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WOYWW 550 – festive crafting & fairy lights

It is probably the latest I have ever been joining in with What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday (hosted by Julia @ Stamping Ground). I took photos this morning and had every intention to get this typed well before lunch, but other stuff took priority and then we had a meeting with our accountant this afternoon. Finally, we have eaten a meal, cleaned up the kitchen etc and now I am grabbing some time at my pc table before collapsing on the sofa with a mince pie!

My photos show the results of 2 different craft workshops. If you are ever in Pembrokeshire, then I would definitely recommend coming along to a workshop at SET Craft in Haverfordwest (see their Facebook page for details of workshops). The fabulous lantern was a lot simpler to make than may first appear, as the tutor had already diecut all the necessary pieces for us. We had some folding/cutting/sticking to do make it all up. The slate heart was decorated with a napkin and some cold foiling.

I also show my craft room decorated with a spare set of fairy lights. If you want to see our Christmas tree and other decorations downstairs, then take a look at one of my Instagram accounts (I have three!), @iamaliwade.

I am hoping that I will be able to get this published (having issues with one of our wifi routers, which typically is what I use in my craft room). I am ok if I go downstairs to the living room and use my iPad, but it is just easier to type on a proper keyboard (ooh, thought of something else to go on my Christmas list – a keyboard for my iPad!). Had a look at MacBooks in Currys this afternoon and definitely something I would like one day (I miss my laptop).

As this is the last WOYWW before Christmas (I definitely won’t be anywhere near my pc next week! We have family staying with us – including two of the grandkids), I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Keep safe and well.

Ali x

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WOYWW 549 – a few crafty bargains

Morning, everyone. I am up and in my craft room fairly early today, and decided to get this typed before the day runs away with me.

I have two photos for you today. The first shows some fab Dazzles stickers. I have grand plans to use them on scrapbook layouts, but they definitely couldn’t stay in the shop at that reduced price.

The second shows the Crayola Twistables I treated myself to for Bible journaling. Again, these were in offer in Tesco. I also bought the set of alphabet stamps from Lidl at their usual bargain price. I have stamped out some names ready to make gift tags. I love the bright colours.

Did you get any ‘Black Friday/Cyber Monday’ bargains?

My Psoriasis is slowly healing. At least I am able to drive again and sleeping well at night (with the help of strong antihistamines!). We are helping my stepdaughter and her family move back to Pembrokeshire, so have been busy viewing houses/sorting out paperwork/loading and unloading vans etc. Our house and garage is full of bags/boxes/furniture. Hopefully she can make the final move before Christmas.

Christmas – are you ready? I need to get a few more cards in the post that I had missed off my original list. There are a few presents to buy, and I will be starting wrapping later. There are some that need to be sent off with a courier. I put up our tree and decorations on Sunday (busy with the chapel Christmas fair and a craft workshop on Saturday), turkey to be collected on Christmas Eve, and otherwise we are planning a fairly quiet time. Not sure if and when any family will be here, but it won’t be the busy/hectic week that we had last year. I have put my foot down and told hubby that I cannot cope with preparing big meals.

Breakfast time now (for me and the dog), so will get this published. If you would like to join in with this global crafty blog hop, then skip over to Julia’s Stamping Ground.

Ali x

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WOYWW 548 – some festive crafting

I am very late today. Had good intentions to get a blog post typed early this morning, but then got distracted by budgets. Not as interesting as joining in with this global crafty blog hop (hosted by Julia over at Stamping Ground), but very satisfying to know that I sort of know where my spending needs to go for the next few months (in my journey towards being totally debt-free, which should end by August next year!).

My photos were taken yesterday, but my crafty table doesn’t look much different now, except there are more washi tapes waiting to possibly be made into very last minute Christmas cards. I want to post my cards tomorrow, so if I don’t feel like sticking washi tape to card whilst watching tv later, then I will be writing out charity cards left over from last year!

My whole ethos (is that the right word?!) of making my life simpler also relates to Christmas. I am doing a lot less this year – spending less, sending out less cards (not spending hours making cards) and generally not over-catering in all ways. Wish I had started on this about 20 years ago!

The star on the top of the washi tree looks blue in the photo, as I had just used a glue pen ready to foil it with gold. I bought the foiling/glitter kit last year, but never used it. When I did my big Craft Room Clearout, this was one thing I wanted to keep, as I knew that eventually I would enjoy playing with it. Now I just want to foil everything! My next crafty session will be seeing if it works on Bible paper, so watch this space.

