Tuesday, August 27, 2013

WOYWW 221: The one where she shows several desks

What is WOYWW?  Ask our wonderful and wise hostess, Julia at Stamping Ground, and she'll tell you it's all about the desks.  We who participate are now lovingly referred to as DESKERS.  Isn't that sweet?

Now I confess.  Although my desk in my main floor craft room looks basically the same, and an obligatory rocker is sitting on my mailing desk you got to snoop through last week, every photo you are about to see is old.  Some of you may have read I consider my entire home a craft area, so here is the proof.  I'm getting ready to work on a much hated project that will take away most of my computer time, so decided to share a few of these OTHER desks today.  I laughingly call this my sewing and cutting desk, but there is not much room for either.  Of course, I make do.
This is my ugly back patio desk, where I sometimes photograph my T Stands For Tuesday images,
or create tutorials that are too messy to perform inside.
Recently, I started crafting at my desk that lives on my front porch.
 You might also catch me working at my kitchen desk,
especially if I'm sorting a swap.
My dining room table is a favorite desk, too.
I've even used it as my WOYWW work desk, as is evidenced by the rocking horses.
Of course, I also use it when I entertain.  Can you tell this was for a Super Bowl party with my share of the food ready waiting for the others to arrive?  I walked through the steps of how I created the table decoration/runner (made from fabric and paper, then sewed) in a post back in January, 2012.
In the basement is yet another desk.  I don't often sit to craft, but when I do, I like it here because everything is in easy reach.
When I stand, I use this roll around table that holds my extremely large craft mat.
Recently I added a fabric stamping station made from a portable ironing board and four layers of felt.  Over that I've placed an old bed sheet that will keep the felt from getting paint on it.

I hope I didn't take up too much of your time this week.  Thanks for peeking at a few, although not all, of my work desks.

Please leave your number if you are coming from Julia's.  It makes it so much easier to find you so I can reciprocate.

70 thoughtful remarks:

Nancy Lee said...

My goodness,girl! Where do you get all of your ideas?
PS- What are you making with the Oats and Cream of Wheat?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Nancy, I'm not sure you will ever see this, because I am NOT in the habit of answering questions on MY blog. I prefer to go to your blog, but since you don't have one, and I can't leave you a message unless I join Google + (which I refuse to do), I will have to leave it here. I used the oatmeal, flour, and Cream of Wheat as fabric resists. You can find the posts under "dyeing using kitchen ingredients." Thanks for asking.

Nikki said...

Your whole house is one creative space look at all your fun places to hang out and just create
hugs Nikki ??

girlunwinding said...

Look at you making the most of all you've got!
~Dawn

Monica said...

We are both women of many desks

voodoo vixen said...

So many desks and ideas and so little time! LOL I have to admit... I keep my creating downstairs to the two desks and a fold up table if required.. I don't think Chris would be very amused to come home and find he had to eat dinner off his lap! LOL

BJ said...

Basically you just craft EVERYWHERE. As for my video, they say "trade knick knacks if you want", although not sure what she put in the cache, looks like she took something from her hair! BJ#6 awake at 2.50am boiling hot so what else to do but link up!

Regina Hamilton said...

Your entire home is truly your work desk. I really like the back yard desk. happy crafting #3

Patsy Paterno said...

WOW! I knew it! Crafting all over the house! Sounds like heaven ...or a whole mess! It would be if it was me. Sometimes I have no place to walk on in my craft room! Happy WOYWW! patsy #4 I think.

Kimberly Hogan said...

Hi… how are ya?? Look at you, a desk for every room and every occassion. Do you ever find yourself with every surface covered at one time?? I love your sewing machine cover. I'm also quite curious as to what herb that is. Or is it tea?? I've missed ya!!! :D (((HUGS)))
Kimmie
WOYWW #1

Ohhh Snap said...

So the problem is not that I have too many projects, it's that I don't have enough Desks lol. I love that you have a fabric stamping station!! And it's good to see WOYWW Wendy out and about : ). #17

Belinda said...

I have never captured all the places I craft but I am starting to think that crafters make do with whatever is available. I like to craft in my craft room but will move around more to be near family. Just hate lugging my stuff back to my room.

Thanks for sharing. You are amazing.

Have a blessed day!
Belinda (16)

April Story said...

Oh my goodnes - you have a plethura of work desks. Lucky you.
April #24

Nan G said...

