Wednesday, 31 August 2016

WOYWW 378 - The Bookshelves Are Up

Wednesday again - and I am sharing some details of my craft room, just like so many of us around the world.  Go to Julia's Stamping Ground to join in.

I was very proud yesterday to finish putting together another one of my Ikea purchases (it is fantastic that a lot of their items can be ordered via the website, as our nearest store is over 2 hours away) by myself.  This time it was a bookcase.

Here it is - with my crafting, Tarot/divination, business and study books, plus Tarot decks/runes etc.  Plenty of room for future purchases.  The taller bookcase out on the landing outside the craft room now just has the childrens books, other fiction, biographies, cookery etc, etc.



My 2nd Raskog Trolley and 'bedside cabinet', which both house my mixed media stash and finished cards etc are next to it.  On the corner of my worktable are my scrap papers for using up bits of paint etc - and 2 pieces of card with Autumn 2016 in a lovely font (from a Next Directory packaging).  My heat tool is on the smaller table, which has my sewing machine on it.

Propped up on the bedside cabinet is my very first attempt at Encaustic Art.  I used 3 different colours and just moved the wax around for a bit until it looked pretty.

In more detail -


I really enjoyed doing this and will be working my way through some different projects in the coming weeks.

Happy WOYWW to those I do not manage to visit this week.

Ali x

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

WOYWW 377 - the 2nd Raskog Trolley

Happy Wednesday to everyone.  Trot over to Julia at her Stamping Ground to join in with this weekly sharing of crafty workspaces.

I am up relatively early this morning with stomach cramps - and a general lack of wanting to go back to sleep - so here I am at my computer and getting some useful stuff done.

My desk shows how I left it after deciding to start another journal !!  I had bought one of those 'cheap' ring binder scrapbooking/journalling kit-thingies, which comes with some ready-printed double sided pages and a few stickers etc.  I used my new Amy Tangerine rubber stamp kit (a bargain from TK Maxx) to put one of my favourite sayings onto a piece of scrap paper that had been a tester for stencils, and that will layer up onto one of the pages.  I added some journalling, plus various pens to embellish the front page - and that is all I have done so far.  You can also see one of the Docrafts magazines, which came with some fab wooden postcards.


As a bonus I am showing you the view of the storage to the side of my craft table.  I put together my second Ikea Raskog Trolley yesterday (definitely getting easier each time I do it!) and have put my smallish collection of mixed media tools/materials on it so far - and my super-size roll of kitchen paper.  I also treated myself to the plain wooden drawers, which of course I do intend to decorate one day.  My set of Derwent Inktense pencils sit on top of that nicely.  The wooden chest of drawers have stencils in the top drawer, and then a drawer for completed all-occasion cards, followed by the drawer for Xmas cards (which has 2 left over from last year).

If you wonder what the bright pink plastic thing on the top is - well, it is one of the course markers for the mountain biking course at the 2012 London Olympics (our friend was a marshal).



Well, that is it.  Nothing too exciting.  I look forward to touring around lots of workspaces this week.
Ali x

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

WOYWW 376 - finally here after a busy morning

Another Wednesday hits us - and it is WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday).  See Julia's Stamping Ground for more details.

I had good intentions of getting this typed up earlier, but I ended up getting busy with less interesting (but useful) tasks.

My crafty worktable is all ready for me to sit down at it and finish off some art journalling from the course I won a scholarship to.  Read HERE to get the link for the course.



  • Bottom left are 3 pages I started in our Monthly Meet-up at the weekend.  The black is what the black gesso was used for, and I will be adding writing with a white pen.  A 'friend tree' in the middle waiting for more work on the background and journalling.  A crest on the right - and again there is 'homework' for me with that one!   
  • Above that is my usual scrap papers, 
  • Baby wipes, 
  • Blank pages waiting to be worked on (using the purple low-tack tape to mark a border on one side where we will be binding them into a book).  
  • Two pages that I am going to finish this afternoon - at least 2 more layers needed.  
  • My pile of journal covers etc waiting to be stitched together.  
  • My new tin of Derwent Inktense pencils.  
  • Black and white gesso.
Otherwise this week I have been busy with a day out at the Pembrokeshire County Show, two walks out with Buzz the Jack Russell (one tackling the highest point on the Preseli Hills and another to my favourite local woodland) and other general housework/animal care/shopping etc. 

Of course I have been glued to the Olympics - particularly the cycling, equestrian, gymnastics and diving.  Mountain biking this weekend, which is our highlight.

