When you make a conscious choice to be happy, no one can take it away from you because no one gave it to you: you gave it to yourself.

A quote from April Green's - Bloom For Yourself Journal

Sunday 19 October 2014

Our Story - Baxter and me.

I don't often post about other stuff, it's all craft really but I decided to post this. I'm extremely proud to share this. The home I adopted Baxter from is launching an appeal to try and get more of their long-stay animals adopted and they asked me if they could use mine and Baxter's story to promote this.

Of course I agreed and you can see our page here - 

I would love it if you could go and read it and let me know what you think. If you could also share the link on your own social media that would also be amazing.

Anyone who knows me knows how much love and companionship Baxter brings me. How he has enriched our lives and how together we work to overcome his issues and help him grow in confidence.

This is Baxter during his stay at the home.

Baxter getting used to his car seat cushion in my craft room

This is one of my favourite photos of Baxter. 

If our story can inspire just 1 person to adopt a long-stay animal then it'll be worth it. It just shows what a bit of time, effort, determination and love can do.

Take care Zo xx

Wednesday 15 October 2014


Well hello from a grey and damp Somerset. It's desk hopping day once more so I suggest you pay Julia a visit at The Stamping Ground to see what I'm on about!

Well you will all be pleased to know my desk has been tidied, then messed up again. Despite having another bad week, I've felt up to doing some crafting and am working on transforming a small blank album I bought ages ago. It's a present for a friend in Australia. Am cheating - it's her birthday in November so I'm making it as a present for that, but making it for her to use this Christmas! I'm using Vintage Christmas papers from My Mind's Eye to cover it. I'm also extending the pages by creating flaps to pull down/up/out all inspired by Sam (Hettie) and her amazing albums that she brings to the WOYWW crop for us to see. Though my effort is no where near Sam's marvellous creations!

So right hand side sees the pile of papers I'm using.

The window side is covered this is how I left it last night. I chose the next paper so left it there. There are all the embellishments, washi tapes and candi, tools and glues. There's the pages I've done and those waiting to be covered.

So that's me. Thank you so much for all of your comments of late, all putting a smile on my face while in pain and feeling not good. You are all a really lovely supportive, fabulous bunch!
Take care Zo xx

Wednesday 8 October 2014


Good afternoon!

I've been quiet again I know. Just mooching along doing what needs to be done. But the last few days have been so busy. I felt well enough so we went to football on Saturday, took Keagan to the stables on Sun, it was Keagan's 16th birthday Monday so we had a lovely long day ending with a fish and chip sit down meal out in the evening which was Keagan's choice and then as again I felt well enough we went to football last night as well! 

2 games in space of 4 days. Now it's hit me. Am sat here in my onesie feeling shattered and in pain but smiling cos the last few days have been fun and enjoyable but please, someone, tell me how have I ended up with a 16 year old son?!!!

Here's a pic from Saturday, we stayed behind after the game to meet the players, here we are with my fav player Lee Brown, a typical selfie pic!!

So my desk has been pretty much untouched of late. To me it's untidy and I really don't have the energy to clear it so it'll stay like it until I feel or need to sort it - 
For once pens are put away, the Beatrix Potter stuff is still there as are the Sheena Douglas Christmas stamps.

The window side has bits I have stamped some decoupage I have been creating myself using those stamps. Oh the receipts are from mine and mums shopping, we do that scan gadget thing but put both our shop together so when I get home I go through the receipts and work out our bills. We usually know roughly what we spend. 

There you go, I'm off to rest and watch a couple of Lost dvds. I re-watching the whole thing again, am on series 2 at mo. 
Pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground to find out why I'm showing you this if you don't know!

Take care Zo xx