Wednesday, 30 December 2015


WOYWW is 'What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday' - a weekly global tour around crafty workspaces.  Join in at Julia's Stamping Ground

No, there has been no crafting going on in my world in the past 2 weeks, which I am sure is the same for many of us.  I could not show a lot of my desks or craft room, as it is currently filled with various boxes/bags of stuff for the local food bank/charity shop etc.  I just need to get these dropped off and then I can see the carpet again!

So I have taken a close up of one small area of my main desk.

My pen pot, scissor pot, notepad, glasses cleaning cloth (yes, I know this is exciting!), tablet deckchair (I don't own an Ipad, so it is used for other purposes) with assorted nice things (mini framed fox embroidery, custom mini painting of my donkey, Doris - and a few more things out of sight).

I do need to do some crafting tomorrow to make a New Years card - and then there are a few birthdays coming up.  I also have digital scrapbooking projects in my head, and I have this as a personal goal for January.  Just need more hours in the day and energy. 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.  Fairly quiet here.  This was our lunch in front of the fire and tree.

Happy New Year - and I hope 2016 will bring us all lots of crafting time.

Ali x

Wednesday, 16 December 2015


If you do not know what I am typing about - and would like to join in with this fun tour of the world's craft desks - get on over to Julia's Stamping Ground.

My photo today shows my Christmas Stash Box (one of - there is also a smaller box with festive CD-Roms).  I was going to say that I am ashamed at how little I have used it this year, but there is no need to be ashamed.  Crafting should be an enjoyable pastime (even for those of us who are professionals) - and it is all just 'paper'.  Whether we spend hours making a card, do a batch of simple designs, print them or buy them from a store/crafter, the person receiving it will just be happy that we have remembered them.

I will be putting this box away later today - and my next project will be January birthday cards.  I also bought some 'photo calendar' kits last week and want to do some small digital layouts to insert into them.  I will take some pictures of that process and show you next week.

I hope that everyone is well and happy.  I am off into town later to get my hair cut and do a bit of shopping, but will be back on my laptop this evening to read a few blog posts.

Ali x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

The Ultimate Diary Planner arrives

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE VERY FEW COPIES OF THE A4 PLANNER AVAILABLE - LESS THAN 10 !!  If you need an A4 version in your life, then click on the link below and order immediately.

I first wrote about the Ultimate Diary Planner on 27th November.  I ordered an A4 version as soon as I saw it.  The mix of personal and business planning, plus motivation, was just what my desk needed for 2016.

You can read more and order via this link - Ultimate Diary Planner

The Planner arrived in its amazing pink sparkly envelope at the end of last week, and I was very patient and put it to one side until I had the time to properly go through it.  That day is today.

Who could resist that envelope?!

As I had ordered before 1st December, I received the A2 Ultimate Wall Planner for free.  

The back of the Wall Planner has some great motivational quotes.
"She believed she could.  So she did."

The A4 version has a gorgeous bright pink cover - with pink comb binding (the A5 is teal).

The Planner has so much extra content.  This is the page giving an introduction.

There are a few pages that are purely for business - the next two are fantastic for goal setting.

The Year Planner will soon have stickers marking birthdays/anniversaries/holidays etc.

I am loving the Super Statistics Tracker, as I am a Social Media-nut and using it for my business, as well as my personal interests, is a big part of my week.

The next section is something I have not seen in any other planner.  Achieving some balance in our lives is a must.  Whilst I am goal setting, I will also be creating milestone rewards to give me the extra boost I need.

There is more - recommended reading (I will be shopping in the Kindle Store later!), an introduction to Gratitude Journals (I will be setting up a combined Memory Book/Gratitude Journal - which can be a place for photos, doodling, more stickers and my love for stationery in general), scheduling tracker ......

In the main part of the Ultimate Planner, each month starts with two pages for reviewing the previous month, jotting down the main goals/events/To Do List etc, followed by blank Notes pages.  

The weekly planner pages are a great mix of business and personal planning.  Meal planning is included - and plenty of space to write your To Do Lists.  After the weekly pages for each month, there are more blank Notes pages.

What I love about the Ultimate Planner is that despite the amount of content inside it, it is not too thick and bulky.

Go and order your's now (and remember there is an A5 version in teal if you have an allergy to pink or need something to fit in your handbag!).

