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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

WOYWW - 135

I am still (sort of) tidying.  However, I do not seem to be making much progress with this stack of boxes under my desk, but while I still have enough room to put my feet while I work, I probably will not worry too much about that lot.  I did have one collapse the other day, but I just rebuilt the pile and it seems reasonably stable for the moment.  I am more interested in getting a few cards done for this month, and trying to make them fit some of the challenges that are around at the moment.  

My first card of the year, a birth card for the Spanish twins, can be seen in the post before this one, and i really hope that all the cards this year go together as well as that one.  Each piece stuck in exactly the right place with no lumps and bumps to sort out.  There isn't even a speck of glitter in the wrong place.  How brilliant is that, and how unusual.

Perhaps, it is justice to make up for the major hassle I had with that last Christmas card.  If you want to read about that little lot, you will need to look back to the earlier post, but, believe me, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.  It so nearly ended up in the bin.  It was only that I did not have time to start again that kept me going on this card.


 Christmas has now finished in our house.  I sorted all the cards yesterday, keeping the ones so carefully made for us, and selecting a few of the others for tag making etc for next year.  Geoff decided that he would take down all the other decorations as well, but he did take photos of our main decoration - a little alpine type village.  We starting collecting these things about 10 years ago, buying extra bits each year.  I really do not think we have room for any more, and the style has changed too, and they new things do not really fit with the style of what we have.  We would love the railway and the ferris wheel, but we just cannot justify the high price of these two items.  You would think that children would love this illuminated village, but it does seem to be the older children amongst us that are most interested.  Perhaps, it is something that we think we would have liked when we were children.  The grandchildren are more interested in playing with my massage chair than the village.

I intended to get round everyone last week, but that idea fell apart when I found that after Julia had changed her theme, I had lost the colour changes which showed me where I had got to.  I had started with a system but that had gone a little by the wayside anyway, so when I lost my markers, I was totally defeated.  So, if I did not get to you, I apologise, and will try to do better this week.

Before you go back to Julia's Place, to look at all the other desks this week, let me wish you all a very Happy New Year, full of health, happiness and plenty of crafting fun.

40 comments:

BetteK said...

LOVE your Alpine Village ... I'm a dreadfully sentimental old so-and-so so do love anything like that especially when you have collected the pieces over the years. Well, my Vagabond just went up in smoke - and I only plugged it in - so am now at a loose end as I don't yet have a Plan B for my cards! Think I might just have to take a nosey around some blogs instead. Or do the housework. No contest really. Love Debbie #58 xXx

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Oh very pretty hun, and well done with the card, as I know you were planning it for ages, its wonderful
xx

Lou

BetteK said...

Thanks for your comments Maggie ... Plan B has now become Plan C so am giving up to watch Criminal Minds at 2pm and maybe my brain will have cleared by the time I get back to the crafting. I always used to work like you do - tailoring each card to each recipients interests or likes but I found myself too stuck in a rut ... making a "booky" card for my librarian friend, "car" cards for vehicle enthusiasts etc., and, for me, it became a bit too obvious. Favourite cards were the year I got my Wishblade and everyone got their name but now I make sort of "general-themed" cards but always TRY to incorporate the recipients name in some way.
Good Luck with your card-making ... you are so much more on the ball than I am! D x

Di said...

Hi Maggie - oh, I do love your village, what a super idea!!

And I've just broken off from packing the
Christmas deccies away and spotted your comment on my blog about not remembering where you saw the idea for a Pricing in Proportion rulers and little labels. I'm cut to the quick 'cos I think it just might have been here : (eek, I don't know how to even put a link into a comment)

http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2011/04/whats-on-your-workdesk-wednesday-98.html

But it was back around last Easter :)) And I often can't remember why I came upstairs let alone where I spied tips and hints :))Happy WOYWW!

