Tuesday, 25 June 2013


Listen... can you hear a whizzz or a burrrrr? A buzzzz or a woosh!? (Julia has just commented that it should be an AAARRRRGGGGGH!)
There must be some sound to indicate the swift passage of a WHOLE WEEK!! Where has it gone?
Last Wednesday I posted my desk and here I am posting my desk again. Nothing in between but if you pop over to LillyBo Quilts you'll see a super post about the latest deliveries from Super Star Stitchers, Jo (Twiglet) and Annie (Wipso). It made me so happy and made my week!
Well this week it's still via the breakfast table as there's no space whatsoever on my desk in my craftroom and I haven't sat by it for ages. 
Note to self... do hurry up and tidy up, missus!

To peep in on almost 200, (yeah, really) that's 200, other people's workdesks, Julia makes it possible on her blog here ...Stamping Ground
It's an unmissable treat for Wednesdays.

I've almost made another flag tag book but this one is made just for me especially as a keepsake to hold my ATC gifts from WOYWWers which we swapped in celebration of 4 years of fun and friendship. 
It has brought me a plentiful return of both.
The concertina back where I added thin strips of scrapbook paper to match the covers.
It's not quite finished and I haven't decided what to add to the front cover but it will certainly include WOYWW4 and those ties will be random coloured to tone.
I must give you all a shout out for one of my bargain finds. For ages I've searched for a quality art journal, spiral bound and good paper to take paints and inks. 
Look what I found in Paperchase... right by the front door on a sale table, (and they had a plentiful stock)
Perfect! Exactly to my requirements in every way, Daler Rowney, 7 x 10 pages for mixed media, good weight paper etc., but they also sold one for drawing which had  even more pages but lighterweight paper. 
Best of all it was reduced from £18.50 to £9.25 and it has a paintbrush and a magnetic closure. Bargain!
Now to face the blank pages and create and it's always exciting to make the first mark in a new book!

I must share one of my little crafty gifts from one of my DDs... .It made me laugh and they certainly know me well. I am always collecting odds and ends and found items on my travels and so I was given this little tin.
and inside, a return card incase I lose it!
I wonder what tiny treasures will end up within?


Nikki said...

LOL at that Tin love it and your ATC swap book is amazing how many peeps did you trade with wow
hugs Nikki #9

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Jo what fun post, love concertina book and also the bargains we cant beat them can we?? happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #16

fairy thoughts said...

Hey jo
great post. please please (if you get time) post the details of the tag book it's fab and great for showing the ATCs from the swap. love the tin I can relate to the whole moving crap about thing!
thanks for the invite but be careful what you wish for .... I may have to hand deliver a lillybo quilt.
have a good week

mamapez5 said...

I love your ATC book. Are they fixed in the concertinas or can you take them out?
The book for art journalling was a good find. We all love a bargain! And that tin is priceless. Kate x #52

Annie said...

Hi Jo,
What a great way to store your ATCs. I think mine will just go on tapes on my cupboard doors like last years but maybe I should lake down last years and store them away like yours....would it be possible to make one to hold 30?
A x # 62

Julia Dunnit said...

I love the tin. How well our children know us! Wore your beeeyoootiful scarf twice this week and both times was heavily complimented, so again, thank you. As usual, am astounded by the speed of your making the flag tag ATC book..I really need to stop talking and just do...and yep - the speed with which the week went by..the echo of whoosh sounds a bit like argggghhh!!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Such a fab post, with lots of fab goodies to see! Thanks for sharing Jo. Take care Zo xx 75

Helen said...

I went to look at the quilts, I am staggered (though I shouldn't be!) by Annie and Jo's generosity with skill and time and all-round wonderfulness (I know that's not a proper word but it should be!) Love your tag book for the atc's I may have a go at a smaller one! Helen, 7

Anonymous said...

Another vote for the tag book details :) And I so need one of those tins LOL! That is just too, too funny.

Have you met up with Donna yet? She has something (s) for you :)

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (26)

Twiglet said...

Fab post Jo - I love the concertina book - clever designing there! I hope we get to see what you fill your artists book with - what a bargain. Your little tin is brilliant - perfect gift I would say!! x Jo

voodoo vixen said...

What a fabby post today, love the tin, fun and practical too and your latest tag book for the ATCs is a gem!! Annette #6

Candace said...

love the book you have made

Thanks for sharing and have a great week

Candace #43

glitterandglue said...

love the tin. That book is a beautiful way to keep all your treasured gifts - lovely.
Have a great week.
Margaret #61

Neet said...

What a great tin and what a lovely daughter for thinking of you.
Love the book you picked up in Paperchase - too far to go sadly for me.
Good idea with the atc's from WOYWW - I have run out of those pages in a binder so might do something different myself. Thanks.
Thanks also for visiting me earlier - I was going out today but changed my ind so am now playing catch up after a morning cleaning.
See you soon
Hugs, Neet xx

lisa said...

