Wednesday, 6 January 2021


Morning all and the first What's on Your Workdesk of 2021.  On my desk this week (albeit on Monday as I had a cheeky day off) is my new 365 Challenge journal.  I have been doing Kate Cranes original challenge for about 6 years or so and can usually fit 3 years worth in one A4 book.  This year its a new book - ooh clean and not covered with sticky stuff!! That will NOT last long before it is covered with glue, spilt paint and glitter!!

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are "Brave Hero Drops Secret Thousands" - well I am thinking of people like the actor Michael Sheen who has been instrumental in supporting the Big Issue and Homeless World Cup in their assistance to homelessness in the UK and also people like Marcus Rashford the footballer and amazing game changer for hunger and free school meals (and making our Government change their minds!). There have been some amazing acts of compassion in the past year.

One other update is that once again hubby and I did our Gratitude Jar.  Every year we do this, its an old coffee pot covered in gaffa tape with a bulldog clip inside holding some cut up paper (you know, those pattern paper sheets we all have in packs that we know we wont use so I cut them into large stamp sizes) and a biro.  Then, when something we are grateful for happens we make a note of the date and what it was.  It can be something simple like a walk and hearing the birds sing or maybe a meal out etc.

Then at the start of the new year we sit down and randomly pick them out of the pot and read them out.  Little snippits of gratitude throughout the year.  Either way we have done this for a few years now and I was determined to continue it though out 202 as I felt we needed to be reminded of some of the nice things that happened.

I think we were both surprised as to how many there were in the jar at the end of year.  Now I admit there is NOT as many as previous years, but considering the year we have all had I was pleasantly surprised.

We have started 2021 Jar already and plan to continue.

Happy New year one and all


Wednesday, 30 December 2020


 Oops forgot it was Wednesday so a bit late in posting What's on your workdesk Wednesday! 

On my desk this week i am playing with trying to capture figures better when i am sketching. Still got a long way to go but its  not like i don't have the blank sketchbooks to fill up!! Seriously, i am like a sketchbook hoarder!! Mind you i only have one water colour pocket one so that is something I need to buy!!! 

So, what's on your workdesk this Wednesday?  Dare to share? 


Wednesday, 23 December 2020


 Happy hump day so that means sharing our desks for What's on your workdesk Wednesday.  This week (well last night) i was making a card, from, i think a die i cut at the last WOYWW crop!! I cut loads that day and they have stood me in good stead (probably Shaz, Helen or Julias!)-thanks ladies. 

My 'Man bites dog' cards-i swear they were randomly drawn, i cannot bring myself to place them in any order to make a headline!! I will leave that to your imagination.

And an update from last week, these are the blanks i was covering with the tissue paper and 3 layers of yatch varnish! Took 3 days and boy did the house smell!! 

So, What's on your workdesk this Wednesday? 


Wednesday, 16 December 2020


Happy hump day where we bare our desks for What's on your workdesk Wednesday. 

Last week I was using mdf blanks to make a Christmas present. Obviously I can't show how it turned out until the recipient opens it, but I was quite pleased so thought I would make a few more (well its stash I already have so may as well make them and I can use them as gifts throughout next year). 

 I found some really nice script tissue paper so thought I would see how they worked out. When the glue has dried I will sand them down on the edges and do a couple coats of yacht varnish (which is what will take a few days to let to dry between coats, last time it took 3 days in total to varnish). I am thinking I may do some coasters too as a nice set with the wine holder. 

My 'Man bites dog' cards this week are a bit grim, 'Priest shoots suspect killer'!! 

So, what is on your desk this week? Sorry if I didn't get a chance to revisit everyone but the week flashed by (even though I was on annual leave for most of it)! 

Happy crafting 


Sunday, 13 December 2020

Bristol urban sketchers in Tuscany

Just a quick update. Today was our next Bristol Urban sketchers meet up and this time we 'visited' Siena in Tuscany! 

 I wasn't too keen on mine but i don't really mind as for me it has always been the joy I get from sketching and learning from the very talented members. 

Its great seeing the others via the video call and you can use various tools, but Google streetview is a great tool to tour round an area to sketch. During lockdown etc its been brilliant and we have sketched in some stunning places. 


Wednesday, 9 December 2020


Hump day again so that means sharing our desks with What's on your workdesk Wednesday and the queen of desks Julia on Here. On my desk this week is a Christmas present i am making, i had some blank mdf pieces like this glass holder (you place this over a wine bottle and hang the glasses on the side) so thought they may make nice presents just need to find something to decorate it with. 

My 'Man bites dog'cards this week are 'devoted actor weeps for bored wife'!!! 


For those that were on the 600th WOYWW zoom calls at the weekend (it was brilliant and the longest i have crafted for since last year so brilliant) i spent the calls making my first ever willow wreath with items from the garden, allotment and bits foraged on my walks. This is the finished wreath, quite pleased with it as it was free! 

So i decided to make another one, this time for the front door. We spotted someone cutting their hedge so grabbed a handful of evergreen bits, added some ivy, holly, rosemary and sage. No idea how long it will last, but again cost nothing apart from a bit of time and research. 

So, what crafting have you all been up to? Feel free to join the gang over on Julia's blog and dare to share! 

Happy crafting 


Wednesday, 2 December 2020

WOYWW 600th edition

 Welcome to hump day and What's on your workdesk Wednesday where we celebrate all manner of workspaces messy, creative or sometimes oddly clean (not mine but some are)! Well this week the Queen of desks the amazing Julia at is celebrating the 600th edition!!! I bet she never imagined how this would grow and we owe her so much as its enabled many of us and created some fantastic friendships from virtual to physical via the crops too. 

My desk is from last night and i am making a few more Christmas cards, these from images i think i stamped maybe from shaz or helen at a previous WOYWW crop!! 

So, join in with us in celebrating the amazing weekly event that Julia created, and possibly the main reason why during these strange lockdown times that some of us actually know what day of the week it is due mainly to WOYWW!! 


Sunday, 29 November 2020

Bristol urban sketchers

 Just a quick update. In these strange times when travel is restricted and meeting up off the cards the amazing Bristol Urban Sketchers (who i have been a member of for a few years now) have done virtual meet ups and sketches. We all chat on video call whilst sketching an agreed location (got to love google street view its almost like you are walking around). 

This time it was Kathmandu!! 

The meet up is a couple hrs just as our regular meet ups were and although my sketches are very amateur (albeit better than when i joined a few years ago as you learn so much from the others) the talented group never let you feel disappointed and are so supportive (their sketches are amazing and such a mix of styles too, i love it)  

However my wee desk looks like a bombs hit it!!! Remember that when you pop back for wednesdays 600th WOYWW anniversary-there is sometimes arty stuff on my desk!!! 

Hope you are all having a fab weekend


Wednesday, 25 November 2020


Happy hump day so that means sharing our desks with the lovely julia as Queen of the desks (for almost 600 times. I haven't been since  the start but certainly from early on, and through her blog I have made and met some great friends). 

So what's  on your workdesk Wednesday? Well, finally after seeing so many of your desks with the C word makes I thought I would make some cards. 

For the past few years I make Christmas cards in January and put away so that I know come November I don't need to panic too much as I have a stash already. 

 So looking through my pre cut stash in my craft room whilst on annual leave last week I came across some Christmas die cuts from previous crops and decided this was a great opportunity to make a dent in the stash and use some of the small card blanks that I also found at the back of the card blank box! 

I thought it would be safe to use the 'Man bites dog' headline cards again-maybe  not!! This is the order they were drawn in but any order isn't the best headline considering!! 

So, dare you bare your desk? Clean, tidy, creative or full of new stash (looking at Shaz Silverwolf and Helen as the long standing enablers!!) feel free to share via Julia's blog (link on the right hand). 

Happy crafting


Wednesday, 18 November 2020


 Hump day so that means sharing our desks with the queen of desks the lovely Julia (nearly at the 600th one!!!) 

My desk this week- well, wet and a day off so seemed like a good idea to plan the crop rotation for the allotment. It starts in the early winter for me as i plant garlic and onions before christmas so need to ensure they are rotated. Not sure how far i will get before i loose the will, but its a start! 

No Man Bites Dog cards again this week, i can't trust them with everything that is going on at the moment!! Too likely to get an actual bizarre headline! 

So, what's on your workdesk this wednesday? 

Happy crafting