Welcome Everyone

The wonderful world of Zoe is what I hope to share with you all here on my blog. Life isn't always easy, but then that's the case whoever you are. But no matter what each day brings I always try to start and end it with a smile - to look back and know I controlled my day, the day didn't control me!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

WOYWW 517 & yes it really is me!!

Well hello everyone especially to my fellow WOYWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground

You may have noticed I have not posted for a very long time. Life has just taken over. So today it is a catch up post of sorts as so many things have changed.

Firstly my craft room has moved!

As many of you know Keagan worked away as his career is in Horse Racing. He only came home for the odd night or so and for his holidays. Anyway I was growing out of my craft room (box room in our house) so I asked if I could have the rooms swapped. Keagan's bedroom is now in the smaller room and my craft room is now in what was his bedroom!

I've much more space and it's so much lighter as I'm not having to stack bookcases on top of each other as I did in other room. I also covered storage boxes with matching wrapping paper and plain kraft paper so it all matches a bit more than it did. I spend a lot of time in my craft room now and have taken up drawing again. I am enjoying my room and crafting. It had got to a point where I stopped crafting as I didn't like being in the small, dark room. BUT now I have a wonderful room to create and enjoy.

At the end of January, Keagan changed jobs. His ambition is to try and work his way up through the Jockey ladder. He currently holds the licence which allows his to race at point to point level. An opportunity arose to work for the record breaking/champion P2P Jockey Will Biddick in his Pre-Training and Breaking yard as a Novice Jockey (Keagan was a work rider previously). 

Will is well known for mentoring young jockeys and helping them progress their careers. So Keagan leapt at the chance and has been working there ever since. It is only 25 mins away from home so Keagan has moved back to live with me.

Keagan has not only raced his own horse Doctor Wong, but he has also been given the opportunity to ride for other owners/trainers which is exactly what he wanted. He has already come 2nd, 3rd and 4th a number of times so that win isn't too far away hopefully!

Thankfully he didn't ask to swap his bedroom back to the bigger room so my craft room remains in its new location!!

I guess the other news again many of you who follow me on other social media will know that I had to have Baxter put to sleep over a year ago now and that I have a new puppy - Asher - who is now 16 months old. He is a Jack Russell. You can see him sleeping on his bed in my craft room. I've had him since he was 8 weeks old.

Family have helped me with him as obviously I needed their help. He is such a wonderful companion who is everything a puppy should be - cheeky, playful and fun, but he is also calm when needed, well behaved and clever. Having him from such a young age has meant I have been able to train him so that he fits in with me. 

Anyway I promise I will try and join in with WOYWW regularly and hope to post more often.
Take care Zoe

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Well go me! 
I go months with no WOYWW posting and then I go and post 2 weeks on the trot. Well I hope my fellow desk dashers are pleased to see me as I am delighted to be back.

So I took these earlier today. 

Christmas card making. I confess most of my cards this year will be shop bought or digitally designed and posted onto people's Facebook or email. But for close family and best friends I am making.

Inspired by this gorgeous paper pad I bought when I went to the new Hobbycraft store in Bath.
So you can see the pile of already made base cards awaiting their sentiments and seals. Washi tape and tools. And a finished card. Can you spot what is wrong with it?

I am waiting on some more gold sealing wax being delivered today hopefully. Not sure you can tell but it is the Hogwarts seal I am using!

I am also the proud owner of a new WOYWW badge that is standing on my Ottlite base. Julia kindly sent me one when she also kindly sent me a fabulous horse and jockey stamp.
So that's me this week. I will pop by at some point so have that kettle on ready for coffee! 

Take care Zo xx

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


I can't believe I am saying this but this is my first WOYWW of the year - please bear with me and apologies for long post!

Those of you who know me and are following on other social media will know my life has changed alot this year. I still craft occasionally, but have lost my mojo big time. This has been hampered by inability to sit/stand at my desk for too long and my creativity concentration is poor.

I am also supporting one of my dearest friends who has suffered greatly this year with her Depression and Anxiety. I've needed my strength to be there for her, help her by driving her to appointments and spending time with her when she's needed me.

The biggest change in my life happened just over six months ago. You all know I am a massive Bristol Rovers fan - well earlier this year in conjunction with the Supporters club, they held a meeting for disabled supporters with a view to starting an Official Bristol Rovers Disabled Supporters Association.

I went to this meeting and came home having agreed, along with another gentleman, to set up and run the DSA.
I am officially Zoe Kirkby - Secretary BRFC DSA
Yep. That. Is. Massive. Secretary doesn't really cover it. I am more like a DLO - Disability Liaison Officer/Secretary!

