Wednesday, 1 October 2014

WOYW?W 278

Hi peeps,

Thank you for visiting my desk. Yes, it’s desk hopping time again. If you don’t understand what I mean, have a look at Julie’s blog at
But beware! It’s highly addictive!

I'm early today. I got woken up by the sound of the cement mixer. The workmen are here.....
This is what my ‘desk’ looks like today.

 As many know, we are living on a building site so I use the kitchen table when available. It makes me very disciplined in that I have to put everything away every time. My ‘desk’ today is a small occasional table as the kitchen table is occupied with something else. (see further down).

As you can see I busted my (kitchen) scissors! No panic! I found another pair in my craft box/crate. And later today I will have to go to the shops and get another one for the kitchen. 

I’m in the process doing a layout using CSI’s latest challenge and palette. ( You can see some papers and bits that I've prepared so far. I've just die-cut some leaves as the brief mentions leaves. I’ll show you next week what I've done.

For those who wondered what I did with the papers I had on my desk last week.... here is the finished layout which I called Ship Ahoy! It’s about an adventure. In 1955 I went to stay in England for 3 months without my parents at the tender age of 4. I've used the original (tiny) photos. Have a look and read about it in my previous blog.(Friday 26 Sept)

Now in case you’d like to know what is actually on the kitchen table... it is this jigsaw! I’ve nearly finished it. It’s from the series ‘Buried Blueprints’ by artist Albert Lorenz, who’s work I love. I haven’t decided what to do with the finished puzzle: do I take it apart again? Or shall I frame it?

Some people have asked me how the build is going. We’re building on a hillside, so the foundations are extensive. We've only just finished the foundations. There’s no point in showing you a photo because there’s nothing to see, but I will show you as soon as we have completed something above ground.

That’s it for today.

Have a good week and God bless you all.



  1. Sounds like you are very busy there - glad to see you are still finding a space to get crafting though. Sunshine Girl #6

  2. ah what fun going on there Lisca.. love the ship ahoy and the jigsaw.. my site would love it too .. mm frame it would be me but will it become and nuisance if you do? Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #35

  3. Great layout and wow that is one brilliant jigsaw puzzle, I do jigsaws on my iPad no mess and take it with you, it also comes in multiple pieces for challenges. Show pictures of the foundations, we are all interested from the ground up, hey it sure is a different desk for sure. Happy creating when you can.

    Hugs Eliza, Yoda & Flat Susan
    Happy WOYWW #2

  4. Ooh, I love jigsaws and that is a beauty! Did it take you long to do?
    Your LO is fab, very vintage indeed. And I'm with Eliza - foundations are interesting and WOYWWers are veyr nosy!!
    Hugs, LLJ 30 xx

  5. That is some jigsaw, Lisca. I make them, take them apart, put them away - and do them again later! That is a lovely layout you have put together - what memories, travelling all that way on your own...
    All the best with the build works - been there, and got the VERY dusty tee-shirt!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #7

  6. I have no self build experience, but I can tell you that once foundations are laid, your vision of size will be cheated - foundations for some reason, always look much smaller per room than the finished room. Weird! you must have been going some to snap the scissors - how very keen you are!

  7. Really love the layout and I totally think the puzzle needs framing - it looks so interesting and like it must have taken a while. I am a bit curious about the Man Against Woman title tho'... :)

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (1)

  8. Love the layout, and the jigsaw. Definitely a framer! You came to England the year I was born :). Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #43 xxx

  9. Hi Lisca, happy WOYWW. Great page and I so remember those tiny photos..not of me...but my mum...After going through a box of my nans in the shed for 8 years I found the only photo of my mum as a newborn with both her parents, so tiny but after scanning it I was able to enlarge it quite a bit and it is now very precious for me and my family tree research. That zigsaw is amazing, wow. Hope the building continues well for you, Cheers RobynO#40

  10. Love your layout! Such memories! And the jigsaw puzzle... frame it if you have a spot in mind to hang it. I've never seen a puzzle like that before, so much detail! Hope the foundations go well and you can start with the framing. Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #41

  11. Hi Lisca, I enjoyed reading your lovely post. Your scrap page is lovely ... I like the papers, the layout and the photos. I'm so glad to read that as a 4 year old you remember that time with pleasure. The jigsaw looks so complicated ... I'd be tempted to frame it rather than break it up again. Hope the work being done on your house progresses well. Have a great week. Elizabeth x #51

