Problems With Blog

Blog Site Problems

Following an update to something in the blog content management system my blog site became “broken” at some point in the last day or so.  A long list of errors were coming up at the top of the pages when I was trying to view any posts, and worse still the errors were preventing me from logging into the admin dashboard on my laptop.

Thankfully my tablet had been left already logged in so I managed to do a little investigating.

I believe that the problem occured because the theme I’ve used on my blog for a long time included a few bits of code that were no longer compatible with changes made during whatever had been updated in the system. I also found out that the theme creator had retired it and had stopped creating updates for it – which was not a problem to it running exactly as it had been for the last few years – until the other software was updated and the changed meant they stopped working together. But the fact that the theme was no longer being developed further means that it wasn’t just a case of waiting a day or two for the creator to issue an updated theme with the problem lines of code adjusted.

So I had to make a quick switch of blog theme to another one just to get the errors to go away and for me to get into the admin dashboard on my laptop.

It was more important to get a quick fix to the problem than getting a theme look I really liked for my blog in the short term.

Please bare with me as I spend some time over the next few days going through the options of different themes to pick a new, long term, look for my blog. I don’t really want to go changeing colours and style too much as I have some things running through all my online presence and want to keep it that way.

I have looked at a few themes in the last few hours, but some bring up errors similar to my old theme, some don’t have enough customisation options, and some, when I test them with my content don’t let some links in the sidebar work as they should, which is odd because the links work in some of the other themes, so I’m thinking theme problem rather than blog content problem.

As there are over 1,000 free themes to choose from before looking at paid for themes it may take me some time to find one I like that has all parts working, but hopefully the changes in blog look will not interfear with the posting of a couple of posts I have sheduled for this week or my visitors ability to see and comment on content.

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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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July Calendar Page

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July Calendar Page

I know! I am seriously late posting photos and info about what’s on my mother’s calendar page for July.  With the cateract operation and the minor complication, as well as being all behind with other things around the house and garden as a result of that and the previous jaw infection and tooth extraction, I haven’t blogged for a while.  Saving my energy for what must be done.  And the weather being so hot hasn’t helped my energy levels either.  But I did get a page done for Mam’s calendar by the start of the second week in July, it’s just taken me longer than usual to get it blogged.

If you are a new visitor to my blog you can catch up with the months so far this year : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! and June page – here!

What I Did

Mam loves watching wildlife programs on the TV, especially meerkats, so this month I decided to raid my stash of Pollyanna Pickering images and create a calendar page with those.

Nothing too complicated or taxing this time – I simply used a sheet of Adorable Scorable as the main background, matted and layered two of the backgrounds from the same Pollyanna Pickering collection kit as the toppers.  Then I added a small assortment of wildlife toppers of various shapes and sizes in a bit of a random manor.

I finished off by preparing the title “Gorffennaf” (Welsh for July) in Publisher and printing onto paper, before using the same Fingerlift Tape I’d used for the rest of the page to put the title on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct blank calendar (you can already order for 2020 – here!)
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Backgrounds and toppers from Pollyanna Pickering collections
  • A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • A4 sheet of Super Smooth paper
Photos Of The July Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar page hanging up in Mam’s room.

A closer look.

Pollyanna Pickering certainly was a very tallented artist and a great loss to the world.

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Vintage Male Themed Birthday Card

A Rural Themed Birthday Card For A Male

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A Bit Of An Update

Skip to the card if you want!

My regular visits will have noticed that I have not made many posts to my blog this month. It has been an eventful month.

Following the development of a cateract in my left eye (a known side effect of the emergency opperation I had to treat a tare in the retina 18 months ago), I had been on the waiting list for a cateract operation for over six months. I had received a letter for a consutation appointment for the middle of June, but had a phone call before then offering me a cancelation the begining of the month. The eye had deteriorated so much since they had last seen me that they agreed to put me on a cancellation list as the waiting time was about six months. Wasn’t expecting much to happen, but within a couple of days I was phoned to ask if I could come in for the pre-opp eye measurements, etc., the following week. So having begged a lift up once from one of my sisters the first week of the month, I had to ask if she would be so kind as to drive me up again the following week. Even then I was told it could be up to three months before I would have the opp.

So I was very surprised to have another call within a week offering me 8am on the 25th for the opperation. So basicaly just over three weeks from consultation to opp.

Having already dragged my sister away from her farm work twice in two weeks I didn’t feel it would be fair to ask her to make the trek to the hospital a third time so soon, so this time I asked a friend who, every time she visits, tells us to remember she’s more than willing to help in any way she can. This friend has the added benefit of already having had a cateract operation herself so knew what I was going through.

So, by now I had the gooseberries coming ready in the garden, and just a few days before my operation to get them all in and sorted. Mam went on strike at one point and refused to top and tail any more and said that I should go and give a couple of pounds each to a few friends, including the one who was going to drive me to the hospital and back for the opp.

