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!


Mary Anne said...

Another year gone, another year begun. And so it goes! Lovely array and I hope mine gets there. The post lady warned the small envelopes are easily lost (!?) but we shall see. Blue light is not flattering to anyone, or any desk, but the crafty goodness shines through. An monthly sway you say? What fun. Thanks again for the ongoing inspiration!
Great news about the crop….
Hugs and happy Woyww
Mary Anne

Helen said...

I got so much joy from opening my post these last few days too! A hug in the mail, lovely!! Good luck with your commission! Happy WOYWW Helen

Sarah Brennan said...

What a great collection of ATCs Julia - great interpretations of connection indeed. Looking forward to the next 13 years of WOYWW. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

Annie said...

It’s been such a lovely week filled with smiles every time the postman called. I’ve really enjoyed seeing how everyone used the theme...we must do the same next year...but of course a different theme. Thanks so much for keeping us going.
Annie x

Lynn Holland said...

I’m thanking you and our lovely community for sticking with me through troubled times. We are coming out of it now (hopefully) and moving forward, even though there is still painful things to deal with.
I’m hoping I will be back jolly blogging soon
Much love
Lynn xxx

BJ said...

Have to say I was absolutely delighted receiving my ATC from Kyla this week, haven't had happy mail in a while. The theme really brought out lots of interpretations, I'm well impressed and wonder why I didn't think of them myself!!!
Gosh those sparkle paints sound a bit of a nightmare on the fingers and face and anywhere else for that matter! Thanks so much for keeping us all connected especially those who go AWOL for months and are welcomed back with open arms. I know there is always a place here. Hugs BJ#13

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Brilliant collection of ATCs you've received and you deserve them all to have kept this running so long. I got so excited about the crop that I've booked somewhere to stay already so can't wait for more info. I know it's a bit previous but hubby said yes so I got on with it. Can you let us know exactly where it will be. I've gone on the Post code for booking but it's got to be closer than driving from Lincoln I'm sure! Happy woyww, Angela x14x

Crafting With Jack said...

Good morning Julia, we had a windy day yesterday and most of the May blossom has been blown away, so I am just admiring the buttercups in the field- no horses in view! Sarah said she was looking forward to the next 13 years- I have just worked how old I shall be - gulp! A lovely array of art on display, I shall have to wait until I see mine. Happy WOYWW. Angela #16

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I really loved your ATC, thought the little wire of communication between the houses was a genius idea! It’s been a lovely week with such happy mail. That butterfly stamp is really lovely and very big, good idea to stretch it across two ATCs, it would be a shame to only have part of it. Goo luck with the invitations, commissions make me stress more than anything else…..brrrrrrr.
Hugs LLJ 6 xx

Spyder said...

This ATC swap has been so much fun, thank you for making it happen! I'm at my desk now...thinking (That's always a danger sign!) perhaps I could take off the sticky tape from yours making it...'connections unwrapped!' and then your message came through! I've just been making 'sparkling paints'...not really sure if I've done it right, but I added different colours to the puzzle piece on the ATC...mica powders this time I've mixed it with gum arabic...I've tried other stuff...anyway, so far they've stayed shiney! Will try added glitter too! Thank you for putting me on your list of liked products/projects too! Have a great to get Lola the little dog soon...she goes crazy when she sees me, luckily she's not a Great Dane!! Happy WOYWW ((Lyn)) #15

Neet said...

What lovely ATC's and memories too. I went away last week so it was especially lovely to come home and find a host of beauty behind the door awaiting opening. Such joy - and love.
Wow, that is one big butterfly. What a good idea to do the monthly swap with a friend - keeps you on your toes.
Thanks for whatever portion of 13 years I have been with you all, some great memories of actually meeting American friends in the past at cha time and time again, and, of course, meeting the ones here at the Crops. So hoping I can get to the next one.
Hugs, Neet xx4

Diana Taylor said...

Thank you for your lovely ATC Julia - what a delight it's been opening the mail this week. I love the huge butterfly stamp - I think I have the same one but don't recall ever using it - must get that out and have a play!
Good luck with your commissioned invitations.
Have a lovely week,
Diana xx #17

Tracy said...

πŸ’•πŸ₯° Gooood morning Julia πŸ’›πŸ€Έ‍♀️πŸ’• thank yooou for organising the swap ... joyful post has been arriving here,brightening up the daysπŸ₯° Hoping my one arrives at your forever home soon, posted last week by 🐌 mailπŸ₯°πŸ˜€ Adore your butterfly stamp and the wee keek at what your up tooo ... it looks so beautiful πŸ¦‹ Goooood luck with commision 🀸‍♀️πŸ’•πŸ’›πŸ₯°❤ Much love and hugs Tracy #20 xxxxx

Ali Wade Designs said...

Happy WOYWW and thank you for organising the ATC swap. I will be taking clear photos of all the ATCs I have received and then doing a digital layout to go in my Memories for 2022. Good luck with clearing up and then doing the invite commission. Ali x #22

Lynnecrafts said...

Lovely ATCs Julia! Sparkle paint on your face! That should be a photo!
Take care and happy WOYWW
Lynnecrafts 7

Christine said...

Sorry I'm the bearer of bad news but it's all getting marvellously technicoloured and that can only mean one thing . . .healing up!!!!
The swap has been the highlight of my week, thank you so much for encouraging us all, best medicine I could have had.
Good luck with the commissions . . . . why I don't do it either lol
Christine #23

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Had fun making and sharing the ATC's Thank You for always using your time to link us up. Some weeks all the posts get me thru a not so good week. Great idea on folding that BIG butterfly. Our lives are so different these days. Best wishes and have fun and enjoy your new spaces.

Stacy Sheldon said...

That is a really cool idea to make a folding ATC Julia, the colors look stunning :) ~Stacy #25

Lindart said...

So Sorry I missed last week, my computer was giving me headaches, but it's fine now, touch wood. I am so grateful for you and this blog hop every week, it really keeps me on my toes, and I love all the friends I have made! Thank you! You have received some lovely ATCs! Maybe next year I will attempt to join in! Good luck with your commission! Lindart #26

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Hi Julia! Lovely ATCs received and huge congrats on the 13th anniversary - so sorry to have missed it! I couldn't believe it was that time of year when I received Jan's ATC in the post - time kind of stood still for me in the few months. I love your idea of the butterfly wings double ATCs! Hope to see it next time! Wishing you all the best! xx zsuzsa #19

Anne said...

I am such a donkey, forgot to link up.
I am glad I joined in last week, sorry I couldn't manage ATC's. Anne x 28

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was really impressed with the various interpretations of the theme this year. I enjoyed seeing all of them.

Sorry I didn't play this week. I'll try to do so next week.

StampinCarol said...

I think all of us has had sparkle on our faces a time or two!
Been enjoying all the ATCs as I visit desks.
Hope your week is great!
Carol N #24

Lillianb said...

such lovely ATCs and a wonderful lot of colour. Busy looking desk as well, it is terrible when you try to take a picture in bad light . love the butterfly,

Sorry I am so late

Take care and stay safe,

Lilian B #18

Susan Renshaw said...

Just to let you know your anniversary happy mail is in the post - goodness knows when it will arrive!!
Happy WOYWW!