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Good morning, my friends. Hope all is well with you. I’ve been busy this week – when am I not, some may ask?! However… let’s cut to the chase – my desk this morning.

In all it’s glory! All neatly laid out are the pieces I made yesterday. Mrs D and I decided on a playday… We would have a go at the shaving cream technique…

A little compilation of our attempts – top left, Mrs D’s first go; top middle, one of my attempts; top right, what’s left behind on the shaving cream; bottom left, my try outs; bottom right, Mrs D’s fun. As you can see, the bedroom floor was an extremely useful resting  place and drying area! You can also see the drawer of acrylic paints – had them since I did my C&Gs back in the late 90’s – but most were fine – only had to throw a couple that had dried up. Yes, I enjoyed playing – but I don’t think I shall bother again – just not me.

So, having tried that… well, we couldn’t waste a playday, so… out with the gelli plate. Mrs D had made her own some time ago, but never tried it… so we thought this was an ideal opportunity.

So, there’s Mrs D showing me what to try out – and there’s my efforts… we had a bit of fun trying out textures – found some old lacy curtains and cut a bit off – but it didn’t work very well, although using corrugated card made more of an impression. Again, it was fun – but not something I will do again.

So, what else to do? We still had loads of time, and hadn’t yet filled the bedroom floor with all our efforts! So, I suddenly remembered I had some brushos. Now, when I did my C&Gs way back, it was in design and embroidery – but the teacher was determined we should really abuse our sewing machines by adding all sorts of things to the fabric  and then sewing into it! Hence we were introduced to brusho inks. They are SO intense, and I remember loving the effects I could get… so, out they came. I only ever bought the three primary colours, but they are sufficient…

We had a load of fun with these –  spraying water, dabbing with kitchen paper, putting the ink onto a glass mat then dabbing it on the paper… and getting extremely messy! Top left, my efforts; top right, Mrs D’s efforts; bottom left, a close up of one of Mrs D’s attempts; bottom right, the proof – a selfie! Yes, only three hands ‘cos one of mine had to use the camera shutter! At this point we realised that poor Mr D was probably thinking his good lady was lost for ever, and packed up – but we had a tremendous time playing!

So, what else have I been doing this week? I’ve done a jigsaw – love ’em – go to a charity shop, buy one with 1,000 pieces, do it, pass it on to a different charity shop! Of course, sometimes they are not complete – but it’s the challenge I enjoy as much as the finished piece, so that’s ok. I’ve finished the first arran weight cardigan for Africa, using a tiny part of the bag of yarn given me to use up, just got the funky buttons to sew on, and am half way through a second. I had a HUGE day out with John on Friday – we went out to see Wordsworth’s daffodils. Fantastically sunny day, drove East from here then North, then, because the M6 was manic and we were spending more time with our handbrake on then off, we turned off into the start of the Yorkshire dales, and then turned further North. Eventually we ended up in Windermere and Bowness, popped into the Lakeland shop, and then had a walk by the lake. Glorious day – enormous for John, lots of driving for me – but beautiful. Daffodils, lambs, daffodils, catkins, daffodils, hills, daffodils, mountains, daffodils, lakes, daffodils, moors, daffodils…. you get the picture! Tired when we arrived home, but it was so worth the effort.

I promised you last week a better look at the Easter card I was making for John. I’m happy to report it was indeed finished in time…

As you know, I love doing pergamano work – and when I found this pattern in the magazine I knew just what I wanted to use it for. A love poem from Father God, shown and demonstrated on the cross where Jesus died.

So that’s us this week here in beautiful North Wales. I confess I did an absolutely appalling job of visiting and commenting last week – sorry. I’ll hopefully do better this week! I will be MIA next week – as we are hoping, John’s health permitting, to go away with our daughters. We are all renting an enormous farm bungalow just South of Caernarfon. We all went last year, and the grandies immediately asked if they could go back! I think the main attraction was the farm dog – he loved them, and they loved him! Just a thought – some folk have asked why we don’t show more of the different things we do here on the blog… well, that’s because they are already on the site here. If you go to the top of the page, not just the top of the blog posts, there are lots more pages – all stuff we have made over the years. Lots of John’s pyrography work, our sewing, photographs, etc. Not got John’s scraperboard masterpieces up yet – but hopefully I shall soon get some photos of them and get them up there. Do take a peak if you would like to.

