Wednesday, 10 February 2010


I'm sure Wednesdays come around more often than they used to, but it's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's again, so here is the great reveal of today's workspace ... photographed exactly as I left it last night (except for the addition of this morning's highly necessary cup of coffee)! I've either caught another cold, or got the old one back again, and feel stupid today ... all expressions of sympathy gratefully received, self pity not being encouraged in this house!!

Current preoccupations are demonstrated here - on the right is the card I've just finished making for my Secret Sister in the USA. This is a fun project run by Split Coast Stampers where you send someone cards and little gifts over a four month period, all anonymously, and in your turn receive from someone else. At the top of the cutting board is my pink rose - a first attempt at the 3D roses which are all the rage at the mo, this one done with double sided paper and a flower from the George Cricut cartridge. Works pretty well too!

The flower brooches are there because last night I was finishing sewing the brooch backs onto them. I knitted several in a variegated Patons yarn made specially for felting, and below you can see the before and after pictures. They are knitted on biggish needles then you put them in the washing machine on a hot setting, and they come out felted and shrunk, as on the right.

So now I'm off to see what everyone else has been up to and nurse my germs a bit. Bah humbug. Still the sun is just about shining out there, so Pollyanna here will do her best to be grateful for the good things in life ... like whisky, chocolate and stash shopping :)


Julia Dunnit said...

Yeah, there's alot to be grateful for when you put it like that! Am so sorry to hear about the return of the grim for you. Take it very easy. Those felted flowers are just charming..great brooches.

Crafty Chris said...

Hi Rosie
Everyone so far is being very good no mess this week, havent took my photo, not a lot going on just me trying to sort things out, more stuff than space.
Lovely flowers like the colours.
Chris x

Chrissie said...

These are just yummy things. I love those shrinky dink flower brooches and your paper flower is gorgeous. Do you have to make a box for cards embellished with those beautiful creations?

Hayley said...

Love your knitted flowers - you are a very clever lady.

Helen said...

Love that pink rose, well done. Just seen what "Crafty Chris" has said about no mess - wait till she gets to my blog, haha.

Nicks said...

just left a long comment with lots of sympathy and it came up with 'sorry can complete your request' perhaps I was a bit OTT in my concern!
Love your flowers, would love to learn to do them

Lynn said...

Hope you feel better soon Rosie. I love, love, love, your felted flowers, it's been ages since I did some, I love the colors on yours :)

Dana said...

Hello Rosie!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. It's a pleasure to meet you here in blog land. I really like your paper work and your felted flower broaches, too!

Have a wonderful day,

Sam said...

yes coffee is necessary, but in my case it would be tea!! ;-) Love those flowers, they look gorgeous.

Handmade with Love said...

Hi Rosie,

I love the paper rose and the knitted flowers they are fabulous! Hope you feel better soon. Tracey x

Kimmie said...

Your felted flowers came at fabulous! I love the variegated yarn for those! Hope you're feeling perky again soon!

Paula Gale said...

Hi Rosie, I love your fleted brooches I love to have a go - but I think you'd probably had to be able to knit them first - and I can only manage scarves. Just.

Anyway - LOVE the 3d flower - I'd love it if I could achieve a result like you have.

Hope you feel better soon.

Paula x x x

Anonymous said...

Sorry you're feeling down again, hope it passes soon. Love the brooches, and the paper rose. I have my quilling stuff out at the moment, I want to make some quilled flowers for a project.

Stay warm, Brenda

Spyder said...

Love your flowers and yet another very tidy work top! I'm sooo glad I had a tidy from last week.
What a great idea sending secret goodies, I did join somewhere doing that, but mine never came (ah shame) Lovely to see what everyone gets up to!((Lyn)

Pam said...

These flowers look fab. Rosie. Hugs Pam

Julie said...

Did someone mention whisky! Love your brooches, and also love your pink rose!! Your desk looks very orderly! Juliex

magpie said...

Rosie..... so sorry you have a cold again..... you have my sympathy,
I love the roses the Knitted Rose ones well I own one!!!! and very nice too.
Love the 3D one I have to have a go at one of those.

Get better my dear..xx