Saturday, 31 May 2008


Well I've been having a good time this week! I spoke to the lady from the PTA who is in charge of organising Bel's School Fair and I'm now having a little stall there, all proceeds are going to the School so its going to be mainly more printable bits like I made the other day which I can sell for "pocket money" prices and which haven't cost me too much to make - and besides that they're really satisfying to make up! I've found several sites which have lovely, inexpensive things to download and which also have an angel policy so that they're fine to use for craft fairs etc. This is my list, I'd love to hear of any more which people may know of!
Cuddly BuddlyBits of Ivory

I'm hoping to make some more this weekend and will post some more pics after that!

Monday, 26 May 2008


Well here are the cards I made yesterday, apart from one very small shopping trip I made in the week I haven't bought anything new for a while (just reminded myself I haven't scanned the cards I made a few days ago with the results of the shopping, I'll do that in a mo!) and was feeling rather uninspired so I had a rummage to the bottom of my craft unit and tried to use some items I haven't used for a while - my Ikea bargain papers, alcohol inks and acetate just to mention a few!

Today I decided to make a few bits and pieces for Bel's School Fair in a couple of weeks' time, and following a visit to Cuddly Buddly I had a lovely day making up these

I've used Cuddly Buddly graphics before but not the printable boxes, and I'd definitely recommend them, they're easy to make and fit together beautifully... the only problem I had was deciding which ones to buy! And before I forget here are the cards made with the bits I bought - I have never used the Dufex decoupage before but its very effective - although not see easy to scan or photograph easily!


Well after a busy fortnight, both at work and at home I've finally managed to get somw precious cardmaking time, and I've hardly anything to do today (other than roasting a chicken) except crafting - woo hoo!! Here's a couple I did manage to make last week:-

I've got a couple more I made yesterday which I haven't had a chance to scan yet (I can't get to thg big computer at the mo) and hope to make some more today so watch this space!

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Toe by Toe

As you may know from previous posts, my Daughter is quite severely Dyslexic – she was tested when she was 6 ½ (apparently the earliest they test for it in our area) and it was confirmed (although we obviously already had our suspicions). Now she is 8 she is quite a way behind most of her classmates but is going through a stage where she is most enthusiastic about learning to read and write properly. When she was first diagnosed we had had the Toe by Toe system recommended to us – we discussed this with the School but they felt she was probably too young for it at the time. Now that she’s a bit older and showing so much enthusiasm we have bought the book and done our first four sessions (usually not long after she wakes up as she starts each day wanting to do her “lesson!”)

If you haven’t heard of it the Toe by Toe website is here for anyone that is interested. It takes things right back to basics and can show dramatic increases in a child’s reading age.

We’re quite hopeful that its really going to help her and hopefully once we’ve done it through the last bit of the Summer term and also through the Summer Holidays that she’ll start Year 5 in September having taken a big step forward!

Monday, 5 May 2008

I'm still here!

Apologies for lack of blogging, time just seems to slip away at the moment - I had thought after the Show I'd have more time but it doesn't seem to be working out that way! Anyway, I shall attempt to catch up and then get myself back into blogging (and cardmaking) routine again!

We have really springlike weather here in Hastings today which is great as its Hastings Jack in the green Festival today
Here's a few photos:-

Hastings on Bank Holiday Monday is also host to an unofficial but ever-growing motorbike meet - we have had up to 20,000 in previous years, but I reckon this year will have broken all records! They are everywhere, the seafront carpark is full with bikes (its closed to cars today), they are parked on the promenade all the way up to the pier (which is actually in St.Leonards-on-Sea, and on every spare bit of concrete anywhere in Hastings! This was the seafront earlier this morning

We came home before the end but the procession ended up at Hastings Castle where at 3 o'clock Jack will be "slain" to release the spirit of Summer for another year.

One piece of news, Del has at last received his Sleep Apnoea mask - he has had it for a week now and he reckons its making a difference, even though its not easy to get used to! He has to go back on the 19th May and they've told him that provided everything is OK he should get his Bus Licence back almost straight after that!!

Its been a very long wait (he was first referred to the Sleep Clinic in August last year) but it looks like the end is finally in sight!

I had managed some cardmaking, although not as much as I would have liked! Here's a few:-