Tuesday, 10 July 2012

WOYWW 162 & D,D & J in Slovenia

This sorry state has been created after dumping so much on my desk after returning from our jollys. Donna kindly brought me home and we had some extra crafting time together which all added to the messy melange which now lies waiting to be tidied.

I finished off my mini book pendant from Donna's workshop.
These pages for my Holiday Memory Book were made when we played with spray starch backgrounds, Distress Ink techniques, Stencilling and Paste stencilling and Dylusion Sprays.
There'll be so many more desks on view if you escape to Julia's stamping ground where each week we show and tell just what is happening in our creative spaces.
It is a great snoop but it is also a place to make crafting friends and I have been lucky to make some very special ones and, as a result, I've just been to foreign lands with Donna to visit Cardarian in Ljubljana. 

We're back from our most wonderful adventure in Slovenia so the wacky sunglasses have been stowed away and the cardigan is back on now that we're back to the cold and wet of England and no longer roasting slowly in 40 degrees as we did over there. Such a contrast! 
Comment from one of us at 1am, whilst late night crafting on the terrace........ "Oooh! it's much cooler now!" Temperature check... it was 31 degrees!

Dolores, of Cardarian's Happy Place, gave us the best of times, taking us to so many amazing places in her beautiful country, but we thought that we would hatch up a brilliant ruse and tell everyone it was so dreadful that no one else would want to visit so we can go again!! So keep the secret!
We ate wonderful food, laughed so much together and crafted until the wee small hours each day. The perfect crafters holiday. Amazingly we didn't drink very much, (no honestly, we didn't,) as we really were tooooooo happy having crafting fun to spare time to pop a cork or lift a glass.
I have so much to show and tell and this is just a starter.... be warned that there will be more photos day by day.
Dolores is a star and after we left she went into hospital for an operation on her knee (no! I assure you that it wasn't our fault). She is now home recuperating.... from the operation silly not from our visit. That is to say, she is lounging and being cared for by her loved ones ready to dance the okey kokey, (which we taught her!) as soon as she can. Get well soon Dolores and do take it easy!

Huge thanks to Dolores, and also to Donna, for everything that went into making our time together so special.

Nice touristy photos of our trip here....but for all the mayhem and madness pop over to Donna's for the video evidence.... HERE! There may be a rush in Primani for wacky sunglasses now!!
Dolores, Donna and Jo, waiting in the noon day sun for the funicular up to the castle....
High above the city
The restaurant at the top where we had an amazing lunch.
The old town, Donna, Dolores and her DD Anna who was our special tour guide for the day.
The market
The spice girls selecting from the wide choice on the market.
amazing graffitti in the old town amongst the bars and shops.

I came home to a lovely surprise... a fabulous ATC from Vicki of sandylonelycards in Australia.... thanks so much for thinking of me and I love it!

There'll be more pics very soon....Lakes and mountains, castles and caves...


Sandy said...

Oh glad my ATC made it to you, just a little swap as your ATC certainly brightened up my winter here, so colorful. Just realised I'm not a follower so remedied that. Looking forward to more photo's of Ljubljana. I have never heard of it so it is so interesting to get first hand look around. Have a great crafty week. Sandy :)

inkypinkycraft said...

Sounds like you had amazing times! Love the look of your pieces..the workshop pieceis fab and love the inky colours too! Trace x. 48

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am so impressed with you gals traveling to Slovenia to visit Dolores. But if it was so hot, why are you wearing a sweater? Donna is the only one who seems to be dressed for the weather. Sleeveless, low neck, cool dress, my kind of outerwear! Yes, I'll be watching for the posts, I promise. I love taking trips with you. Happy WOYWW from #1

sandra de said...

Ohhhh your holiday pics are gorgeous. How wonderful to have a crafty hol with friends. Looks like you all created up a storm.
Sandra de @43

Doone said...

oh I miss you both, I have yo go to work now - pooey, you have a fabulous time with DD and grandee, and tell me when I can come and make more mess ( well for sure the first weekend in aug for VS.

love you


Tuire Flemming said...

