Wednesday, 19 September 2012

WOYWW - 172

A load of new goodies from holidays this week that I promised to show, littering the desk but kinda sorted into boxes so they can be kept handy for a first use rather than being put away:
A selection of individual A4 papers, an A4 Christmas paper pad by The Paper Studio, two MME 6 x 6 paper packs - oh, and a New Mexico 'Peel and Stick decal - to be used on a layout. Aaah, and my WOYWW badge still waiting to be pinned back onto my doggie screen duster:)
All sorts of goodies - ribbons, buttons, some yummy baby coloured braid with little pom poms, lace butterflies, embellishments etc. Ha, and I became a kleptomaniac picking up coffee cup wraps to die cut :)
Err, 15 wooden stamps (a lot are specific to New Mexico), a cling stamp and I think three (or is it four) clear sets of stamps.
My mostest, cheapest bargain - found for me by Kay in a bargain bin in Hobby Lobby - yup, a seriously cute House Mouse stamp at $3.59, which is about £2.20, whoopee! I can live with the wrinkle across the coloured image on the back of the stamp for sure :)
Possibly my most favourite purchase - from Guadalupe Fun Stamps in Santa Fe - love these birdies. I lay awake for ages one night worrying there might be none left before we trotted back the following day, greedy little pig that I am! We even raced back again on our last day for a final look/buy!

To my disgust I found I still had a few kilos of luggage weight to spare, but in truth there wasn't a square inch of space to put anything else in - mental note, bigger case next time! 

We had a fabulous time, as I went on posted about last week, meeting with Kay of Whimsy Girl's Blog on three different days and having such fun. Our last meeting a week ago today was also my birthday and we went out for a lovely meal. And someone (thank you Kay!) had arranged for a dessert with a candle in plus a serenade for the Birthday Girl - who also had to wear a mahoosive Mexican hat during the ceremony :) Trust me, those hats are really heavy too - I felt a bit like a baby before it has learned to hold its head up properly:

Back down to earth now though with a bump - but it was all huge fun! Of course there were teary eyes when we had to finally say goodbye - although I'm sure we'll meet again pretty soon.

For more fun and frolics, do hop over to Julia's where you can see what she's been up to and then onwards to see a wide variety of desks, floors, dining tables and such where folk do their crafting and allow you to snoop (or, as Victoria would say, be a sticky beak) each Wednesday.



Monica said...

You beat Julia to it. Love Santa Fe and Taos, go there any chance.

Amanda said...

Wow, such fabulous goodies,. Last year we bought bigger cases for the same reason and ended up buying pillows to fill them cos the weight was right but we could hear the stuff moving around and didn't want it to get damaged lol. Love a bargain and that stamp is gorgeous can't wait to see your creations with all of them. So pleased you had a fabulous time and a very happy birthday for last week. Hugs, Amanda x

Irene said...

Morning Di

What a fabulous array of crafting goodies. Can't wait to see your creations, and what a gorgeous photo of yourself.


Annie said...

You certainly made the best of your trip and bought some amazing new stash Di. Some friendships will last a life time and it sounds like you've made a new one of those special eh?
I was away from my desk last week as you know and couldn't leave any comments so I'm trying to get around as many of my blogging friends today.

A x #86

Anonymous said...

Good stash of new goodies there Di, now I understand why you were struggling to close your cases.

Happy belated birthday, you sound like you had a wonderful day.

Hope you haven't been consumed by the washing and ironing pile, the only downside of any holiday. Paper clothes are always a good idea :)

Take care xxx

Caz said...

Ooh you lucky thing, looks like a fabulous lot of goodies there, can't wait to see what you're going to create. Sounds like you had a great time. Love the pic of you too.
Caz x

inkypinkycraft said...

Some lovely goodies, hope younwill have lots of creative fun with them! Have great week trace. 58

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Right, that's IT . .. I'm coming round to play!

Sarn xxx

Sandy said...

Oh I seriously love the bird on a wire stamp. I have that same thing on washi tape and so love it.. So glad you had a great holiday.. Sandy :)

Cardarian said...

So glad to hear from you - it looks like you had a lovely trip and your stash has got a big boost from it! I am so happy you are coming to the WOYWW crop I think it will be a lovely event! See you soon!
Lots of hugs,

Laura said...

Hi Di, so sorry I didn't wish you Happy Birthday! Hope you had a lovely time and enjoyed yourself - sure looks like you did!
All of those goodies that you purchased look AMAZING! So many different things to play with!
Laura xx #111

Glenda said...