Don’t know why they are so keen to have everybody in the hospital by 8am as the surgeons certainly were not there, and the operations didn’t start for two hours, and as luck would have it I was the last of the morning list and wasn’t in until mid-day. With my M.E. and dodgy leg, sitting in a ward for four hours was not good for my aches and pains, and staring into the light for twenty minutes wasn’t good for my headache. But the operation went smoothly. Of course, I was feeling very rough by this stage in the day, so my friend went to fetch us some sandwiches for lunch and we ate in the car as there is no way I’d have made it to the restaurant.

By the time I got home I told Mam that my good eye was coming out in sympathy, running tears and strange lights, and, despite having sunglasses clipped to my glasses, and having a very smooth journey home, my headache was worse, as was my nausea. Only sat for a bit with Mam to tell her how it had gone before crawling into bed and realising that I had a migraine with flashing lights in both eyes, bought on no doubt by staring into the light during the opperation, and even when everything had settled down I couldn’t see through my good eye well enough to read the instructions on the Pot Noodle for supper, in fact, had to get the carer to point me in the direction of the Pot Noodle on the counter as I couldn’t even see that.

Thankfully, by the following morning, the eye that hadn’t been operated on was back to normal, though I’d been warned that it would take 24 hours for the gas that had been put in to hold the lens in place to clear so I shouldn’t expect to see anything through the operated eye. Spent most of the day in bed just hopeing the aches and pains would go and that I wasn’t going to go into an M.E. crash, and was pleased to see that colours were appearing round the perifery of the operated eye by lunch time.

Only problem was that by the following day I still could only see a dense, white, nothing, in the centre of the operated eye. And by now I was starting to get a bit worried – I knew that I shouldn’t be able to focus correctly with it as the glasses I had were the wrong prescription for the new lens put in, and in any case, it needed to finish healing and the drops will make it a bit blurry while I’m on those, but nobody I know who has had a cateract operation has said that the centre of their vision was a big white area after two days. So I phoned the hospital to see if it was anything to worry about, especially in view of the fact that the first evening I had the migraine and wouldn’t have been aware if any post opperation anomalies had occured. I was hopeing that they would say that it could take a while longer for the centre whiteout to clear and not to worry. But no! They wanted me back up at the hospital at 5.30pm Thursday evening. So a quick call to my friend again – her husband was due back with their car by about 3pm so yes she could take me back. And off we went again.

It seems that I have Corneal Oedoema – the cornea having started swelling up as a result of the opperation – something that does happen but not often I gather – and that the swelling should go down gradually by about a week, at which point I won’t have a big white area in the centre of my vision with that eye.

I’m so thankful to my sister and my friend for their help in getting me there and back a couple of times each.

So, by now, the eye is begining to clear, and although I can’t focus properly yet, the white area is much less dense so I am seeing things through it, which means that it will probably have cleared by around Thursday, as the person I saw last Thursday said.

So now, there are a whole lot of things I’m not suppose to do, to keep from damaging or getting anything into the healing eye, and so much I want to get on with, both in the garden and with my crafting, but two trips to the hospital in one week has finished me off for a while, and I am resting as much as possible and doing just enough crafting to keep me sane as well as watering what needs watering in the garden with a directional head on a hosepipe.

The one thing that did need doing was a card for my brother for his birthday, and that is what I have to show you today.

Welsh Birthday Card

I cut a piece of wood patterend paper and stuck it to the front of my base card.  I then tore some pieces from some brown paper that came wrapped within a parcel.  One piece I scrunched up a lot and then opened it out before rubbing some gold embelishment mousse around the edges and over the raised creases.  I stamped onto the other pieces that were mostly flat and then tore the edges before adding some gold around the edge of those panels as well.  I quickly added some colour using two different colours of re-inkers used as a watercolour paint. Once these were dried I glued them in position onto the card front as well as adding a peeloff greeting.

What I Used
The Finished Card

This is what the finished card looked like.

With this photo I’m trying to show that, although I used wet glue to attach the layers, the fact that I had crinkled up the brown paper mat before sticking everything in places means that there is a natural dimention to the card and a very rustic look.

I added very little colouring, only using two different Dinky Inkies re-inkers and a paint brush on the grass and the farmer.

I’ve tried to photograph this in different lighting so that the gold coloured Nuvo Moose stands out.

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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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More April Crafting

Some Musings And April Crafting

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Musings

I haven’t done a lot of crafting the last couple of weeks, and that is because I have been spending more time on another of my hobbies – Family History.  I got my nephew to pull out a small number of photo albums and tins of photos for me, and I started to have a look at the contents of one tin, that came from my grandmother, with my mother.  We were actually pleasantly surprised to find that over half did actually have the names or some details about those in the photos Some that had no names Mam did know who they were, but that still left some which neither Mam nor I knew who they were.

And while looking at them I was thinking that it was a pitty more of the family couldn’t see the photos.  They may be pulled out here every now and then, and whoever is here gets to see them, but there may be other members of the extended family who might like to see the photos that had their relatives in them.  Some might even have labled copies of the same or similar photos to the ones where we don’t have names, and therefore might be able to tell Mam and I who is in the “unknown” photos.

Therefore, as I wanted some scanned photos to attach to the digital family history/tree, I decided to start on the mamoth project of scanning as much as I can (a long term project).  In addition to attaching the scanned photos to my digital family tree, I decided that I would also create a hidden/private group on Facebook and invite any of my relatives, close and distant, so that they can have a look.

So I started uploading scanned photos from my grandmother’s tin of photos.  Also photos from my late father’s album that he had me scan for him a few years ago, when he was working on his autobiography.  And the small wedding album my parents had as well.  Haven’t finished uploading the contents of the tin yet, though I’ve now got them all scanned.  And there are more tins and albums to go.  So the scanning and uploading won’t probably be finished until the autumn, because it will be warm enough for me to sit in the garden to tend my pots and troughs before long.

So, is anybody else working on family history, or got a lot of old photos going back 100 years?  How do you go about your research and shareing what you have got with others in the family?

Some Decoupage Cards

Although working on my Family History, I can’t go for long without crafting, though I wasn’t in the mood to do too much.  But I have started filming another project for my YouTube channel which should be completed next week.

I also decided to pull out some sheets from a Hunkydory floral Decolarge collection to make some cards.

For this first card I used a base card that was pre-foiled – a Kanban one I think.  I also used a base layer and half the layers of a decolarge topper and a matching insert from the Hunkydory collection.

The insert was put inside and the base topper layer attached to the front using fingerlift tape. I used 2mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the bottom couple of decoupage layers and Pinflair Glue Gel to attach the uppermost layers.

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I finished with a “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” peeloff (which is Welsh for Happy Anniversary).

I haven’t put anything on the insert as yet, but will probably add the same peeloff greeting.

This photo shows the depth of the built up topper.

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For this card I used a printed sheet of A4 cardstock that matched my chosen Decolarge topper.  I also used the matching insert.

I scored and folded the sheet of cardstock to make an 8″ square card with a short fold front.  I trimmed the insert to fit inside the back.  This card has the same image decolarge topper on it, but this time I decoupaged it with all the layers, except for one rose which I kept to put on the top, right, corner of the card.  I added the greeting “Llongyfarchiadau” (which is Welsh for Congratulations) at the bottom, right.  I’m thinking that this one is suitable for a wedding card.

This is what it looks like when fully open – the rose and greeting are seen when closed or open because of the half front.

I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind half of the topper base layer to attach it to the half front.  I then used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the bottom layers of decoupage to build up the topper, finishing off by attaching the last few layers using Pinflair Glue Gel.

This is what the card looks like when completely closed.

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For this card I used the same printed A4 cardstock as I’d used for the second card (more than one of each item came in the collection).  This time I folded it in half.

As I’d only used around half the decoupage layers as part of the topper on the first card, taking every other layer, I decided to use the other layers, built up and stuck down in the same way, for this card.

I do like to shape the edge of each layer a bit when doing decoupage as I think it gives a nicer effect.  I think the shapeing shows up a bit better in this photo than it does for the other cards, but I did shape the layers for all three cards.

The greeting “Dymuniadau Gorau” is Welsh for “Best Wishes”

There’s a matching insert inside this one as well.

I hope you liked the cards I’ve shown you today.  Call back again soon to see what else I’m up to.

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My YouTube Adventure – So Far!

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My Craft Demo YouTube Adventure So Far

I’m not sure that this was the brightest idea I’ve ever had, as today’s post is more of a “Behind The Scenes” look that about showing a lot of crafting.  But I hope some of you will find it interesting if nothing else.

This blog post isn’t showing you anything specific I’ve crafted, but you will see me crafting a bit in the video that you will find a link to further down – keep an eye out for sneaky peaks of what I’m working on now!

Fear not, I will be back with more varied crafting before long, but I thought you might like to see the development of my YouTube journey over the last couple of months.  There will be a list below of things I refer to in this post.

I’d also like to ask you if you would be so kind as to pop over to my YouTube Channel and Subscribe if you haven’t already, and also to like and comment on one or two of my videos.  There’s even a bell you can click on so that it will notify you when I upload new videos.

The Begining Of My Journey

Back in a post towards the end of January I asked people who visited my blog, as well as people in some crafting groups I’m in on Facebook, for their thoughts on what they like to see and not like to see in YouTube videos, because I was thinking of starting a YouTube channel to run beside this blog, so that I could show more of “how I did things”, not just “what I’d crafted”.

So many of you helped me out with your opinions, which greatly helped me get some thoughts clear in my mind about what I wanted to do and how to go about it.  So thank you to all who did chip in some opinions and ideas.

I had decided that this would be an ideal opportunity to introduce some Welsh into my presence in the online crafting world.  As a person with Welsh as my first language I had wanted to create some Welsh content online for a while, and my original website is bilingual, but I had found that the layout of the blog interface didn’t lend itself to doing bilingual posts of the type I like makeing (I know I tend to write more than many craft bloggers) without it becoming double the length and people having to navigate over pieces to get to their prefered language.  But I realised that by filming the actual crafting from overhead – a crafter’s viewpoint which many told me was their prefered method of crafting video – and not speaking while crafting, I could actually create two separate videos for Welsh and English by doing two different language voiceovers once the video had been edited.

Seeing other videos I’d realised that I do like seeing the person demonstrating in a video, but didn’t want to be cutting from “overhead” to “pieces to camera” during the crafting itself, so I decided that a short piece to camera at the start and the finish of each video would be the way I’d go, and doing quick pieces like this, in Welsh then in English wouldn’t take up much time to record or to edit.

I also recognised that lighting and camera are important when recording, but knew that I couldn’t afford expensive camera equipment or lighting equipment, so, I decided to use what I had, film when lighting was reasonable and, as I said in my first video, go for a “homely look”, rather than try to get videos of the quality of those who make their living from vlogging or who have studios to record in.

Want to guess what I’m makeing with the bits collected under the tripod? I’ve put a sneaky peak on the Maes Mieri Crafts FB Page.

The one thing I did buy was a tripod and attachments so that I could do my overhead filming.  I had a little, table top, tripod, which would have been fine to film me talking to camera, if that was all I wanted.  But it wouldn’t be able to do the overhead filming, and I’d been wanting something bigger and better for some time, so that I could take steadier photos out in the garden in the summer as well. (Plus – nephews are always coming over with their cameras, often dragging trypods, so having a reasonable one in the house would mean we could all use it and the place wouldn’t get cluttered with them leaving theirs around the place.)

I even bought a book as some light bedtime reading before going to sleep after putting down my tablet for the night.  There are a lot of helpful information in books, as well as lots of quality YouTube videos on how to go about creating YouTube videos and channels. In fact, it is quite amazing how many people have done YouTube videos about YouTube.

Getting My First Videos Online

So after looking and reading I decided to go for it and gathered a few things together and got my first Craftau Maes Mieri Crafts Channel videos uploaded on 24th January – in English and in Welsh.

These videos were just an introduction to me and showing an assortment of the items I’ve crafted over the last year or so.

I decided to take my colour scheme for the Channel from what I already use on this blog and on my website so not to complicate matters – a shade of light purple.

Then it was on to makeing videos with actual craft demonstrations in them.

I’ve even managed to set up two Playlists in my YouTube channel – one showing all my English videos and one showing all my Welsh videos in the order they went online.

Video

I’m not pretending to be a YouTube expert after such a short time of researching and uploading videos, but I thought you might like to see what I have been using and how I have been setting things up.

As I said, I’m going for a more homely look, so I record my pieces to camera when sat in my armchair in the sitting room, and record my overhead crafting pieces sat at the kitchen table.

So now I’ve had my nephew follow me around with a smart phone, recording me as I’m recording pieces for several videos, and I’ve edited it into the following video.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Equipment and Software I Use
  • Camera – Fujifilm FinePix XP80 – I actually managed to find a purple one a few years ago when I got mine, but couldn’t find one when researching for this post – so here’s a link to a yellow one.
  • SDHC card – 8Gb SanDisc
  • Tripod – Camera Tripod, TYCKA 55″Lightweight Aluminum Portable Travel Tripod with 1/4″ Quick Release Plate, 360 Degree Panorama Ball Head and Carrying Bag – Nowhere near the most expensive, and means I can have legs extended to different lengths depending on whether I’m working on the table or not.  You can get ones cheaper on Amazon, and as I wasn’t planning on using it for anything more than internal work, rather than carying it around a lot, a cheaper one might well have been enough for me, but because I wanted to add an arm for overhead recording, and because I wanted the nephews to be able to use it rather than carying theirs here all the time, I decided that a slightly more robust tripod would be a good idea.
  • Arm Attachment for Overhead recording – K&F Concept Camera Tripod Boom Arm Stand Fixable External Multi-Angle Center Column Extension Arm (32cm Length, Load Capacity of 5kg) Tilting Rotation – this cost me under £30, but I can’t find it on Amazon, where I got mine, any more.  The closest looking I can find is a little more expensive, but you can see it Here.
  • Video Editing Software – Roxio Creator NXT Pro 7 – as I have done various bits of editing home videos over the years I got a trial of this software many moons ago and have been paying less than full price to update it.  The suite includes PaintShop Pro, in addition to the Roxio VideoWave software that I use to edit.  There are free video editors available for creating YouTube videos, or ones that come on computers when new.  My nephews use these and found them easy to use, but as I was already use to useing VideoWave I decided to stick with it.
  • Photo manipulation software – Sometimes I use PaintShop Pro, and sometimes I just go with quicker, easier, software.  One I have used for many years (don’t want to hazard a guess at how many but I’m sure it is over 10 years), which is free for non-commercial use, and not much for a licence, is IrfanView – Open, Edit, Crop, Save, is all that is usually needed for most photos I take for both my blog and inserting into banners and thumbnails for YouTube.  You can also easily add text in any size and any location on the photo – which really is a must these days with so many people claiming other people’s work as their own (much as I don’t like “defaceing” something I’ve taken time creating by putting something on top.)
  • Laptop – Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series (16GB DDR3 RAM, Intel (R) Core(TM) i7-6500U CPU @ 2.500GHz, 2TB) – A good speck laptop in terms of office and internet use, but mediocure in terms of the power needed for video editing and authoring.  But those who gave me suggestions before I started thought that around the 10 minute mark would be a suitable length for an edited video I don’t have much trouble with the laptop doing what I need.
  • Books – YouTube Channels For Dummies – Not bad as it made me think about some things I hadn’t realised before, such as that you could put your own thumbnail up with a video rather than accepting one of those suggested by YouTube after upload. (I’ve also got “YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and Making Money as a Video Influencer” for Kindle on my tablet but haven’t started reading that yet so can’t comment.)

I also have an attachment to hold a mobile phone to a tripod to use the phone’s internal camera to record, but I haven’t used this yet.

Feedback Please!

How do you think I’m doing so far?  Is there anything major I need to change?  Do you like seeing a variety of different crafts demonstrated, or do you only like channels that concentrate on a particular craft? 

How do the pieces to camera and the overhead pieces with voiceovers come across on your equipment?  I know that my mother could understand and see everything on my laptop and tablet as I’ve shown her different video’s on each, but I have no idea how they look on different monitors or tablets, or even on smaller mobile devices like smart phones.

As you can see in today’s video, I have a few more projects on the go that I have to do bit by bit because of drying time, etc., and I’m in the middle of recording and editing bits as well, so you should see all those appearing as a finished video before long.  Keep an eye out for those.

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Keep An Eye Out For ….

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Time To Keep An Eye Out For …

Collecting Things For Future Crafting Projects

It’s time to keep an eye out for things for future crafting projects.

Have you been given one of these –

I don’t mean this particular brand and flavour of Easter Egg, but rather any Easter Egg in a box with base and lid and four clear acetate sides.

If you’ve been by my blog in the past you may have seen that I put some wirework trees I made into display boxes I made (have a look towards the bottom of the post – here – if you missed seeing any of them).

I think these Easter Egg boxes will make great display boxes for similar projects without the need for measuring and cutting. They could be decorated as plain and cleanly, or as distressed and fully embelished, as you want.

I think that, after Easter, I might do a video of me makeing a tree in a display box.

And if nobody else has bought you an egg – go on and treat yourself!

And while you are looking at Easter goodies, go through all packaging before they go out with the rubbish.  Even if a box isn’t fully acetate all round there might still be a piece of acetate at the front that’s strong enough to use as a card front or in a shaker card, especially if it is rounded like the side of an egg.

Then there’s the coloured foil many eggs are wrapped in. The ribbons, some with little bells or other charms attached that come with other shapes of Easter treats, are great to embelish cards as well.

And speaking of ribbons – don’t forget that the inside of the shoulders of clothes are a good source of different coloured, narrow, ribbon.  Unless you are a person who uses these ribbons to hang the piece of clothing then the ribbons might as well be removed and repurposed.

And while we are talking about clothing – have you got a drawer, tin, or jar, where you put all the spare buttons that come attached to pieces of clothing in case you lose one?  Have you been through the collection to see how many of them you actually still have the garment they match? If the piece of clothing is long gone then you might as well use the buttons for your crafting.

Got any old clothing you are going to throw out during your spring clean?  Any of them knitted items that can be unravled and made into pompoms or tassles?  Any old jeans that can be made into trendy bags, or perhaps a small cover for a tablet or mobile phone?  Just because something is not your size or taste any more doesn’t mean that it couldn’t still be useful to you in some way.

And consider donating to charity shops as well rather than just throwing away.

Another thing that can be kept is envelopes. Brown as well as white or coloured ones.  Open them out and you can find some have a patterned inside, and the brown ones have a craft card look than can be used for matting and layering or makeing vintage look flowers.

Paper Flowers

These flowers are ones made from the three pieces cut out from this envelope.  The colours look different because of the different lighting when the photos were taken.  The bottom right flower has had some gold ink wiped over it straight from the ink pad.

I made these using the method I showed in the “4. No Tools Paper Flowers 02” instructions I’ve posted previously. I just folded over the outside edge of the spiral to give a different look.  I used Pinflair Glue-It to stick the flower together at the base.

Of course, white flowers could be made from waste white envelopes as well.  Or any other colour envelope that happens to come your way.

Any More Tips?

Is there anything you could suggest that should be kept to re-use for crafting?

Put your tips in the comments below.

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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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An Owl Card

Some Musings And A Card

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Feel free to jump to the crafting section if you don’t want to read all my “Musings”.

Musings

Today I feel like writing another bit of what I call “Musings”.  I’m just not quite sure what I’ll write yet, just that I saw the words “copeing with chronic illness” while browsing around online and it started me off on some random thinking.

Quite a few of you, especially those of you who visit regularly or are friends on Facebook, already know that I have disabling health problems that not only meant that I had to take early retirement, but mean that my health fluctuates a lot from day to day.  Crafting (and sitting in the garden and puttering in my pots and raised beds in the summer, as well as family history) is one thing that I can do, in one form or another, at some point most days, though sometimes I find that there are days I can do very little.

What I also like to do is see the variety of crafting that others do.  I do pick up my tablet at some point every day to look at the Facebook and blog posts of the crafting comunity.  But some days I am feeling so weak or in pain that I can’t type comments.  Sometimes I manage short comments, sometimes I manage longer comments, and sometimes I don’t manage to do more than tap on the Like button.  I just don’t want people to think that I don’t really look at or read their blog posts, especially those of you who are kind enough to visit and comment on my blog.  And especially when I’ve started looking at and commenting on posts by fellow members of some groups but run out of steam before looking at everything people in my circle of friends or groups have posted on any particular day.

I just find it amazing how much creativity there is.  And how I can see what others are crafting, even at the other end of the world, when I am stuck in bed barely able to move.

I know that so many with M.E., or other illnesses similar to those I have, become either clinically depressed, or at least very despondant, trying to cope with illnesses.  I’m sure it is crafting and the ability to take part in the online crafting comunity that has stopped me slipping into the dark pit.  But I do get very annoyed and frustrated with not being able to do what I want, when I want, which his when just browsing around and planning what I will do when I have my good days and can craft is so good.

M.E. means a lot of recognising your limits and accepting.  It means accepting that, if you do push beyond what is sensible, you will pay for it with a crash and being unable to do anything.  And it means accepting that lots of people will not understand, and worse still – don’t want to understand or accept that a person is ill permanently.

An Owl Card

During February each year, the couragous and inspirational Holley (you can see her blog – Here!), has a month of celebration.  She briefly explains why in her “Believe in Miracles” blog post.

Her celebration consists of posting a blog post with one of her creations every day of the month and awarding prizes/gifts each day to some of those who comment.  She has some very special sponsors who support her for this celebration and has a huge amount of things to give away, from vouchers to digi-stamps, as well as some other crafting goodies.  You can see just how big a celebration it was by looking at her “Winner’s List” and her “Grand Prize winners!

Holley has an eye for the quirky and Turkish lace.  Some of the digi’s she uses are not to my taste, but I still love seeing what she makes every time, and her blog is one I try and pop over and see whenever I’m having a session browsing around.

This year I was lucky enough to win.

Today I’m going to show you a card I made using an “Owl Stamp Digi” that was being given away on the blog post of the 24th February.  The sponsor for this prize was “TLKreations” who have a shop on Etsy.  You can find the owl stamp – Here!

For the card I also used:

Owl was coloured using ProMarkers and then cut out close to the line.  The wooden backgound was cut into planks to form the frame while the other background was cut to size.  The large, brown, cardstock was scored and folded in half.  Everything was then stuck together.

And this is what the card looks like:

A bit of an angle to try and show the frame and owl dimension.

The die-cut and shaped leaves.

A closeup of the owl – not a fantastic photo I’m afraid, but it gives you an idea.

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I’m working on another video which should be online in a couple of days, so keep an eye out for the blog post about that.

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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda – Happy New Year

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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda 2019 Happy New Year
And A Giveaway

Hi to you, whoever you are, who is reading this.  A new year has started. Time to reflect on what has past and to plan for the future.

Do you make New Year resolutions?  I rarely do.

I just want to do whatever I can do, to the best of my abilities, bareing in mind that my health/disabilities, and their changeable nature, dictates what I can do from hour to hour and day to day.

I just want to do a variety of crafting, depending on how I am on any particular day, do some puttering in the garden come the summer, and perhaps do some re-organising of another room in the house (if you have visited before you may have seen that for 2018 my major project was re-decorating the spare room and make my own blankets, quilts, etc., for it.)  I don’t think it will be a room that requires a lot of crafted items though.

Today I’ve got what I put on the first, January, page of the Papermill Direct callendar I’ve given my mother to show you.

I’ve gone back to foiling using my ScanNCut for this page.

The background had a pattern from within Canvas put on the page 3 times side by side before drawing in glue and foiling with verigated green foiling.  I then coloured it in roughly using a green spectrum sparkle brush nib pen.

The topper panel was made using the ssme method – a frameing element from within the software as well as writing using in-built text. Gold foil this time, and again a sparkly pen was used to colour.

As the page headings are in English I decided to cover the month with a panel giving the Welsh month name (Last year I just wrote the Welsh names above the English word).  This time I stuck with gold foil and coloured using an alcohol marker.

Then it was simply a case of sticking everything together using fingerlift tape. I’ve left quite a bit of background showing as I’ve told Mam that it leaves room to add any photo she wants during the month.

Getting photo to show any spatkly or colour of foiling is difficult, do I’ve taken two photos in different lighting at a different angle.

