Wednesday, 18 December 2013

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 237

There are 'how to' and 'why you should' WOYWW links at the top of the page.  It's all much easier than it reads...have a go!

Now gentle reader, I don't think that I've hesitated to post a desk shot.  Not in 236 weeks. Rather, I revel in being the one that makes your teeth and fngers itch to come over here and tidy up.  It makes me laugh ah ha ha ha to think of all the intakes of breath that my 236 photographs may have caused.  This week then, is no different.  Except, even I'm not laughing.  I too, need - and badly - to establish some order so that I can get on.  I won't whine about the five minutes here and there between everything else - we're all busy.  I won't put the argument about creative genius.  I don't have that burden.  I'm thinking of asking Mr Dunnit to stop asking me to help in the Joinery and let me make a door.  To hang in the doorway between this room and our lounge room.  To replace the one that I made him take off after we put my desk in here, so that I could sort of be in the lounge with him, but at my desk too. I need to hide this from myself, let alone my holiday guests.  If ever there was a time for me to be visited by a Christmas miracle......


It's safe to show - these slightly decorated Cosmos are for my girlfriends.  They will have received them at our Christmas supper on Tuesday evening.  For that is when this photo was taken.  I haven't made them cards. * Insert whiney voice*:  I can't do anymore.  I just can't.
So now sweet friends, show and tell your own desk...horror stories will make me feel very comfortable.  Also, if you comment - please tell me...should we risk #238 next week or postpone?  Madness, I tell ya....

74 comments:

MiamiKel said...

Oh sweet lady! No cringing! You make me smile - what a fun desk area indeed - so much to play with!! I often have to dig around to find things - I keep myself entertained often, lol! What creative crafting you have going on - fabulous!
Blessings n Hugs!
~Kelly #2

sandysewin said...

Hey, I'm #1, whoop!

Awww, don't worry about the lack of cards, I'd rather have a decorated Cosmo any day. :-)

I was wondering what would happen next week, picturing myself trying to make desk visits while the family is opening presents, lol. It might be much more sensible take the week off.

And don't worry about the mess, it really doesn't look bad at all from here. :-)

Happy Woyww and Happy Christmas,

Sandy #1

Karin said...

Hey it's a work desk so I see no problem.;-)
Happy Wednesday and Christmas

Karin #3

Robyn said...

repeat after me
"I am enough"
"Do what I can do
Want what I have
Be who I am"
call me when you get it!
Thanks for being you!
Blessings,
Robyn 7

Regina Hamilton said...

Your desk isn't bad at all. I've definitely seen worse. You should see mine when I'm working on more than one project. #6

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh I'd like to try a COSMOS...bet it's good. I've the same wrapping paper! AND some areas of my house are worse today than my desk or yours. Do I see twinkling lights as a reflection, or outside frostiness?
#238 is your call Julia... weather decides our time together here.
Anyway enjoy the time leading up to the events.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, yummo, I think you have a festive my-kind-a-mess desk today, Julia! But I'm over here itching my own teeth, so I can sympathesis with you. The handmade cards are done and I'm signing and addressing the last of the photo cards by tomorrow night. Then I'm bringing in the shovel and the fire hose and going to town on the rat's nest. God knows what I'll find in there. I just hope it won't be a stack of cards that didn't get mailed!! Oooof, that nearly made me faint.

Happy Christmas to you and the hunky carpenter and darling daughter! I won't be able to play next week as we'll be away for a couple of days.

Second question is: Will you be hosting a hop on New Year's Day? If so, I'll see you then and we'll get down to some serious drinking games!! Thank you with love, Darnell #10

Nan G said...

Not a bad mess at all, Julia. The cans are pretty. If you'll open the link I'll post as no company for me this year. And I'll visit through the weekend anyone that does link up. Have a Merry Christams! Hugs Nan 14

Helen Campbell said...
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Helen Campbell said...

It's good to know you're busy and having trouble keeping up too. Never cringe, just keep on doing what you can as you can and it all will sort out.
If you post, I'll be here. It's the evening that I take down my booth from the 6 week holiday show, so it should be a great messy studio shot. :)
Helen #17

Eliza said...

