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WELCOME to my little arty world! Trying to make art is a huge part of my life ... love nothing more than messing around with inks and sprays and generally making a mess!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


Well here it is again ... another wonderful WOYWW !!!!  For anyone wondering that stands for WHAT'S ON YOUR WORKDESK WEDNESDAY ... a chance to pop along and visit fellow crafters in blogland via the inspired Julia's Stamping Ground which you can find HERE

My workdesk at the  moment is still the dining room table as it is waaaayyyyyyy to cold to work out in the conservatory (which we always call The Hut by the way!) and as I haven't yet got going with my crafting today everything is still piled up from last night.

But, hey-ho, a workdesk is a workdesk so am prepared to share.

The picture above shows the anniversary cards for this year that I just need to assemble ... only 20 this year so will have them done by tonight (she said hopefully!!!)  Needed to keep them quick and simple and these are about as quick and simple as you can get.  You can also see my card list for this year ... and the sheet has lots of lovely green highlights on it showing that ll the ladies cards for this year are now done!!!!  

The other sheet of paper is what stopped me crafting last night when I had a message from my newly qualified Podiatrist nephew who needed a form "tweaking" ... needless to say said form got completely redesigned in true auntie style and now it sits awaiting his approval this morning.  He did approve the design via FB last night but has yet to see a paper copy ... fingers crossed it needs no further tweaking!

The stuff on the tray in this other picture is what I was working on before I remembered I have an anniversary in January!  Was stuck for an idea for the cards for all the men this year but then came across Tim Holtz's first tag of 2014 and knew my problems were solved.  Sent for the dies and all the other bits 'n' bobs required but did not like the first two I made so have had to tweak ... I do a lot of tweaking!

I did not like the foil he used so have settled for a simple black outline of the pocket-watches.  Still have yet to quite get them together but they will be back in action tomorrow once the anniversary cards are completed.

I will post photo's of both once I am happy with them.

So there you go ... enjoy your crafting and Happy WOYWW'ing!!!!!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

End of Christmas

Well this post will see me finally put the Christmas crafting behind me ... just a few photo's to add and then that will be it!

Firstly the little stockings with their ribbon loops and the labels sewn on the back.

Then I make lots of these little puffy pillows each year but only ever three of one design ... I give one to my sister, keep one for my tree and hang the third in our garden in a special place in memory of our mommy.  I used to take them to the cemetery each Christmas Day and hang them in the bushes near to where her ashes were scattered but, of course, they eventually get removed and thrown away. 

And finally I make something each year for close family and in memory of my nephew ... I like to think of him now flying free and always make something with a dove ... there were 11 of these given this Christmas.

I didn't photograph all the cross-stitch pictures I did as gifts ... had them wrapped before remembering and wasn't about to unwrap them just to get a photo!  I did manage to get a photo of this one though ... stitched for a friend I had not yet met in memory of the little angel-baby she lost.  On special dates she lets go heart shaped helium balloons and whilst searching for something else I came across this design and just knew I had to stitch it for her.

I got to meet her for the first time on Christmas Eve when I popped it to her door.

So my Christmas crafting is over for another year and I must remind myself to either start MUCH earlier this year or not aim to make quite so much.  Might have said already that I made around 72 presents this year and wore myself to a frazzle ... sore and bleeding fingers, aching neck muscles and backache and headaches and the stresses of fearing you won't get it all done in time.

Will I do it all again this year?  Most probably!   

Belated Happy New Year to everyone in blogland.  xXx