Wednesday, 22 September 2021


Hello peeps, well I am feeling a lot better, still a long way to go with my neck and shoulder but finally managed after almost 6 weeks to get an actual physio appointment so am hoping that they can help as the medication is not great to be honest.  Could be a LOT worse but it is frustrating and has really slowed me down and limited what I can do!

Anyway, back to crafting.  On my desk this week is my 365 journal, I know, get me, ahead of the game and getting it ready before the next month has even started!!  Let's be honest that does NOT happen often, BUT I am very aware that work is crazy busy at the moment and is only due to get more busy so I thought I would take a rare moment to try to get ahead of the game and start Octobers page.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are "Hubby Convict Sues Judge"!!!!  Well, that really is an attention grabbing headline, that is for sure!

 Thought I would also update on the latest make from the allotment.  This time 3 jars of piccalilli.  Last year was the first time I have ever made it and hubby really liked it so I made 3 large jars this year and hopefully it will mature over the next few months and taste as good as last years.

So, Whats on Your Workdesk this Wednesday?  Are you sharing?  Go on, you know you want to!

Happy crafting


Wednesday, 8 September 2021


 Hello peeps only a quick update for What's on your workdesk Wednesday as still got trapped nerves in my spine so typing is difficult and slower (which is making work very difficult but hey ho could be worse) .

This was my desk a couple days ago as was making a lino print card for my mate who has just bought a new house.

Didn't have any printing ink so used some acrylic (to be honest that's my go to substitution) and i added a stamped greeting and a glass flower.  Was pleased how it turned out

My 'man bites dog' cards this week are 'hubby ready to strikes heiress' - again no comment on that headline! 

So, what's on your workdesk this Wednesday?

Wednesday, 25 August 2021


Morning all, having to start with an apology again as this is not my desk and I haven't done all my re visits.  Basically long story short 2 weeks ago I woke up with trapped nerves in my spine, add that to my torn rotator cuff and RA and that equates to quite a lot of pain 24/7.  Sadly my meds reacted and to avoid hospital I had to cancel our summer holiday and have had the amazing district nurses visit a couple times a day.  Slowly on the mend and sure it will keep improving but it means everything from work, allotment, life is taking a LOT longer (especially as its painful to type).  

But to be able to still take part I thought I would share my latest makes from just before this happened.


Yep, yet more Courgette and Ginger Jam (seriously I have now run out of jam jars I have made so much!)  I am thinking I may dehydrate some courgette slices into crisps, its going to be a few more weeks looking at the plants that we will be picking these, both green and yellow!

I have also made another couple of jars of pickled nasturtium seeds.  I must not make as many as last year as I ended up with SO many jars that I have been eating them in my salad every lunchtime!

So only a quick update and no Man Bites Dog cards this week but looking forward to seeing what's on your workdesks this Wednesday


Wednesday, 18 August 2021


Happy What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday where, thanks to the lovely Queen of Desks Julia (link over on the right) people across the globe bare our desks, be them clean and tidy (a rare occurrence!) or beautifully crafty and full of ideas for "enabling" fellow deskers for some new crafty stash we hadn't even thought about before!!  Then there are desks like mine!  You know, that moment when you get what you think is a good idea "to sort out x,y,z...."   yep, no idea why we do that!!

I thought it would be a good idea to sort out one (yes I have several) of my pencil cases!  No idea why, think I spotted it and my brain had a bit of space in it and thought....ooh!!!


This case is actually a free toiletries bag from New Zealand airlines from a few years back!!  Perfect with its lining to hold pens, paints etc (as you do!) and has 3 other smaller pencil cases inside that I have collected from craft shows and freebies from trade shows etc!!  

My 'Man Bites Dog' cards this week were pulled out in order (which is unusual as I often have to move them about to make sense) "Fake  Priest Tricks Missing Wife"!!  oooh, another one that makes you think!

So, dare you bare and share your desk with us all?  Go on, we are are friendly bunch and love nosing at others workspaces too!


Wednesday, 11 August 2021


Happy hump day and What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday. The past few weeks have been super busy with work and also the allotment.  I have been making a LOT of chutney, pickled nasturtium seeds and jam.  At the weekend I made another batch of courgette and ginger jam, which has been a go to recipe for me with the allotment as there are often a lot of courgettes!

