Wednesday, 14 March 2018

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 458

Wednesday! Already! Surely not!

The last week seems to have just passed in a bit of a blur and I don't know what I've been filling my time with ... not much, that's for sure. I can't say I've been crafting ... that would be a blatant lie! And it's not as though I've been spring cleaning either. So for the WOYWW record, after all that's what we're here for, here's what's on my desk today.
Apologies for the light - it's a grey day here and even the daylight bulb hasn't made much of a difference. Hopefully you can see that I've taken back my desk. The jigsaw is back in it's box. Not because we completed it - we didn't - but I just wanted my desk back. I'm now looking for one of those puzzle boards that will enable me to work on jigsaws but store it between times. Anyway, I digress! What's on my workdesk today is our Christmas scrapbook. It needs a bit more work on it before I can say it's done. It's my intention this year is to finished all my unfinished projects - of which there is more than a few - and this is just the third. The first and second, you may recall from last week's post. I can report today that two more albums are now full taking the total up to fourteen and still counting! Behind the scrapbook is a basket of various festive patterned paper packs, a box of paper punches and date stamps, the guillotine and one of those really useful boxes with 12x12 Christmas papers and embellishments. There's also a dish of bits and bobs, a tray of washi tape and a cup of much needed latte.
The postie delivered these little beauties this week. All the way from China, fifty sheets of enamel dots in a lovely variety of colours - ordered from Ali Express. With free shipping for UK customers the price worked out at just 71p a sheet - a bargain!

The only other job of note this week is one the EM and I did together.
Our huge collection of plant pots now disinfected and rinsed. It took the EM an entire morning to wash them out and then I sorted them into the different sizes before putting them back in storage until I get around to sowing some seeds ... just waiting for it to get a bit warmer outside.

Just two books listened to this week. Both fiction but they were too very different 'reads'.

The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman. It's a disturbing read but also a hopeful one and there are moments of real humour. The main character, Claire, like her late father, is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The memory book of the title is kept at the suggestion of her counsellor - something to pin her memories down while she still has them. A very good read even if the issue of Alzheimer's is an undeniably sad one.

The Lewis Man by Peter May. This is a story of the mystery surrounding an unidentified corpse recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. Beautifully descriptive, the book is taking me around the islands of Lewis and Harris and giving me an insight into life of these islands in the past and present, as well as telling a riveting murder story. This is the second book of a trilogy and I have yet to read the first, The Black House, so it's now on my list of future reads.

Oh dear, there's the rain on again. Sigh. Hard to believe I got the washing hung out for the first time this year just two days ago. Roll on the better weather!

That's all from me today. I'm off to make a cuppa and a bit of lunch before settling down to check out what's on everyone's desks this week.

Have a lovely WOYWW and a wonderful week ahead.

Monday, 12 March 2018

New Garden Hut and Mini Greenhouse

We've been getting ready for spring in the garden. I have long wanted a hut which can be dedicated to flower arranging and seed storage and finally I've got one.
It's a very pretty shade of blue and looks very much like a sentry box.
As you can see it has two storage areas. The EM is going to extend one of the shelves for me to give me an area for working on but otherwise it is more than adequate for the job.
Here he is putting it together with the help of our very kind neighbour, David. I would have helped him myself but I'm a bit under the weather with a cold which has given me sinus problems and vertigo.

We've also replaced the old and rotting mini greenhouse with a brand new wooden framed job - very posh.
Made up a few days ago when I was able to give himself a hand.
We made it up in the kitchen because the weather was grim that day.

These are all in the corner of the garden that I call my nursery area. I should take a photo of it so you can see it but I won't do that until it's been tidied and looking better organised.

The weather has cheered up, even warmed up a few degrees too, and we can look forward to spring and sowing seeds for the summer. In the meantime, I've been strolling round the garden spotting all the signs of new life. I've taken a ton of photos and plan to post the best of them soon, just for the record.

Thanks for popping in.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 457

Afternoon Deskers,

Here I am back for another WOYWW after last week's absence. No reason for missing a week except that there really wasn't a great deal happening on my desk. Last week was, in fact, a bit of a write-off craftwise ... I blame the cold. It was freezing with below zero temperatures for much of the time, though we certainly didn't have anything like as much snow as many of you I'm sure. Not that I've been completely idle - it's just that I've been busy doing other stuff. However, here is a desk shot of sorts.
Not my usual workdesk but the worktop to the left of it. Usually this is my die-cutting station but, as the jigsaw is still on the desk, the machines have been temporarily relocated in the spare room and I'm using the worktop for the making of scrap layout kits. After sorting through my stash of pretty patterned papers and cardstock it is now sorted into coordinated/matching sets which are stored in plastic bags. Now I'm working on the next stage in the process which is to match up the kits with embellishments and alphabets. The pile to the right are the sets waiting for embellishments, etc., and the box that can just be seen on the left contains sticker sheets and alpha sets. That's my collection of enamel dots hanging above and just below that is a pile of index cards - useful for including notes in a kit if it occurs to me that there is just the right photo somewhere.

And talking about photos.
As mentioned earlier, I haven't been completely idle. I spent quite a few happy hours sorting through photos ending with three more albums filled. Each of the 12 album holds 200 photos - 2,400 in total - and I've only reached year 2005! There's an order for three more albums on the way.
Here's another job done.
I have quite a collection of recipes that my late mother saved. Some are cut from newspapers or labels from cans of food, others she has written out by hand onto index cards, post-it notes or scraps of notepaper. I've now collated them and put them in this recipe journal to be passed on to my grandson, the one that is a chef. Goodness knows what he will make of some of the recipes which date back to the 1940s when food was on ration!

There's been quite a few more hospital visits and clinic appointments for both the EM and for myself - mine much more routine than his but still requiring a lot of sitting around, waiting. And that means I've got through quite a lot of audio books - too many to share here so I've picked out two I particularly enjoyed.

I know! Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden is a children's book. But I've decided to take a trip down memory lane by listening to as many of the books I can remember from my childhood. This one is the first and I absolutely loved it. The story of the orphan, Mary, and her spoiled little cousin, Colin, and their discovery of the secret garden was even better than I remembered.

This is the book I'm listening to right now - At Home: A Short History of Private Life read by Bill Bryson himself.  In the book he 'covers topics of the commerce, architecture, technology and geography that have shaped homes into what they are today, told through a series of "tours" through Bryson's Norfolk rectory that quickly digress into the history of each particular room.' Absolutely fascinating!

That's all from me today. I'm off to make a cuppa and a bit of lunch before settling down to check out what's on everyone's desks this week.

Have a lovely WOYWW and a wonderful week ahead.