Wednesday, November 3, 2010

WOYWW 74: Not much!

For the first time in 12 consecutive weeks, I didn't make it to everyone's blog last week. My back would not allow me to sit that long at a time. Seems I didn't get much art done either, so it was not a productive week. And poor Bleubeard had a birthday and I didn't even feel like giving him a proper birthday party.


What's on YOUR workdesk this Wednesday? Not much is on mine. The sewing machine is dormant, the desk has only one project that I can't show, and there is nothing going on in my basement studio, either. On my desk, mixed and ready to be used is my favorite background at the moment: Staz-on reinker (in this case, midnight blue) and 91% alcohol.


Even Wendy is looking a bit tired. She went with me to vote yesterday and got her very own sticker. People thought we were sisters!! And right now, that cute little brass rocking horse is sitting on HER, rather than the other way around. And yes, I will be by this week, but it will probably be later in the week, since I'm going to try to get six journals made before Saturday. Quite a feat. I have the pages all sewn, but need to put them together and find some fabric. Wish me luck, or wish me sanity, whichever comes first.

So what is this WOYWW blog hop, you ask? Check out Julia's Stamping Ground for the details and to view all the links.

Today's blog is another WOYWWer, Tuire Flemming. Tuire lives in Finland and works in both paper and fabric. She makes the most adorable stuffed animals and gorgeous cards from fabric, then turns around and makes the most amazing ATCs, dark art, and Gothic Arches using paper and stamps. Tuire is very versatile, and I really enjoy reading her blog. I've never featured a blog from Finland before. This is a real treat, so please say hi to Tuire on her blog, Strange Enchantment, today.

77 thoughtful remarks:

voodoo vixen said...

Well, I am pleased that you and your sister Wendy made it out to vote - even if she is now being squished by a brass rocking horse!! LOL Hope the back holds out, I do not envy you making all those journals!! Eeeeeek! I thought I was doing well getting two Christmas cards done! ;)

Chrissie said...

I hope your back is improving, take care doing all those journals! Glad Wendy got her mid-term voting sticker and that I got to see another of your rocking horses!
Even if your didn't make it around to everyone last week, you're still the commenting queen!
Chrissie

Cheryl said...

oh hope your back is improving,hun and take care getting all those journals,done love your rocking horse hun,take care hugs cheryl xxxx

Christine said...

Postponed parties are just as good and I'm sure Bleubeard will forgive you :-) Hope your back feels better soon. Christine #7

The Taming of the Glue said...

Good luck with the 6 journals and hope your back improves. I'm glad to see that Wendy is public spirited and realises the importance of voting!!

Sue said...

Hi ya
aww i hope you back is feeling much better, you have done brill to make it all the way round for so many weeks, top commenter.All the best with them journal pages, hope you get them all done in time, have great day, happy WPYWW, sue,(17)x

akilli melek said...

ELizabeth, good to see you at number 1 again! I dont know how you do it. I did all the hops last week and it took me 3 days. Seriously, I dont think I'll manage in 2 consecutive weeks, lol.
I hope your back is getting better, and i'm sure bleubeard likes his collar and will forgive you the party.
Good luck with the journals. caroline #16

Mandi said...

Aww Elizabeth Im so sorry you are still suffering with your back...do wish that better SOON
Happy Birthday to Bleubeard, good to know I am in good company with a Birthday! lol

Have a good week, thank you for making mine one you managed to visit

Take Care
mandi xx

Sunshine Girl said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for sharing (no. 29)

Helen said...

Hi, hope your back recovers soon. Love today's rocking horse complete with voting sticker! Good luck getting 6 journals done - sounds like quite a task!

Jo Davies said...

Hey, sorry to hear you have been suffering with your back, I do hope you are on the mend soon, decided today's the day to join in the fun, just popped in to leave some love, Jo xxx

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Elizabeth, sorry to hear that your back is troubling you. They can be so-and-so's at times. 6 journals to do by Saturday - yikes!!! Thanks for sharing your workspace. Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 36)

Nicks said...

yay you are first! Hope you back is getting back to full strength and wish Bluebeard a belated Birthday x

Ciara said...

I hope that rocking horse isn't squashing her too much!

I can sympathise with having a glass back, it's so frustrating not to mention painful. You hang in there.

Take care Elizabeth,

Ciara
xx

Jennie said...

