Wednesday, 28 February 2018


Not a lot on my desk today because I cleared it last night. I can’t tell you why there’s a CD case on my desk today – it’s part of my mystery project, which, by the way, is coming on nicely.


I can show you a work in progress background for the mystery project.

234 Inside Back Cover Inking and Stencilling

The next picture is not part of the mystery project but a spin-off from it.

233 Inside Back Cover Cleaning off the Stencil

I’ve been experimenting a bit with my Distress Stains. I’ve got loads of them but rarely use them because I don’t like the delivery system – the dauber top gives a really streaky result. Some time ago I came across a tutorial on how to remove the dauber and transfer the contents into a spray bottle, and I’ve wanted to do this for ages. I think I will get more use out of them in this form. I put a couple of colours in spray bottles and eventually I think most of them will be transferred. The above samples were produced initially by cleaning off the stencil, and I added more ink pad and Distress Stains – not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. In real life they are quite shimmery, with the Delicata White Sparkle stamp (which is more silver than white) and the Antique Bronze Distress Stain.

A few days ago the new rack arrived for my craft boards. I wrote a post about it here. It’s lovely and substantial and works a treat.

01 Rack for Boards

Here it is in position. Already I am finding a huge difference, having the boards in the rack, and the partitioned box for all my bits and pieces.

02 Rack for Boards in Use

It’s so cold again today! Whatever I do I can’t seem to get warm. We are getting most unusual snow in Torquay – we are more accustomed to mild weather which suits our palm trees! Here’s a view from the bedroom window earlier today.

04 From Bedroom

Everyone goes on about the snow in such a negative way. I know all about falls and broken hips, and burst pipes, and traffic problems… but I can’t get over my childhood excitement at the sight of snow and how magical and beautiful it is.

The forecast says we’ll get most of the snow tomorrow, and then it should get warmer.


On Sunday I was alone in the house and heard the most almighty bang, and thought a bomb had gone off in the street! Then I remembered the kittens were running around upstairs, so I went up to investigate. This is what I found in my hubby’s room.

01 Someone's Been Naughty 24-2-18

It was a beautiful heavy glass bowl that had been given to him as a present by our old church in Plymouth when we left in 1999. I think it was Ruby. Lily was wandering around on the landing looking smug, as if to say, “It wasn’t me…” and then Ruby appeared, looking scared and guilty!! I told them both that I’d come closer than ever, today, to selling them on Ebay.

Here are a couple more videos.

On Sunday, the kittens were 9 months old! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, and how big they now are.

A few days ago, we were a bit concerned about some new behaviour – they’ve had several spats, with growling and hissing, and Ruby arching her back and turning her tail into a bottle brush. My hubby thinks she’s trying to assert herself and become the boss cat. Up until now they’ve been nothing but loving with each other – two sweet little sisters who have always got on, so it’s a bit disturbing. Yesterday and today, however, they seem to be back to normal. I suppose it’s all part of growing up.

Health Update

I now have a date for my operation – Wednesday 28th March. I have to turn up at 7.30 a.m. – horrendously early! However, I’m not going to believe it’s actually happening until they pump the anaesthetic into my arm, going by their past record for postponements. I shan’t know until the day whether they will agree to give me a PICC line from the outset. If not, I shall insist on having one the moment the first cannula fails as I don’t want a repeat of what happened last year.

On the letter it tells me I will be in four nights. This is a standard letter for this sort of operation and doesn’t really mean much, as they will always judge each case individually, and given my previous experiences, it’s likely that I’ll take a bit longer to recover than the average, because of my ME. Also, like for the first operation in 2015, I shall be in over Easter, and this means that four nights on will take us to Sunday morning, which is Easter Sunday, followed by Easter Monday which is a bank holiday, and last time, the same thing applied, and there was nobody to discharge me until the Tuesday, when the pharmacy also re-opened, and they won’t send you home without your drugs. So I think I shall be in for a minimum of 6 nights.

My hubby is going back to the fracture clinic tomorrow. Hopefully they will tell him he can drive again. Yesterday the car went in for servicing and MOT, which means it should also be in tip-top condition for its return to the road, just like my hubby haha!

So we’ll have a few weeks of normality before I go into hospital. We are going to enjoy it while we can, and if the snow permits it.

Meantime, I am cracking on with my mystery project in the hope that it will be finished before my operation.


  1. Love the in-your-face purple! It jumps off the page....that metal divider is excellent, I'm glad it works so well for you. And hooray for getting a date for the op, let's hope it happens on that date!
    Hugs LLJ 14 xx

  2. glad the date for the op has come through - hopefully no postponements! that naughty kitty....I love the purple too... Such a tease not telling us about this project! Off to bed now, it's still snowing here though we've not got very much. (so far!) Helen #1

  3. So love that purple and the rack is great. I have one but it's not as good as that but they are very useful for stuff you use often and need them to be easy to find. Lots of snow here today and we could hardly see when we took the dogs for their walk, naturally we were all wrapped up well including them! Happy woyww, Angela x16x

  4. Love that purple paper, that's a cool stencil. It's good to have your op date, but I guess you are just philosophical about it by now - fingers crossed it happens as scheduled. Look after yourself, Happy WOYWW Cindy #19

  5. Hi Shoshi, great news that you have a date (a Wednesday too!). Hope there are no delays or postponements. It's a shame about that bowl. i do love that purple background using the TH stencil. The stains are the only Distress products that I never bothered with (although I have everything else). I like the sprays in particular. Keep warm, especially tomorrow as it's supposed to be particularly bad down your way. Hope hubby is back driving again soon. Sarah #15

  6. Hi Shoshi. What naughty cats!!! No wonder you felt like putting them up for sale on Ebay! Your poor hubby - such a beautiful gift lost. Glad you have a date for the op. Trusting it all goes well for you - however long you need to be in:-) Seems your secret project is coming along nicely - looking forward to seeing it when finished.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #2

  7. Your mystery project sounds intriguing, I love the purple background but I also love the neutrals on black - very striking and I'm sure you'll come up with a fabulous use for them. The rack is a very good idea, it's amazing how many things we accumulate over the years - mine boards are stacked against the wall and often slide onto the floor which is so irritating - I might be nabbing another idea from you!
    I've enjoyed catching up with your kitty antics, I wonder if it might be hormones kicking in and they are getting a bit 'teenager-ish' - just a thought. I hope your hubby wasn't too upset about the bowl.
    Great news about your op - I'll have my fingers crossed it all goes ahead on the day. It's certainly been a time coming hasn't it.
    Like you we dont' usually get snow but I'm enjoying looking out at the snow and won't be leaving the house until it's all gone - two days is just perfect! Our heating is struggling to keep the house warm and I'm sitting with my feet on a hot water bottle!
    Have a good week, and thanks so much for stopping by my desk,
    Diana x #18

  8. Looking forward to seeing the mystery project, glad it seems to be progressing well. And I hope the operation goes ahead and goes well for you Shoshi....

  9. Hi Shoshi. My favourite colour, purple. Love the stencil and the colours. So pleased you finally have a date for your op. Not great that you will be in for 6 days! I was in for just over 3 weeks last year ... far too long! Have a lovely week, Heather x #31


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