Wednesday, 25 July 2018

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 477

The temperatures are staying high and I'm enjoying the fact that having the roof on the extension throws my desk into permanent shade! The desk will eventually move, but we're a long way from that, so I barely even consider it a reality!
I was chatting to Margaret (Glitter and Glue) about the WOYWW Crop . There was a lot of digression and she said that she hoped to see pictures of all the scrapbooking I've done recently. Well, not to keep anyone in suspenders, but here's the desk in non-scrapbook mode! Last evening I had a desire to do something for no reason at all. So  I stamped and coloured in for an hour while tea was cooking. Yes, cooking. Despite the heat, every now and then, you need a meal that involves vegetables and gravy. According to Mr Dunnit, anyway! You can see a cross stitch kit that I purchased in a sale. The box belies it's teeniness! You can't see the new readers I had to buy so that I can see the blooming weave on the fabric. Of course they are on my head, in use as a hairband. They are strong enough to improve colouring and make fabric look woven, but sure do make me stagger when I try to walk about in them! 

Forgive me if I didn't get to you last week....I hope your kettle didn't boil dry whilst waiting for me. This week will be better. And on that basis, please show what you're doing. It may well be the post that prompts others to try it.....Marit and Jan will be today's examples.

35 comments:

Claire said...

Remember me? She who keeps coming and going... I now have a new blog (I know, I just can't settle...). Anyway, lovely to be back desk-hopping x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Goodness. I can't see 20 feet in front of me, but I can see everything up close. Will never need reading glasses or tv glasses. Just for driving. I feel for you.

Despite the heat, I think that's when the microwave is your best friend. Unfortunately, I don't know how to make gravy in the microwave (grin). Hope you have a great week, and, although I'll be around, I won't be joining WOYWW again until September. I also look forward to the crop, but it will be vicariously for me.

Neet said...

New specs eh? Hope your eyes settle when wearing them and you stop staggering - or is that a 'ginny' excuse?
Ooh, wonder who the hair pictures are for? Now let me think!
Cannot believe the story about the cooking in the heat - up north it is miserable weather, warm at times but not sunny - at least we are having rain!
Hugs, an envious Neet xx

Helen said...

ooh, there I was going round desks from my blog reader bar, and you've already posted! I agree with Mr D - you need proper food occasionally! it is a bit of a ..*$!! having to cook it though!

glitterandglue said...

Morning Julia. It was indeed fun to speak the other day - and to digress into further areas of life:-)!! That really is an enormous box for a cross stitch kit... and I know what you mean - I have two different prescriptions for specs - one specially for cross stitch and pergamano!!
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #5

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Good Morning Julia, I hate that feeling when you forget to take your glasses off. I'm wondering just how big that Cross Stitch Kit is it looks like rather a large package. My MIL has a Daylight Lamp with a magnifying glass that she swears is the best thing she's ever discovered.
Happy WOYWW & Thank you for hosting.
Hugs Tracey #6
P.S I have to agree with Mr D... Gravy is for all seasons.

Anne said...

Morning Julia. Too blinking hot for me. I'm hoping that it breaks and there's rain at the weekend. Shame though I have Crafternoon Tea on Saturday- 'Sods Law' that after all that lovely weather it may be cool and wet for it! Have a great week. Anne x #9

Sue said...

Hi Julia, I love the hair stamp. Could you give me the details for it please?

Too hot here with temps getting into the 30s. Everywhere is parched and now they are talking about flooding at the end of the week, due to the amount of rain they expect to fall.

Happy WOYWW
Sue 8

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh yes, Marit was an enabler par excellence! I'm blaming her fair and square, lol!! Can't believe it's been a week since we called by, will call later.
Hugs LLJ 11 xx

Anne said...

Morning Julia. Too blinking hot for me. I'm hoping that it breaks and there's rain at the weekend. Shame though I have Crafternoon Tea on Saturday- 'Sods Law' that after all that lovely weather it may be cool and wet for it! Have a great week. Anne x #9

Sarah Brennan said...

Hi Julia, the only way Eva and I managed to craft yesterday was due to dragging the air con down to the shed for the day. On Monday I had to give up after less then too hours: too HOT! Glad you are managing to keep in the shade thanks to the extension work. We are so looking forward to the crop. Can't wait to check out how Jan is doing with her jacket today, hopefully we'll see the finished piece in Llandudno. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #13 (well someone has to be lol)

Annie said...

Thankfully it’s a little cooler here for me to sew but I’m keeping my blinds down just in case. Will look forward to seeing the detail of the x stitch.....it’s been years since I’ve done any but I used to do lots with our kids. I don’t have the time or the patience for it these days sadly.
Hope you enjoy your week.
Hugs,
Annie x

Angela Radford said...

Hi Julia, looks like being a scorcher here again today. We have been walking dogs very early as it's just too hot for them. I have one of those fans now that you put a freezer block into which does help when I craft though I have to say not much happening there. I found having varifocals was the only way I could cope with spectacles, can't be bothered with having to take them on and off. Hope you have a lovely woyww and a great week, Angela x17x

Mrs.D said...

Morning Julia, I do like that Bunny stamp, lovely for a child's card. That box looks huge, very useful container when it is empty, but is it really necessary for a cross stitch kit.
Chris #18

Marit said...

Goodmorning Julia... aren't we lucky to have a desk in shade all day! I, too, still can work on my desk and when I take it easy, do some bookbinding or other crafting. Wasn't it fun that Jan got inspired by my altered jacket?! Thanks for pointing it out to the rest. I have another 'tutorial' on my blog today and who knows I will inspire with it... Have a lovely day and stay cool! Warm hug from Holland, Marit #21

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Julia,WOYWW, otherwise known as 'Enablers 'R' Us, lol. Love the stamp, I really need to spend some time learning to colour properly, but I always get distracted by something. The only 'proper' cooked meal we've had for weeks now was while we were out at the weekend. Unless baked potato with salad counts! Have a lovely week, lots of love & hugs, Shaz #7 XxXx

Caro said...

New specs are always a challenge to adjust to - I am as blind as a bat and have been since I was 8, but had to go into varifocals for the first time this year - definitely took some adjustment! Love that stamp, it is gorgeous. Have a lovely week. Love, Caro x (#20)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

I've so many cheap readers scattered about this house, you'd think I'm always reading ! Mostly need them for the computer, usually fonts are too small, just making them bold helps a lot. Love the rabbits and that box on the end. I keep way too many things to re purpose. In a short time frame of finding a home for remains of a now clean storage room with lots of visitors in a few short weeks. I pop a beef roast, carrots, cabbage, onions, potatoes in the slow cooker every other week for that one wholesome meal in summer and get great leftovers. Saves time in the kitchen. Now it's garden veggies. Happy WOYWW all week long

Frayed Round The Edges said...

lovely Rabbit / Hare stamps. I wish my desk was in the shade, but it is good for the light in the winter. Karen #23

Sharon Madson said...

Hi, Julia, I actually made it on Wednesday! Well, it is Wednesday morning here, and I posted around 6:30 a.m.! Even before my first cup of tea! I thought for a moment you were 'cooking' actual tea, but that is a meal there, and you 'brew tea'. LOL Now, I am having my cup of tea! Need to get my eyes open to see what is on your desk. A cross stitch kit? I haven't done that in years since I found paper crafting! I, too, should get back to scrap mode!

Happy WOYWW! #25

Cheetarah said...

Oh so fun cross stitching! It is something that is popular in Sweden as well and everytime I visit my inlaws there at the second hand shops they have the most fun embroidery thread colors and patterns... but I have yet to try it myself, so many fun hobbies and so little time! Today we're enjoying some cooler weather which is a blessing! Happy WOYWW xox Cheetarah #28

Julie Forest said...

