Wednesday, 22 May 2019

WOYWW 10th Anniversary! 520th post!

Way hey!! This is a reason to celebrate too (take look here if you can't guess what I mean)!!! 

This Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday's day today and huge THANKS to Julia for being so nosy interested to see our desks all those years ago!! 
Little did you know what you were starting dear Julia!
I have only been here since 2012 but have made so many friends over those years - I can't imagine not knowing them now as some have become very good friends!

Okay, I'm late today having been for Physio on my knee! I also have a solution to my aching back - it seems I have a UTI and, as from lunchtime, now on Anti-biotics! I guess the long wait on Friday didn't help!

Here is my desk....
...not too much mess! At either side are stamps that I bought at Paris Version Scrap - un-inked until today..I've been a little busy!
To the right ....Oh dear!!
A wobbly pile of Crafty Individuals stamps - waiting to be put in boxes. Some are new of course but you won't see any clues here, the Hochanda shows are on the 3rd and 4th of June! What I will say is they are right up my street and I have loved using them!
Also, in front of my sewing machine are stamps I bought at Happy Stampers.

I am busy making ATCs now, one for today and quite a handful for the Crop (I am so looking forward to it!)

I will do my best to visit soon, but can't sit for too long at the moment! 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

T Stands for........the trip...

...that wasn't!

Friday had a lovely sunny start to the day and we were looking forward to our trip to Alston!

We set off from our caravan at around 10.40 and headed up the M6, intending stopping off for a coffee in Penrith before heading East!

We saw a sign saying that the road was closed after the junction we were going to come off at and carried on hoping it would be open before we got there!
 I was more interested in the clouds as we came up to the start of what was then just slow traffic..
 ...and this beautiful tree...and indeed had just remarked how beautiful this area is!
Even when the traffic stopped we weren't too concerned and there were more clouds to see! 
We never suspected that 6 miles before the junction the traffic would be at a standstill!
People were getting out of cars, walking dogs,chatting, looking over the embankment, even having a picnic! 
We got out to stretch our legs but as a rescue truck headed up the hard shoulder got back in again!
Someone came up to us and told us that they had read that the motorway wasn't going to open for another two hours! 
We waited a while before having some water and a biscuit - I usually have a packet of two in my bag!

Cutting this story short, we finally got off at our junction at just after 2.45! By then we had realised that even if we drove straight to Alston the shop we were going to visit would be about to close AND we would be going straight to another hold up!!
As it was we both needed a toilet and that order!!!
We drove in the opposite direction to the Rheged Centre - a short distance from the M6!

From here things seemed slightly better!
Comfort first then...
We both chose chicken burgers, which came with a lovely salad! I didn't eat many chips and removed the top of my burger!
It was then we noticed the time...
...and it is here where I will join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday
As far as we know the drivers of two lorries were uninjured and a car driver involved was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

I realised that there was a small textiles exhibition on so we decided to make the most of our visit!!

Could this be our new PM soon???

 These were my favourites.

The end of the exhibition comes back to the art shop!!
As the stock reflected the nature of the exhibition there weren't many paper related items this time...but I was able to get a new A5 Pink Pig book which made me happy..Oh!...and we both bought some new's the law isn't it???

All's well that ends well!!!Almost!
I am still experiencing some back pain (which I didn't really help by pulling up some nettles on Saturday)

Thanks for looking, Chris   

Sunday, 19 May 2019


Hi everyone, the post title refers to a distraction while on our trip yesterday and some distractions from the pain I am in at the moment!
All will be explained at TSFT on Tuesday!

I hope you like this page. It's for Art Journal Journey and Erika's 'In the Sky/In the air' theme

I used a Lavinia stamp I bought last week at Happy Stampers and a set of stamps I have here at our caravan. I used another of my inky backgrounds in my square journal this time!
I drew in some seed heads floating up in the air and then doodle wrote 'flying without wings' around the edge of the page.

The distraction yesterday was blowing a Dandelion clock, today I made this page and yesterday we had this beautiful sight....

Thanks for looking, please excuse me for not spending long on the laptop! Chris

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Beneath the open sky?!!!

Well, that's part of the words I chose to go on my page but rest assured this is for Erika's 'In The Sky/In The Air' theme at Art Journal Journey!

It's a simply made page as we are as usual in a bit of a rush!!

I had an inky page in my journal that was perfect(ish) for a sky!
I added part of a tissue, torn and overlapped, to the bottom of the page then stamped Crafty Individuals butterflies using different Versa Clair inks. I stamped part of an alphabet from the edge of a CI stamp too. The words are a mixture of Tim Holtz sticker words.

We have an outing planned for tomorrow, and today we are are on our way up North to our caravan!

Have a great weekend!
Thanks for looking, Chris

ps Take a look at Erika's page today .....ooooooh!!!!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

WOYWW - number 519!

I'm creeping in and hoping that you still remember me.....
It's been a while since I joined in at Julia's Stamping Ground and as it's almost Crop time I thought I'd better pitch in and do what I oughta!!

I met up with some lovely WOYWWers at Happy Stampers last Saturday!
Sarah, Shaz Silverwolf and me....obvious who is the big spender here!!
I also met Neet later in today but no photos - silly me, she was with Cath, one of my teams from TIOT so a total missed chance!!

Now, my desk..first there was this..
 I've been playing with some new alcohol ink colours!
Then there was this ....
I have been making efforts recently to clean way anything I have used and won't use again next session
Some new goodies...bought at HS!

I do hope I can get around to visit - my phone has been stopping me from commenting so if I don't visit today I may have to wait until Sunday!!!

Thanks for dropping by, Chris

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

T Stands for......taking a walk... Styall Mill (also known as Quarry Bank. Last week we had to shop on Friday (as I was going to Happy Stampers on Saturday!) As we were going to pass Styall we decided to set out earlier and call in for a walk in the gardens!
You may remember we had intended visiting the gardens on Mothers Day but instead took the long walk that really hurt my knee!

May blossom always reminds me of my walks home from school past huge Hawthorn hedges

Elizabeth showed her Irises last week which made me want to visit Styall. Only the mauve and pink were blooming so we will be going back next week!

The bee was enjoying buzzing around this flower
Lilies of the Valley remind me of my Gran!
From here we took a different route to avoid the steps so I got to see these Bluebells...
...and there are few different views.

Back to the usual route in the lower garden

The Rhododendrons are looking magnificent!

The Azaleas too!
Not sure what these are - a variety of Orchid maybe?
Finally a Germander Speedwell Blue - I remember singing - 'Daisies are our Diamonds' when was at school and one verse ended with 'and the Speedwell Blue'
Now, its time to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday.
My eldest son was 40 last week and his wife had organised a party!
She had made up some milk cartons with facts about my son.
He is a big drinker of milk so this made us laugh!
He also has strong views about how a pie should be made - I do agree with him.. a pie should have a full pastry case - meat in a dish with a crust on is not a pie!!! What do you think?
Here is the Birthday boy himself, with the cake made by his youngest brother - I didn't know but this is a good representation of the throne from Game of Thrones I understand!
He very kindly bent down for his height impaired Mother!

I hope to be back for WOYWW tomorrow so do pop by to see my desk and the goodies I bought at Happy Stampers.

Meanwhile, Thanks for looking and Happy T day! Chris