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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

WOYWW #371

And another week has flown past, and here we all are again, meeting up at our Deputy Head Deskers place, LLJ's. Doing a fantastic job of keeping us all organised whilst our Julia recuperates.A few desk shots here, as I've been trying out a few things which aren't working as well as I'd hoped, but I'll post more about those later in the week. A couple of cards have made it off my desk, and they're in the previous two posts.

These two are not strictly on my desk, rather on my dining room table. Aniseed balls.  I had a fancy for them, and could not find any locally. Doesn't help that we don't actually have a proper sweet shop in town. You don't seem to see those so much anymore.

Regular aniseed balls above, and black ones, with liquorice, on the right. Who else could have Goth aniseed balls? Rofl!
 Beloved Hubby did a bit of internet searching, and found me some. I just found the way they were delivered very pleasing, lol.

Next, some stamps. Some of the new releases from Visible Image.
Christmas ones here on the left.

Some fabulously cool images here on the right, as well as a set of sentiments. And the headphones are made to fit perfectly onto the large skull.

These also arrived this week, back in May, Helen & Mark did a special run, for one month only, of  personalised 'handmade by' stamps.

Finally, how I store my stencils. A document folder from Staples, with clear pockets.

I don't have any larger than 7"x7", apart from a couple of A4 ones I cut myself from my Silhouette.

And finally, following on from the pic of my eldest, Ant, with his green beard last week.

One of his friends posted this on FB last week- he was on a course, when this picture pops up on screen.
Ant had told me about this before, it all started with a course he went on when the BBC in Birmingham was being closed down. The guy running it asked Ant if he could use a picture of him in the section of his course dealing with how to stand out and get yourself work when you go freelance!
 Suffice to say, every time this guy shows the pic, and asks his group if they know who it is, at least three quarters put their hand up and name Ant. To which the bloke responds, 'my whole point in a nutshell.' 'If you remember Ant, so does everyone who employs him. And when they want someone for a job, and they are all good at what they do, it's the memorable people who get called first.' So his advice, whilst not needing people to dye various parts of themselves crazy colours, is to find some way of standing out from the crowd.
I will visit as many people as I can today, and after that it will possibly be Friday- Virgin are doing some work on the Broadband infrastructure on Thursday, and it could be disrupted for most of the day.

I forgot to say, many of you will have seen Julia's & Jan's posts about Darnells visit to the UK. She will be in Salisbury one day next week- Jan & Julia have the info, so give them a message if you can make it and would like to join them. Also, she will be coming through Birminghams New Street Station on Sunday 24th July. I don't know what time yet, as Marg (Silvercrafter) is making the plans, and I'm going with her. So anyone who could make it to Birmingham next Sunday would be very welcome indeed. Not sure Marg has got an email link on her blog, if you want to know when & where, Email me with the link in my sidebar, and I'll pass on all the info.


Helen said...

Ha, those aniseed balls will keep you quiet for a while... Go Ant!! hope your broadband disruption isn't too bad and see you soon; lol! Helen #4

Anne L said...

Hello Shaz. Oh my those Christmas stamps and the skull I am loving so very much. And I have never heard of Aniseed balls before I read your post and good luck thrusday broadband. also congrats to your son is becoming a house hold name and making himself stand out ahead of the crowd. have a super fantastic week Hugs ~Anne L#1

Judys Lace Creations said...

Oh what a serious lot of stamp stash you have there Shaz.As for those aniseed balls! I love the circles s with choc on the outside.Hmm...makes me want to go and get some next time I'm out..as for not having a sweet shop anywhere near...oh dear- some have it tough!!hehe..
Being drowned out my motors and some loud noises.Going to escape again!!

jill said...

Aniseed ball I just love them . What a pity you couldn't find them locally but then again your supply should keep you going for a while .
Happy woyww Jill #7

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ha, That made me laugh seeing Ant being used as a teaching tool! I think your whole family is rather memorable - none of you are shy, retiring violets really eh??
I'm so glad you tracked down the aniseed balls but I can't stand the smell or taste!!! Bleurgh. Just as well we're all different!!
Your new stamps are fab, I bet you'' have fun using them.
Hugs, LLJ xxx

Kathyk said...

Mmmmm aniseed balls - ENJOY!

Great idea to cut your own stencils too



Diana Taylor said...

Glad you found your aniseed balls, I've never liked aniseed, it's too strong for me - but they are real old fashioned sweets aren't they. I love the stamp sets, the swirly Christmas words are beautiful and I love the moth too - I also love the personalised stamp, I bought a plain one from an office company years ago, but I love the dragonfly decoration, it makes it look more arty and individual!
Hope you have a great week,
Diana #19 xx

Neet said...