Di xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I would love to see your alpine village! I'm a sucker for miniatures like that - I love model villages, Lilliput cottages, anything tiny :) And as for collapsing piles...good luck is all I can say to that, lol!!
Happy New Year!
Hugs, LLJ #34 xx

Jingle said...

What a pretty little baby card!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Maggie, love your Alpine village ... as a big kid myself this is just my kind of Christmas decoration. I stack stuff under my desk too so, like you, I'm happy as long as I have space to stretch my legs out comfortably:) I have made myself a numbered checklist for WOYWW visits because I tend to get lost too - it's in Excel and I can send you a copy if you like. All the best, Elizabeth x #60

May said...

LOVE,LOVE the village, I am sure you can make room somewhere it's so beautiful, on my WOYWW dec I took photo's of my little dickens mice village, which I knitted and just love it, did it come from a company if so do you have the name as just love it. x x Love the card please x x x Hugs May x x x x x x x

JB said...

Hi there, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I'm forever sorting my crafty piles out but they just seem to end up going from room to room, and I cant even sit at my desks so you are doing well!

Di said...

Hi Maggie - you silly girl, no need to apologise! I've lost count of the times I've forgotten where I spotted a tip or hint. Could write it down I guess but then I'd lose the notebook or something daft like that! Wow, that sounds a sharp slicer - hope it only affects the washing up and not your crafting - wink, wink! Love. Di xx

505whimsygirl said...

The twins card looks so lovely. Kind of like a birth announcement from when I was born.... way back then! Love the colors, everything about it, really.

I've been trying to visit every WOYWW too, but sometimes I just can't. I'm usually at the bottom (#92 this week) so I start from the bottom and work my way up. It is hard to keep track sometimes.

Welcome to a New Year!

Kay
WOYWW #92

SueH said...

I look with wanting each year at those little villages Maggie but alas I just don’t have the room to put anything like that in my flat. One of the garden centres that I visit each year does an enormous display. It’s such a shame that they change the style of things though, especially when people have been collecting pieces for years, as you have.

As for your sorting out……..If the pile is still standing, leave well alone I say, Lol!


Happy Crafting!
And a Happy New Year.
Sue
x

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Marg, love the twins card- gorgeous. Lovely village too- its a shame when prices become extortionate- and when they srtart changing styles, in the hope we wwill start buying all over again. Happy new Year, Shaz x

Sharne Davies said...

love the little village - and the fact you set it all up. We are all kids at heart arn't we..Happy Crafting X Sharne ( Fresh as a daisy)

Karen said...

I love the Twins baby card, its beautiful as is the pretty Christmas Alphine village. I love these miniature villages when they are all lite up, they always look so quaint :)

Tuire Flemming said...

What a village - I´m old enough to love it!!!
Lovely cards, too.
Happy 2012!
Tuire #44

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Will with all the cleaning up and then card making too... you are sure a busy lady!!
Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving such kind words...
I've enjoyed my visit today!!

inkypinkycraft said...

Just a quick dash round today, happy new year and happy woyww, trace x

May said...

Thank you Maggie, for letting know the name of the company that made your beautiful christmas village, x x Hugs May x x x

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

I do admire you folk who get to everybody. I gave up the attempt a long while ago. But I always try and visit the people who leave me comments and the ones who are regular :) (hello lovely regular commenter). The portrait of the grandchildren is fantastic what an amazing gift. I am sure that your birth card will be very well received. Happy New Year :)

Enfys said...

Hi Maggie, Happy new year! Your twins card is just adorable, I love it
hugs
Enfys

Hazel said...

Love your Christmas snow scenes. Fab card for the twins (Hazel, WOYWW 108) x

Sam said...

Gorgeous birth card there and I would keep schtum about it being good as something else will bite you on the bum!
I can see why you like your village! That is my sort of thing too! Still have my decs up but done 3 hours ironing instead yesterday after work and then couldn't be bothered! Tonight it is WOYWW so maybe tomorrow they will come down! Late for us!

Tammy said...

