Wednesday, 28 May 2014


This is it! Happy Anniversary WOYWW! Oh! You really must go and find out about this if you don't know already - click here to be taken to our leader - Julia at the Stamping Ground! Don't think - as I did that you need a special invitation - we all have one thing in common  - we all have desks - some tidy, some messy but all with something to look at!!! Thank You Julia for starting all this!
Okay, I'll start with my desk but I know that some of you will want crop photos so keep looking!
Here is the only thing I did at the crop (apart from chat and eat LLJ's superb lunch!!)
You will see at the top of my journal a flower about to be made using the instructions from lovely Fiona and underneath the journal my raffle prize!Right at the back of my desk is one of the spiky 
guys that Mary Ann made instead of atcs.

Now, what you really want to see and read about I'm sure. It really was great to meet so many talented crafters! 
Julia on her chair pointing out the envelopes to pop our atcs in for folk who couldn't be there

Morti capturing the moment
Smile! - Shaz, Sam, Lynda, Ali, Debbie and Kyla
Shaz (with hubby Doug) showing us her skills - Maggie on the left, Debbie on the right 
Fiona giving a mini workshop on how to make one of her fabulous fluffy flowers
Cindy sitting down and from the left Lisa,Helen and Jan with Fiona 
Flowers in production

Zo and Kyla  using some of the embossing folder and dies, that's Christine in the background(and hubby Peter)
A last minute look through the box for Kyla
Time to say Goodbye to Ali and Lynda
You will find lots more photos on other blogs, Helen, Julia and Jan have already posted some of their photos of the day - which of course was fantastic! It was lovely to meet everyone although of course a lot of us already knew each other thanks to WOYWW!
I sat next to the amazing Shaz who was making the most fantastic cards! She could just about see over the huge pile of inks she brought lol!!
Here she is with Zo, whose amazing colouring just blew me away - I'm sure my mouth was wide open while I was watching her!

Highlights of the day 
Meeting, eating, seeing some fab crafting, chatting, playing!!!

I may be gone some time today - my son needs to go back to the hospital today so we are taking my grandson out - may just include a cinema visit!!!

I have some atcs to swap - if I have already said I will swap they will be in the post soon! 

Have a great day, I will show you some photos of some of the places we visited in the area over the weekend - hopefully tomorrow!

Thanks for visiting, Chris


Diane Baker-Williams said...

Would love to trade ATC's with you. Unable to find your email to mail you my address so here is mine: Email me you address so i can get your ATC out. Diane #58

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It was SO good to put a face to your name. I loved seeing the crop through YOUR eyes, too. The joy of it all, and yes, I saw several things I haven't seen on other blogs. Really nice. And I'll be back to see the rest of your weekend trip. It just occurred to me what a great time to have the crop, since you guys had a bank holiday.

Have a great time with your grandson. Hope your son is OK. Happy, happy 5th Anniversary from #22.

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

A very Happy 5th Anniversary to you Chris! It was so lovely to meet you on Saturday xx

Fiona #18

Annie said...

Fab pics of the crop Chris....looks like a brilliant time was had by all. :-)
Happy's to many more.
Annie x

Laura said...

Hi Chris, You are my swap!!
I can't seem to find an email address for you so could you contact me please
beadsbuttonsandbirds at live dot co dot uk
Your art journal spread looks awesome
Thanks for sharing the crop photos - I can pretend I was there with you :)
Happy Wednesday

CraftygasheadZo said...

Well Chris it was lovely to meet you, I managed some colouring but spent the day chatting and eating really! Lovely photos, esp one of me and Shaz. Enjoy your day & take care. Zo xx 80

sandra de said...

Looks like you all had such a great day and lovely to see faces link them to the names.
Sandra @67

Sue said...

Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary.

You sure had a fab time.

I hope you have a good WOYWW. Sue 59

Carole said...

The journal looks great and thanks for sharing all the pictures. I'm getting to know everyone a little better.Thanks for sharing Carole #68

Lunch Lady Jan said...

It's lovely to see another's perspective of Crop Day! So much that I missed :-) I really like the back view of the four of us having their pic taken - great shot!!
Thank you for making the effort to come down - we're so glad you enjoyed the day! And I loved your ATC btw, thank you so much.
Hugs, LLJ 1 xx

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Chris, it was lovely meeting you at last on Saturday. You are so right, where did they day go? Flew past it seemed. I love that picture of me and Zoe, and you are totally correct, her colouring is amazing to watch. I think she is so talented. Watching her last year made me determined to put a bit of effort into learning to do it well, instead of keep complaining that my colouring is lousy!Happy 5th, Have a great week, hugs, Shaz #72 xx

Caro said...

Sounds like it was a wonderful time! Wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing and joining in the anniversary fun! Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary. Caro x (#43)

Juliz Design Post said...

Looks like a fab day was had by everyone.
Julie x

Belinda Basson said...

Happy 5th WOYWW! I see I am to be the lucky recipient of an ATC from you as my PIF partner! You can email me on One day I plan on coming over to join in the fun at the crop! That is on my bucket list! #61

Sarah Anderson said...

looks like you had a fab time!! And a journal page is more than we got done together so I think you did really well all round lol!!

