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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

WOYWW #527

Very quick post today, lots going on and no time for anything!!!

Here is the desk....
DDN and I had a girly day on Saturday starting at Solihull Motorcycle Museum, where there was a craft fair run by Excalibur.  There were a lot fewer stalls this time but we still managed to catch a bargain or two.
I bought several Christmas verses stamps from a lovely company called Circa Design which sells verses for the inserts on cards as I thought it might save on time!
DDN bought a few stamps that she thought might be useful for me and I bought some more card at bargain prices as I want to try my hand at making coloured cards next year.
The 'bag' containing the card also included some red DS tape, a glue pen and some tags.
Great day.
We then went to Resorts World at the NEC site.  I thought it was mainly high end shops but it turns out that they are outlets ....... very interesting!
A really lovely day and some more stash ...... useful though....
We are out and abut again this week but will catch up later and possibly blog a few more posts ..... that's the aim anyways.
Have a good week.......

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

WOYWW #526



WOYWW - All the deets on how to link up etc. and, more importantly, why you should, can be found at the top to the page.  Thank you Julia for hosting another week of fun and mayhem.

Busy workdesk this week..... and NO.... it's not a dumping ground at all!!
There are five things going on ........ periodically.......
1) I am sitting perusing the Stamping Up! catalogue from Anne (Copper Beech Crafts) or then again maybe
2) Sorting threads because I have run out of yellow or am I
3) reading the new Creative Stamps Magazine.
4) I have been/am sorting through the pile of papers and chucking those which I really don't want to hang on to any more.  Yes!  I know, my laptop is not a shelf .... but it is a space!!
5) I am also sorting out some Magazine ideas and 'things' for this month's card swaps.

So that's my desk ........I forgot....
6)  Writing up my WOYYW post!!  lol

I am 'doing' the piles as and when I come inside the house.  I am not wasting my time outside but doing something I wanted to do when I retired ........ (big ideas!)

STITCHING!
I have gone from this
back at the beginning of May to this
and now have to sort out another yellow in order to continue.  When I decided to work this chart back in the day, PJ and a work colleague paid for all the threads I would need - one of each (at the time) DMC colour - and they have been kept separate from my other threads.  I found a company who would supply quarter skeins wound onto bobbins and bought all the colours in one purchase.  Some of the colours use more than one bobbin so I have to raid my stash.

The box of threads will return to my 'sewing cupboard'
So that's how it is round here ........ Us and the boys are out and about today so will catch up with visits etc tomorrow onwards....
Have a crafty time till we meet again!!!!

Saturday, 29 June 2019

House Shaped ATCs

Something a little different ......
I have entered one of these swaps before and I loved the challenge so here I go again......
I wanted my houses to have a window to look through but couldn't find any thin vellum so had to make do.  I'm quite pleased with how they turned out............

I decorated the houses with paints, stamps and stencils and then drew out my shapes on some printed paper ...... recycle, recycle!!..... cut them out and adhered them to the vellum.  I cut out these shapes and left a longer piece at the left side so that I could attach this 'window' to the base card.  I then found some views of house rooms, after cutting them to size I added them centrally to the house.  The windows were then added along the side of the card.  I would have liked to added some fastenings but, by now, I was running very close to the postal date.

My returns were a delight to receive:


Thank you nanvan
Thank you allegrae



..... and this one!!!  Clever!
Thank you BlueSkyHare

Thanks go to our hostess who I cannot name at the moment.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

WOYWW #525

WOYWW - All the deets on how to link up etc. and, more importantly, why you should, can be found at the top to the page.  Thank you Julia for hosting another week of fun and mayhem.

Looking out on a dismal Tuesday evening, I feel the weather knows how I feel!  We are slimmer versions to last week but I don't know how long it will last!!  lol
We have both been very poorly but, hopefully, we are now on the mend.

After last week's fiasco with Blogger, it is with much pleasure I show you my desk!!!
Sorry, nothing going on!!!

There is actually ..... I am catching up with all my emails and downloads.  It appears to be a never ending task!!

One more thing


HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELEN H!

We wish you one of the very best ones .......... enjoy all the bonuses that come with it.

Ps .... So pleased that GS2 decided to make an appearance on your day ...... he's one year old today ........

Happy birthday to both of you ........


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

WOYWW #524

If you would like to share your mess desk with like minded friends, please link up with us at Chez Julia (Stamping Ground).  There's lots of us over there, sharing all our little (or not so little) hobbies.  Come on over and join in...............you've caught me being busy ...... for a change .....

The Desk...


There should be a picture here but Blogger says it can't find Blogger.com's IP address.... I will try again later today........success!!!

To the left of the photo is a new card ready to start ...... use a die cut or two from the blue folder on the right.
I have already completed two of my swap cards so am going forward as I am unable to go out today.... PJ has a dickie tummy.
We will have to play catchup at Tyseley on Thursday/Friday as there has been soooooo much rain we not been able to go down to the Visitors' Garden.
I did visit Gardeners' World last Thursday with DDC, hence the photos of Heucheras on my screen ..... I did buy a few .... just a few .... we dodged the showers, watched the filming for BBC (yes, they were all there!), drank lots of coffee, walked a lot .......had a really good day.

Back to my card making then ..... see you later....

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

WOYWW #523

WOYWW - All the deets on how to link up etc. and, more importantly, why you should, can be found at the top to the page.  Thank you Julia for hosting another week of fun and mayhem.

The desk.......

.... just sneaking in on the lower left are the 'lilac girls' with their background paper.  After being coloured with water colour pencils at the Crop, I have eventually managed to fussy cut them.  On the other side of the laptop is the next sheet of images - Theme for this swap is Bees!!  Just beyond that you may be able to see the latest stash ...... it wasn't intended, it's just that I needed some more ATC covers and had to make up the amount for post free .... more steampunk flowers and some diecut gold cogs and gears.

We have been out in the garden after all......
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We managed to clear the centre bed at Tyseley Steam Trains but had to give up as we were soaked.... paddlin' and drippin'!!



Since then we managed a few hours in our own garden.  

While PJ potted on his beloved tomatoes I start to clear the side bed.


Once I had a space a little helper came along.....




She didn't stay for long, soon got bored and moved off to the fruit trees....

.... here I am .....

So inbetween watching the showers and heavy rain through the window, I am slowly working my way through my swaps for this month .... more on that later.

Stay warm and dry, be(e) happy and have a good week.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

WOYWW #522

If you would like to share your mess desk with like minded friends, please link up with us at Chez Julia (Stamping Ground).  There's lots of us over there, sharing all our little (or not so little) hobbies.  Come on over and join in....

The desk...
Not much change there, I'm afraid.  I cleared the desk and photographed my gorgeous ATC collection and that's it.
I hope to get back to creating sometime this week, but if the rain stops I shall be out in the garden at Tyseley, planting up the centre bed in the Visitors' Garden ready for the Open Day on June 22nd/23rd.