Wednesday 8 February 2012

WOYWW - Week 140 - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Morning WOYWWers and All,

In what is probably a vain attempt to post early, I am sitting here preparing to reveal the state of my desk close to midnight Tuesday. Why, because another week has sped by and Wednesday is about to happen again - that is, time to report to the estimable Julia, keeper of desks, or whatever surface is your preferred crafting area ... for more details hop through to the Stamping Ground (just click on the WOYWW icon on my sidebar to be transported to the what is probably biggest bloghop in the world).

This week I am working on a layout - the flowers aren't stuck on yet because I haven't decided whether I'm going to use all or any of them ... they may just go back into that biscuit box again - before you ask, the biscuits have long gone :) The papers are a selection from K & Co - gorgeous papers. So gorgeous in fact that I had to force myself to use them ... but this is my year of being brave ... I won't just stroke my lovely sheets of paper ... I will use them ... especially if I have more than one sheet tucked away :)

And to shock those of you who think I can craft without making a mess here's my 'shove to the left' guilty secret. My poor guillotine is hidden under the button box, a bag of buttons and and a dish containing trims I pulled out looking to use on this layout. And round the perimeter, all the stuff I find necessary, kitchen towels, wet wipes, paint brushes, rolls of DS tape, a roll of red velvet paper - couldn't think where else to put it - and sundry other jars and packets of embellishments, ink pads, etc., etc.

It's been quite a week for my family and it's not over yet. My baby great-niece, Arihanna, has been ill for some time with an infection and so she has been in and out of hospital a lot in the last few weeks. She is now home again, on antibiotics, but it has been discovered that there is something wrong with her kidneys. Once the infection has cleared up she is to go back into hospital to undergo an operation which hopefully will sort out the kidney problem. She's only six weeks old, the wee soul.

As if that isn't enough my oldest grandson, William, is going into hospital for some keyhole surgery today - all being well he will be out soon but I won't stop worrying until he is home and on the mend. So if I'm not around much tomorrow, I'll try to catch up over the rest of the week ... though I usually do take the better part of the week to visit desks anyway, and I can't pretend I visit everyone. With the growing numbers, I find it almost impossible so my apologies to those of you I've missed ... all I can do is just keep trying.

In the meantime, I hope you are all well, and those who are not, will soon be on the mend. And for those of you who have been enjoying, or not, the snow, I hope it all clears up for you soon and life can get back to normal. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Update: William has come through the operation just fine and is now home and watching Top Gear. Many thanks to all who sent him their good wishes this morning, it obviously worked :) 

Happy Crafting,


May said...

I pipped you at the post Elizabeth for first in line at WOYWW, gosh I am still in shock, your layout is looking good, lovely pics, I am so sorry to hear of your great neice, and your Grandson I am sure both of them will make a very quick & healthly recovery, and of course you wont settle until they are safely home, so please dont worry about visiting our desks this week, you spend your time with your family, thinking of you x x Hugs May x x

Angie said...

I'm up still too lol
So glad to see you do sometimes have a messy desk when you are creating.
I am so sorry the little ones in your family are having problems. I hope your GS's op goes well ...I shall be thinking of you both XX

jude said...

Morning !cold actualy freezing here in my craftroom in Norfolk minus 8 as i type so it says!i believe.Loving your layout lovely colours .Well i see your a pusher too,just like me except im both ways right and left which ever has the most space!
Sorry to hear about the wee babs hope all goes well,and today the keyhole surgery i had that when i was very young just qualified as nurse gallbladder said ir was stones .I was so excited asked if they would keep them so i could see.
No stones my gallbladder was like a prune dried up and black so was well disappointed!Im sure be home soon.Have fab wednesday and creative week hugs judex 4

l00pyscraftcreations said...

Oh poor Hun, what a worrying time! I will say prayers for both Arihanna, and William, xx
well haha the desk isnt so tidy!! yipppeee I knew it was too good to be true, lol, and yes I am still up and yes I was watching, but missed it coz I was colouring in!!!

Happy WOYWW hun, and hugs for yu and your family, xxx

Danielle said...

Nice selection of papers and flowers on your desk.

I hope the baby gets better soon. Sending hugs and prayers. dani 14

Anonymous said...

