Wednesday 31 January 2024

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday WOYWW#765

 Morning deskers, welcome to 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 join in yourself.

Hi! Been AWOL again. Sometimes I feel like a bemused participant in my own life, it just seems to carry on around me......Well, that's January done and I'm on countdown to 3 weeks in the Canaries, Sahara dust or no Sahara dust. Here's the desk.


Awful photography this week. Helen will be rolling her eyes.  I went to my new craft club on Tuesday afternoon and forgot to take my project folder. Duh, kind of essential. But it didn't matter because the lady who runs it brought out three huge bags of craft stuff and said help yourself for a donation. Oh my I could not stop helping myself!! The stuff on the desk is part of it - I am taking that to my craft club on Friday to see if they want anything as she needs to get rid of it. So many stamps!! The usual thing, an elderly lady who can no longer craft but forgot to stop buying (I do realise I could be talking about  myself here).

Not done much crafting this week as I have been pretty busy with entertaining, the theatre, an exhibition and of course babysitting little Lionel. It's not letting up either as I have hubby's birthday Thursday, family over at the w/e, my own craft club on Friday, a pub night and then sometime on Monday I have to pack before leaving at silly o'clock to go on holiday. 


I am trying to finish this today for a swap - not entirely sure where it's going, I feel I'm mixing my metaphors a bit never mind my media. Think I'll brave the lace drawer next. Anyway that's all for now, can't wait to catch up with you all.

Love n hugs, Cindyxx


Wednesday 17 January 2024

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #763

 Morning deskers, welcome to 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 join in yourself.

Late on parade today. Bright but not a lot of sun out so think it will be a chilly one. Feel for those of you further North - guess it's worse for you!! Still I have my thermal vest on and my FUR LINED LEGGINGS (why didn't I buy 2 pairs?) so I am nice and cozy in my craft room. Do have to go out later - we are taking Lionel to the dentist as he chipped his front tooth yesterday - he only has 3 and a half and he's already damaged one. My daughter is not happy as she has a bit of thing with dentists - bad experiences when younger, ingrown teeth, endless orthodontistry to rectify.  Asked recently about her own teeth because they have moved - been told that the orthodontistry she had when young has essentially knackered her teeth because it's weakened the roots. Aaargh! I swear nobody ever said that was a risk. 

Anyway, I digress, the desk.  

Nothing to see here really, I have found a little local craft group on Tuesday afternoons and basically this is the detritus from unpacking my bag. (I didn't know what to expect so I overpacked). It was OK, the ladies are all nice though I may have lowered the average age by a year or two.  I think I will go again, I know two of the other ladies, one comes to my group, it gets me out of the house and you can be focussed on a little project for a couple of hours without having to actually organise anything.  The black basket is my WIP box, I took something out of there to do and had a quick weed while I was there. Looking quite manageable compared to a year ago.

I have managed to finish off a few more of those 'Christmas Cluster' cards. Doing well, only another 50 or so cards to go........... May be a late visit from me but should get round you all.




Have a great week. Love n hugs Cindy xx


Wednesday 10 January 2024

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #762

 Morning deskers, welcome to 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 join in yourself.

Well, if every week of this year is gonna that fast, it'll be 2025 before we know it. 

So, here's the desk yesterday evening, sorry about the bad lighting.

And yes. it's still Christmas.


No these are not finished cards. I have a huge amount of little 'bits' that I have had for more years than I care to remember and frankly I can't see the wood for the Christmas trees. So I am making clusters, essentially throwing some shapes, little embellies, tags, words etc together and sticking it on a card. It's all scraps. The trick is not to think about it too much.

Here's some that are finished that I did at the weekend.


I 'taught'  a class last Friday and we made fractured or faux shutter cards. My ladies loved it and they've all gone home and made more, which to me is the sign of a successful class. Here are some of my samples.


Very simple and a good way to do something with some of those papers you don't know what to do with. 

Keeping it short(ish) this week and hoping not to get distracted so I can get round to everyone and finish those clusters today.

Have a great week, Cindyxx

Wednesday 3 January 2024

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #761

 Well, Happy New Year to you all!!

Morning deskers, welcome to 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 join in yourself.

Sorry I missed the 'Twixtmas' edition, I didn't even realise it was Wednesday till lunchtime. A quiet but fun time was had in the Ashplant household but I have to admit I'm ready for the New Year.

