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 pad, water, particular paint, 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.
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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 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.

Wednesday 5 February 2020

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 557

I was all geared up to spend some (most) of Sunday at my desk, clearing a little and trying to become a creative human bean. Fate, in the shape of an electrician, had different plans for me. You can see, I need electrical light in there at the moment, so I didn’t do anything in there!
Scrapbooking stuff from the crop before I went on holiday still in the wheeled box whose handle is very much in the centre of the photo getting all the attention! That lot just slides onto shelves and the box folds down. It was a gift that thing, from our Christine, Bishopsmate. I dread to think how long feels like last summer, but I know that’s wrong because when she gave it to me, they were awaiting the birth of the grandchild that has become known as the Little Soldier. I know he’s not 18 or anything ridiculous like that, but I would put money on him being much older than I want him to be! The upside down donkey is still much in evidence. I shall move him this morning, to the box of cards that I keep for use. Then he might actually be used! There’s a striped wallet thing on the surface...that’s got Sunday’s output in it. Ive been cutting and marking up templates for some concertina albums for the ladies who want to make one at the village Craft Bee. On top of that is my lovely patchwork and embroidered cover notebook that Annie gave me. I use it a lot. To make notes. Which is why it’s with the album wallet, I’ve actually got so organised that I’ve made a list of things to take to the next Craft Bee to facilitate the easy making of these albums. The brown bag contains souvenirs and tickets from Lanzarote. 
So there’s a very candid look at my desk this morning. Come on then, show me yours. It’s only fair and hey, there’s no benchmark for tidy or organised! Nothing to lose then. 
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