Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday


Hey y'all!  I've decided to jump in feet first into this awesome weekly group of nosey bloggers with my very own What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  What is this, you ask?  Why, hop on over to Julia Dunnit's awesome blog and take a look-see!

Since this is my very first ever WOYWW, I need to explain a couple of things.  Man oh man, I can hear Ricky Ricardo - "Lucy, you got some 'splainin to do!"  First off - I don't have a craft room, shed, studio, or even permanent space to create.  One day, hopefully that will change, but for now I work with a temporary set up.  I have my Storage Corner (i.e. Baker's Rack) and a folding work table that gets very messy Monday through Thursday.  Then Friday mornings everything gets cleaned up and put away so I can go to work all weekend without worrying that my 2 year old will get into things or that my new puppies will chew everything up and that my 13 year old can have the use of my tv to play her video games while I'm gone.  My work table is set up in front of my closet doors (which means I have to move everything to get into the closet or pull what I need out of there before I set up the table) so you'll always see those doors in my pictures.  And now you'll know what they are!

While this set up isn't what I'd like it to be (hello - craft room with doors that shut, storage space, and where I can leave stuff strewn about as I work on things), it is working pretty well.

So now that you've got the situation explained (good enough for you Ricky?), here's what's going on this week!

I've just updated my ATC Swap board (not pictured) and it is horrendously over-flowing with swaps that I need to get completed!  So I am lighting a fire under my rear and trying to knock some of these out.  Like literally, it's 2:30 in the morning and I managed to get 2 swaps completed.  I'm very proud of myself!

Ok, on the desk...

Starting at the top left corner:  The pretty chevron notebook is my list of all ATCs I've made and their numbers.  I'm very close to 700!  The red cup is my requisite Mt. Dew addiction.  Lots of stamps and inks.  My bag of Distress Ink, a huge jumble of stamps that I was using, some 7Gypsies Apothocary Numbers stickers that I found in a random spot, a sheet of paper where I was going to stamp (and cut) out a vintage car.  Scrapped that idea!  My #30DaysofLists book is hiding under that paper.  There's my paper trimmer (I wondered where that had gotten off to!) peeking out, my gelli plate, and my tv remote.  I love listening to Pandora and watching Law & Order while I craft.  A pack of baby wipes so I can attempt to clean up my mess.  And let me just say there are about a dozen used wipes scattered in that pile.  Many from tonight and some left over from my gelli printing escapade yesterday.

Then on my craft sheet is my list of ATC Swaps, a stamp and acrylic block, several pens, a couple of half stamped and discared ATCs, and then those 3 ATCs that you see flipped over - those are 3 completed ATCs for swaps.  Since my Instagram group doesn't post before we get them, I've hidden them from view.  Like to keep the surprise going!

I always put a drawing board down on my table and then put my craft sheet on top of that.  Not because I'm worried about ruining the table (I think I see paint splatters on it in the next picture) but because it folds.  By putting the board down, I get a nice flat surface to work on and don't have to worry about the dip in the middle.

For fun, I've included a second picture from a different angle.


Yep, you can definitely see more of that pile better.

My bakers rack in the corner - piled high with supplies and need to do's!  You can see my Documented Life Project journal sitting there accusingly because I haven't even opened it for this week yet.  Those mailing envelopes contain a Traveling Art Journal and I'm not sure what the big one on top contains.  Maybe a stamp set from Unity Stamp Co?  That's the envelope it came in any how!

I save all my Amazon boxes to use as corral units for supplies - not pretty, but they work!  One of these days I'm going to get around to making them pretty.  But not tonight!

I hope you've enjoyed snooping around my desk today.  I tried to give y'all something really worth snooping in!  And I don't resize my pics, so feel free to click on them and make them really big so you can see all the messy details!

Have a great and crafty day y'all!

21 comments:

  1. Wow Brenda - what a crazy busy creative mess!! LOL I feel for you not having a dedicated space but personally I think it's quite good discipline to have to tidy each week. WELCOME TO woyww, cINDY #36

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    1. Thank you Cindy! By having to clean up my mess each week it helps calm my "creative chaos OCD". So it can definitely be a good thing!

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  2. Hi Brenda, and welcome into WOYWW! You seem to have a great set-up that works for you, and thats what matters, isn't it? And no matter how much space you give us, we still fill it to overflowing, don't we? lol. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #21 xx

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    1. Thank you Shaz! Yes, it is all to easy to fill our creative spaces to overflowing. Amazing how quickly that can happen isn't it?

