At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Wednesday, April 17

WOYWW 202 - Lots to show and share...

... so do bear with me :)

It's Wednesday again (!) and here's my desk, taken late Tuesday afternoon.


I was making a card for my friend Sue, whose birthday is on Friday (it's alright, she doesn't read my blog!)

Here's a close up of the card and envelope...


... and of the lil owl decoration, I'll pop in with the card :)


And here's the new set of Anna Griffin stamps, which arrived the other day - another ebay bargain!


The box was a little damaged, but everything inside was brand new - all for £2.70 :)

Now, this was to have been the end of the post, as I imagined it, as I merrily crafted away...

But then, we finally got our postal delivery at 4.30pm - we have a new postman...

And look what was in it?


I won one of the three ATC beauties Cindy was giving away last week to celebrate her 500 posts!! Aren't I a lucky girl? And look at the extra pretties she included... Thank you so much, Cindy!!

And if that was not enough, I also got what I think has to be one of the most beautifully produced magazines I've ever seen...

I noticed a mention of The Foodie Bugle in my The Simple Things this month, and thought, 'I'll try that...' This is their first print issue, and oh my...



... 120 pages of exquisitely beautiful photography, which reminds me a lot of the Toast catalogue...



... and diversely interesting articles...


... and beautiful artwork *sigh*


... and all produced with matte soy inks - my absolute favourite!!!

Guess what I'll be doing most of the coming week :)

But first, I'll be popping over to Julia's Stamping Ground to visit all you lovely, creative peeps from all corners, and time-zones, of the globe...

I can't wait!!

Have a very happy Wednesday xxx

Oops, nearly forgot - here's today's quote - I've forgotten quite a few, sorry!


Amen to that! May your soul be joyful today :) xx





56 comments:

Bridget Larsen said...

What a wonderful card, your friend will love it
Bridget #28

Anda said...

Love the card and the owl! Well done on getting your Ebay bargain, my best recently was a set of 7 wooden Penny Black stamps for £12 posted, I was well chuffed with that.

Anda #43

Janene McAnally said...

Love your cards and congrats on your ebay stamp find, what a bargin!! Happy WOYWW.
Janene #8

Helen said...

You may have overslept but you are getting round the desks fast! Love all your goodies - what happy mail indeed!! Have a great day. Helen 12

JoZart said...

lovely post Claire. beautiful birdcage card for your friend's birthday and those AG stamps are a great buy.
have a good week,
Jo x

Ria Gall said...

so much loveliness going on on your desk today your card for your friend it beautiful. How lucky are you to get that wonderful ATC and other little bits so pretty.
Have a great WOYWW today and enjoy the rest of your week
Ria #40

Neil said...

Hi there. How nice to have a look into your world this week.

Neil #10

BJ said...

Super card, great AG bargin and the ATC is gorgeous - thanks for visiting me already BJ#1

Andrea said...

What lovely post was a joy to read your friend will love the card I love the shape and the stunning pastel colours and what a sweet owl. that was a great bargain e bay buy have fun with it and have a wonderful week Andrea#38

Lisa-Jane said...

That's a beautiful book / mag! I recognise that little owl punch - he's so cute! And yes of course, don't worry, one of my littles is at school and the other is at preschool and when we are home together we often all craft at my desk and snip paper all over the floor and get into a gluey mess! Have a great week!

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Blimey! That is a post and a half! LOL. So much to see - and I love the quote. I need to start collecting some for my Gelli mini- it is feeling quite empty at the moment and needs filling. Glad you liked the clock and Happy WOYWW

MA (4)

SueH said...

Looks like you’ve had a very busy and pleasing week with all the beautiful things your postie brought you. The Anna Griffin set was a fantastic bargain. Don’t know how its previous owner didn’t use those ribbons thought because they are just so lush……….I love her ribbons, did you guess.
Bet your friend loved her card and hanger cos it’s really pretty.

