Wednesday, 19 February 2020


Morning dear Deskers. It's been awhile but I'm slipping quietly back amongst you and it's really lovely to be here.

My thoughts go out to all those who are caught up in these dreadful floods and I hope you are all safe and dry today.

It's been a roller coaster of a couple of years here in The Craft Garden. I started working full time 12 months ago along with caring for my Mum, our darling daughter when off to Edgehill University near Liverpool in September, a day I had been dreading for a long time, but she is having an amazing time and loves it, thank goodness but I do miss her.  Then sadly my poor Mum passed away in December after a short illness. Since then I have been caught up in paperwork and clearing her house, along with work, which doesn't leave much time for anything but it keeps me busy which is what I need at the minute.

However, drum roll please, now it's Half Term, I actually have a desk to share with you.

My hubby bought me the Elizabeth Crafts planner and some dies for Christmas and it's perfect. I don't have a lot of time at the minute but this is small enough to enable me to get creative and also scrapbook at the same time but quickly. I made 3 sets of pages over the weekend.

This is the page I'm on today, I took some old photos off my phone that I'd forgotten about. I can't even remember when I took these.

And this is the one before it. We went to visit DD last weekend, it's a good excuse for a weekend away, and she took us into Liverpool on the train. I hadn't been before and although the city is much like any other, I did like the dock area. It was blowing a gale but sun was out.

Well, that's me today. I am looking forward very much to catching up with you all and seeing what you've been up to.

By the way, I've just noticed that it's exactly 100 WOYWW weeks since I last joined it....that must be a sign. I am determined to be here every week again from now on. Make sure you visit Julia at WOYWW headquarters and join in too.

Happy Crafting   

Wednesday, 21 March 2018


Morning lovely WOYWW friends. I hope I find you well this Wednesday morning. At least the sun is shining and the snow has gone again here.

Here's my desk as of yesterday.

It's been a bit chilly in my craft room so I'm back on the dining table in the warm and doing some scrapbooking. I took this photo of my DD during the first cold spell when she helped me walk through the snow to do my Mum's shopping and I liked it so much it just needed to be scrapped. I'm just procrastinating on what to put as a title. Always the bit I struggle with as it needs to be right.

Here's the finished page so you can see what I settled on!!

Well, that's about it for this week. I just thought I'd leave you with another picture of the snow, this time from last Sunday when we braved the cold to go for a walk and take some photos.

Let's hope that's the last of it for this winter. I'm desperate for some warm spring weather now!

If you want to share your desk with us this week, then pop over to see Julia and join up with WOYWW.

Right, I'm off to make a cuppa and then I'll be round to see what you've all been up to.

Have a great Wednesday and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Morning all lovely WOYWW friends. Wow, it's soooooo  good to be able to join you again this week. I've actually managed a bit of crafting so here's my desk as of yesterday afternoon. Look at that lovely sunshine.

I bought a couple of new Pixie Powder colours last weekend so sat down after work yesterday to have a look at how the colours looked when sprayed with water and ended up having a lovely couple of hours just playing and I ended up with a journal page. Don't you love when art just happens when you least expect it.

Here's the finished page.

And because I didn't see you during the big freeze, here's a photo I took in the blizzard while walking down to visit my Mum.

We had another surprise snow day last Thursday when nothing and no one got out until lunchtime as the snow fell on a thick layer of ice. Thankfully, when the sun came out there was a quick thaw but this was our road at 8am.

If you want to share your desk with a lovely bunch of crafters, then pop over to see Julia and join in with the WOYWW fun.

Right, I'm off to make a fresh cuppa and then I'll be round to catch up with what you've all been up to.

Have a lovely Wednesday and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


Happy Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Birthday dear WOYWW deskers. That should cover everything I've missed since I last joined in with the gentle desk hop.