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


I love a neat and even number, so 340 is good for me.

My photo today is not of my usual workdesk.  I had taken my new Xmas stamps, inkpads and pencils downstairs to the kitchen, so I could do a batch of festive donkeys whilst cooking a meal/watching tv.  It was surprisingly hard work.  I managed to get eight done.

This year has been a hard year for me - and very few cards have been handcrafted by myself.  Shock horror - I have bought a lot of cards from various charities and also bought cards made by other crafters.  I am sending less cards than usual too.  Finances are more stretched due to the continuing fall in milk prices (we are a dairy farm) and I seem to lose general festive cheer as the years go by.

Feeling particularly grumpy today due to another flare in symptoms of my Fibro (or it may be an actual infection causing my swollen glands, migraine etc), and looking forward to January when I can spend more time on my Tarot study and business.

I hope you are all more cheerful than me!

Ali x

ps  If you are not aware of what WOYWW is all about, go and visit Julia at her Stamping Ground

Friday, 27 November 2015

Planner Time!

It's the time of year when we suddenly realise how much of this year has gone by already and look at what we want to achieve before Christmas. It's also a time when we decide we want to make next year our best year EVER!
Yes, using digital resources like your smartphone calendar or Evernote (I have just discovered it and now busy writing lists) would seem to be the best and only option for planning out your days/weeks/months/year, but I personally still absolutely adore stationery and physical products.
That's where the Ultimate Diary Planner comes in - this beautiful diary planner can be your sidekick to creating the life and business that you want in 2016.  I have ordered an A4 version for my desk (and so excited about it arriving in the next few weeks).
planner, diary, calendar, organisation, focus, week, month, year, pink, teal, gorgeous, fabulous, brilliant
Not only does it have lots of great pages for tracking your progress, planning your goals and writing notes, it is also brilliant for managing your to do list (and so much more!).
Not only is it incredibly useful, it also looks fabulous and is motivational too, as there is a positive quote on every diary page.
If you haven't got one of these in your life yet then head over to now to order your copy: Available in A4 (pink) and A5 (teal) and delivered in super-shiny envelopes! (scroll down in the link to see photos of the 2015 planners as they are delivered in the amazing envelopes).
If you order an A4 Planner before 1st December you will receive a free A2 Ultimate Wall Planner (rrp £9.97) - and you get access to the digital bonuses immediately.
Ali x
p.s. who else do you know that totally needs one of these? Why not tag them in the comments or share this post with them.
p.p.s. this is a fantastic Christmas gift if you're looking for something affordable and brilliant.
p.p.p.s  Now is the weekend to order.  They will be out for delivery very soon - and make sure that you do not miss out on the A2 Ultimate Wall Planner, if you order an A4 Planner before 1st December.
(Originally published on

Wednesday, 18 November 2015


Here I am - better late than never.  The weather is all over the place in Pembrokeshire this morning, so I was all confused about the ponies/Doris the Donkey.  Should I leave them in their shed for yet another duvet day - or should I chuck rugs on them and let them have some fun in the field?  Well, as I went out of the door, the sky cleared and even a bit of blue appeared - so rugs on two of them, and they are happily munching on the grass.  I then took Buzz the Jack Russell for a longer walk, as rain is meant to return later this afternoon.  Tired now and definitely need to sit at the computer for a bit.

WOYWW, for those who have no idea what this is - stands for 'What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday'.  See more details and a link to join in at Julia's Stamping Ground.  On my desk today, I have some felt/embroidery threads and ribbon so that I can attempt to make some donkey tree decorations.  There is a pattern to download over at the Donkey Sanctuary (plus knitting and crochet patterns).  There is also a cute Xmas card that I saved from last year, and will be using it to make a card - to add to the huge pile of TWO that I have already made !!  The CD-Roms are from 2006 - so not even sure if they will work in my PC, but worth a try and to see if the 'cool fonts' are really funny or actually worth using.

I had a big sort out of my crafty magazine stash - and have a good pile of Craft Stamper (with cover stamps, Making Cards (again, with all the papers etc), Card Making with your PC (with the CD-Roms), various scrapbooking magazines and others.  They are free to a good home - just pay for the courier, as they will be heavy boxes.  Let me know if you would like all or some of them.

