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WOYWW 568 – Projects In Waiting (edited version)

Apologies – I opened up Stamping Ground and just went with the number of the latest blog post showing at the time, 567, and added my post to the linky thing. I then went back to read what I thought would be last week’s posts and realised that 567 was last week, and that the post for this week (22nd April) was not showing yet (I had wondered why there were so many people linking up at 7.30 am!!). Julia – can you delete my post at #34, and I will link to No. 568 when you have published. I will comment again!!

Good morning all. I didn’t type a post last week, as there simply was nothing crafty happening in my craft room. Nothing to show this week either, except for the sad sight of a box of goodies from Hobbycraft still not unpacked (I received this weeks ago) and a Crystal Card Kit (which I nearly started at the weekend, but then didn’t!). Am I the only one who thought I would be completing loads of crafty projects during this Lockdown? In fact, I have been busy with digital projects/online courses/social media and blogging for business purposes etc.

This week is the Scrapbooking Live event with Design Cuts – so that has been my afternoons filled up (last one today, so tomorrow I will get a birthday card made for hubby – determined not to be so last minute – his birthday is on Monday). I also started an online course yesterday about creating Floral & Nature designs (with the aim of creating surface pattern designs professionally). Later today I will be going out in the garden/fields to gather cuttings for reference sketches. At least next week I will have something to show you.

On Saturday I have a craft workshop – online, via Zoom. It is screen printing and we have to make our own ‘paints’ using flowers/leaves etc. I have been told that dandelions make a particular good colour, and we have lots of them in our fields at the moment. There are a couple of places left (it is a donation only) if anyone is interested. 2 pm on Saturday (and then another session in May) and we have a list of supplies needed (most of which we should have in our homes already). Email me – hello@aliwade.com – if you would like to register and I will send the link.

Health-wise – no Covid-19 symptoms – but lots of Hay Fever and Fibromyalgia. I was particularly ill yesterday and welcomed the opportunity to sit in my craft room for several hours. I have only ventured out into public once – had to go and collect medication last week and do a Tesco Click n Collect. Did not enjoy going to Boots – very unnerving with all the staff in full suits/masks etc. I do not plan to go out again for several weeks at least. Managing to get a few delivery slots with either Tesco or Asda, and local shops/farms are delivering too (including our local pub, which is starting a takeaway/delivery service for meals on Fridays/Saturdays – I will be definitely ordering weekly!). Today, we have a delivery from a fantastic independent fruit/veg shop (which also sells all sorts of locally produced goodies), including some handmade mini cheesecakes, so dessert will be special tonight.

Stay Safe everyone.

Ali x

ps If you would like to join in with What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, click HERE.

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WOYWW 564 – a week that I needed lots of distraction

This whole world is very shaken and delicate at the moment. I am too. I have been having cold/hayfever type symptoms for over a week, as well as hubby, and then I became quite ill on Monday night, which made me panic. Thankfully, I was feeling a bit better yesterday, so hopefully it is just a cold combined with my usual Fibromyalgia issues. I am praying that family/friends/WOYWWers are all well and coping with enforced isolation. My usual lifestyle is isolated compared to many so, apart from missing the freedom to go shopping whenever I want and craft workshops, life for me has not changed much.

If you would like to join in with WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), then go to Stamping Ground.

I haven’t done any crafting since last week (been very busy with my online affiliate work and watching Procreate Live sessions each day this week), so my photos show my views from my chair right now. To my right is my little table (my original crafting table from 2003!) with my fantastic Cricut Maker (Rose Gold). I am going to do some Easter projects with that soon. To my left you can see my main crafty table, which still has the felt flowers on it waiting to be finished!

Well, that is it for today. Us crafters have one positive in this scary time – we certainly aren’t bored staying at home! I keep having friends and family asking if I am getting lots of craft projects done. Well, so far, that has not happened. However, it will be a few weeks at least before it is safe for me to go out and about again, so I am sure that next week I will have some projects to show off. I look forward to seeing what you are all doing. Remember that I am on Instagram if you want to see what I am up to daily.

Stay safe.

