WOYWW 677 – ATCs in da HOUSE!

Well, it’s WOYWW again and I made it back once more. Phew. The ATCs have begun to arrive, the first one, from lovely Lunch Lady Jan, dropped on my mat well in advance of the day. You can see it there top middle. Such a clever word cloud of all the craftiness we see week after week.

The top left is from Ali – we exchanged digital versions as I wanted to trade but ran out of “real” ones. Luckily we both are big fans of digi so it was a win. Helen’s one completes the top row. Those wacky birds just slay me. I always have to trade with her, even on the rare occasion we aren’t above or below the other in the list. The bottom row is Caro (hers is titled CONNECTIONS and is so sweet!) then relative newbie Tracy (gorgeous card & love the quote) and of course Julia. Her clever wire connecting the houses is WOYWW in a nutshell. Ditto for Cindy’s clever puzzle pieces on a mixed media background to the side. Still a few outstanding but they will get here eventually. One is crossing mine over Australia so it will take a bit for that to arrive. Weirdly, we got no mail delivered today so maybe the postman was having a little break and I will get a few more tomorrow.

My desk shot is boring – I snapped it before I realized two of the cards were still downstairs from the delivery on Monday. I had dragged out my oldest art journal so I could have a go at finishing up the last few blank pages.

I have also been cranking some flat circles on my Addi with an idea to make a blanket. It’s time consuming, but not so much as actual knitting. It’s more an experiment than anything else but I am enjoying the process. It’ll end up being perhaps for the next new family addition. I haven’t snapped photos but I made a dragon and a unicorn that need a few final touches then they will go in the mail back to the USA. I suspect the blankie will be too heavy for that.

Anyway I need to get one more colour that I forgot when I grabbed the yarn last week. Always happens, that. Ah well.

So have a fab WOYWW day and hope to see loads of ATCs on all the desks! One year I might hope to trade with everyone, but this was not the year.


IS it a bird? Maybe….Art Journal Journey page

I mentioned the fact I was hoping to manage a page for the Art Journal Journey challenge for May but had not been able to so far. WELL. I grabbed some birds I had made from some stamps, actually from a long-ago WOYWW crop (so that dates them as the last crop I was at was eons ago!) pulled a quote and was about to make a start when, clearing off my desk, my eyes fell on some leftover unused bits from my WOYWW ATCs.

In the interest of making use of debris I think my brain looked at them and said BIRD!

You can see the stamping was less that stellar on these two so they didn’t make the final cut. I felt like I could still use them and also commemorate the 13th anniversary in my journal. And I had the quote I used on the ATCs printed on vellum as well that I could add. There was an extra space in the first part of the quote and I decided against the [ ]s where I changed HAD to HAS, for aesthetics but it was useable. AND I even found my hoarded vellum adhesive and while the first bit was a bit dry, the rest was still very much invisible under the vellum. Win!

The real decider came with the pulled quote, which didn’t really work with the other birds at all but worked amazingly well with these and the whole WOYWW theme. I shuffled things about a bit

And the final design also used the roll of tape measure tape that I used to close the envelopes I mailed my ATCs in. Now tell me, isn’t the quote a good’un for this?

So yeah. The little figure is a BIT bird-like don’t you think? I mean it does have wings and is flying…. That’s my story and I am sticking to it LOL!

Another busy week, but I will hope to do an ACTUAL bird page for AJJ before June rolls around and I think I missed out a few of the tail end of WOYWW so must get back to finish the list and check out the AJJ pages from THAT list as well. I totally need more hours in the day! Bet you do too…..

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ATCs, leather scraps and mailings

Been working all morning on packaging up my WOYWW 13th anniversary ATC swaps. I think it worked out pretty well. Now to get to the PO! Yesterday was spent all day in Salisbury, as Darling Daughter had an orthotics appointment for a new leg brace fitting. Fun. Back in eight weeks to see if it has done more harm than good. Hopefully not, but as it is a slightly new design we will see.

I did have a couple of people who were willing to swap digital versions of the ATCs, which is good, although they are really only slightly less work than making a “real one.

The colour is not as spot on as I would like but it isn’t so off that I don’t feel they are a true representation of the actual paper&card ones. I did add to the printed versions. The edges were smudged with the same Distress Oxide ink and the gold sequin dots were added – they look. basically like black dots when scanned so, yeah, they really needed that.

