A flying visit for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday from me this week, all for good crafty reasons. You can see the fall out from part of this in my desk photo this week.

Hmmm… messy but oh so pretty! I’m creating a mini book about the work we did on our ‘victory garden’ last year. I bought Paige Evans Bloom Street when it came out last year specifically for this project. I got 10 papers I think, plus the ephemera, the flowers, the cardstock stickers and the sticker book. When I break, I break hard! You can see the 2 sets of flowers in my bon bon dish as well as the Bramble Fox embellishments that went so perfectly with it. There are flowers, butterflies, wellies, watering cans and umbrellas. It makes me smile just to look through them! I happy to be watching a Paige Evans video too but there’s not connection, just serendipity!

In amongst this I’m also getting ready for a cyber retreat with Go Go Getaway this week – squeeee!!!

Obviously I’d prefer to be there on site but I’m still excited about it. I opened my box to take out the paperwork but aside from snapping this pic I haven’t looked any further. Obviously I’ve seen the classes so I know the kit is beautiful and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in but I need to finish the book first and I’m hoping I might have time for some pre-retreat challenges too. Then I’ll clear the decks and indulge in some paper stroking and sniffing. Or is that just me? I have snacks, alcohol free wine, the rest of the family are cooking and keeping house and I shall scrap, chat and scrap some more. Huzzah!

Last week’s Throwback Thursday. This is one of only 2 layouts from my YMCA weekend several years ago. I was trying a new style with adding some stamping to my layouts. I’m not going to continue with it!

For those “at” Shaz’s funeral Friday, wasn’t the music amazing? I thought Doug and the family did a great job and the setting was lovely. The thing that stuck with me was the sentence “I hope you have as much joy in the next life as you brought to others in this” (I hope I’ve got that right!) A perfect send off. Blessings to you Shaz x

So that’s me for this week. If you’d like to join in with our weekly desk hop, everyone is welcome whatever your craft, you can find all the details at Julia’s blog, The Stamping Ground.

As always, stay safe and keep smiling x


  1. Helen Lindfield on 24 March 2021 at 6:20 am

    Fab papers! enjoy the cyber retreat – it sounds a lot of fun. Helen #1

  2. Sarah Brennan on 24 March 2021 at 6:22 am

    Have fun at the virtual retreat Lisa-Jane and finishing that book as well. The papers and embellishments look so pretty. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #4

  3. Mary Anne on 24 March 2021 at 8:35 am

    Lovely thought, a cyber crop/retreat – GoGo knows how to do it right. Should be a blast. Love your throwback page and the origami heart. Funnily enough I came across one of those in my scrappy debris not too long ago and made a mental know to go back to the blog page where I told how to do it (or linked to a tutorial, not sure.) That mental note did me no good at all but seeing it here reminds me AGAIN to go find it NOW! LOL!

    slept in so
    Mary Anne (6)

  4. Tracey on 24 March 2021 at 8:51 am

    That box looks so inviting I’m not sure I could have contained myself not to open and see what was in those sweet wrapped envelopes. Have fun with the retreat how lovely to have it all to hand. Happy WoywW Tracey #12 x

  5. glitterandglue on 24 March 2021 at 9:30 am

    Morning Lisa Jane. That paper watering can book is going to be a gorgeous reminder of the garden created last year. I just love the flowers in that little dish – look so lovely in there – the dish is pretty good too! Your box of goodies for the Retreat looks exciting – enjoy getting your hands into all that and creating some great treasures.
    Take cae. God bless.
    Margaret #2

  6. LLJ on 24 March 2021 at 10:09 am

    The papers and bits and bobs on your desk today are gorgeous and perfect for the arrival of Spring!! Thank you for sharing, that made me smile – the gorse is starting to burst on the hill behind us and everything is starting to sprout, I love the turning of the seasons and this time of the year just makes happy! Those packages look very enticing, well done for not opening them (willpower of steel eh?), I hope you have a grand time at the crop!
    Hugs LLJ 10 xxx

  7. Jo Betts on 24 March 2021 at 10:23 am

    Oh such pretty bits and bobs you have shared with us this week. And your LO looks lovely. Enjoy your cyber crop – sounds great. xx Jo

  8. Sandra de on 24 March 2021 at 10:30 am

    Looks like you have created a beautiful LO and love the little gift bags, Have a wonderfully creative week
    Sandra de @23

  9. Diana Taylor on 24 March 2021 at 10:45 am

    Lots of lovely bits and bobs on your desk – looks like you’ll have loads of fun with those. I love the layout and think the stamping looks really good. Enjoy your cyber retreat,
    Diana xx #24

  10. Susan Renshaw on 24 March 2021 at 11:31 am

    Love the picture of the virtual retreat goodies. I think that is going to be some fun!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Susan #15

  11. Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith on 24 March 2021 at 11:53 am

    What a delightful desk with all those Spring inspired bits and pieces! Makes me happy just looking at it! The cyber get-away sounds great – as long as you can really “get away” from housework, kids, etc! The best advantage (for me anyway) would be that it saves the hassle (and expense!) of travelling. The kit looks exciting! Have fun with it and show us what you’ve made next week! xx zsuzsa #28

  12. Lynne on 24 March 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Love your spring-inspired crafting this week.
    Your comment on crocheting myself a new husband made me hoot!
    Take care and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 17

  13. Carolyn Staton on 24 March 2021 at 6:39 pm

    I love the gorgeous pretty papers and the colours on display. Happy WOYWW. Take care and stay safe. With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#17)

  14. Shoshi on 24 March 2021 at 6:47 pm

    You always have such pretty papers on your desk, Lisa-Jane. Your desk is a work of art in itself!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #22

  15. Spyder on 24 March 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Well I like the camping paper…I was reading that before I read your post, thinking that maybe the house had ‘gone’.. and was thinking about a house that I remember as a child and how that would be a good scrap book page…see! One word on your post has got me thinking on something I haven’t thought of in years! So!! keep it up! Stay safe, keep crafting! Happy WOYWW?! ((Lyn))#21

  16. Angela on 24 March 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Love the pretty things on your desk and I couldn’t wait to look into the box! An online treat sounds wonderful . Have a great week and happy WOYWW Angela #3

  17. Angela Radford on 24 March 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Virtual retreat sounds great, a little while to forget everything and enjoy yourself. Your desk looks full of interesting goodies too. Take care my friend and have a happy woyww, Angela x19x

  18. Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith on 25 March 2021 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for your visit Lisa-Jane. I use the pyramid teabags for collage mainly – when you tear them open, they really are just rectangular. I think the one’s I’m using for the 100-day project are Twinings – the square ones. It only takes a couple of day for them to dry – so you can “make as you drink” – or you can brew lots of them together and use the tea for dying stuff as well. Some people work with unused teabags (just take out the filling), but I think part of the charm is the tea stains on them. I’ve find an old blogpost of mine where I show how I prep them (back then I only drank Redbush, but now I mainly drink black tea) – have fun playing! http://inkydinkydoodle.blogspot.com/2016/01/lets-play-stamped-tea-bags.html

  19. Julia on 25 March 2021 at 2:21 pm

    I took that line away with me from Shaz’s service too, and her advice to make the most of the rest of your life. Bless her. Your Getaway preps sound wonderful. I must say that lockdown made me consider whether going to a crop was necessary, but there’s the thing. It is, if only so I don’t have to keep breaking off to cook and tidy up. Tedious. Love the watering can shape, that makes for a complicated book cover!

  20. Felicia Aaron on 25 March 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Lisa-Jane, I LOVE all the little “cutsies” for your mini book!!! It will be so precious! I can’t wait to have a little garden again one day! Good luck with your cyber retreat! I know what you mean about it better being there in real life, but so glad you guys are able to still get together! I would LOVE to do a “real” art retreat, it would be so much fun! It’s always an expense that I deem a luxury and until the kiddos are out on their own, no can do! LOL Have fun!!! I love your throwback Thursday layout! Camping is my thing, so it’s up my alley! Thanks for stopping by my desk and your well wishes! Blessings and have a great weekend! 🙂 Felicia #25

  21. Stacy on 25 March 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Ooh I love how pretty your desk is today Lisa-Jane, those flowers are so cheerful. I have been reading off and on about cyber retreats but, have not done anything about it so, I am smiling at the peek into your box of goodies too. ~Stacy #32

  22. Anne Williams on 25 March 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Lots of pretty things, right up my street 🙂
    I did a virtual retreat last October. Had such fun, especially opening the goodies beforehand.
    Enjoy. Anne x 26

  23. Cindy Ashplant on 26 March 2021 at 10:46 am

    Enjoy your retreat – and your stroking and sniffing!! (You are not alone) Happy WOYWW, stay safe, stay well, love n hugs Cindy #27

  24. BJ on 26 March 2021 at 4:29 pm

    O Super duper desk, love it too, all the blossoms and soft colours, yummy. And the cyber retreat looks brill too. Love the bunny tag, I call my son “bunny”!
    Sorry I’m a bit late this week but I was digging a pond Wednesday then food shopping and trying to source some plants yesterday whilst the boys replaced some fence panels then I had to go clear up the garden AGAIN. Thanks for the visit BJ#9

  25. Shoshi on 26 March 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for your return visit, LIsa-Jane, and for your fun comment! Kitty bums… Yes, they always like to poke them right in your face! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing our “little ladies” as Sarah calls them, when they were tiny. I can’t believe they were once that small.

    Shoshi x #22

  26. Dorlene on 27 March 2021 at 3:37 am

    The Go Go Getaway sounds great and the packaging is super cute. I love the throwback layout – so cute. Sorry for the late visit. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Dorlene #33

  27. Kelly on 27 March 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Good morning Lisa-Jane!
    I like the stamping ’round the border of that page. Adds movement. The retreat sounds fun! You’ve prepped well… just as you would for Nano! Why wait til November. We are rolling into Camp April 1 then again on July 1st. You can work on any project (s) you’d like. outline, edit, poetry, short stories during camp. No word count required per say. You can count minutes, 1 min = 1 word. Maybe use one of these 2 months to outline for November? I am Rainlyte on the boards. Hugs & Creative Blessings! Kelly #29

  28. Neet Hickson on 27 March 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Sorry I am so late but back is really bad plus I have had 267 spam comments to delete since Wednesday. So time consuming, especially when you don’t feel like bothering. Someone obviously is targeting me.
    Your desk is certainly very pretty and springlike. Looks as if it is a busy time ahead and I hope we get to see the fruits of your labours.
    Enjoy your lcyber time.
    Hugs, Neet 5 xx

  29. Sylvia on 28 March 2021 at 5:05 am

    A little late with the visit, but between 2 days of router issues and time away I’m still trying to get printers in sync. Thanks for your visit. So bright cherry things to greet me ! Have fun at your crop. Enjoy the weekend.

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