Monday, 26 September 2016

And here we go....

It's panto time again!  Yay!  Crazy chick that I am, I agreed to Direct this year...
 
We're putting on Treasure Island at Verwood Pantomime Society, and the performances will be the last week of January.  The more astute (ok, read long serving readers) will recall that we've done Treasure Island before, 5 years ago, and I blogged about it here.  Crazy enough as it may seem, and I'm still scratching my head about it now, Mr B has landed the role of Long John Silver (quite funny considering he's only 5'7").
 
Lunch Lady Jan, impetuous fool that she is (love ya, hunny) has been suckered into agreed to come and watch this year with the Gorgeous Gordon.  So who else out of you lovely ladies will be tagging along?
 
Oh.  I forgot to mention.  Lil Miss B has secured herself a rather plum role too.  She's the Sea Spirit - the same role I played last time.
 
Not that I had a say in this, I hasten to add.  The auditions are done in front of a panel of 5 judges of which I am only one, and in both cases my beloveds were put into their role without a word of choice from me.  Oh no, I didn't get a say, really.  I'd rather Lil Miss B hadn't been in it at all (she originally wanted to do back stage) and Mr B would actually have been rather lovely as the dame this year.  But we do have to consider the blend of cast carefully, and I have to confess that my co-judges have probably got it just about right...
 
So....

 
Here we go again!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

WOYWW 380 – the patched one

Another round of WOYWW hosted by Julia at The StampingGround – the chance to be really nosy at other people’s desks/stash/skill and a chance to catch up amongst old friends...
It’s another quiet week at Morti Towers, apart from the whirr of the sewing machine.  I’m still stuck behind a mechanical needle, soon to be replaced with a hand sewing session.  Nothing has changed on the main desk.  You can see here the plain black one (except it’s folded up) and the last one waiting to be made.  And a big pile of patches and fabric badges to stitch to them both. 
 
I’ve made three more cushions this week (two of which are proudly displayed here, and have been seen by many of you on FB) and I still have one to do. 

 
Seven of the patches in question are from Geocaching last year.  Or it might have been the year before that - I've lost track!  You had to complete six challenges to get certain "souvenirs", and by completing all six, you won the seventh - the "Achiever" award.  We discovered you could buy these patches and although I think you're meant to stitch them to your geocaching bag or jacket or whatever, we've opted to add them to cushions - we're likely to buy more in the future and on a cushion there won't be the faff of having to take them off when the bag breaks or the jacket wears out etc... I bought two sets - Lil Miss B has her own geocaching ID so she got her own set of souvenirs.
 
 
 
Once I’ve done that I’ve got an idea for the scraps left over from the printed fabric, and I need to make a makeup bag for someone who has been patiently waiting for it.... heheheh

I'm looking forward to getting back to card making and scrapbooking though, I will admit.  And some beading.  There's definitely beading on the horizon...
Hope to see you all on the hop!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

WOYWW 379 - the one with all the WIPs

Greetings and salutations my fellow WOYWWers!  Welcome to another round of WOYWW as hosted by the lovely Julia over at Stamping Ground.  If you don't know what it is, come on over and join in - I don't think it HAS to be a crafting desk, I've certainly posted my work one often enough, as well as my sofa!  LOL
 
So, this week, I've had a busy desk.  Here's the current shot:

 
A busy mess of beads and buttons and pliers etc...
 
Close up:

 
 
I'm actually making a button ornament.  The long standing WOYWWers amongst you will recognise that the buttons in question are the same colour as those in my wedding bouquet from Jun 2013 - and that's exactly what they are.  Well, not from the bouquet itself but extras.  I wanted to make something with the "leftovers" as it were and plan on covering this polystyrene cone with them.  It'll be a lovely way to display them and easy to dust - the bouquet itself is languishing in a box until such time as we have a glass display case to put it in, and somewhere to put said case!
 
