Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What's On Your Worktable Wednesday # 60

Nikki, who made the lovely blog button I'm using this week, and I live in different time zones from Julia, where the WOYWW madness begins links are kept.

So in all fairness, I took these photos on Tuesday, but that only means I'm still behind you UK and far east gals!

Once again, I was deeply touched by all the wonderful and beautiful comments I got last week. I was really taken by how many of you chose to visit, and (like Julia pointed out) although it was not intended to be a house tour, how generous your comments were about my home. I realize that many of you have far nicer (and more modern) homes than I, but I sure appreciate all your wonderful comments. I will continue to show a few of my rocking horses over the next few months. I have more rooms and more horses for you to inspect, so be prepared. And yes, it took me through Saturday, but I made it to every WOYWWer last week. I think it was a record week with 140 links, too. This week I may take a bit longer to reach you, since I'm off with friends the next couple of days.

This week, as the grass grows taller in the back yard, Wendy and I are outside early in the day to attempt some fabric dyeing.

On my in-need-of-a-new-paint-job back patio table are some dye inks I bought last week for a song, Wendy, distilled water in orange spray bottle, a door stop rocking horse I used to hold down the plastic covering the table (it was quite windy and no real way to hide or disguise this cast-iron baby), two lengths of PVC pipe with cotton scrunched on them, along with other folded or tied cotton fabric for dyeing. I'll step it out in a tutorial tomorrow if anyone is interested in returning.

Do you start recognizing the icons/avatars of artists you want to visit each week? I sure have. It took awhile, but I'm finally recognizing all the wonderful WOYWWers who visit and whose names I can now remember. One of the names that struck me before I ever read one of her posts was Cardarian, my blog pick of the day. By her own admission, she is a card maker who is also a librarian, thus the name of her blog: Cardarian's Happy Place. Cardarian lives in Slovenia. If you are geography challenged like me, you'll be glad to know Slovenia is a country in Europe to the east of Italy, that lies between the Alps and the Mediterranean. So don't forget to stop by and tell her hi today.

69 thoughtful remarks:

Helen said...

Love your fabric dyeing. (The box you commented on, holds my eco green paints)

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh yes would love to see the tutorial please and well done on getting around to all desks last week - I didnt make it to all of them and dont think I will this week either as the children are off school now for a few weeks! Have fun :)

Spyder said...

Like you I'm beginning to reconize all the icons, but unlike you I didn't get round to everyone, there was one that didn't go anywhere and another that went back to Julia's! Hope we're going to see what you are getting up to! looks likefun...and of course like your rocking horse table cover keeper-downer, I usually only have a large stone! Have a good day

(Lyn))

joey said...

Hiya

oooh I am intrested to come back and see I always love to see things that arent always things I do lol, I must remember to hop back tomoz.

Joey.xxx

secret scrapbooker said...

Look forward to seeing your tutorial, always great to learn new techniques :0)
Kate x

jude said...

Love the rocking horses and will pop back for sure to see the tutorial.Have agreat wednesday
hugs judex

Galaxy Girl - my Stamp Galaxy Blog... said...

Looking forward to a tutorial.

Hugs
Kay

Lynne said...

I love fabric dying and haven't done any for ages, looking forward to seeing what you create.

Darcy said...

OO I haven't done any dyeing in ages, I have a huge sack full of 'white stuff' waiting to be done, silks,cottons,fibres,lace etc I must make up some salt solution and soda solution and have a session.

I love visting Cardarian too.

Cheryl said...

oh now this does look like fun,would love too see how this works,love cheryl xxxx

peggy aplSEEDS said...

the fabric dyeing project looks really interesting. i'm looking forward to next time and hope to see what you'll be making with it.

Lothian Crafts said...

Look forward to seeing the finished project. Hope you enjoy your days away.
Elaine

Tracy Evans said...

Hi there, I too am just beginning to recognise a few people now, its great. I need to have a go at fabric dyeing, not done any for a long long time. I love that cast iron rocking horse too. How is Bleubeard this morning? I'm hoping to get around everyones desk this week too but could take me a while as my children are on school holidays and need entertaining during the day. Have a lovely Wednesday, Tracy Evans x

Sid said...

Looks weird at first but now I understand !! Very different workdesk !!

Wipso said...

Look forward to more pics of the fabric dying and the effects you get on the fabric.
A x

Bluefairy4U said...

Hi, hope you get your fabric-dying done, love your little horse will look forward to see how all your bits come out. You are fantastic going to everyones blog goodness. I try to visit as many but have too much to do.
Hugs JO.xx

Cardarian said...

Hi Elisabeth! What a surprise that you chose me as your blog pick of the day! Thank you so much! I am really honored! I have never done any fabric dyeing but I was thinking of making some dolls and dying some old white fabric I have - I might gather the courage! Oh that little door stop horse is lovely!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

Penni said...

