Tuesday, 6 December 2011

WOYWW - Week 131 ... making Christmas decorations

Good Morning WOYWWers, followers and all,

It's Wednesday and that can only mean one thing  - What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday has come around again ... to quickly for comfort. If you are one of the few left in cyberworld who does not know what this entails then I suggest you hop over to Julia's blog, Stamping Ground, by clicking on the WOYWW logo on my sidebar, where you will find that on Wednesday over 100 crafty folk line up to reveal the state of their creative space ... that could be anything from a desk to the floor depending on whose link you click on ... enjoy - it's a revelation :))


I'm actually writing this on Tuesday night because I've got to be out early tomorrow morning, to attend the funeral of my SIL's friend ... you may have read about him in a post I wrote a few days ago. I'm hoping to add my link to Julia's blog first thing before I dash out the door so, apologies to all, but I'll not be able to leave comments until some time later on in the day.

So, what is on my desk then ... well, I've been going through all my Christmassy stash and pulling out stuff with the intention of making some Christmas tree decorations.  Ours are looking a bit tired and although there are some that I'm very attached to for sentimental reasons so would never throw away, I think a few replacements would not go amiss. If I'm pleased with the results I might make some to give to the family. So here you see me at the planning stage. There's a pile of paper pads, die-cut shapes, die-cut labels, boxes containing flowers, leaves, blingy brads, buttons, and so on. And that's only the working area, over to the right on top of the guillotine there's more ...


Boxes of laces and ribbons with some toppers that need to be used up ... I bought packets and packets of these when I was a newbie to papercrafting thinking that was what you did. Little did I know that eventually I would prefer to make my own ... time to use them up or toss them and free up some space for other more important items.

Before I forget, congratulations to Hels on her first TV appearance - she did a great job and I enjoyed the demonstrations.

Okay, short but sweet today ... got to get some beauty sleep or I'll be fit for nothing tomorrow. I believe the weather is going to be dire ... groan ... in fact, I can hear the wind building to a gale as I sit here.

Take care everyone, have a lovely WOYWW and happy crafting.

34 comments:

RosA said...

Hi Elizabeth, Don't think I will have time to do WOYWW this week but I thought you might like to know I have now put instructions on my blog for the "purple thingy". I did like your sympathy card. The most difficult sort of card to make. Thinking of you.

Di said...

Hope today goes as well as such a sad occasion can Elizabeth.

I'm in the same state - thinking of ditching or giving away all those toppers I bought ages ago and have never used. I do have a contact for re-distributing stash for charities if you want her email addy.

Oooer, also, you won a prize on Lunch Lady Jan's blog so so hop over there ASAP! Well done, hope it makes you smile after a sad day. Di xx

kath said...

thanks for sharing your creative desk today ..still no snow here but bitterly cold...happy WOYWW...hugs kath xxx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

When it's cold and dark and dreich outside, what better thing to do than make Christmas decorations?! I like the pink rosettes, very pretty!
Am glad you're one of my winners! If you email your addy, I'll get the prize off presto!
Hugs, LLJ xx

Neet said...

Oh dear, what a terrible time to be going to a funeral - not that any time is anything other than that but it always seems more poignant at Christmas.
Congrats on the win with Jan.
Hugs, Neet #1 xx

Ann B said...

Your desk looks very busy this week and creative. Good idea to make the most of the bad weather by planning ahead and making some Christmas decs. Some of mine need replacing so I was trying to make a Christmas angel but failed miserably (as you can see if you visit my blog). I still have two Father Christmas decorations on my tree that I had as a child so will never part with them no matter how tatty they get.
Ann B
#6

Helen said...

Great blog decorations!! Hope today goes as well as it can do; never easy...
Your decorations are looking fab.

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Hope you have a chance to celebrate your SIL friends life on this sad day, such a harder time of year to lose someone dear. Like the look of the stacks of craftyness poised and waiting to be created with hope we get to see the finished results :)

Dragon said...

Hope it went as well as it might... was jealous of your tidy desk until I realised it was only a fraction of your "mess" tee hee!!!
Frankie
xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Elizabeth, hope the weather holds off for the service..am very impressed by your Christmas blog decor...and more so that you've carved out some calm time to make some new tree decs..how lovely.

Spyder said...

Not too bright here this morning, but still fine for December, great busy desk thank you for my snoop! Have a great week. Happy Crafting HaPpY WoYwW Lyn #31

okienurse said...

