Jul 312013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Some More Musings and A Few Cards

If you don’t want to read all my babblings – which is a bit of a re-cap this time – then just jump ahead to the card photos and click on the thumbnail images for a good look.
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Well we’ve finally had some rain which has resulted in it being a bit cooler – so it not only means that I’m feeling a bit more comfortable but I don’t need to water the courgettes, loganberries, etc., twice a day and only need to do the greenhouse now.  We’re getting a steady stream of ripening loganberries – so it looks as if Jack and Jill (see my previous post if you don’t know about Jack and Jill) are working.  We’ve also had three mini-cucumbers from the greenhouse by now and everything is growing like a jungle in there.  You’ll find my latest pictures below my card photos in this post.  I’ve even had my first radish from the raised bed and everything looks to be growing well, with the cloche moved over to the second half of the bed with more seeds sown.  Of course, once this rain has soaked everything it would be nice to have some more nicely warm, but not too hot, weather to help everything grow.

And there’s some good news as far as my leg infection is concerned as well – the tingling has practically completely gone and I’ve not had any red flareups the last couple of days, so I don’t think I’ll need any more antibiotics after this week.  Hopefully then I’ll begin feeling much better and be able to do even more crafting.

In the meantime I’ve been colouring a few digi-stamps, and doing a bit of digital crafting on the computer, and doing even more browsing around the Internet following the trail of things that catch my eye.  Yesterday morning I made up three cards with three of the digi-stamps I’ve coloured in and you’ll find them below my musings.

MUSINGS:

After a post with no musings last time. I’m re-visiting a topic this time – Copyright.  My mind has been wondering around this very complex matter a lot lately, so it’s no wonder that it’s appearing again in my blog.  I’ve been trying to break down all I’ve been reading around the Internet about copyright, etc., together with what I already knew, down into bite size pieces – it helps me be clearer in my own head about the things I read, and if it helps anybody else then that’s great.  I just hope I’ve got everything right now and don’t get caught out doing something that’s not allowed because I’ve mis-understood something. (Of course, I’m not legally trained, so you should check with a person who speciallises in copyright law if you actually need legal advice or representation about anything to do with the law.  And also, although there are some copyright laws that are basicly the same around the world there are minor differences in different countries – and some countries don’t adhere to the same copyright laws.)

  • Copyright is – the right of the copyright owner to decide who can make copies of their work and for what purpose and whether to grant those rights for free or for a fee.
  • Copyright is not – the right of anybody who sees something to copy it.
  • A creation is copyrighted the minute a creation is made – this can be the click of the camera for a photograph; when an artist or graphic artist puts down their pen or brush for art, digi-stamp, image, etc.; when a writer decides their writing is complete, etc.
  • Your creation, e.g. a photograph you took of your handcrafted item, is copyrighted to you; Your creation, e.g. the handcrafted item itself in that particular unique format, is copyrighted to you (provided you’ve not been cheaky and diligently copied somebody else’s work); The items you’ve used to make your creation don’t become your copyright, e.g. if you’ve bought a digital download digi-stamp for you to print out and colour in, all you’ve bought is the non-exclusive right to print out and colour in and use on your projects – you’ve not brought the right to do whatever you like with the digi-stamp, and have certainly not bought the right to share it with others either via E-mail or online.
  • A creation doesn’t have to have a © notice on it to be copyrighted.  It may be put on by the copyright holder as a reminder to people that the item is copyrighted and to give an indication of to whom it is copyrighted, or to make it difficult for people to copy the image/photo without it being obvious that it’s been copied, but the absense of a name or © symbol doesn’t mean that it isn’t copyrighted.  The absense of a © symbol doesn’t mean that you can take and make copies.
  • Different copyright holders have different terms of use of their materials – some charge a small fee, some have a sliding scale of licencing fees depending on the use, and some grant different licences that allow people to use their work however they want for free – though this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ve given up their copyright to the item, and quite often there’s the need of a link back, and copyright owner’s details to be incuded, when such an item is used.
  • To find out what are the rules of any copyright holder as far as their work is concerned you need to find the true copyright holder of an item and read their terms of use, or ask if it isn’t clear, especially if they do some free items as advertisement to draw people to view their “for sale” items.  Just because somebody, at some point, has indicated that something is copyright free, or Public Domain, doesn’t make it so.  If you can’t trace an image back and confirm for yourself that it’s OK to use then it’s simple – don’t use it.
  • Just because “everybody’s doing it” or “everybody’s shareing it” it doesn’t mean that it’s right or legal to use or share somebody else’s work.
  • Just because you change, delete, or add something to the copyrighted image it doesn’t mean you can still use it – the 20% rule is a fallacy – just changeing 20% of a digi-stamp, photograph, image, etc., doesn’t make it OK – if people can recognise the other person’s work in your work then (with a few exceptions) you haven’t created something original.
  • From what I’ve gathered, Pintrest has some interesting terms in the fine print that you agree to when you Pin anything – such as that you are the copyright holder or have the express permission of the copyright holder to Pin their image.  You agree that, if a copyright holder sues or comes after you or Pintrest you are liable for any fines or legal fees not only of yourself but for Pintrest as well.
  • Just because somebody else has copied, or Pinned, or whatever, any sort of work doesn’t mean that you’ve got the right to do so – the original copier or Pinner may, or may not, have had permission but that doesn’t automatically mean that you do, and if the original copier or Pinner doesn’t have permission you certainly won’t have. Re-pinning something already on Pintrest doesn’t absolve you of blame – you can still be sued.
  • Generally speaking people put their copyrighted work, be this graphics or photos of items, up on the Internet on websites, blogs, selling sites, etc., for you to “see” not to “steal“!
    Sometimes it’s for people to “see” with a view to them

    • buying the actual item – such as when crafters put photos of items they’ve made on selling sites such as craftybob.com, etsy, eBay, etc.;
    • buying digital copies – such as digital downloads for crafters to use – backgrounds, decoupage sheets, digi-stamps, etc.;
    • licencing – such as photographers licencing the use of their photographs for use on websites, in advertising, etc.;
    • buying hard copies – such as prints or merchandise such as cups, mousemats, etc., with the images on;
    • gaining inspiration – such as when crafters put photos of their creations online so that other crafters can view them and gain inspiration – but even then it is rare for the item to be put up with the express permission to be copied as is.

    It isn’t for people to “steal

    • take/copy for any reason without asking or having already bought the right to use the image/photo in the way you intend using it;
    • put copies of other  people’s work up on the Internet without asking – just putting a link back to the original doesn’t clear you;
    • copy and pretend it’s yours – such as then entering a photo of a handcrafted items made by others into challenges with a view to winning the challenge prize, or to draw people to your website or blog to boost rankings or get more advertising revenue.;
    • remove copyright notices by digital manipulation or cropping so that nobody will know who the original copyright owner is;
    • remove copyright notices from digi-stamps sample images so that they are usable as digi-stamps without being bought.
  • Even with copyright laws in place there are people, even big corporations, who will sware that they don’t know it’s wrong to take other people’s work, or will sware that they found it somewhere online that said it was “free”, so if you want to make certain that you never – look on somebody else’s site and see your work there, or look at an advertisement in a magazine and see your face or a member of your family smiling back at you, etc., etc. – don’t put your pictures online.

