Wednesday, 2 July 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 265

Oh there's pages to reference across the top of this blog if you would like to know the why and the how of WOYWW.   And then, join in!
So my desk this week is another excuse really.  I've been a bit poorly and so my real craft space is unused and rather neglected.  But, I have a bit of a 'do' coming up and was planning to make props for a photo booth.  I've scaled my plans back rather significantly, but the props were made, and here are the makers, at the table in the conservatory.....meet Laura and Ali.
Sunglasses on heads..because they're very trendy...and it had just finished being sunny and had poured with rain. They are decorating beards, glasses, moustaches..you know the thing. I was doing the strenuous bit and sticking them onto the cake pop sticks.  Honestly, my will to craft is not bouncing back as I thought it would! Note my 'scrap box' on the right - so large and full that really it's hard to distinguish.
I know many of you would love a deep green garden view like this...but in the 10 days we were in Spain and the 2 weeks I've spent sitting in a chair looking at it since we got back, it's turned into a jungle and I'm really at the stage of trying not to look!  

So there we are Deskers - now show us yours please - as much fun but possibly more tidy than this view.  Although - and don't faint...I have cleared and tidied that table top completely since 'we' finished!

72 comments:

Helen said...

Good to see signs of activity, even if you're not doing much, lol! The garden looks fine to me, and you'll get to it when you can! Enjoy the weekend...

Create With Joy said...

What a lovely outdoor view Julia - such a refreshing change!

I hope you re doing well and have a happy creative week!

Create With Joy - #3
http://create-with-joy.com

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Never fear...it will come back, and you'll tame the garden, and soon it'll all feel like a distant memory, the summer of 2014 :). You did say you had been working on the Christmas Card Marathon so that's a start. Lovely to have crafty friends so close, isn't it?
Have a happy WOYWW day

MA

Ali H said...

Hi Julia sorry to hear that you're still feeling fragile & progress seems slow! Hope your strength and energy return and you will start to feel better very soon, Don't fret about the garden, just consider it a wildlife support project! Take care Ali xx #5

fairy thoughts said...

Ah Julia I know that no bounce feeling ..... It will end just give it time. You have the 'do' to look forward to it sounds like it will be a lot of fun especially if you are organising it.
Take it easy and pretend you are in the jungle
Janet

peggy aplSEEDS said...

The photo booth sounds like a lot of fun. Are you going to post some sample pictures next time?

Claire said...

Sorry that you're still not 100%, Julia, but so glad you have willing (trendy!) helpers :)
Happy WOYWW!
no. 13 (yay - The number of the goddess!)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Personally think sunglasses are also good for keeping hair in place Julia..
I love your space but yes can see garden is tad rampant.. but all in good time .. you do need to recuperate!! :D and pray you're soon back to being yourself.
Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #4

Sharon Madson said...

You know it does look like a jungle out there! :)But I love all that green! I was hoping you would be back to your normal self this week! I am sure this will pass. It always takes longer, the older we get, to get over things. Even a sprained muscle takes a year to heal! I know about that one. Well, I couldn't sleep, so I posted my Blog at 12:30 Wed morning, but for some reason it says I did it at 10:30 Tuesday night. So what time are we on??? I will never figure all this out! Happy WOYWW!

Lynda Beazley said...

What a better way to recuperate than with friends to make you smile! Now you just need to make friends with a handsome chap who likes gardening!
Hugs
Lynda B 16

Annie said...

That's what I call a desk in full flow today Julia.....and please don't worry your energy levels will return. Just allow your mojo a rest too and he will return fully refreshed and raring to go very soon.
Hugs,
Annie x

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

It looks like you had a great assembly line going there. Blessings!

Judys Fabrications said...

Love to see people fully engaged in having fun.Your op progress in probably on target.It takes longer than we want, but hope you're being good and not doing too much.The garden can wait!

Jackie said...

How nice while your still feeling a little low from your operation to have crafty friends come round and do stuff!!!! Hope your back to strength soon! Jackie 14

Nikki C said...

There is always that day when you wake up and everything is just right again and your garden us just getting super lush for you. Also I have to agree sunglasses are a hair accessories for sure at least all mine are hugs Nikki 6

Shoshi said...