Any crafting done outside has to be fun, and expect really messy too LOL !!!!

Hugs
Penni
X

Handmade with Love said...

Can't wait to see what you make, looks interesting. Like you I am getting used to everyones names and icons every week, but I don't usually get round to everyone anymore as there are so many of us I run out of time! Have a great week! Tracey x

scrapcat 1 said...

intrigued to see what your dying turns out like and love your rocking horse

Nancy said...

I love the fact your workspace is outside this week, I look forward to seeing what you creat from your fabric dying.

Thanks for sharing

KS

angeleef said...

How nice of you to pick a 'blog pick of the day'.
I'm getting better at remembering all the names of those amazing blog people too and by that, it gets easier to see who's now :)
Have a nice day!
** Evi **

Sue said...

Hi Ya
going to take me a while to get round, but get there in the end, look forward to seeing the rest of your rocking horses. Lovely to craft outside, a tutorial would be brill, its nice seeing familar faces, have great day, sue,x

Linda Elbourne said...

I am another one for the tutorial ... please ... great post and it is always such a pleasure visiting everyone :0) I know what you mean about instantly recognising icons too X

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, have a wonderful time with your friends - I just know you will :-) Look forward to seeing your dyed fabric, love shibori.
Anne xx

Sandra said...

Have fun!

Carmen said...

Will definitely be back tomorrow for the tutorial. Now admit it - you just wanted to sneak another horsey in there didn't you? *g*

I'm aiming to make a full sweep of visits this week. I used to be able to when the group was much smaller but as it's got larger I've been lucky to do half. Am going to do ALL this week, I've met so many fabulous people through WOYWW. Gotta be done.

Heather x said...

Oh yes tutorial please :)
Your right you do slowly start recognising avatars..its easy than remembering names lol, I am so terrible at remembering names :0)
*hugs* Heather x

Angie said...

I have just had a catch up on your weeks blogs ....must pop back later as there are such interesting things to read. You always look as though you are having such fun ...can I come and play lol xx

Tracey said...

OOO, can't wait to see your dyed pieces, I would get into a right old pickle and would probably dye the grass too, am bad enough with inks, and don't even mention hair dye LOL.
Have a lovely Wednesday.
x

Serendipity (Christine) said...

I keep thinking I'd like to have a go at fabric dyeing but not quite brave enough. I'm new to WOYWW and I am really enjoying visiting everyone - best way to avoid housework for sure :-)

FlipSyde said...

I will definitely come back to see the results of the fabric dyeing. You Know I love a tutorial!
If you think Your Outdoor table needs a bit of touchup work...
ugh, you are Never Allowed to see a photograph of mine.
Happy WOYWW!
Amy

Healing Woman said...

I'll be sure to tune in tomorrow for more on the dyeing. I visited Cardarian's blog and really like it. When she posted that she was going to take her daughter to her mother's for their "name days" I'll bet it confused a lot of readers from the USA. When I was in Greece, I learned that people there celebrate name days instead of birth-date days. Everyone with the same name celebrates on that day. It is easy to remember everyone you knows birthday since they all have the same name. People go from house to house celebrating their name. I love that idea.

Elizabeth, you really are generous in pointing out and paying tribute to a vast array of blogs! Thankyou!

Twiglet said...

I will pop back to see your fabric dyeing later. Yous door stop is lovely!

Tracey said...

I have never dyed fabric so I will be watching your progress and waiting to see the finished project.
Thanks for sharing

Tracey

Halle said...

Can't wait to see the tutorial and finished product!

Minxy said...

Hope you have fun dying your fabrics.. i've missed the past couple of weeks so i'm now off to have a quick nosey to find out what all this horse talk is about!

Lizzybobs said...

ooo enjoy getting all messy - would love to see a tutorial - Lv Liz

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi again Elizabeth, I don't bake much these days and was actually looking for something to use with Gesso but couldn't find the sort of thing I wanted, but spotted the cake stencils. I'm rally pleased with them 'cos they were such a good price. I read onlline that Graham Crakers are kind of a cross between crispbread and digestive biscuits.
Anne xx

Phree said...

This looks very interesting, will be back to see how you got on with your dyeing.

Serendipity Stamping said...

Dyeing is one thing I have never tried, but am amaze at other people's creations. Looking forward to seeing yours. Love the pics of your furbaby.

La Dolce Vita said...

of course we want to see the tutorial!! love to see what you are up to!! so you got the wind eh?? LOL!!

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Hi, I've not woywdw'd in a while so think its first time I have visited you. Your dying looks interesting. Will be visiting cardarian in a short while. I have started at number 1 on the links & working my way through. Some blogs I recognise & others its fun to see them.
Oh & I would have had no idea where Slovenia is without your help!! I barely know England never mind the world lol!! hugs Helen x

Kate said...

That looks like messy fun.

** kate **

JoZart said...

