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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

WOYWW #240

Hello Blog Hoppers,

I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to be sitting here blog hopping after over two months of not being well enough to do much at all.  This WOYWW is so addictive and when you can't take part for whatever reason you really do miss it.

If you have just landed on my blog and are unsure of what WOYWW is all about then jump on over to Julia's blog for all the details and the link to enable you to join us on our journey around the world looking at other crafters work spaces.

On my work space I have a little thank you box that was made for a dear friend for helping me out.


This started out as a paper mache heart box that was given to me as part of a Christmas present from the same friend that I then gave it back to once I had worked on it.


This is the finished box which I had so much fun decorating and I knew as soon as I got the heart just what I was going to do with it, mojo was in full swing!


This is another view of it in it's finished state showing the little tag with Gill's name on it.  If you would like to know what I used and how I made this drop by over the next couple of days and I will have blogged a step by step post for you.

Going to keep it short and sweet today so I can look in on as many of you as possible because I have missed you all.

If you come across my blog please do leave me a comment I really enjoy reading what you have to say and if you like what you see jump on board as a follower and take the crafting journey with me.

TTFN

Ria

68 comments:

  1. Looks like you are all linked up now, Ria, there aren't many for this time in a morning so it looks like Julia may have been later posting.
    What a beautiful box, so pretty. Your friend will love it I'm sure.
    Are your "retreating"?
    Hugs Lisax #17

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    1. Hi Lisa
      sadly I can't make the retreat this time as I am going to New Zealand in the beginning of March for 6wks so I need my money for that.
      I hope there will be another one later in the year
      Hugs Ria

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  2. I'm so out of touch with all that's going on with everyone so have called by for a catch up....life sort of got in the way for a few weeks :-) I love what you've done with the little box and am so thrilled you now feel well enough to join in again.
    Lets hope we can all have a fun creative 2014 :-)
    Hugs,
    Annie x # 10

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  3. So glad you are feeling better.. What a wonderful shaped heart box its so pretty, love the ribbon and pretty flowers.
    Happy WOYWW
    Sandy :) #4

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  4. OH RIA!!! It is so lovely to see you and your beautiful blog. I do hope you are feeling better or at least on the mend. I love your heart box, I love hearts and boxes :) Big smoochy cold NYC kisses to you. Cx #25

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  5. good to see you back and pleased you are well enough to post and happy to be here. what a wonderful heart box its stunning your mojo was in full swing . I hope you have a great week crafty hugs Andrea #19

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  6. Missed seeing your work!
    Hope your on the mend lovely little heart box
    Jackie 7

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  7. Hi Ria, I love what you have done with this box, it's gorgeous! So glad you are feeling better, hugs Carole Z #28

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  8. That's just gorgeous Ria, bet Gill was really chuffed at your thoughtfulness. I lijke the bright green that ofsets the pink very much.
    The WOYWW Crop may be a bit out of reach - depends how intrepid you are! We're going to be in Wiltshire, a village called Burbage.

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  9. Hello Ria sorry to hear you've been unwell. Had wondered how you were. I missed a few weeks prior to Christmas as well. Love the box. Hugs Anne x #41

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  10. Such a pretty little box Ria. Have a crafty 2014. x Jo

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  11. Hi Ria - glad you're feeling up to it again. Beautiful box - what a lovely gift. Wishing you better health in 2014 and looking forward to seeing lots more beautiful projects. MMx #56

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  12. This box is wonderful...I love altering!
    Glenda #43

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  13. Happy New Year Ria! Nice to see you back in the desks. I love that heart box, you've made it so pretty. Lucky recipient :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 2 xx

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  14. Glad to hear you are feeling better and well enough to join in the party.
    Love the box, your friend is really lucky.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #50

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  15. Sorry to hear you've been unwell, but glad to see you posting today and with such a beautiful creation. Thanks for stopping by earlier x

    Fiona #18

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  16. Happy to see you back! Hope this year is better for you health wise. Your heart box creation is so lovely! I am sure Gill will love it. So much detail and love went into it. Winnie#44

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  17. Welcome back and glad you are feeling better!! Lovely box! Brigita #80

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  18. Well first I love the cover photo with the butterfly's and dragonfly.. love the bright colors :-). Now on to your heart box... I like I like.. I have a few left in the basement back home that I need to do something with or give them away.. maybe its something I could bring on a trip with me. Thanks for the peek. love your goodies. Roberta 47

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  19. What a gorgeous little heart box, love the rose pink. Thanks for the visit today BJ#21

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  20. Hi Ria. So glad you're planning on joining in with the Tim Tags. Simply go to his blog and in the right hand side bar you'll find 12 tags of 2014 all the tags will be collected there.

    Then read his post, check out his supply list, and then make do and mend! You don't have to use all his supplies (in fact half the fun for me is working out solutions to get a similar look when I don't have all the materials).

    You don't have to use the same colours, materials, layout or even basic design if you don't want to but I always like to use the basic techniques which he is showcasing - the idea is that his tag kick starts your creativity. That said it is equally OK to follow his lead to the letter if that is what YOU want to do.

