Wednesday, 21 September 2011

WOYWW 119 and TIO

Morning all - yes, it's Wednesday again already!! Time for the weekly snoop round the workdesks/space of the world - find them all at Julia's here  It is also Ally Pally this weekend - hurrah!! I nearly made it without doing any stash buying - but not quite.  I was very good though....

I forgot to show you these buys last week which I got on my week off
Whilst I was up near the British Museum I "popped" into Blade Rubber stamps (the only craft shop I know of in London!) and picked up a copy of "Where Women Create" featuring Tim Holtz in a guest feature... and some mini tags  The tag book - Keep Calm - was in a sale at Paperchase - intended for shopping lists but I love the thick kraft nature of these and couldn't resist.  Well, it was my "summer holiday" ...

by the side of these goodies are some book page leaves and flowers I cut and ended up not using (yet) for a challenge that went down a different route in the end (see the ATC in Monday's post!)

And because it is Wednesday, it is also DT day for Tag it On.  One of our new members AJ, set us to use embroidery and to the tune of "Mother" by Pink Floyd.  Now, I have mentioned before that I can't sew for my life - though I did a fair bit of cross stitch a long time ago..... so this WAS a challenge.... all I will say, is Sorry!!

I "embroidered" an M on some jute mesh that I won (more of that in a mo) in some blog candy and arrived just in the nick of time to help me out..... the ribbon border to the mesh is attached with my Tim Holtz tiny attacher ( my kind of sewing, lol!) I did use some sewing type stamps for the tag which is coloured with distress stains (got to get some more on Saturday) and the rest of Mother is a Tim alphabet die cut... I am sure I had a second alphabet but can't find it - so maybe I didn't buy the other font yet..... I added some faux cross stitches round the border.   

My blog win was courtsey of the fab Artyjen in a blog giveaway recently - and I was very lucky indeed because she had to do the draw 3 times before someone (me) finally claimed it.... this is the mega prize I got - including a set of her self designed stamps for the Artistic Stamper.  Thanks again, Sioux!
So, that's me today.  Thanks for all your comments last week - I got round a fair few of you in the end last week!  I can't wait for the show at Ally Pally - looking forward to it - maybe I'll see you there... I'll be the one with loads of bags....
Oh, and I know I've got the week wrong - its 120 - can't change it or the link will break!

41 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, that tag with the M in the jute is amazing. I would never have known those cross stitches weren't actually stitched. Love it. And Pink Floyd is one of my favorite groups.

Cathy said...

I love that tag, and your sewing is great ... I can't do cross stitching to save my life!! Love that jute msh, I have got to get myself some of that!
Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

Sarah said...

love those kraft tags - a great buy and i can never have enough crafty mags...
Thanks for sharing your desk today...
Sarah ( at 1)

Crafting Time said...

I notice you have The Artistic Stamper stamps there, I just love Jen's stamps that stamp so beautifully and work fabulously in UTEE, great tag by the way.
Helen x

Spyder said...

love your tag and everything I see here! Must get me some jute...Ihave ideas for something..thank you for mysnoop!
((Lyn))
happY WoYWW

Susan Flynn said...

Oooh Blade Rubber Stamps I always try and go there when I go to London they usually have some unusual things you can pick up. If you can't spoil yourself when you're on holiday there's not much point in having one!! Thanks for sharing enjoy Ally Pally xx

Doone said...

every time I am in London I try to get to blade rubber, and always I end up running out of time because I get trapped in the museums and galleries,

I can't seem to reach escape velocity when there is art on walls to be gazed at...

but seeing your lovely purchases makes me think week next Monday - go there FIRST!

Dx

jude said...

It's a shame really that blade rubber stamps is the only sort crafty shop in central London youd think there would be more.I surpose high rentals puts them off ,as more are now online.
love the tags and the look of the mag.
Happy woyww have creative week
Hugs Judex 10

Marjo said...

Happy WOYWW, gorgeous tag!
xoxo Marjo #36

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I understand your terror of all things sewn, as I would be exactly the same if told I had to do stamping/scrapbooking. Wouldn't know where to start!! So, I'm seriously impressed with your tag, kudos to you for tackling something out of your comfort zone :) xx

NatashaMay said...

Love that Keep calm and carry on shopping. :))) Great tag!

Neil said...

Thanks for sharing your space this week, I always enjoy visiting and hope you have a fabulous rest of the week. I'll keep an eye out for the bag lady on sunday, unless of course you go and get everything saturday!

Cardarian said...