So where do I stand as far as my work and pictures is concerned –

  • I’ve decided that I really don’t like the idea of any of my items appearing anywhere without my permission (In my post of the 24th July I listed where I’d either uploaded myself or given my photos to others to be used.)
  • If anybody likes anything I’ve done, and thinks they might want to refer to it again or thinks that it might be of interest to anybody else – then think about bookmarking (adding to favourites), following my blog, or adding a link to the relevant post to their blogs if they want to refer others to it.
    • Please do not hotlink my photos so that they appear within the pages of your site but are actually drawn from my web server.
    • Please do not copy and then upload to anywhere else.
    • Please do not copy my work exactly – but feel free to use as inspiration, as a springboard to creating your own unique work.
  • If you do want to use anything from my website then ask!  (You’ll see from my list that I do allow my work to appear elsewhere when asked.)

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links within the descriptions of each card takes you to places where the items I’ve used can be found.)

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Crafting Penny Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers before cutting it out close around the image.   The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Wild Orchid, Imperial Purple, Lipstick Red, Yellow, Mint Green, Sky Blue, Tequila Sunrise, Trick or Treat, Cool Grey 2, 3 and 4.  With a few ins and outs this did need some care cutting out but it isn’t the most difficult to cut I’ve seen, and if you have difficulty cutting then it could be cut out as a panel either with a ruler and knife or dies. I took an 8″ square Crafty Bob white base card and stuck 2 x 6″ squares of patterned paper from my crafty stash directly onto it using a roller glue tape pen.  I took another 6″ square piece of lighter patterned paper from my stash, rounded the corners with a punch and then went round the outside of it using one of the markers I’d used on the image before sticking this down directly to the centre of my card.  I used my fingers to give some shape to my coloured in digi-stamp before sticking this to the central panel using glue gel.  I also used glue gel to attach some buttons from my stash to the corners of the panel.  I finished the card off by adding a pattern of dots at the top left and bottom right corners of the card – again using one of the markers I’d used for the image.  This is a realy lovely image and would make a great card for an avid crafter or a craft supplies shop owner.)
  2. An angled, closer, look at the digi-stamp – the shaddows give an indication of how I shaped the digi and put more glue gell behind some areas to give dimension.

The second card here must be one of the simplest cards I’ve made in a long time, but I think it works – what do you think?

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  1. Steampunk Corset by Janette Padley and DL ‘Silver Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Purple, Bluebell, Lilac.  I like purple and yellow together so I chose purple tones for the corset and a yellow base card printed onto the same cardstock, trimed, scored using my Hougie Board and folded.  I cut out the corset, which wasn’t difficult because there were no sharp ins and outs, and shaped it over my finger to give it some curving.  I took some white feathers and glued them to the back of the corset with some glue gel before attaching the whole topper to the front of my card.  I finished off the card by attaching some small sticky back pearls in a shade of pale yellow.  Although this digi is called Steampunk Corset, and can obviously be used on Steampunk cards, I hope I’ve shown that it is a versatile image that can be used in other ways as well.)
  2. Daisy Mouse Digital Print by Gordon Fraser (I printed the whole sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I’ve had this 6″ square card, that’s pre-embossed with a border and the “Thank you” sentiment, in my crafting stash for a while and decided that this would be a good time to use it so I chose the smallest of the digital stamps to colour in.  I used my ProMarkers to colour and tried to go for a more rough and textured fur finish – which looks great at arms length or on the mantelpiece, but looks rougher than I intended close up.  The colours I used were: Tan, Cinnamon, Oatmeal, Vanilla, Burnt Sienna, Cool Grey 5, Tulip Yellow, Gold, Pear Green, Frosted Leaf, Dove Grey.   I then cut the coloured digi in close to the outline – which admittedly I found a bit of a fiddle but I’m sure it wouldn’t be a problem for most – before shaping using my fingers and attaching to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off with some toneing sticky back pearls put in each corner of the embossed frame.  This is a realy cute image that works on its own but would look equally as good on a garden or flower setting background.)

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GARDENING:

In my post of the 18th July I showed you photos of the inside of the greenhouse on the 1-7-13 and 18-7-13.  Well here’s how things look now.

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  1. A similar shot of the greenhouse interior to the previous ones, showing how much growth there has been in the last 12 days.
  2. The pepper plants nearest the door at bottom left are growing well and are now in flower.
  3. The first trusses on the tomato plants at far right have now set and the plants are growing well – so well I need to be very vigelent and nip out side shoots before they take over.

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  1. The cucumer plant has reached the top of the bamboo cane within inches of the top of the glasshouse.
  2. Scrap what I said earlier about 3 cucumers picked – I’ve now picked 5 – and this is what the ones still growing look like after the last picking.  I think we’ll have a few weeks worth of fresh cucumers at this rate.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

In my last post I mentioned using talcum powder to take the tack off sticky stuff that was somewhere it wasn’t needed but couldn’t just be rubbed off.  But I forgot to mention this senario – have you ever put down lots of roller glue tape pen, or double sided tape and removed the backing, onto some matting and layering or background – and then remembered that you intended to raise that piece using foam squares or tape to give it dimension?  This is another instance where I’d use talcum powder.  Just putting the foam on as it is sometimes results in some areas bowing and the tape already there sticking, but putting talcum powder on before putting the foam in place can make it difficult for the foam to stick afterwords.  What I now do is put the foam down in place, but not take the backing off.  I then dust with the talcum over any exposed glue from the double sided tape or tape runner pen (even if the foam is put in exactly the same place it’s rarely exactly the same width, and if you use foam squares rather than foam tape you are even more likely to have exposed glue).  After rubbing in the talcum I give the back of the paper/cardstock a quick blow to get any loose stuff off before removing the back off the foam and attaching in place as usual.

(While some of the things I mention in my “Making Things Easier!” pieces are things I’ve worked out for myself, some are adaptations of things I’ve learnt from tips given by others.  As others have been kind enough to share their tips I thought I’d do the same.  I’m sure that most of my readers will already know much of what I’ve found makes things easier for me but if it helps one person at some point I’ll be happy.)

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at all the items I’ve currently got for sale on my shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Off Discount Code – If you’ve never bought digital crafting downloads via CUP then now’s your chance to try while there’s a discount code available, and if you are a customer who’s got a huge wishlist – well it’s a great time to reduce that list.

Simply type the word ‘JULY‘ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click
UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!  Discount Code Offer Ends on 31st July 2013.

Special Offer – If you spend Just £10 you will get FREE Downloads and you can buy a pack of Crafty Bob paper for just 1p!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 29th July – Here! – 20% Discount Code, 1p Paper Promotion & CUP Best Sellers

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Jul 282013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, and Meet Jack and Jill

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Although my leg was much better than it had been a fortnight ago at the end of the week the infection wasn’t quite cleared, so I’ve had to have a further course of antibiotics.  Still, better to knock it on its head now than have it flare up again and have to have much more or stronger antibiotics in a few weeks.

In my last post I mentioned how we’d got a look at the birds stealing our soft fruit, so the race was on to get as much of the blackcurrents in before the birds finished the lot.  Not so easy when I’m suppose to have my leg elevated as much as possible, but with a garden chair being moved from bush to bush all the blackcurrents have been picked over the last few days, and passed to my mother to sort out while I went to back to bed.  I’ve not made any cards this week, although I have coloured in a few digi-stamps ready to make cards.  Hopefully I’ll get a few cards made next week and have some to show you before long.

As we’ve still got loganberries ripening and still more strawberries to ripen, and as my youngest nephew was here for the day on thursday, my mother suggested that he painted a “scare face” to put out in the garden to see if we could keep the birds away from this crop.  Of course, my nephew wanted help because it’s much more fun when more than one is painting.  And my nephew also had the idea that scarecrows have orange hair (don’t know where the idea came from) so our scare face needed orange hair as well.

