Wednesday, 30 May 2018

WOYWW 469 -the post that nearly didn't happen

Happy WOYWW - the week after the 9th anniversary - and I nearly missed it
We had horrendous rain and thunderstorms yesterday and when I got home from work I found - no tv, no phone (landline) and worst of all, no internet!

Luckily however it has been restored in time to join in - but as it's late and I should be in bed (I got up for a w....  (it's an age thing) and had to check the status... ) er sorry, as it's late, and I don't have anything else ready I am just going to share the gorgeous atcs I've received = thank goodness I photographed them before work yesterday and I could still download them! 

l-r   Cindy (together with card),  Shaz (when i picked the atcs up to photograph, a second one fell off the back, two must have got stuck together!)

bottom - another cute card  - from Kim,  and from Julia our intrepid leader
beautiful stitched atcs from Annie and Jo together with a lovely poem, Margaret again with a card,  and Jan, lovely LLJ.

I love Jan that after all this time of knowing you, you still sign your atcs Jan (LLJ) in case we don't know!!

Ladies, thank you all - you are all very talented.
These will go with my previous years and create more happy memories.

In case you didn't see them, last Saturday, bank holiday weekend, saw me at Kew (no, really?!!) and some spectacular performances were seen, not only by the plants - click here if you're interested)

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

WOYWW 468 - happy birthday to us!

So it's here... the 9th anniversary of this lovely Wednesday blog-hop fun.  I am sure Julia never imagined in a month of Sundays (or Wednesdays, I guess I should say) that her innocent question "what's on your Workdesk? Wednesday" would last so long...
over the years numbers have climbed and dropped, but we have made friends both virtually and in reality. 

So, Julia, a big big thank you for creating this phenomenon that is WOYWW?  and here's to the next year!
I have posted my atcs ahead of today, to those I agreed swaps with, so have just the one for my official swap partner (although there is always a chance that she will be a recipient already! we'll just have to wait and see when the link goes up!)
I am dithering about whether to show the atcs or not... but I don't have anything else to share today, so here they are!
 in bits! 
they all came from a tissue masterboard background which were then stuck onto atc sized card stock.

and finished!  I have no idea how I managed to take such a bad photograph....but it's the only one I have of all of them together. 

but luckily I checked before I posted them (although not before I'd sealed the envelopes)
and took some close ups

this is the most realistic view of the colour

while this must have been taken in artificial light,I think.

I used different flowers so that some of them were slightly flatter for easier posting..

the shimmer is glass bead gel and the flowers were spritzed with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays

so, friends and co-deskers -  thank you for another year of enabling and encouragement.  Here's to year 10.  Let's go see what else is on people's desks today.   

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


I am writing this early as I have a bit of spare time on Tuesday morning before going to a (routine) mammogram appointment (lovely, not, but necessary)  and my floor space won't change a lot before it's time to share it for WOYWW....

so last week I hadn't done anything for atcs for the anniversary swap next week, but that has all changed...
 ha ha!! not sharing yet!!

However, I have 8, so one for my swap partner, one for Julia, one for Jan, one for Annie and Jo as they have already offered to swap and sent me some last year when I didn't make spares (spot a theme here?!)  and that leaves 3 extras...

I have new goodies too....   I was watching a You Tube video a couple of weeks ago one Sunday morning, as I tend to, in bed... and don't ask me who, but I saw this fabulous Prima pad called Santorini which then just fell into my basket...

and a couple of days later I also finally checked out of my Amazon basket, the Neocolour IIs which also came super quick

I've had a quick play and so far am very impressed.
Happy week before the anniverary WOYWW... see you at Julia's!
I won't be going to Kew this weekend because I shall be glued to the TV for the Royal Wedding but if you need a fix here are last week's pics...  I took nearly 500 last week - it's getting hard to stop!   ( I know several of you saw them when I linked it on FB )

*  edit.   the mammogram went well, just need to wait for the results now... not expecting to get bad news as I've not noticed anything, but ....

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

WOYWW 466 - still no atcs..

Welcome to another desk.. well, floor space...  as you may have gathered from the title, I still haven't done anything about atcs for the anniversary that is fast approaching..
Anniversary? WOYWW, week 466... just two weeks to the 9th anniversary of this desk sharing fun we have each Wednesday.. all the details are here  

I have several excuses... Bank Holiday weekend in the UK.  For once, (here anyway) it was HOT and DRY and SUNNY.... Spent a long time at Kew on Saturday (440 photos... didn't put them all on the blog! )
Had a birthday card to make (can't share yet) 
Had to cut the grass
Faffed about and generally forgot about atcs..

Take your pick! 
 been working on another journal page...

 finished last week's ALAD challenge for France Papillon's facebook group..

 I CAN share some birthday cards as both have been received..

backgrounds on tissue paper using my favourite masterboard style

needed to keep this one flat, for posting
 but could go a bit made with the height on this one as it was going in a parcel that was already bulky..

ok, better see if I can think of a theme for an atc or two....

Have a great Wednesday

In case you don't have time (or the inclination) to read the Kew post here's just one for you!
the newly re-opened restored Temperate House

magnificent inside and out.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018


May!!! don't get me started..  2018 is running away with us.. and once again it's time to report for desk sharing with Julia and the gang at the Stamping-Ground 

For once I don't have any new goodies to share... not sure what went wrong there!!

 aerial view this week  a couple of journals on the go - the one on the mat is the France Papillon ALAD challenge for her facebook group

the square one to the left is my fun one...

close up... glass bead gel added to my gesso'd circles and some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays. (dripped, not sprayed)

I am looking forward to a long Bank Holiday weekend and a trip to Kew - early morning openings for members have started again, so I will be there at 8am when you're probably all still tucked up in bed

I am also hopefully looking forward to some crafting time too.