Wednesday 26 October 2011

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday # 125

Well this week I am so early Julia's post isn't up yet, perhaps because it is only just past midnight!! But I am at work tomorrow, so will have no time to post in the morning. So what's on my workdesk this week.......

Nada. Nothing. Tidy though eh? Here's the thing, I have been in this room every waking moment the last few weeks making cards and bits for my MacMillan Open House on Monday (it went very well thank you for asking) and finally it got to me. The general untidiness, the fact I couldn't get the door open wide enough except to enter sideways, having to wrestle the Grand Calibur out of its totally unsuitable resting place..... so I had a tidying day today and it feels good.

Moving the furniture around and having a bit of a weed seems to have made a big difference. It has all gone back in better (I really didn't throw that much away) and I am going to get a different cabinet to store my papers and that will make more space because I can get rid of my big shelves. I can open the door as well!! Not completely, right back to the wall open but wide enough to walk in carrying something.  I also seem to have more workspace. The only thing is, this plastic box of WIPs is rather full, I am going to have to have a browse to see what is actually in there, I haven't dared so far.

What I did find when tidying up was lots of lovely art in a box marked 'filing' (?) and I wanted to get more of it on show. So I have made a little display shelf for myself. I have soooo many gorgeous ATCs hidden away I decided I should really make more of an effort to look at them. I had a few on this photo display 'thingy' but it was on a very high shelf so of course not only could I not see them properly but I haven't changed them in over a year. Hopefully these are nearer eye level so I will look at them every day. And just for fun and because I found them in the box there are a couple of halloween ones as well.

So busy nattering on about my day I forgot to say that WOYWW is a fun weekly bloghop run by Julia at Stamping Ground. So go and have a nosey and why not join in with whatever you have on your desk this week. Have a great Wednesday, I shall be spending the day with Horrid Henry. I'll bet there's no one else out there who can say that!!

Sunday 23 October 2011

A woman's right to ........SHOES!!!!

In the midst of this week's card making frenzy in anticipation of my Macmillan Coffee Morning tomorrow, my mojo suddenly rebelled and commanded me to have a go at making paper shoes (One never ever questions one's mojo, or it might just get up and go).

I had seen a tutorial after followed a link from my blogging buddy Astrid's site to the StampARTic blog. OMG what a gorgeous place, full of yummy projects including the Elegant Shoe Tutorial which is what I used as a base for my little creations.

Anyway, enough of my waffling, here are the pics. This is the first one I made, and I decided it would go to Astrid for her birthday. (Her photos of this are way better than mine the way - I just can't do photography. Hers are also all the right way up. I really must try and discover what it is I am doing that makes everything upload to blogger the wrong way round).

For this one I got all daring and altered the back and made a high heel. These photos are rubbish, it is so much prettier in real life. (PLEASE NOTE - although rubbish, these pictures are up the right way ?!?!??!)

Finally I tried out a flat shoe without a heel.

In case it isn't obvious, I made matching tags for all the shoes with a sort of shoe related saying on the back. The idea is to add little goodies such as ribbons, or maybe a little bag of charms, or a lavender sachet, a little pack of bath salts, even a gift card ....... whatever. They are kind of an extra special gift box. Or just something pretty to look at I guess. I had such fun making these and they really are not difficult, its just papercrafting so do have a go. Not sure where these last two will end up yet, but now I know what I'm doing I will probably have a shoe as one of the giveaways sometime next year.  Once again, sorry about the rubbish photos but I really don't have time to do them again, I need to shake a hoover round the house before tomorrow and bake a cake or two!!
One final link for you to look at because I was absolutely blown away by this (well I'm pretty much in awe of everything this lady does). Pop on over to see Laura at Artfully Musing, but in particular to see this glorious and very topical Witches Shoe. Awesome!! Happy Sunday all.

Monday 17 October 2011

And we have a spooooooky winner!!!!

for the October giveaway. There were so few entries this month (and one was anonymous and so I would have no way of contacting them) that Mr Random Generator did not have to work very hard. In fact, he selected no 1, which is my dear cyber friend Georgina. I know she is a little bit nuts about halloween so I guess she'll appreciate it.

Well, haven't decided on the giveaway for November yet, possibly something Christmassy (gosh it hardly seems a year since the last christmassy thing was up for grabs!!). We had an early draw this month so I could get it off in the post before the big day (!) but next month's giveaway will be uploaded in the first week of November. Meanwhile I will carry on card making...... Do remember to come back and join in nearer the time!! Cindy x

Thursday 6 October 2011

More 'stuff' - quick show n tell

Here's my completed canvas. Did the drawing about 6 months ago and finally incorporated it into a canvas. Made this one for myself. It's upside down. Why I don't know. I've never had a picture upload the wrong way round before. Ooops! Well, just lean to  the left. Sigh. Life's too short to worry about these things. (Addendum: discovered that  if I save it on my pc skeewif it uploads the right way round - the things you have to do)

Despite the demise of my melt pot, did manage to do a bit of beeswax work. A few ATCs and a tag. Which I also can't get the right way up lol. But you get the idea.

Also found time to make this little hanging. Just a few ods and ends I had stamped/coloured made - seemed to go together. Couldn't find my nice 'believe' stamp though. Another thing that's gone down a black hole. (Keep losing my 'word' stamps. Think I forget to put them away because they are small.)

See ya soon.

Wednesday 5 October 2011

WOYWW #122 - I'm soooo late..

But my excuse I was at work 9 -8 today. This is how I left it last night, so it has er, been like this all day!!

Terrible photo but I'm trying to be quick so I can sit down and have a jolly little WOYWW browse with a cuppa before bed. The debris on the desk represents last nights card making efforts - 10 cards, pretty good for a gal who can spend an hour agonising over which shade of black card to use..... I am in card making mode to get ready for my MacMillan Coffee Morning in a couple of weeks (yes, I know everybody else had it in September, but I wasn't HERE, and it doesn't matter anyway.). Last year we raised £200 and there were only a seven of us there. I sold lots of cards and need to replenish my stocks so there will be alot of card making overthe next few days. Trying to keep it simple, some would say that shouldn't be a problem.

Anyhow, if you don't know what What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW) is then I suggest you pop over to see Julia at Stamping Ground as it is her brainchild. It is basically a weekly blog hop, just a bit of fun, see what peeps are doing, drool at all the talent and maybe make a new friend. Right, I've just got to get all these cards in cello bags then I'm off for a wander.

Monday 3 October 2011

October giveaway

This will be a quick turnaround as it's a topical - well halloween - theme and it would make sense to get it in the post to the 'winner' before it's all over.

It's actually designed to be a photo frame (I think) so you could easily replace the image I've used with one of the kids (or yourself!!) in appropriate Halloween mode.

All I have to do now is find a box to post it in!!

Usual 'rules' apply, leave a comment on this post before 9.00 pm on Sunday 16th October. International players welcome, feel free to link from your own blogs. Thanks for looking!!

Sunday 2 October 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #781

  Morning deskers, welcome to our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. As you may know,  Julia has stepped down after many years of commitment...