So, no cards this time – but …

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SCARE FACES:

I’d just had delivery of a pair of sandals, so rather than just make one face on card, as suggested by my mother, we decided to use the box, putting a face on both sides, my nephew working on one side and me working on the other.

Firstly, we painted the box with white gesso.  We cut polystyrine balls in half to make the eyes, painting them first with a white, pearlescent paint, and then making them horror eyes with blue and black poster paint.  My nephew then decided on a green bottle top for his face’s nose, while I stuck to using paint for mouth and nose.

The hair was made by wrapping neon orange yarn around my nephew’s arms until we had a nice thick bundle and then tying in the centre before cutting the ends that were round his hands.  Of couse we had to do this twice so that each “scare face” would have hair.  We plaited lengths of the same yarn and put it through the centre top of the box and tying a big knot inside and glueing with glue gel before we stuck the box sides together.  We also put lots of pistachio nut shells inside so that it will rattle when moving in the breese outside in the garden.  Glue gel was also used to attach the hair, the eyes and the nose.

The “scare faces” is now hanging out in the garden close to the main logenberry canes.  It’s happily turning round and round in the breese, looking in all directions, and whichever way the birds fly in there will be a “face” to greet them.

I don’t expect it will last long once the weather changes and we actually get some rain, but at the moment it appears to be doing its job – at least we hope it is!

So – let me introduce you to Jack and Jill, the two faces of our “scare faces”.

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  1. Jack
  2. Jill

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

How many of you have accidentally put double sided tape, glue tape runner pen, or any other sticky stuff where you don’t want it?  I know I have!  Sometimes it’s simply a case that a tape was slightly wider than I thought it was.  What I’ve now got is a little pot (one of those little medicine measuring pots that came with some cough medicine) filled with talcum powder.  Any sticky stuff where it shouldn’t be on my crafting, and I simply dip either my finger or a cotton bud in the pot of powder and dab it over the sticky stuff and rub it in.  So no more items sticking together where they should not – and a bonus – if the talcum powder was perfumed the finished handcrafted item will be as well.  I actually tend to use perfumed talcum powder I’ve received as gifts – ones with a nice smell but not quite what I’d use myself.
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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at all the items I’ve currently got for sale on my shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Off Discount Code – If you’ve never bought digital crafting downloads via CUP then now’s your chance to try while there’s a discount code available, and if you are a customer who’s got a huge wishlist – well it’s a great time to reduce that list.

Simply type the word ‘JULY‘ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click
UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!  Discount Code Offer Ends on 31st July 2013.

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 24th July – Here! – NEW Craft Supplies & This Weeks Crafter Community News
  • Friday, 26th July – Here! – 20% Discount Code, Penny Paper, FREE CD 56, New Froms and HOT Stuff!

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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A Bit More Crafting In July 2013

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Jul 242013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Some Musings and A Few Cards, Including a Challenge Entry

If you don’t want to read all my babblings – and looking down the page I’ve been very verbose this time – sorry! – then just jump ahead to the card photos and click on the thumbnail images for a good look.
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An update – Well, I’m still on antibiotics and feeling miserable, but I do think that the infection in my damaged leg is a lot better than it was, so I’m hopeful that it will clear up completely without further antibiotics, but we’ll see how I am the end of the week.  Of course this has seriously impacted on my crafting as I’ve not felt up to doing a lot of anything, and it has also impacted on my gardening with me only able to go out for a short while in the morning and again in the evening to water.  In between I’ve been on bed rest with my leg elevated on a cushion.

I’ve been trying to do a little bit of soft fruit picking every morning.  I was wondering why the birds were not attacking my strawberries and logenberries, like they did last year, as there’s been no sign of the birds feeding on them until the last couple of days – then I went to pick some gooseberries and realised why – very little left as the birds had been having a feast at the gooseberry bushes!  This morning my mother and I looked out over the blackcurrent bushes and saw a whole flock of blackbirds feasting on the ripe fruit – so now we know for certain what’s eating our fruit.  But on the positive side – I’ve picked our first cucumber from the greenhouse and had a bit with lunch yesterday together with baby salad leaves from the greenhouse.

I’ve not had my laptop on a lot since my last blog post either, but I have had my “tablet” out doing a bit of browsing around.  I can’t get photos from my camera online via my tablet or type things comfortably, so it is just browsing around.

One thing I’ve looked at is actually the first few posts of this blog – just to remind myself of what I wrote at the begining.  It’s been nearly three years since I made my blog live, with three blog posts being published by me on the 27th July, 2010.  I didn’t have much details about my creations back then – but I soon realised that if my blog was going to my log of my creations I would have to write more  (as I’ve said before, if all my writings are to much for any visitor to my blog then just skip ahead from picture to picture, but the information is there for anybody who wants to know what I’ve used), as just the photos and minimal info I’d put in my initial posts wouldn’t help me if I wanted to re-create a look or an effect in the future,  especially with things like colouring in digi-stamps.

Another thing I found was some posts that had never made it out of my “draft” folder and onto my blog.  One of these was entitled “Making Things Easier!”  From the look of it it was going to be a post about all the things I’d found over the years that make it easier for me to craft – little things mostly that just make individual parts of my crafting just that little bit easier so meaning that I can craft a bit more in any crafting session, rather than fighting equipment or consumables.  I obviously had a bit of a blank and couldn’t remember much when I started writing this particular post, and put it in “drafts” for a future look.  I’ve now decided that, rather than complete this post and try and collect all the information into one post, I’ll add the occasional “Making Things Easier!” snippet to my ordinary style of post – as and when I remember something.  The first of these can be found below.

I’d got a small number of digi-stamps coloured in before the infection set in, and a page with a pyramage topper printed out for a challenge I was working on, so I spent a bit of time on Tuesday making these up into cards.  I’ve kept things quite simple for most of them, so would probably be OK for gardeners of either sex, and the goose one would be great for anybody who’s keeps geese, or has kept geese in the past, so I’ve kept the base card colour very neutral.

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MUSINGS:

I finished off my musings last time by saying:

“…. if I find that my photos are being lifted and tampered with to remove these details then I’ll have to consider making them more prominent.  I haven’t seen any sign of this happening with my work – I’m probably not producing the sort of stuff the theives are interested in, but it pays for all of us to be vigelent”

– well with lots of resting time on my hands I began to think – Where exactly do I expect to see photos I’ve taken appearing?  And here’s the list I came up with:

So, as far as I can remember now, those are the places that I’d expect to see photos I’ve taken.

Then, of course, I started thinking –

But how to go about finding out if my photos, taken by me, and therefore copyrighted to me, are now appearing anywhere else on the Internet?

While doing all the browsing around following links from one place to another about copyright infringing (photographers photos being used by others – sometimes for profit and sometimes given away free; digi-stamps being either copied either in style or composition and sold by the copycat, or the originals being posted up for free – sometimes even ones that did have copyright notics having this wiped out; photos of crafters finished cards being taken and used to enter into challenges by others, as well as an instance of photos of finished cards being swiped and made into a compilation CD-ROM for selling on eBay as “inspiration” for those looking for card ideas; and the list goes on) more than one person mentioned using Google’s image search facility to search for copies of their photographs online.

Basicly what you do is go to Google, select Images at the top of the page, and rather than type in a word description you click on the “Search by Image” camera icon.

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You can then paste in the exact address of the image you want to search for – not the page that it appears on.

