WOYWW 577 – Water Ripple & New Stash

Firstly, apologies for being so late. I won’t even go into why I am only sitting down at 7.25 pm to type this post!

Secondly, I do actually have something to show you.

Thirdly, if you are as late as me (or in a different time zone) and would like to join in with WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), then go and visit Julia’s Stamping Ground.

Here is my crafty table. I am mid-way through the next module of lessons for my Ink Lily pens, and have just left everything out ready for my next colouring session. I am known for usually tidying everything up as I go along, but a flare up of hip pain has meant that I am in a ‘can’t be bothered’ mood. I resorted to taking pain relief today and applying pain gel (prescribed by a hospital doctor a few years ago and only used when I really need some relief). That did work and I have had a productive day – editing this blog (got a few new affiliates to work with – companies with holiday cottages etc in Pembrokeshire and a national company – so get in touch if you want to book a holiday to this wonderful county or anywhere else in the UK) and farm business.

I have also had some crafty stash delivered today. The ‘Swiffer’ was recommended by Tim Holtz for cleaning down after using embossing powder etc, and he is right, it does work really well. I ordered a new set to replace the one that must be several years old now. I have received the fantastic set of TwiMarkers from Arteza – going to test them out and blog the results. There are 100 pens, so you can imagine how excited I am! Then there is part of an order from Create & Craft (the new Sizzix dies and embossing folders should arrive tomorrow). Mel Heaton had a bundle including some Poppy stencils, a pack of Sumi Paper (I still haven’t found out what I am going to use this for – will contact Mel directly tomorrow and ask her!) and various mixed media products from the new Cadence range. I thought this would be a good opportunity to test them out, and the stencils will be fabulous for all sorts of different projects. The Cadence range seems to be well priced and has good reviews, but I do like to see for myself.

I hope everyone is well and enjoying this mini heatwave (known as an early summer day in Spain!). I have had some time today to sit out in the sun (and hubby has taken over the grasscutting duties now that we have grass in the back garden too, so it was doubly wonderful to sit and relax whilst he used the mower!). Planning a trip out for an icecream tomorrow (we can travel 5 miles here in Wales).

Will settle down in front of the tv with my iPad now (got The Bakeoff Professionals to watch and I think that Sewing Bee is on too) and visit some of your wonderful blogs.

Ali x

(ps Don’t think you are going mad – this blog has been changed to a new template – I was asked to blog about Pembrokeshire, so I have had to move things around to reflect the widening of my blogging activity. )

(pps Update on crafty stash delivery. The 3rd courier today has just brought my 2nd parcel from Create & Craft – Sizzix goodies. Will show them off next week. If you want to see them sooner, I will put some pictures up on Instagram tomorrow @aliwadedesigns).

Week ending 25th May 2020

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I had very good intentions to get this post written and published yesterday, but instead I spent some time outside enjoying the warm sunshine. Creating this website and community is all about having a flexible lifestyle, as my health demands that (physical and mental). I hope you also enjoyed your Bank Holiday.


I have had a busy week. Colouring took up several hours. Continuing with the Ink Lily classes.

One of my final assessment pieces for Module 1.
I do a few layers and then leave it to see how the colour/texture develops.

I also signed up to a Copic Colouring Course with Udemy. Although I am not using Copic pens, it is still really useful – with explanations about colour tones/blending and lots of projects for me to practice with. No progress pictures yet, as the first few classes were purely theory and talking about the different Copic pens.

I joined the Kit & Clowder community, which is a fantastic website stuffed full of resources/education/inspiration. I definitely recommend subscribing to the newsletter. There are several free classes, but I bought the monthly colouring class and joined in with the friendly Facebook group. There is a Pencil or Markers option (you can do both) and I decided to try Pencils, as a contrast to the Ink Lily classes. However, I soon realised that holding the slim pencils was very painful for me, very quickly. Yes, I can buy some foam tubing to reduce the pain for me, but I have decided to concentrate on markers for now, so I am swapping over to the Markers class next month. Watch this space!


Learning Affinity Designer (or at least starting on the basics) was on my agenda for the past week too. I started a really thorough Skillshare course with Tracey Smigielski Capone – Affinity Designer for iPad: Creating Textured Florals. The projects that other students had completed first caught my eye on Instagram and Facebook, and I allocated some time for the past 3 days to go through the course. I will be honest and admit I haven’t finished it yet. I am struggling with the complexities of Affinity Designer. It is so powerful and crammed full of possibilities. Due to Fibromyalgia (and chronic pain disturbing my sleep at night) my brain gets easily overwhelmed. I definitely recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn how to use Affinity Designer. I moved away from the monthly payment of Adobe last year, when Affinity was being offered at a reduced price (it is half price at the moment – and with a 90 day free trial). I have all 3 programs – on my pc and the iPad apps. I will be returning to this regularly and gradually building up my knowledge/confidence.

Two of the designs that I did finish, which I love.


I have done a lot of editing to this website. New affiliates have been added, and more coming this week. I have always been the one person that everyone comes to when they have a question, so it is great having blog posts and pages to direct people towards. I have a long list of blog posts to write and new projects to share with you.

I am very slowly working my way through the Floral & Nature Design Masterclass with the wonderful MakeItInDesign.com. If you have any interest in Surface Pattern Design, then this is the website for you – with lots of classes to choose from and amazing inspiration. Their Summer School is back in July/August, and you can sign up at a Super Early Bird Price until 29th May. I have signed up for the Beginner Track, which covers all forms of media including digital. Something to look forward to in the coming months.


I will be starting to send out a monthly newsletter in June. Some of the goodies that I am starting to sort out will be – discount codes for the companies that feature on my website and in my blog posts, exclusive freebies (from myself and other companies/designers) and regular giveaways. I have got lots of possible freebies lined up for you – brushes for Procreate and Affinity Designer, colour palettes, digikits for digital scrapbooking/papercraft, and beginner projects.


If you are starting to think about crafting for the holiday that begins with C !!
The Sue Wilson range sells out really quickly, so go and pre-order from Craft Stash now.

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

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