WOYWW 577 – Water Ripple & New Stash

Firstly, apologies for being so late. I won’t even go into why I am only sitting down at 7.25 pm to type this post!

Secondly, I do actually have something to show you.

Thirdly, if you are as late as me (or in a different time zone) and would like to join in with WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), then go and visit Julia’s Stamping Ground.

Here is my crafty table. I am mid-way through the next module of lessons for my Ink Lily pens, and have just left everything out ready for my next colouring session. I am known for usually tidying everything up as I go along, but a flare up of hip pain has meant that I am in a ‘can’t be bothered’ mood. I resorted to taking pain relief today and applying pain gel (prescribed by a hospital doctor a few years ago and only used when I really need some relief). That did work and I have had a productive day – editing this blog (got a few new affiliates to work with – companies with holiday cottages etc in Pembrokeshire and a national company – so get in touch if you want to book a holiday to this wonderful county or anywhere else in the UK) and farm business.

I have also had some crafty stash delivered today. The ‘Swiffer’ was recommended by Tim Holtz for cleaning down after using embossing powder etc, and he is right, it does work really well. I ordered a new set to replace the one that must be several years old now. I have received the fantastic set of TwiMarkers from Arteza – going to test them out and blog the results. There are 100 pens, so you can imagine how excited I am! Then there is part of an order from Create & Craft (the new Sizzix dies and embossing folders should arrive tomorrow). Mel Heaton had a bundle including some Poppy stencils, a pack of Sumi Paper (I still haven’t found out what I am going to use this for – will contact Mel directly tomorrow and ask her!) and various mixed media products from the new Cadence range. I thought this would be a good opportunity to test them out, and the stencils will be fabulous for all sorts of different projects. The Cadence range seems to be well priced and has good reviews, but I do like to see for myself.

I hope everyone is well and enjoying this mini heatwave (known as an early summer day in Spain!). I have had some time today to sit out in the sun (and hubby has taken over the grasscutting duties now that we have grass in the back garden too, so it was doubly wonderful to sit and relax whilst he used the mower!). Planning a trip out for an icecream tomorrow (we can travel 5 miles here in Wales).

Will settle down in front of the tv with my iPad now (got The Bakeoff Professionals to watch and I think that Sewing Bee is on too) and visit some of your wonderful blogs.

Ali x

(ps Don’t think you are going mad – this blog has been changed to a new template – I was asked to blog about Pembrokeshire, so I have had to move things around to reflect the widening of my blogging activity. )

(pps Update on crafty stash delivery. The 3rd courier today has just brought my 2nd parcel from Create & Craft – Sizzix goodies. Will show them off next week. If you want to see them sooner, I will put some pictures up on Instagram tomorrow @aliwadedesigns).

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.