Hi Jo
Love your ATC book, what a great idea to keep them all safe and sound. It's lovely to craft just for yourself now and again isn't it.
Had to laugh at your tin, I think we all need one of those.
Hope all is well with you and your lovely family, especially those in waiting.
Hugs Lisax #76

Krisha said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tin, it fits all of us WOYWWers!!
Great idea for storing your ATCs!
Krisha #12

Paul Browning said...

Beautiful flag tag book Jo. It looks so colourful and bright. Perfect for storing your ATCs. And wow what a find at Paperchase!!! I haven't seen that book in there. Lucky you for seeing it in the bargain section too :) Have fun filling those white pages. Pxx

Alison Wade said...

Happy WOYWW. I love love that tin. Will have to make one up for myself. Fab find in Paperchase (I love that shop). Ali x #101

Shaz Brooks said...

What an awesome gift! Perfect for every crafter.Love the tag book, can't wait to see it finished. Have a great week,Hugs, Shaz #48 xx

The Taming of the Glue said...

Fantastic idea for storing all those gorgeous ATC's safely. I love that tin!! Hugs. Pam#28

pearshapedcrafting said...

I really love that concertina book - a great way to store your atcs! Daren't go anywhere near Paperchase at the moment but that looks like a great find! Chris117

Anonymous said...

Fabulous idea to keep those treasured ATCs and beautiful with it.
Love that tine, I need one of those! Perfect sentiment on it too for a crafter/hoarder :)
Gorgeous quilts.
Lynn xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tag book Jo, brilliant way of storing you atc treasures. I think Julia is more shocked by my continual use of the out of season "C" word than my desk, which is usually cleanish! She called me out on Friday and twice on todays woyww post, so it's obviously bothering her, lol. I think we should all endeavor to have Christmas on our desk next week!! Or is that too cruel?!!

Brenda 2

Caro said...

That tin is ace, and the bargain book is fab, but it was your gorgeous concertina book that made me smile...what a wonderful way of storing those memories. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#132)

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jo, love that tin, it definitely made me smile :) Your little book is fabulous and a great way of storing all the ATCs you've received. Luckily for my acquisitive streak we do not have a Paperchase in Ayrshire anymore - I can't resist notebooks but have vowed I will not buy one more until I've used up the stack I've got hoarded here first:)) Hope you've had a good WOYWW, Elizabeth x #72

fairy thoughts said...

thanks againfor the invite I may just take you up on it I will e mail you later to see if we can hook up times etc. I
tried to get the sketch book today they didn't have them in Winchester but am sending DD1 on a mission in Guildford tomorrow.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That's a perfect tin...but I need one 10 times bigger! Great present though :-) my kids would have bought me that as well!
Do you have any good tips for keeping the edges of ripple blankets straight? Mine tend to be like the tide...they go in and out!! I'm quite enjoying the sewing up...haven finished it and am now doing a pretty border. I'm quite proud of myself!
Hugs, LLJ 31 xx

Gill Edwards said...

ive been looking for ages for a journal like that, what a great bargain Jo, must go shopping with you soon ;-D

Gill x


thanks for dropping by my blog for WOYWW. I'm always running late in getting around sorry. Oh love the tag book and what a great way to display yr WOYWW ATC's. That tin made me smile....we all need one LOl
Annette In Oz #23

Ria Gall said...

Hi Jo
what a happy site to see my tag on show in your wonderful book you are making.
I love that little tin I think all us crafters should have one of those so cool.
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog

Marit said...

Ooh, I love that harmonica-book to keep ATCs... marvelous! Enjoy your new mixed-media-journal (I always bind mine myself) Happy ~ belated ~ woyww and a hug from Holland. Marit #91

Tuire Flemming said...

Hi Jo! Thanks for thinking of me :) I'm well, but been lazy with blogging... Here has been a big WHOOOOMPS! ...and half a year has been gone! Lately there has been a Stockholm trip - DD2 was with us - she has also been visiting us and lives in my present crafting room, so not much crafting lately... and then was the Midsommer and now we have here in Järvenpää the Lakeside Blues Festival. And besides, it's really HOT here!

Spyder said...

Jo it's all fabulous this week, Must have a go at making a booklet for the ACTC's what a great idea. Late as usual but I have been painting fences and gates and walking dogs!
#59 ((Lyn))

Carol Clements said...

The journal was a good bargain. I am late getting around.
We went to one flea market in Paris but with visiting Versaille which took one day and The Louvre another day there was not enough time.
Have a great weekend.
Carol xx

Carola Bartz said...

What a gorgeous flag tag book - love it! I haven't been that much creative lately except with my camera. And the last WOYWW I joined is ages ago. Perhaps I should come back?

sandra de said...

Wow, that is a fabulous ATC tag book , what a great idea. But the best is of course the tin "Random Crap" from your previous post. they know exactly what you love. Please put me in for the blog candy. My quote
"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea" R. Heinlein.
Sandra de

Roudi said...

Love love your tag book Jo! So pretty with all ATCs neatly tucked in!
I've seen the one you sent Annie and the one she's made. Perfection! You guys are so talented. xx

Roudi (not participating this week. Lots going on here in Egypt)