Wednesday, 23 September 2020


It's Wednesday... it must be WOYWW  - again...  already...  week 590.  Julia as always has the link at the stamping-ground  join in. link up and we'll all come to visit you soon.  

I was writing this on Tuesday evening whilst watching Great British Bake Off which I love and at the same time finishing a journal page  that I started at the weekend - 

I love this flower stencil from Donna Downey,  and think I've used it over a stencilled brick wall before... 

shortly before Bake Off started, there was a broadcast by PM Boris (not going to be rude although I feel like it) pronouncing on COVID restrictions and knew I had some stencils that could add to my page (Stencil Girl designs by Seth Apter)

so added some sentiments and then the arrows were a last minute addition in  keeping with the words.

It feels we are going round and round in circles (there's an idea for the next page!!)  and the number of people you see who appear to think the rules don't apply to them... don't get me started! 

Link to last weekend's trip to Kew for you as we all missed not having one last week!!  

it is definitely becoming autumnal

I have slots booked for the next few weeks (so here's hoping they don't have to impose further restrictions on our freedom! 

Catch you at your desk soon.  Happy WOYWW  


Wednesday, 16 September 2020


 It's happy desk day again - WOYWW 589 - time to share your crafty spaces - head to Julia's for all the info 

With not having a morning at Kew I thought I'd have lots of time at the weekend to get some crafting done... 

I had a couple of birthday cards to make.... 

I used the new "crazy waves" stencil I got last week, and the dancing hares die (Tim Holtz)
for the first one 

and the Dina Wakley stamp set for the second one

Then I turned my attention to my journal 

my new Kew membership card arrived at the weekend and was in a lovely envelope covered in pictures of allium beds at Kew and other images - sadly the Palm House on the front cover was on the reverse of the alliums and I couldn't work out how to use both

the alliums won and I repeated the crazy waves stencilling in the background and then added some flowers stencilled over the top

the green flaps were used for the hares in the birthday card 
I still haven't rectified the journal page from last week... maybe next week!  

so although i didn't get to go toKew last week, you still get a glimpse!  

Wednesday, 9 September 2020


 I am not starting by saying.. it's Wednesday again!  But it is time to join in with Julia and the gang at the Stamping-Ground for WOYWW 

I started another journal page on Sunday but messed it up  so I'm only sharing the first steps! 

maybe by next week I'll have thought of something to cover up the stage I don't like!  

I was lying in bed on Sunday morning watching you-tube, as I do;  and saw a video with some fabulous new Dina Wakley goodies.   When I got up I went shopping.... although the new goodies I'd seen weren't yet available I did have a mini splurge! 

To my surprise I got home from work on Monday to find a "despatched" email and they came to work today (prepping this on Tuesday as usual)

I'd have got more only I thought I'd better wait for the new release as there are several great stamp sets I really liked!

I had a beautiful time at Kew last Saturday - took loads of photos (more than usual) as the early autumn - and it did feel like autumn on Saturday - light was staggeringly beautiful

the post is here  and here are the normal teasers! 

this one really made me smile! (and yes, I know, it's not over his nose!) 

I am thrilled that new blogger seems to have learnt the size I like my photos as they have been loading ready sized to the right option!

I am not going to take advantage of my booked slot this week as there is a fun run thing going on and anyone else isn't allowed in till 11am  and that 's too late for me - will be too crowded both on the train and at Kew so I'm giving it a miss.

I'll be round to check out your desks and crafty inspiration when I can (another busy week at work! so not getting much in the way of a break at lunchtime) 

Wednesday, 2 September 2020


 Bank Holidays are all very well but I am sure Wednesdays come round faster when there is a Bank Holiday in the week!  So we find ourselves sharing our crafty spaces again with Julia for WOYWW 

I managed to have some play time in my journal at the weekend 

Distress oxide sprays for the background and inks for the stencilled circles before over stamping the circle designs

various layers of stamping in the background too

more circles, stencilled with texture paste (Golden fibre paste) 

the weather where I am wasn't great for the weekend but of course I did go to Kew -link here

it was a funghi type of day on Saturday! 
one of my favourite views at the lake at Kew

tickets booked for the next 4 weeks! 

happy WOYWW - see you soon!  

Wednesday, 26 August 2020


 Morning happy deskers - another week has flown by and it's Wednesday again, time for What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday... week 586... head to Julia's for the link and info... 

Another week where there has been no crafting.. apart from one tiny little stamped image...

I used a stamp from aDina Wakley set and cut it apart, to finish the journal page from last week 

so in the absence of any crafting, I'll share a few photos from last Saturday at Kew - if you want to see them all, head here

I was thrilled to see my old friend, one of the Chinese Water Dragons on Saturday!

thanks for looking, hopefully (possibly) next week there'll be some crafting to share!!

Happy WOYWW  

Wednesday, 19 August 2020


 My week off flew by, even though I did nothing - it was far too hot for going out anywhere so apart from some shopping I just - did nothing!  So before you know it, it's Wednesday again and time to share our crafty spaces with Julia at the Stamping-Ground

Towards the end of the week I managed a bit of a play in my journals  

in my square 8x8 journal I played with the stencil I showed you a few weeks ago

used distress oxides layering colours

then added some stencilled figures

and doodled some marks with a Posca paint pen

It's finished apart from a caption of some kind

I always think a journal page needs a caption of some kind

haven't had the time or energy to find the right one yet though

I did another page with the wavy flower stencil to match - or complement - the pink one from last week, too.

this time stamped it straight onto the journal page

By the weekend after some impressive rain and thunder it was cool enough to take my weekly trip to Kew - pics here   I was in my element with all the raindrops!

I'll be back again next weekend, as I have another time slot booked.

I will visit your desks probably after work, we're short staffed this week and it's busy so not getting a lot of time at lunch to stop! 

Wednesday, 12 August 2020


 Morning fellow deskers and welcome to another WOYWW    It's that time of week when we meet at the Stamping-Ground with Julia to share our crafty spaces

It has been far too hot to do anything much on my week off, not got round to sorting the  Paperartsy stamps yet and I am glad I didn't book any timed slots anyway I would normally go on a week off, it would have been unbearable to be out and about - shopping was bad enough.  the main reason I didn't book anything (apart from the forecast which was thunderstorms that haven't happened yet,) was to avoid travelling on trains that will be busier than the Saturday ones to Kew

I did play with one of the new stamps from last week though in my journal 

when I was out on Monday I went into Smiths and bought a few extra Pitt artist pens including some metallic ones

the Sizzix package is a metal plate for die cutting intricate dies and according to friends who have it, works a treat 

Last Saturday's trip to Kew can be seen here  

I left before it got too  hot!

I'll drip around to your desks soon!