So over the last six months we have worked hard to set up the DSA. Not an easy task. You see there wasn't anything in place. I had to set up email/Paypal, work out procedures and daily admin. Sort a bank account. Create membership. Sort a website. Liaise with Bristol Rovers and all other football clubs who visit Rovers. 
Myself and Clive (the other chap who has taken on role as Chair) have met up a number of times to plan, prepare and get things running.
Which led to us holding our first open meeting in September.

I am loving my role and am passionate about what I am doing. We've already made a difference - asking the club to put in place shelters over wheelchair areas, more accessible toilets and also how away fans are greeted. We are working with the club to ensure matchdays are enjoyable for all. There's still so much to do. But slowly we will get there.

So my desk - well I thought I would share photos from my recent meetings because that's what my desk looks like these days!
So first pics are from Yeovil Town FC. I attended a meeting that saw all clubs in the South West and South Wales being invited. Over 30 delegates attended.
 Couldn't resist having a pic with Yeovil Town Manager Darren Way!
These are our view across Huish Park - Yeovil's ground.

I've been issued a Staff Pass which grants me general access around The Memorial Stadium - so I can go anywhere in our stadium including the away end which allows me to go and meet and greet the disabled away fans. (Yes I know my name is spelt wrong)
 I am meeting lots of people in my role and last Friday I was invited to meet the new Commercial Director at Rovers to chat over coffee! Tom Gorringe is a fantastic guy who is very supportive of what we are trying to do.

 In between everything I am resting up as this takes a huge effort on my part. But I wouldn't change it. I feel my confidence and self esteem have both positively increased. I feel confident I can go into any meeting or event and be able to hold my own. In fact, I have been asked to speak at a meeting at the end of the month. It's a networking meeting for businesses owned by Rovers supporters.

Of course, in between all of this I see my boy, Keagan. He has finally passed his driving test so can come home by himself. However he has a horse now that he is training ahead of the new Point to Point season starting so I only see him once every 2 -3 weeks. 

Right that's me. Will pop round to see you all over the next few days.
Take care Zoe xx

Monday, 2 January 2017

Hello 2017 - plans, positives & products!

Happy New Year everyone.

2016 was full of health problems, new conditions & a scare that thankfully turned out to be ok.

Now I'm fully aware of what is causing my problems & how to manage everything I'm feeling really positive about 2017.

2017 is going to be about what I can do. 

I've already registered a place on the waiting list to do the wheelchair climb of the O2 arena!

I also want to lose weight. 

I wanted to find something that I could focus on, reward myself along the way so I've bought a Motivacelet.

It's a bracelet that you add beads to as you lose those pounds. The more you lose the prettier your bracelet. A real positive way to stay determined. I've bought enough beads to match what I want to lose.
Of course it's a pretty blue!
There's a bigger bead for half a stone and a pretty heart for that whole stone!
This will be a journey for me - no quick fixes - just me eating better & looking after myself properly.
We had a lovely Christmas. Keagan even managed to get home for a few hours. He had to work first thing Christmas morning. My dad went down for when he finished to bring him home & then my parents took him back at 8pm as he had to work again Boxing day. The joys of working in professional sport!
Me and my boy on Christmas day.
Those of you who pop in here regularly will have seen my beauty posts. I've always loved make up but becoming a mum at 23 meant make up was a luxury and I only bought cheap and cheerful products. It's only been recently that I've treated myself to some decent quality items & actually watched videos to learn how to apply it properly. 
So for Christmas I asked for some Morphe brushes - a well respected brand used by professionals. This set was perfect for me - it is blue!
 A beautiful set of 10 brushes. This set was expensive so it has been on my wish list for a while. I also received another item from my wish list - Morphe brushes eyeshadow palette 35K.
Now onto Creative Together - myself and Lisa have updated our website to allow us greater function. We can now offer discount codes when we choose to do a promotion, the ordering system is easier & we can now have a far greater quantity of products & photographs.
I'm already working on new items myself - developing the football notebooks to include other teams and not just Bristol Rovers.
 Yes - it is red! Had to talk myself into doing this. It doesn't come easy to me you see.
Anyway just wanted to pop in to say I am here, I'm still going to use this blog for everything I love. 
Here's to a creative, productive and happy 2017!
Take care Zo xx


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

WOYWW 390 - some news.....

Hello everyone - I'm linking up with Julia for WOYWW
I've not joined in much recently as there's been lots going on here.

