Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WOYWW #127 in my basement studio

It's been two weeks since I joined Julia and the rest of my mostly British friends for What's On Your Workdesk on Wednesday. I hope I can stay awake to link up, because I must be up early in the morning and out the door by 6:30 a.m. my time.


As you can see, I'm in the planning stage of working in my basement studio now that it is finally ship-shape. I'm getting ready to make some art using my latest purchase, which is joint compound. I tried to use a similar product I got free at my local Household Hazardous Waste Swap and Shop, which turned out to be unsatisfactory and didn't work. So I finally bit the bullet and bought the right product at Home Depot, a big box "home improvement" store here in the U.S. While I was getting the joint compound out of the bag, I was distracted by the aromatherapy kit I found on one of my shelves


that makes both soap and candles. Looks like the box has been through a flood. Well, yes, as a matter of fact, it has! But I am planning to make a few gifts from this kit because the soap and candle crystals did not get wet, nor did the molds. Even though the soap is the microwave melt kind, not the type that mixes oil and lye together that I'm used to making, I think a few of my non-artistic friends will appreciate either a Christmas candle or bar of soap. And to welcome in the festive season is the cute snowman with the rocking horse in a snow globe. Yes, I count it as one of my approximately 450 rocking horses.



Although the joint compound wasn't at the Household Hazardous Waste Swap and Shop, I did manage to pick up a Liquid Nails and caulk cartridge that have never been opened and a cartridge of caulk that has been opened. These should be easier to use for making my caulk dresses (or mess in a bag as I've called this project in the past), because I can use my caulk gun for easy removal, even though it is ratcheted, which makes stopping the caulk a bit messy. All in all, I have a few projects to work on now that it's time to bring my art inside. And being in the basement this winter will hopefully be warm and toasty, since it's still quite warm from this summer.

I hope everyone has a lovely WOYWW and I will try to visit as soon as I have a free moment this week. And before you ask, I can't get that clock hiding under the shelf to work. Seems the battery fused to the mechanism and rusted. Chock it up to water damage!

43 thoughtful remarks:

Cathy said...

Love the idea of making soap and candles as gifts this Christmas ... I need to get thinking about Christmas presents!
What a cute snowman and rocking horse in the globe.
Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

jude said...

Can't wait to see the finished creation with all your goodies.Ive also been a miss for couple weeks .So nice to be back and glad your basement is now srted and crafting can take place,
Have fab wednesday
hugs judex 5

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I love getting candles and soaps so your friends will be lucky to get them... all the hardware related stuff is a bit scary... looking forward to see what comes out of it xx

Crafting Time said...

Wow sounds like you are going to be very busy, cant wait to see your finished work.
Have a lovely crafty week.
Helen x

Tuire Flemming said...

Looks interesting! I´m waiting to see what you will make of all that stuff...
Have a nice day!

Helen said...

You do have a busy time ahead of you!
Thanks for already stopping by. #1

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Looks like you've taken up alternative employment as a dry-waller!! Have fun getting messy and creating some great art :)
Hugs, LLJ #44 xx

Annie said...

Number 51 here :-) I’m doing a quick dash round as many as I can this week to see what you’ve all been up to. So much fab creativity going on everywhere I go. It’s really brilliant. Keep doing what you do best and have a great week
Hugs,
Annie x

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

I remember the good ole days when you were always number one and never missed a blog! I think that now I stalk you anyways (sorry became a follower) it is splendid to know what else goes on. Intrigued to find out what will happen to all the heavy duty stuff (trojan rocking horse?)

okienurse said...

WOW sounds like you have a lot of projects planned to do Elizabeth. It has been an interesting week here in Oklahoma. I can't believe it is November and so far we have had tornados and two major earthquakes. Quite an interesting sensation feeling the whole house move under you. Did you feel it in Wichita? Have a great week and thanks for sharing. Vickie #56

Neil said...

Hi there. Thanks for sharing your creative space with us this week. I hope the rest of the week goes well and creative too! Sounds like you've got loads planned!
Neil #57

Julia Dunnit said...

I can't believe that you stayed up to post this and then had to be up to be out by 6.30 - don't overdo it gal, I calculate that at about 4 hours sleep; not enough. So your thoughts and plans are facing Christmas too - I think you're right about the soap and candles gifts, and I know you're right about the caulk and the ratchet dispenser..I've tried it with silicone and it makes a mess in my hands! Thanks for your vote of support....5 more baskets togo and I think with this out of the way, I'm going to be OK!!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Sounds like a lady with some plans. Hope you get it all done. Water..flood..been there done that and it ain't fun. Would love to see your collection sometime. Enjoy the WOYWW and thanks for sharing, #60

JoZart said...