I don't tend to print much stuff at the moment so printing preserve sticky labels every couple of weeks (which is what I was doing last night when I took this photo) is a way to make sure the printer ink doesn't dry up (as it did last year and we had to replace it even though it had hardly been used!  I was NOT impressed!!) .

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are ' Cruel Exec Sues Hero'!!  Not very pleasant but they were the random cards I pulled from the pack this week!

So, What's on Your Workdesk this Wednesday?


Wednesday, 21 July 2021


 Morning peeps, so on my desk this week are some plant labels.  I bought some thin wooden blanks from a local Farm that is run by the Brandon Trust (brilliant charity working with adults and young people with learning difficulties and autism).  In their farm shop they sell some wooden items they make in their workshops and they were selling 5 wooden labels for £1.50 so I bought a couple packs.

I am using old acrylic paints up and then will use my white posca pen to write the produce eg Beetroot and do a couple coats of yacht varnish (again as I have part used tins to use up).  If I can get a couple years at least out of them I will be very happy.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this weeks are 'Indicted Brave 1st Lady Weds Mob Boss!!!!'  Well, no comment is probably best with that headline!

Hope your not melting too much if your in the UK, the west (where I am) have had the first ever UK Amber Extreme Heat warning!!! Needless to say all the allotment watering etc is being done VERY early before work at the moment when its still not too hot..

Stay cool and feel free to share what's on your workdesks this wednesday

Wednesday, 14 July 2021


 Happy hump day, this was my desk last night. I am on my 2nd batch of drying herbs for winter use. Swiss mint, marjoram, lemon balm and lavender. This time of year the airing cupboard is crammed full of herbs drying, it smells divine when i walk past! 

In case Maryanne was wondering i remembered my 'Man bites dog' cards this week!! 'Actor snubs blonde hero again'! In case your wondering i tend to randomly pick up to 6 cards and don't use them all unless it makes sense! 

Looking at me is a vase of sweetpeas, lavender, lemon balm and mint picked from the garden 

I also recently made another batch of rhubarb and ginger jam, delicious even if i do say so myself!
And this is the allotment at the moment, over 20lb of strawberries picked! Just picked the last of the season and the last broadbeans too.

This is a usual daily harvest at the moment, lettuce, radish, herbs and my first courgette of the season.

So, what's on your workdesk this Wednesday? 


Wednesday, 30 June 2021


Hello just a quick update and no desk as its covered in work, but aware my recipient has now received the anniversary atc etc so thought i could do a quick show.

These were the ATCs i made with a thick paint through a stencil to create a background.

Also the local postcard option, i couldn't find one so on one of my walks at a weekend i walked to Kingswood Museum and the 18th century 30 foot high statue of Neptune known locally as the Warmley Giant (as its in Warmley nr Bristol) and i sat there sketching and painting it.

Its a great walk and some amazing places to explore. 

Only a quick update and no MBD cards this week as totally buried under work so can't share, but i didnt want to miss out on this weeks hence this quickie

Happy woyww

Wednesday, 23 June 2021


 Hello peeps, so I finally got a few days off work last week and was able to walk away from the screens! Out in the country with no wifi access and poor phone signal and the allotment, where your hands are so dirty you daren't touch a screen!  I also got some happy mail!  Thanks Susan Renshaw, we swapped postcards and ATC for the anniversary and I was so chuffed to get someone from Australia.

On my desk this week (it was last night as the desk is filled with work otherwise) I decided to have a play with some pre stamped images and colour in with my inktense pencils.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Teen Heiress Falls for Convict' - ooh!

I also spent a lot of last week preserving with rhubarb and strawberries off the allotment (we picked over 5lb strawberries in one day!!).  I made Rhubarb chutney (in total I have 41 jars made!!), Strawberry Jam and Strawberry vinegar and also a big double batch of elderflower cordial.  I will try to remember to upload a couple of photos in the next couple of days.

So, what's on your workdesk this Wednesday?


Wednesday, 16 June 2021


 Hello, bit of a late update from me as had a few days off work so don't do much screen time when i am off work! So, my desk this week was my kitchen!! Had loads of strawberries both #yellowsticker and also off the allotment so started my first batch of strawberry vinegar. Each year I make this and also elderberry vinegar. They are sweetened like Victorian shrubs and are great for salads, cooking and also mocktails adding some to sodawater etc.

No 'Man bites dog' cards (sorry Mary Anne) as they are upstairs and totally forgot!! 

So, what's on your workdesk Wednesday?