Wednesday, 13 November 2019


Happy hump day so that means we bare our desks thanks to the lovely Queen of desks Julia (here)  On my desk this week are a few cards I have just finished.  Not particularly intricate more of a case of trying to use up my stash!  In the background is my ATG tape refill, its NOT in my ATG gun as for some reason neither of my refills will go in there properly!! Very frustrating as been using them for years but for some reason both of these wont have sticky side showing but just the brown bit!  Tried turning it round etc, watching videos-all to no avail so decided to just use them as double sided tape and wind it off the spool when needed!  Life is too short.

Forgot to do my "man bites dog" cards this week as its dark and my camera and computer are playing up so just grabbed a shot Tuesday evening before loosing my temper with them both!  Talking of loosing my temper must be time to get my sewing machine out as not made any small bits for Christmas yet!

Happy crafting

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Inktober update

 For those of you who follow my Instagram account you would have seen my progress for this years Inktober as I posted them at the time.

However, for those who haven't here is the next installment of my tags (the first 12 were posted on my blog here)

I am pleased I stuck to tags over the past 3 years as they don't take up much room, are quick to do (so I actually get to finish the month challenge) and are easy to flick back through to see how my style has developed.

It is not always easy to think of a picture for the prompt but there is SO much inspiration out there as inktober is now so big there are thousands following and painting each day!

It feels a shame when the month comes to an end but I have to admit one month is enough, I have looked at annual challenges before and I know I would not stick to it!

So there you are, another Inktober completed!  Did you take part?  I would love to see yours if you did, please let me know in the comments.


Wednesday, 6 November 2019


Hump day so that means sharing our desks via for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday

On my desk this week is my November 365 challenge Journal.  I just finished it in time so I am starting to fill in the first few days before I forget what I did!!

My "Man Bites Dog" cards headline this week are 'Dead Movie Lover Tricks Feds' - well I suppose it is just after halloween after all!!!

Happy crafting

Monday, 4 November 2019

Allotment update

Just a quick allotment update. As we have had our first frosts I thought I should harvest my winter squash.  I have urchi kuri, butternut and I think the yellow/green one may be acorn (not sure to be honest)!

I am really pleased as so far I have 11 winter squash that I am curing to store so am hoping that this will last me about 7 weeks (with any luck).  We do get through a lot of squash so I plan on growing more next year.  I have 4 of the orange urchi kuri (there are a couple really small ones still on the plant that I am hedging my bets with!)

3 of these and 

I managed to harvest 4 butternut squash (and a couple really small ones I have already roasted) 

Boy the plot does look bare now though!


Wednesday, 30 October 2019


Hump day again so that means we visit run by the lovely Julia and we share our workdesks, be them tidy, creative, empty or in a state of panic Christmas card making!!

On my desk this week, don't faint but I am actually making a card!  I know!  Go me!!

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Lover stabs nude lady'!  Not a pleasant headline but who knows what is possible with the news the way it seems these days!

So, are you sharing your desk this week?  We are a friendly bunch and there is always something inspiring or a great storage idea (and also some 'enabling' of new products we didn't know we needed!!).

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 23 October 2019


 Hump day again, where thanks to the Queen of Desks Julia we bare our workdesks on a Wednesday.  This week on my desk is this!!!!!

This is a certificate (not had one of those for MANY years) I came RUNNER UP in our parish in bloom contest for our allotment site!  This is the first year I have had this plot and it had NOTHING but weeds growing when I took it over in April.  It has lots that needs doing and some things need rethinking (and it is only a small plot so I need to be careful what I plant and where).  The hilarious things is that I had NO idea it was for the parish in bloom.  The parish council said they were inspecting the plots so I presumed it was like the plot inspections I used to have when I had a plot in Bath 20 odd years ago (they used to check % of land weed free, edges etc) to ensure I didn't get a fine or notice to quit.  It was more chilled than this and was for the parish in bloom!

So we went to the council meeting where I got a certificate AND totally unexpected a £15 garden centre voucher!  Plus there was a buffet and wine, I was well chuffed!!

So there you are, bit of a different desk this week as I am making a bit of space on the wall of my craft room to display my certificate since I am really stupidly proud of it!


Saturday, 19 October 2019


 I thought I would share a few snaps from Malta, only a few as I took SO many from Malta and Gozo but here are some

there are various statues across the island both ancient and new, like this cat which is towards Sliema

There are more than 365 churches (think that's what it said in the inflight magazine!) on the islands so SO many to look at

 this one on Gozo had the MOST amazing mosaics outside

stunning craftmenship and I love Malta


Wednesday, 16 October 2019


Hello peeps, I have been absent for a while and was not easily able to do many return visits as I was sunning myself on a well earned summer (well Autumn) holiday in Malta....ah Malta, lots of free art exhibitions, festivals, swimming in the sea off the cliffs and maybe one or two aperol spritz! 

Whilst I was away I decided to once again take part in Inktober (I think i have done it for about 5 years).  Created 10 years ago by artists Jake Parker you produce a piece each day for the month (see for more details). 

There are various prompts etc you can use and I tend to use the official ones forcing myself to spend no more than 10 mins to draw on a tag - that way I am more than likely to be able to keep up!

So my desk this week is a bit of a cheat as I placed the tags on my dining room table to photograph the ones I have done so far so thought that could be my workdesk (well it sometimes is so why not)

This is the first 6 days worth of tags, most are drawn with Posca pens as I love them as they take on SO many surfaces and I tend to carry a few primary colours with me so I have something to sketch with if I have the time (or stuck waiting for trains etc!)

These are the next 6 I have completed, I am a couple days behind but have an evening free soon so plan on spending some time catching up (as its dark now in the evenings so not able to work on the allotment).

So, What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?


Saturday, 5 October 2019

Upcycled cards

A few weeks back I showed some cards I made from an old calendar.  
These are from another calendar we bought as I love the artist style.

They hint back to a style from my younger days and I thought they would make great toppers for cards covering a variety of occasions.

Simple cards but I do like them.


Wednesday, 2 October 2019


Hello peeps, things have gotta a bit behind (again!) but I have at least made a start on my October 365 Journal challenge page so it won't take long to finish off and then I can catch up with filling it in.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards are "Model Singer Snubs Prez" comment ;-)

So, what's on your workdesk this week?