Wednesday, 30 April 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 256

256!  My word, to borrow a phrase from well, most of you...don't the weeks swing by fast!  260 is the fifth anniversary of this weekly jaunt..if you want to join in with the quiet and polite celebration that will involve an ATC swap, please read all about it HERE.

So for now, revel in the ATC making that was going on.  Indeed it continues...I get to it in very short bursts. 
Same old stamp for the backs..I never envisaged it getting this much use!
And then, I had a bit of clearing up time and decided that I could find time to start on some workshop cards.  And the clearing up, and indeed the unfinished ATC backs became just another layer on the desk. And this is how I left it late last night.  And how it will stay until this evening.  
I know that I am lucky to be able to just down tools and walk away.  I know.  and the idea of putting a door in the gap between here and the lounge room where my lovelies keep me company fills me alternately with horror and relief. The relief - at not having to excuse the sight to visitors.  And the horror of being cut off from the rest of the house. Almost, but apparently not quite, worth being tidy for!

Share with us your workspace then, that would be great.  No advertising.  Please put WOYWW in your post title and be reciprocal in your visiting.  If you can turn off word verification, you'll get more comments, for sure.  Link here:

86 comments:

Andrea said...

WOW that is a lot of ATC's backs Julia and I was impressed that I have made 5 so far!!!...looking good I can see a sneaky peak of them at the back of your desk.My desk is as messy as yours this week and I haven't rushed in to tidy it this morning progress indeed! Have great week and I think I have made the number 1 spot.. WOW....crafty hugs Andrea #1

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sounds like you are part way through making those ATCs. I find the hardest part is cutting the ATCs to size. Had to laugh at the "cool" on the stamp. Very clever you.

One thing about it, your desk is very colorful AND organic this week. Happy Wednesday.

Janene McAnally said...

Hi Julia! Another week gone and yes where does it go lol! I can see by your desk that you have been extra busy :-). I love having my craft space near the lounge area as it makes me feel still part of what's going on, but I can't hide it!! Have a great week and happy WOYWW.
janene #5

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Looking very interesting but nothing like I expected. You have a regular production line going, and trust me, it's the best way. :)

See you at crop
Mary Anne

RosA said...

Hehe ... that's a real creative "mess" :) you have there Julia! But that's cool, I feel very comfortable with it :) and the production line method really is the only way to go!
Have a good week,
RosA # 10

fairy thoughts said...

As you know I love a good mess and that looks like a good creative mess. In the artistic world mess is more! Well that's my excuse anyway, but sadly I'm not that messy at the moment.
Enjoy your ATC making .... I really must start mine too.
Janet @12

Chrysalis said...

Morning, Julia - back to bed for an hour to make up for a late night, then I'll be back for a nosey! Have a great day xx

Hammers said...

Wowzers, that is a lot of ATC backs..I've made a handful so far..I love your mess..I can't leave mine totally messy, as my craft space is in the bedroom and there are some things Hubby just won't ignore :) Cx #16

VonnyK said...

Boy Julia, you really are going to be busy with all those ATC's. I like the nifty little cutter you have there. What do you use that pointy thing with the orange handle for?? I know, it's for poking visitors who dare to comment on the creativeness of your desk :) We have a huge (junk) lounge room across from my little room and my hubby won't let me use it to paint in for the very reason that it doesn't have a door. When we have visitors I am made to close my art room door, don't know why :) I had a look down at some of your posts and that card with the green dress on is really gorgeous.
Have a great week ATCing.
Von #11

glitterandglue said...

Good morning, Julia. You are really manically busy, with everything you do - I don't know how you find the time to do everything.... but all those ATC backs - suggests an incredible number of ATC FRONTS!!! I think I have 7 so far - and that may well be the max I manage, the way the weeks are flying by.

Have a special week.
Margaret #19

Kyla said...

Woah...that's a lot of ATC's...and as you know I love a creative desk so yours is looking just fine.

