Wednesday 22 April 2020

Challenge 189

Welcome to our challenge, firstly the team and myself would like to say thank you for all your gorgeous inspiration in challenge 188, and also your lovely comments, we do so love hearing from you.

I hope this post finds you all safe and well, I know I am struggling now with not seeing my wonderful Son and his partner and my beautiful Daughter and scrumptious 8 Grand babies, tho none are truly babies. I miss the special people who made my days go by with a smile and a chat, the colleagues who I would normally be at work with, and the students who at times could drive me mad, but also make me laugh and smile.

That all said I am thankful for the wonderful Design Team and all of you lovely crafters for taking time to make this challenge a success.

I also should mention my long suffering Husband, who is my rock and is facing the challenge of teaching all of his departments lessons on line.

I would like to also mention, not just all the wonderful health workers around the globe, on the front line, but also the people working in the shops, allowing us to get our food supplies, the refuse collectors, postmen & women, teachers going in to take care of the students who's parents are still going to work, and those volunteers who go out into our communities helping others, and the many more wonderful people, who I have not mentioned, but are still there supporting our communities.

So wherever you are in this world, keep positive and keep safe, and keep crafting, after all, we are all in this together

Alex xx

Special physical prize.
As a personal thank you to you, I am offering 3 unbranded dies, that will be posted anywhere in the world to the winner.

To be in with a chance to win, please just comment below on a positive you have found in all of this chaos, a winner will be picked at random

So without further ado here is the Top 3 & Winners

Top 3
DT's Choice
43 Anna

74 Arlene

107 Leanne

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DT's Choice
12 Lente
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Dr Digi

106 Monique

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$10 worth of images – DOES NOT INCLUDE DIGITAL PAPERS from


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Honourable Mentions

4 Annie

143 Sabina

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We would like to thank our lovely sponsor for sponsoring challenge

Challenge 189

As always the challenge is Anything Goes, the optional twist this time is "April Showers bring May Flowers"

Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is

My Besties

Now for some inspiration from the DT
Please pop over to their blogs and check out their beautiful creations

Ella Using - Raining Hearts

Helma Using - April
And don't you just love her message

Patrizia - Using - April

 Alex Using - Raining Hearts

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  1. The most positive I have found in these crazy days, is the daily contact with all my dear ones by Facetime, and the love they are sending to me and my husband. I am grateful to my adult children, they buy the daily needs for us and deliver them on the doorstep (who would ever think, that this could happen?). And I realize more and more how important people are, who are working in healthcare. They deserve our love and great respect!!
    Lia xx

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  3. The positive things that have come from this awful time and the lockdown is that I have more free time to enjoy my craft that I love, spend more quality time with my husband, actually talking, going for walks etc. The whole atmosphere of having less pressure that previous commitments created has meant I am enjoying life more.

  4. A Great introduction to your challenge Alex and wonderful to hear other workers being praised too, as I read somewhere, the lowest paid are keeping the country running.
    Keep safe and well.
    Faith x

  5. Congrats to all the highlighted projects! What a wonderful way to start your post today. I miss walking around town and seeing lots of people to say good morning to. I really miss seeing smiles on people's faces because the masks cover that up. But we are getting though this, and hopefully we can once again embrace our loved ones, pass out handshakes and hugs to our friends, and so forth. I will say though, one thing I have LOVED about all of this is all of the church services streaming. I can "go" to church at so many places on line now. Very cool. Big social distancing hugs to you. You put a smile on my face today. :) Janis

  6. The positive thing for me on this crisis is that I have more time to craft, paint, draw and to interact with my FB friends to try to cheer them up with my creations and to inspire them to make cards or paintings of their own. Thanks for asking and stay safe! xxx Marianne

  7. Well, one positive is that this Grandma has learnt how to use Google Hangouts to chat with some of my Grandies!! My other greandies usually do a 'ride by' and chat over the front fence a couple of times a week. I am feeling so treasured by my family as they take care of me. I am basically in isolation, due to my age and asthma, and they have done all my shopping etc for me for over 4 weeks now.
    I also had a neighbours child give me a bunny shaped Easter card, and she wrote on the concrete at my front gate "I love you", with a rainbow. I was so touched.
    Stay safe
    Thank you for your generosity in offering the dies.

