Wednesday, 3 June 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 574

Whizzday? You bet. I am struggling with the speed of time. I could do with some lessons in quantum physics so that I can understand why my life is passing at such a pace. But obviously I can’t take lesson in quantum physics. Quite apart from my complete inability at sums and especially the ones that involve brackets, I haven’t got time.
This morning’s desk shot shows very little of what’s actually been happening. I’ve stamped a load of pics and spent the last hour of the last few afternoons colouring in. Sitting in the garden and enjoying the shade, gentle breeze, the perfume of my wonderful roses and the sound of a neighbour using a very whiny electric sander. Seriously, if he was sanding garden furniture, it must be doll’s house furniture by now. Five full afternoons in a row. I wonder if perhaps whilst on furlough, he’s taken to restoring or upcycling. Who knows. Might not even be a he. Damaging to my mojo though, that sander. But hey, it’s weekdays and let’s face it, usually we aren’t all at home. Which leads me to another thing. I’ve had to work this week. Really. Proper, wear-steel-toe-caps-in-the-workshop work. So the colouring in has been bliss. You can’t even see the felt tips because I store them in the dark of my real workroom; now I’ve found pens that I really like (the Tri-Blends), I’m not about to leave them in the sun and heat!  Anyway, digression aside, I’ll photo the cards I make from the random pictures I’ve coloured and you will see just how random my stamp choices are!
Meanwhile, show us your desks, please, its the name of the game! Put WOYWW in your post title and link your blog here, as usual please. Apart from shopping, I’m having the day off. Don’t tell anyone.


Wednesday, 27 May 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 573

Congratulations one and all, last week was a triumph, what a great way to mark our eleventh anniversary! Loved seeing and reading the stories behind some very old, not so old and new intentions that IWOYWWs anniversary may have pushed you into! I admire you all enormously for making and then taking the time, thank you. And I hope you all feel really good about yourselves for the achievement! 
Talking of achievement, my desk was tidied ready for a card making day (mindful of the UFO snowmen, see), but I didn’t get to them. Shopkeeper Gal has been working really hard creating workshops and delivering or posting them, so I went through my most recent delivery to ‘do’ the cards and have the nice surprise of discovering what I’d ordered to go along with the workshop! That’s that thing about seeing good samples and delivery to your door...you just say yes and forget about it till it arrives! There were three dies, so I had a pang of guilt about that for a couple of minutes and resolved to do some extra housework. You can see my newly altered bin, in full use. The smaller pot with the feathers on is already getting on my nerves because since I untangled the spare die cuts and put them into a little photo album, (thank you for the idea, Kelly, you genius gal), I don’t need it so much. Watch that space! There’s a large scallop shape at the far end of the table which is an ‘edger’ shaper from Bramble Fox, also new. I know, now you’re starting to feel a bit embarrassed for me aren’t you, the guilt is appalling. It will stop soon, I shall need all my spending money for when the hairdressers are allowed to re-open! 
Please join us in a look at busy desks here and there. Put WOYWW in your post title, link your post here and put the kettle on. I wonder if we’ll still be doing this in another handful of years!

Monday, 25 May 2020

Lockdown

In this Time of Pandemic, lockdown has forced a few changes (!) and for me, one or two of them have been positives. One of those is that I’ve never seen so much of The Coven. We usually try to get together once a month for a pub supper and catch up, and once a month we all go to the Artful Angels crop. as you know though, gentle reader, we gals have to be flexible and it’s sometimes 3 months before we can all be together either at Crop or in a pub. That’s real life, innit.
Over the last eight or nine weeks though, we’ve managed at the least, to get together online once a week to craft whilst we chat . It means that I’ve disciplined myself to be ready for the call, and have done many more scrapbook pages than I would have normally in two months! I’ve also sorted through some old photos and been ‘inspired’ to use them. You can tell they’re old because in some cases, the colour in the picture is decidedly iffy, and other big clues like the fact that you know already that our baby gal is actually a grown woman who chooses not live with her Mummy and Daddy anymore. 
I’ve also been using my Basic Grey collections. They no longer make/print scrapbook papers and I think I felt it might be wrong to use them. But of course, I’ve seen the light. Even if I use them, they’re still in my possession after all. This may be subtle way of saying you may never get a card made with scraps of BG from me! They are, in the main, frighteningly busy patterns, which makes me sort of shut my eyes and just get on with it! I’m still scrapping in that one photo format, it clearly is my formula. although these pics are old, I also think that I’m aware that this is my formula because despite digital photography and that thing where you take 10 pictures of the same thing because you can, I often don’t now. Subliminally unable to cope with the choices I end up with!
I’ve made quite a pile since The Coven began meeting once a week. When this is all over, some sort of ‘normal’ returns and my furloughed friends have to return to their real days, I wonder if I’ll miss this feature of lockdown? I would very much like the opportunity to find out!

