2020 Calendar – November

November Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

I hope you are all keeping well and warm, cosy and healthy as the cold of winter greats us as the year is drawing to a close.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see what I’ve done for this month’s calendar page if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

Hard to believe that it’s November already.

This whole year has been a bit of a strange one, for the world in general because of the pandemic, and for myself with being rushed to hospital a few times because of my health, and then Mam got rushed in the end of October because the antibiotics she was on were not helping her and her breathing was laboured. I’m hopeing to see her home soon and have prepared this month’s calendar page ready for her.

I’m just hopeing that the last two months of the year will be better for everybody.

I’m trying to do a bit of a tidy up of some areas of the house, as well as some of my crafting stash.  I’m not going to go wild and try and do a lot.  I know that I am still not up to doing a lot, but I would like to have a better idea of where some of my crafting stash is, especially as I still need to do a few more crafting projects as Christmas presants.  I know I have a box with lots of patchwork pieces cut out for three patchwork quilts that I want to get on with this month.  Not as ornate as the ones I made for the spare bedroom, so shouldn’t take me as long to make them.  I know I have pieces ready for the back of each one as well, but I’m rather afraid that they are not stored in the same place, so a bit of a hunt around is needed.

You will have noticed that I have put posts about a few batches of Christmas Cards up on my blog during the last month, so they are coming along, but I really need to finish off makeing those by the middle of this month.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Time to show you what I’ve put on my mother’s November calendar page.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! June page – Here! July – Here! August – Here! September – Here! and October – Here!

What I Did

I chose three floral images from a book of images by Chamelion.

I then chose colours from my collection of Hunkydory markers (you can find out about the bag and 3D printed holders on This blog post) and coloured each one in, finishing off by putting a line of green around the outside of each panel.

I trimmed around a cm from both directions of a sheet of white cardstock and stuck it to a sheet of green cardstock to leave an even border.

I then put the three panels I’d coloured in onto this mat, putting them at “jaunty” angles.

The two either side were stuck on with fingerlift tape, whereas the central one has been stuck up with foam tape to raise it up a bit.

I then took two sizes of sticky back metalic pearls in red and green and stuck them onto the white background.

The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I finished off by printing off, trimming, and sticking on the panel with this month’s title in Welsh.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • Ready to colour images from a Chamaelion little book
  • Hunkydory Prism Craft Markers in various colours
  • Green and White Adorable Scorable Cardstock
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, wording, etc
  • Sticky back metalic gems
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Foam Tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar. (Think I scanned this set a bit too close to the edge.)

This is both stuck on the calendar.

A closer look.

A couple of angled photos to try and show that the central panel is raised.

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Hopefully this month will see me get well ahead with my Christmas crafting preparations and I’ll have lots to show you.

Have a great month everybody.

-oOo-

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2020 Calendar – October

October Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

Well, a new month has started therefore it’s time for a bit of a catchup and this month’s calendar page.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

At the start of September I thought the aches and pains in my left arm and shoulder, were easing – unfortunately it didn’t clear completely, and in fact came back much worse, not just when I moved and used it, but just lieing in bed trying to sleep.  This has really made things very difficult for me this month.  Not just effecting my ability to craft, but also my ability to do basic tasks around the house.

I have been doing a bit of browsing on-line, and doing a bit of keeping up with social media, but being in so much pain has meant very short sessions online, and very little reacting and commenting.  Please forgive me if I’ve not been round your blogs and active on the Facebook crafting groups. While I have seen a lot of your fantastic work, being online less has probably meant I’ve missed a lot.

After a doctor’s suggestion of putting a cold pack on the arm and shoulder actually made it stiffer and much more painful, I’ve now been given a course of stronger painkiller/antiinflamatories, and after a few days I am noticing a difference.  I’m also using heat packs and a massager, and re-starting to do a bit more of the exercises the physio gave me to do a long time ago.  Hopefully doing all together will get my shoulder back to where it was prior to me having the hernia operation and being banned from doing lifting, pulling, etc.  It’s never got full, normal, motion, but isn’t usually as painful as this when I just peel a few apples – what I did the Sunday before last that had me in tears within a short while of doing so.

You will have noticed that September was another month of very little blogging, and only quite simple crafting when something was actually needed during the month, but I do hope to do a bit of a catchup on blogging and build back up to batch Christmas Card makeing as soon as possible.

Of course, I had to come up with something for my mother’s calendar for October –

So that brings me to …

Crafting

As we are in the period of the year where the chapels of the area would normally have been holding their thanksgiving services, but the pandemic has meant that chapels haven’t re-opened in this area, I thought I’d go for a creation to do with thanking for this month’s calendar page, and chose autumnal colours.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! June page – Here! July – Here! August – Here! and September – Here!

What I Did

Keeping to the idea of not getting too complicated because of not being able to do a lot because of my health.  I took a sheet of deep blue cardstock, trimmed it a bit, and stamped a virginia creeper down it four times in metalic ink.  I also took a couple of cardstock strips that were off-cuts of other projects and stamped on them as well.

These two strips were positioned over two of the stamped images on the blue cardstock so that the part images matched.  I added more strips, weaving a few of them into each other, before sticking them all down.

I used my fingers to put on blobs and streaks of Inka Gold waxes in a few colours all over the project other than over the stamped images which I left clear.

I finished off the panel by sticking on various words in Welsh that I’d set up in Publisher and printed off and cut out.  The words mean Thank You, Thanksgiving, Thankful, Give Thanks, etc.  I matted the piece onto another sheet of cardstock that had a bit of a foiled pattern on it.

The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • Some sheets and leftover strips of cardstock
  • We “R” Memory Keepers Stamping Press.
  • Midas ink from Crafters Companion in  Bronze
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, wording, etc
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Virginia Creeper Stamp from Artisan Design UK
  • Viva Decor Inka Gold Waxes in several colours
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

This is both stuck on the calendar.

It’s amazing the different look and shine you see from different angles due to the metalic waxes.

