Well isn’t that a lovely round number?? Can you believe Julia has been hosting this blog hop for 770 weeks?? I salute her commitment for sure. Maybe you can show us your desk too by dropping by and leaving a link over at The Stamping Ground.

So how am I looking this week? Oh dear…

In my defence I got back from a crafty retreat at lunchtime and Mr Pretty emptied my car for me. We had a family visit to the surgery for travel jabs in the afternoon and then I had a rugby meeting last night hence my desk having a big wide space on it.

Over our weekend we managed 102 scrapbook layouts between 7 of us! My own total was a poor 10 partly down to my lack of planning and the big gaps I’m taking between scrapping sessions. It takes me a good while to get back in the flow but I also need to keep resting my non-compliant hands which is very frustrating. I did manage some painty fun too though.

I decided to use the goaches that I’ve been swatching to create a background for a couple of cut files. One was a turkey for a Christmas layout and this one is the eye piece area for a pair of binoculars. It looks very dark here but the cut file is layered onto tracing paper and once that’s layered over the top it gave the effect I wanted. I might have taken a pic of the finished layout by next week!

And then this happened… We’ve all got multiples of these right? I use them for spraying water on my Shimmerz paints to activate them except that they suddenly wouldn’t activate even though I was spraying and spraying. I was really upset because I thought I’d waste these paints, some of which I’d never used – maybe I’d left them too long?

One of the other things I use them for is taking off the top and using the tube to flick water on Distress Oxides. As I was doing this on the stencilling you can see here the droplets created a blue tinged see through effect and I knew something was wrong. The water was totally clear as you can see and for some reason I sniffed the contents. Not water!! I thought I must have got it mixed up with someone else’s bottle but nope. We all had a good sniff to try and work out what the chemically smell was but couldn’t work out why anyone would have clear nail varnish remover in a water bottle. I posted this picture home to find the culprit but everyone denied knowledge. Then it clicked. It was rubbing alcohol!! I used it to spray on soaps between layers many years ago but because everything got moved around by Mr Pretty the other week I had assumed it was just water and added it to my water bottle collection! The bottle is now labelled accordingly… ahem…

And finally, a garden update…

While I was away one of the contractors ripped his nail off and I could see the whole thing unfolding on the doorbell camera. The chap danced around shouting unsavoury language and his boss was trying to wash it and bandage it without actually looking at it. At one point they were both groaning and hopping about which would have been funny if it wasn’t clearly very painful. Obviously work on the soakaway has stalled somewhat as a result…

Hey ho, dry weather is expected for a couple of days at least and I am desperately in need of a cuppa. Put the kettle on and I’ll be round shortly.

Bye for now x


  1. Christine on 6 March 2024 at 11:49 am

    Oohh! Ouch!!! forget the garden defo . . . .
    All bottles labelled can only be good . . . interesting effect though.
    Hope you can get some peaceful time to sort and craft . . .
    Have a good week
    Christine #15

  2. Helen Lindfield on 6 March 2024 at 12:36 pm

    I can never find rubbing alcohol . Glad you solved the mystery . Sounds like a great weekend. Happy woyww Helen #2

  3. Cindy on 6 March 2024 at 1:28 pm

    Ouch!! That sounds painful! I have all my bottles labelled for the same reason. Yeah I always find it a pain when hubby ‘helps’ me by bringing all my bags at once into my craft room so I have no room to move. Lol, should be grateful I suppose. cashplant@yahoo.co.uk

  4. Diana Taylor on 6 March 2024 at 2:24 pm

    I’m glad the mystery is solved! Hope the contractor is OK now – that story made my eyes water, but I’m glad the hole is filled in and the job looks like it’s nearly over. Sounds like you had a productive weekend – it takes me days (often weeks) to complete a project to my full satisfaction – and often not even then, so 10 layouts in 2 days is pretty amazing in my book!
    Hope you have a good week,
    Diana xx #11

  5. Annie Powis on 6 March 2024 at 2:42 pm

    Sounds like you had a great weekend and I’m glad you solved your mystery…..and got it labelled up now. Your poor contractor….I can almost feel it throbbing.
    Annie x #8

  6. Lindart on 6 March 2024 at 4:34 pm

    OOOWWWWW! i can imagine the pain of that poor man! And it must have been very hard to watch! I love your garden, something we don’t have enough room for in this house ☹️but I would love to have one! That’s a funny story…it pays to label things! Good for you for getting “only” 10 spreads done. That’s a lot! Have a wonderful aweek, Lindart #18

  7. Angela Radford on 6 March 2024 at 4:57 pm

    Hi your desk space looks familiar. It always takes me a while to get back to normal when I’ve been away crafting. The poor guy, bet that was painful. Now which of my bottles are water lol! Wishing you a very happy and creative woyww. Hugs Angela x9x

  8. Lynnecrafts on 6 March 2024 at 6:38 pm

    Ouch that sounds painful.
    You’re lucky it was only rubbing alcohol. Glad you’re labelling now and that you enjoyed your weekend anyway.
    Take care and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 13 xx

  9. Chana Malkah on 6 March 2024 at 6:54 pm

    Glad you solved your mystery! I use spray bottles for everything, especially mixing my ink misters! I have to label them or I will have similar drama in my life! I put my alcohol and glycerine in colored spray bottles to distinguish them from my water bottle!

    Congrats on getting 10 layouts done!

    Chana Malkah, WOYWW #19

  10. Neet on 6 March 2024 at 8:27 pm

    Ouch! That garden incident had me wincing. How horrible for the poor guy but I guess it looked kinda funny on video
    It’s always a good idea to label bottles of liquid, ask me how I know!! It could have been a nasty accident, thankfully it got sorted.
    Your pink bag looks like a new one I have been given. Well, it is pink predominantly
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

  11. Angela on 7 March 2024 at 4:09 pm

    I hope your paints are back to being usable now. Labels are so helpful ????????. Oh that poor man, very painful! Have a great week. Angela #10

  12. Angela on 7 March 2024 at 4:12 pm

    Do you have a website for your online shop?

  13. Mary Anne on 8 March 2024 at 8:43 am

    LOL! I have a ton of those bottles and now each one gets what’s in it marked with a Sharpie 🙂
    Sorry to be late but Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (6)

  14. BJ on 8 March 2024 at 11:42 am

    Oh my all go with you this week, the return with unpacking pending, the bottle mixup, the fingernail and dancing not to mention the challenging garden situation. I’m awaiting my 7 months worth of photos to arrive today so might well be back to scrapping next week. 10 LOs is pretty good going, not sure I’d manage any away from my craft table! Hugs BJ#5

  15. Susan Renshaw on 9 March 2024 at 1:04 am

    Yes labelling is a good idea – I too have been caught out!
    The doorbell camera is sometimes very interesting! Ours is linked to my phone , Kevin’s phone and our daughters phone. The first time Kevin suddenly spoke to me via it from Egypt I was amazed! Then Sophie has asked why her Dad is out gardening in very hot weather. WE keep telling her we will trick her by going out with suitcases – she wont know where we are going… Poor chap though!
    With very best wishes for a Happy WOYWW!
    I am determined to call and comment on all of you this week!
    Susan #1. We are having an extremely hot weekend and Public Holiday Monday (forecast to be 37, 38, 39 degrees) so the best place is in my craft room!
    Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

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