Wednesday 28 August 2019


As the saying goes .... whizzbang  it's Wednesday!  or will be by the time you read this and time to check in again with Julia and the gang for another WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday)...

Now, I know I suggested there would be crafting to share after our Bank Holiday weekend .... but what with one thing (the intense heat) and another (a thrilling if tense, day watching the Ashes test match)  not a lot got done...

apart from a little bit of meece colouring!!

I used Sharpies.   but didn't have a very  pale grey or even any browns..
so I stopped.

I also mentioned in my Kew post (here) having come across (two weeks running) our very own Kyla's abandoned art

which I left behind again - partly because I am intrigued to see if anyone does pick it up - but partly because I knew it was there before I came across it so it feels like cheating if I were to bring it home.

I am really hoping that the weather cools down again during the week so I don't melt again at Kew on Saturday, and maybe get to do some proper crafting before we meet again!

Wednesday 21 August 2019

WOYWW 533 the mega enabling edition

not that I am trying to steal Shaz's crown or anything.  First, let me point you to Julia's for the link you need to join in this fun desk-fest...

so,  enabling...I blame Paperartsy...totally and utterly  and Country View Crafts for such good service!
 these were the first to arrive, that I pre-warned you about last week....they were waiting for me when i got home from work on Wednesday

sorry about the shadow over the photograph... hadn't noticed that before

when I saw the set on the right (under the shadow!) I saw a face and had a play as soon as I could (excuse the appalling colouring in, the light was bad that evening and I hadn't put  my reading glasses on!)

this was just to try them out, not meant to be a work of art!
 then close on their tail were some "mices"

designed by Elenazinski 
i fell in love with them immediately although waited a WHOLE DAY before ordering them!

they arrived in mega -quick time too!
I have got as far as stamping them out (ignore ink smudges  that was me not noticing I'd got ink all over the acrylic block)

then at the weekend Paperartsy announced 8 new colours of Fresco paint...
there was no delaying on ordering those, and they came on Tuesday to the office
as you can see, the mice haven't made it off my craft mat yet!

good job we have a bank holiday on Monday I might get a play day!

Kew link for the Kew fans is here...

I have a new phone so will try and get to visit some desks at lunchtime if it will allow me to comment, otherwise catch you after work!

Wednesday 14 August 2019


So here we are again... Wednesday.. Whizzday.   WOYWW ... join in the fun at Julia's The Stamping Ground - time to share our crafty spaces and what we're up to. 

You all had some good suggestions for last week's nearly finished journal page but I haven't taken up any of them (yet)! 

I have however done a new one...
 the base background was already there, with the "waste" sprays on a stencil ; where you just lay the inky side onto the journal..(no picture)

I then added some stamping (a script stamp by a Stamp in the Hand which I know Julia loves as we've both talked about it many many moons ago) and which hasn't been used for almost as long!
I stamped in two directions, using yellow ink and purple ink
 then added some circles (paperartsy)  and stamped some Dina Wakley figures on a piece of tissue, 

I actually stamped twice, first in Dusty Concord distress oxide ink but it wasn't quite the right colour for the focal point so I inked again in Thistle archival ink and stamped (very carefully) on top... then fussy cut the tissue.
and added the text, which are both from the same Dina set

I've run the thistle ink pad round the edge of the pages, but the light is poor tonight so it hasn't shown up.

I may yet add some more texture to this but for now it's done

I'm (impatiently) waiting for some new stamps-  Paperartsy sprung some new releases on us (me) starting Sunday with JoFY and her fabulous funky flowers... so there are 3 sets and 2 stencils being processed by Country View Crafts as we speak (I was online ordering before I'd finished reading the blog post announcing them......)  so they should be hear for next week...
By then I may have succumbed to some more orders...  we'll see! 

This weekend coming is meant to be wet so may have to take the brolly with me to Kew - but here's the link to last week's visit in the (windy) sunshine!

Wednesday 7 August 2019


well this is going to be a short post .... another week has flown by and it's time for desk sharing day... with Julia and the gang for WOYWW..

I nearly didn't have anything to share at all today but I was sitting looking at the journal page from last week, and the paper dolls that I'd pulled out of the pack thinking I could use them...
there are a few challenges around right now with "eyes" as the theme and I had a rummage through a box of Paperartsy stamps.

I still think this needs something else so I'm going to ponder it a bit longer! 

time for the Kew link.... lots of Chinese Water Dragons last week - full post is here  but here are some quick pics to tempt you. (there were flowers as well of course!) 

this is one of the baby ones...

they are fascinating creatures and make my day when I see one - let alone 4 like last weekend!

this article tells you a bit more about them