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Wednesday, 17 August 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #689

Oh it's all really been about the weather hasn't it? Too hot, too muggy, too sunny, too dry and now - too wet!! To be fair we haven't had much in the way of rain here so far but it has certainly cooled down a bit. My heart goes out to anyone who has had to work or travel this last week or so - however being an easily persuaded to stay at home retiree I haven't found it too much of a challenge but know others have. 

Here's the desk. I watched a quick video from Sam Calcott and tried out this card. Of course I didn't watch the 10 min video the whole way through so mine ended up going together in a different way because I missed a key instruction. I also managed to miscut the final mat to discover that I had no more of that paper so had to improvise again. But it's essentially an easy make, I like it despite the improvs, it folds flat and turned out quite a mantlepleaser. I might make one for my 'cardmaking' friend who only likes side fold cards. Revenge is sweet.

Work on The Big Project goes on. I have a week left to finish - will I manage to do it in time? The Jury's still out on that one. 

(Speaking of juries, if anyone has a chance to catch a NT screening of Prima Facie with Jodie Comer I can highly recommend it. I thought it was very good (a bit gritty at times) and tbh I suspect it has the edge on a stage production simply because you get such a good view!!)

Anyhoo here it is on my desk. It's looking a little more under control now but I have had to give up on some of my mat and layering ideas because it bulks the book up too much. I have to say there have been a few teary moments looking back at all these photos. What a silly old numpty I am. 



So, why am I showing you my desk? 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. 

Stay cool, stay dry, love n hugs Cindyxx

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Week # 688

Morning deskers! How these numbers keep mounting up!

Been a pretty quiet week here, the highlight of which was to go to a pub to see a rendition of The Taming of The Shrew in the garden. What a hoot, and such talented, energetic young people. A perfect evening too, just the right temperature for enjoying an evening outside. Of course my friend did come over to craft last week, which was why I was a bit late getting round. We did manage to make the required 8 cards, but it was not my finest hour and I didn't take photos because frankly I don't want to be reminded of them. 


So here's the desk. Am pleased to report that some significant headway has been made with the big project, which in case I didn't say is an album for my daughter's 30th, which was last year, but I didn't get it finished in time - too many other things going on. I would hesitate to say I am halfway but have pretty much decided everything that is to go in, (why does thinking take so long?) just the physical sticking in and then decorating and writing a few bits to go. As you can see it's gonna be pretty bulky!! Maybe a 12x12 album would have been the way to go. As time goes on I am getting less and less precious about it, after all it will probably just gather dust after a couple of look throughs. 

Had to take some time out to make a couple of birthday cards (one awaiting finishing on the desk - two the same, they don't know each other, easiest way to go lol)) and a silver wedding card for a regular client. 

So, why am I showing you my desk? 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. 

Stay cool, love n hugs Cindyxx

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #687

Morning all. It's that day of the week again.

I find I am rather unprepared to show you my desk this week. I have a friend who is coming over today with an impossibly long list of cards to make in 3 hours (sent to me at 2.15 yesterday) so I spent the afternoon trying to come up with ideas and track down stash (this gets exponentially harder to do when there are two of us in the craft room) so that we can at least have a stab at getting it done. I do sometimes find it a little frustrating that the only person I know who wants to come over and craft is the least crafty person I know so it ends up not really being crafting together but me crafting for two people..........

So the desk - the black card is one I have been working on after watching a Gina K video (which I can no longer find). The other is my attempt at making a 'dress' topper for today's visit (to meet the 'fashion' brief I was given). I found some templates on line but they turned out  ridiculously deep (as on the card) so the one on the side is my own version of the skirt  which I like better. 

The BIG project has at last been started, no thanks to my DD who, after scuppering my workroom plans Tuesday and Wednesday last week,  continued to work from home on Friday, be home in the evening (never happens) and then hang about until 5 on Saturday. Hopefully I will be able to show you something next week but don't hold your breath as the rest of this week is jammed.

So, why am I showing you my desk? 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. 

Weather? Too cloudy and muggy. Rain or go away will ya. Blue skies every night at 7.30pm is not conducive to my good mood. And the milk is always on the turn, every cuppa is a lottery. First world problems.