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 572

572. That’s a ridiculous ELEVEN years. The WOYWW years are not in any way related to our growing up years. They can’t be, I’m not eleven years older; I can’t be, the weeks go so quickly that I’m not keeping up! There is a community here and especially now, during this Time of the Pandemic it’s important to me, I hope it is for you too. From the heart of my bottom, I thank you for every single post and every single comment. 
Meanwhile....there’s a desk and a challenge. 
 This is yesterday’s desk. I was on the phone for a while and decided it would be a good chance to attack another UFO, so I coloured the snowmen. I wonder how long it will be before they find themselves on a card. More interesting....can you see, just visible to the right of the big orange scissor handles, there’s three large chocolate buttons. They aren’t there now, obvs. They are the new Cadbury’s milky dark chocolate. Absolutely delicious, smooth creamy dark chocolate, not bitter or harsh. Definitely a new favourite. There’s a geo tag cut file slung in the basket, I made a LO yesterday and thought the cut file would make a perfect background. Most of it didn’t make it onto the page. And then there’s a sneak peek of my challenge UFO...
It started life as the cotton bud tub you have seen on my desk many times with it’s fellow, the hot choc tub.
Well, ignoring the tray full of flip flops and thong thingys, I generously coated these tubs with gesso. Took two days to dry type of generous. Forgot to take a photo, obv. Then I painted them with blue and then random strokes of green sparkle paint (the one that gets all over my skin, including my face...I was nothing if not intrepid for this challenge.) 
Betcha you can’t see a single shimmer or sparkle, can you? I honestly don’t know why I bother. Meanwhile, I expertly moulded some feathers and stars with my incredible moulding foam, detailed moulds and another day to dry. Yawn. I used a creme shimmer thing by Cosmic Shimmer people to burnish the moulded shapes and then I glued ‘em on. Tip...silicone glue makes the paint go black. I don’t know why but it looked horrid, so I changed to regular PVA and sunshine. Oh and some pegs to save my little fingers after the first star. And because you know, patience.
...ta na...two useful tubs, altered to be two useful tubs! With huge thanks to Marit’s Dutch Summer and Szaszu for the inspiration and you, gentle desker, for the motivation.
 Can’t wait to see what you all managed. I should add here that dragging out and working on a UFO is a great thing to do...but don’t be stressing about finishing it...the whole point is that you’re doing it! 
Show off and tell then, and erm, drinks are on me. Happy Anniversary!


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 571

Believe it or not, this is a scheduled post, I’m actually busy first thing this morning. I’ll explain after you’ve seen my desk. As it still is, actually. I thought I’d get more done before I had to photograph it, but something else distracted me.
I was chatting online and crafting at the same time. Clever, huh! As you can see, my lovely easy to use moulding foam and a couple of moulds are in use. And can you see the jar of gesso under the iPad? Well, all three items are to do with next week and the Anniversary Challenge which some fool came up with. Good grief, I could very easily not be ready. I’ve changed my mind about exactly which UFO to tackle so many times! There’s evidence also from Saturday’s garden work. As in, I sat in the garden and fussy cut everything you can see in the blue tidy tray. It’s a lot of flip flops stamped on patterned scraps and the thongy bits that hurt the gap between your big and next toe are cut out separately. I’m just steeling myself to glue them all together now; I had this idea to use silicone on the thongy bits to get a bit of dimension, but I need the will to do it. There’s also a sheet of images that I stamped and embossed on Sunday, waiting to be coloured. So that’s another set of UFOs right there! There’s a hair band on the table too. Abandoned because I realise after using it that it’s not the fringe/sides getting long that irritate me. It’s the way it curls and sticks out around my neck that’s driving me nuts. It’s all part of the growing out process so I won’t be taking up offers or ideas for cutting. Just whining. 
So I’m out early today to collect my car because it had to be towed away after some idiot filled it with unleaded petrol instead of Diesel. And then drove it nearly a mile before the missing and bumping made me her realise why. Because it was filled from empty and because modern cars are fitted with anti-syphon technology, the whole fuel tank had to be removed in order to drain it and start again. So that record of going 9 weeks on one tank of fuel? Slightly bu**ered by extraneous costs! 

So now, join us do; in celebrating lockdown and being well by showing us what you’ve been up to. If you aren’t well or need a chat, say so please. And if you’re getting better, we celebrate you.

Monday, 11 May 2020

No change here

Our Prime Minister has asked us to stay at home if we can, go to work if it’s necessary and safe to do so. Whatever the media and the critics say then, no great changes were announced.  So, to stay well, no change here then. 
                                                                     Except, loads of things are changing.

