Wednesday, 17 August 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 689

Well, someone broke the weather! It rained, as if it was trying to be epic. But, the dust settled, the smell was lovely and while I was out and about not one person has complained about being too hot, so it’s all good! As you can see from the picture, I’m finding a use for my desk….
There’s so much going on that even I’ve forgotten which layer is for which ‘project’! I was making ladybird cards last week, and on top of that layer and at centre front is a sort of shiny ATC that is also a work in progress. It involved using an alphabet set which it turns out, I hadn’t used before and so you can see the little wooden pegs strewn about whilst I sat and stuck the rubbery letters onto the pegs. At first, I did think of only doing the letters I needed for this particular job, but really, that is a step too far, even for me! At the back of the desk is a bag of badge fixings and next to that my lovely box what Debbie made for me to store blank ATCs. Blooming lovely useful thing that. You get a good view of the tools used on the patio too, now finished but for ‘grouting’ which I have to say, is tedious and fiddly, just as it is in regular sized tiling. And of course, needs to be done in dry weather. So we’ll see how long that has to take now! 
I’m off to see a Grayson Perry exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral this morning, so please bear with on the visiting front. Please don’t use it as a reason not to join in though, I need to see you’re finding stuff to do!

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 688

I’ve moved on from cherries. Now I’m playing with Ladybirds. Also new stash, the ladybird punch.
I confess that when it arrived, I’d forgotten why I ordered it. Yes it’s cute, but generally I don’t do much cute. However, it may well have been as part of an attempt to use up scrap. I like to think so. Although, like the cherries, my goodness, they don’t use up a lot per punching! It doesn’t matter, it’s all useful making. As you can see, I’m back in the kitchen, and the not tidying up of the desk top persists. I was in Costco on Sunday (the air con was rather nice) and the box of pastel felt tips fell into the huge trolley. Everything else I bought was on the list. Call it a pay off for doing a shopping run on a day when I think half of the population of Southampton had decided to go there too. Mind you, the longest and most persistent queues were for the petrol….20p PER LITRE cheaper than the high street. That’s quite significant isn’t it.  Anyway, I haven’t tried the felt tips, nor have I seen them before. But like a lot of things, once you’ve seen something, then you see them everywhere don’t you….I looked them in the eye in Tesco yesterday. I took it as a sign that I was meant to have them. Obv. 
The summer temperatures will probably mean I don’t sit at my desk for a couple of days now; I’ll probably be back to gentle stitching of the embroidery while I chase shade around mine or some one else’s garden. I know it’s hot and a lot of people can’t cope and it’s causing a lot of problems, but ah, I do love it. Just please take care of yourselves! Go on then, before you check out the ice tray in the freezer, link up so we can see how cool you are!

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 687

I spent some time last week tidying including de-gritting the workroom. As I’ve mentioned, we’re now laying a new patio and my goodness, I did not account for quite how much grit and sand and general filth it would cause. The workroom has a door from house-to-garage and a door from house-to-garden and so we use it as the route for anything that needs to go from front to back because otherwise it has to come through the lounge and dining room! Anyway, I cleaned and tidied and moved the desk back into the workroom. 
I’m using new stash. Just playing positively at the mo, (which means that I’m making stuff so that I don’t feel I’m wasting valuable time…it’s a curse.)  I’ll make multiples of the designs I like and squirrel them away. I like to give a bunch of useful cards at Christmas to people who I seek regular services from during the year and as hostess gifts if we are invited…I don’t know if they are ever used, but it avoids awkwardness when it’s just a bunch of cards that can be used or passed on! 
Loved seeing everything last week, please carry on, or join us for the first time, or dip in and out as you wish! 

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 686

I don’t know about you, but oh boy, I’ve had a week. Last Wednesday my brave Mr Dunnit had surgery to replace the lens on each eye so that he no longer needs glasses. It’s worked, he’s pleased. For me, the big ‘but’ has been that he had to have a week off work. For 48 hours he wasn’t allowed to lift anything heavier than a mug of coffee, and needed to wear sunnies to protect his very dilated pupils. There wasn't any advice from the clinic however, about how to actually contain him. He was pacing about an hour after I got him home from the clinic in Southampton. Seriously. So the last week has actually about keeping Bart busy, but away from jobs. And let’s face it, jobs are what you do when you’re at home but on holiday, huh!
He helped his Mum empty the greenhouse ready to dismantle.
He did chopping and buttering when friends came for supper.
He pretended to enjoy a bit of farmers market type shopping.
And yesterday I let him loose on fixing some guttering because it’s not heavy lifting. And in turn, he erm, treated me to a sandwich and a coffee in the village on our way to the builders merchants. It’s been a week. I miss my desk. I didn’t realise how much I took for granted the fact that it’s there and that it keeps me occupied if I want it to! Gratitude overload today, for desks and benches..he’s going back to work with the clinic’s blessings, so you can guess what my plans include!
So, please, save me by inspiring me…I need some routine and some lovely crafty stuff to gaze upon!