You lucky travellers! I´ve been slacking at home :)
Have a nice day!
Tuire xx

Helen said...

Lucky you indeed, and what a beautiful place to visit... can't wait to see some more of your photos. Helen 16

Ann B said...

Just watched, and laughed at, Donna's video of you all, what a time you had and a stunningly beautiful country. Do I know how to do those fab spray starch backgrounds? Don't think I do - need a tutorial pretty please and another one on the altered bottles Donna mentioned, pretty, pretty please.
Ann B

Redanne said...

Gosh Jo, that holiday seemed to go so quickly! What a beautiful country, lovely photos, love that rusty door pic, its fabulous. Glad you had a wonderful time, look forward to more photos. Crafty hugs, Anne x #54

Artyjen said...

Looks like a lovely place to visit....the bonus is you got to craft as well! :)
xoxo Sioux

lisa said...

Sounds like the best of times, Jo. I bet you had a riot. I'm off to watch Donna's video!!!!
Ljubjana looks beautiful. We landed at the airport there many years ago on a holiday to the coast. It might be time for another trip.
Can't wait to see more piccies.
Love the artwork you created.
Happy WOYWW and it's lovely to have you back with us.
Hugs Lisax #84

Annie said...

Wow what amazing pics of what sounds like a wonderful crafty holiday. Thanks for sharing.
I'm doing a quick blog hop while the twins nap :-)
A x #58

Angie said...

I didn't wowyww this week but I am going to drop by a few friends ...so glad i did ....what an amazing time you had ...so many happy new memories. .. looking forward to the next episode xx

Twiglet said...

Well that looks like a fab holiday - beautiful country and perfect company!! Thanks for sharing your pics with us. x Jo

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Has Slovenia recovered from you lot yet?? Lol! It looks as though you all had the BEST time together - how lovely is that!
Hugs, LLJ ~57 xx

Carol Hornby-Clements said...

Great photos of Slovenia. I have seen a worse mess on your desk. LOL


Danielle said...

Very colorful works of art and what an adorable pendant book! Your vacation photos are beautiful. Love the art walls. Dani31

jill said...

glad you've enjoyed your crafting holiday & your samples of spraying ,distress look great . happy crafting jill#73

Jingle said...

Great photos and I love your book pendant!!!!

May said...

looks like a fantastic time by all was had on your trip great pics looking foward to some more!...fabulous pendant book.. your holiday memory book pages are gorgeous... thank you for your kind comments today... Hugs May x x x#8

Hazel said...

Thank you for sharing all your beautiful photos. I love all the colourful backgrounds you've created and the mini book pendant is gorgeous. Thanks for a peep at your workspace. Hope you have a good week - Hazel, WOYWW #124 x

Tilly Tea Dance said...

Ljubljana looks wonderful - just what I need - a break from work and some quality chill out crafting time in good company! Thanks for visiting my new desk on WOYWW - Max #66

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jo, it sounds and looks like you had a fabulous time over there with Dolores - love all the photos and even the graffiti looks better over there :) Happy WOYWW, Elizabeth x #23

Neesie said...

Jo I never even packed a bag or left a note before you whisked me away.
I really enjoyed my trip and look forward to seeing lots more in the coming days.
Thanks for sharing ~ Happy WOYWW! Neesie #14

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for sharing your adventure and the wonderful photos. Traveling is such great fun. And a bonus to be with people who have the same interests. Happy you have had so much fun. Love the previous posts too, playing catch up and hoping soon I have sometime to enjoy my passions. I'm 98 this week and wishing you a happy WOYWW

RosC said...

Greetings Jo.
Saw some of your photos in the next post - stunning scenery, and harem-scarem women. What fun.
Very interested in the experiments with spray starch beneath Dylusions and DI's. Will wait and waatch.
Ros. #76

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

You know what I like? The graffiti! Looks like modern art! Patsy from

Shoshi said...

Amazing photos of your holiday, Jo - what a smashing time you had! And I love your little mini-book pendant. I've just got the Dylusions inks. I'd love to know how to use them with spray starch - sounds fascinating. I haven't had a chance to try them yet.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #4