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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