Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WOYWW 58

WOYWW is What's On Your Worktable (desk, bench, floor, computer, etc) Wednesday? It all started with Julia, my dear friend at The Stamping Ground who keeps all the links to this fun bit of mid-week diversion. Come join us, let people snoop around your desk and snoop around theirs. It's a lot of fun, even if takes a bit of time, now that there are over 130 participants, all of whom I visited last week.


Since the heat index here yesterday was 109 F (that's a whopping 42 + C) I didn't feel like making art. So today I thought I would move that big unadorned letter E out of the way in order for you to see what's hidden behind it on top of my metal cabinet. And for those of you who aren't really sure, yes, I collect all kinds of rocking horses. They are EVERYWHERE in my house, from tiny blown glass to a huge brass one that children can ride. At last count, I have over 450.

Although it reads "key blanks," (tip: always use removable labels to mark your containers, not permanent ink pens) all these containers have either dye reinkers, pigment reinkers, or Staz-On reinkers, sorted by type of ink, not brand or color. Do I stamp? Not really? Do I collect reinkers? Well, sort of. I actually use them to dye fabric, and to make paper backgrounds (see my tutorials for the many and varied backgrounds that use them). Even if I were to stamp, I would far rather buy a reinker and a cosmetic sponge than a stamp pad. To me, it's more economical. Behind the reinkers is a big mirror that reaches to the ceiling. It adds much needed light to the space.

And yes, I'm that short! That cabinet comes to the top of my head. In the first photo, I was actually standing on a step stool to take the shot.

Today's blog pick is another WOYWWer. Nikki at Graphix and Design is the sweet blogger who made all those cute blog buttons you see everyone sporting. She made them and shares them freely to celebrate who we are or what our style is. Today, I'm not just a neat freak, I'm also

Nikki is also having a giveaway on her blog (yes, I posted the giveaway link earlier this week, but most WOYWWers probably weren't around). Be sure to check out Nikki's blog today.

54 thoughtful remarks:

Lothian Crafts said...

Aw I love the big E. 42c thats far to hot for my liking I have had to shut the windows here cause its cold this morning.

Helen said...

Love the E. Luckily it's lots cooler here and we've had some rain, trouble is now I've got a cold! Thanks for stopping by my blog already!

Sunshine Girl said...

It is warm where you are! I havent been doing too much crafting as its been hot for me and its nowhere near that heat here! thankfully we had rain yesterday so its cooled down so I am looking forward to a play day today! I love your letter E - I have been waiting ages for a letter N to come into Hobbycrafts and they finally came in last week but I havent treated myself yet as I have too many other projects on the go at the moment! Have a great day!

Sue said...

Hi hun
wow now thats what i call hot, fabby big E, made note not to use permanant marker!! lol, have great day, sue,x

ScrappySuzanne said...

I always love popping along to your blog. Always something different to look at. Weather changed here...rain rain and more rain. Will try and look at Nikki's blog (missed this as been on hols). And well done to getting round to all desks. AMAZING!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Always fun to see what you're working on. Does it make you feel better to know that I'm freezing down here in the southern hemisphere?

Hels Sheridan said...

Cool...love Rocking Horses... the inky box... use a bit of surgical spirit hun, it will take the permanent marker off :O))

TinaB said...

Can't wait to see what you do with the E xx

Yvonne said...

What a wonderful idea, Mirror, keep thinking I need more light in here .. another SIMPLES idea, that my brain cannot keep up with , lol

Yes, I did realise, after a few change arounds, writing onto things with permanent ink is not a good idea.. lol
Thanks for poping by xx

jude said...

Wow thats hot im moaning about 32 at the w/end ...lol.Love the huge Letter E.gonna take peek at yout tutorials interesting idea to use that ink for fabric!
have agood wednesday
hugs judex

Spyder said...

