Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


My it has been a long time since I posted on here. I have had an amazing month starting with the storm which was the worst here for twenty five years, but which pales into insignificance when compared with what they are facing in America right now. Then there was a fantastic fortnight in Ireland, which, if you are up for a long story, you can read all about, and see photos of, on my other blog. Finally there was the week of family time when all five of our boys flew over to surprise us on our birthdays. They stayed for a week and we had a great time together. Since then all I have managed to do is sort out all the photos from each event, make folders of the better ones in my picaso gallery, and write posts about them on my blog.
Now it is time I did some crafting again so here is my desk as I start working  If Sandra sees this she will know what it is for as she kindly gave me a tutorial for it yesterday. But I'll post about it properly when the card is finished.  I am using two of my newer Memento ink pads, a lovely Chocolate Baroque corner stamp, and a very ancient Posh Impressions poinsettia stamp. The tatty sheet of paper at the side is for me to stamp off some of the ink as I only want quite a pale frame to my paper. At the back of my work is my new guillotine. I have just replaced my X-cut that I have had for years. It was such a good little cutter and didn't take up too much space on my desk, but I had had it for years and the blade was worn out. The old one was blue, and now it is pink, bu it seems to be just as efficient as its predecessor.
When Chocolate Baroque launched their new range of clear stamps last month, I was lucky enough to win one set in their draw, and I have since bought a second set, and a lovely Prima mask, so they are all sitting on my desk still in the hope that I will get the inspiration to use them .

To the left of my desk, above the 'messy corner', Arwen has taken up residence on top of my printer. This was always Baggins space in the winter, when it got too draughty to sit by the window, but now he is gone, she has taken it over. Arwen is Baggins mum, and she is very beautiful but sadly she doesn't have his lovely nature. She never leaves this room, by choice, as the door is always open, and she rather resents it when I want to sit here to use my computer or do some crafting. But I still like having her company.

Well I'm afraid I have done a long post again for Workdesk Wednesday, so if you have read down to here, Well done, and Thank you. I shall now link this to Julia's stamping ground, and tomorrow afternoon I shall visit you and see what you are working on this week.


Maria said...

Welcome back to WOYWW how precious is Arween he looks all content laying on top of your printer...
Your stamping looks amazing and I love those gorgeous stamps you have on your workdesk...


MaxineD said...

Oh Kate - I didn't realise that you had lost Baggins :-( It is so sad when that happens.
Arwen really looks as though she is 'the boss - and don't you disturb me!'
The stamping you are doing is looking intriguing :-).

Spyder said...

Snap, I have that guillotine. It's tha only one I have that cuts straight! Great stamping going on, thank you for my snoop Happy WOYWW
(Lyn) #6

Spyder said...

I missed Arween! I have a lodger cat who likes to 'get into everything' too! Yes I got to early this morning but by the time I commented I was down to number #12!

MiniOwner said...

Aww Arwen is gorgoeus., I read you post to the end and enjoyed it immensely.Happy Wednesday :o)
Sue x (Miniowner @102)

Twiglet said...

You have had a busy time. That pic of Arwen is priceless - she looks so distainful - as if she is saying " Don't come near me with that camera! -No photographs please!" x Jo

Annie said...

I'm sat reading my WOYWW blogs on my sick bed this week but have my mask on so you don't catch anything. I'm enjoying reading what everyone is up to this week [it's better than reading magazines :-) ]. I'm leaving a copied comment so you know I've called by because my hands are too weak and shaky to keep typing out my comments this week.
Big hugs,
A x #93

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Aha! Yes . . . I HAVE seen your post and YES I do know what you're up to and look forward to seeing the results.

Happy WOYWW.

Sarn xxx

caz said...

She's gorgeous - even if her nature doesn't always match her looks!
What a lovely birthday present to have all your family visit.
The project in progress looks interesting....
Have a good week

Shoshi said...

It IS nice to be back again after a long break, isn't it, Kate! At least your absence was because you were away on holiday and doing nice things... Things are settling down a bit at our end but there's still a lot to be done before we are sure my parents are properly settled. Dad will probably stay in the home now, but we are anxious to get their house sold. Power of attorney is now going through which will help a lot.

Love your busy work space, ably superintened by Arwen! She is so beautiful! You may find her personality improves now she's on her own. We couldn't believe how much Phoebe has changed since we lost Chloe - she's far less nervous and much more sociable, and has found her voice (although she doesn't really know how to miaow properly lol!!)

Glad you like my knitting. I've now made a good start on the back, and am fully motivated to get it finished ready for the cold weather!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #15

Anonymous said...

The detail on those stamps is just beautiful -- I can see why you like them. Best of luck with what you're working on. Happy WOYWW woefully late from Laura #148