    When you've finished your tag post it on your blog on a dedicated post and then click on the Mr Linky at the bottom of Tim's post then upload your best photo and Bob's your uncle you've joined in with Tim's Tags of 2014. He usually has a joining in badge on his blog and if you're lucky enough to be a winner you'll get emailed a winner's badge too.

    Hope this helps and do join in - it's great fun and you will learn something new. (It doesn't matter if you miss a month either)

    Hugs MMx

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  21. I do love your heart box! These crisp green accents really pop out!
    I hope you are feeling better now. I wish you a healthy 2014!
    Thanks for visiting!
    Gabriele

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  22. Hi Ria, I'm sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well. Here's to wishing 2014 is a better year for you. Love the paper mache heart box. Your friend will be lucky to receive it.
    Hugs, Super Stamp Girl #50

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  23. Hey Ria, lovely to see you :o)
    The little box is so sweet, your friend will be chuffed to bits - I'll be popping back for your tutorial.
    All the best for a happy and healthy new year full of creativity Annie #41 xxx

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  24. Hi Rita, glad to hear your feeling well enough to come play with us WOYWWers.
    This gift is really a treasure, just beautiful!
    Krisha #85

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  25. Such a sweet box! Perfect :)
    Thanks for you kind comment today - i really appreciate it.
    Best, Jana #49

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  26. Very clever. Sure your friend will love it.
    Thanks for your visit. Will get right on with tidying my basket now I have been told off ha ha
    Famfa 68

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  27. Hi Ria, lovely to see you back. That heart box has been amazingly transformed, its lovely. I'm sure she was very touched. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #93xx

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  28. Now that is all over the box!
    Thanks for welcoming me and for visiting my place.
    Robyn 70

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  29. So happy you are feeling better! Your Valentines box is absolutely gorgeous. How inspiring. Thank you for visiting me today and for your kind encouragement. It's true, I can't help but think of my mother now whenever I'm making something--it's a comfort. I hope you keep feeling better and stronger every day! Hugs! Sandy Leigh #64

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  30. I won't say lovely to see you back as I have been MIA as well!! Glad to hear you are better and crafting. Super little box, thanks for the visit! Hugs Cindy

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  31. I'm so glad you are feeling well enough to join in again.
    Very pretty work on the box
    Happy Wednesday
    Laura
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  32. Hi, Ria! Gosh, your box came out gorgeous -- your friend will be so pleased. I'm sorry that you haven't felt well in recent months and happy to "see" you getting crafty. Big hugs, thanks for visiting, and happy WOYWW. ~ Laura #73

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  33. Beautiful box.

    Glad you are feeling better. I also suffer from fibro. Sue 31

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  34. Wow! That box came out gorgeous! Your friend will be most please! Thanks for visiting and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N # 67

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  35. That's such a lovely box. You can see the love that went into it. What a fitting expression of thanks! thanks for visiting me. Happy Wednesday. LisaDV#79

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  36. Hi Ria,

    What a beautiful heart! I'm sure Gill will love it.

    I've been hit and miss in the blogging world too - I agree with you, WOYWW is fun and addicting.

    Thank you for stopping by already!

    Happy WOYWW
    peace, Kay (42)

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  37. You have done a beautiful job on this box Ria. I love all the details. It is good to hear you are feeling much better now. I hope it continues that way. Thanks for visiting me. Kate x #58

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  38. Hi - thanks for your visit earlier, I have Gessoed the cards for an 'Alice' swap but those 'Royals' are just so vibrant IRL it's a shame to cover them ... I shall probably just look at them!!!
    I did wonder where you were lately and am sorry to hear you were poorly. Hope you continue to feel well enough to enjoy life again. that's a beautiful box, your friend should love it.
    Bishopsmate #52

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  39. Hi Ria, glad you're back on board and hope you're feeling lots better. Love the decorated heart box, always saving boxes myself but never do anything with them...mmm maybe. Take care and thanks for your visit, cheers RobynO#55

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  40. Welcome back, Ria! Hope all is going better for you. This little box is so pretty. Thanks for the earlier visit! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #76

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  41. So glad to read you are feeling better. I know from the comment you left on my blog that cold affects you, as it does me. Glad that for whatever reason, you are now back with us.

    That heart is SO romantic. I am in LOVE with it. Happy WOYWW from #5.

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  42. wow the box you have turned it into is beautiful. im sure your friend loved it. glad to hear you are feeling better Lx

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  43. Happy you are back crafting and blogging with us Ria....and pleased you are feeling better. Your box is gorgeous one of my favorite color combos is pink and green. Have a wonderful week and thank you for your earlier visit. Danie #48

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  44. So happy to see you back crafting and blogging! I love that box and what a lucky friend to get such a thoughtful gift!
    Angie #81

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  45. Your heart box is gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by and, by the way, those Shiva Paintstiks are called Markal Paintstiks in the UK. Have a good week,
    RosA # 29

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  46. Hi Ria, just poppin' by to wish you a Happy New Year. Sorry to read you've been ill. I hear you about not participating in WOYWW, but sometimes we just don't have time to do the return visits so it doesn't seem quite fair to play & not get round to folks. Your heart project was so lovely with all the pretty pinks, what seemed to be dyed matching silky ribbons and your lovely stamped flowers. Then you personalized it with your friend's name...oh will she ever feel so special. You're not only talented, but very kind too. TFS & will try to visit again soon. Hugs and continue to feel better.

