Wednesday, 20 December 2017


Don’t faint....

No, really.  Please don’t. 

You’re likely to break or spill something. 

I know - it’s been a while since I was last here. Six months, in fact.  But I couldn’t let a Christmas slide by without wishing my fellow WOYWWers all the greetings of the season. May it be a happy one for all of you!

Me? It’s been a bit of a busy year with the old CIPD Studies (hence not joining in with WOYWW). And work. Work has been....hard work. Data cleansing around 1,500 staff members’ details and uploading them to new HR database software. I’ve estinated it to be around 200,000 individual pieces of info by the time I’ll have finished. And then what?  Who knows?  My current contract is due to end mid-March, so we’ll see which way the wind blows me. 

Creatively it’s been a bit quiet but I am actually working on one of my seasonal favourites - a Mill Hill Charmed ornament.... getting to be a bit of a tradition, it is!

So, brightest blessings to you all!  Hope to see you all around in the New Year!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


WOYWW 419 is here – where did that week go???  One minute it was last Wednesday, now it’s this!  I do know that I’ve packed an awful lot into this week, and now that my course has started I can kiss goodbye to being free at any given point in the day/week/month.  Year even.  No, I joke, it’s not quite that bad!  However, it’s definitely a struggle getting back into studying and crafting is taking a little bit of a back seat now.  Not that it wasn’t before, but now it’s intentional rather than just avoidance!
So, here is my room!


Bit of a difference to last week when you saw it all of a clutter, eh?  I had to tidy it up to move the laptop back upstairs to give myself some study space back, and I finished off the WOYWW 8 ATCs as well.  Can’t show those yet, as the recipients have yet to receive them…

 The craft desk does have something on it though….


Not my own work, unfortunately.  Lil Miss B has two half-sisters, and their Mother is renowned for not having sentimentality as a trait.  Thus, she doesn’t generally tend to hang onto stuff.  Many, many years ago, Mr B rescued these two samplers from the rubbish bin, and saved them away.  We were having a general clear out at the weekend and found them, so they’ve had a gentle wash, and are here having dried.  Next step is to press them lightly, and then frame them before giving them to the eldest sister (for whose birth they were stitched).  I’m a little sad that neither of the other two girls had samplers stitched for them, and if they are truly disheartened by that, I will have to make something up for them! 


So there you have it for this week….

My apologies that I don’t seem to be able to get back to you all when you comment, I have precious little time these days.

Happy Hopping!




Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The end of week one - Reflect - Inside/Outside

Gosh - what a week!  Like others on my CIPD course, it's hard getting back into study and finding the time around a full time job, commuting, a family and just everyday life to study and read what I need to.  I hope I'm taking it in.  At least this bit is easy, as I'm well used to blogging!  We are asked to reflect on the previous week at the end of it, and we are asked questions.  This week we were asked:

Does the way you perceive yourself as an HR professional match up to the way others perceive you though?
Gather some honest feedback from a colleague about one thing you do well and one area in which you could improve your professional practice. Reflect on that feedback and how it compares with the way you view yourself as an HR professional. 

