Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 285

Well you may not believe this, but it's relatively calm in the photo. I took this at lunchtime on Tuesday.  There is a hint of sunshine.  It seems nice outside.  You can't tell from here just how utterly waterlogged the garden is....honestly, you need thigh high waders to cross the grass. The desk on the other hand, requires a less intrepid attitude!
The ipad stand is currently housing blank cards...I was rather frantically trying to make a particular idea fit onto something (anything) and so had one of each of the card shapes and sizes that I have 'in stock' on show; saves me wheeling to and fro the cupboard every two minutes, see.
The pads at left (there are 3) are all polka dots...different colours.  Lovely.  Had 'em about a month and so far not managed to use a single sheet.  The cheerful red and green star papers are actually paper placemats from Phoenix Trading.  But when I've finished, they'll be 'packets' for the 'All Day Christmas' workshopeers to put their finished cards in. 
A Poinsettia sits atop the clear drawers...i inked it, embossed it, coloured it, cut it out, stuck it on an already stamped and coloured one...and then didn't like it.  Maybe time will improve it.  Maybe it will end up in the bin.  Who knows.
By the time I get home from work today, the desk will again be a horrible mess - don't worry, you won't miss a single thing, I like to share the ugly as well as the fine! Meanwhile share yours too please - put WOYWW in your post title and link here so that we may visit. Oh, thanks.  You're a gem. 

61 comments:

Shaz Brooks said...

This is what happens when I go to bed early! lol. Awake at 5.45. But I've never been first before, yay! Now to make a drinking choc and go back to bed.I do like your Poinsettia, Julia, and the polka dots. I have so many bits that end up waiting to see if I like them more later, you are not alone. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz xxx

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Looking fun as ever. Lovers to make nice packets toe your work shoppers rather than just a bag. I have to say I do love dotty paper. So long as I have a dot, a strip, and a bold floral or swirl, I'm happy

And speaking of, happy WOYWW

:)

MA

Robyn said...

One can never have too many polka dots or poinsettias this time of year!
robyn 3

Helen said...

I turned my back for a second after frantically refreshing for 10 minutes..and there you are! Great desk, love all those polka dots and stars, which are fab. A month is not long to hoard paper before using it, well done!!
From the angle I can't see much of the poinsettia but I am sure it is gorgeous... do hold on to it!

Kyla said...

Lovely to see green in the garden still but I feel your pain with the boggyness.

Kyla #6

Krisha said...

Well, stayed up late enough to make the top 10 this week...LOL
Christmas makes all over blogland this week. I think we all have a stash of "maybe it will get better" things, THAT do eventually end up in the round file!
Have a great week, I've enjoyed your holiday pictures but haven't left a comment....was using my cell and I'm not that tech savvy!

voodoo vixen said...

I think the desk looks very tidy and the garden still looks green through the window... I am so jealous of that window... I chose to have my window up high in the scraproom and now regret it... nothing to look at but wall!!

Chrysalis said...

Morning, Julia - the weather yesterday was amazing, eh? I had the garden doors open for a couple of hours - great to let some fresh air blow through - even Mum was warm enough for that. I have a love hate thing with poinsettias - they either look fab or very old hat, for me. Dotty paper is so versatile, suitable for lots of occasions and you can mix and match it. Have a great WOYWW, off round the desks now. Hugs, Chris # 8

okienurse said...

Great looking desk! ! love all the awesome papers…of course I do! I am such a paper hoarder. Feeling rather embarrassed with all the stuff I have in my room of stash. I really miss not teaching classes anymore. I may have to rethink my retirement.
Have a great week. Vickie #17

Annie said...

Waterlogged back garden eh? Us too and we will have to get out on it some time soon...not looking forward to that one.
Have a great week.
Hugs,
Annie x

sandra de said...

Yikes I still haven't made a slight effort to start with the Xmas themed cards.Even if you don't like the Poinsettia card at least you started.
Sandra de @21

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I love polka dots. Poinsettias? Not so much!

VonnyK said...

At least you have green grass, albeit soggy, ours is brown and dead (no real rain for ages). Although a storm just went over and we got a wonderful deluge, so this time next week it might be greenish. Those star placemats are gorgeous, very Christmasy.
Have fun making the packets from them.
Von #23

fairy thoughts said...

Funny how we spend hours cutting inking and sticking ..then just don't like it ...I hate that when it happens. Better luck tonight
Janet @15

Mrs.D said...

Morning Julia.
Lovely bits on your desk there, the dotty paper dead centre are lovely, and I like the poinsettia, it will grow on you, hopefully.
Chris #25

misteejay said...