Take care, my friends. God bless.


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One Reply to “WOYWW356”


    Thanks for the inspiration, I really must try this technique!
    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:24:33

    Zo – Craftygasheadzo
    Looks like you had great fun creating together! Take care. Zo xx 41
    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:12:10

    Sharon Madson
    Oh, what a fantastic post! And thank you for stopping by, because if you hadn’t I wouldn’t have seen you. I don’t know how I missed you. I always look for you. So glad you had a great fun crafting day with your friend! I love the shaving cream backgrounds, and the Gelli plate backgrounds. Love getting dirty that way! You go girl and have a wonderful time with your family. You both deserve it! 🙂 #66
    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:15:43

    Ali Wade
    Happy Belated WOYWW and thank you for your visit yesterday. You are certainly both busy. Pyrography is something I really want to try, after seeing it on the shopping channel. One day! Ali x #18
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:49:49

    Bev Baird
    What fun to create with a friend. You made some amaing pieces. Love your cards as well. Thanks for stopping by. Happy WOYWW!
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:44:35

    Hi, Margaret, I’m glad you had a chance for some messy experimental playtime. Hope you have a wonderful time away with your family. Happy WOYWW (a day late) and thanks for your visit! ~ Laura #62
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:22:50

    Sandy Leigh
    Isn’t crafting with friends just the best? And look at you guys using some really fun techniques! Love all the results. Thanks so much for your sweet visit. Sandy Leigh #61
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:06:38

    What a great inky time you both had. I didn’t join in until nearly midnight last week which is probably why you missed me. Adore the Easter card, so very special. Thanks for visiting me BJ#49
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:35:23

    Hi thanks for popping over to see me on Wednesday and here I am today. Love shaving foam technique great fun. Crafty hugs Pen x #29
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:17:30

    Oh look at those inky paws. I know you must of had a fun time.
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:14:41

    Nikki C
    The shaving cream sounds fun but really messy looking you both look like you had a fun play date hugs Nikki 2
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:22:10

    Claire Grantham
    Hi! Margaret, happy WOYWW to you, thanks for swinging by my blog earlier. Looks like you had a lot of fun with Mrs D..love the outputs. I LOL at your comment about the Gators. They were very cool. Cx #52
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:44:11

    You have been so busy, the Easter cards work is so WOW Margaret 🙂 and those backgrounds look like they will be great fun to use up 🙂 ~Stacy #64
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:01:56

    April S.
    I just love the effect of the shaving cream and the different colors. What great backgrounds. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier. April #36
    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:56:43

    Arnoldo L. Romero
    That shaving cream sounds like fun and messy, which is my kind of art. I LOVE your pergamano work, which I know from personal experience that it takes time to do it right. Blessings!
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 23:40:22

    Hi Margaret, love the card. You’ve obviously been having fun playing, my favourite thing! Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x 25
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:59:05

    wow you have been so busy. Looks like fun even with the stained fingers. Love your beautiful card. Thank you for the visit earlier – have a great week . Soojay xx
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:09:57

    Margaret you are a BUSY bee!! I love all your crafty time that you had! A floor FULL of goodies! Sounds like you had loads of fun! I LOVE jigsaws and what a great idea with putting it together and then passing on! I love it! I would have so enjoyed the drive to see all the beautiful flowers! I would really love to see beautiful North Wales for sure! What a blessed lady you are to be in such an amazing place! I will have to go and take a peek at all your other goodies you mentioned! By the way, I love that beautiful Easter Card! Many blessings to you! 🙂 Thanks for visiting me!
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:43:53

    Princess Judy
    Wow! You had so much inky fun with your friend getting to try out this and that. Plus you have plenty of room for both of you. What a wonderful time and you got some interesting things out of it. Love the Easter card. PJ #54
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:21:23

    So nice having a playmate. I’m having one Monday but I can’t for the life of me remember what we are supposed to doing. Anyhow I’ve had a nice day tidying my shelves ready for her arrival. Lynn 14 X
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:52:13

    Diane F
    Lots of cool fun going on. Cute card. Have a great day. Diane – WOYWW #34
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:47:27

