Wednesday, 27 April 2011

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #99

Good morning Workdesk Wednesdayer’s and what a fab morning it is.

Despite the weather forecast for rain, my little corner of the South East has so far missed it again and the sun is still shining here even if it’s not as warm as it was, so I’ve been making the most of it.

I’ve been out and about over the weekend visiting a sick cousin who’s been in hospital but is home now (Get well soon Ken) and also I was at a BBQ on Sunday with my very good friends Susan and Edd and my two God Daughters, which was lovely.

The consequence of that is that there’s been very little creativity going on because I haven’t really settled down to doing very much since.
I did come close yesterday though because I’ve finally decided that it’s time to sit down and do a scrapbook page of my dad.

I know it sounds silly but since losing him last August I just couldn’t face doing it for some reason, but now I ready and yesterday I started to sort out the papers and get everything together that I had brought to do it but I didn’t get very far.
I couldn’t find the old photos that I wanted to use and I spent the rest of the morning searching through drawers and cupboards looking for them.
I wouldn’t mind, they should be easy to see because all four of them are in quite big frames from when I had them hanging on the wall in my bedroom so they won’t have just been tucked away somewhere. All I can think is that they are still over at my brother’s house because we had them on show there after dad’s funeral.

Anyway, the long and the short of it is that after all that searching the page didn’t get done in the end and the papers and things are still on the corner of my desk waiting to be used.

The only other things of interest on my desk are two cards, one of which you have seen before but is having a bit of a tweak.

I made the Fairy card a couple of weeks ago as part of a five card order and had them all packed up and ready to post when I received a reply to an email I sent last week asking if she wanted an age on the front of the card. When I didn’t hear anything back I assumed that she didn’t and packed everything up but it turned out she was waiting for a reply from Australia because she was checking the age, so this morning I’m just adding the ‘8’ to the front and then will post them as I go out.

The other card is for a wedding and is my first attempt at making crinkled paper flowers using Mr. Holtz tattered flowers. I love the way they turned out and they were so easy to make so you can expect to see loads more in the coming weeks.

So that’s about it from me, I’m off now to drink that cold cup of coffee you can see on my desk then get that card finished.

Don’t forget to drop by The Stamping Ground where Julia has the list of everyone who’s joining in this week and visit a few blogs.

I’ll be stopping by later to see what you’re all up to, so bye for now and ……………

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Ahead of Myself

I couldn’t make it to WOYWW last week and didn’t want to miss it two weeks in a row, especially as the excitement is growing as we get ever nearer to the big P.I.F in celebration of the second anniversary so here I am with a photo of my desk this morning.

I’m making no apologies for the poor quality of the picture.
The sun was streaming through my window leaving shadows over everything but I’m sure you will still be able to get the gist of what I’ve been up to.

The first thing you may notice is that there’s been a little change to the storage boxes at the back of my desk.

For some time I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a new container to store my distress inks.
Up until now I’ve had them all thrown into one of the drawers at the back of my table but they were often awkward to get to because of all the stuff that gets piled up in front of them. I wanted them to be within easy reach and found just what I was looking for in Hobbycraft last week. I think it’s meant to go inside a drawer but I’ve stood mine on its end, which meant I had to have a bit of a ‘rearrange’ and relocate a few bits but over all I’m very pleased with the way it’s worked out. Now I just have to reach out and grab the one I want!

Scattered across the rest of my desk are the working of my Nephew’s birthday card. I’m feeling quite smug because I’m ahead of myself in the card order stakes and already working on cards needed for June.

You can see the remains of my Basic Grey ‘Marjolaine’ pad lying at the back of the table and also some tickets, cut with the Sizzix strip and finished off with the coordinating stamps from Imagine That
Actually, it’s the first time I’ve used them and if I’m honest I think I’m going to need lots of practice with them because I had awful trouble lining the stamps up with the die cut even though I used a clear acrylic block.

There’s nothing else very exciting on my deck this week, just the usual crafting necessities.

I’ll be round to visit as many as I can during the week and be back next time when we will find ourselves a week closed to the second anniversary bash.
For everything you need to know to join in with WOYWW and the anniversary P.I.F. please hop on over to Julie’s blog The Stamping Ground.

Have a good week and a very happy Easter
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Playtime at last!

Oh, I’ve had such a lovely start to my week.

My crafty pal Lythan came to call on Monday and we ‘played’ all day.
It’s been so long since we’ve been able to get together to craft and have a good natter, so you can bet that we made up for lost time. Lol!

We had a very productive day too.

Lythan was working on two 12 x 12 layouts that she had brought with her and I decided to make my P.I.F. for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday’s second anniversary, which is coming up very shortly.
If you’ve no idea what WOYWW is all about hop across to The Stamping Ground where you’ll find all you need to know.

Now, for obvious reasons I can’t show you my P.I.F. yet but I can show you what’s on my desk this morning it’s something that I don’t often dabble with……………

I have my bead box out!

The beads may or may not have something to do with my P.I.F. but what you can see in the picture are the bracelets that I’m making for my friend Sandy.

We saw the beads in Wal-Mart while we were in America in February and it was a good job I’m not into jewelry making in a big way because I think my luggage would have been way over weight on the way home. There were so many gorgeous beads and all soooo cheap. A ‘real’ beader would have struggled to restrain themselves, I’m sure.

I picked up a big bag of various shades of Brown and Beige beads and this string of beautiful Black wired glass beads for myself.

Sandy decided on the two sets you can see on my desk……wish I had got some of those Blue ones for me now.

Well, it’s on with my day.

The ironing board is calling unfortunately but I hope to be back later to visit a few more desks than I managed last week and leave more comments.

Thanks to everyone who left comments for me last week too, they are always most appreciated.

Oh yes, my week is set to end well too, because Lythan and I are off to Alexander Palace on Saturday for the Big Stamp Show.
May see you there if you're going too!

Happy Crafting!