Wednesday 7 November 2012


Here's my desk on a very damp and dank Tuesday afternoon before I gave up and went to sit in front of the fire and watch a video so it hasn't been touched since.

As you can see, it's a sewing day today.  My M-in-L has asked for an owl cushion for her Christmas present so I got out the fabric box yesterday and sorted out some in her colour scheme.  The pattern I downloaded is not big enough so I have quartered it and extended the pieces to make another one out of newspaper.  A local gift shop is selling these cushions for £18 each - seems a bit steep to me but then I remember when you could get four Black Jacks for a penny (old style) ha ha.

I have shoved my altered book/journal on the the right of the desk so that I can share the page I made last week - wish I had done a double spread now but hey ho, such is life.

The wooden boxes at the back (arrived yesterday) will be painted and decorated as Christmas presents and two will go to my nieces with the traditional chocolate coins.  Not sure what I'm doing with the other two yet but at just over £2 each they were a bargain.

We got our campervan back last week, the leak has been fixed (hope I'm not jinxing it by saying that - typing with my fingers crossed ) and it's dry.  The company kept it for almost two weeks waiting for it to rain so they could check the repair worked.  Went for drive on Monday to Dunham Massey (NT) for a picnic and a walk, kicking leaves in the brilliant sun - you just cannot beat it but I wished I'd remembered my camera.

Sorrel loved it but wasn't as keen on the fireworks over the weekend, hid in a corner for three nights and is tired today.  Here she is after her morning nap yesterday.

'Who woke me up?'

Have a good Wednesday and pop over to Julia's place for a bit/lot of super-cool desk surfing.


Helen said...

Love the journal page. I don't sew, so hope the cushion is fun! Helen 4

JoZart Designs said...

looks like you are being productive there and I look forward to seeing your owl cushion.
I also looks forward to seeing this year's boxes for your neices.
Sorrel lloks so cute in the pic... didn't get to see her on Saturday but it was good to see you.
Love Jo x

JoZart Designs said...

looks like you are being productive there and I look forward to seeing your owl cushion.
I also looks forward to seeing this year's boxes for your neices.
Sorrel lloks so cute in the pic... didn't get to see her on Saturday but it was good to see you.
Love Jo x

Minxy said...

Isn't Sorral adorable, have a fun sewing day, I do love an owl, don't forget to share it when it's done :)
Hugz Minxy #1

Annie said...

Love the pic of Sorrel...think fireworks are a nuisance too as our two were rather stressed out by them at the weekend too.
Oh and I used to prefer fruit salad sweets that were also 4 for 1d :-) [yes I too am that old!! :-) ]
A x #64

Unknown said...

Oh such a cute doggy and love the name Sorrel. I haven't tried the inks wearing the gloves yet but here's hoping.
Cheers, Elaine #6

Anonymous said...

Aww. Owl cushions and cute pooch in the same blog post. Too much adorable to take in when I am knackered from late night election coverage.

I agree, tho' - £18 ?? steep indeed. But then I think it's all the run up to christmas. My bag of lemons I buy every week to squeeze into my big mug of water up from £1 to £1.20 for the same weight! Highway robbery, I say.


MA (2)

MiniOwner said...

Oh yes I well remember the 4-a-penny black jacks! You reminded me of this scrapbook page I did
Can't wait to see the finished cushion. Happy Wednesday :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@95)

Unknown said...

Ann I will love to see the owl completed! I love owls....keep well!
Zeffy 109

Twiglet said...

Lovely pic of your dog - cute! Hope you show us the owl cushion when it's finished. x Jo #70

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you need a nice set of homemade socks to keep your toes toasty on these dark, wet days!! Nice to have some presents sorted and out of the way too. Sorrel looks so sweet,funny how she isn't scared by the cd though!

Brenda 3

Anonymous said...

Meant to say I love the journal page too, and agree, it would have made a fantastic double spread! Loved the pea and ham soup in the earlier post too!


lisa said...

You sound as though you have got your Christmas pressies all sorted Ann. I love the sound of your cushion. I hope you get to share it with us.
What a cutie Sorrel is. They hate fireworks though don't they. All done now!!
Hugs Lisax #71

pearshapedcrafting said...

Look forward to seeing your owl cushion! I have to make some cushions soon! Love Dunham Massey, we were tempted to go there too on Monday but went for a riverside walk instead! Love your little Sorrel! Chrisx

Bridget Larsen said...

Sorrell is the cutest. Sewing and journalling on one desk, very talented lady you are
lake tabourie

fairy thoughts said...

Ah four black jacks for £1 are they even called black jacks anymore (is it PC) I remember that too. Look forward to seeing the finished cushion, they take a long time so maybe £18 is a bargain, it is all relative isn't it
Have a great crafty week
janet #25
ps sorrel is looking sooo cute this week

Nicky said...

Look forward to seeing your owl pin cushion and Sorrel looks so cute - Stanley friend Millie came and stayed to convince him fireworks are nothing to worry about - so he only shook like jelly for about an hour - sorry I didnt come an visit last week - was 'ONE' if those weeks - have a great Wednesday Nicky - 129

SandeeNC said...

Sorrel is a cutie pie! Envious of the fireplace, it's cold and rainy here, would love to cuddle up in front of a crackling fire! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

sandra de said...

Sorrel is a lovely name for your doggie the expression on her face is so sweet. Looks like lots of woyww's are sewing this week.
Sandra @10

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Ann,

The journal page looks great! Can't wait to see the painted boxes too.

My little pooch doesn't like fireworks either. Bless their little hearts! Sorrel is such a regal little guy.

Thanks for visiting me already. It felt good to be back on WOYWW

Hugs, Kay #5

JoZart Designs said...

Just a quick note to let you know the Angel Swaps info is on my blog... Thanks for joining in and don't forget to name them for fun!
Love Jo x

Neet said...

Well Hi There Sorrel! She is so cute!
Wow Ann, you are getting on great with that new sewing machine - wish I was with mine. Never seem to have time to get it out - maybe I watch too much tv at the moment. Mojo gone awol!
Thanks for visiting me - have a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Neet x 43

JoZart Designs said...

Great that you are up for two angels! Thanks Ann!
Will get your addy from VS data no probs. don't forget one angel to me and will let you know who number 2 goes to when the draw is done. Don't forget the tags with your name and name the angels too! Gertie?
Lv Jo x

JoZart Designs said...

Hi Ann, did you say that you will swap two angels? I need to draw who you all send to so please can you let me know asap!
My host of angels is all ready to take flight!
love Jo x