Hello my friends. Yes – awol again! Sorry folks There was nothing to show because my desk on the landing was totally unusable!
See what I mean? John’s computer, my old one… getting a bit crowded out there on the landing. The trouble is, I currently still need access to them both! – just occasionally. BUT…
… I have moved into the study – ie. John’s art space! A much better shaped desk, screen a little further away from my nose, and, yes, I am finally joining the 21st century – a webcam. Zoom-ability has arrived. So nothing to show on either desk except hardware – but I have been keeping myself out of mischief down in the lounge.
I assure you, Julia, I have hunted high and low for that missing piece – even tried hoovering the living room… but no sign – sorry.
And I have crocheted a baby blanket for a charity in the Midlands. Oh dear – I really should have taken the photo from a different angle, shouldn’t I? That settee cushion does look rather bad!
So, that’s it today, here on the North Wales coast. I took part in the big birdwatch this last weekend – and like most folks, discovered that you can see hundreds of birds at any time…. except the one hour you choose to do your counting! However, having a field behind me did mean I got to see 33 curlews feeding at the same time. Of course, Monday I looked up, having just recorded my results… and there were over 150 there! Oh well, there we go.
Do take care, my friends. Stay safe as the news gets ever more distressing each day. I don’t know how our medics are keeping going – seeing so much heartache, suffering and death day by day… their hearts must be breaking.
I pray that in the midst of all that is going on around us you would find the peace of God filling your hearts and minds. God bless each one of you.
Hello my friends. I do trust you are staying safe and well. Thank you to so many who left lovely comments last week. I do so appreciate them all. It has been quite a week here on the North Wales coast. Mr Jolly Jingle has had to be consigned to the unfinished symphonies cupboard as I endeavour to use any hours of good light to continue with the large cross stitch picture – it’s coming on, but not exactly ready for framing yet! I have continued with knitting a sweater – not photographed yet… maybe next week? Nothing has happened (again) on my landing workspace – but…
… the study is an entirely different matter! I had really hoped I would be able to post using my new computer this week – I’m so near… but this comes from my trusty 12 year old machine! As you can see from the photo, the study is a mass of technology – some plugged in, some not, some defunct now, some hopefully to be re-installed. I did manage to get the printer to work today (Tuesday) – but failed with the scanner – a job for Thursday or Friday. I have taken everything except one small programme off John’s computer, so that can soon be removed from the scene of carnage. Nothing is in quite the right place yet, so the worktop is a mass of electrical leads – again, some being used, some I haven’t even investigated yet! Just a small government health warning here – don’t hold your breath until it is a complete work of art!
But it hasn’t all been work! I have sat and done some jigsaws. The large Christmas one, was, I think, bought from the local charity shop in the 2 weeks it managed to open! The four smaller ones are all the same scene – just in different seasons. They were fun to do. They are all now on their way to daughter number 2, who will then pass them on further.
So, that’s life in continued lockdown here in North Wales. Not a lot going on really, but I have to tell you, I am still not bored yet – frustrated sometimes (especially when technology won’t do what I tell it), excited sometimes (especially when we have a family whatsapp call), but not bored.
I will do my best to get around to you all – even if I can’t always comment, I do come peek.
Take care of yourselves. Stay safe. God bless you.
Hello my friends. So, firstly – a VERY belated Happy Christmas and New Year! I trust this finds you well and looking to new things in 2021. Secondly – thank you SO very much for all the beautiful cards you sent to me – all made with care and love! They are great, and safely stowed. I have again been AWOL! Life was just a little difficult for a couple of weeks, and I just felt I couldn’t concentrate on writing my blog or visiting everyone. However, things have straightened themselves out somewhat, and exciting things have been happening here on the North Wales coast. The first thing was a WhatSapp family call on Christmas Day when my eldest grand daughter announced she was engaged and hopes to marry her lovely young man in September – life steps up a few gears at that announcement – as many of you will testify. The next thing to happen was for me to pluck up the courage and actually buy that new computer! No – I’m not yet using it fully. I need my grandson to walk and talk me through various things!! Then tomorrow (Wednesday) my 2nd grandchild achieves his 18th birthday! It’s all go up here, never a dull moment.
