Wednesday, 20 May 2020

WOYWW 572 - happy birthday to us

We made it to another anniversary - who'd have thought when Julia started this weekly blog hop with a simple question - "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday" that we'd still be meeting, sharing and enabling after 11 years - 572 weeks later!

We normally celebrate by swapping atcs but with the Covid 19 pandemic still rife, and causing havoc with daily life, Julia thought it best not to over-burden the postal services.  Instead she set a challenge - find and finish a project - a UFO or as some like to call them, an unfinished symphony.

Well I showed you a canvas I had a couple of Christmasses ago, that hadn't been touched.  I doubted that I would a) want to do it; b) start it or c) finish it....

Well ye (and me) of little faith...

I had some better photos saved on the computer but blogger won't add them!

That was Saturday afternoon - I used my Pitt Artist pens (indian ink)  which I love, and need some more colours!

Although I don't really enjoy colouring per se, I did have a couple of fun hours doing this, you were all right!











I was on a bit of a roll then and on Sunday had a play in my journal
for some reason blogger won't preview the photos that are stored in my google photos file but will actually add them - hopefully when I publish this you will be able to see them too!
I had hoped to add some more photos but can't persuade blogger to play  nicely so will leave it at that!

Happy WOYWW to us all and especial thanks  to Julia for keeping it going all this time, and to everyone who has taken part, shared desks (11 years on and I am STILL on the floor...)  and enabled* week by week...
*light bulb moment... I have enabling for you..
chickens!  I haven't used any of these yet - maybe by next week.
where was I...  thanks to the friendships, both real and virtual and the support and the encouragement

See you next week for the start of year 12! 



40 comments:

Neet said...

Lovely feeling I bet to get that colouring out of the way and blimey, you pulled the anniversary boat out and did a journal page as well. Well done Helen!
Of course the chickens had to be bought for the anniversary right?
Have a good week.
Hugs, Neet xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You finished something you were dreading, and did a remarkable job, too. You even added a lovely journal spread and did it in no time at all, unlike me, who used a ton of photos to create my UFO. Thanks for welcoming me back. I am glad to be here, even if it's just for a week or three. Like you, no # yet.

glitterandglue said...

Morning Helen! Happy 11th anniversary. Well done you! It's now done - and can be crossed off that list of fear and dread. Glad you even enjoyed it. I love your journal page, and as for those chickens... great - they remind me of the ones in Chicken Run - one of my favourite silly films.
Take care. Stay safe. God bless.
Margaret #3

craftyani said...

Thanks for you friendship over the years. Love the canvas birds. Also like the chickens they are fun. Onward and upward to year 12. Ani #1

Mrs.D said...

Happy 11th anniversary, that coloured page is beautiful, guess you are pleased with it now you were pushed into finishing it.
Here's to the next 11 years,
bless you
Chris
#8

BJ said...

Know exactly what you mean about colouring, I'm the same. That said you've done a lovely job with your canvas. Loving your journal page. BJ#13

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Well done on completing the canvas.. see there is always a CAN in CAN't... hee hee now treat yourself to some more colours of those pitt pens for all your fabulous work. Love that journal spread and those chicky stamps look very fun, hope you will soon be sharing what you create with them, don't let them become future UFO's. Happy 11th WoywW Anniversary Helen & thanks again for being one of those that pushed me over to the stamping ground to take that first step over 2 years ago... Take care HUgs Tracey xx

Shoshi said...

Yiour canvas is beautiful, Helen - I love the design with the two birds! Also your journal page. You have been very productive this week! Well done. There certainly is a lot of satisfaction in completing a UFO; a feeling I get all too rarely, it has to be said. Sorry Blogger is playing up regarding your photos. It was because of this that I abandoned Blogger altogether, after it managed to lose all 8 years’ worth of blog photos. Wordpress is working much better for me.

Happy 11th anniversary WOYWW,
Shoshi x #19

Annie said...

Hi Helen. I love the canvas so well done you for completing it. Really love the chickens and will look forward to seeing what you do with them.
Thanks for your love and friendship over the last 11 years.
Hugs,
Annie x #11

Sarah Brennan said...

