Start At The Beginning!

Morning Cupcakes! Do you remember my wish board? So far I’ve only managed to fulfil one of them by piercing my ear again. The thing is a lot of the other wishes hinged on me getting different medication, and losing a butt load of weight! 

Well for one reason and another the medication isn’t happening , but the weight is s..l..o..w..l..y coming off, am I dieting? Nope, after what I calculated as 45 years of dieting ( unbelievable right?) and probably a couple of decent cars worth of money I have resolved not to diet again.

So what to do now? Go Vegan of course, not because it’s really fashionable, not because I’m going to never eat meat again on moral grounds but because there is a large body of evidence that shows it is very effective in calming the pain of arthritis. So what does a day of vegan eating look like? Pull up a chair and join me, starting with breakfast……

My absolute favourite thing – a chocolate mint smoothie from the Deliciously Ella website, thick, sweet and chock full of goodness thanks to half an avocado, banana, dates , almond milk and raw cacao.

Feeling peckish? In need of elevenses?

These energy balls again from Deliciously Ella are amazing, nutty and sweet guarenteed to give you a pick me up.

Is there room for lunch?

This scrummy vegan sausage tart is perfect comfort food, it’s not normally on such pretty China but I knew you were popping in! Find lots of great recipes like this at

Finally dinner!

This is a staple for me at the moment, Tivali vegan “chicken strips” veggies and soba noodles, add a soy based sauce and it’s ready in minutes.

Not exactly rabbit food is it? Equally as delicious as a “normal” diet and sometimes better, in my humble opinion vegan cake is better than its conventional counter part. Run, walk, wheel or in reality get on Amazon and buy this book……

The cakes are phenomenal and also can be made gluten free! 

Not everybody will be persuaded by the arguments for a vegan diet, and that’s fine ( I will still eat meat occasionally) but have a look at the recipes out there and give one a whirl, you might just be surprised.

Have a super week!



12 Days Of Crafting Fa la la !

Good Morning Darcey’s Angels! These last couple of weeks of November are a funny old time at WDS HQ, what begins as the most joyful of months with serious crafting for Christmas well underway, by the last week things are getting a bit ” if I see another sprig of holly I’m going postal”. 

At this point I have two commissions to finish and by next weekend all Christmas crafting will be done, I will breathe a sigh of relief and turn my attention to what I am going to do in the 2 weeks I’m going to take off, and of course the answer is crafting! Here are the projects I would like to get done:

First the gloves to match the scarf I made a while ago……

This Louisa Harding pattern from Knits From An English Rose is so pretty …and so difficult! It features lace and cables but is totally worth it knitted in Louisa’s Amitola yarn.

New scarf and gloves requires a new hat……

This from an ages old Rowan book all patterns are knitted in their Big Wool, I’ve got a  lovely caramel ball winging its way to me.

I’ve been dying to do this from Mollie Makes…….

I won’t be building my own loom ( the magazine  contains full instructions) I will be using one from my childhood that has hidden away for years!

I hope to get round to using these waterproof fabrics…..

I think I will make some make up bags with them.

Finally I have decided to pick up jewellery making again and I will be polishing my techniques with the aid of this book….

I really want to make these…….

Obviously I will show you what gets made in the New Year!

Have a super week



I Get Pierced And The President Turns Orange!

Hello my little mince pies! This has been a bit of a week! First I got my ear pierced! Read on for the details, then my consultant has changed my diagnosis again, so I won’t be getting the treatment I thought, just medication for symptoms, and then what had started as a joke became a reality…President elect Donald Trump! This will be an interesting 4 years!

So what do we need in a time of uncertainty? People we can rely on! Here are some companies that are just great at giving you exactly what you need. Sorry for the stock photos, it’s all arthritis fault, keep reading and you will be rewarded ;).

First that piercing…..


This was done for me at ……….

Swift, reasonably priced and completely professional I will be going back!

Just down the road is this………

This is Cass Art, simply the best art supplies shop there is, regular promotions make them budget friendly and the range of materials run from half term supplies to the high grade professional.

Now to my online go getters ……….

This German retailer blows all its competitors out of the water! I’ve just bought Dr Hauschka moisturiser ( which retails for £29.50)and a relaxing bath set (£17) for £32 including delivery! And don’t worry if your German isn’t great just hit the Uk flag and the page will translate and display the prices in sterling.

At this time of year I get through a lot of felt, my go to for super quality felt and embellishments is…..

Swift delivery, beautiful felt and a sweetie in every pack makes this company a winner.

Finally, one of the many yarn suppliers I use……

Apart from their so cute logo, this company is so competitive on price and has a lot of hard to find yarns.

And here is your gift for putting up with the stock photos, my ‘poo crew hitting the skate park hard!


How sweet are they? Now I’ve finally loaded video successfully I will be doing some watch me work videos and some DIYS in the New Year.

Here’s to a peaceful week



Floats Like A Painter, Crafts Like A Ninja!

Well hello there! It has been a busy week here at WDS, and I have noticed that I have been more butterfly brained than normal. However, on this occasion it seems to be working in my favour, you see I have a million things to do and make before my Christmas fair at the end of the month, and if I stick to one project I tend to get a bit bored and start checking Instagram! But my picking up and putting down has kept my interest up and has achieved quite a lot, let’s have a look…..

This crazy pompom wreath just needs some ribbon and it’s all done ……..

This wreath needs a few more embellishments and it will be good to go……….

Some things are completely finished ……

Ive made quite a few of these as they are popular with the younger customer!

 I have mocked up one of the Christmas card designs……..

I have also designed my stickers to go on the back of the card, but I’m not going to show you just yet!

So it looks like my lack of concentration may have actually been a bonus! 

By the time you read this I will have just one sleep until I fulfill one of the goals from my dream board, can you guess which one?

Have a scrumptious week