Look forward to seeing the results of all that fun. Be sure to share. nice to see another very useful rocking horse. I use flat irons, really not as attractive!
Jo

Sarpreet said...

thank you for sharing, good luck with the fabric dying, Happy WOYWW! Thank you for visiting my blog and your wonderful comments, SWALK stamps are new stamp sets from Crafters Companion- they also have a CD to be used with the stamps. here is a link to them on Create and Craft. http://www.createandcraft.tv/SearchGridView.aspx?fh_location=//createandcraft/en_GB/$s=swalk

ScrappySuzanne said...

Love the fact that you get roound everyone's desk....and you have a blog of the week. I am nipping to said blog as I type ;).....Love the brightness of the orange and will look forward to seeing the produce of your fabric dying. xx

itsamistry said...

I can't wait to see the end results of the fabric dying. I got around to a few last week before my pc decided it was going to get infected with a virus (it's now nice and clean but means I have to upload all the software and other techy stuff).

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Fabby WOYWW this week, love your crafty space, thanks for sharing hugs Heidi xxx

Amanda said...

Hi I love rocking horses and still remember the metal one I had as a child. I have looked at last weeks woyww to see all the rocking horses and you have a beautiful collection. Looking forward to seeing more of them. Amanda

Chrissie said...

Enjoyed my visit... are we going to see a rocking horse somewhere or other in every post from now on?
We could have a competition... Spot the Rocking horse... you could hide one in unlikely places!
What fun that would be!
Chrissie

Violets Corner said...

Love to see Wendy again! And yes I'll come back to see the tut :) Got some fabrics I want to dye.

Hugs
Maarit

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

you know we want to see more Elizabeth
your hobby horse makes a perfect helper!
oxo

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Hope we get to see that fabric when you've finished dyeing it. Very intriguing, never dyed fabric before.

xx

Julia Dunnit said...

I was going to ask this time - do you sleep wednesday through saturday? You cover WOYWWers in every time zone and keep up your own blog. You have no idea how much the other 139 WOYWWers appreciate your input to the erm, madness! I'm glad to hear they may be a breeze there, humidity type heat is exhausting. Have a lovely time with your chums..am looking forward to seein gwaht wrapping fabric round pvc piping produces!

Ali H said...

Hi - an outdoor work desk - how fab is that ! Never stops raining long enough in Wales to risk that (he he!!) .. looking forward to seeing your fabric project !

Esther said...

Very glad you'll be showing more rocking hroses, very much enjoyed the tour last week...I really struggle to get round many desks..it's all this having to go to work fulltime and often getting home late that gets in the way ! Look forward to see the results of your fabric dyeing..Esther x

Debrina said...

It's always fun to see what's on people's workdesks, so much so, in fact, that I have decided to join this club. I just love racing around to those blogger's posts who are part of this wonderful venture...yours, dear Elizabeth, is no exception. I just love that horse!!! Also, I'm going to gallop along to Cadarian's now...why? Bwecause she's an artist and librarian just like me! No other excuse required really.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I'll stop by again to see the tutorial. I always like snooping around your desk, or work space! Thanks!!!! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Lori Saul said...

Elizabeth you are a fountain of inspiration and ideas. Each post is a true tutorial in so many different mediums of art. The wonderful step by step process you show in each post is just amazing and so well produced. A joy to visit and thank you for your always lovely comments on my blog. I was away last week and am slowly getting caught up . Wonderful art!

Cath said...

Made it at last.... I decided to start at the end this week as I was so late joining in.
As always your blog is a fountin of knowledge.

Cathx

Bettythebaglady said...

Elizabeth-the last time I dyed something was about 40 years ago-a T-shirt tie dyed. It is wonderful and I've been thinking about it recently with all the stuff in the shops. Am looking forward to seeing your results. Love BettyXXX

Doone said...

sorry I'm late - hae nearly visted all, but need to get soem art done too - had decided to quit whilst I was behind, but as you say after only 7 times I too am starting to 'know' certain peolple I really want to 'see' each week,

I will need to follow you as I want the tutorial please?

Dx

Neet said...

A very different work desk. Looking forward to seeing the results.

kelli said...

your dyed fabric is really neat! It's a lot like tye dying I suppose, but a lot neater!

karenm said...

That is a really interesting photo. I love the rocking horse.

Biscuitlid said...

ooooooooooh fabric dying - that takes me back! I did textile design at university and I was forever trying to wash dye off my hands!

Hugs
Victoria
x

Hels Sheridan said...

Ooooh, more fabric lushness to come from you then hun...cannot wait to see :O)) I love Cardarians blog too...her English is just perfect... which shows me up cos my Sloven is...erm...none existant!!! zx

Pam said...

Loving all the colour on you log. I'm also of to find last week woyww as I was on hol.

Hugs
Pam

oh beforeI gomy MS punch was a whopping 50% off