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.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021


 It's time for another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Nothing much as it happens,  Monday I decided to make washi tape hearts, which suddenly flipped a quarter turn and became fish!  Most peculiar, but I like them!

I even did a digital one using PSE to change the colours, cut out the fish and add little fins.

Despite the absence of a desk I am linking up at Julia's Stamping Ground.  I have been joining in with Leigh's Bubbly Depths Hop making lot's of fishy creations.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Bubbly Depths Blog Hop

This was an ICAD from a couple of years ago, I did several with acrylic paint that reminded me of the sea, then last year I made a sea scene using Leigh's fish digital stamp and some shell pictures.  Fitting in well with Leigh's Bubbly Depths Hop.

Monday, 21 June 2021

ICAD and Bubbly Depths Blog Hop


I decided on making hearts today with washi tape, before I knew it, they had turned on their side and become fish!  Making them very suitable for Leigh's Bubbly Depth Blog Hop.