25 May 2015

I have been playing ….

Well as I keep testing and practicing new techniques, new materials and new stock, I have to say I never thought that card making could be so addictive.
During Spring/Summer time is more restricted, there’s always more time spent in the garden, with friends.
Work is very busy at the moment, so any spare time is just so precious, and every day I just feel so blessed, so thankful that I can create something that gives me total pleasure.
I don’t do as much as I would like, I take too much time, creating, thinking and putting them together.
Last week I only had about a dozen left, in stock, and a very Special Person, just took them all
Well that means I have no stock at the moment, so I better put my skates on
People keeping asking me about selling them, they are being sold, but not online yet, they don’t make it to the web, they taken before hand
So really I should do something about it.
I know, but for me, it’s more about the journey, at the moment. I’m sure it will change in the near future, but for now, I’m just enjoying the process
I’m a Very Lucky Lady, that’s all I can say
Here are some cards and a box with some chocolates

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The one with the owls, I took the idea from You Tube

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The box card it was a Special one, for Mother’s Day, and yes Mum loved it

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Anyway have a great week, and as for me, I‘m going to rebuild my stock
Take care xx

12 April 2015

New Craft Room

Well it seems like I haven’t been here for ages, and I haven’t , so much has been happening, and Life just keeps moving in one speed…. fast!!
Unfortunately is now going for the third week, that I haven’t been well, I had a chest infection, and just seems to be lasting forever, so my Easter break was just miserable, and hardly could get out of bed.
All year round I dream of the Easter break, the spring arrives, four days off work, and I just like to be at home, starting to think what we are going to do in the garden, bike rides  and so on.
But it just couldn’t have been quite the opposite.
Anyway hope soon, I start feeling myself again!!
Because of this, we had to postpone my Craft Room renovation, because the energy just wasn’t here
So last Wednesday we started, and all finished by today
Let’s just say, I’ve never felt so tired, still recovering from the infection and have to put everything back in my Craft Room, that is major, and I mean, seriously major
Seriously after months of planning, of what to do with quite a small space, of watching videos and more videos in You Tube, I came to a decision
I needed a light working area, where before I had my back for the window, and I needed a large worktop. These were the two essentials!!
And I managed that!!
I am really pleased with the result, and even now, sitting in one end of my desk, I look right, and I see all the space still left on the desk, and I just think to myself
Sometimes Dreams do come true, and for the last year, I have been ticking so many boxes, that I truly feel like a very Lucky Lady
Anyway let’s show some pictures,

Before

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During

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And the result

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Love this long desk

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25 squares full of goodies

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Let’s not forget the sewing

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And the books

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And above all facing that window

Am I pleased?
That’s an understatement
I just Love it!!
It was hard work, it was, specially not feeling well, but the positive side, is I’m going away this week, to be with the people that mean most in my Life
So really apart from this infection, I can only say that Life is pretty Good
Take care of yourselves, and remember:
Dreams do come true!!

xx

28 February 2015

Happy Day




If you follow me in Instagram or Facebook, you know that I have been very busy lately, making cards. It has been wonderful to try all this different techniques, all these new materials, I'm truly enjoying, just a slight problem, if I didn't have much spare time before, now it's even less, but it's worth it.

Joining Stampin Up has been great, the products are just fantastic, and you can really let yourself go.

And now, and up till the 31st of March, for every £45.00 you spend, you get a free product of your choice, and from today there's an extra four products you can choose, all free.

So really this is a fantastic chance to Join Stampin Up at the moment, there's quite a few freebies going, but if you want more information, please do not hesitate to contact me, or if you just want a few things, that's fine too, just visit my shop and that will take you direct to some wonderful things.

But joining SU also, gives you the chance, to join a fantastic group in Facebook, and there's always so much going on,  great ideas and tips, and if you have any queries, there's always somebody that can help you.

