First of all, I'd like to give a warm welcome to my latest followers - I hope you enjoy the experience! I have to apologise for not always remembering to acknowledge new followers, so a big smack across the hand for me - and hope my recent followers aren't too upset with me!
Righto, on to business.
WOW - I can't believe that we are at week 150; I first joined in WOYWW back in January 2010 when there were just a handful of people. Not even major surgery kept me from posting back then - the very special Anne (A stitch in Time) helped me out back then and gave regular progress dates of my time in hospital (I was having a tumour removed from my chest cavity - next to my lung, so had major open chest surgery - where they cut me open between two of my ribs and clamped me open while they deflated my lung in order to get the tumour out)... Annie was truly a star - she will always have a piece of my heart for the love and support she showed me back then - and we hadn't 'known' each other long... Anyway, last year was a major hiccup for me so I missed quite a few months of joining in, because I found myself only being able to do one task at a time - and that seemed to be one or two things per week.
More recently, I've tried to join in when I can a get round to commenting as much as I can - but the week before - I just didn't get round to many people - so my massive apologies for that.
I missed joining in last week because we had a family re-union of sorts which involved meeting up with our niece for the first time since she was a baby and her mum and my brother parted... long story but my niece has 'seen the light' and now realises all the bull she was fed as a child and growing up about how things happened and why. My niece got back in touch with my brother recently - we did have faith that she would do one day. She also wanted to meet us all as she couldn't remember us - and lo and behold, she came with her 17 month old son, partner and another on the way. We had a good time - and it was all arranged to take place at my house seeing as I have the largest house of us all (which has its drawbacks because I always end up with the cleaning up then) - however, due to the circumstances, that didn't matter one tiny bit. Wow - this makes me a great aunt, my younger brother (who was only 40 on Saturday) a grandad (ouch!) and my mum a great-grandma... it was just so brilliant - so i'm afraid WOYWW lost out!
Here is the first view:
Pretty similar to last time - the view of the left hand side of my desk... the same until I turned out the contents of the cotton bud container at the back:
These are some roses I've made for a project. They are those coiled roses that you twist round until you end up with a coil. I inked these with Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick DI, and some were slightly touched with Old Mahogany to make them deeper on the tips.
I got the file for the coiled roses in a download to members of the My Craft Studio Platinum Club. It was a click and print document - but I wanted to see if I could open it in my Silhouette Studio - and low and behold, I could. I traced around the edges to make a cut file, then saved. It also had the smaller leaves in the file too - (the smaller rounder ones in the pic). The fern-like ones are from another file I bought from the Silhouette store some time ago. It comes in a set of 4 but I ungrouped them and deleted the other 3 as I didn't need them for this project. All the colour comes from my DI's. The darker lines, which are meant to look like veins and were made by folding them and inking the fold... you can make the veins look any way you want by doing this. These will be going on a special keepsake card for my Sisters 40th Birthday which was at the weekend just gone. I did her a 'quick' card that I designed in Craft Artist, but I wanted to make her something more befitting the occasion.
This is the view to the right of my desk - it's the side of my Expedit unit... they're all of my boys at different times when they've had passport pics taken - either for passports or for when they sign up for another season at football. You have to provide a pic of your child, so I've collected all the spare ones laying about and stuck them there. The bottom right is of my hubby and the kids when they were a bit younger. We are in the Bernabeu cafe under the stadium (which was a-mazing) when this was taken, in Madrid. We were there for our Birthday's Mine and DS1 - with DS2's Birthday being a week later. The funny looking white contraption is my front door bell and is there because I spend all day in the conservatory so would not hear a knock on the door otherwise. Our regular door bell gave up some time ago. This is a mobile unit so if we were in the garden, we could take it with us - although we've got a second unit - and have been known to put it under our eldest sons bed on the odd occasion lol.
Here is the very uninspiring right hand side of the desk. My phone, remote and cameo and the green CD case has my mums CD's in - I wanted to borrow something she has so she just sent the whole case...
Here are my Distress Inks that i've recently re-labelled. They were hand written before, but I downloaded Tim's list from the Ranger website and printed it on an A4 printer label - all I had to do then was trim it up. I have a thing about things being labelled properly and uniformly. I've yet to put them back in their colour groups and its bugging me to death. Do you think I might have a touch of OCD????
Right - that's your lot, i'm keeping this one short and sweet this week (well, as short as Moi could manage anyway!).
You have just read (hopefully without nodding off) my WOYWW post which I'm linking up to Julia over at the Stamping Ground where she hosts a weekly hop of our work spaces - where ever they are. We usually show what we are up to (or not) and show everyone how tidy we are (or aren't).
To take part yourself, please go and visit Julia's blog - HERE, leave her a comment and link your own workspace up - it's not compulsory to join in - but you might want to visit some inspirational desks around the globe while you are there though!
Until next time -
Hugs, Paula x x x