Wednesday, 17 April 2019

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 515

Hello Everyone,

Not long now until the WOYWW tenth anniversary crop - we've made our travel plans and are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Hope you are going to be there. More details on Julia's blog, the Stamping Ground, in this post.

Now, on to what's on my Whizzday desk today.
It's the post cyber crop desk and it's a such a mess I can't bear to talk about it. I haven't had time to clear it up yet. I won't go into details of what exactly is in that pile on top of the desk and hopefully there's no need for an explanation of what's in the trolley!

And here's why everything is still so messy today.
We have converted what was a spare bedroom into a combination of sewing/music room and this morning our two fit and strong grandsons came round to give us a hand. They lifted our old, but very heavy, china cabinet upstairs into the room so that I can use it for storing fabric. As you can see, I've made a start but it's going to take time. I'm in no hurry. Under that pile of fabric you can see to the left is a new cutting table. I'm feeling truly spoiled to have so much space, equipment and storage. And the light from the window makes it perfect for sewing - these old eyes are not as sharp as they used to be. 

I thought I'd let you see the sampler that's only partly visible in the above shot.

It was stitched for us many years ago by my daughter. We had a touring caravan back then and went all over the UK and Ireland with it. Although we no longer have a caravan we enjoy having the sampler as a reminder of all the fun we had in it.

And finally, the book bit. Two books written by Kate Humble, the well-known presenter of wildlife and nature shows.
'Humble by Nature' is Kate's account of her and her husband's move to a smallholding in the Wye Valley after living for twenty years in London. It's a really good read describing the problems they encountered with converting and refurbishing buildings, the buying and rescuing of animals, the sowing of a wildflower meadow and the setting up of classes for other smallholders. They also rescued another farm from being split up and sold off by the council. Altogether a very heartwarming story.

'Thinking on my Feet' is a journal about walking, in particular the joys, and the benefits, of walking every day. Even a short walk does you good. This is an inspiring book and I lived the Wye Valley Walk vicariously with Kate. Through her we meet other walkers, in particular a memorable woman who walked every footpath in Wales (3,700 miles) when she discovered she had cancer. Awe-inspiring.

Two thoroughly enjoyable books.

I'd like to say I'm off for a walk now but not so. I have a lot of desks to visit instead and there's a pile of fabric in the sewing room just waiting for me to sort out into neat little piles. And that's not to mention the mess just beside me that's waiting to be put away.

That's it for today. Until our next Whizzday, I wish you all a wonderfully crafty week.


Darlene said...

ah a mess is always good ! good idea using the china cabinet for the storage.
darlene #28

Sarah Brennan said...

Good luck with all that sorting Ellie. I am sure your room will look amazing when you have arranged everything how you want it. What a great sampler that your daughter stitched and a great reminder of past family holidays. Happy WOYWW and see you at the crop. Sarah #2

Annie said...

Oh how lovely Ellie. I'm so excited for you to have a new sewing space. It must be Spring fever that's getting to us both cos I've been sorting out in my sewing room today....I may share the pics next week [if I remember]. Have fun setting it all up.
Annie x #12

Caro said...

How nice to have dedicated space for sewing - good luck with the sorting. Love the sampler. Thanks for sharing and have a very Happy Easter, with love & God Bless. Caro x (#15)

Helen said...

oh my...that's a task and a half! Have fun - it will be worth it in the end! Helen #1

Anne said...

Hello Elizabeth. I like the look of your room. I can certainly relate to tired eyes. I look forward to seeing you again at the crop. Anne x 18

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

I'm sure all that work will be worth it when completed. Have a lovely creative woyww and a happy Easter too. Angela x17x

Julia Dunnit said...

Well it may be a mes for you, but it looks glorious to me! Did you enjoy the cyber crop and get a few done? I couldn’t take part but am going to take up some of the challenges over the next week or so, I seem to have stopped for now! Great that you have such a lovely space now, and as I’ve said before, I love the idea of you enjoying each other’s company whilst you’re doing your own thing.

glitterandglue said...

Hi Elizabeth. So glad you are going to make it to the crop!! It will be good to see you both again. Your new room looks wonderful - enjoy every minute you spend in it. Those books look really interesting - I always keep my eye on your recommended book list!! Never know what I may find in the local charity shops...
Your sampler is just lovely. I'm about to embark on lots of towing with what was our touring caravan - and is now owned by Daughter number 1. I love it, and it holds many great memories - this will be its 37th season, so it won't be the newest kid on the block!!!
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #'3

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, that new sewing space is lovely and that's the poshest fabric storage I've yet seen, lol! Beats my RUBs any day. I'm glad you're both feeling better now and am really looking forward to seeing you at the Crop!
Hugs LLJ 4 xxx