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Hello my friends. It’s good to be here today, and I trust this finds you well. Where do the weeks go to? It seems only yesterday I was apologising for missing around 7 weeks – and here we are, already a fortnight later than that!!!

So, without further ado – my desk. In all its glory of trying to make the (shhh!) last few Christmas cards.

On the desk you see the start of those Christmas cards, the Big Shot, Mrs D’s box of dies (still), my computer with its desktop of a teasel picture I took last year. On the top shelf, on the green lid, you can just about see a little weensy gingerbread house. Made from the new Tonic die it is exquisite – but I confess to have found it quite fiddly to make. However, we will persevere as I feel a few Christmas presents coming to mind…

Yesterday, our younger daughter celebrated her 40th birthday. She and her family are on holiday on Mull at present, and celebrated this auspicious occasion by spending Monday on the Isle of Iona and Tuesday by taking a boat to Staffa. Green-eyed jealousy reared its head – as they are two places John and I would have loved to visit. For non-Brits, do try “googling” these two lovely Scottish Islands. Her card…

Also this week I have made some tiebacks for the kitchen diner windows. You have to understand that we do nothing in a hurry here… The alterations and decorations were done two and a half years ago now – and then, of course, it took us a long time to choose the curtain fabric… Then even longer to actually MAKE the curtains (in fairness to myself, John was extremely ill last year…), then I needed to think how to make them look their best. Many years ago I wove silk flowers into a long strand and made the tiebacks for our lounge curtains from them. It didn’t look quite right as I sought to do the same again… so… this is what I have finally come up with.

Needless to say, I can’t put them up yet – as I have discovered I have run out of rings… Talk about inefficient! However, they are now done, so that is one little item off the enormous to-do list for 2016.

So, that is us this week. Slowly plodding on day to day. Taking life as it comes with John’s health.

If you have never played along with WOYWW why not try it – take a shot of your arty space, and go to dear Julia’s at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/ She does an amazing job of keeping us all in order. Well done, Julia.

Take care, my friends. God bless.


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One Reply to “WOYWW374”


    Annie Claxton
    HI Margaret, sorry for the late visit, onlyjust got internet back GRRR!! I love your beautiful tiebacks, how unusual and pretty they are :o) Annie C #47
    Sun, 07 Aug 2016 10:11:04

    Having a large piece of fabric on a chair here I can empathise with the two year wait to do something. I did choose it quickly but when I will get to making a circular tablecloth is anyone’s guess – and covering shaped cushions ….. Mind you you do seem as if you have made a lot of things and to be almost at the end of your C Cards is wonderful.Hoping John is doing fine, hard to believe the change from last year in his health. Thanks to the Lord for his improvement. Take care, God Bless Hugs & Thanks for the visit to mine – Neet 1 xx
    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:52:38

    Hi Margaret, Yep we are doing all the yard work ourselves. ( which is why we bought this place we didn’t have enough dirt for two people to play in at our first house) so, the house is not anything to write home about but, the gardens is where most of our free time goes. 🙂 Thanks for the earlier visit! ~Stacy #36 (ps we are working on the house but, when a coin is flipped over spending money on the yard or the house the yard wins most the time)
    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 02:54:15

    What a beautiful card and lovely tie backs. Hope you get your rings soon. Have a terrific week. LisaDV #23
    Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:07:29

    Diana Taylor
    The birthday card is lovely – I especially love the butterfly image on the front – gorgeous. I also love the little gingerbread house, I have a thing for miniature houses, and I don’t mind fiddly! Pretty tie-backs too – the flowers are a lovely idea. Thank you so much for stopping by mine yesterday, and I apologise for being late this week, Hope you have a lovely week, Diana #19
    Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:03:00

    Lynne Mizera
    Dear Margaret – those kitchen curtain tie backs are Divine! Please do posta picture when you have them up… I cannot believe your youngest is 40… you seem much too young-at-heart to have a daughter that is 40… this Canadian is off to google those two lovely sounding Scottish Islands… Thanks for popping by today and fro the LOVELY comment you left me! Scrapbook Lynne WOYWW#2
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 23:14:08

    Excellent, Margaret! Thanks for the return visit and the info about the mug trees. Charity shops rule OK!! What would we do without them? I must look out for some mug trees. Shoshi x
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:36:42