You always tease us by showing amazingly unusual products to use in art.... then we have to wait for the results! Glad to see you back at WOYWW and pleased to hear you like my angels. Thanks for visiting,
Love JoZarty x!

sandra de said...

Can't wait to see what you do with the joint compound. Is it like a plaster or gesso effect? Hello to kitty.

Ann B said...

Never heard of joint compound, or caulk dresses but both sound fascinating. Can't wait to see what you do. AnnB #65

Spyder said...

ohooo this is going to be fabulous, No nails, I've always knew that was something crafty waiting to happen!! Have a great week, Happy WOYWW ((Lyn))) #66

inkypinkycraft said...

Wow sounds like you are busy, have a great woyww, trace xno 20

Anesha said...

Lovely tidy space. Have fun making your candles.

Angie said...

Good luck with your project now you have the right product ...cant wait to see what developes this time.xx

Morti said...

Ohhhh - intrigue abounds with the seriously heavy dute supplies! Glad your basement is all sorted now - here's to seeing you back at #1 on the board and waving a multitude of Rocking Horses at us.... Thanks for stopping by! Morti @ 19

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

You are amazing, as usual! I enjoy going through your tutorials because you use all sorts of things! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Kirsty.a said...

Anyone would love handmade soap and candles. I love your teacup / chiminea picturews on the preious post too

Hels Sheridan said...

cor lots of lovely busyness going on there hun... I am baffled, no idea what caulk is... sounds interesting tho lol Hels #57

Sarah said...

you could start your own product review mag for crafters and builders! Thanks for the peek! Sarah at 14.

joanneck said...

I am so looking forward to your various projects especially using caulking.
Hugs Joanne xx

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Sounds like the clock could become part of something then, enjoy the winter hibernation lol

Happy WOYWW
Lou #44

Electra said...

Well, we have both used UTEE and hnow we will have both used joint compound. Have fun with it!

Marilyn Rock said...

Soaps and candles! Oh my! Wonderful! Can't wait to see your creations! xxoo

Marjo said...

Looks like you are super busy and well prepared.
Thanks for the peek and sharing. Hope you are having a wonderful WOYWW.

xoxo Marjo

MaggieC said...

Bad luck with the clock, but everything else seems to be going so well for you now you are in your new craft area. I am sure the rocking horse loves it too. I am intrigued to see what all the caulking stuff is going to create.

Elizabeth said...

Joint compound, liquid nails, caulk - not the usual stuff found on WOYWW workdesks - I can't wait to see what you make with those materials :) Candles and soap are more like it - I'm sure your friends will love those. Love the rocking horse - he looks at home there. Have a great week. Elizabeth x #76

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Even artistic people would welcome a candle or some handmade soap from you, especially if it is a craft they haven't tried yet! If you can get the battery out of the clock--try some sandpaper on the terminal.

Hazel said...

Great idea to make the Christmas gifts - hope they go well (Hazel WOYWW #89)

~*~Patty S said...

You are always up to such fun stuff E...I am staying tuned for what comes next :)
oxo

Bubbles said...

I had to read that twice, just to make sure... but yes, it definitely read "450"... you have 450 rocking horse-themed ornaments and collectables??? Wow... and here was I thinking I had a problem dealing with my (what I now consider to be a SMALL) collection of snowglobes and music boxes.
*lol*
Here's hoping your WOYWW was a brilliant one!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

how wonderful that you have gotten your basement all nice and organized. i remember how it looked so i'm so impressed. joint compound, caulk, soaps and candles! you always have something unique in your workdesk, the projects themselves and the materials you use. thanks for sharing! happy WOYWW!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Chrissie said...

Although it's great to see what form your art work is taking, one of the highlights of my visits to you is seeing which rocking horse you wish to show us and this is a cutie. I don't think I ever would have thought of looking for one in a snow globe!
Have a great week!
Chrissie

Caro said...

Wow, what a unique work desk. Can't wait to see how the projects turn out. Good luck with them!

Twiglet said...

Some seriously "heavy" crafting materials there. Will love to see what you do with them. I have been making tiny dresses for baby Lexi today. x Jo

Neet said...

I am so behind with commenting - it is disgraceful!
Love your snowman with the rocking horse, is it a new one? Read your blog with great interest and now am wondering what you are going to do so I need to keep an eye on your blog. I don't think I will be able to take such a big container of joint compound home with me when I visit the States next year. Ah well, might find something suitable over here - because I am sure I will want to do your project.
Hugs (and a cuddle for Bleubeard) - Neet x

Scrapcollectr said...

Let the fun begin.... thanks for visiting me.... ummm.... tea by a fire.... wonderful.... *smile*
Cindy #84

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

joint compound? I'm sure you are having lot of fun with that.