Wednesday, 4 September 2013

WOYWW #222


Hello and welcome back - sorry I couldn't play last week, our router failed and we were internet-less for nearly a week. Tell you something Peeps - you don't realise how much you rely on it until you can't get it!

Anyhoo, the reason you're here is to see what is on my workdesk this "Back to School" Wednesday...

Here is a shot taken from my chair - I don't think I've taken one from here before so it gives a slightly different perspective...


So what can we see today?

My Ikea cubbies which contain, top left to right, my stereo system - can't be without music while I'm creating, a cupboard full of paperwork for work, a plethora of tiny Really Useful Boxes full of beads and you can see in the corner (click on the photo for a closer look) a blue tikki birdhouse pincushion which I made for a WI competition, the far right cubby has yet more beads. Second row, two cubbies of craft books and behind the sewing machine my Molly Blooms stamps and finally a big box of flowers.

To the right of the owls is a handy TKMaxx shelf unit with my collection of Douwe Egberts coffee jars,  I mean, buttons, and below the owls is my Craft Robo and a felt bowl with yet more buttons in (bit of a thing for buttons - can you tell?)

Left to right on my desk are my buckets of pens, tools, glue and stuff, assorted pincushions and my jug for washing paint brushes, on my craft mat is my Dylusions art journal - more on that later, and in front of the iron is the dictionary I am altering for The Craft Barn's Dictionary Challenge. I've been asked a couple of times if I can still close the book - well now you can see - yes I can - at the moment - but by the end of the challenge? Who knows!

The strange looking pack of fluff with a pink and green ball (front right) is another early birthday prezzie from my lovely Mum and is a pincushion kit which looks soooo cute!


See what I mean!

I don't know when I'm going to find time to do sewing for pleasure rather than work  - but I promise I'll post pics when it's finished.

If you're in a WOYWW hurry that's all I've got for this week so thanks for popping in and I hope to catch up with you later, but if you're interested in the Julie Nutting Doll project more pics follow...


You may remember a couple of weeks ago I was playing with a Julie Nutting Doll stamp and having a go at an (un-tutored) She Art style layout in my AJ. Well here is the page so far - I can't say that it is finished because I'm not totally happy with it - but I've hit a block so I'm letting it "rest" until inspiration strikes again.




Stamping the flourishes over the girl helped to ground her on the page, whilst the doodle edging gives her some definition.




This is actually the second incarnation of this page which started off looking a lot like this...


The first attempt was gesso-ed over and then begun again with layers of  ink or acrylic paint through at least four stencils, bubble wrap acrylic paint stamping and at least 17 different stamped images.  As I said, I'm not entirely happy with her yet, whether the page is too blue, whether she's too small on the A4 page - I'm not sure - but I'll come back to her and hope for the best.

Thank you for visiting, please do leave a comment so that I know you came and I can reciprocate.


35 comments:

  1. I'm intrigued now...are you a proper seamstress then? I only ask because of your 'sewing for pleasure rather than work' comment. I'm just a dabbler...but I enjoy it so that's ok!
    I like your stamped girlie...the splash of orange on her dress is very clever, complimentary colours and all that. And because the page has lots of interesting squiggles to look at, she doesn't appear too small to me.
    Hugs, LLJ 44 xx

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  2. Fantastic pages and colours I love the girl, will she have a face? Painted or cut from a mag? Have a great week, Happy WOYWW
    (((Lyn)) #46!

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  3. Love your journal page so far.. Its all those little finishing touches that can be quite tricky to do, I find.. Adds to the dimension of it all in the end though.
    Happy WOYWW
    Sandy :) #36

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  4. It's good watching your inspirations grow, even with the occasional 'block' ( I mean break for coffee).

    Like the pincushion from your Mum, I've seen some with sheep that rather amuse me, I may just take the plunge.

    Hope your crafting is comng along well. X X Flo.

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  5. What a fabulous craftroom you have. Great space to work in. Love the doll page and the turtle pincushion is adorable.
    Happy WOYWW a I wish you a wonderful week.
    xx Monique #60

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  6. Wow, fab projects, love the stamped doll project very much and what a sweet beautiful pin cushion to make too x
    Have a great week Heather #63

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  7. Well we think your she art project looks wonderful as is. We know what you mean about the frustrations of no Internet, when ours went off we realised just how much we used it.

    Hugs fom the bears @#76

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  8. Love the girl, she is fabulous and if you hadn't mentioned the flourishes and doodles I wouldn't have noticed, they are fabulous.
    Famfa 10 - love the nam recycled Ralph but he wants to call him Leo, maybe leftover Leo?