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I was getting too many errors because of network speed doing it this way, but by clicking to “Upload an image” link I could actually use the image from my hard drive to search on, which is what I did a bit of when I had my laptop on earlier in the week.  Of course, with well over 1,000 of my photos of my cards and other hand crafted creations, as well as bits of gardening, etc., online by now, it will take me a huge amount of time to check all my photos via this method, so I’m nowhere near to doing the lot, just a few I’ve tried out when I did get on my laptop.  But let’s put it this way – there are copies of my photos online in places that are not in the list of places I’ve uploaded to and nobody’s asked me for permission to use them.

In view of what I’d heard about people’s photos being posted to places like Pintrest I wasn’t surprised to find a couple of mine uploaded to there with anybody asking my permission, but, while the majority of what I checked only appear to be on my blog or other places I was expecting them to appear, there is a worrying number of my photos of cards and other crafting I’ve made appearing on other sites – sites I personaly think are up to no good.  I need to investigate further into these places where my photos are appearing I think, but it might be a worthwhile excersise for others who blog or put photos online to do a similar search I thing – especially if you put pictures of things other than crafting online, for example family members or pictures of within your home.

These are a couple of examples of what I’ve found so far:

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  • The first screen dump shows that my card is appearing in two locations – my blog, plus another site that is not only using my photograph of my card but also using my blog title in in the information about the image, but they are not actually linking back to my blog anywhere on the site.  The description of the image is wrong – but does appear to be a description of another card I’ve done.  In this instance my blog appears higher up than the other site in the listings but by including information and titles from my blog this other site might concevably appear higher up the rankings than my actual blog – not good.
  • The second screen dump shows what I found when following through one of the links (pop-up blocker active, automatic script running not active, and a really good all round anti-virus/firewall/etc., software running before starting the excersise) where the photo of my card of a Mandrin Duck (which you can see in one of the locations I expected to find it -> here) is just one out of dozens of my photographs listed as “Wallpaper”.

If anybody else tries out this exersise let me know what you find – I’d be interested in knowing how wide spread this taking copies of photos from blogs actually is.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

Challenges entered into:

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  1. 2 Flowers Pyramage Sheet by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs (I printed the pyramage sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and chose one of the flowers to work with so cut it out.  I took some silver mirror board, cut a panel from it and used a purple patterened washi tape to create a criss cross pattern over the board before sticking it to the front of a base card I’d made from a sheet of A4 linen textured white cardstock which I’d cut, scored and folded.  I put a strip of white lace gel stick-on across this panel before attaching the base layer of the pyramage using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and building up the layers.  I used an Imperial Purple FlexMarker to colour behind the silver foiled, die cut, butterfly before sticking it to the card front using glue gel.  I also used the same pen to put a series of dots around the outside of the base card.  I used glue gel to attach some buttons to the top right corner to finish the card off.)

 

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  1. 2 Geese Digital stamp with watercoloured version by Pamela West and Square ‘Silver Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the card front sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, cut it out, scored it using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half.  I printed out digi-stamp at smaller than the size provided onto the same type of cardstock, coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Summer Sun, Amber, Sandstone, Raw Sienna, Leaf Green, Bright Green, Morning Mist, Pastel Blue, Cool Grey 2.  I then cut it out using my circle scissors but doing an “out of the box” technique so that the top of the branches were left attached and then cut around using a scissors.  This digi-stamp panel was then attached to the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The neutral colour of this card means that it will go with many different colours of topper and is suitable for a male card.)
  2. Digital Stamp Pot of Herbs with coloured version too by Pamela West (I printed the digi-stamp out around 3″ tall onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. The digi-stamp was then coloured in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Cocoa, Apricot, Tan, Moss, Olive Green, Pear Green, Grass, Morning Mist, Powder Blue. And then it out using my circle scissors at 3.5″ diameter.  I then made a 4″ diameter circular easel card out of 300gsm White Hammered cardstock and went round the various pieces with a Peach ProMarker and used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper and stopper to the card.  This digi-stamp is an ideal one for a gardener, or cook, of either sex, so makes a great card for those difficult men.)
  3. Digital Stamp Delphinium with coloured version too by Pamela West and A5 ‘Gold Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the provided size.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Lilac, Apple Cider, Grass.  I printed out card front onto the same cardstock, cut it out, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to make my base card.  I put the coloured in digi-stamp over the card front in front of a light-box and roughly drew around the oval shape.  I then cut it out using an irrecular scallop pattern.  I went round the edge using a Gold metalic marker.  This digi-stamp panel was then attached to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  People think of flowers being for female cards, but by keeping to a simple green base card with no embelishments then the card becomes suitable for a male gardener – not every man is into sports or drinking!)

I hope it won’t be so long before I blog again and that I’ll have more, and a more varied, assortment to show you then.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

As my hands get quite swollen and very painful, especially with a lot of cutting out, getting a good set of scisors that are comfortable for my hands was important.  I don’t know why so many manufacturers make the finger holes on the smallest scissors so very small – a person’s fingers doesn’t get smaller just because we want to cut out detailed items.

Not that I’m able to cut out very detailed items as lots of fiddly cutting items makes my hands more painful quicker – I prefer to make things as easy as possbile for me and keep fine cutting to a minimum, but I still wanted scissors that would work best for me.

People had suggested the scissors that don’t have a finger hole, but are sort of spring loaded and work a bit like tweezers.  I quickly found that this wasn’t for me – just can’t grip for any length of time and the scissors just dropped out of my hands.  For years I used some cheap scisors from the sewing section of a supermarket.  The holes were of the right size for me and they were OK, but a real neusence when I used them for cutting double sided foam tape, sticky back material, etc.  The scisors got all sticky and I had to clean them, sometimes several times a session of crafting if I managed to do a couple of hours card making.  One little anoyance that took away from the fun of crafting.

I then bought a set of Westcott Non-stick Titanium scisors.  What a difference.  I don’t think I’ve had to clean any sticky off them more than a couple of times in the years I’ve been using them.  I find the middle size easiest to use for a long session of cutting out elements, but the largest size is good where there are a few long edges to cut and the smallest size is great for cutting round more intricate shapes.  I love the cushion on the handles as well.  I know that the decoupagers who can cut realy intricate shapes would need a smaller scisors than the smallest one in the set, but for me the largest and smallest scisors are only just within the sizes I can use comfortably for short periods of time.  All of us are different so what will suit one will not suit another so there’s nothing that beats trying them out.

I can’t remember where I got my scissors now – I know I got them as a set somewhere – but these are the scissors I’m talking about:

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 19th July – Here! – 1p Craft Paper Offer, Volume 55 Downloadable CD & This Weeks Heatwave Hot Offers!!!
  • Monday, 22nd July – Here! – This weeks top Designers & Best selling CUP projects selected by the community!

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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Further July Crafting

 Posted by at 09:08 pm
Jul 182013
 

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Some Musings, Three Cards, and a Gardening Update
Please excuse any mis-spellings of words in this post – for some reason the spell-checker thinks that there’s absolutely no wrong spellings in this – even when I tell it to check in French and Spanish it still comes back that everything is right – so I know something’s gone wrong and I’m simply not up to trying to work out what’s gone wrong.

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With the infection in my damaged leg, plus the realy hot weather, I’ve not done much crafting lately.  In fact I’ve not done much of anything most days since my last post.  A bit of watering the areas of the garden I can work with twice a day, and a very small bit of crafting, and doing a bit of browsing FB and some blogs on my tablet when I’ve felt able, and that’s just about it.  This afternoon I decided to get my Laptop computer out and start on another blog post.  There’s not a huge amount of crafting to show you, but I hope you like the three cards I have made.

