Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A change is as good as a rest…………….. WOYWW (#129)

Well, I know we are all always saying that the week between What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday’s seems to get shorter and shorter, but in my case it really does.

As you know, I was down in Bournemouth last weekend for a rendezvous with Captain Jack Harkness, aka, John Barrowman and despite my reservations, his show was absolutely fantastic.

He really comes across as being a family guy and throughout the show they were showing pictures of close family members and telling little stories about them. At one point he was telling a very funny story about his parents who are both in there 70’s and as he was telling us how they ‘kept things fresh’ two people came out on stage dressed as a builder and a NY cop, it was so funny. Turned out they were actually his mum and dad.

He was so proud of them both.

This weekend coming I’m away again and have to be up at silly o’clock on Friday morning to be on the coach for 5am bound for the Christmas markets of Cologne and a four day break, so I only have a few days to craft in this week, which brings me nicely to my desk.

As you can see from the photo my desk is in a bit of a frenzy.

The Christmas cards have been put on hold until I get back from my trip and the change I was talking about at the top of my post refers to me making a few birthday cards that are needed for the start of December.

The first is a card for a teenage boy, which just happens to be the theme on the Cupcake Craft challenge blog this week.
I always find it so hard to make cards for that age range and judging by my photo I must have pulled everything I own out of every cupboard and drawer, trying to come up with an idea or two.

In the end I had a look to see what templates were out there this week and found this one on the  Sketch ‘n’ Stash blog.

I always find them a great starting point when I’m really stuck but eventually, with the help of the sketch I managed to make this:-

And here's the other couple of cards I made.

If you haven’t already, pop across to Julia’s at The Stamping Ground and give as a peek at what’s on your desk this week.

I myself need to get on and find my bigger case and get packing my wooly jumpers and thermals because according to the weather forecast we are in for some very cold weather while we’ve away. At least it’s not snowing like the last time I was in Cologne.

I'll be round to see as many as I can before the off on Friday, so get the coffee on!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Crafting!



Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A Sight I never Thought I Would See…………….. WOYWW (#128)

And that’s the state that my work desk is in this morning, but before I go into details about what’s on my desk I would just like to apologize for the fact that I didn’t round to very many people last week, including one or two who left me messages. Time just slipped away from me, as it tends to do at this time of year but I hope to make a more concerted effort this week and visit as many of you as I can. But having said that it will be later in the week because I’m away at the weekend.

So then, back the main reason we are all here and that’s to see what’s on my desk this morning.

Julia, has her “Queen of Hop” crown on over at The Stamping Ground from where she hosts What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, so it’s full steam ahead.

As you will know from my previous posts, I’ve been up to my neck in Christmas card orders and I’m pleased to say that I am beginning to see the wood for the trees now, having really cracked on with them last week.

On my desk you can see lots of little piles of cards, all ready to be sent out to the people who have ordered them from me and I also managed to finish off the other 30 cards for the lady I was meeting last Thursday and delivered them to her by hand.

Here's a closer look at a few of the cards.

This is the one I was working on last week.

It’s somehow satisfying to see them all sitting there finished but I still have my own cards to complete, so I’m not quite at the finishing line just yet.

As I’m writing this, I’m just waiting for my friend Sue to arrive and then we are going Christmas shopping but when I get back this evening I have to finish off two birthday and one Christmas card that I need to leave at my brothers before I go away on Friday.
I’m off down to Bournemouth to see my Aunty for a few days with my cousin and while we are there we’ve got tickets to see John Barrowman at the BIC…..thought we would treat my auntie!

By the way, Pricilla was great last week.
What a fab show…… flamboyant and over the top….great music and stunning costumes….what more could we ask for.

We had a lovely meal too, so fingers cross that when I go for my SW weigh-in tomorrow I’ve still managed to loose.
Last week I broke through the ½ stone and have lost a total of 8 ½ lb. in four weeks.

Right then I must get on and Sue will be here shortly.

Hope you all have a good week.  See you soon.

Happy Crafting!
x x x

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Withdrawal Symptoms WOYWW (#127)

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday is here again, hosted by the lovely Julia over at The Stamping Ground and having missed last week’s round of desk hopping I’m suffering for withdrawal symptoms. It’s a scary thought, only having missed just one week but it feels like not seeing your family for a while and I really missed it.
Still, I’m here to make up for it this week and the picture of my desk shows the mess it was left in last night.

I’ve still been chipping away at the old Christmas Cards, some of which I need to finish today because I’m meeting up with the lady they are for tomorrow. We are going to the West End to see Priscilla, Queen of the Desert , so I thought if I could get them finished I could save her the cost of me posting them to her.

At the back of the table you can see a few of the cards made from my new MME papers, Lost & Found Christmas and these are every bit are gorgeous as the Lost & Found papers I used in my heritage album……almost too gorgeous to use in fact!

At the front of the desk where I was last working is the start of two more cards (I tend to make them in pairs for some reason) where I have stamped the background to give it a nice marbled effect and then added a pine garland across the top and bottom.

My plan is to hang the baubles you can see from it.

This was the first time I’ve used these Marianne dies and I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them but in the end I decided to cover the die cuts with distress in, give them a blast of the heat gun to dry them and then randomly dab them with a VersaMark ink pad and Gold emboss them. As it goes I’m quite pleased with the Vintage look I’ve achieved so I’ll definitely be doing some more.

On the other end of my table is my lap tray that I dumped there last night, covered with beads.

For the last week or so I’ve been cross stitching in the evenings while catching up on my favorite TV programs but last night when I settled down to watch The Jury I thought I would get my bead box out and crack on with a Christmas present that I wanted to make.

I finished up making a necklace, two bracelets and two pairs of earrings and I still have loads of the beads left to make some more bits.

So that’s it from me for another week.

My countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun because I have something special on now every week until the big day starting with Priscilla and an Itallian meal tomorrow.
The following weekend I’m going down to Bournemouth, the next weekend I going to Cologne to the Christmas Markets, the next week it a show at a local theatre and a girly night out for a meal, then our yearly Christmas show at the Royal Albert Hall and the following weekend is Christmas…Phew!

And in-between that little lot I’ll be trying to say on track for my Slimming World weigh in on a Thursday mornings, which isn’t going to be easy. I joined three weeks ago and am really hoping to break through the half stone tomorrow when I go, so wish me luck.

Right then, I really need to crack on and get these cards finished so I don’t expect to be calling in on you today (well may be this evening) but I’ll definitely be round at some point to see what you’re all up to.

Bye for now and thanks for stopping by.

Happy Crafting!