Okay so glad to see I'm not in the minority! I showed three desks today but sometimes spread out to the kitchen counter and my class table! We need room to fling paint and get inky right?! :) Happy WOYWW! Nan G #21

Nan G said...

*grin* just figured dawn lived in the UK.

Janene McAnally said...

Oh my goodness I feel like I have been around the world looking at desks just in your house lol!! Wonderful areas to play in! I occasionally take over the dining table when I want to use the Gelli Plate otherwise it is just at my art/craft desk..that I feel is getting to small for me now hehehe :-). Happy WOYWW.
Janene #20

Patsy Paterno said...

Oh how awful that you did not receive my ATC yet! I made a girl with a rocking horse!!! Just for you! Oh dear our Philippine Postal system is just chaotic it seems!:^(((( Sorry you always have a bad time with my blog. You are always so persistent I should give you an award!!!patsy

sandra de said...

OMGoodness that is an amazing range and options for desks. I was waiting for the desk beside you bedside to be revealed. Have a lovely week.
Sandra

Helen said...

Love all the desks - even if the pics ARE ones we may have seen before (and whose memory is that good!!) Hope you have a good week, even if it means your craft time is to be reduced. Thanks as ever for the visit. Helen 23

Eliza said...

Where is Bluebeard and do you have a desk in the toilet and bedroom because they are the only rooms left I think unless you have spare bedrooms maybe you have some desks in there too. LOL Gosh never a dull moment in your house, crafting everywhere, looks like you have heaps of inspiration and it doesn't matter what room you are in, you can just go with it and create. Good for you and thanks so much for the tour, still wondering where Bluebeard the cat is....... give him a pat from us...

Happy WOYWW
Hugs Eliza & Yoda 30

Roberta B said...

Wow you have so much to look and so many neat things. Lover the Deskers idea Tee hee is good by me. lucky you to have so many place.. it's great! Thanks for the peek. Roberta #40

Julie Ann Lee said...

Wow! So many amazing desks! Your house looks like heaven to me! You must be one creative woman, Elizabeth! I love the look of everything you are creating and your house looks so interesting to! Really, really fabulous little rocking horses! Julie Ann #42

Ann B said...

Nine desks? Now that's what I call creativity and makes my one look a bit pathetic. Was very late visiting last week so I'm getting in early to say happy WOYWW.
Ann B
46
At 6:30 am BritishSummer Time

Claire said...

a true crafter's home - any flat surface, and you create - wonderful!! i'm curious about the porridge concoction you're making outside...
happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
no. 38

The Taming of the Glue said...

Yep, if it's a flat surface we'll use it! Just ask my OH! Hugs. Pam#36

mamapez5 said...

How do you keep track of where all your materilas are? You are very lucky to have so many tables though. Apart from my craft desk I only have a tiny one on the patio. My dining table is never used because it is buried under bags and bags of knitting, donated for my Knit for Africa project!
You do so many interesting things to. have a great week. Kate x#61

Neet said...

Oh to have so many - or even half, no a quarter - of those places to craft. Thanks for the journey through your house - it must be huge! I now have plans for our bedroom, wonder if he would agree to us sleeping in the small room?
Thanks for understanding the problem with PO's - damned nuisance.
Enjoy! Hugs, Neet 25 xx (thanks for visiting me - I was still asleep)

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

Thank you for sharing all this wonderful Workspace. SO many places and Projects, I love this to see.
Hugs
Erika

Spyder said...

I'm waaaaaaaaaay down the list today, was up til 2ish in the morning doing my freebie and other things but had to get up by 6 so, well... didn't wait. LOVE where you have all your crafty-mess I haven't seen brick shelves since the last time I had them! Really could do with more shelves and might go back to that! love the rocking horses as always, I beginning to think you must have another secret room where they all hide away, you must have thousands!!
Have a crafty week!
Lyn (happy WOYWW)

#67

Kimberly Hogan said...

Thanks for the quick reply… I told my daughter I thought the front one was sage, wasn't 100% on the back. As an Italian Cook, I can recognize most herbs. Sage is very big in Italian cooking. I also love it in my turkey stuffing at Thanksgiving, and my homeade Italian sausage. What do like to use it in?? One day I'd like to cook you a fabulous meal. (I grew up in an Italian Restaurant started by my Italian immigrant grandparents that opened in 1933, and is still family owned and run today) I make a really mean cannoli!!! :D Much Love, hugs, and kisses and all that mushy friend stuff!!! Kimmie

Julia Dunnit said...