The cherry trees blossomed under blue April skies and reminded us that the weather was unprecedented and  not to be taken for granted. 
Then I changed my walk to take in some changes in the woods. The bluebells and wild garlic completely change the groundscape.
And my red Peony and scarlet poppy have grown themselves stacks of buds. So there’s a rather spectacular change coming there.
And, apart from some plinths and a lot of tiles, the new kitchen is finished. Well I say finished. There’s a snagging list as long as my arm because Mr Dunnit is a perfectionist. It involves taking off all the doors and worktops so I’m enjoying this space before it changes again!
Change isn’t bad. It’s not always good. But it is always happening. Sometimes you have to make the change. I’m almost grateful that the rest of this house now needs attention. One change I can’t deal with is Mr Dunnit with nothing to do!



Wednesday, 6 May 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 570

It’s extra super whizzday isn’t it! My word, I thought that we were meant to be a bit fed up and bored by now? Obviously not enough of us are, because even these lockdown weeks are speeding past. I hope they are for you; if you’re having one of the fed up days, reach out. I’m very confident that any of us are up for a chat either by typing or speaking! Anyway, here’s a long shot, incorporating the top layer of my lovely, uber useful trolley.
You’d never know it, but I’ve used so many more scraps since I transferred them. Mind you, it’s been during lockdown that I’ve done loads of scrapbooking and created more scraps! You can see there’s a finished LO on the desk, and considering how busy a LO it is, it’s a minor miracle that I’ve kept the desk so tidy. Laziness really, the boxes of embellishments and other stash are all on the floor under the desk and even picking them up, let alone going through them and making decisions seemed like hard work....so I used what was knocking about on the desk surface.  You can judge..
Yep, more from the WOYWW Anniversary Crop last year. And, talking of Anniversary......number 11 is week 572 already my life. So in these strange times, I am setting you a challenge which you can read about in the previous post HERE.
Now, usual rules apply here, please share your desk by blogging about it. put WOYWW in your post title, exclude blatant promotion and link here. Thank you very much!

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Anniversary Chat

I’ve been pondering and wondering about the occasion of WOYWW’s eleventh anniversary on Wednesday May 20th, number 572. To be honest, it’s been a sort of frantic pondering too, because despite the slow pace of our current days, Wednesdays have rushed toward May and of course, I hadn’t decided.
There’s a lot of pressure on every service at the moment and several people have pointed out that our usual ATC swap would just add to the burden that the Post Office is experiencing. So we won’t do that. 
Of course, a lot of us make extra ATCs for trading at the crop. and we aren’t doing that.
So I think we should really make something of this locked down Anniversary and take the opportunity to do something lovely for our enjoyment. So how about this: drag out a UFO (any craft, any age) or a kit, or ‘thing’ that you’ve promised to do ‘at some point’ and actually do it. Take the challenge and show us on WOYWW 572. I’m such a skilled procrastinator that I have quite a selection to work from.  
These cards are a case in point. Shopkeeper Gal has been putting together workshop kits and posting them whilst we’re all staying at home. This was the first workshop, I did it yesterday. It’s been in kit form on my desk for a month. Must be maddening for you doing types! Select and commit then, tell us what you’re going to do for yourself for the Anniversary, I’ll be collecting answers!

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 569

My desk is busy but to be honest, it doesn’t look very different to last week. It’s covered in scrapbooking stuff and apart from the page that I’m working on, I don’t know if you could tell the difference. So I thought you’d like to see another surface that we’re both using for pretty much everything except it’s intended use. This is the island in the new kitchen. You can see, I’m using it to sort and select photos and also as (temporary) home for my Big Shot and die folder. The torch and livid pink string and other bits and pieces are from Mr Dunnit’s tool box and are in constant use between cup of tea time and sitting down to supper. Lockdown means that the final pieces of work that were to completed by electrician and plumber have had to be postponed and it’s starting to frustrate him. So he’s been doing as much as he possibly can to be absolutely ready...for example, the cupboard under the sink has to house the ‘box’ that will heat the water to one of those fancy taps that delivers boiling water as well as hot and cold. Well, he’s cut a hole in the base of the cupboard to drop the box into so that it doesn’t impede the waste pipe plumbing or the fitting of a centre height shelf. Loads of things like that. You know, stuff that might slow the final plumbing down. So hey, we’re sharing a workspace! 
Now, please share your workspace...it’s interesting! And if you can’t/don’t want to, it would be lovely if you would just leave a comment so we know you’re OK. Ta.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 568

