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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

WOYWW #157 - A Slow Week

Well, my title is a SLOW week, but that refers to work on my desk... the TIME, on the other hand has flown apace, and totally disappeared up it's own rear end!!! - careful now, steady on!! - Well it must have, because I blinked and it was gone!!! And why should that be important?? Just a small matter of desk-revealing, shame-inducing, crafty-making and downright snooping at the Stamping Ground. Where would we be without our weekly fix???

So what's on offer this time... not much actually. I have been working on a couple of DT projects, and watching the nation jubilate, whilst explaining "stuff" to my curious grandsons... I am not a royalist, but I love an excuse to extol the long history of our country, etc and the Queen's reign covers much of my life, as I was in my 7th year when she came to the throne, and in my 8th when she was crowned... what changes have occurred, not always for the best... anyway... here it is, for what it's worth...
 Genuinely taken this night/early morning, and featuring - well hardly!!! - a new mini album I am making for the second suitcase and the many other photos of Egypt I want to include. The cover is getting it's paper jacket wraps, from the full size Trade Winds collections by DCWV. Yummyliscious... I do hope it won't crack, though, as I wrap it around the cover and spine... their paper is great but does have that tendency - has anyone else found that, or is it just me???- prolly just you then!! 

I am using a mixture of black, kraft and paperbag paper, and the whole album will be about 7and half ins X 5and half. Have you used scor tape yet?? It's easily as sticky as the red line, but the backing comes off easier and does not stick to your fingers et al ... uhhhg that drives me wild!!! Well, the chipboard cover is almost done, the pages are ready to stick in. There is only the spine to make. This album is adapted from a deign by Kathy Orta, a wonderfully profane but clever scrapper, with some great ideas. It's her hidden hinge I will use this time...

And finally this week, a shout out for my erstwhille Taiji teacher, long-time friend and mentor, Peta, who is a quite remarkable lady of MANY talents, one of the greatest being as an osetomyologist (she works with the soft tissue of the body) and the giver of much relief through use of the Bowen Technique on my poor, weary bod!!! Well, recently added to her repertoire is soap making. She asked me if she could borrow some rubber stamps, so I complied. The results are nothing short of amazing!!! Soap... stamped, and designed to have a  traslucent window window, through which the sun can cascade!! - ooo, get her waxing poetical ...
 Well, she entered this into a prestigious competition, and WON!!!! yes won... so you can imagine how proud of her I am!!! Well done,  Peta. Terrific design. Just look how the light shines through the patterns, and how strong the colours are...

Well, I am now done harassing you and am off to bed - turned 3.30 am, daft bat!!!
Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate and value any comments
Love and light
Frankie
xx

27 comments:

kay said...

have enjoyed reading your post,made me smile :)
have a fab crafty week
kay #52

Elizabeth said...

Hi Frankie, love your desk today ... the DCWV paper is gorgeous. I've been eyeing up the Tradewinds pack for some time ... could be I have to have it :) Peta's soaps are gorgeous ... love transparent soap, my all time favourite of the commercial variety is Pears ... not a bit surprised they won her the prize. Have a good day and more productive week. Happy WOYWW. Elizabeth x #48

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...super desk of organised chaos & another project poised & ready to go, your last Eygpt album was amazing...as for the soaps they are stunning how clever, loVe the glow...thanks for sharing...Mel :) #27

Erika said...

Hi Frankie enjoy making up your album love the colour combo you have picked. Your friends soaps look fabulous it's no wonder she won the competition. Have a great Wednesday, hugs Erika. #61

Joanne said...

What wonderful soaps. The colours are so vibrant, shame to use them. Happy woyww.
Hugs Joanne xx

france papillon said...

no wonder she won with those soaps, they are gorgeous. nobody would ever be clean again if all soaps looked like this, we wouldn't dare use them!
as for your new suitcase, hope the papers will behave!
have a happy week,
france #71 xx

Redanne said...

Great post this week, made me smile and on a dull day you really need the occasional smile......was thinking of something you might try on your paper - it does not always work so try it on a scrap first. Lightly wet a line down the paper, where you intend to fold it, wait just a couple of seconds and then gently fold where you need to. Don't use a score tool as that will rip it. Not a perfect crease but better than rips and tears. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #24

Tammy said...

Looks like you have a lot of fun things going on! I have the same problem with DCWV papers. I love to use them in mini albums because the paper is so coordinated. But it's not the best paper for covers or if you have to fold it. Hope it works out for you! :) Happy WOYWW! Tammy #95

April said...

Loving those DCWV papers, not seen that selection.... yet :o) I am a huge fan of their papers, but only really use them for cardmaking so haven't come across the folding problem. Those soaps are fantastic! very stylish. x April #79

Sarah said...

I wonder what happens to the world between WOYWWs too! Hope the new piece goes well, I know the cracking thing...only thing I can think of is using washi/tissue tape or a inky/embossed sticky back canvas strip over the paper on top of the spine which bends but won't crack... Thanks for calling by - stay inspired! Sarah.

sandee said...

Please tell Petra congratulations from me! Love reading your post, I was almost up as late as you, it was 2am before I shut the computer off, just too much fun visiting everyone! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

CraftygasheadZo said...

Super desk and pictures. I had Bowen, it is fab! Take care my WOYWW friend. Zo xx 65

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Fab desk today, Frankie! I linked to your post about the amazing steampunk hanging, thought that was the easiest way of people seeing your amazing artistry - hope that was ok :) Rhys is still in love with all the bits and pieces, it is in pride of place in his bedroom!
I love your friend's soaps, they're so pretty with the translucent window effect! Shame we don't have a smell option on t'Internet :)
Hugs, LLJ ~70 xx

Helen said...

I always love reading your posts! Not to mention looking at what's going on (even if I am having problems with photos!) Have a great day, Helen 16

Samantha Elliott said...

Wow! Those soaps are fantastic and no wonder she won.
Loving those papers you have there. I had a similar problem with papers cracking and I wonder if putting them in a steamy bathroom and softly manipulating them would work? Dunno but maybe worth a try with some scrap paper??!! Or just ignore me! Our friend Laura usually puts two bits of chipboard where there is a fold on covers to try and prevent strain??
I am going now I have filled the box with waffle!
Hettie 135

May said...

Fab post Frankie.. O my word!! those soaps are fantastic your friend is so creative, Good luck with the album. Hugs May x x x#34

SophieNewton said...

Fabulous soap idea, I've made it in the past but never thought of using my rubber stamps on it. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW!
Sophie
#81

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Happy belated WOYWW from very rainy Pembrokeshire. I am a big fan of your mini books - and all the Egypt photos. Those papers look fab. Soaps - stunning colours and amazing with those stamps. Ali x #54

Lynn Holland said...

Great soaps, she deserved to win and I can't wait to seem your mini album
Lynn
One I made earlier today

Julia Dunnit said...

I don't feel harrassed at all! I think 'featuring' is a good word for most of the projects that appear on your desk..you really do give life to the papers gal, it's so fun to see your mind working it out in paper form. Love Peta's soap..isn't it remarkable how creative people are in any number of other mediums.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the stamps and the Shout Out Frankie! Looking forward to seeing one of your suitcases. And thanks to everyone for your lively comments about my soap. I feel really encouraged! Peta

Tertia said...

Oh my, those are soaps?!!! No wonder she won, they are fantastic!
Love the beginnings of your mini album.
Happy WOYWW

Shoshi said...

You look as if you've got a lot on atm Frankie - and I adore those soaps! What an amazing effect, and who'd have thought of using rubber stamps on them? That's thinking outside the box! Perhaps we should all do a bit more of that and use our equipment for different purposes!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #89

Sue from Oregon said...

yes a great way to store your memories! Love your post and all you projects on WOYWW 156 too!

Queen Of Toys said...

Loads of creativity happening on your desk and glad to see it messed up and not neat like most. Great collection of papers too, love the colors.

Happy Crafting
Eliza #50
http://queenartoypia.blogspot.com.au/

monique said...

love thos soaps, such beautiful colours

Sandy said...

Wow I love the soaps they are amazing. Will have to have a go at some score tape. Sandy :) #98