Tuesday, 6 May 2014


A couple of things from last week's WOYWW

- sorry for misleading some of you last week. I didn't think about it until I started reading comments - the glamorous, dreadlocked lady wasn't me but Anne Lamott, whose great quote I'd put above the pic. Me? I'm more a cross between Judy Dench (hair) and Princess Fiona, for the rest of me (but not quite as green!) 

I had to laugh - the new liberated me decided to take a selfie to show you, but my arms are too short!! All I could get was a view up my nose, undergirded by many more double chins than I'm sure I've got. How do people manage to get decent ones? Anyway, I'll wait til I'm feeling brave again, and someone sympathetic(like DD2) is around, to take one for me.

 - a few people asked what courgettes are, that I grow in the veg beds. You might be more familiar with their Italian name, zucchini.

A quiet week on the crafting front, because this weekend was a long Bank Holiday one, and Monday was DH's birthday. I had foolishly hoped to get all the crafting stuff from the loft with DD2, and put it all away neatly by now - HAHAHA!!! We stopped after retrieving most of the card making stash, which is almost tidied. 

I just managed to find enough wherewithal to knock up a hasty card for DH. The combination of not having everything to hand, and a distinct lack of confidence (no card making for over a year now!) meant I'm not overjoyed with the result, but he was happy, so that's good.

The PC printer isn't working yet, so I had to resort to handwriting the inside. I searched for a suitable but not slushy message, and was happy with this one I found on Pinterest.

I've almost finished the little waistcoat (just the border and buttons to attach) so will put that here, next week. 

Any crafting this week will hopefully happen in the garden. I'm currently waging a one-woman war against the entire slug & snail population of the UK, which have migrated to my garden.

Pop over to Auntie Julia, to see what else is happening in Blogland today, won't you?

Love for now, Chris xx


  1. Now that is a lovely quote. A Judy/Fiona combo is a lovely combination. Looking forward to the selfie.
    Sandra @41

  2. Hey Chris, looking forward to the selfie, cute card..like the quote. Cx #72

  3. I laughed at the story of you trying to take a selfie! I've never managed to get a decent one of myself either,,,all chins and nostrils ;-) And I adore Princess Fiona, Shrek is one of my all time favourite movies ever!
    It doesn't matter if your card isn't perfect (I thought it was btw) the sentiment said it all. The recipients just like something made specially for them with love.
    And I suggest a flame thrower for the invading beasts in the garden, then you can have BBQ'd Escargots for tea. Double whammy or what??
    Hugs, LLJ 2 xx

  4. I did a selfie once, Chris, using the delayed timer thingie on the camera - rushing in and hoping I was in shot! Much easier to get someone else to do it for you!

    Love your card. I can't see anything wrong with that and I am sure he was delighted!

    Thanks for your visit and your lovely comment. I got the tip of using the scrap paper from Jennibellie (Google her - she's amazing! I subscribe to her Youtube channel and blog). It's amazing how much ink and paint one wastes in the water pot. Distress Inks on the craft sheet get spritzed with water and smooshed up with card to make nice backgrounds for future projects. No two ever the same!

    I'm hoping the housewarming card and pressie will go down OK!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #24

  5. I like your DH's card. And as for snails, I must have their 'across the pond' cousins residing in my yard! I would love to swap WOYWW ATCs with you! Send me your email addy and I'll send my 'snail' mail address to you. Have a wonderful day in the garden! Thanks for the earlier visit! Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #8

  6. LOL I haven't figured out that selfie thing either!, and always wonder how everyone else eliminates the over large nostrils and multiple chins.

