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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #676

I'm back!! and just in time it seems to join in with the 13th anniversary celebrations. When I consider how often I don't make it here for whatever reason it makes me realise what a huge commitment this has been for you Julia over the years. Bravo. Sorry for being AWOL, Wednesday has just not been a day-at-home day for weeks. 2 holidays, 2 days out, a funeral, a wedding, internet down - you name it it's been happening and preventing me from taking part. (Advance warning: off again next Wednesday so no guarantees...)

I received a WOYWW13 ATC yesterday from Jan (Thank you my lovely) which of course sent me into a frenzy of catch up and activity. My desk isn't very exciting at the mo as I've just finished another commission but I've got this far.... 



so let me know if you want an ATC as I plan to have a few ready to go by the end of the day - I have postage stamps and everything!!

Craftiing has been on a bit of a back burner as  I have been so busy but I did finish the card using the teddy's I showcased in March - has it really been that long? This card is huge but I love it.


So, I shall enjoy desk hopping and doing a bit of  me crafting today to celebrate re-connecting with my WOYWW buddies. Super excited to hear about the planned crop - now, to see if I can make that happen. 

So, why am I showing you my desk? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself. 

Have a great week, stay well, stay safe, stay connected!! love n hugs Cindy xx

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #668

Morning deskers, another whizz by week forme - what have you been up to? Not a huge amount of crafting for me this last few days because the sunshine has tempted me outside into the garden. I've also been walking a lot as I am a tad behind on my monthly target for walking - I'm aiming to do 1,000 miles by the end of the year and at this rate I really need to get a wriggle on, I still haven't quite made it to 200. Would help if I got up a bit earlier!! 

So here's my desk this week. Pretty tidy, I have just finished prepping for this week's craft crop. I'm left with all these mustard off-cuts though. What to do with them - any ideas other than bookmarks or tags?

also made a start on those commissions. Here's the first one. 


I kind of know what the other two are going to be now, so not too much pressure - one is definitely gonna have these guys. This is those panda bear die cuts I showed you the other week but made up as teddy bears. Cuteness overload lol. 

Hope to get round to everyone as I'm not sure I will make it the next couple of weeks as I'm away and not too sure about the wi-fi situation. First proper holiday in 2 years,  re-scheduled from March 2020 - I'm so excited! DD and boyfriend have also booked to come for a few days (not staying with us - phew!!) so that will be nice too to have someone to meet up with. 

So, why am I showing you my desk? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and join in yourself. 

Have a great week, stay well, stay safe, 

love n hugs Cindy xx

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #667

 Morning Deskers, another week, another Wednesday, and another nose around people's desks to see what's what.



Here is my desk late Tuesday, a friend was visiting to make cards and she needed to make a birthday card for a male friend who she described as 'awkward' - ie, booze, cars, travel, dogs, fishing, sailing, golf or football wouldn't be appropriate. She does like a themed card.  I suggested we just did something a little arty with happy birthday on and after a quick pinterest trawl (my bad) we agreed on a look and settled on this design.  She was over the moon with it. I kinda liked it too, so I made a couple for my stash as well. Very quick, all scraps and very old stuff so I was OTM as well.

The desk this morning is, as I see Mary Anne has already described hers, clean but boring. But it's how I need it to be today. I tidied up last night as I have 3 commissions to get done for next week. They are all pretty different, not sure whether to start with the easiest one or the one that is needed first!!  I don't feel very inspired by any of them but maybe once I start pulling out bits I'll get in the groove. 

A quick photo of the Christmas cards I was batch making last week, managed to do a few of these.

I love this fairly clean style - unfortunately I always seem to get black ink somewhere!! 

Santa was not in the original design!!

With the rising cost of post I also like that they are flat!!

I went to Ally Pally on Sunday. Nothing like the old show but still made a pleasant day out and had a quick meet up with a friend. Really didn't buy much (my bank balance is very thankful) but fell in love with this rabbit stencil. I don't even particularly like rabbits (well I don't dislike them) but the samples kept calling me. Well, it'll be a while before I get around to using it. Knowing me I'll have completely forgotten why I wanted it by then!!   

 So, why am I showing you my desk? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and join in yourself. 

Have a great week, stay well, stay safe, 

love n hugs Cindy xx

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #666

Me again. Sorry for the absence, just life. 

Here's the desk.



I am all set to do some batch cardmaking today along the lines of something I saw on pinterest, hence lavinia stamps and oxides are out. Christmas of course as I'm still ploughing through my stash though this will hopefully be a 'creative' one. The black basket at the back was previously full of half made cards etc (see last post!) - as you can see I have made quite a dent!! Have had to keep stopping for commissions - the latest was a wedding card for my decorator to give to his wife on their wedding day. Can't really post it yet just in case, however unlikely she is to see it but it did involve using these guys. So a tick against the NBU box. 