Morning!! Late but still here! Sorry about the ad, everyone gets it,Google did stop it, once! I've emailed the owners of it a million times, they say it's attached to a counting widdet on my blog, I've changed all my counting widgets, delted others but still it comes back! People can tell me how to get rid of pop ups, but no one knows how to get rid of pop unders..anyway!!! I bought an E, in wood...thinking to make something for daughter Emma, but seeing she's now geting crafty too, I gave it to her 'naked' ! I got round nearly everyone last week, except a few who just didn't open for me...must've known who it was! have a good day...
((Lyn))

LadyBug said...

FAb E. I think I might have to look out for a giant P to have on my desk somewhere. how long have you had it and not altered it yet:) ?

Wipso said...

Would really love to see more of your rocking horses :-)
A x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i just visited your "where bloggers create" post and wow, everything is fabulous!!! such a lot of goodies. i want to come play!!!

Mummylade said...

I'd love to see some of your collection - all 450 might not fit into one picture =)

Doone said...

love the idea that you can refer to 'taking your E' and I appreciate your thrifty ink advice - excellent pearls of wisdom - I shall be using your prescribed methodology from now on -

where are the lovely MC's today?

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

42 degrees C is HOT! Here in Manila (Philippines) it is 30 degrees C. We had a storm last night and I had to work in the dark cause the power went off! You sure have a lot of stuff everywhere! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Doone said...

(master cat) sorry used pleural too - ruhing to do some site before work - !

Cardarian said...

Oh well I can understand the no will to craft in that heat - we have it too so I wait till about 9pm when it is cool enough to do things! Very organised girl you are!
Hugs,
Cardarian

JoZart said...

Hearing how it is for you makes me so glad of the rain and cool we've just got. Lots of stash and stuff to see and thanks for sharing. Get those rocking horses out and stay cool!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, love the little rocking horse on show in the first pic. Hmmm now I wonder what the E represents? hehehe
Phew I'd be melting in that heat!
Anne xx

joey said...

Hiya

oh my goodness me 42!!! eeeeek thats hot! I dont blame you for not feeling the art lol.

Joey.x

angeleef said...

Oh I love the big E. It's the first letter of my name. And wow... not only do you need a lot of room for your crafting supplies, but also for your horses? Where do you find the space?
** Evi **

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow, it is hot..presumably humid too - that's the killer for me, I can take most amount of dry heat, but am wrecked by the humidity. Is it cooler in your basement? The Dunnit boy is in the middle (literally, since we've had a week off) of making his third rocking horse; I was going to blog about it anyway, but will stop thinking about it and show you! I like the Big E - is it unadorned on purpose or because it's waiting?

Linda Elbourne said...

Here's something you may not have known ... I am that short too :0) Have a good week X

Dragons Lair Designs said...

That is a big E will look forward to seeing it made up :)

Diane said...

Oh my, now that is hot, and I thought we had it bad when it reached 90! I hope you have some relief--I love to see how you organize though.

Sarah said...

With heat like that you can't be expected to create. Love the rocking horse

Karen said...

Wow! I am intrigued by a barss rocking horse you can ride!!! Any chance of a pic???

I have been scrolling down and am amazed at the different ideas you come up with to die your fabrics XXX

Tracy Evans said...

A very organised space, just the way I like it. I absolutely love that unadorned E, its fab. Can't believe you have collected over 450 rocking horses, that's some impressive collection. Thanks for the snoop. Have a good day, Tracy x

butlersabroad said...

Hate that darn heat index, haven't been looking at ours (in Michigan), don't want to know!! We've been a little bit cooler thankfully, just below 90F, but it's going to climb up again tomorrow and the weekend. 450 rocking horses, wow, that's quite a collection! How did it start?

Hugs
Brenda

La Dolce Vita said...

we had the same heat... unbelievable!! oh and the mint is safe in pots!! i never plant it in the garden!! stay cool today!!

Twiglet said...

Now Wipso has read my mind again - was going to say "show us your rocking horses please" but I see Wips has had the same idea!!!

Penni said...

Great desk - you are so organised.