Then it was just making endless (or so more like 10) envelopes and adding a little message. All ready to pop in the post.

The one oddball is for a fairly new WOYWW participant and I decided to add in some bits from a recent score. The local glove factory is shutting down. I popped in yesterday because The Hubster saw a post on Facebook about it – they were selling off all manner of things, from massive reels of lovely coloured velcro and elastic to spools of thread and leather scraps. I got a bag full.

True scraps, not huge pieces, but some lovely colours. I had quite a long chat with the owner, as it was just me in there, late in the day. He explained most of the glove makers were getting to retirement age and sadly there were no young people interested in learning the skills to replace them. The gloves are gorgeous and so many varieties, and some of the tools were almost sculptural in their design – like the love forms and the irons. Amazing. I may pop back Monday and grab a few more things, as the owner said they will remain open and selling off the stock and the tools of the trade until they close the doors.

I’m off to see what the internet has to offer in the way of crafts with leather scraps….then hopefully to the post office, later today or tomorrow.


WOYWW 676 – Thirteen YEARS!

Well, well, well. Thirteen YEARS of fun and friendship, virtual and IRL. WOW. The desks change every week, people pop in and pop out as their lives allow, and yet, we all still seem to feel the tug of our community each Wednesday for years to come.

My desk had a bit of ATC stuff on it (of course) for the swap:

and some yarn my MIL brought over to make shoelaces out out. That green is pretty in-your-face, but I am liking it a lot. Funny, I would have always said green is not my favourite (well, I make an exception for celery green and sometimes lime) but I have warmed to it over the years.

I want to share the quote I used on my ATCs, because it perfectly sums up the weekly event that is What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday:

...a rare combination of creativity, inspiration & motivation…a perfect blend that ha[s] the capacity to affect people’s lives positively.

I also have a question. I came to this quite late this year (like Monday LOL!) so didn’t get to make as many ATCs as I would have liked. If you visit, and you want to consider trading a printed version of the ATCs (so I would scan and print out my front then mount it on a regular ATC back in exchange for the same from you) let me know. I think I have 7 to trade + my official trade based on list placement, but I would love to increase the number and would be happy to accept a printed version if you would.

Sadly, the only day I could squeeze in a meet-up with my best knitting mate was today, so I will have a flurry of visits and comments early, then hop on the treadmill, then meet up with her and finally return to complete the list mid-afternoon. I might even consider signing in to Goggle (! I know – cue shock-horror from all who know my aversion to THAT) just to comment for one week on ALL the blogs, although I might break out in a cold sweat and not actually manage it, you never know… 😀

Happiest of Happy WOYWW’s and here’s to the next 13 years LOL!


This is what happens when you take a break….

Yesterday, after posting, I popped over to Julia’s to see what was up with WOYWW. Imagine my surprise to see that we are perparing for the ATC swap to mark the 13th anniversary!! blimey. Later in the day dear Helen (h) commented on my blog words to that effect so I was double warned and really felt I had to figure it out. I missed very few anniversaries, probably only just after my SINAM diagnosis (YAY! Finally an acronym that seems to be slightly universal – Statin-Induced Necrotizing Autoimmune Myositis takes a long time to type LOL!)

Cue panic. I had to come up with an idea, then decide on a design, then make the things and I had a very limited amount of time to do so – as I mentioned this week is a bit full. I dragged out a bunch of stuff and found the quote – the PERFECT quote – and got to it.

The little stamps at the right? Man I love those guys so much. They are quite tiny but super useful. I bought two sets from Tiger ages ago, pre-Pandemic, and I wish I had bought more (I think they were maybe £3?) as, typically, WOYWW has three W’s and each set only has one of each consonant. Bah!

I went thru a number of possible designs, tested out a few different stamp sets for the bit above

but in the end I finally managed to settle on a design I quite like. I wish I had time to make enough for every WOYWW person but I probably don’t. I’m hoping for 8 with basically the same design and I might be able to squeak out a couple more that will be unique. Maybe. Anyway, we’ll see.

With any luck I will manage to settle back in to a weekday blogging routine but I am finding it difficult to focus my mind on crafting. We are still working to get back into a routine but it will be short-lived. Darling Daughter ends her time in education at the end of the summer term and it is going to be a challenge. I have a follow-up with Rheumatology in June as well and might be getting another round of IVIG – or something else, who knows? My meds are changing (a little concerned about that) and everything seems like it will be in flux for a bit. Anyway, WOYWW tomorrow and the big 13! I wonder if there will be a crop any year soon? Wouldn’t THAT be lovely?



