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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

WOYWW & A Crafty Trip Out (with PARTY BAGS!)




How quick a week goes!
I wanted to post what's on my desk, something I've just finished this week. I made a mini book each for my friends and I that started a book club about 18 months ago. We've read about 26 books and I managed to find thumb nail prints (from Amazon) for each book as well as a short synopsis of each book we read. Each page was embellished with stamps, flowers, embellishments, tags hidden pockets etc. (Too many photo's too show!) We have read some great books (& some RUBBISH ones!!) The great thing about a Book Club is that you take it in turns to choose the book and you find that you are being introduced to books that you yourself would NEVER have picked up!) It's great fun - we meet for lunch once a month - spend 10 minutes talking about the book and the rest of the time just catching up and having a good laugh together. You don't even get kicked out if you haven't had time to read the book!!! (I could never say "Sorry, I preferred crafting to that book we chose! - normally, the excuse would be, I was on the waiting list at the library and by the time I got the call to say it was in - I only had 3 days to read it !!)
Also - yesterday I went out with my scrapping friends to the Craft Barn in Lingfield. 7 of us went together and we decided to each spend £10 on some items that we could then split between the 7 of us as "surprise" goody bags. Look what i came away with - it was so exciting when I got back to see the different array of goodies we had all bought. It was so much fun! (Oh, as you can imagine we all spent a lot more than £10 today - the remainder was to add to our own stash!!!)
Take a look at Julia's blog at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com

33 comments:

Julia Dunnit said...

Fun fun - lovely idea over the book club albums, how thoughtful - bet they were really pleased! As for new stash - just plain yum!

okienurse said...

WOW what a lot of fun to make and bet everyone was happy to recieve such a great gift. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #52

aqualeiga said...

What a great idea! I love things like that (probably the big kid inside trying to get out!)

I love the Book Club book too, another great idea and wonderful record for you to look back on!

Hugs, Ali x

Beatrice said...

What a great book for your friends and the book club sounds great I have never come across one - your crafty trip and purchases sound great

Karen said...

What a gorgeous book for your friends, its beautiful. A very creative looking desk this week, you look like you are having lots of crafting fun :)
Have a great WOYWW,
Karen #73

Chrysalis said...

Hi Cupcake! So many good ideas in just one post. I'm toying with the idea of a book club but not sure when I'd fit the reading in - I seem to spend every spare sec crafting (or catching up on blog reading!) Anyway, loved the idea of the album, and the goody bag one, too! I'm just going to read some more of your great posts and will pop over again soon. Happy WOYWW x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Great post/stash/desk/fun! Happy WOYWW.
Hugs, Sandra (no. 71)

Rachel said...

I love your new stash. I want your new stash! I need your new stash.

cheers, rachel no. 70

Airing cupboard stamping said...

love your book club mini and the idea of splitting stash and having a surprise is genius.

laura 83

Mrs A. said...

2 Lovely ideas here. The book club sounds fun as does the £10 goodie bags. Monkey has just called out to say he has brewed a nice cuppa so I'm of to have tea and a nice doughnut. hugs Mrs A. #57

Holly Jones said...

I love your book club book. It's a great idea :)

Thanks for stopping by this morning, I have now updated my post and there are a few phots up now (along with a little more about last night).

Happy Wednesday :)

Bugged Designs said...

Both the mini book and the goodie bag ideas are brilliant, I don't think any of us have any willpower when it comes to limited spending in craft shops. Thanks for stopping by my blog too x

Twiglet said...

Great little book club project. I love to read but never joined a book group - yours sounds like fun.

Ali H said...

Great to try things that you wouldn't necessarily be drawn to yourself - be it crafty stash or books - keeps us on our toes ! Thanks for stopping by today 7 have a fun crafty week ! Ali H

Aud said...

Wow this is such a great project Im sure everyone will be delighted with this just something different, Well Done and thanks for popping over to my blog. Aud

Sherry Edwards said...

What a great idea - the mini book gifts for your fellow book club members - I bet they were a hit!
Your day out sounds lovely - and all that great stash too!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. You mentioned the tin on my desk - I'm not sure whether it's a Hollie Hobby or Betsy Clark - the caption reads 'Miss Petticoat' and I must have had it over 25 years - so the pegs inside it are probably that old too - lol.

Sherry (158)

The Crafty Elf said...

Great excuse for girls getting together....love it!

MaggieC said...

The idea of a book club is brilliant, and please can I join your goodie bag group? I really envy you that beautiful flourish stamp. Thank you for your "aahhh" on my blog. It is such a gorgeous picture.

Roban Studio said...

The book club and the shopping trip sounds like so much fun! I want to come too!!! Thanks for stopping by my desk. Happy WOYWW #19

Dragon said...

What great ideas... I don't have girlfriends to do that with... Must be really good fun - nice stash!!!
Frankie
xx

KanataNewf said...

What an awesome project for your bookclub!

Thanks for sharing!

Happy WOYWW
Sheena #89

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I would love to join a book club! Esp one like yours! Seriously, 10 minutes? Sounds like a lot of fun with some wonderful friends! Patsy from
HeARTworks

voodoo vixen said...

Both ideas are brilliant, the albums for the book club are lovely and must have been hard work putting together and the idea of splitting stash amongst you is great as you never use an entire packet of anything!! Annette #5

Marjo said...

Wonderful ideas, very creative and clever. Thanks for the the view and sharing, hugs Marjo#10

Wipso said...

I'm having a really busy week but am quickly dropping by to make sure all our WOYWW friends get the chance to win the last of our weekly draws before the BIG one over in our blog shop. Pop over and join in the fun. Good luck.
Hugs,
A x
http://sisterscraftycreations.blogspot.com/

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Wow, would love to have been there. Sounds like a really awesome time!

nickipee said...

Those stamps look lush!
Yeah girls rock, like you say great to make girlie things.
I eat the Oxo cubes (only beef) "neat" but washed down with a glass of milk or orange squash - so specific!
nickipeex

Sam said...

what a FAB idea both the Book Club and the lovely books you made. Lovely!

Angi~Mistress of Mayhem said...

Rebecca,
Thanks for stopping by on Wednesday! I love your comment "I'm a lark, you're obviously a night owl!" I would love to spend the day crafting, but the day job is a necessity (gotta support the habit!) and I enjoy spending time with my kiddos. :)

Late night is all I have!

What a great idea to share with friends! I love surprises!

Have a fab weekend!

Angi

Shazsilverwolf said...

Great story, do you think its possible for ANYONE to go into a craft shop and only spend £10? Sounds like an urban myth to me, :)
Shaz #148

Jann said...

What a fun idea! I'm so glad to have found your blog-thank you very much for visiting mine and leaving such a lovely comment!

Craftgirl said...

Great idea and looks to be so much fun. Is that a stamp with Book Club on it?
Thanks for the snoop. I also hate ironing and do geneaology

Tertia said...

Love the idea of the book club albums. Sounds like a lot of work. Your stash looks very inspiring too.
Happy belated WOYWW