Wednesday, 26 October 2016

What's On Your Workdesks Wednesday - Week 386

Hello WOYWWers and All,

And a warm welcome to my newest followers/enablers, Sandra and Megan. I hope you will both keep coming back to find out what I'm up to as I get back into the swing of things.

I'm back after a couple of really busy weeks of visiting family, birthday parties and having visitors to stay. It's been fun but exhausting! And because of that there hasn't been much on my workdesk over the last two weeks. However, it's lovely to escape to the peace and quiet of my craft room once again, from where I can report to our Head Desker, Julia, (at The Stamping Ground) that there's a lot of fabric cutting going on.
This is homework for the quilting course. Last minute, naturally. The next class is tomorrow morning so I should get a wriggle on. When I've finished cutting this into 6" lengths it's on to the sewing part. Cue the sewing table.
Sashing and little corner squares to be sewn together. Once that's all done everything, including the sewing machine, has to be packed in to the tote ready for an early start tomorrow! Note: the calendar is on the right month. Now that is unusual.

Right! That's what's on my workdesks this week. Now I'm off to check out as many others as I can before everything is dropped for the Great British Bake Off Final this evening - couldn't possibly miss that :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fabulous week ahead.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Christmas Candle Card - Rudolph Day Challenge October 2016

It's a very long time since I joined in with Mo's Rudolph Day Challenge which runs from today until the end of the month. Truth is I should have been joining in every month because there's only one more Rudolph Day left and my Christmas card box is looking very empty - help!

For this card I've gone for the easy option and used a Penny Black Stickeroo - so useful when time is short.
I think/hope this is a card that a man would be pleased to receive. 

Here's how it was made:
  • the base is a plain white one measuring 4" x 5¾" finished size - the orientation is portrait.- covered with a dark grey with a very subtle lighter grey check patterned paper - maker/design unknown.  
  • next the band adhered to the middle was created from a length of gold edged red ribbon wrapped around a piece of yellow cardstock finished with a decorative edge punch. 
  • to make the topper the Stickeroo was matted on to dark red cardstock and then adhered using dimensional sticky pads.
  • the greeting was embossed on to a scrap of the red cardstock, using VersaMark and white embossing powder. It was then matted on to a snippet of the yellow cardstock.
  • to finish a sprinkling of sequins was added to two corners.
Et voila! A very quick card. Just a few more to make to catch up - if not it will be a trip to the card shop for me!!

Monday, 24 October 2016

In A Vase On Monday - Autumn Forage

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday was such a perfect autumnal day - cool but bright, sunny and dry - we took a walk along the riverside, and for once I remembered to take the scissors with me in the hope of finding material for today's vase.
There's was plenty to tempt me but, as part of the walk was through the university campus, on one bank of the river, I resisted some very tempting berries and instead cut some holly with berries, wild rose hips and ivy flowers from the bank on the other public walkway.

Once home, I popped into the garden where I found red cotoneaster,berries, silvery honesty seedheads (Lunaria annua), more red in the dogwood stem and leaves (Cornus alba 'Siberian Pearls'). A great surprise was to find a couple of flower clusters on the golden hop (Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'). This hop has been growing in a pot for something like eight years and this is the first time it has flowered.

And because the colours were perfect, I added the last bud from the rose 'Hot Chocolate' and the last three blooms from Echinacea 'Tomato Soup'.

I couldn't resist picking up these feather found on the walk to add to my very own 'nature table' (actually the top of a bookcase). Ever since my primary school days I have enjoyed having a nature table. The black and white striped one looks as though it came from a magpie and the other could be from a collared dove. Both birds are frequent visitors in our garden though they don't usually lose their feathers there..

While in the garden I picked some bright asters (the pink one is Aster novai-angliae 'Andenken an Alma Potschke' and the purple is a dwarf form, name forgotten) and clematis flowers which I popped into another vase with a sprig of Viburnum 'Eve Price'.

Clematis 'Barbara Dibley'.

Hope you enjoyed my vases today. It's surprising what can still be found when out autumn foraging, whether it is in the garden or in the wild. I forgot to mention that the rose hips were found growing on the sand dunes down on the beach - not a place I associate with roses.

I will be joining in and adding a link to this post over at Rambling in The Garden for Cathy's lovely meme, In A Vase On Monday.

Have a marvellous Monday,