Well I am late writing this post tonight as Lynda & I have been out for supper with a fellow desker !
After being blog buddies we finally met "Lunch Lady Jan" in the real world !
We had a lovely evening & Lynda has the photos to prove it !
We even got to speak to Julia, our lovely creator & hostess of WOYWW on the phone !!
And here on my desk is Jan super gift - stunning festive bunting !
How gorgeous is that ! Thanks Jan !
My gift was rather smaller ! Just an ATC - one for each of us - I am really getting into these - probably only 5 years behind the trend !
But it makes me happy !
On this design I have used one of the new Lavinia Zentangle House stamps & a little Dragon - well we are in Wales !!
The stamp was part of my haul from the NEC Hobbycrafts show this Sunday.
My Much Beloved & I were in the Cotswolds for the weekend to see Jools Holland in Concert in Cheltenham on Saturday night.
We each took our own car as on Sunday we were on separate hobby based missions !
Whilst he headed to Manchester to watch the football at Old Trafford, I went to spend a happy few hours shopping at the show ! I know who I think got the best deal there !!
I did have a list - and permission to buy some "from the family to me" Christmas presents !
But obviously some things did just call my name as I passed too !! Here's my goodies !!
Stamps by Chloe - this talented girl is only about 20 years old but has her own company !
She had made some lovely cards & I fell for the stamps & a very competitive deal on embossing powders - lots of Christmas sparkle !
And my favourite Lavinia stamps - I love the new Zentangle designs & can't wait to play !
Whoever said "never meet your heroes" had never met Barbara Grey - I love her classroom shows on Create & Craft - she shows great techniques in a really approachable way - and it was lovely to meet her on her Clarity Stamps stand - she was so approachable herself !
The light in the photo is pretty dreadful but I wanted to show you anyway !
One last desk photo ... a lifetime ago I learnt German at school ..
I really want to pick it up again - so when I was there last month I "invested in" some German craft magazines - what a great way to practice !!
So last night, there I was sitting up in bed with my 30 year old German dictionary checking my understanding & translating a Christmas Penguin pattern !!
Now I know the words for "seam allowance", "stuffing", "beak" & "turn the feet inside out from a slit in the upper fabric" ...
I mean, how can that not be handy when I need to buy a train ticket or a cup of coffee next time I am in Germany !!!!!!!!!
Anyway just to finish, last week I left you with a photo of my bag packed to have a Gelli plate evening at our little Scrapbook club - so I thought you might like to see us with our pinnies on & in action !
Here's some of our efforts ...
And me turning into a lizard !!!
Have a great crafty week ! Ali xx