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

Saturday 31 January 2015

WIN! Raffling these two gorgeous cuties....

As most of you know by now I'm celebrating 2015 (I turn 40 this year) by fundraising for the charity I support.

This charity supports people like me with Ehlers-Danlos Hypermobility and others with hypermobility syndromes.

Anyway the lovely, amazing Lunch Lady Jan has sent me these 2 gorgeous blue hooters/owls and I've decided to raffle them.

To have a chance to WIN and be entered into the draw - leave a comment on this post, then pop over the my fundraising page and donate £2. Make sure you leave your name and say it's for the blue owl draw. That's it. I will put all the names in a hat and draw. I'll post anywhere to all my buddies can join in worldwide!

Here's my page to enter & also if you wish to donate anyway - 

I'm busy colouring images to meet my order list for Bristol Rovers style notebooks. I will do other styles too I promise! 

Thank you so much
Take care Zo xx

Wednesday 21 January 2015


Happy Wednesday everyone!

As always many of us share our desks for WOYWW, following our leader Julia - over at The Stamping Ground.

My desk is in full on colouring mode as I work through my order list for Bristol Rovers style notebooks that I'm making to raise money for the charity I support. Details here -

So here is my desk - 
I've got my plates and alphabet die out to create the Bristol Rovers words plus a couple of other bits including mirri card, scraps of card used for doing Epiphany tool cuts. Oh the ink pad and coloured girl are for someone's birthday card I've yet to make!

The window side is full on colouring with my images and all the pens I'm using for all sorts of hair colours etc.

Here's some of the finished notebooks - 

Each different and coloured to suit the recipient!

On a personal note, I'm still unwell, now 2 weeks in, I finally gave in and went to doctors end of last week. Got some tablets, but he said could be another couple of weeks before I recover from this virus fully. I'm better than I was, but finding just basic tasks tire me quickly. Thankfully colouring is relaxing and I enjoy taking my mind of things!

Take care Zo xx

Wednesday 7 January 2015


Well hello desk dashers (I like the alliteration you see) here we are again, baring our desks and enjoying each other's company. As always pop over to Julia's desk - Stamping Ground to find your way around.

My desk is very much colouring related. I've kicked off this year by launching my wish to fundraise in an attempt to do something special considering 2015 is the year I turn 40. If you would like to know more about this please have a look at this post -

Sorry for the self-promotion bit but I know not everyone follows me on FB, Twitter etc and I wanted to share.

Anyway desk - 
It's a mess but in a good way. This side has all the pens I'm using to colour the footy images plus other bits I'm also using to decorate the notebooks.

The window side is where it's happening. I'm slowly working through my ever growing order list for these footy related notebooks. I'm loving that I can personalise them by colouring the hair to suit etc.

Anyway may I wish you a Happy New Year if we haven't already crossed paths, I'm having a super quiet day (still in my PJ's) as I'm not feeling too well. Think I'm finally succumbing/fighting off the throat virus thing all of my family have had over the last month or so. Hoping a quiet day & fluids plus meds will be enough to stop it from developing full on. 

I will get round and say hi over the next few days.
Take care Zo xx

Friday 2 January 2015

Happy New Year - fundraising in 2015

Well happy Friday to you all. I do hope you all enjoyed your New Year's celebrations. I was tucked up in bed long before, well until Baxter woke up barking at the fireworks that is!

I decided long ago that 2015 was going to be the year that I try to fundraise and raise awareness for 

The Hypermobility Syndromes Association is a charity that has supported people with disabilities and problems caused by any of the Hypermobility syndromes. As many of you know I have Ehlers Danlos Hypermobility (also known as Benign Joint Hypermobility syndrome) as well as Fibromyalgia and Scoliosis.

 Since my diagnosis I have used the charity to gain advice, they've sent me many booklets and leaflets to help me explain to friends and family about my problems, and also books for Keagan's schools to inform them of how Keagan needed to act to prevent him developing full on Hypermobility. He is hypermobile but as long as he keeps his joints strong he will lead a totally normal and crazy life of a Jump Jockey!

Anyway I've been in touch with the charity and have formalised my fundraising. I have set up a Virgin Money Giving page -

Now not only am I asking for any donations I am also going to sell my crafty makes during 2015 to raise funds. I've already taken orders for decorated notebooks done in the style of Bristol Rovers!!

My Rovers friends have gone mad for this and I have orders for 14 so far! I'm over the moon as I feel I'm giving something back to the charity who have helped me. Plus I get to colour every day and have a perfectly good reason to do so. 

Now here's where I ask a favour of you all. I was wondering if anyone would like to contribute to my fundraising by donating a crafty project for me to sell?

If so please contact me via email

No matter what you make - papercraft, sewing, knitting, crochet, anything would be gratefully received. 

Thank you so much for reading this far and here's to a productive and successful fundraising 2015.
Take care Zo xx