I hope everyone is ok after this sad and worrying week - and that Storm Barney did not cause you too much trouble last night (just some more sticks off trees and very wet roads/yard/fields here).

Happy WOYWW to all those I do not manage to visit.

Ali x

Monday, 26 October 2015

A sad time - RIP Medina

Very sadly, on Friday 23rd October, we had our 13 year old Lurcher, Medina, put to sleep.  It was very sudden - she was running in the fields on Thursday.

The vets came out to our home, which was so much more dignified and peaceful for her.  I would recommend that you ask your vets if this is possible, if you are faced with the decision that no pet owner wants to make.

She was an angel.  Came from Ireland as a very traumatised rescue case in early 2003 and she came to live with me in the May.  So nervous at first that I could not get a collar on her.  It took a lot of time and patience, but gradually I gained her trust.  Every step in life was a huge step for her - getting used to walking on a lead, introducing her to traffic, going in the car (she had terrible car sickness for many months), seeing people out on walks (she would panic and literally try to jump into my arms - she was a fairly big dog), etc, etc, etc.  

She never lost that nervousness completely, and always hated Irish accents and men wearing baseball caps.  However, with children and other animals she was always very gentle, and was a great friend to several fostered dogs and our other dogs over the years.

Her favourite thing was running loose in the fields or on the beach.

There is a massive gap in our lives now.  She leaves behind her brother of over 7 years - Buzz the Jack Russell, who thankfully seems ok.

She has gone over Rainbow Bridge and will be with Roswell, Sammy and Bob the Pekingeses.

Ali xxxxx

Wednesday, 21 October 2015


Another busy week has been had - and my To Do list just keeps getting re-written as soon as I get to the bottom of it.

I actually just made a card!  Not digital, not a card from my 'drawer of ready-made or shop-bought cards'.  I cut up paper, coloured in and raided my embellies box for some stickers.  No idea where the inspiration came from and, as I sat there under my daylight light trying to control my shaky hands so the pens coloured somewhere within the lines, I did almost give up.  However, it is finished.  A birthday card for my younger sister.

Here is my desk, about halfway through the process.

My box of metallic/sparkly pens on top of packs of my trusty Marvy Le Plume II pens (one of my first crafty purchases from QVC back in 2005 I think!!).  A Daisytrail paper pack that came with one of their digikit collections.  Gorgeous Autumn designs.  The sticker flip book.  The card stuck down with glue (not used that for a while), scissors, glue, keyboard ...)  I think you can always tell a crafter, as there is a cutting mat on the table, despite the fact I rarely use it now!

Here is the finished card.

I am just about to design an insert on my fab Serif CraftArtist Professional software, and then I need to wrap a pressie - package all up to go into post.

It will be lunchtime by the time I finish at this rate!

Hope that you have all had a reasonable week.  To see other more crafty workdesks than mine, go to Julia's Stamping Ground.  All the details and linky form on there.

Ali x

ps  Got my Numerology book out, and 3 has the following meanings.

Artists and creators of the world.  Ability to uplift and inspire.  Childlike.  Born entertainers.  Tendency to gossip.  Fabulous sense of humour.  (Definitely describes us!!)

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


OMG - I have not been here since 300 back in March (I will not even put any exclamation marks, as I would need so many it would cover the page).

Life has just taken over, and crafting/personal blogging has not been top of my To Do List.

I have been missing you all (and missing meeting lots of new WOYWWers I bet?) and spent a happy hour last night reading through lots of my old blog posts.  So much has happened in the past 3 years, but a lot has stayed the same (my health for one - I have not had a miraculous recovery yet!).

If you would like to join in with this global blog hop, go to Julia's site Stamping Ground for more details and a linky thing.

Writing a business website and blog is all about keywords, SEO scores, short sentences and selling my products.  It is fantastic to be here and just write what comes out of my fingers.

I have not been doing much crafting and my sewing machine has not been turned on since I finished my dachshund cushion.  I really must change that.  We are grandparents twice over now - and I have so many photos that I want to use for scrapbooking etc.  Selling Tarot readings and worrying about growing an email list will have to take a backstep occasionally !!

Right - what part of my craft room/office/Tarot reading space can I show you?  Note it is not just a craft room now.  I even find myself saying that I am going to my office now.  I sorted out some of my crafty stash into proper storage boxes and here it is.