Oh Elizabeth, sorry to hear about your Gt Niece and Grandson, I'm sure they'll both be fine, but like you say, that's not going to stop you worrying. Lovely to see your desk in action this week, and I'm relieved you can get messy from time to time!.

Brenda 18

voodoo vixen said...

Well heck yes, glue them down, they tone in perfectly with the colours of your dinghy and the sand!!
Sorry to read about your grandkids being ill and needing ops... always such a stressful time for us adults having to sit and wait. :( Annette #13

sandysewin said...

So sorry to hear about the little ones. Of course they are the first priority. :-)

Happy woyww,

Sandy #23

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Julia caught me off guard yet another week. I was just sitting around waiting to post, too. Sorry to read about all your illness this week. I hope things go better soon. I'm # 25 this week.

Samantha said...

sending positive thoughts to all your family as they get through these times of illness but I do love your layout and your guilty corner (heehee) CAn't wait to see whatyour finished layout looks like. Happy WOYWW! TFS

Deb said...

Your layout is fabulous, love the pretty papers, no wonder you were reluctant to use them! Hope your family have a speedy recovery!
Happy WOYWW, Debxx #22

Stephanie said...

Sorry to hear about the wee ones and hope that they will soon both be feeling better!

Neil said...

Hi there, Can't believe it's Wednesday again already! Thanks for letting me in to peek and I hope the rest of the week is a blessed and creative one for you! Best wishes for full recovery for your wee ones! I agree, it's difficult to use such lovely papers!
Neil #45 (ish)

Inkypinkycraft said...

Hope all the littlies are better soon and on the mend, it is a the colours in the bits on your desk...have a good week hugs trace x no44

Sue said...

Hi Elizabeth
lovely LO on your desk,lovely paper, only a little mess to the left, hope the little ones are soon feeling better & the op goes well, Thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x (56)

okienurse said...

I love your papers today too and like you I am making a point of using instead of storing up more papers! Sorry to hear about the young ones having medical issues. It is bad enough understanding what is going on as an adult but when you are a babe...Have a great week and Thanks for sharing. Vickie #51

Helen said...

Hope all the little 'uns get sorted quickly, it must be a great worry for you all. Love the layout in progress - use some flowers!!

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Love K & Co papers.. just get them to hope all the wee ones are on the mend in your family
Have a happy woyww day
Jennie #11

scrappymo! said...

Prayers for the little ones...
Your layout looks wonderful...the flowers are such a good macth to the blue in the photos.
I'm #57 this week.

Tuire Flemming said...

Not a bad mess anyway...
So sorry to hear about your grand neice and grandson! It hurts me too, to think that they need to operate a baby :(
All the best to you and your whole family!
Tuire #48

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Silver medal position for the Silver Crafter - appropriate!! No 2, blimey that's impressive!
Love those papers you've got and the pretty turquoise flowers - my absolute fav colour.
Hope the little ones are ok after their surgery - I'm so grateful we live in these times when things like this can be sorted. It just wouldn't have happened 100 years ago. We have much to be happy about :D
Hugs, LLJ #58 xx

...the yorkshire fox... said...

Morning Elizabeth...poor you and all the worry, testing times when the little ones are poorly...just as well your trusty desk draws you in for some respite...the LO looks great love the colour of the upturned boat, look forward to seeing finished ressult...Mel :)

JoZart Designs said...

Hi Elizabeth
Nice to see your creative mess which is so tidy by my levels!
Quick message before I'm off to Germany but I do hope Arihanna and William get well very soon, it's dreadful to have little ones ill.
love JoZarty x

Ann B said...

Can't believe all these people who were still up after midnight - how do you do it? I'm more of a lark than an owl, up at 6:30, let the dog out, make a cuppa, then back to bed with the paper for an hour.
Love the colour of your layout Elizabeth and brave girl to get using those gorgeous papers.
Hope both little ones are soon home and well again - prayers and thoughts on their way.
Ann B

VonnyK said...

A messy desk is a happy desk, I always say.
Hope your little grandchildren are okay, I had my eldest in hospital this week. So I know how harrowing it can be.
Have a great week.
Von #27 :)

CraftygasheadZo said...

