Wednesday, 2 January 2013

The first WOYWW of the year 2013 - #187

Good Morning Everyone,

A good New Year to you all too - I hope you've had a great holiday and are now refreshed, rested and and raring to get crafting again :)

It's WOYWW, time to show what's going on, or not as the case may be, on our desks. For anyone not already familiar with WOYWW, it's easy, just snap your desk, post it on your blog and then pop over to Julia's at the Stamping Ground and add your post to the link to this week's line up - it's fun and you get to meet a great bunch of folks in the process :)

Here's mine today.

I've had a bit of a tidy up and the scrap layout that I was planning before the holiday is back - today it will be done! Hardly seen, but there all the same, is my brand new craft mat - the old one was a disgrace!!! To the side is a pile of notebooks filled with crafting ideas - they are there for reference. Behind that is one of my, now probably infamous, cat food boxes filled with all manner of goodies received in a swap with the lovely crafters on UKPC - it's there to remind me to put together a wall hanging with the lovely artwork that the members created.

That leaves the book lying in the forefront which I found going second-hand on Amazon just before Christmas, 52 Scrapbooking Challenges by Elsie Flannagan. I haven't had time to read through it completely yet but what I've seen I like. Ms Flannagan is the Elsie of the no longer available Love Elsie paper collections - she has a very individual style which may not be everyone's cup of tea but when my mojo has gone on strike and/or I need a challenge, I think this book will be a useful go-to resource.

That's the desk this morning - nothing too exciting. I did take a trip to my favourite crafting haunt on Monday and blew the vouchers Santa brought me. Bought lots of lovely goodies but as I've already tidied them away - well, I blitzed the craft space yesterday in a fit of 'can't stand this mess, got to sort it out before I can craft again' !!! - so there's nothing to see today.

A lot of you will be making your new year resolutions known this week but, like Julia, I won't be doing resolutions - I just know I won't stick to them so why set myself up for the inevitable fall :) My only intention is to be completely hedonistic and enjoy the year ahead, have fun with the folk I love, and spend as much time on doing the things that give pleasure - well, at 65, I think I've no more time left to waste on anything else :))

Which doesn't mean to say I won't be interested in what your aims and dreams are for the coming year, and what crafty projects you are working on - no, I'll enjoy reading about them as much as ever. So just give me a few minutes to make a cuppa and I'll be back to see what has been revealed on WOYWW this week.

In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful WOYWW, take care and keep crafting,


okienurse said...

Well Elizabeth we think a lot alike I see regarding the resolutions...I just don't do them. Love the look of your desk. Have fun creating! Hope you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Look forward to your posts in 2013! Vickie #17

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Elizabeth ah can see you have been tidying up as well as shopping happy crafting with new stash.. :D mine is still coming as from overseas.
Thanks so much for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #20

Annie said...

Isn't it funny that our priorities change as we get older Elizabeth? I think we all start to cut out things that don't matter and focus on the important things. Life is for living and I hope you stay well and happy so you can really get the best out of 2013.
A x #26

lisa said...

You look as though you have a lovely LO taking shape there, Elizabeth. I need to break out my stash I think. Your book sounds a great source of inspiration.
Happy New Year and Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #65

Glenda said...

I gave up resolutions years ago; now I try and live each day to it's fullest and just try to have a healthy lifestyle. Great looking desk this week!
Glenda #43

Redanne said...

Hello Elizabeth, I do like the idea of a crafty book to inspire you, I may just do the same. I like it too that you don't make resolutions either, it is no fun to fail... Great idea to do what you like doing best too, that is my philosophy for this year too, I am only a year behind you in age, so totally understand what you mean. Happy New Year, have fun in 2013! Anne x #7

Helen said...

I can't bring myself to use my new craft sheet - don't want to spoil it!! Hope you get the layout done, it is looking good so far. Happy New Year. Helen #4

CraftygasheadZo said...

Loving the colours you've got there, enjoy creating and I look forward to all your 2013 creations! Anyway Happy New Year to you! Here's hoping that 2013 is a super year for us all. Take care Zo xx 69

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Happy New Year, Elizabeth and DH! May it be full of joy, good health and happiness!

Lucky you having vouchers....I love having them to spend, it feels so much better than cash somehow!!? You seem to have spent silly anyway :)

Hugs, LLJ 31 xxxx

Erika said...

Elizabeth, I wish I had tidied. Thanks for sharing your lovely desk and all the best for a creative 2013, hugs Erika. 59

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Oh, I put my resolutions in writing - on my blog. That way I feel "accountable." We'll see if that makes a difference!

Can't wait to see what you create this year!


Tracey said...

Love the scrapbook pages you have started. Your desk looks busy but tidy. Happy New Year to you Tracey R±48

MaryH said...

What a tidy desk you have. Wanna make a house call? Mine is still soo messy. Maybe tomorrow I will face it. Now that Christmas is past, I can put that drawer of stamps away...hunt up some Valentine stamps. I like your idea of a resolve to enjoy yourself. I have a couple of years on you, and I think that is a most wonderful resolution. Mind if I borrow it? Hugs

Krisha said...

OOOOOH getting a new craft mat makes on feel so special!!! Resolutions...eeeah, I no longer bother either. They were always the same and if I haven't gotten them accomplished in the last 30 years is aint gonna happen LOL
Happy New Year
Krisha #114

RosC said...

Happy New Year, Elizabeth. I missed coming by at Christmas which was quite a time of upheaval but this very day, we have hot water restored! Three and a half weeks without it has been a sore test of our camping skills!

Your desk looks pretty functional to me this week with some nice layout work under way.

I'm with you on intentions rather than resolutions. The latter are for government chaps in meetings. "Be it resolved that..." I know myself better than that. I can't imagine you being quite the hedonist however I'm happy to come for the ride. ;-)

Smiles to you,
Ros. #125

scrappymo! said...

Lots of fun things on your desk...Great idea about using the book to restart your mojo when it needs a little boost!

Layout looks like fun and your new mat will be put to good use I am sure! Got my first mat ever for Christmas...have to take it out of the box and figure out how to use it for the inking etc.

Di said...

Hi Elizabeth - I too got to the 'can't craft until I tidy' stage!

Happy New Year and sorry I'm a bit late commenting for WOYWW. The ironing basket mugged me and demanded to be emptied!

I need to check out your recipe of the other week before doing our weekly shop today - it's on the list to be tried out :)

Hugs, Di xx #19

Caro said...

I am now in the midst of the 'I can't craft until I tidy stage' so recognise it well. I look forward to seeing the finished layout. Thank you for sharing. Have a very Happy New Year. Caro #57

brenda said...

Hello Elizabeth,

Just wanted to say a somewhat belated Happy New Year to you and wish you all the best for 2013.

B x

Twiglet said...

Hi Elizabeth - yes I agree with the no resolutions idea. Just get on and live life, doing your best and being kind to folk - nothing else really matters does it. Happy New Year x Jo

Anonymous said...

Well you'll just have to get all your new stuff out and put it on the desk for next week Elizabeth, cause you know we all want to see it!! Great bargain book, gotta love that. Have a great 2013.

Brenda 73

Craftychris said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! What a lovely busy desk - I haven't done WOYWW this week - will be back next week (hopefully). I haven't made any resolutions either - I hope to do more crafting and blogging though! xxx

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Thank you for your visit, someone else burning the midnight oil. I do appreciate your comments on my mini card. It was fun to do and I like little ones. I am with you on those resolutions. My only one is to try lots of new techniques this year. Have fun with all your New goodies. xx Maggie #45