I hope those of you operating in another time zone or actually having to work to a time frame here can forgive me, it’s currently 8am and I’m only just starting my post! I’ll keep it brief!
The right hand end view. At least it gives you some idea of the situation. LOTS of light and the remainder of the patio that is still a building site but I’m slowly reclaiming it. I’ve got, plenty of light (!) at this desk and because it’s actually in our lounge, we’ve already learned to ignore the mess. So you can see my Options bin, which gives evidence that I’ve been crafting, and the little pot of unused die cuts that I put on cards etc seems to have emptied itself. They are a bit difficult to wrangle into any order...I must store them flat really. Or use them! I tidied after having the plastic boxes open and strewn about yesterday, so any productivity doesn’t show. The red basket contains my Bramble Fox collection of acrylic words, sayings etc, called Perspextives. I was a monthly subscriber but had to stop when they started to get the better of me. Now I enjoy having them at hand but they don’t appear on every LO anymore. At least that part of my formula has changed! 
I hope you’re keeping well and able to observe lockdown without too much difficulty. I know we’re very much at a geographic disadvantage, but if you need company, you can find it here, just say the word and one or all of us will work out how to connect with you, seriously. And comically too - I’ve experienced a lot of ‘can you hear me now’ and ‘can you see me now’ type conversations in the last month!
Join in here as well please....show and tell as usual. Put WOYWW in your post title and link here. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 567

I expect the way the numbers fall for this week is pleasing for Jan. She likes that sort of thing. I spent all of yesterday afternoon with The Coven, via Zoom. I only made one scrapboook page because I wasn’t really ready, so in the end I went back to scraps and card making. What did I make? A mess!
All my scrap stash boxes are open and piled on the left as they were last week. You can see from the working space that I’ve used a Distress Stain to colour one of the snarky comment stickers - trying to use the least offensive! Distress Stain.....I felt like I was doing retro crafting! I really must get back to some proper, ink-on-paper stuff. Let’s face it, there’ll never be a better time! Meanwhile, lemme talk you through a couple of newbies on my desk. Lookit, lookit, I’ve got the most fab little Polaroid type camera. It was a Christmas present from my Sissy and till today I’ve been ridiculously mean about taking pics. Only ten in a cartridge which isn’t cheap, huh! But yesterday I downloaded a cut file from Paige Evans that I thought I could use today, with 2 or 3 of these little photos showing life in quarantine. but I took rubbish photos. Really. So now I’m waiting for Paige to come up with a suitable cut file for them. You can also see my coffee stained drinking vessel, in front of the cylinder bin thing. I like to put my cup there because it lessens the chance of spills in that sort of ‘cage’ arrangement. No spills today, but a lot of little bits of paper and tape peelings ended up in it...should have moved the bin forward! Now I have tidying up agony. Year end and a strange form from the Office of National Statistics that I have to fill in before May means that I’ve got to get into normal work mode. When I eventually go upstairs to shower and dress this morning, I may have to put on a suit!  

Before I ask you to blog, join in, link, please can you join me in sending healing vibes and frankly, whatever it takes to recover, to a couple of deskers who are suffering from COVID19. Christine will tell you how awful it is, she’s recovering. Love and strength in waves to all. 

Now. Please blog, join in, link. See you at your place. Actually, even if you don’t want to join in, perhaps just leave me a comment to say you’re well? Thanks!!

Friday, 10 April 2020

Learn from this, I do it for you... !

I’ve been hoarding these ingredients. My friend Kathy (you know her from WOYWW on Instagram) sent me these fantastic embossed panels on various metallic finishes. Aren’t they plump and marvellous. I’ve been hoarding them because well, hoarding means I can enjoy them for longer.
Here’s an interesting fact about Kathy that has just occurred to me. Even though she lives all the way over there in Washington state, she is amongst only a handful of Deskers who have met Mr Dunnit. Clever. 
Aaaaanyway. I am totally doing what hundreds of others are doing and casting about to make nice things now that I have, apparently, more time. And I have some lovely ingredients with which to make nice things, thanks to Kathy.

I very carefully and incredibly patiently (patting myself on the back because you might forget), applied the turquoise Nuvo Drops to each join, I think it really adds to the plumposity. Then I waited for them to dry. More back patting. 
The word stamp is also from Kathy, isn’t it fab, and I think, rather pertinent. I embossed it with gold EP. It stamped beautifully, so no infill or obvious ‘squishing’ of the silicone which spreads the image and makes it look, to me, less clear, often times a bit smudged.I was pleased with it. Then I rummaged and found a crown stamp, from a We Three Kings Christmas set by Woodware. I know! Genius cross pollination of themes and justification indeed for buying a hitherto unused set. I think Darlene would be proud. It’s all coming together, I can smell a batch of satisfactory cards coming on. Fiddled about with a frame for the text, another colour, maybe the crown just stuck straight on the top of the white card...oh you name it, I invested time in it. I was really pleased with the finish. 
And then I dropped the dirty stamp on it. Not once either, as you can probably tell. This is not a tale of woe. It is a horrible warning. About hubris and smugness. And utter, foul language tainted clumsiness! 

