Sunday, 30 June 2013

How Does my Garden Grow?

The poor garden has been a bit confoooozed this year with the erratic weather and lack of the usual attention I would be lavishing on it, but it's finally flourishing despite all that.

Here are a couple of the Stars of the Show - firstly, the strawberries YUM! We've had so many fruits and this year John has been going out morning and evening to pick them as soon as they're ripe - last year we lost over half of them to our various wildlife visitors, but this year we're getting a punnetful every single day.


A new venture for me is the globe artichoke - I love to eat these, but have never grown or even cooked one - aren't they spectacular?! Need to look up when to harvest them ...


The foxgloves I've been nurturing for two years were well worth the wait as well - this was taken a couple of weeks ago, before they really took off

Perennial sweet peas have survived John's efforts to tidy them up last year ...

And we have some more babies on the way for next year ... Hollyhocks!


And in the grounds the walnut tree is full of fruit this year (after being absolutely barren last year) and there is a HUGE tree which is full of cherries that we have never noticed before ... must have been Business As Usual for the bees this year :o)

Yummy Key Lime Pie

Last week I made Key LIme Pie from a recipe on food.com and it was so yummy that John had to take  the leftovers in to work to stop us from eating the whole lot!
The recipe calls for key limes of course, which you can't get here in the UK, so I used normal limes. Also Graham Crackers, which I had to look up to find out what they were, and the nearest we have here are Digestive Biscuits, so I used the reduced fat ones. I also substituted reduced fat condensed milk and it all seemed to work fine.


This pie was SO easy to make bit tasted so luxurious - here it is just out of the oven, smelling deLISHously temptacious!
The hardest part was getting it out of the tin in one piece, but here it is (with the important taster piece cut out - well you wouldnt want to offer it to friends without checking it first would you?!

And here is a mouthwatering close-up - well my mouth is watering anyway!

Try it for yourself - here's the link to the recipe again
Enjoy! :o)xxx

Lime Green and PURPLE!!!

It's Week Three of Summer of Color over at Twinkle Twinkle, where the lovely Kristin is giving us a new and gorgeous colour combo to play with every week for six weeks. The difference this year is that we all get to vote for the next option - can't wait to find out what is in store next but we'll have to wait until tomorrow.

If you fancy having a go, it's not too late to join in. You can create anything you like as long as you use the colours and one of the best things about SOC is the variety - everything from nail art to ATCs to cupcakes to photography is fair game.

Each week Kristin puts together a fabulous prize in the chosen colours and you can link up your project for a chance to win - bonus!!!

Actually I'm a bit late to go in the draw for this week, but you can link up and join in anyway so that's what I'm going to do.

So, without further ado, here are my Lime Green & Purple journal pages


This picture doesn't show the details too well, but you get the gist! If you click on the image it will enlarge which might help a bit. This started out as a hardback novel which I picked up in a charity shop and each week I'm sticking a couple of pairs of pages together with gesso to give me a firm base to work on, and then letting rip with whatever media I can find in the right colours - brilliant fun, and something I've been meaning to do for the longest time... so thanks again to Kristin for the inspiration.

Here are my previous two pages

Week One - Citron Green and Turquoise

Week Two - Hot Pink and Orange
Thanks very much for checking out my pages - please let me know what you think of my first ever art journal!

Cheerio for now, see you again soon

Annie :o)xxx

Saturday, 29 June 2013

LOL!

Case File #78 over at CSI this week was full of fun ideas and colours and I thought it would be the perfect foil for a picture which always makes me smile. Here's the Case File (click on the image to enlarge)



CSI Mastermind Debbi Tehrani has found another intriguing Scene for us to investigate - from this inspiration image Debbi pulls five colours, lots of ideas for design elements and plenty of journaling prompts to get us going.

In order to solve the case, you have to use the following Clues

  • All five colours from the Scheme
  • At least two items of Evidence
  • At least one piece of Testimony

Each week there is also a new set of CSI Coordinates designed especially for the case by the talented Michele Singh. These are printable images, journaling spots and patterned papers which CSI members can download and print off or use for digi scrapping - they're FAB and they're FREE!!! Amazing!