WOYWW 670 (!)

Jiminy. Every WOYWW with a zero at the end feels more of a milestone, even if it really isn’t. It did make me want to know when week 700 will be and it turns out it is the 1st November 2022. In case you wondered….

I mentioned yesterday that this week is a bit of a black hole with a lot of work going on in the house, our anniversary (yesterday) and my first face-to-face appointment with my neurology consultant in at least 3 years. Action packed for sure LOL!

Boring photo of two of the three power washed patios. What a difference and well worth having it done by a professional with actual decent machines.

Still much planting and tidying to be done before the in-laws arrive and it all looks a bit chaotic without the furniture and all the BBQ stuff in the hut, but you get the idea.

And on the kitchen table, a lovely plant and card from The Hubster for our anniversary, although the sous vide beef he cooked was undoubtedly the star gift. Gorgeous and all I had to do was make the gravy! Sadly, no photo, but trust me, it was sublime.

The little chalkboard guy is called Chunk – can’t find him on t’ internet but he was a gift from a long ago HyperJapan show and the reminder to take my meds in the morning and his charming smile is my darling daughter’s handiwork. Just to the side you can see another gift, an android tablet that is clamped on the table edge – it runs the music collection via Navidrome and I use it sometimes for podcasts as well. Super handy when stupid Alexa is misbehaving, although it isn’t hands free, which can be an issue when I am elbow deep in, oh, I don’t know, meatball mixture. Hard to identify, but there in the background you can see the side of a bookcase. The bookcase itself houses many kitchen gadgets – tortilla press, waffle-maker, crockpots in a variety of sizes – but the side is covered in whiteboard sticker paper.

You can’t read it (nosy!) but it is a handy place to add reminders that we can all see a few times a day – drs. appointments, phone numbers, etc. I usually keep a running list of dates to note for the month and it works better than my desktop calendar or phone for keeping me on track!

My desk houses nothing new, the same old shots of my current knitted shoelace obsession. As it is What’s on your WORKDESK Wednesday, I’ll add a couple of shots but you’ll have to read back a few posts of you knit and fancy having a go. For people confused by the knitting mill last week, maybe this will help you see what it is used for?

I have a LOT of leftover sock yarn…

So there you go. Happy WOYWW!


WOYWW 669 – little envelopes of stuff

Happy WOYWW. Let’s see – Wednesday so I am off at the replacement window showroom. Fun. My desk is not super inspiring but there are a few things worth noting.

Lots of debris from recent knitting. Very happy with the little iCord cranker. Unlike the rubbish PRYM one, this one works like a dream, and although it was very cheap, it was the branded Embellish-Knit one. The little clamp was apart but it was easy enough to fix.

The other debris is from an envelope I found in with my fodder stash. I think I had started down the route of making a set of ATCs with quotes from 1984 and some slightly dystopian images then shelved them for some reason.

I was collecting up more stuff that I could add to my art journal, and now am wondering if these bits might find a home there.

Back to the IYHT… cards this week:

Humm. Meatballs raining down on you at least means you are sure to be fed, but they could be a bit painful LOL! So yeah, tell all the kids Santa isn’t real…and expect their parents will tell them I’m lying so no harm, no foul!

Just found out someone I was in close contact with has Covid so I’ll be testing for a few days and hoping for the best. It’s been a bit since dose FOUR and I have a blood test scheduled for Thursday and an appointment with the consultant next week. Test yesterday was negative and if I was exposed it would have been last Friday so fingers crossed…..



WOYWW 668 – desk? not really…

Happy WOYWW y’all. This week it isn’t so much my desk as it is taking a leaf out of Helen (H)’s book and showing you some of my floor!

I’ll probably detail my travels across the internet collecting info of the lovely Tom Daley ripple sweater that is my current obsession, maybe more for myself than anyone else (except my best mate Kirsty) but for now it is just what is all over my craft space.

There is a kit from Wool & the Gang but it is pretty expensive, and the pattern is not really a tricky one – I have a book of ripple stitches that has a couple that are similar

and there are many YouTube video tutorials as well. The construction is basically four squares. I grabbed a basket of cotton yarn (recently sorted when I did my sewing room) and had a bash:

As I was really just testing my capabilities with the pattern, I didn’t want to cut then ends, hence the massive tangle and snarl of yarn!

