Tuesday, 5 October 2010

WOYWW 70/Afriston

I'm back home after a really good break on the South coast of England with some of my family. I miss them already! I loved sharing time with the little ones and it was magic crunching through the Autumn leaves with my 3 year old grandee, and being amazed at the glorious colours of the trees with her. I showed her how to make Sycamore wings fly like helicopters and she was as thrilled as I was at the memory of doing it with my two DDs when they were little.
I posted last week on my laptop whilst on holiday and the link didn't work, so despite being up at 6am with my little grandees and having a rare chance to post my earliest ever at No 13, I ended up having to repost and it became my latest ever at 144!! The dratted dongle we bought didn't dingle as it should have done and I couldn't send comments to any WOYWWers.
This week my desk is sheer mayhem as I have just dumped everything crafty that I brought home.  I took 2x A4 boxes of materials to prep "Make and Takes" for upcoming shows as I had plenty of time whilst the grandees were asleep. You will notice that I brought back so much more, especially as I visited two craft shops and bought quite a bit of stash. 
We managed to visit the Craft Barn in Lingfield which is a fabulous crafter's paradise with so many stamp ranges and such a good range of materials. I'll just have to pay a return visit to fill up and spend the other half of my loyalty card. Well that's my excuse and it didn't take long to become loyal to their cause!!!
That funny little character blcok stamp in them middle is a charity show find for £1.50. He looked a bit quirky and I had to rescue him and bring him home.
If you, like me, love to snoop on people's creative spaces then pop over to see lots more WOYWWers....(What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday) on our own fair Julia's Stamping Ground and you'll see the whole range from demolition sites (like mine) to the immaculately tidy ones.
The bundle of coffee stirrers are in hand for the make & take fans I'm preparing and No! I didn't help myself to them ... I was cheeky enough to ask for some and was grateful to be given them! Thanks to C**** coffee! Won't tell which branch for fear of getting the manager in trouble.
That desk will have to be cleared as I have so much to prepare for the next shows.... which leads to....a few reminders:

Port Sunlight Show next Saturday 9th Oct TICKETS ONLY and it's a SELL OUT but if you are going please drop by Stampattack where I'll be demming as we'd love to see you. There are some new Texture and Steam Punk stamps out and we're hoping my new Asian designs and Quotes will be just hot off the press.

Don't miss out... still time to sign up sign up for my Blog Candy ( on my sidebar) which is to celebrate my blog makeover created by Susie Jefferson of 1st Floor Flat. This closes 12th Oct.

If you can get to Manchester on Sunday 17th Oct put the date in your diary for Japan Day. Check out this amazing free event on my sidebar and don't miss it if you can get there. I will be exhibiting with Caz of Stampattack and we'll be selling their Japanese range of stamps, including my brand new designs. We'll also be doing "Make & Takes" so be sure to pop by.
This is the tiniest bank I've seen and it is in Afriston, one of the lovely tiny Sussex villages we visited last week. Below is the old bow windowed Post Office.

The old Star Inn which dates from the 13th Century. 
The Red Lion outside is a figurehead taken by smugglers from a Dutch Warship.
Note below that the pub offers FREE weddings.... as if!
The interior of Ye Old Smugglers Inne was fascinating and dated from around the15th Century


49 comments:

Tuire Flemming said...

Hi! Your desk looks very interesting... I love Paper Artsy and Crafty Individuals -stamps!!!

Neet said...

Thanks for the piccies of down South - and the peek at your busy busy desk.
Love the pub and the bow windows.

dizzy said...

what a great table again.love the pub and the windows in the post office.hope you all have fun at port sunny hugs jayne xxxx

Artyjen said...

Like the sound of the fan makes! I bought two plain fans on my trip to Valencia with the intention of altering them...still not done them...story of my life at the mo!! LOL
xoxo Sioux

Artyjen said...

Ooh! forgot to say love the pictures of the old buildings :)
xoxo Sioux

Sue said...

Hi Jo
glad you had lovely holiday, pretty piccies, lovely lot of stash on your desk, i did look for an email for the broken die but only found addy n phone num for usa! have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x(2)

She said...

Your holiday sounds great, photo's are lovely, very olde worlde. I love your desk, can I come and play?..lol


Sheilalgh

Jan said...

Great pictures and such cute little shops!

Sunshine Girl said...

Lovely busy desk there - you are very busy at the moment arent you! Lovely pictures of that fabulous village too - have a great time. Thanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl (28)

Cardarian said...

Huh what an interesting post - so much to see! Love your holiday pics and all the lovely crafty stuff that is on your desk! I used to walk in woods with my girl and enjoy the autumn leaves! Oh where are those times??? Wish I could come to your demoing but I am too far away! Maybe one day! I will play along for the blog candy! Who knows I might be lucky! :-)
Hugs,
Cardarian

Helen said...

Love your photos, what a great time you had. I love the Craft Barn. Try not to go too often, only from a cost point!!

nerllybird said...

Ooh, love your photos! As for the dongle, I used to have one. If you're planning on using it somewhere in particular, it might be worth checking out the coverage in that area. Mine used to be very slow altho it did work, but I was glad when I didn't need it any more.
Helen (32)

olive said...

looks like you are super busy.... missed you on Saturday.Ciao xx

Ciara said...

Ooo, I like your spotty ribbon & that Hero Arts clings stamp. Lots of yummy stuff on your desk. Didn't spot any drumstick lollies or sweets tho ;-)

Your holiday looks fab too, it's lovely visiting such pretty places isn't it? We did another walk today that ended in Craster and we went right past the smoke house!!

