Wednesday, 12 October 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 123

It's dark.  The state of my desk has nothing to do with the colour of the light, but goes some way to explaining why I'm crafting in the dark.  The last two days have been devoted to real work and real family matters and so this has just been a 'make-it' zone.  That is to say, I know I don't often tidy as I go, but this is very definitely a 'do a bit, leave it, do a bit more in ten minutes' scene.  There's evidence of Christmas cards, a CJ for which I'm honoured to have been asked to make an entry - it's Morti's.  There's a lot of gold embossing powder on the loose - the sign of defiance I think, for any family member who thinks it will be OK to open the window over my desk!  Three rolls of glue dots, teeny flat, large flat and large blob...very useful for the creation of the flowers - you can just see some of them in red, awaiting the moment of curl.  This shot also gives you a small taste of my still to be tamed plain scraps box.  It's not a losing battle particularly, but my mojo type priorities are definitely elsewhere!


Join the fun then, expose your desk to scrutiny....or your work area.  Show us what you're doing and what you're doing it on.  Keep your advertising to the less blatant please; if you link here, perhaps consider putting your desk shot as the first part of your article.  You'll get more visitors!  

82 comments:

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Zoomed in for a peek at your scraps box- I have several and I have no illusions I can tame them!!! I need a huge lamp like yours! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Scrapcollectr said...

We truly can work in whatever space we're given, this proves it. You've given yourself about the same amount of space I give myself and those darn scraps take up more than their share here, too....lol. Happy WOYWW and goodnight from this side of the pond. *smile*

sandra de said...

You definitely need 3 sizes of glue dots. Sometimes you even need glue dots with different depths! I do love gold embossing for a XMAS card something about lush gold to bring on a xmas feel.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

yes, real work and real family matters do have a way of taking over crafting time. sorry for the wrong link. i was surprised your post was up so early and automatically went for the enter button!

Carola Bartz said...

Your actual space to work on is getting way smaller... this unfortunately has a striking resemblance to my desk, and I'm determined to change something about the mess! Happy WOYWW, Julia.

Crafting Time said...

Lots going on there! Thanks for hosting x
Helen x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You were early and I was just messing around until I thought your post would be ready. At least I'm here this week. Still can't get to my e-mail, but at least I can visit blogs.

I know about family priorities. Even a family of one has some matters that must be attended to. Your desk looks surprisingly clean this week, though.

Rumtruffle said...

Morning Julia, a lovely busy looking desk you have there, mine is still a tip in fact it has got worse! Role on Saturday I'm going to surprise you all and have a huge tidy up.
Rum x

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Blast Julia! I did the link, started hopping, and when i went back it wasnt there. Did it again, and missed out the gap in my name then saw the other one had appeared! Doh! Clearly very excitable this morning....can you delete the wrong one (16)?

You sound a bit like me, all a series of things that dont quite work out as I planned. Your may be due to family matters, mine are. More just being a numpty :). Is the early posting your way of claiming some time back?

No matter have a good one ...

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

My real desk is indescribable, as is a right mess, yours just looks perfect! Hope you have a creative week
Hugs xx

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Blimey, just have to say I posted a comment first time! is blogger fixed? lol
xx

KatzElbows said...

Don't we all end up with a tiny space to work in, no matter how big our desk? Glad you're fitting in even ten minutes of creating. Some days I don't even manage that!

Have a good one.

Spyder said...

ohooo smaller picture so had to grab my glasses too..but couldn't find them! Then saw yours, so looked on my pictures of woyww just in case I could see mine too...but no...your desk is looking very excited today, a littlelike the bit of mine you cant see!
((Lyn))

kath said...

morning julia..it's mrs numptie sleepy head here...can you remove No 24...a slip of the finger I'm afraid. Is this a morning or night crafty desk that has been abandoned to come back to in 10 minutes...hugs kath xxx

MvM-design said...

Hi Julia,
A creative desk again :)
Have a nice wednesday!!
Hugs marleen.

ScrappnBee said...

a glue dot by any other...size... would smell as sweet... must have glue dots! Ok so Shakespear to zombie doesnt really work... howeverm love the desk, and deffinately agree that glue dots are needed in all shapes and sizes! -Amanda

Susan Flynn said...

