Wednesday, 5 December 2012

WOYWW - Week 183 (I think)

Hello fellow Woywwers and Bloggers

It has been a while.  I have certainly missed joining in.  Firstly I would like to thank my latest followers, it is lovely to have you along on my journey of learning and developing.  Thank you also to all of those who contacted me to enquire after me, I am much better now and hopefully will remain that way.

If you are wondering what on earth WOYWW is all about then please pop over to see our wonderful Hostess, Julia at and join in the fun!

My desk this week is a sad affair but I did have a huge win over at Snazzys where I won November's design kit and it comprises the most wonderful Teresa Collins paper pack, stamps and embellishments.  You can see them on the left hand side of my desk, they are gorgeous.  I have had to hide what I am making with them because it is not finished yet. 

In the middle of my desk is another brown paper bag album (similar to the Nutcracker one a few posts ago).  This is a commission for a little girl who does ballet and she is being taken to see the Nutcracker ballet as a Christmas gift.  Her sister is having the earlier Nutcracker album.  They are being given the albums with the ballet tickets inside - how sweet.

Here is a closer look at some of the inside:

On the right is some knitting, also for a Christmas present.

Well that's all from me, I am still making Christmas cards.  I have posted my international ones and nearly had to take out a mortgage to pay for them.  The cost of postage here in the UK has become ridiculous and I am not a happy bunny, but family and friends are important so I gritted my teeth and paid up!

Hope you are all well and I look forward to visiting as many of you as possible.  If you do visit I hope you will leave a comment, I always do my best to return the compliment.  Happy WOYWW!  Hugs, Anne x


  1. G'day Anne, I think it's a lovely idea to make an album for the occasion yours is for, seems to be a few of these paper bag albums being made, and oh gosh I've just got used to making tags lol.
    Postage costs here in Aust are also exhorbitant, such a shame really 'cause I think more people would send cards if it was cheaper.
    Here's to a great crafty week.
    ps. thanks for your kind comment on my tag.

  2. Good morning Anne
    Lovely to see all your marvellous craft results on your desk.
    We made boxes last night at our craft club, everyone loved it. So thank you for showing us. I also took the paper bag album you left us and a few members thought they might like to have a go at that too.
    Enjoy your day my friend. Love to you both.
    Lynn x x x
    Ps how's little Evie ?

  3. Hi Anne, the album is such a brilliant idea - adds to the excitement! I'm with you on the foreign postage, had to post several to Italy, the US, Canada and even Australia and nearly fainted with the cost! Carole Z X

  4. some lovely makes Anne and I agree with the postage thing...disguting...have a great woyww trace x

  5. Lots of fun projects on the go. Love the look of the paper bag album adn the story of what they will be used for!
    I hate the way postage has risen. You might have read my posts lately about trying to jump the hoops of keeping my handmade cards the right depth to pass through the $1.80 postage for overseas. I ahnd deliver as many cards as possible. With the holiday season full of parties and get togethers, that is great for the locals. That leaves me mailing to out of town friends and family and overseas. I am determined each year to keep them to the one postage amount but boy those have to be skinny cards!

  6. Those Nutcracker albums will make such a gorgeous gift in themselves, never mind the tickets inside! So pretty... And congratulations on that lovely Snazzys loot - can't wait to see what you're up to with it. Lovely to have you back on the snoopy bloghop trail - happy WOYWW!
    Alison x

  7. oh how I love Teresa Collins, lucky you! Paper bag album is really very cute. I love making those also!

    Thanks for sharing,

    #11 Apryl

  8. Well done on your win, and I love the album. I haven't written my cards yet, my weekend was disrupted somewhat... however, aim to do them any day now(!!!) Helen, 5 oh, and good to see you back, I missed you.

  9. great to see you back in the crafty the ballet albums...what a great gift idea..don't mention the postal charges and well done on your win...take care hugs kath xxx

  10. Such lovely projects on your desk and the sneak peek of the inside of the album is lovely. Such beautiful work.
    Sandra @27

  11. Love love your album! So gorgeous! ♥ She's going to love it, I'm sure. :)
    Happy WOYWW!
    Roudi #48

  12. Ooh! That little album is lovely! happy woyww jenx

  13. Love that paper bag book - mine never look so neat. What a lovely idea the parents have to give them with the tickets inside. Imagine the joy when the children open them - and what a lovely feeling you must have to have been part of it.
    Glad you are back with us and feeling so much better.
    Take care - Hugs Neet 46 xx

  14. Welcome back Ann and congratulations on your win. Love the paperbag album and the little girl will be thrilled - Nutcracker is my favourite ballet.
    Thanks for your lovely comments on my angel - much appreciated.

