Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Warm and Woolly

It's time for WOYWW again, and this week summer really has disappeared - after last weeks Christmas trees I'm now in woolly scarf mode!  
I found some rather cosy knitting and crochet patterns on the internet and I felt so chilly and miserable over the wet August bank holiday that I dug out my knitting bag and got stuck in!  My newest finds, the little jug and bowl, were sitting on my desk and I noticed how beautifully they matched the wool - what a lucky coincidence!

For anyone interested both lots of wool are Dune by Trendsetter Yarns.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Bottle Brush Christmas Trees and WOYWW #272

I know it's a bit early for a lot of people but already I've been seeing deskers working on their Christmas cards, and I thought it would be nice to get organised and ahead of myself for a change!  So on my desk this week, for WOYWW, I've been making little decorations using bottle brush trees and vintage patty tins.  I also found this large silver plated bowl which will have three different sized trees on it.  So far I have glittered the trees and they are all waiting to be decorated.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Stamp Carving and Peonies

On my desk this week for WOYWW I 've been having a go at stamp carving for a long term project I'm doing on coral.  I usually use lino but decided to give this pink stuff a go - it's Speedball Speedy-Carve block and it's great stuff!  It's so easy to use and following Julie Balzaar's advice of using a glass cutting board it made the job a whole lot easier.

I'm also having a bit of an obsession with Peonies at the moment, so following on from my previous blog post I'm adding some more photos of this beautiful flower.  Sadly after being messed about by me for the photo session they decided not to open up in their vase but stayed as tight buds for quite a while before dying!   They really don't like me!

Monday, 11 August 2014


I was so pleased to find that Mosaic Monday is now being hosted by Judith over at Lavender Cottage - thank you Judith!  Next task - to put together a mosaic to post on it!  I have a great love of Peonies but can't seem to grow them in the garden - they simply disappear over winter, never to be seen again!  I took these photos a few weeks ago after finding a bunch of them in my local store - I was unable to resist!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

WOYWW #270 and Moths and Yellow Roses

I don't know why I'm sharing my desk for WOYWW this week - it's a complete disaster!  The last week of the ICAD challenge just didn't happen for me - below you can see one of several failed attempts at an index card - I somehow couldn't get the ideas out of my brain and onto the actual cards!  I now need to find the Oomph to tidy my desk - I just hate it being messy and unorganized!

Failing at the index cards I turned to my trusty old moths and photographed them on a little pink dish that I picked up in a local charity shop, a rose from the garden and an old book.  Mmm, salmon pink and yellow - not sure about that colour combo - but it's growing on me!

Monday, 4 August 2014

The Kaffe Fassett Exhibition

I had a wonderful day out last week - we went to the American Museum, just outside Bath, which is only a couple of hours away from us.  I particularly wanted to go as they have a Kaffe Fassett exhibition running at the moment (until 2nd November I think) and I really have a weakness for his work and I love his use of colour.  I certainly wasn't disappointed - all I could hear as I walked round were other people besides myself saying Wow and Ooh!
Here are some photos I took of the exhibition.  
I'm sharing this post with Mary over at Mosaic Monday - I was sad to hear this week will be the last one - a huge thank you Mary, and I hope you find much enjoyment in your new endeavours!  

I think the lime green area had to by my favourite - I fell in love with the cabbage leaf teapot!

Such a riot of colour!