    I think the hand written sentiment is really more personal able, and often choose to do it that way.
    Thanks for the visit this week
    Krisha #18

  7. Now you are a creative soul, I think you should make yourself some dreadlocks before you get the photo taken! Thank you for your visit. Karen #22

  8. Gorgeous card and lovely quote. I had to laugh at the selfie issues as I have had many dreadful selfies over the past few months as well which will never see the light of day! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#43)

  9. I think the card is fantastic..and masculine but sweet ;)
    Be well Carole #59

  10. Card is lovely - don't talk yourself down !
    At least some of those pesky slugs are here with me, believe me !
    Thanks for visiting ! Ali #19

  11. Hi Christine. Well done you for making the card after all that time.
    Thanks for visiting. What a "God incident" when I emailed Gaynor. Her immediate response was to help and not to leave me in my misery. Now all I have to do is achieve what she showed me....
    Have a great week. God bless,
    Margaret #29

  12. Hi Chris
    well that post made me laugh, a selfie .... me neither. and I think the card is just fine much more personal to hand write the sentiment anyway ... I always do.
    have fun with the BBQ ed slugs and snails (LLJ comment)
    happy Wednesday
    janet #31

  13. Very fun card and sentiment.

    Hugs diane

  14. That's a cool card with very interesting detailing. I especially like that you did some actuarial scrabbling with the tiles. Blessings!

  15. Hi Chris, thanks for visiting me. I think it's really dificult to take a photo of yourself.
    I do have one tip, hold the camera a little higher and look up at it.
    Love the card and I am sure any male would love it too.
    Gardening!!! The grass has been growing like mad and the slugs, well! and massive big caterpillars. Been digging up a patch to put he rest of my strawberry suckers in and disturbed the wildlife.
    Look forward to your selfie, Angela x 46

  16. Love the card and sentiment.
    SELFIES...NO NEVER!!I loathe having my pic taken.I always look like an Axe Murderer!!And that's definitely not a pretty site!
    Judy #36

  17. Your hand writing is just wonderful and I'm sure he loved the card
    hugs Nikki 12
    thanks for the visit :)

  18. I hate taking selfies.... Seems my arm is in the way. LOL! Your card is cute! Thanks for popping by and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #66

  19. I stopped by earlier, but my computer crashed. That's actually a gorgeous card, and the sentiment was heartfelt. And I'm too short to get a good selfie. Tried it once, never again (grin). Thanks for your visit and happy WOYWW from #5.

  20. G'day Chris
    thanks for dropping by my blog for WOYWW. Oh I hate taking selfies or being in photos in general too LOL. Happy birthday to the hubby and I bet he loved the card...lovely sentiment you wrote on it too. The little quilt and cuddly you made in a post below is adorable as is the sweet child!
    Annette In Oz #39

  21. Thanks for stopping by!! What a great post, glad DH liked his card, I do too. Helen 13

  22. Chris, I love the card.

    Happy WOYWW.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sue 44

  23. Yikes, reading this has reminded me I have a birthday to do for TOMORROW oh no! Thanks for stopping by my desk and thanks for the reminder!!!!! BJ#48

  24. Hello Chris. I haven't joined in this week but just popping by a few desks. I've tried selfies but always look too dreadful. My son did one of him and me at weekend which was not too bad. The tables in the link you gave me would have been perfect- just can't get the right size :-( Anne x

  25. It was fun to pop over and see what you are up to. I like your sense of humor and your card is great!

  26. ah ha mystery solved. :) ( the Zucchini that is ) Love the verse your wrote inside this card and all the scrabble letters too. Stacy #93

  27. Hi Chris,

    Your husband's card looks great! I like the sentiment too - very well done. Your handwriting is great too!

    Oh, how I love zucchini. We make a dish here called calabacitas. It's steamed zucchini, squash and corn. I also add green chili but you may not be able to find that.

    Thanks for visiting me already.

    Happy belated WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (17)

  28. Oh, and I wanted to say that yes, the baby blanket took forever! Especially since I had finished it - didn't like the dimensions (bad math) and ripped the entire thing out and started over! So happy it's done. Now I'm knitting a lap blanket for her sister as I've knitted two baby blankets for the one and nothing for the other. No fancy stitch and bigger needles. Hoping it will go quickly!


  29. Very nice card, and your writing is beautiful. Our printer is out at the moment, too, and it's getting a little tiresome . . .

