Wednesday, 24 April 2019

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 516

Hello Everyone,

I know we all say just about the same thing every week but I don't know what the devil has happened to the last seven days! They've gone in a puff of smoke and there's not a lot on the workdesk to show for it.

Truth is, the weather has been too good, drawing me out into the garden and the sunshine. So this is all I have to show for a week. It's a piece of calico that I've been stencilling, stamping and colouring with watercolour pencils. It's an experiment. I plan to add some free motion sewing too. I'll post the finished piece when I think it's done. If Sarn, Stamping for Pleasure, is looking in she might recognise the stamps I've used.

And here's what has been keeping me away from my desk over the Easter break.
Cosmos seedlings - now big enough to be pricked out into individual post - and a few zinnias, pansies and sweet peas in the mini greenhouse.
Even the bedroom windowsill has been pressed into service as a nursery - sweet Cicely and columbine seeds in the propagator.

If you think of gardening as a craft then I've been crafting. Not that I feel that I've had much to do with crafting this fabulous display.

clematis montana rubens
It's all down to Mother Nature.

Finally, the book bit. Only one today.

Helen Fitzgerald's 'The Cry' is a psychological thriller and it really is edge of the seat stuff. So much so, I listened almost non-stop to the seven and a half hours recording!. It's a completely absorbing story of a relationship under considerable duress - Joanna, a new mother from dealing with a crying baby, Noah, and Alistair, her devious and controlling partner. Some of you may have watched the mini-series starring Jenna Coleman based on this book in 2018. Don't let that put you off reading the book - it's a page-turner right to the end.

I'm glad to hear that some of you enjoy the book bit and you find it useful when looking for a good book to read.

It's taken me too long to put this post together today - too many distractions, including the need to get out the duster after days of neglect. For sure, I'll never win 'housewife of the year'!

I hope you enjoyed the Easter break and had at least some of the wonderful weather we've had here in the UK. The forecast for Scotland is that it's not going to last - the weekend is going to be colder and wetter.

On that cheerful note, I'll wish you a fabulous week ahead.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 515

Hello Everyone,

Not long now until the WOYWW tenth anniversary crop - we've made our travel plans and are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Hope you are going to be there. More details on Julia's blog, the Stamping Ground, in this post.

Now, on to what's on my Whizzday desk today.
It's the post cyber crop desk and it's a such a mess I can't bear to talk about it. I haven't had time to clear it up yet. I won't go into details of what exactly is in that pile on top of the desk and hopefully there's no need for an explanation of what's in the trolley!

And here's why everything is still so messy today.
We have converted what was a spare bedroom into a combination of sewing/music room and this morning our two fit and strong grandsons came round to give us a hand. They lifted our old, but very heavy, china cabinet upstairs into the room so that I can use it for storing fabric. As you can see, I've made a start but it's going to take time. I'm in no hurry. Under that pile of fabric you can see to the left is a new cutting table. I'm feeling truly spoiled to have so much space, equipment and storage. And the light from the window makes it perfect for sewing - these old eyes are not as sharp as they used to be. 

I thought I'd let you see the sampler that's only partly visible in the above shot.

It was stitched for us many years ago by my daughter. We had a touring caravan back then and went all over the UK and Ireland with it. Although we no longer have a caravan we enjoy having the sampler as a reminder of all the fun we had in it.

And finally, the book bit. Two books written by Kate Humble, the well-known presenter of wildlife and nature shows.
'Humble by Nature' is Kate's account of her and her husband's move to a smallholding in the Wye Valley after living for twenty years in London. It's a really good read describing the problems they encountered with converting and refurbishing buildings, the buying and rescuing of animals, the sowing of a wildflower meadow and the setting up of classes for other smallholders. They also rescued another farm from being split up and sold off by the council. Altogether a very heartwarming story.

'Thinking on my Feet' is a journal about walking, in particular the joys, and the benefits, of walking every day. Even a short walk does you good. This is an inspiring book and I lived the Wye Valley Walk vicariously with Kate. Through her we meet other walkers, in particular a memorable woman who walked every footpath in Wales (3,700 miles) when she discovered she had cancer. Awe-inspiring.

Two thoroughly enjoyable books.

I'd like to say I'm off for a walk now but not so. I have a lot of desks to visit instead and there's a pile of fabric in the sewing room just waiting for me to sort out into neat little piles. And that's not to mention the mess just beside me that's waiting to be put away.

That's it for today. Until our next Whizzday, I wish you all a wonderfully crafty week.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Christmas Card Club - Card 8/2019 - Christmas Scene

Happy Sunday Everyone,

My, but these fortnights come round so quickly, do they not, and it's time for another Christmas Card Club Challenge. This week the theme, Winter/Christmas Scene, has been chosen by our lovely, and very talented cardmaker, Shaz, Silverwolf Cards,
Because I've been so involved in the MTS Cyber Crop this weekend, I didn't even think about this challenge until this morning! So it had to be another quick and easy one ... this is fast becoming my default setting ... and luckily I remembered this Christmas Scene die set - a freebie with a magazine a year or so ago.

Supplies used:
- a white 5½" square card base from Docraft's Papermania
- scraps of aqua and white cardstock
- green glitter card from Dear Lizzy's New Day Mixed Media Pad
- the Christmas Scene die set

To make the card, all I did was use the three parts of the die set to cut each layer, the scalloped piece in the aqua card, the green glitter layer with the stitch effect die and the topper in white card. I used my Cuttlebug die-cutting machine to cut it all out and though I had no problem with the two background layers the topper wasn't so easy. The first attempt was with fairly thick cardstock didn't cut well at all, despite passing it through the machine several times, so I tried with thinner card with more success. Something to bear in mind next time I use this die set.

I'm also submitting this card to the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippet Playground - Challenge #350 - two very nice snippets of cardstock were used in the making of my card.

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC #433 - where anything goes as long as it's Christmas themed.

Right, I better get back to the cyber crop challenges now though I hope to pop over to see all the other CCC cards at some point today or, if I'm being realistic, tomorrow. For you to see them sooner just click on the links listed on the sidebar on the right.

Enjoy what's left of Sunday everyone.