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

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!!


• 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.