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Wednesday, 28 May 2014


First things first ... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WOYWW!!!!!  

Well, it came and it went and what a FAB - U - LOUS time was had by all!
I refer, of course, to the WOYWW Crop that took place last Saturday.  Julia and Jan were the most perfect hosts with hugs and warm welcomes from the start and it was just lovely to meet up with a whole bunch of other WOYWW'ers and just craft away.

Jan provided the most delicious lunch and after much chatting and wandering around and seeing what everyone else was up to the day was over all to quickly.

Completely forgot to take any photo's ... yeah, ok, I know ... DUH!  MaggieC (Silvercrafter) has just saved the day, however, and my sanity and suggested I take a photo' of the ridiculous effort I did at the crop.  I'd never been to a crop before so had no idea what to expect and, having been really poorly only a few days before I had to Keep It Simple and after really ... REALLY ... stressing about what to do I saw the little quote amongst some Kaisercraft products and then knew instantly what I would do.

The photo' is me and hubby taken at Easter. We always spend Easter at Eastnor in the Malvern Hills and up from the camping field in the deer park is an obelisk.  It is quite a trek up to it and I never, EVER in a million-zillion-trillion (get it?) years thought I'd ever, ever, EVER (ok, you get my drift) get up to it.  Well, I got a couple of strolls around the deer park under my belt over the Easter weekend (we were at a Land Rover rally) and that in itself was a huge accomplishment for me as it is only very recently I have left the caravan at all.  Then as everyone drifted away after the holiday weekend (we were there for 12 days) I suddenly announced to hubby "do you think I could get to the obelisk" ... well, won't bore you with the whole story but the picture does say more than a thousand words.  To the obelisk I did get ... plenty of stops as I trekked up the hill and I took it slower than a snail with a broken leg but I did it!

Then, thinking I might have dreamt it and not made it at all I did it again two days later.  

SORRY JULIA ... have broken Rule Number One and have not kept this brief ... will get myself back on track for next week I promise.

My much preferred style of crafting is the whole grunge vibe thingy but not quite knowing what limitations, if any, there were at a crop I went with this silly just-stick-it-all-in-place heart ... will know better for next time and just grunge away.

I did take some tags that I made  before I was taken poorly though ... made as a little memento of the Crop and one given to everyone who was there.

We got to stay on until today ... camping (well, caravanning) in a simply perfect little spot but I dare not mention that or my post will be condemned by The Boss (that's you Julia!)

So before I get put in the naughty corner for making WAY too long a WOYWW post I shall just say thank you once again to Jan and Julia for a really wonderful day.  To MaggieC (Silvercrafter) for encouraging me to get there in the first place and to Shaz (Silverwolf) for coming out to meet me when I arrived so I didn't feel a right numpty walking in by myself.

Of course this is also the 5th anniversary of the wonderful world of WOYWW and am joining in with the ATC swap ... quite a few were handed out and received at the crop but I have one ready to send to the next person on the list but won't post a photo' until the deed is done.

Happy WOYWW'ing everyone and a huge HELLO to all my new friends here in blogland.  


  1. Happy 5th WOYWW, Debbie!! It was so good to meet you at the Crop, thank you so much for making the effort to attend; also for those beautiful tags that you gave to everyone. That heart you were working on is really beautiful, I like your grungy style very much!
    What I liked as well were the pics on FB of your happy face as you and your hubby discovered the hidden nooks around this glorious part of Wiltshire. I really hope we see you down this way again...pop in for a coffee!
    Hugs, LLJ 1 xx

  2. You're my swap partner on the list, but as I received not only a beautiful tag from you, we also swapped a card, I will send you different card with pleasure.
    What an achievement to climb to the obelisk! Well done are not really adequate words, as I can understand how it was.
    Happy WOYWWeek
    Bishopsmate #58

  3. I think your heart is very special, both the one inside you and your beautiful creation because it commemorates a very important point in your life and your recovery. Just be proud of all you have achieved this year. xx Maggie

  4. A very Happy 5th Anniversary to you Debbie! It was lovely to meet you, however briefly, on Saturday. Thank you for the gorgeous tag. Glad you enjoyed a few days in Wiltshire. We'll try and arrange better weather for you next time!

    Fiona #18

  5. The heart tag you made of you and your husband's Easter Sunday trip is a beautiful keepsake. I also like all the tags you made for the swap, which sounds like it was a lot of fun. Happy WOYWW and Blessings! #75

  6. What a fun memory for you and your hubby! Love that you captured it! Great tags for your crop too. So much work! Enjoy the day, and thanks for making WOYWW so much fun! Winnie#62

  7. Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary.

    ATCs are lovely, but the heart is stunning. What a beautiful way to keep the memories alive.

    I hope you have a good WOYWW. Sue 59

  8. Sounds like everyone had a great time at the crop. Your work is beautiful. happy 5th #16

  9. Fabulous to meet u at the crop. You mentioned on my blog u didn't give me an ATC but your fabulous tag is top left in pride of place (and I am also saving plastic packaging to embossed after seeing yours!).
    Kyla #44

  10. Hi Debbie, it was indeed lovely to meet you at last! I adore the heart you made, its a beautiful way to commemorate such a huge mountain climbed ( in more ways than one, lol).I know we were all very touched by your gesture with the tags,they are a gorgeous memento of a wonderful day. So much time and love went into every one, that is clear. See you next year, same time, same place, lol! Happy 5th, Have a great week, hugs, Shaz #72 xx

  11. It sounds like you had a great time at the crop. I love the way you have commemorated such a momentous occasion in your life. Thanks for sharing and joining in the anniversary fun! Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary. Caro x (#43)

  12. It was lovely to meet you on Saturday and receive not only an atc but one of your gorgeous tags too!! Do come back again next year and be all grungy!! I did see your make on your desk, and think it looks fabulous! Helen 7.

  13. It really was great to meet you on Saturday and to find that we had both pushed ourselves to get to the top of a big hill - love your heart! As others have said it was so lovely to receive not just an ATC but your gorgeous tag too! Hugs, Chrisx 61

  14. Loving the heart and the tags. Hope you are having a great WOYWW anniversary week. Angela x #40

  15. Such lovely tags, and a really beautiful keepsake - thanks for sharing. Chris # 15

  16. Hi Debbie - I had a little parcel of ATCs sent from the crop and yours was one of them - beautiful butterfly design - I love it. So if you would like me to send you one of mine just email twiglet517 at hotmail.co.uk and I will send you one! Thanks lots x Jo

  17. Your heart is lovely. It's our 25th anniversary in September, you've got me thinking now. Glad you like the cork tiles. I think a lot of people are going to do the same thing. See I do come in useful haha

  18. Pretty cool tags and a wonderful heart full of monument-ous memories.Thanks for the visit...there are no time limits on visits...stop by any time. Carole my number changed???

  19. When we are both a little better organised, you can come over or I can come to you and have a play with the Gelli plate for yourself. It is an awesome bit of kit. You cannot control it totally so you have to go with what you get. xx Maggie

  20. Hi Debbie, I'm so excited that I'm your "recipient" - really must try and make more to swap next year and maybe even try and get to the crop, it sounds like you all had the most amazing day and I am well jell! :o) How sweet of you to make tags for everyone and your heart looks really cool. Sorry for the late visit - better late than never. I've emailed you my address, and if you let me know yours I'd like to send you an ATC too. Annie C #55

  21. I just received a special mail delivery...from the Crop Girls. Thanks so much for the fun..I love your ATC and this was a true surprise. I love the fact they were all unique and FLAT !~ I have to learn to do that. So many pretty stamps abd techniques.
    Have a wonderful weekend and Thanks so much.

  22. Belated happy 5th WOYWW anniversary! The week has gone by so quickly and I am still trying to visit for last week! How wonderful for you to be able to go to the crop! Your tags are wonderful and I'm sure everyone was delighted to have that memento.
    Blessings and hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

  23. Hey Debbie, happy WOYWW and thanks again for the beautiful ATC and the wonderful tag - I've posted some pics of them on my blog - here's the link as Mr Linky is on hols this week! :o)