Wednesday, 30 December 2020


 Good morning and welcome to the final WOYWW of 2020 (thank goodness 2020 is over!)  WOYWW is the brainchild of Julia at the Stamping-Ground    I can't say I will be sorry to see 2020 come to an end, although it doesn't look as if 2021 is going to start off much better with COVID numbers shooting up again here.  

I hope you all had a happy Christmas and were able to spend it - if not exactly how you wanted - doing what you wanted!  For me, that was a lovely roast dinner (for one)  and lots of tv. 

I had a small pile of gifts to open...
which I meant to re-photograph in daylight but forgot

the box just off shot to the left is a bath/shower set (part of the gift from my boss Monica, with the pashmina/scarf  and a gift voucher ) and the box on right  holds a stencil and some mixed media "souffle" texture paste; from my sister in law and brother

I've intended to do lots of crafting over the holidays - I am off work until next Monday - but not got a lot of it done yet..

but I've added some stencilling over the A4 journal page I shared a couple of weeks ago when I played with some of the gloss paint sprays

the stencil is Dina's too...
and my smaller, normal journal - a mix of Dina stamps and stencils and some added Paperartsy leafy stamps (in the dark green) 

I may not get to link quite as early this week as I've been enjoying lying in and not waking as early as normal but will have plenty of time to visit your desks during the day. (I'm writing this and scheduling as normal on Tuesday night)

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

WOYWW 603 - it's Chriiiiiisssssstmaaaaaasssssss

 Well, nearly!  A very unusual Christmas for everyone this year, obviously, and those of us in Tier 4 means no mixing except for people in your "bubble"  but I don't really have a bubble (apart from socially distanced covid safe work colleagues)  so it will be Christmas at home for me.  Not that that is all that unusual, I often do it after all.  

but before we get on to that, time for our final WOYWW before the big day!  

I don't have any crafting to share this week - unless you count some wrapped Christmas presents!  Luckily, I decided to get out early on Saturday morning to buy the few gifts I needed - thank goodness I didn't leave it till Sunday or I'd have been reduced to wrapping vegetables from the supermarket after the announcement of tier 4 and the shutting of non essential shops.

so Sunday morning saw me wrapping said presents...

you can see what a small space I had - good thing the gifts were small in size and number!  (my space I kneel to craft in...)  

I hope to be able to at least swap gifts with my brother before Friday even if it means just a brief chat on the doorstep! 

I have said before that I don't have room for a Christmas tree - well I sort of do, a tiny tree with lights on the tips of the branches, on my hall window cill overlooking the street (that's the lights further back, outside lights from along the road.)

I finish work today (Wednesday) until 4th January, a nice long break - would be better if I could go to Kew as I had intended, a couple of times, but whilst they remain open I will forego my time slots and follow the rules to stay home where possible.
I hope that most people will also follow the rules and not mix in larger numbers than allowed, or travel too far, or we'll never get out of this mess!

Wishing you all as happy a Christmas as you can this year - and hopefully next year we will be better placed to celebrate .  Happy WOYWW!  

Wednesday, 16 December 2020


 Time is flying, and it is  Wednesday again - time for WOYWW  when we share our crafty spaces.... not that there is much happening here.  

I finally got my list written for this year's cards and on Sunday morning I got them written...

in bed!  laid out on the duvet  (them, not me)

I really must put a cover on the second half of the duvet (it's one of those dual weight ones so you can mix and match and the lightweight summer bit is now pulled up too... but it should be in a cover really.

I went out on Sunday to post them so hopefully they're well on their way now.   The cards may be sent but there hasn't been a lot of present buying yet - running a wee bit late on that front... good job there aren't many, but I can't say I'm really in the mood this year.  

I spent a little while on Sunday testing out some of the gloss paint sprays I got last week - they take a bit of shaking to mix and there is at least one that doesn't seem to have a mixing ball, I've tried stirring it with a stick to loosen it,  but with no luck yet.

I'll give it another go soon (been too tired after work this week)

the colours are good though,  and the on the smaller journal is one of my new stencils (firework bursts) which I like.
(distress oxides for that)

I had a great morning at Kew last Saturday - was lovely to be back again, although now London has gone into tier 3 restrictions I don't know if I'll take up my time slot this week - although as I come under tier 3 here anyway, I am allowed to travel there... will see  how it goes.  The photos are here  

what a colour these callicarpa berries are!

Happy WOYWW to you - I'll catch up with your crafty spaces soon.  

Wednesday, 9 December 2020


 Well Saturday was a lot of fun hanging out on Zoom with fellow WIYWWers,  Good to see so many of you there!  

Unlike a normal crop though I didn't just eat cake and had to make my own coffee!  I know, shocking!

my set up for the morning made my  knees ache even more than normal when working on the floor

as i had to keep kneeling up to be seen!  

(I'm second in on the top row) 

In the afternoon I did clear a basket of "stuff" and put the computer a bit lower down, but it still wasn't very good - the lead didn't reach any further though

I got quite a few more Christmas cards made and carried on crafting before the afternoon session, when I took to my journal

my pile of cards (teetering on the basket I moved for the afternoon..)  now comes the writing and posting!  
I have started to receive some lovely cards so must get them on the way.

this is the journal page I started in the afternoon

now, enabling... 
the goodies that I had hoped would arrive before Saturday..

these came on Tuesday (today as I am writing)

and these on Monday to work 

hoping to have a play with them this coming weekend..

although I have got a time slot at Kew so will be going there on Saturday morning

Right, had better stop,  taken up too much of your time

head to Julia's for the link for the desk hop - see you soon! 

Wednesday, 2 December 2020


 so we finally made it to week 600 - a huge number for this desk sharing blog hop.  All the information and link you need is here - the  stamping-ground  Julia will look after you!

I was reading Julia's post yesterday about WOYWW  and Robyn's comment about finding all the trades over the years.  Well, I've not done that but I have found :

one year we encouraged each other to incorporate the logo - I printed off the then badge from Julia's blog and it's still wrapped round a pen pot (well scissors and tools)

I also still have the easel Mr Dunnit made to help us display all our projects... mine lives on the table my tv sits on and yes, Julia I still have your note that came with it  - and some badges Julia's made us over the years.

So 11 and a bit years since I started,  and I am still crafting on the floor - yes, really, and yes, my knees and feet do suffer a bit for it but I've not got round to organising a  work desk yet... a bit like I haven't got round to tidying or re-organising my supplies!  

 On my "desk" this week... 

another journal page from the weekend - I needed a break from Christmas cards, didn't get as many made this weekend as last... 

Still hooked on Dina Wakley products - have 2 separate orders I'm waiting for (I had hoped one may arrive on Tuesday but no doubt it will be Wednesday after this is posted so you'll have to wait for next week - or possibly Saturday!)

a wider view from the doorway. all a bit cramped but it's what I am used to!

on the top of the towering pile in the basket are my Christmas cards - a few different designs last time. 

So that's me this week, I'll catch your desks soon as I can and to Julia - happy 600 and thanks for everything!