Wednesday, 15 May 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday 519

Welcome to whizzday 519.  Next week is therefore the 520th week, which means 10 years of WOYWW weeks.  In anticipation of that  HERE is an explanation of how we’re going to do an ATC round robin swap. It’s much easier than it sounds! 
Whilst I have your attention, there’s a celebratory get-together on June 1st, all details are in the post below this, scroll down why don’t you. Meanwhile...a desk
Gosh I didn’t realise how untidy it actually was! Last Saturday I attended a class to help me understand the design software for the Scan & Cut and here you see me attempting to use my new found knowledge.  It didn’t go too badly. In fact, the sheet of ‘scrap’ scrapbook paper you see in the background is covered in test cuts that would pass muster on the real paper. Colour me surprised! That large tub container is waiting to be erm, altered. By which I mean covered in pretty paper and used as a container for something. The sun flare is probably caused by the washing line filled with a glorious, Suzy-Homemaker-perfect white wash load, or because I took the photo at lunchtime yesterday when I had to leave everything to go do something apparently more important.
Please join in, show us your ATC heavy desk! Put WOYWW in your post title and link here please. That would be ever so nice of you.


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Repeat, and no apology

There’s a WOYWW 10th Anniversary as you know. we are celebrating in person. That is not a ‘royal we’, I mean, there’s a get together planned.....

Our event will take place on June 1st 2019    10am – 4pm

It will be held at:

Radbrook Community Centre, Calverton Way, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury SY3 6DZ

This is the link if you want to find out more    https://www.radbrook.org.uk/

The venue is about 1 mile east of the A5 junction with the A488.

It is easy to find by road and about 10 minutes from the centre of town by bus.

The bus station is a 5 minute walk from the rail station.

Bus Number 20 Radbrook Green.

There is a Premier Inn next door to the bus station but also lots of other accommodation in town, should you want it.

Lunch will be a finger food cold buffet. Cake and tea/coffee will be available all day

The cost will be £10 per person to cover food, hall fees etc.

In the past some of our lovely menfolk have also joined us so please let us know that too so we can count them in the numbers.A

 

There will be the usual activities plus some celebratory frivolity!!

So…

• Bring any crafty activity you might wish to do on the day
• There will be a raffle table and, in the past most folk have donated a little raffle prize.
   All proceeds will go to the chosen charity for the day.
• We will also set a table aside for any items you may wish to swap/pass on to others.
   (If they are still there at the end of the day, please take them home with you)

SO, think the power of the third thought.....
1. Having read this article, immediately decide you can’t come.
2. Think about what a great day it will be, consider the distance and the accessibility - all things are possible after all.
3. Decide. Tell us you’re coming, if you haven’t already.


Friday, 10 May 2019

Oh you beauty....

I probably brag about this every year, but I don’t care. Take a look at the tree peony in my garden. 

It’s like a bouquet of ballerinas, all gently bobbing in their paper white tutus. Can’t tell you how much pleasure we get from it. It’s now about 24 years old and apart from some timid pruning, it’s been self managing. Just behind it - you can see a few of the buds - on the same root is a red round flowering peony, flowers in the traditional peony shape. It comes much later. Meanwhile though, we’re on tenterhooks, looking out for hail or heavy rain and cursing late frosts. They all conspire to batter this beauty and it only lasts a couple of weeks anyway. 
Excuse the fat hand, it’s just to prove the size of these blooms. Not to you, but to future readers of my scrapbooks. The more info in the photo means the less verbose the journaling, see. Not something you can benefit from as a reader of this blog!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 518

Gentle desker, there’s sunshine in my photo because I took it yesterday, at lunchtime. You can’t see it, but the room is covered in gritty dust and even walking into it this morning will cause underfoot crunching and I can’t face it. My desk is protected with a dust sheet each time; so that when he stops, I swing it back into place and use it. Of course, I signed up for a scrapbook challenge to keep me motivated, and I’ve got ATCs to make and I genuinely can’t see the end of the grit just yet. Mind you, I’m not the one doing the digging and wheelbarrowing and emptying and sweating. So I haven’t complained. Except here, now, to you. You get it though, huh.
Lunch time coffee and packaging tapes probably explain a couple of office jobs. I managed to finish the LO and move it out of shot, but hey, it’ll make a great decoy picture some other time! The ‘ball’ of string sitting on the iPad stand is the only thing that gives away my weekend work. I worked in the garden, the string was to bring some order to a plant that deserves a stake and some string. So I Dunnit.
The plastic box contains stickers for scrapbooking. Not alphabet stickers, oh no, they occupy a MUCH bigger storage solution.
So if you’ve decided to take part, how are your ATC designs going? I had a fab idea whilst lying in bed apparently sleeping some time ago. Now all I have to do is get it from head to card.......
Please join us on this round robin of desk tops and work surfaces. Put WOYWW in your post title and link it here. That’s all. How very kind you are. 