Hope you have fun in Manchester :-)

Happy Wednesday :-)

Ciara
xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Lovely pics Jo. Gald you've had a nice little break :-) Ooh will I be able to make a fan then? Oops will you believe me if I say I pick up all the used wooden stirrers to take home and wash them? LOL
Anne xx

Linda Elbourne said...

Great piccies this week ... fabulous!
This week I am mostly link number 27

Wipso said...

You were missed :-) Lovely to hear of happy memories made with your little ones. I've had my two granddaughters today to play and we have had a really magic day. Fab photos too.
A x

Carola Bartz said...

Yes, your desk is wild, but lovely. And can you imagine, I once visited Afriston back in 1983 during my very first trip to England (with many to follow).

Dotpat said...

Brilliant photo's Jo and love your desk. Really enjoyed reading your post

Nikki said...

Your desk looks so busy with lots to play with and that pub looks like such an amazing place to hang out in
hugs Nikki C(40)

Heather x said...

Lots of new goodies there to play with :)
Love that inglenook fireplace, always wanted one but never had a property big enough for one lol.
*hugs* Heather x (99)

Doone said...

I can think of nothing worse than a dingle that does not dangle - and nothing better than time with family - thank you so much for you kind words of enocuragement - they mean a great deal, and the blog is looking FABULOUS

Dx (63)

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Great pictures, thanks. I am going to Port Sunlight this Saturday so I will say Hi. You have some nice stash on that desk of yours. Thanks for the snoop. Tracy Evans (29).

peggy gatto said...

Thanks for taking me on "holiday"!!!!!!!!
yout desk is a treasure trove!!!

The Taming of the Glue said...

Alfriston is a beautiful village and I have also succumbed to visiting the Craft Barn...it's a dangerous place!! Have a great time at Port Sunlight. Pam (21)

Sherry said...

Sounds like you had a fab time with your family and your photos are lovely.

I'd love to have a rummage through all those goodies on your desk (me and all the other WOYWWers no doubt!)

Sherry (117)

Lothian Crafts said...

Lovely pictures I love the windows on the post office.
Elaine no46

lisa said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your break with the family Jo. Your photos are really beautiful.
Lots happening on your desk this week. Thanks for sharing.
hugs Lisax

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

There's nothing worse that a dongle that didn't dingle!!
Brilliant post this week and beautiful pictures. Glad you had a fab time.

A.x (22)

sasa said...

Looks like you had a fab shop, and wonderful weekend away - great buys there - all the best with the prep wor!
Sarah (sasa 18)

Phree said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time with your family, love the pictures of the old buidings. Your desk look fab all covered with loads of scrummy crafty goodness. Glad the package arrived safely, hope you can find a good use for those bits and bobs.

Sarah Youde said...

I love the crafty stuff all over your desk, the cling stamp looks lovely. I am totally in love with that bow fronted post office picture - I want to live there!

madebyKarla said...

so much yummy stuff on your desk, Enjoy! Fab pictures, thanks for sharing! Thanks for your vididy sldo ;)

Susan Allan said...

I so wish I could go to Port Sunlight, but I am too far away. Have fun
Sue xx 88

Pat said...

I love the desk! It looks like you have lots of fun things to do!

The photo's were wonderful. The bank is so cute, & certainly large enough to hold all MY money! lol

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Pat

Glen said...

Hi Jo. Thank you for the snoop on your desk. The sign of a busy desk is a creative mind! *Ü* Love those photos. My fil lives in Eastbourne, so when we visit, it's lovely to go have a wander with my camera. You mentioned some dates Jo. Saturday is 9th October not 10th. ;) TFS. ~Glen~

Twiglet said...

Great blog Jo - your photos are lovely - what a quaint place! I love that querky little character on the stamp!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Jo, you always have such interesting posts. I loved the comment you left for Wendy, too. She has taken a back seat to Bleubeard and the rocking horses and appreciates your comment about her.

I'm so impressed with the photos from your trip. To put that inn in perspective, it was built before Columbus discovered America. Of course, if it had been built here, after 25 years, it would have been torn down and another larger and more modern inn built in its place!

secret scrapbooker said...

Lots of lovely photos :0) I loved the craft barn they have loads of lovely stuff.
Kate x

Anneliese said...

A great desk for a rummage lol :D .. lot's of lovely goodies on there ! Love the photo's too .. some smashing places :D x

Anneliese said...

that looks like a good desk for a rummage lol :D .. love your photo's too :D x

butlersabroad said...

Lovely desk Jo, glad you got to prep your make and takes too. My sister moved to Sussex a couple of years ago so we've been able to explore the area a bit on our visits back to England. I really like all the lovely places to walk along the Downs.

Hugs
Brenda 105

Chrissie said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your break in Alfriston, there are some fabulous villages around aren't there and what super pics!
I'm with you about the little chap with the quill pen, I couldn't have resisted buying him either, but it looks as though he's completely surrounded by crafty yumminess!
Chrissie

Daniele said...

great piccies of the houses /pub/bank etc.....love old buildings, great stash from the craft barn, never been myself have to make do with ordering on line
hugs

Dee said...

I am lucky enough to live within 30 mins of The Craft Barn..although my purse and my husband may disagree with that!! Love Alfiston, have not been there for a while... may be a return trip coming up. Dee (38)

Sue from Oregon said...

What a fun post and a great desk! Thanks for popping by too!

Julia Dunnit said...

Welcome home Jo! Your desk looks incredibly inviting - I love all the stuff waiting to be sorted and played with. Happy that you had a good time down here with us southerners, your return home is just in time to be really busy!!

Ann said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I live near Alfriston and it really is a very pretty village. Lots to see in your post and lovely photos.

Creative Boutique said...

Wow! Lots of great stash in that picture - can't wait to see what you do with it all,

Claire
WOYWW#78
http://www.your-creativemoments.co.uk