It's been a bit of a time here at The Craft Garden. Surfice to say Life through us a curve ball mid November, my general fit and healthy 81 year old Mum suddenly became seriously unwell and off to hospital she was taken. Pneumonia was diagnosed but after responding to treatment we then had to break her out of hospital nearly 3 weeks later. I thought they were short of beds!!!!! I won't moan but she was desperate to get home and really depressed at being kept in but tests that were scheduled kept being postponed even though she was medically fit to be discharged. So, she discharged herself and is now going to do the tests as an outpatient. She is recovering slowly, good days and bad days but is glad to be in her own home with her friends popping in and out and my sister and I keeping a very close eye on her
So....... I have a bit of a desk to share with you at long last.

I took this last night hence the poor light although it was so dark all day I don't think it would have made much difference! A bit of gentle scrapbooking to try and get the old mojo kick started again.
I'm just playing with sprays and inks and seeing what evolves.

The last time I was with you I was making some scrapbooks for Christmas presents, which did get finished. Here are the end results and some pictures on the insides. There are lots of tutorials on line for these if anyone is interested.

Well, that's me this week. If you want to share your desk with us, then pop over to WOYWW and see the lovely Julia.

Have a great Wednesday whatever you are up too and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Morning dear WOYWW friends. These Wednesdays come round alarmingly quickly don't they?

I have two desks on the go this week.

Here's my usual one

You all put me to shame with your Christmas activities so I actually managed to start my cards last week. This is a first for me, I usual end up doing them at the last minute but am trying to be organised this year and a bit ahead of the game if I can. I'm keeping them simple, but am not sharing them yet as they are still a WIP.

Here's my other desk, the dining table.

More Christmas activity. I'm making some mini scrapbooks for Christmas presents. It's a long tome since I've done this kind of thing and am really enjoying the process. I have so many paper pads that it's nice to actually be using some of them.

There's also 2 boxes of new nail varnish that the Avon man has just delivered!!

I was having a mooch around u-tube the other day and came across some brilliant tutorials from Stamperia and thought I'd have a go at one of them.

This is the result.

The tutorial used an image printed onto rice paper and then painted in, which I didn't have so I hand drew my figure. The texture paste was very forgiving so I think I got away with it. I love all the texture and also the colours which are very different for me. I added some lace onto her dress and lots of glitter and stamped and cut out all the butterflies. They were stencilled on the original but I didn't have one.

Well that's me this week, If you want to share your desk with us then pop over to see Julia at WOYWW headquarters.

Enjoy your Wednesday whatever you are up to and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Morning gentle WOYWW crafters. I hope I find you well today on the 1st day of November. This time last year we were in the middle of my Mum's house move, I can't believe a year has whizzed past!!

Anyway, here's my desk as of last night.

I've been asked to make a suitcase gift box for a friend to give a travel voucher in. This is the 2nd attempt but I'm quite pleased with it. I just want to add some travel bits and pieces and tickets to the front and somewhere for her to write a greeting on and then I'm done. I hope she likes it.

I can also share a birthday card I made a week or so ago as it's been safely received now. All Sheena Douglass stamps and some distress inks splodged about.

It was half term last week and we managed to get out and about, including a day in Ambleside in The Lake District. The sun kept threatening to come out and it managed to stay dry and made for some lovely photos. It's still one of my favourite places in the country.

I also had a few days in the garden, which is still looking really colourful thanks to the mild autumn up to now.

Well, that's me today. If you want to share your workspace with us, then pop over to WOYWW headquarters and join in.

Have a lovely Wednesday whatever you are up too and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Morning lovely WOYWW friends. It's been a few weeks since I've been able to join you, but it's great to be back.

Here's my desk this morning.

It's a bit of a mess. I haven't spent much time there lately, Mr Mojo went on holiday, but I decided to play in my journal and see if I could persuade him to return. This page has been developing for some months but I'm just going to put some wording on it and I think I'm done.

I've spent more time in the garden. I wanted to make some big changes and while the weather has been good I've been moving plants round and clearing out. I also got round to putting out my homemade poppy heads, made from Powertex in the summer. I will probably move them several times until I'm finally happy with where they are but for now I can see them from my kitchen window over the winter.

