LABBS 2016

Health & Happiness & The F Word Part 2!

I know it’s been a while since I have posted, and in part it’s because things have been going very well. I haven’t felt the need to write anything down, didn’t feel there was anything to share at the time and have just been concentrating on life, health and all the charm and chaos that…

Festive Chalkboard

Cracking on with Christmas

It’s been a goal of mine for about the last 3 years to get started with making Christmas cards in January, and this year I have finally achieved it! Others may well groan, but I adore Christmas crafting and so wanted to craft in a relaxed state without time pressures, as opposed to trying to…

Butterfly rainbow

Butterfly Rainbows

I needed to inject some colour into January so here is my (cheeky) paint sampler card: Craft supplies: Another variation on the theme, made last year, slightly bigger punch but with Papermania coloured card: Count them, yes there are 40! Always a favourite – butterflies and shades of the same colour grouped together. Emma x

Mind Christmas Crafternoon

MIND Christmas Crafternoon

How could I resist when I saw a Facebook suggestion from MIND the mental health charity requesting volunteers to hold their own fundraising Christmas Crafternoon? It was right up my street, and quite a few others, as there are now over 250 people registered to hold one up and down the country over the next few…

Putting on the Ritz!

Golden Weekend at LABBS 2015

This time last week I was in rehearsal at The Trouville Hotel in Bournemouth, in preparation for the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) annual convention, in which my chorus The White Rosettes were competing. I have been found singing everywhere since January, when I attended their Learn To Sing Course and got completely swept…

Learning How to Machine Sew: Fleecie Monsters

Deciding it was about time I learned how to use a sewing machine, my Janome 3300 emerged from the box only eight months after receiving it, and finally saw the light of day. What a beauty – with the little red flowers promising all manner of fabulous creations – if only you could harness the…

Souvenirs

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 6 & Final!

Leaving the camp at Eric on the Wednesday morning felt strange as we knew we were on our way back to M’Hamid from there so past the halfway point. In some ways I wanted it to last longer. We still had 50km to cover, which is a considerable distance and by now my right foot…

Heading for Eric

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 5

Onto day 3 (Tuesday) of our Sahara trek and the big challenge of the day was called Eric – a 300m high sand dune! We spent our morning heading towards it: It looks close and small but let me assure you, it was neither! It took us 4 hours to get there and yes, the…

Shadows in the sand

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 4

Long delay between posts due to family life… First it was the Easter holidays, so I had my hands full juggling three children, sorry, two and a husband, and day trips exciting enough to keep everyone happy. Just as we were all enjoying ourselves, chicken pox struck the little one and he really suffered. He…

Start of trek

Diary of my Sahara Trek: Part 3

8:30am departure again and the final leg of our journey towards M’Hamid – the gateway to the Sahara, where the road literally ends and the desert starts, so we would be leaving the minibuses and doing the rest on foot! There was a certain restlessness among the group by now, as we were all itching…