Just some of my CD-Roms and Digikits (there are more in one of the old wardrobes).  
I bet lots of you would like to rummage through that!

My paper/card storage - even got my A3 properly sorted (as hubby bought me the fab A3 printer last year).  The sheep is from one of my new favourite shops, Tiger.  There is one in Carmarthen, which is a town we don't go to often now - and I always have to have a stroll round.

Well, I had better publish this now and then sort out the washing.  Hubby is away in Ireland on a business trip, I want to get into town later to buy more guinea pig food (I gave in last month and acquired 4 lovely girlies) and I do actually have to do some 'proper' (ie paid) work.  I have 2 Tarot readings to do and a book review.

Will get round some blogs later.

Lovely to be back.

Ali x

Friday, 4 September 2015

Slow Down but Do Not Stop

This is my top tip for anyone with Fibromyalgia or another chronic pain/fatigue condition.
It relates to our physical movement, but also to our mental exercise and our goals/ambitions.
For instance, I may not be able to run or horseride now, but I do walk my dogs/attempt to keep up with the housework.  I am also constantly learning about new things and continuing with my journey towards taking over the world with Tarot Farm!
Pacing is incredibly important/vital for us (I will be doing another blog post with advice on pacing, so subscribe today to receive updates).
I have always been active (both physically and mentally - I am naturally curious and enjoy physical movement, especially outside), which in some ways helps me with my life after my diagnosis.  However, it can also be incredibly difficult to accept that my life has changed so much.  I get jealous when I see others out riding their horses, and I cannot bring myself to throw out my running shoes.
Having a new challenge in your life, when you have been forced to abandon so much, is another vital step.  I have done a lot - bought a young donkey (always wanted a donkey of my own and knew that if I didn't do it now, then it may never happen), started Tarot Farm and really thrown myself into social media/blogging - but perhaps it will be something a lot simpler for you.  Is there a craft you have always wanted to try?  Would you like to clear a small part of your garden and grow some vegetables?  Read some of the books on your list?  Bake a cake for the first time?
It is your choice.  Start today.
Ali x

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Cards, stone and numbers

This blog, which was started as a place to share my papercrafting projects in order to enter challenges, has changed into somewhere for me to share the many different aspects of my life.  A big part of my life now is Tarot Farm - the website I have set up for Tarot readings.

I have had an interest in divination for many years (I used to do Cartomancy readings - using playing cards - and Numerology, and had studied Tarot on a very casual basis), but then suddenly a few months ago Tarot came into my life again, and in many ways has taken over!

The global Tarot community is a friendly and inspiring place, and I am even involved in designing a card for a deck that will be sold for charity.

If I had perfect health, then my life would have taken a very different direction.  Tarot Farm is a great way for me to be involved in something that fascinates me, and I don't even have to leave the house!

If anyone is interested in having a reading, go and have a look at the website/blog or leave a comment on here.

Ali x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Never Give Up

At one time I was a keen runner - aiming to do 10k's and trail running.  Then Fibromyalgia, Hyper Mobility Syndrome and Hip Bursitis stopped all that.  However, I still have one pair of running shoes - and for some reason I had a dream last night that I was dusting them down and going for a jog.  Then I saw the latest blog post from Running with Fibro, commented on his Facebook page and I found myself deciding to try a bit of jogging on my afternoon dog walk.

Here are the almost vintage-looking running shoes (10 years old now)!

(I didn't bother with proper socks and running tights - so please excuse the thermal socks and jeans!)

Twenty minutes later - with about 10% of that spent very slowly jogging - I arrived back home, feeling sore as usual (I had been struggling after a busy morning), but ok.  I will be trying again soon.

This is the truly awful road I chose for my route today (there are 4 roads to choose from - as well as our fields/tracks).  The worse thing about them all is the steep hills - so I actually have not got much suitable for beginner running.

I expect the sunshine helped me a lot, but I am glad I listened to my dream, and also glad that I was too stubborn to throw those running shoes away.

My health conditions have forced me to re-evaluate my life and how I live it, and now I take pleasure from even the smallest achievement.  A few steps of very slow jogging is fantastic when so many people with Fibromyalgia are sadly almost housebound.  It is important to be grateful for everything that is positive for us.

Whilst I have your attention, just a reminder that I am now doing Tarot and Rune readings.  Go over to my website or business blog for more details and quick payment buttons.

