Tuesday, 7 January 2014

WOYWW - It's an ill gale ...

Well what a week of relentless storms !
I woke during the night - at 10 to 3 in the morning !!- to dazzling rips of lightning & roaring thunder - just another day in a seemingly endless string of days of these storms !

It's been over a fortnight now and although we have the odd days lull, back they come !

In my home town of Hastings a huge section of the cliff - in an area we call Rock A Nore down in the old part of town - collapsed dramatically into the sea ! The videos on line show the scale of it !
Along the Welsh coasts, nearer to where I currently live, we have also had extensive damage & flooding - with stones & sea walls ripped up & deposited onto roads & homes flooded - poor people struggling on everywhere !

Anyway Much Beloved & I decided that we would stay hunkered down in our nest the whole weekend - we ventured out for our weekly trip to the swimming pool and that was it !
We even got our groceries delivered !

So I had a luxury lie in until half 8 Saturday morning & then a very indulgent weekend at my craft desk !

First I set about remaking the calendar I had ripped apart last week - I decided to replace the photos with some collage and quotes - here's where I started ...

And here's the 12 page for each of the months ...

It was quite time consuming but I really enjoyed messing around with the lovely new papers I found as a bargain in Homesense & dipped into my stash to add die cuts, stamps & distress inks.

It is rather bulging now but I am very happy with it !!
With this completed, I then got inspired to set about some Finnabair style projects - I wanted to use the techniques I learnt on the workshop I attended - and the embellishments & paints I had for Christmas - and found in the bargain bucket at the Dunelm store on Boxing day ! So I had a number of UFO's (unfinished objects !) that had been looking accusingly at me from the top of my storage unit - nothing I had tried to finish them looked right or pleased me ... but once I set about using this style of embellishment I was much more pleased with the results !
Here's a letter A (my initial !!) which I had painted months ago but could decide what to use next !
Then I had a clock I had played with to try crackle paint - but it never quite looked right - but I was much happier with this ...

And finally a frame - also bought months ago & abandoned when what I had done failed to inspire me !

Now I just have to think what I put in each part of the frame !!

Quotes maybe ?
I think photos or stamped images may look a bit overwhelmed by the frame - what do you think ?

This colour looks a bit "flat" in this photo but the paint (Luminate Silkarts Cinnamon Brown) has a lovely lustre sheen to it & the highlights are Treasured Gold rubbed on !

Anyway it was an ill gale that blew me no good - a weekend at the craft desk was a happy place to shelter from the storms ... hope you are all safe too !
Have a great week .. Ali x


  1. Love all your projects finished off with Finns style. I think quotes or sepia coloured photos would work too in the frame. Those storms look and sound scary on TV. Glad you are safe. My Dad is from Hastings too.

  2. Wow Ali you have been busy. What lovely projects. It feels great to finish off abandoned projects sometimes does'nt it? I like your Finn style. Nothing from me this week I'm afraid..

  3. Oh wow, love your initial, its beautiful. Lx

  4. You've been having fun! But it's the best thing to do when the weather has been so wild. I love the Steampunk clock best! Fingers crossed that the weather calms down a bit :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 2 xx

  5. Sounds as if you did the sensible thing, staying in over the weekend. The weather has been pretty horrific everywhere, except in Alaska where is about 30 degrees Fahrenheit and kind of slushy. We're ready (perhaps not eagerly waiting, but ready) for the cold. The southern US is getting just hammered.
    I adore your A...I am so taken with Finnebairs style, but have only tried one canvas so far. I see more of that in my future.
    Sara j #92
    ps I SO wish I could have my groceries delivered!!

  6. Awesome photos of all the projects you completed. I am unfamiliar with the fineebairs style but will be looking it up soon. Sounds like the weather is a bit rough around the UK right now. I remember a lot asking me about the storms we have here and why we stayed...sounds like the storms there aren't any better. That film of the cliff falling was impressive! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #104

  7. Hi Ali
    you have been so very busy while all this dreadful weather has been happening around us all and I am loving your projects. They are decorated in a way that is very pleasing to the eye with some fantastic bits added to them love love love
    Have a great WOYWW today and enjoy the rest of your week
    Hugs Ria #6

  8. Happy Belated WOYWW. I am always amazed at your productivity. My problem is I go in my craft room, turn on the computer and then get distracted with Facebook etc! Getting fed up of the weather now. It is meant to get calmer and colder next week. Ali x. #15

  9. Hi Ali,

    I hate to hear of the damage along the shoreline. I'll look for a video on youtube. Weather here in the states has been dreadful too. I'm more in the southwest so we haven't suffered with ice storms or below zero weather. We need moisture.

    Your projects look great. I really like the clock. I think you could get away with putting some photos in the frame.

    I'm slowly getting around to visiting desks.
    Happy WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (42)

  10. What luck to have a safe, dry place to play when storms are blowing outside. Sounds like you had a lot of fun and it is looking great too!
    Happy belated WOYWW!
    Tertia #50

  11. Me again! No fine details about the crop yet but it will be at Burbage Village Hall on Saturday 24th May. Probably 9.30 -4.30 ish, not def about that. Last year we charged £10 a head which included tea, coffee, cakes all day plus lunch (and hall hire). The money left over, plus the raffle proceeds, go to a charity of our choice. Julia and I don't make any profit. Not sure what the price will be yet but it won't be much more if it changes at all. The hall is big enough to have trestle tables out for crafting with others for lunch so folk can leave their mess in place! Sometimes there's a swaps table, or secondhand items for sale.
    The postcode is SN8 3AJ if you want to check the location. Hope that helps...please could you pass this info onto Linda? Thanks xxxx

  12. Awesome photos of all the projects Ali, love the clock it has a nice steampunk feel to it..

    Hugs Diane

  13. I'm glad you weren't blown away, Ali, and you made the most of your time hunkered down from the storms. Your projects are incredible! I can't even imagine being that talented, creative, and productive!! Well done! Happy Belated WOYWW and enjoy the rest of the week! Hugs, Darnell #12