Wednesday, 30 July 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 269

Well, I've got plenty on my desk, thanks for wondering.  A short (I promise) tour is in order.

First I must tell you that I have tidied.  Yep.   I decided to excavate a couple of layers and make a start on another Christmas card.  Yeah well, that didn't work out, but it was a super excuse to listen to some of Jane Austen's Persuasion whilst I erm, sorted buttons. So you see the buttons, the drink of ribena, the passport photos of Mr Dunnit (they look like a police mug shot). The handles of the Cropadile, put away in the place that is exactly geographically opposite where it should be put away.  The pile of double sided tape rolls..because the ATG gun is still empty.  I need to use up the tapes first I think.  There are new dies.  Yum.  Except they can't really be that exciting because they've been there, albeit buried, for a fortnight.  Still, no doubt in another fortnight they'll at least have been put away, if not used.  At the back is the corner of a large envelope.  it's an order from Snapfish containing photos from my birthday.  The idea is that when the mojo deserts me (now), I will go through my papers and etc and pick stuff for making LOs..ready for Crops.  Hmm. Turns out that this good intention makes me think I don't have the right papers. Amongst the many hundreds.  How ridiculous.  Best thing about the desk - the sun continues to shine; photo taken late Tuesday afternoon. 
So now, using the instructions at the top of the page if you need them, please join in and show us what you're doing at your workdesk, wherever!  Post on your blog, link it here and we'll visit as son as we can.  Cue surge in the national grid as we all go and put the kettle on!

79 comments:

Twiglet said...

Oh now you are talking my language! Buttons. Don't we just love em! Hope you are well. x Jo

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ah, the road to Christmas card making is strewn with such diversions as button sorting! I'm doing the same avoiding writing the band newsletter :-)
Hugs, LLJ 2 xx

Nikki C said...

Look at all those buttons it's fun to get distracted and give a good sort and love those dies who makes the clouds one can't read it :)
hugs Nikki 8

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Lovely! We get to see birthday photos at crop. Making assumptions perhaps but if you printed them you'll be waging to scrap them.

My desk is no better than yesterday. But here I am, ready to WOYWW ... Cleaning cam ALWAYS wait... :)

MA

Jackie said...

There is nothing like some button sorting....... Love buttons!!!! I could be there hours ( truth in days really) if I were to really sort mine ... Couldn't use them all if I live to 100! But that's not the point is it?
Jackie 11

Shaz Brooks said...

Morning Julia, a fast visit, and wow am I early in the list! My wonderful eldest son is 40 today, so have to visit him this afternoon, so my visits will probably be tomorrow. Buttons everywhere- I can remember spending hours sorting my Moms button tin when I was a kid, lol. Have a fab week, Hugs, Shaz xxxx

glitterandglue said...

Good morning, Julia. Well, I'm sure the fact that I currently appear to be in pole position won't last - but it's nice whilst it does! Gorgeous selection of buttons there. Great to see that I'm not the only one who puts things on the desk - then... erm... buries them! John bought me some lovely things for our anniversary which I haven't photographed yet.... basically 'cos they are now buried, along with allsorts which Daughter#2 brought last week. Oh well, I'll get there.
I won't comment on yesterday's post 'cos I already have my tickets for the Manchester show. But, over the years I have been to both venues - and they are both great. Met Shoshi at the Exeter show the other January. The venues are not as big as the NEC - but that, for us, is a bonus - easier for John. Went to the Manchester venue with Mrs D the other month - and spent up with great enthusiasm!
Have a great week. God bless.
Margaret

Create With Joy said...

Button, button - we now know who is hoarding all of the buttons!

I have some pretty buttons sitting by my ink pads that I really must play with one of these days!

Enjoyed today's peek. Happy WOYWW to you Julia! :-)

Create With Joy - #10

Karen Ives said...

Button sorting is great therapy, have a good week. Karen #18

Annie said...