I agree that it is great to be able to shut the door (mine doesn't always want to shut though...something to so with stuff on the floor at times!) and walk away from creative chaos!
Kyla (who forgot to remove the extra wording this week....well it is early!)

okienurse said...

Busy desk this week! WOW it does seem like time is flying by this year! I keep hoping it will slow down a bit and let me enjoy the ride but no such luck. Have a great week and leave the door open. If they come to see the house then you need new friends...Vickie #14

Nikki C said...

You've been a busy qirl making all those ATCs Up I'm just happy with the 5 I've made so far :) Have a Wonderful Wed hugs Nikki 7

Mary said...

I had to giggle about the door. I have a room, I can close off my mess, but I hate being so far from the action. So, I bring my mess with me to the family room and I watch TV with my honey and then I return the mess to my craft room and close the door. Happy Crafting this week. Enjoy your ATC creating.

Ann B said...

That's a lot of ATCs Julia, and a lot of writing on the back when you finish them. Had to zoom in on your desk for a really good snoop this week as it's very busy, unlike mine this week which is quite bare, but I still close the door on it.
Happy WOYWWW
Ann B
24

voodoo vixen said...

The desk looks like you are having a lot of fun julia, and making a lot of ATC's!! (please can you save me one, dinna be sending it here... save it for me.,.. think I may be back quite soon). Annette #6

Annie said...

The door to my sewing room is such a blessing to me Julia.....it shuts work from pleasure many times at the end of a day :-) and yes is enables me to drop tools and run too with threads one end of the floor to the other [I just have to hope I have time to tidy and hoover before any viewings of course] :-)
Hugs,
Annie x

Shoshi said...

Definitely a really creative mess there, Julia! Full of colour. Well done making such good headway with the ATCs.

Thanks for hosting us. Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi

Karen Ives said...

I have to say you are so brave! I would have to go with the door option.
Karen #30

Twiglet said...

I have a door on my sewing room - I shut it so noone sees my mess but when I am busy in there I like it open so I can see what's going on!! Off to Annie's for twinnie time today! x Jo

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Julia and happy WOYWW hugs. Super busy desk there this week and yes we're all scrambling to finish our ATCs but you're also prepping for a workshop. I'm seeing your big tape dispenser and thinking with all the tape I use I should invest in one of those - are they economical? Well best visit a few others. Cheers and have a great week RobynO#35

misteejay said...

Wowza! That is certainly a lot of ATC backs and a very busy desk.

Toni xx

Helen said...

well done on all your atc's - still not started, but I will. soon... it's May soon.. which means it's anniversary and crop soon.. lol!! Have a great week. Helen

Sue said...

The ATCs look interesting.

My craft area is in the corner of my living room, so can't shut it away.

Happy WOYWW

Angela Radford said...

Hi Julia you are so right, don't know who robbed the months, time is just going so fast. You have a very busy desk this week and love the back of your ATC's, can't wait to see the fronts. Happy crafting, Angela x

Eliza said...

Julia,

Get a door it works wonders when you don't want people to see your mess. I have doors that can be shut and it works well for me. Hey you could also booby trap it so you know when people have been at your stuff (or furry beasts) Just leave the door open then you can still be part of the family.

Hey I have a messy desk this week and I am proud of it (not) LOL

Happy everything,
Hugs Eliza & Yoda

Craft buddy said...

Love your honest mess - I have had similar chaos this week! I know what you mean about being closed off from the family - I used to craft in our big open plan living/dining room and now have a tiny little office space instead as it was getting to be too hard to tidy it up. I am grateful now for the quiet but it took getting used to! x Jessie (#46)

My name is Cindy said...

Wow you are making a lot of ATCs!! Still haven't started but can see a window tomorrow and at the weekend. Love how the backs became just another layer - been there. happy woyww, cINDYX

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah Julia I just love your desk it is reassuringly like mine.. organised chaos is what I like to I call it :D

..and yes treasure being able to shut the door and come back at will we are blessed to be able to do that..
I am greatly impressed at your atc making mine is much less organised (mm, I'd better get going girl!!).
happy WOYWW Shaz in oz.x #50

BJ said...