Oh Julia please take the day off it is Christmas after all. I do have to ask what are cosmos they look really cool decorated like that, as for cards don't stress the small stuff. Go with the flow and have a great Christmas

Can you email me your address.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda

Eliza said...

Oh Julia please take the day off it is Christmas after all. I do have to ask what are cosmos they look really cool decorated like that, as for cards don't stress the small stuff. Go with the flow and have a great Christmas

Can you email me your address.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda

Robyn said...

I forgot to say, we should def take next Wed off and sleep in heavenly peace! LOL!!!

RosA said...

Also wondering what Cosmos is? Take a short break, say, a week? You definitely deserve it. I wouldn't worry about that desk. Not one little bit!
Merry Christmas and thanks for bringing us WOYWW.
RosA # 21

Jackie said...

It made me smile to see your just the same as me! What's worse is my mother is coming for Christmas and keeps saying She has never been in my craft room!!!! When you visit you will see the problem!
Jackie 22
Scrapbangwallop

Krisha said...

I was wondering about next week too. You post it, I'll play LOL
We are putting off our celebration until the weekend so the whole family can be here.
Always love your desk, sorry I'm not the tidying type, but I will put everything back where I found it once I'm finished playing with it. LOL
I'll say Merry Christmas now incase you decide not to post next week, like the rest of us you could use a break too.
Krisha #23

Maxam Made said...

I Love your desk! What is a cosmo? I've never heard of it here in the States??
I know I feel like I can't do any more Christmas too, and I still have to get my tree up - nothing like rushing things!! I think we should take next weds off too. Have a happy holiday and Joy Filled Christmas!!

Sandy said...

Oh don't know what a cosmo is but I am sure I would like it much more than a card.. Love your desk its all christmas themed this week.
Merry Christmas
Sandy :)

MaggieC said...

Oh, I so know where you are coming from. Right at this minute, I never want to do another Christmas, not ever, not no how. I hate my design and I hate doing over 130 of the wretched things. As far as my desk is concerned, I now have two boxes full of the stuff that I removed on two occasions to allow me too work without tidying up properly. My two desks are still both unworkable on. Wednesday next week has to be totally your choice. If you are here, I will join you, but I totally respect your right to have a week off to relax. Whatever, have a Happy Christmas. xx Maggie #25

Create With Joy said...

What a wondrous, festive desk!

I scrapped this week! Stop by & meet one of my Christmas kitties - never before seen on my blog!

Day off - day on - whatever you decide is good - just let us know and whatever you decide - Merry Christmas, dear friend! :-)

Create With Joy
http://create-with-joy.com

Helen said...

Hi Julia, and what pretty Cosmos they are - I am sure they went down a treat and the girls won't have minded not having cards as well. I think you deserve a week off next week - I'll be away and unable to link up and would hate to miss out on the fun! Helen 28

Kyla said...

Deep breath and repeat after me...."I can do anything but not everything"

Also I think I cracked the card issue this year, after the year I have had I have a new saying "in the scheme of things...." when things don't get done!

Hope your head is ok after a night with the girls.
Kyla #32 (ooh that's the age a lady at the quilt show thought I was....teehee!)

Lynda Beazley said...

Dear Julia you are there for us all year. Do have a break next week and enjoy yourself. Don't worry about us we'll be ok . What is a Cosmos? I thought it was a flower! Happy Christmas!
Hugs. Lynda B #31

Karen Ives said...

Ha Ha, yes I do take a sharp breath as I am a tidy desker! Wont be able to join in nest week. Hope you have a super day.
Karen #33

Annie said...

At least yours isn't like a building site Julia. :-) There should be no guilt in feeling you can't do it all my good friend.....none of us who aim high can really manage it all. As my Dad used to say when I was at school....'Just do your best'. We love you just the way you are. :-)
Hugs,
Annie x

BJ said...

I too am wondering what a Cosmos is and I live in the UK! Probably alcohol I suppose as I don't partake!