MUSINGS:

Forums and Facebook are all wonderful creations and can be a mine of information and help, as well as being a point of contact between people who like the same hobbies or do the same work.  (In my case I use them as a means of connecting/networking with other crafters.)  But they also have some highly pointless things associated with them.

Take Facebook’s “Poke” facility!  Why?  What’s the point?  I’m sorry, but forget it – if any of my Facebook Friends, or some Facebook members who are not friends – “Poke” me, I just delete.  If you’ve got something to say to me PM me, or leave a comment on  my blog.  But Pokes I just delete and don’t return – and looking at the number of “what is the point of Pokeing”, etc., groups on FB, I rather think that a lot of others feel the same way.

The other thing I’m not getting involved in is playing games on Facebook.  I know that for many it is a form of escapeism or relaxation – and that’s perfectly fine, carry on (various crafting activities are my relaxation and something that I can do in some form or another despite my health/disability issues).  I don’t play Facebook games, or use Facebook apps for following people’s birthday’s, etc., so please don’t be offended if I don’t follow up on any invitation to join you in using these particular Facebook facilities.  Again, I kow I’m not the only one who doesn’t play Facebook games because I regularly see a few of my friends posting on their walls asking their FB friends not to invite them.

While places like Facebook, and various forums, can be a mine of information and help, they can also be a source of mis-information as well.  From what I can see – the vast majority of those I come into contact with in these online places realise that not everything is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  And the majority also realise that just because somebody’s put stuff online for others to see it doesn’t mean that they are free to take them and use them as their own.

There is so much mis-information, incorrect or only partly true information, out on the Internet.  From warnings about viruses that are not viruses at all, but still get sent around vie E-mail or copies on people’s FB walls, clogging up space and bandwidth (and in one instance when I worked in IT had dozens of people removing a necessary file from their PC because they’d been told it was a virus – thus stoping their PC working).  To warnings about such and such a name isn’t a person but a virus so if you get an invite to be a friend with such and such don’t allow it because it will burn your hard drive.  Or such and such a person is only after photos of your children – without a thought that the name given is actually the name of a dozen or more genuine people on Facebook and that, even if one of them is after children’s photos, just giving the name without exact profile link is just blackening the name of a dozen or more genuine people.  And a whole load of other instances all the way to a person with an axe to grind putting up an anonamouse bit of information about “somebody” on a forum and suddenly dozens of people think that that the “somebody” is totally in the wrong, and very bad, and even if that person tries to defend themselves and what they did the very fact that they try and defned themselves is used against them in some way.  When somebody tried to warn one of the dozens of follow-on posters that what they’d said could get them into trouble, legally, the reply was that it would only be legal trouble if it wasn’t true and she’d read the original post and it was true!  I’ve no way of knowing whether the initial posting was true, and neither does anybody else reading it unless they’ve got further information.  It could be true, but you can bet it’s not the whole truth.

The Internet allows the kind, friendly, helpful, people to meet, help each other, become friends even though the miles between them mean that they’d never have met in other circumstances.  But it also allows the mean, dishonest, troublemakers, to hide behind a cloak of anonimity as well, and woe betide anybody who disagrees with them because then the claws come out.  Personaly I don’t mind a debate, either on a FB group or on a forum, (I don’t expect everybody, not even my best friends, to agree with everything I believe in all the time) but there’s a difference between a debate between people who don’t agree with each other and the nastiness that some resort to when everybody doesn’t immediately jump to their way of thinking – or even the “I’m leaving because you are all nasty to me” aimed at making others feel bad, and then return with another few comments within the hour.  I do feel sorry for some of these people because I don’t think they are ever happy people, but they do leave a nasty vibe in their wake.

Owners put pictures and art up on display in galleries and museums for others to see, but you can’t just go in, like something you see, and walk off with it – in many cases you can’t even take a photo of  you standing by a painting, you have to buy a postcard print in the gift shop on the way out.  And yet there are some people who take a lot of liberties with other people’s work when they display them online rather than in galleries.  I even read this week of a person who’d been caught out pinching photos that other people had taken of their handcrafted cards and entering those photos as her own photos of her own work into challenges.  I really don’t understand the mentality of people like that.  Totally dishonest.  I have, for a while, been putting my name and blog address in a corner on the majority of the photographs I’m now putting on my blog and Facebook, but my earlier items don’t have this on.  I’m reticent to start putting a big watermark across the centre of my photos as I think it will spoil the look of my photos, but if I find that my photos are being lifted and tampered with to remove these details then I’ll have to consider making them more prominent.  I haven’t seen any sign of this happening with my work – I’m probably not producing the sort of stuff the theives are interested in, but it pays for all of us to be vigelent.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

A floral card, a “boys toys” card that would be suitable for some males from 3 to a 103, and a secular Christmas card are what I’ve got to show you today.  The layout work on all three has been done in a graphics package before printing and actually making up into cards.  Let me know what you think as a comment below.

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  1. Flower Frames 2 by Dawn Clayton (I decided on quite a simple card for my first use of these images.  I took all four into one of my graphics packages.  I created a pale yellow background framed with orange, an orange greetings tag with pale yellow greeting of “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I then resized the four flower frames into each corner.  I printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, trimmed and stuck to the front of an 8″ square, Ivory Crafty Bob card using finger-lift tape.)
  2. 10 Construction Vehicles by John Methven and 12 Brick Wall A4 Papers by Janyce Cotterill (I took two of the vehicles  together with a wall background into one of my graphics programs and moved them around and resized until I was happy with the layout.  I added a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – in a black font with yellow outline.  I then printed out the card front I created onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut it out and matted it onto gold mirror card and then stuck the matted image onto the front of a DL card made from hammered cream cardstock using finger-lift tape.)
  3. 3 Snow papers by Nikola Middlemast, Designer Resource Ivory Winter Ladies by Gillian Hutchinson, Wedding Silks Paper Pack by Carol Lepard and Gold and Enamel Picture Frames by Karen Hughes (I took one of the snow backgrounds, together with a winter lady, a frame, and a silk background, into one of my graphics packages and moved them around, resized, etc., until I was happy with my layout.  I used a second copy of the frame and shrunk down snow background as a greetings panel and wrote on “Bendithion y Tymor” – which is Welsh for “Season’s Blessing”.  A second layer of the greeting and lady was put on the other side of my working area before the sheet was printed off onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the pieces.  I went round the outside edge of the main card front with gold metalic marker before sticking it to the front of an A5 white card.  I attached the greetings panel using 2mm deep, double sided foam tape and shaped the winter lady before attaching her to the front using glue gel.  I used a Sakura clear stardust pen over some areas of the lady and the centre of all the snowflakes – this gives a lovely sparkle when the card is moved but unfortunately doesn’t show up on the photo.)

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GARDENING:

Although I can’t go out to the garden as much as I’d like (having to spend the vast majority of the day in bed with my leg elevataed because of this infection), I’m managing to go out and water for half an hour in the morning before it warms up and again in the evening when it cools down.  We’ve had our first crop of babyleaf salad, and some logenberries.

As my mother can only make it out as far as the potting table outside the back door she’s not been able to see most of what I’m growing, so I’ve been taking pictures to show her.  I took another batch this morning and we’ve been comparing what things looked like the begining of the month with how things are looking today – less than three weeks later.  The growth is realy quite good – just so long as my infection doesn’t get any worse and prevents me getting out there at all to water we’ll hopefully get a reasonable crop off the small areas of the garden I can work with.

As I’d got the photos I thought I’d show you the progress as well.

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Raised bed area on 5-7-13 with cloche moved to one side to show radish seedlings up.  The second picture was taken on 18-7-13 showing how radish has grown and the other seedlings are now up, which will have place to expand once radish have been picked as a quick crop.