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  47. wow wodnerful work Rita love it!! thanks so mcuh for popping over and every blessing of the Lord for 2014, happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #26

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  48. Thank you for stopping by, dear Ria and leaving your kind words. Wonderful heartful box you have done! I love especially the colors you used.
    I am a fighter again fibromyalgia too. All the best for you and greetings from Erika

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  49. I am another who has been missing for some time, so I knwo where you are coming from. I have been looking at others' work but not had enough time to leave comments, so I too did not feel it was fair to post and then not to visit others. It is good to be back. I love that little box of yours and I know it will be appreciated. Thank you for your visit, and you are so right that crafters are wonderful people and so supportive. It is that support that helped to get me through the troubles of 2013. Hope you are now feeling better. xx Maggie #24

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  50. Hello Ria. That little box is delightful - I do trust you are feeling better now.
    Thanks for your visit and best wishes for hubby - positively perked him up yesterday when I told him about all these lovely young ladies sending him their best wishes!!!
    I'm sorry your own treatment wasn't so good - that's so hard to cope with when you are feeling really ill - you just want cosseting!
    Take care.
    Margaret #45

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  51. Lovely to have you posting again, hope you continue to feel better.
    Love that box, your friend must have been delighted.
    Thanks for your visit to me.
    Hugs, Neet x

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  52. What a beautiful box - your friend will be delighted with it!
    Bernice #98

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  53. I'm so glad you're feeling better. I struggle to do this any weeks, but everyone so kind and supportive I'm always glad I do. Plus, seeing things like your beautiful box is very inspiring.

    Thank you so much for visiting and for your encouragement.
    Happy WOYWW,
    Rachel #8

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  54. Hi Ria
    Sorry to hear you have been poorly, I was wandering where you were. But welcome back and my goodness what a come back your box is gorgeous she is a lucky lady.
    Need some help making cards.... I don't think so.... but the way I do make a lot in one go is by batch making several of the same card.... I stamp the same image and then cut out all the elements and then put them together in stages, a bit like a Ford's production line...... it works for me and I don't have to think about the rest until well into December.
    have a great week
    janet #11

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  55. Ooh this is absolutely gorgeous, so very pretty and beautifully detailed.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  56. Beautiful box, it will make a gorgeous gift. You know what I wish you had been on our shopping trip as well, no better medicine than laughter... Thanks for visiting and your lovely comment. Have a great week and happy crafting.
    Hugs DeDe #30

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  57. glad to hear the mojo is in full output now! Love the box! I like making gifts for people with stuff they have given me too! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Have a great week. Vickie #104

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  58. Oh my you are ever talented!! This is over the top lovely!! What a charming box, one I'm sure that will be treasured for many years to come - you've done a marvelous job!
    Kelly #97

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    1. Hi Kelly
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for dropping by my blog. I really enjoyed making the box as it was for a thank you gift
      Hugs Ria

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  59. It's so good to see you able to be back in Blogland, Ria! You were missed!! What you did with that heart box is magical! Truly! Gill is going to treasure it forever!!

    Happy Belated WOYWW and thanks for coming to visit me! Enjoy your week!! Take care and be well! Darnell #12

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    1. Hi Darnell
      thank you for saying I have been missed, I know I have missed blogging and all my blog friends so it is really good to be back again.
      Thank you for your lovely comment re the heart box
      Hugs Ria

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  60. Hi Ria, so lovely to see you back& glad you are feeling better enough to be creative Again! Love your little box so vintage and chic. Many thanks for stopping by& your kind comments Ali #102

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  61. Wonderful to see you back in action, Ria - so glad to hear you are at least well enough to find some energy for creating - and this little box is simply enchanting.
    Alison x

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    1. Hi Alison
      oh boy it is so nice to be back blogging I can't believe just how much I missed when I was too unwell to do anything.
      I will be closely looking in on your wonderful makes for inspiration
      Hugs Ria

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  62. ACK! Thought I had commented on the day but looks like it didn't make it thru. Trying again :) I, too, am glad to hear you are on the mend and once again, I do love this project. So very pretty! See you again on Weds. I'm sure. Do have a Gelli plate play - to much fun!

    {sigh} now DS-less and catching up
    Mary Anne (3)

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  63. Hi Mary Anne
    thanks for taking the time to get a comment through to me and for your lovely comment. I really do need some time to get the gelli plate out to play so once I have finished my DT pieces that's what I hope to do
    Hugs Ria

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  64. Hi Ria, love that box - it is just gorgeous. Elizabeth (the very late WOYWWer) x #71

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