Here's how I solved the case, using a sketch by Sheena Rowlands for Scrap 365

To create the journaling spot, cut pp to fit the ID holder,
round corners with a punch, add Heidi Swapp stamps
and doodle a border with a fineliner pen.
Chevrons were cut from a sheet of cork from a DIY store

This sketch is so brilliant that I've used it twice already! I'm going to link this to the Sketch 365 July challenge as well - check out the Sketch 365 blog for lots of ideas and inspiration from the DT.

There are several influences here from the Projects That Wow! online class which I've been following at Jennifer Grace Creates - mainly from the DIY Details prompt, but also Bling's The Thing and Pop and Slide! Intrigued? Check out Jennifer's blog as she always has lots going on.

So, how did I solve the CSI Case File #78?

The Scheme: the five colours are all there, plus some black and neutral (which you're allowed)
The Evidence: metal, fabric, transparent accent, glossy, buttons
The Testimony: As luck would have it, my DH brought home a transparent ID holder with a metal clip (knowing I could make use of it!) so I used it to create a holder for my journaling - and it also gave me the transparent accent and the metal for Evidence. The journalling on the front reads "At Grandma's house Around 1986 - po-faced Richard aged 4  x" and then if you lift the flap you will find a file card where I've written as follows "I have no idea of the story behind this picture as I wasn't there, but I'd love to know what was going through your 4-year old mind. Had you already started to develop your keen sense of irony, your feel for the surreal and the silly - or at only 4 years old, were you just thinking "What's so funny?!" Mum x

Thanks so much for looking at my page - please let me know what you think of it!

Cheerio for now
Annie :o) xxx

ps remember to enter my giveaway for the chance to win a gorgeous pack of ribbons from Scrapbook Fantasies - click on the Grand Opening Giveaway image at the top RHS of this page to go to the original post and leave a comment.





Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Y is for ...

... Yesterday, when all our troubles seemed so far away lalala :o)

We're working through the alphabet over at Tag Tuesday and this week is the turn of the letter 'Y' - not an easy one to work with, but in the end I went for 'Yesterday' so I could go utterly vintage and use some gorgeous new bits and bobs ...


I started with a scrap of smooth ivory card and then did lots of stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger to create a vintage style background for this sweet little girl.


  • The black lace is Delicate Lace stamp by Kaisercraft
  • The pretty wording is Prairie Chic by Bo Bunny
  • The other text is Dictionary Meanings by Kaisercraft
  • The beautiful little girl stamp is Wavy Locks by Rubber Stamp Tapestry
  • The splatters are a little clear stamp which came free on a magazine
  • Even the word 'Yesterday' was done with a 99p set of tiny letter stamps


Because Archival Ink is waterproof, it meant I could then go in with various shade of Distress Ink to grunge it up a bit (Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Old Paper, Worn Lipstick, Walnut Stain, Black Soot).

Finally added a cluster of 13Arts flowers with some punched ivy leaves, a Papermania fabric brad and some vintage buttons and finished with a crochet cord to go through the top.

Thanks for having a look at my tag - if you haven't been over to Tag Tuesday already, why not head over there now? You really will be amazed and inspired at the variety of ideas and beautiful tags.

Also remember to enter my giveaway to be in with a chance to win one of two parcels of gorgeous ribbons - you have until July 3rd! Just click on the Grand Opening Giveaway at the top of the RH sidebar to go to the original post - GOOD LUCK!!!

Cheerio for now, see you again soon.

Annie :o)xxx

WOYWW 212

Hello Happy WOYWWers!!! 

If you have no idea what that means - pop over to Julia's blog The Stamping Ground and you can have a look at hundreds of other people's workdesks - it's FASCINATING, inspirational and very addictive! You can also link up to your own workdesk and show us all what you've been up to this week.