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday 566

I really hope that you’re all well. To improve your week, here’s my desk from the right hand end.Ya see, I got involved with the idea of using scraps to make up some cards. Then I realised that I should be using some of the scrapbooking stuff that I likely won’t use on pages too. Cue all the boxes and balancing. There’s a die cut flamingo peeking out of the tub at right of the cutter. I’ve done a few cards with multiple layered die cuts on them. Actually it’s all a bit of a lie...I’m making card fronts, there aren’t many that are actually made up onto proper foldy cards yet. I need to stop and do that otherwise they will be UFOs and I can just guess they’ll turn into a chore of a job, like adding inserts! Ages ago I bought a book of snarky comment stickers from the Tim Holtz range and I’ve been able to use one or two. Most of them though, although amusing, are a bit too snarky to send on a card in my opinion; it wasn’t my most cost effective purchase!
Show and tell then gentle desker, we want to see what lockdown is doing for your creativity. If it’s a big fat nothing, don’t worry...we’d like to see your ‘desk of intention’! Please put WOYWW in your post title, it really helps those of us who visit late. (Me!)


Wednesday, 1 April 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 565

Sorry it’s late...I can’t imagine how I over slept....It’s a bit of an achievement is this. I’m not sure that I’d be keeping track of the days if it wasn’t for WOYWW! I was chatting to a new online acquaintance last evening who said that she was bored to death and had done enough cleaning to last her a decade. I could only sympathise. Because I’m not....I’ve got loads to keep me occupied and frankly, spring cleaning is pretty low on the list! Am so grateful that I have hobbies.
I’ve done a lot of scrapbooking in the last week, and inevitably in doing so have created scraps. The LO you can just about see on my desk is waiting for some journaling. And then, card making for me. I need to use up some scraps and there’s no better way to make a big dent. Do you like my new trolley? Cart, I believe some will call it. It was a panic purchase because I need to keep things relatively tidy in here and I find myself carting stuff from my workroom and not really putting them back (see dining chair at left!), and...oh I don’t know. Mr Dunnit put it together for me without complaint. I still have that desk top bin (the Options hot chocolate powder drum) and I use it, it’s useful. One day, I might spare some scraps to decorate it. Disguise it a little! Show and tell then won’t you, above all, report in and let us know you’re OK. and if you’re not OK, please say...we may between us, be able to help!

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Scrapbook Times

It seemed appropriate to at last make some Layouts of last year’s WOYWW Crop. I have had the photos for months; I don’t scrapbook chronologically, I leaf through my photos until one or more ‘speak’ to me. It sounds very arty and pompous - perhaps I should say that I leaf through them and find the photo that I’m in the mood to make a LO with! Anyway, I had the Crop on my mind, after all having to postpone Crop11 this June was, however inevitable, a bit disappointing.
So I had some fun with some of my bad photography. Now, if you were at that Crop and don’t appear here, don’t be offended. I’m a rubbish photographer and combine that with all the moving and chatting going on - many of my pics are not good. And if there’s one thing I always try to stick to is the rule that if I think you won’t like the picture I took of you, I won’t publish it on here - or elsewhere for that matter. It could also be that I have a nice photo of you that I haven’t actually used on a LO yet! 



These were done as a result of challenges set by the Artful Angels Crop team - obviously we couldn’t crop together last weekend so we did it all over Facebook. There is a clear format to my scrapbooking...I like a single photo LO and a cluster of embellishments. I cant help myself.
I have a thing for colour too. As you already know really. I can just about do creams and vaguely ‘heritage’ layouts, but I default to bright. Some say kitsch. I won’t say who (LLJ), but I dont think I have actually mastered that yet. Don’t mind if I do!

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 564

Well, it’s been a week hasn’t it, gentle desker.  I hope that you’re staying at home and keeping well. If you’re a key worker, my word a lot of people I know would like to shake your hand and tell you how fab you are. For now, will you just take my word for it...we’ll do hugs and handshakes in a few months, huh. 
Me and my desk have been friends this week. Saturday was the usual Crop day, and it was held online instead of having to miss it. So I properly carted stash out of my workroom and into the daylight of the newly located desk. Inevitably, I haven’t properly carted it back yet. I give you a sunny afternoon shot:
I had finished another LO and was enjoying a cuppa with Mr Dunnit when it occurred to me to take the photo for today. And schedule this post. Because I’m not going to the workshop at all,  I might have a later start than normal on a Wednesday!  You will be completely unsurprised to hear that we’ve taken the decision to CANCEL the WOYWW CROP in June. Hopefully this ‘early’ decision will enable you to unmake any plans you had. Don’t be disappointed; as soon as we’re all able, we’ll set another date. Making this decision put me in the mood to scrapbook last year’s photos. I will blog the LOs over the next few days; the pictures continue to make me smile, which is as good a reason as any to look forward to whenever we can meet again. Keep well, and please, report in here!  



Friday, 20 March 2020

Pigs might fly....

