Wednesday, 26 September 2012

WOYWW Wk 173 - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Greetings WOYWWers, Followers and All,

Another Wednesday and another opportunity to join in with a ton of other crafters and show what's on the workdesk today, courtesy of the admirable and indefatigable Julia over at the Stamping Ground.  If you love snooping finding out how messy organised crafters can be and need some inspiration then pop along join in the hop :))

Here's mine.

Much the same as is becoming the norm ... piles of scrappy stuff! In the foreground, photos and papers for a proposed layout, some ribbon which may or may not get used. The two boxes - to the right, hah, I'm getting better! - are storage for the rarely-used-but-sometimes-useful peel-offs and the much more prized collection of gems. On the left there are two wee, just completed, gift card holders - more of later.

At the back, in among my usual crafting arsenal which, to regular WOYWWers, needs no introduction, there is a pad of paper I have plans for, more photographs - I have plans for them too - and my dish of pretty ribbon offcuts ... I've been ferreting in there looking for trims for the aforesaid gift card holders. And, just peeking out beside the ever-present mobile (cell) phone - did you know that here in the UK many of us have given up landline telephones altogether now? -  I digress, peeking out is a beautifully decorated memo pad - more of later too.

That's the desk covered, now to fill in on the 'more of laters'.

So as you can see, I'm busy, busy, busy. Arihanna, my beautiful great niece, is being Christened this coming Sunday so I've been making a card for her - can't show you that yet as not completely finished. There's been a spate of birthdays recently - friends and family members, six in all so far, and that's the ones I've remembered! Hence the gift cards holders.

I got the idea for these from Sheila Halliwell of Docrafts when she demoed something similar at my favourite craft centre recently. They are quick and easy to make from a trimmed and folded sheet of double-sided paper.

I've decorated the outside with washi tape, off-cuts of ribbon and a few chipboard bits and bobs that came free with magazines ... as did the paper. Not bad for nothing more than a little bit of effort :)

A highlight of last week was to meet up with Rita of RMG Creations for a catch-up and good old chinwag. We met in our favourite tearoom for lunch and had a giggle when the management took our piccie for the record.

Rita embarrassed me completely with a goody bag ... many thanks again Rita, you spoiled me :) You can see the fabulous tag on her blog - which is well worth a visit - and there's a close-up of the memo block that's now on my desk. Rita has made it herself and it's beautifully decorated with die-cuts and handmade flowers.

We've planned something different for our next meeting - a trip to the craft centre! I've started saving to spend already :))

Further to yesterday's weather report, the wind raged a storm all through the night. The Boss was totally unnerved by it all and has had a very restless night, as a consequence so have I ... she seems to think that if she's awake then I should be too! Not only that, but our fire alarm went of at 6.40am ... this proved to be a false alarm but it's being going off hourly since so there's a fault there somewhere - storm damage, perhaps!!!

In the end, no bad thing. It got me up early enough to write up this post. And, as the wind has died down, I'll be taking a trip to Tescos later on to stock up on ink cartridges for the printer ... it takes only one colour to run out, magenta this time, for it to refuse to print anything at all - so frustrating.

Apologies, yet again, for not being able to visit as many of you as hoped ... a few days of enforced rest put a stop to that! I can only promise that I will, as ever, endeavour to do my best and visit as many of you as I can in the coming week.

In the meantime, I'm off to make another cuppa of the restorative stuff and will be back to bloghop with cup in hand.

Happy WOYWW, take care all and happy crafting,


Annie said...

Good morning Elizabeth. I love your gift card holders and how lovely to meet up with fellow bloggers....lovely pic.
A x #64

MiniOwner said...

Good morning. Those gift card holders are lovely. I enjoyed reading your post and visiting your workdesk. Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwenr #72)

lisa said...

I'm so glad you've escaped the worst of the weather, Elizabeth.
Love all your cards, there seems to be a lot of birthdays around at the minute doesn't it.
It's always such a treat to meet up with crafty friends isn't it. What a lovely lot of goodies she brought you too.
Have a safe trip to Tesco's
Hugs Lisax #80

Redanne said...