    Ann B

  15. Hi Anne, How exciting to win something! What a dainty paper bag book! Very pretty! Patsy from

  16. Congrats on your win there Anne, super prize too. You definitely need a mains adapter for the mini lantern, as batteries don't last long. Thanks for visiting me today BJ#47

  17. oh my! you have been busy!! and the album will be treasured, i'm sure!
    thanks for stopping by :)
    have a happy WOYWW :)
    no. 8

  18. Beautiful album and such a special idea and keepsake of the ballet for those little girls. Congrats on your prize .. I won a Letraset prize via Darcy too!
    BTW that wasn't a shop window , all around the town they have a series of little log cabins with animated scenes from children's stories with a recorded stories. They are so lovely and, of course, the children love them. It does, however, make it very hard to shop quickly!
    Love Jo x

  19. PS Glad you are feeling much better!
    Jo x

  20. Congratulations on your win! Your album looks gorgeous, Anne. You've done a great job!

    Happy December to you...
    Gaby xo

  21. Oh what a lovely desk full of goodies. Well done on your win and I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with them all. I love the rosette type embellies you've made for your book - how do you make them? Happy WOYWW! Karen 72 x

  22. glad you're feeling better Anne - and its lovely to see the snazzy's DT pack on your table - I was so chuffed that you won it!!! The paperbag book looks darling - I suspect it will be long treasured! Take care my crafty Friend! Hugs Rachel x

  23. I know what you mean about postage, I was flabbergasted at the size of the rise in charges earlier this year.The paperbag book is awesome,Have a great week, Hugs,Shaz #54

  24. Lovely album on your desk there. Those girls are sooo lucky! Nutcracker is one of my favourite ballets.
    Well done on your win!
    Thanks for your kind words. I sent some international cards out yesterday as well as some UK ones and could not believe the price (2nd class too!). If it wasn't for the fact that the stamps were so pretty I might have feinted!

  25. Hello Anne! I bet that little girl is going to have lots of goodies to add to her album after the ballet! Congrats on your recent win too, whoop whoop! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  26. We've had brown paper bags for ages and must get round to making mini books with them. We've been inspired by your lovely creation

  27. What a fabulous album Ann, your desk is always so interesting too. I am not able to join in this week. Hugs Rita xx

  28. The album is gorgeous and will help make the event even more special, especially as it will be there for ever after. I love the rosettes; I make big ones as Xmas decs. Easy, fun and fab looking too.

    Thanks for visiting,
    cheers, rachel #50

  29. Lucky little girls, what a delightful album. It must be lovely to know where your work of art is going! Lovely Anne. x

  30. Lovely busy desk there and that album looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl no. 21

  31. A very cute little paperbag album. Now I really need to get started on my cards - I suppose the international ones should have been posted by now?!
    Bernice #52

  32. Hi Anne! Glad to hear you are feeling better! We were sick here, me, dh and the boys for 2 weeks, and my one son got it back yesterday! it doesn't end. yuck. And I am sooooo sad Anne! I've only had 5 visitors today! I feel like I'm not liked anymore!! But you are sooo sweet!
    Now, congratulations on the kit win, and your album is gorgeous!!! That little girl is going to love it!!!

  33. Nice to see you Anne! the album is just lovely, and such a lovely gift....a great way to record a really special memory. What a great win from Snazzy too, well done you, lots of fun to be had with that lot.

  34. Congrats on your win and the paper bag album is pretty. Thanks for sharing. #76

  35. Oh that Nutcracker present holder is soooo pretty - she's going to love it! That is one of my favourite ballets, I wish I was going to see it too. I love the dances section best!
    Hugs, LLJ #30 xx

  36. Congrats on the fantastic win, Annie! Perfect timing to get you back in the swing of things. And, wait, you knit, too? You guys all make me feel so underdeveloped! But I'll get over it.

    The Nutcracker paperbag album for the girls is adorable. We are taking the twinks for the first time on the 15th and I can't wait! We haven't been since their father was a lad.

    Take care!
    Darnell #58

  37. Album looks a great idea. Well done on your win
    Famfa (80)

  38. I am afraid I am a little behind in my snooping. I do love paper bag cards. They feel good and sound good!
    Happy Holidays Anne!!

  39. Hi Anne love your bag book and what a lovely gift. Loving your house post too. Have a great I'm a little late this week, happy crafting, hugs Erika. 70

  40. Hi, I really love your Nutcracker album. What a treasure.
    A x #42

  41. Love your album, what a lovely idea for a gift.

    Thanks for visiting my blog

    Jan S 95

  42. I love your album, Anne - really pretty. As you know I'm doing a paper bag album at the moment. Can I ask you where you got your bags from? I happened to have some carriers left over but had to cut the handles off.

    Glad you are feeling better.

    Thanks for your comment - the only reason my desk is reasonably tidy is that I've just finished a particular stage on my album and had tidied up a bit, ready for the next! The table at the side is another matter though - heaped up with card scraps and notes for my album. (I didn't show anybody that!)

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #55

  43. What a gorgeous album and a lovely idea for a gift. Thanks for visiting me.
    Carolyn #82

  44. Congrats on your win, I love Teresa Collins things so am very envious!! Can't wait to see what you create with them.
    The little book is looking gorgeous. What a great gift.
    I know what you mean about postage, but still, it is Christmas so like you I grinned and handed over my weekly budget for the stamps too!!
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #56

  45. Love the album. I am going to see the same ballet in January.

    Carol x

  46. Another fabulous album Anne, I love the ballet theme, it's so pretty and I think it's the most perfect way to present a ticket to the Nutcracker ballet...WOW, I know those little girls are going to love their albums. Wish I was going to see it again, I absolutely love the Nutcracker. Hugs, Chris x

  47. Lovely album - must take a lot of patience to make something like that! Will be a lovely gift!
    Glad you are back!
    Lots of hugs,


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