    Plenty of interest in this week’s post, Margaret! I really enjoyed reading it and seeing your lovely pictures. You’ve got a busy desk, and how I love your imaginative use of mug trees to store your rolls of tape! Very small footprint for lots of storage. My hubby said he could probably get me some from the 2nd hand shop, and they are probably 2 a penny in charity shops, because they’ve rather gone out of fashion for their original purpose! Gorgeous card for your daughter – you can’t go wrong with butterflies, can you! Also, those tiebacks are stunning – I hope you will share a photo of them in situ once they are in situ. I know the feeling of things moving slowly – it’s the same here. I only recently unpacked the final 2 boxes from the move over 2 years ago… Thank you for a lovely comment, and it’s great to have my mojo back. I’ve been busy working on my mystery project, and haven’t had time to test Sheba’s new support tables yet. Only time will tell! Happy WOYWW, Shoshi #32
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:12:53

    Carol N
    Thanks for your visit! I’ve been so busy today working on my stamping business stuff I’m getting later and later visiting! Looks like you have a great start to your Christmas cards! I just ordered some items to make mine so I’ll be starting soon. Your tiebacks are very pretty. Would love to see them in use when you get them finished! Hope you have a wonderful week and God bless! Carol N #29
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 21:43:12

    I so love that butterfly card, gorgeous but I do wish you wouldn’t mention Christmas cards as I start to have a mad panic as I haven’t evens started any yet. Thanks for the comment over at mine and happy woyww, Angela x 12
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 21:16:33

    Hello Margaret – seems ages since I’ve ‘chatted to you’You have certainly been busy!!! Your daughter’s birthday celebrations sounded lovely.Love the card you made her. The tie backs are very pretty. One of our spare bedrooms was decorated a good while ago – it is still waiting for pictures I was going to produce!The room needs redecorating again 🙂 Thinking of you and John. God Bless you both. Anne x #20
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:18:19

    Hi Margaret, A very busy desk. Love the card. Your tie backs are so pretty. hope they make it up soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy WOYWW Sue #6
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:43:12

    I’ve never been to Scotland – well a brief trip to Glasgow for a craft show – so I am green eyed too. Hope your daughter enjoyed her birthday. Helen 4
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:48:29

    Oh, I’m envious too – going to see Fingal’s cave is on my bucket list! I shall have to listen to Mendelssohn too :-D. Hope your daughter has a wonderful time on her birthday – that part of Scotland is so beautiful. We used to go up there a lot. I like your tie backs, well done you, they look great. Who cares how long they took to make?! Hugs, LLJ 8 xxx
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:15:05

    Yeah, have to say that I could easily be jealous of your daughter’s birthday holiday – spent under such huge skies. Marvellous. The little teeny gingerbread house is very sweet – probably well worth the fiddly – but only if you start now and get them out of the way before any pressure builds! I’m fully understanding of the speed with which your home improvements are made – we haven’t had a proper landing floor and carpet for 10years and it isn’t going to happen soon! Love the tie backs, how very cheering!
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:44:36

    Well, happy belated birthday to your daughter. It’s lovely to celebrate a birthday away from home. It makes it more special. My son will be 40 on the 28th and I will be traveling to Italy to celebrate that event with him and his family. Iona and Staffa are very special places. We were (associate) members of the Iona Community for many years (until we moved to Spain) and lived by their mission statement and promises. There’s something for you to Google, if you don’t know the Iona Community. I’ve not posted WOYWW this week for the simple reason that I have no desk at the moment. Very soon I will take posession of my new craftroom and I will post photos of course. Have a good week, Love to John, Lisca
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 15:17:19

    Caz Newton
    Just love those tie backs!! Beautiful card as well Happy WOYWW Caz #27
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 15:07:04

    Nan G
    Fab card, Margaret! Looks like you’ve changed your blog setup. I’ve sent you an email too. Hugs
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:54:06

    Zo – Craftygasheadzo
    Fab post & makes Thanks for sharing. Take care Zo xx 25
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:29:25

    Gr8 looking desk and projects Happy WOYWW Kathyk #11
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:03:00

    Hi Margaret, glad to find you well. Those tiebacks are beautiful, I love the rich jewel colours. Beautiful card for your daughter- I have that stamp, now I must get it out and use it!. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #7 xxx
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 11:00:34

    Hope you get some rings soon so you can put your lovely tiebacks up. BJ#9
    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:15:27

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