Some people couldn’t clearly see the coloured image on my WOYWW post. It was another Pink Ink stamp and die set, that I had used for the first time. It’s all sponged Distress Oxides, tri-blend felt tips and a white pen. Which I may well have over used. I’ve left this question on a few desker’s blogs this week....how do you know when to stop? For me, it appears mostly to be when I’ve overdone it or 
made a mistake!
I quite like this piggy. Wings are optional. So he could easily be made into a wallower. Which is two things about now isn’t it. Some of this world situation would have made me laugh and say ‘and pigs might fly’ a year ago. And judging from the people I was forced to listen to whilst stuck in a queue this morning, there’s a lot of wallowing going on. Mostly in a self important and inconvenienced way. Seriously, argh. Pigs!

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 563

Apologies for the interruption in my posting late and not visiting last week. We had internet, intermittently, and the speed was about 0.001% - waiting for anything to load was ridiculous, so I gave up. Several phone calls to the provider. And then a hint that we’d change provider before we put up with any more (or rather, less) and pouf! Continuous service once again. I reckon someone’s chair was on the wire at their end. And so gentle Desker, what did I do whilst I had next to no digital distraction? I made a mess!
I took this on Tuesday afternoon because I’m supposed to be rushing about this morning. The card that caused me to use my notebook as a backing sheet is safely in the envelope for delivery today. It was made using the Pink Ink stamp and die set that you can see at left. The rest is the usual detritus and GKW. There are tickets on the iPad deckchair waiting for me to put them with my Lanzarote scrapbook pages - they gave us entrance to the house/studio (now museum) of Cesar Manrique. V interesting, and the reason why my notebook was out in the first place...it has some erm, notes about our visit in it!

And now an inevitable note about the Corona Virus. Well, about the potential isolation that we all may potentially feel. Blogging and social media will keep us in touch, we’ll take one day at a time and be here for each other...you don’t have to be alone - if you’re feeling it, ask for some digital company; somewhere round the world someone will be up and happy to chat. Hey, this may be the brave time when we start to use video messaging so we can actually meet! Keep as well as you can. One day at a time. 


Wednesday, 11 March 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 561

Chez Dunnit has acquired an internet problem, so I’m not sure what time of the day this will appear! It’s scheduled, and my picture was taken at the weekend. Anyhoo, I’ll press on because I’m reasonably confident that the gremlin that caused the problem will be defeated overnight by the re-connection elves.  
I got a box of plastic eggs from a large online retailer. The eggs are by craft and stamp company, Artemio. They were good value and it wasn’t until they arrived that I realised that to paint them, they would first need gesso. Good lord they were slippery. So then of course.....,they need to dry. Cue feather duster re-employment. I’ve done them in batches and as soon as they were touch dry they went into a basket on the floor to let the heating do the rest!  They will, I hope, be painted various spring colours and decorated beautifully by now; they were to take to the Craft Bee yesterday. The reason I can’t show yo anything as current as today is because there is nothing to show you. Lunch Lady Jan came to stay and utterly distracted me! She and her G are touring Sussex for a variety of reasons and a number of days, so she may not get a chance to join in today. And....we were so busy catching up that neither of us took a single photo! Ah well, just as well we’ll be getting together in June for the WOYWW crop!
Show me your desks then, please try to put me back into card making mode, I could do with it. Forgive me if the post is late showing and Mr kinky is delayed, I genuinely have no idea why our internet should suddenly drop off, but at the time of writing, it really has gone pffft!

Friday, 6 March 2020

Crafting away

To get to the ‘retreat’ location, I had to go past Stonehenge. I actually do this quite often, but rarely have the presence of mind to actually photograph it. I guess because it’s always there, and sometimes I can actually drive past without sitting in a long queue. 
Until quite recently, there was a right turn in that dip and you could drive past the monument within a couple of hundred feet. It’s taken decades to get that road removed. Similarly, there is a decades old campaign to re-route this major road through a tunnel or further away so that the Henge can sit in its original setting. Can’t see it happening in my lifetime. 
On a timeline somewhere between the building of Stonehenge and now, I had a craft shop called Stamping Ground. I met the girls (and we were girls then) that have become The Coven; either in the shop or as a result of work I did relating to paper crafts. Over the scrapbooking years I’ve probably done a couple of LOs featuring them as individuals - big birthdays or our afternoon tea treats at Christmas for example. It’s not that we don’t take group selfies, it’s just that we can’t collectively agree that it’s a decent pic every time! We went out for a pizza and to see a film last December and - colour me happy - there was a photo that no one objected to! So a LO of the Coven whilst with the Coven was a necessity. At last I could use the brilliant bespoke perspextive!
Of course, my photo of the photo is pitiful, but at least you can see the erm, paper crafting involved! 
I’m still scrapping on a completely random timeline. There is little order in the albums either. The LOs are filed in the order I scrap ‘em, and a lot of you will know that the mermaid in this LO is now 26! My method is simple...I go through a huge wedge of photos and pull out the ones that speak to me. Using current trends to scrapbook older photos can actually be a bit tricky for some. Not me. Just slap ‘em on some papers and get on with it. Pretty sure that if you read here relatively regularly,  you would recognise this thought process as applicable to my whole life!