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Greenhouse – 1-7-13 and 18-7-13 plus closeup of cucumber plant that’s visible at bottom right of both pictures.  Already started picking baby leaf rocket seen lower left, and other salad leaves around centre.

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“Jungle” of weeds towards loganberry plant 5-7-13, and path now cleared between rubarb and logenberry today – thank heaven for niece shifting stuff out of the way – had a pound or so of fruit off so far.

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Top of black mulch area with growing Jerusalem Artichokes in potato growing sack 5-7-13 and more of area on 18-7-13 showing further potato sacks added, with potatoes planted, and some courgette plants planted out into the black mulch area.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 15th July – Here! – CUP Top Sellers & Latest News on New Downloadable FREE CDs
  • Wednesday, 17th July – Here! – Peel Off Stickers from just 49p & All the latest CUP News & Gossip

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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Crafting Mid July 2013

 Posted by at 06:47 pm
Jul 152013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
I know that I write a lot in each blog post (this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in) but please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written.  If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.
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On top of the heat draining what little energy I have, I’ve now got an infection back in my damaged leg, so I’m now back on eight antibiotic tablets a day for two weeks in the hope of stopping it in its tracks and clearing it.  I’m not feeling good at all, and I’m sure you’ll have noticed – from the very few posts I’ve made this month – that I’ve not been doing a lot of crafting, and other than going out to water my plants around eight thirty every evening I’ve not been doing much in the garden over the last few days either.

I’ve tried to get online at some point every day, but for several days this has just been using my tablet, not my laptop, and I find this so much harder to use to type and leave comments, so I am seriously behind with my blog commenting and catching up with most of the Facebook groups I belong to as well.

What I did do one evening, while waiting for it to cool down enough for me to sleep, was add some more trays, that I’d ordered for my ProMarker and FlexMarker storage, to my original stack and then sort out my pens into some sort of order depending on their colours.  I’ve now got one whole spare row and extra spaces on other rows, although I’ve already found pens after taking this photo that had got left in the sitting room when I was colouring in there.

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The only problem with tidying, and making sure my colour chart of pen colours is up to date, is that I now realise that there are gaps in colours that I’d find quite useful, so I’ll probably be making another order before long.

I notice that Letraset have brought out a “ProMarker 24 Set – Student” set, but that wouldn’t be any use to me as I’ve got the vast majority of those colours, but I think it could be a great set for somebody who wants to start using alcohol markers to get a good selection.  I’ve also had an E-mail from Letraset that says that there’s a special offer on their “ProMarker Limited Edition 12 Set – Spring/Summer” at the moment – I think it’s 20% off.  Don’t know how long these limited edition colours will be available for, but I do know that the newest set for Autum/Winter has been on sale on Create & Craft as they are some of the newer ones I needed to fit into my storage system.

One thing I have started on is my main summer crafting project with my two youngest nephews.  I’ve bought three “Design Your Own Storage Units” and we’ve had a session of watching the DVD that came as part of the kit and have all made up our units and got one coat of paint more or less all over.  Supervision only needed, for most of it, just to make sure that they did actually put the paint on their storage, not themselves or the furniture – and only letting one paint at a time helped.

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I’ll do a post in a few weeks, when we’ve finished the storage and started filling them, to show you what we did to build and decorate them, but these are the colours of paint we got.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Chocolate Digital Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Tan, Walnut, Cinnamon, Cocoa.  I then cut the image out directly around its outline.  I took a square, pre-embossed, white base card and took a Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink pad to it to colour it.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape and added a panel of yellow patterned paper.  I also added a smaller piece of the same patterened paper as a greetings panel onto which I’d written “Mae pob dydd yn ddydd Siocoled” – which is Welsh for “Every day is Chocolate Day”.  I again used the Cocoa ProMarker to write the word for Chocolate, and Mandarin for the rest.  I finished off by using the same foam tape to add the cut out digi-stamp.)

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  1. Fruitfull Elements by Janette Padley (For this card I only used elements from the kit.  I took them into one of my graphics packages, played around, resized and moved them until I was happy with the layout for an A5 card front.  I then put some copies of some of the elements onto the other side of my A4 working area before printing the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper.  I cut everything out. I made an A5 base card by scoreing an A4 sheet of cream hammered cardstock in half using my Hougie Board and folding it.  I used finger-lift tape to attach my card front to this and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the added pieces tot he front.)
  2. Fatherhood Elements by Janette Padley and Ceredigion Wales, Original watercolour painting by Pamela West (I took the elements I wanted into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I had a layout for an 8″ square card front that I was happy with.  I added “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – to one of the Dad tags which I put on the other side of my working area, and also a round element I’d built up of concentric rings.  The A4 sheet was printed out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out before being attached to the front of an 8″ square Ivory Crafty Bob card using finger-lift tape.  I attached the two added elements using the same tape – putting some jute twine between these two to join them.)
  3. Fatherhood Elements by Janette Padley (I took several elements of the kit into one of my graphics packages and layed them out how I wanted, with added elements on the side, to make a front for a cheap A5 size notebook.  I then printed these out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper.  All the peices were then cut out.  I found some glitter ribbon in two widths, the thickest of which I cut into two pieces.  I prepared my notebook by tareing off the front price/information page and colouring the strip that was left. I used a Cinnamon ProMarker to colour down the white strip left after tareing off the pricing/information panel that was at the front of the notebook. I then put ultra tacky double sided tape behing this and attached the notebook front before using the same tape to attach the front completely to my notebook.    I wrapped one piece of ribbon round from the back of the notebook, again attaching using the ultra tacky tape, and attached one of the elements to its front end.  I attached the other piece to the front of my card and put on one of the elements on top.  Everything else was then attached.  I put a round pair of hook and loop fastening to keep the notebook closed.  I’ve done this as a birthday gift for my father who’s currently trying to write his autobiography.  It’s to be a notebook that he can carry around and jot down things as he remembers them, so that he can then add them to his work when he’s typing up at the computer.)

Hopefully I’ll have more to show you next time and that it won’t be so long before my next post.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 8th July – Here! – Best Selling CUP Designers & Crafters – Meet the BEST of the BEST
  • Wednesday, 10th July – Here! – Downloadable FREE CD’s & Wednesdays CUP Community News
  • Friday, 12th July – Here! – FREE CD 54, CUP’s latest Sizzling Designs and 6 New Froms

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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First Crafting Of July 2013

 Posted by at 11:23 pm
Jul 082013
 

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Some More Musings and Then Some Assorted Cards, A Bag, And Some More Of The Garden
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I’ve not done a lot of crafting so far this month, I’ve been trying to do a bit more in the garden when I’ve had my niece with me to help a couple of days.  Mostly me sitting and pointing and telling her what needs doing rather than actually doing much other than pulling a few weeds I can reach from my chair, but I’ve still been too exhausted to do more than collapse into bed afterwords.  However I have tried to keep up with the goings on online, even if I’ve been a bit remiss in not commenting a lot as I’ve made way around Craftforums, blogland and Facebook.

MUSINGS:

(– skip if you’re after my challenge entry card)

It’s because of this browsing around the crafting world online that my musings today have turned in the direction it has.  What I’ve noticed mentioned more and more over the last few days is designers worry over theft and mis-use of their designs in various ways.  And when many of them make their whole living from their designs it’s no surprise that they would be worried.