Gosh Julia, just how many ATCs are you making for the anniversary??? BJ#53

Laura said...

Yeah, I really ought to get a wriggle on with some ATC's!!
Have a good week Julia,
Thanks for hosting us.
Laura

Nikki Davey said...

neat stamp for the Atc's

Nikki D

Anne said...

Hi Julia all those ATC's I've not started! Have an idea though and hope to get going next week after DH's celbrations! Know what you mean about being shut off when crafting. I didn't like it when upstairs. Dining room off kitchen. There is a door but is always left open:-). I love being in there as can also see outside! Couldn't upstairs as window high up! Happy WOYWW. Anne x @ 56

Winnie said...

Lots of fun going on there! Your ATC's are great, and very "cool!!" I love having a room with a door as I have been known to have to use it when my desk is extremely busy and inky and I have "waiting" time. Happy WOYWW! Winnie #60

sandra de said...

Looks like you are making an amazing number of ATC's.... I can't believe it has come around so quickly. But aren't we all saying that. My little craft room is quite away from the rest of the house but truly they all come and find me when needed.
Sandra

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Wow! It looks like you've been one busy woman making all those ATC's. Have a blessed week!

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Oh my goodness you are one busy girl this week. Your desk is heaped up with much goodness. Have a great rest of the week
Glenda #69

Regina Hamilton said...

Sometimes I wish I had a door that I can close, and no one could see my craft mess. Then again if I had a door, I probably wouldn't clean as often as I do now. #59

Robyn said...

Layers are so in!
ah.. the luxury of the closed door.
I am having a hard time believing May is just a day away!
thanks as ever for the welcome, now off to visit and get back to those ATCs!!!
Can we self correct if we put up an incorrect link?
Robyn 34?

Annie Claxton said...

I always love a good snout at your desk Julia, there's always so much going on! Maybe I'm weird, but I love to be able to shut myself away in my room - although I do take my iPad with me for company - left to my own devices the whole house would be a craft room probably! Happy WOYWW Annie C #74

CraftygasheadZo said...

Hello lovely. Am back this week. Wow you are busy, I've not started my Atc's, still doing invites. But will make some for the crop. Take care Zo xx

Carole said...

It took me years before I could walk away from my desk and let it be ready to start again. Now after snooping about I feel better. Thanks to you and all the deskers :)
Be well Carole #68

StampinCarol said...

You certainly have a lot of ATC backs! I was considering joining this but got too much happening. And your desk! I sometimes can just walk away but I usually try to finish a project in one setting then tidy a bit. I do have a project to do this week so I'll be hard at it tomorrow. Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #76

Hettie said...

I am throwing my hat in and hoping you won't scald me for being away so long!
Nice to see your desk has not changed a lot in my absence. A little messier maybe!
Hugs
xx

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

That is a lot of ATCs! I hope to have 20 to bring to the crop, but as yet I haven't started! Two classes to teach next week and once they are out of the way I'll get down to it....maybe!

butlersabroad said...

Who'da thunk what your most used stamp would have been. Bet you thought you might use it once of twice over the years! Ever though about a sliding door? Open when you want it to be, closed when you need it to be! Yeah, that's a desk and a half, but at least you're using it which is more than I am at the moment!

Hugs
Brenda 72

Helen Campbell said...

Love your desk... mine is worse so no worries. I know what you mean about a door. I wish I had one so I could close the mess off. It gets to a tidy place, and then I start on another project. Ah well! Such is the creative life. Happy WOYWW! Helen #82

MaggieC said...

It certainly does look as though your are well through your ATC's right now - so much better reorganised than me. Julia, could I ask if it is possible to make the names on the list change colour when you have visited them, as they used to. I am finding that I am losing a lot of time revisiting people I have already been to see. I am luck in not only having a door that I can close on my craft room but also it i at the top of the stairs so visitors have no need to go up there. Have a good week. xx Maggie #61

Anonymous said...