I hope that everyone is well and happy. I haven’t toured around any of the other blogs for a while. My health took a turn for the worse about a week after getting back from Spain. My Psoriasis and another painful long-term issue flared up, and I have truthfully not felt like doing much at all, apart from attempting to keep up with the housework/laundry etc and watching tv. Everything crossed that I will be recovering from now on.

I am continuing to do Photoshop tutorials (the black card with snowflakes was designed on there), and I still keep hoping that one day it will all be clearer to me. The Serif CraftArtist software is so much more intuitive. I no longer have my laptop, and my desktop pc had to have a new hard drive, so don’t have CraftArtist to use right now. I do have a rare unused disk in my cupboard that was bought many years ago when Create & Craft were selling it for £5, so intend to get that loaded onto my pc soon. However, for now, I will perservere with Photoshop. It keeps my brain working!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Ali x

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WOYWW 545 – all sorts waiting to be done

Afternoon everyone (it is rapidly approaching lunchtime here, so I am typing very quickly). It has been a while since I blogged. There has been some crafting happening, but mainly at workshops (I have two this week). I have restarted Bible journaling again, but that has been purely digital so far (received my delivery from yesterday, and will be doing an unboxing video this afternoon). There will be a separate blog post showing the two layouts I have done so far – on Photoshop, which continues to be a steep learning curve.

We have just come back from our most recent trip to Spain – our beloved Northern Costa Blanca again. I will do a separate blog post with some photos, as there is just so much beauty to share. In the meantime, my Instagram accounts always have lots of photos/videos – @iamaliwade (for photos of the farm, animals, Spain, Pembrokeshire, cycling etc), @big_old_farmhouse (for household management, living with chronic illness/perimenopause, natural cleaning etc) and my new one @growinfaithcreatively (for all Bible journaling, faith art etc). I am an Instagram addict!

My crafty table shows some magazines that I bought purely for the stamps, which are all really useful. There is a small pile of cross stitching stash. I hadn’t stitched for years, but then our local chapel crafting group started on Christmas cards last month. I was busy teaching the beginners, but did make a start on a robin design. We will be continuing with these next week, and I will get my card finished at home probably (leading the workshop for the first time). The vellum wrap with foiling was what we made at a workshop a few weeks ago. A battery-powered tealight goes inside. The foiling is done by applying the glue from the Stix2 glue pen, waiting for it to go clear, and then pressing on the foil. I bought a pen home and some of the foils to do some other projects.

I have some birthday cards to make this week, including three cycling-themed ones for members of our local cycling club (we are having a joint birthday meal next week). I also need to get on with my latest needle felting project, and of course I will be continuing to learn Bible journaling techniques. There should be some more interesting photos next Wednesday.

If anyone wants to join in with the weekly global blog hop around crafty workspaces, then visit HERE.

I will attempt to visit some blogs later.

Ali x

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WOYWW 541 – I bought some stash!

I was just about to wish everyone Good Morning, but it is actually 12.25 pm. I have worked out how to log into my WordPress account and I have every intention to blog regularly on here, but definitely don’t hold your breath!

As today is Wednesday, I am joining in with What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Take a trip over to the Stamping Ground for more details and to join in yourself. As my blog post title says, I actually bought some stash this week. I was at a craft workshop at our local craft shop and it was mentioned that one of the town’s charity shops had a large amount of crafty stash donated to it. Obviously, we dropped everything that we were doing and literally walked as quickly as we could up the High Street (and if you know Haverfordwest, you know how steep that is!). Lots to choose from, including several baskets full of planner stash. I do my planning digitally now, but couldn’t resist some of the cute stamps (which will be useful for cards, notelets etc), wood embellies and some washi tape. I also bought some other stamp sets and a cross stitch kit. All of this for £16.

Didn’t I do well?!

Crafting-wise, I have been to a few workshops recently, and at least three planned each month. I will do a separate blog post showing what we have made.

Otherwise I have been busy with cleaning/organising the house/garden etc, getting out on my bike when I can (regularly cycling 20-30 km routes now), Spanish online lessons and trying to find space in my day for Photoshop (I have been attempting to master this for years now, and determined to keep going). I am also starting Bible Journaling again, with an international online conference starting later today.

Lots to type about in the coming months.

