Wednesday, 3 September 2014


I'm back!  Life has been keeping me away from blogging.  There really aren't enough hours in the day - and I certainly do not have enough energy to get through all that I want to do.  I hope that all the lovely crafty bloggers are well and happy.  I will have a tour around this week to catch up on your news.

I cannot imagine there are many people left on this planet who do not know what WOYWW means, but if you do need more information go over to

Crafting has not featured a great deal in my daily life  'vgbgbgb' (just typed by Milky the cat!).  The cushion cover I had started on a while ago is still sitting on my 'cutting table' and any birthday cards for family/friends have been quick digital designs.  I am about to start my first decoupage project - this 'tea bag box'.

I created a nice main design (to go inside the lid where it won't get too knocked about) with my Silhouette Cameo - and the rest of it will be decorated with a random selection of papers.  The nice shiny new bottles of Mod Podge are waiting to be opened.  I think I will need to consult YouTube to ensure that I have some idea of what I am doing!

Something exciting has happened this week - and got my writing juices flowing again.  I saw a request on Facebook for writers for the Positivity in Pain blog.  Decided that it would not do any harm to send an application in, and received my invite yesterday.  I am an expert at the difficult process of remaining positive whilst enduring constant pain, and have a constant stream of new ideas to research and write about.  Being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Hyper Mobility Syndrome, then developing Hip Bursitis - and having Psoriasis since early childhood - has torn my life apart (and many of the dreams I had), but I am now rebuilding myself and there are so many new aspects which are positive side effects of my health. 

Crafting is a huge part of my new life.  If I had been able to continue with horseriding, running etc, then I would not have time for my craft room - ' ... silver lining ...'

I will not promise to be here every week - but borrowing hubby's tablet has enabled me to type this whilst catching up with some tv.  So much easier and quicker than using my smart phone. 

Ali x


  1. Good luck with the writing Ali, by the sounds of things good health hasn't been on your side . Crafting is a good escape isn't it & keeps us sane most of the time. Happy woyww Jill #11

  2. Oh I am so sorry to hear this Ali. Just the Psoriasis is enough to bear without the rest. My thoughts go out to you. Writing is so good, and I hope so much that it helps you.
    Kind thoughts go your wasy.
    Judy #23

  3. hope you get to join in when you can - it's good to see you again! good luck with the writing. Helen 14

  4. Good luck with the writing - its nice that you remain so positive whilst enduring all the pain - very hard to do and I am glad you have got crafting to keep you occupied its such a great stress reliever isn't it. Sunshine Girl #17

  5. Good luck with the writing! Please publish a link so that we can read it, I know that there are many crafty bloggers who have medical conditions and live with pain and I'm sure hey, like me, would be interested to read the blog
    Debs 35

  6. Interesting to read about Positivity in Pain (might pay it a visit as I've had pain all my life caused by Kilippel-Feil syndrome and associated problems). On a brighter not, I love the illustration for the tea bag box - interesting project. Thanks for sharing your workspace today. Hazel, WOYWW, #34 x

  7. Just do what you can when you can and try and stay positive. Good luck with your teabag decoupage project.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 49
    Happy WOYWW

  8. Sorry to hear about your difficulties, but glad to hear you focusing on what is good and what you CAN do.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comments. Wish I could send you a few of these tomatoes! :-)

    Happy creating and happy woyww,

    Sandy #21

  9. lovely to have a cup of tea and glad that art n crafts is helping you

  10. The teabag box is an exciting project. I am very interested in all kinds of teabag art! Sorry to hear about your FM etc. I suffer from M.E. so know a bit about chronic illness and how isolating it can be - the Internet has opened up my life in an amazing way, and especially through my blog. I entirely agree about the silver lining - it was not until I was ill that I started my blog, and through that, I discovered the whole online art community and my existing creativity increased 100-fold! I now have a purpose-built studio to my own specifications, which is an absolute dream - I just wish I had sufficient energy to spend a lot more time in there!

