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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

What's On Your workdesk? Wednesday #591

Morning deskers!! Hope everyone is well and keeping safe. It's all a bit one step forward 2 steps backwards at the moment isn't it?  I have of course been AWOL again - I missed one week because I forgot it was Wednesday (not knowing the day of the week is becoming a recurring theme) and last week I was away for a short break with the OH to Camber Sands. Lovely caravan, foul weather, wind and horizontal rain. Well it was a change of scene and we got to see the sea. (Thank goodness for Netflix) Was glad to get home really. 

Not really been crafting much as when here I have been gardening or prepping for my 'virtual' coffee morning/fundraiser for Macmillan. The rule of 6 put paid to my normal plans so I have opted for a zoom with quiz on Saturday morning,  a FB group card sale this w/e and a FB live 'craft with me' next Tuesday. I don't actually yet know how to do any of these things but I'm getting there. If anyone would like to join in let me know and I'll hook you up. (Now that I see our illustrious leader has bigged me up on her post, hopefully this is a direct link to my Macmillan page.  To get joining info you'll need to check out my FB page as I only get a limited space for info on the macmillan one. Any problems just leave me a message, I'll sort it out.)

So the desk is empty. Instead I'll show you some pictures of my garden. Sadly my photography skills do not match Helen's. Does anyone know what this plant is? It's been a picture.

It's really time to start putting things to bed, but everything still looks pretty good.



There are still loads of Mexican sunflowers to come out (my fault I started them off rather late) and I'm really hoping they will make a show before the weather fails. Out of about 15 plants only this one has actually flowered although the others are full of bud. So frustrating!!


Why am I telling you all this? Because it's WOYW Wednesday, the day when we go for a wander around the desks of the great and the good courtesy of the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground. Pop on over and join in why don't ya?


Stay well, stay  safe,

Cindy


 

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #588

Morning all! Hope everyone is keeping well, motivated and happy on this grey but warm Wednesday morning. Yesterday turned into a lovely afternoon here in London and I am hoping it will do the same today. 

What's On My Workdesk? Honestly? Not a lot. But I've done photos from all angles to make up for it. I can't figure out the whole side to side thing on this new blogger so we have to have them in a row. 




The reason for this oasis of (relative) calm? Well, mainly because I am foregoing the joys of gluing stuff together and mainly adulting this week. I find it easier to get things done if I'm not surrounded by glitter. 

So I have put the Christmas stash away again until November. If anyone wants to check out my lockdown christmas cards most of them are in an album on my 'Kraft Project' FB page here

So far this week I have managed to do my car insurance, accounts are up to date, and we've booked a few days away (OH is going stir crazy) and proposed a tentative lunch with some friends who live a drive away (both a challenge for me as I am the driver and I haven't driven more than about 5 miles since last Christmas and I think I need to test my eyes). I have done the filing.  Here's the before and after photos as proof.


I have yet to sort out my vehicle recovery (I think I may actually be paying for this unnecessarily because it came free with something else when I already had it - I am lousy with paperwork. Doubly annoying as we haven't been anywhere this year).  I need to order bulbs for the garden. I have had my nails done and hair is booked for tomorrow. I need to sort out my photo files (ambitious). I need to decide if craft classes are ever going to resume or if I need to go virtual or just move on. And endless routine home and life jobs that have been neglected need my attention.

In the 'after' photo above the eagle eyed may have noticed my Macmillan coffee morning pack. I have done this for many years now, although last year I didn't due to ill health. I had hoped to have a small but limited event this year but the latest news means that probably isn't going to fly - so I may have to check out some virtual options. (That will take a week of my life for this bear of very little brain). Zoom 101 here I come. 

The pile of NBUS is still there and I have managed to refrain from adding to it so far this month. I have an interesting commission and a crafty swap to work on so I will be back crafting again by next week. Always up for a swap if anyone is interested. Meanwhile I am enjoying feeling relatively zen and ticking my achievements off the inevitable list. 

Why am I telling you all this? Because it's WOYW Wednesday, the day when we go for a wander around the desks of the great and the good courtesy of the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground. Pop on over and join in why don't ya?

Have a good Wednesday. Stay home. stay well, stay safe.

Cindy x

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday # 587

 And her we are again.😊

Hope you are all well. I'm loving seeing the sunshine again, hubby and I had a great day in the garden yesterday and the craft room remained totally unvisited. Hence I am a little behind. Here's my desk:-


Looks pretty bad doesn't it but this is how I really work. I got a second wind so I'm still doing Christmas but keep digressing towards sorting and tidying. For instance, can you see all that gold card in the box to the left? I spent a couple of hours cutting down my vast amounts of gold and silver scraps to regular sized mats from around 2" up to 7". I just find it's easier to cope with and find I actually use it. I must have made over a 100 Crimbo cards by now and apart from the Tim Holtz dies, I haven't used anything except things that were already die cut, stamped or hanging about in my stash. Apart from one large silver mat (I didn't have a scrap piece big enough) I haven't cut into a new piece of card or opened a Christmas paper pad. (I'm unclear as to whether this is a little sad or an achievement). Many new Christmas dies & stamps still not used or opened - and I still haven't made a dent in my stash despite being quite ruthless - I'm kinda going for that office technique where you only touch a piece of paper once. In my case it's more if it hasn't made it on to a card the third time I pick it up and look at it it might as well be in the bin.  Those rather old slightly retro red sentiments/toppers in the centre of the table will be the next heading there I think. I do also have to admit to one new purchase that I am absolutely loving - I finaly got myself an ATG gun and it is just great. You can see it there centre stage. I thought it might be heavy and clunky but no it's not and apart from the odd wobble it just makes it so fast to put cards together and it seems pretty strong as well.

A couple of cards as that's easier than reading words:


Finally, just wanted to say that although I rarely get round to everyone I do appreciate every comment that gets left. I'm just so grateful  that people bother to stop by each week - such commitment! Trust me, you lot are doing a lot better job of keeping me sane than most of my IRL friends!! 

Why am I telling you all this? Because it's WOYW Wednesday, the day when we go for a wander around the desks of the great and the good courtesy of the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground. Pop on over and join in why don't ya?


Have a good Wednesday. Stay home. stay well, stay safe.

Cindy x

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