I haven't shown my desk today, nothing exciting going on there !!!! Some fabby pics of Pablo & Thomas though - of course !!!!

Hugs
Penni
x

Darcy said...

the heat has been awful here too, just impossible to sleep at night, so I craft the night away and go to bed when I hear the milkman delivering lol

I neeeeeed to see the huge brass horse!
Hope you are having a great week chick.xxx

voodoo vixen said...

I love rocking horses too, wouldn't have the space for an actual ride on one though!!

Theresa said...

Elizabeth - Fun snooping around your bins today - Much Too Organized in there!:) Hope you make a mess soon and stay cool!

peggy gatto said...

I knew you "rocked"!!!!!!!!!

Linda said...

I hope it cools off soon for you. The orange bins are a great system for holding your reinkers

Margaret said...

Oh my that's hot, we have 35deg here and storms every night, quite tropical for Switzerland! I love your Big E, can't wait to see what you do with it?? Margaret

Marilyn Rock said...

Elizabeth; would love to see more rocking horses. We are still in the heat, here, and it's getting very edgy in these parts :( Again; thanks for sharing so much with us. I love visiting xxoo

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

42 degrees.......how do you cope? Come to Wales to cool off!!

xx

Halle said...

UGH!! I know it's so hot here in MN too! Our heat index is 103 degrees F at 2:30pm and I'm sure it will continue to climb. They are predicting severe storms and tornadoes later this afternoon and evening. I don't love those but at least it will break the oppressive humidity.

angeleef said...

Hey!
Yes, those hands are knobs. They came with the cabinet. You could choose this. 1. You take the cabinets as the one that are on the blue one, with a little piece missing so you can pull them out or turn them and use it with those hands.
** Evi **

~*~Patty said...

Yikes that IS really hot, we had close to those temps last week and now it's a bit better, still muggy with lots of thunder storms...we really needed the rain! The heat really takes the starch out of me!
Great E ... I bet you'll do something great with it ... no pressure ;)
oxo

Maz said...

Don't think I'd feel like doing much in that heat either! Reckon you should hide a rocking horse in your photo each week and we can all play "spot the rocking horse"! x

Jennie said...

loving the big E.. and that many rocking horses? lol

The Paper Princess said...

I love rocking horses too - your collection sounds amazing! You'll have to start sharing some of them with us!

Hope it cools off for you soon. The heat has finally hit us and it is just awful!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Kathy said...

Fab post today - wel ok, yesterday if we're being pedantic :-)
Love to come for my weekly visit here

Kate said...

Interesting 'e'! Can we see some rocking horses next week? Have you made any?

** Kate **

Anneliese said...

HAH ! .. I've found it ! lol :D ... thanks for the directions, heaven only knows why I couldn't find it before :D ... never mind I'm here now & loving your blog, what a gorgeous book you've made ... I need to go & have a hunt through your archives I think lol x

Alisonw30 said...

Wow, 42 degrees, that is hot! I was melting the other week here in the UK when it was 'just' 30! Well done for getting round all the blogs last week, I'm lucky if I get round about 20 and here I am catching up on a Saturday morning this week!

Carmen said...

Been on your blog ages but got distracted by all your tuts thought I better come back for the original purpose of my visit! Oops.

Love the idea f the mirror and am definitely leaving your page open so that once I've finished with WOYWW I can come back and read some more of your fabulous tuts! Just started my first altered book in the form of a CJ so am loving seeing what you do.

LuLu said...

Howdy Elizabeth,
It's SO funny that you collect re-inkers but aren't a 'stamper'. I'm not much of a stamper either, but I do collect stamps, ink pads and re-inkers. I recently inherited old, vintage, ancient Adirondack pads from Traci Miser's stash. Traci was a gifted artist who passed away in Sep 2009. Although we never met, she's inspired me and my hope is to create beautiful works in her honor.

Where do you buy your Staz-on reinkers and pads. Do you get them online?

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Peace,
LuLu
www.lulu-too-beaucoup.blogspot.com