Tuesday, 31 December 2013


Hi Peeps
I had intended to write a review of  my favourite posts of 2013 but as the time came near....even the thinking about it took so long,  I couldn't be bothered,  he he.
It's best to look forward
So this is just my final post of 2013 and my first of 2014.... which ever.
Not sure if our head desker is posting or not but here I am anyway..... see what its all about here.

Start as I mean to continue for 2014 so here's my desk, lunchtime on Tuesday

Christmas cards in production..... yes sadly for next year..... I know, I know but there is a plan you see....
It takes me a long time to get in the 'C' mode, not until well into December then it is too late to make the 100 cards I need, so I make them now while I'm still in the zone.

Close of play Tuesday .....I made 32 .... I aim to make about 50 then start on the  new home and the baby card  for DD1
Then there's DD3 wedding invites to do (the last one yay.... it's ok she doesn't read this )
Look out for a lot of hot pink and black.....
Never a dull moment in  fairythoughts grotto.
A big  thank you to everyone for all the lovely comments and encouragement over the last year, they do mean a lot, it's been a very mixed year for me..... highs and lows, but this is not the place.....

Finally, a special thank you to Julia for putting this show together every week, I don't know how she manages it, maybe she writes a lot of lists .... Have a great 2014 girl.
Anyway that's all folks I'm going to finish watching Gary Barlow with Alfie Bow singing Queen..... awesome


Tuesday, 24 December 2013

WOYWW 238the Christmas edition

Well, here I am on Christmas morning joining in with WOYWW as usual, not showing my usual desk but my kitchen one which is rather busy. that was last night, I prepare in advance. 
 I'm actually still in bed at 7.30, 4 of my little chicks are still asleep too so no rush.

It's early so nothing is actually cooking yet.  Give me time!
Here is my desk from yesterday and the last pressie I had to do

Even though my girls and their men are in their twenties they still have to have chocolate coins at Christmas 

This treasure chest is from Santa for Erin to hand out the contents

Inside is this

And this........
Chocolate treasure.
Wherever you are, whether you celebrate Christmas or not I would like to thankyou for visiting and leaving lovely comments all year. I wish you a peaceful holiday season.
 If you get time visit Julia  stamping-ground.  and see what everyone else is up to. There may not be as many as usual so well done for joining in
Merry Christmas 
I will pop by when I can it may not be today.... chocolate to eat , dinner to cook. 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Smile it's Christmas

Hi peeps 
I'm sure we are all rushing around like mad things this week but take a minute to pop over to Annie's or more smiles, here's mine this week. 
My daughter asked to borrow a water based ink pad to make a Christmas card with GD Erin this was the result
And here's the card she made

Merry Christmas 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

WOYWW 237 Oh Dear. . . just push it to the side

Hi Peeps
I hope you have all your Christmas preparations done and dusted. If not why are you here and not doing them
Well this week my desk has seen a lot of action, with not a lot of tidying in between more, pushing to the sides.

In the true spirit of Christmas here's a list of  What's on my work desk this week c/o the hostess with the mostest Julia stamping-ground.
several pairs of scissors... well! aren't there always
My green notebook... with stitching ideas in
A brayer .... I have just carved my first lino cut
A drawer full of ink pads... I rarely use these, but GD Erin was putting them in colour order
At the back is a pencil with double sided foam pad wrapped around it ...strange but true.....ask Erin about that !!!
Bits of green felt from some stitched cards
On the right lots of tools ... toothbrush, lino carvers, ink pads etc, blah,, blah blah . . . . . .
any questions just ask, I will try and answer truthfully!!!
Here's some close ups

                                                                        Erin's drawer

Finished card

My lino cut, not very original ... but I have plans for this in the new year.
Time is short this week so the usual rules apply .
Not sure if Julia is going to post next week as its a busy day for some,  if not I would like to wish everyone a very
 HAPPY CHRISTMAS and peaceful new year

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

WOYWW 236 so sew sew

Hi Peeps,
time again for our weekly curtain twitching peek at the worlds workdesks care of our hostess Julia at  the stamping-ground.
On my desk this week.... not much it has been sadly neglected in favour of my sewing machine.
I went with a friend on a  lovely weekend to West Dean College in West Sussex.
 We learnt all about free machine embroidery.  We learnt and practised lots of techniques, there was also lots of gorgeous food, wine, chocolate and lots of laughs.
Here are my 2 final pieces

 This Painted one still has to be  embroidered and embellished

I am planning to do lots more, we all had a lot of fun and a big thanks to my mate Lee and Wendy Dolan for making it a great weekend. I will share my favourite tip with you ... I have been sewing since I was about 8 or 9 (a long time) and I never knew this  .... ever wondered what the hole in the top of the bobbin was for... this

It helps with the bobbin winding ....  hold the thread under tension as it winds ... brilliant.
The college is in an old country house with some amazing art in it.
Salvadore Dali lip sofa

stunning  spiral stairs with footprint carpet and turtle wallpaper

An amazing dolls house

the  outside of the  house

Sorry for so many photos and I haven't even mentioned the C word.
Its a busy time of year for us crafters so I don't expect so many visits but I will try to reply to all commenters.
Have a great week

Friday, 6 December 2013

Why am I smiling

Well today lovely people I am smiling because I am of to West Dean college for a weekend of creative machine embroidery. So looking forward to this I might even forget I have a cold. Here is some off the stuff I an taking 

Lots of lovely silks and threads. Yes that is a bag of chocolate truffles on the side, well a girl needs sustanence as well as creativity doesn't she.
Ok I'm off to paint my nails all pretty, well a girl needs a bit of glamour to go with posh chocolates doesn't she ?
I am linking this to Annie's Friday smile so do take a look there too.
Here's a little something that might make you smile too...... My winter hat, please remember I am a 55 year old grandmother ..... 
strangers often smile at this hehe 
Have a great weekend whatever you are doing

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

WOYWW 235 job done...... what's next

Hi Peeps
 well not only is it Wednesday (again)  it is also December and you know what that means ... yep time to start thinking about Christmas . . .  there I've said it  now, my desk certainly looks more festive.

Here is my list for this week.... I like lists .... keeps it simple
Last months Christmas Craft Stamper (almost unread)
Felt Christmas tree bunting (unfinished)
Orange felt (next project)
Small white rolling pin (why?)
lots of little stars (left over from die cutting a decoration)
Erin's spider drawing (from last week)
I never did do anything with the Pimms label.... back left (maybe next year)
Lots of other tools from making these

Ok so they aren't the best cards I've ever made but there is quite  a lot of them and they are all made from snippets. .
Any questions? . . .  just ask happy to tell all.
I've shown you mine, time to do the same, see here for the why's and whatever's.
Visit Julia here stamping-ground.
lots of inspiration and fun to be had.
Its a busy time of year so I guess there will be less blogging over the next couple of weeks but I will try and return all commented visits :-)
happy crafting