Wednesday 27 September 2023


 Hello fellow deskers.  Wednesday again and time for WOYWW .  and the end of yet another month!

I have't got a lot to share today as I did diddly-squat at the weekend, coming down with a cold and apart from Kew, zero energy!

I hadn't even opened the neon glosses until Tuesday evening, 

you have to shake them very hard to re-mix the colour as the neon settles out to a thick puddle at the bottom of the bottle 

I  managed to take a slightly wobbly one-handed photo of the dropper doodling neon on the page.  

I think it was Mary-Anne who said last week that having droppers would give a different effect to sprays - well yes, sprays go everywhere (in my experience!) but the droppers are much more controllable.  A totally different effect, for sure 

I am hoping to be more productive next week!

There is one more early Kew opening this coming Saturday and come rain, shine or the remnants of my cold, I will be there...

till then, here's the link for last week! 

Kim has indeed  broken her ankle and at time of writing, has been stuck in hospital since last Tuesday waiting for surgery to pin the ankle - and it's looking like it will be delayed again!  

it was a lovely sunny morning 

and more flowers on the cactus in the Princess of Wales conservatory. 

Wednesday 20 September 2023


Welcome back for another WOYWW.  Desk sharing day... 

I had a play in my white Dina Wakley journal with the neon paints 

I stamped one of Dina's faces onto a blank transparency (using stuff again!!)  

added some  collage tissue pieces to the page.  
I made a birthday card for my boss

and ordered and received the new neon glosses (they have stopped calling them sprays, and are changing over to droppers rather than sprays due to the clogging problems)

you can at the moment still get spray attachments separately but gradually the droppers will replace them on all the glosses sold. 

The rest of my week off passed in a flash.

I went to London and took the planned tour of Buckingham Palace and really enjoyed the Coronation displays.  The robes were magnificent and the embroidery on the Queen's gown was superb.

unfortunately although not surprisingly you can't take photographs inside.  

this is the back garden where they hold the Garden parties. 

Saturday was another lovely visit to Kew 

the cygnets are growing so fast and losing their grey baby feathers -  the neck looks so soft,  but I wouldn't want to stroke it, I bet they've already got a nasty nip if they fancied!

I'll be heading back again on Saturday although it looks as if my Kew buddy Kim will be missing for a while - she's managed to break her ankle and is in plaster. 

We have a work team meeting which runs over lunchtime so I'll be late visiting those of you I can't do before work.

Happy WOYWW and see you soon 

Wednesday 13 September 2023


 I am at the half way point of my week's holiday from work. which means it must be Wednesday.. and WOYWW   

I had a few things planned for this week (more of that later) and so finished off the journal page from last week, at the weekend in advance for sharing.   (Kyla,  the leaves on the other page you commented on,  they're from a mask/stencil set, by Dina Wakley)  

took a couple of close ups
the figures are Dina's transparencies, I decided to use some rather than just store them up!  

and some other bits - collage tissue pieces and scraps from a Dina live FB workshop from months (12 plus probably) ago....

so the week off... Monday, as planned, an extra trip to Kew after the late Saturday due to the fun run.  

Tuesday (today, as writing )  NOT as planned and as explained in the blog... meant to be Wakehurst, a Kew members coach trip... short version,  I missed the coach...

for WOYWW day I may just stay in bed....   Thursday I have a slot booked at Buckingham Palace as part of their summer opening, but you're not allowed to take photographs.....(till you get to the garden)  

So, depending on what I decide to do or not do on Wednesday I'll catch your crafty spaces very soon!

Tuesday 5 September 2023


 Happy Wednesday, deskers.  time for another day desk hopping with Julia  

once again there's not a lot been going on, but I started another couple of journal pages 

neither anywhere near finished

and I prefer the one on the right, as the left page didn't go quite how I (didn't) planned.
there's a layer of stencilling under the top layer that didn't work (no photos)  so it got covered up

we'll see what happens next!  

and because I have't shared the mass of boxes for a while here they are once again.  

the 4 big (no, 5, I can't count) all have Paperartsy stamps in 
behind that are my original storage boxes - double stacked - all with my wood mounted stamps in. (apart from the other boxes elsewhere in the room....) 

it all needs a good sorting out, but it's the kind of job you can't start unless you can finish as it will get worse before it gets better... so best to leave it as is!!

Saturday was of course, Kew 

I'm sure you can tell this is a sunflower
gorgeous colours.

this coming Saturday we can't get in till 11 am as it's the second of the year's half marathons run in the gardens and given that the day is meant to be really really hot that is a pain!  
I'll probably still go though!

Thanks for dropping by, happy WOYWW and see you soon.  
Julia is away so has published early so I  am linking early.