I just love those balls - brilliant - but what do the black ones taste like really? Aniseed or liquorice?
Love the skull and the headphones are so neat - what a great idea - but then all of their stamps are great. Lost my voucher to get the 'eye' one I wanted so will probably wait now until Port Sunny in October. Ae you going to that show again?
Great that your son has attracted so much attention with his beard - now what can I do to make me memorable?
Hugs, & Thanks for visiting me earlier, Neet xx

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

The design team I'm on at present is celebrating Christmas in July and I know many people do begin working toward Christmas now but I'm just struggling with the effort. I love that you have purchased some stamps in preparation for your Christmas crafting! Glenda #27

Vicky Fisher said...

your stencils are so organized, I don't have the patience to place them after each use back in the folder.Happy WOYWW Vicky #17

Marit said...

Wowzah... your new stamps are amazing! LOVE the skull & the headphones, should be real fun to play with that! Enjoy, enjoy, happy woyww and a hug from Holland, Marit #26

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

I would use those aniseed balls for crafting rather than eat them! Such cool stamps - love the idea of the skull with headphones! The instructor made a great point about standing out - I guess we can all stand out in different ways. Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #30

Sharon Koole said...

You are so organised! You need to send a little of that this way - not so organised here! I love those stamps. It's great to see something different. I like the personalised ones too.

Have a great weekend
Sharon K #34

Angela Radford said...

Loving your Goth aniseed balls, brilliant! I so love those new Visible image stamps, their style is always that bit different to others on the market. Thanks for the visit to mine, have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 23

StampinCarol said...

Those candies look good but I don't care for the anise or licorice flavor. But if they were Milk Duds... oh my! They wouldn't last a day! Great stamps and how funny the headphones fit that skull! Love the article on your son, Ant. Great illustration! Thanks for the visit and I hope you have a fabulous week!
Carol N #31

Kim said...

Those are great new stamps...have fun playing. And thanks for sharing your stencil folder idea; my stencil habit has gotten out of control...and hanging them up is so not an option!
And enjoy your candies..I'm not a big anise/licorice flavor lover, so they would be safe with me! Have a great week.
-K #37

dmgarafalo said...

Love the card in your earlier post using the stencil, I have seen that stencil so much lately, I think I need to scoop it up. xoxoxo donna #16

lisa said...

Ohhh I love Aniseed balls. Never seen the liquorice ones but would love those too. We have a fab old fashioned sweet shop that sells everything we had as children. I'm hooked on dolly mixtures and alphabet sweets at the minute!!!
Your new stamps look great. Have fun with them.
Thanks for popping by earlier.
Hugs Lisax #14

Sue said...

Hi Shaz, OMG!!! I love Aniseed balls, but never had the black ones.

Loads of lovely stamps to play with.

Have fun meeting up with Darnell.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Sue #9

Sandy Leigh said...

Oh the skull with his headphones. Love it! Your card business looks wonderful. Happy Wednesday! Sandy Leigh #44

BJ said...

Oh and I thought they were malteasers! Thanks for visiting me and my sunflower BJ #39

Peg Robinson said...

Hmm Anisseed balls. Can't say I know anything about them. Lovely new batch of stamps. I look forward to seeing what you make with them Peg 43. Thanks for stopping by.

okienurse said...

OMG! Didn't make it past the "Goth aniseed balls"! and I was roflmao! Had a conversation with a friend yesterday about Goth balls…different context then candy tho! Love all the new stamps! I am trying to stay away from buying any new ones till I can get mine all organized. Thinking about having a big sale and getting rid of more then a few. I literally have thousands!! I can empathize with your son and his green beard. I found out after dyeing my hair purple that everyone remembers you and your name and can recall most everything you would rather they didn't. Oh well…it is still purple! Hope you have a fun time with Darnell. Someday I hope to me her myself. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier and leaving a comment. I enjoy reading them! Vickie #46

Cara said...

Wonderful stamps. I want an aniseed ball now., Cara x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh Shaz, will you please give Darnell a big hug from this "Shaz from Downunder" next weekend.
I would so love to be there with you all, but ever so glad you are all getting together and will look forward to the pickies, it helps to share the joy!

..and wow, I love those new stamps esp the calligraphed Christmas ones, smiles at the huge lot x 2 of aniseed too.
Happy belated WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #24

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Diane Futrell said...

My husband loves those aniseed balls.
Have a great day.
Diane - WOYWW #18

Twiglet said...

Hopelessly late at desk hopping this week - it will be Wednesday again if I don't get a move on!! My husband used to scatter aniseed balls as a youth when the Shropshire hunt were out in the belief that it put the hounds off the scent! What a waste!! x Jo

LisaDV said...

Super late this week for visiting. You have some great stamps. Love that the headphones fit the skull, that will be fun to work with. Blessings and hugs, LisaDV