Sorry to hear about your grandchildren hope they both make full recoveries. Your layouts are fab, love the colours. Go on be brave, stick them flowers on! Thanks for sharing & enjoy this WOYWW, I'm off to nose some more! Zo x

Trish Latimer said...

Gorgeous colour combo on the layout, love blues and browns together! Get well wishes to your little ones! xx

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Hope all the children gets well very soon. They have to play not to be ill. Love the pictures and papers on your desk. I have the same with papers I like most. They stay in the cupboard, feel sorry to use them :-)
Good luck this week. Bye, Franka

Karen said...

Morning Elizabeth, I was so sorry to hear about baby Arihanna, I do hope she recovers soon and I hope all goes well today for your Grandson William, lots of [[[hugs]]] coming your way.

Love the look of your LO, its looking good and I love the PP's, I can see why you have been stroking them for so long :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen xxx

Pam said...

Nice layout. Hope everyone makes a speedy and full recovery Hugs Pam x

Jacqui Chimes said...

I love your neat desk - hoe things go well

Bridget Larsen said...

Your layout is looking great
Bridget #53

Sarah said...

What a week - hope things go well with everyone...we need some sun, health and summer - and the same joy as those blue wonderful flowers there...thanks for letting us look in... Sarah at 7

SueH said...

WOYWW brings me snooping and I like what I see.

What a fab crafty work space you have this week and loads going on. I love the LO and the flowers, they are perfect.

Happy Crafting!

Jinny Holt said...

So sorry to hear about the little ones in your family being poorly,I wish them a speedy recovery :)

Lovely work space,love the flowers

Happy creating


Julia Dunnit said...

Youre not to worry about us when you have a grandson and a baby neice to be looking for..gracious, they are going through it..will be holding them tight in my thoughts. As to using the papers..I understand, but just think, you're only enhancing them by adding your touches..they will be even lovelier at the finihs. Me and flowers - lay em on...walk round them for a day...take em off. Goodluck!

lisa said...

The race for being NO1 always makes me smile and I spotted your name up there, Elizabeth. Have you been to bed????
Your LO is looking gorgeous. I hope you do use those flowers, I never think you can have too many on a LO.
Sorry to hear about all your family health worries. I hope everyone is soon on the mend.
Hugs Lisax

Jackie said...

I love K & Co. Happy crafting

I hope your babies are well soon.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Oh, I hope the little one does better. Bless her heart. Also William.

I know what you mean about using your favorite sheets! I'm the same way. I also feel that way with a brand new tablet of paper. There is something magical, looking at an empty slate, wondering about all the possibilities!

The flowers are wonderful, by the way. I hope you use them!!!


Bernie said...

Oh my, in your shoes I'd be worried sick. Little ones can be so very ill then in a heartbeat they are well. Praying little Arihanna and William will both be well soon.
Hugs & Blessings

Katie said...

Oh gosh, I hope your great niece and William are doing better soon. I will thinking about them.

I love the layout on your desk. The flowers do go well!

Happy WOYWW! Katie #18

Anne-marie said...

Sorry to hear about your great niece and grandson hope they get better soon. Love the layout on your desk and the flowers are lovely
Anne-marie x no 141

Julie said...

Mess is fun and creative. Love the colours of your project. x

AerynK Designs said...

I love the beginnings of your layout! Sorry for the illnesses though.
Happy WOYWW!
Aeryn (#37)

Lisa said...

so sorry to hear of your great niece and granson, wishing a healthy recover for both. your desk looks some what clean even with the stash to the left. i too have many papers i love just looking at!

Harborough Dad said...

What a lovely neat workspace - love the colours you are using in your layout.

Jumbleberries xx

Ali said...

Oh goodness, I hope the little ones are both much better soon and that the ops go well. (((hugs)))

That is a gorgeous looking LO on your desk and you're right, those papers are scrummy. I'm joining you in trying to make myself use my pretty papers instead of just stroking them avariciously! :lol:

P.S. Call that a mess? Take it from an expert, that ain't no mess! :lol:

Ali #101

Nicola said...

What a pretty layout, I know what you mean about actually using papers and not just stroking them! :) x

Twiglet said...

