Wednesday 9 June 2021

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 627

It’s been a week of sunshine and smiles, busy and relaxed, and even…GASP…a bit of desk action. That Annie and her devoted came to Wiltshire in their motor home, and we met for lunch in the sun on Saturday. It was so good. We relaxed, and some of us had very large ice creams. Not Annie, she has self control. We sat in the shade of the awning and had post lunch coffee and chatted. All afternoon. Quite a lot of laughing, and even a bit of cricket too. I am happy to report that Annie is looking fine and well, she and her devoted are getting a lot out of life, family and motor home. We could all learn something.
Me and Jan had a video chat last week too, long overdue. She’s a patient woman and didn’t once complain that all I did was rustle and dip in and out of camera whilst I tidied. Yep. Tidied. Well, as I do, tidied enough to reveal the glass mat and therefore consider the desk entirely useable again. See that scrapbook title under the glass mat. It’s not always on show is it, but it’s always there and really, it’s totally applicable to every day. Annie said something that turned the lightbulb on (Of course, I don’t remember what…) and I’ve since spent a couple of happy hours stamping and cutting and am now looking forward to colouring time! It’s more of the same, but it doesn’t matter does it. 

Those of you that visited Hublet last week on Shaz’s blogspot will have seen the piece of art that Debbie had made for Doug. A memorial piece for dear Shaz; you can see love in every brush stroke and Shaz in every element and colour. Well, there’s limitless kindness in Debbie, and she has offered to make a version for anyone who would like such a keepsake. 

All you have to do is make contact with Debbie; her blog is, or you can message her through Facebook. I can’t think of a better way to remember Shaz than for one of her great friends to make art like this.

And then, as if you’ve got nothing else to do, please show us your desk antics. Blog, link it here and add to the fun please. 


Helen said...

What a fabulous week you've had!! Annie AND Jan even if not both in the flesh! And a tidy desk too.... that is now seeing action- how fabulous. Debbie is a complete star; that is so typical of her. Have a creative, sunny week! Helen xx

Mary Anne said...

Lovely to see friends again, isn’t it? I actually ventured out into the world for a walk to Stourhead finally and a trip to the local ScOpe shop for Maddie to let them know she is back to volunteer. It was daunting but now I’ve done it for a haircut today! Woo boo. Rapunzul hair is no fun. Your desk looks amazingly tidy and the glass mat saying is on point for sure.

Have a happy Wednesday!
Mary Anne

Sarah Brennan said...

How great to catch up with Jan and Annie in the same week if only virtually for Jan, Julia. Look forward to seeing the finished piece inspired by Annie. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #4

My name is Cindy said...

How lovely to have visitors! and I'm glad seeing Annie has kicked you out of the crafty doldrums. I have a crafty friend popping in today - haven't seen her for a year and now she is moving away - maybe she'll do the same for me!! Tidying is all I ever do in the craft room at the mo. That artwork by Debbie is amazing, but then it always is. I too am so glad summer is here - would have been nice to have some kind of gradual move through Winter/Spring/Summer but hey ho it is what it is. Thermals to shorts in a week. Have a good week, love n hugs Cindy xx

Lillianb said...

Such a busy week and so glad you had a great chat with Jan, The art work by Debby is stunning,

Sure have had some lovely Sunny days here and looks like another today,

Take care and stay safe,

Lilian B #10

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Julia it sounds like you had a fabulous week, catching up with great friends laughter really is a great medicine and i'd have not been able to pass by an ice-cream either hee hee!! Could kick myself for missing Debbie's tribute to Shaz what a super keepsake for Doug.
Thank you again for the happy mail, brought a lump to my throat when I opened it, a lovely surprise, thank you very much for those kind words.
Wishing you always sunshine & Happy WoywW Tracey #13 x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

It’s ok, we’re always doing something while we chat! That’s how we don’t notice the hours going…… 😁. Glad you had a good time with Annie, how marvellous that she kickstarted the crafting bug again!
Hugs LLJ 6 xx

Lynnecrafts said...