All my yarn is scraps, no ball bands on most of them, so I am testing out the hook size and trying to see how gap-y the resulting fabric will be, and if I can live with it. It’s not bad with a 4.5mm but may try a 4mm and see if the blue is better with that size.

I keep threatening to get back to my art journal and I will, but not quite yet. I did join the Petite Journal class that… Ali Wade (I think!) mentioned, but I can’t log in with Firefox and so far my email to the teacher has gone unanswered. I also booked a live class, then my dad fell and spent a day in hospital and I couldn’t make the Live-time so will have to catch up on the replay. Life, hey? Dad’s fine, all checked out and he’s doing well for a guy in his mid-80s.

Lastly, I’d like to direct you all back a post (or two) to check out the info on NANO TAPE (not sponsored!) and how I use it to mount unmounted or no-longer-sticky cling stamps! I can’t say enough about this useful stuff and I am sure all the WOYWWers will think of 100 more uses. I did test out the use of only a few small squares on the grey cling stuff on the back of Tim Holtz stamps, almost all of which have totally lost their stick and I cannot bring it back. Ta Dah!

OK so “stamps great” is meant to reflect the fact that all the stamp areas stamp well, ignoring how lazy I am in not wiping off the over-inkage in the background areas! And the grey cling releases, but you need to do it right away and not let it linger. I really think if you are a stamper, with a lot of old unmounted stamps, this is going to make you happy. And I am seriously considering unmounting even some of my “cling” stamps at this point as the bulk of them is so not needed if they simply DO NOT CLING anymore. We’ll see. I think we all know how bad I am at follow-thru LOL!

Happy WOYWW!


WOYWW 667 – boring but tidy!

Happy WOYWW! Well. That was a week. My most recent desk shots, and the sneaky peek at my rarely shared sewing/knitting/ironing room (who am I kidding? I don’t iron!) revealed a massive catastrophe of mess and chaos. Sorry to be so repetitive but…. Yeah.

If you look back to yesterday (and Monday) you can see that the sewing room has been sorted and is looking about as tidy as it ever has been. I’ll have to wait till Friday to share the final shots of that and my Final Four dementia dolls cause Wednesday is all about the desk. And my main desk (under all the fluffy stuffing above) is now a place where I can actually work! So just a little look around the room:

The little envelope of neurographic art is for me to share with one of the craft club ladies when she pops round to collect the dolls. Or, if I feel brave enough, for me to drop off to her when I drop off the dolls AT craft club. So while that is all very boring, to step thru the transformation you should pop back on Friday and step thru the whole week. I’d rather be doing something lovely and crafty, truly, but every so often you just have to bite the bullet and sort things out. I will be a more productive crafter for it.

And silly me I realize I have missed the If You Had To…. cards again and am too caught up in scheduling posts to take the time to drag them out. I’ll bet you are all relieved, as recent choice in the real world are far to difficult to have to make artificial absurd ones. They’ll be back, but not this week.

Have a great WOYWW! I’ll try to be more timely in my visits today. Last week was shocking, but at least you can see why LOL!


Oh dear! WOYWW 666.

Happy WOYWW, even if the number might chill you to the bone. I am reminded of an old ATC:

So my desk is in a real state, as I have loads of stuff kinda hanging about. I thought for a change I might annotate the areas. My desk reflects the chaos of my mind!

It’s a bit like an archeological dig of recent blog posts LOL! There are my art journals and me recently organized mark-making stamps in a pile:

and the pile of my Amazon kids books (with a schematic for a cranked out sweater on the top, screen-grabbed from a YouTube video:

More knitting, including the gnomes and the tiny hearts for Ukraine (the pattern for that is a post back, here, if you want it):

And something I have been playing with, without a lot of success, involved Cadbury Cream Eggs. That might still come to fruition and if so, I’ll share that sometime soon.

And an envelope that is actually by now on the way to a fellow WOYWWer, an ATC swap, plus one of the sheets or printable quotes that I am drawing out from a pot for my art journal challenge to myself.

So that’s that. I good tidy up is required, and I think I will skip the hard choices of the If You Had To… cards today. The state of the world is such that there are too many hard choice you really do have to make that, why stress about fake ones? Also I seem to keep pulling cards out that have to do with weird sex stuff …. LOL!

Finally, I saw this on The Last Leg and while I am not a Tweeter, really I did feel the message was worth a share.