'Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us' Anon

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Whose idea was this anyway?????

It was mine! I must be mad, trying to sort out clothes, defrost fridge, freezer and walk round chaos that only moving can produces, at this time of year.... but that's me. Barmy!!!!******
The removers come tomorrow and that will be that, I then have to clean the house (ugh), leaving it sparkling and shiny, mop floors, hoover, dust etc, then start again in our new home.
We have moved 4 times since 2005, twice in America, so you think I would be getting used to it, but the only problem is we are maturing (!) and the bones creak, the head aches from organising, our poor dog Mollie hasn't a clue whats going on and tonight we have to take her to family so that she will not end up being packed away in the moving lorry!!!!!! . Well I can't say that life is boring at the moment... can't get to do any crafting as I'm unable to move or even get in my room, heaven help the poor person who has to box all that.... actually to be fair to me, most of it is in storage boxes anyway, its just the hundreds & hundreds of books that need packing (and there's more on the way, ones that I have ordered over Christmas) hey ho!
With the luck the internet will be in place when I move in on 1st January 2012, the OH is going with the belongings, whilst I sort out here, we attend a New Year's Eve party then OFF we g0!!!!
So this will be my last post of 2011. The end of this year has been so much better than the start (that applies to so many people) that I believe that the only way is UP for 2012 (when you have been so far down there is nowhere else to go)...... I wish marvellous new beginnings for everyone, be healthy, happy (as you can be), positive and most of all BELIEVE in YOURSELF and what you can achieve.... I have and life has certainly turned around.
With much love and positive blessings to everyone in blogland....... take care of yourselves, keep safe, keep warm, SING LOUDLY, MAKE ART WITH ABANDON and LOVE YOURSELF.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Started packing....

Well I have actually put some of my treasures in boxes.... I have been so busy seeing friends, getting presents, my mind isn't on the move.

Next year will see a new start in a new place, so let us see what great adventures come along.
Have a great Christmas filled with fun and a positive 2012. Thank you for following me on my journey....... Ciao

Monday, 5 December 2011

Well... what news

Sorry I have been MIA lately, there is so much going on at no 35. Well looks like we are on the move. Finally, a decision has been made and we are off on another journey (in this country) to somewhere new and in the country, which our Mollie will love.

Hope you are all keeping warm and dry and safe in this weather....... Ciao

Thursday, 17 November 2011

My thing.......

This has been on my table for sometime.... it was to be Halloween, then Day of the Dead, but ....
As most of you know out there I have a fascination for skulls so I decided to make an altered box.
I bought cheap plastic skulls, painted white, then used glitter paint, red paint and any embellishments....
The small skeletons, are for a doll's house (you can get anything if you look hard enough), red silk hearts & paper ones from wrapping paper with vellum making the backgrounds.
I cut a skeleton in half and after sticking the body half in a box., I decided to put the legs under some hearts...... just to be different.
I had a blast with this, for me there isn't enough of 'quirky' in the crafting world, unless I'm not looking in the right places (perhaps other bloggers can leave links to weird and wonderful!!). Some will like this piece, others won't but I do hope that it gives food for thought...
The brain is a marvellous tool, we don't use it as we should. Imagination is a wonderous gift, we don't use that as we should...as it says "CREATE".... Ciao

Monday, 31 October 2011

Instead of a card.....

a collage..... done on wood, then put in a frame.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Hanging around......

See..... I have been hanging around!!!! making a few hearts and wall hangings from scratch. Really enjoyed the whole process and the varied techniques - sewing, stuffing, painting, stamping and inscribing on tags for the heart, oh yes gluing!!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Want one? you will have to go and make it!!!!

If you want to know how to create a canvas masterpiece you will have to attend a class at AFTH in Harrogate....... Sunday was a blast and the techniques used to make this can be utilised on other artistic endeavours.... what a blast. Ciao

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

More skulls.......

It was Vicky Stampers on Saturday and the lovely Jo of Jozart, brought me this awesome scarf from her trip to Germany. How did she know I was looking at skull scarves????? spooky!!! Mustn't forget the skull pencil case Neet brought me...as you guessed I have a thing for skulls.
My mojo was definitely off pace on Saturday, I didnt seem to be able to concentrate on the workshop, but thanks to Mandy and Gill for keeping in the loop! Neet brought houses to alter in to whatever we wanted.... I didnt even get a quarter way through mine.....the results were brill a complete street of different des-res. Ciao

Monday, 12 September 2011

I'm off...