But – has anything been happening on my desk, I hear you ask…
Not a great deal, is the answer. This bit of the desk remains fairly empty. You see before you an empty cutting mat, a brown bag which had parcels in it; photo of my family at my parents Emerald wedding anniversary – an awful long time ago – the little girl in the blue dress has just got engaged!!, and a photo of my family taken about three years ago. The lovely caligraphy, Shaz in Oz did for me; half of a picture of a sheep, painted by grandchild number 4; The back of what looks like a picture frame – and is, in fact, a lovely photo frame thingy which was my family’s Christmas present to me. They filled it up with hundreds of pictures, some of which I have never seen before. The rest of the desk is deliberately out of sight. It sits about 6inches deep in clutter – all of which needs sorting!
But I haven’t been completely idle. I have done a jigsaw – which had pieces missing. So I selected various parts of the picture, removed some of the pieces and have saved them for the front of cards. I have sat in the evenings knitting a sweater – from the neck downwards, and in the round. Never done one quite like this before – but I’m nearly there now, and am on the second sleeve. Soon be able to model it for you.
Then my younger daughter asked would I be willing to do a large cross stitch picture and make it into an Advent Calendar for her daughter’s first married Christmas. Well… I’ve made a start…
I know – not much to show yet. It is actually in the centre of the fabric, I have just rolled a lot of the lower fabric round the bar so I am working nearer to myself! You can see how long that piece of Aida has been in my stash by the fold marks!!! I didn’t want to press it until the work is done, though. just in case you can’t immediately guess what the finished picture will look like…
The Stoney Creek picture will have a large vacant space around it, where I will stitch the numbers and curtain rings. Beth and Sam can then attach sweets to each numbered ring. I have so far purely achieved the underskirt of the girl in the green coat! But I did only start this week, and couldn’t do any on Monday as the light was so appalling (My excuse which I am sticking to!)
So, that’s life here in Wales – not much else going on around me, as we are still in total lockdown yet again, but then, so is the whole of Britain. I trust you are managing to find lots to do and occupy your fingers and minds. How my heart goes out to the nurses, doctors, surgeons who are continually on the front line – dealing constantly with such severe illness, and so many deaths. They must be exhausted, physically and mentally facing such pressures each day.
Take care each one of you. Stick to the rules. God bless you all.
Hello my friends to this, the Christmas week episode of WOYWW. Thank you so much to everyone for all your comments last week. They were great fun to read. The good news here is that I found the missing folder! Yes, Julia, it was indeed in a place I had already looked. The not so good news is that the poem wasn’t in it! I can only remember the first verse that I wrote. Oh well, never mind.
Anybody here in Britain knows this week “What a difference a day makes”!! I know that I had already taken the decision not to travel to Nottingham and meet up with my family for Christmas Day, but I cpuldn’t have gone anyway! Wales is now in lockdown again. Local travel only, can’t cross the border into England, only very limited mixing on Christmas Day, shops are shut… So very difficult for many who live on their own and don’t cope well with prolonged periods alone.
So let’s have a look at my desk this week and think about something different!
So, what have we got here… Scissors, needle, 2 pairs of glasses, lots of bits of knitting, the pattern for Mr Jolly Jingle, and there on the left… his left foot! Yes, I am still working on finishing him. The idea was to get him to the local children’s hospice – but that won’t happen now. I’m not allowed to travel that far! But I have been busy continuing to make him up.
He’s getting there. Mr snowman and his Christmas tree are stitched together and on his head; his scarf is finished and the bells are attached to the end; the holly and berries are now on his hat; and a long walking cane is attached. This will hold the lantern currently sitting on my desk awaiting the second mistletoe berry. A robin will sit on the branch of the cane, and a parcel will hang from it. His other hand will hold a stocking filled with knitted candy canes. On his shoes will sit Christmas puddings; and his pocket will have a letter to Santa. I have just, as I write this, realized I have sewn his pocket on the right of his jacket and it should be on the left!!! Obviously not reading the instructions carefully.
Last week Sue commented she would like to see my new Christmas jumper – so here you are, Sue! Nothing too bold – quite subdued, really…
I have finished and am currently wearing, a sweater I knitted for myself. It’s beautifully warm and cosy! Sorry about the photo. How do you take a picture of yourself, first thing in the morning, when all the lights have to be on because it is so very dull outside?! Anyone who has met me knows that my hair is usually quite short… this shows the result of lockdown on and off since March! It now can make quite a presentable ponytail as you can see… The beauty of it is, that even at 70 it still has its red colour! Much faded these days, but still there (mostly!)
So that’s about it here in Wales this week. The weather forecast for Wednesday is rain and more rain, so I will be able to get around to lots of visits to you all.
Whatever you are doing this Christmas Day, be it staying at home, celebrating in a minimal way with some family or friends, or even not celebrating at all, I wish you a day filled with peace and joy. To me it is one of the most important days in the year – the day I celebrate and remember that a baby was born. Born into a world filled with disharmony, wars and rivalries. Born in a stable, homeless, dispossessed; his family and nation under the rule of a harsh regime. He came because He loves each one of us, and proved that He wanted to see our relationship with God re-established, through His death and resurrection some 33 years later.
Take care each one of you. Stay safe. God bless you all.
Hello my friends. I trust this finds you well and safe. I was missing last week – I was busy sorting. Julia thinks – probably quite rightly – that to be doing sorting this close to Christmas means I am completely nuts. … but, you see, there was a really good reason. Daughter number 2 suggested that we did a family advent calendar together this year. We, in turn, would post something on the family whatsapp group each day. It could be funny, serious, photos, videos, music… anything. I immediately knew what I would post. A poem I wrote nearly 20 years ago for Radio Wales. I knew where to find it! I knew which folder it was in. Could I find it? NO!! Have I searched for it? YES!! I have turned the house upside down, opened cupboards and drawers, hunted in boxes. Looked everywhere. Have I found it yet? NO!!!
This all means, of course, that very little artycraftystuff has been done. It also means that I have discovered lots more of my unfinished symphonies (large and small!). So today my desk has two faces – this morning (Tuesday) and this afternoon! Here goes…
So from left to right this morning, you could have just seen the unfinished symphony – a small cross stitch picture of a child on a sledge, a pile of thank you cards – in anticipation! – a folder which contains loads of family games and silliness which proved to be one contribution to the advent calendar, family photos, phone, two pairs of glasses, and a huge ruck in the carpet where I keep rolling the computer chair (oops!)
And by lunchtime … you can still see the edge of the folder, my phone, the family photos, the thank you cards and the green cutting mat. The cross stitch is finished and Mr Jolly Jingle has been unearthed from the cupboard with all his little bits and pieces and a carrier of wool in case I need any extra. He is the next project to complete!He still needs his arms, Christmas tree perched on his head, Christmas puddings on his shoes, a letter to Santa, and all sorts of fun bits. I shall try to get on with him – he should have been finished for last Christmas….
And that is about it from me this week. I have done and posted my cards, sent off all my parcels, decorated the house, done all the shopping, bought a Christmas jumper, so I can now relax and simply enjoy a few days off. Yes, I shall still keep hunting for my poem. No, I’m not travelling anywhere. I am staying put and not visiting the girls. So Christmas will be different. We are planning a whatsapp video call pub quiz between us – that will be fun as I simply adore quizzes!
Take care of yourselves, everybody. God bless you all.
Hello my friends. Well, what can we say… Firstly, an enormous thank you to our Julia for having the bright idea of photographing our workspaces all those years ago. Who would have thought, that, 10 years later, it would still be so incredibly popular; that so many of us would gather each week to gaze at one another’s messy or tidy spaces.
I haven’t been in the group since its inception, but have been around for nearly 8 of the 10, beginning with just peeping, then being brave enough to make a few comments, then to actually have a site myself where I, too, could photograph what I was up to and receive comments. During those almost 8 years I thank you for your friendship and support. You are a great bunch, being there for folks when they are struggling, and there to rejoice with people. You send cards, gifts, ATCs; you encourage, laugh and cry together. The picture above shows just a few of the ATCs and gifts I have received over the years. Thank you.
The very first blog I ever commented on was Patsy’s in the Philippines. Remember her? She used to have a giveaway of one of her paintings to one of the folks who commented. I couldn’t believe it when, that first week, I won! What a treat.
Over the years I have had the privilege and delight of meeting many of you – in your work spaces, in cafes, in garden centres, even, Shaz in Oz, in an airport, at a railway station, and at crops.
Thanks, Julia, for bringing us all together. Have a great day with all your zooming on Saturday!! Thanks everyone for your friendship.