Decorating the hall is all finished, have also spruced up the porch and now want to make plans for the living room before my attention switches to the garden. It's looking hopeful, but I'm still resisting going out in the cold. 

Also managed to have the first meeting of my 'crop' a couple of weeks ago. It went really well - there was a lot of pent up chatting to get through!! We made this card. We had 8 in total and I am expecting a bigger turnout this month. We ended up meeting in the pub - a rather strange venue but seemed to work and nearly everyone stayed for lunch!!

Writing this it strikes me that it is all a bit trite given the current global situation. However I'm tired of holding my breath waiting for the world to get back to normal. 
I need these small wins and plans in order to get up in the morning. I wish things were better everywhere but all I can do is hope things will improve as without that, well we might as well all stay in bed. Some people of course don't even have that luxury.


Happy WOYWW, Stay well, stay safe,
love n hugs
Cindy x

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #663

Well good morning deskers. Been AWOL again. As ever, life. 



Here's what I woke up to this morning. As you can see I didn't make much effort to tidy up before bed. I am still concentrating on Christmas and reducing the the Christmas stash. Getting there, but still finding that as I organise it a bit better and get rid of stuff I've decided I will never get around to using, the volume of it is quite staggering. The two cards on the desk have a bottom 'pop-out' panel to create a 3D card that folds flat. Saw it on a Jennifer McGuire video and it is so simple but I am playing with the dimensions to see what works best for me. Haven't got it quite right yet but they'll do. It took me 2 hours to find that teeny tiny bow on the small bauble - I was in a right panic until I remembered I had re-organised the 'christmas foliage' dies into my general foliage folder. The bow belongs to a mistletoe die. No wonder nothing gets done. I see I also left my extendable back scratcher on view. My son bought it for me a few years ago - I guess he got fed up with me asking him to scratch my back!! 

Up early today as I have the decorators in to spruce up the hall. It's been booked for ages, and deferred twice because of Covid and 'stuff'. Consequently the time arrived and I now realise I forgot to make several important decisions. For example my decorator is not impressed with my emergency door handle (it's been like that for at least 5 years). Oh well, what can I say, I'm not that houseproud and with the advent of screw tops and my passion for prosecco the corkscrew was rather under utilised. But I have been informed I need a new handle. He did say he could paint it if I wanted to keep it  but I could tell he didn't really approve.. 

So, why am I showing you my desk? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself. 

Have a great week, stay well, stay safe, love n hugs Cindy xx


Wednesday, 26 January 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday # 660

Hello all. Total disaster visiting last week, I was fine first thing then nasty bad back decided to come and play again. So a few days of painkillers, gentle exercise, massage and rest ensued with very little crafting or social media. 

Starting to catch up this week and now my desk is utter chaos. Hope to resolve this mess by the end of the day. Good job I'm not working to any kind of schedule. Christmas will have to wait a few more days!!





I did manage to finish the card for my neighbour - though to say I was underwhelmed with the result would be an overstatement. Or is that a double negative? 


Yesterday I think was one of the greyest, coldest, most miserable days of the winter. An absolutely horrible day. However, I've already managed to get out today, and the sky is showing promise of lifting clouds and a bit of blue. Thank goodness for that. And.. there are snowdrops in the garden. Big smiles.

Hope you all have a lovely week and will try to get round everyone in the next day or so as I'm not sure I'll make it next week - hubby's birthday on Tuesday (heavens need to make a card) and we're off to Oxford for a couple of days. He becomes a real pensioner this year - when did we get so old!! 

Happy WOYWW, stay safe, stay well, love n hugs Cindy xx

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday#659

 Morning deskers, very late on parade today so a quick one from me. Have had a busy few days socially and had to be at the GPs this morning at 8.15 (what was I thinking?) for a routine blood test. Feel like it's gonna be a pottering kind of day and a nice walk in the sunshine at some stage.

Here's my desk:- 



Pretty clear!! Christmas got tidied up as I had a friend cardmaking yesterday. I made this little chap and started on a card for my neighbour who is 90 this week. I think I'll just do some birthday cards then back on the Christmas marathon from Friday.

So, why am I showing you my desk? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself. 

Have a great week, stay well, stay safe, love n hugs Cindy xx

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #658

Here we are again. Thank goodness for Wednesdays, something to mark the passing of the week. Somehow I managed to delete google from my phone last night. Without thinking about the consequences I changed the pw and set it up again. Of course I was then locked out of blogger on my pc. Far too stressful for early morning!!