I have been making art. honestly. Making a collage for a 70th birthday, doing loads of reading how to books. This week I'm off on a jolly to see OH has he didnt come home this weekend due to other commitments. Its going to be hard staying in a hotel, not making beds, cooking other domestic duties (I dont do). So take care everyone in this weather, keep safe, warm and if possible dry!!!!! Ciao

Monday, 29 August 2011


What an amazing day at AFTH in Harrogate yesterday...... we laughed so hard Dy thought she'd pulled a muscle!!!!! Its ages since I was last there, I realised how much I miss the company as well as the journalling. Thanks ladies for giving me a fun day.
And the weather was amazing.......Ciao

Saturday, 27 August 2011


I don't seem to be getting around to posting or visiting blogs, for this I apologise. Heaven knows where the time goes, as I said before I have less time now that OH is away in the week (not sure what he did when he was here though). I'm also selling my precious handbags (boo hoo) on ebay (molliesmum), which is a full time job in itself!!!! Hope you are all well in blogging land... Ciao

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Heres the latest....

Well here's something new for me.... I went to the Bead show at Haydock and found a sieve heart brooch. I absolutely loved creating with seed beads, pearls and adding an extra with the face/beads. It takes a while but its so soothing, watching it take shape was amazing. Me thinks I will have to get some more..... I lurve brooches. I just love the riot of colour. Ciao

Monday, 1 August 2011


Hi everyone.... yes I am still here, but it seems that I'm not getting time to blog, not sure why...... time just flies by. OH is still working away (TG) and the days role into one. have been busy creating, pictures I will post (hopefully) later and all the other rubbish(cooking, washing, food shopping etc) we have to fit in this crazy life. Must say loving my life at the moment..... Ciao

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Its been sometime......

Well its ages since I blogged........I have been busy. Here are some pictures of a stall I had with a friend at a b-b-q- it was a charity do to raise money for a local RNLI station.
Stacey makes the jewellery and I made boxes, hearts and some cards.... we had sweets on the table as a bribe!!!!
A great time was had by all... I'm still recovering. If anyone is interested in purchasing anything, please go to my sidebar for Winging-it-henny re jewellery, anything else, please contact me...
We have a show in July so I must get on with creating stuff. Ciao

Friday, 10 June 2011

Is it animal or mineral.....????

Here is something I started at Padgate Sunday Play day...... I used a template to make flowers,then stuck the material together (silk). I then sprayed the material with fabric stiffener and let it dry, it does work fantastically.....
Then I just found some clear pin type items and flower stamens, glued it all together... hey presto. Still not sure what to do, maybe a brooch, or put on a headband make a 'hat' of sorts. Ciao

Monday, 6 June 2011

2 into 1.....

I have been busy...... I remember having these plain, black slingbacks and decided to revamp them. I had another pair of shoes I didn't wear, so I took off the 'pearl' embellishments and with glue gun.... hey presto!
I now have a new pair of shoes, all I need to do now is find somewhere to wear them!!!!! Ciao

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Its been over a week....

Don't know where the time has gone... as I haven't been near my blog for a week!!!!! With OH being elsewhere and I have to change my routine, I'm out of step with everything. I have been crafting, results will show later as I'm off out for breakfast with friends. Happy birthday WOYWW, which I must catch up on as well....... Ciao

Friday, 20 May 2011

Absolutely exhausted....

What a fantastic, amazing, fun day I had. I went to the Stitch/Craft exhibition, show thingy at Aintree Racecourse. I went with a crazy friend of mine (all my friends are crazy which is marvellous) Stacey. We walked, stopped, looked, chatted, I bought some stuff. Had coffee with our lunch, spoke to strangers and met friends. Absolutely shattered doesn't cover it.... it was our first visit and hopefully wont be our last. Ciao

Monday, 16 May 2011

What a palaver..........

Friday afternoon was spent tearing my hair out trying to understand the pattern for this bag... luckily I had 2 fantastic helpers, Stacey and Hazel and between us we got it sorted!!!!! It makes me wonder when books are published whether the patterns/recipes have been tried out!!! The bag is in my favourite material with skeletons (thanks Jo) and lined inside with black/white cotton material. It was a tremendous outcome on a wet Friday afternoon. Ciao
PS. not sure if I could make another one! lol

Friday, 13 May 2011

Look what I won....

This what I won in a raffle last night.... as soon as I saw the bear I said it was mine and so it was. I have a collection of teddy bears, which I can't be parted from (still have my 1st one). So I will have to find a space on the spare bed...... Ciao

Monday, 9 May 2011

Good news.....

