Wednesday, 18 May 2022

What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday 676. That’s 13 Years.

Welcome; week 676 means that 13 years worth of What’s On Your Workdesk is in the bag. If you have contributed to it by reading, commenting, or joining in, then we’ve connected. We may have nothing in common but our work desks, but they connect us, and any connection forms the basis for friendship. Pretty sure that’s why this desk sharing has some longevity, it’s really about so much more. Numbers have been crazy high and very low, it doesn’t matter. It won’t change the connections already made. If blogging and adding your desk on a Wednesday is something that you can remember to do and brings you five minutes of pleasure, then keep doing it! Despite Google and Blogger attempts, we’ll keep visiting and commenting for as long as we’re invited. 

So, this fine morning, you find me sliding under the wire in terms of ATC readiness for today’s swap. I have been commissioned to make some invitations and the mock ups and trials took me an age because I haven’t done work like this for blooming ages. Anyway, my desk is largely covered in WOYWW13 paraphernalia and that’s fitting, which makes a change. If you’d like one of my ATCs, please ask!

There’s other news too……Twiglet has done the paperwork and we are ON  for a WOYWW Crop on October 1st in Shrewsbury. SAVE THE DATE! We’ll talk a lot more about this very soon, promise. Just had to share the news, too exciting!

If you want to trade an ATC to mark this big fat 13th anniversary, don’t forget to add an *asterisk to your name as you put it into the Linky thing. Don’t worry if you have to do it more than once, I should be on hand to delete double (or more) link entries etc, it doesn’t matter! 

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 675

Well, you may actually want to look away. 
This shot is taken from the door to the garage again. Apart from the mess, it shows the table has been moved away from the door…work on the patio (or bl**dy huge dig) has begun. Caught me out, actually. I was mid clear out of a cupboard, had dumped it all on a slightly messy desk because on a Sunday morning, that’s a nice thing to do, huh, clear up a bit, make some space, set to on the anniversary ATCs secure in the knowledge that when I’ve made some, I’ll get a better idea. 
And Mr Dunnit announces the need for access to the garden and it’s all systems go. Oh my heart. Actually, never mind my heart…my arms! The wheelbarrow, when full weighs about three tonnes and I tried so hard to help by wheeling it across the patio, up the plank, through the door, then through the garage door, then take a run up the plank into the back of the van to empty it. I managed one whole, spilt the second and then had to stop. It was very hard! Later today we have a man, a mini digger and a barrow ‘assistant’ coming to look at the situation. Can’t let MeBart work 6 days and spend his seventh doing that kind of toiling, it’s not on. And a younger man’s game, frankly. 
Meanwhile, I’m going to very bravely tidy the floor area I can access, get the desk out of the way and at least sort that one cupboard out so that the desk surface can be used. Baby steps. So much better for the dignity than the staggering, huffing and out of control steps of the weekend! 
Share and show please, you will as always be a welcome distraction. Don’t forget to check out the ‘how to’ page at the top of this blog for joining in on the anniversary ATC swap day. Even if you don’t have a blog but would like to join in, we can work it out, let me know!

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 674

This week has been a battle royal between me and Google. Or Blogger. Not sure which, but I’m guessing it’s the lag between Google updating stuff on their side and the boffins in charge at iPad trying to resist. Embedded comments on blogs are really difficult if not impossible to comment on, please don’t think you’re being ignored. 

Blogger has also given me a couple of heart stoppers too, but I finally have uploaded instructions for how to do the Anniversary ATC swap, it’s a page, accessible by clicking the link ‘WOYWW ATCs’ in the top line of this ‘ere blog. 
Right, to business.
A  clean sheet! I’d just finished an ATC featuring the Magnolia stamp (Hero Arts) at left and the ink pads, pots of embossing powder, scissors, cutter and rubbish at the right are accumulated detritus from several makes. So a clean sheet yes, but untidy as reassuringly always! 
Thought you might like to see this pull back shot….
What do you mean, you don’t have a mower in your craft space? I have to admit that I don’t now, it was moved straight after the photo was taken. And I was surprised to see it there. It arrived in a box and needed some putting together, which Mr Dunnit did on Sunday morning. He’d barely had time to stand up straight when the doorbell announced the arrival of a furniture delivery (new sofa, ordered in January). I went to the door whilst, I assumed, he put the mower in the garage. Not so, as you can see. Funny. Especially as I took the photo standing in the door way to the garage from my room, so it wouldn’t have been difficult to put it in there. Maybe it doesn’t deserve to be relegated to the garage until it’s no longer new? Who knows. Perhaps I won’t mention it’s in there until it’s time to use it….!