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

What’s on your Workdesk? Wednesday 685

The record summer temperatures across Europe mean that the media has us in the grips of ‘hell on earth’ and that ‘ thousands will die’. I am hot, often sticky and sweaty and worrying about older friends, relies and poorly people. But I’m not hysterical. I’m not sure I have the energy for it all. I’m checking on them all, and in one case, we have done a very slow walk around a very air conditioned store to pass a pleasant hour!
I’m lucky, I have no trouble sleeping and like to sit about. It’s not a perfect recipe for everyone, I understand. It means that my activities have largely been in sort of holiday mode….
I don’t want to sit about being completely unproductive, so I spent a couple of happy hours in the shade adding some more stitches to the embroidery that usually only comes out when I’m on holiday. I have to say that half an hour prior to the mixing of the Pimms, Mr Dunnit had been hard at work around the corner, laying patio slabs. You can see that it’s not really finished, but it’s a flat surface in the shade…perfect for an impromptu desk! I’ve realised that this embroidery has still a long way to go…I don’t intend to up my game but it is going to take an awful lot more holidays to get it finished! 
I hope you’ve managed to stay safe and comfortable in whatever hemisphere…both are experiencing extremes of weather and it does cause me to think about you. Miss Dunnit and her Current Squeeze where home this weekend and each time we discussed a place that has clearly been affected by Global Warming, one or other of them would say “suppose you’ve got a Desker friend there, haven’t you?” They think they’re being funny and cheeky, but mostly, they’re right and I love that!
This is a scheduled post, got to be in Southampton before 9am today, I’ll catch you as soon as I can settle with some WiFi, my role in the day is mostly about waiting.  

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 684

Well, a week may be a long time in British politics, but it isn’t in the very everyday life of this very average woman. I’ve had a lovely week, but my goodness it’s flown by! Started last Thursday with a visit from my life pal Jan and her gorgeous G. We chatted and laughed and caught up over tea, supper, breakfast. We were so busy enjoying ourselves that we didn’t take any photos! I’ve been away for the weekend to celebrate family birthdays and the celebrations were enhanced by the absolutely gorgeous weather. And yesterday, I met up with a school friend; first time since before lockdown. So my word, you’ll expect me to be exhausted from chatting! Of course not! But as for desk time, hmmm. 
1I’ve had time to turn the stacks of birds into two cards. They are drying - I blobbed some glossy accents on the eyes. I think altogether these two cards have been the feature on my desk for three weeks. I’m so very sorry that it’s been like that. I will of course fail to do better, but will compensate by taking pictures of interesting things when I do them so that I can at least distract from an empty desk! I was rummaging for something in my workroom yesterday which involved moving a box of Christmas stamps and do you know, it sort of tweaked my inspiration chord a little. I wonder if I can make the most? Tune in next week to see. after all, what else would you do in the hottest weather that Britain has experienced in a generation?! Wherever you are, keep safe and hydrated, and show us your Workdesk, please!

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 683

I was supposed to be making a sophisticated and lovely birthday card for a cherished aunt. It didn’t work out so I went back to paper piecing the stack of birds!
You can see the first ‘stack’ at top right, I was using scraps and think I over co-ordinated the colours and patterns, think they look a bit bland. Am preferring the newer, yet to be finished stack, using SU! Papers…I even have an idea to actually mount them and make a card! As for the birthday card - it’s a deadline event now, so will be spending some of today having another crack at that. Last week lots of you mentioned the old red book on my desk - not reading material, well, not for me anyway! It’s an old novel in foreign, so I use it to stamp on and generally rip up…I know a lot of you will swoon at the thought, but I think of it as rescued from a bonfire or landfill, so it’s ok for me. 
See that brown paper bag under the stack of purple birds? See how it looks unused and brand new? I bought a costume jewellery bracelet, wrapped around a piece of card in a sello bag. The whole package is about 10cm square, and I ‘had’ to have the bag because it acted as a sort of receipt. I turn down receipts quite often when asked these days, but have never had a bag insisted upon me before! I shall re-use, it’s actually very nice! 
Talking of insisting, please join in and show us your Workdesk, surface…..armchair…wherever and whatever you’re doing. It’s fun. And a welcome distraction.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 682

A slightly staged edition at this desk. Not to cover the indecent mess, but to show that I’ve been doing something! Hurrah!

There’s a story, of course. A customer of my shop (closed at least 15 years ago) and I would bump into each other occasionally at craft events or in local coffee shops. We lost touch gradually, and of course, lockdown sealed it good and proper. Fast forward to this May and I bumped into her at Salisbury Cathedral’s Festival of Flowers. Our diaries are silly and we aren’t geographic neighbours anymore, so in order to see her and catch up, she suggested I go to one of her Stampin Up! Workshops. It was last weekend, and the cards you see there are what I made whilst chatting, swigging coffee and being very smiley. Great morning; had forgotten what a tonic a workshop really can be! So the cards are spread out to cheer me whilst I do other stuff. There’s a square blue card from my small stash of cards for men, waiting to be written and posted. There’s also a couple of tags in bags…they explain the teeny photo gifts that are contained with them and are waiting to be sent too. I enjoyed making them, an oasis of just a few minutes in a rather lovely weekend.
I have some (more) new stash to play with and so have every intention of doing that. Wish me luck whilst showing me yours!

