Monday, 24 August 2015

Struggling....And Oh Dear....The Garden!!!

Good morning everyone.

I hope you are all well.

This is a long post......so please bear with me....

An apology.....first!

Unfortunately I am struggling with my Fibromyalgia at the moment and to add insult to injury and as a result of two old accidents to my neck and shoulder I am experiencing daily headaches/severe pins/needles/weakness and chronic aches in my neck and down both arms.....hence the crafting has gone out of the window...I am trying exercise and a variety of medications and looking at an MRI soon....I have had this problem for a long time but it has now got the better of me.....I can do a bit of crafting but only for a short time as I have to keep moving and my concentration is shot through.

 I'm bored and want to go back to work.....And I never thought I'd say that although I must like my job as I have been doing it for nearly 29 years...full time but am looking forward to retiring in 7 years....now I'm not wishing my time away but I have plans and so many things I want to do (God willing)and this health issue is in my way.....but I will beat this or learn to manage and live with it as I have done with the Fibromyalgia......

So I am very sorry for my lack of crafting - comments - and visits to your blogs.....this post is taking forever to type too....due to pins and needles in my hands!!!!!

Anyway enough about that.....what I have been able to do (and which I hate to do) is delegate!!!!

As many of you know my main project of late has been 'slowly' doing up our house which is almost finished.....and now I've set my sights at the front garden....normally I am used to getting stuck into jobs and doing things for myself and Mr T is not a gardener but bless him he is doing a fine job along with the help of a gardener who has been helping us....hedge trimming, turf laying etc.....

And this is what they/me via delegation have started to tackle....

Oh Dear...what a job...some of the larger trees have already been dealt with and the wood piled up for the new wood burner....pictures to follow.....

From the main road at the front.


From the front porch.


A view from the road/front.


And the planter which is huge.....


From here you can see through the metal gate to the left hand side garden which has become a dumping ground while doing the renovations to the house....the next project on the list.

I will post some progress photos as we move along....

I had many plans for this garden but we have decided after much deliberation that we are now only going to be staying here for a year or so (although I love what we have done to the house)....the garden ideas have been significantly simplified.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and sticking with me.

I really do appreciate your visits and lovely, encouraging comments.

Enjoy the rest of your day.  



Sunday, 2 August 2015

My Birthday Girl...and another card!!!

Good morning everyone.

I hope you are all well.

Today it is my daughter's 20th birthday....when did that happen???...


Happy Birthday Brogan.

We Love You All The Way To The Moon And Back....


I used to read 'How Much Do I Love You' to her all the time when she was small and it was our favourite story and this is the phrase we now use to each other to finish cards, notes, texts etc....

This is a photo of her taken at this years Brocklesby Show in June.




I know when she sees this she'll say....'You only ever take photos when I'm eating'.

And this is the card I made her.



I am so out of practise....my colouring skills are in need of some attention I know.... It has been so long since I coloured any images or made any cards to be truthful.

She is away in Blackpool this weekend with her boyfriend Jake and I know they are having a great time although she tells me she was accused of witchcraft while in the Blackpool Dungeons......Mmm....the only spell she would probably want to cast is more money in her purse for shopping.....

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I really do appreciate your visits and lovely, encouraging comments.

Enjoy the rest of your day.  


Friday, 31 July 2015

A Weekend With A Difference....

Good evening everyone.

I hope you are all well.

A few weeks ago we went to Whitby....just for the weekend. As many of my blogging friends know Whitby is one of my favourite places and we we're even engaged there in May.
 
We normally stay in the caravan but it was unavailable the weekend we wanted to go so as an alternative and by way of a change we decided to book a room in a hotel that I had heard about and we often walk past when we're pottering about....in Whitby.

The La Rosa Hotel....a themed hotel boasting Victorian Seaside Fun....

Well we had a wonderful time and our hotel was very different to say the least....but very enjoyable...




Our room was called The Saloon....

(this was the only room left in the hotel as there was a wedding party and I'm afraid to say that this would have been my last choice of room as I can't abide western/cowboy themes/films at the best of times but never mind beggars can't be choosers and our weekend away was a bonus)....

Anyway we had a lovely time and I would definitely use the hotel again but maybe a different room....maybe The Bram Stoker room......

This is our room....The Saloon Room....

(not sure about the ?buffalo skull above the bed but Heyho!!!) in for a penny in for a pound!!!


(Excuse the mess)


The Bathroom
(Now check out that bath)....it was fabulous...


And breakfast was delivered in a picnic hamper...and was delicious.



It was all very different and unusual but a great experience which we will do again....soon.....


Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

I really do appreciate your visits and lovely, encouraging comments.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.


 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

A Card....At Last!

Good morning everyone.

I hope you are all well.

It's been quite a while since my last post but the house is nearing completion and my craft room is open for business....if only I could find the floor.....

Never again will we take on a full renovation of a house and never again will we try and merge two houses into one.....Never, never, never......

But we are nearly finished.....yeah!!! 

A few weeks ago while I was at my local WI meeting one of the ladies asked me if I would make her a card for her brother and sister-in-law for their Golden Wedding......yes I said....of course I will!!!!

I am so out of practise and it took me ages to get round to making the said card.....but here is the result. 

I hope they liked it.






I stuck to an old and faithful design and kept it relatively simple.


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I really do appreciate your visits and lovely, encouraging comments.

Enjoy the rest of your day. 



Sunday, 7 June 2015

A Little Bit Of Cross Stitch...

Good morning everyone.

I hope you are all well.

Yesterday I spent some time trying to organize and tidy my craft room...I can now see the floor....at last....

Anyway I decided to move my sewing frame to the living room....partly as its so big and takes up so much space in there and partly to shame me into completing my cross stitch which has been sat on the frame for what seems like an age...

I did manage to do some stitching while staying with my parents (during the house renovation) so I thought I would share a progress report. Before I moved house I had decided to do a regular stitching catch up here on my blog to see how I was getting on....I thought this would inspire/encourage me to crack on and finish it!!!! Ha Ha!!! I failed....

Anyway here is what I have done so far...


Miribilia Autumn Queen



07~06~2015



13~11~2014


30~09~2014


28~08~2014



So as you can see just a little progress has been made.....

I know its all very slow but I'm getting there.



Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

I really do appreciate your visits and lovely, encouraging comments.

Enjoy the rest of your day. 




Saturday, 6 June 2015

Learning To Knit...

Good morning everyone.

I hope you are all well.

I know I haven't blogged very much of late and there have been no cards made at all this year....Whoops!

But....as many of my blogging friends are aware I have been busy with other ventures...the house sale and renovating the new one...Oh when will it end!!! Soon is the answer.....We have now got to a point where we need the last push with the help of some experts.....

For instance the hall floor, which I am reliably informed is a solid oak, original parquet floor and is to be sanded and polished to achieve it's former glory (after it has been covered in lots of paint splashes while painting the original lincrusta which I wanted leaving on the walls) and the stair banister has been stripped down and is being treated to the luxury of a French polish.....

Photos to follow.....

Anyway I haven't been completely idle on the crafting front. One of my New Years resolutions was to learn to knit...properly....My nanna had taught me to cast on, knit, purl and cast off and if I dropped a stitch she was always on hand to help....Sadly my wonderful Nan (who was a great knitter) passed away a few years ago and I wish I'd listened more closely to her teachings.....

So I joined a class in January and apart from meeting lots of friendly, talented knitters....I am now knitting.....Yeah!!!

I started a simple blanket which I am working on and learning lots of new stitches.....all be it slowly I might add....I will share photos of this as I progress...

I also bought a lovely and very simple boxed pattern kit for a cushion....simple moss stitch but here is my progress so far...(a bit slow as the Fibromyalgia keeps rearing its head) but never mind...




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I really do appreciate your visits and lovely, encouraging comments.

Have a lovely day. 


Thursday, 4 June 2015

My New Craftroom....

Good morning everyone.

I hope you are all well.

Just thought I'd share a few photos of my new craft room today.

The room is no where near finished but I have 'stuff'' in there...my stash needs organising and sorting into it's new home but the painting is finished and the floor is down and I am beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel....I think!!!

These are not the best photos but Hey-Ho....

My Storage...not sure this will be enough though!


My lovely new picture and my crafting buddy 'Hartley'....the hare...
(I adore hares and I just had to have him)...


I wasn't sure about the blinds but they are growing on me...


My craft room supervisor...my loyal companion...Bertie!...


I know they are not the best photos and it's looking a tad messy at the moment but at least it's clean and bright and it's my space....and I have a great view of the main road too....I know....I'm very nosey...

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I really do appreciate your visits and lovely, encouraging comments.

Have a lovely day. 



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