Wednesday, 22 May 2013

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 207

If you're in any way affected by the devastating tornado that blew through Oklahama City, please know that you have friends here who will listen and pray and send you strength.  Vicky, let us hear from you, please!

Information about our weekly met up HERE
Information about why next week is special and how to take part in a WOYWW with added benefit HERE

You may want to stand back for this one.  Seriously, even in the slightly late Tuesday light, my desk for Wednesday is a crisis...
It's sheltering unpacked from the tote but not unpacked baskets from last Thursday's workshop, new purchases and magazine catch ups, samples from last Saturday's workshop and the detritus of a session of looking for something.  Something so important that I can't remember what, or why! 
Seriously, there are actually layers to be excavated!  You may like the tin plate sign, I know it's a truth for a lot of you deskers.  But I don't have a cat so I'm going to erm, alter it. The sign that is.  Not the cat that I don't have.  Don't ask me when.  You can see, my plan to do something with the black and white photo of my Brother In Law is no further forward; you're not surprised are you?  One good thing - that photo hides my pile of ATCs for next week anniversary edition of WOYWW.  How ridiculous and fun this all is.
Please join in, it's very easy as explained in the link above (or at left in the margin of this post).  We'll visit..in my case, very slowly..this Apprentice-ship thing has me making window boards yesterday and today...so gimme sometime to stop hurting and some strength to stay awake once I sit in my chair!



123 comments:

Regina Hamilton said...

Your desk isn't really that bad. Wait til you see mine. Love that tin sign. Happy crafting #3

Helen said...

oh poor Julia, I feel your pain... I'd love to rummage through the layers (layers sound better than piles, don't you think? I am going to have layers of "stuff" in future too. lol!) Have a fabby day, if you unbend and unstiffen... Helen, 5

Bridget Larsen said...

Iknow that feeling of 'lost' when one returns from a craft day away. It just makes ones desk look productive hey lol
Bridget #8

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I got a message from Vickie that she is OK. She said her DD had photos on Vickie's Facebook page. I was concerned, too!

I have a cat and he is definitely spoilt rotten. Happy WOYWW, dear friend.

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

G'day Julia
OMG I think your desk looks perfectly fine LOL...isn't putting stash away after being away the pits. I'm off to a paper crafting event next month and I too shall have a similar desk after that. Go soak the body and create art when you are less tired.
hugs
Annette In Oz #3

Jackie said...

Layers on the desk sounds normal to me... Normally means ive been busy and not had time to clear up
Jackie8

Minxy said...

Layers!!! Are you building up for a big giant mess reveal next week lol
Can't wait to see the altered sign xo

sandra de said...

Your desk is always full of great ideas and I fully understand when the best of ideas have to sit on the desk for a little while. The apprenticeship thing sounds like a lot of work but I am sure the process will be worth it in the end. Have a lovely week.
Sandra @21

peggy apl said...

at least the crisis is nice and colorful! i love that sign, everyone says our cat is spoiled, LOL!

sandee said...

I know a lot of people who would love that sign as is, but looking forward to seeing how you alter it. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

peggy gatto said...

The true sign of an artist is a messy desk!!!

Francesca said...

My desk must be your twin, it will get done when its done. no worries. Francesca #27

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh Julia cannot imagine an altered cat - unless it is like the dog I saw on TV at the million paws walk, to raise money for our RSPCA - a dog, whose owner had multi-dyed it's fur :D did look ultra cute.. but not sure it enjoyed the procedure...

A pile of atc's .."me dips me lid, m'lady "...
you are organised, I have vaguely thought about starting but keep drawing blanks.

...hopefully more inspired by next week - happy WOYWW and may less aches be your lot, love Shaz in Oz.x #24

Kyla said...

An altered cat.....I like the sound of that.....I am sure I have seen one on YouTube! :-)
Kyla #32

okienurse said...

Hi Julia all is going well. We missed being hit by about 5 miles and I am ever thankful for that. I posted on my blog about it this week. Btw the desk doesn't look much worse then mine does and I haven't been doing much of anything! Have a great week. Vickie #26

Sue McDonald said...

Hi Julia

Snap my desk is just like yours going to unravel the layers later this morning so I can play.........

Frankiesue #36

Lunch Lady Jan said...

