Hi everyone and a very happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - nip over to see Julia at Stamping Ground if you don't know what I'm on about - especially if, like me, you love to snout around other people's workrooms and rummage in other people's drawers ..... :o)
If you happened to see my WOYWW post for last week, you'll know that I was packing for a crafty weekend away in Banbury near Oxford with the girls (crafty as in cuttin and stickin of course, not crafty as in devious). We just got back yesterday evening, so there isn't much activity on my desk, but I have strewn it with all the goodies I brought home so you can see what I collected/bought/totted on our travels.
I love the yummy Cath Kidston fabric-covered buttons (when we spotted the shop in Oxford, we briefly considered just licking the window but in the end couldn't resist going in)
There's a pile of brochures, beer mats, postcards, tickets and so on, some of which will end up in my Smash Book, and a roll of beautiful wrapping paper with pictures of book shelves from the Bodleian Library shop. On the right you can see a gorgeous scarf handknitted for me by Polly - she made a different one for each of us - here's a close-up of mine so you can see the little sequins (of course I kept everyone's wrapping paper too) ...
If you look very closely, you can see a wonderful 12th scale mini book which Emma made me ...
It has a faux leather cover with a raised leaf pattern and she filled it with pictures to illustrate our stay ... here you can see wine and a pasty, because she brought pasties up from Cornwall for our supper.
In the centre of the picture is the beginnings of a needle felted heart which Michelle was helping me with - I never got to finish it because Disaster Struck on our last day, but I really enjoyed having a go
Amongst other things, you can also see some fab wooden buttons, a fat quarter of fabric printed with vintage adverts and some beautiful flowers from the Crafty Cow stall in Stratford Market.
We enjoyed Oxford so much that we went back for a second visit on Monday, saw the Magical Books Exhibition at the Bodleian, had a delicious lunch, wandered about ... and intended to spend our final evening finishing our projects, tidying up and packing. However, at about 4.30 I happened to notice TEN MISSED CALLS on my mobile!!! OMG! I never get that many calls PANIC!
To cut a long story short, it turned out that we should have vacated our rented flat that morning, new people were due at 4pm and the owner had been frantically trying to contact us all day since the cleaner went in that morning.
Our stuff was strewn EVERYWHERE and we had no idea what would happen if the new people had already moved in. We had to run for the next train back so we could get our stuff and then try to find alternative accomodation for the night.
So I thought I would make things even more interesting by having a FULL-ON ASTHMA ATTACK - thank goodness for the kindness of strangers - a lovely man on the station platform gave me his spare Ventolin inhaler (previously used, but I didn't care a bit by then).
Eventually we got to the flat, to find a Spanish couple and their daughters had moved in - they were also very kind and helped us find our stuff. Everything had been piled into the hall cupboard so we had to take it out on the landing and repack as best we could. We ended up in a Holiday Inn for the night and as far as we know, all we ended up losing was some shampoo ... and all the Tangles I had drawn over the weekend. Never mind, could have been so much worse.
When I got home my DH had put up bunting and left me a lovely card and a box of fudge :o)
All's well that ends well - we're still planning to go again next year :o)xxx
Don't forget to check out Stamping Ground - have a good old nosey around some much more productive and inspiring workdesks than mine! Cheerio for now.