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 681

So sorry to have messed up the number last week, I took the decision not to correct it after I’d read your comments because then the post and the comments don’t make sense, and they need to, because this blog will be my reading material in my dotage - can you imagine how much more confused I’ll be about numbers by then!
Now then, here’s my desk. 
Still not back in it’s proper home, but at least it’s genuinely in use. I’m following a grand example from Caro and have a mug of tea right in front of me, and as you can see, am paper piecing some fun birds. It’s one of the rather large handful of new stamps that I’ve brought from Shopkeeper Gal. Sadly, she’s in the the throes of a closing down sale and it’s caused me to panic! Anyway, this stack of pieced birdies are my response to sitting down on Saturday with a list of cards that I’d like to produce. Two birthday, one wedding. I didn’t use the birds in the end. But I did enjoy the cutting and sticking. 

The post before this one is about the Workdesk crop. Please read and commit! I’ll add to the top of the blog as a page in a while so you don’t have to keep hunting for it. 
Meanwhile, please show and tell of your desks and work thereon. It’s important. And it turns out, you’ll be contributing to my reading material for the years to come!

Friday, 17 June 2022

The Overdue Crop

 Before I get carried away, let me give you the facts:-

CROP! Saturday October 1st 2022

Radbrook Community Centre
Calverton Way,
Radbrook Green

If you've been to a WOYWW Crop, you already know that there are no qualifying criteria - if you read this blog and want to meet some of the Wednesday Work Deskers, come and join us. There's a small danger of some short face time meetings with Deskers abroad too...just so we don't miss smiley faces that want to come but are overcome by geography!

  • Bring something to work on - colouring in, cutting out, stitching, knitting, scrapping...whatever. Don't plan to do a lot of it, but its nice to sit and chat whilst doing a little of something isn't it!
  • We'll set up a table for swaps and RAK offerings. (If they are still there at clear up time, please take them home with you!)
  • There will be a raffle, proceeds of which will be donated to a Charity. If you'd like to donate a prize, that would be lovely. 
  • We will charge you, for hall hire and lunch...some of our lovely menfolk opt to spend the day with us too, and they are very welcome; but this year we must formally count them and charge per head. 
There's stuff to do before you arrive, (a little, optional challenge) but we'll talk about that a little later. For now, please check your diary, make your arrangements and indicate that you're going to come...of course we need to achieve a minimum number for viability, so it really will help if you can commit early.'s a pay on the day thing. It's fifteen weeks away, (from the date I posted this article!) so you could start a little pot and dump a £ or two in it every week till you get there and *pouf*, subs paid!

The entire day and all the work before hand is being brought to you by the big hearts and busy hands of the Sisters of Stitch again. Twiglet and Wipso. Jo and Annie. We are in their debt again, these things aren't just thrown together.

I cant tell you how exciting it is to be thinking about a get together again. So overdue, huh. 
There will be hugs all around, or not, depending on your preferences. We'll talk COVID safety etc as we get closer to being able to assess conditions.

Meanwhile, please...consider your options and say you'll come!

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? wednesday 679

I’m not posting a photo of my desk this Wednesday; it’s a dumping ground for quite a lot of new stash I’ve just bought. Haven’t even taken it out of the bag. So much going on! The slabs for the patio have finally arrived, and so we decided to model all the ideas we’d had before committing. It’s been rather like doing a jigsaw without colour!
So all those pieces represent the slabs at whatever scale the board needs them to be. The house is the big chunk of space extending from the bottom of the pic. So the patio shape is bizarre.
Mr Dunnit wants it to look random. But random just doesn’t work, and after wasting his lunch hour on it, we agreed it needed to have a regular patttern, so I turned his head by looking at Pinterest.
And in full sight of the real thing, we laid out our plan. Turns out we’re going to have do quite a lot of cutting, and we’ve got a lot of genuine labouring to do before we break out the new slabs, but it’s all starting to happen. Which is more than can be said about desk activity, huh! 

Please show and tell about your desk week, it’s a welcome diversion from concrete and paving slabs!

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 679

Sorry. Twice. Posted late last week….scheduled the post because I had to be away early and of course, made a mess of the scheduling. And then….haven’t visited anyone. My b*****y iPad broke-  and worse, the child I needed to help me put it right was away on a holiday. Cheek. Turns out that a (presumed) power cut may have made iPad stop doing the software update I left it to do and throw a fit, but it wasn’t fatal. caused massive waste of time and a bit of stressy childish bad behaviour, is all!
The desk is still in the dining room, facing the kitchen. Given the recent ATC swap and the wonderful happy Mail I’ve received, you could be forgiven for thinking that I’m arranging those ATC gifts into storage. But I’m not, I store those differently, oddly. Those card holder pages are all about Mr Dunnit’s childhood collection that I found in the cardboard box in one of the sheds at his Mum’s place when I was looking for a garden sieve. Seriously. Is it serendipity? I dunno, but he wants to keep them, so I’m sorting and filing every now and then.
Football cards! He has happy memories of collecting and trading and given the number of albums that my scrapbook hobby runs to, it won’t hurt to have an album of cards for him to gloat over when he’s in reminisce mode will it!