Wednesday, 4 March 2020

What’s on your Workdesk? Wednesday 561

Gosh, I need to dust off the cobwebs! it’s been a week already and although I can account for it, it went far too fast. It must be the same for you as well. Please don’t disabuse me of this if it’s not the case. Someone will blame my age, or weight, or my ability to time travel. Whatever. So, the desk......Taken last night. After a looong session of making cards for a workshop. I enjoyed it. But really, it took rather too much longer than it should have. But it was warm and bright sitting in the big window and Mr Dunnit was working at the kitchen end, so we were sort of together. He was huffing from effort and I was puffing from erm, inspirational exertion. He made and fitted worktops. 
Makes me swoon. I can’t compete really, but I was sort of pleased with the cards. Here’s one, to show Oxides off without being scared grungy. 
So, exciting for me, productive for me. Quite a good week then! A day in the life of a desk, who knew it could be so satisfying! let me and the others in on yours will ya, promise I only judge my own! Put WOYWW in your post title and link it here. Easy. Immensley easy and oh so satisfying. Apparently.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 560

My Workdesk is exactly the same as last week. Completely. Except possibly a little dusty, because well, Mr Dunnit has been at work at the kitchen end, and well, dust! 
So, I thought you may like to glimpse the work we did collectively over our ‘retreat’.
This was Saturday afternoon, so there were another 6 or so to add, but we all got packing and sorting and didn’t want to lay them all out again!  So, to unpack and actually get on with stuff. Erm, maybe I’ll visit your desks first - pleasant procrastination always a good thing! Inspire me to get on with it, please!

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 559

I’m not here today. I mean I am, but I’m going somewhere, so this is a scheduled post. It’s late Tuesday evening as I type, and I haven’t packed yet. It’s a triple packing job. I need clothes. I need to take the meal I’ve prepared for tomorrow evening. But the priority is the stash. I’m going for a few days of scrapbooking with The Coven. 
Which is why you get this photo of a dining desk....
I’ve been sorting photos and papers. The idea is to at least prevent having to take a foot high stack of papers by pulling out papers that work with particular photos. The pile with the pale yellow is the pile I’m taking. Then I just have to take my huge file of scraps, (all) the smaller paper pads I have and my two pads of plain coloured card stock. Of course, it’s a given that I will take black and white too. It sounds masses. It is masses, but it’s not as much masses as it could be if I didn’t do this bit first. Still with me?!! But....just in case you think all this involves leaving a tidy desk. Oh it doesn’t. Well not at bedtime on Tuesday, anyway!
I will pick bits from it and make neat piles before I leave, but that’s about all. I won’t be here to see it and Mr Dunnit won’t even notice! So, I’m not sure how the internet will be in our wild retreat, so please be patient with me over visits. Meanwhile though, feel free to share your desktops please!

Friday, 14 February 2020

One in a Chameleon

This prompted some interest on Wednesday. It was on my desk, awaiting the last few bits of colour. It’s a Pink Ink stamp, if you’re familiar with them you’ll know they’re a bit larger than average, and always come with flourishes and a bit of text. If you’re keeping up with the trend for large cards, these are perfect. If you like an image that can be coloured, well, this range is for you.
I took this at the best angle I could get to show the shimmer paints. Some of the colours are actually Shimmer Paints, others are Pixie Powders. All used as paint with a water brush. It didn’t take hours to paint, and it was a nice thing to do sitting quietly for however long, but I won’t be making a stack of them. I like it almost as much just as a line drawing on a card. An exercise in embossing, for sure!
This is a 10 x 7 card, and with the swirls and flowers (which are separate stamps in the set), it makes a really nice statement card doesn’t it. If a chameleon can make a statement. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 558

Sunshine! Sunshine is on my desk. You probably guessed that I wouldn’t be able to cope for long without daylight! The desk has always been on wheels because it used to be in front of a door that gave access to the back garden. Now, in a temporary move, it’s found a new home. 
It really is temporary. One reason will be to avoid the wearing of a path from desk to workroom to get stuff. Just about every time I sit down I realise there’s something else I need....ink pad, water, particular paint, sunglasses...you know! It’s a glorious pic isn’t it, the sun was so great yesterday that I just had to show you. Mind you, there’s to be no change this morning...real life is imposing, of course.   I’m using Sparkle Paints and a water brush to colour this Pink Ink image. I seem to be making a collection of useful pots to put things in. That’s Zsazus’s fault. During Marit’s Dutch Summer, Zsazsu had a spot on decorating these useful pots and I intend to try. So far my intention has been diverted by theIr usefulness!  There’s not much else of interest to be honest...quite a lot of rubbish to be dealt with; I moved the desk so suddenly that I hadn’t really sorted it, so the unsorted piles came too! Wanna see in context:
You have to find the cream painted desk legs to avoid the optical illusion that it may just be a floating surface! The pile of MFC pieces on the floor are actually shelves for the new kitchen cupboards. (The build is still in progress; one of the reasons why I don’t feel too bad about adding my desk to this room for now!) Anyway, that’s enough, we all need to get on and visit more interesting places.
Please join in..link your WOYWW titled post here and enjoy some visitors. That will be great, thanks. See you at your place.
 