So, welcome to my Very Busy Workdesk this week (it's also very messy and there's stuff all over the floor as well which you can't see here!)


I've not actually managed to get my hands dirty yet today, but I've got lots of stuff READY :o)

This main heap here is the beginnings of my Find Your Voice project - well, actually TWO projects, because in typical Piscean fashion I can't make my mind up which to do.
Find Your Voice is a free 8 week storytelling workshop being run by Kristin Tweedale and it just started on Monday - very exciting! Pop over to Kristin's blog to find out all about it


This week we have been mostly thinking, planning, getting supplies together, getting to know each other and finding our way around. The pile of potential you see on my desk above has now been sorted into two slightly more organised heaps and I've done most of my thinking and planning on the post-its you can see below!

Both projects are books, both will have lots of handmade embellishments and interactive elements, and will make use of rescued items, freebie patterned papers and downloaded images. However, in other ways they will be very different.

Stuff & Nonsense
This one's going to be about the Now - my everyday life, dreams and aspirations, thoughts and ideas. It will be in the form of a Smash Book and style-wise I'm going for an eclectic mix of vintage with a funky modern edge. I want to include lots of photos and ephemera and I'm hoping that once I get started (at last - I've had this book for over a year!) it will come together quite quickly.

Flotsam & Jetsam
This one is going to be a place to gather up oddments of childhood memories and feelings which aren't otherwise captured in my scrapbooks. It will be in the form of an altered board book and I'm going to be inspired by the stories I loved to read as a child - think fairy tales, Alice in Wonderland, The Borrowers, The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz. I'm aiming at a more artsy, whimsical, magical feel to this one and will be trying out mixed media, collage and suchlike.

Actually, it's really helped to get that down on (virtual) paper...so, now I need to catch up with the other projects which are piled up on my desk -
  • a tag for Tag Tuesday (we're on the letter "Y" this week and I should have posted yesterday)
  • a scrap page for Projects That Wow! at Jennifer Grace Creates (I'm going for the DIY Details prompt and planning to enter it for this week's Participation Prize)
  • an art journal page for Summer of Color (lime green and purple this week - WOWZER!)
  • Case File #78 for CSI (if I tell you about as it doesn't come out until Friday and I would hate to spoil the reveal!)
  • Birthday card for my husband (he's so appreciative when I make him a card I don't like to give him a ready-made one now!)
I was also hoping to squeeze in the Tim Holtz tag for June and have a peek at the Scrapology challenge, but something had to give! 

So, best go and actually do something then, rather than sitting here banging on about it! Perhaps I'll do some cuttin and stickin whilst we have daylight and come back for a lovely wander around the workdesks with a nice glass of something chilled this evening .... mmmmm 

oooh! and I've made a Key Lime Pie today - it's not On My Workdesk as such, but it was a lovely easy recipe and definitely passed the Spoon Lick Test. You're supposed to let it chill for at least six hours now (unlikely to happen). If it tastes as good as it looks, I'll post a link to the recipe tomorrow :o)

Cheerio for now - sorry for rambling! xxx


Sunday, 23 June 2013

Find Joy

Ok so now you're going to be seriously impressed - after making an eejit of myself earlier and rushing to finish two pages two days too late to enter the June challenge at Sketch365 (scroll down a couple of inches to my previous post earlier this evening) I decided to quickly do another one for the July challenge at Sketch 365 and here it is, done and dusted in less than an hour



This time the sketch was created by Sheena Rowlands and I'll be using it again and again I think - thanks Sheena!

I'm also going to link this to Jennifer's Projccts That Wow! weekly participation prize. This week it's been all about shapes, colours and patterns. Check out Jennifer's blog here - you'll find loads of ideas and inspiration on there.

Thanks for popping in, see you again soon

Annie xxx


Whoops!

Well I was feeling pretty chuffed with myself - not only had I finished my page for the Sketch365 June challenge, but I did an extra one to go with it in less than an hour (and anyone who knows me will know just how impressive that is for me!)

