Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Whats on Your Workspace Wednesday - 128

Am writing this on Tuesday as I want to try scheduling again and maybe this time it will be third time lucky - have figured out I was on Easter standard time so I have changed that and it should work now.

So, what is on my table this week? A bit of work in progress and a completed item this week plus a few new buys, I know, I know, cant stop spending - well if the country is in a recession I'm firmly in the 'spend your way out of it' camp.



Just painted the two cardboard boxes at the bottom ready for decorating so have the paint box out and the lace.  Not decided quite what I'm doing yet - story of my life - but ever since my two great-nieces were little part of their Christmas has been chocolate coins in different containers every year.  When I started crafting all those years ago handmade containers became part of.the tradition so I rack my brains each year for something different.  So far I have done different shaped boxes, pyramid boxes, crackers, jars and this year is is a treasure chest.
Emma and Sophie are 23 and 19 now but still can't wait to get to the bottom of the Christmas gift bag and the coins.  Will probably take me a couple of days to decide what colours I use - do I stick to their favourites (green/brown for Emma and purple/blue for Sophie) or should I go for metallics?  Am tempted to go wintery like the colours I used on my CI challenge canvas (see Mondays post for a closer look) and use crackle glaze and get out the snowman stamps - what do you think girls?

Also on my desk - some beautiful Melissa Francis papers (and this from someone who vowed last week she wasn't going to buy any more paper for a year ha ha.  Have a closer look here and you will see why I was tempted.


...and at 59p per sheet they were bargains (again).

If, like me, you love being inspired at the work done by crafters around the world, and messy desks, then hop over to Julia's blog at the Stamping Ground for a tour, only get you cuppa ready first and make sure you are sitting comfortably because you could be there a long, long time.

PS - just checked (7:15am) and it worked.  Now I've mastered scheduling what next, splitting the atom, time-travelling?

26 comments:

Helen said...

Love those papers, not surprised you had to have them. Your little boxes look great - and what a lovely tradition....happy woyww. 12

Hazel said...

Some lovely goodies there and a gorgeous mini canvas - Hazel WOYWW #43 x

Neil said...

Hi there; thank you for sharing your place of creativity with us this week, it was great to pop in and visit. What a lovely idea with the gift boxes for Christmas!
Neil #58

Sunshine Girl said...

What a lovely idea to make a box for the coins - mine usually just get put under the tree as is but I now might make something this year! Love your canvas on the previous post too. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sunshine Girl – No 34

Sarah said...

Shoes, bags and pretty papers - we can never have enough - looking in full creative swing! Thanks for sharing today, sarah at 2.

JoZart said...

Time travelling... don't you dare, we need you here!
Such a lovely idea to make those boxes for your nieces and things like that are so much more important than the expensive gifts.
Thanks for your comment ...
Love JoZarty x

Cathy said...

Just doing a quick pass through today ... I am going to get everyone visited!!! Great desks and inks.
Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx #19

jude said...

Your post did make me smile!!"well if the country is in a recession I'm firmly in the 'spend your way out of it' camp.

I WANT TO JOIN THAT CAMP TOO...lol made my day!!!#
Have fab wednesday love your canvass post beautifull.hugs judex

Neet said...

Ann - as what colour you decide on for the boxes they will be beautiful as is always the case with your work. Nice papers (mm food for thought) and I love that canvas - did you do it?
I'm with you on helping the country get out of the recession (and for once Chas is too - he's just bought a new car - that's why I am late commenting - been to pick it up)
Thanks for sharing with us - Hugs, Neet #9

MvM-design said...

Lots is going on there!!
Great desk , thanks for sharing!
Have a happy WOYWW!;-)
Hugs Marleen #10

Angie said...