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Any of you ever found that you have bought two of something you are never going to need two of?  I’m not talking about something like a batch of glue and then find you’ve got most of the last batch put away somewhere safe, I’m talking about something that will last a lifetime and you only need one.

Well, while I was doing a bit of clearing up prior to Christmas I found out that I had bought two of the same CD-ROMs.  The Pollyanna Pickering Sketch Book Collection Chapter VIII ” Journey To The Southern Hemisphere”.

I think it happened because I didn’t have enough money for the whole of one collection when they came out, so only went for the CD-ROM.  But later on the price for the collection, that included toppers, backing papers, etc., was on offer, so I went for the lot and got the CD-ROM again.

So now I have two of the same CD-ROMs (one still in its cellophane wrap), and I want to give one away.  So what better than to do a giveaway on my blog at the start of the new year.

Giveaway

To be entered into the draw for the giveaway, all you need to do is comment on this blog post.  Just something along the lines of “I would like receive the CD-ROM” will do.  Also, make sure that you enter your correct name and E-mail address above the comment box so that I have a means of contacting you for your address if you are the lucky name that will be randomly drawn.  I will close the draw on 31 January, 2019, so plenty of time for you to put your name down – although I always find that doing it immediately, while in the front of the mind, is best, or I tend to forget to go back and do something.

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If you want the CD-ROM, but are not lucky enough to be randomly drawn to get this copy, then, as I’m writing this the CD-ROM “Pollyanna Pickering’s Sketch Book Collection Chapter VIII Journey To The Southern Hemisphere” is available – Here!

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Christmas Cake And More

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Decorating A Christmas Cake And More

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Those of you who know me or have come across me, or this blog, online in the past, may know that my bad health and disabling conditions don’t let me do everything I would want to do.  I can only manage a small proportion of what I use to do. Mostly stuff that can be done sitting down in short sessions with lots of breaks.

Which means that I have to pick and choose what I do, depending on how I’m feeling at any particular time.

So when it came to preparing for Christmas this year I started planning early, working out what shortcuts I could take while still having a Christmas day with most of the trimmings we are use to.

If you have struggled to keep up with tradition and expectation this year, perhaps suffering an M.E. crash afterwords, you may find some tips about short cuts you can take next year while suffering less at the end.

So, everything was ordered online and delivered.  I have Amazon Prime so tried to make sure that I ordered items that were applicable for quick, free delivery.  I also have a delivery saver deal with Tesco, so frozen food and stuff that would keep were ordered a few at a time in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with the fresh stuff ordered for delivery the Saturday before Christmas. If you don’t have Prime you can still get free Amazon delivery by ordering over a certain amount of cost in one order. And if you don’t order regularly from one of the supermarkets you can still place a big order for Christmas food items for a one off delivery price that depends on the date and time of the delivery.

There was a time when I would have baked a cake, made the marzipan, royal icing, and tree or penguin or snowman to put on top.  There have also been years where I have bought a fully iced and decorated cake.

This year I decided to buy all the bits ready prepared and then decorate the cake myself. A sort of cheats way to an uniquely, hand decorated, cake.

So I bought a rich fruit cake, cake board, apricot jam, ready rolled marzipan, ready rolled icing, edible cake decoration (I thought I’d ordered a snowman but I got a polar bear), bottle of mini icing snowflakes, spray bottle of edible glitter.

The cake was unwrapped and put onto the board. I put a couple of tablespoons of apricot jam into a mug and added several tablespoons of brandy before heating in the microwave to melt the jam.  This mixture was then poured over the cake and spread all over before the marzipan was laid over the top and then tapped around the sides and out over the board.  The rolled icing was added the same way.  (Nephews love icing and marzipan more than they like cake so covering to the edge of the board makes it look bigger and gives the boys more of what they like.)

I then stuck the polar bear on the cake to one side before dotting the tiny snowflakes all over the cake, pushing them into the icing to make them stick.

After that I sprayed the cake with the edible glitter. It gives more of an irridescent effect rather than convensional glitter.

Not nearly perfect, but just fine for us – and I can say I had a hand in creating it.

But of course, the cake is only one of the things we traditionally have at Christmas.

I haven’t made an ordinary Christmas pudding for several years (but did use to make a little low sugar one for my late father who was a diabetic), but this year I was given a recepie by one of our carers that involved measuring and mixing the ingredients on one day and cooking the next. So I decided to go for it. Adjusted the ingredients a bit as didn’t have everything as given in the list, but between Mam snd I we got it all measured and finished mixing in about an hour. Then back to bed to rest.

The following day the mixture was put into two pudding basins.  This is where I did change the method.  Rather than boiling or steaming Christmas puddings I prefer to put roastin tin in the oven with lots of water in it, then put in the covered pudding basins that have been tied with strings.

I then just turn on the oven to about 140 centigrade.  A check and top up of the water lunch time and again mid afternoon, and then turn the oven off at supper time. This means there is much less steam in the kitchen all day.

So, what about the actual Christmas lunch?

