Coo-eee, I’ve Moved, I’m Kinda Back, I’ve Made A Mess and I’ve Been Making More Secret Stuff …

June 27, 2019 — 39 Comments

Well, a while back I left you all to fend for yourselves whilst I moved house. I am VERY pleased to say that it’s now done and everything is in.

Cannot tell you how grateful I am as it appeared that more ‘stuff’ has been collected since moving out of the motorhome a couple of years ago and the place needed a coat of paint before I handed back the keys.

Living in that ^ mess for a few weeks with the ever-present aroma of gloss and emulsion was not funny.

Anyway, the result of that effort was SOOOOO worth it as I am now living here!

A wee slice of idyllic countryside far enough from the beaten track to be considered remote. You can probably tell that from the long dirt track that leads to my home in the photo that accompanied this post.

The views from inside are ok too.

Inside is taking shape.

I’ve got the basic layout of how I would like it to be down, I just need to add some more furniture, sort things into their ‘proper’ places and perhaps spruce up the decor a little with some of my work.

One of my neighbours is super friendly. She even likes head massages and will often come to say hello and chill out with me.

I have a wee secret garden but also access to a wider area that is well established with a whole bunch of green things and coloured wotsits – you may have guessed by that that I am not particularly green fingered.

Thank heavens that the garden doesn’t have to rely on me for survival!

Anyhoo, I may not be green fingered but this week I was brown fingered – which sounds distinctly horrid however it was because I was shovelling out a hole with my hands into which a green cone could be installed.

It’s one of those composting things that allows you to put all of your food waste in including shells and bones and saves it going to the landfill.

The crafting has been continuing sporadically, hence why output on the blog has been fairly one-track, but I’ve been working on a variety of things that I hope to share in the near future.

The craft mess is already spreading, of course.

On top of all of that, I have been working on a couple of secret projects which are almost ready to be shared but for now, I shall simply have to pop up a couple of pictures and let your imaginations work away.

Intriguing, eh?

Anyhoo, I didn’t move out of Scotland – just from the West coast to the East coast – and therefore still have an excuse to have a wee nip at the end of a long day, sooo….


I reckon that I will be happy here for a good while, don’t you?

Tata for now and see you soon – probably even on your TV *wink!

Oh, rude of me not to ask, how have you been?

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

Bye for now.

J :)

39 responses to Coo-eee, I’ve Moved, I’m Kinda Back, I’ve Made A Mess and I’ve Been Making More Secret Stuff …

    Weaving Simplicity July 15, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Enjoy your new home. It’s beautiful!

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    Looks lovely, I’m sure you will be very happy there a nice retreat after working on busy C and C shows. Happy days 😊

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    Your new home looks lovely. Enjoy!

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    Jenny Johnson June 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Glad the move went okay. Does that mean your near family having your fury friend near by now. Like the other post have said your new home looks amazing and the view are gorgeous I bet they are very inspiring for your crafting. Just relax and take time to unpack. I know what that’s like. Hubby was in the Raf so we moved a lot. Jenny xx



    Wishing you happiness in your new home, all the best.



    Wow, wow, wow!! John I’m coming to live with you!! It looks absolutely wonderful and such a gorgeous neighbour!! See you soon 😉😉😉😘


    Maggie Barrett June 28, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Hi John,You must be asolutely thrilled to have found the perfect house for you. It looks spacious with plenty of room for your craft. It kinda makes up for all those long, cold night in your last “home” and I wish you a long and happy time there. Keep on creating John, and God bless you. xx


    Marion Rose Commins June 28, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Wow, That light will be amazing for painting, and crafting. Would love to live in such a place. The countryside can be so creative, Good luck. xx



    Oh wow John! What a beautiful place. I had to laugh though. When I looked at this last night, for some reason hardly any of the pictures on the post loaded up. So I could see the comment that said one of your neighbours was very friendly and like head massages, but no photograph. ‘Strange’, I thought, ‘must be a bit of a new-age hippy type’ … ah, a dog! That makes much more sense LOL!
    Be happy in your new home, the light will be amazing with those roof windows! Clare x


    ELISABETH WYNN June 28, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Fantastic John. Happy New Home :)



    Yay! Onwards and upwards John! – Somehow I think things are changing for you, for the better! – What a gorgeous spot for you and what a difference to being cramped into Maisy! – And a lovely Doglet to come and love you in between times. Tranquility in the garden with a good book when those horrid ‘f’ things turn up for a visit! – Hopefully, they wont find you there.
    I can see there are some fab crafty ideas heading our way and am looking forward to the big reveal!
    First and foremost, look after YOURSELF self first!
    Enjoy! Xxx