We celebrated Her Majesty’s Jubilee and celebrated her achievement and our luck at being English this weekend, it was lovely. I hope you enjoyed some of the spectacle even if you live outside GREAT Britain. Enough. Please show and tell of your Workdesk this week, it will finally be a pleasure to catch up with you!

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 678

Welcome to June! Already! This is scheduled, I’m off to the dentist and then to make up for that rude start, I’m going to meet a second cousin for coffee. We’ve met two or three times in our lifetimes and always at some sort of function, so it will be nice to just sit with coffee and chat. Meanwhile, life has turned my work room into a through route for landscape gardening equipment, and so I’ve moved my desk. 
It’s move is temporary but will be for a week or two I expect. Facing the kitchen this time, I did think that I might sit and play whilst cooking etc, but not as yet!  I regret to say that I haven’t spent a minute actually sitting at the desk, but I will rectify that just as soon as I can. I wasn’t aware until I moved the desk quite how reliant I’m becoming on the clip on parts of the desk…I have been using the phone/tablet holder since we were first locked down so I hardly notice it anymore, and of course, my angle poise lamp with a daylight bulb is almost an essential. Latest acquisition is the magnifying lamp. I bought a beading kit in the January sale from Etsy and then naturally, had to spend the same again on this lamp in order to see the work properly. I have resisted using it for anything else, but it’s marvellous and will I think, transform my winter colouring activities. Probably won’t use it for beading after I’ve finished using up the kit…I’m not patient enough for that amount of fiddly, however easy or pretty the outcome. I will do a show and tell at some point, but it’s a Christmas themed kit, so will show you later in the year when it’s much more appropriate - and it’ll give me a chance for a small gloat over being ‘prepared’. Ha!

Meanwhile, keep showing and telling your current desks please. I really can now only focus as far forward as October 1st for the crop; anyone planning to come and travelling solo? If you want or need to stay overnight (or two) to make it happen, let me know if you’d like to consider sharing a place with me and probably Helen for sure.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 677

Last week’s  anniversary was lovely wasn’t it, thank you for all the back patting and virtual hugging, sure makes for some lovely connecting, huh. Just the excuse you need to want to continue it all, I hope! I have to say too that quite unexpectedly, I’ve had a few postal deliveries that were utterly a pleasure to receive. I usually do a mental air punch when I find there is no post because it’s less to be dealing with, but the past week has made me eager all over again!
Thank you, thank you if you sent me an ATC, you certainly didn’t have to and I really enjoyed your gift. I mean, given such a difficult theme, how well did everyone interpret it? Amazing! I know there are a couple coming from across the pond that may well take their time to arrive, but be in no doubt that opening this sort of mail never gets old and I will show and tell as they show themselves.
Sorry about the blue lIght - that’s early morning and a rubbish photographer for you! So my actual working area is empty and relatively clean which is remarkable, to be honest.that great big Stampin’ Up butterfly was used to stamp an ATC for my friend Karen, we swap on a chosen theme each month and this month was Wings. Well of course that stamp is so big I had to make two ATCs on a fold, otherwise it would have been only one wing. You can just see the yellow pearly background of my initial idea under the stamp box. The blue shrivelled pieces are gloves  that I use when using sparkle paints…it’s quite long lasting as a stain on your hands and not exactly easy to get off your face either. Ask me how I know. It’s all waiting to be tidied away of course, but I have to. I’ve had the go ahead on a design idea for the commissioned invitations and so everything needs to be clear and spotless before I start on those. Probably goes a long way to explaining why I don’t really take commissions!

So then, please keep calm and carry on, link absolutely as normal. I can’t guarantee the same response if you leave the asterisk * on your name this week, but if it doesn’t come off, don’t worry, we’ll admire its prettiness!

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday 676. That’s 13 Years.

Welcome; week 676 means that 13 years worth of What’s On Your Workdesk is in the bag. If you have contributed to it by reading, commenting, or joining in, then we’ve connected. We may have nothing in common but our work desks, but they connect us, and any connection forms the basis for friendship. Pretty sure that’s why this desk sharing has some longevity, it’s really about so much more. Numbers have been crazy high and very low, it doesn’t matter. It won’t change the connections already made. If blogging and adding your desk on a Wednesday is something that you can remember to do and brings you five minutes of pleasure, then keep doing it! Despite Google and Blogger attempts, we’ll keep visiting and commenting for as long as we’re invited. 

So, this fine morning, you find me sliding under the wire in terms of ATC readiness for today’s swap. I have been commissioned to make some invitations and the mock ups and trials took me an age because I haven’t done work like this for blooming ages. Anyway, my desk is largely covered in WOYWW13 paraphernalia and that’s fitting, which makes a change. If you’d like one of my ATCs, please ask!

There’s other news too……Twiglet has done the paperwork and we are ON  for a WOYWW Crop on October 1st in Shrewsbury. SAVE THE DATE! We’ll talk a lot more about this very soon, promise. Just had to share the news, too exciting!

If you want to trade an ATC to mark this big fat 13th anniversary, don’t forget to add an *asterisk to your name as you put it into the Linky thing. Don’t worry if you have to do it more than once, I should be on hand to delete double (or more) link entries etc, it doesn’t matter! 

