Well, that dates me! I remember this song from when I was a nipper and it just sprang to mind as I was wondering which lyrics to use this week. Because it may be Spring at the moment but it surely hasn't felt like it this past week when we had every sort of weather in a single day. 

My tulips in pots have been beautiful in the sunshine and are lasting for ages because of the chilly temperatures, so there's a silver lining to most things!

Can't fail to make me happy! They're looking very fetching against the newly refreshed fence (Urban Slate by Cuprinol) It's a brilliant colour against which to show off plants of all types!

Indoors, there hasn't been a huge amount of crafting again - I think you could call it dabbling, trying stuff and not achieving much. Ah well, you get weeks like that eh?

But I have bought some new stash!

Brace yourselves.......

I decided I needed some sentiments and this four pack was v v v cheap so I have every phrase I'll ever need now, I got the wrong ink pad however, good for stamping on a card but no use for painting over. Julia has now put me right, lol!

I dug out a few cards and had a go at sentimentisation (dunno if that's a word but it ought to be, lol!)

I like this scribbly script the best and know for a fact that this will get the most use!

I had some happy mail this week (actually it was more like a Happy Box) from the wonderful Debbie Rock, what a surprise it was!
Some great cards to raise some money and loads of yarn. This will come in very handy for my knitting projects - I like doing ribbed beanies for various charities and you can get one adult sized hat from a ball, so there'll be a fair few hats from this lot! Thank you so much Debbie, I really do appreciate your kindness and generosity, they will all get used xx

Sorry about if I didn't get to you on the desks last week, will try to do better this time round!
Have fun, keep safe and well and may your crafting go without a hitch!


Helen said...

Your tulips do look very happy! your sets of stamps look very useful. What a wonderful gift from Debbie. she knows you will put it to good use. Happy WOYWW Helen #2

Sarah Brennan said...

Such a generous donation from Debbie Jan - I know you will make full use of it. Love the new stamps too and can see why that one is your favourite. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #7

craftyani said...

The weather's the same here sat outside one day and the next sat in front of the fire. Love all the sentiment stamps. You'll get a few beanie hats from all that wool. Ani #1

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, I’m going to have adjust my brain a bit now, and update my scrapbook pages. It appears you do make cards! Best ever sight, seeing stamps on your desk! My word, it starts with a shoebox! Lovely generous Debbie - she knows us so well, I would faint if that yarn turned up here, built a couple of years ago she sent me a LOT of scrapbooking stuff that she’d decided not to use. I look forward to the beanies. Always useful...he doesn’t know it, but Bart seems to collect them, one on, one in the wash box, one in the car, one in the van....they are a must have for folk without much hair!! Off to see a mum today, and meet Sally’s new Murphy, shall we attempt a catch up on Friday?!

Lynn Holland said...

Good morning Jan
Your tulips are beautiful and I agree with you about the colour of the fence. It’s a brilliant foil for plants.
Are you making the cards from your paintings. The flower one is lovely.
My Julia reported that not only was she thrilled with her twiddle muff, hubby Harry has been twiddling too. So thank you once again.
Lynn xxx 16

Lynn Holland said...

Ignore my last comment about the twiddle muff Jan. I don’t know why I’m always mixing you and Jo up. I think I’ve got a brain blockage haha xx

Twiglet said...

I think you have caught the card making bug! I love the combination of hand painting and then "finishing" with those lovely scribbly sentiments - perfect. What a fab parcel from Debbie. My little sis dropped a bag of chunky yarn she had treated me to for cutting her hair - so much love about! We are so lucky aren't we. xxx Jo

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Yes I remember it well, the song I mean. The tulips are lovely and the stamps look useful too. That certainly must have been a great surprise for you. Wishing you a lovely and creative woyww, Angela x17x

Morti said...

Oh dear.... you're on a slippery slope now, you know. Only a couple of posts back you were saying "I don't have any stamps..." We all know where this leads. (knowing look). LOL

Your flower card is amazing, you have a real talent there, Mrs. It's beautiful work. Well done!