I was going to wait until afterwards to tell this but as it won't get sorted for a few more weeks I thought I'd share now. Apologies for lack of desk though I will share this pic of Baxter - 
 Yep all cosy here!

Anyway I've not been around as I've had a few health issues going on. I know those of you who follow me on social media will know some of this. I was diagnosed with another condition called POTS. I've basically got dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. However this isn't the main reason for this post.

The main reason is because I've found some abnormalities with my breasts & underarm area. I've been into the breast clinic & while the doctor doesn't think it's too serious he still is concerned enough to have me go back in for a mammogram & ultrasound scan.

I'm waiting to hear when my appointment will be. I wanted to share this as I was told from a young age to check myself so that I know what's normal for me. You see, I've not found a lump, not a small hard lump that some find. Mine is a swelling in the armpit area and some thickening that's abnormal for me.

We've got a high number of breast cancer occurances in my family. My grandmother and 4 out of 5 aunts have/are receiving treatment. So I'm also being seen by the family history coordinator & the genetic team.

Of course, it's a worry even with the reassurances from everyone. But I'm happy that my doctor knows what he's doing and what he found to accept it's routine & there's a high possibility that everything will be fine and ok.

So please, no matter how old you are. Check yourself. Often. Every week. In the shower. When you are laid down. So you know what's normal for you.

Take care Zo xx

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

WOYWW 385 - apologies for my absence

Apologies gentle desk dashers for my absence. These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of rest, birthday celebrations and awards. 

So firstly I'll share my desk and then I'll share a few pics from some amazing wonderful moments that we've had of late.

 That there pile is my efforts of Christmas card making. A simple design that I stamp and change by using different colour washi tape. You can see a skeleton design on the top. I've tweaked and improved it since.
 Blazing sunshine this morning. 

So Keagan turned 18 on the 6th October. He booked some time off work so he could come home. We had a lovely day spent with family and friends. We went out for a family meal in the evening where at the end my brother, Danny, exclaimed that it had been the most soberist 18th he had ever celebrated!! (Keagan enjoys the odd drink but doesn't like to go mad, unlike my brother!)

I bought Keagan 18 presents which included a birthday balloon and every present reflected hobbies & things he likes. I spent hours trying to find the right gifts without spending an absolute fortune. I managed it in the end much to Keagan's amusement. There was a travel mug with 'Keep calm & race pigeons' on it, a Tour De France t-shirt, a Level 18 complete gaming t-shirt, a WWE PS4 game, Bristol Rovers gifts & Liverpool Fc socks plus his favourite biscuits & sweets to name some of his presents.

 The word art I designed & framed.
 The 'let's embarrass birthday boy with a cake in front of all the pub' moment complete with birthday song!
Keagan was rather amused by his balloon!
The 'we have to take a photo' moment at the end of the night!
So that's the birthday now onto something I'm absolutely bursting with pride about. On Fri 14th Oct we attended Banes Carer's Centre annual awards that were presented by Ali Vowles (BBC Points West and Radio Bristol). Now we knew a couple of weeks in advance but it didn't stop me feeling so very proud of my boy.
Keagan was presented with Banes Young Carer's Sporting Achievement award to honour his amazing achievements to date. He was very chilled about it saying
'It's just my job, it's what I do'
Now we all know how hard Keagan has worked to just get where he is now, and we know there's still many many years of hard work to come. In case you missed it, in the last year Keagan has attended The British Racing School in Newmarket (the best horse racing college in the world) & now works & is continuing his BRS education at Jeremy Scott Racing where he is working hard to prove himself with the plan to eventually get his jockey licence.
We both hope Keagan's story will inspire other younger young carers to chase their own dreams. To realise that you can chase and achieve them.
Here's some pics from that wonderful evening - 
 Keagan receiving his award
 Me and Ali
 I think you can clearly see how much I was bursting with pride right here in this photo!
Right sorry for the long post but I wanted to share what's been keeping me busy. Inbetween I've not been well so have rested on my bed most days - this has allowed me to just be able to enjoy what's happened.
Pop over to Julia's WOYWW
to join in and link up.
Take care Zo xx


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

New Looks

A quick post to share my latest look I've created. I've had lots of fun just playing around with colours lately that I wouldn't normally try. 

This bold look was created using Morphe 350 eyeshadow palette. In the end I had to order it from America as I couldn't find it in stock in the uk. The brown tones are actually more orangey in real life. I used a wet brush to apply the gold to my lids - this is how you create a metallic look.

I added lashes and Urban Decay Bittersweet lipgloss.

I must sort out my lighting as my lights seem to pale everything down. Or perhaps find a better place to take the photos! 

Take care Zo xx