Wednesday 27 January 2021

What’s On Your a Workdesk? Wednesday 608

So as not to induce shock, I haven’t over tidied. And the stuff on my desk is actually related to crafting, so that’s not too bad. The tall tube with a red lid is an ex-tube of jellybeans. I altered it. By eating the jellybeans and then filling the tube with brads and metal embellishments. I needed them to complete another scrapbook challenge, it’s been an age since I used brads and such; it was good to use up some genuine stash -as in stashed away and forgotten!  There’s also a couple of pieces of Basic Grey paper on my desk. I had three, used one and resisted even cutting into either of the others. Phew, my diminishing Basic Grey collection lives for another day of admiration and scaring me to death for being so patterned! On top of them is a roll of 5mm foam tape. Generous thickness, big roll, great value - but quite difficult to use without pushing out the middle in handling. But I’ll persevere, being cheap isn’t always easy. I see two pairs of scissors which is really quite conservative after a desk session, I think.  Just look at the state of my scraps tray at the top of the trolley. I use so much of them now, but a tidy is due, it does help when you can actually see what’s available!
Join me do, in showing, telling, confessing......put WOYWW in your post title and link here for our viewing and reading pleasure please!

Thursday 21 January 2021

Learning about myself.

Its not gossip worthy. Nor a personal epiphany. But, because of the impression you have of me, this will rock you to your core.
My WOYWW photos have shown, over the years, that I’m not prone to tidying my workspace. It is entirely because for the last eleven years, I’ve had an area to craft in that is in a room with a door, which means it’s not on show to the rest of the house. Or, I’m pathologically lazy. Still working out which.
I was doing some gentle tidying during the week,in order to swap hats from card maker to scrapbooker. Actually, I could literally do that with tiaras. I’ve got two on my stamp shelves. One from Katherine because she’s silly and one which was on the 10th anniversary cake at the WOWYW crop in 2019. Really, I could start to believe in my own publicity if I didn’t have to do real things, like tidying.
Pardon the digression. 
As I said, I was doing some gentle tidying, and this struck me:
Not a lot to strike you really, huh. But loads for me. I keep these foam pads in the foam pads drawer, centre back of my desk. They are always at hand and unlike a lot of other stuff, they always go back in the drawer. As I gathered them, I found myself tutting at the untidy way that I’ve been taking the pads off the sheet at the top. They are 3mm pads and I must say that I think the guillotine was a bit blunt in manufacture, because every time I select one, I get two. Not maddening, but well, you know.  Look at the lovely neatness of the 1mm foam pads, taken individually in the round. Nice. Neat. Tidy.  I like the diminishing-to-the-middle-of-the-sheet-ness of the way I’m use them. Very satisfactory. I’m not about to throw any dollies from the pram about the uneven-ness of the top sheet, but mark my words, I shall strive to correct the pattern.
Given what you know about me, what does this say about me? I don’t know. Am I an enigma wrapped up in conundrum? Am I altering my personality in the light of all the tidy and organised examples I see on this very blog every week? Is a new me emerging? Or am I just a normal person with some slightly weird but minor obsessions? Your observations and shared weirdnesses are very welcome. I think.

Wednesday 20 January 2021

What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday 607

I took this at nine o,clock last night. You can just see Mr Dunnit’s hand at top left. That book under his hands doubles as his mouse mat and his laptop is on the table in front of him. It’s a table-come-toy box, he made it with a sliding top so that we could chuck toys in it and the end of the day and have a bit of space. At the time we lived in a teeny house. We don’t live in a huge house now, but it’s definitely bigger; and we really should be using a proper coffee table, but hey, we still like the storage-ness of it. It no longer contains toys though. In fact, it just occurs to me that in lockdown, I probably should go through it. Yeah, right. 

I made a few cards, as required, and tidied a little before starting something new. There’s a scrapbook challenge to make an ‘aged’ LO, and I’ve picked a photo of me (that’s at least 30 years old) and have decided to try to give it a 70’s vibe by rounding corners and using shades of brown etc. Refer to photo, lots of sand and not so much of anything else!). Tim Holtz, eat your heart out over the browns, baby. Sorry - that is an old joke now; his colour range is very, very much broader than the original 7 shades of wee wee. You can see one of the cards, actually, standing up at left. It’s a Pink Ink design that I’ve coloured with sparkly paint. It’s waiting for me to come up with a ‘finish’. So that’s me on this day. What are you up to? Show and tell please, as always! Put WOYWW in your blog post title and link here as per. Thank you, I thank you.

Wednesday 13 January 2021

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday 606

The thing is, I’m not even aware of the speed of time any more, it’s just going too fast! Come with me on a leisurely journey around the desk then....
As you can see, I’m in the middle of a scrapbook page, I haven’t stuck anything down at this point, but this afternoon is looking good for another session. The text is a direct quote from our very own LLJ. And the card is a beautiful cross stitch example of a card she made. No wonder it’s going in the scrapbook!  So the scraps to the right are bits from which I’ve cut some tag shapes. Papers are from the 6x8 book of Vintage Christmas designs by Simple Stories, you can just see the cover. In the gloom of this early day, you can clearly see the fluorescent box cutting knife laid gently and neatly on my little drawer unit. No idea why. I use a scalpel; this animal is a bit heavy handed, even for me!  In front of that, propped up waiting for my attention is a set of calligraphy felt pens. Instagram desker, Kathy, will be pleased to see them. They signal intent Kathy, those books are about to teach me something! Please excuse the empty coffee cup. I didn’t even remember it was there till I uploaded the photo! 
Now please upload your desk pics, we wanna see. Also, whilst you’re doing as you’re told, please continue to stay warm, safe and away from illness. If you’d like to hook up for a chat, please say so in the comments, it’d be a pleasure!

Wednesday 6 January 2021

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 605

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.
 Here in Britain we’re all in serious lockdown again. It’s all been a bit sudden if not unexpected. My sister and I have decided that it feels as if we are in an episode of Dr Who! Please continue to be careful won’t you. Stay at home and look at desks in intricate detail. Gaze and wonder at quite how much fits so precariously onto one space. 
There’s been some genuine card making, and ‘dumping on the nearest surface’ and some ‘put them on my desk for my attention’. This photo is yesterday afternoon just as the light disappeared. There’s a card on top of the box of pens, and a card on the cutting mat, both now finished. They were being kept apart for reasons of diamond glaze drying. At the left is a really lovely gift box with a really lovely iPad sleeve in it, a lovely Christmas gift. The box is so nice that I’m considering using that as a sleeve for the sleeve. It’s resting on a basket of stamps and a stamp positioned and other bits that I have brought through from the other room. Now these two cards are finished, the idea is that all the ink pads, stamps and other base ingredients go into the basket for carrying back to their homes. We’ll see. On the far right is a pile of Christmas cards, recently moved from their display and waiting for me to go through and re-read and enjoy. The majority of them are hand made which is a real buzz. Their arrival over the last month has really reminded me of the joy of unexpected happy post! They are resting upon my new deckle edge guillotine. I’m enjoying it. But that makes three that I like to have at hand. They are room greedy! 
If you show me your desk, I’ll promise to tidy mine up and write something more interesting!