Monday, 10 February 2020

It’s only taken a month...

At the beginning of the year, (which in fact was only last month, despite how it feels), I was stamping for the sake of it. And enjoying it and using some lovely wood mounts that don’t get a lot of use these days. I made some cards for my Sissy and put a couple into my stock box. Nice. Then, on a WOYWW post, you might have seen I’d chosen a Julie Nutting dolly for my next card, and was planning on some paper piecing.
Well of course, that slowed me down. Actually completely nobbled my ‘flow’. I didn’t finish it till yesterday, and only then because I wanted it off my desk without having to throw some of the cut out bits away. So I cut out some more and then did some die cutting too. Time consuming enough. 
You sure can tell that I was finishing and moving on can’t you...no hint of a background at all. Hmm, may have to rectify that. I like the die cut text. I layered the orange on top of the original that cut from the kraft card so it stands a little proud in the aperture.

I know the position of the text and the lack of insert inside the card will cause a lot of shaken heads and teeth to itch. But it’s ok for me, my card receiving friends must be used by now, to the erm, ‘quirky’ finish a lot of the cards have. Sometimes. Because I manage to convince myself that it looks ‘arty’ or ‘fun’ and totally part of my ‘plan’. Well, when I say ‘plan’.......


Sunday, 9 February 2020

More geo-holiday notes..

We drove across some very windy peaks and stopped at a specific lookout point that quite literally took my breath away.
El Mirador is high up and hacked out of the sea facing side of a volcano. That is a given really, on Lanzarote. It was so windy on the balcony that it made us stagger. It was so high that it made us both wobble. All my photos are long shots; braver souls were leaning over the balcony to get shots of the sheer drop, but that’s not in this wonky balanced woman anymore. 
Look at that for a view, and the beautiful clear sky. So beautiful. That far land is an island called La Graciosa, only achievable by ferry and that millpond looking water is deceiving from this height, let me tell you! In the foreground you see (another) lava field sweeping down to the sea. And the lagoon-ish looking area is a salt lake, for the cultivation of the farm on the left of it...a salt farm, waiting to be flooded. Believe me, if the wind can accelerate the evaporation at all, it’ll be producing in half the time. Perhaps that’s why they bothered to remove I don’t know how many tonnes of the sharp, slightly smelly, misshapen lava rocks. I was expecting it all to be smooth, as if the molten lava cooled in its round, rolling form. Not all the time, apparently.

We went to the Cueva de las Verdes too. Now that is a magic place to show off the way lava behaves. It’s actually a tunnel, about 6 kilometres I think they said in the tour. Formed along a valley running from the foot of a volcano to the sea. 2000 years ago, the Corona volcano erupted, molten lava filled the valley and flowed into the sea. The top most surface cooled faster than the moving lava inside the valley and so created a long tunnel like cavern. It is extraordinary. You can only take a tour of the tunnel, at the land end it’s about a 1 kilometre walk through some wide tunnels and massive caverns. It was eerie, beautiful, sensational. At some points there were narrow steps to climb, quite low ‘ceilings’ and uneven floors. They were flat and easy to walk, man made in the name of tourism, but sloping in all directions sometimes. 
Of course, it was dark down there (artfully lit, actually) and really rather warmer than I thought it would be. There’s no water, they aren’t the dripping or stalactite forming caves...the lava was too hot to allow even remnants of moisture. Although there are areas where there are clear drips of lava that have cooled before splashing off the ceiling. Fascinating.
There’s a grand chamber where the floor has been polished and chairs set up. They use it for concerts, mostly classical. I don’t know if it’s clear from the photo, the lighting may be artful but we weren’t allowed to use flash photography. The tour was really good, and ended sensationally, I recommend you visit if you’re ever on Lanzarote. Although being in the dark on sloping surfaces is a huge challenge for my balance, it was well worth it...’specially as Mr Dunnit held my hand or had his arm round my waist nearly all the way; we must have looked like honeymooners!  We were keen to go to the seaside end of the tunnel and take the tour there too, but time got away from us. That right there is a statement of intent to return. One last thing.. green caves. There was very little green about them, certainly not in terms of rock colour or sediment, although there were some very large leaves in the cool shade at the tunnel entrance! The caves are named Verdes after the farming family that discovered them whilst herding their sheep on what turned out to be a 2000 year old tunnel roof. I love that they are to be forever remembered in the story.