Hello my friends. Thank you SO much for the concern shown by yourselves during my 3 week absence. I have had emails, phonecalls, plus an extra visit to my site, leaving a further comment. Thank you. Yes, I have been fine – but my poor computer almost proved terminally ill!! In the end, as I kept getting the blue screen of death!, I called in a repair man. Remember Kevin? He spent hours sorting out this new site for me. Well, fully masked up, with me in a mask as well, he came round, took the tower apart, took things out, put things in… et voila! He tells me it is SO old it is definitely doing more than creaking… but should keep me going until Christmas. (Sshh! I still use Windows 7) Guess what my present to myself this year is going to be?
So, to my desk… At 9.15 Tuesday morning, my desk was empty, neat and tidy. I know – boring, huh? I had finished making cards, making presents, wrapping and writing… so I tidied up. Then I had a request for some devotion themes for Advent from my elders… well, serves me right, really. After all, it was my idea to have some.. so, I had been praying a little about it, when first thing this morning, when I woke, suddenly, all the ideas came. Pencil, paper and Bible were rapidly brought together and an hour later, lots were scribbled down. By 9.25 this morning my desk looked like this…
Hmmm… 2 HUGE A4 folders of songs, Crudens concordance, Bible, notes from VERY early this morning, and computer at the ready. Yes, there is a change that end of the desk. I have brought the tower up from the floor. It seemed sensible having watched Kevin grovelling around under the desk last week. I am pleased to say that the devotion themes are now all with the church leaders for scrutiny and their decisions. Great sigh of relief.
I have been busy whilst not contacting yourselves… made Christmas ornaments, finished advent calendars, prepared birthday cards… but I can’t show you any of those, I’m afraid. It would spoil all the surprises. I have been knitting! Nearly finished a sweater I started earlier in the year, just the neck rib to do now, then sew in the sleeves. Jigsaws have been a good go-to during our second Welsh lockdown, and they are now winging their way around Britain for others to do. One was a crime puzzle – you got clues, 1000 pieces, but no picture to go on! I haven’t got a photo of that… why ever not? No idea. But I have also done these…
And that, my friends, is that. Just a photo of Wales for you. Taken from my landing window the other evening… Oh wow!
Hello my friends. I do trust this finds you well and coping! I have a twofer for you all today…
…Taken around lunchtime Tuesday, this was the second version of my desk. Earlier it had been chaos. Papers, card blanks, scraps of card cut on the guillotine. Testament to a card fest of epic proportions. Then a rapid tidy before starting in on this. Remember those tessellating boxes from some weeks back? Well, I have pondered how to use them, thought up a few ideas – and come up with something. More later! So, now on the desk are two sets of 6 boxes, a 12 x 12 paper pad, 2 pairs of specs, the base of a daylight lamp, glue, DST, blade, etc.
So, desk number 2?
The floor! Evidence of that card fest… Boxes of different coloured card used as backgrounds and simply not put away yet in the haste to start on those boxes before I chickened out. Paper poo from die cutting all around the almost full waste bin – good thing the recycling is collected Friday. So what exactly have I been up to this past week?
Made a load more Christmas cards. I ummed and aahed over those new dies from last week, and in the end decided they were just so gorgeous and said exactly what I wanted to say, that I would keep them really simple. The dies are big – 6 inches across, so these are 7 inch cards. The Gemini has been working overtime.
Isn’t this just the cutest nativity scene? Decoupage isn’t my favourite technique (understatement!), but I saw this pack of 10 and thought… Just right for families.
So, those boxes…
They make a lovely hexagon shape when placed together. Stuck onto a base card piece, I spent ages making the shape for the top decoration – a nativity picture. Cut out a hexagon to match the size, then I cut the hexagon into six triangles (keeping the picture the right way up all the time!), and am sticking them onto the tops of each box. A large brad will ensure the lids can be opened when I have made and attached a short tassel to each one. Into each box I shall place a little gift for my family and a clue to a Christmas treat. The treats will be wrapped separately, and added to the large box I am making up for each family – yes, I am anticipating a virtual Christmas. I do hope that description makes sense!
So, what else have I been up to? I like to spend the evenings down in the lounge – and, of course, therefore have to have a jigsaw on the go! Here’s the latest…
And finally…. Thought it was about time I added a Welsh picture. I’m not allowed to go anywhere at the moment as Wales is in total lockdown – so here’s a picture taken some years ago. Get your tongue round this… Just remember that “ch” isn’t pronounced as it would be in the word “church”, but has its very own Welsh way, as does “ll” – umbrellas are passed around when at Welsh class, as this is a non-covid sensitive pronunciation involving a certain amount of huffing and puffing… and yes, it is just one word!
