Tuesday, 9 December 2014


Hello and welcome to another week of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  You can join the fun here.

My desk this week -
 Rarrr!  I hate my desk like this.  It inspires laziness and saps motivation.  There are piles under piles under piles, etc.  Half drunk tea, half finished presents, half finished decorations, things from projects long gone that I couldn't be arsed to tidy up, fabric bought on a whim, ribbon waiting for a Christmas project that won't be started, let alone finished in time for this year.
 It's hasn't all been negative though.  On 30th November, It occurred to me that the fabric advent panel I bought needed to be turned into an advent panel in time for the following day.  I didn't read the instructions, cut the wrong bits and threw the tabs away,  but this is what it looks like.  I made it for O/H, who doesn't particularly like sweet things, so I filled all the pockets with a Pepperami (individually wrapped flaming hot mini-sausages) substitute from the local Aldi.  He was most amused.
More than Taz was when trying to take her picture for you.  The first attempt resulted in a bitten thumb.  Loves my feisty Mackerel Tabby.

Good luck with your weeks, and hopefully see you next week! x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Hey, hey, hey!  After a difficult month moving Granny and trying to get her some occupational therapy, we are now there and for the first time in months, I find myself with a complete day off!  What better to do than take part in this week's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?!  You can join in here.

My desk (and other spaces) this week -

 Christmas prep has begun in earnest.  On my desk today, is the second half of finished presents for my colleagues.  The first half is already sitting in my locker at work.
 All of these bags have presents in various states of wrapped-ness.  I ran out of commercial wrapping paper and just have brown paper left that needs to be printed, so I've stopped for now.  Plus, I'm a little bored of wrapping anyway.
Dining room table - Family hampers are go, go, GO!  All jars are done, now just for homemade chocolates and peppermint creams, which I'll do the Sunday before the main event.

While wrapping the presents, my monthly shop arrived and I had to quickly sneak away all the tasty treats I've got in for Chrimble before O/H spotted me.  Looking forward to the three bird roast.  Oh, and the sprouts.

Still to do:work out when to decorate and what to use, figure out the impossible task of how to split myself three ways on Christmas day for different parts of family and more importantly, when to get my roast in the oven.  I have two weeks to get the fabric advent calendar made, hung and filled, To make a batch of relish or not (?), Will I find decent priced maple syrup for the bacon jam in time (?),snowmen earrings to make, Christmas CDs to burn, blah, blah, blah.  Ultimately, there is still lots left to do.

With a bit of luck, I should be back next week.  Tatty-bye all! xxx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 275

Hello and welcome to another week of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, where we take a peek at crafty desks from around the world.  You can join in by clicking here.

My desk this week -

On the bottom left my my desk are two Christmas greeting cross stitches I am making.  They are on my desk as I featured them in my Creative Blog Hop post this week.  There is jam sugar on nearly every surface and shelf/cupboard of my house.  Well, not quite but it feel like it as there is an awful lot of it about, with it being jamming season.  Two batches bitty blackberry, one batch blueberry, two batches plain plum and one batch plum and port jam down, another batch of plum and port jam (or two), one batch Doverhouse chutney and one/two batches non-bitty blackberry jam to go.  That's if I don't get suckered in by Mr. Marketman beforehand.  Likely.

The purple in the middle is the remnants of a birthday card making session I indulged in at the weekend.  Face wipes are essential at all times.  Surprise, surprise, the yellow stars are still there.  They probably need dusting by now.

Coming up this week - more jamming, looking into starting a fabric advent calendar ad getting on with the Christmas cross stitches.

Hope you all have a great week! x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Creative Blog Hop Post

I was asked recently by Fairy Thoughts if I would be able to participate in the Creative Blog Hop.

Every Monday, crafters all over the world write a post about themselves and why they do what they do.  It's a great way to find other people who may interested in the same stuff as you are.

