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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

WOYWW - 91

Finally...... it is finished, completely.  Still needs pressing but that will not take very long tomorrow. ... and the baby still has not arrived.  Now I need to get down to doing the card, or at least as far as I can get without knowing the name, sex etc.  Then I can get back to normal card making, and get some of my ideas and thoughts into practice.

My desk and its surroundings are, at the moment, getting a bit cluttered with stuff.  There is a pile on top of the old printer, which is balanced rather precariously, and a lot of the stuff around is still from the knitting marathon.  First job tomorrow, I think, is to sort that lot out and get it away in sealed bags to avoid the plaster dust, that will get much worse over the coming weekend.

The folks who fitted the fire and the hearth are coming back on Friday to rectify the mistakes they made.  Then the main plasterers are coming over the weekend to take the whole of one wall down to brick and redo it.  The dogs and I will be holed up in my craft room upstairs for the duration.

The cards on my desk are more samples for the Spanish wedding in August.  They have no idea what they want so we are all trying to give them some ideas to choose from, or ideas to get their own thoughts going.  The rose on these cards was actually drawn and painted by my daughter some years ago, and I just scanned it in to keep it.  It has been used on one or two things since then.  The couple said they wanted plain card so I used Supersmooth card for these two, one with straight edges and one with deckel edges.  They were both put together using My Craft Studio Professional.  I then edged them both with the Krylon gold leaf pen, which I think is easier and looks better on the deckle edged card, just finishing them off nicely.  I also made a couple of place setting cards after I took the photo, again using the same elements.

The baby powder was out to stop my hands getting too sweaty while I was knitting, and will probably stay out while I do some stamping and embossing (anti-static).  The little pot of Stars are organic dog treats (low calorie, too), for bribery and corruption.  The other item is my half terrabyte portable hard drive, which I use to transfer stuff between different computers, and also as yet another back up for my precious items.

I am off to bed now as it is just after midnight.  I shall post this before I go up but I doubt if I shall be up early enough to post first in the morning.  Anyway, don't forget to pop in to see Julia, who has all the links to loads more lovely desks to mooch through at  http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/    I hope to get round a lot more desks this week.  Sorry I did not visit many of you last week - I was just desperate to finish the shawl before the baby arrived.  Thank you to all of you who came to see me and left me such encouraging messages.  They really spurred me on to get it finished.


RosC said...

Hello again Maggie. The shawl is just gorgeous. What a work of love and skill. The cards are great too. I do hope the fireplace is sorted promptly; one needs to keep an eagle on works in progress.

Sheilagh said...

The shawl is beautiful Maggie, can see the love that has gone into every stitch.

The invitations are lovely, the rose is rather elegant.


Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Shawl looks lovely and I'm sure it'll be appreciated.
Hugs, Sandra

Karen said...

Maggie the finished shawl is absolutely stunning, its really beautiful.
Love the invitation cards too :)
Have a great WOYWW,
Karen #68

Wipso said...

Your shawl is really pretty. Well done you.

Don't forget to pop over to our shop and put your name down in the next gift draw.
A x

jude said...

The shawl is beautiful.Hope the arrival of the little one not too far away now.Your cards look elegant.
Happy wednesday hugs judex 35

Helen said...

That shawl looks fantastic.
Hope the builders don't make TOO much mess!!

Neet said...

What a beautiful work of art that shawl is Maggie. The cards are very classy and I like them a lot.
Must admit I got side-tracked on your blog playing with your little black cat - he is so cute. Need to go back and re-read what you said. #36

SDCrafts said...

Well done! You always show us such a varied crafting lifestyle - I am impressed and a little jealous of that knitting.

Shirl #25

Marjo said...

Gorgeous shawl, Thanks for the peek and sharing. Have a great WOYWW.

Hugs, Marjo #5

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah that is truly a major work of ART there Maggie Good on YOU!!I love it and should become a family heirloom, a really work of love.. cards nice too wonder what they really want I hate it when they are vague.
thanks for sharing,
Shaz in in Oz.

okienurse said...

You did an awesome job on the shawl Maggie. I like the invite with the scalloped edging. Very classy! Your daughter did an awesome job on the rose. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #49

Julia Dunnit said...

Maggie it's lovely, what a fab pressie; my new baby had one and still uses it on her bed, 17 years later! The invites are lovely - I hope they decide soon...you'll have made more than they need in just samples!

Shazsilverwolf said...

the shawl does look really awesome Marg, and I remember Beck drawing that rose! Yes, we did get your card, btw, I think your samples are gorgeous!Love,Shaz

Angie said...

That shawl is a work of art ...what a lucky baby

Aud said...

Love that shawl it's beautifully made a lot of work but a great end result. Wedding invites are plain but really nice thanks for the peep of woyww have fun. Aud

Tertia said...

I remember knitting something similar for my first baby, she is now 32 and her children still use it. Those wedding cards are beautiful.
Happy belated WOYWW