Friday 1 April 2022

Our Next Challenge


Good Friday Morning Ladies, 

Pinch Punch First of the Month! Goodness me ladies, how can it be April?? It feels more like January to be honest, we didn't get any snow though, a little bit of sleet mid afternoon but that was it.  It was lovely to see it throughout the country.  

The wind did blow in something nice though.......Sue came to visit, it was so lovely to sit and spend some quality time together.  I didn't craft but Sue sat doing some colouring while we chatted. It was so lovely to have the company.  We covered everything in our conversations from Bra strap cushions, paintbrushes, family, to Fish Fingers (and whether they go with mashed potatoes) and companies that become insolvent and owe the HMRC vast amounts of money!  We did manage a good bit of craft chatter in the afternoon too, we spoke at length about the demise of The Craft Channel or C & C as it's now called, we both agree how much of a disappointment it is, I even did a schedule check to see if things had changed but NO! In fact I checked the whole weeks schedule and there is a Stephanie Weightman company (Highlight Crafts, Carnation Crafts, Tattered Lace and the new Fabric company, 2 Red Robins and the Mel Heaton one), it is a disgrace to see basically one company/person have such domination of Craft TV channel !  It has certainly changed my viewing, I barely even put it on, when I do it is to check the Schedule to see if there is any of the original Craft Store/Hochanda companies featured. So frustrating.  

Now speaking of Tax Man, our poor Matt got a letter back in February saying that they had done an Assessment of his Tax Returns and that there was a discrepancy on the 17/18 Return, they had worked out that he owed them £3100 but with interest it was £3,611, to say he was shocked was an understatement, he contacted them straight away to get to the bottom of the problem, the only way he could contact was by letter, which he sent 'Signed For' which they never did.  He waited and worried and after a few phone calls that were no help he waited until 18th March for a response that said that they had taken the evidence he had supplied into account and 'Removed the Assessment' and the balance showing was now correct, accompanying the letter was a statement that had an amount owed of £3,611, we were all 😕 confused, even when Matt checked online it said that the amount owing was the same.  So Matt emailed again explaining that we were all confused, explaining that his letter hadn't explained anything.  The Tax inspector replied by mail, his letter arrived this Monday, in it he apologises for the confusion and goes on to explain that when they had Assessed the 17/18 tax return they had used erroneous information, he went on to explain that Matt had at no point given any information that was wrong, he had filed his Tax Return correctly.  He went on to explain that he had removed that particular assessment and therefore there was no amount outstanding.                                At no point did he apologise for getting it wrong, for making such a big mistake, the apology at the beginning of his letter was for the fact that he hadn't explained himself clearly in his first letter.  If he could see the amount of stress that Matt suffered for the past 8 weeks, thinking that he had to pay out a huge some of money.  All because they accused him of not paying tax while working for a company that automatically deducts your tax and NI. Thankfully he is now reassured and can relax. It certainly pays you to question their demands. Anyway Rant over. Soapbox back under the stairs.

Our Next Challenge

I was undecided on this weeks challenge (as always) but decided to go for SHAPES,  you can choose any shape you like, you don't have to use the same shape for each card either.  So that way you have quite a variety to play with. I have shared a few examples above, I am perfectly happy to accept that a wreath is a Circle so you don't have to be too strict. After all these challenges are meant to be fun as well as encouraging to sit and create. Whether it be journal pages or cards I love to see you all crafting.

As always I look forward to seeing what you create.  

Have a lovely day my lovelies and stay warm,

Love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra                                                                                                                                                          xxxxxx


  1. Morning Ladies

    Your challenge should be great, looking forward to seeing what you all make.

    My hand is throbbing quite a bit but I guess that’s to be expected. I can take the huge compression bandage off today which mens I can clean the rest of my hand around the dressing.

    I’m planning on going for another walk today, just into the village.


  2. Morning Everyone
    MICHELE lovely to see you first into the CAFE in your usual place. Take things easy and enjoy your walk.

    This week's Challenge looks interesting.
    Well in between doing my usual 'swearing'this morning I have to listen for the phone to ring as I am to speak to another Doctor as a result of my call on Monday. Mr Tesco is due to deliver this morning too.

    We have another layer of snow this morning. At least the lot from yesterday cleared by mid afternoon when we had hailstones.

    The CAFE is of course OPEN for all to pop in when they can. HUGS are on their way to you all.PLEASE TAKE CARE AND STAYS SAFE.xxxx

  3. Love the challenge idea My problem will be deciding on which shape to use!
    Take care MICHELE It’s lovely to see you in the cafe
    How lovely SUE came over It is just lovely to get back to chatting face to face - be normal whatever that is
    Out dancing tonight - first time without the need to test so I’m a bit apprehensive
    Take care everyone xx

  4. Hi everyone
    Great challenge for next week. I love your inspirational cards 😊
    Poor Matt, what a worry. Glad it’s all sorted out now. Would’ve been nice to get an apology over the error though!
    We had a mixture of sun, snow, sleet and hail yesterday, and a bitterly cold wind. Sunshine here now, so we will see what we get today.
    Lovely that you had Sue’s company yesterday 😊
    Michele, hope your hand eases soon. Enjoy your walk.
    Have a good day everyone. Sending hugs to you all xxx

  5. Hi ladies
    Nice challenge for next week but like Karen I wonder which shape to go for. My work top is a mess. Trying to sort out some stuff and before it gets better it's always look worse. Once again it is the same question, what to use for storage for my stamps and dies. The folders are ok for some but then I forget what I got so never be used. aaargh must make a space to get a card together for this weeks cc asap x
    Poor Matt, he must have been so worried. Glad it got sorted. He should write and complain about how he got treated.
    Nice that Sue could come over and you set the world to right, Need to get a date for a crafting together in Watford soon but shall we wait until Spring is here properly ? We went into town this morning and I have not warmed up yet so a mug of tea is needed before doing anything else.
    Michele, hope your hand be fine after a little while.
    Hugs and Take care everyone and have a nice day as possible xxx