Wednesday, 15 January 2020

WOYWW - Week 554

Afternoon Everyone,

It's another Wednesday and another excuse to reveal all for the weekly deskfest that is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Not that what's on my desk today is much of a revelation, as you can see. 
I'm in cardmaking mode and, because Julia mentioned them last week, I've unearthed a lovely bunch of wood-mounted stamps. All winter foliage, my favourite Penny Black's, and festive greetings. The little one with the trail of ivy image is the first stamp I ever bought, brought home from Massachusetts in 1995! Good stamps never date.

As is often the case at the start of a new year, I've been thinking about sorting out the mountain of stash there is cluttering up this craft space. It's just been too easy to ignore it. There's a box full of all the inky, painty, stenciled experiments - the one on the left - and all the scraps used for testing new embossing folders - the one on the right. It's too easy to toss them in a box, to be used one day, never! Well, never has arrived. The coming week is going to be spent working my through those boxes. Hopefully, when you see my desk next week, the contents of those boxes will be very much reduced and there will be a lovely pile of cards to show instead.

Now, the book bit.

Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons - a classic children's adventure and a childhood favourite.  Absolutely brilliant even though it's dated and I'm certain parents today would not allow a group of young children to sail away to camp on Wild Cat Island for the summer holidays without adult supervision. Putting that aside, this book is a delight, and still an entertaining read even today.

That's it from me this week. I'm off now to see what Julia and our fellow deskers have been showing us today.

Take care everyone and have a great week ahead.


Annie said...

I think the New Year has us all looking at what we've got and finding ways to use some of the stash Ellie. I'm really enjoying sorting through my fabrics to make these rabbit clothes even if I'm finding making them quite challenging....I reread the instructions for the little waistcoat about 6 times before it made any sense to me...and I'm a sewer!! :-)
Annie x #9

Linda Simpson said...

Thanks for sharing your desk today, love the look of the stamps.
Linda xxx

Caro said...

The swallows and amazons series of books are among my all time favourites which I have re-read so many times over the years - they are on my shelves here and due another re-read! Happy WOYWW. I hope you have a good week. With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#5)

Neet said...

I love that you have been reading Swallows and Amazons - amongst my favourite reads are the 'Little Women' books (Jo's Boys, and all the others) and the 'What Katy Did' books. Timeless to me and so enjoyable to curl up with by a nice warm fire (even if it is a pretend one).
I decided to sort out some of my craft things and did just a few minutes before `i set my back off - now sat with the hw bottle again - after a week of good behaviour but doing nothing. Think my room will have to stay a mess forever.
Hugs, Neet 6 xx

Catriona said...

I think we are all on a mission to use up what we have. My classes start next week so I am trying to get everything tidied so that I see what I have to use. Still knitting the very large shawl where I am now at 253 stitches. It’s very warm on my knees when I am knitting.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I think that wood mounted stamps are lovely too, so much more pleasing than clear stamps. Good luck with your clearing out, I'm on a stash busting mission too :-)
Hugs LLJ 8 xxx

Helen said...

Beautiful wooden stamps, love the designs. I used to love reading Swallows and Amazons, too. Good luck with the sorting! Helen #1

Crafting With Jack said...

Yes, me too, stashing busting mission :) Good luck with yours. Happy WOYWW x Angela #22

Little Dorrit does... said...

The wooden stamps are really lovely, and there is a very cosy feel to your desk - is that a cup of hot chocolate I spy?
That iconic Swallows and Amazons book cover really took me back - one of my favourite books as a child. "Better drowned than duffers. If not duffers won't drown!" Enjoy the trip down memory lane.
Amelia (24)

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

I think we're all good at finding something else to do rather than sorting out the stash however I do have a reasonable excuse at the moment and no crafting has taken place either so that's a good sign. Sending you lots of crafty woyww wishes, Angela x3x

Sarah Brennan said...

I love grabbing offcuts, inky papers and bits to create cards Elizabeth. Can't wait to see what you do with the contents of that box. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #2

Lindart said...

Nice to see your creative desk, Elizabeth! It's always fun to bring things out that we haven't used in a long time. I'm sure you will find more things as you clean out your stash! Have a great week, Lindart #20

craftyani said...

Watched Swallows and Amazons on TV over Christmas loved it. I agree must get my stamps out soon and spend a couple of days stamping images. I don't seem to use stamps these days. Ani #4