Happy anniversary Helen. Such a great job with your UFO. It looks so cool. I love my Pitt Artist pens/big brush markers too. Your new journal pages look good too. Cute/funny chickens. I look forward to seeing them on journal pages soon lol. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #15

Cardarian said...

Hi Helen!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! You have done a lovely project for our anniversary challenge! Very well done! Also your journal page is nice and those chickens are something I would want ... can you tell me where you bought them! See!! Snooping is always good! :-)
Lots of love and hugs and thank you for your frienship!
CARDARIAN

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Happy 11th Bloggyversary Helen! Well done on finishing the canvas UFO, it's very pretty and I'm glad you enjoyed the colouring!
I'm also pleased that you're still using the floor (as featured on my vid today, lol!!)
HUgs LLJ 4 xx

sandra de said...

Happy 11th Anniversary and well done for completing your project. It looks very stylish along with your journal page. But I have to say those chickens are a hoot. Enjoy yourself as you create and have the occasional enable moment. Stay safe.
Sandra de @16

Mariane said...

It is amazing what we can do, when we are challenged a bit ;) - I think it looks great what you have done. Those chickens looks funne as well, there might be several cards done with those?


Thank you so much for sharing!

Happy WOYWW Anniversary
Mariane #25
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Camilla Fisher said...

The canvas is delightful - what's not to like about hummingbirds?

Twiglet said...

Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous artwork over the years and for the fun and friendship. The chickens look like fun. Happy 11th bloggyversary! xx Jo

Lillianb said...

Great canvas you have there, Love the chickens as well,

Lilian B #21

Ali Wade said...

Happy 11th Anniversary WOYWW. As a newly addicted 'colourist', I salute your UFO. Those chicken stamps are fun - you could colour them too! Ali x #18

Sue Jones said...

yayyy you did it , lovely background on your journal page too. I LOVE those chicken stamps, hope to see them om a project soon. Thanks for you visit today <3 Have a great week and stay safe xxx Soojay #27

Marit said...

Happy WOYWW anniversary dear! Yesss... see you can do it and even have fun colouring? Great job! I also love the purple art journal page... my mojo has gone out the window right now but maybe waving with purple paint may change her mind so she flies back.. I'll try! Big hug from Holland, Marit #32

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Helen.. Happy 11th WOYWW, isn't IT amazing!? 😊 so grateful for it and for you!
Your Pitt pens abd you play nicely together, well done indeedy! Impressive canvas.. chickens very funny!!
Re blogger. Chrome web browser is best..
I use android mobile in Chrome app to add all pickies, but write post in Chrome app on iPad. Only way it will work. I'm now commenting on mobile as Safari wont let me comment on iPad have to use DudckDuckGo browser. Just in case it helps. On computer use chrome or Firefox.
Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love, in these different times.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X 7

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shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Helen, photos showing ok. I've seen a few people comment lately that Blogger isn't playing nicely with pictures.Love your UFO, those pens look fab, I'm sure I have a pack somewhere, just never tried them. Not a huge fan of colouring either, but slowly improving with practice. And love the colours on the journal pages. I always seem drawn to blues/purples,lol. Love the enabling, those stamps are great. Stay safe, have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #12 X

Lanniesmum said...

Happy anniversary to you too, Helen. My abiding memory of you from my first crop last year is you sitting on the floor near a socket so that you could use your heat gun to dry your journal pages. Catriona

Stacy Sheldon said...

oh that is so neat Helen, I bet you are so glad to have finished it :) ( It looks huge that would have choked me I think) so YAY for you. I can see photos to go with the stories too. and I love the fun chickens. ( of course) Happy Anniversary. ~Stacy #38

Diana Taylor said...

I love the finished coloured canvas - it's a beautiful image and I'm so glad you had fun doing it. The journal pages are fab and I love those heathery colours (hopefully you know what I mean!).
Hope you have a good week and Happy WOYWW Anniversary,
Diana xx #28

Lindart said...