Morning Julia I find embossing powder very much like sand - gets in the most unlikeliest of places!! I put all my scraps in a drawer then I don't have to look at them the only trouble being I never use them cause I don't see them and they have also now spread into two drawers - must be a lesson there!! Thanks so much for sharing xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Much the same with fabric scraps, they go into a bag with the intention of being used but never see the light of day again.

Sharne Davies said...

gloriously busy = Happy crafting

XXSharne

Helen said...

Sorry if people think I'm insensitive blogging my desk today but I had to do it. May not get to leave many comments though - so if I don't get back to you - thank you for your kindness. Julia, your scrap box looks so tidy (compared to mine!) Have a great day and hope your crafting life gets a look in soon.

Chrissie said...

It looks busy as ever Julia, where do you get your refills for your big old yellow gun?
The ones which came with the purchase of my tool are practically exhausted and refills seem incredibly expensive compared to the price I paid for the job lot which came in the bundle with the gun.
Cheapest source would be most welcomely received!
Chrissie

Sid said...

Glue dots are essentials, great desk and nice to show my desk again after such a long time !

Nicks said...

I have been AWOL since forever - can I come back?? LOL

Marjo said...

lol, sometimes I only craft for 3 minutes at a time..I run to my craft desk during commercials...that's why I don't care about them being so long anymore...

Don't be shocked if you get around my desk. Yikes it looks like a tornado landed.

Have a great Wednesday...xoxo Marjo

Kate said...

I'm with you, totally tied up in family matters at the moment, but still finding time to spend 10 minutes pulling stuff out and making a mess!!

** Kate **

Beatrice said...

Ahh it is a lovely creativmess that seems just about right to me. Scraps - guess I go against the grain for crafters I used to keep them then realised i never used them so now they go straight in the bin. Have a great Wednesday

Bea

Di said...

Crumbs, managed to get in at number 34 this week :) I do smile at your teensy space you leave to work in, why do we all do that? 'Tis the season for embossing powder and glitter to be left around - you could put a notice on the craft room window saying 'Do not open - Christmas Elves at work' :)) Di xx

Di said...

Di again, sheesh, what a palaver! Firstly I added the wrong link so number 47 is right but number 46 isn't - how did that happen huh?! And I could have sworn I was likely to be number 34 - off back to bed to see if I can find my Mrs Sensible head instead of Mrs Potato Head otherwise today is doooooomed! Di xx

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Glad to hear the mojo is up and a running. I like the cherry (is it toilet roll type) stuff? THank goodness the window is over the other side of the room. Although I do have the start of a glittery mess to find for the nest few months - it was bound to start at some time!

Annie said...

What a wonderfully busy desk today Julia. Keep up the good work :-) I will send round the tidy up fairy if you need to be busy with other things :-)
Hugs,
A x

Kirsty.a said...

It feels good to be able to join in this morning. Because Tuesday and Wednesdaya re my longest working days this yearI usually have nothing o my desk. Look forward to vising as many as poss.
Kirsty #55

kissinia said...

Seems like you are very busy there! Have a great day!!

Jennibellie said...

Def need more than one roll of glue dots ready at hand - I have an a4 crate on glue that lives on my desk continually with hundreds of types lol thsnks for hosting

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

At first glance I really didn't think it was your real workspace. Your light is always so cheerful. Hope you have more crafty time soon.

lisa said...

Sometimes real life just has to take priority so there's nothing wrong with crafting here and there is there, although I can't understand how a quick ten minutes suddenly turns into two hours. I think a fairy comes and moves the clock hands on when I'm engrossed!!
I love the idea of gold embossing powder as a way of keeping other family memebers well clear of the creative processes in hand.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisa #62

Karen said...

Sometimes life takes over and crafting takes a back seat, but it will always be there....waiting...! Looking forward to seeing the Christmas (dare I say it) cards! Enjoy WOYWW!

Jacqueline said...

Nice to see I'm not the only with a 'creative desk'! lol

I seriously NEED a day OFF crafting to catch up on the dreaded housework! Although I must admit to being not too sure if I should disturb my dust! It just looks sooo content where it is! lol

Happy WOYWW

Jackie x

Angie said...

