Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WOYWW April 6th

It's Wednesday again (and April too!) so it's time to join Julia and the gang over at Stamping Ground for What's on your Workdesk Wednesday.

My desk is very clean this week. I am between projects. I cleaned up The Big Shot and all the little bits it created and am getting ready to make a couple of cards. You can see the beginnings of them on the desk. They are a Sizzix die. It was a pain. I had forgotten how to use it (yes, it's been that long!) and made a mess of it. Daughter rang to chat just in time as by that point I was really frustrated. So I left the desk as it was and went to sit in my comfy chair to chat. Sometimes it's better to just put something aside for a while. Not so frustrating that way!

The bright stripey paper I am (thinking) I am going to use for a beach hut card of some kind. I love the look of beach huts. They are so bright and cheery. It's amazing how much people can fit inside such a small space! I love peeking inside (not too creepily) when I'm passing one by and the door is open.

I'm still working on the cross stitch. Didn't realise I needed some fluffy thread so am waiting for it to arrive before finishing up and then doing the (dreaded) backstitch.

I'm off to visit other desks. We're going through a cold snap again - had more snow at the weekend - so it's the kind of day to stay inside and craft!


  1. Hi Sharon, it is frustrating when you can't get something to go right. I'm always slightly shocked when I realise how long it's been since I used something.Have a great week, hugs, Shaz #9 xx

  2. I know exactly what you mean by not remembering how to use something. It happens to me too. It's as you say very frustrating.
    I would love to see your embroidery. You've made me curious. I also spotted that you are on Goodreads. Want to be my 'friend' on Goodreads? Then you can see what I read too.(so far I haven't read any of your books, but that's probably because I have a Kindle and only read e-books as Englaish language books are expensive here in Spain.
    Happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting,
    Have a great week ahead,

  3. What a fab and tranquil desk

    Happy WOYWW


  4. I agree...when something is frustrating you so much that whatever you try is doomed to failure, it's much better to walk away and try again later!! And I love that stripy paper, it'll be perfect for beach huts 💖 I love them too and always take photos of them when I'm at the seaside😊
    Hugs, LLJ 16 xxx

  5. Those are going to be interesting cards. I do love that striped paper.
    Happy WOYWW! #52 (the other Sharon)

  6. I think we've all run across old tools or dies that we don't remember how to use. I hate it when crafting gets frustrating. You are so right to step away from it all when that happens. PJ #57

  7. I hate it when you done it before but can't remember how you did it. Perfect timing of the phone call. Take a break and try again fresh. You'll figure it out!
    Have a great day.
    Diane - WOYWW #30

  8. hope next time it will be much easier for you... nothing worse than complicated dies! thanks for visiting. Helen #1

  9. Ooh, I'm not sure how you're coping! I find it so difficult to have a lot of projects 'on the go' at once! Still, a cuppa sounds nice ... ;)

    WOYWW #20

  10. Story of my life - done it months ago and now - it may as well be new to me.Hugs & Thanks for the visit to mine.
    Neet 3 xx

  11. Those look like pop-up cards? Looking forward to seeing what you will do with them. It's nice to work on a few projects so you don't get bored doing the same one for too long.
    Bernice #13

  12. I'm with you on the beach huts. I love a brightly coloured beachy scene and that stripe would be perfect. Look forward to seeing what you do with it. Thanks for stopping by my desk earlier. Happy crafting, Max #26 :-)

  13. Hello and thanks for popping by. I think I have that die - unused I'm ashamed to say. I love peeping inside the beach huts- only as passing of course. Would love to have use of one at some point. Anne x 38

  14. Your work area looks very relaxing with that lilac wall. I usually have to think about it before using a die that requires assembling, if I haven't used it in a while. Blessings!

  15. Hope you can remember how to use the die! I, too, have some that are a bit difficult but boy do they make a beautiful card! Thanks for the visit and hope you have a great rest of the week!
    Carol N #45

  16. Thank you for the nice comment ('shiny things!!!!") at my place.
    Your work desk is so spacious! Wow!
    Fluffy yarn sounds fuzzy and wonderful. Looking forward to seeing more of what you do!

  17. P.S. How can one follow this blog? And are you on G+?

    1. I added a couple of subscription/follow buttons. I am on google plus (I think)lol. Thanks for asking!

  18. Hello Sharon. I love the ideas of the card as a beach hut.... And your desk is so tidy. Hope the weather gets better for you I know how that is no snow lately for me but boy the wind is bad here. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a fantastic week. Hugs~ Anne L#44

  19. The cards look like they are a great beginning. I hope you share the finished cards. April #34

  20. I need to learn how to use mine. What a lovely tidy desk. Great cards.
    Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy WOYWW!

  21. Hope you resolved the issue with the card, occasionally I'll come across a craft supply that I haven't used in an age and have similar thoughts!

  22. Mm some dies need different sandwiches and level of concentratin, Sharon, esp those large ones, I agree with stepping away for while it helps!
    Thanks so much for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  23. If at first you don't succeed!! Always better to walk away and then have another go later. The stripey paper will make fab little beach huts. x Jo #19

  24. OH my how did you get a desk that tidy,

    Lilian B #65

  25. Your little pop-up cards look great glad you worked out how to use your die! Thanks for the visit BJ#51

  26. Your pop up cards look fantastic, amazing the dies you can get now. Love the stripy paper, yep it would look great as a beach hut. You asked what watercolour pens I like, I would say the best vibrant is the Caran D'Ache Fibralo pens, I love the distress pens but purely as they are easy to co-ordinate with the other distress range. The newer ones I like are the Zig clean color real brush pens, but they are taking some getting used to because of the real brush end. Happy Woyww :-) Kezzy xxx

  27. Hi Sharon, thanks for the visit to mine. Sorry I'm a bit late this week but I had a migraine Wednesday afternoon and spent the rest of the day in bed but I'm back now Lol! Lovely tidy desk, please let us see your finished cards. Happy crafty belated woyww, Angela x 24

  28. Just what I love - a tidy desk - I can't work any other way! It sounds like you have lots in the pipeline, I love the idea of the beach huts and I am totally with you on having to have a sneaky look when the doors are open! Thanks for your earlier visit, sorry I'm so late this week,
    Hope you have a great week,
    Diana #18

  29. Sorry you've had such a frustrating time with the die, but you are quite right, taking a break and doing something completely different is often the answer! Like you, I adore beach huts, and everything with a seaside theme really - so bright and light-hearted and puts one in a holiday mood!

    Thank you for your lovely comment - I am now fully recovered and can only think it was a 24-hour minor inner ear infection or something like that. Horrible while it lasted but soon over! Phoebe's bloods came back normal, and the vet has increased her dose slightly and we'll see how she gets on. The decorating is now finished and I am thrilled with how it came out - seeing my vision becoming a reality is marvellous and it couldn't be better. We still have a few things to bring back in but we are using it again and loving the new uncluttered feel.

    We've had an extremely busy couple of days because as well as the decorating and other odd jobs being done, the men came at very short notice yesterday to replace our blown double glazed units with nice new clear ones, and we had to move at high speed to clear the rooms ready for them. I am therefore very behind with all my WOYWW comments as I didn't have any time to be on the computer yesterday.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #28

  30. Ah, a lovely tidy desk - ready for crafting, methinks. It's a good idea to walk away when something isn't working out well ... often the solution comes when occupied elsewhere. Thanks for your earlier visit - I'm straggling behind as usual. Elizabeth x #41

  31. Late pop-in (but then you knew I would be.. hehehe) I checked out the cross stitch piece. beautiful. I'll try to be more on top of things this week. Creative Blessings! Kelly #40


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