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Hopefully this month will be a bit better for me with an improvement in my health, aches and pains, and I can get on with more crafting and blogging.

Have a great month everybody.

-oOo-

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2020 Calendar – September

September Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

I have no idea how September came around so quickly.  I would sware that it was only a couple of weeks ago I got my nephew to stick my August creation up on my mother’s calendar because I wasn’t going into her room as I was isolating as much as possible following my hospital stay and embergency hernia operation.  But – every device I look at says it is now September.  Therefore …

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

Recovery from my operation hasn’t been straightforward.  When is anything with me?!  I got an infection in the operation wound and have had to take antibiotics.  And I’m sure you all know that antibiotics on top of recovering from surgery is very draining.  Not lifting and straining meant I couldn’t do some of the exercises using bands that I’ve been doing to help my shoulder that the physio recomended, and a few weeks of not doing that meant that when I did do a small job in the house it exaserbated the shoulder problem and left me in a lot of pain.  It is easing now thankfully.

Thankfully my nephew stayed the whole of the summer to be on hand when help was needed as I wasn’t alowed to do any lifting, etc.  Though he did admit that he didn’t want to go home as he liked the “perks” of staying here – nobody to argue over as far as the TV and computer was concerned, a chance to get on with some of his own 3D printing whenever he wanted, doing a few paying jobs to get a little money for me to order some things he wanted, ice cream and other snacks always available, etc.  As carers come in for personal things he didn’t have a huge amount to do, though he does enjoy the ocasional bit of cooking and gardening.

We did manage to do a bit of tidying up of the study to get a clear path through the middle to the window, even if I haven’t sorted the desks completely yet, and I’ve got 3 plastic crates full of papers and newspapers I need to go through and scan those that should go into the family history.  Me directing from the doorway and him doing the lifiting.  But then my nephew promptly took over the area of the desk that was clear to do some painting of one of the items he’d designed and 3D printed before the lockdown.  So it was only when he went home last weekend that I got near to my glass mat area to make something to put on Mam’s calendar for this month.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Other than makeing a few flowers with Forever Flowerz items, and a bit of flat Kumihimo braiding, I haven’t done a lot of crafting this month.  I need to get photos of the few items I’ve made and upload them to this blog at some point.

The first thing I did do once I got my hands back on my glass mat was to do a little inking and stamping for the September page of Mam’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! June page – Here! July – Here! and August – Here!

What I Did

I sprayed the back of a stencil with Template Spray and after cutting out some stamps I did the same on the back of those.  All stencils and stamps used for this project were Artisan Designs ones.

I stanciled leaves onto one sheet of cardstock in 4 shads of autumnal tones of ink using a makeup brush, moving the stencil around to get full coverage.  I then trimmed the sheet a bit and put to one side to dry.

I then took the other sheet of cardstock and stamped on an assortment of stamps onto it using Midas inks.  I used the plate from my stamping press for this but not the base platform, so that I could move the stamps around quickly and get a lot of the same ones onto the sheet.  I then coloured in the images before cutting them out.  Not my best bit of colouring ever, but good enough.

I stuck the stenciled sheet onto a wood background sheet and then used glue gel to give a bit of dimension to stick on the stamped and coloured images.

The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • 2 sheets 240gsm white cardstock
  • Template Spray
  • We “R” Memory Keepers Stamping Press.#
  • Midas in from Crafters Companion in Gold and Bronze
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, photos, etc
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Dinky Inkie Re-inkers – 2 green shades in Sparkle, and 4 autumnal shades in Chalky
  • Stencils and Stamps from Artisan Design UK
  • Chameleon Colouring Pencils
  • Scissors
  • 1 Sheet of Wood Patterned background paper
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

This is both stuck on the calendar.

And a larger view of this month’s calendar page.

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And to finish off – I have one little fig on my little fig tree in the garden.  Hopefully it will continue to grow and not get blown or knocked off.  Had one before that was knocked off.

The most I’ve been able to do in the garden this summer is sit and feed the fish in my “pond”.

You can see a video of my fish – Here!

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2020 Calendar – August

August Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

WARNING – MEDICAL SAGA COMING UP!

I was going to plough ahead with Christmas Card Making in July but …

I’m afraid I’ve had a couple of trips that I hadn’t planned on in July – trips by ambulance to hospital.

Monday the 13th July a hernia, that had been more annoying than serious, got worse to the point that I had to call for an ambulance, and I believe I was out cold at one point. Thankfully, after anti nausea drip to stop the wretching and a pain relief drip, as we were heading to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen (a trip of around 30 miles on not such good roads), my intestines started to work their way back in, and after arriving the rest were pushed back in. Blood tests and several X-rays followed before they decided to send me home in the morning and told me to see my GP for more pain meds and to chase up a referal to outpatients to organise a hernia repair. So back home again in an ambulance morning of Tuesday 14th, despite me saying that the hernia was coming out again already. Then there was the worry of COVID-19, (they did keep me separate from everybody as I came from a shielding household but you never know if a staff member could be a non symptomatic carrier,) so had to quarantine myself in my room for most of the time, not going in to Mam’s room at all, mask on whenever I had to come out, spraying everywhere I touched, and enough alcohol sanitiser to give a hangover from the fumes. Thankfully one of my nephews had come over to stay with Mam before I left in the ambulance so stayed after I came home to help, as my insides kept working themselves out, even just sleeping in bed at night, I couldn’t do much of anything, and the Nurse Practitioner at our GP surgery on Thursday warned me to get help if I had trouble getting it back in before my outpatients appointment came through.

So roll on to Tuesday evening the 21st, after a week of constantly holding my belly and pushing anything that came out back in, it came out around 9pm and I just couldn’t get it back in. After three hours of rubbing and pushing I gave up and phoned our doctors surgery thinking they would have it on divert to the out of hours service, but they didn’t, so I had to dial another number. Telephonist took down details and got “Clinician” to call me back. It was 12.30am, while on the phone to the clinician and rubbing my belly at the same time, that I finaly got it back in. The clinician thought I should still speak to a doctor as having loop of intestines out just under the skin for over 3 hours wasn’t good. Some time later the doctor called and said that, despite things now being back in place, he wanted me seen in A&E a.s.a.p. –  the morning wouldn’t do. He asked about somebody in the house who could bring me in and I said impossible as the only people here were my 82 year old disabled mother and my 14 year old nephew. So doctor said to leave it with him. I was sort of expecting a call back, but while I was waiting I heard some sounds and clanking from the road out front, and by the time I made it to the door the ambulance people were there. Mam was half awake so I managed to shout and tell her what was happening, Nephew was so fast asleep he heard nothing. By the time I got onto the ambulance it was out again, and I couldn’t get it back in.

I was in Glangwili by about 3am I think. It was a bit more busy than it had been previous time, and, with keeping distancing between patients, etc., there were less places to put patients. After seeing triage I saw doctor. Landed in the plaster room at one time, as it had a bed, so doctor could try and get everything back in again. Didn’t work, so off to some other isolated room to await person on call on surgical team, who also tried to push everything back in and failed. He decided his boss would have to see me, so finally I was sent to an assesment side ward of surgical ward to wait for the surgeon’s ward round, as that would be quicker than waiting in A&E for him to go down after ward round.

After another of the team tried to push again they decided I would need an opperation a.s.a.p., meaning straight into theatr after the current patient in there came out at around mid day, provided nobody with a more life threatening condition came in. One did. So I was waiting until late afternoon before I was wheeled up to theatre. Needless to say I was in serious pain by now despite the drips – all the different people trying to push had left my belly with red marks, black and blue before getting anywhere near the surgeon’s scalpell. No idea how long I was in theatr. I know they took ages to get all the necesary drips and probes into me, and my arms from elbows to wrists are black and blue now. One of the team thought that it was only a roll of fat that was coming out but he did say to me after the operation that I had been right that it was my intestines coming out through the tare in the muscle by the belly button, but that it still looked viable and not totally strangulated and dieing, therefore they hadn’t had to cut any of the intestines out or give me a stoma, which were two of the possibilities they had mentioned pre-op. It seems the whole repair has been done via disolvable stitches, which have not only been used to pull the torn muscles together, but also to strengthen the weak places. A bit of surgical darning I guess. I just hope that the tare and the weak bit have really joined and strengthened well before the stitches disolve – I just have this picture in mind of me moving around one day and everything coming loose like a seam coming loose and everyting inside being visible.

I believe I made it back to the ward around 10pm on Wednesday 22nd. Morphine drip with self administer button overnight, then straight up to a chair Thursday morning after nurses helped me wash and change out of theatr gown to my own clothes. Given first food Thursday lunchtime. Then it was a case of waiting for me to “open my bowels” and for the drain from the wound (which nurse told me is around 10cm in length) to stop dripping so much. During Thursday ward round I was told I might be let home during the weekend, so you could have pushed me over with a feather when, after I’d had a walk to the toilet and was sat out in a chair Friday morning, the ward round took place before I had any breakfast and the surgeon took one look at me, my notes, and my drip, and told the nurse to remove the drip and send me home.

I was down in the discharge lounge before I had a slice of toast, and home before mid day.

Now it’s a case of balancing resting, with moveing around to stop clots, and sitting upright and deep breathing to keep lungs clear as it seems sticking tube down throat to lungs can cause chest infections, on top of praying that I don’t get an infection in the wound, catch COVID as, in addition to the virus itself, the actual coughing could be catastrophic to the repared hernia, and, of course no lifting anything either.

So then I waited for a visit from District nurse on Monday 27th to re-dress the wound and praying that she was happy with how it looked and that there was no sign of any underlieing tareing of muscle or intestines coming near the surface.

Nurse’s verdict was that everything looked fine, and she is due back at some point today for a further check of the wound.

I’ve had my Christmas crafting stuff left out so I can still get on with bits even though I can’t do any lifting.  Mostly card making, which I will get back to blogging for you all to see in due course.  I have quite a few cards to finish putting their photos into blog posts. Just been a bit shell-shocked by the emergency operation and concentrating on recovery.

But in the meantime …

Crafting

As I’m sure you can imagine, I was not up to doing a big work of art for my mother’s calendar page for August, but I had to make an effort and get my nephew to stick it up.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! June page – Here! and July – Here!

What I Did

I was shouting in round my mother’s bedroom door asking what she’d like on her calendar next (had to re-start the 14 day self quarantine isolation again from when I came home from hospital the second time so still not going into her room) and my nephew, who was sitting in with her, said that he could simple throw a piece of fruit pie he’d made and Mam hadn’t finished, and a few other bits at the calendar and see what stuck. Or perhaps put them in a flower press and flatten and dry them first  LOL.

This gave me an idea.  A montage of some of the things my nephew has cooked while here, as well as the other things he’s had to take over watching over her doing.  Everything from nettle soup (for some reason the soup that looked green on my screen printed out much yellower than I wanted) to bread and butter pudding, fruit pie to roast with sprouts. Tablets and inhalers, juices and milk, cereal, etc.

I used Publisher to collect pictures together, searching for photos put online with creative commons licencing to use as nephew hadn’t taken photos of his own cooking. (Just hope nobody’s been putting up other people’s photos with a statement that they have a Creative Commons licence when they had no right to do so.  I don’t like using other people’s work on personal projects like this when personal use permission to do so isn’t in place.)

I then took some time cutting out the images, then stuck them onto a single sheet of paper that I’d printed a brown border – the same colour I’d used as a border to the letters of the title “Mis Awst” I’d also printed out.

The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, photos, etc
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Bookbinding Glue
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

This is the “colage” of images.

This is a photo taken by my nephew after he’d stuck the pieces to my mother’s calendar.

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I have several posts part written, and they will appear in due course, as I regain my strength after the operation.  Keep an eye out in a week or two for them to start appearing on this blog.

