Wednesday, June 9, 2010

WOYWW 53: Signatures and WIPs

Wasn't WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday) 52 simply the BEST?? I know I sure had a ball. I know that Julia, Darcy, and I made it around to all the players last week, except I couldn't send a comment to the Twitter account that wanted my log-in information. Sorry, the only tweets around here will come from that bird stamp I love to use and is shown on my workdesk. How many workdesks did you visit last week?

In the mood to see all those desks again? Check out the links at Julia's Stamping Ground.


So what's this MESS, you ask? The Queen of Neat is really hard at it this week.

On the left are two sets of signatures for two books I'm making. SHHH! These are surprise gifts for two of my internet friends.

The fabric was dyed using two colors of Staz-on reinkers and alcohol mixed together. Wendy was looking on with interest, but made a dive for safety when she heard the word alcohol.

On the right is a nylon rope for my unfinished WOYWW anniversary project that will go over the window you can see in the first photo.

I had to stop sewing a few minutes ago because I ran out of white and black thread. All that is left in my arsenal is orange. Great accent for the book pages, but won't go with the pinkish dyed fabric. Which means a shopping trip is a MUST today.

OK, it's not a good photo, but sitting on my Staz-on pad is my brand new, first ever, carved using a paring knife (have I mentioned how craft/X-acto knife challenged I am?) stamp made by MOI. I'm so proud of it, regardless how simple it is.

And I promised Wendy a head shot, but she didn't want to push her bangs out of her eyes (she's SO like me), so the photo isn't the best. Have an awesome WOYWW 53. Wendy and I will be shopping, so I'll try to get to as many of you tonight as possible.

My blog pick of the day is familiar to many WOYWW ers. In fact, if you posted last week, you got a lovely and thoughtful comment from her. It's Darcy, mentioned above from Art and Sole. Her blog name is a clear indication of her love of art and shoes. She also makes awesome cakes and shares her recipes with us. All that goodness is bundled into a fantastic art blog. Her art is so stunning, if you didn't check out her WOYWWAC (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday Anniversary Challenge) art from last week, you missed a stunning post. Her art is unique, colorful, and she puts a lot into it. One of the things I appreciate about Darcy is her willingness to share the "ingredients" (her word) and processes she uses to make her lovely artwork. So be sure and give her a shout out today, whether you are with WOYWW or dropping by on your daily blogland visits.

63 thoughtful remarks:

Helen said...

Like the colour of that fabric you dyed.

Jamie said...

OOh shopping! Got to be done:) Fab close up of wendy! x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Very tidy desk this morning. Those books look very interesting, can't wait to see the finished product. How good are you making your own stamp, very creative. Have a great shopping trip, enjoy. Tracy Evans x Oh and I love Wendy.

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, mere mortals like me are speechless about the dying - I just think 'gotta buy a fabric dye'...but honestly I rarely think that!!
Wendy is a stunner doncha think - and just to be clear - when she heard about alcohol - she ran AWAY and not TOWARD? The opposite action to mine, for sure!
A green bin - our garden waste goes into this - lawn clippings and weeding and blah, we pay the council an extra sum a year for it to be collected and then they use it to make and sell compost. We have the same kerbside arangement for glass and tins, but cardboard and plastic we have to recycle ourselves by visiting our local facility. General household waste and non-recyclable is collected from Black bins (!) on a fortnightly basis and goes to landfill. We recycle a lot here...my little car makes a weekly trip if not more....

Hels Sheridan said...

Cor, you look like you are having a busy time there.. lots of yummy stuff to look at and am loving that dolly...looks FAB! Have a goodly day hun x

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your workspace.

KS

Vicki said...

ooh i love your books (as always) so gorgeous, your art is fabulous. enjoy your shopping trip - i'm going out in the rain today..... joy!!! LOL xxx

Sue said...

Great tidy desk, your books look interesting,well done on making your own stamps, sue,x

Linby said...

well done on your first stamp - look forward to seeing more now you have taken the first step.
Linbyx

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Your workspace looks very creative this week and well done on making your first stamp. Hope you and Wendy have a great day shopping!

xx

Bee said...

loving Wendy - and are you sure it will only be cotton on your shopping trip???? ENJOY!!!

xx

Caroline said...

Very impressed on you making a stamp - looks fab too!

Lothian Crafts said...

Nice tidy desk. Enjoy your shopping trip.
Elaine

Virginia said...