Good luck with tidying up! That's a great way to spend the first week of the year. I wish I had more time for that myself. Love your pretty village. My parents have a big one too and I love looking at all the pieces. Happy 2012! Tammy #76

Morti said...

Hi Maggie - Happy New Year to you too!

Love the village scene - and the card for the Spanish twins is just lovely.

On losing your way round the WOYWW hop, I totally understand what you mean. I use two different PCs to do my hopping (home and work) and they don't show where I've been on the other machine! So, to combat it I print out a sheet, a grid if you like, of numbers up to 180 (nowhere near as much as I need) and then I write down who I've visited (or who has visited me) and tick their number off. The sheet goes back and forth to home and work with me. That way, I can keep track of who I've seen! Hope that idea helps!

Victoria said...

i love your christmas village scene it is very beatiful, i would not want to put it away

butlersabroad said...

So the clear up continues! We're doing the decs bit by bit this week as I'm also back at work and can't face it all at once! Love the birth announcement card, very pretty.

Hugs
Brenda 75

Caro said...

I so love that Christmas village scene. It is simply beautiful. thank you so much for sharing it. Have a very Happy New Year.

April said...

Love the Christmas village scene you have so loving created over the years! it's a shame to have to pack it away! It's always so much more fun making a crafty mess than tidying one up isn't it! x

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah magpie, so sorry..but because it was my fault,I've sussed it out now. Go into Design, then Template, click on The orange button 'customize', then 'advanced' . Scroll through the little list to 'visited Link Colour', click on your colour choice, cickmon apply to blog and job done!!! I love your Christmas village, and I agree, I think it's nostalgia that attracts us....

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Maggie, ah do so love the see little villages and the baby card as well as the catastrophe card 9still looked good)thanks so much for popping over, for sharing. Happy WOYWW! Love, Shaz in Oz. x #24

Craftgirl said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I had a John Bull printing set too when I was 3. There endeth the first lesson. Heehee

Have a great weekend.

Carol

Shoshi said...

Wow Maggie, what a beautiful little setup! And all illuminated too. It's really festive and pretty.

Thanks for your comment on my blog - I'm afraid everyone's going to have to wait a while before Sheba produces anything worth posting about - her claws (blades) are still in her accessories box and I still havent' got her set up properly - I've been quite poorly since Christmas and have only been able to install software and explore the forum - so far I'm a "theoretical" cutter lol!

Happy WOYWW, Shoshi #60

Katie said...

I'm trying to make it around to all of them this week too, but I'm probably not going to make it either! My mom has a little village too. They are so pretty to look at :)

katie (138)

buggalcrafts said...

I really love your village. We have a very small one (compared to urs!) and my kids have really loved it. Well, got to get today's craft blog finished. I didn't post a craft blog yesterday so am behind!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a beautiful winter village. How fun it must have been collecting each piece. As a child I would have loved it, but I would have wanted to play with it too. But I would have been very careful with it.

I figured if the TOP of the desk was tidy and room to play, why bother with UNDER the desk. I have very little foot room and I don't see that changing anytime soon, even though I lost my favorite pencil down there.

Laura said...

Happy New Year and wishing you a year of smooth cardmaking with no lumps, bumps or rogue bits of glitter. :)

Angie said...

Thanks for dropping by with words of encouragement ...I suppose spending on stash is a vice but I HAVE to really cut back on spending as funds are greatly reduced. I love your Alpine xmas scene ...its fun watching a collection grow over the years. Lucky is greatly improved but then Madison got cystitis but is on the mend ...after another vet bill...the furry family has chalked up a bit of a bill recently but they are worth it ...sorry I've been rubbish with my visits xx

Julie said...

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog this week to :) I would have visited sooner, but my household has all been under the weather.. :( I love your Christmas scene!! My mother has one that she puts out each year as well!
Julie

Pauline said...

Twins card is beautiful Maggie :-) This is my first WOYWW and I'm struggling to get round everyone , my system has fallen apart ! Enjoy your week end .