Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WOYWW 81: Manic mode

If this is your first time visiting my blog, WOYWW stands for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and it has become the popular hit started in the UK and going strong for 81 weeks in a row. Please visit Julia at Stamping Ground, take a photo of your mess desk or workspace, link up, and let people snoop at your place, too. I saved these LARGE, so click on the photos to see everything you will miss if you don't.

For all you UK visitors, I sincerely hope you are not snowed in. Send some my way. It's been 36 days since we've had any precipitation.

On my desk are a few art quilts or quiltlets in various stages of completion. These are all Christmas gifts which must be ready in two days, except the one in the back which will head for Canada in a few days or weeks or ??? That means I'm in manic mode, trying to get these gifts finished in time to pass them out on Christmas eve or day.

These are the most complete of the six I am working on. These need backs and embellishments, then will be ready to go.

But I don't delude myself. I know you really came to see a few of my over 450 rocking horses. The two on my gesso jar are brass ornaments for a tree, and the one leaning against the gesso is a stained glass tree ornament, too.

Let's zoom in a bit to see the Rocking Reindeer. Yes, Annette, this is a reindeer and from counting the "points" on the antlers, it is a six point buck!

OOPS, not that close. But while you are looking, you might as well cast your eyes on this lovely card I received from Jude of Crafts International. I won a prize from her, the UK people call "blog candy." And it was a sweet gift, along with this drop dead gorgeous card I'm keeping around for inspiration. There's so much to see and appreciate in this card, I don't know where to begin. But it was made just for ME, and I'm totally impressed. Thank you, Jude from the bottom of my heart!

One final picture today. I combined my love of trees with my love of rocking horses. When a few of the embellishments fell off this hand made tree, I added 8 rocking horses, several of which are on the back side of the tree.

Today, I would be remiss if I didn't honor Jude for the lovely card she made, as well as all the gifts she sent me. She really hit this one out of the ballpark, because this card is my style. It pays to visit her because she often has blog candy during a WOYWW visit. See, the first person who visited didn't return to claim her/his prize, and she redrew my name. If you like the looks of this card, you will love her style. So be sure to check out Crafts International and say hi to Jude today.

And because this is the last WOYWW before Christmas, I want to wish each and every one of you, my dear WOYWW friends, a very Merry Christmas. I hope it is safe, joyous, stress free, family oriented, and filled with all things that warm your heart. I'll be around sometime today or after Friday to visit you.

43 thoughtful remarks:

The Paper Princess said...

Merry Christmas Elizbeth and Bleubeard! Can it be - I'm first on your commmenter list this week?

I love your rocking horse but you know me - I'm always hoping for a peek at the furry blue one! No matter - have a blessed holiday and know that WE are getting all of YOUR rain! :-)


voodoo vixen said...

So you even have a reindeer rocking horse.... or is that an oxymoron? LOL Love it, its fab. Also love your quiltlets all spread out and lookign beautiful... you are going to be a very busy girl for the next couple of days!!

jude said...

Your More than Welcome hun and enjoy those goodies and im sure you will loveee the Stickles.Rocking horses looking good and im sure that you will get all your gifts sorted in time hun.
Wishing you and your a Very Merry Christmas and Happy ,Haealthy,Crafty New Year
Hugs judex

Chrissie said...

I love your padded Christmas tree with all those dear little rocking horses on it and the Rocking Reindeer really is something!
I think your collection is such a brilliant one... I don't know that I've seen that many rocking horses in this country, or have you really had to search for them over there? Whatever the case, they're wonderful!
Have a blessed Christmas!

Neet said...

Happy Crimbo to your and Bleubeard.

Love that proud reindeer of yours - he is so majestic stood there. Those rocking horses on the padded tree look great - are they very very tiny? Good luck with the gifts - hope you finish on time (know what you mean about being rushed).

JoZart said...

Reindeers Rock! Great festive post with interesting crafting to share as always. Have a Happy Christmas and a healthy crafting New Year 2011,
Lots of love from JoZarty x

Marjo said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Absolutely gorgeous creations. Love the quilts. Thanks for the peek and sharing.

Happy Holidays and have a creative crafting New Year. Hugs, Marjo...don't have a number yet..lol

Helen said...

Fab pics today - good luck with your quilting... think you have a challenge there... Happy Christmas and a healthy and crafty New Year to you.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

good for you to be making Christmas gifts, Elizabeth. handmade is always special. i always want to give gifts i've made but haven't gotten round to do it recently. maybe i should start for next year! a blessed and joyful Christmas to you and may the coming year bring all the best for you!

Wipso said...

Your rocking reindeer is really gorgeous.
Hope you and yours have a really wonderful Christmas and 2011 brings you all you wish yourselves.
A x

Mandi said...

Just a quick hope today
LOVE your reindeer Elizabeth [see my blog today!]
happy Holidays

sandra de said...

And wishing you and bluebeard a wonderful Christmas.Loving those quilts and rocking reindeer.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Oh that card is SO beautiful I love it- and those quilts will be such special gifts! I too have a stack of projects in the works...I always do this to myself, make a MUCH bigger list than I'll be likely to be able finishing.
Merry Christmas!

Toucan Scraps said...

pretty fabric tree, and I love the quilting with the denim triangle.

Have a great Chrsitmas, be blessed
from Angela #36

Cardarian said...

