Wednesday, 25 May 2022


 Hello lovely deskers hope you are all well after our 13th birthday last week? So we start another year of desk hopping...with Julia and the gang. Check it out at the Stamping-Ground   Also news of a crop  in October  - hurrah!!  

As promised I'll share the atcs I made to swap -  I used 2 of the chickens from one of the Paperartsy sets by Elena Zinski 

I must apologise for not completing the backs in true atc style- I sent some off without numbering them at all

My letter box hasn't been so busy in such a long time with all the envelopes of atcs landing on the mat in return - 

and I love the pretty envelopes so many of you sent too (I may have muddled some of them up, sorry) 
Ali , Catriona, Annie and Jo (and of course a poem too from Annie) my drunk chickens, Angela R, Caro and Jan

I am so sorry I ran out of atcs to swap back with Catriona -next time!!  
Mary Anne, Christine, Julia
Lyn (Spyder) and Cindy

You are a clever bunch of crafters!  Thank you all.

Finally and briefly, Kew last Saturday - something a bit different to enjoy - check them out if you have time

I'll be there again this Saturday and then off to a wedding reception in the evening so there may not be quite as many photos of alliums next week  

Thanks for looking and as ever, Happy WOYWW  

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

WOYWW 676 - the birthday edition

 well deskers, here we are - week 676, 13 years old! What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (a birthday deserves the full name I think)  Huge thanks as always to Julia for starting and keeping this going for so long and to all of you for your friendship over the years, be it real or virtual. You are a cracking bunch of ladies! 

I got a batch of 12 atcs made for swapping, I have 11 to swap (I remembered I need one to keep for myself)  so that's my partner,  Julia, Jan, plus Annie and Jo who have already offered to swap -  so by my reckoning another 6 so if you'd like to swap leave me a message (hoping blogger allows them after last week losing some of mine)  

I'll get them off tomorrow as long as I have your address as I don't have email on my phone so won't be able to sort them till I get home from work..  

I'll share a peak of the backgrounds only not the whole thing to keep them a surprise for the recipients and then show the finished atcs next week

they were cut from a masterboard I made months ago and which has been gathering dust ever since!

they -loosely - fulfil the "connections" theme as the images are connected (can you tell I was lacking in ideas?!)  

nothing else to share today so I'll leave you with the link for Kew from last Saturday which was fabulous as always  

In case you missed these from FB -
a huge batch of baby geese - we counted 25 or 26 all with just 2 adults... what a brood to care for

Thanks for looking,  
will be round to visit soon as I can 
Happy WOYWW and here's to year 14.  

Wednesday, 11 May 2022


 Welcome one and all to another weekly desk share -  join in at the Stamping-Ground for WOYWW a week to go before our 13th anniversary!  I've been having a bit of a play at some atcs to swap and hope to have a few ready in time!

semi-aerial view of the workspace 

I had a birthday card to make for my cousin (who won't see this post so am ok to share)

I used one of Tracy Scott's new stencils (Dina Wakley paint) and cut it out,  and one of her new flowers (Prismacolours)  

the early start for Kew was good - despite waking at 4.30 instead of 5.30 and not being able to get back to sleep!

it's getting to allium time at Kew, and I do love my alliums!

As usual I will try and visit as many of you as I can either before work or at lunchtime and the rest later on! 

Happy WOYWW  

I seem to have caught the "comments won't show" bug as I have left a comment twice now on Julia's blog and it's disappeared ... so if  you don't see a comment from me I have left one!  

Wednesday, 4 May 2022


 Happy May - Happy WOYWW  

 Last week I promised you new goodies - yes, Neet, of course it was Paperartsy!  

I splurged on the whole of the new release from Tracy Scott,  more pattern making stamps, some fab stencils and some new Fresco paints

Tracy created some great patterns in her sketch book that she shared as part of the FB live on launch night and I had a play too at the weekend
some more successful than others  (but that is the point of the sketchbook, try them out, see how they work, before using them in a proper project)
to keep this post relatively short I'm just  sharing the ones I quite like
this is my favourite of the ones I've tried so far 

Of course on Saturday I went to Kew -  

pics  here 

 and of course, a teaser  - I'm addicted to the Strelitzia (bird of paradise)

and, I met an old friend.....

the Chinese Water Dragon,  not seen them around for a long time

thanks for looking,  happy WOYWW  and happy crafting.  

This coming Saturday I'll be up at the craft of a sparrow's f*$5  at leaving for Kew at 6.15 as their member early 8am openings have started again.  Yay!!  it is so worth not enough sleep!  

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

WOYW 673

 Welcome to another week's WOYWW  -another week has flown by, and not a jot of crafting!Not for any particular reason, it just didn't happen!  

I took some side on views of the boxes from last week; piles and piles of stuff everywhere !

and the other side of the room - more piles of stuff!  

Saturday at Kew was gorgeous -  and I did more lying down photography on the dry grass!

Sorry I don't have anything more exciting to share this week - perhaps next time (new goodies on the way so there is every chance!)

Wednesday, 20 April 2022


 I hope you all had a good Easter break - I got out for a couple of days out and now it's time for WOYWW again

Needless to say none of the re-organising got done!  

whilst   I was sat catching up on some tv programmes I'd recorded I took a couple of photos around me...

the wooden Ikea boxes against the wall (they line the wall and go behind the big square boxes which hold my Paperartsy stamps)  hold most of my wooden stamps 

you can see how small the area I have to work in is! the size of the craft mat...

I made another birthday card for a May birthday...
the background was done months ago for something else that didn't get used and I just added some die cut flowers  

as I say, I had 2 mornings out - Friday I went to Hampton Court to see the tulip festival -  pics here 

and Saturday of course, was Kew  pics here 

 I shared some photos on FB whilst I was at each  but these may tempt you to see more!

Hampton Court  

Jade vine in the Princess of Wales conservatory at Kew

Thanks for looking,  I'll be round to visit your crafty spaces as soon as I can

Happy WOYWW  

Wednesday, 13 April 2022


 Welcome deskers, we find ourselves at Wednesday again.  Heading to Julia's for WOYWW again to share our crafty spaces...

I've made a birthday card using a couple of the new Paperartsy mini stamps I got last week

the friend this is destined for won't see this despite being a crafter so I feel fairly safe to share it here

I took another desk (floor) shot this week too, you can see the new stamps haven't been put away (indeed, the storage for the Minis is full so I will need to re-organise that...)

there might be time (but probably not inclination) over the forthcoming Easter weekend to do something about that!  I am certainly looking forward to my long weekend

Last week's Kew trip next  - here  

For those of you whose desks I can't visit before work, it will be evening as we have a work training day out of the office so won't be getting a normal lunch break; so I'll see you soon!

Happy WOYWW.