Tuesday, 8 February 2011

WOYWW / Home Sweet Home!

Home Sweet Home. 
So glad to be home but it was a wonderful adventure going to CHA, however it's chaos on my desk as a result. The first photo shows some of the projects from the workshops I attended and the Make & Takes, in various stages of completion. I've quite a job ahead of me to finish the ones I didn't complete in the classes but they will be worth doing.
 Here's the bigger picture of my desk piled high with the freebies I brought home, the items I bought and the projects from the classes. The Craftwell bag is full too! Well I did wear 6 layers of clothes to come home to make more room in my case ( and incase we were stranded somewhere cold due to the severe weather conditions through USA.)
I've really got some sorting to do but I thought I'd be honest and show the utter mess my desk is in as I know you'll understand. Well just this week anyhow and it will make you sink into false security and think that your desk is uber tidy.
Every week so many crafters bare their souls to cyber space by exposing their crafty spaces so, if you fancy joining in this giant snoop, go over to our leaders Julia's blog, Stamping Ground to see over 100 more.

Last few pics to follow from CHA.....I've so many more but will call it a day now as you all must be fed up of seeing them but I hope you found some inspiration from all my posts from the convention, as I have. Sometimes it is just a tiny element in a photo which inspires me but that's all it needs.

Thanks so much to all who commented and I apologise for not replying to you but computer time had to be paid for whilst I was in America and so I just managed to upload my posts and keep in touch with my family. I'll catch up with everyone this week, I hope! 
The wonderful Japanese friends we made who have a scrapbooking shop in Tokyo. Great to have made email contact too.
One of my mad moments! Liberty Jo!
and finally the Queen of Michaels.... moi! I wish I'd had space in the cases for that crown!
It was all such fun, an adventure, an experience, so interesting, a completely different world and culture, but I'm so happy to be home again, back to life, back to reality.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...


I tried to keep up with your adventures in the US, but I think I have post or two to catch up on. I'm SO glad you made it home safely. And I'm glad you had a good time at CHA. Freebies are the BEST and I loved how you saved luggage space!

Helen said...

You had a ball - such lovely piles of goodies you brought back - good luck getting your classwork finished!!

kimmie_35 said...

Sounds like you had fun, Jo! Wow, you do have a lovely pile of treasure to sort out... glad to have you back.

jude said...

Jo looks like youve had anamzing time and with the all those goodies my you have some sorting to do.but all worth it if you get to play and create.Have a Happy Wedensday
hugs judex16

Susan Allan said...

What an incredible experience you have had. Also you have come back fully inspired!!
Have fun
Sue xx 56

Wipso said...

You have brought home lots of memories and soooooo much inspiration for crafting times ahead. Thanks for sharing.
A x

Karen said...

WOW its looks and sounds as though you had a really fab time, and lots of gorgeous freebies as well. Thanks for sharing :)
Have a great WOYWW,
Karen #58

oneoff said...

What an adventure, and what fabulous stash! I have really enjoyed your posts from CHA and all the other places you dallied while on your trip. I hope you had as fabulous a time as it looked, and that you have lots of brilliant memories.


Sue said...

Hi Jo
glad you had such a good time, loads of goodies, fab piccies, have good day, happy WOYWW, sue,x(11)

joey said...

Great pics Jo, and wow all those freebies! enjoy. Joey x

karen said...

I am glad you had such a great time! And that is one fun mess you will have to clean up there!
I missed a couple of your posts but will check them out!
xoxo Karen

Theresa said...

O My Heavens Jo! Where to start with all those great freebies? So fun seeing you enjoying your adventures! Happy WOYWWing to you!

judith@poppy cottage said...

Looks like you had an absolutely awesome time. What a lot of stash you have brought back! The inspiration must be making your head buzz! Glad to have you back, happy Wednesday, Judith xx

Dotty Jo said...

What a fun post, TFS, Jo x

Twiglet said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time and brought lots of fab stuff back to play with!!

S said...

Thanks for sharing the fab pics; and enjoy diving into that mound of freebies.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant post Jo, although I've enjoyed all of them. You absolutely SHOULD have brought that crown home, you could have worn it on the plane!! Amazing amount of goodies you have, bet you're still on cloud 9.

