Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Finding Your Crafting Way

I promised Jane a blog post as a few weeks back she graciously wrote a blog post for me on finding your crafting mojo , this was the crafting version of throwing a gauntlet down but instead it would be scissors  As I've had a lot of time on my hands recently I thought I'd better follow the advice on Jane's blog post. 

1. Planning What You want to do.

I think once you've established your crafting project then you can get planning with what you need to do , the first time I did was establish as to what crafting goodies I had in the house . I opened magazines abundant about the place and sorted them out , I then decided upon a small project and it was all systems go . Planning has also included writing this blog post ~ coughs I'm about 2 weeks late but I don't think Jane has noticed , you'll not tell her will you now ?! You could get yourself a notebook and write down any ideas you might have so then you've a point of reference when your crafting mojo goes awol.

2. Recycle and reuse 

Recycle and reuse what you've got , how many times do you get a present that's wrapped in some sort of ribbon / lace and thought that's pretty . You'll be amazed when you start looking around what you can reuse even the pretty insides of envelopes can be a crafting inspiration.

3 .Beginning to craft 

If you've never crafting before in your life and haven't a clue where to start then buying a magazine like Quick cards is a good start as they'll cope with free gifts that can help you start your craft stash . Trust me once you start crafting you'll soon amass a crafting stash and you might even find that people start giving you things and of course there are always the competitions you can enter . Start off simply and build up your skills gracefully , using prefolded cards can help you as once you know what your dealing with you can have a go yourself.

4 .Seeking Inspiration 

As mentioned in point 1 planning is a good way to helping you were your inspiration as is Pinterest also getting out with your camera is another way of getting inpisired . Inspirational ideas can hit you at any point so do keep a look out !! 

5. The Finished Article 

I used a kit that came with my craft magazine and it was really easy and knowing that I could take my time with it even though it was a relatively simple kit really boosted my confidence. I made the card and I even tweeted out a picture to the magazine the kit had come with.


I've joined with a linky called "Shopping our  stash "

"shopping our stash "

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Coping When Structure Goes Out The Window

Coping when structure goes out the window is very hard and that's what I've been having to deal with over the past few weeks work wise . I'll not go into reasons but for my self who needs the structure it's been a little disconcerting. I've had to try and implement my own structure and this has included making Chutney for the first time , washing the car , and taking myself to the NEC Uk Photograghy show . 

Going places on my own is very daunting I do have to say and this is where I have to be brave and plan to within an inch of my life , I have to know that I'm going to get there . The NEC is a huge place and previously I had been there in the car with my husband for various shows . This is where I looked on the internet and asked my friends on Twitter , I checked and tripled checked , it was then I booked my train tickets standard going out with seats reserved . Coming back I booked first class for a £5 upgrade as I knew the crowds coming back would freak me and I really could not be doing with the hustle and bustle.

The need to prepare physically comes with with the social anxiety side , I'm not sure about anyone else but sometimes I play out scenarios in my head that never comes to fruition , I tell my brain that this is a time space thief that is not welcome.

I have and this is completely essential have events planned ahead in order to function although this may completely alien to someone in my shoes again it comes down to preparing myself socially , mentally and physically.  

1. I set myself self small achievable goals in order to face my fears.

2. Excercise I'm getting on my bicycle and walking more , this where point 1 comes in for me .

3. Keep talking I know this might sound counter intuitive but I talk to lots of people about how I'm feeling , how I might feel and what happened when I did something . There are all many of talking therapies including CBT now when I tried CBT it didn't work for me but what worked instead was finding out about the therapy myself and working through it. 

4. Healthy eating I'm doing my very best to make sure I eat healthily and combine this with excercise so far I've lost half a stone slow and steady gets the cake . I'm really not sure I can throw myself into any slimming groups , I'd rather gather up a bit of everything .

5. Treat yourself once in a while and one of my favourite places to treat myself in Derby is the Cathedral tea rooms and it really is a hidden gem and when I went there on Friday it looked like my secret was out.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Why Do Cats Live High Places ?

Why do cats love high places?

