Wednesday, 2 November 2011

What's on Your Workspace - Wednesday 126

As you read this my desk will be clear and this is my first attempt at a scheduled post.  What you see is my workspace yesterday, before I had to clear it all away to set the table for dinner.  That's one of the disadvantages to living in a small house as we can't eat in the conservatory at this time of year so I have to share my crafting space - well it is actually on our dining room table.

So what can you see apart from my trusty Distress Inks?  I spy steampunk.
My new Darkroom door set of stamps arrived on Monday from LB Crafts.  Unfortunately the company is closing down and there is a sale on. These stamps were 25% off so of course I had to have them, and any company that sells stamps in a tin is OK by me.  Already putting them to good use as you can just see an ATC peeping out from under the tin.  It is for a swap and is the first ATC I have made for almost a year - went right off them for a time.

Bottom of the photo is my button tin which I am altering.  Saw a great tutorial on You-Tube by Rachel of Artful Evidence where she used texture paste to alter a bottle embedding Fimo faces in the paste before colouring - fantastic - so I am having a go.  The button tin started out filled with Grasmere Gingerbread (long since transferred into my tum) and the lid is embossed metal so it needs evening out so this technique (if it works) is just what I've been looking for.  Knowing my luck all the buttons I have embedded into the paste will fall out and I will have to try cunning plan number 2 (when I think it up that is).

Here's a closer look at the tin lid.

Haven't used any of my 'treasures', just lots of different sized plastic buttons - I quite like the pastel colours but am intent on altering them and jazzing the whole thing up.

It's my stamp club meeting on Saturday and I will be taking along the spindle Neet gave me to alter, and boy is it altered.  Here's a sneek peek.....


Ha, ha, bit blurry isn't it - well I can't give the game away before Saturday but as you can see it is painted and that is all I'm saying.

All I have to remember to do now is link to my post from the fabulous Julia's worldwide desk hop over at The Stamping Ground - why not join us?

Update - Wednesday am
Obviously did something wrong as the scheduling bit didn't work - must try harder.

26 comments:

Bridget Larsen said...

Gonna hunt your down on Saturday so I can unblur the photo lol. Love your tinlid
Bridget #2

Bubbles said...

A creative ubtidy desk is so much more interesting than a tidy one - so "YAY!" for posting an earlier photograph :)
Tins full of buttons remind so much of my Nanny Lee... the sound and the feel of buttons in a tin is so wonderful! Love your altered tin so far - it's going to be great when it's all finished!

Have a wonderful and productive WOYWW!
Bubbles aka Sheleen at
http://patchworkapples.blogspot.com
woyww #9

Julia Dunnit said...

Scheduling..you have to be brave - change the date and time to that which suits you, click DOne...THEN be brave and click PUBLISH...it will then show as scheduled in your list of posts..try that.
You're very busy Ann- got lots on the simmer - I like the buttons idea, but if you don't use the treasures on this, what will you use them on? Ah, maybe make one for yourself covered in the treasures...top plan, I think I like the colours on the altered spindle!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh, I LOVE buttons tins!! Like Bubbles above, it reminds me of childhood. I want to get my hands in there and play with them!!
Re scheduling of the post. I had trouble at first. Go into Settings on your dashboard and check that your time is set to UK GMT, that was wrong with mine...
Hugs, LLJ xx

Angie said...

Love your bargain stamps ..who could resist ....and your button tin is such fun. I read that you made a cover for a note book for a friend ...I have just hunted for an interesing one for DD ....why did I not make it ???? ...doh.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hee hee . . .your button project looks like a lot of messy fun!

Have been browsing your blog and I just love your sweet little dog, plus all your altered art.

HAPPY WOYWW

Hugs, Sandra View my desk HERE!Hugs, Sandra View my desk HERE!

JoZart said...

I'll be there for the unveiling of that blurred spindle and I'm looking forward to seeing what you've done to it. Look forward to seeing you too!
The button project is looking good.... of to view the video..
Love JoZarty x

butlersabroad said...

I schedule a lot of posts, works well for me! Sad to hear about LB Crafts, used to live very close to Olney but that was right before it opened so I never got to go!

Hugs
Brenda 74

Shoshi said...

Great altered tin. Off to look at that Youtube video! Happy WOYWW, Shoshi #67

Elizabeth said...

Hello Ann, your altered tin is lovely ... a pleasure to look at and still practical. I've been catching up on your posts and love the before and after shots of Sorrel - so cute. The altered notebook covers are fab - love Graphic 45 papers - but I can imagine that it was a bit of a faff removing the wire binding. Have a great crafting week. Elizabeth x #59

Robin Panzer Art said...

The one thing I wanted to inherit more than anything from my Grandma was her button tin and I did, a treasured item in my home. The altered notebook covers are wonderful! Happy WOYWW #93 ~Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Tertia said...

That button tin lid is looking gorgeous and I am sure, well pretty sure, that the buttons won't be popping off!
Personally I think dining room tables are not for eating on, but thats just me. LOL
Happy WOYWW

BetteK said...

FAB worktable ... love your new stamps! Debbie #77

Mrs A. said...

Thought you had baked and iced a cake there for a minute! Tin is looking good. Can just about see the colours on your spindle but can't wait for an unblurry picture. Hugs Mrs A.

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

The buttons tin lid is wonderful... I really loved it xx

cockney blonde said...

Ooo you've been busy. The button lid looks like a yummy iced cake with sweeties on. As for your spindle, I finished mine this evening but mine's varnished. I may upload a sneaky peeky.....See you Saturday, x

JoZart said...

Just on the cadge... do you have a gallon can of alcohol ink spare to decorate my metal table top when it arrives? Heh! Heh! Wonder ow much it would take for a 4 foot circle of metal?
See you Saturday,
Love jo x

okienurse said...

what a cheeky woman with that sneak peek! I like the looks of the button tin and I hope all the buttons stay securely in place! Hope you have a great week. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #68

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Another one here who loves tins of buttons. My Granny was a seamstress and I always loved playing with hers.

Spyder said...

lovely, I love the button idea, I made a card ages ago using my mums and aunty-in-laws buttons, a really keepsake I think! Happy WOYWW Lyn #18

Michelle Blake said...

Those new stamps that you got look fantastic! Looks like you got a great bargain on them too.

Craftgirl said...

Your button project looks interesting.

Happy WOYWW
Carol

RobanStudio said...

Love your desk and the sneak peek is very clever!

Hels Sheridan said...

ahhh, I remember using the dining table... twas about that time that I invested in a couple of beady trays... you know, so dining table can stay messy ... I mean ARTY of course... and dinner can be eaten off said beady trays (off a plate of course) on laps in front of telly... I know, I am a lazy moo lol THANK YOU for your LOVELY blog comment, bless you, glad you like the CS piece :O)) Oh and... I know, parting with the dies because I need room for new ones... and ££ for new ones too lol TTFN X

Sue from Oregon said...

Okay Ann..you are quite the trickster! At least my cake frosting was in focus LOL! Hope you don't need Plan B-good luck!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Ann lovely time you have been having with buttons ans starts! thanks for popping over and leaving comments and happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x