When I was in full time work (before my health deteriorated to the point that I had to work from home a lot and then deteriorated further so that I had to retire early because of my health and disability issues) I worked as the Helpdesk and Web Technician as part of a team supporting all the schools IT in a whole county.  There was a statement in my job description that basically meant that I had to keep up with an awareness of the technologies and anything else that would affect my work.  So this meant an awareness of copyright.  It didn’t mean I needed to know all things legal to do with copyright, but I did need to have an awareness of how something like copyright would affect what we as a support centre, and what the schools we supported, could and couldn’t put up on our websites.  A lot of times this simply meant telling somebody or another “No!  You Can’t!  Just because you found it on the Internet, or got it off a clip-art CD-ROM whether you got it for free or paid for it, it does not mean that you can slap it all over your website.” or “No! Just because you bought that one 10″ x 8″ photo of your school from the air it doesn’t not mean that you’ve bought the right to scan it into your computer and put it on your website” – although one teacher had been foresighted enough to ask about buying the image and rights, not just the single photo.

The reason I’m telling you this is to show that I was already aware of copyright, and referring to the “terms of use” for something you’ve bought or received, and that you couldn’t just slap anything you felt like up on the Internet, long before I got more involved in the crafting world online and putting pictures of my work on my blog and Facebook – even if I don’t know the ins and outs of the copyright law all over the world, and could just as easily get caught out by being given wrong information as anybody else.

What is obvious to me now is that, while there are a minority of crafters who have the same knowledge and knowingly break Terms of Use and copyright (some to the extent of actually removing a watermark notification from a digi-stamp before sharing it with all and sundry), there are a whole lot of crafters out there who don’t have a clue.

At least I do hope that it’s a case of not having a clue for the majority of those who are merrily sharing copyrighted material without having the right to do so (thankfully I haven’t come across this amongst the group of crafters who’s blogs I follow).  If they have actually read the Terms of Use of the original artist and still think it’s OK to put up hundreds of un-watermarked digi-stamps onto Pintrest so that anybody can take a copy, print and use; or ask a friend to stamp out and scan every physical stamp they own to E-mail to them; or whatever other method of illegal sharing they’ve come up with, – then there are far fewer law abiding crafters out there than I thought, and that would sadden me greatly.

So basicly, if anybody were to ever ask me – I’d say now what I use to say when I was working – “Just because you find it on the Internet it doesn’t mean that you are allowed to download it to use yourself or share it with others in any way and just because you’ve bought something on a CD-ROM or as an online download it doesn’t mean that you’ve got the right to do whatever you want with that cutting file or other type of digi file – you need to refer to the Terms of Use (which may be in the form of an Angel Policy) to see exactly what you are allowed to do.”

Then, in addition to those who share for free digital media they’ve got no right to share, there are those who appear to be taking far more than a little inspiration from the designs of others – be they digi-stamps, cutting files, etc. – and either copy and sell the designs practically as is, or copy/create and sell designs with so little change, or in the style of others, that it’s obvious to anybody who knows the work of the original creator that the designs are not actually completely original creation, brought about by the sweat and tears and hard work, of the designer. Of course, as crafters we can support the original creators by buying from them – but sometimes it’s difficult for a hobby crafter, who doesn’t spend all their time viewing other’s work, to know who’s the original and who’s the copycat.

Some designers of digital media for crafting are close to giving up because of all this miss-use and sharing of their work.  And then where will us crafters be?  Without the designs of the best in the business to buy and work with – and left with copies of old work that are still floating around being shared or less inspired “new” work from the copycats – which I’m sure would dry up without any new work from the really talented and inovative designers who’ve given up to inspire them – unless the copycats start developing their own work from scratch.

 Well – there ends my musings for today.

I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear that I have had a morning resting in bed and managed to do a bit of crafting today and therefore have something nice to show you – well I think that they are something nice – from something very clean and simple, to another which is more glittery and has gems.  I’d even go as far as saying that most would be suitable for men.

Let me know what you think in a comment at the end if you’ve got the time.  Thanks.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Family Photo – Dragons Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided ont 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and used a couple of different Wink of Stella pens to give a glitter shimmer to the wings.  The ProMarker colours I used were: Apricot, Amber, Lilac, Purple, Poppy, Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Bluebell, Cool Grey 2 and Vanilla. I trimmed the image and matted it onto gold mirror cardstock, trimming it to an eighth of an inch border using PerfectLayers ruler.  I also matted a panel of cream hammered card-stock and matted and trimmed it in the same way.  I took an ivory 8″ square Crafty Bob card and stuck a narrow strip of the same gold mirror card around an inch from the top going to just over half way across the card.  I wrapped a gold glitter ribbon around this second panel before sticking it towards the left hand side of my card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used 1mm deep foam tape under the left hand side of the digi-stamp panel and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape under the right side and put it on my card front.  I took some peel-offs off a gold glitter flourish peel-off sheet and put them in various locations on my card.  I attached a greeting panel which said “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” using foam tape to the mirror board strip near the top and finished off with some gold coloured gems at the right of the card and a small blue sticky back gem on the dragon’s handbag.)

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  1. The Three Wise Monkeys by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the card front and additional monkeys to decoupage.  I added some dash and dot lines round the corners of the card front and around the edges of the paper I’d got as the insert.  I didn’t want the card with the English titles and sentiments provided, so I measured the oval and the little square panels and created equivalent sized panels in one of my graphics packages and then added the greetings I wanted to these before printing this sheet out onto the same type of cardstock.  These panels were also cut out.  I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock, scored it using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half to make my base card.  The card front was attached directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I used glue gel to attach two of the added monkeys after shaping them a bit, and again used finger-lift tape to attach the Welsh panels over the English ones and the central monkey.  The second layer of the middle monkey has been put on the insert inside the card.  The greeting, roughly translated, says – “I won’t tell anybody how old you are only wish you Happy Birthday”.  But in big red numbers at the bottom it says “aged 60”, and the other side “Wps, too late”. )
  2. Stained Glass Mother and Child by Barbara Alderson (I printed the sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I created a DL base card fron an A4 sheet of 300gsm Hammered Cream Cardstock, scoring with my Hougie Board.  I attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape and attached the other layers in order using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I wanted to keep this without any embellishment as a Christmas Card, so the greeting has been placed inside.)
  3. west Highland White Terrier 3 Portrait pyramid by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I’ve been asked for some Clean and Simple cards so I decided to only use the outer and inner layer for this card and keep the other layers for another card.  I scored an A4 sheet of 300gsm, white, hammered cardstock using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make an A5 base card.  I stuck the base layer towards the top of this using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and then used the same tape to add the central panel of the dog on top.  I added a simple greetings panel that says “Penblwydd Hapus”.  Whether for an ornate card with embellishments, or a simple card like this, this series of framed dog pyramage toppers work well.)
  4. Lovely Tripych card scene of a lake by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I scored and folded in half an A4 sheeto of 300gsm Hammered white cardstock to create an A5 base card.  The base image layer of the design was stuck directly to this using finger-lift tape and the other layers were attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by attaching a greetings panel that says “Penblwydd Hapus”.  A good card for a man I think.)

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BAG:

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  1. Garden hedgehog gift bag by Stephen Poore (I printed the sheet out twice onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I used this weight as I wanted quite a firm bag because I intend to put some jewellery and some other small gifts in it, but if you are giving a lighter gift then a lighter weight cardstock/paper could be used.  I used my Hougie Board to score along the required lines and cut out both pieces.  I used a quick grab glue on the indicate panel and stuck the bag together using a ruler to press down on the seams and bottom until the glue had set.)
  2. Angled look to show the depth of the bag – it is very spacious.

