Tuesday, 9 April 2013

WOYWW - Is it okay for this to be fun ?

Speaking to friends, I think many of us have something that we worry about, about ourselves - whether it be something about how we look or how we come across to people and so on ?

One of my niggling concerns is that I have never felt I am very good at having fun !
Not the sort of "fun" that other people seem to find fun - nights out, parties and all those gregarious things !

On Saturday the sun shone & I set to on my vegetable bed - I ripped out all the old, bedraggled and frost damaged veggies and dug it all over - adding bonemeal and a big bag of Alpaca poo !
So am I just wierd or is it okay is for that to be fun ?

I had wanted to have Sunday as a playday - so I had purposely attacked the ironing (my normal Sunday afternoon task) on a couple of week nights to give myself free time !
So Sunday I was able to indulge in myself in some serious scrapping !
Is it okay for this to be so much fun ??

I was determined to finish my Africa Scrapbook - so here are my last few pages !

One of the days we squeezed in a visit to a wildlife park - we saw all the animals they call "The Big Five" plus Imperial Ibis, Springbok, Gnu's and Ostrich !

Of all the animals I loved the Elephants the most - I could have watched them for hours - but didn't realise quite how smelly they would be !!
You can see that the lovely tag Bella mad for me finally found it's forever home !


Each day was crammed with our planned activities - but early on my last day we were able to take a quick trip up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain - it was an amazing place.
It felt like I was on top of the world at the bottom of the world !
The views from the summit were stunning - all across the city and out across the ocean - next stop Antartica !
And then in the opposite direction down the craggy mountainous coastline - mountains plunging towards the sea ! 
I still had a few souveniers left - so I made these two pages where I could tuck my various bits & bobs and memories !
I used the fun African Musical Ladies stencil that Bella gave me and the chipboard map and Baobab tree I had bought at the scrapping shop in cape Town - some stamps, banknotes & coins and a few others things I had hoarded away ! 

And one last page was all about meeting up with Bella after reading her blog on WOYWW - and remembering how amazing it was to meet someone at the opposite end of the world who loves the same crafty things that I do !
So after all that scrapping I felt the need to indulge in a little arty project !
I had seen a project in this months Craft Stamper using the Crafty Individuals Bunny stamps I had bought used in a box project.
I had already painted up this box to upcyle it and this seemed a fun thing to do - so here's my little bunny project ! 
Hope you all have a fun crafty week !
Take care Ali x 


  1. Gardening and scrapping YES most definitely fun. Super pages, love how you get lots of photos on each page just like I do. Super crafty box too. Well done having fun BJ#20 who had had some crafty fun this week too wait till you see - LOL.

  2. I'm much like you...don't really feel the need to go out all the time and party, I don't think it's my age, I just never have! Love crafting though!!!! Great pages, looks like it was a fab trip. Happy WOYWW. Pam#23

  3. I declined two dinners this week-end so I could have fun at my desk...I am with you on the fun stuff. Gardening also makes my heart sing! LOVE the pages you did of us and the animals,our mountain and the bits and bobs you collected. Not sure what else you will ever use that stencil for, but I just loved their movement and had to get it for you! You sure were productive this week! Happy WOYWW! #23

  4. Happy Wednesday, I hope you are having, or going to have, or have already had a great day (dependent on where exactly in the world you are!) Gardening is fun, I've worked in mine too, it is very satisfying. Loved seeing all your SA pages too, so many memories!

    Neil #7

  5. I think that all counts as fun (apart from the ironing...!) Your photos in your layouts are gorgeous. Helen, 8

  6. Your fun sure sounds a lot like my kind of fun, so YES! it's OK!!! Enjoy what you enjoy, and you'll always be happy! What an amazing trip you had and such wonderful memories you've kept in those beautiful pages. Bravo!!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #32

  7. Fun means different things to different people and your way of having fun is just fine:)

    Have a great WOYWW. Susi #65

  8. Your idea of fun sounds like heaven to me, infact I spent sat digging out our border and planting Lavender all under my bay windows so in the summer it will always smell lovely here by the sea.

    Fab photos and scrapping pages and how cool you got to meet up with Bella.