There's a new science these days....desk stratigraphy! Yours may well feature in the textbooks ;-)
Actually, I don't think it's that bad!!
Hugs, LLJ 40 xx

Andrea said...

oh dear im all 6s and 7s this morning started off with teh wrong week number ! anyway all is now correct !.it wouldn't be the same without some layers now would it intrigued by the cats sign who knows what it will be become ready for next week and have made my first ATCplanned to do more but not looking possible maybe next year ! have a good week will go hopping after work
Andrea

Sandy said...

I like a messy desk and always enjoy looking at your one.. Mine is all tidy its disappointing really as it means that I have been doing other things and none of them on my desk the last few days, will have to rectify that very soon.
Happy WOYWW
Sandy :)

craftydebs said...

Can't wait to see how you're going to alter the cat! You never know what you may find when you get to that last layer....Lord Lucan ? Shergar? The Meaning of Life? Have a great day see you in 3 weeks! Debs x

Lynn Holland said...

Quietly thinking about Oklahoma people.

Twiglet said...

Early bird today - well for me anyway! Another excited swapper here - er - ATCs of course - what else! x Jo

fairy thoughts said...

Happy wednesday julia
good to see you like layering your desk .... just like layering your cards, hope you find what you are looking for
janet #18

Lisa said...

looks pretty good to me....

Have been sat praying the last 24 hours for all the Oklahoman people that have had such an awful disaster happen to them....

love to the world

Lisa #47
xx

Luscious said...

Hi Julia! I'm adding my first WOYWW link! Hope you like it. xo

Fandhmum said...

Hi Julia,
I think we would all love to rummage through those layers for you.
Although I am away in Barcelona next week. I will try to post so that I can join in the swap.
Rosie x

Annie said...

Lots going on there today Julia....guess there will be ATCs hiding on most desks today :-)
Hugs,
A x

JoelMcBride said...

Hey, we're told to build up in layers when composing art pieces so why not a have work space in layers, too?!

Joel (aka, Barf Snoodlefart #53)

BJ said...

Morning Julia and how exciting is it getting for next week? I can't imagine how you cope with your desk it gives me the heebee geebees! Well done on keeping up with your apprentice-ship, men's work is often harder on the body isn't it? Gentle Hugs. BJ #51

Spyder said...

Other peoples layers always look so much more fun, and yours don't disappoint! My Atc's are out of sight too, unless anyone can mind read!
Happy WOYWW
((Lyn)) 55#

Redanne said...

Well at least you have been creating, mine is just a messy but without any creation! Hope the job is still going well.....Hugs, Anne x57

My thoughts are with our friends in Oklahoma too, I pray that Vicki is safe.

Redanne said...

Sorry that should say #53!!

Diana Taylor said...

Your desk looks extremely interesting - I'd love a rummage!

misteejay said...

At least your specs aren't sandwiched in those layers.

Hope the aches & pains wear-off quickly.

Toni xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Ah right, you don't have a cat who you need to alter! I do and she features over on my desk today!Really I wouldn't change her for the world..I'm not surprised your desk is hectic with all you have to do. I see your glasses are prominent, though. I can never find mine! Thinking of those affected by the tornadoes too, although I don't actually know anyone personally. Have a good WOYWW xxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Everyone is either early or this will be a record-breaking WOYWW. I'm entering about the same time as normal, and I'm at double the usual number!

Thank you for mentioning OK. I'm praying for Vicki and all those other poor folks.

I know you've aches and pains, but are you loving your Apprenticeship? I hope so! Do you want me to send Anita B. Clean over to help you out with the desk clean? She does great work!

Thanks, as always, Julia! If you did a survey, I wonder how many of us are just starting our ATCs right now?! xo Darnell #65

VonnyK said...

Your desk would be right at home at my place. My desk is normally that way, it's unusual to be tidy.
Have a great week.
Von # 67

Jan Ltc said...

Your works space looks to be in production mode!lol! xx Jan

Mary said...

Julia, your desk looks wonderful... your desk says, I am a very busy girl. I'm off to bed, but had to stop by to say hello and share my day. Have a great week!

lisa said...

That's just a normal crafters desk, Julia, don't stress. We all have layers that need excavating, it's just that we don't share them every week...the shame!! Unpacking after workshops is just a pain isn't it.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #70

Morti said...

I'll comment later!

Anne said...

Your desk is great. My table , and everywhere else is covered at the moment!! I am also thinking of and praying for everyone in Oklahoma. Looking forward to joining in the fun next week. Anne x #74

Ria Gall said...

