Tuesday, January 4, 2011

WOYWW: the first in 2011

Happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, the first of 2011. By my account, it is # 83. I visited every desk last week, but some I couldn't comment on. Then I went back to several, after having to reboot a couple of times and forgetting where I left off. If I missed you, it was because I was unable to leave a comment.

Now for the long and short of this post.


The long is a view of my desk and sewing machine. I've changed the pad under the sewing machine because I'm trying to straighten the black one. It's been curling more and more over time, although it's wonderful because it absorbs the machine's vibrations and makes it easy for me to turn the machine when I need to thread the needle.


The short of it is my work table. I've tidied the black carousel, although it still looks a bit junky to me. Actual projects include the year long daily journal I've started working on. I first saw the project on Anne's blog, then on Gez's. I decided to join this year, although I find it really hard to get motivated and make a calendar.

Also on my table is some watercolor paper I'm trying to turn into backgrounds. Not much luck there, either.


The last thing on my table is this bag of shapes I cut from a kitchen sponge yesterday to use in my journal. I've already used the "teacup" on yesterday's journal square. Note to self: use paint, not staz-on ink for a better image!


And finally, my latest rocking horse (and adorable handmade card) came from the Lady with the Links herself, our lovely hostess Julia of Stamping Ground. Rescued from a charity shop, Julia saved this darling ornament from certain death by glitzing it up with gilding and gold. I really love it and it will be a perfect addition to my ever growing collection. Thanks so much, Julia.

66 thoughtful remarks:

voodoo vixen said...

I'm first, I'm first!! LOL No, not on Julia's list, but yours! ;) Hope you get the black mat straightened out and I love the look of the sponge shapes you have there... looks like a pretty messy job to me! Love the rescued rocking horse, so glad Julia found it and re-homed it your way!!

Sue said...

Hi ya hun
i hope you get ya mat flatterned, look forward to seeing your journal, aww luv the rocking horse from Julia,Wishing you a great 2011, happy WOYWW, sue,x (20)

Christine said...

How sweet - rescuing the rocking horse. Lots of work going on - looking forward to seeing your journal :-)

Sheila said...

Glad you are able to give the horse a home.

Marjo said...

Looks like you are very busy creating! Love it. Thanks for the peek and sharing.

Hugs, Marjo #23

Chrissie said...

It looks like you've been having fun!
I think that rocking horse must have been waiting in the charity shop for Julia to snap up for you, he looks wonderful! What a nice lady she is!
Happy New Year!
Chrissie #3

Neet said...

Missed you last week as my brain was not functioning. How wonderful that you are joining in with the calendar project - wish I could motivate myself to do it as I loved what Gez did last year.
Happy New Year to you and Bleubeard. (Give him a cuddle from me)

Pam said...

Oh, and BTW...you are wonderful, Julia is wonderful and everytime I see a rocking horse I think of you now, thank you. No more snoozing lady - You're always tops in our book!

JoZart said...

Yes! I'm the same .. .all rocking horses are linked to you now and I often think that I wish I could send them to you.....watch the post as Die kleine Pferde from Germany will be galloping to see you very soon to join Julia's Gorgeous Goldie!
Lovely to see you making your calendar and I'm hoping to get a chance to start one soon.
Happy New Year WOYWW!
JoZarty x

Ciara said...

Aww, how sweet of Julia to rescue him for you. He's very smart looking with his gilding.

Don't beat yourself up and being a bit further down the list today - number 16 ain't bad at all!

Have a great day,
Ciara
xx

Wipso said...

Love the new rocking horse...how kind of Julia. Happy New Year to you.
A x

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh your journal is already looking fabulous - I must say that Anne and Gez sure set a fine example last year huh, I shall really look forward to some more sublimes examples - lead from the front dear friend!

Morti said...

Happy New Year to you, Elizabeth, and to Bleubeard!

Helen said...

Wonderful rocking horse from Julia! Good luck with your 365 challenge! Happy New Year.

jude said...

Hiya hun,
Happy New Year!Love the Rocking horse Julia sent is soo cute.Rescued and recycled ...lolLooks like youve got few things on the go hun with your sewing ,shapes and journal.Cant wait to see .Hope you ghet your board sorted for your machine.Have fab wednesday hugs judex6

Minxy said...

Good luck wit your journaling this year, its something i would like to get into too but we'll see!
Happy New Year to you
Minxy #25

akilli melek said...

lovely rocking horse!