    LENORA SCHMID June 28, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Wow wow and wow, the house and location looks amazing, feeling so jealous. Sending you lots of love and best wishes and hope that you will have fun and lots of happy times in your new home. 💖🏡



    As others have said WOW. What a lovely spot. And I think your new pal is a stunner. Looking forward to your promise of a TV appearance soon. Hope we get lots of warning. I have bought a hot foil machine, and love the look of your big background dies, but so far had no luck finding them. Not even on the ever open eBay shop. With your creative abilities I am sure you will soon be wowing us all with not only fabulous craft projects, but new gardening ideas. Once again a warm welcome to what I hope will be your very happy hope for many years. Lois



    WOW John your new place looks amazing better than looking out on houses and traffic, I’m sure you’ll be very happy there especially with neighbours like that to keep you company. Looking forward to seeing back on tv though a longer commute for you now.
    Keep safe and happy. Nancy x



    I am jealous; it looks absolutely gorgeous. The only thing wrong was the electricity wires seen in one photo; but, then, can’t live without it! Hope you will be very happy and comfortable there.

    Jenny in Queensland
    PS Shouldn’t you be drinking Scotch instead of American whiskey??? (tongue in cheek)



    Hi John. So pleased the move went well. The place looks truly idyllic and I hope you will be very happy there. Your new neighbour is gorgeous. Kath x



    Looks amazing John! 😁



    Hi John what a beautiful place you have I can feel the calm all the way over here.
    I think you will be very settled there. Is the fur baby yours? He’s very handsome.
    It’s wonderful to have all that space to inside and outside. Enjoy and good luck in your new home it does seem to be a good fit for you. Karen x



    It looks wonderful! All that crafting space, plus your friendly neighbourhood dawg!


    Margaret McCormack June 27, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Your new home looks fantastic John. I wish you many happy years in residence xx



    Hi John.
    As you know, I have just moved too n I am starting to feel overwhelmed. Initially my creative room was sort of organised and usable n then making space for new bed meant it got filled up with non craft stuff. Now every room needs stuff doing but…
    you have inspired me to get my creative space back kuz other people’s ideas of priority shouldn’t trump mine!! A bit of creative indulgence will reward me for getting other stuff done or settle my head to go do a bit.
    Your new living space is awesome!



    Congratulations on your new home John it looks amazing. Hope you will be very happy lots of love Xx


    Chris Harrison June 27, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Hi john, I love your new home, it looks beautiful… you need a housekeeper by any chance 😍👍😂. I’m handy in the garden as long as it doesn’t involve any heavy work 😁😜. I’m sure you are going to be very happy there hugs xx



    What a beautiful home, inside and out. Your craft space is divine. Lots of luck and happiness to you!


    Jackie Ashdown June 27, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Your new home looks amazing. I hope you’ll have many happy years there. Enjoy giving plenty of head massages to your lovely friend & receiving lots of cuddles in return. See you on telly soon. XXX

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    What an absolutely beautiful home!!! The garden looks lovely too!!! Hope you settle in well and have many happy years there! Xxx

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    Ruth Windibank June 27, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Hi John your new home looks amazing, hope you make many happy memories there. Look forward to seeing you on the TV or Bournemouth (for new tutorial session?). Best wishes and much crafty fun!

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    Your new home looks beautiful inside and out John. I hope you have many happy chilled years in your happy place and I couldn’t think of nicer surroundings to spend the lovely summer we are hoping for. Health and happiness to you always and keep well in with the neighbour. I’m sure the massages will benefit both of you. Big hugs xxx

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    Good luck in your new home John your craft space looks amazing am sure you won’t be long in filling it up. Beautiful views looks very tranquil. Can’t wait to see what you have been working on 😉 xx

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    Wow…….. I’m too weary to be any more eloquent than that, except to say if you ever need a lodger, give me a shout. It looks beautiful. You do sound more settled and content than you have for a while. I hope it lasts for you. Do I spy foiling dies, more money to find….? xx

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    Oh wow John the new place looks amazing love the inside and out. well done xx Hazel

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    Your new home looks absolutely beautiful. What an idyllic place to while away the hours. You look very happy and sound very content. I hope you have many happy years at your new home. x

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    Wow John, your living in a gorgeous space, outside is stunning and all looks great!
    I love your new neighbour, she is awesome. Hope you be soon settle and in and can’t wait to see your secret stuff! Have a great week.

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    It looks gorgeous John. Sure you wil be very happy and with nature all around it is sure to get your creative juices flowing! It does look idyllic!

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    Welcome to your new home John. I’m sure you will be very happy there. It looks idyllic.

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