How good to spend time with Annie and Jan this week. It’s really reset your mojo by the sound of it. So satisfying when you can see your desk! That’s a lovely piece of art by Debbie.
Take care and happy WOYWW
Lynnecrafts 11

Annie said...

Didn’t we have a lovely day the day we....... I think there’s a song in my head now lol. I’m face we had a wonderful sunny weekend and really love our new motor home so plan to do more of the same. I’m so glad your mojo has returned....slowly, slowly. Have a fun week.
Love you lots,
Annie x

Lynn Holland said...

Before I shoot off to the caravan I’ll saying a quick good morning to you Julia and say Debbie’s gift brought a tear to my eye, it’s perfect.
I got very smiley reading about your meet up with Annie. I can imagine what a lovely time you all had. Maybe we should all get motor homes and have a clan gathering in a field socially distanced haha xxx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Julia, I think that many people will have realised by now what really matters in life if this awful pandemic hasn't taught them anything else. It's so wonderful to be able to meet up with friends and family again even at a distance. The gift from Debbie is perfect. I'll be back later to look what everyone's been up to but have to take Maisie to the vet's first. Have a lovely creative woyww. Hugs Angela x17x

Debbie Rock said...

Well I never knew that quote was there so your desk must be tidy - got to admit it was a bit of a shock to see your craft mat too! All that talk of tidying puts me to shame though - could have managed the ice cream mind you! Thanks for your help with the little keepsakes & I do have to apologise to you for the unbearable lenght of my blog this week - I promise it is a one off and a much more maneagable short post will be resumed next week. Much love dearest Julia.

Ali Wade Designs said...

Happy WOYWW. Wonderful to see some crafty action on your desk. I am getting into the busy next few months of lots of birthdays and other occasions to craft for (unless I can't be bothered, and then I buy a card from Moonpig!), and I still have lots of scrapbooking/mixed media projects in my head. I know that our house purchase and its renovation will be taking a lot of my time and energy though. I am going to have to put one day per week in the diary for my craft room. Ali x #23

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Just saw your comment to me. Annette and I did a swap recently, even though she is not posting on her blog. She and I became great friends when she moved to Canada. We had a running joke because her son Christopher was standing next to a moose and she called it a bear. I gently corrected her and she immediately sent me a moose key chain. Then I sent her something with a moose on it, and it became a favorite joke with us. I knew YOU would remember her, but I wasn't sure Helen would, was why I asked. I'm a bit fuzzy as to who "all" were posting those first three years of WOYWW who are still posting.

Lisa-Jane said...

What a lovely week! We've been so tempted by a motorhome ourselves but just can't find what we want yet (they're suddenly popular... who knew?!) And Jan on the screen too! It sounds fabulous. I'm glad to see you back cutting and colouring and I did laugh at the "rustle and dip" comment thinking it might be a new dance move! LOVE Debbie's awesome piece for Shaz - how perfect! Bye for now, Lisa-Jane, #8

Christine said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all . . . and sunshine!!
Hopefully Blogger will enjoy my new laptop and so I will be back online . . . and happily!!
Enjoy your week
Christine #24

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Yay for tidying! I did too - but it's all messed up again. Your work surface looks so inviting! For the few days my desk remained clear of clutter, I would just stop by and admire it - but of course, keeping your desk empty kinda defeats the purpose. What a wonderful description of your afternoon with Annie! Sounds so idyllic, especially the ice-cream part! And what a stunning piece of art from Debbie - I missed last week, so will stop by Doug's to find out more. Have a lovely week, Julia xx

Neet said...