As always, please link your desk so we can all have a look see. Especially if you’re working on an ATC for the anniversary. Who’s idiot idea was it to come up with a theme? Yikes.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 673

Now then, (as the Yorkshire branch of my lovely family often say, to start a conversation) there’s a lorra business to be done this morning, please bear with.
My desk has seen no tidying, but some action. I had a lovely video chat with Lunch Lady Jan and whilst she made woolly balls, so I started on my cards for May. Safe to show this, the recipient probably doesn’t even know I have a blog, also safe to say that this is how I left it after Jan and I finished chatting, and I haven’t been back to it yet. That’s part of today’s plan. Darnell will be pleased with me though, this stamp is an age old NBUS! 
In other news, it’s the 13th anniversary of WOYWW on May 18th. I know that’s only 3 weeks away and I’ve dropped the ball in terms of giving notice, sorry. But, if you’re up to it, I’d like to do the ATC swap. Usual details, which I’ll describe in a separate post to save repetitive reading for many of you! I’d like to propose a theme, just to throw a loop in the ribbon. CONNECTION. Connect, connecting. Apart from the crafting, it’s something we do rather well, huh! 
Now, whilst you absorb all the horror of a themed ATC swap, please show and tell about your desk. It’ll help. I’m almost positive! 

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 672

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. It’s been lovely; yesterday I had to look in my dairy to check the day - Mr Dunnit had some sporadic time off too so he was not the usual guide! We had sunshine, showers and lots of family. And some of us had lots of chocolate. Lots. 
I haven’t been at my desk, I’ve been toiling in the garden. I say toiling because it was clearing and preparing and planning…not my favourite part. But, to reward myself (think carrot and long stick!), I ordered some new goodies, and they arrived yesterday. Now sitting patiently on the desk. It won’t be long, I’ve gotta itch!

Sorry but not sorry about the flare of sunshine - delicious isn’t it! My desk is on wheels against a door that gives access to what will be a nice patio area (that’s what the planning part of the weekend was about). Well, the desk had been rolled out of the way and of course, things standing on it started to fall. Oh to be organised. The very foreground shows an MDF thingy that managed to fall off its little shelf and break. Lucky I hadn’t yet decorated it, huh. In turn, it knocked the rack of lovely blending brushes over, but nothing worse happened. I took the photo, picked the brushes up and then distracted myself with coffee. Then the diary reminded me I have a 10am today, so I must away to dress and gather papers. Gosh, ain’t life glamorous! 
Leave a link to your desk for me, I shall need a distraction when I get back! Thank you very much!

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 671

There’s a saying along the lines of ‘if you want to get a job done, give to a busy person’. Well, since we came home from Spain I’ve decided that I am the poster girl for that saying, whatever it actually is. The ‘to do’ list was looking silly and included several cards and nice things I want to make for people I want to be in touch with. Normally, I would let these slide down the list because time at my desk is as much about ‘me time’ as it is about production of cards etc. but this week, (bearing in mind it’s actually only Wednesday), I’ve bounced out of bed and sat at my desk for the first couple of hours of the day and been productive. Then I’ve turned my attention to the rest of the list. It won’t last, but for now, it feels grand!
Works in progress! A birthday card made, a New Home card in the pipeline and real daylight to show it off. I really love the spring timeline!  I can’t say that I’m brimful of inspiration, but I have enjoyed the making and the freedom from the guilt of spending too much time or no time at all doing what I love!
Now then, let’s have a show and tell from you too please!

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 670

My real Workdesk, gentle reader, is piled high with files and month end paraphernalia and stuff that got dumped on it whilst I had family staying last week. Because the work-room has a door on it and is too small to use for any other reason, people stayed out of it and I was able to close the door and walk away from it. I did too. Packed a bag and as I write, I’m in Spain. 
It’s been chilly, very windy and rainy since we got here. We’ve dodged showers and been out and about, a bit of food shopping and some wonderful squally beach walks that soaked us from sea, wind and rain…loved it. Yesterday I caved in a paid for a rain hat. Within an hour, the skies had cleared and we spent all afternoon sitting in the sun. So sorry, if I’d known that it was just about me buying a waterproof hat, I’d have done it on Sunday morning!  Most bizarre weather, but the change is very welcome!  Today’s plan is to return to the village where we took this photo and sit on the beach, one of our favourites on this particular Costa. Thank you all for your messages and comments about Mum’s funeral. It was hard, but lovely; there was a lot of love floating around and your messages were a big help to me. I have since crashed and burned, but am now revelling in the memories as they pop up. And they do…sometimes they hit you like a wave, and sometimes, they creep into a conversation. I love them and they are not making reel anymore, which is a positive that I’m grateful for.
I am utterly distracted by the sunshine, so please only expect me at your place if you see me. The Internet at this resort is good, so I make no excuses other than…well, sunshine!