Brenda 89

Tuire Flemming said...

You sure have had a wonderful journey - your pics make me green!
But now I have to go to sauna. (not because of that green...) :)


Looks like you made out like a bandit! CHA is one of my dreams. These days, I just have to sit here and wait for some kind soul to post pictures. Thanks for sharing!

lisa said...

What an amazing pile of things you've brought home, Jo. It sounds a fantastic trip and your photos have been amazing. I have a brilliant vision of you wearing all this stash in your clothes. The x-ray people must have given you funny looks as you went through. Wonder what it looked like on their screens.
Hugs Lisax

Spyder said...

What fun you must have had, welcom home, and such a lot of stash to bring back too, love the little shelving (print draw?) box it's lovely. Luckily when we went over to the states they got our room wrong, and so we had to wait an hour for them to change it, which wasn't too bad but then they said we could have the internet for free!! (Thank you America)


Julia Dunnit said...

Happy to have you back in blighty Jo! Thoroughly enjoyed your commentary on CHA, measured and inspiring. Bit like your desk then...my word what a lot of freebies, how marvellous! Hope it won't take you long to settle in.

Neet said...

If only I had not had pudding feet! Now to cap it all I am coming down with a cold. So much for the sunshine. Think the tv studio will have to be cancelled but there's always next year.
Glad you got your stuff "tipped out" don't envy you sorting it.

Mrs A. said...

All I can say is Didn't you do well!!
Brilliant idea on piling up the clothing. I would never have thought of that.
Hugs Mrs A. #83

Chrissie said...

Oh my! It sounds like you had such fun! What an experience... now it's time to start playing with all that lovely stuff!

Susan Allan said...

It is me again.
I lived very close to Crosby for over thirty years and I know 'Another Place' really well. I love walking along the beach, the most amazing archictural chunks, from bombed out Liverpool keep appearing. I don't go back often. You never know we may meet one day out walking.
Take care
Sue xx 56

lisa said...

Hi Jo
Me again. No I'd missed that post somehow!!! What a nightmare for your friend. I bet she was so worried she was going to loose all her goodies, and I bet the customs men didn't know what to make of it all!!
I'm glad you didn't suffer with jet lag and are happy to be home with gold old home cooked food again and your dear Hubby. I bet he missed you as did we.
Hugs Lisax

okienurse said...

love to hear about all the fun you had at CHA! Wish I could have gone and looked around. Maybe next year. Thanks for sharing a peek at all the new stash you brought home. Have fun sorting through it.

RosA said...

WOW, that looks like a fabulous stash on your desk! You'll have fun working through it all, I reckon!

Nicky said...

Wow lots of stash cannot wait to see all the wonderful creations you make with it - once you manage to find you desk again ~ Nicky 9

MaggieC said...

Aren't you going to have fun, unpacking and sorting out all those wonderful goodies. Even through the wrapping, they look great. Settle down with a nice cup of tea and a cake and enjoy yourself gloating over your treasures.

Carola Bartz said...

I like the picture of you as "Queen of Michaels", I think I'd have called you Ms. Liberty - looks good. And all the lovely stash you brought home - great!

Sandra said...

wow, wow, wow .. what an amazing time it looks like you've had - would you mind if I just sat myself down and rummaged through that yummy bag of yours LOL

Sunshine Girl said...

Wow looks like you had an amazing time and what a great pile of stash to sort through! am rather envious!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Jo, welcome home ;-) Glad you had such a wonderful time.
Erm, ONE of your mad moments?! 'nuff said LOL
No not sick of the pics. Lots of lovely goodies. What will you use as an excuse next time your desk is a mess hehehe
Anne xx

madebyKarla said...

Wow, looks like you had a great time. I can't believe you got all that stuff for free. I'm gonna have to go to CHA next time! I hope America treated you well :)

sandra de said...

Lovely to see all your goodies and fab photos. There is no doubt you had a great time.
Sandra xox

Lucy Edmondson said...

So glad you had such a great Californian adventure, Jo. Knowing you, I am sure you will have made some lasting friendships,

Lucy x