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 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 ‘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 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


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!