Stay well, stay cool, Cindy xx

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #686

Morning all! Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather. Personally I want the blue skies back, like Julia I have no trouble sleeping and like to sit about.

So I missed last week as I had to go out for my sister's birthday and I knew I wouldn't have much time to join in. This week however the decks are cleared and I am all geared up to start that project I was on about two weeks ago. So far I have:

-    made some more 'special cards' (photos below)

-    tidied up my envelope shelf

-    written cards for July and August

-    prepped for my next card class

-    sorted out my NBU box (found 2 things I had in fact used, so they got filed)

-    cleaned all my trainers

-    am currently considering re-jiggling this corner      of the craft room to free up space under      my desk/table. (Yes I do have my hairdryer         here, not ideal but I don't have anywhere else.     Probably explains how I once mixed up my hairspray and my temporary adhesive             spray. Don't ask).

Talk about displacement activity, I've even been eyeing up the ironing pile.

So here I am ready, not entirely willing, and I now have 2 weeks less to finish this project (which I started last July). It's obvious I really have to buckle down. So, what happens? It's Tuesday early mid morning as I write and my DD appears and announces she is working from home. 

So I can't get it out, she could (and almost certainly will) walk in and its all about her so I don't want her to catch me working on it. 

Sigh. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

I discovered a new fold which I quite like, here's a few cards.






So, why am I showing you my desk? 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. 

Stay well, stay safe, Cindy xx  (Footnote, it's Wednesday now and she's working from home again, can't catch a break lol)

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

What's On Your Work Desk? WOYWW #684

Morning deskers! Here's my desk, an exercise in procrastination and non-urgent craft. 

I have a big project to do, by the middle of August, and I just keep putting it off. For over a year now. So instead of getting on with it I have been rummaging again, and found some old bits printed off a Debbi Moore CD and decided they needed to be made into cards. Only been 10 years.

Sound familiar?

Before it got really hot I did have a play with a NBU stamp and my watercolour pens and made a couple of cards. Pleased with these. 






However I am not complaining about the heat. I spend my life feeling cold and the heat is much better for my aches and pains. I will however complain about lowering cloud.  Which makes summer all about the temperature but with none of the fun, ie blue skies and sunshine. Still it is what it is and I am tempering my activities accordingly and hope you are all being careful too. Today is starting at least with a blue sky and fluffy clouds, so off for my walk early to get what might be the best of the day.

So, why am I showing you my desk? 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 wonderful week.

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

What's On Your Work desk? Wednesday #683

Morning all deskers, back home now after our little trip to Wales. As there hasn't been much crafting done, I was going to wow you with artistic garden photos - sadly when I looked back, the beautifully framed landscapes I remembered taking were not there. But anyway here goes.

The first garden we visited was actually a very private estate, (no pictures of house pls and we were chaperoned around, all we were told was the owners are Scottish and presumably very, very rich) mainly about ecological management of woodland, fields and wild spaces with a few very well planted designery bits around the house - well with an on site designer, head gardener and 7 staff I would expect no less. Beautiful commissioned ironwork pieces such as this arched walkway. 


Our second garden in contrast was a manageable sized private garden, Stoneleigh Down, Tockington, Bristol. Beautiful garden, lovely people (lovely cake). Open for NGS I think. Well worth a visit. This is a close 2nd favourite. 




We then arrived in Gwent and visited Hillcrest Garden in Blackwood. Delightful and quirky. Award winner, raising lots of money for Cancer research through opening to the public. Just won something - plaque on the front wall but 
I can't find any photos!! I commented on the huge number of pots and the chore it must be to water them. The owner looked at me and said, well we are in Wales. And there I was not going to complain about the weather. Flaming June my a***.

The next day we visited Aberglasney Gardens in Llangathen. Open to the public. This was very nice, with lots of history including a Tudor cloister garden, a very very old yew tunnel, a nympharium (sp?) and stunning walled and kitchen gardens. Also truly the most beautiful woodland/wet garden I have ever seen. You could have photographed the life out of it Helen.

I, sadly, could not. I think the umbrella was getting in my way.