So, I've just gone to link it up on Sketch365 (the sketch challenge blog for Scrap365 magazine) and it turns out that the closing date was TWO DAYS AGO!!! Not so clever now huh?!

Here are the pages anyway - the sketch was by Birgit Koopsen (worth a visit just to look at the gorgeous picture of mini albums at the top of the page - wow!)




Bless - Rich is nearly 31 now - but he's still cool! :o) xxx

Summer of Color Week 2 ...

... and Kristin over at Twinkle Twinkle has given us another deLISHous combination of colours to play with - this week was all about orange and hot pink! Yum!

Here's my effort - the second page in my fledgling art journal



I had lots of fun with gesso, texture pastes, inks, acrylic paint, pens, stamps and very mucky fingers!!!
Did a bit more work on last week's page as well (which was citron green and turquoise)


A lot more painting and pasting and I'm quite enjoying cutting the words from spare pages of the book instead of handwriting, so I may carry that idea through along with the black inking, to pull them all together a bit. Not sure ... never done this before - how exciting!!! :o)

Check out all the amazing and varied works of art at Twinkle Twinkle - you'll be inspired!

Thanks for visiting - see you again soon!

Annie x

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Beautiful!

Hi everyone,

Case File #77 over at CSI this week is all lush green leafiness and full of inspiration from nature - absolutely perfect for this picture of my dear friend Maggie looking so beautiful on her wedding day.

Here's the Case File (click on the image to enlarge it)

 As always, the wonderful Debbi Tehrani has found us an intriguing Scene to investigate this week - from this inspiration image, Debbi takes the five colours for the Scheme, design elements for Evidence and journaling prompts for Testimony -
(CSI = Color, Stories, Inspiration).

In order to solve the case, we have to use


  • All five colours in the Scheme
  • At least two items of Evidence
  • At least one piece of testimony


To help find these clues, CSI members can download a new set of CSI Coordinates for each Case - these are gorgeous printable papers, images and journaling spots designed by talented artist Michele Singh and they are all archived for CSI members to use any time and they're free! Thanks Michele :o)

So here's how I solved the case



Scheme: the colours are all there, plus I've added neutrals and tiny touches of accent colours, which you're allowed!
Evidence: Leaves; twine; something transparent; something from nature; banner made of something unusual; woodgrain pattern; vintage seed packets; circle tag; pearls.
Testimony: Written in the form of a seed catalogue description on the back of the tag which is tucked behind the photo it goes as follows:

'Lovely Maggie'
Perennial friend, reliable and hardy
Tall and graceful, beautiful inside and out
Allow plenty of space and a large garden
Happy in full sun or dappled shade
Water well and protect from severe weather
Known to have healing properties
Qty available: only one
Cost: priceless

Here are some pictures of my evidence under the magnifying glass


Lots of things from nature here. A variety of leaves - there's a die cut one, a fabric ivy leaf and a chipboard piece coloured with pearlescent fabric paint. Something gorgeous flowers from 13Arts. A couple of pins in the top of the cluster - a pearl heart and a butterfly with tiny pearl accents. Circle tag from Stampin' Up! You can see a bit of the woodgrain pattern background paper too.


More natural things in this close-up. Here's my banner made from something unusual - the flags were cut from a sheet of cork, then I added some painted chipboard leaves and threaded through some twinkly twine from Maya Road. The gorgeous vintage seed packets were cut from a 12" x 12" sheet by October Afternoon.


Here is something transparent - the lime green vellum and a sheet of white tracing paper are layered with the patterned papers.

So that's it - great fun! Pop over to CSI to see how everyone has solved this case over and why not have a go yourself? - you have until next Sunday! :o)xxx


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Spicy Delivery!!!

... it's probably not what you're thinking, although it did arrive in a plain brown package ;o)

This month, John and I have been mostly eating experiments in Cajun Cuisine, because I have been practising for his upcoming birthday party in July. We decided that a Cajun them would be fun, because we love the music and we love the food - think "Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, File Gumbo"!