Morti x

Lynnecrafts said...

Hi Jan,
Tulips from hamster jam, I remember it well! Yours are stunning. Debbie’s wool box is amazing. So generous.
Oh my, a convert to card making! Still, your watercolours will look great in them.
Thea is purring on my lap and sends her Mrrow back to Ron.
Take care
Lynnecrafts 10

Neet said...

Your cards are absolutely fabulous! Well done you - the added script looks really good. Did you paint the flowers on that last one (pink)?
I just knew you were heading down a steep and slippery slope and now you are buying stamps you have landed. Welcome to papercrafting in a big way - beware.
My tulips are still in bud but yours look lovely - I only seem to have four left! Must get more - need another trip to Amsterdam.
Hugs, Neet 4 xx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Those tulips certainly look delightful! You didn't have any snow then? I'm also amazed at how cheap some of these stamps are these days - when I first started buying stamps - probably about 15 years ago for my son's baby album - they were much more expensive! You've got a lovely set there and that watercoloured card is just wonderful! If "sentimentisation" is not a word it bloody well should be LOL! Great stash received from Debbie - I'm sure it will all be put to good use! Happy WOYWW Jan! xx zsuzsa #24

Crafting With Jack said...

Your tulips look bright and cheery, lovely to see. I have the Kingcup flowering in the pond, which is lovely and that’s it in my garden. Your watercolour card is really lovely and I like the scri-t of the stamp. Happy WOYWW and have a great week Angela #9

Lisa-Jane said...

Wonderful colour on the fence and it does provide a great backdrop. Even my indoor cut tulips lasted really well but heck I've been caught out twice at the rugby with the wrong coat on, absolutely freezing! The cards are delightful and well done Debbie for passing on some lovely helpful stash. Stay safe and keep smiling, Lisa-Jane #8

De serendipity said...

Gorgeous tulips and the backdrop is perfect to bring out their colour. So lovely to see you are using your watercolours to make cards and now you have the perfect sentiment stamps. There will be no stopping you :) Have a creative week.
Sandra de @25

Annie said...

Love the new stash....I’m sure you will put them all to good use. Thanks to you I’ve been dabbling with watercolours...and loving it.
It’s been a manic morning here with more wedding dress and bridesmaids dress fittings and then of course they need the sewing doing πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
Annie x #13

My name is Cindy said...

I'm so laughing at that statement 'I have every phrase I'll ever need now'. I thought that once........ Tulips are my absolute favourite Spring flower, I love the glorious colours, the way they don't go all yellow and horrible like daffs or camellias and, weather permitting, they last well. I planted loads last year but there are still not enough in my garden - pots I think are the way to go for next year!! Have fun with all that wool!! Have a good week, stay safe, stay well, love n hugs Cindyxx #12 (Hair is Thurs - can't wait!!)

BJ said...

Oh those tulips are absolutely WOW, totally agree about the fence colour. Sentiments are just about all I really stamp, you have a lovely set there. Still drooling after your pink poppies...not my birthday till next Feb - bother! So must have a go at that. Just the CeeCee squares for now and my pond watercolour which my son saw and couldn't believe I had done it :) Thanks for the visit BJ#20

Spyder said...

Urban Slate! Yes, we have that too, the shed (hubby's man cave)the trellis...my potting shed...the pots (even the dustbins and waterbutts)and have matched it up with seagrass, the bench in the front garden is in seagrass. I want to paint the fence next...when it gets a bit warmer/ Nice lot of stash! And the postmans just brought me a nice crafty package from Crafters Companion! So>..see you next week!Stay safe, keep Crafting, Happy WOYWW ((Lyn))#21

Caro said...

Love your tulips! SO bright and colourful, and look at you with new stamps to play with. your cards are wonderful. Happy WOYWW. Take care and stay safe. With love & God Bless, Caro x (#15)

Catriona said...

Oooh-what a lovely gift, You are now officially a very good cardmaker!πŸ’•

Shoshi said...

