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?

Monday, June 10, 2013

I hardly dare to think about it............

..........but we think we may have found a new swapper to exchange houses with. We've both filled the paperwork in, and sent it off to the relevant housing associations. Today my housing officer came around to do an inspection of the flat and passed it as in fit condition to exchange. Now I just have to wait and see if I'll be accepted by the other authority.

As luck would have it we found a place in Shoeburyness, close to a couple of Jo's friends, my father, and Jo's Dad. The other end of the same road as it happens, so that all works out rather well. There is a small garden, but enough to grow a few things in, and let me sit out with the dog on a fine day. What more could I need?
I'm hoping to grow some espalier fruit trees along the brick wall at the end. The garden faces south so those walls should get nice and warm........Although the garden is only about 14 foot deep, I think it will be plenty for me as I get older. Unless I win the Lottery ( not likely) this hopefully will be my final home........always supposing I get it in the first place!!  Once again please................fingers crossed.


  1. Oh Bets, this is just the best news! I have everything firmly crossed for you. Hoping upon hope that things go smoothly. x

    1. Thanks so much...........so far so good.