Wednesday 30 January 2013


January is almost over, roll on the spring, daffodils, crocus (or crocii if we are being pedantic), gentle warming sunshine and bright blue skies.  I live in hope anyway, and in the meantime, and in the rain, I can craft away at my desk.  Here it is when the light wasn't too bad Tuesday afternoon.

Worked on my art journal yesterday and made my own 'rainbow' (see previous post for a closer look) so that's on there, as is the pile of fat quarters I bought on Monday ready to start on the quilt I'm about to make (my first ever) for the charity JoZart blogged about on her LillyBo blog.  I'm dithering a bot about what to do - if you think steeling yourself up ready for cutting into a pretty piece of paper is hard how do you think I feel about getting the scissors going on this pile?  There is some more fabric on the chair, including a very, very pretty piece.  I'm not sharing with you yet - want to keep the surprise until I finish the quilt, if I ever get it started.

Also in sight, two new stencils and a couple of sheets of Graphic 45 paper (you have to take my word for that as the sun (???) is glaring of a plastic bag so you can't see it.  What you can see is the beautiful paper bag the shop put the paper in, that's it at the top left under my paint storage box, all leaves and autumnal colours - saving that.

That's all for this week but if you want to have a look at my finished iPad case that featured on earlier desks then pop over to this post.

Then pop over to Julia's place to join in the fun, it's Wednesday so make yourself a drink, pull up a chair and get snooping.


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Ann well Lilly Bo is making her appearance all over the place.. lovely work!!! or going to be - great colours - blue and red.. very versatile.. happy sewing and yes so know what you mean about beginning that is the hard part.. happy WOYWW thanks for sharing.. Shaz in Oz.x #No number, Julia's not published yet!!

Bubbles said...

When it comes to the cutting, just take a deep breath and go for it - you obviously have a lot of talent, so it'll be fine :)
Have a great WOYWW!
Bubbles #27

Almo said...

Hi Ann,Great journal page, lovely bright colours and I love that number stencil. Did I here you mention Sun, I have forgotton what it looks like. Cant wait to see the finished quilt - happy sewing. Hugs Mo x

Queenie Jeannie said...

Gorgeous fabrics!!!!! Yummy! I've never made a quilt before - I think I'd be too intimidated, lol! Good luck!

Happy Crafting!
Jeannie #12

Helen said...

Your journal page is fabulous!! Good luck with the quilt, such a good cause. If only I could sew..! Helen, 9

cockney blonde said...

Very interesting workspace this week Ann. Can't wait to see the quilt, x

crafty....du said...

Love your desk and your journal looks very colourful :) Thanks for sharing

Kerry @ 1

JoZart Designs said...

Super that you are in on making the little quilts ann and maybe it will lead to doing bigger ones for home too! I went to the shop in Lady Heyes and got some fab pieces. It's a super place and lovely ladies too. All your fault, tee hee! as I already have a stash of fabric but I loved going there.
hope to see you Saturday,
Jo x

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow, you're right about the paper bag, boy it's gorgeous! Love the colours you've chosen for your quilt project; I for one totally get your scissor reluctance, it's really quite scarey isn't it! No doubt you'll do a fab job, look forward to seeing it!

Alison Scott said...

Your journal is really looking great. Looking forward to seeing the quilt in time.
Lilybo quilts are a great idea.
Alison #72

Lucy said...

Sun? What is this 'sun' of which you speak?! It's great that you're doing a Lilybo quilt. I want to, but i've never made a quilt before so am in the process of learning so i can join in these kinds of projects in the future. Have a great week - Lucy #23 x

Kate said...

Lovely rainbow of colour on your journal page.

** Kate **

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh, look at all that gorgeous fabric...yum yum!! I think I've got over the fear of the First Cut, though suffered badly when I first started! Just go for it, the children will be delighted and won't even comment about wobbly stitching etc etc. if you want some bag patterns, try It's a great site full of different sewing patterns, all free!
Hugs, LLJ 36 xxxx

Roudi said...

I love love your rainbow journal pages! What a great way to your your Neocolor sticks!
Have a great day Ann. ♥

Happy WOYWW from Egypt. xx
Roudi # 94

ria gall said...

I get what yours saying sissors and paper against sissors and fabric different altogether. Good luck with your project
Ria #44

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous journal pages, and such a creative looking desk. Of COURSE I had to pop to see the iPad case, as I make them myself. I tend to you elastic for the corners and soft fabric with stiff interfacing but like the look of this one. Off to find out more.


MA (3)

Minxy said...

Looks like you have plenty on your desk to keep you busy for several weeks, loving that journal page x
Happy Desk Hopping Day
Hugz Minxy #59

Anonymous said...

Oh and no not Masks :)


Anonymous said...

That fabric will make such a pretty quilt Ann, love the paper wrapping too and one of those stencils looks like braille, or maybe really old fashioned computer code!!

Brenda 91

Annie said...

Gorgeous fabrics Ann....just get those scissors going and shout if you need help :-)
I'm rather late in getting round today but have had to wait til my twinnie grandees went home first...they arrived yesterday morning and had their first sleep over without Mum and Dad last night....just magic :-)
A x #62

toni said...

Great worktable with lots of lovely goodies! Love those stencils and the way you've used them in your journal. I'm off to look at your ipad case x

Twiglet said...

Oh I am glad it's not just me that dithers!! I am so indecisive - Annie laughs at me. Ha- well eventually I managed to make my mind up and I have finished my first Lillybo quilt. Once I get going there is no stopping me. lol Love the look of your fabrics. Go for it girl!! x Jo

lisa said...

I'm living in hope with you that Spring will soon be here and be glorious, Ann. It's got to be better than all this wind and rain anyway.
You have some lovely looking things on your desk. I am dithering about my quilt too, not too sure where to start to be honest!!! We'll dither together shall we.
Hugs Lisax #63

sandra de said...

I too have a little stash of Graphic 45 papers that I keep and if the bag is pretty you should keep it as well. AJ page looks wonderful.
Sandra @76