Julia, I know what you mean about leaving messes for company. Putting up a door isn't an option for my creative space and I wouldn't want to if it were. Think of your workdesk as you would a workbench in a workshop, those are never completely cleaned up (except in magazine photos!)

If we're having company and I have time I may straighten up major stuff, like piles on the floor, but otherwise I'm not going to apologize for my works in progress. So there. :-)

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #39

Nan G said...

Hi Julia! What a cool back piece for the ATC s! Is that stamp? Love the sneak peek too. It's good to be back. Hugs Nan G 82

my cup of tea said...

Hi Julia! I now look forward to Wednesdays because of this! Thank you! My friends here just don't 'get it' none of them blog and kinda roll the eyes when I talk about it and I have been doing it for about 6 years now. So this is my 'Happy Place' Ha!
donna#81

Krisha said...

Ah yes, #260 quickly approaches, so glad I did mine earlier.

One good thing about Betsy is she is just a closet in a spare bedroom. I can just walk away, but the bad thing about Betsy is she is just a closet. Maybe I need a walk-in closet???

Have a great week.

sandysewin said...

Julia, I know what you mean about leaving messes for company. Putting up a door isn't an option for my creative space and I wouldn't want to if it were. Think of your workdesk as you would a workbench in a workshop, those are never completely cleaned up (except in magazine photos!)

If we're having company and I have time I may straighten up major stuff, like piles on the floor, but otherwise I'm not going to apologize for my works in progress. So there. :-)

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #39

(Dunno why the above comment shifted to "anonymous. That one can be deleted.)

trisha too said...

So many atcs!!! At least you only have one layer going; I keep piling it on.

Bad idea. Don't do it!

:)trisha
(not showing
the mess.)

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, you are doing well with those ATCs, even if it is in short bursts. Like you, I feel so lucky to be able to leave my desk, whatever state it's in, and just close the door! Have a great week. Hugs, Elizabeth x #70

Sandy Leigh said...

So do you have a custom stamp for making the backs of your ATCs? You are making such progress--you go girl! I really fancy than fun tin of goodies in the middle of your desk. Happy 256! Sandy Leigh

Angie said...

Looks like lots of fun happening on your desk!!!! My little space is right off the front entrance. We have French doors that don't really securely shut. They are open for all to see all the time. My room is a mess! I love it and like you, I love that I can just leave things and jump up and do whatever my family needs and leave my things right there on my table with easy access on the main floor of the house.

Lindart said...

Just seems to be the time for ATCs! You have been very busy! Lots and lots! I have just been playing around, but the ATC swap coming up sounds like fun. I will have to save one just for the swap! I like using my ATCs on my journal pages and on cards.
Lindart #85

Sandy Trefger said...

Absolutely love your busy, busy desk! So much to look at! ~Sandy in Texas

Stacy Sheldon said...

you have so much going on, I was really impressed with my self that I was able to shoot a mess.
I'm really curious about what's in side the pink tin though. Stacy #87

Sharon Madson said...

It looks like a lot of ATCs! And they look like they are really nice ones too. I have never made one, and would like to take part. So, I better do some research, and get started. Thanks Julia for the Blog Hop every month and the peek at your desk. :)

Laura said...

Happy WOYWW, Julia! Now that is the desk of someone who's getting things done! My table is actually often the neatest part of my den -- I've got (noncrafty) stuff piled on my "regular" desk where the laptop lives and stuff piled on the floor next to it. Hope you're having a good week. ~ Laura

Kim said...

Wow..serious ATC Making! And I'd vote for the door...and leave it open when you're in so your not cut off...best thing I ever did was move my room upstairs, where my DH can't get to easily! LOL!

Tertia said...

That is a serious number of ATC's you have there. The desk looks quite clean and organized compared to me.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #40

Caro said...