Love that canvas ...did you stamp on tissue ??? I really cant stamp on my canvas unless I do and it is not always the effect I want.
When DS finally left home in 2001, after getting married (to his first wife) ...he moaned that he would not be at home to get his stocking any more on Xmas morn ....she said 'tuff'...and he was 26. His fav bits were the Tangerine, a Lego toy (dont ask) and the choc coins. xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Never mind splitting the atom, how's about inventing calorie free, vitamin rich chocolate that also whitens your teeth and improves the memory. Sorry, what was I saying, lost the thread there....!
Love your vintage papers and the boxes sound wonderful, what a fab family tradition :D
Hugs, LLJ #45 xx

Marjo said...

I'm for time travel myself..let me know when you get that one figured out....

What a wonderful tradition, it must warm the heart to know that they still love getting them as adults.

Thanks for the peek and sharing. Hope you are having a great WOYWW,
xoxo Marjo #109

My name is Cindy said...

It's great to think your great nieces still look forward to their chocolate coins lol. For years I put a satsuma in my kids stockings - they were never impressed! I don't get it, it was a treat when I was young!! I'm joining you in the spend our way out of recession - can't stop picking up bargains. Well won't stop until the money runs which will be soon if we have to start funding uni ed next year for youngest. TFS and for popping by to see me. Cindy #50

butlersabroad said...

My nieces are also called Emma and Sophie, but they're 9 and 7! I love the wintry blues and the crackle effect of the previous post, that would be brilliant for a Christmas treasure chest. I joined you in the spend category this week too!

Hugs
Brenda 86

Annie said...

Gorgeous papers. Your little boxes will look fab. Happy crafting.
A x

butlersabroad said...

Probably shouldn't tell you this but Memory Box products are available at The Stamp Attic and Oyster Stamps in the UK, Oyster Stamps look to be cheaper out of the two. I would imagine there's others as I saw people were buying them at the SECC and NEC recently, a few blogs I pop in to had them on their desks last week.

Hugs
Brenda

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Mm still yet to work out scheduling myself, Ann, mind you only tried twice in twelve months, and am sure it is because it is in UK time or USA time not Oz time, but too tired to figure out why wherever posting til I want to again!! and wow your paper is simply awesome, totally a bargain and yes how we love them - you know the next dilemma dont you - cutting into all that loveliness, happy WOYWW Shaz in oz.x

RosA said...

Ooooh, I love your little Winter Wonderland canvas! Thanks for dropping by my blog and for your kind comments.

Viv said...

Lots going on on your desk, the boxes look such a great idea too. Happy crafting :O) Viv xx

okienurse said...

Love the canvas in the previous post. I have become attached to trees recently for some strange reason!! Thanks for your comment on my blog. I love all my dies, ink pads, etc. I told my husband if I die before him don't just toss it find a serious crafter to give/sell it to cause it is worth a fortune!+|;) Thanks for sharing and have a good week! Vickie #76

Bridget Larsen said...

Recession means we need to spend what we are saving so the country is saved. Cant wait to see your finished boxes
Bridget #29

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

For being number 1 this week, I'm awfully late visiting. I'm so sorry I'm late, but, after a computer crash I had to stop by and get a bit of inspiration from your creative desk. Love those papers, and can't wait to see how those boxes turn out. Hope you'll show the finished art.

Daniele said...

ohhhhh I can see why you brought those papers they're gorgeous, looking forward to seeing the fininshed box
hugs

Elizabeth said...

I'm so late this week that I commented on your next post thinking I was looking at your WOYWW ... a happy accident because I loved the CAS card and now I've found your desk interesting too :) The canvas lying towards the back is lovely and I look forward to seeing the boxes once you have finally decided on the colours. The vintage papers look to good to resist, and at that price who would? Elizabeth x #78

Morti said...

Never mind the time-travelling or atom splitting. I have a conundrum for you... how is it you can put two wire coat hangers in an EMPTY wardrobe, and the next time you go in, there are dozens....???
Lovely papers, sorry to hear you're struggling with the boxes, but the canvas on Monday's post is gorgeous!

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