Wednesday, 17 March 2021

WOYWW 615 - caution warning, stitched spiders ahead!

 Greetings, Desk Hoppers!  Welcome to What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  All the deets are here, provided by our Mistress of the Hop, Julia...  Just a quickie from me this week, so I hope you'll excuse the brevity of language throughout.

I'm back. A brief absence, but an absence nonetheless.  No real excuses, just time gets away from you.  Plus the next bout of Stitch Wars is on, and time is a premium when you need to be a-stitching... LOL

So what gives at Morti Mansions this week?

The desk is a mess.  A proper mess.  What you can see front and centre is a stack of cards we've received over the last 18-24 months, including New Home cards!  they've been left to pile up on the Welsh dresser (hutch for our American friends) downstairs until I've had enough.  At the very least they're up here to go through, decide if any require keeping (like from the olds) and which can be thrown.  And if there's anything to be salvaged from them to make gift tags or components for other cards.  Do like a good recycled card, me.

Speaking of which, I never posted the outcome of my last Rudolph day, so here you are...

and a second one

Inspiration from Pinterest.  The ornament stamps were by Stampin' Up!, and  I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white for the strings and doodle border.  The tall card was made using paper and components from various magazine freebies.  Again, inspo from Pinterest.  The next Rudolph Day is next Thursday...

I made these on 25 Feb, the day after my last blog hop, and I had a stark reminder of just how long I've been a crafter.  When I made the ornament card above, and heat embossed the ornaments in white, I managed to put my thumb through the lid of the EP pot.  Now, you could say it's French quality that caused it, LOL, but I've had two other pots go that way, brittle with age.  I've worked out, based on the fact that the pot is all in French, that I probably bought it back in 2004/5. The other two were bought for me by my mother when I was 15 and heat embossing had just become a "thing", back when it was de rigeur to use a toaster and judicious placement of fingers to avoid burning oneself.

Stitching-wise, I've been stitchin' up a storm.

Siren's Lament has moved on considerably...

As has Mr Moose.  He's looking adorable.  Won't be long before I'm done with brown and can do some other colours!

I've finally picked up the Peppermint Purple Stitch-A-Long, and am almost fully caught up with it.  I say almost - a new square was released today and I've yet to stitch that, but as of last night I was up to date with all the released elements at that point.

March Mayhem has not quite gone to plan.  I've managed three of my kits so far  The big spider needs to be fully finished off yet, with snipping out around the legs and a hanger attached.  A bit dismal, that we're halfway through the month and I've only managed three, but I tell myself it's three more than before and we still have two weeks left!  The first one I did, the lovely blue background for web and spider, has about 1300 stitches in it which is quite a bit, I can tell you!  The other two have about 700 and 500, for comparison. Considerably smaller.

What other news haveth I?  Well, the re-enactment season is somewhat upskittled but provided everyone plays ball and campsites can reopen on April 12th, we have a re-enactment social weekend where we can camp and see our friends, and spend some time ensuring kit is ready for the rest of the season, such as it may be.  Many events have been moved or cancelled - certainly those in April/May/June, but the July, August and September ones all seem to be going ahead at present.

Mr B has fixed the car - we needed a new fan for the heating and air con - t'was rather horrid driving along without it.  The windows kept misting up which meant we had the windows open and in January, was not fun!  The fan cost us a whole £330 new from Renault, but fitting was free as he did it himself.  I'm not sure what labour is at Renault, but at the garage 300 yards up the road its £50 an hour, and the whole fit from removing the old to replacing the new took about 5 hours.  Quite a saving...

The offending broken fan

Anyway, this is turning into a ramble, so I shall leave you with a lovely photo from a couple of weeks ago, sunset up on Carn Brea, 

and a "and finally" in honour of our lovely Shaz.


Lunch Lady Jan said...

Perfect for Shaz! Thank you for sharing that plus the gorgeous photo of Carn Brea, that’s why you moved in a nutshell eh? I feel the same with the pics taken on our beach. Your cross stitch projects are coming on brilliantly, love the purple patterns but my heart belongs to Mr Moose!!
Hugs LLJ 2 xxx

Lisa-Jane said...

Love that "and finally!" What a beautiful photo too - I had to look up Carn Brea assuming you had moved to Wales but there is a cross over in celtic-ness isn't there? Your finished pieces look great and always lovely to see the smiley moose developing. Stay safe and keep smiling, Lisa-Jane #8

Julia Dunnit said...

Omg Carn Brea at sunset looks gorgeous doesn’t it!! I think any amount of doing is perfect for March mayhem, it’s a miracle you haven’t made yourself cross eyed and erm, stiff fingered!

glitterandglue said...

Hi Morti. That is a gorgeous photo of Carn Brea - what a lovely place to go watch the sunset! I am so impressed at all you have achieved this week! Well done you. I especially like the first of the two Christmas cards. lovely, simple layout - just what I love to see and receive. I also have some embossing powders from way back - possibly not quite as far back as 2004, but certainly not long after that. It just keeps giving, doesn't it - a pot never to be emptied!
Your cross stitch is really roaring away now - the siren looks so different from when I last saw it here on your post. That moose is fabulous! Such a wonderful face. The purple blackwork piece is beautiful - looks so good in that colour; and well done on managing three of your kits so far.
Well done Mr B - I can't do a thing to my car, it has to go to the garage for anything that needs doing - so I just have to grin and bear the cost, I'm afraid. However, having only done 1800 miles in the past 12 months.... the annual service shouldn't be too bad this time, should it?!
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #1

Caro said...

What a gorgeous sunset photo! I love all your stitching, but Mr Moose is my favourite - such fun! Happy WOYWW. Take care and stay safe. With love & God Bless, Caro x (#12)

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Spiders are good except when they creep up on you unexpectedly! Your desk is just busy and when it's time you'll sort it and set about making another mess Lol! Cars are great until they let you down then they are a pain. Love the funny at the end, very clever. Have a lovely week and a very happy woyww, Angela x18x

Helen said...

What a perfect funny! Love the sunset too, and well done on Mr B for saving all the money the garage would have charged you - I am sure you have many better things to spend that sort of cash on!
You've done so much stitching, Mr Moose particularly is looking fantastic. Helen #3

Sarah Brennan said...

Wow, you have certainly been stitching up a storm Diane! Loving the spider even if it is not quite finished yet. Recycling cards is a great way to go and who can resist white embossing on kraft card - it is one of my go to techniques. My sister is into reenactments as well - we visited her when she was participating at Herstmonceux castle but it was a few years ago now. Stay safe. Saarh #6

Crafting With Jack said...

Lovely sunset and last pic very funny. Your stitching is amazing and it’s lovely to see MrMoose appearing. Have a great week Angela #17

Karen said...

Hi! what a beautiful sunset ~ I love your Christmas cards, I have that stamp set and never thought to stamp it on craft paper. it would make a pretty gift tag too ~ I'm glad your car is fixed and that you saved money in the process. Blessings on your week ~ Love, Karen #29

Mary Anne said...

ah, I needed a smile today! And that sunset is stunning. I love the moose - his personality is clear from that expressive face, but the Siren's Lament is what I can;t wait to see complete. No pressure LOL!

Crazy week, so late..
Mary Anne (4)

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