2020 Calendar – April

April Calendar Page & Life

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

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

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

Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So that’s been my month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crafting

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

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

What I Did

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A closer look.

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

Closeup of one area.

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

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More Birthday Cards

Another Two Welsh Birthday Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before). Thank you vor coming to have a look at this post on my blog.

Regular visitors to my sight will know by now – skip down to the Crafting section if you don’t want to read the latest saga in my Life.

Life

After starting on antibiotics on 15th January, for an infection in my damaged leg, haveing several fortnight cources of different ones, being in hospital from 21st February to the following Wednesday on an intravenous antibiotic, comming home on oral antibiotics, having a week top-up from my doctor – “erring on the side of caution” – I had hoped to be writing that my infection was gone and I was building my strength back to my normal (takeing into consideration my permanent conditions).

Unfortunately that was not the case.

I had one dose of two antibiotic tablets left, when last Tuesday evening I took a turn for the worse.  My temperature was going up so fast, I was shakeing and shivering, and nauseious and wretching, barely able to walk from bed to bathroom, etc., etc.  I managed to get through to Mam that I was bad and she needed to call for an ambulance.

I have no idea how long the ambulance took to arrive.  I do have a little recolection of my temperature going up another .5 degree and telling Mam to call them back to say I was getting worse fast.  I don’t think they took as long in the house doing their checks and questions this time, though they might have been as I have no sense of time for that period.  I do know my mother couldn’t get hold of my brother so she phoned the sister who is slowly recovering from pneumonia and is still coughing.  (The last thing I wanted realy because of her germs, but no choice as nobody else was close enough.)  I was trying to tell Mam that when she passed the phone to me at one point to speak to the ambulance despatcher that I’d given the key safe code to them so it wouldn’t need anybody to “let them in” because neither of us was capable of getting to the door, but by this time Mam was so worked up (and without her hearing aid in) and couldn’t be left alone until the carer arrived in the morning, even though normally she would just be in bed with nobody sitting with her at that time of night (as I’d be in bed asleep normally at the same time).

I did hear the word “Sepsis” mentioned a few times, by one of the ambulance people, or possibly the first responder who got here first.  It was definately a case of getting me to hospital a.s.a.p.  I was put in a wheelchair rather than a bed in A&E – which isn’t good, either form my back and hip with the osteoarthritis, etc., or the infected leg (which I’ve repeatedly been told to keep elevated as much as possible, especially when infected), and was in A&E until 9am on Wednesday morning, while they took bloods, got a couple of drips into me – from the little I remember I think one was fluids and one was paracetamol.

At 9am Wednesday I was taken to the day room of the Clinical Decision Unit, to sit in what was supposedly a recliner chair – only the mechanism was broken and it didn’t recline.  So I was once again sitting up on a chair until 5pm when they decided that they were not going to be able to get everything in place to send me home that day so put me in the only bed they could find – on the stroke ward.

Needless to say, by the time Menna left after a quick visit before the end of visiting time at 8pm, and I’d had more paracetamol to ease the pains in my back, shoulder, etc., I was asleep before 8.30 and slept for most of the night except for obs and visits to the toilet, although my fitbit shows it was a disturbed rather than normal pattern sleep.

Thankfully sepsis was ruled out, but more antibiotics was decided on.  Another one.  Can’t be given penicillin because it has made me come out in a rash in the past, so they decided on one that 9 out of 10 people with a penicillin alergy are OK with, but 1 in 10 are not – keeping an eye on me while dose went in.  Thankfully I didn’t have any reaction!  One thing going right.

Although they hadn’t been able to organise on Wednesday for one of the A.R.T. nurses who work in the community to call out daily to give me the antibiotics intravenously every day, they kept trying each day to see if the A.R.T. organiser had got a slot for me as they were running at full capacity, after lunch on Friday the nurse on the stroke ward finally got the go-ahead to send me home as an A.R.T. nurse had been scheduled to call with me Saturday morning and daily from them.

So a hospital car home, starting at gone 5, and I got here at some time after 6pm Friday.

Lovely nurse arrived about 9.45am Saturday – did my obs, set my antibiotic drip up, and set about going through the paperwork.  Forget 101 questions, it was more like 1001.  We were still going through the questions after the drip had finished – she did promise that it was a one off and that future visits would not involve going through all the same questions again.

So, I currently have a canular in my arm, and a box and bundle of the A.R.T. nurses items in the corner of the sitting room, waiting for my drip to be given this morning.

So there you have it – my latest health saga.

And now onto crafting –

Crafting

Today I have two more simple cards to show you, made for Mam and I to give a family member during February.

Required for a male relative this time, so needed to be suitable for him.

What I Did

I scored and folded in half two sheets of cardstock to make the base cards.

I took my two chosen toppers and stuck them to white cardstock and trimmed to leave a small border.

The layered toppers were then stuck to the front of the card and a peeloff greeting was added.

I stuck a sheet of white paper inside as an insert and added a peel-off greeting as well.

What I Used
  • 2 x Adorable Scoreable Cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 Sheets A4 100gsm Paper for inserts
  • 2 topper sheets from a Hunkydory Little Book Of …
  • Scoreboard
  • Paper Cutter
  • Peeloff Greetings
Two Finished Cards

I’m afraid that these were cards I made when not feeling particularly well, before I had to go to hospital, but, although I took photos of them I didn’t check the photos and they are seriously not very good.

1st card

Two different photos of same card in different light conditions.

2nd card

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Hopefully I can get a blog post completed for another, more ornate, card I made for an order before long – I think the date they were being given has passed now.

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Two More Simple Birthday Cards

2 More Simple Welsh Birthday Cards

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Life

Well … I’m still on antibiotics for an infection in my damaged leg.  It still didn’t clear completely on with the second two weeks of antibiotics – so now I am on week five. It looks better than it did, but still isn’t right.  So a long way to go yet and I’m resting as much as possible.

Thank heavens that we have help from the carers at Care Wales/Gofal Cymru, not only twice daily with help for my mother, but also help for me with showering and doing my hair.

Crafting

I’ve said in a previous post about several family members having their birthdays in February, so needing to make several cards that would be suitable for them.  I’ve shown you two previously – here – and today I have two more to show you.

These were from both my mother and myself for another nephew.  So again, nothing flowery or fussy needed.  As well as modern things like computers and 3D printing, he likes vintage things, his dog and his horse, and other countryside things.  So we’ve gone wildlife and vintage for his cards this year.

What I Did

I started by selecting two different Hunkydory books that had images that I thought were most suitable and had Mam go through to take her pick.  She chose an owl image from one book, so I chose a vintage horse image from another.

For the owl card I simply scored a sheet of cardstock in half to make an A5 sized base card.  I then matted and layered the image onto light grey and black cardstock before sticking it to the front of the card, adding a thin paper ribbon of black cardstock down one side of the image for a little bit of different interest.

I finished the card by putting a peeloff greeting in a wave shape on the front, as well as putting in a folded sheet of white paper as an insert and adding a black greeting.

The vintage horse topper was a square shape, so I scored on sheet of mid grey cardstock at 8″ and folding it over, and I cut the other sheet of the same colour at 8″ and attached it to the fold over of the other to make an 8″ card.

I again matted and layered my topper before attaching it to the centre front of the base card I’d created.

As I thought that my nephew might like to put the image up in his bedroom after his birthday I didn’t put a greeting on the front as I thought it looked nice just framed with the matting and layering.

I did fold a sheet of paper at just under 8″, trimmed a little off the long edge, and stuck it inside the back of the card as an insert.  I added a peeloff greeting to this.

What I Used
  • 1 x Adorable Scoreable Cardstock
  • A4 Sheets of light grey, 2 mid grey, and black cardstock
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 Sheets A4 100gsm Paper
  • 2 topper sheets from 2 different Hunkydory books
  • Scoreboard
  • Paper Cutter
  • Peeloff Greetings
Two Finished Cards

1st card

Outside of second card

Inside of 2nd card.

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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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Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas

I’d like to say –

Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas

– to all those who have visited my blog over the last year

A day to enjoy – certainly, but also a day to remember why we are celabrating – because Christ came to this earth to teach all a better way to live and to die for us.

Let’s not forget why there is usually a star or an angel on top of our Christmas trees.

One of my young nephews decorated our tree this year while another went up a ladder to pin some decorations to the ceiling.  Nothing elaborate, but it does make the room cheerful and inviting.

It’s only a small tree, around 3ft, on top of a table.  As you can see, I’ve gone for the environmentally friendly option for wrapping most of my gifts this year.  Brown paper, tied with string, and simple gift tags just printed onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut out.  I had thought of stamping onto the brown paper, but in the end decided to leave them plain.

The cotton bags I showed you previously – here – that I’d screen printed have now had some food items placed inside as a “hamper”.  I thought I had more plain ones but could only find two when I came to screen print, so I’ve bought a “bag for life”, a couple of gift bags, and recycled one that I received something in last year.  The same type of tags as I’ve put on the other gifts are tied to the handle of each, so nothing written on the gift bags, therefore they can be re-used again for birthday or Christmas gifts.

They are simply too big to go under the tree so are taking up two chairs in the sitting room at the moment, until they are given to the recipients today.

I’m trying to make sure that everybody has some healthy options to eat, as well as the goodies, so I bought a large assortment of fresh fruit (delivered by Tesco on Saturday).

I put out a wicker weave round tray and put a wire cupcake stand on top.  Then I pile all the fruit on.

Putting them out like this means you can see better what’s there, rather than in a bowl.  And there’s less likelyhood of something going rotten in the bottom and not be spotted.

That was Saturday lunchtime after the Tesco delivery!

This was Sunday evening after two youngest nephews had spent the afternoon here!

I think Mam and I had had a fig and an apricot each.

On top of the fruit they had gone through half a box of After Eights, practically all the wallnuts and some of the other nuts, a few Ferrero Rosher, and a few other bits.  I’m sure it must be a balanced diet LOL.

I’m not expecting them for a meal today, but I do expect the two youngest nephews to turn up at some point to open their gifts.

They know what they are getting as they asked for them.  One even offered to help me pack them LOL – just to be helpful he said! Just to have a quick look that I’d got what he wanted I believe.

Hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas day.  And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I still wish you a lovely day whatever you are doing.

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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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