Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WOYWW #311: The one where she answers questions


I'm joining Julia at Stamping Ground for week 311 of What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  I realize this week's post is MUCH longer than Julia would like, but it's mostly photos, which can be scrolled through quickly.

Last week there were more than a few questions and comments about the dresses hanging on my wall.

These were made once a month during 2010, although I made two each in February,  

March, and April, as part of a collaboration called Dress Up 2010.

Every participant was provided a pattern from which to create our dresses.  As a mixed media artist, I created them so they were interactive and could be viewed from both sides. 

It's obvious I didn't always use the pattern provided us, and usually used media other than paper.  I often used fabric and other media to create each dress.  I'm not sure which was harder, making the dresses or those silly hangers I hung each dress on.

Some commented on my storage.  I've always said if you have no floor space, go up, and up I went.

The only thing I hate when I take an overall view of my room is the fact that I can't get these four drawers to close properly.  For the longest time, three wouldn't close at all.  Then I removed them and placed them in different slots.  Now at least, only one won't close all the way.
 
WOYWWendy had to jump onto my sewing machine, because I purchased a single needle.  It came in a multi-pack with others that I have no need for, but this will give me time to find a Singer center where I can buy the ones I need, since the place near my house is now out of business.

Wendy gets around.  The photo hog hates to be left out of any photo.

Here she is, sharing the one and ONLY rocking horse you'll see on my desk this week.  I also bought some summery (Independence Day) candles because I'm planning a big celebration that weekend.

Now she's jumped to the container I'm trying to clean out.  Wish she'd stand still!  But now I must get off, before Julia kicks me out of the club for hogging your time.

If coming from Julia's please leave your number so I can find you easily.  I was able to locate and visit everyone who visited me, as well as a few extras last week.

44 thoughtful remarks:

Helen said...

Well I have no number yet (either!) but am visiting whilst waiting for Julia to wake up (grin, as you would say!) Nice to see Wendy again, feel she's been missing out lately. Have a great day. Helen

MrsC.x said...

great to have the extra shots to really 'see' your space :)
Happy Woyww! Have a great week :)
Charlie.x #11
or find me here
http://craftroomdiary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/woyww-may-19th-2015.html

Neet said...

Thanks for the close ups of the dresses and the hangers. I enjoyed going through your post, not that long, and read every single word.
Love that orange dress that's sort of 1920's.
Great to see your storage up close, it must be the nosiness in me.
Hugs, Neet 17 xx
love to Bleubeard

Judys Fabrications said...

I love those dresses too Elizabeth. I make dolls too, so I loved your Art Doll by your machine. Yes going up was the solution for me too. I have a tiny back bedroom, but it's fine! Big enough for my needs.
Thanks for going in my Giveaway.
Judy #6

Julia Dunnit said...

Well I love the candles, and the dresses and I'm again knocked out by your tenacity with making the hangers, they look fab..and tottaly un-dusty, oh I'm such a sloth with things that aren't in my eyeline!
Nice to see Wendy up to her old photobomb tricks. Shame about your sewing machine shop,I now pick up single needle packets wherever I see them for much the same reason!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I am glad you explained all about this dresses.. I was curious about them as well...lol .. but was too lazy to ask! This little hangers are just adorable.. I can imagine that they drove you crazy during making them!Your workspace is such a fantastic place!
Thank you for sharing -
I hope this year hubby manages to set up my eagerly awaited studio!!

Bridget Larsen said...

Hello No 1....beat me to it lokl. Love those dresses, what a great idea. Dont you hate when drawers dont close
Bridget #2

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I really enjoyed the tour of those dresses - they're all so different! I know you said making the little hangers was a pain, but truly, they make the display so much more special. I Love them!!
That naughty WOYWWendy, photobombing all your pics....it was interesting to have a good mooch though!!
Hugs, LLJ 15 xxx

TwinkleToes2day said...

Thanks for the info about the dresses, I've often wondered about them too.
We have a set of drawers thatt don't close properly too. I fins it's a common thing with cheaper, DIY drawer sets. Shoddy workmanship.
I can't believe I almost forgot to add my T post link yesterday. So thanks for the reminder.
Have a good day Elizabeth {{Hugs}}

Kimberly Robello said...

What a lovely workspace! I seriously need to get organized like you. I wouldn't dare take a picture of my workspace as it is now. Cute dresses, too!

Angela Radford said...

Hi Bleubeard and of course Elizabeth. Now that's what I call a good nosey round. Love the dresses and little Wendy too.
Have a great woyww, Angela x 21

Lynsey McGreavey said...

Great photos, thanks for sharing - your post was in no way too long! Like you said, photo-heavy which is good in my book! Love the dresses, so unique. Lyns xx #23

Lea.H said...

Wow the dresses are a great idea kinda like bunting up in your room - the candles look lovely too :) lea number 24

My name is Cindy said...

I loved the dresses last week and it was so nice to get a closer look. Can't believe you made the hangers! They do look fiddly. Managed to pick up one of your lovely ATCs on Saturday - hopefully one from me is on it's way. Happy WOYWW, Cindy x

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

You have inspired me...I want to make dresses for my wall! I love yours and think they are just awesome!
Glenda #28

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Wonderful to read about the dresses and see your creative space! Love the idea of crating them. The orange summer one with petals(?) is my definite favorite!
Would like to exchange ATC's with you! Diane #27

sandra de said...