Anyway as for hosting on Christmas Day, would you be able to schedule a post so you don't have to think about it, I have already done one - LOL. Then of course the following Wednesday is New Years Day, are you pondering that one too?

It was quite quiet last year for Boxing Day but it still went ahead so I'd say leave it as it is.

Thanks for all your hard work doing WOYWW it is truly amazing and keeps my blog going.
BJ #35

fairy thoughts said...

A desk full of cosmos Mmm sounds inviting. I intended to send lots more cards to work dealers this year.... Didn't happen dam those colds .... Yep another one. Next week sounds like we could all do with a week off... I have 8 for lunch and another 3 afterwards my desk would be full of spouts hehe you could always risk doing WOYFTT. What's on your festive table Tuesday ...or one word Wednesday photo and just one word but thinking about that .... Is one word enough
Have a great restful festive season
Janet

Mrs.D said...

Poor Julia, trying to do that womanly thing and make Christmas perfect. While you are eating lunch, so it doesn't take any unallocated time, run through, in your mind, all those things you feel you must achieve between now and Christmas day. If you did none of them, how many would your family really miss? And how many are superwoman ambitions driven by the telly or magazines? Cut out the commercial driven perfect and leave time for love.
Now I have no idea what a Cosmos is, haven't a clue but they look festive.
As for 238, a quick message of Christmas greeting on 24th with Mr Linky option and people can make their own posting any time over Christmas day and Boxing day.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to continue my superwoman impression.
Bless you
Chris #34

Donna Wheat said...

Hi Julia, Great desk as usual, I don't think I'll be posting next week, although I may risk a peek at others desks if there is a #238. Have a great Christmas, Donna #39

Scrapcat 1 said...

Your friends know you are a crafter-yes. They should know that crafters are creative and may leave some untidiness behind them. I always take the view, if you are coming to look at how clean and tidy my house is instead of spending time with me then don't bother coming. I won't be playing next week as we are out for Christmas dinner.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

It was even more magnificent in real life!!
I say have a week off...you deserve a free Wednesday. We'll all be back the following week, have no fear!
Hugs, LLJ 45 xx

misteejay said...

A tad untidy Mrs D but lovely and festive.

Your desk is a working desk and always has something of interest for those of us who are nosy and come to take a peak - unlike those pristine showrooms that you see on some forums that look like there has never been a piece of CS or PP cut within a mile of it.

Have a wonderful Christmas Julia.

Toni xx

Shaz Brooks said...

I think we'll all be happy with whatever you decide to do, Julia, so don't stress on it. I've just come in from spending **How flaming much!** at Tesco, off for a decaff before bed. Catch up with you all later, Hugs Shaz xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, you're desk looks nothing but festive to me and, given that those Cosmos have now been removed and consumed, I visualise it a lot clearer this morning - unlike your head if those Cosmos are as alcoholic as I think they are :) I hope you get some downtime soon so that you can relax and enjoy the festivities. Hugs, Elizabeth xx #45

Neil said...

Hi Julia. Great festive desk, I'm sure no one looked passed the decorated cans...... whatever you decide next week is fine. If you post I'll probably post too, after all, there's always a relaxing window of opportunity to go online in my home on the day. If you don't, have yourselves a merry little Christmas!
Neil

Neet said...

Not a clue what a Cosmos is but they look festive enough with the colours of them.
At first I thought "post next Wednesday" thinking that there might be people who live on their own and it would be a bit of company for them but then I realise YOU deserve a break. Over to you to decide, not much help am I - a bit of a ditherer really.
Anyway, in case you don't - thank you for a year of fun and friendships again Julia, may you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and my very best wishes for the New Year.
Love, Neet xxx 27

sara j said...

I think one of the reasons we all like WOYWW is because it is so familiar. I finally just had to stop on Sunday afternoon and clean stuff up. I couldn't find anything, paper was getting ruined and my work space as down to about an 8" x 8" area.
My girlfriends don't get cards either...they don't seem to mind. Hope you get time to enjoy this week.
Hugs.
Sara j forty something (your the first comment so I've already forgotten - sorry)

okienurse said...

