Wednesday, 28 December 2011

WOYWW - Week 134 - the last of the year

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Here we are at the very last WOYWW of the year and I've just got to thank Julia for hosting this weekly treat on her blog, Stamping Ground. Since I plucked up the courage to join in I have had such fun visiting your blog each week and snooping around, I mean viewing the workdesks of so many crafters. Long may you continue to host this craft fest - Julia, you're a star!

I do hope you have all had a fabulous and fun Christmas. We spent the day on our own, although a couple of visitors did pop in during the afternoon, but we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We lounged around in our PJ's half the morning, cooked up a storm for dinner, and watched a couple of our Christmas DVDs, and, of course, the Christmas Strictly. All very relaxing. However, the craft space has been seriously neglected ... one project started but not completed ... so I thought for this last WOYWW of the year I'd show you some of the goodies Santa delivered :)

My fingers are itching to do something with the Wendy Vecchi Spool Set and Timmy's grungepaper - it's hidden under everything else. And I've not had a chance to do anything with the Photo Projects software yet except to load it onto my PC. The book, Delight in the Details by Lisa M Pace, was an early present and it is fabulous - I can't tell you how many times I've read through it admiring the beautifully photographed projects. But my favourite pressie, which you can just about see at the bottom of the photo, are these reverse action tweezers.

They're brilliant, and hopefully will mean the end to the cramp I get in my hands when I'm heat embossing :)

We were so impressed with the kit I had made up for my celebration candy last month that my DH treated me to one for myself. The contents vary slightly but it's all gorgeous and  I can see I'm going to have fun creating beautiful layouts with the kit.

The eagle-eyed of you might have spotted the letters lying at the top of the desk and may even have read my previous post announcing the birth of our great-niece on Christmas Eve. You might even have noticed that the letter H has crept into the layout. That's because I got the spelling of the name wrong - she's Arihanna, not Arianna as I had it. That's what comes of just hearing a name and not seeing it written down :(  We've not had the chance to see her yet because she's not been too well since birth and has been in special care. Mum, Louise, has been too upset to want anybody but her own mother with her. But that was up until this morning when the good news was that she is now doing quite nicely and feeding by herself. We're now in the middle of some nasty weather here in the west of Scotland, but as soon as it improves we'll be driving over to visit both mum and baby, hopefully before the year ends!

Now, I'm off to blog hop and hopefully visit as many of you as I can but if I don't manage to leave a comment I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2012, with lots of crafting going on of course :)

Happy New Year Everyone


shazsilverwolf said...

Congrats on the birth, and what a beautiful name they have chosen. Glad to hear all is going well, Hope you had a great Christmas, and Happy New year! Love, Shaz xx

mamapez5 said...

Lucky you to have so much lovely new stash to play with. I hope you get to see the new baby very soon. Kate x

Jacqui Chimes said...

Happy new year Elizabeth - i enjoy reading your blog

May said...

Congrats on the birth of your great niece what a lovely name, and your christmas goodies, can I come and play, looks like you will have a lot of fun, Happy 2012, Hugs May x x x x x

Twiglet said...

Hope little Arihanna is soon home and bringing joy to all around her. What a lovely name. Not much going on in my craft room over the last week but tomorrow I am crafting with my daughter so that will be fun. Happy New Year x Jo

Karen said...

Congrautlations on the new addition and its lovely to read that little baby is now doing well, I hope she continues to do so :)

Have a great WOYWW and a very Happy New Year, I hope 2012 is a good one for you all :)
Luv Karen #41

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Good news about little Arihanna's steady recovery, and we hope she is soon home with her adoring family. Thank you for all your encouragin comments ove the past year. I have loved reading them and your blog, and look forward to much more next year. Have a very Happy New Year with good health, happiness and fun. xx Maggie #50

Elizabeth said...

Those goodies look like they will be so much fun to play with! :) Happy WOYWW and all the best for 2012! Tango, #37

ScrappnBee said...