Reflecting on myself is not so easy.  I've come into this course with ten years as a HR Administrator/Assistant under my belt.  I've picked up a lot of information, taught myself more, and yet still lack the confidence to do anything with it.  Sometimes that's other people's confidence rather than my own....
I'm sort of between jobs.  My current role is actually temping for a company while they transition their HR team halfway across the country.  Several staff have left, the new ones joined after the others departed and there's been no handover.  This is what I've stepped into the middle of and am desperately trying to learn the role myself while teaching someone else.  It is said that an expert is just one chapter ahead in the book you're reading!  I've already been tagged as "the font of information" - not a bad accolade!
As I'm only at my current assignment for another 2.5 months, and have been there 5 weeks so far, my current line manager doesn't really know me that well yet.  My previous line manager, well, the relationship on parting was not so good (long story for another time) and it's a little hard to go back and ask her for feedback on what I do or don't do well!  I do know what she'd say...
She would say that I am an amazing administrator.  I get the work done, promptly, keeping to SLAs.  I have excellent grammar and spelling (must make sure I've made no silly mitsakes after saying that....LOL) and am the go-to person for quick spelling queries.  In fact I'm the go-to person for everything, as staff generally gravitate towards me to resolve their problems and answer their queries on all subjects, not just HR.  The key thing my last manager wanted to do was to improve employee relations with the HR team following a nasty de-merger, and we as a team walked into an ER wasteland which needed nurturing and developing.  We did succeed.  
My ex-boss would also say that I could be better at prioritising my workload as I have a tendency to put off the jobs I don't particularly want to do.  I work really well to deadlines, that's all I'm saying!  I also need to watch how I respond to people sometimes, as I can come across as quite sharp, especially when I'm trying to get a job completed.  I had a sticker on my phone that said "Be Nice!" to always remind me when I answered a call that the person at the other end of the phone doesn't know that I'm having a hard/tough/busy day, and it really isn't necessarily their fault they've had to ring....
How do her views compare to my own perceptions of me as an HR Professional? They align pretty well. I agree that I'm great at getting things done, solving problems, but tend to dodge the difficult or onerous tasks.  I like completing things, and getting the short sharp jobs done first, but the trouble is, they keep coming and aren't always a priority.  I know deep down that I should turn my feelings on their head and get the worst and longest jobs out of the way first, as they will be the most important.  I also need to learn to take a deep breath and not respond too fast to folks.  I feel I'm a bit misunderstood sometimes but improving my skills will only help with that...
I'm looking forward to getting this qualification under my belt, as up till now I've felt as though I've not been taken seriously.  I'm "just" an administrator, I don't know what I'm talking about.  Nothing I say can add value.  All really negative things that I've come across.  It's really hard finding work now without the qualification, and it's past time I stepped up and out onto the next level...

Wednesday, 7 June 2017


It's WOYWW again!  How'd that happen?  And I'm back....

The desk, and indeed whole craft room, is overloaded and messy. I've been avoiding it for weeks. I really must finish these ATCS off, so Lisa M, please contact me!  

My most recent project is gradually growing. Unfortunately, so is the baby it's supposed to fit!  I'm going to a craft gathering tonight, so it'll get worked on there. It has a hood to knit while continuing  the pattern, so I've got some head-scratching to do. It's looking rather charming though...

Life here is rather crazy at the moment, and that's also part of the reason why I've been out of the loop and not doing much at my desk (aside from the black hole it's become.).  Yours truly started her CIPD Level 5 (for those not in the know, it's an HR qualification equivalent to second year of degree level, pretty high up stuff and very involved) so I've got a lot of working at home to do.  It's all online learning, and I've got to spend a minimum of 8 hours per week on it for the next 11 months.

Update on Lil Miss B - we've started visiting Universities.  Next one is Birmingham, so Shaz will be seeing some smiling faces near her in a fortnight....  Any of you up by Lancaster? Hehehehe  we just visited Chester.  I slept most of the following day, we were that tired.  We think we're going to book a room overnight when we do Lancaster.

Mr B has trained on a Hiab Container Lifter (see pic for an idea) recently.  He's like a kid with a Tonka Truck, happy as a sandboy.... LOL

So, happy hopping to one and all - hope you enjoy the day ahead....

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WOYWW 416 - 8th Anniversary!


It's been a while (Christmas 2016!!!) since I last joined in with WOYWW. Not too sure why not but I think I'm just suffering from crafting fatigue. I rarely make cards any more. Haven't kept Project Life up to date. And I've just pottered with an odd bit here and there. Embroidery, knitting, crochet.

(latest knitting project)
Today, my desk looks like this because I'm at work. The one at home, bit of a mess! It's got things to sell piled up on it mostly. I can't get a photo today because I forgot this morning, and this afternoon I'm heading straight down to Cornwall from work for a very good reason I can't share for now. I'll see if Mr B can send a pic later for me to add....

I will however make an ATC swap provided no-one minds waiting till after the weekend for it - I don't think I have time tomorrow evening as I'm straight back from Cornwall to packing for a weekend in Lincolnshire!

Happy Anniversary everyone !

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

WOYWW 394.... oh, go ON then..... It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Everywhere you go...