-oOo-

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2020 Calendar – July

July Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

The year is half way through – how did that happen?!?

Mam’s had the letter to keep shielding until August, so nothing much has changed here.

I covered up and masked up to go out the garden with one of my nephews to supervise him trimming the bushes that had branches going over the front wall onto the pavement one day – shouldn’t have had the bright idea that I’d have a go with my trimmer while he was takeing some branches away in my pull along truck – I was in agony for a few days after that.

I’m slowly building my strength up after the months of leg infection, but I’m not going to manage to do much in the garden this year.  As I showed you in my last post, I have been picking a few Strawberries and Loganberries, and doing a bit of weeding in my herb pots, but not much else.

I will need to start picking the gooseberries before long though.

What I’ve mostly been working on, crafting wise, is starting on Christmas Card makeing.  I’ve managed to get two or three dozen done so far.  Those will be appearing on my blog over the next few weeks.

But in the meantime …

Crafting

Well, a new month means it’s time to show you how I decorated a new page on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! and June page – Here!

What I Did

I started by trimming a sheet of white cardstock so that it would go onto the green cardstock leaving a border.  I used some makeup application brushes to put inks through two different stencils/masks to create the background.

After it was dry I attached the background to the green cardstock before attaching single layers of fabric flowers and some foliage using a hot glue gun.  I added some of the hot glue to the centre of the flowers as well.  I finished off by adding the butterflies and folding up their wings.  The wings can be folded back flat at the start of next month when the next page of the calendar is made.

The butterflies came with small magnets in the body so can be used as fridge magnets or decoration on any surface a magnet will attract too.  They also came with little squares of double sided sticky foam to attach them to other surfaces.  I’m thinking that it will be nice to use them on cards or gifts using the foam squares so that they can be removed and kept afterwords.

The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

What I Used
The Finished Page

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

And a couple of angled looks.

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As I’ve already said that I’ve started on my Christmas Card Makeing for 2020 – guess what I’ll have to show you on my next post!

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2020 Calendar – June

June Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

I know – I’m a bit behind completing this post and getting it published!

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

The weather had become too hot, too quickly, here – but somewhere in the world it must be snowing.  So I thought long and hard about what to put on Mam’s calendar for June – and this is what I came up with –

A snowman and a white dog in a whiteout snow blizzard!  LOL!  I even added a hill covered in snow in the background and put a polar bear walking away into the distance.  Of course, you can’t see anything because of the whiteout.

What do you think of it?  Is it my best effort to date?

At least it got a laugh from Mam and a few of the carers before I put up the actual picture I’d created for this month.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

At long last I’m off the antibiotics for the infection in my damaged leg.  I was on antibiotics of one kind or another for just over 4 months, including 2 stays in hospital and 11 days of A.R.T. nurses coming out here to give me intravenous antibiotics.

The good news is that my leg hasn’t flushed up red since I finished the antibiotics towards the end of May.  Unfortunately it looks as if all the infections have caused further damage inside the leg and it isn’t softening up at all at the moment, which means circulation problems.  I’m spending lots of time with my leg elevated in the hopes it improves given time.

The weather here has been very changeable.  The days of very hot weather came too hot, too quickly, for me.  It further sapped what little energy I had.  I’m feeling a bit better now the weather is cooler.

Now that I have finished the antibiotics that I wasn’t meant to go out in the sun, not even on an overcast day without covering up well, I have done a bit more weeding of the pots and troughs in the garden.  We are going to have very minimal stuff growing there this year.  Never did manage to get hold of the garden centre by phone or E-mail, despite their website saying that they were open a few hours a day now.  But as I’ve realised I have less strength than I thought I had following the long illness it might be just as well not to do too much out there this year.  The nephews are still coming over every week or two to mow the lawns, but they are not in and out daily like they were daily prior to the lockdown, so I can’t just ask them to do quick fifteen minute jobs of moving things for me, or cutting or clearing stuff.  So I’m limited in what I can do in any case.

By the time I got to weeding my strawberry tower I already had some quite advanced strawberries, and they are now ripening, as well as the loganberries.

Mam and I had some very fresh ones for elevenses on Friday.

Not the best photo I’m afraid – I took it on my little mobile phone.

The gooseberries and blackcurrants are coming near to being ready to pick I think.  I’ll need to clear any packs left over from last year from the freezer.  Makeing blackcurrant cordial and gooseberry jam is one project I’m thinking of tackling this coming week.  I don’t think I have any loganberries, strawberries or rubarb left.  The problem with this lockdown is that the boys and other family members haven’t been over for Sunday lunch and at various other times during the week, so I haven’t been doing big container of gooseberry crumble, gooseberry fool, fruit tarts, stewed blackcurrants and custard, etc., at least once or twice a week, as per what I usually do, as Mam and I can’t eat the lot before they go off.  Half of what I have made have gone off before we can eat them.

I plan on putting some of the fruit in in smaller packs this year, so as well as bagging some in the same weights as I usually do I will also do quite a few half the weight.  This will mean that I can just pull out a small bag for Mam and I when I feel like it, and still have larger bags for cooking puddings for the whole family when this lockdown is over and everybody can come over for Sunday lunch and any other meals they feel like again.  It is seriously odd not having the family in and out all the time, sepecially the boys.  One sister did come over and speak to Mam through the window last week, and we’ve done more than one video call with the other sister.  My brother and his sons also stand outside the window and shout in to Mam when they are over, but her hearing is bad so I’ve often got to repeat to her what they are saying.  But it’s better than not seeing them at all.

I just hope that everybody behaves and follows the rules so this pandemic can be properly controled soon.  Unfortunately, although things are not too bad in this area at the moment, it looks as if, when looking at the whole country, there are far too many people who are congregating for protests, days at the beach, etc., with no thought of social distancing or wearing masks to limit the chance of them spreading it to others if they have COVID-19 without symptoms.  This can only mean that far more people will get the virus over the next month or so.

Other than the carers in their PPE, we’ve not had anybody in the house past the side passage the whole of this time.  I’ve only been out the garden with one of the nephews once, and that time I covered up in my gardening clothes and used a face mask

Crafting

With it being another month it is time to show you what I put together to stick on my mother’s calendar for June.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! and May page – Here!

What I Did

As you can see from the photo above – I started by printing out the month title and attached it to the calendar page and left it hanging like that for Mam to have a good laugh at with some of the carers while I created the actual panel for this month.

I started off by takeing a sheet of white cardstock, trimming off 1cm from the length and width and attaching it to one of the sheets of black cardstock.

I then took the other sheet of white cardstock and used a makeup brush to work in blue ink from one long edge, before turning the card and working green ink in from the other side.  I blended a bit where they met near the middle.  I wasn’t going for a perfectly even blend, or a perfectly straight line where the colours met.  I wanted a bit of “sky” texture.

I looked at my piece and decided that the “skyline” at one end of the sheet would work well with my chosen stamp so I cut off a strip just a little wider than my stamp.  The rest of the inked cardstock was cut into three pieces and trimmed top and bottom to make three panels.  These were stuck to black cardstock and that was trimmed to leave a border around the inked panels.

The three panels were then stuck, spaced out, onto my previously prepared piece of cardstock.

I used black ink and my stamping platform to stamp my chosen stamp, placing the inked “skyline” roughly along the centre of the stamp.  The first stamping wasn’t dark enough for my likeing, but by using the stamping platform I could re-ink and re-stamp a couple of times to get a dark silhouette.

I then used a die to cut the stamped image out as well as a larger circular die to cut a mat out of black cardstock.

I used the trimmed off pieces of the ink cardstock to die cut out flowers and leaves. And trimmed off black cardstock to cut out some branches.

These where shaped using my fingers, putting some with the white, uninked side, uppermost as contrast.

The matted stamped image was attached to the centre of my piece and I stamped another stamp from the set at the bottom left corner.  I finished off by glueing the flowers and foliage down the right hand side of the calendar panel.

I then attached the panel to the calendar.

What I Used
The Finished Page

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

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I’ve been sorting out what I’m going to use for the first batch of Christmas cards the end of last week.  The new Hunkydory collection for the first batch of course, then I’ll do some different ones later on, as and when the mood strikes me.  I’ve been putting everything I want to use for the first batch, from scoreboard to toppers to tape to scissors, etc., all in one large storage bag, so I can just pull them out to work with and then quickly put them back in the bag, rather than it takeing me ages to fetch things and then having to put the tapes back in the tapes containter, scissors back where it is kept, scoreboard somewhere else, etc.  Stuff can go back to their proper storage location once I’ve done the batch.  Hopefully that will make it easier to craft a few cards when I’ve got a short period of time and energy.  So keep an eye out for Christmas card blog posts appearing before long.

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2020 Calendar – May

May Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

Well, the year is a third of the way through and we are still in lockdown.  We’ve done a video call with a sister and a niece (had a walk through of her house that neither Mam nor I have been able to visit since she moved in), and spoken to nephews and brother through window and over phone, as well as phoneing other friends and family members, but it’s not the same as having people come in and out all the time.  We are still having cares from Gofal Cymru come in to help us, but they are still the only ones who have come inside the house.  Doctor’s consultations have all been over the phone the last month.

My leg infection appears to have cleared, so I’m now on a half dose antibiotic for a month in the hope that my leg will continue to heal inside rather than become a breeding ground for more bacteria.

I’ve been going outside the back door into the garden to sit and feed the fish for a short time each morning (antibiotics are ones that make you burn easily, even on overcast days, so other than covering up and doing this short job I haven’t been able to spend much time out the garden).  I did try and go for a walk a little further round the garden one day and felt so weak.  It was only then I realised quite how weak I’d become over the last few months with the infection.  While out with the fish I have started weeding a few of my herb and fruit growing pots.  Only managed half a dozen so far, one at a time.  But it looks as if we will have some blueberries, figs, mint and other herbs this year, if nothing else.  I need to get to the strawberry tower before long I think.

Crafting

With the begining of another month it is time to show you what I put together to stick on my mother’s calendar for May.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! and April page – Here!

What I Did

Much of my crafting, as and when I was able, during April was making up a lot of quick and simple cards from a Hunkydory collection called Twighlight Safari Collection, to give batches of blank cards to random friends and family members, picked from our Christmas card list, who might not be able to get out to buy cards for their loved ones and certainly wouldn’t be able to visit loved ones on their birthday.

I therefore decided to use bits from the same collection to make the May page for my mothers calendar.

I started by taking one of the black foiled sheets from the collection and trimming off a small amount.  I then took a pale blue sheet of Adorable Scoreable and trimmed a little more off it before sticking it onto the black card using fingerlift tape.

I took a sheet from the stamping background pad and stuck it to another sheet of black cardstock and trimmed it.  This matted and layered image was then stuck flush to the bottom of the blue cardstock in the middle.

I selected some of the silhouette, die cut, elements from the kit and started sticking them around my work, using glue for some and foam tape to give a little raise to others.

This is what it looked like with everything stuck in place.

I then finished off by sticking it to the May page on the calendar and adding the title “Mis Mai” which is Welsh for May.

What I Used
The Finished Page

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.  I hope that you can see that some of the added elements are a little raised where I used foam tape to attach them rather than flat glue.

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I do have several more posts of the cards made using the same collection to show you again, so please do keep an eye out for those.  Plus I’ve got some crocheting, loom knitting, and some other things on the go.  It might take me some time to finish them all but I will be showing them sooner or later.

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2020 Calendar – April

April Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through.  The photos of the calendar are right near the end.

Life

I’d like to say that March has been better for me, health wise, than February was – but no!

Unfortunately, with just one dose left of the oral antibiotics I was on after coming out of hospital, in the space of a couple of hours my temperature spiked to higher than it had been the previous time, I could barely move, was wretching, vometing and not totally with it.  So Mam had to call for an ambulance for me again and back to hospital I went.

