Thursday, 22 March 2018

Clear The Desk - Layout #1 - Day Trip Destination

Morning Everyone,

This is going to be a very quick post today - I'm off out to the craft club this afternoon.  As I mentioned in yesterday's WOYWW post I'm taking Shimelle's class, Clear The Desk, and this is the first layout made with it.
I've used a mix of old stash from Echo Park's Summer Bliss and Summer Party collections, Simple Stories Life Documented for this photo of a poster for Burntisland in Fife, Scotland, spotted recently in a Glasgow shop window which brought back a raft of childhood holiday memories.

Here's a photo of the supplies I pulled out for the first kit I've used for the class.
I'm having fun following Shimelle's suggestions and getting a heap of layouts done and a ton of stash used up too - which is, of course, the object of the class.

I'm keeping the post simple but if you are interested in taking the class you can find the details over on Shimelle's website.

Layout #2 follows tomorrow.

Happy crafting to all.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 459

Morning WOYWWers, Friends, Followers and All,

Many thanks for popping in, especially as recently I have been the world's worst blogger - it's a week since I posted! It's not that I've been doing nothing. I am, after all, retired, and as is often said by the retired, I'm so busy I don't know how I ever found time to go to work! Ah well, that's life! Now on to what I'm here for - to show you and Julia what's on my desk today.
Despite it being officially spring, we have rain and so the light isn't much better than it was last week. Call me mad but as well as the usual self-imposed tasks - e.g. finish all UFOs, create scrap kits from the paper stash mountain, etc. - I've enrolled on Shimelle's Clear the Desk course. It's not entirely mad or unrelated to the task list as can be seen from that pile of layouts (on the left of the desk). Not only has it got me crafting again but it's chipping away at that paper mountain and now I have five lovely layouts to show for it. The pile of maker's strips are testimony to that too. The box with the scraps - all that's left from the kit used - old black and white photo and the stamp set is for the sixth, and last layout from this kit.  That little basket sitting on top the guillotines contains what is left of the die-cuts and cut-aparts I've been using. All that stuff at the back is necessary tools of the trade and, just so I won't forget,  the current UFO - the unfinished Christmas album.

Not much to report on the book listening front. I finished The Lewis Man only yesterday so it's on to The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.

It's the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo so I'm expecting it to be just as good a read. Unfortunately, I've already read the follow up and third in the sequence, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. Hopefully, I've forgotten enough of the plot to stop me enjoying this one too.

Finally, apropos the first paragraph.

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.

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.