For those who also suffer with chronic health conditions, you will know how difficult it is to cope on a daily basis and also live any sort of worthwhile life.  I get tired very quickly and every day is different with symptoms.  I am just glad that I have such an active mind and interested in so many different things.  My life is certainly not boring!

Happy WOYWW to those I do not manage to visit.

Ali x

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

WOYWW 375 - My Derwent Inktense addiction intensifies

Morning to you all.  Well, it is actually afternoon here now, as it is 2 minutes past midday, but it is before lunch so I insist that it is morning and I am not really late getting this typed.  I had this post down for the first 'office' job of the day - but got distracted by using Canva (try it out if you haven't - www.canva.com) to create some new graphics for a couple of social media posts.  I then remembered I had a birthday card to put in the post, some purchases from yesterday to put away etc, etc ....

WOYWW is What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Go to Julia's Stamping Ground to join in.

At least I am here now and have this amazing photo of my craft work table to show you -


Going clock-wise from Bottom left - my new set of Derwent Inktense pencils.  Yes, the full 72 set!  I found a website with a very good sale on - and these were 51% off.  Plus there was a code for an additional 10% discount.  It would have been very rude not to purchase - and I found a few other items fell into my basket.  The website is https://www.cassart.co.uk/  I have loved using their Inktense blocks and then saw the pencils being used, and knew they were a 'must-have'.  I happened to see that Hocanda TV had a Derwent Inktense show on yesterday and recorded it.  Some brilliant demo's from Sharon Hurst (from the SAA).

My first journal, which is stitched and I have started to use it.  So excited and proud to think that I have actually made a book!

Some photos of the farm/Pembrokeshire/flowers to use on future journal pages (just printed out on basic copy paper to see if they work on mixed media).

The other journal covers (and the spare bits to make a belly band to group the 3 together for July) - and some canvas boards underneath.

Sheets of watercolour paper cut out ready to make into our journal for August.

My usual pile of scrap paper and my 'practice journal'.

You can just see my smartphone tripod.

A piece of cardboard packaging that came out of one of the Ikea boxes.  Too good to throw away - thought I could make a 'canvas' out of it.

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Later today I intend to stitch one more journal together, and also get on with the next video for August (see my last blog post  for details about the journalling/handmade books course I am doing).

I apologise for not getting back to everyone's blogs last week.  I will make sure that I sit down with my laptop later, whilst watching the Cycling Time Trials in Rio.  Is anyone else following the Olympics?  I love it and get really involved in sports that I have absolutely no knowledge of!

Ali x


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

WOYWW 374 - Yummy stitchy stash

A new month and another Wednesday, although the weather in Wales is definitely un-summery (or perhaps it is normal for August, as I seem to remember a lot of rain in the past few years).  Hubby is attempting to go to neighbouring farms to collect the straw that we buy off their fields, but this can only be done when it is not raining (to stop the straw getting even more wet when he drives along the roads and to prevent damage to the fields from heavy trailer), so it is all a bit stop-start for him right now.  Makes winter seem a lot closer when I see the straw being stacked in the sheds - and the ponies/Doris started to grow their winter coats a few days ago.

I am rambling on this Wednesday because it is time to link up with WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday).  Go to Julia's Stamping Ground to join in.

My crafty workdesk was awaiting a delivery from an Etsy seller in the UK, which arrived yesterday - so now I can continue with stitching up the journals I made for July.  I only had a medium-weight light coloured thread with my Book Making Starter Kit from the Vintage Paper Co , and really needed a heavy-weight version to cope with the thick watercolour paper I am using for pages, plus I wanted some pretty colours to play with.  I went on Etsy and found buchertigersupplies (lots of lovely bookbinding stash).

Here is the package -

bookbinding thread, book making, Etsy, beeswax

- and here is my craft table -


My very first stitched journal is on top (it has been sitting under a heavy box for a several hours - but still not sitting flat due to the very thick paper I used for the pages), and the two others for this particular project are underneath awaiting pages and stitching.  I made a 4th (on the glass cutting board), which is for another project - and the strips I trimmed off will be used to make a belly band to keep the 3 journals together.  You can see some canvases that I bought from The Works on top of my current practice journal - and scrap paper/kitchen roll.  You can also spy my stripy rug.  

I would be too ashamed to show the rest of my craft room for now, as I had my Ikea delivery on Friday and there are various boxes lying around awaiting the dreaded 'putting together'.  Book shelves (as I ran out of room on the shelves on the landing outside the room) and another Raskog trolley.  I will be taking photos and making a video next week.

Happy WOYWW to whoever I do not manage to visit.

Ali x