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

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

WOYWW - 198

Here we are on Wednesday again, I am sure it was only yesterday that we were here last for our Wednesday WOYWW international gathering., hosted each week with Julia, the hostess with the mostest.

We do seem to be getting a little more spring like weather in the last few days.  Mind you, that is usually the signal for snow, hail, rain etc to arrive again.  I got so engrossed in playing with pencils and paper yesterday afternoon that I quite forgot to take a decent photo in good light. So, we are back to all the lights possible turned on.  I did start the afternoon with space on my desk, but soon got rid of that, covering it with images to colour in.

This week, I do have some bits and pieces there that do not have to be hidden.  As you can see from earlier posts this week, I have already posted some of the secrets, one wedding card, one house moving card and my entry to the very first Clarity Challenge Blog.  If you want to look at those and have time to spare, please feel free to have a nose around.

As I have already said this year, I am determined to work on my drawing skills and get back some of what I used to be able to do when I was younger.  So, where I need a particular image and don't have a stamp or a digi image to use, I am trying to draw my own - with mixed results.  Anything that works reasonably well, I am scanning on to the computer to keep, then printing it out again to colour.  That protects my precious line drawings from being ruined by rotten colouring as it used to be at school.
I needed some images with palm trees and had no stamps.  I did find one digi image, but the other two were done with my own drawings.  the one you can see here is another play with the idea.  

I had a fairly successful day yesterday.  I started off having a go at cooking the Malt Bread as demonstrated by Paul Hollywood on BBC on Monday.  At first I was not at all sure whether I had got things right, and even when it came out of the oven, I was still not sure.  However, when I cut into it and buttered a slice and tasted it, I was totally convinced.  It is so scrummy, so much tastier than the stuff from the shops (and I know exactly what is in it).  The next thing is to try it in a bread and butter pudding as he also showed.  My afternoon was given over totally to playing with pencils.  What could be better?

Now I must apologise to Julia for going on a bit today and let you all go off to see all the other lovely people and their desks being shown by Julia, over at Stamping Ground.  Thank you so much to all those who visited me last week with their good wishes for getting over my cold/flu, you really cheered me up.  You are all wonderful..  Have a great day, all of you.  xx


Belinda Basson said...

I do like the look of your palm tree and beach. Pencils are so nice to work with,quite satisfying.

Helen said...

I watched Bread too, but haven't baked any! Well done and good to know that the malt bread was tasty. Happy WOYWW Helen 8

jill said...

Your palm tree picture looks so inviting & i wouldn't mind being under that right now . I'm so fed up with this english weather right now. Happy woyww jill #15

Shazsilverwolf said...

Morning Marg, I do admire your drawing skills- this is someone who really can't even draw a straight line without a ruler.I'm sure its just that I've convinced myself I'm a rubbish drawer( is that even a word?). Probably not. Speak soon, Love Shaz

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh wow.. what fab blog!

Happy WOYWW!

Susi from Austria!

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Neet said...

That's a great palm tree, who needs a stamp when you can draw one like that.
Well done on the Clarity Challenge, good luck with it.
Now off to look at your earlier posts.
Take care - Hugs, Neet xx 2

Shazsilverwolf said...

Me again. I forgot to add, I used your most disliked program for the sentiment! I like it for that sort of thing, as I can put each word/line on a separate layer, then move them around or use different fonts. Love Shaz

Ria Gall said...

your desk is so busy with all your lovely drawings it was interesting you saying about scanning them in and then printing them out to colour in, great idea
Wishing you a Happy WOYWW

Gita said...

Your drawings of the palm tree scene is great. I love beach related stuff and this is very pretty!! Mmm, your bread sounds delicious!! Brigita #132

Heather Alger said...

You have had such an Interesting week. One of our favourite puddings is B&B pud, so really Interested in variations on the recipe :)
I sometimes add jam like rhubarb if I have no fruit left and that's nice.
Love your drawings really Inspiring x
Happy WOYWW and have a great week Heather#133

Karin said...

Your palm trees look fabulous.
Happy Wednesday #142

lisa said...

I'm not sure where you live Maggie but can I come and stay if you have Spring like weather. We've had snow on and off all week!!!
Love those palm trees and I think I definitely need to give that Malt bread a try, it looked delicious as did the handsome Mr Hollywood!!
Hugs Lisax #71

Caro said...

Your Palm tree and beach is lovely! Well done you for being brave enough to have a go at drawing your own...my drawing always was rubbish so I don't have the guts to try! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro xx #81

Stampin Boots said...

Lovely palm tree!!

Happy WOYWW!

StampinBoots x #144

Anne said...

Malt bread sounds yummy. Like the palm tree drawing. Happy WOYWW Anne x #198

Redanne said...

I think you have done a brilliant job with the palm tree and beach scene. Have not made bread for years but I do like Mr Hollywood though...... Thanks for your visit and yes, I did take my tag book and they all liked it, so it is tags in the next class. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #34

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Maggie,
A great creative space today! and colouring so right it can be very tricky!! there are some great you tube videos on it if it helps you, have found it has helped me a lot..
Thanks so much for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #25

Gill Edwards said...

malt loaf with butter and playing with pencils, how good was your week!

Cut me a slice please.

Gill x #54

Gibby Frogett said...

Love your palm tree - very satisfying to have designed it yourself and have it on your computer to use as you want.
Bread sounds lovely - we haven't had shop bought bread for a good ten years or more, I say 'we' but its actually DH who makes all the various flavoured loaves...mmm yummy.. happy WOYWW Gill x #41

RosC said...

Hi Maggie,

Subjects close to my heart - weather, pencils and bread-making. Hope you get some relief from the freezing easterly that Anne R talks of. We're having a lovely break from the heat meantime.

Sounds like a good system to scan or copy your drawings and then have many goes at the colouring. The bread sounds great too, and I have to agree that one of the best things is to know the ingredients. The commercial bakers put awful stuff in the bread which really doesn't need improvers if the best ingredients are used.

Enjoyed this WOYWW post. Thanks,
Ros. #47

Lunch Lady Jan said...

We watched that programme too! I enjoyed the recipes but am immune to the charms of Mr Hollywood, he really does nothing for me ;) I might look up the recipe for the malt loaf..we're very partial to it in our house!
I've hardly had time to visit anybody as on Thursday I had to dash to Cardiff to rescue my eldest son from uni. He had rung up in a desperate state having been ill for five days. So that was an unexpectedv4 hours of driving on a wet and busy M4..... He is picking up slowly but is still quite rough.
The fire is awesome...we love it :)
Hugs, LLJ xxxx

April Story said...

I enjoyed your scenes. :-)
April #138