Thanks for stopping by this week.

Happy Crafting!
Sue @39
x

susibee said...

Your friend will love the card, it is beautiful.

Super bargain with the stamps - I never think to look there!

Thanks for visiting me earlier.

Happy WOYWW. Susi #59

~Sue C said...

Nice stamps. Love the atc's. That book!...oh my gosh...that book is beautiful. SueC#97

Lori said...

Love all your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Hope you get a chance to check out my desk.
Lori #103

Gill Edwards said...

bargains and prizes like that are very yummy, well done.

Gill x 107

Eliza said...

Your card for your friend is just beautiful she will love it. Gosh you really do have a lot happening, how about that new postie you have, send him over here so I can get good mail like that. Great bargains.

Happy WOYWW
Eliza 46

craftydebs said...

Love your birdcage card, so pretty, you're an inspiration!! Have a great day! xx

Krisha said...

OMG your card is beautiful!! Congrats on your prize, some pretties there. You magazine is wonderful with all those amazing photographs!! Luck you.
Krisha #114

Alison Scott said...

Lucky you winning all that. That ATC is gorgeous.
Enjoy your reading material. Looks fab.
Alison
#66

kathi17 said...

I love your card, and am drooling over those Anna Griffin stamps. What a bargain, and those butterflies are so gorgeous!

I'm going to pretend I didn't read the eBay part. I had to stop going there because I spent way too much money. It wasn't at all good when it came time to pay the bills!

Happy WOYWW, Kathi #109

Neet said...

Wow £2.70 I would have paid that for the box alone - great shopping! I love boxes.
That is a pretty card you have made for your friend and such a cut little owl too.
Definitely your week - love the atc and extras from Cindy.
Thanks for visiting me earlier - Hugs, Neet xx 5

Regina Hamilton said...

That card is gorgeous. Your friend will love it. Thanks for stopping by. happy crafting #30

Gibby Frogett said...

Hi Claire, thanks for visiting earlier. You can probably tell by my avatar that I love birds, so of course I really adore your card and the lovely owl - your friend's gonna love it! What a great bargain too- fab stamps - I've never got around to using ebay yet. Happy WOYWW Gill x #82

Tertia said...

Lovely desk and a fantastic card, your friend is lucky to have you as a friend.
That ATC is gorgeous and the book to die for, such a pity we won't get them in South Africa and to have it posted is so expensive with thye weight of paper.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #26

Anne said...

What a lovely card for your friend and I like the little owl decoration. The ATC you won and bits and pieces are delightful. Great book. Thanks for visiting me. Happy WOYWW Anne x #62

Winnie said...

Your friend is going to love her card. I love Anna Griffin's images and papers too. Such a great find you have in that box!! Have a great week! Winnie#76

Sue - said...

Thank you for calling by! I'm sure your friend will love the card and the owl.

Laura said...

Your birdcage card is very pretty! I'm sure your friend will like it -- and the owl, too. :) That magazine looks very interesting -- sort of a cross between a food magazine and an art magazine, in a way. Happy WOYWW -- and thanks for visiting me. ~ Laura #101

glitterandglue said...

That card is beautiful. What a treat of a gift for your friend. Have a special week.
Thanks for stopping by.
Margaret (glitterandglue #89)

Fandhmum said...

You have a very lucky friend, happy WOYWW
Rosie x

House of Bears said...

Wow lucky friend to be receiving that card and owl decoration. Great ebay bargain too. Thanks for visiting the bears today,

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Yay, you won too!! Aren't the ATCs fab?
I love that cute owl on the heart...how gorgeous is he?? Your friend will love him, that's for sure!!
Hugs, LLJ 37 xxxx

My name is Cindy said...

Hi laire, I'm late getting round - there's been lots going on here today!! Sweet card and glad you liked the 'bits' - you did realise the blank medal was to make your own? Suddenly struck me you might wonder why I'd sent it!! Happy WOYWW Cindy

Liz Black said...

What a pretty card! I'm sure your friend will love it. Well done on your ebay bargain! Thanks for sharing and for visiting too. Happy Woyww Liz@73

Dianne said...

Hey Claire thanks for the visit,your have a gorgeous card on your desk your friend will love it,Brilliant ebay buy, and lovely atc, you are lucky,I hope your feeling well and wish you a wonderful day...

Karen said...

Gorgeous book, lucky you! Happy WOYWW! Karen x

Almo said...

Hi, I'mnot sure which I like more the card or the owl, both lovely. I like a bargain and those Anna Griffin stamps were definitly that. Thanks for your visit. Hugs Mo #35

Darnell J Knauss said...

All lovely today, Claire: lovely card, lovely owl, and really lovely publication!!

Thanks for coming by to visit me! Have a wonderful week! Darnell #32

Gita said...

Sweet card, your new found stamps look so pretty and what a lovely ATC you received. :-)
Brigita #97

Robyn said...

Lots of joy for your good mail day.
i've never bought anything on EBay- inspiring!
Thanks for visiting and welcoming me to your place.
Blessings,
Robyn 99
I don't even know what time WOYWW get's posted, and I', across the pond!

Meihsia Liu said...

Hi, Claire, I love your beautiful birthday card and new stamp set. You have lots of fabulous and fun stuff. Thank you for sharing .. ^_^

Queenie Jeannie said...

A fun and gorgeous card for your friend!!! Don't you love that little owl punch?? A fave of mine too!

Enjoy all your new goodies. Good Mail is the best!!!

Cardarian said...

What a lovely post! So much nice things - a lovely card you have made, amazing stamps and such a bargain - lucky you! The gift ATC is very nice too and I love that book!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Jackie said...

Matt soy inks sound interesting would live to know more
Bargin your Anna griffin stamps ... I do like her stuff
Jackie 23

Julie Woodward said...

Hi,
Thanks for visiting my blog. What a bargin your stamps where, lucky you they are lovely. The card is a great design...love the bird cage. Was just looking at the beautiful photo of your grandmother, it's such a shame that you did not know her...and how spooky about the name choice! x
Have a good week x
Julie (paperpathway)

Anneliese said...

Lovely world of creation. It is so inspiring. Thank you for coming over. (to my knitting etc.)

Maxam Made said...

Soy matte inks, I have never tried them! The results are beautiful!!
Have a wonderful week, Thanks for sharing! Ginny #91

Twiglet said...

Lovely post to snoop this week - just whizzing round a few desks while I have a breather from my wedding jobs! x Jo

Debs Willis said...

Your friend will lvoe her card, and that little owl is so cute!

Debs #75

Cazzy said...

I love getting lovely things in the post too, and finding crafty bargains!

Happy WOYWW, two days late!

Cazzy x #87

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

G'day Claire
I'm running late but thanks for stopping by my desk. My guest has arrived early and is staying in my art room so no WOYWW for me next week. What a sweet card and I'm sure your friend loved it. Love your prize too.
hugs
Annette In Oz

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks Claire for sharing the lovely photos. Always fun to have some new things to play with and enjoy.
Running late, but being gone the 2 days wore me out! Drove home in a snow storm, still very cold, strong winds, and snow on the ground here. Unreal.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks Claire for sharing the lovely photos. Always fun to have some new things to play with and enjoy.
Running late, but being gone the 2 days wore me out! Drove home in a snow storm, still very cold, strong winds, and snow on the ground here. Unreal.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend

Nan G said...

Wow lots to show n tell today (last Wednesday)! Quilon is adorable and oh so huggable, bet the Posgy et al will adopt him. :) Finally getting do my woyww snooping. WOYWWer #3. Nan G

Ohhh Snap said...

Beautiful card! Gorgeous goodies, and who could pass up a bargain like that? Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. #15