Fascnating. Now I know these aren't all taken on the same day, but really E - at any given time your house is immaculate. I wanna come live with you. I adore love and covet such a kitchen table...grain, colour, life and gatherings..oh the stories. When I win the lotto and can afford a big plot, Mr Dunnit's gonna build me a house with a wrap around porch. And then I'm going to have an ugly section too..because I can't see what's ugly about ours!

Bridget Larsen said...

Well I reckon your craft desks are are big as my craft room. ONe question with the photo of your back patio, the heating thing looks like it is small and sits on your windowsill but Iam sure that is not right lol
Bridget #80

peggy apl said...

Wow, Elizabeth, seems like I've been to a lot of WOYWW posts in just your blog! and I so admire how you can keep everything so neat! happy WOYWW!

Heather Alger said...

Wow, you have such an amazing array of work spaces and interests :) look forward to visiting again - via the hop to see more projects.
Heather#85

dawn said...

WOW, how awesome to have all these tables to use. I LOVE THIS!! If my house were bigger this is what I'd do too. For now it's the kitchen table that gets most used. In the family room I have two banquet type tables set up against a wall and that is where all my scrapping/art stuff is. Would love a nice spot outside to craft with and have dreamed of turning a wall in the garage into a workspace for me too.
Hope you will share where your other tables are.
The kids had a great first day of school yesterday. Little Sienna will have her first day today, she is excited.
Hoping to craft a little in my quiet house, yesterday was filled with phone calls, errands, chores and happy T time blog hopping.
Have a great day and thanks so much for sharing this wonderful post with us.

Mrs.D said...

Elizabeth, are there more than you and Bleubeard sharing this highly creative home? If so, where do they manage to fit in? I love the idea of crafting on the porch, sounds absolutely blissful.
And I wondered what you did with the creamed wheat and oats too, (not that I have ever seen creamed wheat in UK) but I can still wonder.
Happy WOYWW
Chris No 69

Monique said...

haha, that's a lot of desks =). Love the roll around table, that would be so handy.
Happy WOYWW and I wish you a lovely week.
xx Monique #94

Carolyn Phillips said...

Wow, so many desks! Puts the 4 I've posted today quite in the shade. I love how you craft and create all over the house.
Carolyn #92

House of Bears said...

Ooh what's in your craftwork home. Hee hee. We LOVE the rocking horse with the wild white hair. Totally groovy.

The bears @#90

Lindsay Weirich said...

loved seeing all of your desks! Happy WOYWW! Lindsay #15

famfa said...

Wow thanks for the tour. A whole house to caft in, how wonderful. I adore your sewing machine cover, did you make it?
Famfa 8

Sandy Leigh said...

I love this post! It is so fun seeing all your work places and your processes. I feel like my whole house is my craft room too--I just have a lot of things in one particular area. I don't think I really sit down to craft either because I can't seem to gather everything together for one sit. And my sewing machine is up on a shelf counter because I like to stand and sew! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #11

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Oh to be able to craft anywhere! My family already thinks I take up too much room. But this was a great and entertaining post to read and I love seeing all your stations.

Intrigued by your reply about Cream of Wheat as a resist!

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (22)

Ann Strecko Koeman said...

I love how you admit to using your whole house, cause I do too! When I take a pic for WOYWW I tend to feel guilty because I actually have stuff on many desks, inside and outside as well. :) Oh and I love your cat, I had one just like that as a little girl. Now I have another beauty who is black and fluffy. It's ok if you don't want to join G+, it's annoying, but I have email on my blog too. thx for sharing Ann 107.

Jackie said...

So many desks in so many places!!!!!!
Oh to craft in so many different rooms and places
Jackie39
Scrapbangwallop

Peg Robinson said...

Wow what great spaces you have to work. One for each day of the week. The all look warm and inviting. #108

Eliza said...

so why did you forget the garage desk, this is unforgivable. Where is the cat, come on............ LOL

Next week you must repent and show your garage desk and the cat OK..

Eliza

Dianne said...

Okay Miss Elizabeth you get Queen of the Deskers award, holy smokes too many to count I tried:O), it sure looks like a great place to have some fun crafting, thanks for sharing them all, happy WOYWW Dianne #89, I'm sure I used to visit here on Teacup Tuesdays :O)

susibee said...

