Wednesday, 27 May 2015

WOYWW - Celebrating the 6th Anniversary



Congratulations Julia for keeping What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday going for soooo long :) 

We wouldn't be doing it without you!

I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that all you do to keep WOYWW going is much appreciated xxx

Many friendships have been made and much fun has been had by so many Deskers and all down to one very brilliant idea to get us communicating over our desks, spreading the crafting love worldwide. Who would have thought it possible six years ago that we would still be chatting away like this today :) 


My desk today! As you can see I've been playing Scrabble :) Well, I had to do something to mark the occasion, especially as, unfortunately, this year I'm unable to join in the exchange of ATCs. Hopefully, I'll be able to join in next year for the seventh anniversary celebrations! 

The eagle-eyed will have no doubt spotted my new toy, Sapphire ... she's so darned cute :) And I'm sure some of you will be wondering why I needed yet another die-cutting machine! Spotted it on C&C TV, sat on my hands through several demonstrations, and then succumbed. Justifications, if any were needed, I found aplenty. It's just the right size for all those tiny dies I use so much - like the butterflies and the deer lying out on the desk today. It's small enough that it can be put to good use whilst wasting time watching TV! And, best of all, it's such a handy size that it's no longer a chore to get it out, unlike the GC or even the Cuttlebug, to use up tiny snippets of card, hence those butterflies and the pile of purple scraps on the left there.

So lovely deskers, happy sixth bloggaversary and have a wonderful day. Here's to many more happy years of blogging and many more special friendships being made.

Leave me a little hello comment to let me know you've visited, please, and I will be sure to return the compliment as soon as I'm able. In fact, I'm off right now to a bit of blog hopping before lunch :)

Happy WOYWW, 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Birdie Cushions

Evening Folks

It will have been back-to-work-after-the-holiday day for many today so I hope you were rested and refreshed and ready for the fray, and that the day went well. Despite not having to go back to work, my day has been a busy one with lots to do, including the finishing of these two cushion covers.
And not before time either, they were started some time ago, actually a few months ago! It's a simple enough design, just 4 squares sewn together and backed with plain red fabric using the tried and true (and easy) envelope closure. Love the birdie fabric teamed with the red check - perfect for our recently decorated lounge :)

Short and sweet this evening. Time I went to bed - had a sleepless night last night and feeling it now - so I'll bid you a very good night and hope you have a great day tomorrow.

Monday, 25 May 2015

In A Vase On Monday - Rosy Glow

Hello Everyone,

Although it's not an official Bank Holiday here in Scotland, the children still had to go to school as usual, it seems many did have the day off. The weather was perfect, dry and sunny, so we took ourselves to Culzean Castle Estate for a wee stroll to admire the bluebells - spotted a cheeky pheasant too :) We also popped into the bookshop where I was delighted to make a real find, a very old (1973) copy of Cottage Garden Flowers by Margery Fish. It's now next on my reading list, just as soon as I've finished the very entertaining The Transplanted Gardener by Charles Elliott! On the way back to the car I spotted a display of plants from Culzean's walled garden for sale which I just could not ignore ... I now have two new plants, Thalictrum Glaucum and Centaura Dealbata.

Once home, the plants were popped into the nursery area until I decide where their permanent home will be, and then it was a ramble round the garden to see what I could pick because it's Monday and it has become the norm for me to join in with Cathy's meme, In A Vase On Monday. Although each week there's more flowers blooming in the garden, there's still not a huge amount to pick from, probably because of the cold snap we've been enduring these past weeks. However, the dark red wallflower, Erysimum, has been catching my eye for some time so that's where I started.

I could see that there wasn't much point in leaving them for much longer as they will soon be going over so I picked a few and added some stems of pinkish/purplish ones. Then it was a case of looking for anything that would look well with these colours ... so I added a few Aquilegia Spring Magic, Rose and Pink, growing in the alpine bed, Saxifraga arendsii, Carpet Pink and Carpet White, and a few sprigs of Cerastium tomentosum, Snow-in-Summer, just coming into bloom.
My choice of foliage is Honeysuckle, Gold Flame, a few frothy leaves of Malva Moschata, Musk Mallow, not yet in flower and just a couple of pieces of my tiny, but treasured, green beech, Fagus Sylvatica, discovered and brought back from a nursery on the shores of Loch Ness.
Every year I eagerly await the fresh and soft green leaves of spring on this lovely tree.

The photos were taken in our back garden, vase perched on top of the red brick wall with a backdrop of the old green wooden fence. My husband keeps threatening to pull it down but I like the aged appearance of it. Somehow, I think a brand spanking new fence would not be the same!

If you liked my vase this week, you might like to pop over to Rambling In the Garden where you can not only see Cathy's gorgeous purple storm in a teacup but also check out many other vases too.

In the meantime, I'm off for a cup of tea.

Happy Gardening,