So this week, I'm writing my Creative Blog Hop Post.  Traditionally, I am supposed to introduce you to three more talented crafters, and will do so, but in a different way to what is supposed to happen as only one of them has a blog.

Who Am I?
I am Lucy.  I am 33 and live in England.  I am a Haberdashery Specialist at a local department store and this is where a large chunk of my wages go.  I am interested in cross stitching, small sewing projects, card making, jam making and recycling/re-purposing items destined for the bin.

I am lucky to have my own craft room, which is always in a mess, but I think that is the point of  having such  room.

I am part of an online community called WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday).  It is full of crafters from many different countries who upload a picture of their workdesk every Wednesday.  It's great to see how their projects develop every week.

Part of participating in the Creative Blog Hop is to answer fur questions:

1.  What Am I Working On Now?
I am currently cross stitching these Christmas messages on plastic canvas from a pattern in one of my books.  There are five messages in total and I hope to finish them all, back them and hang it before this Christmas.

2.  How Does My Work Differ From Others In My Genre:
The work I am currently involved in isn't my usual type of cross stitching.  I normally prefer making my own charts or using a website called My Photo Stitch, which is great for pictures that don't need wording.  I like to work on geeky/niche projects.  Here are some examples:
 Assassin's Creed video game logo
 Logo from my friend's band, Scarlet Soho
 Classic computer game character, Kirby
 Ermintrude and Zebedee from The Magic Roundabout
 Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch
Logo of my friend Joe's heavy metal band, Talanas
 A play on Magritte's painting for a friend's present

In recent times, alternative cross stitch design books have been published so I know there are people out there doing the same as me, just none of my local group of crafting friends.

3.  Why Do I Create What I Do?
I cross stitch because I like to see a picture forming as I'm completing a project.  I do it because it's theraputic for me to lose a whole day on a tiny piece of work.  I love the excitement of the initial idea, seeing whether it's possible to do or not.  Because no one I know is doing the same.

4.  How Does My Creative Process Work?
I find a picture I like and upload it to My Photo Stitch.  I will spend a good deal of time getting it how I like before I download the image onto my computer.  If it needs font, I will plot it out on graph paper using a book of cross stitch alphabets I own.  My Photo Stitch gives a list of DMC threads needed for the task and I will pool the colours I already have together and/or buy what I don't already have. 

I prefer to stitch my pieces on my days off from work, when I am able to start early in the day.  I rarely bother in the evenings after work anymore as I'm too tired and there isn't enough time to get stuck in.

 I will love the project from the outset right up until I've completed a third of the picture.  The second third is filled with doubt - have I counted one too many stitches?  Is this part going to meet up with that part or am I going to have to unpick it all?  It is about this time that I will have seen my next project.  The last third is filled with utter hatred for the piece.  This is because I wish to start the next project that I will have already stupidly plotted out with great precision.  So I try to go as fast as I can, which leads to mistakes, more unpicking and cursing and then when it is done, I don't want to look at it.  It's torturous at the end.

 Various Scandinavian Christmas designs
 Internet meme, Nyan Cat
Christmas candy cane

As I mentioned earlier, my three nominations for this challenge don't write blogs.  So instead of them posting an entry next Monday, I thought I would post a link for you to look at their lovely stuff. (Matthew came up trumps!)

Matthew Sergison-Main - Illustrator
Matthew is an artist, illustrator and designer living in Hampshire, England. He works in traditional media predominately, using some digital as needed, to produce a highly detailed style of artwork. In 2012 he won a national art competition winning a solo exhibition at the esteemed Pallant House gallery in 2014. He worked on the acclaimed indie computer game 'Amnesia: A machine for pigs', and has produced artwork and illustration for musicians, magazines and festivals

Kimvi Nguyen - Artist

Zoe Davies - Keepsake Maker

Thank you for staying to the end.  I hope you will take the time to check out my friends pages.  Have a great week! x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Hello and welcome to another week of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, where we take a peek at other craft desks from around the world for inspiration.  You can join in here.

