Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween WOYWW

Happy WOYWW everyone.  So its that time of the week again when we all get to have a legal snoop around desks all over the globe!  

So, my desk this week....oh the organisational skills....oh the space....oh the tidiness....ooh....I cannot see my screen for my rapidly growing nose!!

Yep, as usual chaos is my ever present friend!  

On my desk is a very inky mop up kitchen roll (still some white left so not ready to be replaced yet!) and a wooden jewelry box, with a drawer and hinged lid (with a mirror inside).  I have decided to cover it all in music score to make it a bit more interesting.  I have been collecting boxes through the year, not sure whether they are going to be Christmas pressies or I may try to sell them at a craft fair next month....not sure yet, depends on how many I get round to making!

On top of the box is my 'Man Bite Dog' cards and this weeks random cards are 'Tourist Nails Naked Teen Scam'!!!!  I swear they get odder each week!

So if you'd like to visit some, then the queen of desks is the lovely Julia and all the deets can be found here 

Hope those of you in the states are all ok , 


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Día de los Muertos

Hello peeps, I hope those of you over in states are ok with this awful storm that has hit over the past day.  I know a good friend of mine is in New York and has no electricity and was sent to the red thoughts are with you all.

On a lighter note, at the weekend we went to a Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) exhibition at a gallery in Bristol. The festival takes place on 1st November and is a time to remember family and friends that have died.

Inspired I decided to make my own piece and decided to paint a sugar skull .


I was quite pleased how it turned out, quite jolly.  I painted it with white acrylic (I spread the paint around with my fingers as I find this gives a much smoother finish) then added details with marker pens and added a battery operated tea light (for obvious safety reasons) behind....its now adorning my mantelpiece...proves skulls do not have to be gruesome!

Happy Crafting


Friday, 26 October 2012

The postman rings twice

No not the dodgy Brando film.....the postie arrived with a parcel of die cuts from my friend Sam (who I have known since I was 11 and we used to cycle to school together.....ooh, she knows SO many of my teenage secrets!!)This is just a small sample of what she sent.

This summer we met up (she is lucky enough to live by the sea) and found out we both love crafting and both have a big we thought we could swap die cuts to see if we would use them before splashing out on buying the dies....well, I already have plans for the speech bubbles and the snowflake I think looks a little like a bishop from the game chess (the bits between the points) I have a plan for them too!  Thanks Sam, its great when the postie comes and its not bills!

This is another one of my tags that I am making into cards, I make so many tags for 'warming up' when I start a crafting session, or to practise a new technique or when I am not inspired, then I bung them all (technical crafting term that is!)  in a basket and later on (often a few weeks later!) I add some bits and bobs, some backing papers and hey presto another card!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, they have given out the first proper frost in the south west of the UK tonight, so hopefully a bright but chilly Saturday will follow.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Morning peeps.

Sorry this is going to be a really short post....its been a hectic week (see previous post below if you want to know the deets and see a man trapped!!).

This week on my desk are some tags (finishing off the ones I inked at the crop the other week), some Halloween bits and a lot of scraps that need to be binned!!
For those of you who like my 'Man Bites Dog' cards this weeks random phrase was 'General stabs angry czar'!!  You couldn't make it up!!!!

If you'd like to join us for a virtual wander through desks across the globe, then all the deets can be found here 

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A wee man trapped!

Phew, it has been a hectic week.....3 gigs (1 folk, 1 punk and 1 proper old skool rock and roll), waved my brother off to Ecuador for another year and closed down the caravan ready for the winter season!

All in all, very little time to play in the craft room (let alone answer the blogosphere!).

I did however have time to download a few photo's of some of my recent resin makes.

This is a wee man who I trapped in resin.  Now, I have a bit of an odd confession, I quite like taking photo's of railway figures in odd poses....(no...not that odd!) you know, workmen digging with a pic axe on a piece of broccoli, now this little fellow isn't 'doing' anything, so doesn't really fit in with my 'scenes' so I thought I would encase him in resin.  No idea why, more of a case of "I wonder if I can....".

I also tried a multiple layered resin piece, this has a layer of resin with watch parts in, allowed to dry overnight then another layer added.

I just need to drill a hole and string them so I have another 2 'different' necklaces!

Right, bath and large glass of red (I know, on a school night!) are beckoning!

Happy Crafting, and to those I owe a response to....promise I will get round to it in the next couple of days!


Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Morning peeps.  Well, Saturdays WOYWW crop was an absolute scream, I chatted, got inky, made new friends and ate a LOT of cake!!  I was shattered the next day, but it was worth it.

Hello to all those I met, and I hope those that couldn't make it have been able to recreate some of the fun via many of the blogs (but not the cake!  Did I mention the cake?....oh and the Tiffin and the flapjack....!).

So, on my desk this week....

Yep, chaos ensures (no change there!).  I have pushed all the mess to the back thrown a mushroom pate tin (dead handy as it has a plastic lid, I'm thinking storage potential!) into the mix and my 'man bites dog' cards threw up another classic statement!

This is my mop up Journal that I used to mop up the desk at the WOYWW crop so I decided to do a page about the day.  The butterfly stencils came out of the bin (Pam did the most amazing die cut butterfly canvas...but those left over pieces called to me from the bin!). The small bunting at the top came from another bin at the crop (I can't help should see me walk past a skip!!).