Of course, I love to cook and (beingOCD me) I want to make it as authentic as possible - hence lots of research and all the experiments.

One of the first things I discovered was that Gumbo can be made with any meat or fish you can catch and put in the pot - rabbit, fish, chicken, squirrel for example. What is really important is how you thicken your Gumbo - with roux, okra or file powder - and apparently everyone has their favourite method.

So, I've tried it with okra and with roux - Cajun roux is very different from the roux I would normally make say for a cheese sauce, because you make it with oil and you cook it for ages until it is quite dark.

Just out of curiosity I really wanted to try the file version as well (there should be an accent over the "e" but I can't work out how to do it on this keyboard) - this is made with ground sassafras leaves and I have to say I've never noticed any in Sainsbury's!

A couple of other Cajun ingredients I could substitute if necessary (such as Polish Kabanos for Cajun smoked sausage) - but I really wanted to try the file, so I online again and BINGO!


Seasoned Pioneers are based in the UK and stock ground file leaves WooHOO! I spent a very happy half hour browsing their virtual shelves and discovered that they had loads of other spices which I REALLY NEEDED RIGHT NOW including Galangal, Chermoula Spice Blend, Sumac Berries, Kashmiri Chillies.
Their website also has loads of information, advice and recipes - brilliant!

And just look at this box of gorgeousness which arrived just now - can't wait to try it all ... guess what's for dinner?! :o)

WOYWW 211

Happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone!
If you have no idea what I'm on about, check it out on Julia's blog here - you can link to your own workdesk and you get to nosey at other people's workdesks all over the world - brilliant fun!

 Well, this is my workdesk as I left it in the wee small hours of this morning ...


Just look at all that DST!!! Whatever did we do before they invented DST?!

Anyway ... you know that thing where someone asks you to make something for them, because they know you do crafty stuff? You have reservations about taking it on, but you're pleased to be asked and they say there's no hurry and you find yourself saying, "yes, of course, I'd love to!" ... and then months later you still haven't even made a start and it's become this HUGE thing hanging over your head and you still don't know where to begin ...? Or is it just me???

This was one of those situations - my new sister-in-law had asked me to sort out the photos from her daughter's wedding and put them into an album which she'd already bought ... trouble is; there were far too many photos to fit into the album, I wasn't at the wedding and I don't recognise most of the people in the pictures. Then there's all the angsting over colour and style - an album like this is a very personal thing isn't it?

So, I'd just kept putting it off and finally last week decided it really had to be tackled.

Firstly, my husband (who WAS at the wedding and DOES know everyone of course) helped me to cull the photos and put them in order and then I just waded in and started cutting and sticking (which is what I love to do best after all!). I kept it quite simple - the same three layouts repeated throughout the book with a few slightly fancier feature pages. Like this one



The colour scheme was another difficult decision, but in the end I went with soft blues, greens and kraft against the ivory background paper - picking up on the colours of the bridal party outfits and the beautiful Finnish landscape. I've left plenty of spaces for Karen to write in details about the day herself, including a few tags in case she wants to do any hidden journaling.

Now I'm really worried in case she doesn't like it and I've ruined her photos OMG!!! Still, it's done PHEW!

Ok enough waffle - I have a lovely cup of coffee ready, so I'm off for a snout around some other people's workdesks now, see what everyone else has been up to - try it for yourself if you haven't already. Warning - it's addictive! Click here

By the way, don't forget to enter my giveaway here - just leave a comment to be in with a chance to win one of two gorgeous ribbon packs from Scrapbook Fantasies posted anywhere in the world! Even if you've already left a comment, you can get extra entries by pinning, facebooking, blogging or tweeting about it!

Thanks for popping in, see you again soon :o)xxx

X is for ...

X-rated!