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 675

Well, you may actually want to look away. 
This shot is taken from the door to the garage again. Apart from the mess, it shows the table has been moved away from the door…work on the patio (or bl**dy huge dig) has begun. Caught me out, actually. I was mid clear out of a cupboard, had dumped it all on a slightly messy desk because on a Sunday morning, that’s a nice thing to do, huh, clear up a bit, make some space, set to on the anniversary ATCs secure in the knowledge that when I’ve made some, I’ll get a better idea. 
And Mr Dunnit announces the need for access to the garden and it’s all systems go. Oh my heart. Actually, never mind my heart…my arms! The wheelbarrow, when full weighs about three tonnes and I tried so hard to help by wheeling it across the patio, up the plank, through the door, then through the garage door, then take a run up the plank into the back of the van to empty it. I managed one whole, spilt the second and then had to stop. It was very hard! Later today we have a man, a mini digger and a barrow ‘assistant’ coming to look at the situation. Can’t let MeBart work 6 days and spend his seventh doing that kind of toiling, it’s not on. And a younger man’s game, frankly. 
Meanwhile, I’m going to very bravely tidy the floor area I can access, get the desk out of the way and at least sort that one cupboard out so that the desk surface can be used. Baby steps. So much better for the dignity than the staggering, huffing and out of control steps of the weekend! 
Share and show please, you will as always be a welcome distraction. Don’t forget to check out the ‘how to’ page at the top of this blog for joining in on the anniversary ATC swap day. Even if you don’t have a blog but would like to join in, we can work it out, let me know!

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 674

This week has been a battle royal between me and Google. Or Blogger. Not sure which, but I’m guessing it’s the lag between Google updating stuff on their side and the boffins in charge at iPad trying to resist. Embedded comments on blogs are really difficult if not impossible to comment on, please don’t think you’re being ignored. 

Blogger has also given me a couple of heart stoppers too, but I finally have uploaded instructions for how to do the Anniversary ATC swap, it’s a page, accessible by clicking the link ‘WOYWW ATCs’ in the top line of this ‘ere blog. 
Right, to business.
A  clean sheet! I’d just finished an ATC featuring the Magnolia stamp (Hero Arts) at left and the ink pads, pots of embossing powder, scissors, cutter and rubbish at the right are accumulated detritus from several makes. So a clean sheet yes, but untidy as reassuringly always! 
Thought you might like to see this pull back shot….
What do you mean, you don’t have a mower in your craft space? I have to admit that I don’t now, it was moved straight after the photo was taken. And I was surprised to see it there. It arrived in a box and needed some putting together, which Mr Dunnit did on Sunday morning. He’d barely had time to stand up straight when the doorbell announced the arrival of a furniture delivery (new sofa, ordered in January). I went to the door whilst, I assumed, he put the mower in the garage. Not so, as you can see. Funny. Especially as I took the photo standing in the door way to the garage from my room, so it wouldn’t have been difficult to put it in there. Maybe it doesn’t deserve to be relegated to the garage until it’s no longer new? Who knows. Perhaps I won’t mention it’s in there until it’s time to use it….!

As always, please link your desk so we can all have a look see. Especially if you’re working on an ATC for the anniversary. Who’s idiot idea was it to come up with a theme? Yikes.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 673

Now then, (as the Yorkshire branch of my lovely family often say, to start a conversation) there’s a lorra business to be done this morning, please bear with.
My desk has seen no tidying, but some action. I had a lovely video chat with Lunch Lady Jan and whilst she made woolly balls, so I started on my cards for May. Safe to show this, the recipient probably doesn’t even know I have a blog, also safe to say that this is how I left it after Jan and I finished chatting, and I haven’t been back to it yet. That’s part of today’s plan. Darnell will be pleased with me though, this stamp is an age old NBUS! 
In other news, it’s the 13th anniversary of WOYWW on May 18th. I know that’s only 3 weeks away and I’ve dropped the ball in terms of giving notice, sorry. But, if you’re up to it, I’d like to do the ATC swap. Usual details, which I’ll describe in a separate post to save repetitive reading for many of you! I’d like to propose a theme, just to throw a loop in the ribbon. CONNECTION. Connect, connecting. Apart from the crafting, it’s something we do rather well, huh! 
Now, whilst you absorb all the horror of a themed ATC swap, please show and tell about your desk. It’ll help. I’m almost positive! 

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 672

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. It’s been lovely; yesterday I had to look in my dairy to check the day - Mr Dunnit had some sporadic time off too so he was not the usual guide! We had sunshine, showers and lots of family. And some of us had lots of chocolate. Lots. 
I haven’t been at my desk, I’ve been toiling in the garden. I say toiling because it was clearing and preparing and planning…not my favourite part. But, to reward myself (think carrot and long stick!), I ordered some new goodies, and they arrived yesterday. Now sitting patiently on the desk. It won’t be long, I’ve gotta itch!