It's lovely still seeing green in the gardens but all this rain means the grass needs cutting again - but it's too wet & soggy to do.
Very tidy desk for you Julia - can't wait to see the 'packets' when done.
Toni xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Hope I didn't hold you up too much yesterday afternoon?! I like that Phoenix paper, it'll make a fab holder for the gals.
Hugs, LLJ 18 xx

Angela Radford said...

Hi Julia, always love dotty paper and the poinsettia card, well I would like a better look cos it looks good to me. When I make cards I'm not sure about I keep them anyway there's always someone who will like it even if you don't.
Happy crafty week, Angela x 28

Diana Taylor said...

Ooh, I love the poinsettia, although I'd like a closer look, and I agree with Angela that there will always be someone who loves it even if you aren't so keen! I've recently dug out my Tim Holtz die and I've gone Poinsettia mad - although I'm not so keen on the real plants. Hope you have a great week,
Diana #32

Annie Claxton said...

Hi Julia, your workshoppers are very lucky peeps I think! What a great idea to use the placemats that way. I LOVE dotty paper, all kinds of dotty paper, although I've banned myself from buying any more paper at the moment and I'm working on using up some of Paper Mountain before I lift the embargo! Happy WOYWW :o) Annie C #31

Anne said...

Hi Julia. Lots going on there. How many times have I started a card and ended up not liking it! Love the idea of paper packets for finished worked. Waterlogged here as well! Happy WOYWW. Anne x # 35

itsamistry said...

Cutting, sticking, embossing and making up then deciding you don't like it - yup been there and done that. I keep mine for a while with the hope of making something but inevitably they do end up in the bin. Have a lovely day. Anita #35

lisa said...

Isn't it lovely to see a bit of sunshine at this time of year, Julia. Love the look of your polka dots, you can never have enough of those.
Have a good week.
Hugs Lisax #38

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Julia, you make me chuckle commenting about the rain and the soggy garden...we're just having our very first thunder storm in this house, so I am busy checking windows to see where it might be blowing in - bought with it a lovely cool change so it'll be nice for sleeping tonight. Great idea to re-use the starry placemats into cardholders for your class...and also space for dotty paper at my place too. Cheers RobynO#36

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

What better use for an iPad stand than to store blanks cards? Thank you, Julia, for running WOYWW. I always look forward to Wednesdays now!

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

I always love to come visit! My Wednesday's would not be the same without you and this hop! I have become quite addicted to this little adventure! I love those windows and the wonderful light you have for creating. I can see the poinsettia, waiting for you decide it's fate...I'm in full blown Christmas mode here. I'm always behind when it comes to Christmas!
Glenda #40

kissinia said...

Love this time of the year because of Christmas cards and stuff! Have a nice day, Julia :)

Artatag said...

Polka dots are always nice and poinsettias just make a wonderful Christmas deco. But I wonder about the blue light in your studio. Are you in a spaceship or something??
Cheers
Gabriele 26

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. Seeing all of these crafty desks is making me so jealous. I am looking forward to getting all of my stash back in my room. Ali x #42

MaggieC said...

I was bury looking for a poinsettia plant and it was only when I read your post again more carefully that I found it - looking good. Hope your workshop goes well and that they all appreciate the work you have put into your prep. xx Maggie

Marit said...

Oooh.... you just reminded me of the fact that I need to make 'present bags' for the Open Atelier weekend... shoot! Almost forgot that! Thanks for the reminder, I put it on my to do list now with a big, fat, red underline.... it's wet and misty in the Netherlands as well... thick socks and still cold feet. Hope the sun comes through soon, at your place as well as mine. Happy woyww dear! Marit #44

Belinda Basson said...

Woops, it was early and as you could see I had not had my coffee yet...perhaps I should change it to cut the keyholes...I like your bag idea though that is a lot of work to make each one as well as kit up! #7

Elizabeth said...

Polka dots, Julia, my favourites. I have a collection, for stroking only of course :) all I had to show today is the ugly - next week might be better :) Have a great day. Hugs, Elizabeth x #46

Georgie C said...

This site always makes me feel so much better about my desk and seeing the work of others is so inspiring. Ooops and I don't know if it's because I'm getting over a cold or something in the water, but I've been claiming to be number 36 and actually I'm number 37... Lets go get another culpa and see if that helps :)

Georgie C said...

cuppa - what is wrong with me today :) XX

Karon said...

Ah Green grass - think we have seen the last of that here in Canada for at least 5 months LOL! Winter has arrived. Love those star mats! TFS for the link up :-) Will grab a coffee later and go visiting.

Karon #49
Karon's Krafty Korner

Carmen said...

Oh it looks so lovely and sunny out your window! I'm so cold lately! Brrr.