Just to let you know that OH has been offered a job, in another part of the country, which he has accepted. So for the time being I will be getting dirty washing Friday, washing, drying and getting it ready for packing on Sunday. That will be the weekend gone!!!!!!! Really exciting, but at least its better than the situation we are in now.... Ciao

Vicky Stampers.... rocks!

As always a great day was had with the Vicky Stampers 'mob' with the gorgeous Jo as tutor. There were several items to make but as always I only got 1 done!!! there is so much laughter, good humour, chat and general mayhem its a wonder anything is completed. This is a pop open card....
or it could be for a favour box, or to put a token in, endless ideas for use. I used green card for mine, with Stampotique stamps. We used a marbling technique with foam, for colouring backgrounds and then stamped, coloured to our hearts content..... mine is part finished as I'm going to put a tag, other items inside. Jo thanks again for a wonderful day. I highly recommend you come and try us out..... Ciao

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Not everyone's taste.......

You know I lurve my bling well....I've had this bag for sometime, its leather but plain off white/beige, so I decided it needed some 'bling', so here's the result. I had some old bracelets cut the 'stones' of the elastic, heavy duty glue and hey presto..... Perhaps not to everyone's taste, but it might give you an idea to 'bling' up something of yours. Have a great weekend as its another long one here..... Ciao

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

A bit late for eggs......

WeThese are for table decorations for a luncheon on Thursday for Senior Citizens to celebrate 'the wedding'.. of course everything is red. white & blue.
I learnt this technique from the lovely Jo (Jozart) when we were at Rainhill Stampers last month.. an effect way for cheap and cheerful decorations. Ciao

Tuesday, 19 April 2011


Some scum bag in America has tried to buy a motorbike using my card!!!! didn't work........ so be careful people.

Better late than never....

Here are some of the fantastic art dolls that were made at Victoria Stampers at the class I taught... the variety and imagination used was truly awesome...love the fig leaf!
Johnny Depp's double?
Mermaids, fancy dressed dolls......
I was so thrilled to be part of this and how much everyone enjoyed themselves. The templates are courtesy of the Enchanted Gallery

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Still here...

Hi all... yes i am still in the land of the living, just! I havent done much in creativeness just recently, as other commitments have me doing other stuff!!!! I'm hoping the way I'm feeling at the moment will pass soon..... its dragging me down. Ciao

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Something else upcycled....

This is what I did last night... I found 2 flower heads, hot glued on different lengths/colours of organza ribbon.....
found ribbon with a saying, glued with piece of felt on the back. Put on a brooch back and bingo! a corsage...... Ciao

Wednesday, 6 April 2011


Here's what was on my desk.... it has now a new home with its owner ready to wear on Ladies Day, Friday at Aintree. Why don't you hop over to WOYWW (sidebar) and join the fun with Julia and friends.... Ciao

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Well what do you know....

I have an order for a fascinator to be worn on Ladies Day at Aintree Race Course. Really can't wait to get started, but I first have to finish off my art dolls and then I can concentrate on the hat. Ciao

Wednesday, 30 March 2011


Well here's what's on my desk today.... my sewing machine has been brought out from under a bed and shown daylight! The only thing is, its an American model so I have to have special plugs and a transformer for it to work, so I can't transport it anywhere, but it still does a great job even with me at the treadle...... ha ha. Why not pop over to WOYWW, run by the lovely Julia, on my side bar and see what's happening on, in and around other peoples workspace. Who knows you may end up taking a journey round the World... now there's an exciting idea. Ciao

Friday, 25 March 2011

Just when you think....

Just when you think there may be a glimpse of hope that the future could be better.... wham, outside forces coming along and whip the carpet from underneath you. So now I feel sick again, tired and have to climb the hill (which is getting higher) yet again. I know what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but for heavens sake, give me a break!!!

Friday, 18 March 2011

What dya think?......

