Wednesday, 30 January 2013


A quick post this week (unusually for me!), as I have a busy day ahead - and have some things to get packaged up ready for the post office.  Although, my hip is sore today - so it may mean that I have to postpone my trip into town (which will involve driving to a village to drop a rug off that I have sold to a friend, then into an industrial estate for the saddlery & farm store, then a retail park to collect my tablets, then the town centre for shops and the post office, and then - keep up with me! - to a supermarket for a 'big shop').  It is so annoying when you can't just do what you want/when you want.  Having Fibromyalgia is the worse thing that ever happened to me (and I have had some poor health in the past - including nearly dying when my Psoriasis flared up when I was 19, causing Toxic Shock).

Moan over - and back to the reason why I am typing this at 6.30 am on a Wednesday morning.  Julia at Stamping Ground provides us with a list each week to add our blog post to - we show our crafty workspace and a few words (or many words in my case), and then 'visit' as many others as we can.  Join in - it is highly addictive.

My photo shows a card that I made last year for my niece's 7th birthday (I quite often make cards well in advance of the actual date!), and the 3D project I am working on as part of my Certificate in Papercrafting course (link on the side bar).  This is a lovely notelets set in a box.  Very simple for most, but I am not very good at 3D stuff and I am pleased with the results so far.  The usual piles of 'stuff' all around and behind, including a tall pile of magazines waiting for me to enter the competitions (probably missed the deadlines by now!).

Well, that is me for this week.  Happy WOYWW to everyone I do not visit.

Ali x


  1. Isn't it a funny world...I have fellow Cape Town bloggers I have never met and here I get to meet Ali H all the way from Wales...sending sunshine your way! I will tell her to bottle some and let it loose when she gets home! #35

  2. I admire your determination not to let your health issues get in the way of your life. Good for you for doing all the things you do..and the extras on top as well! The note lets set is a really great idea....I didn't even know you could do an online certificate like that!
    If you are coming to the crop in June, as well as the Marlborough campsite (which does get busy) I think there is a small one in Burbage might even be Caravan club. It's a local farmer who's branched out but I know no more than that. Just though I'd let you know :) I hope you do come cos it would be great to meet you :)
    Hugs, LLJ 36 xxx

  3. I think I'm exhausted just reading about all your errands! Good luck with all of that. I love doing 3D projects but I don't make nearly as many as I would like to. Yours is looking great!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #12

  4. Amazing how you keep going and keep so cheerful despite FM! You wore me out just reading of all you got through!
    Your niece will adore her birthday card with all those 3D butterflies, so pretty for her.
    Love Jo x
    Been over to see the house already too.

  5. You sound so busy.... hope you manage to get everything done, I am sure you will battle on!! The card is gorgeous. Good luck with the quilt. Helen, 9

  6. Love your colourful desk and your card is super cute :)

    Thanks for sharing and following now so i can keep up

    Kerry @ 1

  7. Love the colourful stash on your workdesk! Your doing an awesome job in not letting health issues hold you back from enjoying life (know how hard that can be sometimes!).


    die amelie (workdesk#66)

  8. Wow Ali, I had no idea you could get a certification in paper crafting! Good for you. Hope your hip doesn't trouble you to the point of stopping you - but you know better that anyone, if stopped you must be..take it easy.

  9. We suffer from ME and FM so know the frustrations caused by it and empathise with you. Well done on your 3d project it's looking really good so far. Good luck with your mountain of chores today, hope you get some rest later.

    Love from the bears @#80 this week

  10. Hi there Ali,
    ah such a beautiful piece of 3D work indeed. amazing ..

    ..and so nice isn't it when something is not only done but your really pleased with it!! hope your day turns out a well oiled machine without too man major hiccoughs.

    Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #4

  11. Hey Ali! Thanks so much for popping by with your kind words. There's always time for another go at cross stitching. You could go and get one of those tiny £3 kits that take no time at all and could be put on one of your cards! I am currently determined no to take up papercraft because of the sheer cost of everything, I am quite frugal/tight(!) with my stitching. Lucy #23 x

  12. Hello there dear Ali,
    Sorry to hear about your hip. I hope you're feeling better soon.
    Love how your 3D piece is coming along. You go girl!

    Happy WOYWW from Egypt. xx
    Roudi # 94

  13. Oh Ali, I do hope you are feeling more comfortable and have managed your busy day! Your niece's card looks lovely. Yes me too always missing magazine giveaways and competitions. Happy Wednesday. :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner@74)

  14. Hi Ali
    I have to say how much I love your blog page with all the lovely flowers and colours makes mine look boring as I am not much good with tech stuff.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. I think you are very organised doing cards so in advanced keep with the 3D you will get the hang of it and it will be fun. I love the card on you desk very pretty.
    Ria #44

  15. Hi Ali, loads of errands today and I hope you can get through them all without your hip bothering you too much. How fun and interesting to work on a certificate in crafting. Good luck. :-) Brigita #124

  16. Ali, Sorry your fibro has flared. Hope you managed to get out and do all you wanted.

    Fab 3D card.

    You take care.

  17. I agree with Ria, your page is so bright and cheerful. I feel quite exhausted just reading about all the things you fit into one day. Thank you for your visit. My daughter and granddaughter have been delighted with the huge box of stash that we delivered to them yesterday. Anything they do not want will go to friends or schools. Have a good week, and don't do too much. xx Maggie #11

  18. Crumbs - you do mange to do so much Ali! But do try and relax as well. Love the card BTW - hugs and Happy WOYWW, Di xx

  19. I hope your having a better day today, relax and craft if you can! Thanks as always for visiting my blog, waving hi from the windy and rainy hills of North Carolina ♥

  20. it looks a very cute card :) hope you made it into town and your hip is feeling better...
    happy WOYWW and have wonderful week :)
    no. 5

  21. Finally, my errans are finished, backs been adjusted so now I can sit here and have a long afternoon of snooping.....LOL Good for you to go for a certificate, I didn't know it could be done either, my interest is peaked so may have to check it out. Thanks for sharing
    Krisha #109

  22. Way to go girl. You cant let illness stop you doing the things you love. hope you are feeling better soon. you certainly dont let things get you down.
    I see why you liked the little owls on my blog thanks for the visit
    janet #32

  23. Gosh you did have a busy day. The card for your niece is lovely. I wish I could get into the habit of making my cards well ahead. I too have FM so can understand how you feel. Hope you have been able to relax a little since all the rushing about. Anne x #144

  24. I hope you got to make your run into town. The card you made your niece is lovely. I popped on over to your house remodeling blog. I can't wait to see more pictures as progress is made. April #101

  25. great looking desk and I love that card you made for your niece! Take it easy and take care of yourself all that will wait. Lord knows we don't want to throw ourselves into a big flare and not be able to do anything for weeks. Thanks for visiting my desk and leaving such a nice comment. Have a great week and don't over do! Vickie #31

  26. I love your desk...and your niece's birthday card. I guess the cold weather would aggravate your condition. Take it easy, you can only do what you can do (no matter how frustrating it can be). #22

  27. Hi Ali. I'm a bit late with my visiting this week, but I am trying to get to a few folk this morning.
    I try to get my cards made ahead of time,but I have never managed to be a year ahead! The card looks beautiful.
    Yes, I do have an eBosser but I am not over the moon with it. It does not cut/emboss evenly across the rollers, so I have to sometimes put a shim in the centre. The best thing about it is that I can now emboss with the new A4 size folders which makes embossing a whole base card very easy. I am glad I went for this rather than the vanguard as I have read so many posts about those where the whole machine has burned out after quite a short life. Having the electric motor is certainly an asset for anyone with muscular problems in their hands or arms.
    Kate x


Thank you lots and lots for your fab comments. I read and treasure them all. Ali x