Tuesday, 19 June 2012

WOYWW - Mr Rhodri Joggles !

Well not much crafty action on the desk this week as we spent the weekend away back in England. We went to a hotel near Badminton so I could go to the open day at Jekka McVicar's Herb Farm.
I have seen her plenty of times on the telly at Chelsea & read her books etc & had wanted to go for ages.
They were having an "open weekend" & we booked for a workshop on cuttings.
Jekka was very welcoming & approachable - even having gardened for 30 odd years I still learnt loads of tips !!
We dodged the rain & bought some unusual herbs & so Sunday was planting them out when we got home !

Last week I had my "blank" art doll figure arrive & he and I have been chatting all week about who he wants to be !
He has a name - Mr Joggles - as he was bought from the Joggles website & Rhodri because he comes from Rhode Island - and now lives in Wales - so the name seemed appropriate all round !
I thought I would have a play in my journal to decide how to dress him - I took his photo - printed it 4 times & just played around with some costume ideas !!
I'm leaning towards either the Gardener or The Eccentric Steampunk Inventor routes - all ideas welcome !!!

Also on the desk this week - on the right is the card for Dad's birthday & on the left 2 new Cuttlebug plates - my old ones are cut to ribbons ! And some stickers for vintage style pages for my Mother In Law's 80th birthday scrapbook pages - otherwise not much going on sadly !
If anyone knows where the weeks go could they let me know !!

Anyway - a happy crafty week to you all !


  1. I like the gardener, it goes with your herby weekend :) Love his name, it really suits him.
    Love that card, the lighthouse is gorgeous.
    Have a great week.
    Von #28

  2. So much gorgeous craftyiness going on. Rhodri is fab - he would make a sexy gardener. That Michael Powell stamp is one of my favourites (subscribed to Craft Stamper magazine to get it free!). I must get a new Cuttlebug B Plate - one of mine is bent and very difficult to get through. Happy WOYWW. Ali x #61

  3. Very busy desk Ali! I like Mr. Joggles he already seems to have a unique attitude sitting there. I planted some herbs a couple days ago and already they have grown. Have a great week and thanks for commenting on my blog. Vickie #23

  4. So envious of you going to Jekka's, she is amazing... Mr Joggles looks like he is a lot of fun... have a good week with him! Will come back next time and see how you've got on! Helen, 33

  5. I'm another one green with envy over the Jekka visit, love my garden but I can't do as much now before my back complains. Love Mr Joggles - I'd go for the steam-punk look, lots of scope for decoration, rust, shabby etc.
    Ann B

  6. Why gardener OR steampunk inventor? Why not combine the two. You could create a new subgenre: gardenpunk! Love the journal pages; it's always great to see someone experimenting and playing.

    cheers, rachel #19

  7. Lovely crafty space, thanks for the peek!

    Happy WOYWW

    Zoe #57

  8. Love the journaling and Mr Joggles. Thanks for the opportunity of having a peep at your workspace - trying to make a few visits early this week! Hazel, WOYWW #87 x

  9. Love your Mr Joggles and what a fabulous name. I think you should go with gardening - that is from a real Steampunk fan. Am sure you could incorporate something Jekka into it.
    Will be interesting to see which way you do go - you could of course have a Steampunk Gardener?
    Love your "try out" book - what a brilliant idea.
    Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet #21 xx

  10. Jekkas herb farm is just round the corner from us, its amazing isn't it!
    Sophie no.93

  11. Your Mr. Joggles looks great and what a brilliant idea to take a picture of him and dress him in different ways. Maybe he wants to tell you which costume fits best :-) Love the beautiful card for your Dad. Hope you have a crafty week. Bye, Franka

  12. Love the way Mr. Joggles is sat there on your desk. Look forward to seeing him evolve into a steampunk gardening inventor xx
    Fiona #132

  13. Hi Ali, Love that card for your Dad, and Mr Joggles is a hoot! I can see him as a Halloween mummy, but steampunky works too!

    As to where the week went, mine went down the plug hole lol :-0 they seem to be spinning away faster as the year moves on.....

    Happy woyww, and thanks for visiting my blog

    Debs #144

  14. love your journal planning out how to dress him, so cool

  15. Hi Ali, I enjoyed looking around your workdesk.............Mr Joggles is great, steampunk all the way for me, look forward to seeing how he turns out! :-)
    Debs #136

  16. Ooooh, I like "Gardener!"

    Mr. Joggles is lucky to have come to live with you!

    Thank you for stopping by today! I used to tell my daughter to ask before using things, but now, I figure what's the use, I can always get more stuff, but only have one lovely daughter digging through my art stash!


  17. Mr Joggles looks like the Stig, I think he will look super all steampunked. Have a great day, Laura

  18. That herb farm outing sounds like fun. So show a pic of them planted...show us your wonderful herbs!

  19. Hi, it's me again.
    ATC storage - just seen your question on Vonny's blog. I store mine in pockets bought from WH Smith. They are intended for kids trading cards, A4 size with 9 pockets per sheet and the sheets fit into a ring binder. Mind you I have a lot of ATCS as swaps were even more popular a few years ago.
    Ann B

  20. Hi there Ali ah did not know the flower was called cow parsley know how cool Wales can be was therein May visiting Bodnant gardens. :D stunning and sunny - just cool, though! Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #25

  21. Love how you've created your ideas in your journal. Take care, am still snooping on Thursday. Zo xx 73

  22. Hello!

    The weeks go by so fast that I can't keep up! I look forward to seeing how you dress your Rhodri - I have ordered from Joggles for years and love reading Barb's newsletter each Sunday with all the new things! Wishing you a happy day!


    Barbara Diane

  23. I think Mr. Rhodri Joggles looks best in the top hat. It is very fitting for a man of his social standing. I understand he is well versed in the arts, but has an understated mischievous side as well!

  24. what an exciting project! the steampunk inventor sounds great, with gears and all sorts for him to hold maybe and stuff coming out of pockets. but gardener sound great as well. i guess you have to ask him who he is (and figure out what you have in your stash that will fit).
    happy WOYWW!
    hugs, #15 peggy aplSEEDS

  25. perfect name. Hope the two of you share many happy hours. love the idea of a herb farm. There is one close by but they never have an open day.

  26. Glad you had a fab time, I was lucky enough to go to jekka's last open day. Both her and her daughter are fab....I bought loads so I imagine your herbs are looking lovely. As for the art doll...wow, never seen a naked one, always wondered how they started life-looking forward to seeing what you do with him.

    Thanks for visiting my desk
    Kyla #74

  27. What beautiful old photos. Your MIL is going to be thrilled with the album when it’s finished. I’m working on a heritage album too but I’ve not done anything to it for a while. There’s a link to it at the side of my blog if you want a look. It’s called Family Footprints in the Sands of Time.
    The whole point of Distress Inks that that the react with water so I don’t think I would chance using Distress inks on something like. You might be able to find some sort of fixative you can get to go over the top of the finished bag to protect it but I’m still not sure I would want to chance it.

    Thanks for stopping by this week.

    Happy Crafting!
    # 143