Wednesday, 1 July 2015

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 317

Well Deskers, I haven't lost form. Indeed, I may be in a panic of preparation..
When you go away, you often think when you get back, that everyone else's time has stood still, just as yours seems to on holiday. But the cruel truth hasn't and some people are expecting you to deliver on promises. So here you see me attempting just that, and with no time to spare, shame on me.
For a workshop I eloquently entitled 'sketches and scraps'. Not a problem except when the potential is for 16 people to do the workshop. You kinda have to make sure you've got enough scraps in the same colour ways for all the cards to work. So here you see me rootling and deciding. My 6x6 pads naturally live in the scraps box. However beautiful they are and however much I can't resist buying them, they really are only of value for cutting up to make cards. Card blank sizes being what they are and all. You know.
And on my ipad stand still - Twiglets dumfed WOYWW anniversary card. I'm not ready to put away the collection of beauties that I received.
Now, if you need more information about this WOYWW thing follow THIS LINK. It contains another link that tells you how to join in. If you are ready, please, add your link so that fellow Deskers worldwide can visit and be inspired and inspiring. I thank you!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Keeping it in the family....

Miss Dunnit as you know, is into CosPlay. Costume Role Play. She goes to conventions and dresses as characters from favourite books, movies and games. It's a right nerdy thing. Until you remind yourself of your own particular 'thing'. And then my cheerful 'every hobby has its nerds' rings true huh, and we're all off the nerdy hook. Although, I think these days, the kids take 'nerd' as a bit of a compliment. What do I know, things were very different back then when I was but a callow youth.
She recently announced the need for a sword and a shield. When he made a sword a couple of years back, Mr Dunnit had the foresight to make two and put one in a safe place in the workshop for just such a demand. Clever huh.
He didn't see the shield coming though! I was a little vexed that he was already ridiculously busy and didn't want him to make a shield in the four hours of a Sunday afternoon that he was having as his weekend break. Nor did Miss Dunnit. I had already suggested she spend some time familiarising herself with some of the hand tools and such; I'm more than sure that she will come across all of our equipment in newer, cleaner, 21st century guises when she starts her prop making course. So she made an effort, got out of bed early (for a Sunday) and joined us in the workshop.
Here she is then, doing what we do. It felt rather nice. Of course, we don't get a lot of demand for shields, but boy, if we did....
She and Mr Dunnit cooked up a way to make a thick, believable looking shield without making it solid timber...the face is click together flooring planks and the depth is created by using a sheet of insulating core, very clever. The silver stuff..I know not what...I know the finished thing had studs round the edge and a proper studded on 'leather' strap so that it sat on her forearm properly. Some of you may recognise the house/family/clan and therefore programme. I don't, and she's not here to ask, so let's just pretend we know.

Of course, by 'keeping it in the family', I merely mean that the three of us were in the same place on the same day and mostly working on the same thing. It's an hour long miracle!

Friday, 26 June 2015

That Poppy

Here it is laydeees and jellybeans! The smaller of the two poppy stamps that you saw on my desk. Indeed, the number of you that made comment about liking it made me wish I had shares in Inidgo Blu! This particular card is for a workshop in a week or so. When I get a chance to make some cards for the hell of it, I'll have a play with the (very) large poppy image also in the same set.
I've used a marker pen to 'dot' the seeds in the flower centre..but am quite convinced that the whole centre should be dotty black. You may put me right or wrong, if you can; it would help. Meanwhile, I have 3 more cards to make. None of which you will clamour to see, but all of which I will force you to see at some stage. Because I'm all about being good to you.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 316

Hurrah, it's a holiday desk! I'm doing some work, just nothing very crafty....These are the glass light shades off the bedroom ceiling fans. I washed 'em. These and the fan blades are real dust magnets, so when we get here, we try to do the sort of deep cleany bits and maintenance bits that need doing. It gives us a reason to get up. And you need that on the first day of a holiday don't you! All is drying fast...our second drink of the day is not cooling much in the direct sun and Mr Dunnit is talking about beaches and cool winds. I'm guessing that we've done today's chores!
Now don't be jealous; instead, show us all what you're doing whilst I'm not even making excuses for idleness.
Put WOYWW in your post title, link here and visit each other. It's nice. I promise you won't need sunglasses to protect your eyes from dazzling whites in the sun next week!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

T for Thirsty Tuesday

So this is how it's going to be gentle reader. We're off for a break in the sun. We will stay hydrated, promise.
Gently sweating glasses of orange granizado with our very late breakfasts...
and feeding cheeky birds with crumbs while we have after golf lunches....
Can you just see him hovering? (the bird, not the arm!)
For the record, I'm the one that walks round chatting, scrumping lemons and oranges when in season. I chat. I sit. Every other hole, I offer to carry the bag. I do not actually play the golf. And Mr Dunnit quite often plays alone or allows the club to partner him. So then I don't go of course; there's a limit to how much non-golfing company a golfing stranger will take! Mr Dunnit can block me out, but I think it takes years of practice!
I have any amounts of sightseeing and walks planned. Mr Dunnit has any amount of relaxing planned. We'll see who gets bored first. (It won't be me. Sunshine, a beach and a book...I'm good for weeks.) Blogging will continue in the usual ad hoc way. No gentle reader, I do not want to give you a break from me. You might forget me. And then I'd be talking to myself.....

Friday, 19 June 2015

Happy Mail

ATCs. Given and sent to me by Deskers to mark the sixth anniversary of WOYWW. What a great collection. I have sleeves to put them in, but I'm not ready yet. They are still on my desk and I'm still enjoying shuffling through them....

No doubt that they are a catalogue of techniques and products; dies and stamps and paints and ink and stencils and paste and all sorts of art. I see more though, and I'm sure those of you that swapped do too. You see the effort, the goodwill, the friendship and a little bit of the personality of the artist. Grand, ain't it, that we can betray ourselves in such a way!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

What's On Your Workdesk 315 Wednesday?

Now this feels staged. And is staged in a sort of, kind of way. Last evening I was tidying up (a bit) and putting stuff away and finally getting the Saturday's scrapbooking into an album. And I decided that actually, the change that I had immediately thought about making to this particular LO really did need to happen or I'd be annoyed every time I saw it. So very last thing last night, when the light was no good but the spirit was upon me, I got out the (freshly sorted) alphabet stickers and left it all ready to go. Ta Dah.....
And just to impress you - look..laundry already on the line! 
So that's my motivation to get on..a stage set to make me find five minutes. And I will.
Show us your motivation would you - we very much need to see what you're working on.
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In fact, we so like to see what you're doing, and are so responsive to popular demand, that Lunch Lady Jan has booked the hall in Burbage for a WOYWW Crop on Saturday October 31st. Yep....if you're up for it, we are too!
Now be a good desker and link here as soon as you like!