  8. Firstly, I am so grateful that my family and friends are well and safe. I am also grateful that my older son , who live about 1/2 hour drive, is buying groceries for me, since I am at higher risk. Lastly, I am grateful that COVID seems to be subsiding in some areas, and I pray that we can go back to life as we knew it before this pandemic happened.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win these dies. How thoughtful and kind of you. Stay safe. Crafty hugs, Lori xx

  9. What a beautiful post! I have been blown away by the love and concern for the elderly in our country and community, with special volunteer service groups created, to do their shopping and other essential travel for them, so they can stay safe, in their homes. We may not be able to see our own loved ones, but we can certainly adopt a gran or grandpa for a few weeks!

  10. Magnifiques créations de la DT.
    Prenez soin de vous, restez chez Vous.

    Magnificent DT creations.
    Take care of yourself, stay at home.

  11. Most positive I have found in in all of this chaos are, that I have more time for crafting. All our family is at home, we spending time together, going on walks in nature, playing badminton, basketball, playing cards,...

  12. There are so many positive things in my life during all this turmoil. I find that friends call for a chat on the phone where usually we send a quick email, FB message or text. My out-of-state children and grandchildren touch base at least once a week, often with a phone call because we've all begun to realize how much we miss voices in our everyday lives. I see positives in people recognizing just how precious are all the little things which we take for granted on normal days. My neighbor commented on how wonderful it was that our trash collectors are working all their normal hours so that we're not buried in our own 'throw-away' world! Now those guys are true heroes. :-D

  13. The most positive thing I have found in our compulsory lockdown, is that we have had a major springclean of our house, including emptying cupboards and sorting out a large number of items to be donated to our local Hospice Shop. Because we are in the over 70's age group, our Dil has been doing our shopping for us, which is so helpful

  14. There are so many bad and scary things around us but in this hard times I get closer with my family and start thinking what is really worth living. That's a great plus. Big Hugs!

  15. There are a few good things that pop up in my mind. Like I feel so happy to be well and alive and also that my parents and my father and mother in law are doing well. It´s great for the environment. It´s good for my wallet since I don´t make a trip in to town to shop that often.

  16. I am treasuring the facetime/Skype etc with my loved ones. I am so thankful for my husband. I am 'shielded/extremely vulnerable, and he collects the shopping and meds for us. I am lucky to have him and the girls. Keep safe, take care xx

  17. For me it's that able-bodied people finally understood that the reality they make for the disabled looks like a quarantine but their whole life, not just now. :)

  18. Thank you for the top 3 pick from last month.

  19. A positive from Covid: families getting to spend precious time together, not running from school to soccer practice, to cheerleading, to music lessons... and kids getting to learn how to handle boredom! May many people learn to slow down, spend time with their families and pets, and to relax!!!

  20. In these hard time I love being together with my family, we are all at home - working from home, homeschooling, kindergarten at home ...
    Sending a lot of crafty love.

  21. Hello, Alex,
    I think many people now have realized slowding down is necessary to live well. A lot of people, especially youth, try to avoid empty time, but I think it is very important. During empty hours you can meet yourself (this is what most people fear about), you can discover how from boredom creativity spreads, you can appreciate the things around you that you use to take for granted. People are learning to say 'thank you' and to see how much happiness there is in their lives even if they didn't see that before.
    Hugs from Italy,

    Mariangela :-)

  22. What a lovely blog post! One of the positives I've noticed (actually both hubby and I have noticed) is that we appreciate nature even more than we did before. We try to get out for a walk each day in our neighbourhood and marvel at the beauty around us, whether it is a bird, a squirrel, the river, a pond, trees, etc. We live out in the country and there is a lot of nature around us. We took it for granted before. Thank you for your inspirational blog post and challenge! Hope to be back to join the challenge!