Hello my friends. Already it is Tuesday evening – so time to write a post and tell you about my workdesk this week! As usual the work area has moved around the house … and further afield. Let’s start with the bedroom wall!

This is the gorgeous oil painting I have been attempting to get the dirt off. I think, if the cotton wool balls are anything to go by, I am succeeding. This is just SO Wales! I only wish I knew if my maternal Grandfather had indeed painted it – but there’s no-one to ask now. If he did paint it, then he would have done it around 100 years ago.

This is the photo I showed you a couple of weeks ago… taken from a slightly different angle, but so very similar.

So, from the bedroom wall to the sewing table. I took one of the silk paper sheets I had made and have done a little sewing into it in order to show the participants a possible use of the paper at the Crafternoon a week on Saturday. I used some rayon sewing threads because they have such a lovely sheen to them. Didn’t do a great deal, just enough to show folks that a) it’s possible; and b) it’s not easy to keep the sheet flat! it gets all wrinkled as I didn’t dare put it into an embroidery hoop.

From the sewing table to the dining table. I wonder why I so rarely get to eat there???! A 3D piece now. The surprise activity for the Crafternoon. I’m just waiting for it to dry. Shaped over a 2 pint pudding basin, the crinkles will even out a little when I remove it from the former.

And so, from the dining table to Martin Meer. A Wildlife and Wetlands Trust venue up in Lancashire. My 2 pairs of binoculars (one was John’s father’s pair and one his grandfather’s!) have recently died. They refuse to focus on anything – near or far. So, it was time for a rethink. I checked that Martin Meer sold a decent selection and headed North to find an expert. A lovely man called Jim spent ages helping me to find a pair suitable for someone who simply wanted to look a bit further afield and identify birds and animals, but wasn’t a birder!!! Then, armed with new binoculars, camera, zoom and macro lenses, I set off around the centre. The weather was just glorious – I had taken coat and cardigan with me, and needed neither! Most creatures there turned their backs on me the instant I lifted the camera to my eye… but…

So that’s it, my friends. A full and lovely week. I’m completely ready for the church’s charity re-launch afternoon tea this Saturday apart from making some cakes on Friday. Their brochure which I designed is with the printer, and their website (including blog) is completely up and running. I’m nearly all set for the Crafternoon with Camilla a week on Saturday, just a case of checking the cross stitch patterns I need to use, and then putting my embroidery silks all ready – Remember those glorious rainbow coloured boxes the other week? I am trusting they will inspire folk! Then I am greatly looking forward to seeing my entire family over their Easter break, and spending some time with them all.

Take care my friends. Thank you so much to those who visited and commented last week. God bless you.


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17 Replies to “WOYWW669”

  1. What a fabulous array of crafting and photos you have been up to Margaret. I hope both the Church events go well – you couldn’t be better prepared it looks. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #1

  2. Good Morning Margaret, and happy Wednesday – what gorgeous photos! you will be in your element with the new binoculars too. Hope the Church event goes well and yay to seeing your family over Easter! take care and stay safe. Helen #3

  3. I love the wrinkled effects on the silk paper…it gives it character. Love your photos and hope the new binoculars give you a lot of pleasure.
    Annie x #7

  4. That watercolour is stunning – it has cleaned up so well to show off its beauty. I am intrigued by the other bits of creativity on display – especially the 3D bowl! Happy WOYWW. Take care, with love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#12)

  5. What an interesting read! Loved the tour of your house… what a fabulous oil painting to start! 5hen I loved the fabulous photos to finish!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Susan #11

  6. What a happy fun filled week you’ve had! Well done on the painting, that must be satisfying seeing it emerge from the gloom. And great pics from your trip, the swans would make an awesome anniversary card!
    Hugs LLJ 9 xx

  7. I love the way you have such huge photos on your blog. and I love the typescript you chose to use as well.
    That painting is beautiful, something to be very proud of and hand down in the family for years to come. What a talent he must have had and you have certainly inherited your talent from him I would say.
    Love the photos from Martin Mere, somewhere I must confess I have never been. Well done on getting some great new binoculars, it certainly paid off buying them and armed with your camera you brought us some lovely wild life.
    God Bless, Neet 6 xx

  8. Good morning Margaret, the painting is so beautiful, what a treasure to have and that it might have been painted by your grandfather ?⭐ I adore your stitches on the handmade paper . Looking forward to seeing how your 3D project turns out ? Fantastic photos from Martin Meer… especially the last one … that one makes me smile wide with joy! Wishing you a joyous day ahead rolling into the weekend. Love and hugs Tracy #14 xxxx

  9. Your silk paper embroidery (not sure if it’s the right term) are beautiful. How wonderful that your new binocs let you spot and photograph an otter!
    Your comment on matching boobs made me laugh. They like to have one with a normal nipple and one with a flat nipple. No idea how they use them, just that they’re good props for helping mothers to overcome difficulties with breastfeeding.
    Your grandfather’s picture is beautiful now it’s cleaned. You can just choose to believe it’s his.
    Take care and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 10

  10. Wow! What beautiful photos! Especially the swans – such beautiful creatures. I never knew that binoculars could stop working! Glad you found some new ones. The painting is lovely, that would be very cool if it had been painted by your Grandfather – that may be where you got your art genes from! The handmade paper looks very intriguing! Have great week, Lindart #18

  11. Well done with the painting Margaret it is cleaning up nicely. Looks like you’ve had a brilliant week all round. I smiled about the creatures turning their back on you as this often happens to me in the park, they just know! Oh! dining tables………so you’re meant to eat on them are you Lol! Hee! Hee! Wishing you a very happy and creative woyww. Hugs, Angela x13x

  12. Oh such lovely photos Margaret – well done you. The zoom lens makes a big difference to how you can get “up close” to nature doesn’t it. I haven’t really done much proper photography since i replaced my 35m SLR for handy digital cameras. G. has all the gear but rarely uses it much nowadays. Maybe I should borrow it! You have made a great job with the silk paper. You could strengthen it with iron on Vilene if you wanted to free machine without a hoop. xx Jo

  13. My goodness what fabulous photographs! Those anemones are a beautiful colour and I love the swans. I would like to know more about making silk paper sheets and what you use them for. Perhaps I should Google! Have a great week. Angela #4

  14. I love the variety of your photos – that painting would be so special if you knew it was a family heirloom! What a shame you can’t find out. I have a tiny macro lens that clops on my phone and I love taking photos with that but can see the use of a zoom one as well. And the silk paper? You and Lynn (from One I Made Earlier) should compare notes! She does textiles that amaze as well.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (2)

  15. wow, I saw the photo and painting a few weeks ago and now that it’s framed, it is even more beautiful! I also love the embroidery on ‘silk paper’… makes me curious to hear/sea how you made that surface (will scroll a few posts down, did you write about it?) Thanks for stopping by the other day, hug from Holland. Marit #15

  16. Love all the photo’s, those swans look like they are dancing! The otter could be watching and wondering what’s up!?! Happy very Late WOYWW Stay save!((Lyn))#21

  17. Good morning, Margaret. Lovely to see you. I had a feeling you’d be wondering where I got off to. hehe

    That painting is stuffing. Shame you can’t know if your grand father painted it but still a treasure. An expert might be able to date the painting based on the oils used. An appraisal might be something to think about – just for dating purposes.

    Lots going on around your place. Photos are gorgeous! What a fun outing you had.
    Creative Blessings ~Kelly #19

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