Hello Elizabeth, your gift card holders are beautiful, love the papers you used. How lovely to meet up with the lovely Rita, she said she was looking forward to it. How lucky you are to live close enough to meet, I envy you that. Rita is a very generous lady and your goodie bag looks amazing. Hope the weather does not turn any worse for you. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #65

CraftygasheadZo said...

Lovely photo of you both, sounds like you had a super time, no apologies needed, I too have been so quiet for me on here. Enforced by major decline in my conditions but hey ho tis life, least mum is getting practice pushing me round in the blue wheels! Take care Zo xx 73

Unknown said...

Morning Elizabeth. Hope that alarm has stopped sounding now! I have 3 birthdays this month - all boys! I may have to try that pocket idea as I do intend to give cash so this is a fab way to present it! WOYWW Hugs from Helen 82

RosC said...

Greetings Elizabeth.
How nice to meet for a chin-wag with a fellow craft blogger. You've been busy with an intense birthday season with very fine results. Hope you'e okay these days.
Warm regards,
Ros. #31

Helen said...

what a lovely surprise to be given such goodies! Hope your alarm has stopped now - that would be very annoying all the time!! helen, 35

Unknown said...

So many goodies on your desk, and your cards are beautiful. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh at #11

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Here I was getting ready to leave a message when a thunderstorm knocked my electricity out. It was still out this morning (your evening) when I went grocery shopping. Hard to shop when all the registers are hooked to computers (aka electricity).

These are very nice card holders, and it was great you got to meet a fellow crafter/blogger.

Happy WoYWW from #4.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Fabby pic of you and Rita - you two look like you could get up to some mischief!!! Shall I ring the craft centre to warn them of your impending visit? LOL!
Glad to hear that you haven't been flooded out - poor friends of ours in North Yorkshire have though :(
Hugs, LLJ #59 xx

Bernice said...

Those gift card holders are lovely, and how nice to have a little trip out with a fellow crafter!
Bernice #69

scrappymo! said...

What fun to have a visit out with a like minded crafter!
Your desk looks lovely this week. Lots of fun stuff going on. What is all the lovely stone work I can see in that photo...some looks like hand licked rock trims and other looks like inlaid designs...both beautiful in their own way!
Crafty hugs

Krisha said...

Love all the goodies on your work desk!!
Krisha #40

Amy E said... THAT'S an awesome word! Haha!!! I'm going to have to remember and use that one!

People in the US are the same way with phones lately. So many people no longer have landlines...just cell phones. Neither of my kids have landlines in their homes. We still do since we gave up our cells a few years ago (that was HARD) but we're one of the few people I know that still has one.

Happy Wednesday!

Amy E. #8

Joynana said...

Sounds like you and Rita had a wonderful time. I would love to meet up with some of my new blogger friends. Thanks for stopping by yesterday. I am now playing catch up. #10

Neet said...

Lovely to see you two meet up - and what a lovely gift she gave to you.
Lovely cards made by you on show and I look forward to seeing the Christening card - I can imagine it will be special fro your crafty hands.
Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. Hugs, Neet x #5

May said...

How lovely to see the fabulous photograph of the both of you enjoying lunch... It's so nice Elizabeth to get together with crafty friends...
Two Gorgeous cards today on your desk! and I am so glad that rain & wind has died down a bit now... Have a happy week, Hugs May x x x#52

Di said...

Fabulous gift card holders and such a lovely photo of you two crafters together Elizabeth.

Sigh, and I thought the painting was of a household kind :(

Hugs, Di xx

okienurse said...

great post Elizabeth! Your desk looks very busy and creative today. Nice gift say they are made from one sheet of cardstock? Hope you have a great week. Vickie #87

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Those gift card holders are such a good idea and beautifully produced. Hope you are not too badly affected by the dreadful weather. Thank you for your visit this week. You are quite right, those were some of my cards featured on the homework section of Barbara #gray's Classroom. I nearly fell of the chair with shock. I never thought mine would make it onto the screen. I won't have any on for a while, as I cannot afford to keep buying the stamps of the month. I just pick ones that I am fairly sure I can get really good mileage from. I really can recommend the Splodge mat and I am using it every time I craft at the moment. I have the 12 x 12 inch one. I thought the A3 was too large to find a working home for, and the 8 x 8 was just too small for brayering. Have a good week. xx Maggie #100