Sorry but not sorry about the flare of sunshine - delicious isn’t it! My desk is on wheels against a door that gives access to what will be a nice patio area (that’s what the planning part of the weekend was about). Well, the desk had been rolled out of the way and of course, things standing on it started to fall. Oh to be organised. The very foreground shows an MDF thingy that managed to fall off its little shelf and break. Lucky I hadn’t yet decorated it, huh. In turn, it knocked the rack of lovely blending brushes over, but nothing worse happened. I took the photo, picked the brushes up and then distracted myself with coffee. Then the diary reminded me I have a 10am today, so I must away to dress and gather papers. Gosh, ain’t life glamorous! 
Leave a link to your desk for me, I shall need a distraction when I get back! Thank you very much!

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 671

There’s a saying along the lines of ‘if you want to get a job done, give to a busy person’. Well, since we came home from Spain I’ve decided that I am the poster girl for that saying, whatever it actually is. The ‘to do’ list was looking silly and included several cards and nice things I want to make for people I want to be in touch with. Normally, I would let these slide down the list because time at my desk is as much about ‘me time’ as it is about production of cards etc. but this week, (bearing in mind it’s actually only Wednesday), I’ve bounced out of bed and sat at my desk for the first couple of hours of the day and been productive. Then I’ve turned my attention to the rest of the list. It won’t last, but for now, it feels grand!
Works in progress! A birthday card made, a New Home card in the pipeline and real daylight to show it off. I really love the spring timeline!  I can’t say that I’m brimful of inspiration, but I have enjoyed the making and the freedom from the guilt of spending too much time or no time at all doing what I love!
Now then, let’s have a show and tell from you too please!

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 670

My real Workdesk, gentle reader, is piled high with files and month end paraphernalia and stuff that got dumped on it whilst I had family staying last week. Because the work-room has a door on it and is too small to use for any other reason, people stayed out of it and I was able to close the door and walk away from it. I did too. Packed a bag and as I write, I’m in Spain. 
It’s been chilly, very windy and rainy since we got here. We’ve dodged showers and been out and about, a bit of food shopping and some wonderful squally beach walks that soaked us from sea, wind and rain…loved it. Yesterday I caved in a paid for a rain hat. Within an hour, the skies had cleared and we spent all afternoon sitting in the sun. So sorry, if I’d known that it was just about me buying a waterproof hat, I’d have done it on Sunday morning!  Most bizarre weather, but the change is very welcome!  Today’s plan is to return to the village where we took this photo and sit on the beach, one of our favourites on this particular Costa. Thank you all for your messages and comments about Mum’s funeral. It was hard, but lovely; there was a lot of love floating around and your messages were a big help to me. I have since crashed and burned, but am now revelling in the memories as they pop up. And they do…sometimes they hit you like a wave, and sometimes, they creep into a conversation. I love them and they are not making reel anymore, which is a positive that I’m grateful for.
I am utterly distracted by the sunshine, so please only expect me at your place if you see me. The Internet at this resort is good, so I make no excuses other than…well, sunshine!

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 669

And…whoosh. The week went. Today the last of my Americans fly home, the house will return to a quieter, less full home and I will be a bit lost! Mama’s funeral was hard, of course. But also beautiful and filled with the love of a reunited family. The weather was quite beautiful and we gathered in the garden and laughed and cried and ate and drank and reunited and she would have loved it. I can’t tell you what a lift your messages of support and cards have been to all of us, thank you so much.
At some stage this week, my sister had a birthday and we haven’t been together for one of those for over 25 years, so we followed sombre with fun, and I know too that Mama would have loved it. An Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea. Prosecco and tea and sandwiches without crusts and lots of huge scones and cream and cupcakes covered in way too much icing…it was perfect! And that is my desk today gentle Desker; I don’t think I’ve sat anywhere else for long enough to take a photo this week!
Terrible photos even by my standards, but do you know how hard it is to take pictures without people in them when all your people are sitting at a table? And the numbers…oh em gee, it was like herding cats!
Show me yours then, it would be nice to see what I’ve missed! Thank you.

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 668

Well gentle Desker, it’s very fair to say that this week, my desk has been largely unused. You know how, when you’ve got people coming round unexpectedly you can do more housework in ten minutes than you’d normally do in a week? Well, when you’ve got over a weeks notice you start doing really crazy stuff like sorting out the airing cupboard and washing duvets. Ask me how I know! 
So, for photo purposes, I thought you’d like to see what I made from the bits of scrap and the stamped images I found on some clear up. I coloured the images to match the colour of the little cards.

I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ inside each card with ink the same colour as the card. No, I haven’t got too many ink pads. But I have still got lots of scraps and a few small coloured cards to use up; I’m beginning to think they’re multiplying.  It was an enjoyable exercise,I probably made a card a day for a week because I only got to the desk for a few minutes at a time. I might go on with this idea of over doing the stamped images, hiding them a bit *cough* (you call it tidying) and then coming back. This week is filled with the joy of visiting family and the sadness of a funeral service for my Mama tomorrow, so please don’t consider me rude if I don’t visit…so far I’ve only got two extras guests in the house and it already feels as if we’re overrun….by tomorrow we will have swelled to nine and a baby. We’ll be playing sardines! 
Never mind all that though, keep me sane and show me what you’re working on, it really does help!

