Wednesday, 7 March 2012

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday 144

Well, here we all are again!  Another Wednesday, another collection of desks to snoop at... courtesy of Julia at the Stamping Ground.  

So, this is my "desk" tonight - I've been cutting some alphabets with the Wordplay die by Tm Holtz (I finally got a set of the extra large cutting plates which were out of stock everywhere for days!)
I've got 3 full sets cut out ready for when I need them...)
and I've been trying to stick my altered book pages together for the course that WOYWW Elizabeth is running - do check it out if you've ever wanted to do an altered book - her instructions are easy to follow and very detailed, just what I need as a beginner - this is my first one though I've been meaning to do one for years!  I don't have enough clamps or pegs (no outside space to dry my washing so I don't need pegs!) so I'm having a few problems at present!

Spent the weekend painting of a different sort.... no, the overalls aren't mine - I borrowed them from my brother (he wasn't on painting duties!) We were at my mum's house as we have lots to do to get it ready to rent (which we still aim to do rather than sell) - she was a heavy smoker and the rooms are very discoloured... and then we lost the electrics - some sort of problem with the RCD box after my brother turned the power off to put in another socket in her bedroom - so we had lights but no other power all weekend! (Don't ask me, I haven't got a clue!! )
We did have a lovely meal at the Indian restaurant opposite her house though (once we got served!)
I've also been messing about in my journal again  - umbrella man makes another appearance!


Finally, it's "Alice" week at Dragons-Dream Tag It On the choice of AJ.  I don't have any Alice themed stamps - coudln't even find a rabbit! so I've just used some Graphic 45 Alice paper to make my tag, and wrote out some quotes - the stamp is the crown by Tim Holtz.  Stop by and check out the other DT efforts, which will all be much better than mine! (should publish around lunchtime)

50 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Loved the photo of you. And silhouettes are SO the rage now.

Looks like you are going to need a few more clamps. I never even considered bulldog clips. Very clever idea!!

I really like your tag. I like the colors you chose. When I use Linda's html, I will let you know. Thanks for sharing it last week.

Judy said...

Thanks for sharing!

May said...

so much going on, love the fact you got the wordplay die thats on me list!! great journal pages and fabulous Alice tag & altering your book, and painting too you are a busy bee this week Hugs May x x x

Terrie said...

You've been busy! I see you're in the AB class too - I haven't started my niche yet cuz I couldn't figure out what to do about clamps without going out and buying some - I like the idea of the binder clips you used and I think it will work because I don't have a very thick niche page stack.....it's worth a try anyway. Thanks for the idea.

butlersabroad said...

I've been seeing that new die on a few blogs in the last week or two, looks very usable. Good luck with the painting, I love doing it but hate, hate, HATE painting ceilings!!

Hugs
Brenda

Lavinia said...

Love the new die, must seek out that one myself! Not made an altered book yet myself but it looks like its going to be a fun project!
Lavinia
x

Spyder said...

oh my goodness, everyones getting their books started! I must aim to start mine tomorrow! (I'll never catch up!) Great snoop! Have a great crafty week
((Lyn))
Happy WoyWW #27

Danielle said...

I hae been seeing a lot of book preparations the last couple of weeks. I can't wait to see some of the pages when they are done. dani33

505whimsygirl said...

My house needs painting and I just don't have the desire to get started! I'm having too much fun doing other things.

The altered book looks like it will be a fun project.

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay
#31

voodoo vixen said...

Now you see... it always amazes me when I see someone do that... you used bulldog clips... here I am trying to source those huge things E uses and I have a heap of bulldog clips!! (Not sure they are big enough but i will try)!!

I have walls to paint... but am avoiding it... maybe when the weather warms up a bit??? LOL

jude said...

You altered book coming along nicely .I always use bull dog clips for hanging up tags whilst drying they very useful all crafter should have em.I keep mine climped to my lamp so with in easy reach.Im going to do an altered book once my mojo comes back full time got me book just need the mojo!
Have fab wednesday and a creative week hugs
judex 9

jill said...

Can't wait to see the finished altered book.
Happy crafting

Neil said...

Hi there, trying to squeeze in as many visits as I can so just a quick visit today! Thanks for letting us in to see your world today! have fun with the altered book. That alphabet die is on my wishlist too.
Neil #19

Annie said...

So many fab projects on the go with your today. I've enjoyed my visit.
Hugs,
A x

JoZart said...

Fab messy desk to spy on and great pages in your journal. I can't wait to see your giant overhead canvas finished!! LOL! I envy your alphabet die too,
Love JoZarty x

sandra de said...

You have been very busy ... good to see you got some crafting time in as well. I am really enjoying making an altered book and I like you idea of the bull dog clips.

Julia Dunnit said...

Aw Helen there you are *waving*. Lord does your neck ache and your arm hurt? How I hate painting!
As usual, I'm not familiar with the TH alpha dies - and just as well, I'm a sucker for alphas!!
Loving the journal pages, are the numbers and letters relevant to something you're going to write? ? And you're already getting on with the book...I agree, great instructions.

Artyjen said...

I'm making do with my normal sized plates 'cos I only intend to cut out the letters I need!! Loving that page ;)
xoxo Sioux

Alison said...