Gardens have a habit of doing that, unfortunately! I am sure you'll soon lick it back into shape, though, but in the meantime I hope you can rest and recover, and that you will soon feel a lot better. Nice to see some crafty activity going on there, too!

Have a great week, and happy WOYWW.
Shoshi #23

Robyn said...

cleared and tidied? I need evidence!
the jungle will wait for you!
Robyn 25

Sue said...

I love the look of concentration from Ali:)

Hope you have a happy WOYWW.

Neet said...

Oh Julia, so sorry to hear you are feeling like not crafting yet. Hopefully it will soon pass and you will be back in full swing. Hopefully too, you will soon start to pick up from the operation, but remember - you did have quite a surgery back there. Not to mention a scare being taken ill like that whilst on holiday.
The photo booth sounds great - gives me an idea for something in the future (if I remember that far ahead) if you don't mind me pinching the idea..
Take care, get well and sod the garden!
Hugs, Neet xx

Twiglet said...

I love to see happy busy crafters! Hope you are feeling better. x Jo

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Julia, it's wonderful your special friends visit and help out with your projects and making sure you take it easy. Never mind the garden, it's a lovely view and looks like a serene place to contemplate what's next. Happy WOYWW and have a super week RobynO#8

Gillian Pearce said...

Your garden looks lovely to me Julia. You'll get round to it eventually and your crafting inspiration will come back. Maybe now's the time to just relax a bit and indulge yourself.
Have a lovely week!
Gillian x

Diana Taylor said...

Glad you are on the mend, albeit slowly - just relax and enjoy watching other people work - make the most of it as it doesn't happen that often I'm sure!

Lynn Holland said...

I'm giggling here, I did a workshop for six ladies over a month ago and I still haven't cleared the table with all the buttons, threads, scissors etc on. Lazy tart.
I'm so glad you are on the mend Julia. Don't do to much though. Hmm, is that like saying it to myself ??
Lynn x x x

Anne said...

Hi Julia I'm sure you will find your enthusiasm for crafting will return. I think you still recovering - it takes time ( I know someone who had same - she got taken in to hospital one Xmas Eve :-( - it took her a while to feel completely well) garden will get sorted! Anne x #32

Christine said...

Lovely view .... folks working, green background, lots to look at...
You can't 'do' much in the garden now anyway - wrong time of year to cut back and down, perfect time to let the brambles take over. Collect the blackberries and THEN cut it all back!!!!
You continue to look after yourself, YOU'RE the important thing round here.
Give the girls a 'Hi!' from me

Bishopsmate #35

Mrs.D said...

Hope you are feeling better now, but well done for enlisting volunteers instead of trying to do it all on your own.
Chris# 42

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

I'm sorry your recovery is taking longer than you had anticipated! Just continue to take care of yourself first! The garden can wait. I love the look of the lush green garden!
Glenda #41

Laura said...

I think that's the best way to recover - taking it easy with good friends :)
Hope you are on top form again soon x
Happy WOYWW
Laura
44

Jan Ltc said...

Great work Space Julia. Hope you are soon feeling much better xx Jan

CraftygasheadZo said...

Glad you are a little more active and have helpers!! Looks very busy. My garden would be a jungle without my parents, who just happen to love to garden! It'll all get done. Take care lovely. Zo xx

Angela Radford said...

Pleased to see you having a bit of crafty fun again.
Angela xxx

jan spencer said...

Hope by next week you will feel more like crafting.
I`m a G&T girl myself but i`ve never seen the blue tonic over here, where did you find it!

take care
Jan x 46

Lisa-Jane said...

We do some rain don't we but if it could just be overnight and not when we are trying to entertain or do "stuff" in the garden! Don't apologise for creative mess - your space, your art ;-)

Angie said...

I do hope you feel more yourself soon. Being out of sorts is never any fun, unless of course you are being pampered and that can be not SO bad! Lovely to have friends though and fret not, every year at this time my garden starts to look rather over grown jungle style too!
Angie #52

Hettie said...

So are these Pixies just for you or can anyone hire them?
Hope you are feeling better soon Honey.
xx

butlersabroad said...

Sorry that you're not feeling too well still but how nice is it to have willing friends? I don't know how I know it's your birthday! Facebook perhaps! Yeah, I didn't understand the post either. The envelope was completely filthy too, not damaged just so dirty I had to was my hands after opening it! Hope the photo-booth set up goes well!