They were thinking septicemia, but it hadn’t got quite that far thank heavens.  I do remember sitting in a wheelchair in a side ward of A&E and seeing two drips going into my arm – from what was said afterwords I think it was paracetamol in one and fluids in the other, but I’m not sure.  Couldn’t get blod so easily this time, I do remember that.  After sitting most of the night, until 9am, in a wheelchair in A&E I was moved to a recliner chair in a day ward in the CDU – but the recliner didn’t work – which meant I was sitting upright from when I was collected from home in an ambulance around midnight to 5pm – when they got me a bed in the stroke ward.  I was not so good when they finaly got me into bed – a whole night with no sleep, and that length of time sitting in a chair without having my damaged and infected leg elevated (which is what I’m suppose to do for a good portion of the day even without an infection in it) meant my spine and hip were in agony and my leg was very swolen and very red.

I did sleep that night, but it was a very disturbed and intermittent sleep according to my fitbit – which doesn’t surprise me.

It took them a couple more days to organise for an ART (Acute Response Team) nurse to come out to my home on a daily basis to give me an intravenous antibiotic drip.  Between the 3 days in hospital followed by nurse visits at home I was on having an intravenous antibiotic drip for 14 days.  Then the doctor decided to change it to oral antibiotics again – which worries me slightly as I was prescribed the second type I had way back in February that didn’t clear the infection back then, and I know I’m still not right.  Been on them for a week now, and I have spoken to a Nurse Practitioner at the doctors surgery who said that one of the nurses would be out to take another sample of blood to see whether I’m showing signs of improvement or getting worse since a sample was taken a week Monday – it is Wednesday night as I’m begining to wirte this and no sign of anybody to take blood yet. And Mam isn’t well either and is on antibiotics and the Nurse Practitioner said that she’d have a blood test to see whether her infection is showing signs of clearing as well.

So I’m praying very hard at the moment that Mam’s chest infection and my leg infection clear up with the latest antibiotics, and that neither of us get the dreaded COVID-19.

Other than our carers and nurses nobody has been into our house for over a fortnight as the doctor told us, when he was out to see Mam just after I got out of hospital, that with our bad immune systems and ongoing health issues we had to isolate ourselves in our house.  I did tell him that complete isolation was impossible as the ART nurses were comming in at that time as well as neither Mam nor I being in any fit state to manage without our carers, which he realised was something that had to continue.

But we’ve had to stop everybody else coming into the house – no immediate family, including the two nephews that seemed to spend half their time here prior to the lockdown going online doing homework, and video editing and playing on the computers; no cleaner; no wider family or friends.  And of course – no leaving the property for us, which isn’t that big a deal as Mam is mostly bedbound and doesn’t go out, and with my leg infection on top of my usuals I haven’t been out a whole lot (other than to drive a nephew home once and twice to the hospital in an ambulance) this year.

So that’s been my month.

How has March been for all of you who are reading this blog? Worrying no doubt.  Pretty much everywhere in the world is settling in for a stay indoors unless they are key workers as far as I can tell.  I hope that you are all keeping well, and keeping occupied.

If you are already a crafter I bet that you will have a good stash of crafting consumables already, so you will have at least one hobby to keep you occupied, if you can do anything with the rest of your family around and under your feet.  Unless you are home alone of course.  If you are reading this then you obviously have an online connection, which I think will be the saving grace for many who find themselves stressed by the current situation.  Keeping connected with the world outside and family will be very important for keeping sane I think.

It goes without saying that those in the medical proffesion and those that support their work in hospitals and the community are working in difficult and dangerous times.  I find it shocking that there are medical staff dieing because they are contracting this virus when doing their day to day jobs, because proper procesures and adiquate protective equipment are not in place.  They all deserve a medal, including a postumous medal for those who have passed.

But I also think of everybody else who has to keep working.  Those who can’t just stop – farmers who keep the milk flowing, the eggs in our baskets, the fruit in our fruit bowls, the veg on our plates, etc., but also all those involved in the chain in getting those items from the farms to the packers, to the stores, and for us (so far as I’d pre-booked a couple of Tesco Delivery slots) getting them as far as the doorstep.

I’m actually rather annoyed to read that some people, who are admittedly following goverment guidelines to have one form of exercise outside and walk their pets, are using public footpaths that go through farms – I know that there’s a right of way on most of these footpaths, but that does mean on the footpath – not leaving dogs go loose and create havock in farmers fields where there be ewes lambing, or any other farm animal.  You may know that your dog would come back if you call it – but to a sheep, especially one who’s been subject to sheep worrying by a dog before, a dog in their field is a predator that is to be feared and causes stress and often a stampeed – not good if animals are just about to give birth.  Worse still if the dog isn’t quite as obedient as the owner thinks, and seeing running animals gives chase.  Farm animals collapse and some die this way.  And dogs can get shot this way as well.  I don’t think any farmer likes to have to take this extream measure, but if they are looseing sheep, either because of a direct attach, or because sheep are collapsing and dieying after being chased then the law does allow that a farmer ‘may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner’.

There are other reasons that I’m not too keen on the idea of people wondering around the countryside at this present time – one person doesn’t know how long ago another person has wondered through the same place, touching gates, styles, etc., on their way through, and the way I understand it, COVID-19 stays alive on hard surfaces, such as metal gates, for quite a while after contact transfers it there, so in all honesty, the next person through, could catch the dreaded virus.  With some of these paths going through farm yards, or close to them, the next person through could be the farmer who owns the farm, or any of his or her family, and if all who work the farm goes down with the virus who’s going to look after the stock then, who’s going to milk the cows, tend the sheep, etc. Get the food from the farm to the supermarket or local shop.  Not the person who thought a nice walk in the country would be a good idea and spread the virus I bet.

