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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.

Probably my favourite craft right now is with parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

WOYWW - 152

I was missing in action last week, mainly because I knew I would not have time to visit many people and I thought it was unfair for you to visit me, when I could not return the favour.  However, the mad panic to get cads done for this month is over and I am now working to do June and July.  So I am back, although a bit late, and here is my desk, well part of it anyway.  I am in the middle of putting inserts in cards that were already made, so that I do not have to panic when we come back off holiday.

You can see three that are now done, and with their envelopes, and to the left, a pile waiting for their inserts.  The little orange handled thing is my favourite Fiskars finger blade, which I find so much easier to use than my normal straight blades.  to the right of that are my sprung Fiskars scissors, and next to them the puffer brush for cleaning off photographic slides before scanning them.  As you can also see, my little Scottie is proudly displaying my beautiful WOYWW badge this week - it matches his coat perfectly.

I hope you have all survived the dreadful winds and rain, and no-one is suffering from floods.  We woke up on Sunday morning to find we had lost one of the trees on the island in front of our house.  We think it was a Mountain Ash, which are notoriously touchy at the best of time.  What amazed us was the almost total lack of root system on it, so it would always have been vulnerable to damage.  Fortunately it fell in a way that saved those near from damage, not like another tree not far away which fell across a main road, crashing into several new cars on the Volvo forecourt.  That tree had a preservation order on it and was huge.  At least, no-one was hurt.

I am looking forward to visiting as many as possible of you this week, but it may take a while so please be patient.  In the meantime, I hope you will find time to visit many more of the WOYWWers, hosted by the indefatigable Julia at Stamping Ground.  See you soon.


Annie said...

It sounds like we have all had enough of this rain and bad weather for a little while at least.
A x #60

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Marg- glad to see the tree falling didn't cause ant damage to anything. the wind was incredible, and I see today that Worcester is flooded, the Severn has spilt over to the surrounding roads. Fortunately no one was hurt in the Volvo garage one, I do agree with protecting our ancient trees, but there really needs to be some sort of 'health check' for these huge beasts, and to know when we cannot hang on to them any longer. I have been having so much trouble posting images into my blog, I am fairly sure its a FF update that's caused it, as it works Ok in IE. Enjoy your holiday, Speak Soon, Love Shaz xx

Sandy said...

oh look how pretty the tree was what a shame. Love the Scottie dog how cute. Those cards look amazing. Have a great WOYWW Sandy #109

Victoria said...

cute scottie dog
thank you for the peep x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Nice to see you back Maggie, we had a tree fall down in the same manor Sunday, beni and I came across it on our afternoon walk and beni thought it was a playground as the top of the tree was huge and laden with leaves so he was running in and out of the branches:)

jacqui x

Queen Of Toys said...

Your cards are beautiful. Sorry to see the tree ripped out by the roots. Horrible weather...

Eliza #19

lisa said...

It sounds like the weather has been much wilder in your neck of the woods, Maggie. What a shame about your tree. We've had plenty of rain but not the winds thank fully.
You need to get together with Pixie Di, I noticed she was doing the same job when I visited her earlier.
Your blossom is looking beautiful.
Hugs Lisax #79

Redanne said...

Oh my goodness, you were so lucky that the tree did not fall towards the house! Like your three cards (what I can see). Happy WOYWW, Anne x #44

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...great looking cards Maggie and Scottie dog looks grand sporting his new adornment, best dressed dog in town me thinks!...like you say amazing how these trees stay up with no root system!...have a loVely week and happy crafting...Mel :) #34

Linda said...

Good Afternoon Maggie, glad to hear that you have suffered no damage in the awful rain we have been having. We are safe too!

It is lovely to see your desk and I am loving your little scotty dog! I love Westies and hope to one day get one. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Linda xxxx

Deb said...

wow, can't believe you lost that tree, and barely any roots, I suppose at least you know they aren't going to damage your foundations!
love that cute little Scottie dog!
Happy WOYWW Deb xx #141

kay said...

lots of storm damage up here too,pleased that you are ok
cute scottie dog
have a fab crafty week and
happy woyww
kay #38

Darla said...

Glad you got your cards made...So sorry about the tree and bad weather. We sure could use some rain here in North FL. #147

Princess Judy Palmer said...

That is one big tree to have fall over. Here in desert, trees grow shallow roots that spread out far from the tree to get as much rain as possible from the little rain we get. Needless to say, high winds tend to take them out. Sometimes they can be put back upright and do okay, if not a bit wonky. Pretty cards on your desk. Smart of you to get them finalized beforehand. My problem lately is the cards are done, but I just can't gather myself together enough to get them in the mail

Helen said...

What beautiful trees, shame when they go! At least no-one was hurt. Your card in the post above is great too!
Have a good day - what's left of it!! Helen, 7

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maggie,

Your cards are beautiful. I hadn't heard of a finger blade before. I must take a closer look. Oh, that poor tree. It looks like it was a rather large tree too. I wonder if the roots are near the surface?

Kay #33

Marnie said...

Glad you made it through the storms! Your cards are wonderful!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Glad to read you didn't post last week since I didn't make it around to find you. One of those weeks that started strong, then went to the dogs.

Preservation order? For a tree? I can't believe I live in the US (supposedly a and am a green person who has never heard of this.

I was glad to see your WOYWW button. It somehow makes you feel so loved. Happy WOYWW from #4 this week.

Karen said...

Gosh what a horrible shock for you all in regards the tree coming down, although it was good to hear that nobody was hurt [[hugs]].

Have a great WOYWW and a lovely week, Hugs, Karen xxx

Hazel said...

Beautiful photos. Oh I know the job of putting inserts in - I try not to put it off and let them pile up - - thanks for sharing - Hazel #10 x

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards Maggie, hope you're all caught up now. Congrats on winning the Craft A Scene challenge too. Shame about the tree, but good thing that was the only damage, and you're right, the roots are tiny!

Brenda 114

Twiglet said...

We had part of our fence damaged and our patio chairs blew over but not too bad. I just want to see sunshine now please!! Jo

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Lovely cards! And I hope the weather will be kinder this weekend, was VERY windy and wet for that last few weeks!

I'm a bit late doing my rounds this week....phew... glad it's Friday! Happy WOYWW Asia #52

Ps. I’m celebrating my 2nd Blogaversary and have a sweet little candy for grabs ;-).

Spyder said...

Glad the storms are over now. Love the crafty things on your desk. Looks like you've been very busy!
Sorry for my late woyww visit, been away, I did do some blog hopping on my 3G dongle, but it appears not as many as I tohught Ihad!! Home now, and came back to no email and worse still , no blog! Have a crafty week!!