Hope your back gets better soon, and love the rocking horse :))
Hugs xx

Cardarian said...

Hello Elisabeth!

I hope your back gets better and your mojo returns to the highest level - don't worry sometimes we need a rest!
Love your rocking horse !
Hugs,
Cardarian

Morti said...

Morning Elizabeth! Sounds like we've both gone through the wars this last week or so! I have back problems on a regular basis so can empathise - hope you're feeling better soon!

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

you are at no 1 again, order is restored in my universe. I have been very bad/good of late crafting has taken over to the exclusion of most everything (except feeding my family). Timthy is currently playing with my inked up brayer sat on my knee. Never too young to get them involved I say!

Wipso said...

Good luck with the journals Elizabeth. Look after that back and allow it to improve at it's own rate cos bad backs wont be hurried. Sending you big healing hugs.
A x

Doone said...

YOU ARE INDEED Number One yeah....

i said left - it's the clinician in me - as you look at the screen it's on the right!

Neet said...

Hope you are soon back to normal (back problem) - how did you manage to get to be no 1? Hope it was not pain that had you up early.
Shame about Bleubeard's birthday coming and going. Still, never mind, Wendy got out and about.

Julia Dunnit said...

Don't over do it - even standing and sitting around to make up stuff will be a muscle test. And six journals - oh my, I don't doubt that you can and you will..sometimes the time is just right isn't it! Happy belated returns to Bleubeard, am perfectly sure he's not cross about missing a party. We would have trouble buying acohol like that over here in Blighty. Have a fun but careful day dear friend!

Lulabelle said...

Hope your back is getting better! Good luck with the journals! Love Wendy!

Tuire Flemming said...

Hi! What a surprise when I opened my blog this morning :) Thank you so much!

Waiting to see your journals... but take care of your back! And Happy Birthday to Bleubeard!!! Meow!

Hugs from (grey and rainy) Finland!

JoZart said...

I really hope you are getting well by now but take it easy as you are giving yourself a mammoth task making all those journals. Wendy is flat out just thinking of it. Fab choice this week as Tuire's blogs are well worth a look so no probs going again!
Happy Birthday to Bleubeard and hope he managed to celebrate on the quiet without you knowing.
Hugs
JoZarty x

Rachel said...

Good luck with the journals. I wish I could help. And good luck with your back! As for Bleubeard, he's a cat so he celebrated, even if you don't know!

cheers,
rachel #34

Linda C said...

Congratuations on making #1 this week. 6 journals and a bad back - yikes is right! Take care.
Hugs, Linda

p.s. Happy Birthday Bleubeard!

Susan said...

Woo Hoo Elizabeth...you made the Number 1 spot! Hope your back is feeling better. Happy Birthday Bleubeard!
Susan (#71)xxox

http://stamponme.blogspot.com

Jules said...

Good luck with the 6 journals, that sounds like quite a feat! My kitties both send happy birthday meows to Bleubeard, loving that new collar :D (69)

Artyjen said...

Heck! 6 journals in one week....sounda a lot of work to me!! Hope your back is much better soon.
xoxo Sioux

Susan Allan said...

You got to be number one this week, you must be feeling better!
Six journals... I do wish you luck and hope you get them completed on time.
I looked up your technique with ink and alcohol...looks really brilliant. I am sure we cannot buy such a pure alcohol here in the UK, but I shall investigate. Hope you have a good strong coffee before starting those journals.
Sue xx 73

judith@poppy cottage said...

Sorry to hear your back is bad, I'm a fellow suffer, so you have my sympathies. Take care in your busy week. Love the rocking horse, Judith xx

Theresa said...

Hi Elizabeth! Give Wendy a pat on the back for voting from me. Another cute rocking horse for WOYWW and looking forward to your next project. Good Luck in your journal making this week!
(#78)

Alix said...

no mean feat 6 journals on the go at once...hope the back eases soon, hon xx

Kate said...

Sorry you've not been feeling well, hope you are feeling better soon and can make it up to Bluebeard for his lack of party!
** Kate ** #76

Scrapcat 1 said...

Hope your back is better soon mine has been sore as well so I know exactly how you feel.

Hels Sheridan said...

aw hun, I know your pain and it does zap the old Mojo doesn't it? Hoping it gets better for you soon... love Wendy.. she is a gorgeous girl .. oh and AlfieCat sends Bleubeard a big birthday purr! xx

Healing Woman said...