Ali xx

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WOYWW 563 – Felt Flowers

Morning everyone. I have been up for a while, but got sucked into the Facebook ‘hole that has no end’. My crafty table today has some felt flowers that I cut out on my Cricut Maker and now waiting to be glued or sewn together. I might do some embroidery on them too. They are for the anniversary celebrations for a local chapel, but that has been postponed until later in the year, so no rush now. The fabric mat for the Cricut is also sitting there with a lint roller next to it (delivered from Amazon yesterday). I saw a tip that it would help to get the last few pieces of felt fuzz off it. It has also lost all its stickiness, so will either wash it with soapy water or get a glue pen on it.

We are not self-isolating strictly here, as neither of us are in the official list, but our life is fairly isolated anyway. The only change for me at the moment is that all craft workshops/clubs are cancelled and obviously we cannot fly off to Spain. I am going out to do some grocery shopping today (need some fresh veg etc before the next booked Tesco delivery on Saturday), but going to a local village shop instead of a large supermarket. There should be lower risk of being annoyed by those panic buying, and also good to support a small business. One of the towns near us, St Davids, has a fruit/veg shop, so going to see if they are open too. My days are just as full as usual with attempting to keep our house clean/tidy, walking the dog, cycling (probably just indoors now, as I don’t want to risk an accident that requires hospital treatment), online business stuff and, of course, crafting. We also enjoy watching ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ each day!!

Stay safe everyone, and KEEP CRAFTING!

Ali x

ps Join in with What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday HERE.

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WOYWW 559 – new tech & crackle glaze

Hi, everyone. Long time no type! Today is a day when I need to get on with various jobs before I hibernate in my craft room for the rest of the day. Last night I had an exciting delivery – the new Cricut Maker machine, which I ordered from Hobbycraft a few days ago. Obviously I just want to get it out of the box and start playing, but I am being strict with myself and getting the basics done first (typing this blog post, having breakfast, walking the dog and doing some floor cleaning downstairs). I will be doing a series of blog posts about my ‘journey’ with the Cricut Maker in the coming weeks/months/years.

This is my latest post for WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), hosted by Julia over at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/. Join in. We love to see new craft spaces – room, table, floor, shed …..

I have been tidying my craft room for a while now – getting more stuff sold/donated and generally making it feel less crowded, as I was struggling to be in here surrounded by too many things. It isn’t finished, but at least I can move around without falling over things! Currently I have my ex-sewing machine table set up next to my main pc area, and the old Silhouette Cameo machine (which I bought very cheaply a couple of weeks ago) sits on there. Obviously, I need space for the Cricut Maker, so the Cameo will be moved to the windowsill immediately behind, so I can still plug it into the pc when I need to use it (the Cricut is wireless and will be connected to my iPad a lot of the time). I bought the Cameo, as it was so cheap and I really wanted to be able to use the large library of designs that I built up several years ago (over 2100). However, I knew that I would need one of the latest machines within the near future, so I could cut more materials/do more processes etc. I had been looking at the Cricut for a while – watching YouTube videos etc. It was a difficult decision not to buy one of the latest Cameo 4, but I do enjoy having new tech to play with and when I had an offer to buy through HobbyCraft with interest free payments for 4 months, I decided to treat myself. I already have my first client – a lady who needs lots of felt flowers cut out – so get in touch if there is anything you want personalised, large quantities of anything cut out, foiling, etc etc.

My photos today show my tidy crafting table. I have started to make a birthday card (that is a llama, which needs a blanket pad on its back, so it doesn’t get confused with a deer!). I need to finish a backing paper design that I started with a new software to me – Affinity Designer – and cut out a Happy Birthday sentiment. The pink journal (which I am going to use for photos) was made in a craft workshop last month. The crackle glaze on the covers is delicious!

The boxes on the floor contain the Cricut Maker and the tool kit that came with it.

Photos/videos later on here – and Instagram (@iamaliwade and @growinfaithcreatively).

Time to go and have my breakfast now and then walk Buzz the Dog.

Enjoy your day.

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 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

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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 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’. There will be a range of printables, plus the option to order actual products which use my designs (ie posters, canvases, cushions etc, etc).

I am also an affiliate – currently with Design Bundles (who I have used for many years), with others coming soon. Simply, if you see a design/font/bundle that you need in your crafty digital stash, then you purchase it/use it and I get a small percentage of the purchase price.

I am concentrating mainly on developing Passive Income, as that fits best with my chronic health conditions. However, I am always here to discuss custom orders with you.

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 March 2020

I am writing on Medium again.