Ali x

Sunday, 19 April 2015


Sometimes words come into my mind.  Most of the time I forget these far too quickly, but today they merged into a poem.

It is not right.

I could say it is not fair, but life never is.

I should be out in the sunshine,

sharing the wind and the light.

I should be flying down a lane on 2 wheels,

or running across the mountain,

or urging my pony up a bridleway.

I am not though and it is not right.

There are people living a half life that comes

from laziness and lack of spirit.

I live a half life because of my damaged body.

My brain and spirit are mostly bright,

but my body fails me daily.

A fog of depression and sadness threatens to cover me,

and I fight it.

My spirit is strong and I search for my place in this world.

I am not who I want to be - frustration is not a big enough word.

Tears flow too often.

I keep getting up.

I keep trying to smile.

I keep moving my body and accepting the pain.

It is not right though.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Spring Clean

I really need to start writing down ideas for blog posts. Throughout the day I often think of a topic/question or whatever, and then literally within seconds it has gone out of my brain.

I am now sitting on the sofa with my laptop (it stopped working a few weeks ago and went off to be repaired), watching the F1 and catching up with the interviews/blog posts I have been planning for ages.

I intend to get more variety into this blog in the coming weeks/months. Yes, a lot of it will be related to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain/Fatigue in some way, but I have other things in my life that need writing about.

I normally type blog posts directly into Blogger, but experimenting with using Wordpad (I am not willing to pay for full MS Office!) and then copying/pasting. A more relaxed way to write and hopefully I will get more posts drafted ready to schedule each week (never done scheduling before, so wish me luck!).

I have been doing some reading into Social Media and how I can use it more effectively
Social Media bookazine from Mollie Makes.  This is something that I am fascinated with - and wish I had picked up on its importance earlier. I do feel that I have been left behind slightly, but now is the time for me to learn more and fully use its many aspects. Therefore, you will be seeing changes in how I blog in the near future. I have had several positive comments about my blog layout, so want to keep it clear and simple - but it is getting rather 'tired' now. Time for a spring clean!

If anyone has any ideas for a blog post, a question they want answered etc, get in touch.

Now for one of my random photos, as I don't want you to get bored reading my rambling!

Robbie the pony and Doris the donkey -
enjoying having another shed to relax in.
(As a spring calving herd, most of the cows have now calved
and the yard has been emptied.)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


A milestone is reached today in the wonderful world of WOYWW.  How could I not join in?  Go on over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more details and a long list of fellow-'deskers'.

Not much crafting going on in my craft room today, so I have some of my latest stash acquisitions (ie internet shopping) on display.

I have been saying for a while that I must dust down my sewing machine, and when the latest Cross Patch show came on Create & Craft (apologies for all the links, but I know people will be asking me for details on these!), I found myself ordering some of the goodies.  The larger bag will be for me, the smaller one will be a Xmas pressie (deadline then!) and the door hanger is for our granddaughter.

I have done a fair bit of digital crafting this week, including starting on the path of learning another software, Serif DrawPlus, so I can design logos etc.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my WOYWW post last week.  I hope to visit as many as possible in the next few days.

Ali x

ps  Huge thanks for those who have offered to make something for my new Etsy shop, raising funds for Fibromyalgia research, especially as we approach International Awareness Day on 12th May.  I will be setting up the shop next week and there is plenty of room for more items - I just ask for purple and butterflies to be included somewhere; any crafting is welcome. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


So much of my week has been taken up with social media - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ - helping to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia.  It is the International Awareness Day on 12th May and I am starting an Etsy shop to sell items made by Fibro sufferers and their supporters.  If anyone would like to contribute, get in touch.  Anything is welcome - as long as there is purple and butterflies somewhere on it.

Now I put my crafty blogging hat on and join in (very late) with the wonderful weekly tour around so many wonderful crafty workspaces.  If you want to join in, take a trip over to Julia's Stamping Ground.  As you can see from this blog title, we have very nearly reached the milestone of 300 weeks.  I have not been involved from the beginning!

I am showing off my latest finished needle felting project - the rabbit which you saw last week.  He (yes, he likes purple and pink!) has clothes now - and arms.  I am going to add some fluffy eyebrows, as I think that he would suit them.

In my craft room I am finishing off getting 20 cards ready for a NSPCC event - just need to sort out envies and poly bags. 

I will take a late tour around now. 

Happy WOYWW to everyone.

Ali x

Friday, 20 February 2015

My new purple friend

I have a new friend who spends nearly 24 hours a day with me.  This new friend is my purple Garmin vivofit wristband, which Rich bought me for Xmas.  I had been interested to have one, so that I could see exactly how active I am during the day and also track my sleep patterns.

There are plenty of general reviews about how comfortable it is, how easy it is to set up etc - but I will concentrate on the specific values to those with a chronic health condition.

It is very interesting to see how much deep sleep I have had each night - or how little deep sleep often in my case!  I can edit it in the morning to show my waking mood - and so far I have had the blue face (OK) for 83.3% of the nights and 16.7% for the red face (bad).  There are no green faces (great)!

As is normally the case with Fibromyalgia (if there is a normal ?!), there is no clear correlation (I did Statistics at O Level - back in 1987!) between how I sleep at night and my activity the day before, or how the next day is affected.  I have noticed that in the past week I seem to have gone back to my old habit of less sleep at night and waking early with increased pain (28.6% bad waking mood in the past week), and checking on my activity (which is the number of steps I take) I see that I am moving more.  I wonder whether this is because the days are getting longer - so I am spending more time outside on the yard and also walking the dogs.  

Week commencing 26th January - 81,903 steps.
2nd February - 84,972 steps.
9th February - 95,137 steps.
Already this week I have done over 70,000 steps.

Yes, I have Fibromyalgia - and I still move a lot!  With the ponies/donkey, dogs, big house and a generally active mind (that means I do not want to sit and watch Jeremy Kyle!), even with regular rests I am still  covering many miles each week (around 6 miles per day).

I complain all the time about winter and how it increases my pain/stiffness, but perhaps it is actually the time when I spend more time indoors and rest my body, and therefore I sleep better at night?  It is still winter, but the lighter evenings mean that I am enjoying being outside sorting out the animals and I will generally potter about finding jobs to do.  I don't always experience more pain/fatigue because of this, but it may affect my sleep patterns.

Who knows??!!

I will continue to monitor and assess whether there are any patterns.  However, my main aim is to get more and better quality sleep, so I will be turning off this laptop soon and getting to bed at a reasonable time.

If any of my readers have a wristband tracker-thingy, let me know how you are getting on with it - and whether you have seen any patterns between your activity and sleep.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Another mid-week is upon us, and I am actually sitting down with my laptop and getting some blogging done.  You would think that with not working or having any kids I would have plenty of spare time, but it doesn't seem to work out that way.

What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday is a special occasion when crafters from all over the world show off their workspaces.  You can join in at Julia's Stamping Ground.

I did manage to do some papercrafting yesterday (I am making cards for family and also for an NSPCC sale), but my old body is not up to dragging up the stairs to take a photo of my desk, so my other work area (the sofa) will have to do!  I am still very addicted to needle felting.  I finished my first project, Darren the Daxie - and now I am working on a cute rabbit.

Here is the sofa before I sit on it -

(The fab Wool Buddies book - I highly recommend this.  Lots of projects and tips.   Tape measure, finger guard, felt pad ...)

Here is Darren -

(A bit fuzzy and wobbly - but so cute.)

Here is the start of my rabbit -

I hope that everyone is well.  I will be touring around a few blogs later.
Ali x

Wednesday, 21 January 2015


A very quick blog post, as I should be making/eating lunch/sorting out laundry/turning out ponies etc, etc!

We all join in on Wednesdays to share details of our workdesk/crafting projects.  Go to Stamping Ground for more details.

I am not spending so much time in my craft room at the moment, as it is not the warmest room in the house, so my photo today is of my latest addiction - needle felting.

I bought a kit to make a Xmas present for my mum (she loves dachshunds), but never got round to starting it until this week.  Now I see what all the fuss is about!  Really enjoying the process - and already planning my next projects, including doing some of my own designs.  It is very good for making me rest and distracting me from my pain.

I am making his tail now, and then it is the ears/feet/face to finish.

The only thing I have new on my craft desk is my washi tape storage solution - a wire basket I found in a local shop.

Hope that everyone is ok.  I will find some time later on to have a tour around other workdesks.  It is good that I am so busy, but there really aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done.
Ali x