Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Mindful Wednesday. It was the drugs that did it - honest!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
Oooh it’s been a busy day thus far!
Filming YouTubes with Jim in the morning,

A little peek...
and then more filming German bits n bobs for 
Hochanda in the afternoon.

Smile! You’re on camera!

So I’m just about videoed out now!!

I wanted to share something with you, because it is something that surprised me today, and made me think.
And this being Mindful Wednesday Blog Day, 
where we look at things of that nature, 
I thought, Yes. Let’s.
Let’s talk about what happened to me this morning. 
Now I can only speak for myself of course, 
but nonetheless...
Last week, I went to the Doctors because my neckitis is getting worse. The last time I went to see him, he sent me to have physiotherapy, but that didn’t go so well. 
This time, he decided to go down the Pain Modifier road, in hopes that the tension might be reduced if I couldn’t feel the pain, so the muscles might relax more.
You get the picture.
So he prescribed what he said were Anti-Depressants when taken in larger quantities (100mg minimum), but Pain Modifiers (10mg) when taken in much smaller doses.

I assured him that I do NOT need anti-depressants, 
or any mind altering substance!
He assured me that taken in the correct amount, 
these pills would serve purely as a pain modifier, 
and not a head adjuster.

Well, I avoided them at the weekend, because I didn’t want to risk an adverse reaction if I was driving up to Peterborough and on TV and so on. You never know, do you....
But last night, I thought I had best get started on this course of mild Pain Modification. So 10mg before bedtime. 
Slept like a log. Mind you, I usually do.
However, when the alarm went off at 6am, 
I couldn’t get my head off the pillow.

At 7am I was still lying there, inert.

Tea went cold, coffee went cold. 
Getting dressed was a challenge,

and I still can’t find my boots!

Dave was doing his best to rouse me (n.b. rouse, not arouse!!!)
but to no avail.
Had a hell of a job getting the day started!
And I’ve been a bit phased all day, if you know what I mean. 

But the point I want to make is this:
The Doctor assured me that a miniscule dosage like this would not affect my psyche at all.
Well, I’ll go to the foot of our stairs!
Because if 10mg knocked me on my arse like that, 
what on earth would 100mg do ???
I have absolutely no intention of finding out, 
but I wanted to flag this up, put it out there.
So many people turn to anti-depressants as a coping mechanism. 
I am sure they are helpful for some and a life-saver for many. 
But it’s the dosage I am talking about. 
It certainly shocked me that a neglible dose could have such a profound effect.

So I for one will have to be careful, 
and question what is the normal dose for the average person.
Because if today’s is normal, I ain’t !

Has it helped my neck at all?
Nope. Are you kidding? 
But ask me if I care.

  Back to bed....

love & hugs,

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Over the Rooftops....

Hello there!
Thanks for popping in.
Thought I would catalogue one of the projects I did on Sunday afternoon;
the one with our new Santa and the fabulous star corners.
it’s a good one for showing off the virtues of masking, 
and showcasing our Clarity Masks.

Stamp Santa onto cream card using Black Archival.

Stamp a frame into place with the large corner 
top left and top right.
Use the long holly trellis down the sides and along the base.

Add the Santa mask, which comes with the stamps,
and a moon mask.

Brush out from the centre.

Use the Rooftops mask from the pack of landscapes masks
at the base, underneath the reindeer’s feet.

Includes the Moons mask too!
Brush in the rooftops with Denim ink, using our Clarity brushes.

Looking good....

Stamp a greeting sideways, using the Christmas Word Chain.

Add ink, blot, plot stars around the edge.

Light, dark, light, dark...

Colour in Santa and his mate using Spectrum Noir pencils.

We have a great little Sakura pen which is a must have! 

Blending the colours gradually.

Add a drop shadow to the lettering with a red pencil.

Mount and frame and add more shade if you feel the need.
I’m happy with this as is. 

Have a lovely evening.
Paul’s just turned up, so it’s time to stop and have a chat.

love and hugs,

Monday, 28 September 2015

Hospital Waiting rooms, Best wishes and Trees.

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in and keeping me company. 
Sitting here in the hospital, waiting for Dave while he does a treadmill test, (or hamster wheel run as he preferes to call it). 
He was dusting off his trainers this morning, 
all set for his strenuous endurance test. 
Hopefully this exercise will give us some more clues 
as to what is going on. 

So I thought I would use the time wisely and write my daily blog....
Monday's blog is flowers and trees, so let me look into my photo archives from the TV show yesterday.
Mmmm. No flowers and trees, but I will add a little je ne sais quoi later on!

 onto a piece of our stencil/gelli card
using a Potting Soil or Coffee ink pad. 

Colour in the ribbon writing using Spectrum Noir pencils.

Dust the card with talc, then colour in the ribbon words with a Versamark pen (bullet end). Add clear embossing powder

And heat emboss with a heat gun.
I like this one: Two-speed, folds up.

This is like glazing the letters. See?
Add a little Post-It tag underneath.

Using Clarity Stencil brushes, dust Evergreen Bough and Stonewashed over the words and Post-It, brushing out from the centre with the green, the circling with the blue.

Outline the little tag with a black micron pen
either freehand or with a ruler, and stamp on your special day into the box using the same ink pad. Create a little hanging illusion from the S, by literally drawing a string from the tag. 

Layer up and mount onto matching colour card.

Now to wait until I get home with his nibs, 
and add a tree or a flower.....

Well, he wasn’t feeling great after his brief encounter with that very fast moving ramp,
so we came home via the local farm shop, and bought loads of healthy stuff:
Pork pies, cheese and fruit cake. 

Time for a little siesta now....

Oh! before I retire for a snooze,
let me add a tree.....or three!

Perfect. Love these three.

Enjoy the rest of the day!

Love & hugs

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Stuck in traffic!

Hey, Paul here!

Just had a call from Barbara to say she is on her way back from Peterborough after hanging around for some meetings after her TV shows earlier today and is stuck in traffic on the A1.

So she has asked me to share this You Tube video with you all on how to use the fibres that she demonstrated on Hochanda earlier today

Normal service will be resumed tomorrow!!!

Paul x

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Too late tonight. The party was too much fun!!!

Too late I know.
Just been running around.
Joined a super surprise party for 
lovely Sally and the Clarity Peterborough troop

What a great crew.
And the men were brilliant too!

Darling Katie.
I do love this young woman.

In fact the whole group is pretty blimming amazing.

Had the chance to set up in the TV studio tonight, 
and grabbed the opportunity.
Makes for a much smoother ride tomorrow morning.
And before you know it, it’s nearly midnight.

So I do hope you can join me  at 10am for a Groovi Session.
Freeview 39
Sky 663
Freesat 822 
go to

Bedtime xxxxxxxxxxx