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 517

I’m not coping. Well, I am because it’s just life, but really, a week already! The desk is split into two areas today.

Actually, two rooms. My desk is located in front of a door that gives access to the garden from the front of the house. We don’t use it much, but my desk is on wheels ready to move at a *cough* moments’ notice and oh boy, it has been moved...we, I mean he, is digging out the floor area of the extension. sand, damp proofing and joists need to be laid. And barrow loads of mud and spoil are going into the back of the van via my workroom. This explains the sight of my desk....all the things in piles in the middle are usually standing upright between the desk edge and the wall at left and right, the pink file full of patterned paper scraps is usually just on the floor somewhere. Mr Dunnit put it all back in place last night but I haven’t any plan to sit there today, so it will prolly stay like that for now. But...I’m on it. I dragged my pile of scrapbook papers into the lounge whilst the digging was going on before supper last night. And they are still there this morning because I lost the will to tidy up. No, really.  I was looking for specific colours for a LO challenge. Part of that challenge is to use a photo that is predominantly one colour. So that rather scary 17 year old photo of me is finally going to be put on a scrapbook LO. There’s quite a long story attached to it, so I’ll have some journaling to do to explain myself! 

That’s it from me, at last! 
HERE is a link to the words about the anniversary celebration and making and exchanging ATCs/gifts.Do you think it’s excitement that’s making the days fly by?!!

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Celebrating the WOYWW anniversary

In previous years, we’ve marked the WOYWW anniversary with an ATC swap online in a big round circle that marks the occasion but more, celebrates the community. I can’t honestly think of anything nicer to do on the tenth anniversary either. Perhaps be a little less prescriptive and suggest that if you take part, you can send any sort of hand made memento to your swap recipient. It doesn’t have to be an ATC, but remember that you will have to post your gift, so an ATC is a fine and ideal gift.

Before I get complicated with the how to, I wanna point out that this is an entirely voluntary thing to do. You can join in the link up as usual on WOYWW 520 whether you participate or not in the swap. No one will mind if you don’t want to or can’t take part. It’s meant to be fun, so if it’s going to cause any ounces of anxiety or stress, please don’t bother. Can’t bear that. 
I should also add that as WOYWW has always been flexible in that we all have to dip in and out of participating, don’t let your lack of participation in earlier weeks/months be a barrier. If this is your first week or your 520th week, you’re welcome to join in with the circular swap.
So here’s how it works. Between now and 22 May which is week 520, make your ATC, card, gift, blanket, quilt.........and have it ready to post on the day. 
On that day, when you add your name to the link list include an asterisk * after your name. That will tell us you’re taking part.
When your name* appears on the link list, the person above you with a name* will get in touch with you to ask for your address so that’s who you’ll receive happy mail from. 
The next name* below yours on the link list is the person to whom you must send your hand made gift, so you should get in touch with them to get their address. Ideally, the gifts should be sent on the day, or at least within 24 hours. This gives all time zones a chance to wake and be erm, awesome.The last name* on the list will send to the first name* on the list which completes the circle. It’s far far simpler to do than it is to explain. 
Also, if you forget to add the asterisk * when you link, link again. I am the administrator of the Link list and will be on hand to delete incorrect links. It is staggeringly easy to forget the * so don’t worry about it, just link again! 

The first couple of Crops were very close in date to the anniversary ATC swap, and so some people were able to save some postage by trading at the crop or sending them to me or others for distribution at the Crop. There hasn’t ever been a specific ‘Crop’ ATC, the ones given and received were anniversary extras. I’m all for keeping things simple and I don’t think we need to do a Crop specific make. Indeed, I think it would just be another time pressure. So officially, there’s no crop give away to make. Phew.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 516

Seriously, this Whizzday, too soon, too soon! I sort of caught myself out this weekend. You know, a Bank Holiday or two and you think you’ve got masses of time, huh. So, I had a moment and decided to start preparing for the WOYWW Crop. This meant THIS:
I had to crack a few eggs, as you can see. It involved emptying a box that was strong enough to hold a lot,  - see the pile at the far end. Then I had a need to write stuff indelibly - see the ice cream container filled with my Sharpie collection. Which by the way, is incredibly and indelibly the most useful felt tip collection ever. For a gal that doesn’t do much colouring in, anyway! Then of course, something (and I can’t remember what) caused me to need to put away stuff I took to the crop on Saturday, so the pile of ink pads and nuvo drops and other stuff from my kit bag are just dumped there because as you can see, I didn’t actually put stuff away. Well, I put  three LOs away, that counts! 
So this morning, as you can see, I shall be doing loads of stuff in order to avoid dealing with this. Oh and the stuff for the Workdesk Crop? Also a work in progress! Share and tell then, please. Put WOYWW in your post title and link here please. Thank you please. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 515

The approach of the tenth anniversary is hurtling towards me. Anyone else feel this? I do hope so! Now, my desk has seen a little post-Wales action. Although it turns out that if you take 3 and a bit days out of your routine, the stuff consumes you when you get back and it takes twice as long to catch up. I’m pretty sure it’s all connected to the way that time is rushing by. 
There’s a bit of interest. At left is a pile of four card destined to go to Shopkeeper Gal as samples for the next workshop I’m slated to conduct. There’s a needle felted heart thingy in the front, waiting for me to use as a topper for a card. I made it at Jan’s, she hosted a WI craft morning and we had a go. I was faffing trying to decide what to do when Christine offered me a book of ideas and said the heart was a good starter, and then when she saw what I’d done, suggested it would be good for a card. So a card it shall be. It’s clever, needle felting, but am not sure it’s for me. Only one pair of scissor and one pair of glasses...a minor miracle, frankly, and something else that is always present but rarely seen...the old lip balm. I have them dotted everywhere around the house and car and in my handbag. The damage to my facial nerve means I don’t have spit on one side in my mouth and it’s amazing how dry that makes the lips. You live and learn! There’s also a packet of freshly printed photos, I find that I like the mix of doing really old photos and very current...keeps me going. If I had to do things chronologically I wouldn’t bother, I’d be bored, and my memory wouldn’t work well anyway!
Now, if y’all forgive my lack of input last week, I promise to make good this week! Put WOYWW in your blog post title and link it here please, makes visiting easier! 

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 514

I am at Jan’s, getting a top up of erm, soft water, landscapes, seaside, another language, shopping, home cooking, laughter and chat. I do not have a desk to offer you, and I know that Jan is sharing the crafting section of this visit on her blog today. Honestly, I’m so laid back about being here I haven’t taken any photos! Which is silly, because yesterday, we went to a charming town called Narbeth and met Ali W for lunch! Fun! Lots of you will meet her at Crop, all being well with her. Bring it on!
But, I thought I might share a photo that I took way back in February when I was away with the Coven for a weekend of scrapbooking. All the crockery was ‘stamped’ with lovely phrases.  The weather was vile and I was safe and warm inside, scrapping. No guilt attached because I wasn’t at home to do chores or wholesome Suzy Homemaker work, outside-y jobs or bracing country walks were out of the question because of the weather. So I present...a perfect day:
Arty, huh! the pencil is called Black Cherry because that’s what it used to smell of. It came in a fragrance saving tube with a lid. Long lost. The LO I was working on involved a sunset over a Canary Island, and the mug was full of coffee. See - perfect!
I’m travelling home this morning, so gimme a chance to catch up won’t you. Meanwhile, please show and tell, it’s the name of the game. Thank you very much!

Friday, 5 April 2019

Prepare to shudder....

I conducted a workshop last week. Whilst making the kits up, I obviously felt generous and included greeting stamps as well as the alphabet I had used, just in case workshopeers didn’t want to lose the will to live. Oh, and I was trying to avoid the savage comments that come when you force people to use individual alpha stamps!This is the card. I think you can tell that I was very careful with the stamping of the text, I think it actually looks careful! Apart from the smudged ink on ‘niv’ because I didn’t allow drying time in my triumph of getting the spelling, spacing, wobble factor and relative straightness correct. But I digress hugely. 
Frequently when a workshop finishes, someone cleans the stamps before I chuck everything in a bag. It’s a really nice thing that someone does, particularly as it’s often days before I get round to doing them. 
When I unpacked the kit for this particular card, I knew immediately that I didn’t need to turn out the alphabet and check that each letter was clean. I try to turn them out and handle them as one block, but that often gets away from me, and frankly after that, I’m the one who loses the will to live. Here’s my stash of the smaller alphabets I own:

Now you can see why I could immediately knew that the stamps would have been cleaned. I can’t help it. It seems easier to find them from the wrong order next time I use them than stop and sort them alphabetically at the time of cleaning. I’m not ashamed, alarmed or worried. Just resigned. Perhaps I should take all of these over to the shop and let the shuddering minds loose on them. Or does that put me in line for a slap, for gross pre-supposition and congenital laziness?

