2021 Calendar – 03 – Mawrth

March Calendar Page & Life

Thank You! to all who are visiting my blog, whether for the first time or return visitors

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

Well …

life goes on.  Not much changed – other than the weather, which has been very changeable.  As I’m writing this the sun is shining, but we’ve had snow, ice, torential rain, fog, and practically all sorts of weather the last month.

I’ve probably done too much – even though I’ve not done a lot – as my hip, spine, shoulder, etc., have been very painful and I’ve had to have a stronger prescription painkiller for a while.  Mam’s chest infection has cleared up – for now – but with her not clearing the phlem from her lungs it’s only a matter of time before she’s back on antibiotics again.  But at least she’s been off them long enough to have her first COVID-19 jab.  Despite all my conditions, and the fact that I’ve been having the flu jab for over 10 years because of how bad I was the last time I had the flu, I’m not down to have the jab any time soon.

Got to go to the dentist next week as a tooth smashed completely, leaving just the root left in the jaw.  Not super painful at the moment – I think it was one that was mostly filling, with the nerve long since removed, but the gum is tender.  Wish I’d been able to have the jab before the visit to at least have a chance of a bit of immunity.  Not sure how I’m going to make it into the dentist.  Sure, I can drive to town now I’ve got my car back, but with the current level of pain I’ve got in my hip, etc., I do not think I can walk to the dentist from the car park.

But at least, when I’m sat down at home, the pains are not too bad after takeing the tablets and I can do some small projects.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Time to show you what I’ve put on my mother’s March calendar page.  If you missed seeing the previous pages you can see : January – Here! February – Here!

I once again asked her what she’d like for this month and she said “Surprize Me!”  So I said that I just might go random and “modern art” LOL.  She actually said to go for it – even knowing that I don’t do “modern art”.  I did ask what colours she wanted, and she said “every colour under the sun”.

I did work with her in the room to say yes or no as I was going along, and she decided when I’d added enough random colours, to leave it as it was.

What I Did

I took one sheet of white cardstock, and my Inky-Whizz full of assorted inks, and started randomly selecting ones of different colours and finishes – plain inks, chalky inks, sparkle inks – showing them to Mam for an OK before just pressing the ink pads in random places all over the cardstock.

After a whole lot of coloured squares were applied I then selected some ink sprays to spray on at random.  Some had a pearlescent undertone, and some had a gold shimmer.  While the sprayed on ink was still wet I applied some explosion powders.

I finished off by takeing a tissue and wiping around the edge of the cardstock to smear the ink colours as a sort of “frame” – very random looking I know.

The finished piece was left overnight to dry flat before it was stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2021 Create-a-Calendar (You can already order the 2022 Create-a-Calendar if you want to prepare ahead)
  • A4 350gsm White Super Smooth Cardstock
  • Assorted Ink Pads – mostly Inky Dinkies
  • Ink Sprays
  • Explosion Powders
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • Fingerlift Tape
The Finished Page

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

This is both panel and month title stuck on the calendar.  I was trying to angle the camera to show a little of the pearlescent spray I added.

And the full calendar page.

Slightly different angle to try and show the gold shimmer.

Completely crazy, and not my style at all, but if Mam wants a crazy surprize me, then that is what she gets.

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I’ve still got some cards from February, and possibly earlier, that I haven’t finished cropping and uploading, so hopefully I will get those up to this blog before long.  Keep an eye out for them.

Have a great month everybody.

-oOo-

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2021 Calendar – 02 – Chwefror

February Calendar Page & Life

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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

Well …  I didn’t get as many posts of the bits of crafting I’d done for Christmas published to this blog. Or as much crafting done as I had hoped either.

Mam hasn’t been well again with a chest infection, so has required more care, and that has taken priority.  Especially as she had a fall one day and was sore for a few days – not so much from the fall (which was more of a slow motion slide down it seems) but having to go on her knees to be helped up made them swell up.  On top of that my own osteoarthritis and other problems of spine and hip have been playing up more.  Not as bad as it can get, but enough to make things more difficult than the difficult they are normally.