Is "Today is a good day ..." etched into your mat? If it is - Kewl!!
Lovely to see you doing the same as what i do lots of the time, fussy cutting and colouring. So relaxing. I do it whilst watching the tv, to be sociable to the other half, as I cannot sit and do nothing.
How lovely to meet up with Annie and to have a video chat with Jan. Technology is wonderful and what a God send it has been during the pandemic for so many people.
Yes, there has been a massive increase in the take up of the vaccine in Bolton, I just hope other areas do it too. It's the threat of having something taken away from them that makes people realise there is only one alternative. Still, at least it made them go and get jabbed.
Fingers crossed for other towns following suit.
Sunny hugs coming your way - Neet 5 xxx

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Yeah !! What a fun desk. Love the never before seen quote. Those little girl stamps are so adorable. I was able to order one awhile back. I promise next week will be DESK TIME. Truth be known I am at my wits end with this mess, but it was time over due. 2 of us cleaned out parents homes long ago *seems like yesterday) and we've too small of a home for all the extras. Exciting visits sure make one on the path to happiness once again. Happy for you and yours to have that fun. Oh Debbie's memorial pieces is a perfect tribute to SHAZ, what a treasure. Wishing more fun and excitement your way. Happy WOYWW day.

Crafting With Jack said...

How lovely to see friends- I am not strong enough to refuse ice cream when offered �� love the quote on your desk, mine is :Wake up and be Awesome! - but I think I will make a card and put it under my glass mat where it is more visible. Happy WOYWW Angela #12

Helen said...

Hi me again . The main reason I like kew early is the light for photos is perfect and it's quieter ,though getting home in time for sport will come into it too . Xx

Stacy Sheldon said...

Good Morning Julia, I think my most favorite feature on my phone behind texting is facetime so, I love that you are getting to video tidy. :) that is a stunning piece of art and I love that you have words under the mat to be inspired by too. ~Stacy #31

Lindart said...

Hi Julia! Sitting out all afternoon chatting and eating ice-cream is my idea of bliss! I love the saying under your glass mat - perfect! Debbie's art is awesome, what a great testimony to Shaz. Have fun colouring, Lindart #32

Sue said...

Hi Julia, Glad you got to meet up with Annie. Everyone was saying things would be different after Covid, but I wonder just how many people will actually do it.

That work in memory of Shaz is stunning.


Robyn said...

lovely to see your desk and you inaction! thoughts of Shaz..... thanks
Robyn 14

Shoshi said...

Great that you were able to meet up, Julia. Thank you for your comment and your commiserations over my diagnosis. Just got to keep going and jump through all the hoops again! I agree about the garden. Unfortunately all we seem to be getting at the moment is cloudy overcast days and it isn't nice enough to sit out. We could do with some more sunshine, and then rest assured, I shall be out there as much as I can! Last year was blissful. I'm glad the batch cooking/freezing tip was helpful. I agree - having to cook the rice on top of everything else is sometimes a step too far! I love quinoa and quite a lot of my recipes have it so I've always got batches in the freezer. It's very nutritious.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #9

roffeycreations said...

Hi Julia, What lovely little colouring thingies on your desk - and it is so good to hear you caught up with a few WOYWWer's over the last week. I am enjoying making contact with others via email and sharing the love :)
Stay safe & well - Cheers Maurs xxx #35

Marit said...

AAAhhhh, meeting with friends: I am looking forward to do that soon (I get the second covid-shot next week, feels a bit more safe to meet with friends after that...) That title underneath your glassplate is one to remember! Love it! Use the flow that you are in and have fun creating! Big hug to you beautiful one, love from Holland. Marit #20 (P.S. Cataract surgery went very well, I am in the healing mode right now but am able to spend some time at the computer... and I can SEE well, yay!!! )

Susan Renshaw said...

I Have read several of the posts several times but cannot see my comments - so will go through again!

What a lovely week you have had! Oh to sit in the sun - it is hgetting pretty chilly here and we have had gale force winds and rain!!

happy WoYWW!
Susan #21

R's Rue said...

How fun.

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