Wednesday, 12 November 2014


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This week I’ve been alternately busy and poorly (as usual!) and we’ve had friends over for tea on a couple of days, so I was busy preparing that, and then suffering payback on the following day in each case. We’ve got more friends for tea on Thursday. Now we’re really settled after my hubby’s retirement, we are starting to invite old friends over so they can see where we are. I’m making scones and doing a cream tea on Thursday. I think afternoon tea is a dying art which should be revived, and I love getting my doilies and nice china out, and doing a bit of baking, although I don’t do as much as I used to!

Here is my desk for this week.


I am working on new sections in the recycled mini-album now – one on cars, and the other on professional life. I printed out a few bits and pieces on the computer and am fussy-cutting these out for pasting onto the album pages.

I have also finished the Scottish pages. I have soooo enjoyed doing these as Scotland is part of my heritage, and the pages brought back many happy memories. This is the title page for the section. I have printed out an image of the Fraser Clan tartan and also a map showing where the family came from, and created borders suggestive of tartan, and thistles.

63 Tartan and Map Page

The Scottish ancestors page. Swirls and leaves printed with Versamark and Perfect Pearls. You can also see the second tag in the album – its puller has a thistle on it.

66 Scottish Ancestors Page

Scottish holidays page, embellished with more tartan, and some Zentangles.

69 Scottish Holidays Page

I have done a blog post about these pages. Finally, the “Road to the Isles” page. I shall be uploading a post about this in due course.

75 Road to the Isles Page

If you look carefully you can see some colour on the background. I swept across the page with some distress stains and then painted on some Perfect Pearls in a pattern suggestive of tartan. It’s very dark, but the Perfect Pearls are beautifully shimmery, which of course doesn’t show up too well on the photo.

“The Road to the Isles” has long been a favourite Scottish song in my family. We had a great family friend who had a fine baritone voice, and his wife used to accompany him on the piano. This was one song that we always requested. While doing this page, I discovered a wonderful Youtube video of the great Kenneth McKellar singing it – it is full of “Scotch snaps” and the characteristic pentatonic scale so favoured in Scottish music.

I’ve had the sewing machine going this week too, altering some bedding for my new bed. I still have to get the book out to remind me how to thread it… but I can do straight stitching and zig-zag now – considering how much more this machine will do, that’s pretty pathetic really, but I’ll gradually get the hang of it in time.

My knitting is almost finished now, and I’ll upload some photos soon. It’s been two years in the making, but we did move house in the middle so I’ve probably got an excuse! I’m just completing the second sleeve and have yet to pick up the neck and sew the side seams, and then it will be done, in time for the winter.

Happy WOYWW everybody, and have a good creative week.


  1. Your album is looking very good Shoshi. Don't feel guilty, I use very few functions on my machine also!I keep saying to myself- one day I'll get out all the feet on my machine and find out what they are used for..hmm One Day!!!
    Judy x

  2. My you have been busy! I'm sure you'll get the hang of your new machine once you get time to play - but that's always the issue isn't it! I'm hankering after a fancy electronic cutting machine, but aside from the price the likelihood that I won't have time to work it all out is holding me back. I agree, afternoon tea is a much overlooked treat - in fact went for one on Monday. Loving the scottish pages. HAve a great Weds, Cindy # 4? (I forgot to look LOL)

  3. What beautiful albums you've made, you clearly have a talent for it.
    Georgie C (46)

  4. Lovely new pages in your album Shoshi! You must be close to finishing it now. Have a productive and creative week! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #33

  5. Thanks for the peek at your mini-album, love it! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #57

  6. I just love your Mini album and it just gets better and better.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 39

  7. LOVE your Scottish book! Love the black backgrounds and the zentangled edges. What a keepsake that will be! Lindart #63

  8. Afternoon tea is lovely and like you say we don't do it enough. I bet your friends will love it.
    Your journal pages are gorgeous, I love the tartan.
    Have a good week, Shoshi.
    Hugs Lisax #34

  9. Very busy there! Great album - hope you are feeling better soon. Sunshine Girl 27

  10. Love your Scotland book, the Zentangles around the edges as borders are wonderful and good luck with the sewing machine, if you are like me then you have to use it regularly to rembember what does what! LOL Annette #31

  11. Thank you so much for posting that beautiful song! I was playing it at full volume, when I heard my husband singing along to it (he has a beautiful voice). He had me in stitches because he was imitating the scottish accent (very successfully as far as I'm concerned).
    We both like traditional music. Hubby had a folk band for more than 10 years and went gigging every weekend. He did a lot of Scottish weddings. He was also the 'caller' for the dancing, but with scottish weddings of course he didn't need to call the dances. They know them all.
    The tartan is beautiful. I agree that the hunting tartan is nicer. My hubby has Scottish ancestry and is allowed to wear the Mackay tartan. He chose the ancient hunting tartan when he had his kilt made.
    Sorry I'm going on a bit...
    Thank you for letting me look over your shoulder.
    Have a good week (don't overdo it)

  12. Your album is looking wonderful SHoshi, and I love how you created that hint of tartan effect on the dark background for your white writing, looks really cool :o) Happy WOYWW Annie C #82

  13. Your album looks great
    Enjoy your tea today
    Happy Thursday! (sorry I'm late)

  14. Your book is looking beautiful and if you keep up at this rate you'll be finished before the years out! Hope you have a good week,

  15. Hi Shoshi,
    The book is looking good. Especially those Scottish pages. I want to hear The Road to the Isles but my computer does not seem to want to play along. (I will go to Youtube.)
    Have a good week.
    RosA # 1


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