I see that my WOYWW 7 ATCs have made it into the shot - I still have a couple of these left if folks are interested!
 
Earlier this week (Sunday in fact) saw me industriously beavering away with fabric.  


It wasn't actually that industrious.  I only managed to turn out two cushions, and I have another 4 to make yet, but these are the two I made that now reside on Lil Miss B's  bed.  Along with Batman and a wolf.  Humourously enough, the two red cushions at the back are actually the rear view of two Christmas cushions she has - but as her room is red and black, she still wanted them on her bed.  Guess I'd better find some red fabric too...


 
 
I also have to make two plain black cushions onto which both she and I can stitch all the patches we've been awarded in the past - for Girl Guides/Girls' Brigade and Geocaching!  LOL
 
 
I'll leave you with a gratuitous shot of last night's sky - I took this as we went out to walk the dog once it was a bit cooler.  So very pretty....

 
 
Hope you all have a good day and I'll try to get around to as many as possible in my lunch!
 
Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

WOYWW 378

Greetings bloggers and fellow WOYWWers - welcome to another round of WOYWW.  Get me - here two weeks on the trot.  Hopefully we can make it a hat-trick next week!  Hehehehe
 
So, WOYWW.  Courtesy of the wonderful Mrs Dunnit, go here to link up and join the hop if you so choose.  We're all mad here...
 
Onto the doings of the day, as it were.
 
My desk, not so exciting.  You can probably make out the remnants of a card I made and sent to someone we know who has moved recently... go on, squint hard.  That piece of white card, with a bit cut out.  I forgot which ink I was supposed to use when colouring with Copics, so had to stamp several designs to ensure I got one that didn't run once I started colouring!  What am I like?  I need to get in here more often if basic knowledge like that is getting lost... Tsk
 
You can also see that I've taken inspiration from a couple of last week's desks and have brought my Big Shot out.  It's going to live there permanently.  Or at least, while I'm not sewing.  Then it will move, and will get put back straight after the sewing machine is put to one side.  I can't be doing with the fag/hassle of getting it out, putting it away, getting it out and so on.  It means I don't go in there to use it so it stays out.  Might need to make a dust cover for it though...hmmm...
 


Here's a proper shot of what's behind me while I craft.  It needs a darned good sort out and tidy up!

There's a hint to one of my other hobbies, up there on the shelf.... hehehehe.

 
I didn't just make a new home card this week, oh no!  My bestest friend ever - we've known each other for 35 years now - has just got engaged, so I whizzed up a quick card and popped it over to her in Malta.  I think I might have a holiday coming up over there in the not too distant future!!
 
 
So there you have it.  Catch you all somewhere on the hop....! Happy Wednesday to ya!
 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

WOYWW 377 - the late at night one

So here I am.

Late to the party as always, but I least I showed up.  Just in time to bring the tequila and liven the show up. LOL  Or not as the case may be - hand me my crochet and cocoa, will ya?

So, today is all about WOYWW.  What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Nearly Thursday here.  Hehehe.  Thank you, lovely Mrs Dunnit, for hosting as always....

My desk is a complete and utter tip.  The nice thing about night time photos is you can see the reflection of the other wall in the window!  Hehe.  Can't see me though!!!


There's actually some makings on it for a change.  A quick stamped piece of a different variety - ye olde metal stamping - which is heading up to Lancaster to be included in a wedding gift for someone.  I'm not very good at it though.  More practice would help, I'm sure.  I need a decent stamping post I think.



So, short and sweet this week as I'm a late-comer.  Off on the hop now, to say hello to a few of you.

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A clear out....

.....of the digital kind.

So no, I've not gone mad and had a stash trash or a clutter clearance.  No.  I've come in here, looked through my blog reading list, and had an unfollow session - clearing more than half my list and deleting a grand total of 36 blogs.

What on earth happened to everyone?  All the blogs I've unfollowed have stopped running.  There last post was a year ago or more.  And not a word as to why...

I know I'm pretty bad at blogging regularly, but only one or two of those blogs had folks that had popped on to say "Sorry guys, last post here".  It does worry me that some of our blogging buddies may have met with unfortunate ends.  With that in mind, I'm going to make sure that beloved Mr B knows my logins and can at least get in here and advise you all of my demise, should that be the case.  Two or three blogs had been hijacked by spammers, judging by the content!

It has made me a little more determined to keep up with my blogging, which is why I'm sat here now typing away.  Can't be leaving folks without something to read!

And suggestions please, of new blogs to start following.... always welcome!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Present List

I've not been very good at blogging this last year or so.  I'm not sure what's happened, to be honest.  Life seems to have taken over, and not in a good way.  I seem to be busy without actually getting anything done and a big chunk of that seems to involve social media.  Maybe it's time to disengage from certain sites more and concentrate on what makes me happiest.  I've got some real, proper busy times ahead (Panto!  Hare Moon Crafts!  CIPD!) and there is no time to waste now.  I also miss this space.  My own little domain.  My place for expressing myself and showing myself off from time to time.  For saving some of the fun stuff.  My own little legacy in the world.
 
So.
 
Lets try and get back to it.  Turn this blogging lark back into a habit.
 
Fun stuff.
 
The "Present" list...
 
 
Presently I am:

Listening to.... Debs in 'Druth on her radio show.... luv ya hunny. Thank you for the shout out.
Reading.... Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir - fab historical fiction - I have learned so much more about Lady Jane Grey and the whole 9 day queen debacle.  Ms Weir does a brilliant job of weaving together fact and fiction to make a good read.
Watching.... not much.  Saw The Cell a couple of nights ago, awesome film.  Have been dipping into "Under The Dome" lately and need to get back to it. 
Drinking..... squash - Cherries and Berries flavour.  My caffeine intake has significantly reduced these days.
Eating... Home prepped Ham & Cheese salad with black olives.
Liking.... the new me.  I've lost 30lb in the last 15 months and I'm looking forward to losing more.
Hating... losing control of my eating, the days I need to binge.
Being grateful for..... my amazing 85 year old mother, we've just had her staying for the weekend and she was awesome as always.  Brought with her extra crocheted granny squares for Lil Miss B's blanket, so it could be made longer.
Wishing.... for better time management skills....  
 
Hopefully I'll be back here later with a WOYWW post... fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

WOYWW 368 - welcome to the jungle...

So, another round of WOYWW has hit our desks, and frankly it finds me sat in the corner sucking my thumb, feeling distinctly non-creative.  However, that’s no reason not to join in, so here I am in the hope that joining in the blog hop as instigated by our lovely Julia Dunnit, and currently hosted by the equally lovely LLJ, will give me some much needed oomph in the creative mojo department.

 
Mind you, part of the problem may be down to the state of the craft room.  I can’t get any mojo to tidy it either, and it’s not like I don’t have a zillion things to do.  Like some cushion covers.  And lots of cards.  And some embroidery.  And a makeup bag.  I’m going to stop there before I overwhelm myself completely.  One step at a time.  Tidy the room.

Not that it’s been quiet around here, oh no.  Last Friday saw Lil Miss B’s last ever day at secondary school, with her going in to take her last GCSE (Physics, yuk, to quote she), so I grabbed a quick snap.  I’m not sure where the time has gone.  I did look down the back of the sofa for it but all I found was 3p, a couple of mouldy peanuts and an elastic band.



Friday night and Saturday saw me in attendance at Salisbury Cathedral where I joined the Salisbury Musical Society (such a mis-nomer, it always conjures up an image of smiling faces and docidoh-ing while singin “OHHHHHHHH! Klahoma! Where the wind...”!)  to perform Mozart’s Vespers and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace.  An absolutely brilliant evening, the acoustics, as you would expect, were amazing and the soloists superb.  It was fun, but I’m not in any rush to join them permanently, as it will soon be panto season.... don’t start, you lot!.... and my Tuesday evenings will be taken up with other rehearsals and meetings and so on and so forth.
 
 
 The Last Post being performed by a member of The Light Brigade
 It wasn't without trouble - the Friday evening rehearsal saw the fire alarms going off with us all being kicked out of the cathedral - cue arrival of fit firemen.  But as I posted on FB in the week who ever would have thought that I'd get a photo of the Cathedral with a fire engine AND a cello! 

 
 
 
Lastly, t’was our 3rd wedding anniversary yesterday and hubster sent me this fantastic bouquet of flowers to commemorate the occasion.  He also bought me a very lovely Pandora charm.  Awww...

 
So that’s it for this week.  I will endeavour to visit as many of you as I can.  I’m aware there’s a couple of you wanting ATCs from me – we seem to be having a problem getting emails back and forth for addresses, but I do have a couple of spares if anyone wants to boost their collection at all!
Happy Hopping....!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

WOYWW 365 - the 7th Anniversary one.

Hello deskers!  We're at it again!  Another desk view (pretty much the same as last week in fact) and a chance to sign up for an ATC swap to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of this wonderous blog hop we call home. Albeit a messily creative one.  Thank you, Julia, for starting this crazy adventure for us all, and becoming our friend in so many ways, and being an enabler that's made friends of all of us.  I hope you are well on the road to recovery.... And thank you LLJ for being the star you are!

I will be swapping ATCs - I'm out at crop tonight making mine and I'm happy to swap with more folks than just the one following me.... Let me know if you're interested!  I'm going to make about a dozen but can easily do more....

I have had such a busy day - I took photos this morning to post this, and here I am at 19:11 frantically typing up today's post as I should be out and about again by now.  So much for sneakily doing it at work today!



My desk, as you can see, is pretty dull.. .  The second desk however, has the in-progress makings of a rather lovely card on it.  I can't lay claim to this one.  This is all Lil Miss B's handiwork.  Unfortunately, it's actually my birthday card, she hasn't quite got the hang of this subterfuge lark and forgets to tidy away secretive stuff.  Doh!




Isn't it lovely?  Shadow stamping, and metallics, and card candy.  She's got the hang of the less is more approach, and she does make me quite proud with what she can turn out.  sigh...

I remembered to take a picture of the good luck card from last week though!


So, see you on the hop once you've linked up over at Lunch Lady Jan's Fabric Frenzy!!!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

WOYWW 363

Hello there! It's another week and another chance to joining WOYWW, although some of you could be forgiven for wondering who on earth I am I'm here so rarely!

In the spirit of keeping things going and making sure numbers don't fall for the next couple of weeks I will definitely be joining in while Julia has her operation and helping to support Jan in her Linky endeavours. I'm not sure why I have such a struggle to join in these days, but it might just be that we are insanely busy. I've joined fortnightly crop and a monthly crop, and I'm rehearsing singing with Salisbury Musical Society for a concert in mid June at the Cathedral - more on that at a later date. We're also gearing up for the next panto again already. Oh yes we are!

My desk this week is showing the signs of a post cardmaking session. I don't get much opportunity or time to sit and make cards but on this occasion it was necessary as Lil Miss B has started her GCSEs and I couldn't let the occasion pass without making her a good luck card. I also made one to match for her best friend. Stupidly enough, I forgot to take a photograph.


Mr B has also been busy sat next to me, with his soldering tools. Aside from making some adjustments to a lampshade, he has been helping me with a special order for the business.



Et voilĂ !


Hare Moon Crafts had an order for a pair of cufflinks with a little girls fingerprints in, for her daddy for his wedding day. The bride collected them last weekend and was delighted! I'm so pleased and although I know they won't see this I wish them well in their future life.

So join in, do.... The Linky tool is at LLJs...Hope you're enjoying the restful holiday Julia!

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