This was a tricky one - we've almost finished working through the alphabet at Tag Tuesday and this week we're on the letter 'X' ... well, I racked my tiny brain for an idea and this is what I came up with



It gave me a great excuse to use this tiny handcuff pinched from this year's valentine, and I also used up some tiny scraps of ribbons, feather trim and tulle, finishing off with a tiny red rose to make it more romantic than rude!

Hope you like it, thanks for peeking!

Annie :o)xxx


Sunday, 16 June 2013

Summer of Color Week One ...

... Citron Green and Turquoise (yum yum)

I love this colour combo - what a mouthwateringly delicious starter to Summer of Color 2013! Every week for six weeks, Kristin at Twinkle Twinkle is going to give us a new colour combination to play with and this year is a bit different, because we get to vote for the next set of colours.

If you would like to join in with the challenge, you can create any kind of art you like using these colours - from nails to journals to bunting to cupcakes - AND as if that's not enough, you also have the chance to win a prize every week! Last year I was bowled over by all the wonderful ideas and inspiration and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this year.

So now, what about my effort for this week? Well, it might not look much, but to me this is a huge step towards finally making my first art journal -I may have to come back to it later and do a bit more, but I've made a start AT LAST so I'm well chuffed! :o)


This is a book I picked up in a charity shop which I've been meanign to turn into an art journal for bllimming well ages!
After gesso-ing a couple of pairs of pages together to make them more robust, I had a lovely messy time creating a background with inks, paints, gesso, pastels, texture paste and stencils, then used a little carved wooden block to print the tree and wrote the first couple of lines of Joyce Kilmer's poem "Trees" on the opposite page. It still needs quite a bit of work, but I am pleased to have made a start.
Here are a couple of close-ups



Thanks for looking - I'm off to see what everyone else has come up with now!
Cheerio, see you soon :o) xxx

A great day out with the KHC

Hi Everyone,

We had a fab day at the KHC yesterday - three of our regulars were away on hols, so we invited along some new faces and everyone got along famously as I knew they would.
Show'n'Tell was brilliant - Kate brought along a beautiful collection of her cross stitch work; Linda showed us the gorgeous christening dress which she knitted for Kate over thirty years ago; we even had scrap pages from Karen, who is famous for forgetting her show'n'tell! It was wonderful to see all the different things people had made - what a talented bunch!

photo courtesy of Karen
We had all sorts going on around the table - scrappin of course, plus tag making, cross stitch, sewing and knitting. It's just the best kind of day, sitting about doing something creative whilst chatting with friends and drinking coffee. The conversation ran from work and home, children, grandchildren and men (of course) to how best to bury a dead body in the garden and various encounters with jellyfish (don't ask!).

photo courtesy of Trina
And then of course there was a delicious lunch with a glass of wine, followed by more of the above and finally a couple more glasses in the bar before heading home (where my DH had spent most of the day doing the housework - perfect end to a perfect day!)

See you all again soon - don't forget to enter the giveaway (you have until 3rd July)

Annie :o)xxx

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Happy Days ...

...are yours and mine - Happy Days! Who else remembers the Fonz heeeeyyyyy!?

I made this page for this week's case at CSI and was also inspired by Jennifer's Projects that WOW! classes which started on Monday.

Here's the CSI Case File 76 (click on the image to enlarge it)



Each week, CSI Mastermind Debbi Tehrani finds a new Scene for us to look into. From this image she draws inspiration for colour combinations, journaling prompts and design elements (CSI = Color, Stories, Inspiration)

In order to solve the case, you have to use the following clues

  • All five colours in the Scheme
  • At least two items of Evidence
  • At least one piece of Testimony

As it's the second week of the month, we also have a fab sketch from Emma Stafrace at Page Drafts to follow - I love Emma's sketches, they're so cool and together with these fun colours, I had a lovely time as you can probably tell!

