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Wednesday 31 July 2019

WOYWW #530- The Extreme Enabling Edition!

Indeed, due to me struggling somewhat this week- finding myself very, very breathless just moving around the house, I have done very little but sit at my PC and shop!
 I have to say that the Enabler got Enabled last week- Thanks Helen (StampingbyH)- who showed a  this fab stamp set from Paper Artsy, as well as the coloured wings from Lord Tim.
 As usual Wednesday means WOYWW, so I'll be popping over to leave my link with our Fabulous Leader, Julia, over at The Stamping Ground.

Speaking of Tim, these also happened to fall into my basket. I do love masks- except clown ones, they're creepy- and as well as the large ones, you get lots of small sizes too. And I can never have too many bats. Ever.

Occasionally, thoughts of Christmas cards wander through my mind, so this edger/cover type may well come in handy. That'll be some real fast cards.

Not newly bought, but thought I'd give you a better view of the Chocolate Baroque house stamps I've been working with.
This one is called English Cottages.

This one is Townhouses. Both come with an assortment of extras- trees/shrubs/signposts etc.

This is where I'm at so far, after they're coloured, I'm going to blend in some pale blue for a patch of sky behind them, and them maybe some footpath & lawn up to the house.

I've been doing the colouring with that set of Zenacolor II pencils I bought and showed you a few months ago, and for a real 'budget' price, they perform really well for what I want.
 And so I'm done. Second Chemo finished, and apart from it causing extreme breathlessness this time, not too bad.

Which just leaves..................And Finally................

Wednesday 24 July 2019

WOYWW #529- The Goodbye to Erika Edition.

Writing this on Tuesday evening, and today was the day we said our goodbyes to Erika.
It was a lovely celebration of Erikas life, many tears were shed, and many happy memories shared.
 The Crematorium is newly opened, and is a beautiful building, in a woodland setting, which she would have loved.
 You can see from the picture what a lovely tranquil setting it is, and get an idea of how many people came to her funeral.
 It literally was packed, with people standing at the sides and back, as well as all the seating being full.
Everyone we spoke to said the same- everyone liked Erika, it was impossible not to. She was so warm and open, and lived life to the full. She is going to be so very missed by all who had the good fortune to have met her, and those who got to know her through her love of crafting, both in real life & online.

She was a regular at Pauline Butchers Inky Workshops, and one of the other group members made up this collage, which was at this weeks Workshop, so Erika was still with them. Pauline brought it along to the wake.  We also were given a small bag containing a handful of wild flower seeds, which we were asked to scatter anywhere we liked, so people would see them flowering, and smile. That way Erika would still be making people smile even though she's not with us anymore, which we thought was a lovely idea.

After we left the wake, we met up with our Amazing Leader, Julia, in a local Costas for a drink and a catch up. We had a couple of hours of fun and laughter, and a break from the heat in the air conditioned Costas. It was an incredibly hot day, mid 30's I believe.
 So, the reason you're here- my desk.
I stamped out some house images, from a couple of sets by Chocolate Baroque I bought a few weeks ago, and have been playing around with my coloured pencils.
 Slowly but surely getting them coloured.

I freely admit that this week I'm falling down on the job of Enabler in Chief! Haven't actually bought anything for a week or two, so I'll have to try harder for next week. 😀

Second chemo this Friday, the first one seems to have gone OK, not been ill or anything, so fingers crossed.

Which just leaves.....And Finally.......

Quick Edit: Ian posted on FB today- the Funeral Director counted the guests at the funeral- 155! That says everything about her.

Wednesday 17 July 2019

WOYWW #528- The Not a lot Happening Edition.

And there isn't much happening, I'm afraid.
 Feeling very 'can't be bothered at the moment. Not ill, apart from a dry mouth driving me nuts, but what's that in the great scheme of things? Just very can't be asked.
 So I'm afraid today I will be mostly enabling.😉Follow up from last weeks Sizzix Sale mention, my goodies arrived. Lots of great bargains there, many half price, or even way less. Still on, by the way. The BS Caddy, for instance, £4.50, instead of £17.99. And anyone thinking about getting a TH Sidekick, now's your chance, they're £22.50 on there, which is half price. (Page 4, I think, lol).

My Gnomes stamps, from Chocolate Baroque arrived, called A Tomte Christmas.

Someone on FB posted a pic of this stand available on Amazon, for holding those PF, or the cheaper version, brushes. Comes flatpacked, you just have to put it together.

I'll be a little late visiting some people, as I have a Diabetic Eye Test Screening mid-morning, which involves drops that blur your vision, so will be a while before I can see clearly enough to type, I expect.
 And I'm done here, now. Leaving my link over at Julia's place, The Stamping Ground, and I will gradually get around to everyone.

Wednesday 10 July 2019

WOYWW #527- The Post Holiday Edition.

.....Aaaand we're back! Had a great week away, I'll add a few photos at the end. Back to our regular Wednesday meeting over at Julia's place, The Stamping Ground.

 First up then, the desk shot. Actually shots, as I can't get it all in in one. Not that its a huge desk, but only have a couple of feet between that and the table along the wall behind me, so I can't stand far enough back.

A stack of ATC's started before we went away, for some swaps within one of the Lavinia stamps groups on FB.
All pretty self explanatory- a pot of paint brushes, my cauldron!,the twirly boxes full of stuff and things.

The UFO boxes- yes, they multiplied- a few finished cards. babywipes,microfibre cloth, a Corner Chomper, mini Tonic guillotine, which is identical to the one that's the TH/Tonic one, except for the colour. It cuts perfectly, which, as the Tim one is Black & White, rather annoys me, lol.

Now, I have some new Chocolate Baroque stamps on order, the Gnome ones, but they're not here yet, so that'll be next weeks enabling!😁.
But, in order to maintain my reputation, I will tell you that Sizzix UK currently has a huge sale going on, with loads of their own, and Tim Holtz, cutting dies/embossing folders, and some stamps at really excellent prices. So, I'll just leave that there.😉

Above are a couple of things I brought back for my windows- they're Good Luck charms, and intended to ward off the Evil Eye originally.
Now this pic has a story behind it. When we go on holiday, we have a challenge to buy each other gifts, but they must not cost more than 5€ in total. We did it twice this time.The cat is sweet, as are the tiny penguin & pig.
 The Island shape soap is made from Goats milk, but the funny one is the donkey shaped soap- it really has Donkey milk in it! Who knew that was a thing?
I'll probably be late round today, as I have a hospital appointment at 9.10 to have a PICC line inserted in my arm ready for my chemo, the first treatment is on Friday morning. The PICC line stays in for the next 12 weeks, but is a much better way to do it than them having to find a willing vein every couple of weeks! Having had chemo once, my veins are rubbish- it's a bit like trying to get blood out of a stone- and as for trying to get anything into them well, that's a whole other story.
 So, that just brings us round to .....And Finally........

True Dat!

And now for a few holiday pics, so you can skip past and carry on visiting if you want.😊

There was alcohol involved- regularly,lol. After all, hydration is important in hot weather.😎

 This one above shows the only working traditional windmill in Greece.
 Amazing scenery from up in the mountains.

A very silly, cheeky parrot in one of the beachside bars.

And these last screen shots from Google maps, show how much of the Island we covered on the Quad. I can also say, with clear & definite knowledge, that many things classed as roads by the Greeks, and Google for that matter, use the term in the loosest possible sense. Mainly meant there wasn't actually any trees growing in it! The orange dots in the top right mark out Kos town, where we were staying. Most of the south side of the island is only accessible via boat.

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