Cute dresses how do you keep the dust away.
Sandra de @32

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! I love those dresses! Well done Wendy for getting into so many shots today!! I love your ATC, I didn't know until I looked at the back that I had chosen that one with my flat number on!!
Loved the look around your storage today!
Hugs, Chrisx 36

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Elizabeth, thanks for the visit - I do love your display of little dresses hanging there and what a fun challenge that would've been. Up -yes I agree but yes those sticky drawers I've had a problem with too. Have a great week Cheers RobynO#16

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Elizabeth, and ear scritches for Bleubeard. Thank you for the gorgeous ATC, collected on Saturday. A swap is in the envelope! Loved seeing all the dresses, and your hangers work brilliantly for them. Much better than shop bought ones! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #20 xxx

scrappystickyinkymess said...

hello hello!
Wondering where you saw a photo of me folding pop up cubes...? But anyway, I can only echo the love of the dresses close up. Sounds like a fab project and I agree - the hangers make it amazing.
Happy pre-anniversary WOYWW!
Mary Anne (3) who also goes up up up with storage. I've reached the ceiling in a few places...

Sharon Madson said...

Wow! What a space you have! And what beautiful dresses! I will tell you about floor space: If you have it there is something on it and then you don't have it! LOL I have stuff everywhere, even laying on the floor.
Have a wonderful week! #50 How did I get such a nice round number this week? :)

~*~Patty S said...

Wendy is very photogenic and so are your dresses E.
Margaret's dress project was so much fun. It's hard to believe it was five years ago already.
My dresses are all in a little doll trunk. Yours looks great hanging up.
oxo

Lindart said...

I LOVE your WOYWW Wendy - what a great idea! She does seem to get around. . .Your workspace looks clean and fun and well used! I also have a drawer that doesn't really want to close, but its probably because it is overflowing with heavy paints! I also go up, and up! Thanks for sharing! Lindart #54

Elizabeth said...

Great post, Elizabeth, and I love all those dresses - they are so unique :) Seems like WOYWWendy wants to help out with the cleaning of that container. Have a great week, Elizabeth (and Bonnie) x #56

AnyOldCraft said...

Hello again.
Boy that seemed like a very short week.You have drawers like mine.
No idea what is up with them lol #58

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I loved the close up of all those dresses. How fun it must have been to make all those. I did wonder about those wee hangers, they are just as neat as the dresses! I enjoyed the visit round your room and the drawers that won't close (what's up with that? I have a couple that are persnickety). Judy #60

Annie said...

I'm now home from a full on 11 hour day with the munchkins....we'e been everywhere and done everything today so I'm just a little tired lol I'm now nipping around the blogs while I can keep the eyes open.
I really loved all thos dresses and the whistle stop tour of your creative space :-)...thanks Wendy
Hugs,
Annie x #12

Michelle G said...

no.63 on the hop. Love seeing extra pics of your workspace and having a nose at what you've been up to.

Jo Murray said...

We do collect a lot of 'stuff' don't we? Your workspace is remarkably well organised.

StampinCarol said...

What a concept! Dressing up your wall! They're fab! And give Bleubeard a hug! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #45

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

I really enjoyed my mooch through all your goodies today. Sadly, for some reason, I do not seem to have an ATC from you. I must have missed them on the table which is a real shame. Hopefully, there should be one from me in your envelope. Have a good week. xx Maggie #62

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

PS I have just found your lovely ATC, hidden inside another card, but safe and sound. xx Maggie #62

Ohhh Snap said...

So good to see Wendy out and about lol. Your craft space is wonderful. I get a little obsessive about drawers also... unless I distract myself with something crafty. I've always said I'm a closet perfectionist... my closet is always in good order lol. Happy WOYWW! #53

Hettie said...

Glad you explained those dresses. They look fun.
Cor that Wendy sure likes to photobomb doesn't she?
Hugs
xx

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for sharing all the fun photos. Lovely projects. And I love the funky hangers. A great way to display them. You've a nice space to work in also. Hoping the storms are over and it warms up. I don't do well when the sun don't shine. Enjoy

Nikki C said...

Great space and I have to agree with you about the drawers in a dresser I have a couple old ones that can drive me nuts sometimes when they want to over close and get jammed shut. At least your's is kind enough to allow you access
hugs Nikki 5

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

So pleased you gave us a close up of the dresses this week. I really enjoyed looking at them all. Love the petals one, fit for a flower fairy.
All the cake was eaten so I'll count that as a success!

Fiona #4

Eliza said...

Hi Elizabeth and Bluebeard chin tickled for you Bluebeard. Love the dresses especially the lace one. Oh hello to wendy to you are a photo bomber and good for you says Yoda. Have you tried rubbing a block of soap along the bottom runners it helps the drawer slide easier. Thanks for showing more of your room, I also read every word and it's not a long post.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda 73

Eliza said...

Hi Elizabeth and Bluebeard chin tickled for you Bluebeard. Love the dresses especially the lace one. Oh hello to wendy to you are a photo bomber and good for you says Yoda. Have you tried rubbing a block of soap along the bottom runners it helps the drawer slide easier. Thanks for showing more of your room, I also read every word and it's not a long post.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda 73

see you there! said...

Fun to see Wendy hopping from spot to spot. I wondered about those dresses. I imagine they were fun to make.

Darla

Diana Taylor said...

I love all your little dresses, and those hangers are beautifully made, just right for them. What a lovely challenge that must have been.
Hope you have a great week,
Diana #30

johanna said...

i remember i had seen this Dresses Project some years ago and so this was no question for me that you must have been part of...
but: i was searching for the rocking horse... you don´t believe how Long it took me to realize it was stamped onto the back of the atcs!! sometimes the brain is thinking crazy;)

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