Wednesday, 12 July 2017

WOYWW 423 - and book giveaway

Afternoon Everyone,

It's another wonderful day here. Casa Worthington is basking in sunshine and the roses are recovering after the many, too many, days of persistent precipitation we've endured recently. Just the kind of weather you'd think to potter around the garden. However, the sun has brought out what I think are a swarm of flying ants and I've taken refuge in my craft room to share what's on my desk with Julia and all over at the Stamping Ground.
There's not been a lot of activity over the week. I did finish the layout that was on last's Wednesday's desk but the leftovers are still lying there waiting for me to do something with them. I do want to use them up rather than put them away in the scraps drawer so I've pulled out a page of sketches (saved from a 2013 issue of Scrap 365 magazine). It's a plan.
That's a new stamp set from Shimelle Laine. I thought the words and phrases were quirky and different enough to merit a place in my collection.
Also on my desk is this book from Carole Matthews - my holiday reading. The story is based on the life of cardmaker Christine Emberson. You may know of her from her association with Spellbinders and her appearances on craft shows on TV. It's a light but fun read, not least because of the many references to cardmaking. Now that I've read it I've decided to make it a giveaway. Just let me know in a comment if you are interested. If there are many of you, I will do a draw and I'll let you know the result next Wednesday.
Not exactly a desk but it is what I am working on in the garden this week. This is my mini nursery by the kitchen door and those plants are waiting for me to find time to plant them out.
And finally. The herb patch is doing so well that I have a bit of a glut so when I spotted the instructions on how to make flavoured oils in a garden centre recently I thought I'd give it a try. The tall one (an empty Worcestershire Sauce bottle) has rosemary in it and the jam jar has a mix of thyme, marjoram and rosemary. Haven't tasted them yet but looking forward to some on salads later.

That's my various 'desks' for this week. I'm looking forward to seeing what is on your desk and I will comment on as many as time allows. I did look at everyone's desks over the last week on my husband's tablet but I found it takes forever to type up a comment on it, unlike bashing away on the keyboard I'm using now, so I gave up. Sorry about that. Knuckles duly rapped.

Take care and have a great week.


  1. I'm sure we all do our best with visiting blogs Ellie. I have my favourites that I visit every week (yours being one of them of course) and I do my best to visit all that visit me but some won't let me leave comments and that's a bit frustrating but hey ho I guess that's life lol. I've enjoyed seeing at you've been up to this week. I've spent the morning making my eye spy quilts but have a special little visitor popping in with his mummy soon so that's a lovely break for me.
    Annie x #11

  2. Hi Elizabeth, I totally agree, typing on a tablet or phone just takes forever. Then autocorrect keeps changing stuff! Love your herb oils- you could make bath versions too! Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #6 XxX

  3. I wouldn't panic about leaving a comment if you manage to visit, it's the thought that counts. I haven't visited for a couple of weeks between report writing, getting ready for a school trip and being away with school trip. I'm trying to make up for it this week, but it's the taking part that's more important! Those oils look great; I look forward to hearing how they taste. Sarah #23

  4. That stamp set definitely has some fun phrases! I also have a bit trouble with commenting on blogs (tho I do try to visit them) when they have google plus turned on as i don't use it i can't leave comments... sigh, but we do our best, right? have a great week! xo Cheetarah WOYWW #19
    Contemplations of a Kitty

  5. Those oils look fab - Max bought me a rosemary oil for Christmas and I have kept topping it up - very useful. I might try one with other herbs around at the moment. Hope those ants have dispersed - it's usually just a one day event I think.x Jo

  6. great holiday reading - I've read several of her books, must look out for that one. Have a fab holiday. Helen #2

  7. sorry mis- read your post - thought you were having, not had a holiday coming! oops, too quick to comment! however, yes please put me in the hat! Helen 2

  8. Joining in WOYWW after many, many absent weeks. Good to see your workspace, Elizabeth - thanks for sharing your crafting - and the Carole Matthews book looks good (used to read a lot of hers, but never seem to find the time now) - Hazel WOYWW 36 x

  9. I agree with the tablet typing - I was using mine last week and it took ages - partly also to do with the intermittent internet at the caravan park. I like your new set of clear sentiment stamps. Trying to use up scraps here as well now.
    Bernice #20

  10. Hi Elizabeth.
    Those sentiment stamps are great - different and quirky!
    I also love reading Carole Matthews - not seen this one around - I would love to be in with a chance to win - please enter me in the hat!
    No post from me this week as I have been busy getting ready for the coffee cake and craft morning on Saturday. Think I am about there now...
    Take care. God bless.

  11. Great WOYWW Have a great week xx Jan (26)

  12. Hi Elizabeth. I so love those new stamps, not seen them before and the sentiments are great. Have a good woyww and a lovely crafty week, Angela x12x

  13. Hi Elizabeth, great stamps and I think the flavoured oils is a great idea. I think we are all at that stage with Google+ discus.... "if it is to hard just move on" . Have a lovely week.
    sandra de @8

  14. I adore those new sentiments...such a refreshing change from the usual cheesy ones! Yeah Right is a phrase I overuse, for sure 😃 The flavoured oils are sure to be a hit, gorgeous on summer salads!
    Hugs LLJ 7 xx

  15. I can always use another summer reading book, and it would be interesting to read about someone else's experiences with cardmaking! Be sure to tell us how the herb flavoured oils work out! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #31

  16. Great sentiment set. I'm in the middle of my DD and my Summer Reading Marathon so yes, I'd like a crack at winning the book. You'll have to let us know how your oils turn out. They look lovely in those recycled jars. Dorlene #30


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