Tuesday, 7 October 2014

WOYWW Autumn Glory

Well what a stunning day we enjoyed on Saturday !

Lynda kindly took me up to the mountain behind Pontardulais to walk around the Lliw Reservoir.

At the swimming pool the following day one of the ladies who always swims at the same time as us told me Lliw means Colour in Welsh -and it was a day of such fabulous luminescent Autumn sunlight that it certainly lived up to its name !

Lynda is experimenting with her photography so we decide to make our walk a photo-shoot & had lots of fun catching the views & the Autumn plants in the beautiful dreamy sunlight.

Oh and the pleasures of kicking though those crunchy crisp Autumn leaves !

Lynda even hopped athletically over a gate to snap a close up of the amazing mushroom we saw on a fallen log !

I wanted to show you a few snaps of us all at our Craft Club last Wednesday - Lynda had made up some great Christmas card kits so we could all experiment with Texture Paste - we all had great fun getting messy & trying something new ! Do try it with your stencils !
 Whoops - those biscuits in full shot are a bit of a give-away aren't they !

Next club meeting - we meet fortnightly - we thought we would play with Masterboards (I keep calling them Motherboards by mistake but Much Beloved tells me they are something else entirely !!)

So I made a small & large Christmas version - thought I might see what happens if I Cuttlebug the small one and an Autumn one - just to play with the idea and show some examples next week.

I also finished another Journal 52 page - still playing catch up but am determined to finish the year ! This one's challenge theme was "Making Time"

Oh and just what is actually on my workdesk this week - well beans & chillies drying ! The beans are my crop from the handful of beans I brought back from San Francisco in January & grew this Summer - I wasn't exactly Jack & the Beanstalk but they were fun to experiment with & I just love their amazing patterns !

Have a great week !
Ali x

PS I was really chuffed that Jo Firth Young featured my card from her class the other weekend on her blog this week !!


  1. Nice crop you got there. Have not posted your box yet and no sign of your parcel, though the post office seems to be back to normal, they have weeks of backlog to get through! What stunning Autumn photos and yes, DH is so right...a motherboard is something else entirely!

  2. You've been very busy - and early with your desk reveal! Love the photos, what a beautiful trip out you had.

  3. Ha I love that cow, it's so comical! Your boards turned out better than mine. I don't think you can combine red and green they are to different. Did you use a gold ink for your blue board? I like the idea of a winter photo shoot! Hope it snows then I will take you up in the hills again! Ha! Great weekend and lovely photos
    Lynda x

  4. Your photos are beautiful. Looks like you have a fun time with the craft club. Those are some really nice projects. #2

  5. Ooh, I love that gold and blue 'motherboard'! Actually, it should be a mother rather than master board as it gives birth to so many new projects :-)
    Lovely pics from your beautiful walk and congrats on having your card featured!
    Hugs, LLJ 20 xx

  6. I love working with texture paste! Looks like everyone had a great time!
    Glenda #44

  7. Hi Ali - all that art work looks amazing, and what a great time you had walking with Lynda, and at the workshop. Here's hoping this week will be as happy and successful. Chris # 23

  8. Your photos are wonderful and the area is just beautiful.
    Love texture paste.
    Krisha #61

  9. You had a lovely walk with Lynda. I saw her photos too and both your photos are beautiful.
    Fancy bringing beans over from America! Those look like chilli peppers! Are they? Are they hot?
    Lucky you, being able to get together with other crafters twice a month! You certainly made some good stuff! It looks good.
    Thank you for letting me peep over your shoulder.
    Have a good week.

  10. Super photos. Looks as if you had a good time at the class and you've produced some lovely artwork. Just having a break in between getting things ready for my sale for Saturday. Thanks for sharing. Hope that you have a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #47 x

  11. Gorgeous fall photos! And what a joy it must be to be part of a craft club, Ali!

    (I do plan on posting more finished pics of the book as they happen--lots of layouts!)

    Happy woyww!
    #77ish this week, working on
    an Alice themed altered book

  12. Hi Ali, thanks for visiting me and happy WOYWW. The photos are stunning, love the cow (or bullock), and I wish someone would explain to me exactly what masterboards are and why!
    I read the last post, a JOFY day, I am jealous, and how wonderful she featured your card, I must try and find that!

    Cazzy x #70

  13. Thanks for popping by! I love those photos around the reservoir! Here in southern AZ in the U.S. we don't get "fall" colors but we are enjoying the rain today. And your craft club looks like fun. Oh, I worked on "mother boards" back in college MANY years ago in my computer classes! LOL! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #59

  14. Thanks Ali for visiting my desk. Just to answer you question: we seemed to have missed the worst of the Gota Fria. We got heavy rainfall and hail storms but living in a cave has it's advantages. We just stay indoors and let it all happen. Our Danish neighbours don't live there permanently and only come for holidays. This year they picked exactly the two weeks of cold and rain! The day they flew back the sun shone again.... Poor things.

  15. WOW you've been super busy. Wish we had a craft club here I miss having someone to play with. I love the photograph with the cow it made me chuckle. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier Anita #63 woyww

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog Ali! I must have accidentally skipped yours because I'm working my way down the list and went past this number! I love that sentiment about time! Your "motherboards" are cool too! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #22

  17. Friends, nature walks, and art, what else can you ask for. Well, maybe those biscuits - LOL! Have a blessed week.

  18. Love your photos! Great fun making either 'motherboards' or masterboards. My hubby keeps saying I'm wearing a laminator in my hair for the wedding! Lovely journal page! Thanks for visiting, Chris 74

  19. beautiful photography! I love fall and all its colors. Love your motherboards. I know I keep telling myself I am wrong but...I just learned the term and need to give actually making one a try. Thanks for visiting my desk and leaving a comment. Vickie #25

  20. Sounds like you had a busy week! So happy you got to enjoy both the sunshine and some crafting! See you next week!
    Lizzie's Workshop #72 this week

  21. Wonderful pictures isn't it great that we can capture and hold onto those images forever!
    Angie #67

  22. Thanks for the visit earlier Ali, sorry I am so late!! Love the photos - I love Cows, so that particular photo made me smile. Great card group photos - I love texture paste. Cx #65

  23. Hi Ali
    sorry I am late getting around for WOYWW. Yesterday was just one of "those" days and today not that much better!. Anyway thanks for dropping by my Blog and leaving a comment about my fabric mixed media book. Oh the country side/ reservoir there looks gorgeous. Great texture paste play too
    Annette In Oz #30

  24. Oh you are just so FULL of life on you blog... just Love seeing all the place and thing you've been up to. it looks like FUN!!! That is some craft club you have there... love all your creations too.
    Thanks for the visit and the idea with the chalkboard effect I might give that a try!!!

  25. Hi Ali, what wonderful photos and I love the pics of your crafty session - biscuits are definitely an essential supply! Happy WOYWW Annie C #76

  26. ROFL at the motherboards lol lol!! Love what you have done, especially the blue one. What a lovely collection of photos, too.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #32

  27. Hello!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a kind comment.Beautiful photograph - and it looks like you had great fun at your class! Wishing you a happy day!


    Barbara Diane

  28. Oh wow, your journal page is fantastic... and how I would love to visit Wales in Autumn (I visited Wales twice, on vacation a long time ago, and fell in love with the the landscapes!) Thanks for stopping at my blog/desk the other day, a hug from Holland and happy (belated) woyww, Marit #38