And today this is the group's first Blog Hop, we had to use products from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue and from the Spring/ Summer Catalogue, you can check them on the right hand side


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So this is what I came up with, couldn't think of anything better then a Happy Day Card, you know I send cards, sometimes, for no specific reason, just because I feel like, just letting people know that I'm thinking of them, because with friends all over the World, and Family not living in the same country, it's always so nice to get something in the post, quite rare at the moment, with the internet

And their reactions, when they get them, is worth every single second I spent making the card.

I want to do more, and once I get up a speed or two .....I'm sure I will be sending more

I love the end result of this one, hope you do to, and I hope I have inspired you

And please visit the Ladies that have joined this Blog Hop, great ideas and there's also a giveaway.
Good Luck !!!





We've got some Blog Candy up for grabs - to be in with a chance of winning a bundle of goodies, including the Best Day Ever stamp set, the Best Year ever paper set and the co-ordinating ribbons and buttons, all you have to do is work your way through the hop before midday on Sunday and leave a comment on every blog.  The winner will be chosen at random and announced in the Pootles Craft Forum and here on Tuesday, 3d March





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15 February 2015

How Life is … at the moment


Almost a month without writing a post. It’s not acceptable.
At the moment Life is jut going so fast, my days are so full, and my lists get bigger by the day, but I feel so blessed with what Life is throwing at me.
A month ago, if you told me where I would be today, I would have said, never. But reality is: I am.
I’ve achieved great things, by simply, being me. By simply letting Life flow and take me in the direction that I am now.
It’s nice when you receive emails, from people, that have never met me, and like me because of what they read. That is the Best.
And then I feel guilty because I should post more, but this is also a personal journey, where I need to be with ‘me’ if that makes sense, to absorb all the changes that are happening.
For the first time in Life, and nearly fifty, I’m letting myself go, several people probably are pushing me, probably my attitude and the way I see Life is changing too
I can’t tell but whatever it is, I want to enjoy every single minute of it.
So what have I been up to?
I’ve been working very hard, busy at my day job at the moment. And I have been creating, I have been trying, testing new techniques, and I’m so loving it
I’m learning, I’m absorbing so much, from videos, from talking to people, it has been Fantastic.
But most important, I’m having Fun, and that’s what I really want in Life, to have fun in everything I do.
Obviously the comments, I have been receiving about my work, have played a very important part, on how I feel, it lifts you up.
Dealing with different people, and some extremely difficult, that unfortunately are in your Life, not by choice, but it’s just reality, you once again Learn
So many times this last month I had to take deep breaths and think, that surely they are in my Life for a reason, even if it’s just to remind me, how not to be. But that’s Life
Not perfect but … it’s up to us to deal with it, and you can be miserable, like them, or you can move forward. The choice is yours.
I clearly choose to be me. Happy go Lucky kind of girl.
I’ve finally finished the baby quilt, I had visions of the baby going to Uni, and I still had that mini quilt to finish lol
And I’ve been making lots of cards, and yes a list of orders to make to, but this post, today had priority.
I’m in the process of doing my craft room, so that means that soon, everything is going to be upside down, again that’s the direction that Life is taking me, and I need this conversion of spare room into a craft room, to accommodate some of the changes for the near future.
I will finish this post, thanking you for being there, thanking you for the nice emails that you send me, and just remind you that Life is Great, just make sure you are making the most of it.
Till next time, please be Happy, and have Fun
I’m going to leave you with a card, made by me, that a very nice Lady is going to get this week. xx