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  9. Love the journal pages with the Prima doll. I've been wanting some of those stamps, but I haven't purchased any yet. happy crafting #1

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  10. I think your doll looks great! Maybe everything hinges on the face, do you think? It might be that because all the other touches are just terrific. It's kind of mysterious waiting to see what she will look like! I love your Alpha/Dictionary pages - always so witty and original! Nice to see THE dictionary. I do hope you have some time soon to finish that pincushion your dear mum gave you. The kit looks lovely. Julie Ann x#32

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  11. I love your journal page so far. I'm sure inspiration will strike soon. Your desk is very ordered and tidy. I tipped my buttons out of same said coffee jar, decorated it and filled it with yummy pick n mix sweeties which I chomp on while I am sitting at my desk!
    Hugs Lynda #31

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  12. I too want to know are you a seamstress? I love buttons too..I also like pincushions like you. The altered art using the stamp is amazing! Cx #98

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  13. Hi, Maisie...thanks for dropping by my blog. To answer your question it is a Pincushion behind my laptop..it's a Cupcake!! I love Cupcakes and my Aussie friend Jade made it for me one year..the base is a Ramekin...I will take a photo for you. :)Cx #98

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  14. What a sweet little doll. I like the direction you are going. 93

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  15. Hi MM,
    Really like that the dolls skin is text, really effective.
    Laura
    86

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  16. You have been BUSY - well done. She's rather sweet, isn't she? Looks rather shy to me - ?
    Have a great week.
    Margaret #50

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  17. Hi Maisie, thanks for popping over. I attempt to catalogue, it doesn't go that well, and my printer is so rubbish I have pages not printed out for my catalogue, and two folders of older stamps that I didn't do this for which I mean to do one day. Then the wood mounted ones which I was photographing and numbering have all changed, the plan was to print out the photos so I can find stuff, sometimes easier than looking on the computer and what if the thing has gone wrong, or the power is off? Well if it is dark can't do a lot anyway ha ha!

    I love all your stash, thanks for explaining it, I have those little RUBs too, and I see the bird house - just, would love to see it closer. The art journal is coming on, I haven't bought art dolls yet, not sure about people without faces but they are better than the potato headed people that I cannot bear!

    Cazzy x

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  18. Love the journal, I have the small version ready to have a go in now, brilliant to meet Dyan too. Just did my "Z" page thanks for the nudge. Getting to grips with the various projects slowly as I'm still not 100%. Thanks for the visit BJ#16

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  19. Thanks for the congrats on my win! :-) Can't wait to see what the prize is...love your journal page. I think it looks great. And the turtle pin cushion..too cute. Brigita #84

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  20. I love that dolly stamp. and your page, crikey, you're hard on yourself! love the
    In cushion kit, how thoughtful of your sweet Mum...nothing better than an early birthday presie!

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  21. Another fabulous fashionista page, and I love the different angle of your desk. Your turtle pin cushion looks adorable too. Have a great week! Danie #25

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  22. Brilliant journal pages - I LUV that stamp on printed paper :-)

    HAPPY WOYWW 222

    IKE in Greece #67 xxxxx

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  23. I'm not sure what you meant by sewing for work vs sewing for pleasure. But I love the she art page and there's no confusion there (grin). Happy WOYWW (because it's still Wednesday in my world) from #2.

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  24. Hi MM, the doll looks fabulous! But I can't help feeling sorry for the poor turtle who will get stuck needles into its belly some day .. :-) Great sight of your desk. Love it. Thanks so much for your visit earlier. Best, Suzanne x

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  25. Thanks for visiting me yesterday! Your journal page looks simply amazing!! I still want to try and create something like that once. I really love the style! Uniflame - 85

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  26. Love your craft room!!! What a wonderful view you have of all your goodies too. Happy WOYWW! Karen 68 x

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  27. Great space! Love all the stuff I see! I think you page is great! Fab background!

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  28. Me again, I still don't have this stamp yet so I have to keep looking to see what you are doing. Thanks for letting me peak. I always love yours. Roberta 17

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  29. Ahhh, there's the little girl you were creating...she looks great with all of the little details! Beautiful background, I especially like the leafy area with the flourishes and bird. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Cathy

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  30. Great post! And I love your AJ pages!
    Sorry it's taken so long to visit - busy week!
    Happy belated WOYWW, and thanks for dropping by :)

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  31. Love that pincushion kit - look forward to seeing it finished. Also love the JN doll - I've got one to show soon.
    Hugs and Thanks for visiting me earlier - Neet xx

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  32. Hi Maisie, thanks for your lovely comments, when I said Ombrelle was my first page I meant first O page, sorry.

    Cazzy x

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  33. Love how far you've got with your journal page. I hope inspiration strikes so you get to finish it. Hugs, Jenny x

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  34. I love the view of your workspace, lots of lovely things to look at. I think your journal page is looking fab! But I know what you mean about being blocked and sometimes a fresh look gives you the ideas you're currently missing. Thanks for your visit and a belated Happy Woyww Liz@82

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  35. Better late than never! I have. Been missing in action! Love the newsprint on your doll!

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Thanks for sharing your happy thoughts. Maisie Moonshine x

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