Dear Elizabeth! Thank you for all your lovely posts and visits to my blog! It was a lot of fun and hope we have even more fun to look forward to!
Wishing you a lovely and blessed Christmas, health and happiness in 2011!
Lots of hugs,

Lothian Crafts said...

Hope you have a merry Christmas. I love the fabric christmas tree and your rocking horse (reindeer). Hope you get your quilts finished in time.

Morti said...

Merry Christmas to you both, Elizabeth and Bleubeard! That Reindeer Rocker is absolutely gorgeous - gotta be my fave to date!

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.

S said...

Merry Christmas, so much to see today. Thanks, S #31

Darcy said...

love your rocking horse reindeer!

we have lots of that damn white stuff!!!


Julia Dunnit said...

Jude really aced that card, huh! I lovethe peeks of your sash window with the ornaments on the slider edge...really great way to display. Love the look of the wall hangings, they're already fab! I'll be back before Christmas!

Sherry Goodloe said...

No snow here in my neck of the woods, but we sure have been hit with the RAIN! I've never seen this much rain in southern california since I moved here in 1975! I hate to drive in it :(

I'm #50 this week. Please stop by and take a look when you get a chance.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Twiglet said...

Rockin reindeer and gorgeous little tree. Have a merry Christmas and a crafty and healthy New Year!

akilli melek said...

Merry christmas Elizabeth. Hope you have a lovely weekend, filled with joy and laughter.

Love the reindeer rocker, so cute.

cant send you snow, but might be able to send you a ray of sunshine


oneoff said...

And a Happy Christmas to you and Bleubeard.

I've really enjoyed reading your blog since I found it this year; you have so many interesting things to show and discuss, and I appreciate all the time and effort you must put in to posting so many diverse blog items.

The quilts are reminding me of my mum doing a lot of dressmaking when I was tiny. Loving the rocking horse tree too.

Bernie #59

Minxy said...

Great snoop today, i love all your ickle christmas decs, and i just got that bo bunny santa stamp in the post today, its lovely, as is the card your friend made you.
Wishing you Happy WOYWW & Happy Christmas too
hugs Minxy #4

Violets Corner said...

Lovely quilts and your rocking horse collection is fantastic.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Warm hugs

Tuire Flemming said...

Love those quilts! And I have never seen a rocking reindeer before!

Do you like to have a bit snow from Finland, too??? We have enough here, and they said that more is coming... You can see pics on my blog!

Merry Christmas and creative year 2011 to you and yours and ofcourse to dear Bleubeard!

Anonymous said...

That truly is a beautiful card from Jude, and I love your gifts, even if they still need extra work. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Brenda 45

Vicki B in OP NY said...

Merry Christmas, Elizabeth, to you and Bleubeard. Loved the snoop around your place today. I enjoyed your rocking reindeer -just darling.
Vicki #21

MaggieC said...

Love your quilting - that is one hobby I dipped into but never followed through far enough to complete anything. Maybe I will have another go after Christmas, together with all the hundreds of other hobbies I really fancy trying. There are not enough hours in a day for someone like me who collects hobbies. I just love trying new things, just to see....
Have a lovely Christmas

Sheila said...

Merry Christmas! I like that tree. No snow here, but lots of rain.

TJL-Online said...

Warm wishes to you.sending this from my sons computor!we have a sprinkling of snow .Our cat, Spot is definately the cat on the mat by the fire.
Like the quiltlets! sarah lawrence

Susan Allan said...

Those quilts are looking good, sewing projects take up so much more time than paper ones I often find. But they will be so worth the effort.
Have a good Christmas with Bleubeard, your padded tree and rocking horses.
Sue xx

minnie_mac said...

Love your rocking reindeer.

Happy Christmas to you and Bleubeard, and every happiness in 2011.


Katie said...

Goodluck finishing up! Merry Christmas!

Katie (47)

Serendipity Stamping said...

All your lovely rocking horses! I don't think I know anyone else that collects them. Beautiful card you received. I like the padded tree with the rocking horses attached. You, Bluebeard and family have a great Christmas. I haven't checked today's weather, so don't know how Dorothy is doing in Kansas, LOL.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Lots of pictures today! How wonderful that you are making your gifts. I only think about making them, then end up buying! A blessed Christmas to you and Bluebeard! Patsy from

Carmen said...

Such a great post again :) Merry Christmas to you too - sending you super speedy thought in the hope you finish your gifts in time.

Merry Christmas :)

Carmen #80

Maggie's Crafts said...

Thank you for sharing and visiting my blog. :)

Do you know about my blog candy?


Merry Christmas!


Scrapcollectr said...

U probably thought I was out of my mind when I asked you if there was a WOYWW this week...hee hee. I was an entire day early! I'm not too frazzled.... Hope you can finally relax on Christmas Day, what with all the work u have ahead of u til then. Happy Holidays!

Caro said...

Merry Christmas Elizabeth. Give Bleubeard a Christmas stroke and cuddle from me! Thanks for sharing your rocking horses etc.

Nicky said...

Love the gifts you are making and the rocking horses - happy christmas to you and Bluebeard ~ Nicky 52

Spyder said...

Fab sneak peek into your World at Christmas Time, love the reindeer, lovely gifts. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.
ps...I'm never ready!