    Thank you for your visit and your lovely comment, and for your encouraging remarks about my bereavement card! Very much appreciated. A great deal of thought went into it in order to achieve what I thought was the right balance in the end. They should have received it by now. Glad you like my new rug too! I love how it's transformed my office.

    Hope your coming week is as pain-free as possible. Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #40

  11. Glad you have some lovely crafting to help take your mind off things. Good luck with the writing, too, and have a great week, Chris # 29

  12. Hi Ali, thanks for the lovely comments, so pleased you are staying positive. When life hits you where it hurts you have to hit it back Lol!
    Have a great week and happy crafting Angela x 38

  13. That is really good, wonderful news. Your work will be so helpful to others. I am at a loss for unselfishly kind of you.

    Big hug, Kathy Jo

  14. Ali, how lovely to see you back on the desks! I like the look of that tea bag box, that will make a fab prezzy! Great idea - I hope you find Modge Podge inspiration somewhere on the web!
    I'm so pleased that you've been invited to write for that group because not only do you know all about it but you write concisely and well. Good luck with that.
    My dad lives in Burry Port near Llanelli - I was brought up in the next village, Pembrey. So the beach featured is Cefn Sidan, I love it there :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 24 xx

  15. You are right, art helps a lot finding the better aspects of life!
    Gabriele 65

  16. Hi Ali,
    I may have known you have fibro but forgotten.... you see, I have both fibro and SLE Lupus. So I have a VERY foggy brain! Like you, I know what it's like to live with chronic pain and how it's changed my life. I also have run-of-the-mill arthritis and degenerative disc disease.

    Like you, crafting has been a blessing. I did beadwork prior to being diagnosed and really enjoyed it so I was already on my crafting journey. I am just lucky that I found WOYWW and that helps keep me regularly blogging (although I missed this week as there was nothing new to show).

    I can't wait to see the transformation on the box. It'll be fun to see what papers, etc., you select to use.

    Congratulations on being chosen for writing on the blog. When you post please let me know.

    Not playing along this week but wanted to visit a few people.

    Happy belated WOYWW

  17. Thank you for visiting me for WOYWW this week, Ali, even when you aren't taking part. Much appreciated! And thank you for your understanding about my situation which is so similar to your own, living with chronic illness. At least I am not in constant pain and for that I am very thankful. I have been very frustrated lately because my art always seems to take the lowest place on my list of priorities and I have constant feelings of guilt for not spending as much time with Mum (93, living in the annexe in half the downstairs of this house) as she would like - I know it's silly and it doesn't help me to rest and relax!! I can't get going very early in the morning and half the day seems to have gone by before I achieve a single thing and the brainfog can be very frustrating at times as it makes me feel so utterly stupid and I know I'm not reallly like that lol!! It's a vicious circle because if I could spend more time in my ARTHaven it would definitely have a therapeutic benefit.

    Really looking forward to seeing what you do with your teabag box. It would be an ideal thing for decoupage! A very exciting project. How exciting to be awaiting the arrival of your new laptop! When I was first ill with M.E. I bought one and it transformed my life, because I was unable to sit at the desk for any length of time, and could be on the computer in comfort. I now have 2 laptops (Windows 7) and an iMac (desktop) for my video editing and more serious graphic work and it will come into its own once I get my Cougar cutting machine going again.

    You sound as if you have achieved a great deal today! I haven't done too badly really but it's been a day of wading through treacle and everything seemed to be harder work than it should have been! When I got back from my felt making class, Mum said there had been a power cut so I had to go round resetting all the electrical stuff and it ruined something I had recorded and wanted to watch on TV! Grrrr. The Tesco delivery was late, and it arrived 5 mins after we should have left for my class - another grrrr! At least the class was fun. I'm hoping to blog about it tomorrow.

    Hope you are relatively pain free after your busy day!

    Happy WOYWW,


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