Wednesday, 22 December 2010

WOYWDW and lots of other news

At last I am back here….after such a long time away. When my life is not 100% perfect, that little creative bit of me disappears completely…it seems to me that if it is needed elsewhere it goes, and sucks all my creativity with it! This is why I’ve not blogged for a while. I’ve so missed the online community and the buzz I get from peeking in on other peoples’ lives and checking their workdesks and getting encouraging words in return. I have felt incredibly unsettled and the stress of Christmas hasn’t helped. I used to LOVE the season and all the preparations…what went wrong?!

Happily, today, at last I had a creative blast and finally managed to machine stitch a new design. I was blown away yesterday when Hope (nearly 8) announced ‘the black cat was so fat he sat on the mat wearing a hat!’ I LOVE it! I decided to bring it to life for her today and here it is… in progress. I have added words on Picasa too and will test the market in the New Year to see if people like the words as much as I do when I make it into a card. Legs are all wrong....I shall work on them!

Here is my workspace….cluttered as usual but I have to have so much stuff out just to create one small thing..... If you want to sneek a peek at a few other workspaces pop over here!

I just had to share my 'non' Christas tree with you! Last year the tree I really wanted was £50.00.... WAY too much to pay, so since then I've decided to support ASBAH instead (the association for spina bifida and hydrocephalus).  They have been so wonderful and supported our family when we've needed them, and now is one of those times.
Grace thinks my tree is rubbish!!!!! 
I hope she'll understand one day....

I have been keeping myself very busy making stuff to sell at various craft fairs….none of which have made me rich! It has been very useful to find out what sells well and listening to what people say….so I am fired up to put my little books on Etsy in the New Year. I know I’ve missed Christmas but they will make sweet little Valentine and Mother’s day pressies.I realise that people like my card designs, so putting them onto the books was a good move!

VERY frosty morning!
And has been incredibly cold here in England. This picture was taken on my dogwalk a couple of days ago. Yes...I know I have a few grey hairs BUT NOT THAT MANY....Jack Frost to blame!!!!! I think it was about minus 7 at the time
I’m hoping to spend two days a week creating new designs too just as soon as life settles down here and I can concentrate. I feel like I’m juggling too many balls in the air at the moment…I must try and be organised. Time to start thinking about my New Year resolutions…..and my NON resolutions too!


Susan Allan said...

Hi Moira
I have missed you and I am really glad you are back. The cat is perfect. Love the fabulous!!

Yes it certainly is cold here and it is getting a bit boring now, could do with a few days at 10 degrees or above.

LOve the tree and hope you feel more your old self asap.
Happy Cristmas.
Sue xxx

Violets Corner said...

The cat is brilliant, I love it! And the tree is fab with the good thought behind it.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Warm hugs

Twiglet said...

A great post thanks for sharing your cat pic - fab, your tree - I love it. I also checked out lots of your crafty stuff on earlier posts - brilliant!!
Have a merry Christmas and a crafty and healthy New Year!

butlersabroad said...

So nice to have you back Moira! Love the cat, especially the hat! Great makes as always and the tree is lovely and very thoughtful. My inlaws left Cambridge for Cumbria in what they described as an absolute blizzard! makes for lovely photos though, and they aren't grey hairs it's just Jack Frost up to his mischief!

Have a wonderful Christmas
Brenda 45

JoZart said...

Your non Christmas tree is fantastic! The fresh ones here were £50 this year so I resurrected a fake pine one form the loft but wish I'd done something similar to yours! Love black cat! The word verification is mange... hope that' cat doesn't have it!! Tee hee!
Happy Christmas,
JoZarty x

sandra de said...

The black cat is gorgeous and I really like your tree. We can waste so much money on mass produced stuff and what you have created is lovely.
Have a lovely christmas. Sandra

Marjo said...

Awesome creations. Thanks for the peek and sharing. Happy Holidays and creative crafting in the New Year.

Hugs, Marjo #5

Minxy said...

Nice to have you back and crafting again, sometimes a break away is a good thing, even if it doesn't feel like it at the time x
Your cat is darling, and i totally love your tree.
Wishing you Happy Christmas :D
Minxy #4

Sandie said...

Lovely to see what you have been up to, Moira. Love the mini albums & Hope's cat poem. You've done it justice!
I know what you mean about the Christmas spirit. I'm tagging a long but the excitement is missing - hopefully I'll catch it when I am with my family Christmas day.

oneoff said...

Your tree is beautiful, and so is the reason behind it.

The cat is fabulous. She definitely has an eye for fashion, and I can imagine plenty of stories featuring the cat in the hat.

Bernie #59

Spyder said...

well, I LOVE your Christmas tree it's fabulous!! Love the cat too. Have a Lovely Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


Sandra Rowney said...

Amused at the startled look on the cat's face! Happy Christmas!

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet Moira, these are wonderful news! Coming over to wish you JOY and LOVE for a wonderful Christmas my sweet friend..thank you for all the blessings you have given me this year. Love to you! Love to you!

Nicky said...

Love your cat his wonderful and your tree is brilliant - hope you had a great Christmas ~ Nicky 52

Holly said...

Sorry I'm late making my rounds.. I hope you had a great Holiday.. I love your non-Christmas tree I think it's a great idea.. Just think you could decorate it for each holiday and have it up all year! I hope your staying warm and life is getting back on track for ya..

Holly #82/83