Tuesday, 22 March 2016

WOYWW - Happy Easter !

Hi wishing you all a Happy Easter !
Just a few Easter cards and a Journal page on my desk this week

I have been having a bit of a ongoing problem with pain in my hands and so action at my work-desk has been limited, as my ability to grip & my dexterity has been something of a problem !

So as the cards had to be easy to put together, toppers from Hobbycraft were pressed into service !

Along with some wooden bunnies,eggs & lambs with ribbons and papers from the Country Crafts collection.

These lambs remind me of the ones we see in the fields around us here in West Wales !

This card isn't very Easter themed but I made it for my friend Helen, who has just opened a cake making & baking shop - so when I saw these papers they just demanded to be made into a card for her !

And finally I made a page for my Wanderlust Book - this challenge was "What I See When I Look In The Mirror" - which is an older, wrinklier, if wiser & slimmer - version of the women I think I am in my head !!  Time wreaking its inevitable havoc !

Wishing you all a lovely Easter ! Ali xx

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

WOYWW - History & Literature !

Another weekend away visiting my MIL in Hampshire means that not much action has occurred on my trusty workdesk in the past few days !

Today I have made a tentative start on my Easter cards.
I know some of you are already well into making your Christmas cards for 2016 - but I am really rather fond of making Easter cards !
 I have bought some of the new Country Life papers from Docrafts - not specifically meant for Easter but the bright & breezy colours attracted me in !!

I have a couple of freebies- a peacock die & "homemade/ handmade" stamps - from magazines - and a stencil that called out to fall into my basket a few weeks ago - with all the rain we get in Wales I can imagine it getting good use !

 Last weekend we enjoyed our trip to Hampshire - we visited Jane Austen's House where she wrote most of her later novels.
It was very easy to imagine her sitting writing at her little wooden table or sitting reading, stitching or playing her piano - keeping company with her sister & mother.

The house was cosy & homely but bigger than I had expected with a separate kitchen & bakehouse - also used for the washing & preparing pork from the pigs they kept in the extensive gardens.

 We have grown very fond of Winchester since my MIL moved to Hampshire in December-a great mix of history - here you can see us visiting the Great Hall - used by the Kings of England when Winchester was the Capital City in the Dark Ages - and excellent modern day shops too !!.

The Round Table is hung here as the city is associated as being the capital of the legendary King Arthur & his court.

Enjoy a crafty week !
Ali x

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

WOYWW - Scrappy Catch Up

A combination of events conspired to keep my crafting time limited this past weekend.
So not much on my desk this week !

The weather on Saturday was bright & sunny so I got to spend a couple of hours tidying up in the garden. 

 Sunday being Mother's Day, we headed a couple of hours up the M4 to near Marlborough where we had arranged to meet up with Much Beloved's Mum, Sister and her family - this being sort of mid-way between our two homes !
We had a really delicious & convivial lunch !

So crafting this week was limited to working on some of the layouts of photos from my trip to Tokyo.

As the point of the trip was trying all the different food, I suppose I shouldn't have been so surprised that the layouts are pretty dominated by all sorts of meals, ingredients & foods !!

The layouts are started but need some of the bits & bobs of ephemera added to finsih them off.

Hope you all have a fun crafty week
Ali xxx