John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter Early May Update

Bye Bye Beard, Hello Bournemouth, Get Me Nick Knowles, Get Knotted And Ooh, Get That Loo!

Hello, my lovely blogettes. How are you? Good, I hope.

Well, the astute among you will have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here for a bit.

There have been a fair few reasons. If you fancy finding out what’s been going on … read on!

It’s fairly random. Stay with it.

Well, the first reason for a lack of action has been a distinct loss of hair.

No, seriously, it came out in droves. In about 48 hours.


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Doc says it was stress related alopaecia.

Yes, very DIStressing! Practically shabby chic!

Anyhoo, I thought that it wouldn’t be too bad as long as it stayed on the top of me noggin because I could shave that.

As if sensing my plan however my beard decided to then come out in sympathy – the little git!

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So, now that spring is here, and as a result of not having much choice in the matter, it was time for a good old sheer.

Don’t panic though, I have my disguise ready…

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Haha! No but seriously, the trim has made for a fresh feeling for sure.

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Managed to keep the tash at least and now on some treatment to see if I can get the beard back.

Oh, as you see, the decorating has finally started. More on that later because as soon as I had finished that particular patch of painting it was time to get all of the stuff ready and make the 7-hour train trek down to Bournemouth for the final Scan N Cut beginners workshop.

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We don’t half get through some card on those things but it’s always a joy to see a rainbow stack of crisp clean cardstock.

Stupidly, again, I didn’t get any photos of the day but I was super grateful to all of the ladies that came to this, and all of the other workshops that I have done over the last few months – you’ve really ALL been AWESOME!

I also hope that you’ve remembered all of your new skills and are making good use of your machines.

So, with that done, and the ‘diagnosis’ of being stressed – although I still can’t think why as things have been good – I decided to do what any self-respecting Brit would do in that situation and take a short break by the sea.

The air is very good for ‘one’, I was told, by a Victorian lady.

It was actually a very good idea as it is one of the very few days this year where the sun shone.

I got to see the lovely beach, giant deck chairs, colourful and decorative beach huts, some great architecture and also sup coffee in the warm air.


Also got to eat some delicious nosh.


And see a rather unique toilet – no, seriously! Look!

Told ya. Lol!

Glad that I got to do all of that before the REAL Spring weather kicked in …

… yup, massive downpour and HUGE thunderstorm.

It was rather cool! :)

Anyhoo, back off up north I went and back to the decorating. It’s coming along. Slowly.

Like the colour? Did warn you a while back that the walls were going to be grey didn’t I? Well, technically this is a colour called ‘Mineral Stone’.

It’s quite unusual as it turns different shades of grey depending on the light source that it is absorbing. Not sure that it’s supposed to, but it does!

I found this colour as I spotted it on someone’s – soz, forgot who! – Facebook/Insta/Twitter being used to paint chairs and I was very taken with it. Odd how these things happen isn’t it? Serendipidous almost.

Other rooms are starting to see some organisation too. I managed to have a good old sort out of the craft room and built some shelves – originally intended for the lounge – and turned them into a prep/storage unit.


Currently waiting on a bit of wood that I am having custom cut for the top to make for a more stable/usable worktop.

That’ll do for now though.

So, that’s not all that I’ve been up to though.

I have been out to see some movies and for dinner. I have also been away to visit my four legged niece …


She’s rubbish at selfies but awesome at posing. Such a gorgeous little puppy :)

I think that I REALLY need to get one for me soon, my puppy daddy clock is ticking!

I have also still been making stuff but I’ve been trying to take my time over it rather than rush it for the sake of it. Been enjoying learning new skills too.


There has been more MDF designing and decorating and also I have been getting to grips with Paracord bracelet making. Blog posts for all of this will be out in the not too distant future.

I am also looking to start a personal project using a 3D papercrafting pattern that I found to make a galloping horse bust to hang on the wall in the lounge – when I finally finish it. I’ve got everything printed and will start cutting the pieces in the evening as a little wind down project before bed and then when it’s time I can assemble it and mount it on the wall – might get a bit of MDF cut into a plaque shape!


Hey, listen, this might sound a lot, but for me, this has been cut right back – maybe the doctor did have a point after all…?

Lol, well, this morning I have to annoy the neighbours and start sanding down the woodwork before I paint it so I had best left you get on with your Sunday morning – whatever it is you do – and get to it!

Thanks for stopping by, look forward to bringing your more bits and pieces in the near future.

Until then – ciao ciao!

J :)

60 thoughts on “Bye Bye Beard, Hello Bournemouth, Get Me Nick Knowles, Get Knotted And Ooh, Get That Loo!

  1. Sorry about the hair loss & hope the treatment works soon. I also hope you can get a doggy friend soon, one you can take with you to the work shops. Being a greyhound owner, oops, I meant I’m owned by a greyhound! you’d not find a more gentle dog but they aren’t good for taking to small places. As they can’t sit they tend to lay full I do like the wall cover you’ve chosen. Very calming. Lots of love, Jackie. xx

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