Good for you! Your UFO looks AWESOME! So beautiful! Love those chickens too! Happy Anniversary, Lindart #40

brenda said...

Seems to be an awful lot Blogger won't do at the moment Helen, being a real pain. Keep well and safe.

B

Elizabeth said...

Hi Helen, congratulations on finishing your UFO, especially when you clearly weren't keen. It's beautiful. And you did well to fit in a journal page too. The chicken stamps will make fun pages/cards. After reading about your problems with blogger I have to consider myself blessed as I had no trouble uploading photos today. Here's to a better experience next time. Hugs, Elizabeth x #36

Caro said...

Happy Anniversary! I've finished my marking so can now pop round the blogs and comment. Well done on finishing the colouring - it looks stunning. Take care and stay safe my friend. With love and God Bless, Caro (#19)

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Well done it's such a good feeling to get some of these old projects finished. Those new Paper Artsy stamps look like fun. Thanks for all your kind words and wishing you a very happy woyww 11th Anniversary. Big hugs, Angela x17x

Crafting With Jack said...

Hi Helen, happy anniversary, lovely projects and I really like those crazy chickens. Stay safe x Angela #44

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Awww, those chicken stamps look so cute! Super colouring - I don't do much colouring either but I know it can be very therapeutic! Happy anniversary, Helen, and thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a lovely week! zsuzsa #30

My name is Cindy said...

Hiya Helen, Happy Anniversary!! It's hard to imagine you have been crafting on the floor for 11 years (and probably longer....) I know, I agree it doesn't seem that long ago we went to crop! I was quite shocked when I was trying to work out why I didn't have things for certain years to discover quite how long I was missing - In my head I have always been a WOYWWer - but I think it was a blogger issue that put me off initially and ironic to see you have been having problems this week. Well done on sticking with the colouring!! Thanks for the visit, Happy WOYWW Anniversary, stay safe, stay well, Cinfy #26

Shoshi said...

Thanks for visiting, Helen, and for your good wishes for our anniversary on Sunday which we will celebrate with the kitties on their birthday. Maybe you should dig out those cross stitch projects again! Just getting my UFOs out to photograph them has inspired me to get stuck in and finish at least some of them! I think it's got to be about balance really - not stopping oneself doing anything new or spontaneous just because one's got UFOs to finish first (that way leads to frustration and lack of joy, and probably not doing anything at all!) - and not simply forgetting about the UFOs and forging ahead always with new stuff. Perhaps a bit of this and a bit of that? I am sure I shall end up achieving more than I expected!

Shoshi x #20

StampinCarol said...

Happy 11th!
Congrats on finishing a UFO! I managed to finish a few left over kits from classes which felt good though they were Halloween and Easter.
Your journal is looking pretty good!
Oh my but those chickens are fun!!
Have a great week and thanks for popping by!
Carol N #34

Dorlene Durham said...

My blogger was acting weird last night too but it was fine this morning. Happy 11 year anniversary! Dorlene #41

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, trust Blogger to mess up on a day when more photos is a good thing! I love the canvas, and more, I love that once done, it kicked you into doing more of something! Great stuff and now you can gift it as a finished picture to the person who gave it to you!! I love the chickens, they speak directly to me and I’m feeling a bit stamp deprived all of a sudden! Happy Anniversary, and sorry I’m late!

Anne said...

Hello Helen. Thanks for popping by. A rather belated Happy 11th WOYWW Anniversary. Anne x

Belinda said...

Hello Helen! I love the canvas. It turned out beautiful. Oh but I really love the purple journal pages. They are so pretty. I love the pattern and the shade of purple. I felt the same way when I first pulled out my UFOs but after I started I remembered how much I loved them. The weather is gorgeous today so I am in my garden and then going to work on my deck. Thanks for the visit. Have a wonderful weekend and stay well. I will see you next week!
Belinda #39

Christine said...

Sorry I'm late visiting, I am working my way back from my number.
Great picture, especially as it's finished!
Love those chickens, gonna get myself some of those. My 'local' shop won't be having them for a while but I found somewhere else to supply me . . .
Stay safe and take care
Christine #31