WOW I thought I was the only one with a cluttered desk and room...just joking it is trait I share with the sisters here on WOYWW! I would say to put up a short post and let folks post if they would like to...or not. I know two Wednesdays in a row being major holidays can cause issues to anyones well made plans. Hope you have a happy day and enjoy time with family and friends. Vickie #47

VonnyK said...

If your desk were neat and tidy things would not be right in the universe. I look forward to seeing your wonderful messes. Don't know what a Cosmo is but I'm sure it is yummy. I'm out for a few weeks at least, we have everyone to our place on Christmas day and painting little misses room in the holidays.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, I'll be thinking of you in the cold :)
Von #38

Kirsty.A said...

Those Cosmos are an inspired idea. Happy Christmas!

Andrea said...

Julia if it was a tidy desk we wouldn't recognise it!..and im sure its been worse ...oops that was meant as a compliment!... lol ... We love you just the way you are. The decorated cans and looks fab I'm sure they went down a treat...as for next week your call your the boss. If its not to be.I wish you a wonderful christmas and hope you enjoy the festivities ....crafty hugs Andrea #48

Joanne said...

I'm lost for words dearly lady.
xx

Glenda Brooks said...

Not such a messy desk considering the date! I have to keep things put away and pieces of left over paper put away cause I lose things if I don't. I guess I'm just too scatterbrained. Have a wonderful Christmas and I agree with some of the others. Put up a quick post and let everyone do their thing. I will be alone on Christmas day but don't know if I will be around or not.
Glenda #50

Winnie said...

So fun! I think those ladies are so very lucky! Very busy on your desk. I am doing ladies gifts to these past few days. I still haven't made my family their cards (insert head smack!). I took off tomorrow and Friday from work, so you know one thing I will be doing. Weds. is Christmas and I am cooking and then running to my sisters afterwards. So, I want to wish you and Mr. Dunnit a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2014! Winnie #51

Christine said...

Cosmos!! Not flowers! They look bright and cheerful and I know they will have been enjoyed.
Leave the choice of when 238 to you but you post it and I will play it. I go out for Christmas day lunch and then come home and sit in front of the TV .... the same on Boxing day but different venue so my laptop will be switched on.
Have a happy Christmas whichever way you decide ... oh! Put a curtain up across the doorway, or a pretty piece of material.
Bishopsmate #52

Lindsay Weirich said...

I would probablt be up for it next week:) I love the decorated cans, in USA a Cosmo is a cranberry vodka martini, is that what is in those cans? Yum!

Elaine said...

I've never joined in WOYWW but I regularly read your blog and find it interesting, inspirational and funny all at the same time. I'm sure you could write an entertaining book!! Anyway just wanted to say thank you and have a Merry Christmas!!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Hello lovely! Fab looking gifts, what a great idea. I guess not many will be around next Weds so perhaps leave it till following week. Take care Zo xx 53

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Morning Julia . . . just popping over to wish you and yours a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Brenda B said...

I'm sure you and your girlfriends will have more fun with a few Cosmos drinks than you ever will with a few cards! As to the desk, just throw a table cloth over it and tell everyone it's a surprise for another day (when they're not there)! I will be abstaining from posting next Wednesday, whether you post or not! Take a break, have yourself a nice rest and tidy up that bloody desk!!

Hugs
Brenda 54

Marit said...

I feel for you dear one... hang in there and at least enjoy the days with family and friends. That is much more important than a clean desk and they will forgive you! I won't be around myself next week as my 'Top 2000 blog party' starts... I do wish you happy holidays and a great new year... I'll be around in 2014 again!!! Love, Marit #55

StampinCarol said...

This is the time of year that our work spaces are "supposed" to look like yours with all the gift preparation, card making (or not), and putting stuff on the desk to clean another area. Let's all enjoy family and friends and we'll worry about our desks next week after Christmas! Merry Christmas and happy WOYWW!
Carol N # 57

Twiglet said...

I love to see a festive desk - even an untidy one!! Hope you had a fun night out. x Jo

Angie said...

Haha, I don't cringe, I feel if nothing else like I don't make enough of a mess! Sadly, I just can't do it, I can't restrain myself from cleaning in between projects. Oh the woes of a neat freak!
Angie #59

Hammers said...