CSI members can download a new set of CSI Coordinates each week to help solve the case. These are gorgeous printable images, pp and journaling spots designed by Michele Singh



The Scheme: I used all five colours, plus black and white which are allowed as extras
The Sketch: Loved it thanks Em!
The Evidence: Circles, frames, date/calendar accents, retro images
The Testimony: Part of my journaling is in the form of a record label; the IW "important" and "day" kicked me off; I also used the "save the date" prompt, thinking about the difference between a special date and an ordinary day.
  • The record label reads "These happy days are yours and mine - Christmas 2011"
  • Around the edge I've written "A special day - Our first married Christmas 2011 ... but every day with you is a happy one xs"
  • On the back I've written "These pictures were taken on our first married Christmas Day, but really this page is about all the little things which make up our everyday life together and how happy we are - I feel lucky every single day I share with you x"
Here is my evidence under the magnifying glass


I've also been inspired by Jennifer's WOW! prompts throughout this first week of classes - my head is full of ideas about layering, distressing, mixed media and all sorts - thanks Jennifer!
Here are a few more close-ups




Thanks for checking out my page, and don't forget to enter the giveaway before you go!
Cheerio for now :o)xxx

Thursday, 13 June 2013

W is for ...

... WICKER! which is where this little tag for Tag Tuesday started - because this week we have reached the letter W.


 My tag went off in its own direction a bit and ended up being a souvenir of a sunny day in Donegal last weekend with my Aunt and Uncle. We were told it usually rains in Ireland (especially in Donegal) but for me Ireland will always be like this - blue skies, green grass, sunshine and flowers :o)

There are more details and a close-up on the Tag Tuesday blog - check it out, then you can see all the other amazing ideas people have come up with for "W". We only have X, Y and Z to go, then in July there will be a new series of prompts to inspire us ... I <3 Tags!

Thanks for looking at my tag - see you again soon :o) xxx

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

WOYWW 210

Well we just got back from a few gorgeously sunshiney days in Ireland, so not an awful lot's been going on in my workroom this week, but here's my desk as it is today - won't be this tidy for very long! Check out lots of other much more interesting and productive desks at Stamping Ground and why not link up and show the world What's On Your Workdesk this Wednesday too? :o)


I did manage to re-assemble the mini book I was working on last week for my little niece Alice and it's all fitting together much better now
I added some ribbon scraps to the rings - all the colours of the rainbow and hopefully in the right order (although I still had to say the rhyme in my head!)
I've put lots of family photos in to start her off, and left some spaces for more and journaling spots for her to write in if she likes, plus pockets for storing bits and bobs she wants to keep.

Next to that is a little pile of good intentions for catching up with my tags for Tag Tuesday - we're working through the alphabet and this week we're on "X" .... tricky one - can you guess where I might be going .....?


Lots of ribbons, lace, feathers, some flesh-coloured cardstock, a tiny red rose and a mini handcuff from a valentine card ..... hmmmmm .....

Speaking of ribbons, please have a go at my Giveaway - all you have to do is leave a comment on the Grand Opening Giveaway Post to be in with a chance to win a gorgeous parcel of ribbons all the way from Australia - check it out!

Bargain Box

Here's my latest boxful of goodies from Every Crafts A Pound


Apart from the tapes and the 12" paper pad, everything you see here was ... guess how much?! ... £1
BARGAIN!!!
The extra-strong tapes were a multi buy - 20 asstd sizes for £10 another BARGAIN!!!
The Grace Taylor "Millie's Garden" 12" paper pad was £4-something and has 30 sheets of really pretty papers incl one cut-apart sheet with journaling spots.

Here are some close-ups

Here you can see the die cuts to match the papers - £1
The fabric covered brads are really cute - £1

Papermania journaling cards and die cuts - £1
Gorgeous pearl heart pins and S/A gems - £1

I don't know how they do it, - probably it's a case of if you see something you like, grab it whilst it's there, but things like the double sided tape multi packs always seem to be available. UK Postage is £4.95, but that seems fair enough and you can always share with a friend. Everything always arrives quickly and nicely packed - I honestly can't fault them.
Check them out if you haven't already - click on the link above and they're going into my "useful places" list on the RH side bar.

Cheerio for now

Annie x