Wednesday 14 May 2014

WOYWW 258 / Cardarian & Doone Visit

My desk was clear with plenty of space but it's amazing that we didn't do much crafting on it, just cut a few dies and talked and laughed over the long weekend that Cardarian (Dolores) and her DBF stayed with us. We had such fun and enjoyed a great get together here in Liverpool.
To share lots more far more interesting desks than mine zip over to Julia's abode...the Stamping Ground
It was wonderful to also be joined by Doone (Donna) who took the long drive over from Derby to share Dolores's birthday lunch. 
and we all enjoyed her wacky profiterole birthday cake, complete with the chandelier I bought from a Tiger Store in Germany. (It's a Danish company and they now have stores in UK. )
If you have one of their stores near you, be sure to pay a visit as you will be in for such a treat. 
They sell an amazing range of unusual goods at such cheap prices and lots of crafty items.
Dolores and I both received fantastic birthday gifts from Donna (mine in advance) and here's mine...I'm so thrilled to own it and to have a quilt made  especially for me. It is fascinating that Donna has veered towards fabric art, particularly to patchwork and quilting, just as I have.
We did a bit of shopping....and fought over who has which pair of these shoes in Schuhe, just like I did when I was a child!! 
We drove to the North of Liverpool to Crosby beach as Dolores dearly wanted to see "Another Place" by Anthony Gormley. A hundred male figures (modelled as usual on his own form) cast in iron.
Over the few years since they were installed they have eroded and are now so different, with amazing patinations, some with barnacles and some with human intervention. Last time I visited another stretch of the beach there was one in a bikini and one with a football scarf and hat.
They are spread far apart across a 2 mile stretch of beach so it can be quite a walk getting around a few.
As you can see Dolores really loved them....
The dome in the distance is a swimming pool.
This fellow was not set so low in the sand. 
The natural drift shifted the sand and it may well change again in the future.
Here you can see how far they are spaced, all looking out to sea and there in all weathers.
For more info on this amazing art installation check it out HERE and HERE
Lots more to come over the next few days as we enjoyed our time together out and about in Liverpool.


Annie said...

Oh how lovely to all get together like that....I can almost here the giggles shared :-)
Hope to have good news to share soon :-)
Annie x # 32

Paul B said...

Looks like you've had a packed, fun-filled time with your creative buddies :) And weren't you lucky with the weather on Crosby Beach. Beautiful blue skies. The quilt is gorgeous, what a lovely gift to receive. Hope you are now finding time to put your feet up :) Pxx

Twiglet said...

Fap post Jo - what a great time you had with those happy crafters.
Lovely Doone quilt and brilliant shoes - I fell off a pair like that in a Sheffield shoe shop in the seventies!! x Jo

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo Jo so very glad you had such a wonderful time with Delores and Donna to boot what great blessing and great pressie I adore that quilt she made.. not posting this week.. might make it for Annie's smiles on Friday. Need to focus on fewer things for week...trying to be wise :D Love Shaz in Oz.x

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Jo, happy WOYWW- your little group had a fab time and I love your quilt lucky you, cheers and have a great week RobynO#73

HeARTworks said...

Thanks for the tour! That quilt is really wonderful! Aren't you blessed! Can't imagine wearing those shoes :^0 Patsy from

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

What a lovely get together you all had. That candelabra is so cute and the quilt is just beautiful.

Fiona #41

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh, how lovely to see the Three Musketeers together again! Great shots of the beach and Gormley's amazing statues. I love his work, there's a beautiful one in the Crypt in Winchester Cathedral. It's so serene.
And I NEED that chandelier! Wonder where the nearest shop is to me. Of to investigate!!
Hugs, LLJ 22 xx

Unknown said...

Wow! You have some fabulous fun photos!! And the great fun you had, wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #77

stampingbowd said...

Wow What a terrific WOYWW post! Absolutely adore your tiny chandelier. The beach is really interesting with those statues! Happy WOYWW! #63

Redanne said...

I love the little chandelier too, what a great idea for birthday candles - the cake looks good too. Love the quilt you received and how lovely to spend a lovely weekend with friends. Hugs, Anne x

Helen said...

no wonder you didn't have much time for crafting! The cake and your quilt look fabulous. Helen 7

tilly said...

what a great time you have been having, a super quilt and love the birthday cake, a great day to go to the beach as well.......I would love to see you walk in those shoes lol

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Jo
no wonder you didn't get any crafting done.... you were all too busy having another type of fun.... the best friends type of fun :-)
the sculptures look amazing I haven't heard of them before.have a great week
are you going to the crop would you like to swap an ATC with me. I wont be there (DD3 wedding) but hope to send some to Julia to swap for me

Neet said...

You are all looking so good on those photos Jo. Love the cake and that quilt - well, what can I say?
Hugs, Neet xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

A fabulous time had by all methinks! Another Place is still on my ' to see' list! Cake and quilt both look fantastic! Hugs, Chrisx 79

Chrysalis said...

So many lovely things, and memories shared and made there! I love the chandelier, , the quilt, the beach walk, the fun and laughs - everything! So glad you had such a good time together. Have a lovely week, Chris # 23

cockney blonde said...

Looks like you had a fun weekend. Grandee went to see the iron men last week with school. Also great that you've met up with Doone again, x

Eliza said...

How wonderful that you can all get together and have some fun, I am so jellous of you all. I want to come and visit too boo hoo. Love those men on the beach. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

Eliza & Yoda 90

voodoo vixen said...

What fabby fun to have them both come to visit and the statues at the beach look wonderful... I have read of them before but never seen them in person. Maybe now I am coming home I will be able to do a trip to see them!

Nikki said...

That's a great idea a birthday Cookie creation love the candle holder and hot sexy black shoes or the blue ones in the back would look hot with jeans !!! But I'm pretty sure I'd twist an ankle eventually but look good doing so lol
Happy Late WOYWW hugs Nikki 6

Caro said...

It looks like you really had a wonderful time together, and what a lovely hand made birthday present. It is stunning! Thanks for sharing. Happy belated WOYWW. Caro x (#92)

Lynne said...

Love that candelabra, Jo!
And Gormely's figures - I love them. This reminds me of happier times when my sister Diana was alive and we took mum back home to Liverpool - only about 6 years ago I guess. We drove to Crosby beach and had a good look at the nearest figures. It was a lovely day, mum was doddery on her pins but much better mentally than she is now. Happy memories. Lxxx

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Those statues were on an episode of Coast recently and on Countryfile too. Fascinating! Sounds as though you had a great get together with friends, always a good thing to happen. Are you going to the Crop? xx Maggie #20

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm running late this week for both WOYWW and Friday Smiles. What a mess my life has been, so I'll just put that all on hold and say how delightful that you, Donna, and Dolores were so fortunate to spend quality time together.

That cake is beyond belief. And that chandelier holding the candles is the true topping on the cake (grin).

I've been in LOVE with Gormley ever since you first introduced him to me several years ago. and to live so close to so many of these statues is beyond belief. That is definitely on my "to see" list if I get to Europe.

Sorry I'm so late visiting. Happy belated WOYWW from #1.

donnalouiserodgers said...

it was soooo very good to spend time with you both and glad you love the quilt, just don' t look too close or you will find the mistakes!

i made a windmill bag - yippeee