Yum yum....buttons. Right up my street :-)
Hugs,
Annie x

RosA said...

Ah, yes, button sorting, a great distraction, and rather relaxing too, I find :) I like to sort them into colours, naturally, and then into sub categories depending on whether they have silver or gold embellishments!
RosA # 3

Lynn Holland said...

Those buttons feel like me this morning, all over the place.
My email people or whatever the term is have been taken over by sky and now I can't access my old emails or stop any more coming in. It's a nightmare as it's our business too.
Ignore me I floundering xx
Ps hopefully I've managed to change it here

Andrea said...

Happy WOYWW Julia and I love your button pile,sorting them is very theraputic ...mines are all colour coordinated in little coloured tubs(I wont say how long it took me!) and I'm sure you will get it all sorted and the desk space made ...as for the dies what I can see look fab I am very impressed you have been making christmas cards ...I have thought about it but got no further...I will do soon!
It's great to be back.I hope you get too continue to enjoy the sunshine ... Crafty hugs Andrea #21

tocovya said...

I love buttons, I can remember as a very young child sitting outside cutting them off all the old clothes and putting them in the button tin Nothing was thrown away then....very nostalgicxx

Helen said...

I know for a fact that those buttons are but a tip of the iceberg of your button jar! Hope we get to see some photos from your birthday? I know we'll have to wait till you've found (ok bought!) the right papers for the layouts, but do share.... Have a great week. xx

fairy thoughts said...

Now you know I love a desk full of buttons .... And that fits the bill perfectly yum yum. But may I be cheeky and ask what is on the far left .... Looks like a bowl of popcorn.... Things look different from this angle ....have a good week
Janet 14

Anne said...

Love a rummage through my buttons - and I have a fair few! Have now bought some stuff from SU to make some! As for Christmas cards - still not started! Anne x #25

Debbie Rock said...

Buttons! What is it about buttons! Can start a rummage through a tin of buttons and not come up for hours as I lose myself in memories of buttons from garments long gone. And yes, I also have hundreds of papers yet can still not have anything quite right when I come to use one ... bit like a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear! Oh and your new dies just reminded me I had a delivery on Monday - must take a photo and add it to my blog!
Thanks for your lovely, lovely comments on my blog last week Julia - indeed each and every one of those "what if's" were banished and what a noodle I was to worry in the first place. Love to you from Debbie #26 xXx

misteejay said...

I must have tons of buttons but can never find them when I want them - stash sort out is still on the agenda but seems to be getting pushed further down the list. Where is your huge button jar? I love seeing it full to overflowing with all your lovely buttons.
Toni xx

Sharon Madson said...

Hello Julia! Beautiful selection of buttons! I have always loved playing with and sorting buttons! I did sort mine into colors and plastic bags!:) What a fun WOYWW!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

hullo Julia - great share the sunshine with you :D although ours is gone down now..
..well being late this week did not matter terribly much, it seems :D things get busy and today it is after 5 pm here..
So finally around to posting; a busy day with things not scheduled put in place like dentists to replace fallen out filling, etc..

To your desk.. yes, I share the same exercise.. leaving new stash in sight several weeks submerged then ruffianly use them at least in sight (or sort of) might mean we will remember we have them :D
love the button sorting idea must try that :D happy WOYWW, Shaz in Oz.x #27 I think

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

er what does that ruffianly use them mean.. auto spell check slipped that one in - meant to be finally !!!!! use them!! sigh how does that happen..

Robyn Oliver said...

Happy WOYWW Julia...a lot of buttons...were you sorting into colours or looking for some for a project. Mine are mostly just piled into a few containers...also have lots of those you get in the tiny ziplock bags attached to clothing - I'd have a lot more space if I discarded the bags. Have a cool week, enjoy that sunshine, RobynO#29

MaggieC said...