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 513

Welcome to the mad house. I have it ALL going on! One desk looks like this
And the other square inch of space in front of the computer is crammed full of month end stuff for the business. That’s come round too fast and I am NOT enjoying learning accounts by computer. Gimme a ledger! Here on my real desk I’m playing with ideas for a card making workshop. I try to keep stamping at the front of the workshop because I love it, but it would be very easy to do them all from die cuts and stencil work these days. Anyway, as always, playing with stuff creates a huge mess and a lot of you will be blinking in alarm; I can’t reassure you yet about any tidying up. You can see I’ve been inking and sponging, gah it’s messy. That was Sunday and my nails are still an unrealistically healthy pink! 
Week 520 and therefore WOYWW 10th anniversary are really coming up now. If you missed it, there’s news about the Crop on the previous post. We’d LOVE to see you if you can and want to come! Meanwhile, keep my untidy mind full of inspiring stuff please - post and link here. It really helps!



Wednesday, 27 March 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 512

Well, I think we should re-name it Whizzday. It makes the week surrounding it go so fast! 
Anyway, you’ll want to know what’s happened here. The procrastination thing...I’ve put it off for a bit. 
The desk was completely untouched whilst we were away last week. I don’t think they even used the sellotape. So, a little bit In need of a cutting and sticking fix, I have mended the book. Well actually, that’s not true. I have just glued the spine back on. Mr Dunnit is happy with it though, so that’s a result. Then, I waded in and made a scrapbook page. It’s nearly finished, but it got so ridiculously difficult to keep track of colour in the gloom of electric light that I decided not to crash on. Quite mature really. 
Hey if you’re interested in the where and when for the WOYWW Crop, please look back to the post before this, it’s full of detail. And the promise of cake.
When you’ve checked all that out, post your desk in the usual way please, I need your momentum! Thanks ever so.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

There’s a WOYWW 10 Anniversary crop and you’re invited..

Staying true to the threat that if you organise it, many of us will come, Twiglet and Wipso are hosting this year’s Crop. Every Crop is special because it’s a chance to meet the real people that you have met every week for years on your blog. But it has to be said that this year’s get together will have a slight edge as we acknowledge the tenth anniversary of WOYWW. So if you are in a position to travel please come, it will be fun. 
If you want to come, here’s what the crafty sisters have to say....

Our event will take place on June 1st 2019    10am – 4pm

It will be held at:

Radbrook Community Centre, Calverton Way, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury SY3 6DZ

This is the link if you want to find out more    https://www.radbrook.org.uk/

The venue is about 1 mile east of the A5 junction with the A488.

It is easy to find by road and about 10 minutes from the centre of town by bus.

The bus station is a 5 minute walk from the rail station.

Bus Number 20 Radbrook Green.

There is a Premier Inn next door to the bus station but also lots of other accommodation in town, should you want it.

Lunch will be a finger food cold buffet. Cake and tea/coffee will be available all day

The cost will be £10 per person to cover food, hall fees etc.

In the past some of our lovely menfolk have also joined us so please let us know that too so we can count them in the numbers.

** We need to know numbers as soon as possible so please let Julia know by commenting on her blog. **

 

There will be the usual activities plus some celebratory frivolity!!

So…

• Bring any crafty activity you might wish to do on the day
• There will be a raffle table and, in the past most folk have donated a little raffle prize. All proceeds will go to the chosen charity for the day.
• We will also set a table aside for any items you may wish to swap/pass on to others. (If they are still there at the end of the day, please take them home with you)

I can’t put it better myself! I will transfer these details to a separate page which will be accessible as a link at the top of this blog. Meanwhile, think the power of the third thought.....
1. Read the article and immediately decide you can’t come.
2. Think about what a great day it will be, consider the distance and the accessibility - all things are possible after all.
3. Decide.Put your name down. What the hell, you’ll regret it if you don’t, after all!

Can’t wait, it will be a lot of noise, chat, laughter and food. And some crafting, of course. But not by me. I plan to be chatting.
Please let us know if you’re coming; we don’t ask for a deposit and try to stay as flexible as possible, but knowing numbers is necessary for more than just food...insurance and hall capacity and stuff that only grown ups and organisers need to know!
Thank you. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 511

