Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Well, here we are in 2012! Sorry I missed the last 2 but I was too busy getting ready for Christmas for the first one, and too shattered after Christmas for the second one! Anyway, hopefully I’ll be back on track from now on.

For anyone who doesn’t know, WOYWW is “What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday” – a weekly blog hop organised by our own lovely Julia – click on the link in my sidebar which will take you to her blog where you can sign up and join the fun – we all nose around in each other’s creative spaces and see what we’re all up to and how much mess we can get away with!!

My main work table is a dumping ground this week. I’ve done nothing creative on it since before Christmas. Although we had a pretty quiet Christmas, two days on the trot spent with family and friends was enough for me and it took me 4 or 5 days to get over it, so I haven’t done much at all since Christmas.

I had a bit of a clear-out in the bedroom the other day and removed a stack of books from by the bed, and these are now stacked up on my work table waiting to be put away. The dark red box is a My Craft Studio Encyclopaedia CDRom set I got off Ebay last week – to be honest I’m a bit disappointed with it, but it was second hand so didn’t break the bank! I expect there will be some things I can use off it. The small brown cardboard box is Sheba’s accessories box which is now virtually empty – it will go in her main box and be packed away in the loft. All her accessories are now in the little box built into her lid.

On the table on the other side, though, is the most exciting thing to show you this time – Sheba, my new Black Cat Cougar cutting machine! She arrived before Christmas and had her Coming Out Party a couple of days ago – see my blog post for details and a video, complete with all her special Cougar noises!!

If you look carefully, you can see a slight glow on top of her, which shows that she is switched on and her display is lit up. So far that’s all I’ve done really.

Initially I experienced some problems because her buttons didn’t seem to do what they are supposed to do. I thought it was probably me, so I went straight to the Black Cat Forum for some advice! They are a wonderful crowd on there – no problem is too hard for them! (It turns out that the latest machines have a slightly different system, so the start-up guide was incorrect in this instance.)

Happy WOYWW, everybody, and also a Very Happy New Year to you all, and may 2012 be a wonderfully creative year for all of us.


  1. Have fun playing with your cutting machine not heard of that one.Will go see the coming out post next.
    Jude x10

  2. Happy New year to you. I hope 2012 is a full, busy, fun and creative time for you. Enjoy playing with your new toy!

  3. Wow what a sleek black cougar she is - welcome Sheba - WOYWW welcomes you and hopes to see you much more throughout 2012. When Shoshi puts you through your paces it will be wonderful to see just what you can do.
    Thank you for making your debut on WOYWW. Hugs and a Happy, Healthy New Year to you all. Hugs, Neet #1

  4. Oh hun, take your time going through the Encyclopedia, as there is tons in there!! a quick skim, doesnt do justice, and dont forget you can import papers, of your own to use with the templates, which increases the things you can do with it, I really enjoy, the encyclopedia's and there's always somethign in there if Mr Mojo has gone walk ablout, to kick start the process again, lol


    Lou WOYWW

  5. Nice to see you back, Shoshi! Glad you had a good
    Christmas :) Your lean, mean, sleek machine looks the bee's knees, even though I don't have a clue as to what it does, lol!! Wishing you health and happiness for 2012,
    Hugs, LLJ #34 xx

  6. WOW, that looks exciting piece of crafty equipment, will be checking this out very soon, enjoy! having a play, x x Hugs May x x x x

  7. Hi Shoshi. Be patient with Sheba. I felt like throwing the book at my cameo after my first few attempts to use it, but I am beginning to make sense of some the features. The soft-ware is better than the one that came with my craft-robo, but not as good as the extra disc I bought for it, and until the company re-open on 9th, I can't ask whether they are compatible, but what I have managed to do, I am pleased with.
    Something strange happened yesterday. My google i-reader said there was a new post from you, and when I opened it, it was this one, which I soon realised you hadn't actually published. So I read it a day early! Google getting over-excited again. Kate x

  8. Hi Shoshi!
    I'm in awe at your wonderful creations- can't wait to see what you do with Sheba!

  9. Hi Shoshi, I hope you are well rested now - Christmas can be exhausting. I haven't heard of a Sheba until I read your post. All the best for 2012 and I hope you will get back to crafting soon. Elizabeth x #60

  10. I spy polka dots! I love polka dots!!!!

    Have fun with that Black Cat Cougar cutting machine (is that really the name of it?).

    WOYWW #92

  11. Just a quick dash, happy new year and happy woyww trace x

  12. Love your ne 'toy' - enjoy using it! (Hazel, WOYWW 108) x

  13. Will wait with interest to see how you like the Black Cat. Have fun with it

  14. Oh wow, that is an amazing looking cutting machine. Can't wait to see what you create.

  15. Have not heard of the Black Cat before. Have fun with it. Happy New Year. Anne x

  16. Wow! Your new addition to the family looks fierce! Fierce in a good way though! Have fun getting to know Sheba!
    Happy 2012!
    xoxo Karen

  17. I'm late for WOYWW but it was still a great visit. What an interesting machine (complete with cougar noises?!) you got there. I've not heard of a Black Cat Cougar before (as a machine, I have a black cat and I know of cougars).

  18. I hope Sheba is as good as my lovely new Cameo (Silhouette). She does look an awesome machine, and I am looking forward to seeing what she can produce. Maggie #72


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