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18 January 2015

My new venture as a demonstrator…

Happy New Year…. wow… how time flies
I hope that 2015 brings you everything that you wish, but let’s just not sit there and write lists, let’s act on our goals and plans for this year.
And that’s exactly what happened here at Simply.
I started last year buying the lovely products from Stampin Up, and because of the quality, the variety, their designs are just great . It really matters when you want to go that step further with your projects.
So I decided to join Stampin Up, in my case as a demonstrator.
The great thing about SU is that there are no huge obligations, you know me and obligations don’t go hand in hand, but with SU you just go at your own pace
Basically I started to buy products for my new hobby at discounted prices, was just too appealing, but quickly that changed and very soon I’m going to selling my cards, who would have thought that I already have requests, if you would have said this to me a couple of months ago I wouldn’t have believed.
So when this started to go in that direction, I thought why not, let’s start the ball rolling
You can have all the help that you need, you have access to information that you may require, and above all, there’s a lovely group of Ladies, that at any time, can help you if you have any queries.
So the product is there, new things coming out all the time, the help is there, the inspiration and motivation is there. What have you got to loose?
Absolutely nothing.
So you want to become a demonstrator, great, you can buy great products at discounted rates, you have the credits, the commissions and all that, or  just like how I started, you want to buy and test, that’s is great too, you can follow the route that it suits you.
Also why don’t you join us in the Sale-a-bration for everything you buy for the value of £45.00 you can choose a free product, from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. If you spend £90.00 you get two, and so on. You can’t buy those products, you can only get them free with your purchases
If you are at home, if you can do with a little bit extra cash, the options are there
As I said I started as a hobby, it has now changed, because I’m going to start selling my cards, I will have some made, and I will take requests for personalised ones, at work, at local shops, people are now appreciating more handmade stuff, so the options are there.
But you might not just want to make cards, probably cards are not your thing. Not a problem at all. If you have kids, fun projects to make with them. How many photos have we got in our mobiles, tablets, laptops and we do nothing with them?
Project Life let’s your imagination flow. You do your own thing, and you don’t even have to worry about matching, because their kits sorted that job for you.
No more leaving those photos abandon in your phone, without recording the memories, the funny remarks that kids usually come out with it. Holidays, time spent with your friends and family why not do something that will be so appreciated in the future.
The choice is yours, if you need any information, do not hesitate to contact me, if you want a workshop, a one to to one, or even if you just want a card, just email me
You have all the information in my page, how to contact me, have a browse and above all let’s kick 2015 and start creating memories..
I’m doing just that….

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This is just the beginning!!
2015 is going to be a great year
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30 December 2014

Final post of the year!!


Well where do I start?

I have been quiet in the blog front. It’s true, but let me assure you it’s only in the blog.

When I decided to do Card Making, I knew I had to start somewhere, and I thought I would start slowly, well that is not case, the more you want to do, the more materials you need.

And I had to make the decision, to go for it, and get basically, all of it, still haven’t got it all, because I made this decision recently, and with the Christmas holidays most suppliers are closed, so I would say in January I will have sorted most of it.

It has been hundreds of hours watching videos, blogs, and my God, there are so many creative people around the world, and the amazing thing is that you’re constantly learning, and that for me, it’s just the Best!!!

I’m loving it, and the experience has been Fantastic!!

The Patchwork, surely it will continue, but for now is a bit on a stand by.

2014 has been the Best Year for me, in various fronts, but I’m finishing the year in such a good and calming place.

It’s amazing when you sit back, when you relax, when you go quiet…. How many more things you notice, how much more you ‘listen’ … but above all, how important it is to listen to yourself, and let that voice inside you speak, but most important of all, is you listening to that voice.

I feel great, I feel so good about this person I‘ve become, and I’m sure that brings my creativity level right up.

So 2015, has all the ingredients that I need.

I’m sure I’m not expecting all to go smoothly, because Life is just not like that, but I can react to problems in a different way, look after this person, what I want, what I feel like.

Life is good, and I’m going to make sure that 2015 will be a memorable year, just like 2014 has been

Simply the Best!!

Let me take this opportunity to Wish you all the Very Best for 2015, Thank You for being there, and I’m sure that soon the blog is going to me much busier than it is now.

If you follow me in Instagram, or Facebook, I’m a bit livelier there as it is so much easier to post a picture than to write a text, so please do follow me if it interests you

Meanwhile, Be Happy, and look after yourself x

2 November 2014

New hobby and recycling

Most recently and if you follow me in Instagram or Facebook, you know I have started a new hobby.
Bought a Sizzix Big Shot, and there’s no stopping me
This was the 1st card I made with this machine

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There’s just no stopping me at the moment

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Apologies about the lighting but it’s a very grey day in this part of the world
But I was up for a challenge, and if you remember some of my transformations
Dad's shirts and Charity Shop Skirts
You just know that transforming something gives me a total buzz
So yesterday I saw this