I do like your foam stamps too, not tried using mine with paint as that is the one colouring medium i dont actually have, strangely!

good luck with your daily project.

caroline #51

Artyjen said...

Have fun with your journal....I know I would fall by the wayside if I started and that would bug me no end! Other projects will be on my list this year.
Happy New Year
xoxo Sioux
Oh! Love the horse by the way :)

Cathy said...

Lots of interesting things going on this week and can't wait to see the end result.
Cathy xx

Sunshine Girl said...

Happy New Year! Lovely busy desk there and I love your new rocking horse addition! thanks for the tip about putting a sewing machine on a mat - I usually just put mine on dinner place mats which tend to stick to the dining room table (which is where I sew) - have never thought about using material before! Thanks for sharing - your blog is always so inspiring! No. 28.

Diane said...

Great addition to your rocking horse collection. It's so fun to collect things--after a while, you're on a search for more unique items that you collect.
I've been "purging" some old supplies in my art room. I'm glad the room is small--it really helps to keep me more organized.

nnalorac said...

I'm sure your new addition is chuffed to be surrounded by his new friends. Looks like interesting projects are on the horizon. Yes, you visited me twice as you thought last week, commented on a previous post. Have a great day. Carolxx

karen said...

Happy New Year to you and Bleubeard!
I love the idea of the daily art journal! I bet it will be super fabulous! Hmmm, could I start one now?
The Rocking Horse and Xmas card are beautiful! How kind of Julia to rescue the horse for you!
xoxo karen (#71)

minnie_mac said...

Love your new rocking horse.

Your workspace looks very tidy and productive.

Marilyn

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Lots of fun projects in the works! I've always wanted to do an art journal but have always been too intimidated! Maybe yours will inspire me to finally start one.....
Have a great day!

Clare H said...

Fabulous rocking horse!

Gaby Bee said...

Your new rocking horse looks fabulous, Elizabeth!
Hope your New Year is filled with artistic inspiration and wonderful things :-)

see you there! said...

I'm going to be making some background papers today myself. I might even use your idea and make a few cutouts from sponges. I'm way behind in the creative areas these days.

Darla

Magpie said...

You are off to a great start in the new year! What's on my work desk? NOTHING. You've inspired me to get busy, maybe at least get things organized...

What an adorable rocking hose ornament! Definitely worth rescuing this treasure!

Have a great Wednesday!

olive said...

Have yet to post my woyww! love the rocking horse, he's gorgeous. funny how calendars are featuring heavily in blogs this year... but not in mine!! great start Elizabeth. Strokes to Bleubeard. xxxx

Sherry Edwards said...

Hello Elizabeth!

Good luck with your year long journal - they're something I just cannot get into myself, although I love seeing all the artwork.

Love the little charity shop rocking horse, Julia knew he would be going to a lovely new home!

Happy New Year to you!

Sherry (82)

Nicks said...

and a happy new year to you! I love noseying around your space, always very interesting x

Twiglet said...

Everyone has such wonderfully tidy work spaces today!! What a cute little horse - its funny how we all keep noticing them wherever we go thanks to you!! Have a great week!

~*~Patty S said...

always fun to see what you're up to Ms E

Love your sponge stamps...that looks like fun!
oxo

Sherry Goodloe said...

That rocking horse - what a good find and a nice gift from Julia :)

And yes, my new vagabond that was anonymously gifted to me? I think that's pretty special. I'm STILL overwhelmed that someone thought that much of me to give me the only thing I wanted for Christmas!

Thank you for the compliment on my V-Day tags.

Have an art-filled day today! xo

oneoff said...

What a perfect gift from Julia. I love to think that the rocking horse was just sitting there and waiting to be rescued for you.

Hope you get the comfortable sewing machine pad back soon. The sponge stamps look as though they could keep you very busy in the meantime.

Bernie #17 (at least you having a little sleep makes us Mr Linky neighbours this week!)

Debgem said...

Great rocking horse. Your sewing machine reminds me that I must get mine out to play with!

Serendipity Stamping said...

How thoughtful of Julia to rescue this cute little rocking horse and send to you. Hope you have your mat straightened by now. See you next week. #95

Linby said...

Good luck with your journal and with flattening the mat. Your little rocking horse looks lovely.
Linby x #109

Halle said...

You are always so busy! Keep it up..at least someone is being productive!

Doone said...

ooh lovely long an shorts you have Elizabeth, and those are nice camera angles too - is that a macro shot of the new Horse?

by golly if you get that new camera you'll be the new David Bailey...

