Monday, 15 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Thank you to the very lovely and talented Deborah Wainwright aka lilacsparkles for asking me to take part in this Blog Hop. Deborah is an inspiration, she hasn’t been blogging long but her work speaks for itself, i hope you pop over to her Blog and be inspired by her too.
The Blog Hop is about getting to know each other by answering some questions.
Here goes…

Something About Myself
I am female, closer to 60 than 50 but don’t feel old mentally, physically i battle each day with a myriad of medical conditions, each one developing from the other. These medical conditions have really slowed me down, i used to cycle, jog and swim most days, i miss being that fit!
I started making things when i was in my twenties, the first items i made were balsa wood Christmas shapes. The shapes were painted with non-toxic paint and were about 1.5 inches tall, in a set of 10 all for £1. Next it was bookmarks, then it was umbrella lavender bags. I also taught myself to knit and still do this today.


Hand warmers for sale in aid of Kidneys For Life Charity in 2012.


A very comfortable cushion cover.

I drove a taxi for four years to put myself through college where i studied and qualified in the following: Clinical Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Thai Massage, Swedish Massage. Then went on to learn Kinesiology, Magnified Healing and Reiki. I cannot practice any of these as both my physical condition and medications would be an issue.

Went on to study for a Teaching Degree, as i don’t have a degree in any other subjects i received a Certificate of Education. I taught IT to 16 year olds who didn’t want to be there… Followed this by specialising in English and took a L4 Qualification to teach adults English.
My health took a turn for the worst and my adventures into the multi-faceted world of crafting began. 

I now like to play in any of the following areas of craft:

Rubber Stamping


Altered Art


Dyan Reaveley’s new flower stamps June 2014.


Speed challenge 01 September 2014.


Altered Pringles can, 2013.

Hand and Machine Sewing


Needle Felting


Thread catcher 2014.


Free hand embroidery panel for a small box made with WRMK box board.

felted flower

Dry needle felting 2013 using shape cutters to make the leaf shapes then needle felting them together. Added a brooch back.

Digital Crafting

Irene C B'day 26 July 01
Irene C B'day 26 July 04

Front and back of card made in CAP2 for a friend who had just visited India.

Q&L Logic Imagination

Q&L Logic Imagination 01

Front and back of iCard for the Craft Barn Q&L Challenge.


Stamped over the edge of a card i was making, scanned into computer and turned into a digital frame using CAP2 programme.

Creating my own die cutting files using my Pazzle Inspiration electronic die cutting machine and software


Raspberry Pi case.

P1030105 web

Vinyl shapes for mugs, hand wash only.

Xmas cards and more 096

Shaped Christmas card designed by me and cut out using my Pazzle.

MD Pazz Card March 2011 01

Using the Pen Tool on the Pazzle. I made the design using the PI Software.

Jewellery Making

lampwk xmas pressie necklace 2011 01

OH bought me the focal lamp work bead for Christmas 2012, i threaded the matching beads including some Swarovski beads.


Made for OH’s mother for her 70th Birthday.


I also love other crafts like weaving and kumihino but am just starting to play so have no images to share.
Watching Formula 1 racing is a joy i love all the behind the scenes goings on.
Technology is a passion, i adore what we can do with the advancements being made and love to find gadgets that will help me with all of my crafting.
Finally i enjoy gardening in my OH’s garden, oh and of course chocolate and cake.
I think of myself as mediocre at most things and master of none…

What are you working on at the moment?

Catching up on the Documented Life Project journal i started in January 2014, i have enjoyed taking part in something that is all about getting you to play with different crafting skills.


Also working on some Christmas cards and Presents and of course the different Challenges i enter for fun.

Why do you create what you do?

I create things for challenges or for presents or to raise funds for my local Kidney Charity and other charities.

Donated to Lin Brown’s appeal in May 2014.


Donated to raise funds for MacMillan in June 2014.

 How does your creative process work?

This is a difficult one to answer; I get lots of ideas floating around at all times of the day and night, i write these down and when i am able i try to make them. I struggle to draw so have a few different journals for practicing doodling, shapes, colouring which i add the floating ideas to. Sounds complicated but my inner control freak needs the order to function without getting frustrated as to where i put that idea down. Oh dear i do sound weird, don’t i. lol.
I need to get the colour scheme right before i can move onto any other part of the process, this is imperative. Once the colours are right i then think about all the other items i might add so i rummage around until i find what i am looking for then place them close by so i can have them within eye contact, i am sure this is what every other crafter out there does, don’t they?
Working with the Documented Life Project has taught me i can use some colours i dislike because it’s just on paper and i don’t have to look at them in my house or wear them, boy that was a huge revelation!


How do you stay focused / motivated?
I stay focused and motivated most of the time because i have to, i use craft as a pain distracting tool so i choose a different craft depending on what i am able to do.
For example my hands are starting to lose feeling and grip so i use hand sewing to keep those skills going, when i need a break i digi-craft or design my own cutting files. As soon as i am able, i go back to rubber stamping as this is my first love and probably always will be.