Well here it is.... my very first attempt at making a hat! I absolutely loved designing, sewing, creating an original. I have another class tonight where I shall be using the hat blocks to make the usual hat shapes with pins, steam iron and lots of patience...... I have already been asked to make a fascinator for Ladies Day at Aintree, when the person sees this they may change their mind - ha, ha. Ciao

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Time goes so quickly

I seem to be chasing myself in circles, not getting time to post, check blogs or generally get to do much of anything!!!! I suffered from ME/CFS sometime in the distant past but as my life seems to be moving along so fast at the moment, I think I'm experiencing the same symptoms.... I will have to build rest periods into my day for the next couple of weeks or I will just collapse.... Its either a feast or famine, doing so much or looking for things to do. So I think I will go put my feet up and have a cup of tea, I have an early meeting tomorrow morning so I thinks its an early night (if I can sleep.. lol). I haven't got a clue what I'm writing, I'm running on exhausted and when I get like that I get hysterical..(some would say no change then!!!:)..... Ciao

Saturday, 12 March 2011

A mixed bag.....

I can show you the card I made for Neet's birthday........ as her birthday had been and gone, blogging about it now won't spoil the surprise. I used needle felting to make the jumper and pom poms, something different for a change and extremely statisfying. The rest was collage and stamping with a gold crown to finish.
I also made an ATC for the Vicky Stampers meeting...the theme being Spring. Ciao

PS I started a millinery class last night and thoroughly enjoyed myself so I will post the end product next week... I have some homework to do!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011


Well I've managed to join in this week..... on my desk are the makings of an origami book plus tags that we made at Vicky Stamepers on Saturday with the lovely Carol. As always a great day. The colourful storage bag to the left I got from a jewellery site, filled with ribbons, wire and thread. Can't remember the site at the mo! I'm not getting much creating done and I have a Vagabond machine to break in, as I am busy trying to get/find info for a venture I'm trying to get off the ground. I thought when computers came along we were promised a paper free environment lol!!!! we seem to have more than ever now. Have a good WOYWW. I will try and get round to you all this week..... ha, ha... Ciao

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Jewellery today

I seem to be posting without photos, but it seems I don't get the chance to take, download, la-de-da and so on. I've been to a jewellery class this morning, fairly basic stuff but a good refresher on my part. The lecturer is a friend of mine and she is good. Building and refreshing my skill base which is keeping my brain alive and making me get out of the house, which is important...... Out tomorrow morning, quiz in the evening, class on Saturday and Sunday visiting a wedding fayre, so I think I'm a little busy, don't you!!! I will post some photos at the weekend..... or will I????? Ciao

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Positive day

Well a good day don't seem to have had many of those recently. Had meeting this morning which has been extremely positive and immensely helpful. You never know what twists and turns life will throw at you, you have to grab the lifeline thrown and take it where it leads you. It has taken me a long time realise that. Perhaps my Guardian Angel has come back off holiday and is giving me a helping hand LOL...... Ciao

Monday, 28 February 2011

More Cards!!!!!....

Why do people insist on having birthdays on the same day....no consideration for anyone!!!! The skeleton card is for my son who is getting to the great age of 28 next week, (the other is a surprise)actually he acts like 82 sometimes.......I used a resist technique, put them on backing paper did a few squiggles and there you are. Ciao

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Time flies.....

I cannot believe that I haven't posted since Wednesday!!!!! All the days seem to merge into one and next week I'm out everyday with meetings, classes and general mucking about....... Will definitely have to pull my socks up and do some art, I have birthdays, ATC and I haven't even got started on my preparation for a class.... help. Just breathe Olive it will be ok. Ciao

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


Well.... theres not much going on here. The circular things are a cut up cardboard tube I'm going to use for making circles, the packets at the front are the new shapes from Wendy Vecchi and the rest are elements for altering. I don't seem to be getting much done at the moment as I've got a few classes on the go, some to do with crafting, web design another is about running a community facility as I am Secretary of our local Residents Association. Plus I have a few ideas that I'm chasing at the moment which (I hope) will come to fruition but it will probably take a while...... Happy WOYWW everyone. If you are new to this please see my right hand side bar and join in the fun.... Ciao

Monday, 21 February 2011

Padgate.....play day.

Here we are on Sunday doing our own 'thang' at Padgate Community Centre.... there was a mixture of jewellery making, stamping, sewing and plenty of chat and catching up.

Jayne (seen kneeling) organises the day, cooks food (you can bring your own) and make sure everyone is ok. I brought a friend along with me and all the girls made here extremely welcome. I expected nothing less... they are a great bunch and travel some ways to get to the venue. Its open to all, so if you fancy a change get in touch and come along......Ciao

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Goodies from a fab site......

