No blog post last week as I was away in Spain - and we had some lovely sunshine even if the northerly wind was pretty biting at times !
I had this crazy optimism that spring might have crept in a bit back here in Wales whilst we were away - but sadly this winter seems to be endless - week after week of cold - will I ever get out of fleecy tops & thick warm trousers !!
We got back at the weekend -and I was able to have a bit of time playing at my workdesk on Sunday !
So there is a bit of a mish-mash on the desk today !
I finally got around to playing in my journal - haven't seemed to be in the mood for journaling for ages ! More later !
In the middle of my desk you can see the new Alphabet set of stamps I had been lured by - can you ever have enough alphabets !?!
On the right towards the back is a little red box - this was a present from my friend Jan in Spain which she has filled with loads of cute die cut pieces for me - these are going to be great fun to play with on my layouts & cards or journal !!
I love the arched windows especially - I have some ideas bubbling in my head for these !
I have a few packets of seeds piled up - can't believe it will ever be warm enough to sow seeds !
You can also see lurking a couple of little blue die cut butterflies which were on the table at a Gala Dinner we went to with our friends in Spain last week... fellow scrappers will know the compulsion to squirrel away little mementos which can be used on layouts !!
And a couple of freebies - some little buttons & a mini stamp from the front of this month's Craft Stamper magazine are waiting to find a good home !
So some play time in my journal ...
To tell you the truth, I don't really know where this page is going !!
They say that inspiration can strike from anywhere !!
I came across these apple shapes as labels on some mini chopping boards we bought last week - and they really took my eye ! So I snaffled them, brought them home and used them as a template to cut the shapes in some papers ... I am hoping the page will tell me where it wants to go next !!
As you might be able to tell I am obsessing that winter is dragging on - and on and on - with so few signs that spring is coming !!
But these snowdrops did cheer me up when we found them bravely blooming away in the National Botanic Garens of Wales near us last month - how could they not make me feel hopeful for the spring to finally be around the corner ... please, please !!
And one last page playing with my new Bunny stamps from Crafty Individuals ... and my collection of grasses stamps, the new alphabet set - and the stars were also a freebie on a recent Craft Stamper magazine !!
Well that's me for this week ... have a great crafty week !
Take care Ali xx