Wednesday 18 July 2012


This may be my last WOYWW post before my hols, depends on how organised I am next week.  We are off to sunny Somerset next Thursday with StepD and Grandchildren and the weather forecast this morning was for a shift in the Gulf Stream which may bring warmer, drier weather on Tuesday.  I hope they are right as the prospect of a rainy holiday with three children is not ideal.  Eee lass, in my day we were out in all weathers with a plastic mac and a pair of wellies.  My favourite game was 'How deep is that puddle' which involved standing in as deep a puddle as you could find and hoping it didn't wash over the top of your wellies - such fun, and didn't cost a penny.

Also fun is the weekly tour round desks organised by Julia of The Stamping Ground each Wednesday, and as today is Wednesday, here is my desk.

Working on journal pages for the monthly swap I'm in so on my desk are spray inks, Archival ink pad, pens, stamps, hard stencils and the finished pages.  The theme is 'things you like' so this month I picked 'literature.  I sprayed watercolour paper with walnut inks in blue and brown, added lots of water and sprayed through a stencil - not one of the new ones but a set I bought for work a long time ago.

Here's a closer look at the pages,

and at my hands when I had finished.

Anyone know how to get walnut ink off hands?
(Note to self 'Wear gloves when doing mucky jobs')

Forgot to say the cardboard box contains a little present to myself to take on my hols.  I was inspired by the 'dumfling' sisters (Twiglet and Wipso) to try my hand at felting so I bought a starter kit. May not show you my attempts at this craft - depends on how carp they are, but at least I will have fun.

Happy WOYWW  

Just seen that my text now has a white background, how did that happen?  Will try to fix it later.


Annie said...

Ooer another dumfer? Shout if you need help.
A x #76

Helen said...

Gorgeous art, lovely mucky fingers. you need Ranger's craft scrubby and liquid soap. works a treat. have a great holiday. Helen 22.

chrissie said...

A really busy crafting space Ann. Have a great holiday and it does say that the weather is going to better for next week:) Summer is coming.

My fingers always seem to look like that these days--I think it is some strange disease :(

Love Chrissie xx

Redanne said...

Hi Ann, Helen is spot on (above) you just need a Ranger scrubbie - they are brilliant. I quite like the white on the wording, made it easier for these old eyes to read - lol. I do hope the weather picks up and that you have a wonderful holiday, at least you will have your felting if the weather is not great. Thanks for stopping by earlier. Anne x #9

donnalouiserodgers said...

Leandra Frainch suggested washing your hair - it is true the shampoo and conditioner and the roughness of the hair do an amazing job - hair comes out an interesting shade too - not very good grey coverage though...

have a lovely hols see you when you get back,

dxxx thanks for coming my way earlier

Twiglet said...

Love those blue/brown creations - lol the artwork not the hands!!!! Have fun with the dumfing and please do show what you do. x Jo

Anonymous said...

LOL! Inky mess. And you are braver than me to try dumfing! I love the end result but just know any attempt by me will end up looking like a hair ball! Looking forward to seeing your results.


MA (1)

Inkypinkycraft said...

Love the piece. The colours and images are fab...for the ink do you have a craft scrubbie...they are great for getting inky stuffoff! Trace x 56

cockney blonde said...

Glad to see someone else can get the white text unintentionally, lol. As for the hands....wash your hair...somehow the shampoo and the rubbing motion on the scalp removes all sorts of stains. Goodness knows what your scalp will look like after, lol, x

Unknown said...

Hi Ann - thanks for popping in. I hope the weather does turn for your holidays. We all could do with a bit of sun right now. Lovely inky hands - your fab pages were worth it. WOYWW Hugs from Helen 18

Anonymous said...

Beautiful journal pages Ann, really love the colours and the theme too, I'm an avid reader, I'll never replace my books with one of those readers! Have fun in Somerset, I have close family who live there so always visit when I'm in England, lovely part of the country, hope it stays fine. Thankfully we woke up to thunder rumbling around and have had some rain today, could do with a week of it to be honest! Hope it stays dry for your holiday.

Brenda 8

Shoshi said...

Lol Ann, great minds think alike - I took a photo of my inky hand this week too!! It got a lot worse after I took the photo I'm afraid, and a day later, I still look as if I've committed Murder Most Horrid lol! Love your busy desk and all your gorgeous stamps. I've got a box of alphabet stamps and would love some hints on how to line them up properly in use, so that you get even text...

Hope you enjoy your hols down in our neck of the woods - we are in Devon, not a million miles from Somerset!

Thanks for your lovely comment. I did do a bit of the transferring onto another piece but then forgot when I got carried away! There are soooo many ways to use these gorgeous inks!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #3

jill said...

Mucky hands & fingers , i have the same problem when spraying ink , but it's all part of the fun in crafting i guess.
Fab pages Ann. happy crafting jill #52

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Oh, I hope you do show us the results of your felting! I didn't think about the sprays being messy. I just got some myself and as of yet haven't used them (just got 'em last night). I'm not a fan of getting my hands messy or wet. I suspect I was a cat in a past life. I say just say inky and if anyone comments act shocked, "Where did THAT come from?!" Your journal pages are very cool! Thanks for sharing them.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

The welly game sounds good!! My family used to have all manner of ruses/tricks like that as well, usually when we had a steep climb back from the beach to the car park with lots of stuff to carry!!
HUgs, LLJ #70 xx

kay said...

have a super time and the welly game sounds fun,have fun with the felting
kay #65

Mary Jo said...

Fun pages!
Enjoy your holiday!! :)
Hope it stays dry!
Mary Jo #119

SandeeNC said...

Dumfers are showing up everywhere! Can't wait to see how you do with it! You will have to show us! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :) #50

Neesie said...

Your pages look fantastic but not sure about the hands!
I always forget to put gloves on.
I hope the weather picks up for you but you sound like you might have lots of fun up your sleeve even if there are puddles!
Thanks for visiting me earlier.
Enjoy yourself no matter what the weather has in store ~ Neesie #13

Di said...

Have a super holiday and enjoy the dumfing - at least your paws should stay clean :)

Belated Happy WOYWW. Di xx #10

Sandy said...

Have fun with the dumfling it looks like a lot of fun to me. I have so many crafts on the go at the moment I can not think of starting another one. Maybe when I finish crocheting that rug.... I saw this lady used a coconut hand scrub Hmmm think you can make it yourself if I find the recipe I will send it over.
Sandy :) #57

sandra de said...

Have a lovely holiday. I believe the ink stains add character!
Sandra @31

Cath Wilson said...

Love your pages, Ann - similar theme to the one I did last month, too, but yours are better :-)

JoZart Designs said...

Your pages are lovely Ann but I think you will soon take over from me for the muckiest mitts! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family. We really enjoyed our time despite the weather and luckily they brought the little'un's full wet weather wear so it was me who spent an hour playing in pouring rain with her one day! It curtailed lots of the treats we should have done.
I miss them so much now they've returned to Germany... hey ho!
Love Jo x
love you swinging doll too.