I love the colour scheme of your LO project Elizabeth. Hope all goes well with those little ones - thinking of you.x Jo

fairy thoughts said...

pretty layout, love the colours.
I use the 'push it to the left' type of crafting, I dont usually show that side. . . maybe I will next week

Create With Joy said...

Dear Elizabeth

I am praying that your family is well soon! Do what you need to do and we will talk soon!


Spyder said...

I was there too, Midnight...but it was late and I had to get up in the morning early, so put mine on timer. So I'm waaaaaaaaaaaay down the list this week. Happily I'm at last home, but might have to disappear again (boo hoo) so I'm trying to get round as many as I can! No snow here yet! (yay!!) Have a great crafty week HaPpY WoYwW


Raven's Rest Studio, Jennifer Conway said...

Love those colours! I too hold on to all those pretty papers, scared to cut into them....glad to see you dig into yours! *smiles* ~Jen (((hugs))) to you and your family.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

lovely colors on your desk. i hope all your family is well by now. happy WOYWW, and thanks for sharing!
peggy aplSEEDS

Neet said...

Would normally say to number two - it paid off to be an early bird - but guess it is that it paid to be a night owl.
Love your LO - the pale blue is so pretty. I feel the same about paper and flowers but I am determined to sue my stash this year.
Glad William is fine and my best wishes for him to continue to be well.
Hugs, Neet (195) xx

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

wonderful desk! love your layout--so pretty. sending prayers for your family! hope is all well.

Michele #153

Shashi Nayagam said...

Hi blog hopping and popping in to say hello. Your workspace looks so much more organised than mine. Glad that your grand son is well and home.

BumbleVee said...'s a tough thing for tiny ones to have to have any medical procedures done at all.... good luck to all and hugs, V...

I take forever get around to as many as I can... there are so many ...

Peggy Cain said...

Happy WOYWW! Enjoyed my visit. Will put you and family in prayer

Hettie said...

Sorry to hear about your lickle people but glad to hear that William is ok.
Nice to see you confess to a messy section of your desk..we all have them only some of us don't mind showing them! Can't create wonderful work without making a mess ey! That layout is shaping up nicely. Hope you will show us finished job!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Glad to hear that William is on the way to recovery, and hope that little Arihanna follows his example. Fingers crossed for both of them Those flowers on your Lo match the boats perfectly - they would have gone well with my card today as well. Thank you for your visit and lovely comments about my flourishes. by the way, the gems in my house would be covered with black dog hair, or even in the dog hair and carried into the garden. have a good week. xx Maggie #89

StampDancer said...

I'm so sorry the kiddoes are not feeling well. I hope all will get sorted very soon. I am sure your crafting helps keep you from worrying too much. Your layout is beautiful - hope to see the finished version soon. I have to admit I'm a K & Company addict and have a hard time giving them up. I've even bought extra pads on sale thinking I'll keep one for myself and use the other - naughty me!
Hugs to you.
Deb M

Unknown said...

Hi Elizabeth

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. I had a good look around your desk and discovered you have the same purple cows guillotine as me. I take the trimmer part off because its way too heavy for me - I struggle with just that bit without having to lump all of it about.

I laughed when you mentioned the increasing numbers of people taking part in WOYWW. I first joined 2 years ago now and there were in the region of 30. It then increased to about 60 and slowly upwards to about 130 odd. Now it completely flabbergasts me as to the number that take part. I've not done it for months and months due to my health and having other distractions, but I enjoyed coming back this week and it made me realise how much I had missed it and the people who take part. I hope to take part as much as possible - it's only my 'body' that lets me down!!!

Glad your grandson came good and hope that your great-niece does too when she goes back again for her op.

Take care hope to be back soon

Paula x x x

Lou said...

I didn’t make it, to everyone’s crafty space on Wednesday so doing a last sweep of the desks i haven't managed to visit, tonight (wide awake with pain so might as well make use of the time) Glad Grandsons op went well and i hope and pray that all goes well with the little one' I am not a scrapbooker (yet) but think your layout looks great.
Hope you have a great week x Lou x @#103

Morti said...

I'm a bit late getting round this week but I'm determined to visit everyone who's visited me!

Love the layout - don't forget to show us it finished.

I hope Arihanna gets better soon and they can sort out her kidneys. Poor wee mite. Well done to William for getting through his op.

Thanks for stopping by!