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The renewal date for this website will be coming up in a few months and it isn't as cheap as the original price, and I was struggling today to get a blog post saved on here - so decided to move over to my other site, where I blog about living with chronic pain/fatigue, earning money online, simpler living and crafting.


I will still be joining in with WOYWW every week (or most weeks).


Email me at ali@balancinglifewithchronicpain.com

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It is still just about morning here in Pembrokeshire - and damp/breezy again. We had a lovely sunny and calm day yesterday, and more forecast for the rest of the week (I even got my washing line out!), so not too disappointed to see a grey sky again.


Sadly I had to miss my usual Tuesday morning Papercraft group and also the monthly craft group at the chapel in the evening, as I caught the stomach bug that is going around at the moment. Only really affected me yesterday. I got halfway to the morning craft group and had to stop at our local M&S for emergency toilet stop! The pharmacist in Boots recommended going home and doing a COVID test (as stomach issues can be a symptom). I did and it was negative. I had sore cramps yesterday and couldn't eat much, but seem almost better this morning.


I was sad to miss the craft groups. They made a box in the morning group, and going to make cards to go in it next week (I am hoping to catch up). The evening group was starting the crochet project, which I had practised for (and made my first swatch). It is only a monthly group, so doubly-annoying that I couldn't be there.


My Craft Journal has been sent to Amazon for publication. I will add a link on here when it goes live. Going to get myself a copy and get my craft room inventory listed in there. I always forget which Distress colours I already have. Just had the email to say the latest Distress inkpads are on their way after a delay in Customs (they thought it was food due to the name - Saltwater Taffy!).


The full day workshop on Saturday was a great success. I think there were at least 18 of us there - from Pembrokeshire, Llanelli and Carmarthen. I had to leave at 3.30 pm, as we had stock to move to another field (which involved roads), and the weather was horrendous by then. I did make 4 of the 5 projects there, and brought home the kit for the 5th one and made it up on Sunday (the notepad holder).


Here they all are.


My crafty table is clear at the moment, as it usually is during the week (only really get to do papercraft on Sundays). I have sneaked in some more crochet tutorials (purchased a book and associated video lessons from a lady called Sigoni Macaroni - fantastic name! Her style of teaching suits me perfectly and it really enabled me to understand what to do. I have created a swatch using the single stitch - double stitch in the UK - and going to start on the next stitch later) and definitely 'hooked' now.


I did make a start on the Bargello kit from Aldi - but the brief instructions weren't enough for me to totally understand where to go in and out on the canvas grid. I have found some videos online, so going to watch them and make sure I am doing it all correctly before continuing. More pictures next week!


Ali x

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Good morning from another windy day in Pembrokeshire. The Farmhouse is very noisy when it is windy - through some of the older windows and both big chimneys. It can be difficult to close internal doors when there is a really good 'gale' blowing through. I have always been nervous of wind, and since our last flight landing at Alicante Airport in a storm (the last flight to land there for 2 days - we had to approach from over the sea, as too dangerous over the mountains, and it was worse than any rollercoaster ride!), my Anxiety does increase when we have this constant noise around us. Dreaming of a modern bungalow with no chimneys and better fitting windows.


I have mostly been attempting to learn how to crochet for the past week (and ordering the few supplies I needed). I can do a simple chain now (working on keeping my tension loose). I have been taking a class on Skillshare.

Modern Crochet: Essential Skills for Getting Started (with Toni Lipsey) (If you click on this link, you can get a 1 month free trial with Skillshare)

On my crafty table are a few purchases and projects waiting to be completed. I have also proudly displayed the photo of Bonnie - a donkey at the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon that my mum bought an adoption package for me for my birthday. I chose her, as she sounds a lot like my Doris (RIP) - tall and very cheeky.


I went to Aldi yesterday (I go every 3 months - more often and I just buy too much!) and bought a daylight/magnifying lamp for our granddaughter, so she doesn't use my more expensive one. It will be useful to take downstairs and use for jigsaws or reading. I also got some jigsaws/books/other bits for the grandkids for future birthday/Christmas presents. I won't need to buy anything else this year, apart from one 'bigger' present each closer to the time. I saw the Bargello Kit and was attracted to the colours used in the project. Never heard of 'bargello', but it is basically long stitch on a canvas. I will start it this week.




I bought the lovely colouring and activity book from Amazon. A lady I follow on YouTube is the designer of the whole range of books, and I couldn't resist getting one for my granddaughter (and for me to join in too).


The printed out cute images are for a card for a friend, who is in hospital at the moment after surgery. They were free digi images with a Crafters Companion magazine.


The tag is for a challenge at the craft shop in Milford - for us to decorate anyway we want, by the end of the month. We have a full day workshop on Saturday - with a few different groups joining in. I think there are going to be 20 of us there (another table and more chairs are going to be needed, and we have been instructed not to bring our big craft bags on wheels with us!). At our usual Tuesday morning group yesterday, we made cards using the 'stamping on tiles' method. I hadn't done this before, but will definitely be getting some tiles to use at home. These are the 2 cards I made.



The craft shop - and some how everyone else is not in camera shot! I think they were raiding the stock for essentials, like some new biodegradable glitter to try (I bought some copper - it would have been rude not to), black construction tape (for the box we are going to be making next week) and lots of other goodies.


I am hoping to get my next book published this week - a book to record all your different papercraft/other craft stash. A few friends are struggling with remembering which dies/stamps/ink pads etc they have, so this book will help them (and most other crafters I know!).


Ali x



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