Hugs
Brenda

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, I was hoping you were beginning to feel a bit more like your perky old self again but seems not. I wouldn't worry about your mojo - it will return when you're good and ready. Lovely to see the girls working away there - hope the do goes well. As for your garden, snap! The weather here, sunshine interspersed with showers, has just encouraged growth, of grass and weeds as well as the roses. Think of it as a wildlife haven :) Take it easy and hope you feel better soon. Hugs, Elizabeth x #47

Nan G said...

Never fear mojo and energy will return when it's time. Please don't stress over it. The ladies sure look intense in their endeavors. :) With helpers like this sit back make tea and enjoy the beauty of your garden. Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #53

StampinCarol said...

I think I prefer your "jungle" to our desert. Was 103*F yesterday. Hope your recovery gets speedier! Nice seeing gals helping you. Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #50

Sandy Leigh said...

Julia, don't push yourself, you just heal and recover at your own pace. I can see that glorious scrapbox will be waiting for you. I'm so glad you have helpers. Wish I could bring you a cuppa and have a long chat while you relax. Hugs! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #43

Kelly said...

My yard is pretty bad, too. Mostly because the rain won't stop and let the yard dry out long enough for me to mow. At this rate I'll have to bale!

Take your time coming back, Julia. You'll get there when you are ready :-) Hugs!

Hammers said...

Great photo, good to have friends to craft with..I miss that. Your mojo will return. I LOL at your comment about perhaps our desks will be tidier..mine certainly isn't! Cx #57

Evalila said...

The photo looks like lots of fun! What a great way to spend you time - crafting with friends :) Happy WOYWW!

Shoshi said...

Thanks for your visit, Julia, and I'm glad you like what I did with your bike die cut! It came out really well. As for the diet, I am very pleased with such an encouraging start, and also that it is so easy to maintain the routine of the 5:2 plan - eating normally all the rest of the week makes all the difference, and the reduced calorie intake really isn't that bad.

Regarding the kitchen roll, these days I never throw anything out without first asking myself, "Can I make art out of this?" lol! Watch this space and see what I do with the piece of kitchen roll. It will make a great background! I think I'm turning into the Recycling Queen of the South West!

Shoshi

Mariane said...

This week went off in a pooooff .. I thought it was Wednesday tomorrow ;) - What a great change to be with people from all over the world.. Thanks very much :D

Neesie said...

Busy busy Bees Julia...not even time to lift heads for a smile?
It looks like it's a lot warmer with you there than here too.
I'm trying to bring my garden back from 12 years of my absence...thankfully our tenants liked gardening but I'm still finding it hard work.
Enjoy your week and thanks for letting me sneak back in here ;D
Neesie #59

Stacy Sheldon said...

Oh I know what you mean about the weeds, my mom and step-dad were here for a week and we are still trying to catch up on all the yard work that has fallen behind. but it was 97 yesterday here and so it was very much a retreat to the only space with an AC at our house is the hobby room. ~Stacy #63

April Story said...

What fun. We experienced our first photo booth at a wedding we recently attended. My husband wanted to keep going back! Your back yard looks just like mine. There is a term for that look - it is supposed to be more environmentally friendly. :-)
April

Laura (Bookworm) said...

Hi, Julia! What a fun collaborative time you've shared today. Glad you've got helping hands to move your photo booth project along. I think the will to craft is a "higher need" -- sort of like Maslow's hierarchy of needs, where until your basic needs are met, higher functions aren't possible? Until you're completely well and rested, not just from your surgery, but from being on vacation, too, I wouldn't worry too much about your missing mojo. {{{hug}}} ~Laura

Angela Radford said...

Back again because I forgot to leave you my number Julia. I have been a bit on edge the last few days as we keep loosing our internet conection, they are relaying a main cable apparently and we may only be on-line for part of the day. I know you would prefer to be doing the crafting yourself but you can just sit and enjoy the company, send out orders if necessary Lol!
Happy crafting, when you feel in the mood, Angela x #48

dottielottie said...