Pam said...

Busy desk. Love the rocking horse Hugs Pam x

joey said...

Hiya

ooooh what a great idea to use the sponge to cut shapes! brill. How thoughtful of Julia that is a really lovely thing to have done :O)

Joey xx

Carola Bartz said...

The rocking horse is beautiful! How nice of Julia to rescue it and "glitz it up" for you.

butlersabroad said...

Isn't it nice to have friends? Love the rocking horse, such a great gift. have fun with the journal, look forward to seeing the progress each month.

Hugs
Brenda 83

Susan Allan said...

Your journal is looking fantastically promising. I already like the items you are using to make patterns...love the improvisation!! Please keep going with it!!!
Sue xx 50

Mrs A. said...

Thats a rather awesome sewing machine you have there. I tried paning in for a closer look but couldn't see what make it is. I told hubby I only needed a plain and simple one so that is exactly what I got. Trying to convince myself that I don't need to upgrade it. #87

lisa said...

Your stamps look very interesting, Elizabeth, have fun with your journal.
Your rocking horse from Julia is beautiful, aren't crafty people just the best.
Happy New Year.
Hugs Lisa (108)

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with that new rocking horse. I think I'll never see a rocking horse again and not think of you. Thanks for all you do each day. Yor posts are special to me. Happy New Year, to.

XXX Rachel XXX

peggy aplSEEDS said...

your daily journal is looking good, Elizabeth! and your amazing collection keeps growing!
as i was "stalking" Julia, and just when the WOYWW post came online, i was thinking of you (i guess i wouldn't have made #1 if you were awake!). and when my name came up #1, i had to reload and reload again. i couldn't believe it! happy WOYWW new year from #1 (yay!)

Tertia said...

I have a journal, but its more like a whenever one than a daily one! Your desk looks interesting with all the projects going on and the rocking horse is just fabulous.

Electra said...

I wish I could come and work beside you in your studio! And I love your "note to self"-I do the same thing. lol

sandra de said...

Cool journal... I'm also giving it a go this year. Nothing like holidays to give you the feeling you can achieve all these projects in a year! Cute rocking horse of course.
Sandra #66

Paula Gale said...

Hi Elizabeth

Wow - you have been busy making pages, making sponges, taking arty shots of your space. Love how you've undertaken to write a journal a day this year - that is a really big committment - I admire crafters who make that kind of a committment and see it through. I bit stuck on day 3!!!

Happy New year to you anyway - take care

Paula x x x

Handmade with Love said...

Happy New Year to you! Can't wait to see how your journal comes along.I love the colours you have used on those pages, I have some paints but have never got them out you have got me all inspired now! Have a great week. Tracey x

Scrapcollectr said...

This post is abounding with frugal-ness! Love it. Hope the muse returns for your watercolor project.... Tag, you're it!
#78
(yeah...I slept instead of stalking Julia....)

SueH said...

I always love visiting your blog because there’s always something interesting going on, and this year doesn’t look as if it’s going to be any different.

Love the new edition to your collection!

Happy New Year
Sue
x

kayc said...

Lovely little rocking horse. Very creative desk. Kathleen x

MaggieC said...

Love your little rocking horse. He is so cute. Thank you for your good wishes on my blog today. It means so much. I am enjoying home made chicken soup administered intravenously (in large bowls anyway). That is our family cure all and it tastes good too.

Spyder said...

I got round everyone's last week too, but only commented on about half, comment boxes wouldn't open...or maybe that was just me being impatient! Least now I know how to get into Moy's blog, that was bugging me! You've been busy again, I'm still trying to tidy up, and then i see a challenge and have to stop so I can make a card, I'm easily side tracked! at least my Decked are down and away (yay!) Happy New Year!
((Lyn))

Spyder said...

Please x squoose smelling mistooks, typing quik and didn't check!

Tracey Brossart said...

Lots of stuff going on! Thanks for the peek! :D

x♥Tracey♥x...ƸӜƷ

Hels Sheridan said...

Late as usual hun, sorry about that!! Happy New Year to you and Bleubeard... loving the arty stuff on your desk x

Anne said...

Happy New Year Elizabeth and Bluebeard .lots going on again Elizabeth ! Cute little rocking horse -- how many do you have now ?
Anne x

Nicky said...

Love your desk and your new rocking horse is really cute - Nicky 124

Barbara Mason said...

Hope that mat gets flattened - sweet rocking horse--I have an uncle who collects carousel horses in miniature!! Love your rockers...