We had the weird orange sky like the rest of the country yesterday, it was so spooky, dark and orange as it was raining, but then within an hour of getting home, the sun came out and the sky turned blue. I took these photos within an hour of each other!!

Last week we went to Light Night in Leeds. Lots of buildings were illuminated and there were all sorts of things happening all to do with light. It was great. I loved these giant bees that climbed up the front of a hotel.

Well, that's me today. If you want to join us, then pop over to WOYWW Headquarters and join up with the lovely Julia.

Enjoy your Wednesday and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Morning dear WOYWW friends. Don't these Wednesdays fly by. We are back to school and work this week after the summer holidays and it's like we've never been away.

Here's my desk this morning.

I've got my cuppa and I'm at the start of some scrapping of the holiday photos. I couldn't find any paper that had on what I wanted so I've been colouring some flowers and cutting them out. I have an idea in my head of what I want to do but knowing me it'll go where it wants anyway.

I finished the hanging heart from last week and am quite pleased with how it turned out. I put some foamiran flowers on it to finish it off.

Well, short and sweet this week, I'm meeting up with a friend I haven't seen for several years today so am really looking forward to that, so I'll be round to see what you've been up to later in the day.

If you want to share your desk with us, then pop over to WOYWW and link up with the lovely Julia.   

Have a lovely Wednesday and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Morning dear WOYWW friends. I hope I find you well and happy this Wednesday morning.

Here's my desk this morning.

I'm having a play with a new stamp I bought back in the spring that hasn't seen ink up to now and have been trying to colour her with some watercolour pencils. DD thinks she looks sad, that's probably something to do with my colouring, I'm not sure. She is going to go on a hanging heart hopefully. An idea I found on Pinterest. What would we do without Pinterest when Mr Mojo deserts us?

We had a lovely day out on Bank Holiday Monday to a local National Trust house, Beningborough Hall near York. The weather was beautiful and so were the gardens.

I loved these old boots in the potting shed, they look well loved.

And a tea pot made from blue pottery at the entrance to the café.

I mentioned last time that we were nervously waiting for exam results. Well, I'm delighted to say that DD did amazingly well in her GCSE's and we are very proud of her. She is now looking forward to doing her chosen A'Levels, Art, Photography, Maths and Ethics.

Sorry I didn't manage to get round many desks last week, despite my good intentions. I will do better this week. If you want to share your desk with us, then pop over to WOYWW headquarters and link up with the lovely Julia.

Have a lovely Wednesday whatever you are up too and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Morning everyone from an extremely wet Yorkshire today . I don't think much of this summer weather to be honest with you!! I bet when the schools go back it'll be gorgeous again.

Well here is my desk this morning.

On the dining table as it's perfect to be able to pick up and put down when I have a minute or the weather is too rubbish to be able to go out. A bag of pick "n" mix have been helping the creative juices!

I'm in the middle of using up some scraps from a recent scrapbook session...waste not want not.
We'll see where it goes, I'm just playing really.

Hubby asked me for a "new home" card for a work colleague at the weekend and this is what I came up with. Ended up making a few as I'd made quite a large piece of the background so felt quite productive.

It's been awhile since I've managed to join in with you deskers, the summer holidays have been pretty busy, but in a good way.

We had a fabulous 2 weeks in Greece, beautiful scenery, people, weather and food and came back feeling totally refreshed and revived.

And last week we enjoyed a great day with family and friends at my Nephews wedding. My DD is looking all grown up in the bright pink on the right.

We are now waiting with baited breath for GCSE results tomorrow. I'm not sure whose more nervous!!  I remember mine all too clearly, it was not pretty, lol.

Well, if you want to join in with the wonderful desk hop that is WOYWW pop over to see Julia and link up.

I'm on my way to see what you've all been up to while I've been away so enjoy your Wednesday and Happy Crafting!