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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #623

 Morning Deskers!! Yes the blog is all fine, seems some idiot was displaying in html code or something. Panic averted 😍

Anyhoo its all go here chez Ashplant with the church wedding only a few days away. Yikes! 

Are we ready? Of course we are (if you discount the finally-tried-on suit with moth holes, the last minute bridesmaid's dress alterations and the complete failure on the part of the father of the groom to book the transport......).

But you are here to see my desk. The only thing on it this week is the wedding card. I've gone for a fairly understated and modern design with a nod, rather than a full blown acknowledgement, to LOTR. 

I'm off this morning to get my second jab. What with the dentist yesterday and a nail appointment Thursday I feel giddy with all this activity. So, keeping it short this week because I'm sure you're busy and I know I am. Those sequins won't sew themselves.........

Why am I showing you this? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself. 

Have a great week, stay well, stay safe, love n hugs Cindy xx

Monday, 10 May 2021

Testing testing - what has blogger gone and done now?

My page looks incredibly weird so this is a test. and I'm adding a photo to see if that comes out OK.
I'm thinking that may not have worked so well but I'm gonna publish and d***** Ooh well maybe it's OK. You're welcome.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday#622

Apologies, I was AWOL last week. A combination of power cuts, cold weather, boiler failure and its urgent replacement left me in a very grumpy mood and with all the disruption and being behind with wedding prep I didn't link up last week. We now have a lovely new boiler that doesn't keep going out (it doesn't fit the kitchen cupboard where the old one was of course, but I'm hoping that is resolvable. I am already getting used to it sticking out the bottom of the cupboard however). 

Out Out - first time in ?????
There is zero crafting going on so I won't even show my empty desk. It is all about the wedding at the mo. We have now had two 'hen' do's - obviously numbers are restricted. First one was hosted by the Maid of Honour (who, because of Covid, cannot now attend the church service) for the bridesmaids (ditto) and I only went because there was a space as one was poorly. We went 'out out' to a local restaurant for bottomless cocktails and lunch and then back to her place for more cocktails, cake etc. We had a fun day but despite it being nice and sunny we were in the shade all day and it was so so so cold!! Everyone made an effort to dress up but as we all ended up with overcoats and blankets we might as well have come in our PJs. 

Here we are perfecting our shaker action.

This Bank Holiday Monday it was my turn to host an afternoon tea for the two extended bubbles on my side of the family and particularly to include 'grandma' who won't be attending the wedding. I was dismayed to see a forecast for 40mph winds at 3pm so we started early. With the gazebo attached to the verandah we managed to keep reasonably sheltered and warmish and lasted till around 4 when there was really serious danger of the gazebo taking flight and/or hypothermia taking hold.  A few  more photos of people you don't know follow here so you can skip these if you want.

My daughter Chelsey and my youngest sister Julie

The beautiful bride to be

Yes, that's me on the left

This picture of mum as Supergran cracked us all up. 

Why am I showing you this? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself.

Thanks for visiting, stay safe, stay well, love n hugs, Cindy xx

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday - WOYWW#620

Well hello again deskers, how the devil are you? That week went super fast!!

I'm late on parade today - never got around to posting yesterday afternoon, and this morning I have been out for my morning walk before switching on the pc. I'm challenging myself to walk 10,000 steps before 10.00 am. 10B410 I'm calling it. I'm telling you because if I never mention it again you might call me on it. This is Day 6. I think it's doing me some good, heaven knows I needed to do something before my joints seized up completely. Well, I now only feel about 87, whereas back at the beginning of March I would have cheerfully accepted an estimate of 103. 

Anyhoo here's my desk this week:-

A lonely commission on the right hand corner awaiting a final instruction on the wording before sticking. I do hate when this happens, I don't like this colour choice, there's been too much dithering, and I want it off my desk. And it's a wedding card, and it makes me realise I have yet to make a card for my son's wedding in just over 3 weeks time. Any suggestions for a vaguely LOTR themed wedding card gratefully received! 

