Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Today it's IWSG day but it's a brief one - click on the photo for lots of info :)
Because I have signed up for this.
In November 2013 I wrote around 25k words
It's a royalty free emotion :)
In June 2014 I wrote .........0 ..... yep, that's not a typo!
This November I want to write to this
So to all writers out there - go us!!!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Not sure where that week went!

Firstly, so, so proud of my two newest shoe designs. First time I have decorated childrens' footwear and I'm super pleased with how they turned out. The first are a beautiful blue, with snowflakes, glitter, bling and sparkle.
And the second are bright red glitttered with bling and can be personalised on the outside :) They are both £25 plus p&p, bargain and beautiful! (But then I am biased lol!)
So busy week preparing these - and other - shoes in readiness for a charity event. It's a shame the bunting isn't clear, I handmade it and it looks really shabby chic. I am glad I did the fair as it was like a trial run for a wedding fair I'm attending in a couple of weeks. Helped me to see what I needed to change/add before then.

In other news....
Went to Liverpool and back Monday to visit a good friend who's little girl is poorly in Alder Hey.
Drove to Southend and back to give Mum a lift to see her friends. I still do not like the car park also known as the M25!
Ella's social worker visited.
Ella has been to respite.
Have been to watch Benjamin play in 3 football matches, moving teams was the right move for him.
Me Julie came round for a catch up and while she was here I got her blinging! She did admit it was therapeutic, but I couldn't persuade her to help a second day LOL
Have had my gym retest, the bad news was BP and weight still the same, but my resting heart rate has gone from poor to average and my stamina has gone from below average to average :)
Dawn came round for a cuppa :)

I've attended two webinar courses online regarding setting up a business. I know I've run my own businesses in the past, but thought refreshers couldn't hurt.
Chinese meal with Jeff's workmates and partners.

Online 'Exploring Play' course coming along well - enjoying it!
Attended a few networking gatherings - that's all new to me, but worth it :)
The lovely Lydia and me went to Holme Grange for a coffee.
And finally lunch with jeff

Phew! What a hectic 2 weeks!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Day trip to London

Jeff and I went to London yesterday as he had a day off and Ella has respite till 9pm. In keeping with trying not to let blogging rule my life, here's the bullet points :)
  • The network railcard I bought when Debbie was down is worth every penny. Two returns on the train and hop on/hop off on the buses in London for less than £30 :)
  • Check where you're going! Got to the Science Museum to find it closed until 12.30 as they had a special event going on. Saw on the news later it wasn't just anyone it was the Queen! 
  • We then tried the Natural History Museum. That queue was beyond silly (probably all the other people that didn't want to wait for the Science Museum!)
  • So we spun round (literally as they're all within 50 yards of each other) and ended up in the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is a museum for art and design. We choose a few areas we both wanted to see - me wedding dresses and religious art. Him ironwork and Samurai swords! Lovely couple of hours I would definitely go again, not sure Jeff would!
  • Found a lovely little Italian deli for lunch.
  • Finally went to Harrods to see the window displays. What a total disappointment, 3/4's were blacked out and the remainder had been done up with holographic posters. Like I say, total disappointment.
Just a couple of photos as intentionally didn't take camera.

Today my foot is swollen and uncomfortable, but so glad we got a day out together :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest

 The day of the do-over! Love this idea. It's easy to miss a super post - I managed to miss the one from a fellow blogger announcing she was married! - when life gets in the way.

The important info. Go here and read this ........'On December 19th, anyone who decides to participate will re-post their favorite blog offering from earlier in the year, or one that you believe failed to receive the exposure it deserved. To take part all you have to do is sign-up with Mr. Linky below, then shout out to all of your blogging friends and encourage them to sign up as well.  Take the badge above and plaster it everywhere, blogging graffiti gone wild. Tweet about it (#dejavu2014) and post the picture on Instagram. Then on December 19th as the day unfolds and everyone hops from one blog to another, what they will be reading is the best of the best (as determined by you) from this 2014.  The blogosphere will be chock full 2014 writing brilliance!  Encouragement, enlightenment, knowledge, bared souls, stimulation, hilarity, insecurities, success stories!  All on display…the very same day.  And it couldn't be any easier to take writing necessary!'

Monday, October 20, 2014

Suzanne's Emporium UK

Finally I have gathered all my creative businesses under one umbrella and set up a facebook page. Please pop over to Suzanne's Emporium UK and like the page :) You'll find my decorated shoes; my inspirational art; and the event planning. Even if I say so myself, I think the page and photos look fab :) Determined to get everything done so I can succeed at NaNoWriMo!

Now to move onto Etsy!...........

Friday, October 17, 2014

Guided Ultrasound Steroid Injection

My wrist injury happened at the same time as my Lis Franc damage - turns out putting your hand out to save yourself? Not such a good idea. Anyhow, steroid jab ..... ouch! to put it mildly, but if it works it'll be worth it and the doc said he could def see damage.

For the next 3 days I need to move my wrist as little as possible to help the steroid liquid stay put where it's needed and not disperse too quickly. Not easy when it's my right hand and I'm right handed. Typing this just with my left hand!

So, while I'm wearing this, I'm going to catch up on reading and have picked up this :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Crafting weekend

Mid-September I went away with some fellow crafters - Ariane, Anna and Debbie. And got to reconnect with my dear old friend Sarah. And caught up with Annette who I hadn't seen since June. Plus a few others. Only 13 of us, just as well I'm not superstitious!

It's a completely relaxed, do-what-you-like, weekend. I made some canvases to sell, caught up a bit on my album for our vow renewal and relearned how to crochet grannie squares.

In recognition of my need to somehow not give up blogging, here's the first of my posts with less read/write and more visual (can you tell I've been looking at learning styles lol!)
Our view outside :)
Me and Sarah catching up after too many years
Annette offered to take a few photos of us - this is me overposing LOL!
Group hug! Well not quite - Anna and I were 'having words'
Working hard!
And this view
Photos all courtesy by the talented Annette :)