Huzzah!  Christmas is officially here.

But first let me say - Happy Solstice/Yule to you all.  May the turning of the year bring you all you wish for the future...
So, back to business - it's Wednesday, which means it's WOYWW (the deets are here), and we're all getting together in the ether to show off the general mess and mayhem that is our creative spaces.  An honest look at life as a crafter, rather than just showcasing our beautiful work in glossy pics (thought we do that too!), we share the blood, sweat and tears that go into making them.
Although you'd be forgiven for thinking that I've used last week's photo!  Nothing has changed at the Morti Station.  The surroundings have moved about a bit and there's something that looks suspiciously like a bauble made of card to hang from the ceiling...  Pinterest....

I was at a crop last Saturday, in St Leonards (Dorset), with Craft Obsessions.  That's my friend Noreen on the left there.
I'm not sure why our Julia was surprised about me having Project Life on my desk a couple of weeks ago, as I've been doing scrapbooking for a while!  However, I used this opportunity to finish off one beading item that I've half shown before, and start another...
So here's the finished star tassel (Spellbound Beads kit) I shared the star of a couple of weeks ago - you can see from the pic above that it has little stars dangling from it - the pic below isn't quite so clear on that point!
And the other item I had just started above is shown finished below - a peyote stitch triquetra.  It is supposed to be one half of a pair of earrings for Lil Miss B (don't worry, she doesn't read my blog!) but they worked out to be so large, I don't think she'll ever wear them!  So instead I'm going to offer her a choice.  Earrings, or a pendant, or a brooch maybe.  Or perhaps even a decoration for her Christmas tree - her's is black with red decorations on, so it'll fit in perfectly. She loves triquetras and triskeles!

Following on from last week's giggle over baubles in hats, I shared on FB for Shazsilverwolf's benefit these photos of the actual "ornaments" in hats.... did I say we were nutters in this house...?

And lastly, here's another treat from Pinterest - I fell in love with these on that website, and just had to do my own.  I've not lit it, but I do like it!  It's a Liliput Lane house from my collection inside...

So cute!

Soooo - happy Christmas to you all.  I hope you all keep well and sane over the next week, and I'll see you back here for the Betwixtmas issue.  I might post on Xmas day, to save my own sanity, as we have all the Crumblies with us (David's parents, and my Mum!).

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

WOYWW 393 - it's beginn...... I SAID NOT YET!!!

Happy WOYWW fest everyone!  Another Wednesday has rolled around and here we are,.  Yup.  Three weeks on the trot for me.  I'm trying really hard to make sure I do the things I enjoy doing, and this is one of them.  I didn't quite manage to get round everyone last week (in fact, I think I only managed about four of you!) but I'll try harder this week.  Panto gets in the way...
If you've not been here before and are wondering what on earth WOYWW is, I'll let the Amazing Mrs D explain it all to you here as she'll do a much better job of it than I.
I'm trying to avoid Christmas a little bit.  That's not to say I'm ignoring it, oh no.  I feel that self-righteous smugness that comes from being a tad organised and knowing that all bar three Christmas cards have been posted (and those others will be written and done tonight), and the resigned feeling of not having a brass cent in my bank account so what's not been bought yet won't be until Christmas Eve.  We have even scheduled in a present wrapping session for Sunday (while Lil Miss B is at work in the tea rooms), so that we're not up until 1am on Xmas Eve frantically trying to wrap gifts.  I want to enjoy this Christmas as much as possible... bearing in mind we have all the parents with us.  Whose bright idea was that??!!!
Anyway, I digress.
Onto the desk.
Not much has happened.  It's all been shuffled around a bit. 

I'm no further along with the noses.  I think that may be because I know I have to do some sanding, and it'll make a mess.
I did finish sanding and firing the silver charms though.  Well, two of them.  The other two I wasn't happy about before I started sanding, so they're in the rehydration pot to be reworked.
Here they are close up.....