Wow! You like to spread yourself around your home don't you? Lol!

Thanks for sharing:)

Happy WOYWW. Susi #72

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is why I'm kept on a short leash. I would totally desk out my entire house given a chance. Do you have one of those trays that stand up over your legs when you are in bed too? How about a bathtub desk? If not that gives you something to strive for.

sandysewin said...

I LOVE that your crafting is spread all over the house. How perfectly creative is that? :-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the kind comments.

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #12

Gita said...

Wow, you definitely DO craft all over depending on the mood or what you are doing. :-) Brigita #104

Dianne said...

I had to laugh when you said you consider your entire home a craft room...me too! I can't believe I've been away from blogs so long that I've missed so many posts...I always enjoy my visits and it's always fun to see your spaces...just wondering, if you 'hate' the project you're working on, why finish it?

Kim Ferguson said...

Hmmm, where else can I take over a spot in the house?! You have me thinking now. Kim 112

VonnyK said...

Now that's what I call spreading your craft around. How great is your house and I love that fire burning outside. Now I know how you make such wonderful things, you have great inspiration from all the different rooms.
Have a great week.
Von #41

Danie May said...

They say variety is the spice of life, so from a creative perspective you are one spicy gal. I love how you have so many options to choose from, you would never become too tired of one outlook that's for sure. Thanks for the wonderful peak into your home and Happy WOYWW! Danie #62

Tuire Flemming said...

oooh, so many lovely places for crafting! I think now, that I have to clean up my only one... soon I´m too old to sit on the floor :D
Thanks for visiting! I confess, that I have been a very lazy blogger recently :-S
Hugs!
Tuire #43

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

So pretty much the whole house is your desk....love em all. xox

Halle said...

You certainly have a lot of areas to work. Someday...I'll have a better set up.

~*~Patty S said...

Your house looks like a really fun place to me with so many wonderful landing spots for making and creating and having fun!
oxo

Dawn said...

Tee hee, fab tour sweetie. How on earth you manage to keep everything so tidy is beyond me, I have nothing but admiration for you my lovely. I'm like you in that I have little craft pockets all over my house (out of the way of small hands lol!!) but no dedicated work area sadly though!!
Huge hugs x x x x

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Fab to see even more of your workspaces - hugs - Thanks for popping by Happy WOYWW Mxx #48

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Wow! You certainly have a very creative home. I really enjoyed the tour of all your work spaces today.

Fiona x #101

Twiglet said...

Oh so many crafty spaces to enjoy. I love your machine cover. x Jo

Elizabeth said...

Oh my, Elizabeth, I'm late but I'm glad I made even though I'm feeling just a tad overwhelmed - so many desks. And I just love the rocking horse with the curly main on your dining table - and tulips, long past tulip time here, wonderful :) And what are you planning to make with the cream wheat (have no idea what that is as we don't have it in Scotland) and quick oats (we do have these) that's on your hated patio table - the mind boggles :)) Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Elizabeth x #59

Elizabeth said...

PS: I meant the rocking horse had a curly mane ... so many mistakes, I must be tired!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Hello, Elizabeth! I'm wowed! It is quite evident that if there is ever a prize for the MOST desks at one property address, you will the winner! At least of those I know about!

I didn't play at WOYWW this week, but I did post a funny cartoon that I thought you might get a kick out of. I don't know how to add a link to a comment, but it is my post from Wednesday. Enjoy! Darnell

Rita said...

You really do have a lot of different workspaces! You put them to good use, too. ;) Happy very late WOYWW#113

Cazzy said...

Hi Elizabeth and Bleubeard,
WOW what a lot of desks! I thought I had a lot with the desk and bench, but I do sometimes work round the house too.
I love it all, the sewing machine cover, the rockers, the dried flowers, your porch...
I am attempting to go round all the T for Tuesday and WOYWW commenters that I haven't caught up with for two weeks now, and I have a whole lot of catching up to do!

Cazzy x

MaggieC said...

How many workspaces is that? I struggle to control one, and usually fail. Perhaps your rocking horses help with the tidiness. I love to see who you show each week. I am hoping to have a crafty afternoon tomorrow to play with more of my new stash. Sorry I am so late getting round this week. There are not enough hours in the day. xx Maggie #12