Buttons bring back memories of my grandmother's sitting room with her old treadle Singer machine and being given her button tin to play with when we visited. I know all about putting things away in what is really the totally wrong place. I have a degree in that skill. I cannot get into my room until the weekend as I need to be downstairs to keep my builders well supplied with tea, but more sorting and tidying is on the schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Hope you are still progressing well with your recovery and not trying to do too much. xx Maggie #32

Carole Z said...

Buttons!!!! I love buttons, have JARS of them..still have my mums and grandma's jars...don't try and throw a button away when I'm around! Loving all those on your desk Julia, hugs Carole Z #35

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oooh! buttons, a brilliant distraction! Lovely dies to play with too. Hope Mr Mojo steps in soon though, Chrisx 36

Angela Radford said...

I love buttons too. Just need to find something to do with them all.
Happy crafting, Angela @ FElix the crafty cat x 38

Cardarian said...

Lovely buttons on your desk - have you noticed they have gone out of fashion? I love buttons but it seems sequins are in and buttons out! But I am sure they will come back! I hope as I have loads!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

My name is Cindy said...

Could almost have been written by me.. 100s of papers but never the right one, great new goodies still in the packaging, envies full of photos - and I do love a button. Have a great Wednesday Julia. xx

Ohhh Snap said...

So whilst I've been gawking at your desk, you've been and left a comment! The 12 oz. jar of science is iron filings : D. I'm in search of a proper magnet and still playing with Ideas lol. One hint I can tell you so far don't spill it and use a naked magnet to clean it up (wrap it in a coffee filter first).

And about the fun foam staining, it's not so much that it stains, but that the stains will transfer to the back of things stamped upon it.

I love listening to audio books while I sort, though I haven't made it all the way down to desk across the whole surface in quite a while lol. Love that cloud die. OMG it took me 30 minutes to re-arm my ATG because I started the sticky off the wrong side somehow lol.

Here's a link to the card completed. That was a record for me lol. http://ohhhsnapper.blogspot.com/2014/07/make-it-monday-174-diamond-wallpaper.html

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

I just sorted buttons by color not too long ago. Suddenly they don't look so overwhelming now that they are separate and sitting in their own little jar along my crafting closet. Happy WOYWW!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Ah I recognise the button-sorting-tidy-thing. Many an item stays unfound amongst the jars of buttons here, purely as I don't use many buttons at this point in time. I did. I had a spell you see, you know the one where you use said item on every project till it gets boring?! I've shared the photos of my in dress etc cos I know many don't do FB. After all me in a dress is a rare moment in time!! Take care lovely xxx

Mrs.D said...

Morning Julia, and sorry i managed to put the wrong page up.
Those dies do look exciting and just because you haven't used them, doesn't mean they won't be.
Glad I'm not the only one who listens to the lady herself whilst I am crafting, so funny.
Hope you get the mojo back soon
Chris #45

Jan s said...

Plenty of buttons to choose from Julia and pleased to hear you are having some warm weather.
I'm a music fan when I'm crafting.
Jan S No.49

sandra de said...

oops sorry Julia looks like my link at 51 is useless and you will have to delete but I managed to get 52 to work. I don't know how you put up with us everyweek? There is always something special about a collection of buttons and the thought of christmas cards sends me into a faint. Have a lovely week.
Sandra de @52

MaggieC said...

Thanks, Julia. I do moderate, and 10 M25's could not spoil my enjoyment of those two fabulous days down in East Sussex. Wait till I can show what we did. Nine great projects and so many tips and techniques. Fantastic company too. xxx Maggie #32

Annie Claxton said...

aaaaaah sorting buttons is good for the soul ... I used to love to sort my Granny's button box, happy days! Is that a set of nesting cloud dies? REally enjoyed the tour thank you :o) Happy WOYWW Annie C #54

Jan Ltc said...

It looks like a productive work space! xx Jan (57)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I enjoyed looking at your impressive and very colorful button collection. I also have to say that your remark about your passport "mug" shots made me laugh… isn't that always the case with these official shots. Happy WOYWW and Blessings!