Glad to see you feel up to a little crafting Julia I hope you will soon be back to your old self. We have done as Spring Watch asked and given our garden/hillside back to nature. I feel much happier thinking of all the wild life benefiting from our lack of gardening!
Hugs Lottie # 64

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Had to miss WOYWW this week, a holiday weekend in the states and tragic weather put me way behind. Lots of picnics, parades, family gatherings and fireworks. Love your big bright window scene and all the fun you are having with the gathering of friends.Yard work will get done, and you need to mend. Best Wishes

Kleurrijk said...

Hi Julia,

Nice to be again om your weblog. Here in Holland the sun is shining and I was nicely sitting in my garden while drawing my watercolours.


XXXX Geri

Eliza said...

Hi Julia, it's good to see you have the company of other crafters whilst you are still on the mend. Forget the green growth outside it will get done one day, whenever, this I also have a problem with as I have been on the road for the last week. I have not posted today, I did get a photo then had to race out the door for work again down to Sandy,s area Geelong. I was also trying to get a shot of Yoda but he did not surface, so now it will have to wait until tomorrow actually now today Thursday. I will still post. So I'm popping in now but you can visit me yet. Have a great week

Hugs Eliza

Kim said...

Your "do" looks like it's going to be a blast!!
My word of caution on the garden: My lily beds had gotten a tad weedy, and with our cooler start they hadn't bloomed yet...I went out Sunday to check; and Hubby had mowed them down...blade to dirt...I'm torn to being sick and being relieved I don't have to weed..the bulbs are still there, right?

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Whoo hoo! What a delicious mess! And it looks like the ladies were having fun. All that greenery! What a happy view. My cats would love this view. Can they come live with you?

Caro said...

That is the great thing about friends...they can help out even when you are not feeling up to much. I hope you are fully recovered in time for your 'do'. Thanks for hosting us as usual. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#38)

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Julia,

Sorry to hear that you are still feeling poorly. I can relate, though, so don't push yourself.

The activity on the table looks very fun - perfect props for a photo booth. Relax and give direction, I say!

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Julia,

Sorry to hear that you are still feeling poorly. I can relate, though, so don't push yourself.

The activity on the table looks very fun - perfect props for a photo booth. Relax and give direction, I say!

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Julia,

Sorry to hear that you are still feeling poorly. I can relate, though, so don't push yourself.

The activity on the table looks very fun - perfect props for a photo booth. Relax and give direction, I say!

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beards! Glasses! Moustaches!?? Hope you are feeling back to full strength some time soon! The jungle? I bet the birds are loving it! Hugs, Chrisx 75

Debbie Rock said...

Hello lovely lady ... hope you are starting to feel more yourself. Thanks for popping by my blog earlier ... I am determined to use my Gelli plate but also have a suspicion it may go the same way as yours! Was inspired by Barbara Grey's youtube Tuesday though and have the stencils she used on their way to me as I speak and just as soon as they come I AM going to Have A Go! Honest. Love to you from Debbie xXx

misteejay said...

Keep taking it easy, you'll soon be fit as a fiddle.

Toni xx

Andrea said...

Hi Julia hope you start to feel better soon dont worry about the garden it looks very lush and the wildlife will love it ...and very well done for clearing the table after!... thats very good progress. as looks like a amammoth task from here. Best wishes and keep your chin up .no number this week as not taking part.. I didn't get the time im afraid be back next week hopefully hugs Andrea x

Sarah said...

You'll be crafty again soon I'm sure. That is one amazing scrap box though!

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Love the work table and all the fabulous stuff! Let the weeds go for now. Sometime you have to let things go to take care of yourself first. If I lived nearby, I would come over and weed for you.

Sandy Trefger said...

Busy, busy bees! And your garden is certainly green but I can relate to the jungle feeling. We've had a lot of rain too!
~Sandy in Texas

Belinda Basson said...

Wednesday has come and gone and I did not manage a post...life has got in the way again. It is the 3 week winter school hols here in SA and nothing is normal. I am still trying to work while shipping my son of to friends left right and centre...hence not being at home to blog in my usual time slot and then by the time I realised it was Wednesday it was 10pm and too late! I am so pleased that even the teens approve of the cutlery pouches! Enjoy and rest and get your mojo back.

CraftyViolet said...

Looks like you are both having a blast. This is my first time linking my blog to yours...but not likely the last!

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