Tuesday, 26 May 2015

WOYWW - Busy Bank Holiday !

So lovely to have an extra day last weekend !
Even squeezed in some crafty time at my desk !
Saturday we headed for Birmingham - via a great Garden centre en route to buy my veggie plants for the season ! - and went to Mark Knopfler's concert.
We have been fans since his Dire Straits days and have been going to his tour concerts since before we were married - so nearly 25 years !

Sunday was travelling back, a little shopping and then working in the garden to get all the new plants out - and I worked on the May Tag Challenge Lynda & I are doing - this month was "Dylusions backgrounds and Distressing" - and I was in a Blue mood (not in a bad way!!) so hence the beach & sea theme !

On Monday, after more work in the garden and a trip to the tip (such a glamorous life I lead !) we headed out for swimming, then down to Laugharne for a walk along the estuary down by Dylan Thomas's boathouse.

But just home in time to make Dad's Father's Day card - it's also his birthday in June so that one is on the list next !

So on my desk this week you can see projects underway and my stack of the new Distress Ink pads - all labelled of course - I don't feel the need to justify my OCD on this as I know loads of you label them too !!

And stamps going for £1 each at the Range ! Rude not to buy a few !

And this photo is a work in progress - more of this later !!

 Hope you have a great crafty week ! Ali x

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

WOYWW - Back At The Desk

I have been AWOL for a while, away on holiday and not engaged in any sort of crafty action !

We had a lovely week with Much Beloved's Mum, Sister & Brother in Law in Ras Al Khaimah - just relaxing by the pool, strolling on the beach - and a day trip into the hustle & bustle of Dubai city !

Gorgeous hot weather - 38oC plus but such a dry heat as our resort was on the edge of the desert - so no energy sapping humidity to deal with - just lots of relaxing with a Kindle and a cocktail !
And celebrating our 22nd Wedding Anniversary !

Back home we had a Craft Club meeting last week and everyone brought in an MDF project to work on - mine was a Bird House money box with an Owl - so lots of gesso, paint and embossing to get the wood like textures. Only partly finished so I need to find a time slot to get back to it !

The garden called me all day on Sunday - and boy am I paying for it the past couple of days - I have Gardener's Thighs - I can barely move and am creaking about like an ancient lady !
I am amazed what has happened with my Rhubarb this year - a huge flowerspike has erupted out of the massive lush clump of stalks ! Has anyone seen this before ? Does it mean that my plant will die off now or will it be okay ?

Wanted to show you the card I made for Lynda's birthday last week - obviously I couldn't show you until I had given it to her ! Are you getting the Gardener theme !

We headed off to a family run nursery down on the Gower to buy some bedding plants for our summer pots - the menfolk came along & sat patiently on a sunny bench gossiping whilst we shopped !!


Then we headed down to The Worm's Head at Rhossilli - as you can see the views are stunning - even if we did nearly get blown away !

This week my Workdesk is a disgraceful mess - just a dumping ground at the moment !

To the right I have all the bedding plant labels, grouped by the pots I have planted up - these will go into my Garden Junk Journal when I get a minute. In the middle I have a couple of new embossing folders - as you know by now I am a total sucker for anything with seedheads on it - so how could I resist !

Then on the left I have a pile of bits & bobs from our holiday - really need to find time to scrap at least a couple of pages.

Seems like scrapbooking is a dying past time here in the UK - I had a letter from our last remaining scrapbooking magazine to say that due to lack of interest they were closing down - and we have found that the shows have hardly any scrapping stuff anymore - are Desker's in other countries finding this happening too ?
Seems the whole mixed media movement has made scrapping un-cool & off trend.
Shame really as it is a lovely way of capturing memories !

Whatever your crafty inclinations are - have a lovely week ! Ali xx