    But here's the question--will you give yourself dreadlocks before you take the selfie??? (I thought it was you, too, for a moment, but it dawned on me as I continued to read . . .)

    Thank you for the visit, and happy woyww!
    #76 at the moment
    with a Mother's Day pop-up card

  30. Happy belated birthday! I'm sure Anne Lamott would adore being called elegant -- you'd make her day. It is very challenging getting selfies that one is pleased with. One key is to hold the phone/camera so it's facing slightly down on your face instead of from below (the cause of the dreaded multiple chins). I love the card you're working on for your husband. The vintage travel/map paper is cool, as are the Scrabble tiles. Happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting. ~ Laura #60

  31. Chris, Thanks for visiting me earlier, that card for your other half looks great and I like the scrabble letters and the verse.
    Printers are a pain aren't they, I am trouble with mine too.
    Chris #32

  32. Great card. Selfies are an art form in themselves, they are the only photos of me I like because I can take millions and delete the bad ones (most of them)

  33. The card was great. Apparently the best way to get a good selfie is to lift your chin and a duck face (that's what my niece does!). Look forward to seeing the real Judi/Fiona sounds adorable
    Famfa 63

  34. Don't you love old scrabble tiles? They are fantastic.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, too.
    Cathy #68

  35. Wonderful sentiment! And nice handwriting, too. Looking forward to seeing the waistcoat. Thanks for visiting my blog (twice). Charmaine # 94

  36. I'm not sure its the length of the arms that make selfies so bad... but very glad it isn't just me that is not happy with the result! LOL Lovely card for your DH... which reminds me... better get on and make one my DH too! Annette #9

  37. LOL you did make me laugh im sure your selfie wasn't that bad!.....great card love the letter tiles . as for the slugs and snails I can relate to that my hostas are destroyed already and they are not that far out of the ground yet ! ...I "collected"27 the other morning ( did look odd in my dressing gown rummaging through the plants at 5 in the morning what did teh neighbours think!.. I had hoped to beat them this year no luck ! ... hope you are more successful than me. .belated woywww wishes and have fab week Andrea #26

  38. Darn slugs! I hate them! Love the letter tiles. #30

  39. Your card is so cool. And love your handwriting. Brigita #79

  40. Love the card but as for a selfie - I give up, look like a balloon head when I try one.
    Thank you for visiting me - sorry I am so late. Hugs, Neet 25 x

  41. hi thanks for the revist and the suggestion re slugs if you come across it that would be fab ,I will try googling to see if it comes up with anything .have a good weekend many thanks agaoin
    andrea x

  42. Hi Chris! I've come by to check in on you and catch up with you! Happy Belated Birthdays to both you and DH! I hope you are having good weather to wage your war on the evils in the garden, or if the weather is not good, the I hope you are happily organizing and crafting!! Hugs, Darnell

  43. Gosh I am so sorry for being late this week everything has got in my way and I had so many projects to finish off that were well over due, I'm still not caught up either but had to do some checking on the blog and make sure I hadn't missed commenting on returns.

    Love hubbies card as for the photo of you, selfies are hard we always criticize ourselves so much. I think we all need to let go and just be who we are. Belated birthday greeting too.

    Thanks for visiting.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 50

  44. I'm not apologising for being late, because we all know what life is like! Thank you for visiting me, though, it was much appreciated. And creating the colour chart wasn't actually tedious at all.

    However what I really want to say is that your handwriting is amazing and I wish mine was that lovely. Why would you ever use a printer?

    Cheers, Rachel.

  45. Thanks for your sweet welcome back to the world of WOYWW Chris! And happy belated birthday!

    Your card for your husband is lovely...and I might just have to borrow that phrase inside too!

    Amy E #80

  46. I'm late, almost time for the next woyww! Love the card for DH and agree with the others, your writing is beautiful and much better than a computer. Good luck getting back into the knitting, it's a bit like riding a bike once you get going again. And socks are really easy, they just look intimidating!


  47. Sorry I am so late visiting not sure where the week had gone so having a quick fly round the desks before we start again, thanks for sharing - Nicky 11