With COVID19 still doing its thing we have both been staying at home with only carers and district nurse been in further than the door from the side passage in a long time (other than my brother and nephew the day Mam fell and needed to be helped up).  Mind you, my car has been in the garage since the begining of December for an MOT and some repair work as warning lights went off when the mechanic was driving it to the garage.  It needed (quite expensive) parts in the engine, but add Brexit to COVID and they were slow being made and transported.  Hopefully I will have my car back this week.  Not that I actually want to go anywhere – I prefer to play it safe – and there is the issue of not leaving Mam alone for any time either.  But I wouldn’t mind just a drive out to the mountains and back just to get out – provided there’s no snow up on the Preseli Mountains as I don’t fancy driving in ice or snow.

I still have some half written posts to finish and upload.  And a couple of items I’ve been crocheting while sitting with Mam of a morning to photograph and upload to this blog.  Hopefully February will be a more settled month and I can at least get that little bit of planned work done.

February is also the month where four family members have their birthdays, so I need to make a card from myself and a card from Mam for each of them, which will keep me busy during any spair time I have.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

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

This time, when I asked her what she’d like she said she wanted a lamb.

What I Did

I started by selecting the purple cardstock as a base for the project.  I then trimmed a sheet of white cardstock to be a bit smaller so that a frame of purple would be seen when the white was stuck on.

I chose an A5 topper of a lamb on a background of a field and sky.  I wanted a bit of dimension in my finished work so I cut around the lamb to cut the sky bit of the topper off.  Being A5 the topper was smaller than the wideth of the white cardstock so I decided to try and cover the bottom edges of the topper with a frameing element of branches and flowers, which I die-cut from an assortment of coloured paper.

I used some Airbrush markers to make spray in a mottled green “grassy” area the same hight as the grass in the topper, and also a sky and sun. Once dry this was stuck to the purple cardstock using tape.

I used glue gel to stick the trimmed topper onto the background to give it a bit of dimension while not makeing it hugely dimensional so that it would make the calendar bow badly once this month passed and the page was flipped over.

Once the glue had hardened I then started laying the branches and flowers out around the topper, makeing sure that they curved around the join between the grass area of the topper and the grass area of the background I’d created.  Once Mam and I were happy with the look I used glue gel to stick the lot in place.

The finished piece was left overnight befre it was stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
The Finished Page

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

An angled view of the panel to try and show a little of the dimension.

This is both panel and month title stuck on the calendar.

And the full calendar page.

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Hopefully I will have more posts written and uploaded this month, so please do keep an eye out for them.

Have a great month everybody.

-oOo-

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2021 Calendar – 01 – Ionawr

January Calendar Page & Life

Happy New Year
To all who are visiting my blog, whether for the first time or return visitors

A new year has started – pretty much as the last one ended.  I hope you are all keeping safe and well and following the rules, and I hope that this COVID19 pandemic will soon be under control and life can get back to normal.

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

With preparations for Christmas, and having more to do to look after Mam since she came out of hospital, I haven’t had time to post anything on my blog during December. And it was a funny old Christmas without having the family over for a meal at some point.  Mam and I did make the effort to have a proper Christmas dinner at the dining table.  The first time since coming out of hospital for her to walk to the kitchen table for a meal – we’ve been having meals on an over the bed table where ever she’s been sat out up to that point, and afterwords mostly, although she did manage to come to the kitchen table to eat her New Year’s Day lunch, as well as sitting by the table on morning in between to help me remove the meat from the turkey bones and chop it up into gravy for me to make a few pies for the freezer and a nice curry for us for lunch that day.  She is still struggling with her health though, but most definately stronger than she was when she came out of hospital, even if she is still coughing badly at times.

I do have a few posts to put up of gifts and cards that I gave to family for Christmas, so expect them over the next week or so.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

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

I asked my mother what she’d like on her calendar for January, and she said – snow!

So snow it was.

What I Did

I started by selecting the black cardstock and trimming a bit off one of the white cardstock sheets.  I used tacky tape to stick one to the other so that a black border could be seen around.