This week...

 I'm on annual leave this week and thank goodness, Mr. Mojo is staying with me!  It's been a while since I last saw him.  On my desk (In a fairly hushed tone) are 6 laser cut wooden stars being decorated for C*******s.  Sorry about that.  The spice rack at the back doesn't actually hold standard sized spice jars (how rubbish is that?!) and OH forgot to A.  Keep the receipt and B.  Remember to take it back within the allotted time, so now we're (I'm) stuck with it.  So I thought I'd turn it in a better jewellery stand that the one I've currently got.  There is also cider and chocolate.  Yum.
 I've made three toilet roll holders for each bathroom out of this fantastic nautical themed fabric.  I used interfacing but struggled with it in the sewing machine, so each one is slightly different from the last:  the first was too big, the second was slightly shorter than it should have been and the third has two rounded corners instead of right angles, but is just right in size.  How Goldilocks of me..
I'm about to start this longstitch I bought in a sale.  I'll make it for my wall.  I finished the robin longstitch we bought back from Grannies and I would show you, only I left it in the front room, which is currently being used as a den for four men playing an all nighter Risk board game and I just don't want to go in there.  You understand.

I hope you have all had a great week and look forward to getting around as many desks  I can while I have a chance to.  X

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Hello and welcome again to another week of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  You can join in snooping around other people's desks, by going here.

My desk this week -

On the left is an old demo curtain from Homebase that's getting turned into bags for life.  Big reel of white poly cotton bottom left, which is being used to sew up little dotty pouches full of rice.  These are becoming hand warmers.  Three pairs of scissors, bog roll, bag of rice and a wedding invite.  As you do.

The CD is a Ramones anthology which I've started listening to again since I heard the drummer from the original line up, Tommy Ramone, passed away on Friday.  I love their music.

Out of shot is a cork board that I've started putting to do lists on and this week, I'll be carrying on with the vintage longstitch I started.  I've been sewing that while watching episodes of Dexter on Netflix.  I have become addicted to the series.  I also have a sensory board to make for my nephew, and have to come up with gift ideas for two babies that are still in baking mode.  See you all soon! x

Monday, 30 June 2014


Hello and welcome to another week of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  This is where we all take a peek at crafty desks from around the world.  You can join in the fun here.

I've been absent for a while, but I hope I make up for it this week.

When I hear customers complain in my shop about how they've become lumbered with some elderly relative's button collection, I always felt a twinge of sadness because I feel the grandma who may have passed her collection on to me died before I was born, and the other grandma didn't act in a grandmotherly manner toward me, let alone be known for her sewing.  

I took on my other half's granny as my own.  We are currently in the process of getting ready to move her into warden assisted accommodation from her county to ours.  This means having to go through her worldly possessions with her.  The picture above shows just a selection of what she said she no longer required.

This was another item she said she no longer needed.  OMG.  It works! It's an electric Singer machine from the 70's.  Because I need another one.

Jobs to sort out from this desk:  Complete a vintage longstitch of a robin, fix up some broken jewellery, find a battery for the portable clock, get the postcard collects sold to raise money for the granny fund, wash the fabric and repurpose it all, put the huge amound of Sylko threads away and wonder what I will be doing with 612 buttons...

Have a great week everyone! x

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

WOYWW 260! What A Week To Get The Title Wrong!

Hello all and welcome to another week of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?  This is where you can snoop around crafty desks from all over the world.  You can do so here.

My desk this week -

I had bank holiday Monday off work and wasted most of it in bed nursing a hang over and peeing about on Swapbot.  However, in the evening, I got my act together and tidied my desk, so now you can only see a bunch of projects for me to get on with.

Fabric top left is the pile of handwarmers I'm making for Etsy/Christmas presents.  Pile of black in the middle are two pairs of work trousers I'm fixing the zip/2 buttons/thinking about lining the waistband of the pair that is made exclusively from sandpaper.  A bought of flu and 2 weeks of comfort eating mean that I am almost too big for the damned things again.  Must try harder.