Family and life seems to get in the way now and then ...as it should ...but at least you are managing a little creativeness ... the residue creative chaos is not worth worrying about.
I had real problems getting on to your blog ...screen froze three times ....grrrrr.but it seems to be resolved. xx

Violets Corner said...

Morning Julia, your creative space is fab, glue dots are essentials and we all have exploding scrap boxes, I've noticed that I often find the best scraps on the floor, lol. I'm sure there will be time for more crafting, real life often takes it toll and sometimes mojo is AWOL, but it will be there again.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Bubbles said...

Wow. That is certainly a piled-high, creative workspace - it's just... well... where exactly to you have the space to work? *lol* It's so interesting - as always - see a pie of anything crafty, and I just have the urge to start rummaging :)

Bubbles said...

Pie??? Of course I meant PILE.
Though pie would be nice right now...

Gabrielle said...

Have joined in for the first time today! Have loved reading and seeing what 'creative spaces' other people have and I thought it was about time I showed my tip of a desk!

Sarah said...

Hi Julia, I've just emerged from the sack...went back in this week for a few hours kip so I can pretend I do sleep. Of course you may snag the piccy - it's for WOYWW and therefore all yours, and it got me off stamp cleaning for a bit...done that now. They were piled high on the 'to clean' tray, you have led me astray...

Emma E said...

Your desk is always a pleasure to look at, probably 'cos there's so much on it to be nosey over lol! Have a great day! :o)

minnie_mac said...

Yes, glue dots. I have only just discovered the existence of the large fat ones. Very useful.

Marilyn

mrsC.x said...

messy desk + crafter = happy crafter producing gorgeous items :)

i have an untamable scraps box too so its not just you.

wont post a photo of my desk today as there is nothing on it!! i am too poorly to craft so hubby has tidied and cleaned (even polished!!) my desk!!!

Charlie.xx

Shoshi said...

Looks like a productive and busy desk, Julia! Thanks for organising another WOYWW - hope it's a good one for you. My space is full of finished and almost finished projects for our exhibition and sale at the weekend. Still lots to do!!

Tammy said...

I've been crafting in 10 minute increments lately too. No hour long blocks at all. The CJ sounds great and I haven't even started thinking about Christmas cards. I'll be so late this year........ Sigh. I hope you can get in a little more time on this Wednesday! :)

Charlene said...

Wowza...now that's a happy desk! Wish I could stay up until you post...the wee hours of the a.m. are too late for this old gal.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, well, despite my best efforts and sitting up into the wee small hours, I still haven't succeeded in linking much earlier than usual :( Maybe next week. Your desk ... it's a great snooping ground and makes mine look soooo boring. Just had to zoom in on your card mountain - I think it would take some concentrated effort to reduce it to manageable proportions :) Sorry to hear that family priorities are encroaching on your crafting time - hopefully you'll get some time to craft soon. Hope you have a good week. Elizabeth x #53

Ohhh Snap said...

That open tray of embossing powder tells me you are a woman without fear lol. I was wondering why you had so many rolls of tape going, till I read they were glue dots :D. Love that build-up of scraps too! Lovely crafty desk with your glasses at the ready. #82 today :D

Sarah said...

A very creative space this week.
I find some of my best creations happen when I am stealing ten minutes here and there

Becky said...

Oh look I made it before 100 today!! :) Attending to real work and family matters, I just hate when that stuff gets in the way. Despite that, I'm glad you are still able to get some things done, even if it is only in ten minute increments! :)

Jingle said...

It looks like you have lots of fun stuff going on, even if you have been super busy!

angelfish (fiona) said...

Do you know, I've never used a glue dot in my life! I saw those big fat ones somewhere the other day and I bet they are very handy for making rolled roses/flowers :o)

Kim said...

How brave leaving loose EP!! I'd knock it over, dump stuff into it...generally have a mess! LOL!

Shazsilverwolf said...

I intended to post this before I went to work, but my brain doesn't function very well at 6.00am, lol.

Deb said...

lots of creative energy coming from your desk, love it, also love the dark mornings for some reason, cosy somehow!
have a great day, Debxx

sarahp said...

Like me your craft space seems to be getting smaller !! its amazing how creative we crafters can be with little room xxx

Katie said...

