About Blackbutterfly Cards

I started making cards for pleasure in 2007, and quickly found my home was becoming swamped by cards everywhere. I decided to put some of them up for sale on a webpage in an effort to recoup some of the costs of my hobby. I called the webpage Blackbutterfly Handcrafted Cards, and it can be found at http://www.blackbutterfly2007.co.uk/

I try to take my cards to a couple of table sales or craft fairs a year, but make my cards mainly for friends and family. I would love the website sales to take off, as I nowhere near cover the costs involved in this all absorbing hobby, but for me the main thing is the pleasure I have in making my cards.
Recently I have decided to expand my blog to cover my other interests too. It's a sort of substitute for going to work and chatting to people, as due to ill health I was unable to work, and since the beginning of 2014 I am officially a pensioner.
Although I'll still show my cards, I'll also be covering my other interests and how I attempt to make ends meet day by day.

In fact anything that crosses my mind will be on here, so be prepared for waffle and a wasted five minutes as you read.
Make coffee and settle in, why don't you?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Trying Knitting as an Extra Moneyspinner

I've been busy with the Community Garden since I last posted. Despite the high winds most of the veggies seem to be surviving, (fingers crossed), although the leaves on my runner beans are a bit battered and bruised. We were supposed to be having a BBQ, facepainting for children, and instruction on bird box making as part of the day's entertainment today to celebrate the garden being open a whole year. Sadly this has been cancelled by the Housing Association due to the poor weather forecast. I hope that last scrambled sentence made sense. The picture shows one of the raised beds, which is growing well and in the background you can just see the new picnic bench that has been purchased for the garden. . . . . somewhere to sit and relax between jobs, or to sit in the sun and unwind.

Got a busy time next week, although I need to find a way to scale down, my M.E. won't take too much extra effort or stress before it kicks in and I'm beginning to feel 'stretched'.

On Monday my son will be visiting, Tuesday - I have to sort out my bedroom, which involves moving my wardrobes so the housing association can survey the damp walls. Oh joy!

On Wednesday I have asked for a meeting with my housing officer over some issues with the communal garden rulings............all very complicated and boring!

Thursday brings my diabetic yearly review, followed by a shopping trip into town. I'm going to see if I can find some food bargains in Poundland.

Friday - I want to spend some time making a few extra cards, I have a craft table at a school fair on Saturday, but could do with some extra cards for my display. I'd like to decorate a couple of scented candles to sell, and I have knitted a pair of gloves and a pencil case to see if they 'go' too. Widening my horizons as they say!

I'm also thinking of adding ads to this blog to help raise some extra cash, I've been struggling to make ends meet for some considerable time now, but this last few weeks there literally hasn't been enough money to go around. So............cheeky I know, but if you're visiting my blog could click on any ad links you see, to help me out.........Thanks!