… Although I wouldn’t try pronouncing it as in the photo!
Thanks so much for all the visits and lovely comments last week. I do so appreciate them.
Hello my friends. I trust this finds you healthy and enjoying life and creativity. It’s been another busy week here on the North Wales coast. I have really been enjoying my pergamano and doing exciting preparations to send presents and cards to my family. My desk this week…
Taken around 2pm on Tuesday – a grim, dull day at that point. I was attempting to finish these little pieces, so had pulled out a box of gold card, there was a pack of 12×12 papers, the usual detritus of a card fest, and at this right hand end, a pile of cards I printed off this morning for my own use. Not too bad! However… a mere 2 hours later…
… By then the sun was shining, but there is barely room to move! In a mad moment I decided to add a bit of glitz and glam to the Christmas cards I had already made… that’s fine; but glitter and pearl drops need room to dry! This task is obviously going to take some time…. The to-do list right at the front right here has a LARGE number of today’s tasks crossed off – YAY!!! A good day.
So, what else have I been up to…
… Hmmm… spending money. I simply couldn’t resist – not that I tried very hard!
…making a couple of special pergamano cards… I’m pleased with these. I don’t do enough of this craft!!!
… hunting the internet to find a different way to present my family with their Christmas money, and I came up with these. They are little wallets, with lots of folds and different papers. The money slots between the back fold and the middle one. Simple and quick to make – called a tri-fold accordian card and demonstrated by Tina Zinck.
So that’s me this week, folks. I am gutted I won’t be able to partake in Julia’s lovely idea to celebrate week 600 – I don’t have a camera or microphone on my computer (it’s REALLY old) so can’t do zoom meetings. I’m sure you will have a fantastic time together!
Thank you to everyone who visited and left a lovely comment last week – you are great! Take care of yourselves. Stay safe. God bless you.
Hello my friends. Well, what a rapid week that was! But what changes we are seeing here. My heart goes out ton[places in Britain struggling at the moment. Places in the North of England with more and more restrictions. Areas of Scotland really struggling. 17 parts of Wales in restricted areas – we can’t leave our county or travel into another area except for emergencies or essential travel. Mr Drayford (our first minister) doing his best to get Mr Johnson to agree that people from a hot spot in England shouldn’t travel to a low area in Wales – with no joy as yet…Thank goodness we have something other to think about! Being creative.
I have been a busy girl this week – so here’s my desk. This was taken Tuesday – and what a dull day it was at the time.
Currently in pergamano mode! You can see the large RUB with everything piled in and on it; the pattern I was attempting (unsuccessfully) to do lying on top of my case of tools; glues, DST, a roll of glue dots, scissors, blade, ruler; and on the black embossing mat the piece I was working on, specs, and kitchen roll for covering the piece when working so as not to get the natural grease from my hands onto the parchment. I have to say that the pattern in the magazine and the finished item are nothing alike! Made a very basic mistake – AFTER I had started the pricking… so to redeem it I have changed things. Hoping Alison Yeates won’t mind!! (Pattern maker!)
However, I have been busy doing lots of other things. Remember those brusho backgrounds? Well, I found the photos!! Finished!
The top two are pergamano cards, and the bottom one is a bridge card. Never heard of the idea until I went across to peek at some of our Carol’s (Stampin’ Carol) videos – and thought I would have a go. Great fun! Thanks Carol.
The first of the baby blankets from the two filled carrier bags of yarn. And the start of the second… and yes! Those two large bags were filled with the yarns!! I fancied a change from squares this time – so these are hexagons.
Apart from that I have been doing jigsaws… (and watching tv)
A Pollyanna Pickering image – and look out Julia… It WILL be coming your way for your MIL.
Finally, a gorgeous Thomas Kinkade image – sent to me by our Julia. The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that there is a piece ofte outside missing. I messaged Julia and asked if she had put it into her pocket so she could “put the last piece in”. Hilariously, it was on her floor… so it is going into the mail to complete it. Thanks Julia. I really enjoyed that image – being a Christmasaholic
So there you have it folks – life in semi lockdown. To cap the week I have learned a new life skill – not new to almost every one of you, I imagine, but new to me. I have just successfully registered and placed an order for an on-line click and collect grocery shop at Asda – and so, I will get round to visit you all – but I got a slot for tomorrow, so need to go get a month’s worth of food!! I’m feeling quite proud of myself for achieving that…