Tuesday, 9 July 2013

WOYWW - Glorious Summer !

Well what a difference a week makes !
This time last week it was lashing down with rain & foggy - this week it has been 32oC today - and even now at 9pm - the sun is streaming down & we are well over 25oC ! Unprecedented for me since I came to Wales in 2007 !

I have a few yummy new things to share with you this week !
On Saturday I made an early start & set off for Art Stamps England - a stamp show about 2 hours away. It is a lovely show, not too big but every vendor has to bring different brands of stamps so you get a great variety to choose from.
Well with all that planning & organising it would have been just rude not to do some shopping, wouldn't it !!
So on my desk is some lush new stash !

New tapestry style stamps from Card-io- cute bird house & some other branches & flowers - they had some great cards on display made with these - and I asked them if I could take some photos for inspiration when I got home !

A couple of little JOFY stamps to go with my flowers & a Beach Hut from Stampasaurous (and my friends Lynda & Theresa had put in an order & asked me to get them a Lighthouse & a Garden Shed respectively !) Plus an unusually shaped tree die - don't have many shaped dies so this was a new departure for me ! And couple of background stamps - very good value for money at £3 each ! 
A leafy stencil (I started an Autumn project last year & am planning on actually finishing it this year !), a couple of Lavinia Stamps and seedheads (well it wouldn't be me without a seedhead would it ! ) 

And a lovely Indigo Blu stamp - hoping Lynda will do a Journal Page challenge with me on this one !

A seedhead embossing folder & some masks - I saw Ali Reeve demo-ing these through a die cutting machine on TV the other day - so really want to try this on my Cuttlebug !
And again from Indigo Blu - crackle glaze & some hearts the owner was demo-ing - hers looked stunning - if mine come out half as good I'll be thrilled !
Just wanted to share a couple of photos from my garden tonight ... my peony in all its splendour, two clematis, a couple of poppies Lynda gave me - and a gherkin plant - a new experiment & great fun !

And on Sunday it was fabulously sunny - so we went swimming early & then headed down to Burry Port & Ferryside - I can't express how beautiful our local beaches are when the tide is out - we have some of the longest tides in the world here - and the sandy beaches stretch for miles ! Stunning !

Those of you in the USA may know about Amelia Earhart - a pioneering American woman aviator - this first woman to fly the Atlantic solo - she landed at Burry Port in the summer of 1928 - and this buoy was where they tethered her seaplane !

Who could want seascapes more stunning than these views from Burry Port harbour ? And on the left hand side is Llansteffan Castle as seen from across the estuary at Ferryside. 
Well that's all from hot & sunny West Wales ! have a great week ! Ali x 


  1. Oh what great beach pictures, I never tire of looking at the beach and waves. Great new goodies to play with too.
    Krisha #5

  2. Hi Ali
    Wow what some great stamps and stencils you bought. I need to come over for a closer look! Burry Port is one of my fav places and the cycle path must be one of the prettiest in UK!
    Enjoy the sun, off the Bristol on a course today and tomorrow so hope the sun is still out on friday!
    Hugs Lynda x

  3. I am sharing stash from Newbury shots today too.... lol! what a hot day it was.... Love the shots from the beach, lucky you!! Helen 17

  4. Love your haul! Great photos of your day out and the weather here is sunny but chilly...yes very different from your visit.

  5. Oh how I could do with your seed head stamps right now for my journal pages! Thanks for visiting my Dandelion pages yesterday, have to say we do have some in the garden but I don't really mind. Lovely seaside piccys and thanks for the history too. BJ#36

  6. Hi there.
    Just popping my head around the door to say hi as I haven't been around for a while.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Neil #39

  7. you found some gorgeous goodies! I love the detailing of indigoblu stamps esp.
    happy WOYWW and have a fun week :)
    no. 31

  8. I love the masks they are divine esp love the little birds on the line just gorgeous. Enjoy that lovely sunshine and so glad you got in an early swim..
    Sandy :) #43

  9. WOW - what a wonderful stash of goodies - wish JOFY & Lavinia stamps were sold here at our shows... unfortunately they will have to be online shops - but with the aussie dollar dropping it may have to wait... I think its my very first visit to you but wont be the last - have a great week - Happy WOYWW - Mxx #89

  10. What am I saying its not my first visit but its been a while LOL... Mxx

  11. That’s a lovely big pile of new stash Ali. I especially love the Clear Magic stamps of the Wild Flowers….really pretty.

    Happy Crafting!
    Sue @ 79

  12. Wow, the beach there looks amazing. Nice little historical point there about Amelia! And lots of new stash there -- I'll be going to an expo myself this Friday so will have lots of new stuff too. (Like I need it!!) LOL. Brigita #99

  13. Oooh lots of rather yummy looking stash on your desk. We're hoping to go to a papercraft show in August.

    Waving hi from the bears @#77

  14. what fab stash! great!You asked me which kind of journal I use.. it´s a selfmade booklet from my friend Valerie with thick watercolor-paper -- awesome!

  15. Well I never! I was brought up in Pembrey and my dad still lives in Burry Port! It is a lovely little town, we are back and forth all the time at the moment, as my dad is 91. So lovely to see someone else's photos of the harbour rather than ours!!
    Gorgeous seed head stash btw, they float my boat too :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 45 xx

  16. Hi Ali, you did get some gorgeous new stash didn't you. Now I have to put those masks on my I REALLY REALLY NEEEED these list! Thanks for your visit today. MMx #59

  17. Hi Ali, You have some lovely things on your desk, I have quite a few of those stamps and get plenty of use out of them. I havenever been to Burry Port, but having seen your pictures I would love to give it a visit. Thank you for your visit. Hugs Mo x #60

  18. Burry Port looks gorgeous through your eyes and camera, thank you! I LOVE learning new things about Amelia Earhart, so this is extra fun! I like your red and yellow SOC piece! ~kathy

  19. Oh My! What beautiful flowers in your garden and beautiful scenery! Peonies are so delicious!I also love all your new treasures for you stash. The seed heads are my favorite!

  20. wow your post has me wanting to shop!!! Great finds. Love the great flowers and the fabulous scenery.



  21. Hi Ali, so pleased you've got some sun at last, and so jealous that you get to go to craft fairs, love all your goodies too.
    We have been busy decorating! Nearly finished so I might get to join in next week!

  22. Hi Ali,

    Yay - sunshine! We've been getting lots of rain in New Mexico this past week. We've been in a drought for years and years so I'm not going to complain.

    It looks like you had fun at the fair - lots of new goodies to play with. Oh, I love peonies. I had one once and wish I dug it up when I moved - I should find one and plant in my backyard!

    Such beautiful photos of the country side and beach. What a nice tribute to Amelia Earhart too!


  23. So much loveliness here! Gorgeous flowers, fun new stash, and the beach, wow! Thanks for sharing all the pictures, especially for those of us who don't get to travel, physically, much. It is so wonderful to see other parts of the world. :) And thank you so much for stopping by my desk earlier and leaving me your comment and opinion in my poll. :) Deell #48