Love the Cosmos...they look like they were a lot of work! I don't think your desk is that bad..Look at it this way, at least you are still in Christmas and not in Valentine's Hell like me :) Cx #60

Gita said...

lovely straws to go with those Cosmos. Hope you had a nice evening. Your desk doesn't look nearly as bad as mine. :-)

Annie Claxton said...

You have very lucky friends is all I can say! And if you do post next week I will try to join in - but my workroom will be full of big hairy son for the duration, so my workdesk will be a tray on my lap! Whatevery you decide, have a very happy time and thanks for all you do to keep WOYWW going Annie #62 :o)xxx

Liz B said...

Happy Wednesday! And Season's greetings! Those Cosmos look like fun! And I only ever send cards when forced. Liz B :)

Lisa-Jane said...

I've never heard of Cosmos - are they alcofrolic? If you post next week then I will try and link up but I think it would be right to postpone too because you shouldn't have to think about it then! We can take our time to link up / visit I'm sure.

Your desk is a haven of craft and love and that's just about perfect in my book x (#41)

peggy gatto said...

I always enjoy visiting you and others, it's fun, thank you!!!
ho ho ho and a merry 2 U

Jan Ltc said...

Looks like a very productive work desk Julia have a great week xx Jan (65)

Dawn's Stamping Garden said...


Everyone is in a time crunch it seems!
I hope you have a WONDERFUL holiday & Merry Christmas!

Katie D said...

Thanks for hosting this! Merry Christmas!!

Katie (67)

Ali H said...

Just wanted to say many thanks for the hard work you put in to hosting our weekly get together ! Thanks to you I have made connections with like-minded crafters all over the world - and had insights into their lives & projects - and made friends along the way !
So many many thanks - and hope you & the family have a wonderful Christmas ! Do let us know what you decide about next week ! Ali xx ~40

Tania A said...

Now that's a super full desk! Hope that it's ok that I shared my instagram picture :)

Mary said...

Julia, hang in there! First bit of advice....Christmas is ONE day and it will be perfect because you will share it with those you love. Second: Bundle up and if the night is clear, go outside and look up at all the stars, take a breath and enjoy the calm of the evening. See you later, will it be in 2014? My goodness time does fly by!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah, Julia, I so agree with not enough time.. am not posting this week - not due to the season but cos not up to visiting had fall last week but getting over it - came over to wish you and your dear ones and happy God blessed Christmas dear Julia and thanks for being blessing .. I love WOYWW, so thank you for your faithfulness too, Shaz in Oz.x

BJ said...

Hi Julia, just to clarify, my craft group challenge this month was to make an ATC in Wintery Blues, Whites and Silvers which was why they all turned out the same colours! Makes for a more coherent set if you specify the colour methinks. Thanks for visiting me this week. Happy Christmas BJ#35

Kate said...

Someone stole this Wednesday, I seem to have missed it totally. I hope I don't miss the next one or the children will murder me it being a special day and everything! Chances of me WOYWWing next week probably nil, but if you have time to schedule a post and a linky then do, so those that are more organised than me can reach out with their Christmas crafty wishes.

~Kate~

Lindart said...

I made it! Mostly working on my DD's Europe Trip photo album, must get done before Christmas! I love your little gifties for your friends, looks like a good time!
Lindart #71

Daniella said...

So sorry I'm late :(
Your desk doesn't make me want to clean it, it reminds me of home!! LOL!!
Hope the Mr. gives in about the door!
xxDaniella#12

Daniella said...

YES Julia! I forgot to say I wanted to know about next week too!!
I don't know how you can tell me? I will keep checking your blog this week to see.
However, I don't think I would be joining then. Christmas Eve and Christmas day!!! Food, presents and relaxing....
xxDaniella#12 again O_0

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Julia,

What about folding doors? Or even one of those Japanese style room dividers that you can put up when company comes around?

Hmm, next week - I'll plan to participate if that's the majority (and especially since I hadn't the last two weeks....)

Hugs,
Kay

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