I have a few cat lover birthdays coming up and as none of them know each other I thought I would stamp this NBU stamp and batch make. I'll do a couple for my stash too while it's out. The stamp is so nice it looks great just monochrome but I'll ring the changes a bit - I'm currently stamping on to some gelli print. You can also see my homemade stamping platform using a CD case!! I have lots of them 'cos I made a bunch up to use in class when we were doing rotating/wreath stamping so we weren't all waiting for the same one. They work well but obviously you are limited in size. TBH I tried this stamp in my WRMK platform and a part of it just wouldn't stamp. I swapped to the CD one to check if it was the stamp (think it might have come from China, oops....). Absolutely perfect first time. So....... just shows brands aren't always the best.

The garden is taking up a lot of time at the mo (TBH I'm sitting mostly, reading not doing) and looking lovely. The tulips I planted in November are paying dividends now. There are loads more!!

And before anyone asks for the variety, the orange ones at front left are made of metal - I love them, I bought the shop out when I saw them and gave several away as presents. Never seen them since and wish I'd kept more for myself! Been out 3 winters and still look great. (The stems of my ceramic toadstools not faring quite so well).

Why am I showing you this? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself. 

Have a great week, stay well, stay safe, love n hugs Cindy xx

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday - WOYWW#619

Hello there WOYWWers!!

It's 3.00 pm Tuesday and I have only just managed to get to my desk - where do the days and weeks go?

Anyhoo here's my desk:

Not much to show, I've started  going through my template box and file which are both in a bit of a mess to say the least. I'd like to rationalise it down to 'one' storage place but I think there may be a little too much there!! 

(In the event I threw 50% of it away!!)

Why am I showing you this? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself.

I did finish that commission I told you about last week - this is what we decided on, quite pleased with how it turned out, they are quite dimensional but fold flat. Managed to use up some scrap (always a win in my book) and got some use out of that big flower punch as I made 2 more while I was in the 'zone'. 

These are both earmarked for friends birthdays later this month. (That may sound very organised but I have to remember to post them - not so good at THAT she says flying out the door to the postbox with a card for a birthday tomorrow (ie Weds) that was ready 2 WEEKS AGO).

So that's me for now, hope you have a wonderful week, I am looking forward enormously to having my hair cut tomorrow.  It will be like a day out!!

Whatever you are up to, be sensible (I know you will) stay safe, stay well, love n hugs Cindy xx


Wednesday, 7 April 2021

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #618

Hello there guys, another week has whizzed by (well the Easter celebrations helped with that) and if it wasn't for WOYWW I wouldn't know what was going on. Here's my finished page from last week's desk.

Inspired by Zsuzsa's post last week I decided to try out some emboss resist where you remove the embossing powder after inking. I was really happy with the result but failed to take into account the effect ironing the embossing powder off would have on the completed page on the other side..... oops, total disaster averted but it was a close thing. I can't explain what this page is about - something or nothing LOL - but I like the way it turned out.

I also find the waste created by this technique can yield interesting resist effects (why oh why am I so obsessed with using the waste?). So I made 2 ATCs with the leftover bits from this project. Just because.  Here's this week's desk.

The 'Paris' card was supposed to be for a colouring demo - so I might as well make it up as I won't be doing that. I thought that little Gorjuss girl look kinda French with her beret and fitted with that Paris background die.

The book to the left is a little album I'm doing for my mum. Just need to add the photos.

Not much on my desk this week as I am waiting for clarification on a commission that I need to get done - there was a bit of miscommunication and my first attempt was not quite what she wanted. It's for my best, loveliest but most demanding customer so I just want to get it done and dusted as soon as she gets back to me.

Why am I showing you this? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself.

Following on from last week (sorry) I have a couple of photos of the park on the other side of the A40. It is relatively new, only opened in 2008, and apparently has won awards for its design. The site is pretty damp so it has a bit of a wildlife/wetland vibe but also has 2 kids playgrounds, exercise equipment, fishing platforms and a tackle shop, a cafe and toilets. These photos are v early Easter Sunday, when it's lovely and quiet and just a really nice place to be.

Downside - it gets very, very, very busy - the local FB resident sites were all ranting about the amount of people (and cars) by the afternoon as it was a nice day and everyone was out.

