Wednesday, 29 June 2011

WOYWW - Week 108 + My Favourite Lily Blooming at Last

Good Afternoon Everyone,

There's lots on my desk this morning - I think I've found my messy streak at last! That's because I was working on this week's Christmas card when the postman delivered my latest edition of the Craft Stamper. Needless to say the makings of the card were abandoned until the mag had been read and digested - I'm just too easily distracted : )

Under the magazine there's the paper intended for another card which will feature the cute little baby sitting on the easel (actually there's two - one coloured in pink is hidden behind). There's also a sheet of cream card lined up for a scrapbook page of the sea view photographs taken on holiday.

I've been increasingly drawn to vintage work I've seen recently on so many of your blogs so I raked out the book you can just see at the top of that pile - Vintage Greeting Cards by Maryjo McGraw. I've had it for sometime and, yes, I have looked through it before but not studied it deeply until now. Ms McGraw has packed the book full of techniques - some I would simply never have thought of - ever. For example, using brown shoe polish as an overlay to age photographs, or using a patterned paper napkin as a background or that a fragment of sea glass, the stuff we can pick up from the beach, will make an interesting embellishment when adhered to a photograph.

Some of you might be wondering why there's a roll of  aluminium insulating tape balanced on top of my tub of gilding flakes. Well, the EM spotted it in one of his favourite haunts - the building suppliers. He recognised it as one of the materials seen on a recent steam punk themed TV demo and thought it would probably be a handy addition to my crafting arsenal . Most women get flowers, I get aluminium insulating tape  - and I'm definitely not complaining!

Well, that's me for today but, before I go over to Julia's Stamping Ground to hop amongst the workdesks of the world, I thought you might like to see this photograph of my favourite lily, taken just this afternoon.

This pot of lilies that sits on the deck and last year it didn't do too well, but this year it has gone mad!  There's been dozens of buds just waiting to pop for simply ages so we have been awaiting the grand opening with baited breath - you see, we'd forgotten what colour these lilies were. They are simply the most gorgeous deep red - fabulous!

Happy Crafting,


  1. What a fabulous lily photograph , Elizabeth. You can see little pearls of rain and the sunlight on it is stunning.
    Am afraid I can be easily distracted by a magazine - must see what is in there before I continue with my doings!! Mind you I do that with letters - cann't leave the post when we get home , I have to look at it all before I do anything else.

  2. Gorgeous flowers....and a husband who buys such useful stuff! Perfect ;)
    xoxo Sioux

  3. Wow you've got my kind of desk. Mine's covered in green and pink gingham paper and card and ribbon. Making a baby card. Though looking at things I think there's more stuff on the floor!

    Fab pic of lily too. Zo x

  4. Lol! That's a good replacement gift for flowers. :) Happy WOYWW!

  5. The lily is just stunning! Your desk looks full of crafty goodies - and I'm sure you'll use the aluminium!

  6. I will love vintage cards forever and so enjoy making them. Hope you have fun discovering them.
    Hope you will call by Friday for the first My Mojo Monthly. Thanks for sharing today.
    Sarah at 6.

  7. I am with you with the Craft Stamper - Hubby says it is the only time he is guaranteed peace for a few hours!! Beautiful Lily there - unfortunately mine haven't been too good but lots of other things are making up!!
    Nice busy desk there!!

  8. Not familiar with Craft Stamper, Elizabeth, but am sure I would love it too and love your desk and House mouse (?) on the easel I did wonder what was under the aluminium tape, I thought it was peanuts to nibble on, lol! happy WoYWW, love Shaz in Oz.x

  9. I cant wait to see the cads you produce ... btw that is not a messy desk. I had to laugh over the tape but that shows he cares more than flowers would ...and talking of flowers ...that is a gorgeous lily.

  10. I am all too easily distracted, all the time, by anything. Those lilies are glorious. Ours seem to have bitten the dust this year.

  11. I had to laugh, Elizabeth, your desk is looking quite messy for you!!!!! but very tidy for the rest of us.
    I always spirit my CS away and save it for bedtime so that I can read it and absorb it in peace. I always look forward to it falling on the mat!
    Your lily is amazing. Is it scented? I have a deep pink one out at the minute but it's not scented but the stargazers are amazing. We're usually on holiday when that comes out-typical!
    Thanks for your lovely comments.
    Hugs Lisax

  12. Nice desk (messy?) and what a lovely image of that baby on your easel. Just realised I never took a picture of my baby card and sent it tonight - doh! Thanks for sharing - and that lovely lily brightened my evening. Hugs, Neet x

  13. ohoo have I missed the steam punk?? I was going to record it!! Lovely creative desk this week! Have a great week. Thank you for my snoop!! HaPpY WoYwW!


  14. great looking desk! Husbands can be so unpredictable at times and so sweet. Mine does that kind of thing too. Love that gorgeous red lily. I just have the plain old yellow and orange ones. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #39

  15. what a fab desk, I don't think its too messy it's just well loved, I think my brain works better in mess. Thats my excuse and i'm sticking to it, hee hee.
    Kelly xx

  16. ROFL - I'd take your aluminium tape over the chest freezer I got one christmas, any day! Gorgeous lily - probably the hot dry weather this year doing the trick! Thanks for stopping by.

  17. Your work space looks very pretty. Love the little baby and the book about vintage cards.
    And what a beautiful red lily. It's something to be proud of when plants start blooming suddenly.
    Bye, Franka

  18. That was thoughtful of your husband! Just think of all the things you could use from a DIY store! The mind boggles.
    love the Lily, does it smell as nice as the white ones?

  19. Hi Elizabeth, love your desk, it looks like it may be a tardis too!! lol! love your blue & white bug!! and the lilies are beautiful, hope you had a good WOYWW!

    Lisa #34
    apologies for the delay in commenting! blogger has been interesting of late! :-S


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