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