WOYWW 576 – a cheeky stash delivery

Good morning from a misty Pembrokeshire. Hopefully it will brighten up later, as it was our 15th wedding anniversary yesterday and we are off out this evening to celebrate with fish & chip takeaway from our very favourite fish & chip bistro (yes, it is a bistro – a bit posher than just a cafe and in a very special location). Take a look at their website and plan for when you can visit (Pembrokeshire is wonderful almost everywhere, but Porthgain is one of those ‘jewels’) – The Shed, Porthgain.

My craft room this week has mainly been a location for blogging and doing Tarot readings (I have started doing readings professionally again after a break of about 2 years). However, I have also been continuing with the video lessons with my Ink Lily pens. Here is my progress so far with Module 3 –

My crafty table this morning has the contents of a parcel from Create & Craft on it (which was delivered yesterday evening, so I haven’t had the chance to play with any of it yet). The Members’ Gift was the paper pad (there is a different product each month for the Create & Craft Club Members – you just pay for delivery, which was free for this order). The 3rd in the series of Rare Earth USBs has lots of Christmas designs, but also covers many other occasions. The Sumi paper was an impulse buy. No idea what I will be using it for, but it looked interesting!

The particular pens that I am using to colour a rose are still out of the box, in perfect readiness to get colouring again. That may well be tomorrow. Another busy day with the blogging planned, plus one more Tarot reading, and the Creative Christianity Summit starts at 2 pm today (we have 12 months to watch all of the sessions, but I would like to join in with the Facebook chat ‘live’ where possible). Still time to buy your ticket – link in my sidebar.

I will go and feed the dog, tidy up the kitchen etc now.

Will come back to take a tour around as many blogs as possible in the next couple of days.

Ali x

ps How rude. I nearly forgot to add a link to the lady who started WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday). Julia at her Stamping Ground. Come and join in.

WOYWW 559 – new tech & crackle glaze

Hi, everyone. Long time no type! Today is a day when I need to get on with various jobs before I hibernate in my craft room for the rest of the day. Last night I had an exciting delivery – the new Cricut Maker machine, which I ordered from Hobbycraft a few days ago. Obviously I just want to get it out of the box and start playing, but I am being strict with myself and getting the basics done first (typing this blog post, having breakfast, walking the dog and doing some floor cleaning downstairs). I will be doing a series of blog posts about my ‘journey’ with the Cricut Maker in the coming weeks/months/years.

This is my latest post for WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), hosted by Julia over at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/. Join in. We love to see new craft spaces – room, table, floor, shed …..

I have been tidying my craft room for a while now – getting more stuff sold/donated and generally making it feel less crowded, as I was struggling to be in here surrounded by too many things. It isn’t finished, but at least I can move around without falling over things! Currently I have my ex-sewing machine table set up next to my main pc area, and the old Silhouette Cameo machine (which I bought very cheaply a couple of weeks ago) sits on there. Obviously, I need space for the Cricut Maker, so the Cameo will be moved to the windowsill immediately behind, so I can still plug it into the pc when I need to use it (the Cricut is wireless and will be connected to my iPad a lot of the time). I bought the Cameo, as it was so cheap and I really wanted to be able to use the large library of designs that I built up several years ago (over 2100). However, I knew that I would need one of the latest machines within the near future, so I could cut more materials/do more processes etc. I had been looking at the Cricut for a while – watching YouTube videos etc. It was a difficult decision not to buy one of the latest Cameo 4, but I do enjoy having new tech to play with and when I had an offer to buy through HobbyCraft with interest free payments for 4 months, I decided to treat myself. I already have my first client – a lady who needs lots of felt flowers cut out – so get in touch if there is anything you want personalised, large quantities of anything cut out, foiling, etc etc.

My photos today show my tidy crafting table. I have started to make a birthday card (that is a llama, which needs a blanket pad on its back, so it doesn’t get confused with a deer!). I need to finish a backing paper design that I started with a new software to me – Affinity Designer – and cut out a Happy Birthday sentiment. The pink journal (which I am going to use for photos) was made in a craft workshop last month. The crackle glaze on the covers is delicious!

The boxes on the floor contain the Cricut Maker and the tool kit that came with it.

Photos/videos later on here – and Instagram (@iamaliwade and @growinfaithcreatively).

Time to go and have my breakfast now and then walk Buzz the Dog.

Enjoy your day.

Ali x