Ha, ha looks like stitching isn't exactly your forte but everybody has something they can't do perfect! I see you were lucky to get yet another set of stamps! If in London I usually go to the Rubber Blade! I won't be at Ally Pally this time, but I am planning on going to the spring one! I was just on holiday and plane tickets were really expensive for this weekend!
Enjoy Ally Pally!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

Fuchsia said...

Good buy's lovely tag !

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Helen, thanks so mcuh for popping over and wow more new stash how great is that! and well done on having a go at the tag!! happy WOYWW, Shaz in Oz.x

Clare H said...

Cool project, thanks for the snoop!

Clare H

Sam said...

I often wonder what Blade Rubber Stamps is like "in the flesh"! I order from them often! Lucky you.
Love that Shopping book too!
Nowt wrong with your sewing. I like the "rustic" look!! It shows it was handmade!! LOL!!

Ann B said...

Some good buys there - love that tag book and weren't you lucky to win such great blog candy.

Ta Da! Crafts said...

Very lucky with your win! have a happy Wednesday! Mel (43)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Your tag looks wonderful, great embroidery on it. Congrats to your fantastic win.

Carola Bartz said...

Your tags are always so wonderful, and this one is no exception. Great work!

butlersabroad said...

Loving the Pink Floyd connection, another fan here! Great tag and well done for tackling the sewing! Great new stuff, always nice to win and not buy!

Hugs
Brenda 88

Angie said...

What a great prize ... love the look of the jute ....and it worked so well on your tag.

Faye said...

Great tag. Love the burlap touch. Your embroidery looks a bit like mine. It's been a long time since I've done any hand sewing.

Jingle said...

It looks like you got some fun goodies! Great tag!

Artyjen said...

A sort of cross stitch version in Jute Helen! LOL
Love that stuff...glad you made great use of it ;)
Happy spending at AP
xoxo Sioux

Di said...

Great tag Helen - make sure you leave some goodies at AP if you go on Saturday! I'll be there on Sunday. Afraid to get too excited, I just might come home empty handed if I get my hopes up too high..........err, as if!!!! Di xx

MaggieC said...

Have a wonderful time at Ally Pally, and don't fill too many bags.

Jennibellie said...

Love the goodies, esp the tag book v.cute tfs & stopping by my blog, hugs Jenny

SueH said...

Oooo, well done on the blog win Helen, fancy someone not bothering to claim their prize when it contained all that lovely stash……still, it was lucky for you.

You’ve made great use of it already with the mesh on your tag and the stitching on it looks great.

Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

Pam said...

Wow...so much going on in your world. I too love your M tag - so see no need to apologize, although I did giggle at your "I'm sorry". Hand done anything these days is something special indeed.

Bubbles said...

Love that tag book... such good advice on the cover ;)
The flowers and leaves are so very pretty too!
Hope you've had a wonderful WOYWW!
Bubbles
aka Sheleen at PatchworkApples
http://patchworkapples.blogspot.com

Tuire Flemming said...

I´m surprised that there isn´t more craft shops in central London. Maybe it´s as Jude said, that web shops are cheaper to run.
Great blog win! Congrats!

voodoo vixen said...

Now... i love that board book in the shape of tags... its fabulous!! I haven't see anything like that here!!
Love your tag too... just drooling over the board book...

Wanda said...

I have always wanted to get into Blade Rubber but don't get into London very often. It is still on my list of things to do. I love the rustic look of the jute and your stitching is just right for the fabric. Congrats on your win. Have a good time at the weekend.
Wanda xx

Tertia said...

Greaqt tag! Enjoy all your new goodies!
Happy WOYWW

JoZart said...

I'd love to get to Ally Pally, never been there yet but I have visited the fab Blade Rubber. My kind of craft shop!
Have fun at the show and take a tote on wheels!
JoZarty x

S said...

Keep calm and carry on shopping - now there's a mantra I can get behind.

Neet said...

I love it when you shop Helen. Sorry I am not posting much of a comment but am on holiday and the internet comes and goes in the hotel. hugs, Neet x

Elizabeth said...

That magazine looks interesting, especially as it features TH and the labels look very useful. Nice candy ... I've seen the jute about a lot recently, very nice and works well on your tag.

I’ve a giveaway over on my blog, you might like to take a look at:- http://silverscrappers.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-memories-suite-digital-software.html

Elizabeth x #125

Laura said...

Great tag and congratulations on your win. Impressed, when you go shopping you really go shopping. Enjoy!