Good morning, Julia! I haven't cross-stitched in years! It is a lovely art form but I guess I don't have the patience for it anymore and I, too, need glasses now to see the weaving of the fabric. I'll stick with stamping and painting. Heck, even stamping sometimes requires the glasses. Ha! Fun to be back and deskhopping again.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, I've just had to drop the blind here to stop the sun from melting everything on my desk - it's hot, hot, hot! I gave up cross stitch a few years ago - these old eyes don't see so good anymore. In fact, I have a UFO tapestry just crying out to be finished - maybe I should bring that to the crop. All the new readers in the world isn't, I fear, going to help! Have a great week ahead. Hugs, Elizabeth x #24

Stacy Sheldon said...

HI Julia, ahh I have heard that glasses work better on your eyes lol... ( but, I only need mine for tiny numbers so, I really only wear them at work staring at a computer screen all day) the dust from playing with paper seems to just gravitate to those plastic lens so, I don't hardly wear mine at home at all and so, ( that explains crooked things lol) :) ~Stacy #30

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. Love that hare stamp. Cross stitch was my business and hobby for many years (I had an online shop plus market stalls, and did a stitching service for people who had unfinished projects), but I totally lost the stitchy bug about 9 years ago. Hardly lifted a needle since. It is cooler in Pembrokeshire, but still sunny and warm (about 21 degrees). I would be outside gardening, but have overdone it in the past week and my body has said 'no'. I hate looking out of the window and seeing the weeds growing. Ali x #33

Dorlene Durham said...

It's so fun to just play! Great looking desk and so great that you get good shade. It's been so hot over here too. Have a great week!! Dorlene #34

Paper Wishes said...

Been a while, too hot for crafting in the attic. We are not built for heat in Ireland. But nice breeze and a welcome cloud in today's sky brought out the birds to my desk. All the Americans and Aussies must think we are crazy complaining about such meagre heat. I have to keep reminding myself of the very long very hot summers in Oz!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Those rabbit prints in the left end of your desk look cool. Don't worry about not having time to visit last week. Blessings!

Suzanne Alexis said...

I understand about the heat! Here in Chicago it's not as bad as it was, but still hot and humid. I really need a fan for my office, too. Shade always helps! Have a great week!

Suzanne #37

StampinCarol said...

How nice to not have direct sunlight on your desk. And it's a bugger for heat in southern Arizona, we're under heat advisories. Those rabbit prints looks pretty cool, looks like they have a lot of details. I wear contacts but have glasses, wore them all day yesterday and ended up with a headache as 1 lens isn't quite right due to an oncoming cataract. Hope you have a great week!
Carol N #26

Robyn said...

cross stitch is a thing of the past for me, even with my specs. It's quite warm here too, and I'll take that any day over the alternative- lovely light for painting!
robyn 27

Sue said...

Julia, Thanks for the info on the hare stamp. I have found the stamp and will definitely buy it. Of course now I have to have a look at the others....;) Sue

Annie Claxton said...

Hi JUlia, sorry for the late visit - it's the end of a HOT HOT week, I just got home from work and we're expecting storms tonight here in Norfolk. My garden is mostly brown, but I am still enjoying al fresco crafting in the cool of the evening. Love the look of those hares - there's nothing like a bit of therapeutic colouring, so it's never for no reason. Annie C #10

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Yes, reading glasses double up nicely as hair bands! I never had to wear glasses until just a few years ago but now I can't see anything close up without them and I find it so inconvenient, but I'm getting used to them. Hope you've had some relief from the heat - it's lovely and cool here now, but it won't last long. Thanks for your visit on Wednesday, Julia! Happy Sunday! xx

Shoshi said...

Love the idea of you staggering around in pebble glasses, Julia!! Lol! I can't wear those off-the-shelf glasses because I've got astigmatism and they give me a headache. I have varifocals and if I want to do really close stuff I've got a pair of magnifying prescription glasses (about +4, I think) and I can't see much beyond the end of my nose with those! I used to work on 28 count evenweave fabric in the old days (without glasses!!) but now 18 is the finest I can manage. I enjoy cross stitch and have new software for designing it but haven't tried it out yet. Thank you for your comment - I agree that cooking is really creative, but I really do need to get into the studio as I've got a project to make with a very short deadline (next Thurs!). At least it's a bit cooler now.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #38