Wednesday, 19 April 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #411

Still the Easter holidays here for my girl. Which means I'm still at home at 8am. A novelty for me. Wedding season was in full swing at the kitchen table yesterday.

I've packed some of these lovelies into boxes and I'll be out the door to class in about an hour. Not everyone has a wedding to go to, so I've made the designs adaptable for Anniversaries and even Birthdays. How pretty is that embossing folder? I love the hearts/petals and it's another thing I'll be sad to see retiring.

A couple of people asked what that meant, last week. When a product retires it's no longer available to purchase. I keep my favourites for personal use, but I don't continue to feature them in class projects. There's nothing more annoying than not being able to get hold of something you like.

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers on this sunny morning. Happy Wednesday.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #410

It seems that two weeks have sneaked by since I last shared what I was up to. Instead of a desk shot, I've got a shelfie for you today.

Like many of you, I don't have a dedicated craft room. I've got a floor to ceiling bookcase, in the lounge, which houses all my crafting goodies. As you can see it's in a *bit* of a mess at the moment and that's only the part I'm showing you!

My task this week is to sort it out. Stampin' Up released the list of retiring items on Monday, which means I need to order my stamps into current and retired. Makes life easier when I'm planning classes.

Very sad to see Kinda Eclectic go as it's one of my favourites. I think I would have bought it for those leaves alone. Petite Petals with its matching punch will be missed as well. It's one of the sets I recommend to people just starting out as it's great value and very useful.

Next week I might have an organised set of shelves to show you. It's the Easter Holidays here, meaning no school runs, so I'me hopeful. Linking up with Julia and the Deskers on this beautiful sunny afternoon. Happy Wednesday.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #408

Nothing at the moment. It's an Inset day at college and my girl had a late breakfast. No "school runs" though, giving me back three hours in my day and 70 less miles travelled this week. Enough time to get a dress cut out then, but which one?

I bought this lovely soft needlecord, from a friend at my sewing group, with the Lisette Traveler dress in mind. Love that cherry print.

I pulled this fabric from my stash, to make a shirtdress from the Sixties pattern in my previous post. In my head it was a lightweight denim in the perfect shade of blue. I got the colour right but the weight is wrong. Not enough substance for the style. I'm sure I can find something else to suit, but

The pliers are for fixing snaps, if I chicken out of making all those button holes!

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers on this wet Wednesday morning.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Mail on Monday

I couldn't let March completely pass by without giving Sian a wave. Luckily I had a couple of things arrive in the post last week, other than the usual barrage of junk mail and brown envelopes. This reference book was on the shelf when I was growing up, but I had no great interest in it at the time. Isn't that always the way?

Unfortunately it disappeared when Mum moved from my childhood home. The book is highly regarded among the online sewing community and I've been keeping a look out for a secondhand copy. I have seen it go for silly prices on ebay, but my patience was rewarded and I paid just £2.85 from Revival Books. A bargain.

I'm thinking it may come in very handy when I begin to tackle my latest project. A shirtdress using a vintage pattern from 1967. The year before I was born!

In other news, I took my girl to her final uni interview this morning. She thinks it went well and we now wait to hear if they will offer a place. The other three have and she has a top choice from those so it will be between the two. A tough decision for her. Happy Monday to you on this glorious sunny afternoon.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #407

Ah Wednesday, you've become my touchstone again this month. Nothing happening at the table. My boy has a week off work and never stops eating it would seem.

One of those ladies from last week found her way onto a couple of cards for class. Techniques are paper piecing.....

.....and using embossing folders.....

 background stamps. There's always something new to try.

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers this morning. Happy Wednesday.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #406

And just like that it's Wednesday again.

This was my kitchen table on Monday afternoon.....

.....while I tried to decide which images to use from Beautiful You.

Two cards with Hey, Chick.....

.....already made. Gotta love that crazy chicken!

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers, now that I'm home from my class.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #405

I'm in catch up mode here this week. I got to spend a whole weekend away from home and returned on Monday to chaos. Clearly I need to train my family a little better! Consequently nothing of note on the kitchen table.

Here's a card instead. The Spring flowers I was working on last week.

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers this lunchtime.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #404

It's another class day here and this is what was on my kitchen table yesterday.

Organising the supplies and extra bits and bobs, ready to pack.

Spring themed. I think we need it.

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers this morning.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Mail on Monday

I've been waiting for the sun to show its face today. I wanted to take a photo, of the best bit of mail from last week, and it's finally obliged.

You might remember I made one of these rabbity hares a couple of years ago. I bought a kit from Cool Crafting to make Luna. She was destined for my daughter, but I gifted her to a dear friend of mine, who was having a tough time, instead.

High time I made another then. There is now a book, including patterns for lots of lovely clothes as well as the rabbit. Luna has an extensive wardrobe of dresses, tops, skirts, a warm wool coat and a pair of boots, not to mention some very cute pyjamas. Alternatively you could make Alfie with jeans, shirt and waistcoat.

I made good progress on Saturday evening, while the boys were at the cinema and my girl worked on a story board project. I took the opportunity to catch up on a couple of episodes of Quarry. It's set in the 70s and tells the story of a returning Vietnam veteran. It has a great soundtrack and Damon Herriman is outstanding.

Waving to Sian and the Mondayers while the rain lashes against my window. The sun didn't last long around here. Have a great week.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Vegetable frittatas

I'm not a great lover of sandwiches. I prefer soup or falafels for my lunches during the week. Another favourite is these mini frittatas. They are super simple to make, quick to cook and will keep for several days in the fridge, if they last that long. Other members of the family have been known to pilfer them for a late night snack.

Firstly chop a selection of veggies. Here I've used a red pepper, half a dozen spring onions and a handful of chestnut mushrooms.