Hi Julia
oh my word just look at that desk, I don't think we have ever seen a desk quite like that from you before.
Hope you find what you are looking for and that as you work through your projects your desk comes back into view for you
Sending hugs on this WOYWW have a great day
Ria #27

Gill Edwards said...

although im a neat freak i do love looking at peoples messy desks, they look so much more exciting than mine. I want to have a good old rummage through them to see what i can find.
Have a good week Julia and im looking forward to 208

Gill x

Christine said...

far too tidy a desk for me.........one can see your glasses!!!

I am making and clearing (ugh!) as I catch up after my hols.
Praying we hear from Vickie soon.
Happy WOYWW day!

Bishopsmate #79

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Karen said...

I feel so much better after seeing your desk Julia :D

and I thought your sign said 'A very spoilt CAR lives here'!!! I really need to go to Specsavers ! LOL
Happy WOYWW
Karen #79

Helen said...

I meant to say,I am sharing what I do with my "stuff" today after making it... if you are in the area of my desk !! (5)

Ann B said...

I've been 'missing' for ages but am back now and ready to surf (web not wave). Maybe you should get a meercat, then you only have to add a few letters to the sign.
Good to be back.
Ann B
82

scrappyjen said...

Sorry I have not joined in for a few weeks but I am back now trying to gt everything back to normal. Hope you are well and thanks for all the lovely comments about Dad. I will hop along with as many as possible later on, jenxx

Karen said...

No matter how many 'layers' you have, just enjoy - that's a crafter for you! Our spoilt rotten cat is on my blog today too. I think most kitties are spoilt anyway! Happy WOYWW! Karen85 x

Charlotte Musha said...

I just wish I had a desk that was that big! LOL
Once we move house I have been promised a whole craft room/office :-) xx

SMYLING said...

dont fret, my desk is exactly the same, but if they were constantly tidy it would only demonstrate how little work we did, as for ufo's i have a million - and the count is growing with every effort i make on the 'tidy house quest'

pearshapedcrafting said...

Now I don't think that's bad - new goodies can never look untidy!! Chris88 Have I really got here before 100!

House of Bears said...

I think ours may rival yours this week, we're stash sorting and wishing we'd never started.

airing cupboard crafts said...

My desk looks no different to yours today lovely. Looking forward to this afternoon. x x

Neet said...

Must get on with my atc's but a couple of birthday cards are in the way plus prep for the show. Will do it though!
Looking forward to the celebration - do you ever sit back and think about what you started. You deserve a knighthood.
Hugs, Neet x 2

Robyn said...

All great desks, crisis alike!!!
Prayers and healing Light to all,especially Oklahoma today and for days to come.
Art Heals!
Robyn 94

My name is Cindy said...

So many projects, so little time..... certainly feels that way here this week. Have a good one, Cindy

Dianne said...

Awh bless, you poor thing,but I think you're among a great group of women and a few men. All of our desks look exactly like that, you'll sort it out. It certainly looks exciting :O). Hope you have a restful day and thanks for sharing it..

Lisa-Jane said...

Lots of lovely layers of art sediment shows a busy and creative brain so its all good :-)

Joynana said...

Julia, when I look at your desk I think of a very creative person that just hasn't had the time to be tidy. #93

Angie Secrest said...

I've often told my Mom that the creative explosions she lives with aren't conducive to her getting anything done. She counters that it's always so exciting when she's moving stuff around because she never knows what she might find! I think you are somewhere in between those two states right now lol! Lovely mess miss!
Angie #99

Nan G said...

One crafter's mess is another's treasure trove! Cool new glasses in the previous post. :) Happy WOYWW! Nan G #105

Laura said...

Good morning/afternoon, Julia! I see that Vickie has posted at #26 -- I was thinking of her, too. I think it's good to always have new things at hand and new ideas on the horizon. Can't imagine the feeling of, "Well, I've made every card and scrapbook page that the world needs!" Happy WOYWW from Laura (Bookworm) #107

Brenda B said...

You know, in your own words, if we can see some of the desk it's not that bad..... and as we can see some of the desk... but really, you have a valid excuse now. I would imagine being an apprentice is taking up a lot of you time!

Hugs
Brenda

Marit said...

Oh you poor Julia... keep breathing dear! It will all find its place again... sometime :) Happy woyww, Marit #109

Hettie said...

I know that "lost something" feeling only too well. I need to find it before I can move on! Not sure that I have as many layers as you, but my ATCs are sure on my desk, hence why I am not joining in this week!
Hope you find your marbles soon!
Hugs
xx

Becky said...

Layers, I've Definitely BeenThere Before! Oh The Feeling You Get OnceYou StaRt Clearing Those Layers Away Though!

