About Moi

I was born in June 1981, I'm a hearing impaired paper-crafter who loves all things crafty. I sew, although I'm still very much a novice at sewing. I bake and cook hopefully all kinds of delicious treats. I have a huge passion for photography and the camera {yes I'm old school I still use an actual camera} is never far from me. I also love creative writing from making up sentiments/verses for my cards and other paper-craft projects to penning some fiction. I am an avid reader and I may even throw in some book reviews on here too!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Birthday Owl

Once again I have used the stamps from Hobby Art to create this birthday card.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Birthday Greetings once more

I have used water colour card for this poppy from Hobby Art, for yet another Birthday Card.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Happy Birthday

It is birthday time again.  This time it's a cute lamb image for a child's birthday from Ike's Art

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Hidden Desires

The theme for the challenge over at Ikes World Challenges is Hidden Desires and wow did this get me thinking.  Do I even have a hidden desire?  If so how could I put this across creatively?  I decided that there is one hidden desire that I've had for a long time, since I was a child in fact.  To have a job that involved books.  For that reason I've chosen to use this exploding book image replacing the dots on the image with liquid pearls.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Use what you already own.

It is use stash you already have over at International Art & Soul this fortnight and I must confess I don't find this very difficult.  I only buy new stuff if I absolutely need it.  So I was happy to dig out images and card I have had for months.  I've used the dreamcatcher image from Ikes Art and coloured it with promarkers that I have had for years.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Easter Greetings

I don't give out many Easter Cards, I don't really know if they are the done thing or not.  Anyway, here's the very few I do give.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Fridge Magnets

I am something of a Hobby Art fan and have used some of their stamps to create these new fridge magnets.  I am hoping depending upon postal rules and regulations that I shall be able to make some as Christmas Gifts.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Birthday Wishes

I am still using the Poppy Stamps from Hobby Art mainly because I love them so much.  To be honest I also LOVE the brushos that I used to create the background too.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Cooking and Food Demons

I love being in the kitchen whether it is cooking or baking. For me the heart of the home is the kitchen and that love expresses itself to others and for others in the things I cook for them. I have no special repertoire I make anything from cakes to Jams, Marmalades, Chutneys and everything in between. I admit my favourite is savoury though...I don’t have a sweet tooth and savoury is a comforter. That said I don’t really see food as comforting...I have plenty of food demons. Not just in things I dislike {spicy, peppery, chilli foods} but also with a fear...a fear that I shouldn’t be eating.

I had some strange notions, well strange to most people, from as early as I can remember. I was never keen on bread, hated butter in sandwiches, and quite honestly preferred to eat salad or fruit to anything else. I’m sure this was fine until I was around people...that started at primary school...eating salad and not wanting chips or crisp wasn’t the done thing. Every meal time became a struggle...I just wanted to be left alone yet that wasn’t going to ever happen. By the time I reached secondary school I would skip breakfast and most days lunch then pick at a meal in the evening knowing that I shouldn’t be eating it. I was fat and only going to get fatter if I ate anything yet at the same time I couldn’t eat salad it wasn’t right I should be eating chips like all the other kids. For 21 years I skipped meals and the older I got the more days there were when I wouldn’t eat at all. Some weeks there could be more days I didn’t eat than there were when I would eat. Ironically it didn’t do my weight any good...if anything I put more weight on.

Three years ago with help from a GP, who knew enough about me to know I was struggling I started to slowly eat again. At first it was small achievements...a spoonful of cereal, a bite of a cake… I had learnt to bake because of allergies and buying pre-made wasn’t an option but also I felt that feeding others made them tolerate me and it gave them something to talk about other than my weight.

Since then I’ve done relatively well, unless in company I eat at least one meal every day...usually two if you count a snack at lunch...I still struggle some days with breakfast but I’m working on that. I have made marmalade in the hope it will encourage me to eat breakfast on the days I don’t feel like cereal. I also make teacakes for the same reasons.

What gets me the most these days is that every other advert on TV, and in a lot of other places involve healthy eating...not balanced, not treats but pure only good clean healthy weight loss inducing food. It’s not that I don’t want to lose weight, that said since I have actually started eating I have lost weight. It’s more that if I’m not following the trend when it comes to food...chips when I was young, fat free, zero sugar now I am not entitled to eat or enjoy food because it will make me fat and then I’m back to being the one everyone can use as an example of how not to be. So yes some days I struggle to pass even water over my lips in fear. Today happens to be one of those days which is why I’m sharing a foody post...Pasties, Quiche without pastry...something that I have been teased and told how daft and silly it is not to have pastry on quiche for decades, Cherry Oat Squares, meringues and Cherry Pies...they have no pastry on the bottom so technically aren’t a pie but pastry is another thing I’m not keen on!

Sunday, 4 February 2018


The theme at International Art & Soul is Texture.  There are lots of ways to add texture but I choose to use embossing powder, glitter, texture paste and the sparkle snow like texture stuff from Imagination Crafts.  The image is from the Stag stamps at my favourite physical stamp store Hobby Art