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  3. Happy FIRST WOYWW !!!!! Thank you so much for sharing all the details of your fabulous creative space. I really enjoyed looking at the photos and reading all about them. You will be addicted now (I often miss a week or more, but always come back). 700 ATCs!! That is amazing. I used to do a lot of ATCs, but mainly craft digitally now (or sewing/needle felting what ever), and seem to have stepped away from the world of challenges and swaps. Ali x #43

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    1. Thank you Ali! I'm glad you enjoyed looking at my mess. Last night (or was it this morning!?!) was a whirlwind of "hurry up and get this done". A hurricane definitely hit. It's so funny that you mention that you craft digitally now - I'm the opposite. I am coming back to "traditional" art more and more and leaving my computer alone. Totally enjoying the experience. But there are days when I wish I could use the "hide layer" function before committing totally to it!

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  4. Welcome to WOYWW for the first time, Love your space and if it works for you then that is all you have to be concerned with, at least you are playing with your art supplies in what ever way you see fit. It is your art after all and to be honest I love messy desks, they always intrigue me as I want to try and see what is peeking out from wherever or underneath. Sometimes these peeks are inspiring. Thank you for sharing and I hope to see you next week, you have a great bunch of ladies on here interested in your space and you.

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Eliza & Yoda #2

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    1. Thank you so much Eliza! I'm the same way - love messy desks! When I see beautiful neat and organized desks I groan because mine will never look like that - but messy I understand! Ha!!

      I hope you gave Yoda that cuddle!

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  5. You are doing a fab job in that space - you would never know it wasn't a permanent fixture. I had a similar experience until a year ago and even now have to sometimes give my craft room over to the parents as a bedroom when they visit from Spain, previously had to tidy after every session so we could eat at the table in the family room and not get covered in ink and paint!
    Welcome to our WOYWW family!
    Thanks for sharing & happy WOYWW!
    Catherine aka catiecuddles
    #53

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    1. I've had to do that before! Clean the table so we could eat. :) Thank you for visiting!

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  6. Wow your work area is looking busy :) I have not quite finished my DLP for this week yet so don't worry! Your blog has a lot of interesting stuff and I enjoyed looking around. Welcome to WOYWW :) Shel-PaperOctilloStudio #42

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    1. Thank you Shel! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. Hopefully I'll get to that DLP later today. Of course, that requires getting off the computer so we'll see!

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  7. Ooooo! I love that old fashioned truck from Tim Holtz - I need to check that out! Have fun with your ATCs!

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    1. Tim Holtz and I have a love/hate relationship! I love all his stuff and hate that I don't have it all! The car is included in a few of his sets but the set I have is "The Journey". Thank you for visiting!

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  8. Dear Brenda,

    First and foremost - I want to extend a warm welcome to you at WOYWW! This is the first blog party I joined several years ago when I started blogging and I KNOW you will love it and make many friends along the way!

    I loved exploring your desk and getting to know you through your post today (and through your sweet comment on my blog!) I also love ATCs and can't wait to see some of your lovely creations!

    Please join us and share your creative posts at Inspire Me Monday and Friendship Friday at Create With Joy - would love to welcome you into our creative community as well!

    Have an inspired week!

    Ramona :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Ramona! I've been a lurker for a couple of months now and finally decided to join in! I will definitely check out your blog parties!

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  9. Hello and it was lovely to see you over on my blog. My space is the dining room - only needs tidying away when all family visit and I need big dining table :-) Your space looks such fun and so creative - mine is looking very boring this week. Welcome to WOYWW - it's very addictive. Anne x #65

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  10. Hi Brenda, the rails/hanging things are all IKEA, in case you wondered! Hugs, Shaz xxxx

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  11. You certainly have a productive little table going there - it all looks so interesting and I enjoyed reading all about it. Thanks so much for visiting my desk, I hope you have a great week,
    Diana #63

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  12. Brenda,

    In answer to your question, I have used Liquitex matte medium which is a fluid medium for sealing pages, I added it to a spray bottle with 1/4 of water and sprayed it onto the journal page, it worked fantastic, although I did have to do 3 applications, I even heat dried it successfully too. The next batch I didn't put any water in and it was globby and thick, sorry globby is not really a work LOL but you get the idea I am sure. I have used a small spritzer and made sure the nozzle doesn't get blocked by clearing it with water after each use but returning it to the bottle ready to go on the next stage. I was really pleased that it worked and had to make sure every bit was covered in each application. I do hope this helps you and you give it a go.

    Eliza

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  13. Welcome to woyww and thanks for sharing your desk with us. I'm looking forward to seeing you creations.

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