Wednesday, 12 November 2014

WOYWW - A Happy Accident

Hi - I was not a little cross, when I knocked over the cup of tea dye on my desk (yes, I know it was my fault for not having shifted it earlier) but every cloud, and all that --- in mopping up, I opened an envelope labelled 'decoupage flowers' that I'd been given and not checked. Not flowers at all, but 10 cards with enough Christmas decoupage to make them, and an extra 6 - result!!

That boost was just enough to get the card making juices flowing again, so I then did one for a friend (ignore the strange shadows)

and for another, together with an owl brooch pressie.

Lightbulb moment - I could do similar over and over, using other stamps - butterflies, etc ...

Just read Julia's SIPIDI post on Monday, and will join in the fun at Fiona's, with this

On a slightly larger scale, the double quilt is progressing. I'm really enjoying this - all that hand sewing is very relaxing, and am happy, considering it's my first attempt at patchwork.

No, I'm not trying to breed these! The pale one is mine, and the other two were given to me (in the hope that I could salvage one) for DD2, who wants to learn to sew (hurray!)

In the event, both of them seem to work fine, so she will take one away when she has mastered threading it, etc., and I will keep the other (ssh! don't tell DH) for card making.

Finally, it may be wet and windy outside, but postie brought me a ray of sunshine this morning - I've been humming and ha-ing over this for days, and finally took the plunge - happy!

Well, I've waffled on enough - off over to Julia's to catch up with what all you little crafters have been up to. Don't know WOYWW? Just click the button on my side bar and pop over for a real treat!

Just a thought - do any of you UK lovelies know where I can get an adapter for my Cricut? It got thrown out during house upheavals. The website only says compatible for US electrical supply. Thanks xx

Hope you have a really good week. Hugs, Chris xx


  1. That was a good find, but a shame you had to spill something to find it :)
    And I love your new bag ... gorgeous!
    RosA # 1

  2. Can't help with your Cricut, sorry.... hope you track the adapter down. Glad you rescued your desk! Helen 3

  3. Some lovely projects this week on your desk. Your cards are great.
    Lynda B 10 X

  4. Hi Chris...Oh I love your 'every cloud' find...and the cards you've made from that and then some more. You're doing so well with the patchwork too and the bag is just gorgeous. Happy WOYWW RobynO#11

  5. Oh it's maddening to spill stuff, but gee, it turned out ok didn't it? Good work with the patchwork, great bag too.

  6. A girl can never have too many sewing just never know when one goes faulty and I really can't go a day without using mine.
    Love the patchwork...well done you.
    Annie x # 26

  7. It's an ill wind that blows nobody good, eh? Great find after the accident....
    Three machines huh? Well, if you've got it, flaunt it is my motto!! Lol. Great that DD2 has got the sewing bug too. And your patchwork is coming along a treat, hand sewing is very therapeutic, isn't it, but I really don't know if I'd have the patience to complete a project that big!
    Hugs, LLJ 32 xx

  8. that just goes to show doesn't it. What a great find after your spillage. The cards you've created are beautiful. I wonder what a collection of sewing machines are called lol .
    Love your patchwork, it's coming out a treat.
    Hugs Lisax #34

  9. Gorgeous cards and am a firm believer in every cloud has a silver lining! Three machines !!!! WOW Love love love the bag. Happy woyww. Anne x #37

  10. Lovely cards and your quilt is coming along nicely. I've found this for you, I don't know if it helps: Have a great week! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #33

  11. Great cards and the quit is looking great too. Happy WOYWW

  12. Love your cards and the little owl brooch is sooooo cute! The bag is gorgeous and I can see why you succumbed and went for it! Happy WOYWW, have a great week,
    Diana #44

  13. Lovely cards and being the results of a happy accidents makes it real fun. That quilt is going to be so nice!
    Thanks for visiting
    Gabriele 28

  14. Lots and lots going on in your blog post today, love your new Happy accident really was very happy for you. Love the quilt, something I havent tried yet so good luck with it. I believe that may have a replacement adaptor for cricut. Tracey @ 20

  15. There is always THAT silver lining if we look hard enough. The spill got you to open the envy.......and the rest is.....beautiful cards.....LOL

    Thanks for visiting my blog this week and leaving a nice comment
    Krisha #12

  16. Hey Chris, thanks for the visit earlier. Mexico was fab! Glad you liked my card. I love that Russian Doll card of yours and how sweet is that brooch, my CB would LOVE it, she is obsessed by Owls. Ha ha I had x3 machines at one time - my ancient reliable Singer (circa 1975), my actual Brother (who now lives with my Momma in the UK) and the one that my cats broke. Glad to hear that DD2 wants to learn to sew. Cool bag too. Cx #19

  17. I am a little obsessed with Russian dolls and it never even occurred to me to look for a Russian Doll stamp!!! Okay, now I'm on the hunt. Love that little stitched owl too. Thank you for today's inspiration Chrys - so glad I visited you!! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #57

  18. Gorgeous Russion doll card. Love the bag too. Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 39

  19. Big 'oooh's' for the quilt - looks like it'll be gorgeous
    And the bag, too, how bright and happy.
    Happy Wednesday

  20. Hi neighbor!
    I never put more in my cup than I want to clean up! Ha!
    I do love those happy accidents !
    robyn 6

  21. Oooh lots going on there - your quilt is looking fabulous! Thanks for visiting me. Sunshine Girl 27

  22. What a happy accident! Beautiful cards, I especially like the one with the Russian dolls, as you say the design would be great with all kinds of stamps. Have you checked out Amazon fro the Cricut adapter - I just typed "cricut adapter" in and loads of accessories came up, hopefully they'll have one? Happy WOYWW :o) Annie C #82

  23. You picked one of the most complicated quilt patterns out there for your first attempt, just so you know. We call it "Grandmother's Flower Garden" and it's an excellent candidate for handwork, so persevere. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments.

