They remind me of my granddaughters. 
I think they will enjoy playing and creating with them. I'm off for a mooch around other desks via Julia's blog.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011


My desktop looking a tip again. I have been having yet another big sort out in my shed and this is the desk this morning:(  My DH bought me another unit from IKEA which was not the one we went to IKEA for but it was a bargain of the week and it works better than the one we went for, does that make sense.  Of course it doesn't this is me talking...

This is the one we bought, £29.99 usually £61.00, the far one with all my scrapbooks in was the one we went to get another one of. The one we got is much more suitable for all my different sized boxs and I am delighted with it.

                                 This is the far end of my shed, reorganised (honest it is).

The corner by the door, my DH gave my the plywood box from his shed, it has got to be painted.

                   This was Monday morning, I can be tidy sometimes, it never lasts though:(

If you want to see some tidy little gems or some crafty middens go visit Julia, she collects them for fun.

Here are the pictures before I filled the shed to the gunnells. I thought I had so much room..lolollooolllllll (hysterical laughter).lololollloolllooooolol

Wednesday, 9 March 2011


Something different from my workdesk today, rather late too:( 
I think she has done really well with the minimum of help from me.
I  am proud to show the handiwork of my lovely granddaughter Jessica.  It is her 11th birthday tomorrow and she  made her own invitations and this evening made her own goody bags.
I think she has done really well with the minimum guidance from her proud grandma

She is pictured here with her little sister Emily, who this time last year was very poorly in hospital and Jessica didn't get the birthday she deserved. This year it is very different, they are both the picture of health and are the most wonderful fun.

I'm late but it is never too late to pop over to Julia and have a mooch about:)

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


I bought this pot holder in a sale at the weekend.
I thought of decorating it myself.
Any inspirational idea's would be most welcome.

Happy WOYWW Day

Salutations to our Leader.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Some of My Work in Progress

My Jaz

My Jewel
My Trish
My Helen, My Clair, My Jen and Me

I am really enjoying getting back into scrapping again.