Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Thought I would join in again with the nosy peek around the world of creative desks this week.

This is mine:

The material to the left is to finish off a Christmas quilt I started last year, I have just cut out the pieces to make the back the same size as the front which is why my cutting mat is out (I bought a new A1 mat at Malvern the other week but haven't used that one yet - its a whopper though and will make cutting out large quilt fabric sew much easier! at least I hope it will!).  The redwork in the middle is something new I fancied trying - again I bought the pattern at Malvern and have already finished all the stitching - very relaxing to sit and do in front of the telly at night - the red and green fabric to the right will be used to frame it and make it into a wall hanging.  As you can see I had a trip to Ikea at the weekend and have treated myself to their big set of wooden drawers and they are just left on the table from when I bought them ready to be pimped up big style - and yes I still have the middle sized wooden box that I bought a few years ago still half pimped but hey ho they will get done someday!

The large books at the back of the table are to do with my reading frenzy, they are all large print scandanvian/Icelandic crime novels and what possessed me to get four hardbacks from the library at once and walk home with them in my backpack I am not sure but I did!

Sizzix machine there because it lives there and that little bit of wicker sticking out behind the box is actually a wreath I bought from a lovely place called Willows and Wetlands in Somerset in the half term to make a fabulous seasonal wreath each season for my front door - thats the plan anyway!

That's my crafting life on my desk this week (the lounge has even more stash in it as I am on a bit of a crochet/sewing thing at the moment) so come join in the fun over at Julias and show us yours.

Quickly edited to add:  Completely forgot that I did take myself off to Hobbycrafts at the NEC last minute on Sunday (I only live 10 mins away from the NEC so I thought it rude not to!) and bought these goodies to have a play with:

Most bits and bobs were in a sale but I couldn't resist that Banksy stamp - no idea what to do with it yet which isn't like me I usually look at something and conjure up an image of what I am going to do with it before buying - I do think that those raindrops and Tim stamps have lots of potential though!  I also bought two balls of beautiful alpaca wool to make a bat and an orangutan of all of things!

Have also updated my blog to include my YouTube tutorials.  Another new venture of mine.

Thanks for looking - Measuring up from Solihull


Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Those Tim Holtz stamps look very promising! Do show us your creations next time! Have a crafty week! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #33

Artyjen said... will find something fab to do with those Tim ones ;)
Love the rabbit on the last post....reminds me of one I had when I was little (a long time ago!)lol
Hope you are well....don't do an awful lot of crafting at the minute myself!!
xoxo Sioux

Chrysalis said...

So many ideas, so much wonderful stash - I can't wait to see what you make of it all! Have a great week, Chris # 7

Karon said...

Oh lovely lovely goodies!! One thing I miss of the UK is the fabulous crafty shows to go to. Have a great week.

Karon #54
Karon's Krafty Korner

Laura said...

Ah, you have a bus pin cushion - that is so awesome!
The raindrop stamp looks great. Lucky you having the show so close to home.
Happy Wednesday

Artatag said...

What a nice stash! Have fun with it!
Gabriele 28

Anne said...

SUCH A LOT GOING ON AND WONDERFUL NEW GOODIES. Ooops didn't mean the capitals :-) Didn't make the NEC - again - went a couple of years ago- don't live very far away. Happy WOYWW Anne x #38 (was 37 )

Helen said...

you forgot you went to buy stash?!! Not sure I envy you living so close to the NEC or not... lol!! Great desk, love everything going on. Helen 3

Helen said...

you forgot you went to buy stash?!! Not sure I envy you living so close to the NEC or not... lol!! Great desk, love everything going on. Helen 3

Lunch Lady Jan said...

My eyes were drawn to the fabric's looking fab. That's a clever idea putting that grip handle on your quilting sensible us that?!
Hugs, LLJ 32 xx

Shoshi said...

Another WOYWW-er with lots of fun new stash from the NEC! You will enjoy using it all, I am sure. What an interesting desk. I look forward to seeing how you alter the Ikea drawers. I love the big handle on your quilting ruler! That's such a cool idea.

Thanks for your lovely comment, and I'm glad you like the progress on my album, and thank you for your good wishes for my health - I have bad days and less bad days so this is quite normal for me, and I just have to go with the flow and do things when I can, and rest on the other days. It can get a bit frustrating at times but when I look back I'm often surprised just how much I have achieved!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #41

Hammers said...

Love the activity on your desk. I do love a craft fair visit, the haul is always so fab! Cx #19

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Argh! Number verification all morning and now back to word on all blogs. Blogger is driving me CRAZY. I'll push on thru your blog then give it a rest till the AM and see if it goes back to numbers.

I have a pair of the teeny tiny circulars but I have big hands, long fingers, and I feel like I am knitting with Barbie sized needles with just my fingertips :) Do share how you get on. For me, the best method is the Magic Loop. It took me ages to wrap my head around it but with the help of a few YT videos I managed to do it. Now, I wouldn't do it any other way :)

Love the Banksy stamp (I have a few stencils of his images) and the rabbit below? Adorable!

Happy (late again) WOYWW!
Mary Anne (2)

Tracey said...

Lovely stash you managed to get from the NEC and you are right, living so close it was rude not to go. It took us quite a drive to get there, but well worth it. Will wait to see what you do with your new stamps. Your rabbit in the post of last Friday is soo adorable. Tracey @ 20

Lisca Meijer said...

Oh what of lovely things you have on the go. I hope you'll show us the wreath when you've done it.
The fabric is gorgeous, and so is the Ikea cabinet. So handy. I bought a similar thing and never got round to painting or staining it and of course it got all grubby! (and still is!)
I don't quite know which are the Banksy stamps. I lived in Bristol for several years and Banksy is a mural artist. But none of your stamps look like the Banksy I know (?)
Thanks for letting me look over your shoulder,
Have a good week,
Sorry I'm late but I take my time going through them all. (I enjoy reading all the blogs and look at the photos)

Pat Taviss said...

Hi there and nice to meet you. I am new and getting acquainted with people and process. I appreciate your sharing.

Pat #83

RosA said...

Wow, you certainly are busy there! I love the rabbit (below), he's gorgeous!
And I absolutely NEED those raindrop stamps :) :)

okienurse said...

great looking desk and awesome new stash. I am a sucker for stamps that are on sale...or not. I love them even more then papers and bling...well maybe not that much. Like you I can always envision what I can do with them. Thanks for coming and visiting my desk this week. I am so late getting around but it seems something always gets in my way of desk hopping! Have a great rest of the week. Vickie #43

Neet said...

What's the silver thing in the middle please - looks like a handle? It is very much like a handle I have for the shower to steady myself when I go places where there is nothing to hold on to.
Love both shots of your desk and its goodies - great bargains by the look of things.
Hugs & Thanks for visiting me. Sorry I am so very very late - Neet xx