Wow what a lovely lot of ATCs you have there...they look so good all together like that. Thanks for hosting as usual. Caro x (#61)

Debbie Rock said...

What a wonderfully busy workdesk Julia! Such a contrast to my rather poor effort today ... am sure normal chaos will soon be resumed! Debbie #93

Katherine Jeanne Wood said...

Oooh, I so get what you're saying. We moved my studio upstairs last year to get rid of the messy look downstairs, and I've never regretted the decision. It's fabulous not having to worry about tidying up because nobody sees it except me. :)

JB-Crafting Supplies said...

Wow what a very busy desk you have this week Julie. Love your ATC's. I have my own workspace but it is not in the house and I love it. Julie x

Super Stamp Girl said...

Hi Julia, I've never done ATC cards before, but you have inspired me to give it a go!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I'd love to tell you that my pile of atcs is as big as yours but confess I still have to make a start! Your desk looks so productive! Chris95

Belinda Basson said...

I had every intention of joining in today, but as I sit here the day is nearly over! Where did it go? Not sure you really want to know but I will tell you anyway! I am on leave and it went by baking a chocolate cake and 18 muffins for my dads afternoon tea at 8am then going to the local botanical gardens (Like Kew)for a walk at 9am to let the kids splash in the rivers with friends, then to the shops for food to feed the gannets (I mean kids) and home to do a treasure hunt for the fun of it with the kids and then a challenge for them to see who could finish a 100 piece puzzle first. (it was fair - they had the same puzzle) Followed by 3pm - my dad coming for his Birthday cake and tea till 5pm. Lastly, taking my sons friend back home, making supper and going to gym at 8pm. Now it is 9:47 and that is where my day went in a nutshell! Tomorrow I will make my ATCs for week 260 and get the extras in the post. Tomorrow is all about ME!

Lisa-Jane said...

I'm not an ATC person at all but you've got me half interested... hhmmmm maybe I should have a bit more of a read before I say "sorry, this one's not for me". Dina Wakely posted a pic of something to do with her art a few weeks ago and said "Enjoy the sight of dishes on the drainer" and I thought it was brilliant - I never excuse my mess now :-)

Chrysalis said...

Phew - just finished visiting all the WOYWW crafters this week - what a lovely lot of stuff going on everywhere. Thanks so much, Julia, for having the idea in the first place, and being such an encouragement! Have a great week, Chris # 15

Annie's Pantry said...

Your ATCs look really cool... :). it has been awhile since I made any, I forget they are a great way to use up scraps. Love to see all the cool stuff you have floating around.

Amy E said...

Oh Julia, how I have missed you and WOYWW! I got on a design team that took up almost all my time, and haven't' been able to participate in WOYWW in over a year...soooo sad! But I'm back and I'm excited, and I'm hiding my old WOYWW button/badge in my weekly photo again!

Loving your ATC stamp! Can't wait to see the cards when they're finished!

Amy E #99
Scrapthissavethat.com

Sue from Oregon said...

Hello! I craft now in my family room so I am near my sweetie. I always felt isolated...happy to be here..but have to pick up all the basics-but that is okay with me! Thinking of bringing my actual crafty desk into the room if I can make it work! Still here but crazy busy at work!

KatzElbows said...

How about a curtain? Leave it open when you're in there but pull it closed when you want to hide the mess?

Cheers,
Rachel.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Just realised that stoopid me didn't leave a comment yesterday...sigh. Blame age, will ya?
Thanks for letting me loose with your craft stuff..I really enjoyed myself though many deskers are taking the p**s about my look of concentration!!!
LLJ xx

Paper rainbow said...

Hello Julia, lovely to see your busy desk!

glitterandglue said...

Hello Julia. Just to say that the doomed blanket arrived safely. Thank you so very much - I shall give out the wool at church on Sunday. Many folk are knitting these cute dolls now. That's brilliant, as it will all help to get to 1000!!
Thank you.
Margaret #19

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