Bottom right - jewellery set I bought from work on the cheap to get it off the shop floor.  My speciality is buying up all the 'tat' that has been through umpteen sales with disintergrated packaging and ended up being put down to mere pennies.  I then bring them home and wonder what to do with them.

Bottom right also, is three balls of yarn and a whole heap of cardboard rings I plan to make decorations with.

That's it for this week - see you all next week! x

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

woyww 258

Hello and welcome to another week of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  This is where we take a peek at other people's craft desks around the world and you can join in the fun by clicking here.

My desk this week - 

That little package in the middle of the desk - that is one lone hand warmer I made on my week off last week.  That is all I made because I ended up getting a proper dose of the flu.  I still feel rubbish and am lacking the motivation to get on with more of them, or indeed to make anything.

I'm currently making this for work:

It is proving problematic.  As there was no mention as to whether I needed to strand the floss down on the packaging. I trialed 2, 3, then the full 6 strands to find that it really does need the full six strands in order to completely cover the wooden lattice.  However, this means that most holes are taking on a total of 24 strands each, making it very difficult to push the needle through each time.  So, with a very sore thumb and forefinger, I will now carry on with a brand new needle (the FOURTH needle, to be exact, as the pressure of pushing them through the holes is proving too much and they are actually snapping at the eye.  Never had that before).  Determined, much.

Anyhoo, sorry it's all been a bit of a whinge this week.  I shall endeavour to buck up for the next installment of WOYWW!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Hello and welcome to another round of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  Each week, we take a peek at the crafting spaces of the creative and the crafty.  You can join in the fun too, by clicking here.

My desk this week,

The more observant of you will notice that this isn't my usual crafting space.  This is the dining table, and I am working with a pattern  to make a pyjama top for myself.  I'm using the busy purple floral fabric that I made part of the shirt I abandoned.  I have cut out the neck band and am now starting half of the front of the top.

The pattern weights mentioned in last week's WOYWW have not progressed past one piece of fabric cut from a template.  What with work, swimming and housework, I am finding time for making a little squeezed.  However, I have this Thursday and the whole of next week off, so I intend to steam ahead then.

Thank you for taking a look at my space! x

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Hello and welcome to another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  You can snoop around craft desks here.

My desk this week:

There are four fat quarters I was given for Christmas, a bag of rice and tracing paper.  I plan to make pattern weights with them.

This is a shot of my finished felt tissue dispensers.

The shirt has hit the skids.  I'd already gone over my allowance when I had to redo part of the yoke that I'd mis-measured.  The final straw came this weekend when I realised the collar is also the wrong size and I'e run out of plain purple fabric.  It was a relief, I'd put off looking at it for two weeks.

At the end of this week, my shop is having a 20% off everything promotion and I'm going to get some patterns to make summer tops and a skirt, plus all the bits to make them.  It hasn't put me off wanting to make clothing, I just want to make something I'll want to wear!  Maybe I'll be more careful if I'm making something for me.

Have a good week all! xxx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


Hello and welcome to another week of WOYWW.  This is where we take a peak at other crafty people's desks and show our support.  You can join in the fun here.

My desk this week:

I'e been making little felt tissue dispensers with the thinking of putting them in my Etsy shop.

 This is the shirt I've made so far for the Sewing Bee competition at work.  Hard work when you've never made any clothing before.

You may have noticed the cat face on my desk.  As I write this on Tuesday night, it is the first anniversary of my little Guinness having to be put down.

Taz and I were glum for a bit.  But then we started to remember all the funny things Guinny would do to make us laugh.

We have now bucked up.

Before I go, I would like to share the following link with those who wish to help out with this.  Be quick though, it finishes this Saturday.  If you can't help, please pass the link on.  They are so close to the finish line! 


See you all next week! xxx