Hello lovely friends, hope you've had a good week! Mine has whizzed by (again!) but it wasn't just this past seven days...we celebrated our 2nd anniversary of moving to Wales!! Good grief, I can't believe it...

The desk has seen a little sewing action:

I've been cutting out some of the paw print fabric to make basic tote bags to sell down the harbour cafe. The crochet squares are for the WI blanket scheme and are made with yarn donated to me by Anne Copperbeech!

Nice bright colours to cheer up January!  I also mended some RNLI tabards, which was just a matter of reattaching the velcro ties at the sides.

We've tried to get out when we could - it's been bracing though!
These catkins were almost luminous on a dull day - proper signs that Spring will be here soon!

We did one of our regular litter picks last Friday, the sun was shining and the tide was high, there are worse things to be doing eh?

And the reason for the song lyric today?

My music stand at practise on Sunday! A little thank-you from the owners of Seren, the dog for whom I made the eye patch. They know me so well......;-)  Needless to say, practise went VERY well that night, lol.

Hope you have a lovely week and have fun crafting xxxxxxxxxxx



(by the marvellous Andy Fairweather Low, google it if you don't know it, brilliant track!)

I'm going for three in a row of short and sweet posts...there's been more time socialising than crafting this week!

I'm part way through making some more specs cases and tissue holders - I found out last Friday that the cafe down the harbour will sell these for me and put the money straight into the RNLI tin. Brilliant, I get to do the fun part of making and someone else does the selling - woohoo!

G and I were invited to a Burns Night last Saturday - a table of 11 were going, all mates from the WI plus partners. I knew there was some tartan fabric knocking about in my stash:

Aha - found it!  There was enough to cut into wide-ish strips to make me a sash. There was no finesse in the making, I'm afraid, just whizzing through turned over hems. As G is half Scottish, he was due something a little more special:

A Royal Stuart tartan waistcoat and very fine he looked too. I held my sash together with a pewter brooch that my friend Kate gave me years ago. It was a great evening with a proper pipe band, haggis and whisky. Oh and some dancing too - Dashing White Sergeant anyone?!      :-D

My niece visited this week as well and, good girl, brought me a little prezzy:

 Cute bottle, huh?! That's going to be upcycled into something soon.

Have a good week folks xx



After a sluggish start (craft-wise!) to the New Year, it's been all systems go this week. Archie's bunting was well received, which was rather nice and I was wondering what to do next when my knitting needles really ticked me off...as they do ;-)  They're in a gigantic bag where you have to get them all out to find a pair and this annoyed me, so I thought I'd make myself a knitting needle roll.

You might want to get yourself a coffee/tea/drink of choice...there's a few pics.

I searched around and found this pretty fabric featuring sewing machines and all things crafty (Wipso, did you give this to me?) and a pretty purple spotty for the lining.

Making things up as I go along....dum-di-dum...attaching the lace to the top of the needle holdery bit.

Attaching the purple to the back panel and sewing in the tubes to hold the needles.

After sewing that to the main outer fabric, you then have to turn it all out the right way. It's at this point that you seriously start to wonder if it's going to be ok!

And then you find it isn't and so the seam ripper has to come out. I'd put on the flap the wrong way round!! Sigh, even now, I should take time to stop and actually think what it is I'm supposed to be doing - luckily, it was easily remedied.

Et voila - needles all in order. No more rummaging and cursing for me :-D I know the tubes aren't all equal, but I don't care!

It's only me that's ever going to see it!

But that wasn't the only activity that's seen action on my desk this week...

G needed to take a photo of something to do with 'Time' for his weekly camera club competition. He'd had an idea of using my metronome and wanted the tuba and some music to add to the pic. So that's why there's my bass on a fabric covered chair on my workdesk...you don't see that very often huh?!  It all looks a bit random doesn't it?

This is the competition entry:

Beautiful - and with enough different times on that metronome to please the sternest contest judge. Photo judging is so incredibly subjective however, you just can't tell what'll please them....we shall see. It was fun creating the image anyway!

Have a great crafty week - I suspect I won't be showing you quite such a random desk next time but hey, you just never know!




I very much enjoyed the 500 post celebration last week and it was nice to see a few more deskers joining in! Meeting up at Julia's Stamping Ground each week has become an important part of my life, Wednesdays will never be the same again :-D

Short and sweet this week but at least it does feature some makes!

A friend's grandson made his arrival on Christmas Day - so some bunting was needed. Archie is the the son of a bloke who I used to look after when he was a toddler and that has made me feel VERY OLD indeed #tempusfugit

So hopefully the new little family will like this little gift - I put in one of my drawstring bags as well.

The WI Craft club were around yesterday and it was Knit-a-square so that we can make blankets. I forgot to take any pics while they were here but this is the aftermath!

The leftover DK yarn, instructions and a few squares knitted by the lovely ladies. The chain gang lyrics at the top today refer to Dawn, who nobly volunteered to crochet the squares together - much to my relief as I detest sewing up! Garments, blankets, you name it, I hate sewing it up, lol!

Have a great week everyone and I look forward to visiting you over the next couple of days.


WOYWW 500 - The Quincentenary


What an achievement...500 posts! Congrats Julia on what must be one of the longest running blog-hops on the Interwebs. It's no mean feat keeping something going week after week for all this time and you have done it with humour, wit and the odd bit of procrastination ;-)  We've all said how wonderful it has been, this mad meeting of crafty minds - but my life has been enriched hugely by knowing these deskers, whose paths I otherwise wouldn't have crossed.

Thank you and here's to the next 500!!

The only crafty things on my desk this week, lol!  But i had fun doing it and that's the important thing!

It was a proper challenge but the Terry Pratchett jigsaw is completed (it took me six days). The poster of the picture was blutacked to a recent purchase, an artists' slope or easel as I intend to get back to some more art this year - I love drawing and painting and haven't done enough recently.

It's an important wish of mine for 2019 that I don't waste time on screen stuff (apart from the blog obvs!) there's a big long list (hah, Julia!!) in my mind of things I want to do.

Enjoying real life stuff - it's important. The stand and stare moments. And making the most of family and friends.

Wishing you all a Happy, healthy and fun filled 2019! xxxxxxxxxx


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