Well we had a turkey, along with mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, sprouts, spiced red cabbage, along with cranberry and apple stuffing, sausage meat, sage and onion sausage stuffing, chestnut and something pork stuffing.

But I didn’t peel a single sprout or potato!

It was all planned ahead and ordered in either frozen or fresh.

The turkey went into the oven, with some sausage meat pushed into the neck end under the skin, on Christmas Eve.  In at 9am.  Turned round every hour. Opened the foil covering an hour before it was due to be cooked to let it brown, off with the oven at 2pm and recovered the bird to keep it moist. Giblets were boiled for stock, and frozen cranberries, orange juice and sugar boiled up to make cranberry sauce, but those jobs took less than an hour so resting a lot between turning turkey the rest of the day.

On Christmas day itself I simply put things like roast potatoes, stuffing, etc., onto metal trays in the oven in the morning and went back to rest.  At 11.30am I turned the oven on. At 12.15 pm I got up and set to boiling the sprouts, heating the frozen mash in the microwave, makeing gravy and brandy sauce, etc., etc., and had lunch ready before 1pm, with the pudding being heated in the micto for 2 minutes while we ate our lunch.

Nothing fancy, but a roast turkey Christmas lunch with much more than an usual Sunday lunch of additions.

And for Christmas tea – cake, and a platter of assorted cheeses, sliced meats, smoked salmon, pate, served with fresh figs and crackers.

No taking time makeing sandwiches, no laying things out on separate plates, just sat with platter in front of me by the fridge and randomly pulling out an assortment of lovely food.  More than enough for the three of us that were here for Christmas tea after youngest nephews had left with their mother after a couple of hours here opening the presants I’d packed over the last week or so and put under the tree.

The nephews were the ones who put up the tree, decorated it, as well as putting up some decorations around the sitting room. So that was another thing I didn’t have to do – other than sitting down with decorations box and passing things to them.

You’ll notice that I went the simple route as far as wrapping is concerned  – a roll of white paper for everything, some clear sticky tape to hold it in place, then wrapping some brightly coloured tape around in two directions to decorate in a more festive manner.  Greeting was written directly onto the white wrapping rather than takeing time to make and attach tags – anything to make the job easier. It might have cost more than the several rolls of wrapping paper I usually go through at Christmas, but not a lot more, and there is plenty of paper and tape left for wraping gifts for birthdays, etc., all through the year, and probably into 2020 as well.

So there you have it – Christmas food and gifts our style.

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A Little Project For My Crutch

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A Little Repair Project For My Crutch

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I’m not showing you a particularly decorative item today, but it is practical.

I know that many a crafter that I’ve come into contact with online have health issues, many with disabling conditions.  Many needing to use canes or crutches to get around if they’ve not reached the stage of needing wheelchairs. I’ve found it a little less of a struggle moving around since I got an Arthritic Crutch.

But, of course, the more use such an item has, the more the covering on the trough/arm rest becomes warn and tattered.

I have bought a new cover for mine in the past, but it wasn’t cheap for what it is.

So this time I decided to make my own.

I had a piece of faux leather that I’d bought a while ago to make a bag (a project I’ve decided to put to one side until next year). I knew that the piece would be more than enough for the proposed project so out it came.

The first thing I did was remove the worn out one from my crutch.

It really had become very tatty.

I cut off the elasticated edge and used this old one to make a template.

I copied this onto the back of the faux leather, including the lines inside the corners, and then cut it out.

Putting the corners, right sides together, I sewed along each corner with my machine using a zig zag stitch, and then attached a piece of bias binding around the edge. (The binding was from the piece I bought when I made my towelling robe and other towels a while ago.)

Then it was a case of getting out a reel of 1mm hat elastic, and a bodkin needle, and threading the elastic through the bound edge.

Once that was done I put the new cover onto my crutch.

And while I was at it I made a couple extra so that I’ll have spares the next time my crutch looks tatty.

So that left the strap that goes around the forearm to do next.

The hook and loop fastening on the strap I’d got on at the moment didn’t look too bad, so I decided to start off by removing the strap and unpickicking the hook and loop.

I used the strap itself as a template for cutting out a new one – basically a strip of faux leather twice the width of the strap.

I then folded in both sides to the middle and clipped them in place.

Then I put on the hook and loop fastening  – positioning it as it had been on the old strap – and moving the clips to hold all the layers together.

I then stitched the hook and loop into place as well as sewing around the edge of the strap to help hold it flat.  Somehow or another I always manage to wobble my sewing lines, but everything is held in place so I’m not worried by wonkey lines.

The places the strap had been folded over were still visible on the hook and loop strip so I could easily see where I needed to fold over and sew to create a ‘tube’ that the metal attachment on the crutch goes into.

Once the sewing was done I put the strap onto the attachment piece on the crutch – and here it is finished –

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Now, when I do get a bag made in the new year, I will have one that matches my crutch.

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So, that’s another project done.  I’m plodding along slowly with several projects. No telling what I will finish next, but I’m sure I’ll have another post about something to show you again, so please do pop back again soon.

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