I love your photo with the hat! Glad you enjoyed your visit...looks like you came away with lots of crafting goodies!
Glenda 109

Sandra H said...

Well Di you certainly made your trip worth while doing this fabby shop for all these goodies what a lovely treasure troll it is too! you have some beautiful stash there and l'll be looking out to see your gorgeous makes with them, have a nice day xx

Twiglet said...

What a lot of fab crafty bits and bobs- you sound to have had a brill time. x Jo

Sandy Leigh said...

So many wonderful papers, ribbons and stamps! AND they're nice and neat! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #36

505whimsygirl said...

Just tearing up reading your post! I was hoping your would show off your sombrerro photo!

Hmmmm, you really went all out on the stamps! Glad you made it back to the Guadalupe Stamp store several more times. Lee is such a nice woman; I'm sure she was happy to see you coming!

Kay #17

lisa said...

It's lovely to see you back safe and sound, Di. Your holiday sounds amazing and I can't believe you found all those goodies or had space to bring them back. We ended up with a "heavy" sticker on our case this year and all I had were a few ribbons and wooden die cuts!!!!
Enjoy playing with them all.
Hugs Lisax #93

MaryH said...

Wow, you were able to bring back a fabulous haul of 'schtuff'. I recognized some of the H/Lobby products (I sneak in those stores too!). Great buy on the HM stamp. And LOVE the hat! Could tell you were having fun. Very nice picture of you & such a happy face! TFS

SueH said...

You certainly know how to shop girl!
How on earth did you manage all that lot in your case and still be underweight ……I think I need a few lessons, Lol. I’m sure you’re going have great fun playing with that little lot.

Love your new hat too!
Glad you have a nice birthday and a lovely holiday.

Happy Crafting!
Sue @ #118

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Lots of fun goodies and fun photo!
Glad you had a great birthday! :)
Mary Jo #115

moira said...

love the hat an outfit for the next reunion

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Arriba, arriba - hey, senorita, it ees lovely to see you back in Gringo-land again. The sombrero, it reeeelly suits you :D

Happy Belated Birthday, m'deario - love the look of your stash. I think you were quite restrained!

Hugs, LLJ #73 xx

Anonymous said...

You look like me when I come back from England after shopping with my mam! Well, apart from the hat that is! Amazing new goodies, especially the HM stamp, gotta love a bargain. Talking of bargains, I was at Michaels today for the first time in ages, they have those MME pads 2 for $8 right now!! And I got a couple of DI's at $2.99 each! Loved reading all about your trip and happy belated birthday, what a great way to spend it.

Brenda 1

Anne said...

Great photo of you and the hat and some lovely goodies to play with. Happy WOYWW Anne x #149

Kathleen said...

What a fabulous collection of goodies and you now have one week to showcase what you have made with them all on next weeks WOYWW, challenge there or what?
Very big belated birthday wishes, you look great in the hat, good job you didn't have to fit that in your suitcase too.

Kath x

Jojorenee said...

You too hot tamales must have had a good ol' time! I like how planned out your are! Tamika #139

Elizabeth said...

Oh Di, your goodies are fab and the bonus is as you use them, especially that cute little birdie stamp, you will be reminded of all the fun you had on holiday. Belated birthday wishes - and many happy returns too. Hugs, Elizabeth x #113

Darnell J Knauss said...

I canNOT believe how many new goodies you got on your trip!! You are going to have so much fun playing, and finding places to put your new things (and your OH is a real gem!). Good for you, hon, and happy belated birthday wishes! You celebrated in style!!

mamapez5 said...

That was some shopping spree Di. It's better than your birthday! Have lots of fun trying it all out. I enjoyed following your holiday through the photos on your blog. Lots of wonderful memories to treasure. Nice to have you back. Kate x #97

Vicky Hayes said...

Wow, what a haul Di - love those birds on a wire too! Glad you've got back safely and it sounds as if you've had the time of your life. Hope you didn't bring the hat home, I can imagine it causing one or two raised eyebrows in Hampshire! Vicky x

Tertia said...

That is some haul you got there! Reminds me of my trip to the States last year. I left half my clothes behind to gey everything in my suitcase. It was so worth it though!
Happy belated WOYWW!
Tertia #46

Planetsusie said...

Coo Di - this looks lurvely - wouldn't mind ferreting through that little lot meself!!! MME papers are my favourite - yum. I also love the HM stamp - brilliant.

Hugs Sue Pxxx

Missed blogging yesterday so I am catching up today (Thursday).

Nan G said...

Looks like you had a good visit and came away with some fabulous new goodies! Have fun with em. A belated Happy Birthday from the USA! Nan G 134