Neesie said...

I feel totally deprived Julia...wait for it...are you sitting down and take a few deep breaths..."I don't have a button collection"!!!!
I KNOW... how can that be? I'm sure there must be a few in a box here somewhere but now I want to sort some whilst listening to an audio book with the sun streaming through the window.
Enjoy xoxo
Neesie #58

Robyn said...

Lovely tour! Button button, who has the button?
I swear(Quakers don't swear) I almost never buy anything and still I have more paper!
Mysteries of life!
I dispare than no one will visit me if my number is higher than 30!(feeling sorry for myself with DD in Israel.
As distraction I will visit everyone! The last shall be first!
Robyn 44

Laura said...

Good morning, Julia! Looks like a nice sunny start to the day here -- hope yours is lovely, too. I was just digging around in my bowl of buttons yesterday. I was going to use some on a layout, but couldn't find three black ones, so went with bits from a Thickers sheet. (The asterisks, dots, etc. are fun to use as embellishments, I find!) Happy WOYWW! ~ Laura the Bookworm

Nan G said...

Lovely lot of buttons. Cue the surge is a round the world spike too. :) bet the electric powers that be wonder what the heck goes on on Wednesdays! Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #61

Patsy Paterno said...

Can't imagine making Christmas cards at this time! But then I've never made any! But I like making Christmas LO's anytime! Patsy

betsy (pharmgirl) said...

those buttons make me so happy!

StampinCarol said...

I've probably made about a dozen Christmas cards so far in the past 4 months. Hopefully some more this week. Love all the buttons... mine are somewhere in the red lard can. Looks like your desk is ready for your mojo to show up! Happy WOYWW! Carol N #64 (at this posting)

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, love that lovely scattering of buttons ... I rate buttons next to ribbons as most desirable stash :) It's almost a given that passport photos must like mugshots! And I'm experiencing the same issues with my pretty patterned paper. Perhaps I should be choosing photos to match the paper rather than the other way round! Have fun with those new dies. Have a great week. Hugs, Elizabeth x #53

Hammers said...

Love that your desk is full of buttons..I recently dropped my button jar on the floor..it smashed, it ws chaos..Your busy desk is making me smile..mine is so sterile this week! Cx #66

Sandy Trefger said...

Ooops don't know how that happened. I'm entered twice as 67 & 68. I guess a may have click too fast and did a double whammy! Feel free if you wish and have the time to delete #68 of me. Love your busy, busy desk and all the wonderful things peeking out even your hubby's photos. LOL ~ Sandy in Texas

Sandy Leigh said...

It's a great plan! When mojo takes a break--get out photos from Snapfish and plan layouts. Love it. And please tell me if I should indeed get an ATG gun. I have been going back and forth on this for weeks. I think Joanns has the cheapest price on them, and I can use a 50% off coupon. I love seeing all your buttons displayed--Imma button lover. Notice how cute where I posted--I'm right by two other Sandy's at the end of the list! Hugs dearest! Sandy Leigh

Sandy Trefger said...

Ha, on second thought just leave the double entry. I'll do better next time. Don't want to mess up any one's WOYWW numbers! Have a great day! Sandy in Texas

Stacy Sheldon said...

I want to come over and dig in your pile of buttons, I had to laugh about the mug shot comment though :) ~Stacy #70

sandysewin said...

Usually when the mojo is gone is the best time to do some sorting.

And I've been known to find mundane tasks to do JUST so I can keep listening to an audio book. Those don't work so well with work that requires thinking.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments. :-)

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #16

Sandie said...

Love buttons, they remind me of the tin my Nan used to have that I played with for hours. Thanks for the reminder about audio books. I want something in the background when I am creating and I am bored with the radio.
It's been ages since I last visited so its good to be back :)

Helen Campbell said...

Oh my, I've been sorting buttons this week also! Looks like you have an active desk, with many fun projects awaiting.

Belinda Basson said...