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 667

I bet this week has felt like an eternity in the Ukraine. I know that we are all affected by these events and that we all feel completely helpless in the face of the suffering and displacement. There are plenty of channels of news, plenty of OpEd and commentary to read. This blog is not that place. Greater and more eloquent minds can inform, educate and comment. If you want political commentary, please click away and search appropriately. Don’t email and complain that I have nothing to offer you. That’s just absurd. 
The Wednesday spot on this blog has become a place to lift and support fellow readers. We may and can disagree fundamentally with each other over all sorts of things, but please, not about what WOYWW is. 
So, to the root…..
You find me being a grown up! I’m working on the service for my Mum’s funeral and as you can see from all the scribbling and crossing out, I’m being a good editor and a cr@ppy writer!  I’ve been walking around this for a while and felt the urge to get it done this afternoon, so put it off by tidying, then I rang my sister and we chit chatted about stories to include and then, and then, and then…I started writing. It’s ok, as you can see, it pours out of me, the trick is definitely in the editing. I read it out loud and when it starts to go on, gets repetitive, over explaining or plain drivel..I cross it out. Simple. Messy but effective! The orange tub at right is a container for microwaving popcorn in. It’s not fab, to be honest, but I persist because it’s such a useful snack. And, for the sheer pleasure of bragging for two weeks in a row, here are the blending brushes that on some screens, didn’t make it into the picture. (That’s bizarre isn’t it, probably a photographer or uploading error. Who knows, I certainly don’t!)
Aren’t they delicious. And AND they came with an ingenious cleaner thing. I’ll show you that at some point…first, I’ve got to get over the beauty of these beauties and make them need a clean! 

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 666

I’m not superstitious, but the week number did make me do a double take! Not as much as my desk will make you start though…..
Will you look at that! Tidied! Whilst clearing the surface, I found several images that I’d stamped as test runs and decided to employ them. I’ve managed to acquire a handful of 4” square cards and envelopes of different colours. There’s one of each of about 10 colours, so I’m colouring the images to match the card and then using random scraps and stuff to embellish. As I have about 12 March birthdays and some of them involve men, these will work nicely. New to the view at far right is my set of blending brushes and their clever holder. These were part of a Christmas gift from Kathy and I’ve only just been brave enough to use them…game changing, I can’t show you of course, because my make was so lovely that I got smug and sent it without photographing it! There will be more though, without doubt!
Thank you for your kind words about the loss of my Mama, what a lift you are. Please forgive my appalling lack of comments last week, I visited, but somehow just didn’t have the oomph to talk.
So, give it another go this week, show and tell on the Workdesk and life front, let’s see what you’re doing, please! 

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 665

Welcome Spring!  Well, that’s what the calendar tells me. Wet windy and grey as anything, but spring it is! It is noticeably light for longer every day, so there is a positive. 
What a week. Europe in a situation of war that I never imagined was possible anymore, I’m sure that you’re all as moved as I am by the pictures and news coming from Ukraine. It’s frightening and disturbing; whatever your worries or connections, believe me, I’m holding you tight in my thoughts.
Meanwhile, I took a photo yesterday in daylight. The daughter of a friend is to be married at the weekend and I’m doing the last minute thing because I’m seeing her this afternoon and really want the Bride and Groom to know that we’re celebrating their joy. Seems only days ago that the Bride was one of the little bodies in the back of my car on the school run!
Of course I haven’t actually cleared the desk off to make a nice white card, but it’s getting to the point of topple on the left, so that’s the next ambition. The top of the pile shows a box of acrylic goodies from Bramble Fox, stuff for use in my scrapbooking, so I hope you’ll see them soon-ish. The beautifully decorated box on the right of my little guillotine is filled with ATC blanks -  a gift from our Debbie which I use regularly. The little guillotine is new, a great little cutter which saves quite a lot of room on the actual desk, very easy to sling about! 

A lot of you will know from my slightly ranting post on Facebook that my dear Mama died last Thursday, completely overcome by almost eleven years of Alzheimer’s. So Wednesday takes a different shape yet again as I won’t need to rush out this morning! Please share and tell, you are always a welcome distraction! 

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 664

Another late posting, sorry! I’m out of routine - came home yesterday after 2 days of cropping and felt secure that it was Sunday! 
Anyway… here’s a desk shot from our sojourn in the country:
Really not too bad. This is largely because over the course of the five days we had planned, there were only ever 3 of us scrapping. Work and family stuff kept one or other of us away for some of the time and oh, it got complicated! 
This was my space yesterday after we’d had a cooked brunch. We packed up and vacated at about five, so this was my penultimate LO. It was a slow process getting back into it, but I have at least for now, rediscovered the pleasure in scrapping. Even though we’ve had two daytime crops this year, I felt as though I’d completely forgotten how to, or if I even wanted to! We all agreed that  we’re better at social scrapping, so because we’ve all got far more kit than is decent, we will just have to go on having twice yearly weekends away! 
I hope you’re all safe and relatively undamaged from the chain of storms that have crossed Britain, I was unaware of the flooding until I was at home watching the news last night. I feel deeply for those affected - again. 
Tell us all then, let’s see what you’ve been up to whilst our backs were turned! Please put WOYWW in your post title and link here. Thanks!