As a friend of the felines, you will have observed them making their way up frighteningly-tall trees, bookcases and cabinets, on multiple occasions. But what’s with the love of heights? We share a few reasons for cats’ daredevil behaviour in this post:


For cats, height serves a purpose. It’s not for the purrrfectview – oh no. Cats associate height with dominance. If you’ve got more than one cat, you’ll notice it’s the most dominant cat who wants to get the highest point available – there’s a pet hierarchy in every home, so it will always be the cheekiest chappy who is first to the top of the tower.


As cats are observational by nature, being high up allows them to cast an eye over their territory. It also allows them to make eye contact with the people in their home, giving them a greater sense of security and to feel accepted there.

Cats also feel that they’re in some way camouflaged because they are higher up and therefore, is a great place for them to practise their hunting skills and scan the ground for morsels of food.


Anxiety is a genetic explanation of why our cats look for elevated places to perch. In a high place, such as a shelf, our furry friends feel safe, as they are out of reach of potential claws and other threats. Cats will also retreat to a grand placeto relieve any anxiety they’re feeling in terms of noise, other animals or other things that they might be worried about.


We all know that hot air rises. Well, so do cats, so they often get higher up to keep warm. This is why cats love radiators so muchas that fur just isn’t doing the trick in winter. This shouldn’t be dangerous for your pet, as long as they are wise enough to move when they get too hot!  





Oh, and then there’s the sheer fun element. Cats love climbing to high places for the entertainment-value. As they have loadsof energy to burn off each day and often get bored, climbing is a fabulous way for them to expel some calories.

Climbing is also good for their claws, their ability to balanceand their musculoskeletal system. 

If you worry about your cat being so high up in your home, you can get carpeted shelves that are in easy-reach or buy them a cat tower, which will also serve as an exercise activity.Always ensure you have cat insurance to cover your pets in the event of an accident.

This is a guest post collaboration 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Social Photography A Means For Change

Some of the best moments to photo are what we might ignore on our trips to the shops etc , we often ignore what is around us it becomes second nature . I love exploring my local surrounding I don't think of myself as restricted just because I don't drive. With photography you can capture your adventures as you endlessly explore , photography allow you to revisit your memories and to capture new ones .Photograghy can be a social experience or a solidarity one but when I'm on my own capturing my minds eye I don't feel alone I feel immsered in my surroundings.

Photography wise I'll use everything from a Nikon D5300 , Panasonic Tz40 , IPhone 6 


This picture was taken on my IPhone 6

and now luckily I've acquired a new camera which very luckily I won and that camera is the Sony HX90 – the world’s smallest digital camera including a 30x optical zoom lens developed by Sony along with the legendary ZEISS®, a clear retractable OLED Viewfinder, WIFI & NFC to share your images directly to your phone and other features to extend full-scale shooting capabilities. The perfect camera to inspire you to get out there and document the world too.   

Taken with a Sony HX90

At the Uk photography at the NEC I got talking to a partially sighted technology YouTuber and his attitude to life was inspiring he vlogged and to hell with any negative comments he got , occasionally he turned the question around . I talked about how my photography and blogging is helping me in terms of my mental health and axiety and I was listened to. I also got to meet a very cool travel Youtuber a very energetic young man called Louis Cole who is a travel photographer and vlogs as well , we talked at great length and it was very humbling for me to be accepted for who I am ! And again Louis was another YouTuber who ignored the comments he got on his tube channel and I think that speaks volumes for other situations in life. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Red Onion Chutney With Pineapple And Mango


I've been learning a few new skills from washing the car~  yes really !( I don't drive even )
The recipe below will do enough Chutney for 4 people just adjust your fruit and onion levels to suit , I will st some point make a job lot once I've got some empty jars. I'm not buying them you'll have seen the lunacy that is the cost of empty jars being more expensive than ones that have jam in.


2 red onions
1 tea spoon of black mustard seeds
50 ml olive oil 
Either a pack of pineapple and mango already chopped or tinned ( and you can use the syrup but you'll need to adjust the sugar accordingly)
Brown Sugar to Taste 
Salt / Pepper
One garlic clove crushed 
2 teaspoons of chipotle ( do this do your tastes )


Sweat the onions off in a saucepan for around 10-15 minutes in the olive oil, add the rest of the ingredients and season.

Gently stir and let gently simmer for about an hour or until it has a jammy consistency .

Perfect served with Gammon.





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