What a lovely post, Jan. I love your tulips, and the backdrop is indeed an ideal colour. A lovely happy parcel too with lots of yarn to play with, and as always, your watercolours are stunning. The sentimentalisation has gone very well too!

Thank you for your lovely comment. In that photo on Dartmoor I was examining the Ten Commandments carved into the rock. They are getting very weathered now and it's hard to spot them. I've still got those yellow wellies!

I have been a fan of Kaffe Fassett's for many years and have several of his books and some videos too. His method really isn't that difficult as long as you follow his basic instructions to "use manageable lengths, work in your ends as you go, and when in doubt, add 40 more colours"! The Persian Poppy method of making up the 2 balls of yarn before you start makes it even easier. His knitting has a real wow factor and it's really easy.

I'm glad you like the redone heart. I really wasn't happy with the apple heart and I'm glad I've redone it, although it took ages to unpick! Much better now.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi x #18

StampinCarol said...

Gorgeous tulips! Never thought to grow them in pots!
Great stamp set. I like the Memento Tuxedo Black ink, too!
Beautiful card and what a great bunch of goodies you got!
Thanks for popping by and have a great week!
Carol N #27

Mary Anne said...

Such lovely tulips, great cards (you? stamps? NO WAY!) and fab stash! I have no addresses for WOYWW people. Is there a mailing list someplace I wonder or have you just been better about collecting them over the years? I'd totally send out happy mail if I had a list. WHEN will we crop again? Seems that would be a great place to get them...
Socially distanced knitting in the garden yesterday so TODAY is WOYWW for me!
Mary Anne (3)

Annie Claxton said...

HI Jan, I don't have time to join in properly at the moment, but just have a quick snoop around when I get a minute, to see what I've been missing! Wow! those tulips look stunning against the colour of the fence, beautiful.
Your cards look wonderful, you have a lovely style with the watercolour painting and those stamps will get so much use. I use Memento tuxedo black if I'm going to colour with alcohol markers, and Ranger Archival if I'm goign to use water-based stuff to colour with. You can can re-inkers for both of them which have lasted me for years. Anyway, have a great week and I'll look forward to joining in properly again soon :) Annie C

Susan Renshaw said...

Wonderful tulips... one of my favourite flowers!
That was a happy box!
Happy WOYWW!
Susan #26

Stacy Sheldon said...

Well, I have never met a stamper who was able to stop at one set Jan... but, I do think because you have such a neat assortment you are going to enjoy those for a long time. ( and you can always type a greeting and print it from your computer with cool fonts too ) Those tulips look so happy together. ( gophers ate mine again ) Love the blooms under the scribbly font sentiment too. :) ~Stacy #29

Lindart said...

Hi Jan! Wow, stamps! I wasn't expecting that! LOL! They will go beautifully with your gorgeous watercolour cards! How do you grow your tulips in pots? Are they outside all winter or do you start when inside? They are wonderful! Thanks for your visit, have a great week and stay safe! Lindart #30

Ali Wade Designs said...

Happy Belated WOYWW. That is a useful set of stamps. I only have a small collection now and still don’t use a lot of them very often. Definitely no need to have a packed craft room to be creative. I will be having another clear out soon, as there is still too much stash and other items in my room. Better for it to go to a new home. My aim is to be able to fit it in one of those fold out craft cupboard thingies - in preparation for the day when we are either in Spain full time or a smaller bungalow in the UK. I look forward to no stairs and less cleaning! Beautiful tulips. I hope I can visit you soon. Ali x. #22

Kyla said...

ooh wow those tulips look fabulous! How lovely of Debbie, lots of stash that we know will go to such a good cause.

Running a bit late this week but just about made it and thanks for visiting my desk already

Eva said...

Your tulips look so lovely! The colors make me happy.Congrats to your sets of stamps. A big range to use... What a wonderful gift from Debbie, she knows it is in good hands.
Love your cards.
I was "out of order" by my frozen shoulder.
Now it's a little bit better.
Eva from Austria


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