Do you know that between last Wednesday and this, my desk has been an area of prepared intention, total and utter creative mess, and back to calm. It’s really amazing how the motivation forces the morph!
Impressive but oddly disturbing, huh! Well, I made a card and five scrapbook LOs since last weeks WOYWW but the place looked as if wild children had emptied all the cupboards. and shelves. And there was absolutely no sign of any rubbish in the bin, it was all over the cutting station worktop, the floor, the Big Shot...it was pretty bad. It only took a whirlwind to tidy. Note the expanding file on the desk. It already looks overstuffed (because it is). It contains ‘scraps’ from patterned papers, so mostly 12 x 12s that I’ve cut up. Bear in mind that every LO I make has scraps used on it. This then proves the truth that these things multiply when your back is turned. The red strip on the desk centre is for my mending attention. It’s the spine of a hardback, cloth bound catalogue belonging to Mr Dunnit. It’s about 50 years old and contains photographic listings of parts and spares for ironmongery and other interesting items. It was given to him as an old catalogue when he was an apprentice and he still uses it for reference. So we had a short discussion ‘bin it or mend it’, and I shall glue it soon. That will be it for desk action from me this week for this is actually scheduled; I am by now, enjoying a quick trip to southern Spain. There’s a bit of business to conduct, and then, well, you have to justify the flight cost, huh! Miss Dunnit is under strict instructions to photograph anything she makes at the desk (making fast and loose with my supplies), but I’m thinking it won’t happen. We’ll see! 
Meanwhile, make my morning coffee on a sunny balcony even more worthwhile will you - link your WOYWW post here and expect me when you see me! I thank you. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 510

Oh what a week. Please forgive my epic fail on the visiting; it was on my list but I was asleep in my chair before I could start browsing. Busy days. But its calm now. She says, knowing that saying it in writing will probably nobble the calm! So today...look, a bit tidy, 

I’m taking part in a scrapbook LO challenge and had picked some papers to muck about with while I was on the phone. On hold. The Colour Wheel ink pads are from my scrapbook ‘to go’ bag, easy to pack and space efficient. See the big old chisel tip glue pen lying there by the deckchair? Treasure that is...I use them to re-tack my scan’n’cut mats. It’s a Zig, and they are not as easy to come by as they once were. Although clearly if there’s a shortage of double sided tape, I will be able to help you out, judging from my collection at right! So that’s me this morning, I’m hoping it will be a terrible mess by this evening; time will tell! Join in please, show us what you’re doing at your crafty space by linking here after you’ve blogged a pic of your desk. Thank you, I really do look forward to seeing you! 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday? 509

Oh hey. Is it Wednesday already? Good grief. And look, my desk is a mess. Or rather, the space surrounding the area I actually work on is a mess. The shot angle includes my erm, die cutting area. It’s actually the edge of the worktop where the Big Shot sits. It qualifies as the ‘area’ because all the dies are stored behind the Big Shot. But of course, you can barely see any of that because I’ve piled baskets on top of the Big Shot for the want of any other space. The baskets contain the ‘ingredients’ for some cards I’ve made for another workshop. That was Saturday and last night. Can you believe that I was making cards as a way to put off doing some scrapbooking! I need to complete a LO for a challenge and I can’t get excited about it at the moment. No doubt the upcoming deadline will speak to me soon.
Speak to me do, show and tell about your workspace.  Bear all like this - last week it was 3 pairs of glasses, this week it’s 3 pairs of scissors! Please put WOYWW in your post title and link here. Thank you ever so.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Nostalgia. Right here.

My late lovely friend Mary left all of her craft stuff to benefit her favourite shop and some of her friends. Honestly, she had so many wood mounted stamps that we couldn’t split them between us equally because none of us had room to store a share. So, Shopkeeper Gal has a secondhand section which is full of these stamps. We decided that if I used some of them in workshops, it might encourage sales because folk would have an idea what to do with them. This isn’t so important with current stuff is it, there’s a million places to look for ideas for using new and current stuff. 
Art Impressions...
Art Impressions...love ‘em

I’ve had a ball. You know how I love wood mounted stamps. Some of them are by manufacturers that no longer exist which is a shame. Some of them are stamps that I have owned in the past and sold at some point, which has taught me a big old lesson about keeping stuff! But more interesting, is that they’ve made me stop fretting about packing the card with ‘new’ techniques and clever tricks, and just concentrate on a couple of layers and some colour. Love it.
Art Impressions and the Mighty Holtz

Now I’m nostalgic for wood mounts, snarky comments and sentiments that make me smile. I even used ribbon on a card I made today, which is an almost forgotten embellishment in this time of stencils, pastes, six different inks and I don’t know what! Mary and I go way back, we enjoyed making cards, she was a master at getting a hand made card to everyone;  I think she would love to know that I’m enjoying it all over again!