    Wow, you got a lot done! The shaving foam thing has never really appealed to me, though I do use the gelli plate. Brushos I’ve yet to try. Gorgeous card by the way. Have fun on your holidays!!Happy WOYWW Cindy #27
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:23:44

    Anne L
    Glad to hear you have had a busy week and crafting with friends just makes the day fly by with such fun. I love your mixed media you have been working on….. also glad to hear that you had a wonderful trip with John and it truly be nice to see flowers out but here we have some snow left and a lot of wet soggy ground. Crossing fingers the snow is done but you never know as years ago it snowed just outside of town in July. Thanks for the visit and have a fantastic week Hugs~Anne L#3
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:02:50

    Sharon K
    Beautiful card! It sounds like you had a wonderful playdate and a wonderful day out with John. Daffodils. I love them. Growing up we always had some in our garden. I need to do better and plant some. To me they herald the beginning of Spring. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your daughters. It is beautiful in Wales. We went there once on holiday when I was a child. Have a great week – thanks for the visit! Sharon K #42
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:58:29

    Crikey! You have been having fun with all that messy stuff! I’ve never used shaving foam for crafting. Not my thing to get messy really. I would like to keep my hands clean if I can help it. (Am I old fashioned?) Your pergamano card is so beautiful. It is a work of art. (Nothing but the best for our Lord) I’m so glad you had a wonderful trip on Friday. Also stopped at Lakelands you say? What did you buy? Lakeland is my all time fav shop. I was a customer from more than 25 years ago when they were still called Lakeland Plastic and did mail order only. Thanks for visiting already, Happy WOYWW and have a great week Lisca
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:58:15

    Carol N
    John’s Easter card is gorgeous! Love the pergamano work. And how fun to get to play with friends. Looks like a great time was had. Hope your trip next week is fantastic and will be praying for John. Happy WOYWW and God bless you! Carol N #43
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:39:10

    It’s so good to see you having crafty fun with a blogging friend…even if not totally successful. Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all eh? So thrilled to also hear of your lovely day out with John….hope you can fill your days like that often. Have a great week. Hugs, Annie x # 13
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:10:18

    I really like the effects of the ‘shaving foam’ technique.. I will have to look this technique up (and ‘borrow’ hubby’s foam) and try for myself. Days spend with paint and friends are the best, aren’t they?! Thanks for your visit earlier, happy woyww and a hug from sunny Holland, Marit #33
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:04:51

    How wonderful to be able to have play dates, have to find someone near me. Happy WOYWW, Vicky #8
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:55:57

    Hi Marg, glad to hear that John is still doing so well. Do have a lovely time next week, rest and recuperation will do wonders for both of you! Just come from Mrs D’s, saw all your messy fun! Lolled at your hands- mine always end up looking like that, and I usually have to go somewhere it will stand out a mile afterwards!Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #7 xx
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:59:32

    Diana Taylor
    I’m quite exhausted after reading about all you’ve been doing – I love the shaving foam technique – never tried it but it looks like fun! You’ve achieved some beautiful results with your gelli printing and brushos, what will you do with all your lovely papers? It sounds like you had a wonderful day out visiting the daffodils – you were lucky not to have the sort of weather we had over the weekend – gale force winds and hail! Enjoy your break next week, Diana #24
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:28:22

    Looks like you had lots of fun! Beautiful card and Happy WOYWW! Evelyn #35
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:03:44

    We did have fun didn’t we, and that piece of greeny brown I did on the Gelli plate had already been put to use, makes fabulous leaves. Love the card, didn’t see that, where was it? I do have a problem, I can’t get my fingers clean, have you managed to? Have a fabulous holiday and tell John he is to enjoy it, not go sick. Bless you Chris #20
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:57:56

    What a gorgeous card – full of love – and being Parchment craft there is a lot of love goes into the work in it. Well, you have been busy – great day with Mrs D but what is this about a trip to the Lakes? Sounds as if you chose a good day and a wonderful one for you both. So glad you enjoy getting out and about like this. Hugs, Neet xx 11
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:52:17

    Like you, I like to try these things but probably wouldn’t bother again. Thanks for sharing. Elaine #19
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:27:42

    I’ve just seen your play day shenanigans over at Mrs D’s blog, looks like you two got up to all sorts of fun! Love the pic of the inky hands
    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:09:11

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