Tuesday, 7 May 2013

WOYWW - Persephone Rises !

At last, after all my weeks of grumpy grumblings, Spring arrived here in West Wales !
And even timed it to turn up over a bank holiday weekend - how often does that happen !

So thank you Persephone for deciding to come back to the upper world this week at long last !

I was a football widow for most of the weekend - the Much Beloved was watching Swansea with his friends on Saturday - and then was away Sunday into Monday morning watching Manchester United at Old Trafford ... but it's an ill wind that blows no crafter any good & I was able to work on a secret project !!

A card for Rich for our  20th wedding anniversary this Wednesday
How can it be 20 years since our wedding - where did all those years go !!

I decided to use photos of the wedding & some up to date ones - and the papers are from the Chronology range which I thought toned well & are suitably masculine !

With the card safely made, I was able go outside & take a few Spring photos in the garden
Then I headed to the garden centre to get some veggie plants - hardly any of my seeds have germinated this year - too cold maybe ? - so I had to give in & get some ready grown Pea plants, Sugar snaps & Little Gem lettuces - all now safely planted out in my veggie beds !

My name is Alison & I am an addict.... I am addicted to craft stash

We had forgotten to turn off the alarm clock & so when it went off at 6am on Bank Holiday Monday -  being on my own I thought "whatever !" and set to having a blitz through my scrapbook papers !

I learnt a lot !!

I buy too many papers !
I buy too many brown papers - and don't use them up ! Note to self USE THOSE PAPERS !
It's not a bargain if you never use it !
There are always dreadful papers in every paper pad or set of paper ! ADMIT THIS & MOVE ON !
It's also okay to move on & admit you are never going to use that paper you bought 5 years ago !
If you haven't used it by now you NEVER WILL !
Even the greatest on hoarder (that's me then !) can clear out, bin and bundle up to give away a full box of papers - and it needn't cause palpitations - it can even feel liberating !

Yesterday was gorgeous here - we made a trip to Aberglasney Gardens - it was a pretty enough place - but not very good value for money - quite expensive to get in & not that much to see really - a couple of garden areas & a small walk in the woods .... not a patch on Picton Castle Gardens or even the Botanic Gardens !
But some pretty flowers to snap !

And as we drove back the views over the Towy Valley were stunning !
We just had to stop & take photos !

Have a great week !
Ali xx


  1. Hi Ali,

    Your anniversary card is great! I love the photos!!!

    Hmm, you gave me some food for thought. I've been trying not to purchase any new supplies and I had a good clear out of my papers several months ago. And how right you are -- there are ALWAYS a few papers in those paper packs that are just plain ugly! haaa

    Getting a jump on WOYWW visiting.

    Happy WOYWW
    Kay (no # yet)

  2. Hi Ali
    Happy Anniversary! Your card is lovely. Shame you are spending tonight with the girls! Well done on your sort out. Something I must do. I have loads of papers I don't think I'll ever use! Oh well....
    Lynda x

  3. Oh I know the Towy valley well, so beautiful and an underrated part of the UK. I've taken my boys up the various castles there..Carreg Cennen is my fav!
    Well done you for sorting out! Are yu coming to the crop? It would have been the perfect opportunity to offload some paper on our Giveaway table!!
    Hugs, LLJ 34 xx

  4. Glad you are finally getting warmer weather. They should do a TV program on peeps like you and me...I have far too much paper and won't admit that I wont use it...you are ahead of me there! Thanks for the visit already and congrats on your anniversary! Love the card you made.

  5. Glad you enjoyed a crafty weekend while hubby was enjoying the football.. Have a very happy anniversary, I love the gift you made your hubby. Helen, 5

  6. I too confess...I'm a craft hoarder! I've finally started to sort out my papers and a friend is going to get a very large stash...I know, it's passing on the problem to someone else! Happy WOYWW. Pam#23

  7. Craft hoarder here too! I'm in West Wales and it's not sunny here today. Think Summer was yesterday!

  8. Strangely enough we had a bit of a stash sort over the weekend and found a patterned paper we bought way back when they first came to England, why do we hoard things for so long?

    Waving hi from the bears @#79 this week

  9. Hi Ali
    what a wonderful anniversary gift and card I love how you have included wedding photo's and up to date ones a really lovely project.
    Isn't it funny how we all have papers we will not use but someone else would love them but have ones they don't like. Can't please us all
    Thanks for sharing your desk today, Happy WOYWW hope you have a great week
    Ria #42

  10. Super duper card, good job hubby was out of the way. I have the Chronology papers but have I used them??? Good job I don't live near else I'd be forced to give your discarded papers a home! - Phew. Thanks for visiting me already BJ#15

  11. I agree, I'm OK at using or letting go these days..less good at not buying, but I have at least learned what I shouldn't buy! Good for you for making time - it's very satisfying. Love your card for Richard, what a lovely gift, and congrats!

  12. I hear ya lady! I think we could all 'ditto' what you learnt this week, although I made sure my alarm was off before I went to bed on Sunday!

    Take care
    Jakix #104

  13. I know exactly what you mean! I have lots of papers that I will never ever use so maybe it is time to have a clear out. Love your gorgeous anniversary card with the lovely papers and images. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#133)

  14. LOL what a great post this week! Happy Anniersary, only 20 years? Sadly the next 20 will fly by even faster!
    Hoarding is a world wide crafter addiction!! I am ready to release some of those papers I bought and haven't used too. I am thinking my GD's teacher may like to have them donated to her class. What will you do with yours?
    Krisha #20

  15. Happy Very Belated WOYWW. I am quite confused here, as I went and visited loads of desks on Wednesday, but my PC would not let me comment - so now I am back and trying to work out who I need to comment on!! Happy Anniversary - gorgeous card. It is our 8th Wedding Anniversary next month - been together for 10 years. Loving the big paper clear-out. My craft room is slowly becoming emptier, what with selling on Ebay, giving stash to charity and starting to pack for our move in July. Ali x #25

  16. Happy really really late woyww sorry it's taken so long, hardly any computer time.
    And congratulations on 20 yrs.
    Some lovely photo's too. x