We are off to Spain at the end of the month, where I will be hiring an electric bike, so I can enjoy cycling around the beautiful valley. Who knows how Brexit will affect our plans to buy a property there, but in the meantime we can enjoy the lifestyle/weather for holidays.

I do still intend to import at least some of my Blogger blog posts over here at some point, but who knows when that will be.

Hope that everyone is well.

Ali x

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WOYWW 524 – Sharpies on glass

I am going to cheat, as I often do with WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), and show what I made at a craft workshop.

Last night it was the monthly meet-up at a local chapel; a lovely group of friendly ladies. If you are ever in Pembrokeshire on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, then come and join us. This time we decorated glasses with Sharpie pens. A lot of inspiration was obtained from Pinterest!

I attempted to do a ombre-effect, which was basically doing lots of dots in different colours, which is my level of art at the moment (it is the blue champagne flute – really difficult to get a clear photo of it by itself).

I also went to a glass painting workshop last week, so a lot of glass in my life at the moment. Apart from this there is no crafting going on. Instagram and cleaning are taking up most of my days – trying out some homemade cleaning recipes later. Come over to Instagram – the cleaning community is crazy.

Hope that everyone is well. I need to go and read some blog posts and catch up.

Ali x

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WOYWW 522 – not much to see

This is my first WordPress post for WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday) and will be a quick one. There is absolutely nothing going on in my craft room, except for packaging up some parcels to take to the post office later.

Therefore, I show you some of my displayed items and the new storage box for my very much reduced mixed media stash (yes, just one box!).

The pink document holder has a lovely pocket letter I received as part of a swap last year, a folder with some left over die cuts (I no longer have a die cutting machine) and some empty folders! The 2 bears were made by a lady who attends the craft workshops I go to at our local craft shop.
Box from Homebase
Still got a nice selection of tools and mediums if I really want to do some actual scrapbooking/journals.

I am loving seeing the photos and blog posts about the Crop on Saturday. So sorry I missed it. Basically I overscheduled by booking our car for a service in Swindon on the Friday. We had to travel down on Thursday afternoon, as it is a 4 hour drive, then went to the Outlet Shopping Centre for shopping/food that evening. Friday was spent touring around Wiltshire (Devizes and Avebury) whilst the car was in the workshop. I was exhausted after all that and we made the decision to return home that evening. We should have just travelled up to Shrewsbury on the Friday afternoon, ready for the Crop and got the car serviced another time. Oh well, I have learnt that I can only cope with one activity per trip away, which I did really know – but I am always over-optimistic about how much I can cope with.

I haven’t transferred any of my old Blogger posts over here yet, but will attempt that soon. Obviously there won’t be a huge amount of crafty stuff, but I will share my digital crafting ‘journey’ (a lot to learn) and the workshops I go to (got a papercrafting one on Friday), plus the rock painting (need to get some more done, as will be hiding a few today).

If anyone is interested in cleaning (especially trying to make up my own recipes and reducing the amount of products we use in the house), organisation and decluttering, and generally living with chronic illness, then my other blog posts are worth a read.

Ali x

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About Ali

Hi, my name is Ali Wade. I am 49 at the time of typing, and live in rural Pembrokeshire with my semi-retired/dairy farmer/cycling addict hubby! I have been blogging since 2012 over on Blogger, and in 2019 I transferred over to WordPress (which is definitely a steep learning curve!).

What started as a simple blog, mainly about crafting, is now progressing into a website that will showcase my sources of passive income. I have Fibromyalgia, Hyper Mobility Syndrome and Psoriasis, and have not been able to work outside the home for many years. We are planning to move away from our dairy farm business – both in terms of the actual physical running of it (we have a contractor providing the labour and machinery now) and also spending more of the year in Spain. Therefore, we are looking at other ways of providing income for our later years (we are far too young to retire!). My passion for crafting and design, combined with other interests, is leading me to develop ‘Ali Wade Designs’.

I am an affiliate – for several companies that I have been learning/shopping with for years – with others coming soon.

I am launching my email list today – Colour & Design. Join to receive access to my Members Area – with discount codes and exclusive freebies – and a monthly newsletter with giveaways and crafty news.

I am concentrating mainly on developing Passive Income, as that fits best with my chronic health conditions.

I have a long To Do List for developing this website, so please bear with me. The design and content will be changing a lot in the next few weeks.

4th June 2020