Wednesday, 28 March 2018

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 460

Afternoon WOYWWers, Friends, Followers and All,

It's Wednesday again and therefore WOYWW day too and I'm glad to report that my desk looks busy because, well, I have for a change been busy.
My mojo has well and truly returned and as you can see my one time clear desk has now got that cluttered look again. Seems I just can't help myself. That pile of pretty paper is waiting to be sorted through to create another scrap kit ready for the second part of Shimelle's class. I finally exhausted the first one - scroll down if you'd like to see all the layouts I made. The notebook is there to keep me right when choosing appropriate papers. There's a pile of photos I want to use next and another of cards made with the leftover scraps. That thing that looks like a tickling stick is my keyboard duster!

Here's close-ups of the cards.

I rooted around in my many boxes of stash and added two Kanban toppers, a couple of greetings, and several gems to the meagre pile of paper leftover scraps. I was also able to use what was left of the punched butterflies and die-cut circles and an aqua rose leftover from the last layout made.

Still enjoying audio books. I finally finished The Girl Who Played With Fire - a long and often grim read but it made compulsive listening - so I moved on to this classic, Animal Farm.

George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set on a farm is another grim read but Simon Callow is a superb narrator. I think this book is just as relevant today as it was when first published. Animals deciding to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours sounds like sense but, as with all great political plans, some animals take a bigger share of the rewards than others, and what should have been animal utopia turns out to be anything but.

Currently I'm listening too The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald.

I was drawn to this title because I've been a keeper of chickens in the past - admittedly, only half a dozen gorgeous pet hens - definitely not the small chicken farm Betty MacDonald writes about. First published in 1945, this book was a best seller worldwide . Some of it is dated and even a bit shocking in parts for our 21st century sensibilities - for example, her unpleasant attitude towards Native Americans is questionable by today's standards.

Finally, Easter is almost upon us so ...
... it's time to leave the dust bunnies be because ...
That's all from me today. I'm off to make a cuppa and a bit of lunch before settling down to check out what's on everyone's desks this week.

Have a lovely WOYWW and a wonderful week ahead.


Sarah Brennan said...

Hi Elizabeth, you certainly have been busy this week. Glad you found your mojo! Have a great week. Sarah #7

Annie said...

I’m so thrilled to see I can leave the dust bunnies alone for a couple of weeks 😀 I’m thrilled to hear your Mojo has returned and really love all you’ve been busy making....keep up the good work.
Annie x #12

Kelly said...

Good morning, Elizabeth! Love your dust bunny. I found a few yesterday and gave them a new home. I hadn't heard of Animal Farm in eons! And that Betty McDonald book sounds interesting. I've always wanted chickens. Pretty cards. Love that lily! Creative Blessings! Kelly #29

Ellie said...

hahahahahah!!! The dust bunny! Hahahah!! Ok breathe... Lovely cards and the audio books sound super interesting. I'm currently listening to some audio books by Andrew Lang, lots of folk tales. They are fab! Have a great desk day!
Ellie #27

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Woohoo for the return of Mr Mojo!! I'm so glad you're having fun crafting although you never really seemed to stop anyway. Love the cards, especially the layout of the lily one. I might have to remember that one and try to replicate it! Hope you're feeling a bit better as well,
Hugs LLJ 9 xxx

Sue said...

Hi Elizabeth, Looking forward to seeing your projects.

Cards are fab.

I remember reading Animal Farm at school.

I sure hope dust bunnies are Easter decorations:) LOL

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #25

Angie said...

I can relate to the feeling of returning to the crafting world after losing one's mojo! I'm happy for you!!! Truth be told though I love the dust bunny the most lol, it just made me laugh!
Angie #38

Helen said...

Running late with my visits, have been mostly asleep since i got home from work! now it's time to go to bed.... you've been very busy indeed, great cards! Helen #1

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Dust bunnies LOL! I'm sure I can find some if I look hard enough! Lovely cards - glad to see you creating! I must say audio books don't have much appeal to me, but I love reading otherwise. I just don't seem to have the need for auditory stimulation. My husband likes to listen to radio plays while doing things but to me that's just background noise. Even music in the background tends to annoy me, unless I sit down to listen to it specifically. I don't know why that is - I just prefer doing things in silence. Thank you for visiting yesterday - wishing you a lovely Easter! zsuzsa #11

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Elizabeth, love Orwell! 1984 was always my favourite read, and Animal Farm a close second. Did you know thats where the slang term of Pigs for police came from? Love all the cards, and really laughed at the Dust Bunnies! I think I'm fine for Easter decoration then, lol. Running late this week, got distracted by the chance to do some gardening again yesterday! Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #8 XxX

Neet said...

How I love your dust bunny - and the words that accompany it certainly made me smile - broadly!
Lovely cards, as always, glad you have found Mr Mojo (has to be a man hasn't it?) and hope you have a lovely Easter, reading and doing what you like best.
Hugs, Neet xx 2
ps you not busy??? As if!

BJ said...

Wondering if your neighbour's tree has survived! Thanks for the visit BJ#4

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Pleased to hear Mr Mojo has popped back. Loving your cards. Have a great belated woyww and happy creating, Angela x19x

Carmen Wing said...

I am definitely including my mutant dust bunnies as Easter decorations!

Glad that mojo has returned isn't that the best feeling? I so want to get into audio books - do you use audible? I totally agree about Animal Farm - scarily so.

Have a wonderful week,
Carmen x #26

okienurse said...

WOW! Nice desk and beautiful cards this week! I love that paper/cardstock...beautiful colors! I seem to be crafting a bit more and it really feels good! I might have to try the audio books so I can listen and craft cause I had to put down the ink to pickup my book this week. Just finished reading the last two books in the JR Ward 'Black Dagger Legacy" series. Sorry I am so late getting around and thanks for visiting me earlier. Vickie #39

Annie Claxton said...

Hi Elizabeth, sorry I'm only just catching up with WOYWW from last week and it's next week already, but wanted to say hi anyway. You've been really busy, those cards look great and your dust bunny made me giggle :o) Have a great week and see you next time! Annie C #15