Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Morning Everyone,

After the lovely weather we were enjoying last week today it's raining. Never mind! There is always What's On Your Workdesk to console me. That's the fun meme brought to us by Julia our Queen of Desks. over at the Stamping Ground, in which a worthy bunch of crafters reveal all. Here's what was on my desk this morning.
Of course, I had to clear it, using the shove-to-the-side-method, before I could get to the keyboard. Inspired by Shaz's post last week I've dragged out a bunch of UFOs and sorted them out. I've even managed to make one card, resting on the keyboard in the photo. It's not much but it's a start. On the left there's a pile of die-cuts (just visible), Brusho splattered bits and alcohol inked bits. To the right of the guillotine is a pile of card and stamped images, some already coloured, others still waiting to be coloured. The horrible mess to the far right is a couple of boxes of ribbon and lace scraps which I dragged out thinking it could be useful. At the back are the boxes and tubs of essentials that are permanently on show.

I've also set myself a target to clear the backlog of needlecraft projects waiting to be finished. Here are two that were finished this week.
Crocheted pineapple patterned doily. The first one I've made for many decades. I did make a few, still scattered around on tables even now, before my children were born but this kind of crochet takes a lot of concentration - not the sort of thing to do when you have a house full of kids.
Zippered pouch. After the success of the scrappy bag I made for my daughter's birthday - shown in last week's WOYWW post - I've made this similar but smaller and simpler to make pouch. Forward planning for, dare I say it, Christmas. I found the easy to follow  instructions on Anna Graham's blog Noodlehead.

I think the pouch would make a lovely present, filled with goodies of course. And that reminds me that I had a few comments last week asking what the goodies were that I put in my daughter's bag. Well, they were skin products - all fruity perfumed, e.g. body butter, lip salve, hand cream, etc. She was particularly pleased with the hand cream because, as a quilter, her hands get very dry.

So that's what I've been up to this week. DH is taking me out for a spot of lunch now so I'll be over to see what's on everyone's desk later - just as soon as I'm back.

In the meantime, Happy WOYWW and have a wonderfully crafty week ahead.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday Smiles

Evening Folks

It's Friday and I should have joined Annie with her Friday Smiles at A Stitch In Time much earlier and I would have done if I hadn't had an emergency to deal with.
Yes, I've managed to damage my sewing machine! I cried. I love my sewing machine. So what happened. Well, I changed the needle (from one suited to knit materials to one for cotton) and I couldn't have tightened it up adequately. I've changed umpteen needles in my time and never made such an elementary mistake before but today I did. Of course, I was sewing with a zipper foot too just to make things a whole lot worse. You could have heard the crunching sound on the moon! And to top it all the automatic needle threader is no longer working.

Not much to smile about you'd think! Brother's customer helpline to the rescue. A lovely man answered the phone and calmed me down almost immediately. He knew exactly what I'd done and what needed to be done to get my machine up and running again. And he's popping a new needle threader part in the post - I should receive it by Monday - at no cost to me. He also talked me through how to take the damaged part off and replace with the new part when it arrives. Marvellous service!
I'm now a very happy smiler indeed.

And finally, because we have two tots who are in that 'terrible two' stage, this funny really spoke to me.

Have a wonderful weekend and, hopefully, a very smiley week ahead.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Hello Deskers and All,

Joining in very late with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Why so late? Well, I swapped my desk today.
To this! The weather has been so changeable for weeks now that we have to grab the sun when and where we can. So we took a picnic down to the beach and just relaxed.
We enjoyed watching a father and his two daughters flying this kite. Aren't the colours stunning?
Here's himself posing at the start/finish of The Lang Scots Mile. Not that he walked all that way today. With his knees! X-rays were taken on Monday and depending on the findings he may be in for a transplant so it could be a wee while before he's up to his walking tricks again.

Not a lot of crafty stuff to show for this week then but I did make another of the scrappy patchwork bags.
This one for my daughter Juli for her birthday last Thursday. It was filled it with lots of goodies.
And here's the birthday girl herself. Not the best of photos but the best I snapped on the day.

Thanks to those of you who left comments last week. If I didn't get back to you I can only apologise. Apologies too for not having anything more craft related to show you but times are difficult. Several family members are ill and needing a lot of support. This means I have very much less me time, even if I had the inclination, to spend crafting. And whilst I do my best even finding time to comment is proving to be equally difficult. Heavens, I'm even finding less and less time for blogging! It won't always be so, I'm sure, so please bear with me for now and hopefully things will improve soon.

In the meantime, I wish you all a very good week ahead.