I then tore up another sheet of the white cardstock, makeing the tare wavy and “mountainous”.  Putting these two torn pieces together I moved them around until I was happy with how the torn sides overlapped and trimmed them both to have the same width and bottom position.

I then took another sheet of white cardstock and tore out three “cloud” shapes from it.  These were put on the white, framed, piece of cardstock, as well as the tub of glue, and I used the marker airbrush to randomly spray blue to make the sky.  I removed the clouds and glue tup and then sprayed the circular area where the glue had been with yellow.

While that was drying I took a bottle of glue and edged the skyline of the torn pieces with glue, as well as putting random spots and lines all over them.  The fake snow was then sprinkled all over and gently tipped off.  I added more glue towards the bottom right of what would be the front piece and added the fake ice.

Once the glue was dried I attached them to the coloured panel using 3mm deep foam to raise the layers up.

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

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct –  2021 Create-a-Calendar
  • A4 Black Foiled Cardstock
  • Several A4 350gsm White Super Smooth Cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers Marker Airbrush and Markers
  • Snow and Ice Tubs from Pinflair
  • 3mm Deep, Double Sided Foam Tape
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, wording, etc
  • Ultra Tacky (red lined) Tape
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
  • Paper Trimmer
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.

A Closer, Angled, Look

 

 

 

The snow and ice is actually quite sparkly but it doesn’t show up as such in photos.

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Hope you’ll visit again soon.

Have a great month everybody.

-oOo-

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2020 Calendar – December

December Calendar Page & Life

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

The year is drawing to a close, and what a year it’s been.

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

Well, December is here already! A few weeks to Christmas and now less than a full month to the New Year.  I’m sure we are all hopeing that 2021 will be a better year all round, but who knows what the future has in store for us.

You will probably have noticed that I’ve posted very little to my blog in November. After 3 weeks in hospital Mam came home mid month.

The begining of the month I spent preparing and moving things around ready for her to come home as she needed a new, specialised, bed and mattress and some other changes done to her room.

The second half of the month was spent trying to get use to a new routine as she is now getting more carers more times a day, which means changeing mealtimes a bit, as well as her needing more help from me in between, especially during the night.  This, of course has a knock on effect on both my quiet times crafting, as well as the regular breakes and resting with my damaged leg elevated that I have to do because of my disabling conditions.

Things are settling into a routine now though.  And I have been crafting.  Mostly things that I won’t be showing until after Christmas as they are cards for imediate family, some of whom are online who I don’t want to see their cards before they get them.

I have also been busy crocheting – working on a blanket for myself that I started quite a while ago. Also crocheting a soft toy sheep for my baby great nephew.  Another couple of days and I should have that finished ready to pack.

I have done a bit of sewing as well.  Mam came out of hospital missing most of her nighties so I’ve had to buy her some more, and them shorten them – higher in the front and lower in the back – so she wouldn’t trip over the hem while manouvering from bed to chair.  I’ve made a random patchwork from the pieces cut off to make into a matching pillowcase for her. That is something I’ll have to show you once completed.  I’ve also started sewing together tumpler shaped patches together to make into patchwork quilts for the nephews. So another project to show you inbdue course.

I’m also planning to make a few small floral displays before Christmas, having got a kit of poinsettia makeing Forever Flowerz making stuff.

More than enough crafting to keep me busy I think you will agree.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Time to show you what I’ve put on my mother’s December 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! October – Here! and November – Here!

What I Did

I started by selecting the background and two toppers I wanted to use for the page.  I then used the corresponding dies and die-cut the characters to decoupage to stick onto the toppers.

The two toppers were stuck to the background using fingerlift tape and the die-cut elements were then built on top using glue gel.

After the glue had set the finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • Toppers with Decoupage elements, plus background paper, from Debbi Moore Nativity Collection
  • Match-it Nativity Dies from Debbi Moore
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, wording, etc
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
  • Scissors
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.

A Closer Look

Two angled views to try and show the layers of decoupaged characters – don’t think I’ve got a good angle though.

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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 – 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.

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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.

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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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