  12. Hi again, Lisca. Yes the crown jewels are still kept there, and they are on display- granted in huge glass cases. But they are a magnificent sight. You are not supposed to take pictures, but Beloved Hubby was rather naughty with his camera phone, lol. If you go to our FB page( link in sidebar), there is an album of photos from the Tower, with a few pics of the Crown Jewels, amongst others. Shaz xxx

  13. Hi Lisca, just popping back to thank you for your comment and answer your question about the embossing on my Rudolph Day card. I first embossed the piece of white card in the usual way, by putting it in the embossing folder and through my Cuttlebug. Once that was done all I did was sponge gold metalic ink over the top of the embossed card using a piece of cut and dry foam. Finally, I trimmed the card to size and inked around the edges before adhering it to the base. I hope I've explained the method clearly, if not, please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will do my best to help. Elizabeth x #51

  14. Hi Lisca - glad all seems to be going well in your world. The page looks great, and I look forward to seeing the other finished piece. Hugs, Chris # 16

  15. Hey Lisca, you're a truly dedicated scrapper, letting nothing stop you from finding a space to work in - your adventure page looks wonderful, I love the way you've incorporated the small photos into the design. That jigsaw looks very difficult to do, I think I would have to frame it as it would make a great piece to hang on the wall. Sorry for the late return visit, we got home from Budapest later than expected - and thank you yes we had a great time and there was no work involved at all! Have a great week, Annie C #82

  16. Hope the cement mixer etc didn't disturb too much. Lots of lovely crafting there. Thanks for sharing. Sorry I’m late commenting. Hope that you have a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #81 x

  17. Hi Lisca, thank you for your visit to my blog earlier! I've just read your profile and I must say I envy you! Your life sounds so idyllic in Andalusia! I love your scrapbook layout and the jigsaw too! I've completed a total of 2 jigsaws in my life: one was a seascape, the other the solar system, which glows in the dark! I thoroughly enjoyed doing them both, but they took a loooong time to complete. It has to be the right kind of jigsaw for me though - if it's too challenging then I get frustrated and give up. I once attempted to put together a lenticular jigsaw, but it just gave me a headache! I wouldn't touch those with a barge pole! Sorry about blabbering! I talk too much! Have a crafty weekend! zsuzsa @ InkiDinkyDoodle

  18. The jigsaw looks quite complicated.
    You are doing very well to find a space to work so well done.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x

  19. Thank you for your visit to my blog and dining room table. Wow what an adventure at such a young age, hope you managed to replace the scissors!!

  20. That puzzle looks like lots of fun. And what a great page. You were very young. :-) Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier.
    April #84

  21. Frame the puzzle! :) I love your page. I love to scrapbook. To answer questions from when you visited me: HL is Hobby Lobby. SU! is Stampin Up. But like you said doesn't matter where it came from our goodies are always fun! Thank you for stopping by earlier.
    I love this desk hopping. We meet so many people from all over the world. Glad to meet you! :)

  22. I used to wotk on the dining room table before I took over a bedroom as a craft room. Vivid memories of starting off b being good Andyd tying everything away, quickly changed to shoving everything to back of table lol! Only cleared it when space to eat became too small for 2 table mats!
    Thanks for your kind comments
    Debs 24

  23. Hi Lisca, I like your Spellbinder foliage dies and the fact that it looks like there are 11 of them wow! Love your Ship Ahoy layout, is the galleon a stamp? it's lovely. I love jigsaws ! and yours is a beauty, I have never framed mine though my daughter has, but I think your's would look great framed. Hope you have a happy weekend, and are not woken too early by your builders.Thank you for paying me a visit and leaving a comment. Lottie #61

  24. Lovely work!! Thank you for sharing, Have a great week Ginny M #63

  25. Wonderful lo, Lisca--I work from an occasional table quite often, too, scurrying back to my art room for supplies now and again, but it keeps me more with the family/in the action.

    Thank you for your visit this week, I look forward to another building photo next week!
    #70ish this week

  26. Hello and sorry I'm so late calling by. Thank you for visiting me. Lovely LO. What a lovely coloured Big shot - mine is just black !!!! Anne x