Where did the day go? I had every intention of catching my tail...clearly I have failed dismally! Love the buttons on your desk.

Sue said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

Happy WOYWW
Sue 24

Mariane said...

I Say !!!!... Buttons én mass as we say it here... Fantastic desk of yours today. There is a lot of things to be done I guess, glad you put the kettle on, I will be over in a moment ;) - Thank you for sharing all this.

Kind regards
Mariane

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Lots of buttons indeed! We always have good intentions and that counts for something even if we get distracted along the way. Love the cloud dies and Mr. Dunnit's mug shots.

Kim said...

Lookit all those buttons!!! But Ribena!!Yum! Do they still make Ribena Spark? Like a soda? They don't sell it here; we found a concentrate to mix...boy was that yucky!! Have a great week.

Shoshi said...

Love all the buttons, Julia! I've been in the wars this week with a few days in the cardiac unit in hospital after severe chest pains on Saturday night. Home again now but feeling emotionally fragile and totally exhausted!

Shoshi #47

Bernice said...

A great selection of buttons! Don't know about you, but I seem to spend more time tidying than actually crafting, and yet my craft room is never tidy!
Bernice #78

Bernice said...

A great selection of buttons! Don't know about you, but I seem to spend more time tidying than actually crafting, and yet my craft room is never tidy!
Bernice #78

Evalila said...

Wonderful buttons! Finally managed to post to my blog - but at least it´s still Wednesday**LOL** Happy WOYWW!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Button sorting never gets old. Liking the look of those cloud dies, I think I can see.

Lea.H said...

wow, i am a button collector, so totally loving the pile you have there!!

Robin Spitzer said...

Button Button, who has that Button! I think, you have lot's of Buttons!

Robin Spitzer said...

Button Button, who has that Button! I think, you have lot's of Buttons!

Bridget Larsen said...

Love buttons but I wouldnt have the patience to sort mine, luckily I bought mine already sorted hahhaha.
ribena also my favourite drink
Bridget #48

Em Louise Fairley said...

Hi from a new follower. I found your site through Jan and I look forward to taking part next week :)

Hugs,
Em x
Creative Em

Eliza said...

Oh Shoot you just reminded me I need to order some ATG tape thanks for that. I saw this really simple Christmas card with buttons strewn across a card with a star at either end and thought that was cute and a good way to use buttons. Christmas in only around the corner, it's good you are starting to think about getting some cards done early. So sorry I am joining the hop late but hey you said it was ok.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda
Have a great week.

Stacy Sheldon said...

Hi, its me again that stencil on my desk is from The crafters workshop "zenspirations" line its the 6" version. ( I guess they make 12" stencils too) thanks for the visit, I love the peek into the drawers :) ~Stacy #70

April Story said...

I had to look up a fortnight. 14 days. You would think I would remember that from studying Shakespeare, but I didn't. I know what you mean about the passport photos. Mine looks like a police mug shot too. I can't believe they don't want you to smile - it's for traveling! That is something to smile about. :-)
April

daqadoodles said...

Thank you for your comment! I'm glad I can leave a reply, somehow I thought that I couldn't comment here with my wordpress account. Thought I'd try again just to be sure, as I've been absent from blogland for a while and things might have changed.
Thanks for hosting the WOYWW :) I've seen the rss feed about them in my mailbox, not only yours but a few other blogs I follow as well. When I had time a quick peek at the pictures, always fun and most of the time comforting to see I'm definitely not the only chaotic crafter with piles of usefull things!

Debbie / Daqa.

Neet said...

Sounds a good idea to do a bit of listening (audio book?) whilst crafting. Now to find my current read on audio and then I can have free hands and eyes for making something.
Love the button collection but a tip from me - don't use all your DS tape up in favour of your ATG gun - if it ever goes wrong you are stuck (no pun intended).
Thanks for almost linking me Julia - hated to ask but could think of no other way.
Hugs, Neet xx

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