I hope this little getting to know session has been worth your time and hasn’t been too boring for you. Thank you for taking the time to read all the way to the end.

It’s now time to introduce the three lovely and creative people i have chosen to hand the baton over to.

Sarah Dunkley aka as SezzieD78 on Twitter.
Jacqui Hall aka Jax1369 on Twitter.
Claire Snowdon aka @claires10 on Twitter.

Please pop over to read their inspirational stories next week.
Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Wow what an inspiration you are lovely with so many strings to your bow. And all those qualifications im in awe! I love your creatiions and the way you challenge yourself. It has been a pleasure getting to know and now feel i know you a little bit more. Thank you for taking part xxxx

    1. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment :-) xxx

  2. I never knew you did so many other crafty things apart from stamping! You're a talented lady...

    1. Nice to meet you.. you are such a creative soul-- amazing!

    2. Thank you Susi for your lovely comment :-) x

  3. Hello M, great post - was lovely reading a bit more about you the person rather than you the crafter....hope that doesn't sound too rude but I'm sure you know what I mean!! Thank you for thinking of me when it was time to pass the baton on :-) Claire x

    1. Thank you Claire, looking forward to your post next week. I know exactly what you mean, i don't share who i am very much so this was tough for me, bit the bullet and here we are :-) x

  4. a fantastic post - it's lovely to get to to know you better - I'm in awe of all the things you do - we all know each others crafting styles so well but not the person behind them xx

    1. Thank you Sarah, loved your blog post also :-) x

  5. What a wonderfully talented lady you are and such a well written insight into your little crafting world. It's so satisfying isn't it when you use so many different mediums :)

    Donna xxx

    1. Thank you Donna for your very kind comment and yes i love the diversity of my crafting supplies :-) x

  6. I really enjoyed reading your post and what an interesting time you've had! Thanks for taking the time to tell us so much about yourself.

    Lesley Xx

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment Lesley it is much appreciated :-) x

  7. Fab blog post hunni. Such an inspirational & creative soul & a fabulous lady to boot! Love your work as u know. Crafty hugs. Sez x

    1. Am looking forward to your post next Monday Sarah as i know it will be inspiring and wonderful, just like Claire's and Jax's. Thank you so much for your very lovely comment :-) x

  8. Great post, I love reading you and knowing you a bit more, even if you struggle with your health, that's sad indeed. But I think you are a very generous and creative person, with a huge talent!! Warm hugs Coco xxx

    1. Thank you for taking time to leave such a lovely comment Coco, it is much appreciated:-) xxx

  9. I enjoyed getting to know a little bit about you and especially finding out how much we have in common. I'll be watching for some kumihimo projects as that is something I have always wanted to try.

    1. Am hoping to get some small projects underway over the Christmas holidays. I share all my other crafts on my two Wordpress Blogs, links are on the right hand side on main blogger page if you want to have a peek.

      Thank you for leaving a lovely comment:-) xxx

  10. Pain, oftentimes, is a driving force in creativity. I know, in your case, the creativity gives you only minor and temporary relief, but the joy you give to others through your art is a joyous result. Indeed, you are a very talented and well-rounded individual with an inspiring life history. Your story is moving. Thank you for your willingness to share it with us here! Mwah!

    1. Thank you Kay, your words are very kind, it took a lot of effort to share the personal side, i am aware that pain motivated craft isn't for everyone.

      Your understanding and encouragement mean a lot:-) xxx

  11. What a fascinating post! It is so interesting when we learn more about someone we have known a while but it always makes me feel guilty I didn't find out more sooner. You are very brave to find out what you can do despite pain getting in the way. You have displayed such beautiful and varied work,

    Lucy x

    1. I am quite shy Lucy and don't share personal information easily, i think people just want to learn how to do something and are not interested in who the person behind the blog is.

      Please do not feel guilty about anything, you have a lot on your plate personally and you need to focus on what you need not anyone else.

      Thank you for your lovely comment, you are a lovely Lady Lucy:-) xxx

  12. Sorry I'm a bit late dropping by! This is such an interesting and beautiful post! What a lot of varied crafts you have explored and all so beautiful! I love the felting and the embroidery, but all the projects are superb. I love it that you are willing to give things a go and that you don't let pain stop you from creating in some way. This is a post full of hope and creativity. It's been a privilege to be invited in to take a look at your world. Julie Ann xxx

    1. Thank you Julie Ann for leaving such a lovely comment :-) xxx

  13. What a fabulous post MoH, what a marvelous array of projects you've shown here, what a talent! I've really enjoyed getting to know you a little better xx

  14. Great to learn a little more about you dear friend! Glad you have your crafting to keep you sane, & you showcased some wonderful projects.
    Alison xxx

    1. Hmmm sane is not something we talk about in my house lol, thank you for leaving such a kind comment :-) xxx

  15. Wow. I am not at all surprised to hear that you are so talented, this is evidenced in your many fantastic creations. I am inspired by your determination to move forward,to always learn and to trying something new. What a brilliant read, thankyou for sharing. Take care. x.