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 508

I thought it was a bit gloomy, so I’ve enhanced the photo - I selected ‘dramatic’ as the preferred colour. Well of course I did. Everything now looks really grainy but bright; believe me, although it is light, it’s not that sunny here just yet! As soon as Mr Dunnit has left for work, my desk will become a preparation area for workshop kits for tomorrow. (Because he’s using the printer and spreading papers around...you know what I mean..) At the moment, it shows last night’s feeble attempt at some scrapbooking. I’m not sure if it was the photo or the papers, but by the time I’d got around to deciding what to do, it all felt a bit lack lustre so I abandoned it. 
That lovely bag with ‘the coven’ on it was a gift at our Coven Crop weekend away. It’s going to be useful, I plan that it will hold glue pens, glue sticks, glue bottles, tape and foam pads when I go to crops which won’t half free up my little Jan made tote for scissors, glasses and real hardware! I see three pairs of glasses which isn’t any surprise at all, the pair on top should be by the computer screen, and the other two belong on the table - two strengths depending on the light! Seriously, a string round my neck with the glasses on won’t work, I’d need to wear about four for an average day! Anyway, enough drivel, blog, post and link please, I need some less lacklustre desks to visit!

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Sunday. In sentences.

This morning was bright and quite lovely for the time of year. It changed my plan. I was going to skulk about and do housework stuff till after lunchtime and then sit at my desk an immerse myself in something involving colouring and cutting. I don’t quite know what I was going to make, but my stock of cards is very low. And I need a stock. Because I’m so last minute that I can’t actually plan to send a card. Anyway, the sunshine made me fickle. I put on my wellies, picked up the secateurs, did a lot of dramatic huffing and puffing to get the garden waste bin out of the garage and into the garden and set about a bit of tidying. I consulted the RHS website and pruned. I cleared the dead wood from erm, some bushes. I revealed a frog who scared me almost as much as I scared him. I picked up all the fallen branches from next door’s beautiful weeping laburnum. And then, like a fool, I sat in the lounger whilst trying to determine whether the grass was dry enough to cut. Apparently, this took me about half an hour because Mr Dunnit came home and found me lounging in the sun! We had a coffee and a sandwich outside, it was glorious. So then we sat a while. He got all fidgety and wanted to get on with something, which made me feel guilty. So I gave up and came in and pottered about a bit. Then I decided on a big old roast supper, so prepared that. Sat at my desk and pushed stuff around for about an hour. Not hugely productive on the card front.....but, in the spirit of a lovely sunny day, there is a sunset tradition to uphold.....

Hope your week starts well. 

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 507

Well I’m sorry to say it’s a bit boring. All the crafting has taken place elsewhere! I went away with The Coven for a couple of days of scrapbooking and eating and chatting. My desk this morning proves that I haven’t unpacked yet. And I came home on Sunday evening, so you are allowed to be shocked or mildly irritated, or just plain resigned. 
That lovely black box is gilded and silvered by hand, and now contains the photos I want to scrap. The very dear friend that gave it to me also included dividers so that I too could organise the photos by subject or year or occasion. Or in my case, not at all. Another epic fail, but it is lovely to have the pictures in a box instead of a variety of processor lab wallets! There’s also four little packets of Dolly Mixtures that I picked up yesterday, to put in my Mum’s sweetie jar when I go and visit at lunch time. Other than that, there is little happening. But that will change, not least because there’s a card deadline looming. Oh how inspiring a deadline can be!
Sorry about the missing Linky last week...way too high a temperature to think straight when posting in advance! It should all work this week. So link please, share and tell. 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

What's On Your Workdesk? Wedeneday 506

Untouched by human had since Sunday..
You could be forgiven for thinking that you're seeing double, and you are! I'm working on cards for a workshop using some fun and a couple of snarky stamps, and I like them. So decided to make two of each. The pleasant looking woman in her dressing gown (next to the sticky tape) are images destined for the bin, badly coloured and too heavy. You can just see the edge of a card with a doily on it at right, this pleasant woman appears on that, but coloured differently. Impressively for me, only one pair of glasses and one pair o of scissors are visible. Good going. I haven't been anywhere near the old desk since then, struck down, almost literally, on Sunday evening with a temperature and a cough that destroyed Monday; this is scheduled on Tuesday because I'm very confident that I wont be up at the normal working time tomorrow! Am very pleased that I can't spread these germs on the interweb! Determined that Wednesday will be a little more productive, so please link in when you've blogged about our desk! I thank you.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Snippets....

I follow a few blogs (thousands) and try to keep up to date. So this is late. 
End of last month, Darnell posted on her blog that she’d arranged a surprise blog hop to thank and celebrate Miss Di who is amazing and has been successfully running the Playground at Pixie’s Crafty Workshop  for seven years - and those years having taken over the management when it was already 8 years old. What a brilliant record for encouraging people to make nice stuff with their ‘snippets’. Scraps to you and me. Go visit, you’ll be amazed. By way of tribute, I used snippets to make a whole scrapbook page at the weekend.
I like it. Just as well, I can confidently say that it took longer to make up than any other LO! I got bored by about tag number 3 but was committed by then..... none of the patterned papers were whole, all came from my scraps box. And the embellishments were all from the I-never-use-these-so-why-am-I-keeping-them department. So I’m starting to get it, this snippets thing, very satisfying. There have been several ‘stash busting’ challenges on Facebook recently, but I find that they involve layers of different patterned papers. Don’t get me wrong, I love a layer or five. But I create more scraps by ‘busting’ my patterned papers in such a way. Argh, yes. But also...note to self, pull your brain out of the scrap box and look at Pixies challenges too. Simple, surely? Watch this space. And if you can, show us some of your snippet usage. Of course, my motives in asking are dishonourable....I want your ideas! Thanks ever so!


What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 505

I had to schedule this, and it’s very dark outside at this time on a Tuesday night! 
 This desk has been more interesting and more untidy. 


But, it is what it is. Until later that is. Then it will be a card making factory. Ha ha. Saying that is a guaranteed mojo blocker! It’s been a month end and VAT return this week (VAT is a UK sales tax that we have to organise quarterly). It’s weird that the desk isn’t covered in paperwork and accounts books huh? Yep, the tax office will now only accept online returns using certain brands of software, so I’ve been on another huge learning curve as I shift our company accounts to digital. Man some of it has not been intuitive!! 
The sign of hope is the scan and cut cutting mat. I scrubbed it with soap and water, scraped it clean with a scraper thing and it’s ready to add more sticky to it. It will e the third time I’ve done it, each application lasts less because I’m using it so much more. hurrah!
Hey, join us in the looking at each other’s blogs and desks will ya? Put WOYWW in you blog post title and link here. That would be marvellous, thank you.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Those lumps of wood

This may not make any sense to you because I live with a craftsman who can make lovely furniture. The two lumps of oak that were on my desk on Wednesday are shelves, or more precisely, lifts! They do a particular job of raising up two of my most used items.

I've had it in my mind to do something to them for ages, as they were (as I asked) literally picked out of the offcuts pile, not re-sanded or finished in any other way. I was feeling all organic and naturel in my interior design moment I guess. Anyway, my other love is bone china. The Japanese repair breaks and cracks by mixing glue and gold leaf together and making the fissure obvious. Well, thought I, splits in oak are really no different...


It wasn't my intention to fill the splits...not least because I don't have that many gilding flakes - but to accentuate them and if possible, make them prettier. The old Duo glue once again proved it's worth. I brushed it on..not altogether carefully or sparingly, then tipped on the flakes. At this point I stopped breathing because they go everywhere....
Tamp it down with a stencil brush, brush off the excess. Turn chunk around, repeat. Easy.


There is no good angle to shoot the photos - the snow makes everything too light! But you can see the gold if you concentrate.


And here they are in situ, being shelves. The mirror I've no doubt you understand about instantly, but the jewellery tree? I searched quite long and hard for a plain style tree to hang my most used necklaces upon, twisted chains put me off wearing them. But it really did bug me that the 'tree' wasn't tall enough for the necklaces to actually hang! No idea why. Probably for the same reason that odd lumps of unfinished, slightly gilded lumps of oak cluttering up his house make Mr Dunnit's teeth itch!

























Wednesday, 30 January 2019

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 504

Well, self explanatory, I think!
Two great lumps of oak. They've been in use in my  house for ages; yesterday when I was dusting and cleaning upstairs, it occurred to me that I could gussy them up a bit. So after chores today, they are my plan. Should only take an hour or so. There's the remnants of a weekend scrapbook session - the acrylic box contains embellishments like fabric brads, flair badges. Some essential tools at right and a stamp that says 'Let the evening Be Gin' - it seems appropriate!
No snow in these parts, although it is horrid cold; stay warm and safe y'all. In fact, stay in and visit desks after you've shown us yours. If you need one, I'll write you a note.
Please put WOYWW in your post title and then link here as normal. Thanks ever so.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

What's On Your Workesk? Wednesday 503

My desk is a visual 'to-do' list. I spent some time last night doing a bit of sorting. Not tidying up type sorting, no no. Perish the thought!  Sorting things so that I can keep my creative momentum up. On the left, my folder of metal dies. I need to flick through them and make sure that the one I've promised to lend to a friend is not in fact, a figment of my imagination!  In the middle, a small pile of 15 or so scrapbook pages I've made since the beginning of December. They need to go in the album, but I was waiting for some decent light first, so I could photograph them.(They make great decoy pics on this blog when I'm dong the blah blah and have ne relevant photos!) I did that on Tuesday morning in a rare half hour of sunshine. Under my Bluetooth speaker is a plastic sleeve containing samples for a workshop. They need to be delivered to the Shopkeeper Gal. All these chores will be done today, thanks to my organising yesterday. By the way - that isn't snow outside. It's a blue tarpaulin covering some building stuff or equipment. I know not what. Can't remember!
Show and tell please, we like it when you do. 

