Wednesday, 20 April 2016

WOYWW 359 - Cute diecutting machine

ETA - just noticed this is my 300th post on this blog.  I look forward to reaching 500.

Happy WOYWW to everyone - and apologies for those I did not get to visit last week.  My health took a down-turn, at the same time that my Tarot reading business got busier, and I just didn't have the strength to read blogs in the late evenings.

WOYWW means What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday and is hosted by Julia at her blog, Stamping Ground.  Click on the link and join in.

A little bit of crafting has occurred on my workdesk this week.  Not a lot though!  (Reminds me of the wonderful Paul Daniels, who sadly left us last month.)

I have not taken any photos to show evidence of this crafting, but I do have pictures of my new toy - a Spellbinders Sapphire mini diecutting machine.  It has been a while since I turned the handle on a diecutter.  I had a Cuttlebug many years ago, then moved into the world of Silhouette Cameo.  That was a fabulous machine in many ways, but I just wasn't doing enough crafting to justify it - and I was offered a reasonable amount to sell it, so off it went to a new home.  I watch all the craziness of collecting dies (and the many different machines) from a distance and sigh a huge sigh of relief that I am not getting myself into more debt over all that.  However, I also watch the crafting shows on tv and wish that I could cut out some circles/basic shapes easily.

I had seen the Sapphire a few times and thought it looked great, and then last week there was a special offer on tv with a pack of card to go with it.  On impulse I bought one - perhaps as I am really suffering with my health at the moment, which raises my stress levels, and I just needed something to look forward to.

It arrived in 2 days and I have had a little play with it.  It is easy to use, gives good results and now I am watching on Ebay to see if anyone is selling any suitable dies cheaply.

Here it is -


It came with all the necessary cutting plates and a nice selection of dies.


It really is as small as a deck of Tarot cards!

I will get this published now and then visit a few blogs straightaway.  I am feeling very sorry for myself today.  Had a nasty cold for a few days that is making me feel really miserable (I read that Fibro/CFS makes cold symptoms far worse, and I definitely can vouch for that) and now my hip pain has flared up again.  Got a lot to do with my Tarot business (Crystal Pendulum readings are proving very popular at the moment), which helps to keep me distracted and sitting mostly still, but there is so much housework/animal care etc, etc that is shouting at me constantly.  I have given in today, taking maximum doses of painkillers/pain gel etc and just think of the day when I wake up and my cold has gone.  Positive thinking!

Hope you are all well.

Ali x


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

WOYWW 358 - Starting my Doodle Journal

Hi, 'WOYWW'ers of the World

There was a definite WOYWW- shaped hole in my life last week.  I was quite simply overwhelmed by the amount of stuff on my business/study To Do list, so I had to admit (again!) that I cannot do everything and this blog was one of the things I shamefully decided to not do.

I have been struggling more and more with my health - with some symptoms that are not classically part of Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was suspected.  My doctor confirmed that I do have this when I saw him on Friday - and I think my body is now feeling it is ok to throw even more issues at me, because since then I have become a walking symptom list!

I try to look at it in a positive way and see that it is making me stop and reconsider everything I do.  My Tarot business and blog is a big priority, but even with that I am having to take one project at a time and not try to multi-task.  I have been editing my website for a lot of today (this is being written on Tuesday, as I am totally rubbish until the afternoons now), so took a break to sort out one of my crafty storage wardrobes.  I found my calligraphy set and other pens, which have never been used, and spent an enjoyable time on YouTube looking at doodling/hand lettering videos.  I found one on making a Doodle Journal, so I have taken the plastic wrapping off a lovely notebook that had been sitting in my room for ages and just about to take the scary first step of putting ink onto blank page.

My photo today shows my desk immediately in front of my computer screen. The notebook and pens are there ready for action - and the Tarot card which is my Card For The Week (The Hermit).

My craft room is quite a dark space, as it is in the oldest part of the farmhouse - with a sloping ceiling and the original beams.  However, it is not as dark as this photo makes it look!  There are 3 windows and a bright green wall, so it is a very pleasant place to be.  The 2nd photo shows off my green wall, sewing machine table and stripy rug.




I hope that you are all having a happy and crafty week.

Go over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more details about WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday) and to join in.

Ali x