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I played with it

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And this is what it became

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I love it.
Have a great Sunday x

19 October 2014

The sewing mood is back on

Sometimes it disappears, for a few instances, whether I’m happy, sad or just with lots on my mind
But it’s back, and nothing better than have just one quilt on hands let’s have two Winking smile
If you follow me in Instagram or Facebook you have already seen the one I started for myself
It’s a very soft, light coloured quilt, and I can already imagine that one finished
I love the two colours basically, and I just wanted something as simple and as effective as this one

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This will be a very peaceful quilt, for a different state of mind.
I go through stages, don’t know if it’s me, but being a Gemini, change is very important too
So every, so often, the Quilts rotate,according to the moods
And then, well, if there’s not much colour on the previous one, this second one, for a gorgeous little boy makes up for it

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Choosing fabric to be added on, it’s proving to be a bit harder
So many options, definitely makes it so much harder
But hopefully soon a decision will be made

As you can see the mojo, is definitely back on, and at the moment there’s no more plans to start a different quilt, because there’s a few sewing projects, on the side, that have been started, but yet, to be finished
Just as well I’m not is a rush Winking smile
Have a great week xx

17 October 2014

It's all a matter of balance


When I started in the Patchwork world, I was amazed how many people in that circle were related to the Finance world, me included.

But it makes sense, because it’s a sort of escape, from numbers, spreadsheets ……

It’s a great combination, I have to admit, to have the balance of these two worlds.

It’s brilliant to be creative, a dreamer but in the other hand it’s a great help to have your feet on the ground and having the ‘real’ side of the brain turned on every so often.

A few years ago, I decided to turn my Life, upside down. I had ‘everything’ in other people’s eyes, but yet, I had nothing.

It got worse before it got better, but my God was it worth it?

The answer to that one is a massive fat YES!!!!

Back then I knew, very deep, that there had to be something much better in the other end, didn’t know what, didn’t know how to get there, but I knew something had to exist.

The path was hard, very hard at times, and when I joined the Patchwork group, I definitely was giving the most important step to achieve, some of my goals in Life

To find the Balance, Contentment and  the Joy that I wanted from it.

Today I ticked all those boxes. I achieved goals, that before I thought that they were going to be ‘almost’ impossible, but never gave up

Today I can tell you that yes I’m a dreamer, but also a doer, and this is what I was after all those years ago.

I found the balance, and never thought that walking in that Patchwork course one September morning that I would find all the answers that I was looking for.

Sometimes in Life something that seemed at the time, insignificant, was one of the most important decisions in my Life.

Dream BIG, because like me when you get the rewards, my God … they are so worth it.

29 September 2014

Where have you been? … You may ask

Well well …. long answer.
I have been a very busy girl, with courses, visitors and holidays. It has all been happening in this corner of the world.
But Life itself, it has been very good. I can’t complain at all.
Finished my sewing course August/ September, so now I’m ready, she says …….. to get out of my comfort zone, and adventure myself into the sewing world.
In the Patchwork world, want to start a baby quilt this weekend, again not following any pattern, just following my instinct. Really Life would be so much easier If I followed a pattern, but it wouldn’t be the same would it?
You know me, just find the part of creating as interesting as the making of it.
So that are the plans for this weekend.
The holiday …….. oh the holiday ……. was just ……….. perfect!!
I had a great time, with family, three generations that got on so well, it was just amazing.
And Lisbon as beautiful as ever …….
The people, the food, the city itself, full of new vibrant places, what a great place
So Life is treating me well, and with age, one thing I’ve learned is to savour every single minute, enjoy every moment and make the most of what it has to offer me.
I’m a very Lucky Lady, have some truly Special people in my Life, so I don’t stress about writing, I don’t stress about much nowadays, wish somebody would have told me this a few years ago.
But … as they say it’s never too late
Plans keep changing, but for now I’m going to make the most of what I have, truly and honestly because I deserve it.
I leave you with a few pictures from my holiday, till my next post, remember…..

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Be Happy, because Life is Beautiful xx