Friday, 18 January 2019

Looking back, already

Remember New Year? Well, I do, because January 2nd was the 500th WOYWW and it all ties in nicely with the beginning of the month, year. At some stage over the preceeding week, a card came by post. It was whisked away from my sight because it said on the envelope that I wasn't to open it before the 2nd January. I didn't actually see it until then, such is the efficiency of secret keeping Chez Dunnit.
It was this beautiful card:

Our lovely WOYWW logo reproduced, embellished beautifully and numbered in that shadow technique that really is amazingly effective here. Isn't it beautiful. The card contains computer generated text that is flattering, friendly, lovely and purports to be from any and all of those who take part in WOYWW. It's quite the loveliest; I look at it more than once a day and it makes me smile. Just as on a Wednesday when I ask you to link and perpetuate the foolishness of WOYWW, I can only say THANK YOU.

 It seriously is a lovely card isn't it.
Feeling inspired - or perhaps - enabled?
I'm linking this with Annie's Friday Smiles, because it's Friday and because it makes me smile.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 501/502!

EDIT; better brains than mine point out it’s actually 502 this week. Brains that haven’t had a week off. Yes, that’ll be the excuse du hour! 

I have to say that typing 501 this morning is a bit of a buzz! We’re home from our lovely bright sunny break and really not enjoying the grey cloud filled days, it’s so dark! Still, one thing for sure, it will change to something else, better or not! 
Here it is then. It’s just about to morph back into a crafter’s desk. It had a belated month end and other boring stuff to support first. I took a long shot so that you could enjoy the sight of the bin and the papers that float out of it while I’m sitting there, discarding stuff. Don’t freak out at the waste, it gets sorted and used as desk top saver or recycled as is appropriate. You can see boxes of card stock under my desk that came from Mary, I simply have nowhere else for this stuff to go. You can see three pairs of glasses on my desk. This is proof that every room in my house has a pair of Julia-suitable readers in it. And that I use, them, push them onto my head like a hair band to walk about and ultimately then end up collecting them from wherever I visit most! You can’t properly see it but there’s the makings of a large card on the desk...I’ll just summon up my courage and finish it before showing you properly. After all, it’s been yonks.
Meanwhile, please join in. Link up to your WOYWW post here and give us a free pass to rummage. I thank you. 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 501

Well, hey hey, here we are breaking into a fresh hundred number...5somethings from now on. You lot are amazing. And amazingly nosey. So, just for poops and giggles, we are in Ternerife, wasting a bit of January on sunshine. We looked at the work schedule, realised that this first week back for our customers would involve them shuffling in trays and trying to remember what they wanted, so we fled!
Consequently, I can offer you a choice of desks.
A little bit of easy-travel crafting as the sun goes down..

The actual view from my pool side recliner.....

Or our much deserved Sunday lunch.
I can’t go on bragging in all good conscience, so will leave the rest to you...please link and join in the usual way....I’ll try to find some shade so that I can see the screen, brag brag! 

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 500

Happy New Year! And welcome to the 500th edition of What's On Your Workdesk. 500. That's a big fat roundy number and a lovely way to start another year, don't you think? I know LLJ does, it suits her statistician tendencies.  I planned it you know, ten years ago, even before we’d met. *cough*
My word though, 500 posts about my unchanging, untidy workdesk. 500 times I've made excuses and you've rolled your eyes and said 'yeah yeah'. 500 once weekly opportunities to call in and make a friend. And something I am really quite proud about - vey few rules and total flexibility, no membership and minimal advertising. I wanted it originally to be just for fun and I think it still is.
And there’s more this week. Beautiful, colourful, scent-full flowers from Jan to mark this big fat roundy 500. The lady who delivered them asked me if I would explain the card, apparently the florist was a bit worried that she’d copied out the messsage wrongly as it didn’t seem to make any sense to her. I opened it, grinned, and then watched the shutters closing in her eyes as I tried to briefly explain. Weird how some people don’t get it, huh. Truly lovely aren’t they, and totally unexpected. So as always, thanks for joining in. After all, without other desks it would have been a very short lived thing!