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 663

This is late in the publishing, sorry. No reason specifically; well, the usual I typed the post, and then went to get a coffee, doodled about the kitchen, did a test so that I can report a negative result this morning and visit my Mama. Then came back to see who I could visit from the list…only to discover that I hadn’t actually posted. Argh! Too busy thinking about the next thing, must remain present!

I’m looking forward to a weekend away with The Coven. That means scrapbooking. And that means getting my stuff together. I’d like to take as much as possible to satisfy lots of ideas and use lots of lovely stuff, but I want to be economic with the space I take up…after all there will be five of us and that amounts to a lot of stuff!
I’ve already sorted two boxes of ‘stuff’ and chucked out some odd die cuts, marked, creased and damaged tags and such, and decanted bits and pieces, so now only have one box of ‘stuff’. Isn’t it amazing what you keep for years and will never use. I also have a small( and getting bigger) bag of bits to give to a local MIND group who often make cards, so it’s been a worthwhile effort. This photo shows part of my basic scrapping-away-from-home method. I loosely match photos to papers…sometimes three or four sheets, to give me some er, artistic license when I finally stop chatting and eating long enough to make up a LO!
And on my right…a very busy worktop that will pay off when I finally commit and pack the car up…bits and pieces on there that I MUST take with me. They need to stay in my line of vision, you probably understand by now quite how forgetful I am! What with rushing about sorting this lot, making sure my favourite comfort clothes are clean and ready to pack, cooking a few treats and shopping for ingredients for supper when it’s my turn to cook, it’s all added real flavour to my week! The forecast from today in the UK is pretty hideous, high high winds and lots of wet. Take care. Take my advice..stay in and create! But please show off last weeks desk work first, I would offer to remind you to do it later, but I’ll forget.

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 662

I think because I have tons of stuff to do, on and off the desk, I’m allowing myself to be easily distracted! Procrastination comes in many forms, doesn’t it. You’d think wouldn’t you, that I might procrastinate by tidying up or unpacking after crop. Neither. I’ve been searching through my clear stamps and deciding that the storage is fine for me, but not very ordered, so that’s to go on a to do list.
I don’t know if you can tell but there are two pairs of glasses visible, almost entwined, and there’s another pair in the fabric holder at left. And there’s another pair in my scrapbooking kit to be unpacked. So many! Proof though, that I return to my desk a lot and that I take a pair of readers with me, just in case I sit down and do something!  You can see too that I’ve rummaged sufficiently to find the clear stamp set that matches the die that’s been lurking on the desk for months.I assumed it would be the same size as the stamps and therefore be really useful. Alas it’s not and will have to be a stand-alone asset. That’s the problem with me and impulse purchasing….!
The big die cut at the back of the desk is from a rack of postcards at Paperchase…no idea for it’s use, but couldn’t leave it in the shop. 
I’m sorry I didn’t get around to every desk last week, it usually takes me a few days but last week just got away from me….must put time management on my to do list too.
Join me then  please, in the show and tell of the week! Put WOYWW in your post title and link here. Easy innit.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 661

Argh! And Ouch! No, don’t worry gentle Desker, there hasn’t been a break in. It’s just me being last minute, untidy and not able to get back to it in good time. And I’m nothing if not honest about it all, although I don’t imagine that’s actually doing your eyes any good!
There are layers to be excavated that sort of tell the story of my week. Sort of. The wrapping paper at left was for a new home present for a friend who I went to see yesterday. So that is pretty much the last thing I did at my desk; despairing at the mess, I just wrapped on top of it all!
Under the paper is a real pile of clear stamps that I am planning to play with. Amongst them is a set that includes the image you can see that I’ve been colouring in, just trying it out as it’s a new set for me. Gifted by another stamper friend. I love them all, but so far am not sure what I’m doing with them! The brush pens are from Arteza and to be completely honest, I’m not actually getting on very well with them. The brush tips are really fine and my eyesight seems to miss the really fine end until it’s over the line or mixing with another coloured area. Ugh. Believe it or not, I think they may be too good a brush for me! I’ve invested in a different strength pair of readers - my prescription lenses aren’t up to it, I need magnifiers! So I’ll try again, am incredibly averse to giving up on this set of pens! 
So what's on your desk or your craft mind this week? I’m going to a crop this weekend and could do with your crafty inspirations! Show and tell, please! 

Saturday, 29 January 2022

Stamps for sale…

 These will be £2 each unless they are small, then £1. I’m the one who determines what’s small and what isn’t!

Happy to post anywhere in the world and will charge postage at cost, I’ll quote you the price before you commit. In some cases this will involve a trip to the post office so please be patient!
I will happily remove rubber stamps from their wood blocks for ease of postage, but I will not make good or provide new mounting foam.
Please email or message me, either screenshot the stamp or quote the handwritten number on the photo….anything to avoid me sending you the wrong one!

The following selection are from a company that made the stamps so that they could be used on their magnetic blocks. Each unmounted image has some metal or magnet in it, but they are perfectly useable without the specific make of block. Like nearly all of the stamps in this post, they are all unused.