Our fifth garden, Big House Farm, Gower was absolutely stunning despite the rain. With views over the sea (well jell) and beautifully planted front and back, this was our favourite of the private gardens. Won lots of awards. Photos do not do it justice. Again.




It also had the best cake. I had forgotten that a large part of these tours was about the quality of the tea and cake.


Our 6th treat was the Botanic Gardens at Sketty (or at least I think that was where we were, there was a bit of confusion.....). Very enjoyable, but a lot of walking, wished we'd had a picnic so we had an excuse to sit in a field and enjoy the views (we had good weather this day). On a very large scale, it also has a huge biodome, really stunning, but v hot when the sun came out. (I took photos honest, inside and out. My phone says otherwise.)  Lots of nice planting and we particularly liked this serpentine water feature with a rill that wound along the pathway. (It also has dementia friendly toilets, they have red seats. Never come across that before).

Final day and we visited another private garden. Croesllanfro Farm, Newport. Wow. Super designed. 40 years in the making from nothing, owners are a practising garden designer and a builder so you can guess the standard. They had a robot to mow the croquet lawn, a folly, a wildflower meadow, water features (of course), a barn with indoor tennis court, three garages. The planting was beautiful but not at its peak, I feel this is probably a real stunner in late summer.  But everything looked super healthy - just look at these hostas. 


Our final stop was the American Museum nr Bath. TBH the gardens are very pleasant but not jaw droppingly stunning (or maybe I was getting jaded by then). Lovely nevertheless and the landscape looking out over parkland is beautiful and typical of the 18th century style planting. However did people have the vision!! The Museum itself was really, really interesting (just as well because it poured for 3 of the 4 hours we were there). I had been excited to see the quilt exhibits but they were actually the least interesting part of the whole day. Hubby did enjoy the children's garden though. And in the interest of full disclosure the toilet doors here had 'EXIT' written on them inside. 
Seemed an unnecessary clarification.

So, apologies for such a long post. There's no desk as such this week but here's a quick card I made over the w/e for a friend. He likes B&W cows. I don't know how many more years I can keep this theme going.... 

So, why am I showing you my desk? 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. 

Happy WOYWW!! Cindy




Wednesday, 22 June 2022

What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday #680 (or maybe 681??)

Morning deskers, whatever number it is this week (I seem to have 679 twice and so, I believe does our illustrious leader) they come round far too fast!! 

Here's the glory that is my desk - I am about to have a quick tidy and remembered to take a pic before it was empty. 


Whilst rummaging for something else I found sheets and sheets of floral die cut decoupage. Not quite my thing, so I made up the ones I liked the look of and binned the rest. I have a plan for them but haven't got there yet. Been a bit obsessed with black polka dot card from my stash. 
I am still making flowers and fancy boxed cards.



 






Had a crafty afternoon with a friend last week. Whilst waiting for her to arrive did a quick watercolour card. The other one is the design we chose for a friend's 60th who is having a 60s themed party. That stamp is on wood and was one of the very first I bought many, many years ago!! 



I'm thinking I might do it with my class this week as there is hardly any prep and I'm feeling pretty lazy!!

It's been a good week. I sorted out my 'sentiments' - I discovered I had two filing systems on the go. There must be a 1,000. Never gonna use them in this lifetime but at least they are all together now.  Order always makes me feel positive even if I find it so difficult to achieve. I've managed to clear a couple of things off my never ending to-do list - big  tick!! I am currently cat 'sitting' for my sister (I go over twice a day) and trying to walk, it's about 3 hours a day walking so good for my step count but not sure I'll be able to manage the hot day that's forecast!! BBQ on Sunday for father's day and went into town with DD yesterday to see 'Moulin Rouge' which we thoroughly enjoyed. She's working from home today (Tues) due to strikes and just heard her on a zoom meeting discussing M&S Christmas. Eeeek!! 

I have to choose an outfit for Windsor races on Saturday and also prepping to be away for a garden tour next week - won't be desking as we will be travelling. Never a dull moment. 

So, why am I showing you my desk? 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. 

Stay well, stay safe, Cindy xx

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