Deb said...

Looks just like my desk this morning! I am exactly the same, so many plans to make things and alter things and then they sit there for quite some time, in my case, years!
Debxx

Nikki Payne said...

Ohh I love to see what other crafters are up to and what they have on there desks.....
Nikki x

The Taming of the Glue said...

Hi Julia. Many thanks for stopping by. The cards have a list of what I've used in each project and a "how to". By the time I teach the class I've usually forgotten all the measurements! Pam#20

StampinCarol said...

I've so struggled with un-organized spaces. Still working on my room but now I have the upper hand. Your sign would be perfect in my house, our cat is the queen and she definitely rules over us. Anyway, have fun playing with your new goodies!
Carol N #118

Almo said...

Hi Julia, sorry I am late with my comments, I linked up this morning in a hurry and forgot to say hello (how rude!). I know exactly where you are at with loading and unloading for each class, but layers can only stay on my desk for a minimum amount of time otherwise I get really frustrated when I cant find anything. I like your idea about given the same componants would we come up with the same or similar card, maybe we should try it sometime. Have a great day and thanks for the visit. Hugs Mo x

Kelly said...

But what fun surprises lurk there is the question. Chaos but Creative possibilities abound! Creative Blessings! Kelly #120ish

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Julia,

Yep, I'd say you have several layers going on there! There's so much to see though.

That black and white photo looks very cool - can't wait to see what you do to it.

Happy WOYWW
Kay (6)

Diana Evans said...

always inspiring to see everyone's workspace!!!! Thank you for hosting Julia!!!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing your desk as always Julia, I would love to have a rummage around on your desk!! x

Gita said...

Your desk looks so clean compared to mine. LOL. Hope you are feeling better from your apprentice-ship. Brigita

Krisha said...

Hi Julia,
Well, I for one, prefere to see something like your desk, as to a cleared off cutting mat. You have someting to look at and we are all doing that and taking a good rumage through stuff too! LOL
Krisha #50

Linda said...

Loved looking at all the layers you have on your desk - a fun place.

Dianne said...

Looks like a very productive work desk to me--

Thanks for hosting us!

sandysewin said...

But, isn't excavating layers so much fun? You never know what you'll find under there. **grin**

Happy Woyww!

Sandy #119

Belinda Basson said...

Was lovely to see a photo of you the other day in your glasses. Thanks for the visit to my very pink layout in Cape Town already! #63

Angelfish said...

It's a mixed media kinda desk. That's all about the layering.
Fiona x

Marianne said...

you say "layers" like its a bad thing.
looks wonderful to me.

Sarah Evans said...

Wow - you're desk is really a busy one eh?

I'm linking up some ATC's/ACEO's I made today.

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

Anneliese said...

I am taking holidays from my workdesk - so big excuse for not posting regularly during the following 5-6 weeks. I wont have a workdesk just the canapé, the lap, the terrace table or else the Adriatic see - with its salty water - or the coffeehouse table. But here is what I made those past days - very little projects.
http://anaslua2.blogspot.de/
I am the Stitching Lady Anneliese

toni said...

Hi Julia better late than never today, glad to see you're still finding time to craft. looking forward to next week. Thankyou for being a brilliant hostess
toni 138

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Shaz Brooks said...

That tin sign definitely applies to this household! My Beloved Hubby would be very at home with your Hubby- he loves building stuff/working with wood!Looking forward to next weekend, A LOT!!! have a great week, hugs Shaz #125 xx

~Rasz~ said...

Hi Julia! Today was my first day to participate! I'm so excited to join in. Your desk looks great and creative. I can't create in an un-messy area :) Thank you for hosting this event!

Ailsa Cordner said...

That's nothing - wait till you see mine!!!

Daniella said...

My desk always look like yours! I always hope that when I finally clean it, it will stay that way. But, no.
I just went to Vickie's blog to check on her and I was happy to find she wasn't hit by that horrific, heartbreaking tornado!

Can't wait for the swap next week!!
xxDaniella#97

Whimcees said...

Hello!

When you have clutter, you always have such glorious clutter! Proof of the wonderful creativity that is you! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Anna said...

Looks like my desk when I'm in the middle of a project. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the little sign.

Monica said...

Whats a busy woman to do? Life is not endless clearing up. Only necessary when you loose the last pair of scissors.

Monica 103

dottielottie said...

It's strange how all the things you get out to use never seem to fit back in the same place! and heaven forbid you misplace something lol.Look forward to seeing your altered cat.....sign.
Happy art making
Lottie #132

Deborah Weber said...

I see a desk layered in treasures!

Liz Black said...

Hi Julia, Love that sign ... I have one that says "A Spoilt Dog Lives Here ..." soooo true lol! Thanks for sharing and Happy Woyww Liz@145

Sarah Keerie said...

Phew, getting back into the swing of crafting
http://wp.me/p3wFxJ-BC

Anna Widmark said...

Hah. You've got more than 100 comments by now. But, if you've read this far, I can tell you that the weird circles cut out of paper are really stickers that look like Swedish graduation caps. Check my Thursday blog post for a better pic of some of those stickers. Thanks for this lovely Wednesday treat! =D

Alexa said...

Thankyou so much for leaving me a lovely comment on my blog. I think your desk isn't half as bad as you think this week - sign of a true crafter! x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Sorry Julia, I tried to edit my post and it disappeared so I've had to link again - technology isn't my strong point!! Chrisx

Elizabeth said...

I feel my fingers itching to help you clear your desk, Julia. Too bad I live so far away. That sign is telling you something ... you need a cat :)) Hugs, Elizabeth x #81

Carole Z said...

Guess who published her blog post this morning and forgot to link! Oops! Carole Z #151

glitterandglue said...

Good evening, julia. Afraid my desk is full of layers too - the end result of about 15 cards. The left shuffle played to extremes this week! Have a great week - and believe me when I say your desk doesn't look that bad!!

Jackie Kirner said...

thanks for hosting - and wow - I want to dig through all your desk layers and discover goodies!

Sandra Castle said...

Love your desk! Sand 155

April Story said...

You have craftermath too!
April #131

Dainty Diva said...

Well I've been back from my trip a couple days and I haven't really unpacked yet either. #156

Cazzy said...

I want to see an altered cat! Your desk still looks tidy compared to mine!

Carol x

Bobby said...

I never judge another person's desk. Some say a messy desk is a sign of creativity. Enough said. ;)

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

I'm liking your desk ;) It's not that messy at all!!! I finally participated... and will try to do so more often and do the rounds. Love seeing other peoples desk! And will be back next week for the ATC for sure!!! I have already an idea for mine ;)

sandee said...

Just wanted to say thank you so much for voting for me, it sure means a lot to have support! It's a design idea that I submitted, nothing to see yet, and unless I win, we won't see anything at all, lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Bobby said...

Julia, would you please remove me as #157. I found out that link takes people to my May 1 post. I have reposted as #162. Thank you.

RosC said...

Hi Julia,
I've been a real slug with leaving you a message...sorry about that.
I do hope this apprenticeship doesn't do you in! It takes a while to harden to physical work doesn't it?
I think I'll make a sign something like this one 'cos I DO have a spoilt cat or two. Must get on with turning my ATC ideas into reality for next week.
Happy days,
Ros. #28

Debs Willis said...

I like the 'spoiled cat' tag! As I have said cat at home :-)

Bridget Larsen said...

Found some naughty people that arent playing WOYWW nice, they dont mention WOYWW or link back, so I guess they are only using your blog to gain traffic.
Name and shame:
87 Charlotte Musha
112 Peggy lin
134 Sarah Cat Curiosity
135 Anneliese
147 Jackie K

Kim said...

I really don't think any excavation is necessary...I consider depth a filing system, both at work and home! I have had some glittered cats; so moderate altering is possible....just sayin'

Queen Lightwell said...

Excavating! Pretty much what my desk required this week, as well! lol I did put up a before and after picture as proof, though. :) Thanks, as always, for hostessing us in this fab linky party...even if I am a whole day late in joining up! tsk, tsk, right? :) Deeyll #166

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love your supply double basket. Blessings!

Sarah Evans said...

Hey Julia - I got your message but you are a no-reply commenter so I couldn't reply without coming on over to your blog.

My parties page is where I post all of the linky parties I join in with, as well as being open for others to add their parties too (kind of like a directory of linky parties). I don't attend all of them every week, and when I do I tend to try and find new people each week - I usually pick three new linkers (to me anyway) each week and pay them a visit.

I hope you are OK with my advertising your linky party on my page and providing that link within my post. I like to join in with a few different arty blog hops and this seems (to me) a neat way to display lots of linkups. I've certainly never had any complaints from other hop hosts.

WOYWW is one of my favourite hops to visit each week. Everyone usually seems so friendly.

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity