Wednesday 30 October 2019

WOYWW 543: NEC Here I Come

Welcome fellow deskers to my weekly contribution to WOYWW care of Julia at The Stamping Ground.  Here desks from all around the world can be ogled and envied, messy ones, tidy ones and everything in between.
As you can see, I have been doing a little more work on the Advent Book that I started at a Workshop with Maria Moorhouse recently.  The matchboxes are all now glued together, ready to turn into the daily drawers of the book.  Maria's workshops are well worth attending.  She has one each month in Preston, one in Catterick and the one I attend in Shrewsbury.

Over the last three days I have been sharing the full projects from my sneak peeks last week.  I shall be sharing the last two tomorrow and Friday before I head off for an early train to the NEC.  I won a couple of tickets and decided to go on Friday as it is half term.  Hope to see some of you there.

Finally, the latest additions to the extended family.  My parents adopted some kittens and their mum from a cat rescue last month.  Pickles (top) is mum and the two kittens are Pearl(L) and Pixi (R).  They have settled in really well.  See you all soon.  I will have some time to visit today between samples as I am not at work this week.


  1. glad you are keeping busy at half term! love the prep for your advent book. I look forward to seeing it all put together! Enjoy the N£C show. Helen #4

  2. Superb cards Sarah. The new bauble stamps are fabulous if I did not have so many unused Christmas stamps i'd have jumped at those.. maybe one to look out for in the future.
    Congrats on winning the NEC tickets, i'm hoping to get there myself maybe tomorrow though. Look forward to seeing what you pick up, i'm supposed to be saving for other things :/ We will see.
    Lovely new additions to the family.. they have settled in well.
    Happy WoywW Tracey #3

  3. It'll be interesting to see how the advent book turns out cos I can't imagine how the boxes are going to fit in at the moment! Have fun at the NEC, a few of my WI buddies are going on a coach trip that day as well but I've got too much on.
    HUgs LLJ 6 xxx

  4. Wow, your cards are gorgeous. I love the bauble stamps, they really are fabulous and you've created such different styles with them. I love the shading on the purple one - what a really lovely eye catching effect. I am keen to see what you do with all your little boxes too - very intriguing!
    Have a great half term,
    Diana x #16

  5. Looks like a fab workshop and I love the cards you have created. Cute kitties and lovely to see they were adopted together what a sweet pic.
    sandra de@9

  6. Beautiful cards girl! Also love the cute kitties!
    Glenda #18

  7. I did a big advent calender with boxes as a class a couple of years - the decorating was fun but making all those boxes was a pain. You've got me wondering where it's gone...... I don't recall seeing it last Christmas!! Love that first card, its very pretty. Don't spend too much at the NEC!! Happy WOYWW Cindy #23

  8. I'm late, I'm late for a very important date.....but I'm here now catching up with a few of my fav blogs. My day started off early when Phoebe and Lulu arrived for a day of crafty fun with me whilst their brother Steve, their Mum and Grandad went to watch Steve play in a football tournament.....if you want to see more then I will share pics on my Friday smiles [cos there were lots of those].
    Really love the pile of little boxes and the cards are fab.
    Annie x #11

  9. I'm looking forward to your Advent Book with those boxes!
    Love the cards! I have yet to really get into making my Christmas cards.
    The cats are adorable!
    Have fun at the NEC!
    Thanks for popping by!
    Carol N #24

  10. Hi Sarah, you're obviously enjoying your holiday. Lovely cards, super idea with the advent book and the kitties are so sweet. Happy woyww and wishing you a lovely creative week, Angela x17x

  11. Love the photos of the cats - your mum is a gem for adopting them.
    Pretty cards you have for us Sarah - I especially like the one with the three baubles on - lovely idea to do them as a trio.
    Hugs, Neet 10 xx

  12. Oh my those cards are fabulous. I’ll look forward to your advent calendar. What fun! Have a great week. Dorlene #26

  13. Your Advent book looks really intriguing, Sarah! There are so many novel ideas for Advent calendars these days - I remember the old sort when I was a kid, with the glittery picture and the little windows that had to be opened, and the annual fight with my sister as to who got to open #24!! Lovely cards too. Gorgeous kitties, and so nice to see them snuggling up together now the weather's gone cold, isn't it. Thanks for your visit!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #21

  14. love the idea of boxes for an avent callender, two great cards and those cats are so sweet,

    Happy belated WOYWDW

    Lilian B #15

  15. Wishing you a very happy WOYWW for yesterday. Beautiful cats, love your bauble cards. x

  16. Thanks for your visit earlier.
    Love those pretty pussy cats, they look very relaxed and happy.
    Christine #20

  17. Hi Sarah. Sounds like you are having such a great half term that you won't be wanting to go back come Monday!! Looking forward to seeing the advent boxes when completed. Fantastic cards - well done. I especially like the "let it snow" one.
    Have a great day at the show tomorrow.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #1

  18. HI Sarah, oooh how fun and cozy those kitties look :) Love the ornament cards too. ~Stacy #27

  19. I love all of your lovely lavender ornaments! Did you watercolor them? or markers. I shall see what I can find on Hochanda.

    I am late getting around. You are at the NEC. Wish we had something like that! Have loads of fun, you busy woman! You deserve it!

  20. Brilliant cards Sarah esp mauve ones, no recipes, an inky hint would be good. We’re here to snoop and learn.. and drool a bit too 😉😀
    Happy belated WOYWW.
    Thanks for sharing, and God bless, Shaz in Oz.x #2

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
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  21. Oh Sarah, you have been quite productive. I have always loved advent calenders. There are so many varieties and I can't wait to see yours. The cards are beautiful I am gearing up to make some holiday cards next weekend at a day of crafting with my crafty girlfriends! Thanks for the visit!
    Belinda #25

  22. ooh hope you had a fab time at the NEC, the photos I have seen from people at the cake exhibit etc are AMAZING.

    Love the way your advent calendar is coming together too


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