Helen said...

It was such fun, wasn't it?! I can't find an atc from you so if you have any spare... did I give you one of mine? I think I must have missed swapping with you - I have some left over.... (you have my email ) Helen 7

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Chris, wow your journal is flipping gorgeous, and that workshop looks fabulous so much fun, how wonderful to see the Gents in there, none of those where I live, I only go when I visit England :), and sadly I can't play this year, no time I'm excited to see all the ones the Deskers make, there are a lot participating, I'll make mine ahead so they will be ready to post next year. Thanks for sharing, ((( BIG HUGS)))

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Chris, I remember that journal page! The day went far too fast didn't it? I'm loving all the photos as I never got round to taking any. The bunting is nearly finished and will be on show shortly! Hope you have had a good day, thank you for the visit. Cindy

Anne said...

hello Chris. The day sounded wonderful - what fun you all had. Love that Journal. Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary Anne x #36

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Chris, Happy 5th WOYWW, isn't it exciting, I've thoroughly enjoyed desk hopping and seeing pics of the crop and the girls one blogs with every week. Thanks for stopping by my desk, that's a very gorgeous journal you have and doI i see a very interesting stencil you may have won in the raffle. Cheers and have a great week RobynO#35

Angela Radford said...

Great photographs of the event, thanks for sharing them. Hope you are having a great WOYWW anniversary week.
Happy crafting, Angela x # 40

Chrysalis said...

Hi Chris - lots of happy memories there, and lots of new skills to have a go at - enjoy!! Chris # 15

Carole Z said...

Hi Chris, thanks for stopping by my 'desk' yesterday, lots of fun seemed to be had at the event, thanks for sharing the photos...and loving the look of your journal, Carole Z #44

JoZart said...

Hi Chris, Happy 5th WOYWW Birthday
So sorry I missed the crop and I didn't know you were going!! Lucky you.
Don't know if I will make it to Bolton as it depends on the plumber. If he finishes the job he's on he may start on mine. Is it a mixed show with fabric too or just papercrafts? When will you be there. Let me know so if I CAN get there we might meet up.
love Jo x

Debbie Rock said...

Hiya Chris ... or should I say, Hiya fellow mountain climber!!!!! It was just SO lovely to meet you at the crop and thank you for your beautiful ATC ... have sat many times since getting home and really studied it and it is just perfect and very much to my taste. I love the journal page you have going on in your photo ... something I so want to get round to trying and I was really inspired by Helen's journal ... never seen anything like it before! Am looking forward to following your blog. HAPPY WOYWW 5TH ANNIVERSARY. Love Debbie #54 xXx

Hettie said...

Aww Chris. It was such a lovely and special day. Unique I think would be a good way to describe it. Where else on earth would a bunch of strangers get together and craft together, and so well?
Lovely to meet you.

Neet said...

Looks fab - hope we get to see some of the 'makes' everyone did.
Sorry to hear son is ill - keep us posted on his progress.
Hugs & Thanks for the visit - Neet 11 xz

Mrs.D said...

Oooh didn't you have a wonderful time at the crop. Very jealous, would have loved to be there.
Rather belated Happy Woyww anniversry.
Chris #19

voodoo vixen said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time at the crop, thanks for sharing the photos with us who couldn't be there in person. Happy 5th Anniversary from Annette #3

Lynn Holland said...

Awh what a wonderful day you had. It really is special meeting up with fellow bloggers.
Lynn x
Ps thanks for popping over and following along xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Chris,

Thank you for sharing the photos from the Crop. It's on my bucket list! It definitely always looks fun and to meet so many deskers all at once in one place - how very cool!

I can't believe it's already Sunday and I'm just now doing the majority of my visiting.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Peace, Kay (89)

ike said...

WoW - that sure looked like a lot of fun :-D
Sorry I am so late visiting... I had a spot of bother :-(
Happy WOYWW #206

IKE in Greece xxx #66

Morti said...

Hi Chris! Happy 5th WOYWW! Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm sorry I'm so slow in getting around but better late than never eh? Please would you email you address to me? I'd like to send you an ATC in exchange for the one you gave meat crop! Email address is diane_roberts72 at

Christine said...

Smashing photos Chris.
I was inspired by Helen as well, lucky me had her sitting next to me and patiently explaining as she went - I know I will ......
Love your journal, don't remember seeing it on the day but we did have a good old natter at the goodies table!!!
Hope your son has some good news from the hospital.
Bishopsmate #53 ish

Ohhh Snap said...

Love your journal page! The crop sounds like it was chock-full of fun : ). Thanks for visiting me earlier in the week #10

peggy apl said...

Belated happy 5th WOYWW anniversary! The week has gone by so quickly and I am still trying to visit for last week! Thanks for sharing the pictures of the crop! Lucky you to be able to join in the fun and creativity!
Blessings and hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

butterfly said...

Great to see some more photos from the crop - it looks like a brilliant day was had by all!
Alison xx