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THE GARDEN:

In a previous post I showed you the plants growing in my greenhouse, and also my raise be with a cloche over it.  Things are starting to grow quite well there now.

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  1. Pepper and tomato plants in grow bags on the left hand side with rocket seedlings for picking as baby leaves already germinated at the side of the bed.
  2. Cucumber and tomato plants down the right hand side, with seedlings of melons and mixed salad in pots and two types of herbs in front of the grow-bags.
  3. The radish and the beetroot are up in the raised bed, although the beetroot seedlings don’t show up so well in this photo as they are more reddish than the green radish seedlings.

What I didn’t show you last time was the state of some of the other areas in the garden which I can’t tackle myself, but is slowly getting done with the help of my niece.  Normally things will be under much better control, but the long period of very wet and windy weather we had up to a month ago meant that I couldn’t get out to keep things under control.

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  1. The overgrown bed down one side of the path by the house.
  2. Further along the same path.
  3. My niece has now liberated the small berberis and rose bush and cleared all the brambles from around them.  Around four foot near the middle of the bed.  She should be back for a couple of days this week again to remove the nettles from the top end and more brambles from teh bottom end.

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  1. There’s a plumb tree growing out of this big patch of nettles and weeds – something to be tackled this week I think.
  2. This is a loganberry plant growing up a metal post and across a netting wire panel.  There’s rather a lot of nettles around this that will need to be cleared before picking time.  Last year the loganberries were reddening well before the end of June and around half had ripened by the second week of July – but this year – not a single red loganberry yet.
  3. The black mulch area in the front of this picture is over an area completely smothered with rotted down compost at the start of last year.  We usually find that we get two or three good years of growth of courgettes and pumpkins from one thick application of compost by planting one year in between the holes made for the previous year’s planting.  My niece has completely cleared this area of weeds that had decided to grow in the holes made last year, so it’s ready for this year’s plants to go out as soon as they are hardened off – they come out of the greenhouse onto the raised bed every day now and should be planted out the end of this week, which is later than I’d usually be doing so, but everything is behind with us this year.  The potato growing bag has Jerusalem artichokes in it – I had a good crop of these in the bag last year.   I had a row of bags last year, with four types of potatoes which produced a tasty but small crop, and some sweet potatoes – which didn’t produce anything edible because of the very bad weather.  As I couldn’t start potatoes early this year I’ve sterilized all the bags in Jays fluid and am going to start the potatoes later to hopefully have new potatoes much later in the year when no locals are available.  The bags will go by the bag already in situe until late summer.  By which time the tomatoes will be finishing in the greenhouse and the potato sacks can be taken in for shelter until they are ready – hopefully. The over-run area behind the bag is where the blackcurrant and gooseberries are growing – another area that’s badly in need of weeding – mind you, it didn’t get weeded last year until the time I went out to sit there in my chair to pick the fruit, and we had a bumper crop.  I think, with all the cover, the birds flying over were not spotting the ripening fruit so they didn’t start attacking the crop until the area was cleared a bush at a time with me sitting there with a pot for the fruit on one side of my chair, and a pair of gloves and some loppers for the brambles on the other side of my chair.  One bush a day was about all I could manage, moving my chair on to the next bush the next day to work.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 1st July – Here! – Monday Community Selections from CUP’s Crafter & Design Team
  • Wednesday, 3rd July – Here! – Crafty Bob’s Cards & Envelopes & all the latest CUP Community News
  • Friday, 5th July – Here! – HOT Friday Designs from CUP’s Designers, FREE Volume 53 CD Rom & 7 New Froms!

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Crafting And Gardening

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Jul 032013
 

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The majority of my crafting, well over half, is done in bed with my most used items gathered around me,

I’ve not actually got any cards, or any other crafting, to show you this time (click on Home and scroll down if you’ve not seen any of my work in my previous posts) – but I just had to tell you that there’s a piece about me in “Crafty People Monthly” this month as part of an article by Marleen Gallagher about “Crafting with an Illness“.

“Crafty People Monthly” is a free online magazine for everyone and everything crafty and creative and the July 2013 edition is Edition #3.  Under the “More” heading there’s a link to go to the archives of the previous articles.  Also under “More” is a link to the “Get In Touch” page where you can write to the team – perhaps you would like to feature in a future edition of this new monthly magazine.

Marleen has her own blog, “Marleen’s Crafty Space“, where she’s also done a post on the 1st July about the various pieces she’s got in this month’s “Crafty People Monthly”, so you’ll see my face on that blog as well.

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GARDENING

Other than crafting, my other hobby is gardening.  If you’ve read the piece in “Crafting People Monthly” that I refer to above you’ll have read that, with my health/disability issues, my crafting is all about adapting and doing what I can when I can.  The same is true of my gardening these days.  Short sessions of between 15 minutes to an hour every day or two, and then a long rest in bed. A very long rest usually.  In the case of today – an hour and a half sleep.

No mowing of lawns – no way I could walk back and fore for long enough to do that, or hold control of a mower.

No digging of the vegetable plot – no way I could stand and maneuver a shovel for long enough to dig a piece big enough to be of any worth – not even in several sessions.

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I’ve got three types of tomatoes, peppers and cucumers, as well as some herbs and salad leaves in the greenhouse by now.

But what I do have is a greenhouse which has raised beds with sides built of brick.  I sit on the bricks on one side to work on the bed on the other side.  The path is narrow enough for me to do this.  There is a bit of a step to get over to get in, but one of my nephews has built a few small steps for me to get in rather than the one large one that there was.

With the weather and additional health problems it was far later than usual at me starting out the greenhouse this year.  I didn’t get out there until the second week in June, and, although I’d bought the tomato, etc., plants at my favourite garden centre, it was well into the third week in June at me getting them into the greenhouse. The soil in the raised beds could have done with being replaced this year, but the nephew who usually helps me with heavy work wasn’t available so I decided to go with growbags.  The garden centre, which is only a mile or so down the road, loading the bags into my car for me and my brother-in-law carying them down to the bottom of the garden for me.

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My brother-in-law and nephew also built me a raised bed a couple of years ago after they’d helped build us a nice new garden shed.  This is three blocks high and filled with earth in the bottom and enriched with compost at the top, and I grow some salad veg like raddish, beetroot, carrots, etc., to eat as baby veg in it.  Because it was the last week in June at me getting started on this raised bed this year I invested in a cloche to put over half of it to give a head start to half the seeds – especially in view of the fact that we are still getting very cold and blowy weather considering that it is suppose to be summer.

You can just see the garden chair I sit in to work on this bed leaning against it.  I’ve got five of these dotted around the garden so that I’m only making short walks and have somewhere to sit down in.  One near the strawberry tower I grow a few strawberry plants in – we’ve had 3 strawberries so far this year and they were very tasty.  One in the middle of the lawn that I sit in while our little old dog has a play around before going back into her fenced in area of the garden.  One by the blackcurrant bushes that I sit in to pick blackcurrants and gooseberries when they are ready. etc.  Plenty of places, be they posts or walls, to lean against, and constantly on the lookout for anything that could scratch my damage leg and cause another flareup of cellulitis and an exacerbation of the lymphoedoema that could land me back in hospital again.

With starting so late this year I don’t know how much of a crop I’ll get, and I know that there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in the garden, but I’m not going to stress about it.  I’m sure I’ll get something from the garden, and I’m sure I’ll manage to do a few more small jobs, slowly, a bit at a time, at my own pace.  My niece is going to help me with a few things.  Anything that doesn’t get done – simply doesn’t get done.  Like my crafting I’ll take it one hour, and one day, at a time and see how it goes.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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