Divide them into a greased 12 cup muffin tray and crumble a cube of feta on top.

Beat 8 large free range eggs in a jug, season and pour over the vegetables.

Bake in the oven at 180 for about 25 minutes, until puffed up and golden on top.

Leave to cool for a few minutes and firm up a bit, before removing from the tin.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #403

We're getting back into our term time routine here, which means the kitchen table has seen no crafty action this week. I've been doing a bit of hand sewing here and there, which doesn't require any setting up. Clearing away only involves throwing the hexies back in their bag and can be done at the drop of a hat.

Instead of a desk, I've got the remaining two cards from last week's class to share.

Sticking with the Lift Me Up stamp set, I paired it with Timeless Textures to build the background. I like the contrast between the clean white base and the balloons stamped on kraft card. Lifting them with foam pads for depth. I inked the sentiment stamp selectively, with a marker, to get the part of it I wanted for this card.

For the final card, I stamped in the same ink as the first. Using different card stock has changed the colour of the balloons quite dramatically. The background square is cut with a stitched framelit and stamped with the Watercolour Wash background. Another favourite of mine for a quick and effective result.

There you have it. Four quite different cards from the same stamp set. I like to show the versatility. Which is your favourite?

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers, before I head out in the dark. Hoping the lighter mornings are not far off now.

PS The card that I was working on last week is here for those that asked to see it.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Mail on Monday

The coffee and a doughnut edition.

Not quite what you were expecting?

The best bit of mail from last week was this second hand Beignet pattern I bought. If you read Alexandra's post last Monday, you'll know that not only is it the name of a button front skirt by Colette, but also a delicious looking deep fried treat, not unlike a doughnut. I'm looking forward to making something a bit more challenging.

Waving to Sian and The Mondayers, while enjoying the last day before the school runs begin again. Have a great week.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Stampin' on Saturday

I've not written one of these posts in a while. A few things conspired to prompt me into it. Several people asked to see the finished card from Wednesday's post so I shared it on Instagram. It's quick and simple to do that and gets an instant reaction. I appreciate that not all my readers are fans and I'm putting it here for you.

It's also easy to respond to questions on IG. All too often I get asked something here and try to reply only to find the person is a "no reply blogger". Sometimes I will visit that person's blog to answer the question, but I don't always have the time and I don't like ignoring people. Instagram is a far more interactive experience I find.

Once I'd shared my card, I had a quick browse through my Insta feed and saw Sian's post about Clutter and White Space. It struck a chord with me as one of my class ladies was not keen on the card above. She didn't like "all that empty space" and proceeded to fill it with more clouds. That's fine with me. I want everyone to be happy with the cards they take home and White Space is not everyone's thing.

With that in mind, I try to make a variety of styles from any given stamp set. The layout of the balloons is exactly the same as in the previous card. Here I've paired them with Timeless Textures to build up the background and give a vintage look. We made four cards in this class and I'll share the other two on Wednesday.

As you can see I'm a fan of both "Clutter" and "White Space". How about you?

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #402

Things were happening at the kitchen table yesterday. Prepping for class this morning. Cutting and scoring blanks for 32 cards and packing all the supplies.

We'll be inking up a brand new set of stamps and I've chosen colours that I usually wouldn't put together. I think it worked. It's all too easy to reach for the tried and tested and get stuck in a rut. Here's to breaking out.

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers before I head out this morning. It's Half Term here so that means 9am instead of 7am, which is a bonus. Happy Wednesday.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Mail on Monday

Sian has given a new spin to her Monday posts. This year she's suggesting we give our readers a peek at any interesting post we might have received during the week.

I've drawn a blank until today.....

.....when this little beauty was delivered into my hands at 7.30 this morning.....

.....and just like that the postal drought came to an end.

In other news, the insurance company finally paid out and I have a new car. The newest I've ever had in fact, at only 8 years old. Still missing my little red Clio, but gradually getting used to her replacement. I'm glad it's Half Term this week and I'm not having to travel the road where the accident happened. A much needed break.

Waving to Sian and the Mondayers on this bright and breezy afternoon.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #401

The short answer is nothing. The kitchen table is empty today and by the time you read this I'll be driving to Gloucestershire with my girl. Her first university interview. Exciting times.

Here's what I was up to last week.....

.....a thank you card and this is what that stamped strip turned into.....

.....a little treat holder.

That's it from me. Linking up with Julia and the Deskers. Have a great day.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #400

February. Here you are already. January feels like a total write off, along with my poor little car. First "school run" of the year and some eejit (in the wrong lane) drove into me exiting a roundabout. We were uninjured but extremely shaken and I'm not quite over it yet. My crafting and blogging mojo has definitely taken a backseat.

When I saw that our desk sharing antics had reached their 400th instalment, well, I couldn't miss that, could I?

This was actually the state of play, at the kitchen table, last Wednesday. Preparing for the class I taught today. That strip, stamped with flowers, is the outer part of a little treat holder. I'm hoping to put together a tutorial so cross your fingers for an end to these grey days. They play havoc with photographing anything that has a white background.

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers this afternoon. Happy Wednesday to you.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #397

My work space today is a tray on my lap. Finding a few crafty tasks to do, while I catch up on some of the festive viewing I missed. Here I'm adding the stickers to my new chicken stamps, ready to get them inky tomorrow.

Linking up with Julia and the Deskers this afternoon.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #396

Thank goodness for these desk sharing shenanigans. They kept me blogging during December and spurred me to post for the first time this year. With the added bonus of knowing which day it was, at least once a week, during the festivities.

Nothing on my table today, but I'd like to wish you all a creative and....

.....and to say.....

.....for visiting and commenting over the last year. Here's to the next one. Cheers!