I think it is better to not clean as you go. For example, I tried to clean my desk, for a before and after shot for my first WOYWW (its a disaster right now, no crafting can happen on it!)...and broke my toe while cleaning!

Sam said...

I think you and I are in the same zone at the moment - crafting in between alot of other stuff going on. I don't feel quite so bad about the state of my desk now - thanks Julia!

peggy gatto said...

It has been a while since I posted here, but I am doing a fun project and thought you might like to see the process. I used my pressed flowers!!!
Hugs to all!!!

jo said...

This is fab! It's great to know i'm not the only one with a space that seems to get smaller and smaller - and i now have to share with my daughter lol!!

Jo x

Alison Horne said...

OMG have just spent the whole evening posting comments on JULY 2010 WOYWWs!!!!!!!!!and have linked my blog to that post. Dashing off to put it right!Doh!

Penni said...

Great desk this week Julia. Mine's full of cat again - some things never change LOL!!!

Hugs
Penni
X

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

I love how your desk has like things with like things. It tells me that basically, you are organized. And that when it does come time to clear away the workspace, it'll be easier to put things back where they live. I like your work space a lot! What a wonderful blog you have, art friend! *smiles* Norma

Lizzie said...

Sometimes the crafting is way more important than the tidying!
That desk looks very busy and industrious... almost as if you could leave it to itself and when you returned, you'd find several nicely completed projects!
Mine is tidy - in the middle! I was just at Susanne's blog and commented that if it gets much messier on the perimeters, everything will soom collapse onto the project in the centre!
Glad I found the link to here... I keep losing it. About to book-mark you now, so I can join in next time too.
Happy Wednesday!

Lizzie said...

Oh-oh! Just realised my post doesn't have a proper photo of my desk.. please forgive me, just this once - I will remember next time?!

Alison Horne said...

As Di said 'sheesh' indeed. I also did wrong link, correct one is 116. sorry.x

MaggieC said...

Finally managed to leave some messages, by hooking the old laptop up to the broadband modem, while the PC us back in hospital. I am guilty of doing a bit, leaving it and going back again over a few days,which is why my desk is usually a mess. Hope you manage to get everything done.

okienurse said...

Little late posting today but finally got internet access very late in the evening. Hopefully I will have access for the rest of our trip here in Spain. I am loving the trip but missing all the group and my messy desk! Have a great week! Vickie

KAT said...

wow you are getting so popular there is a lot of blogs to visit here !!!

- KAT -

bohemiannie! art said...

I don't do a lot with paper...but I do stamp on fabric! Does that qualify me to add my link?!?

karen said...

I am late joining today as I have had family visiting but it is still Wednesday here in Canada and I even got my family into my WOYWW shot, lol!
Your desk is busy busy busy!! Good for you for creating in whatever time you can grab!
xoxo Karen

Polly Polkadot said...

We all seem to have too much on this week. Is the Christmas panic beginning to set in? Nice to see I'm not the only one crafting in the dark!

JoZart said...

Well I looked and looked again and realised that there is a modicum of orderliness there even if it is a mad busy desk. Everything is in place for use and nothing is piled high (yet) so you deserve a medal for keeping it all together! Well done...
Love JoZarty x

famfa said...

I have posted my pic but I'm afraid its not my desk Again. promise i will post pic of desk next week.

Yours is a lovely productive desk - nothing wrong with coming back and forth to crafting expecially when there is lots going on elsewhere.

Twiglet said...

Just read your manifesto below - brilliant I am going to take a leaf out of your book I think! x Jo

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Sorry I'm very late this time, but I've had a crafting Wednesday with a good friend. So all the posts has to be done afterwards. Your desk looks really busy, a perfect place to create and try new things. After making my backgrounds it's now time to finish the project. That takes even more time, but you'll see the results next week. Thanks for visiting me. xFranka

Terri said...

Hey Julia -- Thanks for puttng this on. My post isn't really about my desk, but boy, do I get all over the place. I'll have to show y'all sometime. Terri www.morningdewdrops.typepad.com

Lou P said...

Thanks Julia for posting this, though I will admit, mine is a disgrace!!!
The craft room is a place I can walk out of and shut the door on my "creativity" hiding it from public view, as the rest of the house is tidy, and NOT in keeping with the craft room!!

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