6 JOURNALS TO GET OUT! Good for you. Good luck on your deadline. Working with a purpose and a deadline will help you forget about the pain in your back..a little anyway.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

congratulations on being number 1! how do you do that?!

wishing you luck and sanity for those journals you're making, and i hope your back is getting much better.

thanks again for the AB class invite. even before getting anything really done on this first one, i find myself thinking about themes and ideas for the next ABs!

Rachael said...

That rocking horse looks very interesting :)
Have a nice day
Rach xx

SueH said...

Six journals in a week……..are you sure Elizabeth?
Don’t think I’ve even made six in my entire crafting career, let alone a week!

Not sure that sitting that long making them is going to be good for your back either, so take it steady.
Hope you’re feeling better soon because there’s nothing worse than back pain.

Sue
x

olive said...

I would be absolutely delighted if you wish to feature my blog... thats an understatement. At least your desk looks tidy!:) Ciao

Shari said...

Elizabeth, I am hoping also that your back will continue to heal, and completing six journals will hopefully help take your mind off the pain but do not work so hard as to aggravate it. Bleubeard seems so sweet that I'll bet he prefers you to be better before he celebrates his birthday. Wishing you well this week!
~Shari #94

see you there! said...

6 journals? You are so productive. Thanks for the link, I enjoy finding blogs that originate in other countries so I can get a peek at what they are doing.

Darla

~*~Patty S said...

something tells me every day is a special day for Bleubeard living with you E!

You are so productive...do take care of your back Lady!
oxo

Loopylou!! said...

omg 6 journals?!! it takes me forever to do one! hope your back is feelinga little better this week, hugs Lou xx

karen said...

I hope your back is better very soon! I thank you for visiting my blog last week and leaving such a lovely comment!
You mention that your favourite background at the moment is StazOn re-inker and alcohol. I am curious as to how you are using it. Do you put it on the craft sheet and rub the paper in it? Or brush it on? Or....? I will have to dig around your blog some more to see if I can find this out!
Take it easy on your back and give Bluebeard a Birthday snuggle from me!

bosenberries said...

Wow! Good luck with all those journals!! Robin

Scrapcollectr said...

Liz (ur probably not a Liz person, I bet-- hee hee),
I hope the back has been improving! You certainly haven't lost ur sense of humor...thanks for visiting my blog in between WOYWWs. You HAVE to go back to a post I did after your last visit because it features a cat and will probably give u a laugh. Hoping your healthy days are just ahead!
*smile*
#37

Carolynne said...

Hope you back improves soon, mine has been quite bad also as I have been making christmas cards into the wee small hours, so I went out on Saturday and bought myself a backrest as I do not want to miss out on my crafting.
Have a great day

xx

Rhonda said...

I can totally sympathize with you on you back...I have the same problem, sadly. Making six journals in a few days is a big job. Just take your time, you can do it I wasn't able to make it to everyone's desk either.

Cathy said...

Hope your back is better soon. Love the ickle rocking horse, and am interested to see what your finished project will be.

How do you get to be first so much ... if I am in the early 100s I feel good LOL!!!

Hugs
Cathy xx

Sherry said...

Good luck with getting all your journals finished Elizabeth - don't overdo things. Poor Wendy trapped under that horse, she looks interesting, I haven't seen her before.

Wishing you a speedy recovery with your bad back - and belated happy birthday to Bleubeard - miaowwww!!!

Sherry (110 this week, I see you made it to number one again - yay!!!)

Sherry Goodloe said...

Love the project you are working on and love how clean your work area is *sigh*

Lothian Crafts said...

6 Journals you will need good luck to get that many done. Love the little rocking horse.
Elaine

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Hi...#1,
Good luck with all those journals hope we get to see the StazOn background technique!!! Happy belated birthday to Bleubeard.x

A.xx(14)

Elizabeth said...

Sorry to hear your back hasn't been good. Hopefully, you will get your 6 journals completed though it seems a tough order. Thanks for sharing your workdesk today. Elizabeth #98

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Happy Belated Birthday Bluebeard! How nice of Wendy to go out and vote! Very patriotic of her! I heard that only 6% of Americans vote, or some absurd figure like that! Here in the Philippines, it is a holiday, and such a big todo. Looking forward to seeing the journals- you didn't say why you had to finish six!!!!
Patsy from
HeARTworks

joey said...

