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I hope you enjoy reading my posts, and please leave me a comment. I always enjoy reading them, and will try to visit you in return.

You are welcome to copy any of my designs, as long as you do not take credit for them yourself. I am very happy for you to sell them. If I have used anyone else's design, I always try to give credit where it is due. If I have missed anything, please let me know and I will put things right.

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, 25 May 2011

WOYWW - 103

It has been a couple of weeks since I joined in with WOYWW, and I have missed it.  The first week was holiday, just outside Barmouth in Wales, not far from Snowdon - OK but it did not turn out quite as we planned.  My poor OH developed a tummy bug on the second day, which cleared up the day before we came home, so we did not get out and about in the area as we had hoped.  Still, at least he was not trying to do all the jobs at home so it was a little more restful.  I got the bug as we got home and did very little for the first few days home.  Hopefully, things are all sorted now.

The journey to Barmouth was quite spectacular once we cleared the motorway section and passed Shrewsbury.  I spent some time with the camera poking out through the car window taking photos for our daughter.  She loves the area, but complained that she has never seen the mountains through the heavy cloud.  As you can see, the weather was very kind to us as we climbed up past Cader Idris, so spectacular.

We took a slight diversion from our route when we got to Barmouth (not planned) turning left too soon and doing an unscheduled drive along the promenade.  Fortunately, there is an island at the end of the prom so turning round was not a problem, and we were soon turning in the right place and setting up the van for the week. 

Crafting was limited to playing with my Promarkers and finding out just what they would or would not do.  I had stamped and printed a large pile of images on a variety of media before we left home, so there was plenty to play with.  I did learn one important fact - not everything works with Promarkers, some are better suited to water colours.  This particular design (an old embroidery transfer) did work well with the markers, and I think it looks quite good, and in keeping with its original.

My desk this week, is not really a place of inspiration, and has seen very little use, but I aim to get going again later today with a project (cannot talk about that one yet, but maybe later).  The ship decoupage is ready to mount for a birthday later next month, but I still need to find the right backing card.

My final photo this week is a bit of a tease, ready for next week.  You don't get to see very much, so you will have to wait until the right day.  In the meantime, why don't you hop over to Julia at  http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ where our leader has links to so many more desks to study. 

Thank you to my new followers.  You are so welcome and your interest is greatly appreciated.  Also, a special thanks to Shax from Oz, who sent a message to check if I was ok, as I had not blogged for 2 weeks. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

WOYWW - 100

I do love the trees in our garden, and they are at their best right now.  Spring has come at last, even if it is bitterly cold out there.  When you think of trees and grass being green, well, they are, but how many shades and varieties are there in one tiny spot, not to mention the many varied shapes of leaf and branch as well.

Enough of poetic nattering, how about this, the 100th blog.  I have not been here for that long, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far, and got to know so many wonderful and generous crafters, learned so many new techniques, and found so many new things to play with.  Thank you to all of you.  You are all wonderful.

My desk this week is a little clearer than it has been of late.  I did have a major tidy up yesterday, having just completed a major project which I will show you in a couple of weeks or so.  All that is left are a few images that I have stamped or printed out, ready for colouring with my small number of Promarkers, also visible on the desk.  You can also see a very useful set of Staedtler fine liners, which are so useful, a couple of sets of the small Clarity stamps, a couple of ink pads and the vital brayer.  For those who have not already sussed them out, the little pot os Super Stars are training treats for the two dogs, very useful if I want to know what they are up to while I am up here.

I will not show you the opposite corner, which I totally destroyed yesterday afternoon, trying to find a set of images for colouring.  I still have not found them, so that is on my list for today, as well as putting everything back that I threw about in frustration.

While I am busy looking, why don't you pop over to the Queen of Bloggers, Julia at
where you will find lots more desks to study in detail.  Have fun, and Happy 100th.