The challenge in my craft room at the moment is to wade through all the Christmas stuff. This first pic is just a small amount of the 'didn't quite get finished one year' stuff. Amongst it I found a set of 3 cards ready to go - must have been prepped for a class which makes them from at least Nov 2019 and I suspect considerably earlier. Anyhow, when I find these bits all cut out and ready to go it's a lot quicker than starting from scratch. 

Here's my desk with the original design on the left and one of this year's efforts 0n the right. Two more to go. I have just noticed that that deer only has 3 legs. It's kinda bothering me now.......


The 4-square card topper is from the card I made for my son this year. Unbelievable I know but my children don't tend to treasure my works of art. So I took the topper off and will re-mat it onto another card for someone else this year. Do you recycle  your Christmas cards? I must admit I no longer do anything with 'shop' cards - they go straight in the recycling. (I used to cut them up for ATCs but I already have more than I'll ever use). Handmade cards I receive I like to keep for a year or so, (my favourites longer than that!!) but after a while I do get rid of them but try and recycle any parts that I can to make a new card. 

Finding the grey days difficult but there is the odd one that lifts your spirit. I'm no Helen, but thought this  bed in the local park looked lovely in the sunshine last Sunday. The sky!!


While I'm here, this is the finished card that was on my desk last week.

So, why am I showing you my desk? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and join in yourself. 


Have a great week, stay well, stay safe, 

love n hugs Cindy xx

Monday, 10 January 2022

No it's not Wednesday

 

Just popping in to show you have I am getting on with my Christmas cards.  It's all about getting out the NBUs, using up bits already cut out and generally clearing out Christmas stash.

First I had this layered stamp set that makes a holly background. There are several different ways to go with this But I decided to go with all three stamps using different coloured inks. So I ended up with several similar but not identical background pieces.

I decided I wanted to use this big believe die which I have had for 3 years and never used. I felt it needed the rest of the sentiment (believe in what?) so as I have several stamps that say ' believe in in the magic of  Christmas' I found one I could remove the 'Believe' from. Layered up I think this one came out quite well.



A few more ideas - I hadn't used the flag dies, the large sentiment or the holey-scallop-edger die before so ticked a few boxes there.



I asked for this hexagon die by Pink Fresh for Christmas but not particularly for christmas if you know what I mean. Not entirely sure why now. These 2 cards caused the most anguish because  the background pieces were not quite big enough for the die (doh) and then I had terrible trouble matching papers and deciding on the frame colour. In the end I cut it out in several colours/patterns. Of course now I have loads of the hexagons to use. Aaargh, I'm supposed to be using stuff up not creating more!! However, even though these got terribly close to the bin at times I quite like how they turned out. 

Still a mountain of stash to sort. I could be here some time.....


Wednesday, 5 January 2022

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #657

Goodness the days are going by so fast, we are already nearly at the end of the first week of the New Year!!

Like so many others I have had a house of Covid since Boxing Day. Everyone except me tested positive at some point. Now negative of course and most will be back to work this week. Nobody got much of a Christmas break!! How I managed to stay Covid free I really don't know but I guess it won't last.

So I have been busy in my craft room - well there wasn't much else I could do without mingling with the plague ridden (TBH nobody has been that ill). Here is my desk late Tuesday, when I broke off from making Christmas cards to do a quick commission. Hopefully it will be a z fold card with a train on for a 3 year old. My desk is not currently functioning as an island as I scooted it back so I could have a blow up bed on the floor whilst trying to keep away from the germs. (Slept surprisingly well but getting up in the morning from the floor was no fun).   

Christmas cards? - yes you heard right. For the last few years I have devoted January to making as many Crimbo cards as I can manage, having a leisurely play with my stash. I find it a much more pleasurable experience to do it now rather than wait till nearer the time and I'm still  inspired. Also no pressure. I am currently reviewing my Christmas stash which is, I admit, pretty huge, but I love Christmas images of all kinds, even cute lol.  Some of it needs to go, I've had it so long I no longer know why I have it - what am I waiting for? 

I haven't really got into my stride yet as I am still trying to deal with all the 'bits' and ideas that were put away uncompleted last year - the intention is to use it or bin it, it just can't stay for another year. 

Birthday and Christmas craft goody wise were a bit of a bust as it all got so overshadowed so I have treated myself to a couple of new things in the sales (and also not) which may arrive today. But once I've topped up my glue that's no more craft purchases until March at least. Fingers crossed I can do it. I certainly have enough unopened things to play with!! 

While I'm here, I just wanted to say thank you for all your lovely messages the other week - it really lifted my spirits. You are a lovely lot.

So, why am I showing you my desk? Well it's our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop - WOYWW. Here's the link to the one responsible, the lovely Julia at Stamping Ground - pop on over and join in, see what it's all about and have a go yourself. 

Have a great week, stay well, stay safe, love n hugs Cindy xx

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