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Good morning from a wet and breezy Pembrokeshire. The sort of weather that I like to just stay indoors and hide, so I will mostly be doing that! I have another full day - housework/laundry, Amazon KDP, starting a new online course (business stuff) and hoping to find time to continue with my 'Learning Crochet' journey.


WOYWW is What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Come and join in, or just have a nose around our crafty workspaces - Stamping Ground.


I am starting with some 'cheating' (these photos were taken on Sunday morning when I was actually making some cards). I grabbed one of my Crafters Companion magazine/box sets, downloaded the freebie digi's and created a card that 'almost' matched the example shown. Really cute images. The most difficult part was the fussy cutting. Not done any of that for years, but have a new set of scissors which are much easier to hold.



I went to Skillshare to look for crochet classes and was pleasantly surprised to see how many there were available. I picked the 'top rated' one and we will be making some coasters. I ordered a Clover crochet hook (more comfortable for me to hold) and some suitable cotton yarn, which arrived yesterday, so now obviously I just want to get on with the class! I did follow some YouTube to remind myself how to do a basic chain, which I can do. However, it is the yarn holding/tension part that I get really confused about. I am the same in knitting. I never hold the yarn how you are 'meant to', but I can knit after many years of practice. Hoping that eventually crochet will become more natural for me.



I have had a few messages asking about the 'Journal Petite' class. Here is a link - Journal Petite. I haven't done any more of it yet (I stupidly rode my electric bike for too long, and too fast, on Friday, which brought on a horrible Fibromyalgia flare. I was in a lot of pain until Monday), but this weekend I will be continuing.


Our Tuesday Papercraft Group was cancelled again this week (our tutor is still ill), but I did go out to deliver some of my decluttered craft stash. A box of card and paper to a lady who does classes for Disability Cymru, and some scrapbooking goodies to a mum/daughter duo who love crafting. I am going to sort out my inkpads, dies, stamps and mixed media supplies this week. There are lots I never use and my Ikea cubes are definitely too full for each category. If anyone would like any of this, then let me know (aliwadedesigns1971@gmail.com). I am happy to post anywhere if you cover the cost. There are some stamp/die/embossing folder sets from magazines etc, plus some separate dies, if you are into die cutting.


My heart is with everyone struggling this week, wherever you are in the world.


Ali x



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I am blogging about living with chronic pain over at Balancing Life With Chronic Pain


Earning money at home, simplifying your life and creating positive moments will all be included.


I have Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Hyper-Mobility Syndrome and Osteoarthritis. Whatever you are living with, then come and join in.


Ali x




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Good morning from a brighter and less windy Pembrokeshire. I hope everyone has been ok in these recent storms. It has not been at all pleasant here, and a few roofs have lifted here and there, but no severe damage. I am just glad to have a quiet house back - the noise from the wind was like jet planes 24/7.


I have been productive in my craft room in the past week - with some more of the Journal Petite course completed (mark making with paint) and the Memory Book finished from our Papercraft Group. We did not have our usual Tuesday morning meeting yesterday, as sadly our tutor was not feeling well. I was still determined to have my day off from housework and book designing, but actually ended up doing a job in the house that had been waiting for a while (cleaning the laundry room) and then got involved in some computer stuff for a new website. It was a day well spent.


On my crafty table you can see the plastic tray that I am using to keep my Journal Petite 'pages' in, and the finished Memory Book (which has photos of the farm, Pembrokeshire and flowers in it).



This week I need to get some Thank You cards made for my recent birthday, and start on attempting to crochet. Otherwise, I am not starting a new project until Journal Petite is complete (there are at least 20 more videos to watch). I hate having lots of unfinished projects lying around. It is a bit like decluttering the house; I struggle to focus when surrounded by anything that is not essential.


If you would like to learn more about WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), click HERE.


Ali x

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