Just received a great package from a fabulous site called The Fruit Pixie.... They have a great pound section, certainly worth a visit. Ciao

Wednesday, 16 February 2011


Here's what's on my desk this week..... I'm doing some research for a commission and am looking at clothes designs. So these are very basic designs to give me a start point..... If you want to join in the mad mayhem of looking a crafting areas around the globe, have a look at my the WOYWW logo on my sidebar and join the fun. I'm sure Julia would love to have you in her gang! Ciao

Monday, 14 February 2011

Look what I got........

Look what the Postman brought me today..... an amazing gift from an equally amazing lady. As she had missed my birthday this generous person made and sent me this beautiful picture which is hanging up in my house.
It never ceases to amaze me how giving crafters are of their time and spirit, not to mention talent, to others. The amazing lady in question is Pat of Patscrafts (please see my side bar of blogs I follow). I read on her blog she was making something for someone, but I was gobsmacked to find out I was the recepient, I actually left a comment wishing it would be me/ Little did I know. Perhaps if you do wish hard enough they do come true. This isn't the collages final resting place, I put it here as I wanted a quick photo so I could show it off to all, it has a better hanging place, where I can see it everyday whilst at the dinner table. Thank you doesn't seem sufficient to say how I feel, but I'm sure Pat knows. Ciao

Saturday, 12 February 2011

At last.......

At last I've actually found these journals at Castle Hill Crafts and ordered 2. The paper is a mixture for all types of media.
Well more news... I sold a piece of work sometime ago and I have been asked to make a companion for it. Isn't that great..... all I have to do is decide on style, media etc. Ciao

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


I might not be able to comment on WOYWW for a couple of days, as I am leaving for a night or two, as we are having new outside doors fitted. As I don't want to be here for the mess or noise I am taking Mollie (my dog) and going to stay with family.... and annoy them instead!!!!! Leaving OH to cope and clean the mess, which is a better idea I think, don't you.......????????? Ciao


Heres what's on my desk today..... a card for a friend, work from a class last Saturday and a few containers for embellishments. If you want to join us on a voyage around crafters' desks, please see my side bar for WOYWW. Ciao

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


On Saturday I was Vicky Stampers, the cards on the right are some of the examples of the resist technique we did. The other goodies are from crafty friend Jo. Jo was lucky enough to go to CHA (see sidebar Jozart) and she didn't forget her fellow crafters' back home. I got the fabby colourful Little Yellow Bicycle bag, Sharpie pens and a skull laptop cover (actually bought from pound shop... its ace). Jo is so generous to think of us whilst enjoying herself...... maybe one day I'll get there!!! better hurry up time isn't on my side!! LOL. Hugs

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Its Sunday....

Well I actually got out yesterday for a whole day! It was Vicky Stampers at Rainhill so I was determined to be fit for that. The lovely Gill gave us a techniques class on resist methods, which was very informative and fun and as I don't us this technique I'm definitely going to have a go.....
We also have ATC swaps, so this was mine. Of course the theme was 'lurve' so I used a felt heart I had made and added a few bits to a card and away we went.
I cannot believe how tired I am after this bout of 'flu, I've never been so poorly but I'm having a hard time getting better. Ciao

Friday, 28 January 2011

If I sneeze.....

If I sneeze one more time my head will fall off!!!! Got flu, eye a great shade of yellow so feeling marvellous.... Ciao

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Phew... made it! Didn't think I would today as I've ended up with a sore throat, cough and cold to go along with my black eye that is now turning yellow/green/purple (walked into a concrete post), so really doing well!!:)
On my table are the start of 2 cards, some fantastic Golden Paint, empty take away boxes (washed/bleached) ready for filling with craft items and loads of stuff.... In my opinion a girl can't have enough stuff, no matter what it is. Happy Wednesday...... Ciao

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Another birthday card.......but not 4 me!

It was also my Mother's birthday the same day as the OH, but we celebrate them separately! she has to be the centre of attention. My son asked me to make her a card and this is it. She has reached the age of 85 wants to live till she's 90 (don't think I can cope with that) she loved it, which surprised me, but that's how it is! I think she is trying to make up for 50+ years of negativity.... Anyway the day went well, when I came home I went to lie down in a darkened room!!!!!!! Ciao

Friday, 21 January 2011

A bargain

Look what I got in Boots (CVS in America). I actually went in looking for a lipstick, without success, so I looked at the sale stuff. This caught my eye and I immediately thought SHADOW BOX! it actually held a variety of tea bags, which have been disposed of into a tea caddy. Now the price.... it was originally 16 pounds but was reduced to 4!!!!! What a bargain, it just goes to show what you can find in the most unusual of places. Good hunting, Ciao