It is always so sad when a friend and/or loved one passes. I am selfish and wish I could keep them close and with us here. Your snowflakes are awesome! Hope you have a great week. Merry Christmas! Vickie aka Okienurse
http://www.okienurse.blogspot.com

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Hope today goes as well as it can do and the weather is not too bad. Love all the stuff for your planning. I hope to see what sort of Christmas decoration you´ve make.
xFranka

sandra de said...

I think we all have boxes of things that we thought were necessary when we started crafting. Actually not much has changed when I look at my stash. Hope all goes well for the service.

Laura said...

It is very sad to be going to a funeral I hope the weather behaves for the service. Best to use the flowers, definitely don't throw them away. Laura

Morti said...

Love how your blog looks today, Elizabeth - very festive!

Sorry to hear your sad news, Funerals are horrible at any time of year, but in the run-up to Christmas, they are just the worst.

I look forwrde to seeing what you create for your tree!

Morti @54

Sunshine Girl said...

Hope this morning went ok for you - enjoy making the decorations. Thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl – No 2

Charlene said...

Lovely rosettes and nice busy crafting space.

Twiglet said...

Wild and windy on the Welsh border too Elizabeth. Re: canvas paper - I get 2 A4 sheets for £1 from the local Pound shop. Not seen it anywhere else. How much do you need? x Jo

lisa said...

Hi Elizabeth
You are looking very industrious here with all the decoration making and planning. We made a few this year too.
I hope your funeral went OK, never easy things are they.
It's been wild and windy here today but they've forecast even worse tomorrw, joy!!!
Thanks so much for your lovely comments. It's so exciting to see your own cards on TV, I still don't believe mine are good enough for that, but Sheena seems happy so so am I!!!! I made 9 or 10 for this programme, got carried away with the gorgeous h20's.
Hope you have success with the pudding. We still haven't tried it yet but it smelt good!!!
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax

505whimsygirl said...

So sorry for the loss of your friend.

This week my inner clock is messed up. I actually had a snow day Monday so didn't have to go to work - and here it is Wednesday already. I always enjoy popping in to see your workspace. What are toppers? Little flowers that come already made up?

Thank you for sharing.

MaggieC said...

Those decorations are so lovely, and will look beautiful. Hope things went as well as possible today. Always extra hard at this time of year. The bread pudding recipe is scheduled to post just after midnight tonight.

Shoshi said...

I'm sorry you've had to attend a funeral today, and I hope it went OK. I think my uncle's will be sometime next week - he died on Sunday morning. Always a very sad time for it to happen as every Christmas thereafter is always tinged with sadness.

You've got a busy productive desk going there! I wonder what pretty decorations are going to appear from all those intriguing materials? Hope you'll show us some piccies when they are done!

Happy WOYWW, Shoshi #56

Mrs A. said...

Having a good virtual rummage in your boxes. Lots of goodies in there. Hugs Mrs A. #102

JoZart said...

Festive goings on and you must need it to cheer you after your bereavement. Crafting is a great help.
Love joZarty x

Sam said...

Lovely Christmassy feel to your blog now. Like it.
I know what you mean about stuff you bought at the start. However, don't bin it. The local Brownies will take it. At least my local one does. Seems a shame to waste it.

Bridget Larsen said...

Sorry to hear of your loss, I think every desk from now on will be Christmassy
Bridget #21

Crafting Time said...

Attending a funeral so close to Christmas can be so difficult, sending loving thoughts your way.
Helen x

Cathy said...

Great busy desk, like what I am seeing. Hope the day went ok.
Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

Tertia said...

I think we all have boxes stashed away, full of those things we just HAD to get when we first started crafting, LOL Maybe I should go and look for that box, you never know what gems are in there!

Li'l Pidge said...

Hope today goes as well as it can, thanks for sharing your space x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i wish i had the time to make some tree ornaments. i saw some on the web which i want to make. thanks for sharing! happy WOYWW!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

The Crafty Elf said...

Elizabeth, I posting late but do hope your day went as well as one can expect on such a sad day. We do accumlate lots of stash!! I've made extra cards with my stashiness things and given them out to fundraising events so they can hopefully gain something for a good cause! Thanks for sharing your desk and have a great week!

Jules said...

Wow Elizabeth

It looks like you are going to be super busy!!

Sorry Wednesday was such a sad day for you.

Love Jules xx