This amazing photo (not mine! It was taken by Malgorzata Sikora) won 1st place in a Love Your Place photography competition. Awesome. Looks like something out of Disneyworld. 

The park was also a staging point in 2012 for the Olympic Torch - Boris Becker ran round and down one of the hills and then on towards Ealing centre.  

And here am I in high viz holding back the crowds as I was a volunteer steward. Got a good view!!

I have managed two months without any craft purchases but cracked last night and ordered 2 Lisa Horton 3D embossing folders. 

Consequently I couldn't help smiling at this when I saw it earlier today:

I hope you are all getting ready for our new freedoms that are coming - I have hair and nail appts booked - not too fussed about the pub until I'm sure it's a bit warmer and don't expect to do much else  except for the odd coffee meet up but looking forward to tidying up my head and hands. 

However, I'm still gonna say it, Happy WOYWW, stay safe, stay well and have a wonderful week,

love n hugs Cindy xx

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #617


Thursday was my son's birthday ... so apart from a very bad digi card no crafting was done......

Friday I tidied the ribbon drawer. Yay. 

Saturday, I managed to finish a load of Lavinia art cards to go into one of my hug boxes....

Sunday, got up late, tidied my sock drawer (I kid you not - anything it seems to avoid doing some art). 

Monday - very very late, around 11pm, I opened my alphabet journal and added some paint. Found some NBU stamps I liked and some older Woodware ones and started. No idea where it's going but feel so relieved to be doing something that isn't a flipping card. So here's the evidence on my desk.

Phew. That was a dry spell. Feeling pretty chipper at the mo, the work I have been doing this last 3 weeks (I won't say 'hard work', hard work and I parted company sometime in my mid fifties) walking every day for exercise not pleasure (although I do take a certain amount of pleasure in it) is starting to pay dividends with improvements in my creaky joints, achy ankle, energy and general mood. After jokingly saying to Julia and LLJ that I lived in the middle of a country park I thought I'd be a bit indulgent this week and show you my local area. I live in NW London, in Northolt Village. (I've never quite forgiven Gareth Malone for his condescending  comments when he saw this sign. But I guess he was driving on the A312 when he saw it). That's one of the problems with this 'country park' thing - the A40 and A312, two major road arteries for London, run alongside or through it.......

However, within 2-5 mins walk in any direction I can be in parkland or green space and that has been an absolute lifesaver for me this last year. In many ways I would rather not be living in this borough (traffic, LTNs, traffic, 20mph speed limits,traffic, crime rates, HS2.....) but given what we have right HERE there are worse places to have been I'm sure. In our 'village' we have a clocktower, a very old and picturesque church, a village green and pub, no pond but a stream, a red telephone box, a community centre, a memorial garden, a tube station (transport links are fantastic, I can even get a bus to Heathrow), access to the Grand Union Canal (Paddington Branch) a main post office and a scheduled ancient monument site. (We also have MacDonalds, Subway, Asda, Sainsbury's, Co-op, 3 dentists, 3 GP practices, a mosque, 2 more churches, a vet, a garage, private nursery and 10/15 other small shops/businesses either in the village or within 1 minute of the technical boundary including a Travel lodge. Honestly if you picked us up and put us in the country everyone would want to live here). 

The mounds you can see in this picture are in the other half of the park. They were added to make sound bafflers to reduce the noise from the A40 which runs at their base from left to right - you can't see it from here, it's too low and behind those buildings you can see which is roughly where I live.  It works, and the mounds themselves were constructed from the waste from the new Wembley stadium. There is usually a procession on Easter Sunday up to the top of the left hand mound and a cross has been put up in previous years - can't recall if it happened last year but probably not. That is a totally different type of park, and I'll post a few photos of that next week. 

Oh dear sorry about that, doesn't compare to LLJ's glorious windswept beaches or Caro's waterfalls but I am grateful for what I have. 

Why am I showing you this? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself.

Sun is out, hope you are having good weather where you are, make the most of it, I am!! Al ready had my shorts out this week. And as we take a few more cautious steps  out of lockdown this week remember to take care, wash your hands, keep distance, stay safe, stay well. Love n hugs, Cindy xx

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