Hiya,

I have missed you too! just dont know where my time is going, I feel it best to sit out when I know I can make no comments! lol. Happy BELATED Birthday to Bleubeard, Bless.

Joey.xx

Esther said...

Glad to hear your back is on the mend...don't be doing too much and make it bad again though (blimey what a nag!)...six journals, wow..good luck with that!! Esther xx

Aisling said...

Hey Elizabeth, sorry to hear about your hurting back! Don't bother about not having visited everyone, you really shouldn't stress about it, it is supposed to stay fun, right?! Hope you'll be crafting again very soon! Happy WOYWW #126

Spyder said...

I'm on the 'dizzy' tablets at the moment...my head won't stop spinning! rather that than back pain. Here I am started at the top (after answering all my emails first) and it's 11.45...so it's nearly tomorrow all ready! Now, how do you get to be number one??? I'm in there twice but that was someone linking me, aren't they nice! Happy WOYWW!
((Lyn))

Tammy Freiborg said...

Six books - you take it easy, relax, and do your back exercises. I do hope you find relief from the pain!!

Scrapcollectr said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog (#37)! Your wish has come true sooner than you thought. I played with the Anna Griffin stamp tonight and in about 10 minutes I'll be posting a card that uses it. Did you see the cat card? Just wondered if it reminded you at all of your cat...
*smile*

Stressed Stamper said...

spotted the horse - you need to go back to hiding it...too easy...No 1.....my challenge to get that spot once...game on
Sarah #20

Marilyn Rock said...

You are still struggling with your back - so sorry. It does take awhile, doesn't it? I hope you will be feeling better very soon. Thinking positive thoughts for you Elizabeth. And; Happy Birthday Bluebeard; I'm sure he understands and sympathizes with you. That is the beauty with pets. xxoo

Maggie's Crafts said...

Love your pics of rocking horses. :)

Maggie

x

sasa said...

A week of taking it easy is always okay!
sasa

Twiglet said...

Take it easy and allow that back to heal!

lisa said...

I hope you're feeling a bit better this week. Being in pain is just so tiring isn't it.
Nothing wrong with taking it easy although I don't count 6 journals as resting!!!!
We have been watching your elections on the TV here. It all sounds very confusing!!!! but I love to see what the weather's like in Washington when they do the reports from the White House!!
Hugs Lisa (112)

Paula Gale said...

Oh No Elizabeth - really sorry your back is still playing up - but I am impressed you visited all those blogs - and certainly love to hear from you.

Hope you are improved soon - and make sure that Wendy is looking after you properly!!!

Big hugs to you and wishing you a speedy recovery

Paula x x x

Debs said...

Hey there, hope your back soon better and good luck with the journals xx

Janetlynne said...

Hope you feel better....I know what a sore back feels like...not fun... Your kitty will understand. Ours is missing Brendan....he is now sleeping on his bed.... Oh congrats on being #1 Janetlynne 86

Neet said...

I know I have already commented on this post - but - just a big Thank You from me for your post on my blog. Now off to look at your other posts as it seemed very interesting on my way down to this one.

butlersabroad said...

Hello Missy, how is your back now? Improving I hope. Fraid I had to give up on WOYWW, too busy at work last week and too tired in the evenings! I still left over 60 comments though! I started doing this in January of this year and there were about 15 of us!! Can you believe how it's morphed!

The stamp with the pine tree on it is a Christmas collage type stamp from Hampton Art, I got it about a month ago in Michaels, they still have it in my local store and they have most of their Christmas card making supplies on one large display. I think it was $12.99 but I had a coupon.... I always have a coupon!!

Glad you all voted, I'm still a British citizen so no voting rights for me! Sometimes I think that's a blessing!!

Hugs
Brenda

Sarah said...

Even #1 can't be everywhere at once so thanks for popping by even if it was late, as you can see I'm still visiting myself - trying not just to visit my favs every week but it's hard.

butlersabroad said...

Just me again! I meant to say that I totally agree with you on the value of good tools, it's not generally a good idea to buy cheap stuff. And yes, Andrews first love has always been wood, he has a shop full of large wood working and hand tools and a self extracting dust collector too! And in the garage you'll also find a metalwork lathe.

Hugs
Brenda