Crafting

I have done very little crafting this month but have tried to do a little.  Having a canula in my arm inside the elbow meant not bending the arm a lot, and I had to have it taken out and another put in the other arm before the end of the fortnight, so most crafting was impossible.  I did manage to, one handedly, write up a few blog posts about crafting I’d done previously, such as orders for cards that I couldn’t put up pictures of until they were handed over in any case, but those took some time to do as I find it very frustrating to work one handedly on a keyboard when I’m a touch typist.  But once I could use both arms again I did start doing a few bits, including planning the April page for my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! and March page – Here!

What I Did

You can see what I put on the February page – Here! if you want to find out what I did. And if you haven’t already seen it, you can see what I put on the January page – here.

My mother wanted something different this month, so rather than go searching far and wide through my stash I decided to use what was out and what was closest to hand.  As I’ve not long finished my Inky-Wizz and putting a lot of my inks in it, I still had that out on the kitchen table, so my first thing to use was my ink pads.  I also still had a sheet of stamping cardstock out as I’d used some to make the labels on the side of my ink pads.  I’d started sorting out a couple of my crafting totes and so had one tote with lots of stencils in and a drawer with makeup brushes.

So basically, what I did was dip a bit randomly into my tote of stencils and picked out an assortment.  I got raindrops, trees, sun, inkspots, aftrican outline and animals, spots.  So off I went to create a picture using something from all those random stencils and inks, using makeup brushes to apply to white cardstock to build up a picture.

And before you start getting critical – I am not an artist, it isn’t the best creation every made, but it has created something that’s different from the die-cut image I put together for the March page.

I then finished off by drawing around the page with an alcohol marker to frame it a little before sticking it to the April page on the calendar and adding the title “Mis Ebrill” which is Welsh for April.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
  • 1 Sheet 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • 1 sheet Stamping Cardstock
  • Assortment of Stencils – inc. Artisan Design UK “Raindrop” stencil, sun, tree, giraffes, spots, inkspots.
  • Assortment of Dreamies Dinky Inkies
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Purple Alcohol Marker
  • Fingerlift Tape
The Finished Page

Mam is quite happy with what I managed to put together using ink, brushes and a random selection of stencils.  This is what it looks like.

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

Just the A4 sheet I inked and used stencils to create.

Closeup of one area.

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I had been working on several cards over the period I wasn’t so good prior to getting rushed to hospital, I need to finish off the blog posts on them when I’m feeling a bit stronger, so keep an eye out for those – they include some more fancy ones that were made on for an order.

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2020 Calendar – March

March Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month so time to show you what I’ve put on the March page on my mother’s calendar.  Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through.

Life

But first – a little bit about the eventful (and not in a nice way) end to February …

After over five weeks of fighting more than one infection in my damaged leg, with one antibiotic practically clearing it before it came back (doctor said about how more than one bacteria can cause cellulitis and that the likelyhood was that only one was cleared by the initial antibiotics, thus leaving room for the other types to take hold and multiply), on Friday 21st I took a turn for the worse.

My mother had even phoned my youngest sister to see if she could come and stay to look after us, but she had the runs and didn’t want to bring yet another bug into the house, and she said that my other sister was still ill after two weeks of antibiotics for a chest infection – and had had blood tests and a chest X-ray done – so phoneing her wouldn’t be any good either (turns out she has pneumonia).

During the day my temperature went higher and by late afternoon my mother was trying to get through to the doctors surgery after it went from 36.7 degrees C when I woke to 39 degrees C and climbing, and I was feeling very ill and strange.  Unfortunately my mother just couldn’t understand all the endless automated answering system and press 1 for this and 2 for that and had to give up when she hadn’t got through to speak to anybody in quite a few minutes.  So when the carer arrived at around 6 she rang the surgery and got to speak to the receptionist and asked for a doctor to come out a.s.a.p..  At 6.30pm the doctor phoned!  I did manage to speak to him to describe what was getting worse and he said to put the phone down and ring for an ambulance immediately, as, even if he did come out there would be no way for him to say whether I just had a bacterial infection that had got worse and needed different antibiotics, or whether I had got a virus on top of the bacterial infection.  And the only way I could get a blood test on a Friday night would be to get to hospital.

No, can somebody take you in, just phone for an ambulance.

Which I did.  Explaining my symptoms and the fact that the doctor had said to get an ambulance.

The carer had to leave to go to her other clients but she’d phoned the senior carer on call who had come to sit with me, and used our equipment to check my oxygen, pulse, blood pressue, etc., which were fine.  Just the temperature climbing higher.

An hour and a half after phoneing for an ambulance a nurse called me back to go through my symptoms with me – which I’d already gone through with the 999 opperator – endless questions.  Don’t remember them all, but including ones to see if I was having a stroke.  And perhaps she could get the on-call doctor to phone or call – what flipping good would that do, I’d already spoken to a GP from our surgery, who happened to be the one who’d been out with me previously and knew the history of this particular episode, and who’d said to get an ambulance immediately.

Another wait, and by then I was feeling practically as bad as I had the first time I had an infection in the leg, the infection that caused the majority of the damage and scaring, when I’d been in hospital for 4 weeks.

The ambulance finally arrived, and off we went through the same questions again, and more.  I know they have a procedure, but how many times do they need to do a heart trace, take my temperature, take my blood pressure, oxygen levels, etc., before they listen to what one is saying and actually get me on an ambulance and on the way to the hospital – they even tried getting hold of the on-call doctor themselves to see if he thought it was necessary before we actually got on the way at gone 10pm.

Thankfully A&E wasn’t full and I was in a side ward within very short time of arriving there.  Hadn’t even got to lie down in bed before they took four vials of blood and an urine sample, and prety soon I had a canula in.

They gave me a belly jab and I’d had an intravenous antibiotic pumped into me before I even made it into the Clinical Decision Unit the early hours of Saturday morning.

