Wednesday, 27 August 2014


First of all a big THANK YOU to everyone who send hugs and sympathy last week when I was feeling very sorry for myself after my disaster with the water. I had to ditch a few more things because even when they had dried they were not salvageable.
However I have got over my pity party and but am now making Christmas cards with the stuff I stamped last time, which fortunately was nowhere near the water.
In future, before I do any more stamping, I will clear the desk of anything that doesn't need to be there and will throw the water away before I go to bed!! That's the theory, anyway.
So pictures on Tuesday evening of chaos, but productive chaos.

 I wasn't standing on the worktop for this one, just leaning over so that you could get a good view of the mess.
But here you can something actually happening! 
Christmas cards being made,  a pile on the windowsill and another one on the Big Shot so in spite of the muddle, I am achieving something,  :) I keep telling myself I will tidy it up, but I keep finding exciting things in the boxes, as I try to put things away, and they get pulled out, I play with them and then they are added to the chaos.
 And I do have plenty of storage space, but I just seem to have problems putting things away.
And this is a disgraceful pic of the floor showing the consequences of using the Bigshot, but I've been having fun, and that's what it should be about.
If you really wonder why this terribly untidy mad woman is showing her dreadful mess to the world and sounding proud of it, take yourself off to the Party the being hosted by Dame Julia and nosey around the workspaces of lots of crafty friends.
Thank you so much for visiting and have a great time snooping around lots of super desks.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

WOYWW 272 a story of frustration

A very brief  and late post today. my desk is in chaos, so no picture.
I wasn't even going to post but didn't like putting 'No desk today' after comments on other people's desks.
On Sunday evening I was stamping, and trying to be organised I had actually got a bowl of water to wash used stamps, and some of you will already worked out where this is going.
Before I went to bed I fished out the stamps, put them on kitchen paper to dry and put the bowl 'safely' on the window sill.
Monday morning came and as I pulled the blinds the bowl of water came with it.
A pint of water goes a long way and paper absorbs it very quickly and ink runs and 70% of the stuff on my worktop got wet.
Some is salvageable and same has gone straight in the bin, and I am just feeling miffed with myself for being so stupid. Added to that other things going on in my life are also very frustrating, so will just be visiting and encouraging others today.
And hoping that my mojo will turn up sometime soon.
I've just editted this, it sounded as if I am feeling really sorry for myself and after sympathy, but just rather miffed with myself and not able to post anything worth while.
Thanks for visiting

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Good Afternoon friends.
Well there is nothing new to show you on my worktop because we have been in the New Forest for a few days. It was OH's elderly uncle's 92 birthday and he wanted us to go down for a party, so we combined it with a few days camping and we only got home at lunchtime.
Instead I will share this little chap with you.
He was gorgeous and wandering all over the road with his mum, as were these.
but then that is the beauty of the New Forest. So many lovely animals with absolute priority everywhere. Just wonderful.
Now I will do as much visiting as I can to other desks via the lady Julia.  Come with me if you don't know what this is all about and nosey you way around lots of lovely crafty desktops.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Friday smiles

Bit late in the day, but I thought I would offer you all the two following reasons to smile.

Holiday Fruit Cake Recipe
You will need the following:
A cup of water, a cup of sugar, four large brown eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts, and a bottle of whiskey
Sample the whiskey and check for quality.
Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again. To be sure it is the highest
quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again.
Make sure the whiskey is still okay. Cry find. another tup. Turn off the mixer. Beat two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Mix on the tuner. If the fired druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the whiskey and check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares? Check the whiskey. Now sift the lemon uice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you
Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don’t forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out of the window. Check the whiskey again and go to bed. Hic!

And this is all about getting that summer figure that we all crave for.

Enjoy your day

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


Good Morning, Good Afternoon, or Good Evening friends, thanks for dropping by to snoop at my desktop and, many others, if you follow the link to The lady of the Desks, Madam Julia.
This week I have been trying re-arrange some craft stuff and my work space. So I got out the large glass mat and put it in the midde of the work desk, that way I had space on both sides of where I was working, instead of just to the right. so far so good. Then I realised that cutting tools and paper were under where I used to work and I was walking up and down much more. Right let's swap cupboard contents, but that won't work because OH put extra shelves in the corner of the far cupboard so if I move sets of drawers into that space I will block off the shelves!!  So I have done nothing more and I am left with two work mats and stuff spread over double the space and the system still doesn't work very well.
I decided to take a picture from a different angle this week, so hauled myself up on the surface, stood up and took the picture from above.
You can clearly see the two mats, the nearer one has a couple of cards on it using the same layout. I'd made the blue one first and then discovered that the recipient likes pinks and browns, so I started again anticipating that it should be more or less identical but it came out very different.
Behind those on that mat you can see a nativity stencil which I will probably play with next week.
At the far end you can see the, mostly finished Christmas cards from the stamping and embossing that was on my desk a couple of weeks ago.

 There is also some antique lace that I found in the attic when I was looking for something else today, it might end up on a card sometime, and back left is a pile of, what Margaret calls 'Unfinished Symphonies' Seems to be a never ending supply of those.
 And these are the Christmas cards, just awaiting inserts, unless I decide to do something more to them.
And this beauty was on the damson tree and I just couldn't resist taking a picture of him/her.  I suspect it is female as the Peacock butterfly female is larger and she was well over 2 1/2 inches wide.
God's beautiful creation!
Well I'm off to snoop, won't you join me?

PS, Don't usually edit after I have posted but visitors seem concerned about me climbing on the desk to take pictures, so i thought I would just post a picture to reassure you that the worktop is very solid. I was standing where the cup is.
Bye now