  9. Great layouts and I love your card.
    Happy Wednesday #83

  10. Great pages, photos and LOVE your finished box x
    Happy WOYWW Heather #73

  11. There's nothing wrong with your way of having fun... as long as YOU have FUN! ;) Happy woyww and a hug from Holland. Marit #82

  12. absolutely to answer you question! I recently went to a party and people were dancilg and trying to cajole me onto the floor, people assume I like to dance (ballroom yes but flailing around on the floor like I am having some sort of an episode, no.) and I was watching everyone dance thinging "I wish I enjoyed dancing freeform, I want to 'want to' dance but really don't like dancing" So I totally get you, hand me a pair of roller skates on the other hand... Happy WOYWW! Lindsay #93

  13. what wonderful memories you've scrapped so beautifully! and gardening was never a fun pasttime for me, but i know A LOT of friends who can't wait for spring and getting their hands muddy :)
    happy WOYWW and have a great week!
    no. 4

  14. All sounds like fun to me!
    Karen #74

  15. I don't like the things "normal" people like either, so I agree with you. I like hiking, swimming, gardening, scrapping, and things like that, but hate dances, and celebrations.

    I love your Africa scrapbook, what a wonderful trip!

    It's my first WOYWW, and I'm loving visiting everyone!

    Kathi #109

  16. Hi Ali
    Wow you have been busy! I love all your Africa pages and your box is lovely. You know I'm with you on the definitions of FUN! I think it's very over rated and go for contentment instead and all those things you mentioned are my fav things to do! See you sat for our visit to Ally Pally. Thats FUN!!!
    Lynda B x

  17. Ironing? No no no, jut buy yourself a cute little onesie like we have, and you never need iron a thing again!

    Really love your Africa album, the elephants are a favourite of all your pages so far.

  18. I sometimes think the same thing 'cause I'm not as gregarious or outgoing as others. But, we all can't be alike. As long as you enjoy what you're doing and you feel fulfilled, than why not? Your pages are wonderful and I really hope (no, I WILL) one day go on a Safari!! Brigita #138

  19. think we need to give ourselves permission to have fun where and when we find it. great way to preserve those memories.
    thanks for visiting earlier
    caroline (akillimelek #69)

  20. Girlfriend we must be related cause I am the same way when it comes to having fun. I love to garden and last couple years haven't been able to due to medical so I am putting out a chunk of money to have raised beds made so I can garden again. Love all the layouts. I think you have had a lot of fun and it is okay to give yourself over to all the fun you like! Sorry I have been absent the past couple weeks but life has taken its toll and sometimes you just have to give in to it and go with the flow! Thanks for sharing and have a great week! Vickie #58

  21. Alpaca poo yes, that sounds like fun!! My gardens a mess as I haven't been able to 'do it' in ages! (You can come and do mine...bring your own poo!) Have a great crafty Week!! HaPPy WoYwW!

    ((Lyn)) #24

  22. Great pages! I am trying to visit everyone! jenx 129

  23. That would have been fun for me too! Love your scrapbook! Chris122

  24. Great pages. Very creative. Looks like the trip was a blast! SueC#98

  25. Nah, it's not weird at all, if you garden at all, it's completely understandable!

    Thank you for sharing all those fun los, wow!

    #142 this week with
    a hand carved stamp

  26. Hi there, I will read your post at home ..... as I am at McDo's Internet. Just to thank you for your visit on my stitching post.

  27. YES! I do consider gardening FUN! :) Also love your scrapbook and your bunny box project! I'm new to the WOYWW gang but sure am enjoying visiting as many 'desks' as possible!!! Have a great upcoming weekend!

    Debbie at

    DayLee’s Creative Doodling

  28. Your pages are full of happy memories and I really like the style you adopted for them....sort of more traditiional, if you know what I mean:)

  29. G'day Ali
    I've resigned myself to the fact that I shall ever be running late to get to others blogs due to my work but here I am. OMG you have been busy with all your layouts...I don't scrap...well Ok I do but as they have so many embellishments on them I use them as wall hangings LOL. Good luck with the garden.
    Annette In Oz #109

  30. You have been very busy creating great layouts...I did not know that the elephants would smell either...but I guess there must be alot of you know what with an animal that size!

    loved the layouts and sounds like a fabulous trip!

  31. Ahh! So YOU are the Ali that Bella messaged me that she was with out in S Africa! If I remember right you are in Wales too?
    Looks like you had a fantastic holiday. So envious.
    We must get together sometime.....

  32. Happy WOYWW!!! You've been busy creating. Great pages