Love your workspace and the books look beautiful - how lucky for internet friends to be in for such a beautiful treat!

Wipso said...

Ooer fabric dying and a sewing machine. You spoil me this week :-)
A x

Kate said...

Those books look like interesting projects!

** Kate **

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Great post- I've always wanted to make a stamp....I really need to write a "When I have time, I want to make..." list! Of course, it would be never ending, but isn't that what makes creating so much fun?

Debrina said...

Hello Elizabeth - I've just come back from Nick's blog (Altered Art and a Load of Tat)and here you are having participated in the same challenge!
Small world we bloggers live in!
Great to see what's on your desk. I always go into canuptions (sp?) whenever I see a sewing machine!!

Btw, I'm back...I've just updated my blog and I think you'll like the video link!
Love Debs

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth happy WOYWW day! I rather like orange and pink together I saw it on someone's blog yesterday and it looked fantastic. Hehe had to laff about Wendy running awasy from the alcohol. Love the stamp and nothing wrong with simple. I'm after some Soft Cut to make some stamps; for fabric mainly; (only found out about it last week)
Anne xx

Brian K said...

Ok Elizabeth! Let's see that book your sewing! We want to see more, more more of it!!!!

Heather x said...

oh love the dyed fabric, I love getting messy :0)
*hugs* Heather x

Healing Woman said...

I'm xacto knife challenged too! Your stamp turned out great. This is a real accomplishment. The two mystery journals caught my attention. They seem large and just full of good stuff. Can't wait to see them finished. I love the stitched face. I also like orange and pink together but I can understand why you want to keep it uniform and it is always a downer when you run out of something while in the throws of creation.

Bettythebaglady said...

Hi Elizabeth-I've just realised I didn't post a link to Julia's blog on mine-too early for me.DH does not have to stay in hospital with the monitor on but must go back tomorrow morning to have it removed. All that activity you have been up to has worn me out but I was interested in the Mentholatum building as our house was built in the same year! It is not concrete but brick. Old houses are two a penny round here-well maybe not quite two a penny. I see you are encouraging Wendy to socialise and she is gathering a cult following. I'm not surprised that such an attractive young woman is rapidly becoming popular. Am looking forward to your award posting. Don't leave it too long. Love BettyXXX

Mollye said...

girlfriend, when do you find time to BREATHE? Awesome work.

Jodene said...

Wow you have been a busy girl! I love your homemade stamp, how clever are you! And I can't wait to see your books when they are finished :)

Cheryl said...

oh love that fabric looks great love the colurs too love that face you have put onto it hugs cheryl xxxxx

Diane said...

LOVE that stamp!! I am also exacto-knife challenged.

Darcy said...

hi honey, thankyou for such a lovely write up, I do not feel worthy of such praise.

Interesting book pages, hope we get to see them finished. Ahhh Wendy, great close up, love the bangs hahaha we call them 'a fringe' over here.

enjoy your shopping trip.x

Marilyn Rock said...

Cool fabric dye! You always share so much, of yourself, with us and that's one of the reasons I love your Blog! Thank you!

Twiglet said...

Great to see that sewing machine in action - you need to check out Wipso's drawers - she has hundreds of reels in every colour!!!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I love making journals! Be sure to put a picture of your finished journals- they look interesting! Patsy from
HeARTworks

~*~Patty said...

Wendy is lovely in her closeup!
Your book projects look fascinating and I think pink and orange look great together ... altho I would not want to keep you from a shopping trip ;)
oxo

Mummylade said...

you made your own stamp? I'm totally over-impressed. wow!

Halle said...

Your messy workspace is mine on a "cleaned up day". I have stuff piled on top of stuff and still only have about a greeting card size spot to work on.

Angie said...

Wow ...you are such a busy bee... the dying of the fabric was interesting ...must have a play one day.
Like you I commented on everyone except the twiter one and the last, who I felt was not a WOYWWer ...there were one or two that I felt were not in the spirit of the thing ..but I still left a comment....I also agree with you about Darcy

TinaB said...

That's really tidy! I'm off to take off the pictures of my desk lol! xx

Chrissie said...

Looks like lots of lovely projects going on here!

Sherry Goodloe said...

Ok, so I finally came to a WOYWW post where the area is TIDY! :)

I missed last Wednesday's anniversary. urrrrr

But I'm playing along today, so stop by when you get a chance ok?

