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Wednesday, 28 October 2020

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #595

Another week, another Wednesday, another WOYWW. How the weeks do fly. Hope you are all well and bearing up, especially those under the strictest restrictions. Virtual hugs to everyone and do reach out if you need some extra attention!!

As for once I am ahead of the game I'm going to indulge myself in a picture heavy post. I'm prepping this on a grey Tuesday afternoon just before I have a tidy up and re-group (so often the cause of a boring desk). I decided on Monday it was time to get crafting again and start making some inroads into those NBUs before I dragged the Christmas stuff out again next month. The first things I pulled out were the dies by Lisa Horton at the front of the desk. 


I think I've had them a couple of month's, and I honestly couldn't recall why I 'had to have' them (a frequent occurrence). When I find that the urge to cut (or stamp) an item(s)  that I've bought has disappeared, and I'm a bit stumped, I admit I trawl round for a product sample and I CASE it.  It may not be original but at least it gets me using the thing. I found one sample made by Lisa herself and loved the bright colours so much I tried to emulate it in my attempt. Once I started cutting the dies and playing with the layers I could see that I could probably get a twofer every time including mats if I was careful where I put the dies (I was using 6 x 6 card stock). Oh that made me happy, I hate waste of product and effort!! So here's my version and its corresponding 'twofer'. 


I know I said Christmas wasn't out but I just happened to have that sentiment die on my desk and the colours looked Christmassy that way round. When everything comes out I will find an embellishment to add. I kept cutting and playing with different colours - so more pics and there's a bit more Christmas too. 












I am particularly loving that navy and lime green combo on the desk - haven't quite decided where those two are going yet. I've really only used one of the die sets (there are 4) and I've also pulled out another NBU - some Sweet Poppy mandala dies (Shaz enabled these quite a while ago I believe.....and I have the matching stencil) - plus some stepper and flower card blanks. My mind is buzzing with possibilities. So I think I will be mandala-ing for a few days yet. 

For those who were intrigued by my commissions last week here are some photos. I just do as I'm asked lol. 


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 week. Stay home. stay well, stay safe.

Cindy x

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #594

Well hello  there deskers, hope everyone is well and coping. We have moved into the second level in London so a few more restrictions for us going forward. Means I'll have to revert to shouting at mum from the garden but hey ho we'll survive I guess. 

Thanks to everyone for their good wishes last week, I am feeling much better these last couple of days but still a bit dopey, though I think that might be the night nurse - however if I have to suffer a couple of zombie days to get a good nights sleep I'll take it!!

Still not much crafting getting done, it's not so much my mojo is off as I can't make a decision as to which of the many projects in my head I want to start. Fortunately a couple of commissions have come in so I can concentrate on getting them done. So enough waffle here's the desk:



So this is a provisional layout for a commission card. A 60th birthday with a flying eagle, a meerkat and some scripture. I have mislaid just one of my scalloped circle dies and would you credit it, every time I want to cut something that one is the size I need. I do have my scan n cut so in theory I can cut any size but the mental activity that would require just seems to be too daunting in my current state. So I'll just try and work around it. First world problems I guess! 

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?

It's a grey day here, and pouring, so I hope to get around to everyone as  I won't get distracted by the garden. However the internet seems very flaky today, if it keeps playing up I may just leave it till tomorrow so apologies in advance if you don't see me today.

Stay well, stay  safe,


Cindy

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday # 593

 Morning all, another week has whizzed by and it's time again for our weekly get together. 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?

So, have been a little poorly this week (cue violins) as I have a long term reflux related cough and for whatever reason (flu jab?) it suddenly got very bad. In fact it is quite exhausting. I have been working very hard this week to get better and I am getting there. It has reminded me that though it may appear to be boring or giving in, staying at home and keeping myself as isolated as possible is the very best thing I can do for me at the moment. In any case I don't think I would dare go out and risk all the side long glances!

Consequence is I haven't done much, contenting myself with pottering in my craft room and watching videos. So here is my desk this morning: 




I did stage the doggie card so you could see what I did with those images. I am waiting for inspiration to strike as to where my doggie sentiments are, I'm sure I've got a few somewhere. This morning I'm just rummaging through my many crafting videos to remind myself what is there and I'm toying with the idea of breaking out my Eileen Hull dies for a play..

At my virtual coffee morning at the beginning of the month we had some discussion about a FB group called 'Postcards of Kindness'.  This was started by a Care Home Manager well before Covid to help alleviate boredom for residents, create a connection to the outside world for those who have no friends & family, provide stimulation for conversations and memories and in some cases, spark friendships and correspondence in return. The idea is that those of us out in the wider world just take the time to send a postcard to the care home with a few words - you don't have to include your address.

It has been a big success and care homes have registered up and down the UK. So I thought I'd mention it in case anyone wants to get involved. Just think what it's been like for residents since Covid appeared and how important something like this could be to their ability to thrive.

Anyhoo that's me for today, have a good week everyone, please will the rain stop so I can get in my garden!!!!!!

Stay well, stay safe,

Cindy x



Wednesday, 7 October 2020

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #592

 Morning all another Wednesday has whizzed round. How is everyone? 

So here's my desk.


Oh dear, look at that coffee ring! I've been playing with the idea of splitting a stamped image and adding a sentiment. I tried my very hardest to work the diagonal cuts out logically with the result that every one came out a bit different. Not a problem. But my advice - start with a bigger piece of card than your finished size and trim it by eye. 

I've also got these on my desk.


Couldn't sleep last night so grabbed an unused stamp set and stamped a few images. This is really the weirdest stamp set I've ever bought, it was a chinese purchase, cheap as chips, and looked like an A6 background stamp with all these doggie images. In fact, each of them is seperate, even to the extent that the ones on the edge are half a stamp if that makes sense. WTF? Anyhow, no idea where this is going yet but they stamped well straight out the box.

Just remains for me to report that my Macmillan efforts this year have raised £305. Considering I didn't actually have a coffee morning I am pretty impressed with that!! 

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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