The doctor suspected a DVT on top of the infection in my leg so I received several “treatment doses” rather than “preventative dose” of the injection to prevent/disolve clots every day I was in – so my belly is black and blue, as are a couple of other places where I bumped into things because I was unsteady.  Nobody was available to do a dopplar to check if I actually had a DVT on Saturday or Sunday, and unfortunately a cock-up on my being transfered from the Unit to a ward late Sunday afternoon meant that my notes were ticked that I had had the Dopplar scan so I wasn’t sheduled for one Monday morning.  So more theraputic doses of the anti clotting drug.  It was late Tuesday before I was actually wheeled down for the scan on my leg – which they could only partially follow the veins down my leg because the very bad scarring of skin and the difformed and scarred tissue underneath meant that the dopplar machine can’t see deep enough into the veins for the majority of my calf area.  But they saw enough, to decide that the flow of blood was just fine where they could see, so in all probability I didn’t have a DVT – and by now the antibiotics were kicking in and my leg was less red and hard, with my temperature comming down.  Of course it took until one of the consultants came round on Wednesday morning to change the instructions for the jab in the belly, so I had several more before the prescription was changed.  And thankfully, the consultant also decided on Wednesday that, as my leg was responding so well to the intravenous antibiotics I could be sent hope with a strong oral dose of the same type of antibiotic.

With neither sister able to help look after Mam while I was in, my brother and his two sons had been taking shifts doing “granny sitting” duties, including sleeping over, with the carers helping her twice a day as per normal.  Unfortunately none of there were actually there when I phoned home to say that I was being discharged, and Mam couldn’t get my brother on the phone, so the hospital organised a car to get me home.  The nephews were back on duty before I arrived at gone 4pm.

So now I’m on 8 antibiotic tablets a day and praying that they are really going to get rid of every different type of bacteria that’s in my leg, not leaving any immune type to multiply again.  At the moment it looks very promissing, with my temperature staying under 37 for several days and the bright read having gone from my leg leaving it dry and mottled.

So, that’s how things are at the moment.

Crafting

As you can imagine, with the dip in my health, I didn’t feel up to being very creatinve for Mam’s March calendar page.  Lots of ideas of course, but no energy to actually sit and create for more than 15 minutes – so I had to choose what to do accordingly.

As usual, I asked Mam what she’d like this month – she asked for anything with a “lamb”.  I knew I had a lamb in amongst my collection of Hunkydory Decolarge collection – so the hardest part of this month’s creation was going through the plastic crate in the garage to find what I was looking for.

What I Did

Before I could put the March page onto the calendar I had to remove the very dimensional layers from the February page – you may remember that I had put a metal plate behind the page and magnets on the floral elements so that at the end of the month they could be removed before the page was flipped over, to keep the calendar reasonably flat to the wall when hung.  You can see what I put on the February page – Here! if you want to find out what I did.  And if you haven’t already seen it, you can see what I put on the January page – here.

So, first I trimmed a fraction from the edge of the background cardstock, pushed out all the decolarge layers, put the largest layers over the corresponding image towards the left of the background, and then started adding the decopage – but rather than build up all the layers over the main, lamb, image, I used the floral layers to extend the decopage right across the bottom of the background, using glue gel to give a little dimension without makeing it too dimensional.

I then collected the things I’d need together.

The flowers and foliage were removed and attached to the side of the fridge.

Leaving me with a page that just had the background on.

I slid a craft knife blade between the metal plate and the back of the page and cut around where the super strong tape was to be able to remove the plate with minimal damage to the back of the calendar page – it would never be seen so a removal of a small layer of the paper didn’t matter.  So I now have a metal plate to use in another project – I have an idea!

After that it was simply a case of flipping over to the March page, using double sided tape to attach the spring lamb image as well as the Mis Mawrth (Welsh for March) title that I had printed off.

I did use a black fine line pen to add a couple of wavy lines around the top of the background panel and to add a few “birds in flight” to the background as well.  No matting and layering, no added embelishments, just a quick and easy spring image.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
  • 1 Sheet 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • Hunkydory Decolarge Spring Lamb – Background Sheet and Decoupage Layers Sheet
  • Black Fineliner Pen
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
The Finished Page

This is what I added to the page looks like.

A closer look at the decoupage – hopefully you can see that there is some dimension  there despite me spreading the layers around to extend the image.

And this is the calendar back on Mam’s bedroom wall.

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I had been working on several cards over the period I wasn’t so good prior to getting rushed to hospital, I need to finish off the blog posts on them when I’m feeling a bit stronger, so keep an eye out for those – they include some more fancy ones that were made on for an order.

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2020 Calendar – February

February Calendar Page

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month so time to show you what I’ve put on the February page on my mother’s calendar.  You can see what I put on the January page – here.

This month she wanted me to surprise her.

I was thinking of a dimensional page with lots of flowers, but I realised that, if I put dimensional flowers on the February page, as soon as I flipped it over for March I would have a big problem with the calendar being pushed out and not lieing nearly flat.

So I came up with a plan of action – put a sheet of metal behind the page, and glue magnets to each flower.  The flowers should stay on the page throughout the month, but at the end of the month the flowers could be pulled off, added to another project, and the page would turn over flat behind the calendar.  (I had thought of using a magnetic sheet behind the top layer as a mat, but didn’t have magnets strong enough for this.)

What I Did

I started by stamping the Butterfly Dancer in brown ink.  I then used a makeup applicator to put ink though the sunburst stencil around the stamped image.  I sprayed a blue ink lightly over the whole page before using another ink through the raindrop stencil in random areas over the background.

After the panel had dried it was stuck to the front of the february page of the calendar and a metal plate sheet was stuck to the back of the page.

I cut strips of green cardstock and stuck them around the panel as a frame before printing out and attaching a panel that said Mis Chwefror (Welsh for February).

I then chose some faux foliage and flowers and attached small magnets to them, some with superglue, and some with glue gel when superglue refused to work.

Once the glue had dried the embelishments were put onto the calendar until Mam was happy with how they looked.  Of course, she can move them around as she wants during the month.

What I Used
The Finished Page

This is what the page looks like before any of the elements on magnets were put on it.

And this is it with some flowers and greenery added.

And with embelishments moved around a bit.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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