Wednesday, 28 July 2021


 My these Wednesdays seem to come round quickly:)  It’s another What’s On your Workdesk Wednesday and once again I am not showing you a workdesk of any description.  Most of Monday was spent on my laptop where I was digitally creating for two challenges at Gecko Galz.  Check here and here for the details,  but here are the images and yes!  She has an IPhone in her hand!:

Yesterday we went to Matlock, the weather was iffy and we checked the grand daughters had their raincoats.  It suddenly decided to pour down and we headed back to the car.  I was going as fast as my scooter would allow, I hadn’t got a raincoat and I was covering the tiller with my shawl as the tiller is not supposed to get wet!  Half way back my 10 years old granddaughter took off her rain coat and put the hood over my head.  Despite my protests she was determined and said she had had protection half the way and I could have it the other half!  She is such a little Angel - albeit a clumsy one at times.  She knocked her head on the open window and I was holding ice lollies on the area to reduce the swelling.  Thankfully she missed her eye!  

We have been looking in charity shops when we are out.  Kathryn has two more teddy bears to take home and Jessica has several books on watercolours (flowers). I bought another copy of Diary of an Edwardian Lady, my fourth, -they are like a magnet to me.  I also bought The Fodmap diet book, my sister thinks it has cured her tummy problems and I seem to have tummy issues all the time at the moment, so I thought I would read it.

This is my latest one:

I am linking up as usual, to Julia's Stamping Ground where I shall be making my way round all the available desks to see what everybody else has been up to.

Monday, 26 July 2021

Sea of Dreams Gecko Galz

The theme for the  Gecko Galz July Challenge  is "Sea of Dreams".  Gecko Galz have some fabulous images and often give away images to use in their challenges.  Their Etsy shop is full of image sheets at very reasonable prices.  They often have more than one challenge each month so plenty of opportunity to get involved.

This lovely lady was a free image and Gecko Galz gave away several similar ones recently.  I knew exactly the type of image I wanted to create.  This one took a fair amount of time to get it right.  I gave her a shell decoration for her hair, added some rays of sunshine through the water.  I don't think she ended up as quite as I had imagined, but I can always have another go!

Gecko Galz Monthly Image Challenge

 The Gecko Galz are giving away a fabulous image for their monthly challenge and I have been having some fun with it.  As soon as I saw the image I knew what I wanted to do with it!  I found a free clip art of an IPhone, added it to the image with Photoshop Elements, I "aged" it to fit in with the image.  I used two parts Gecko Galz ATC background, Bohemian Rhapsody to decorate and the final background is from PSE.  I took ages over the words to add, both girls are on holiday and having connection problems!

This one is an ATC

                                           This one is 6 x 6

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

WOYWW 633 + new books to read

 A warm welcome to Crafting With Jack on a warm What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday in July.  Restrictions have been relaxed in England, but I was pleased to see in both places we visited today, that hand sanitation and masks were still required.    The first place was a cheapish bookshop that we visited two years ago when we were in this area (also with our grand daughters), the second place was a farm with icecream!  

My husband and I are reading through Edward Marston series.  We first discovered his "Railway Detective" series which we love, we need one more book to complete the medieval series which the book shop didn't have.  We have just started the Captain Rawson series and we got four of those and one of the Home Front series.   

I admit to having 700 odd books on my Kindle which I am trying to get through - most of them were free!  I have just finished one by Louisa Brooke which I particularly enjoyed and I have paid for the next one.  I gave it 5 stars the top mark in the system Amazon use.    The book I have just finished was good and deserved 5 stars, but I would give Georgette Heyer and Harry Potter books 10 stars :)

You may be wondering why I haven't even mentioned my desk yet, well we have the grand daughters with us in the caravan and the only crafting has been done by them.


Fabulous aren't they!  Posting this at Julia's Stamping Ground and going off to visit all the other delightful deskers!

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

WOYWW 632- Dolly's the Star

 Welcome to another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, having only got back home Monday, yesterday was spent getting washing done.  Since I have been working on my crocheting this past week, I give you not a desk, but Dolly on the continuing blanket.

As you can see the ball of wool doesn't look much smaller, but I assure you it is.

