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Painted Living Room
Piggy Bank

Good morning from an unusual sight for us - a frosty morning. I grew up in the Cotswolds and then moved to the West Midlands for many years, and frost was an almost daily occurence then. However, in mild Pembrokeshire we get very little of the pretty white stuff. I took this photo quickly before the sun gets stronger and it all returns to green/brown.

On my crafty table today I have a surprise kit from Tonic. I tried out one of their subscription boxes at the end of last year, but the actual subscription was not meant to continue. Well, I suddenly saw £30 taken from my bank account last week, so I contacted them and eventually it was confirmed that everything was cancelled. They said to refuse the delivery of the latest box, which was already on its way, and then they would refund. Well, the postman delivered whilst I was out. I took one look at the box contents and decided to keep it! Very pretty colours. The little sparkles are actually tiny flower shapes.

I haven't done any crafting at all, as my usual creative day, Sunday, was taken up with packing up parcels of sold stash. I do have a very few stamps left, but they will be going to the craft shop in Milford Haven this week to be sold for charity. If you would like anything, then email me today. I sent off 12 parcels in total, and I love that people have been able to get stamps that they have been wanting for ages.

I am busy at the moment with farm business stuff (do we spend a lot of money on buying some land that we currently rent part of, or do we reduce the size of the herd and make everything simpler? I would just like to sell it all and go and live in a small bungalow, but obviously hubby is thinking about our staff and also keeping himself occupied (I can be happy anywhere as long as I have internet).

I am also seriously learning more about decluttering/organisation etc, and joined the Take Your House Back course. We are doing a live All Day Declutter on Saturday, which will be fun. I am tackling our laundry room at the moment. A weekly trip to the tip and charity shops is very satisfying. It is so much easier to clean and manage our home with less in it (and frees up my mind for other stuff) - and when we do eventually downsize our home, it will be less stressful to organise.

Other stuff is continuing with learning all about publishing 'low content books' on Amazon. My next production is a Diamond Painting Log Book, and that will hopefully be published by the end of the month. I have other crafty books in my head, plus designs for the Print On Demand websites (someone asked me for a scrapbooking bag design, so that made me start to think and plan).

We have been up to Warrington to visit family. Had a lovely few hours at the National Trust Speke Hall. The house was closed for cleaning (I could have helped!), but we enjoyed the maze/playground/woodland walks. A very cold day and eventually I had to say that I needed our warm car. I don't know whether it was the sickness bug/cold that has been floating around, being very tired from travelling, running around too much in the maze with the grandchildren and then being cold for a while, but about 2 hours into our return journey, I was suddenly taken ill. Migraine (which is unusual for me now), nausea, upset stomach, very cold and shivering. We had an emergency stop at a very remote Welsh petrol station (in our electric car!) to use their toilet and buy me more ginger biscuits, and then hubby had to drive very steadily the rest of the way (about another 3-4 hours) over the mountains. I went straight to bed in my clothes (literally could not stop shivering) and took 24 hours to recover. Since then a few friends have reported having similar symptoms, so I am hoping it was just a bug. I don't want to have to restrict my travelling.

Breakfast time now (when I watch some YouTube - the only time of day that I have free). Hope everyone is well.

Ali x

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.... but I did make some Thank You cards on Sunday.

WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday) is all about sharing our crafty lives. If you would like to join in, then click HERE.

My craft room is tidy and the tables clear. I have sorted out some stash to sell (click HERE to see the blog post) and had a quick tidy, so all is ready for me to continue with an online journalling class I started in November. That will be another day, as we have been away visiting family in Warrington and on the way back yesterday, I was suddenly taken ill. My Fibromyalgia flared up big time, my whole body went into shock and I ended up having to go to bed as soon as we got home. Today it just feels like I have a bad cold (I do a lateral flow test nearly every day and always negative).

As part of my Christmas pressies from hubby, I got a Brother Colour Label Printer, which can print anything onto assorted width sticky label material. Very useful for actual labelling, plus envelopes etc, but I had seen it demonstrated for cardmaking and scrapbooking etc. I used it to make toppers for my Thank You cards, plus the personalised 'inserts'. It is very compact and easy to use. You know that I love my crafty tech, and I will be trying it out for lots of different projects.

Here are some photos of the process and the finished cards.

Happy New Year to you all. It has been a sunny day in Pembrokeshire, and just about to go out for my 2nd walk of the day (just short ones down to my favourite field on the farm). Determined to lose the weight gained when I stopped having ponies/donkey to care for and Menopause hit.

Ali x

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Seasons Greetings from Pembrokeshire, where the sun is trying to shine.

Christmas - won't go into details, but not the truly happy time with family that it should be. Next year we intend to go to Spain!

Today I am very tired, but actually not as bad as feared (after 11 hours of travelling yesterday), so getting a bit of laundry done, planning to at least start taking down the decorations and typing up this blog post. If you would like to join in with the weekly blog hop around crafty workspaces or just nosy to find out more, then go HERE.

No crafting happening yet, although planning to continue with a journalling course this week and make some Thank You cards. On my crafty table there is a box with the contents of the Crafters Companion Advent Calendar - a good mix of stamps, dies, embossing folders and a paper pad. I bought myself a magazine in the motorway services yesterday also. You can just see the edge of Maddie Moate's book - a signed copy, which I got as a present for the 2 grandchildren who live locally (they are too young, so it will sit on my bookshelf for now).

(The tatted hankies are sitting there ready to be made into a scrapbook page eventually.)

Hope everyone is well. No COVID here, except for the man who came to clean the ovens last week. We kept away from him and he was wearing a mask, so only had negative lateral flow test results since (I test myself every 3 days at least - more often if I am around other people.)

Back next week, with some crafting to show off.

Ali x

ps I did get my Covid Booster - had a sore arm immediately, which worsened over about 48 hours, along with extreme fatigue. Otherwise I was ok.

pps A few people contacted me asking about the box of stamps that I will be sorting out. This will be done by next week and I will do a blog post showing all that is available. Email me ( if you would like to be notified.

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