Wednesday 29 April 2020


I am running out of witty ways to start my lockdown WOYWW posts... Like so many of you I haven't been "out" for weeks - 19th March is when I started working from home and once a week shopping....

Let's just jump straight in, it is Wednesday and the day of the week where we share our crafty spaces with Julia at the Stamping-Ground and our friends....

I had an accident on Saturday.... I was heading outside to sit and read and enjoy a cup of tea....
I managed to drop my phone.... at the time of writing  - I am waiting for the local phone repair outlet - which is fortunately open as it doubles as a vape shop - to get a new screen in - it's due in today  Hopefully that will cure it (at the moment I can't get the screen to turn on although I can hear notifications and things so it's not completely wrecked .....)

I made a couple of birthday cards for some friends in early May which I've got in the post ahead of time due to delays that are understandably experienced and I am going to take a risk and share them here as although they are both crafters, they aren't deskers... and so probably won't see this.

I used as the background the painty masterboard I had made some weeks ago

I am still waiting for my crafty goodies too, that I ordered the weekend before last..  although as I am prepping this ahead of time I may be able to edit this post!   They are on the way so sat in a sorting office somewhere I suppose...

Continue to stay safe, stay home and save lives... we mustn't give up now. I do enjoy the photos of the walks some of you (us) have been able to enjoy - and  am every envious of the beautiful places you live... it just isn't pretty round here!!  But don't stop sharing them.

Wednesday 22 April 2020


Another week in lockdown has flown - had the total of one hour out of the house (for food shopping) and hardly any time spent crafting.   
It's time for another WOYWW though - the day of the week when it is time to share our crafty spaces..

I did get a quick journal page done though - background with Neocolour II crayons and sone stencilled leaves.

then I added a couple of images - the birds are by JoFY and the "monster" by Elena for Paperartsy
the text is a Dina Wakley stamp

one day last week whilst I was having my short lunch break I found the postman had been - a lovely card from our lovely Julia

It fair cheered me up! 

and that's about it for me this week - some enabling has been done - I watched a Facebook Live on Saturday evening (or it may have been Sunday, who knows!)  and an order is being prepared... hopefully it wil be here for next week's desk sharing! 

See you all soon - sending virtual hugs to you all and hope you are staying safe (and recovering to those who are poorly) 

Wednesday 15 April 2020


It's time for our weekly meet up at Julia's for WOYWW  where we share our desks (floors)  and what's kept us sane in the last week of lockdown...
obviously the new goodies arrived during Wednesday but I saved them to share today...

You may have seen on FB that I have put some of them to use already over the long Easter weekend..

another Kew themed virtual walk

I also spent some more time enjoying the warm weather responsibly (stay at home, save lives)
it's a one brick-width wall but just about room to lie down!

I also enjoyed the shadows of my Philadelphus (mock orange) on my book as I was reading it

Back to work (home-working)  now so no more time to sit and enjoy the outside (and it's got colder too)  or day long crafting when I want to - but it was good whilst it lasted..

hopefully next week I'll have something else to share (craftwise, not been shopping !)

Take care, stay safe and happy WOYWW

Monday 13 April 2020

more journal pages

In between sitting on the garden wall reading and enjoying the sunshine,  I have been carrying on in my new journal

Pages still inspired by Kew (and using some new stamps)  and a more random page.
this first one reminded me of the tulips buried in the grass under the cherry trees

(seen here with the Chihuly last year)

I added some words later

then I wanted to do one with the new JoFY stamps

both of the above I have shared on FB so apologies if you've already seen them

This one however hasn't yet! 

 I started it yesterday ((Easter Sunday)  adding scrapes of purple paints (Frescos of course)

and added some stencilling with archival ink
 then some more stamping this morning
 and the big JoFY flower outline

I added a touch of purple pen (Ecoline) inside the outlines
and some words -  these are from a Lin Brown set but I used the big "dream" from the JoFY set, trimming off the rest of that sentiment -
it felt important that we dream big for tomorrow! (or the next day, or post-lockdown

thanks for looking

Stay home, stay safe, save lives.

Friday 10 April 2020

Lockdown journalling - Kew - Virtually!

I read something online somewhere (facebook I think, but who knows, everything blurs into one)  that suggested if you are having trouble sleeping to take a virtual walk in a favourite place.

I tried it the night before last and again last night (no prizes for guessing where...)  and it really worked.

As I drifted off to sleep last night, I thought, I must journal that.... so I have!

 I took some of the newer blue and green Paperartsy Fresco paints  (they haven't made it into the storage boxes yet so were easy to grab)

and "painted " a sky and grass
I stamped some branches (Lost Coast Designs)  in Peat Moss archival ink

 and added some wildflower/grasses  - mixture of stamps by Lin Brown for Paperartsy and Lynne Moncrieff for That's Crafty -  and archival inks in Dandelion, Peat Moss, Olive,  and Warm Breeze by Versafine
 I wrote on my page to remind me what this is about...
 added a delicate background script (Lin Brown for PA)  in Watering Can

and some splatters

So maybe today will be a Good Friday after all, even if I can only visit Kew in this way!

Wednesday 8 April 2020


Well here we are again,  Wednesday and time for our desk sharing fun -day with the WOYWW gang .  Although I will be working so I'll catch up later...

Last weekend the weather was lovely (and people are still going out and congregating; the idiots)  but I did have an hour sitting on the wall outside (no chairs I can move outside)  reading a book... Jan might recognise it

it's my comfort read series, my  Desert Island Discs books...
I have read and re-read them so many times

ignore the hair, it needs cutting and re-colouring!  going to be a long 3 months!

a bit later on I cracked open the new journal.

 no real ideas, but I had to have something to show you today

So I played with the hares.. 

do you want a close up?

Since then, Paperartsy have started another new release of some stamps...
I "might" have ordered the new JoFY stamps and stencils which are on the way to me...  and I really like the Seth Apter stamps that were launched today (writing this Tuesday evening)
So far I've held off those...

That's it for me today - the new stash may be here by next week, delivery allowing ...see you soon and STAY HOME STAY SAFE 

Wednesday 1 April 2020


Morning deskers and time to gather for another week's virtual gathering of like minded (read nosy) people - sharing our crafty spaces.  Julia is our fabulous host at the Stamping-Ground 
Lockdowns and self isolation don't stop WOYWWers having a good time.

Having said that, I had a real "down day" on Sunday but pulled myself together and created a journal page - see post below this (here)  

this was the page I made -
and I did feel better once I'd done it.

Not had time (ha ha, what a comedian - I  should say not MADE time) for anything else since... must get into crafting in the evenings again, after all the constant news specials/corvid updates on tv and radio ae doing my head in,  and no sport should mean I can crack on.... we'll see what next week brings shall we!

Hope you are all keeping well and following the guidelines and staying safe.  Sending you all a virtual hug. 

Just realised that today is 1st April.. well this is one April Fool we could do without... It would also have been (divorce apart)  my wedding anniversary!  (don't ask, it's a very long and now boring story!) 
Depending on how little of my "lunch break" I take, I'll visit some of you then and catch the rest later.