Lida said...

Your area is very nice, I can´t wait to see the final product and love the 2010 stamp!!

Paula Gale said...

Hi Elizabeth - Great stamp - I thought you were going to share here you bought it from !!!!

Anyway - makesure that your Wendy doesn't spend up on the shopping trip - I bet she likes shoes and handbags though - or is she into craft stuff too... She's gawjuss!!!

I think i visited most desks... it was an epic journey!

Paula x x x

La Dolce Vita said...

congrats on your first stamp! woohoo! love seeing your work in progress!!

Carla aka scrappypug said...

such a neat selection of stuff going on!

Linda Elbourne said...

A fabulous close up of Wendy and I like you struggled with the Twitter thingy ... got around everyone else though ... it was great fun!

Nikki said...

Very Kewl Idea with the dying so many thing to try :)
Hugs Nikki
P.S. Which Appy Numbers your comments??

Foil Play said...

Your fabric looks beautiful :-)

Esther said...

That fabric is just yummy, and what a clever way to die it...thanks for visiting me last week on my first WOYWW. I am officially hooked !

Dragons Lair Designs said...

How many did i visit last week ... NONE

This is my first week lol

Hugs Janette
Stamping Dragon Designs

Penni said...

Gosh, you have been busy. I love the colour of the fabric.

Hugs
Penni
x

minnie_mac said...

Enjoyed reading your post. Your stamp looks great.

Marilyn

Spyder said...

I'm beginning to think that I must have a sewing machine, me who was chucked out of sewing at school! It looks just sooo much fun!! Making ANYthing, rather that what you HAD to at school (and always getting it wrong!) I have a little award on my blog for you, sorry if I've already said, coz I was here earlier, but there's no comment from me so I must have forgot!!(I do that) You can find it
here

please chose one, if you're into them, but if not, well... have a good day! Lyn

Cath said...

I love the look of the books. Your work is amazing I hope your friends enjoy them.

Cathx

Dawn said...

How cleaver you made your very own stamp woo hoo and I totally agree wbout Darcy's blog sahe is truly gifted and generous crafter!

Oh I just read the post below too, you are full of information! thanx enjoy yr visit to the tea place oh and see if you can get some of thiose coffee sacks you can make some great things out of them if you want to know more just ask

Love Dawn xx

love Dawn xx

Kay said...

Think I made it to everyone last week, but I was on leave so had the whole day. Not sure I will do so well this week! Well done on the stamp, look forward to seeing many more.

joey said...

Hiya :O)

I sadly didnt make it around to very many blogs last week, I am just trying now to catch up with this weeks :O) love the look of that fabric.

Joey.xxx

Terri Kahrs said...

Holy Cow, Elizabeth! It looks as though I'm really late to the party today! I always look forward to your Wednesday posts to see what you're up to. And I've not a tad disappointed today. I LOVE your new hand-carved stamp! How adventurous of you to try something new! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Marlynn said...

Love your rubber stamp you carved! I carved one - ONCE. Not bad but not necessarily my thing. Love your dyed material, LOL on the orange thread! And, Wendy is a beautiful as ever, hope you took her shopping with you. M

Kathryn said...

Wonderfully busy space you've shown us today! My x-acto sleeps with the fishes. Glad to see that you can make one work for you! And sewing, well... Love, love, LOVE that beautiful face in the last pic!
xo
kat

angelwhispers said...

Very creative space!! Love the books (something I have never tried!!) Love Chanelle xx

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Beautiful space, love that little dolly, hope she has lots of adventures, lol! Great WOYWW, lots going on and to do, how exciting. Am on the mend thanks so much, thanks for asking, hugs Heidi xx

Doone said...

thanks for stopping by my first ever w0yww, I see you too are an altered booker - well I shall make sure I am working on my altered book next week so it's on my desk on Weds next, I'm new to this so have not yet scheduled in the time to visit every desk and leave a comment - but I'll get there.... and it may be I visit people over the week if there isn't time on a Weds?

Dx

Sue from Oregon said...

oh goodness...dying your own fabric...thats a lot of work...sorry to have missed you all last week but was gone part of the week and then working tons getting ready for cherry harvest! I hope to have time to go back andpeek but am so enjoying Wendy's travels over the last week LOL!

Sid said...

This looks great & a fab machine !!

Paper and Ribbons said...

The fabric looks so pretty and congrats on the stamp!