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

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 Eden.co.uk 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

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