Bit of a change weather-wise from last week's beautiful warm, sunny days. Toyed with the idea of turning on the central heating last night but they make them tough here in Lancashire and were my brother still with us he would say I was nesh, mardy, or a bit soft. I had two brothers, both sadly deceased and much missed, not least because they both spoke with a broad Lancashire accent with lots of dialect words - Mr B who is a Mancunian, couldn't understand half of what they said when he first met them.. How many of you out there in blog-land know what I mean by clempt, brasting, nowt, mizzle? Sad that so many of the local dialects are no longer to be heard.
Anyway, enough of me rabbiting on, you didn't come here for a linguistics lecture, you came for a look at my work-desk this week and here it is.
Not much actual work going on but lots of things to join my 'to do' list. As you can see I had a bit (?) of a spend at the weekend. Went to a craft show with firm intentions not to spend a lot but I can't resist a bargain. The tissue tape was a bargain at £6.90 and the Distress stains were a bargain (sense a theme here?) so I gave in to temptation and bought a few. Couldn't resist the Graphic 45 steampunk book, not a bargain but I loved the colours - yet some more paper to add to my growing pile of strokeables.
I also got a couple of inkpads (bargain), a few packets of charms/frames - must be a bargain as there are 8 in each pack for £1.45. The pretty dragonfly one wasn't that much of a bargain as you only got one but I had to have it.
My favourite purchase, and the pride of my desk, a lovely old printers tray. Nearly didn't get it, in fact I left the craft fair without it as I couldn't make up my mind, got home, decided I wanted it and rang a friend who was still there to ask her to buy it for me. Now 'all' I have to do is decided what on earth I'm going to do with it.
Same goes for the long wooden pointy thing you can see resting on the printers tray. It is a spindle given to me by Neet (Hickeydorums) on Saturday as a challenge - well it's certainly that. I have to alter it for the next workshop in November but first I have to pull some ideas together. I'm reluctant to alter it too much as it is a poignant reminder of the now defunct Lancashire cotton industry and as both my father and grandfather were cotton spinners it has sentimental links for me.
What else is on my desk - another house-blank just like the one I did on Saturday, a few bits of lace and bottom of the picture the blue pincushion Jozart showed us how to make, only mine looks more like an atomic mushroom billowing out of it's base. Will have to trim it down and have another go - but another of Jozart's brilliant ideas.
Lastly I just had to share these leaves - also leftover from my house. They are quite big and were a plain beige until I attacked them with the Alcohol inks. Surprisingly they didn't crumble under my manic pounding and turned out OK, just have to find the right project for them - house number 2???
So that's my desk today and now I'm flying over the bloggersphere to Julia's blog to see what the other WOYWWers are up to this week - why don't you join me?