Monday, 26 May 2014

WOYWW - Crafty Crop !

I am blogging a bit early this week as I have to be away for work tomorrow night & will miss my usual Tuesday night blogging session !

Well it was a very soggy trek from Carmarthenshire to Burbage - Lynda did battle with the motorway spray & we made great time - arriving just as the 2014 WOYWW Crop got into full swing !


Julia & Jan had made brilliant arrangements in a big, airy village hall - tables all laid out, stalls for fundraising for the chosen charity - the Alzheimer's Society and a wonderful spread for lunch !

It was great fun to meet up with everyone who we had only met in Blogland before !

I didn't get very much actually crafted - too much chatting & looking at what everyone was working on - so fascinating to see all the different crafts that everyone is in to !
But I did get my Father's day card finished - safe to show to this as Dad definitely isn't a blogger !

The dreadful weather carried on through Sunday and on to this morning - only cheering up by mid-morning - so I was able to play at my craft desk !
I am weeks behind on my Journal 52 - but I am refusing to panic & feel overwhelmed !
I am just writing down all the weeks I am missing & working on a page or two here & there when the mood takes me ! I worked on 4 pages this weekend !
 Each Week we are set a theme - this is How Does Your Garden Grow & I chose to do a fantasy garden with JOFY stamps - this is dedicated to Helen at Stamping By H - she was kind enough to show me her Journal on Saturday & it was amazing - it inspired me to get creating in my Journal again !

 This week was "Inspired By The Nightsky" - Shazsilverwolf was kind enough to let me make some impressions with her Star Birth stamp - it was gorgeous and I thought that less was more - just leaving it to enjoy the image.
 This page was "Creative Hands" - include your hands in your journal ... I am really into these pearl acrylics !

And this week was "Create a Mandala" - I remembered the Inkadinkado Stamps which you can use interlocking around a wheel .. it seemed a good way to explore the whole circle idea !

Finally the grey clouds rolled away & the sun warmed the damp earth - when Much Beloved finished work at 2pm we headed down to the National Botanic Gardens Wales - some gorgeous blooms & a lovely stroll in the sunshine !
Here's some of the colourful flowers we enjoyed ...
The Meconposis took my break away ... an amazing lilac mauve ...

 And the classic stunning blue ...

And just one last project started - Much Beloved felt we needed a new internet hub (faster web access apparently - and boys do love their toys so who am I to question !!) and this box said !please recycle! - so it would have been rude not to wouldn't it !!

Here's Stage 1 - the background - watch this space !

So, if we got to meet on Saturday - it was a real pleasure !

And if we are only able to be long distance Blog-Buddies - well that's a real pleasure too !

Have a great crafty week ! Ali x


  1. I really hope that I make it over there one day to join in the fun. I will make a week or 2 of visiting bloggers and have it on my bucket list! Glad you made it there and home safely, a long way to go in that ghastly weather.

  2. It certainly was a soggy journey on Saturday for me too coming down from Worcestershire over the Cotswolds, foggy too in places. Fortunately, there were not too many lorries on my route. I was also lucky enough to have good weather on Sunday to wander round the area sightseeing. Monday got a bit damp again but yesterday was good for my journey home. It was good to meet everyone at the Crop, and I am really looking forward to doing it all again next year. xx Maggie #49

  3. Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary.

    Beautiful flowers.

    Loving the Fathers Day card.

    I hope you have a good WOYWW. Sue 59

  4. Hi Ali,
    Looks like I will be sending you and ATC, if you email me your address to:
    lmogle1950 at yahoo dot com

    The crop pictures, on all the blogs, are so much fun to see for those of us across the pond. At least we get to put faces to names.........(grin)

    Beautiful flowers, such magnificent colors.

    Your J52 pages are really great. Sometimes I struggle to keep up, afraid if I get too far behind I'll drop out........LOL

    Have a great week
    Krisha #99

  5. We have to thank you for making the trek to Burbage! It was such a fun day, though it did pass in a bit of a blur....thank you for bringing the ATCs/gifts from Bella too...I really did appreciate them :-)
    It's been years since I went to the Botanic's matured a lot since then! Must go back :-)
    Happy 5th WOYWW!
    Hugs, LLJ 1 xxxx

  6. Hi Ali, it was great meeting you too on Saturday. Really pleased the stamped images were so useful! It's an awesome stamp, and makes great mens cards too, for those who are not into fishing/sport etc! If you want any more, let me know, I'll pop you some in the post. The Botanical Centre looks a beautiful place to visit, that has to go on our days out to-do list. Will indeed be watching to see how the box turns out. Happy 5th, Have a great week, hugs, Shaz #72 xx

  7. It was great to meet on Saturday although the day whizzed by far too quickly to get to really chat with you! Fabulous flower pics!! Chris x 61

  8. Alli, so envious that you got to meet some of the Bloggers! But happy for you, too! Between SCS and WOYWW I have made some great friends! Thank you for sharing about your trip! :) #86

  9. I'm still chasing my tail trying to chatch with as many wonderful blogging friends this week to wish them a Happy 5th Anniversary. Hope you had a fab day.
    I have recieved your lovely ATC via Julia from the crop but I'm sorry I don't have your address to send you one in return so could you please email me your details to wipso@toucansurf,com and I will pop one in the post to you asap.
    Annie x

  10. looks like you had fun at the crop, sorry I had to miss it. Your journal pages are looking awesome.

    I've posted up the finished painting on my blog if you still want to see it. Bless you.

  11. Glad you had a good crop time. That box is going to be lovely - do show us when finished, won't you? The journal pages are gorgeous, too, as are the trip photos - in fact, it's all delicious!! Have a great week, Chris # 15 xx

  12. loved your pics looks lik eth crop wa sgreat and wel ldone making it in the terreible weather for your journal love it especially the jofy flower page . stunning flower pics I love flowers and was lucky enough to go to chelsea flower show last week ( xmas pressie from bubby) I dont have green fingers but do try those mauves are stunning love the colour thanks for sharing and a very happy 5th woyww anniversay andreax #91

  13. Bit late posting this week, hope you are having a great WOYWW anniversary week.
    Loving the flower pics.
    Happy crafting, Angela x 40

  14. I just received a special mail delivery...from the Crop Girls. Thanks so much for the fun..I love your ATC and this was a true surprise. I love the fact they were all unique and FLAT !~ I have to learn to do that. So many pretty stamps abd techniques.
    Have a wonderful weekend and Thanks so much.

  15. Just found this post - it was great to meet you. You have some great pictures. Helen

  16. Hi there! This looks like so much fun - and how wonderful to meet bloggers in real life, right? I love the work you've done and are so happy to have you playing along with The Summer of Color this year! It should be a lot of fun. See you Monday, xo