Cazzy said...

That is a pretty desk Julia, I like the idea of placemats into folders and they are very pretty.

We used to have a garden like that before this house, any rain and the lawn was under an inch of water! Clay soil, I guess we should have known because the area was called Hilperton Marsh!
I am not at all well, so not sure I will be hopping round much, and I was up so late I should have been here first - but the post wasn't up!

Anyway now I remembered to come and log on and link up before I go back to sleep, I made it out of the 60s and into the 50s.

Carol #56

Angie said...

Entertaining as always. Should I ever make it to that side of the pond, I'd so love to see the person behind the desk and the desk too!
Angie #57

Jackie said...

What a great idea to make bags for the people at the workshop to put the cards in they make
Jackie 54

KraftyKaren said...

I hope the poinsettia does grow on you, I hate getting rid of my 'mistakes' so hopefully you will be able to revamp it into something more loved. Great idea for everyone to have a bag for their makes.
KraftyKaren #58

Nan G said...

Busy desk as usual Julia. ;) Stopping in real quick before I start on another load of boxes. Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #59

CraftygasheadZo said...

Looking good, you seem to have Christmas sorted! Love the light, been quite grey here so good to see some light! Take care Zo xx 50

Sandy Leigh said...

Your packet idea with the pretty placements is fabulous! Your desk has a very serene but creative feel to it today. We actually got a round of snow in the Ozarks, and we never get snow in November - crazy! Hugs! Happy Wednesday! Sandy Leigh #53

fairyrocks said...

Hello from Canada. Finally I am able to link again. Thanks for this continued party. I will try to visit you all this week! Keep smiling and creating one and all.

fairyrocks said...

Well, shoot, I was so excited to be in, I forgot to say what a unique way to use your stand LOL. If its on the desk, its fair game I say. My favorite part of your view is the window. Such a lovely way to create. Stunning Granada pictures below too. Spectacular view points. TFS

Lindart said...

It's great to have things you haven't used in awhile, or things you're not happy with, to sit around on your desk - ideas will pop into your head when you are least expecting it! At some point you will say "Of course! That's what I'll use these for!" or "yes ! All this poisettia needs is. . .!"
Here's to inspiration!!
Lindart #60

Stacy Sheldon said...

I spy last weeks Poinsettia still being thought about? off to the top right... ( I am hoping to see how that one finishes someday.. :) ) ~Stacy #63

pearshapedcrafting said...

Just a little late! Like you, I'm not a great poinsettia fan but have a stamp this year so I'll see!! We've had quite sunny day today! Chrisx 64

Sharon Madson said...

Yes, maybe time will improove the poinsetta! I have used lots of items eventually that time improoved! Or maybe the way I looked at it changed. humm... Well, anyway, have a great day, Julia!

Lindart said...

Strange, I joined the link at #60, and somehow I have become #61 - ??? wonder how that happened? Lindart #60 -or #61

Sue said...

Sorry I am so late joining in today, but the day has flown by.

From what I can see of the Poinsettia, it's lovely.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the week. Happy WOYWW Sue #71

JoelMcBride said...

There is nothing horrible about a crafty mess!

Joel McBride (aka, Barf Snoodlefart #68)

Ali H said...

Love the star paper - lush ! Ali #20

Christine said...

Helloooo! Just passing through ...
What a heartbreaking thing to happen to your garden, hope it dries out soon.....
Have a good week ..
Bishopsmate sneaking in at #74

Create With Joy said...

Home sick and bringing up the rear this week - but someone's got to do it! :-) Didn't want to miss two weeks in a row. Nice to visit such a calming place. The lighting feels quite soothing right now!

Have a lovely week and as always - Create With Joy! :-)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Julia am rad nay rather very very late.. just made it figured better than not posting at all which very nearly won out :D love the poinsettia and am sure it will look good in time sometimes after all that work it takes on a sour hue.. rather than joyful one.. leave it out of sight come across in surprise and you will see it in new light .. have done that myself :D happy WOYWW, Shaz in Oz.x #76

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Julia,

I will try to do most of my visiting this evening but wanted to drop you a quick line. So glad you are enjoying your New Mexico cup! I agree, the size is perfect.

Glad you liked the other goodies too. Your desk looks nice with the star paper laid out and waiting.

So glad I was finally to join back in! I've missed everyone.

Hugs,
Kay

Nannie4 said...

I know all about having supplies forever and hoarding them! Love that clipboard. I'm trying to find my desk again after the craft fair. Maybe by Christmas.....
Nann 45

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Your desk is looking quite tidy, Julia, and with such interesting bluish lighting!

Beverley Baird said...

Love seeing what you are up to!