Good morning one and all and a happy WOYWW to you!
I'm on a roll as its the 2nd Wednesday in a row that I've joined in this global desk hop for a while - the 'older' WOYWWers know that I twice (with the help of my lovely friend Wipso) posted from my hospital bed last year... anyway - for one reason or another - I don't always manage to make it so I for one am pleased I've been able to post twice on the trot!!!
Right - not much happened this last week in terms of creativity. I've either had no energy or health to craft or make a single card - plus I've been drooling at the talent on the 'I'm a Crafter's Companion' Face book page - looking at the colouring talents of the DT from CC on there using either the lovely SWALK stamps (need some), or the Humphrey stamps (already got some) or using the new Spectrum Noir pens (now nicknamed speccies) - or using both stamps and pens... if you can - hop over there and have a look at some of the colouring in by these guys... if you look on there - you'll also find a tutorial and even a comparison of Speccies V's Copics - interesting.
Anyway - here is the desk despite the lack of activity:
Oh - I lied it appears... I did print off ONE (my first one btw) Me to You sheet I'd designed for an A4 card. Very simple design for a first birthday card.
In front of that you'll see the Summer Crafting brochure from Doncaster a few weeks ago. There in it is Nigel's autograph - which incidentally I didn't ask him for - he assumed I wanted it (bless him)... I did also have my photograph taken with him, also with Phill (who I'm not sure is actually with DO crafts anymore - and I have one with the Glitter Girls too (how friendly were they???! - loads that's how much).
The little shaped 'box' is one from a book of die cut shapes bought from QVC the week before. There are absolutely NO instructions to put these boxes together, and when this one is secured at the top - there is no opening to get anything in or out - bad design.. There is another one on the desk - (in the next photo) which was pretty straight forward, but a third I took out of the box had loads of curved lines (all have only very feint score lines) and just didn't make sense at all - even the picture was no help, so I gave up and have now sent the pad back. I've put a review on QVC and only awarded it one star - the die cuts were easy enough to get out of the page and the cardstock was of a good quality and the design papers were nice - but without instructions were pretty terrible to put together. Anyone with dexterity problems (such as I on a regular day) would struggle - but I tried these when having an exceptionally good day and still not easy.
Here you see the second box, which was easier to put together. The black box in the bottom left of this picture is a box we've had for donkey's years - since we first had a home PC and Internet - back in 1998. This stored all our CD's in. Its been all round the house and lastly was in my sons bedroom. It's covered in dust (no surprise there) and had some of those original CD's in - plus some DK ones that my Dad collected years ago from the Daily Express (his choice of newspaper - not mine!). I'm going to give them to my mum as they are things such as the solar system, wildlife, dinosaurs etc etc. - that's if they work on more modern computers (not sure).... The best bit though is that I'm going to alter the box - which is something I'm looking forward to doing.
The rotadex is a relatively new purchase so needs populating. I found this in the bookshop 'The Works' and was £2.99... I have more address books - all for different sets of people - so I thought I'd would amalgamate and put them all in one place - plus it takes me back to when I was a telephonist/receptionist - I had a MASSIVE one which was jampackedfull!!! That was back in the day when I worked in the textile machine industry - I packed the job when I was 25 and just having had K, my 2nd son.
Of course there is also my lovely carousel on the desk - which I wouldn't do without.
Then there is my blue 'bits' bin, kindly given to me by a fellow classmate from when I was well enough to go to card class on a Tuesday night. I have missed not being able to go, but I've not been well enough to go for weeks and weeks.
Right, that's about it - if you want to join in with this massive global desk hop - you need to go to see the Chief - Julia of Stamping Ground here. She'll explain the ground rules (of which there are few)...
I tried to visit as many people as I had the energy to over the course of the week - some wouldn't even give me a comments box :O( so, sorry if I didn't leave a comment on yours. Note to self... will try harder!
Thank you to all those who came to visit me - your visits and words are very much appreciated and keep me going. Also, thanks to anyone who became a follower as a result - I love to see a new face in my followers box, so thank you and welcome.
Right - I have an appointment this morning, then this afternoon the boys are at the dentist - so will work round the trials and tribulations that the week might throw at me and attempt to visit lots more people this week.
Big crafty hugs
Paula x x x