The last picture was taken at a different time which is the reason for the colour differences. 

I had some post to come home to including two identical magazines ordered from the same place 2 weeks apart!  I returned the second one,  I actually got one copy at half price with a voucher, so even with the return postage, it's not too bad.  This is the third time I have managed to buy the same magazine twice!  Oh well!

I am linking up as usual to Julia's Stamping Ground.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021



Welcome to Crafting With Jack and What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  On my desk today I have a blanket/rug I am crocheting, now it started off being for Dolly and it has reached the required size, but I have all that wool left and I am wondering whether to carry on till the wool has run out or not.  I am guessing I could double the size.  So far it is mostly double crochet with a row of treble crochet along each length.  Originally I did 3 rows of treble crochet, but it got out of shape, so I undid two and went back to double crochet.  The new hook is marvellous and my hands have been coping well, unfortunately my shoulder continues to play up!

These are my lovely goodies from Sylvia, posting them for the second time because I put the wrong name down last week and also because the ATC coin is so lovely it is worth seeing twice!

Nothing much has got done in the crafting department because we are staying at my husband's sister's place.  My husband has been hedge cutting, fixing cracked patio and replacing rotten wood in fence panels.  I never know what is happening next so I am reluctant to get crafting stuff out, so I have been crocheting and reading.

Joining in with my fellow deskers at Julia's Stamping Ground.

Just spotted this on the Web - Oh Deer Dear!:

I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local city council office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'

Wednesday, 30 June 2021



A warm welcome to all my fellow deskers, followers and visitors.  It's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and we all link up at Julia's Stamping Ground before going on to peruse the other desks! 

 If you have been following me lately I have been joining in with Leigh's Bubbly Depths Blog Hop and this is my last entry.  I drew and coloured the above fish, placed him on a blue watercolour background from a 12 x 12 pad, and then went to work in PSE.  This filter is "colourize" and like so many of the filters and effects, sometimes they work well and sometimes they don't.  I loved this change.  I have called him Vintage Leopard fish!  A few of the other ones I altered including the original are below.

I have no desk today as we moved from the site on Monday and are now visiting my husbands parents.  I am glad to say we had no third swarm of bees!  I did buy some honey from the beekeepers next door to the site.

Oh dear, I have just noticed that I have the wrong name above Sylvia’s beautiful ATC coin and extras.  It says Caro when it should say Sylvia.  Please forgive me Sylvia.

My daughter visited last weekend and brought my post and I had a lovely time opening my WOYWW ATC Swaps and also my Tribute to Shaz from Debbie.  A big thank you to all of you.

Leigh's Bubbly Depths Blog Hop ends today, but I have found another vintage fish I want to draw!

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Vintage Fish 2 Bubbly Depths Hop


More from my vintage fish, this time, with the help from the Colorizer in PSE, I have leopard fish on a vintage background I also made in PSE.  This is my penultimate entry for Leigh's Bubbly Depths Blog Hop.

Vintage Fish BW Bubbly Depths Blog Hop

First of all I drew a fish from a vintage book onto a page from a book!

Then I coloured it in, not sure if I liked it or not, so I took a photograph and played with it in PSE.  This is my black and white version.  I am going to be printing this out a lot I think for collage.

He is my 16th entry for Leigh's Bubbly Depths Blog Hop.


Merpuppies Bubbly Depths blog hop

 I had quite forgotten about these Merpuppies, I drew them in 2018.  The background was acrylic paint on an index card.  I think they were digitally coloured. This is my entry for Leigh's Bubbly Depths Blog Hop.

Monday, 28 June 2021

Octopus Bubbly Depths Blog Hop


A slightly macabre Octopus for Leigh’s  Bubbly Depths Blog Hop. Another picture coming back for the second time.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Jellyfish Scene Bubbly Depths Blog Hop

 This is my jellyfish scene, another one I completed a while ago and is my entry for Leigh’s Bubbly Depths Blog Hop.   It seems ages since I worked in my journals.  The last couple of days I have been doing some collage, so hope to have some finished to show you soon.

Saturday, 26 June 2021


My seahorses scene was painted quite a few months ago, but I am pleased to show it again to support Leigh’s Bubbly Depths hop.