The card above is a wee kit Julia and Jan gave us with instructions to make something with it and post it on our WOYWW posts, so here is mine.  The only bits I added were the bunting and butterfly stencil which did come from the crop bin!  The saying "Home is where the heart is" is made by cutting up the instruction sheet that came with the kit. I added some black stayzon around the edge of the house and hand drew a border.

Thanks ladies for a fabulous day and to those who have joined my blog.....which leaves me with one question......When's the next one?

Happy crafting


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

366 Challenge

After 3 weeks on holiday I am a bit late in posting this months 366 Challenge over on Kate Cranes blog.  I am amazed that after 10 months I am still doing this!  I have a habit of flitting onto new things, but this is SO easy, a minute journalling a day and its done!
This is Octobers page (I think I will use a larger journal next year so I can add more detail...ooh check me out, I am already talking about continuing into next year!).

If you'd like to check out other journals, and Kate's amazing blog all the deets are here

Happy Crafting


Monday, 15 October 2012


 So, Saturday saw me heading down to Wiltshire and the village of Burbage for the WOYWW crop.  I was really nervous as I haven't really done anything like this before, but I needn't have worried, as soon as I walked in I instantly recognised Gashead Zoe from the blog and before I knew it everyone was introducing themselves, hugging and chatting.

Julia (Queen of WOYWW) and Lunchlady Jan did a quick intro (though it does look like a Tommy Cooper impression!).

 I met so many lovely people, here Morti is leading an altered domino class

It didn't take long for my crafting space to resemble my messy desk and my hands were soon covered in dye!!

Julia and Jan provided some fabulous food, what more can you ask for, hot food, cakes and crafting! 

Just some of the ladies having their lunch.

It was a great day, I met so many wonderful crafters.  Zoe probably convinced at least half a dozen of us to buy Smash journals (and she had the best ever craft bag...SO organised), Morti, Donna and Jozart inspired me (it was also great to see I was not alone in making a mess of the desk and my hands!).

As we left, we were all handed a magnetic bookmark that had been made during the day (I think from Di, sorry I am terrible at names, I can only remember a few each day!) and a goody bag from Julia and LLJ - ladies you did yourselves proud, it was a fantastic venue and a great day.

Just one question......when's then next one then!


Friday, 12 October 2012

Magic Mushrooms

Hello peeps.  I have been having a lovely 3 weeks off work (yikes, 3 weeks......Monday is going to be difficult!!), Mallorca first then a few days with my brother who was visiting from Ecuador....all to be topped off tomorrow with a crop and a chance to meet fellow WOYWWers at the grand event that the lovely Julia has organised here.

Those of you who saw my desk this week may have spied my mushroom that I made.


I used some pale suede for the gills underneath and the stalk and red leather for the cap.  I used my crop-a-dile to punch some pale spots.  The cap is stuffed with toy stuffing and its all stuck together with leather glue.

I have made 3 different 'shrooms so far (2 brown and 1 red) all from leather/suede from local cobblers or the scrap store...not sure what to do with them, I was thinking of sourcing a split log with the bark still on and drilling some holes in and making a 'scene' with them.....not sure yet, may just turn them into brooches!

Anyway, I am looking forward to meeting some fellow WOYWWers tomorrow, and for those that can't attend I am taking my camera!!

Happy Crafting

Li'l Pidge x

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


Morning fellow WOYWWers.

This week my desk looks like a bomb has hit it!  After a week on holiday in Mallorca I now have  a few days off whilst my brother is visiting from Ecuador.  This means I have been able to get some more sneaky crafting in!

On my desk this week is some resin I have been playing with (I will post photo's once they are cured) and another leather mushroom.

This time I have made a 'magic' mushroom from red leather and punched circles of cream leather with my crop o dile.  I am in the process of assembling and gluing so, yet again, once finished (yet another UFO!) I will post a photo.

As you can see, the 'Man Bites Dog' cards have been randomly selected and make a sentance (they don't always, honest)!

If you would like to visit desks around the world then you can visit the queen of WOYWW here and for those that are able to make it on Saturday to the crop, I look forward to meeting some of you.

 Happy Crafting

 Li'l Pidge

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Oh I do like to be beside the sea.....

Hello peeps....I am back from a weeks holiday in Mallorca.  We had some rain, but I didn't mind as it was WARM (lovely and warm.......hmmmm....came back home to a frost on the first night...brrr...that was a wake up call!) and I managed to swim in the lovely warm, clear blue sea every day (and I managed to do a little painting whilst sat on the beach so in all it was a great weeks break).

I was so pleased to see my craft room when I came home.  Though I had a little kit I took with me, its really not the same as squirrelling myself in my room and crafting my little socks off!

Today I have a card to share with you, its using some pieces from my scrap book and a hand coloured image.

I also used a page from a Japanese book, some lilac netting and a few lilac crystals for a little 'bling'.  I think for a fairy she is pretty hot.

Right, I have yet more washing to do (and more sand to try and get out of crevises!).

Happy Crafting

Li'l Pidge