Wednesday, 25 January 2012


I haven’t been around much since Christmas because I’ve been quite poorly with my M.E. and haven’t been able to do much. What spare energy I have had, has been used trying to get to grips with Sheba, my new Black Cat Cougar cutter. As you will see from my last blog post, I’ve finally started to see the light at the end of the tunnel and managed to cut my first successful piece.

This is my desk for this week’s WOYWW. (If you don’t know what WOYWW is, click on the link in my sidebar, which will take you to Julia’s website – she organises this weekly hop around our various studios and craft rooms so we can be thoroughly nosey and check up on how messy we are all being!!)

As you can see, there isn’t much happening! At the back is the card I made with Sheba – I’m really pleased with how it turned out! On the left, the white lump is the defunct drive from my NAS drive, all wrapped up in layers of foam rubber, getting ready to be sent back to Seagate for a replacement under warranty. You wouldn’t believe the trouble I’ve had over this – first of all working through all the troubleshooting to find out what was wrong, and then all the procedure for sending it back – they certainly don’t make it easy! The stipulations for packing are beyond belief, especially as the wretched thing is broken!!!

On the right, is my little face mould that I bought on Ebay a while back – it’s a Sculpey mould as far as I remember – and has lots of different sized faces on it. In an idle moment yesterday, I filled them all with air-dry clay and they are hardening. When they are done they will go in a box ready for use – I’ve got a mixed media project starting to gel in my mind that I want to try with one of them. I bought some cheap canvases in Lidl the other day which will do.

On the brown table is a heap of stuff (as usual) – paperwork demanding attention, and stuff to put away. this always gets neglected when I’m poorly because I’m too brainfogged to tackle it, and haven’t the energy to use up on such boring pursuits as tidying up!

I’m making a real effort to join in WOYWW this week, as I haven’t made a very good start to 2012, have I!

Hope you all have a great week and produce lots of lovely creative stuff.


  1. Hi Shoshi. Thanks for your lovely comments on my cards. Hope you are feelingn stronger every day. When i use air-dry clay i unmould straight away as it seems to take a long time to dry, even out here and I turn it a couple of times each day. We actually have a couple of Lidl stores near here and I bought a few of their canvasses too. I am supposed to be doing an online watercolour course, but apart from downloading the lessons each fortnight, I haven't made much progress so far! My 'to put away' pile far exceeds yours and I don't have your excuse (sorry reason) for leaving it. I must have a sort out soon! Kate x

  2. More energy for you today! Last post - I really thought Sheba was a cat at first!!

  3. Hi there. Thanks for sharing your creative space with us nosey parkers today. It's always inspiring to see. Hope you have plenty of creative fun this coming week. I have that mould too and love it. I tend to use sculpy or fimo soft for my moulds and do a batch at a time too, They are great for loads of projects.

  4. Hiya hunni lovely to see you even if it's now and again.Dorry to hear about your acute phase of ME i have been bedridden over weekend got up today at 11.15 now 11.40 and ready to lie down so i so understand where your coming from.My joints feel like ive been run over by a bus!lol.Mine i think has been brought on by stress not been good start to 2012 for me.Here's wishing you better and pacing yourself
    love n hugs get well wishes.
    Have fab wednesday and creative week
    hugs judex17

  5. Sorry to hear you are not well, hope you have more energy soon. The card you have made is super, enjoy your new cutter/Sheba. Have a great Wednesday, Laura

  6. Just starting round two of my desk tour (I got to the mid-forties this morning). Sorry you haven't been well but hope that things are looking up for you and you get a few more play-days.
    Ann B

  7. Sorry to hear that you haven't been well and for all your troubles with the Cougar. I'm still muddling along with my ol' Cricut.

  8. I have to admit I've never heard of the Black Cat but I like what you can do with it! Sorry to hear about your flare up, seems there's a lot of sufferers of ME these days, makes you wonder exactly what is causing it doesn't it? Hope you feel better soon.

    Brenda 99

  9. Lots of things in there places on your desk. I'm glad to hear that you and Sheba are working out your relationship. May you two cut some wonderful designs in the near future. Meanwhile, I hope you feel better soon. I feel the creeping crud coming on myself.

  10. Love the card you have made, sorry to hear you havent been well hope you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing :)

    BEcky no 56 x

  11. I have had ME for over 13 years now and now what a struggle every day is and how it changes from hour to hour, sorry to hear your having a bad time Hope you start to feel as well as possible very soon Lou #82

  12. Hi Shoshi, sorry you've been feeling poorly, but glad you joined in today!

    happy woyww

    debs #117

  13. Lovely crafty place! :) Happy WOYWW and I hope you feel better soon! Hugs, Joanna #123
    Ps. And you have a new follower now, too! :)

  14. Hope your health improves.... how frustrating to have the problems with the NAS drive. The moulds should be fun and I look forward to seeing how they come along.

  15. Hi there - nice to see you again. Hope you're recovering well. I love that blue and silver (?) card - the pattern is gorgeous!
    Hugs, LLJ #45 xx

  16. Well despite all you have managed so much so well. Well done! I really hope things get on an even keel for you again for a while.
    Just a tip... I always remove my clays of any type from the moulds as they will dry much quicker. Hope it helps. A dusting of Pearlex or talc helps them to pop out easily too.
    Hugs JoZarty x

  17. absolutely don't waste energy tidying!! just have fun with all the good stuff. It will be interesting to see what mixed media things you come up with from a face mould..... hmmmmm


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