I can see there's a few scratches on them so might need to go back to the polishing stage and rework a bit, but as the "love, Dad" one is for me, I'm not too worried!  Don't they look nice and shiny!?
So, there you have it.  I did want to take a pic this morning of the newly decorated ornaments in the lounge - seems they've gone out and bought themselves some Santa hats, but it was too dark to get a decent photo this morning!
Hope you have a lovely day/week and I'll see you in a comment box somewhere near you shortly!!!  

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

WOYWW 392 - it's beginning to.....shhhhh..... not yet.....

Greetings fellow deskers!  If you're not already a desker, what are you waiting for?  Join in, do!  The details are here, at the Wonderful Mrs Dunnit's blog....

Short and sweet from me this week.

The sparkly star decoration hasn't actually progressed any further - nor has the project life album for that matter.  Where did the last 7 days go, that's what I want to know!!!

Mind you, we did spend the weekend doing various other bits and pieces, including decorating a certain house ready for a certain holiday.... 

So here's the desk.  It's in its usual cluttered state....

It's in the middle of some silver charm manufacturing.  I'd like to say they were all orders, but they're not - it's display stock.  One of which is also a piece for myself - the heart.  I made one for my sister and gifted it to her.  It's our Dad's handwriting, from a letter he wrote to me.  He wrote quite a lot, telling me about the dolls houses he was making.  Towards the end of his life he was making a particular dolls house for me, which he only half finished, but that is another tale for another time!  The silver charm will simply say "love, Dad x".  I will show you the finished item when it's done.

The other pieces are a very simple rectangle with a footprint (miniaturised), a teddy bear with a tiny handprint taken from a child, and the four-petalled flower actually has a hoofprint on it.  They're samples to show prospective customers what I can make, and so they can feel them in their hands rather than look at a big picture.  Much nicer!

There's a few more noses on my desk as well.  I will need to finish them this week and frame them.  A couple are for display, a couple for a gift, and one to keep for ourselves!

Oh?  You want to see the tree.....?

Ok then!

See you in a comments box near you - happy hopping!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

WOYWW 391 - the post crop post!


How much fun was that?  I'm not going to bore you all silly with yet another post about crop.  The measly couple of photos I took pall into insignificance next to everyone else's, and none of mine were as interesting as all the others.... However, it was an amazing day, far too much cake was consumed and it was wonderful to catch up with old and new friends, and generally have a blast.  I got the tissue box finished!

So, lets move swiftly on to this week's desk, for the rounds of WOYWW (see Mrs D for details)...

This week I'm in two places.  The dining room table:

And the main crime scene upstairs:
A closer look at the table reveals Project Life cards - I'm doing the first year of my gorgeous Great-Nephew's life:

Hiding underneath that lot is some beading I'm doing for Christmas, that I started at crop:

And really bizarrely, on the main desk upstairs, I'm casting noses!  This belonged to a rather gorgeous black lab called Shadow.  It's a bit warped where the owners might have squished the mould a bit before it set, but each dog's nose print is unique, so it's still a special thing.... I just need to finish it and mount it for them.

So, move along, there's not that much that's interesting here!  See you in a comments box near you.  And I'm very sorry I didn't get around to commenting last week!  oopsy....

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


Oh my Sainted Aunt!
Where has today gone?
I was planning on joining the hop first thing this morning and here we are, 4pm!  Oops.  Busy day at work then...

So, without further ado, here's my desk for this week.

Yup.  That'll be a tidy(er) desk then!  I had a bit of a blitz on Sunday.  There's lots of plans afoot and things coming up and unfinished business to attend to and then we're off on a jaunt in business land and life will be moving swiftly on..... hehehehe

As the blog hop is actually about what's on your workdesk rather than what mess is your workdesk, here's what I'm currently working on.  I'm finally getting round to doing the second tissue box, and this is how it's coming on so far.  Stay tuned for a progress update!

Oh look, there's still a couple of houses lurking - I need to get those done too!
So, if you're scratching your head and wondering why I've shared these pics, go to the Stamping Ground blog and there the wonderful Mrs Dunnit will share all.
For some of you, I'll see you on Saturday at the big WOYWW crop - the rest, catch you in a comments box near you!  (especially those who commented last week and for whom I didn't even do the courtesy of publishing their comments till today, let alone visit.... oops.....)
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