Well, not ready as in prepared but as in, need a change!!

Day 3 of the New Year and I don't have any resolutions for you. However I read something the other day about list making - you know who you are - and the fact that whilst it is satisfying to cross things off those to do lists there is always the nagging regret about the  things that don't get done. So I am introducing you to  the concept of the Ta-da!! list. This is where you  write down and celebrate the things you did do!! A subtle change of viewpoint but possibly an important one. (I'm still going to have to jot some things down somewhere - I have a terrible memory!! - but they won't necessarily have a schedule). Feeling energised already. 😁


Here is my  desk this week, I am in full Christmas mode still as this is when I make all my cards so as not to have that hanging over me at the end of the year. I have used a NBU background stamp which while not overtly Christmassy makes me think of Christmas!! Quite a few designs and these are largely quite flat because I will pick my overseas cards from these. 

Just because I can,  few photos of the star of the show this Christmas.




Have a great week, Love n hugs, 

Cindy xx



Wednesday 20 December 2023

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #759

 Morning deskers, welcome to 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 join in yourself.

Oh boy, just 5 more sleeps to the big day! I hope that everyone has done everything they need to do and are just finding some time to enjoy the season and relax with family and friends.

I admit I have never been this organised. I was a bit late out of the gate with a couple of things but I am all done now, and I actually have time to do a bit of housework and sorting. The reason for this is that as a family we are not doing presents AT ALL this year and I am not hosting on Christmas Day. It takes the stress out of the whole thing. I can really recommend it, and tbh although our Christmas will be quiet I am quite looking forward to that as this year seems to have passed at breakneck speed. But, to business....

The desk is pretty empty but in order to have a photo of something I have taken out the projects from the workshop I attended at the end of October that still need to be completed. There is a Christmas House,  a little snowman, a church 'window' and a rather funky hanging decoration that needs to be finished. They won't be done before Christmas but will be something to play with over the holidays when I have a minute and the inclination.




One of the reasons for the busy year has of course been this little chap. So I'll finish with Christmas greetings from my own little festive character.



Merry Christmas!! Love n hugs Cindy xx



Wednesday 6 December 2023

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday # 757

 Morning deskers, welcome to 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 join in yourself.

Here's my desk this week.

I am prepping for a class on Friday, a really simple card idea pinched from Lou Collin's 5 minute makes series and using up scraps, my favourite kind of project. I  enjoyed cutting up all this colourful card on a grey afternoon (yesterday).

Sorry I missed last week, emergency babysitting and still prepping for my craft fair and then my birthday weekend meant it seemed sensible to skip a week rather than not get round. I did very well at the fair but only sold a few 50p cards from my box of ones I don't like and those I realise I have had for over 3 years........ People still love a bargain it would seem!! (My cards are NOT expensive!!) Still, gotta know your market and  overall this was the best I have ever done at this venue.




The craft fair was in a church hall and was so so so very very cold. I got home around 4 and don't think I stopped shivering till after 6. I should have taken my heated gilet but tbh I forgot all about it until after lunch!! 

Feeling pretty tired and meh this week after all the frivolities. Still haven't got a tree up (not until after my birthday - them's the rules!!) but I do have lots of lunches, coffees and catch ups planned the next couple of weeks so I'm just taking each day as it comes. Have a great week, 

love n hugs Cindy xx

Here's my happy little Splodge, 9 months old this week. How?




Wednesday 22 November 2023

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #755

 Morning deskers, welcome to 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 join in yourself.

Here's my desk  this week. 



There is glitter everywhere. Christmas has definitely landed.



My 'stars' and baubles all got done, I'm quite pleased with them. Now I am  trying to use up the pine cones and ribbon in my stash. 





How on earth do people tie pretty bows? All of mine seem lopsided in one way or another. (Rhetorical question - they are done now for better or worse. Please do not link me the easiest video in the world now).

I'm pretty happy, I think I have enough made to set up a stall so anything else I get done will be a bonus. I don't actually think my 'style' will have a big market at this venue but you never know on the day. I have  one other biggish project I'd like to do but there's plenty of time (famous last words) and it wouldn't be the end of the world if it didn't get done. 

Well that's me, it's very late and I really must get to bed. 

Have a wonderful week, love n hugs Cindyxx


What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday WOYWW#765

  Morning deskers, welcome to our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely   Julia at Stamp...