Thanks for visiting! Too funny about the army ants hitching a ride in your soldier's kit! We are honoured to have him serve and are figuring that he only married Irish, so Murphy's Law should not apply to him! (although his current barracks' wifi IS broken). Sorry that the grand niece started so poorly. Glad that she is on the mend though. Christmas Miricles and all! You did very well with Santa this year. Is it due to being on the nice list or the very naughty? ;) Happy WOYWW and Happy New Year! -Amanda #9

Unknown said...

Congratulations on the birth.

Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth

Catching up with you at long last!!

So much has happened on your blog during my mini break!!

A new baby!! Good news that she is now starting to improve. What a worrying time for everyone. I hope she can go home soon and then the family can settle into their own routine. I bet you can't wait to have a lovely new baby snuggle!

Sorry to hear your weather is so bad. Today has actually been really lovely here.

I am pleased you had a lovely Christmas Day.

Love Jules xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Aw Elizabeth, such great news about Arihanna, bless her. Unusual name, very pretty. I'm so glad you like the tweezers, I cannot get on with harem, my brain just won't let my hand use them properly, you would laugh to see me!

fairy thoughts said...

so much fab new stash i hope you find time to play with it all. must try those tweezers.glad to hear the baby is on the mend.
happy new year

Lunch Lady Jan said...

What fun you had on Christmas Day - how lovely just to please yourselves! Glad to hear the babe is pulling through, lovely name, I hadn't come across it before.
Thank you for all the fab comments and support this year, I really have appreciated it.
Happy New Year! LLJ #34 xx

bohemiannie! art said...

Congratulations! Glad to hear she's doing well. Merry, Merry, Happy, Happy!!!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Elizabeth - yes you were very spoilt for Christmas and so glad that you have a set as well - it is kind of nice to think here is someone on the other side of the world with this set like mine (thanks again dear friend!) and working in another creative tangent - yes understand totally about the spelling and predict that will be the bane of her life, having that spelling. As know as a teacher how children can have trouble - but perhaps the spelling is related to a slight variation in pronunciation? I am so glad she is recovering form being poorly poor little mite - and how will the decorating of those letters go I wonder?
thanks so much for popping over and for sharing too, and for being a real blessing in 2011. Happy WOYWW! Love, Shaz in Oz. x #24

sandra de said...

Such wonderful goodies on your desk and those reverse tweezers are a mystery to me. Funny how it is the little things that make all the difference and not cramping while embossing will be a blessing. Just like your grand child. Hope all continues to go well and wishing you a happy new year and lots of woyww posts in 2012.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Lots of lovely goodies and what a beautiful name Arihanna has!

Ann B said...

Lovely presents there Elizabeth, bet you can't wait to get stuck in, I know I can't.
So pleased that the little one is making progress, must be a great relief for you all and a wonderful Christmas present - the best.
Thanks for your kind comments about Sorrel. She is doing OK today after an injection at the vets, and at least we all got a good night's sleep last night.
Wishing you all the best for 2012 - happy new year.
Ann B

Crafty Loops said...

Wow you got gorgeous goodies Elizabeth. And what wonderful news to hear the birth of a new wee baby. Have fun with all your goodies. I surprisingly got very little in the crafting department this year for Christmas.....but that means Im hitting the sales, lol! Lee x

Hettie said...

Aw! What a lovely name. A good friend of mine was born on Christmas Eve, but sadly C got the better of her and took her from us a short while ago. If your grand niece has the same temperement as Angela she will be a lovely girl. God Bless.
Lovely stash there too! Have fun using it and Happy New Year.

Electra said...

Those tweezers look very interesting! Happy New Year to you and Yours!

Mrs A. said...

Hi Elizabeth, I made the Christmas pudding from Lisa's recipe and it was Devine. I've posted a pic of mine on my blog. Those tweezers are a boon. I have a pair and they have saved the day for me to still be able to craft with one arm in plaster. Happy New Year to you for 2012. Hugs Mrs A.