Great tag & a nice bit of bumping on your gorgeous journal pages Helen! x

okienurse said...

great looking work space! I love the tag and the journal pages. Good luck with the painting. I hate doing that! Have a great week. Vickie #44

Elizabeth said...

Hi Helen, I'm hoping to do my first AB with Elizabeth too, still reading the instructions but got the book, the elastic band, etc., and I'm sure I have some bulldog clips somewhere so thanks for the tip there. Your tag is lovely, proving you don't necessarily need stamps if you have great paper. Good luck with the decorating and I hope you have a great WOYWW. Elizabeth x #22

Gabrielle said...

I am exhausted! What a lot going on H! Blimey! Love the journal, the tag and of course that ceiling!!! Happy Wednesday x

Karen said...

Great post with lots of fabulous projects going on, I especially love your tag, its gorgeous!

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Helen you have been so busy too, and love the work in progress here. Also like the post below too thanks so much for popping over, and for sharing. Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #32

Elaine said...

Great projects , you have been busy ,and the ceiling too ...you must be exhausted.
love your work.
hugs Elaine

Cardarian said...

I have been hunting for those long cutting plates and also for the wordplay - all not successful! Huh! So frustrated! Love your painting photo!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

Judie savage-lovell said...

gorjuss work there, must look at that link for the altered book, as like you i have wanted to for years as well

Thanks for the peep

Hugs
Judie xx

Ann B said...

Beautiful journal page Helen, the shadows on the circles are very effective and that shade of blue is gorgeous.
You are racing ahead on the AB. I found some mini bulldog clips and am going to 'borrow' the ones Mr B uses in his modelling.

Ann B
#84

Debs Willis said...

Looks l,iek the AB is great fun, and love that you posted your 'other' painting pic lol!

Happy woyww

Debs #104

Doone said...

oohh it's lovely to see so many woywwers doing the B&E altered book course, it will be fun to watch them 'grow' on peoples desks...
D @ 111

Sarah said...

Great to see another book in the make - my...a busy lady this week - fancy running up here with that brush? Hopefully you are in die-heaven now (a slight paradox...) enjoy the letters...Thanks for sharing with WOYWW...Sarah at 1

Beckyt said...

fab new die and I really like your alice tag. Thanks for sharing.

Becky #44

Jacqui said...

Lovely journal page

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely tag and fabulos journal pages Helen . You have been busy. Think I will stick to crafts rather than painting walls lol. Tracy x

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Oh, love the book setting up to dry. I shall have to check out the details.

pop on over for my give away.

CraftygasheadZo said...

Love your tag and journal pages! Take care, enjoy this WOYWW & I'm off to snoop some more! Wonder how many I'll get round today? Zo xx 60

Ashley Rock said...

love love love your tag and journaling pages!!!

Yours Artfully said...

Crikey Helen, you've had a busy week!!! Nice overalls though, I could use some of those.....he,he!
Your journal is coming along a treat and I know what you mean about the glue drying thing in your altered book....it takes forever but clamps are definitely the way to go.

Lin x

MaggieC said...

Thanks for your visit, Helen, and for your encouragement. You have certainly taken on a hard job getting the house ready to rent. Just clearing out all the familiar belongings is hard. Hope yo soon get things sorted. have a good week. xx Maggie #8

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Your tag and your pages are wonderful. Love how you've placed the crown on the playing card.

Tracy said...

I'm excited to see your finished book! I'm also enjoying seeing the decorated tags too. What neat interpretations! warmly, Tracy #96

fairy thoughts said...

I must start count how many AB class members i snoop at on a wednesday , there is quite a few now.I am enjoying it too but must get my niche done!!
your tag looks great
janet #59

Dragon said...

Great "desk" as always and super to see you finally... I expected you to have long hair I don't know why!!! And your tag runs well with all the others so shut up running it down!!!! Thanks for all your continued support and good luck with the house...
L&L
Frankie
xx

scrappymo! said...

Oh you lucky girl to have that lovely die.
The painting looks to be in full control and hopefully soon finished!

Fingers crossed you get the electrical problem sorted out.

Jennifer Nowell said...

I have been bit by the journaling bug lately and haven't been able to get anything else done. I have signed up for Elizabeth's class on altered books as well. I just have to find an appropriate book. Have a great week!
Jennifer

LuLu said...

Howdy,
Happy WOYWW!

Nifty workspace - I like umbrella man. Good luck on your 1st altered book - I'm STILL working in mine! thanks for the peek.

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Neesie said...

It's my first week with WYOWW and I'm quickly trying to work through to everyone's desk...its so exciting but I'm a little overwhelmed by all the talent.

A Liverpool supporter too...my hubby and son are avid fans ~ so much so that they get up at silly-o-clock here in Melbourne to watch their games! My husband was born in the shadow of Anfield!

I enjoyed my peek at your desk ;D
Have a great crafty week...must dash and check out a few more desks! :D

Yogi said...

lots of things going on in your world. All the best with getting your moms place rentable and with your lovely projects.
Have a great day

Neet said...

What a busy post Helen - and I missed it with having no connection whilst away. Love all of your pictures but the one I like the best is you in the overalls.
Hugs, Neet x

Sue said...

Wow you have been busy, I love your journal page and your Alice tag x