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #40

  24. YAY for happy accidents. Lovely cards I especially like the first one with the bird houses and the owl is so cute. Anita #55

  25. Definitely a happy accident, Chris. I love the Russian dolls card especially, but what a great collection you've made!

    Thanks for your lovely comment, and I'm glad you like the song, and my take on it. If you scroll down you'll find the actual WOYWW post, with some more pictures.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #41

  26. LOVE that bag - surprised you dithered :) It really is a blast of spring. Love the cards too but my word that quilt really is going to be stunning. I get you too, hand work can be restful and relaxing and so long as you don't mind taking the time to finish, it's fab. Funny but the webinar I was TRYING to take was for the SLOW STITCHING movement and it is just that take a step back, enjoy the process, attitude that appealed to me. Life rockets by so fast, my rush to get stuff done if the doing is where the enjoyment is? :)

    Happy (late again) WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (2)

  27. That spill accident truly had a happy ending. You made a delightful set of cards, and that satchel is lovely. Blessings!

  28. So much happening! Your cards are lovely, the sewing is very nice thing to teach to your daughter. My mom tried but I'm textile challenged. Thanks for popping over!
    Angie #53

  29. I am halfway wondering if you have like an electronic's store ( in the US we have "radio shack or best buy" ) and take in the cord you want to adapt and ask if they have something that will convert it for you? ( and its possible it would be cheaper than hunting down a name brand cricut piece because, it would be a universal to fit the plug. Does that make sense? your quilt looks fabulous!! :) thanks for the visit! ~Stacy #67

  30. Happy accident indeed! What a great find! Thanks for visiting! Lindart #63

  31. Gosh, that was a happy accident indeed! And you got your mojo back too!
    I love that little owl! So cute. Great that your DD is wanting to learn to sew.
    Your quilt is so lovely. I look every week to see your progress. I understand where you're coming from, hand stitching is very relaxing....
    Thanks for letting me look over your shoulder,
    Have a good week,
    Sorry I'm late but I take my time going through them all. (I enjoy reading all the blogs and look at the photos)

  32. Fabby cards. Glad the accident turned out ok.

    Can't help with the power supply, except to say I have some German fish tank accessories and all I had to do for them is use a two pin adapter, as we have three pins here.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #76

  33. Chris, so good to meet you and thanks for commenting on my post. Yes indeed I do want to become a regular contributor, rather than a happy lurker. Love accidental inspiration.
    Pat #83

  34. Fabulous cards and I love love that quilt!! It will look amazing when finished. Thanks for stopping by.

    Karon #54

  35. Your cards are lovely - they are going to be so appreciated! Love your quilt as well.

  36. Chris, you have been BUSY--super cards, what a nice surprise, and isn't it nice when the creativity starts flowing?

    Okay. The quilt. That's AMAZING. (I've made quilts, but no shapes beyond simple squares/triangles.)

    :)trisha (a little late)
    #63 this week with
    not much!

  37. A happy accident indeed! Lovely cards. The quilt is coming along beautifully. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. April #68

  38. Oh what a busy post! Hurray for happy accidents! I love the bag - I know what you mean about humming and hawing. I'm doing the same over a Frankenstein one at the moment! :P

    You are hand sewing that quilt? Wow - much kudos to you. That is going to be amazing when you finish.

    Thanks you for coming to see me already.

    Carmen x #45

  39. Happy Accidents indeed can be beneficial!
    Thanks for visiting.

    Joel McBride (aka, Barf Snoodlefart) #15

  40. Loving your happy accident and cards, especially the enjoy life one-bright and cheerful.

    I admire your hand sewing the quilt! That is certainly a lot of work, I am sure it will look marvellous when finished.

    Cannot help with the cricut adaptop I'm afraid as I only use manual machines (apart from my sewing machine-I have 2! A cheap one for cards and my decent one for actual sewing!).

    Thanks for visiting my desk already

  41. great looking desk and projects this week! Love the cards and the quilt! I was hoping if you were successful breeding them you would be offering up one as blog candy! I gave my old one to DD and really miss it even though I bought a new one! Thanks for coming and visiting my desk this week. I am so late getting around but it seems something always gets in my way of desk hopping! Have a great rest of the week. Vickie #43

  42. Chris, thought I had already posted, but can't find what I had put on your page, so will try again.
    Love the patchwork, lovely pastel colours, and isn't it strange how, if people know you sew, they give you sewing machines. Hope DD enjoys sewing and you can have fun together.
    Thanks for visiting my page, bless you
    Chris #8

  43. Thank you for visiting my desk, the owl brooch is so cute and your cards are very lovely. I have often thought about getting a second cheap machine to use for my scrapbooking and cardmaking - I won't use my sewing machine as it wasn't cheap and I would hate to ruin it by getting glue and paper fibres in the gubbins of the machine. The patchwork is beautiful, hope you will share it when it is finished.

    Best wishes, KraftyKaren #72

  44. Happy WOYWW! Thank you for dropping by! So much to see in your post today and I can't help but think I miss so much when I don't have time to go visiting! Lovely cards and wonderful bag and how nice to have a sewing machine just for card making!
    peggy aplSEEDS@9