Wednesday, 22 February 2012

What's on Your Workspace Wednesday 142

Wednesday again and spring is on the way as are longer days and better light, and my crocus (croci??), not to mention all the other WOYWWers desks to have a nosy at over at Julia's Stamping Ground.

So lots to be happy about and lots of different things on the go this week for me - so what's new there - journalling, paper engineering, knitting and prep work for my altered book with Elizabeth of Bluebeard and Elizabeth fame.  Enough words, here's the photo.


Top left is my blog candy win from Neet in the Tim Holtz signed bag, a whole heap of goodies to play with and a very generous give-away.  (As an aside see my side-bar for details of my blog candy give-away, or the previous post). Top right is the inside of the suitcase I made a few weeks ago - lid finished, more or less, on Sunday and I started the mini album for inside.

Here's a closer look.

Moving round clockwise, next is my book ready for the altering class, it only cost me 50p at the charity shop.  Seems a shame to alter it but I struggled finding a book with stitched signatures.  Plan to start removing the pages tomorrow so keep you fingers crossed I don't fluff it or I will be in big doo doo.

Next round is my current knitting.  Jozarty sent me the pattern for her scarf/shawls and I bought the yarn on Monday and dived straight in.  Then disaster struck and the end fell off my needle (why does that sound a bit rude?). Trusty Tim Holtz rode to the rescue with his glossy accents and my button box to make this repair.


Love the colours but I think the yarn I bought is a bit thicker than the one Jo uses - still will keep me nice and warm if the weather turns cooler.

The other knitting on my desk is a baby shawl I made for a forum friend.  It's done in a chenille yarn and the pattern is only three rows so it knitted up quite quickly.  All done now and wrapped ready for a trip to the Post Office today.

Last on is a new page in my art journal. I swirled three colours of acrylics round with my fingers and blotted with kitchen roll before adding touches of the blue and blotting.  When I finished it reminded me of some stones I collected from the beach on Jersey some 25 years ago.

Here's the page...


and here's the stone...


Anyway, enough of me rabbiting on for today by the time you read this I will be journeying around the world's craft desks - managed to get round to everyone last week and left comments on over half of the blogs. lets see if I can do the same this week.

Happy WOYWW to everyone and thanks Julia for your stunning idea of a desk hop.

40 comments:

Helen said...

Well done on your win - it looks a fab bag full!! I haven't started prepping my AB yet... must get on with it..Helen 41

Sarah said...

A great post with so much loveliness to see - lucky you with the win and the knitting looks so cosy! Thanks for letting us look in, enjoy WOYWW and your week, Sarah at 16.

jill said...

Congratulations on your win . You've dodne a great job with your journal page. The colours blend so well together.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Annie! Lots to see on your desk- I'm rather interested in the suitcase. What a great project! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Ann love the page as usual lots of lovelies to see- congrats on Neet's yummy candy saw that you had won it well done! love the shawl you made too! happy WOYWW Shaz in oz.x ps your candy is on my sidebar! :D

Redanne said...

I like the look of your suitcase and the knitting, you are obviously a busy lady!

Karen said...

Congratulations on your win, what a fab prize. Love your art journal pages, such gorgeous colours :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen xx

Morti said...

Ooh - great, busy desk this week! Love the knitting, it's always nice when something knits up quickly, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Thanks for mentioning my AB Class. You are the PERFECT student!! I know you will make that book famous when you are finished.

I haven't knitted or crocheted in years. I can't since my hands are so arthritic. But I like those colors and I can only imagine how warm it will be when finished.

Thanks again for the visit. Yep, I was about 90 numbers off this week at #9!

Neet said...

You had lots to share with us this week Ann. Thanks. That baby shawl looks beautiful, maybe we should have seen it opened out but I love how you tied it up.
Envious of your suitcase - mine is nowhere near at your stage and with going away in a week's time I doubt it ever will be.
Just so much going on here and thanks again for sharing and now off to sign up for BC.Hugs, Neet xx

scrappymo! said...

What a delightful busy desk...I like a busy desk as I can't do one thing for too long or I get bored with it!

You must be a fab knitter...that little baby shawl looks nice and I'm sure will be greatly appreciated.

You will have to keep us posted and pics on the shawl for yourself.

May said...

What a lovely post lots going on, the shawl looks fabulous beautiful knitting, journal pages fab, the suitcase is just fantastic I must say! Have a great week Hugs May x x x

JoZart said...

Lots of goodies going on there. Love the baby shawl and the colours of your scarf. You may find you need more yarn if it's thicker but it will keep you cosy. Great to see you Sunday and congrats on getting the mystery item correct! I'll probably post out your gift if it's not too heavy.
Love
JoZarty x

JoZart said...

ps... what's the stone for???
Jo x

butlersabroad said...

Well done on the great candy from Neet and also the mystery candy from Jo too! Lots going on this week, love the knitting looks like we're all getting in to it, and that little chest is fab, really like how it's coming along. Love the journal page and what a fab coloured stone you've got, I usually pick up rocks as souvenirs too!

Hugs
Brenda 5

Elizabeth said...

Hi Ann, great post this week ... so much to see. I, too, had problems find a book that was stitched and I've still to pluck up the necessary courage to tear pages out of the one I've chosen to alter ... will get there, but it could take some time :) Congratulations on your wins - how did you guess Jo's mystery item was a hemming bird :) Have a great week. Elizabeth x #80

JoZart said...

I too have quite a few special stones and alway pick up round ones and those with holes in them. I used to set my DDs on quests to find... the roundest, the thinnest, the reddest, the whitest etc., when out and about or on the beach. A devils toenail is a fossil of a worn ammonite or oyster which legend says has powers.
Lv Jo x

Anne-marie said...

I like your suitcase looks lovely, oooh I have a couple of stones my children painted years ago lol hope you have a fab week
Anne-marie #4

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...I used to love knitting when i was younger and got my Daughter started a few months ago as she's expecting my 1st Grandchild but alas she's given up already...ingenious rescue with the button and glossy accents, liked that...congrats on your win too...Mel :)

pat said...

You have so many wonderful projects on your desk!
I'm curious about the altered book. Is it going to be a class?
Look to knit but the stole I made last year is just too warm for Texas!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Lots of fab things on your desk, love that rock inspired page. Enjoy this week's WOYWW snoop around the crafty & creative world. Take care Zo xx 81

Twiglet said...

A great post - thanks for sharing all your arty knitty craftiness.

Julia Dunnit said...

Ooh how interesting it all is at your desk today Ann! Love that baby shawl, it's gorgeous. I love the 'ersatz' edition of the book...I haven't taken any pages out yet...am a bit scared to be honest!! The button on the end of your knitting needle is genius!!

fairy thoughts said...

great desk, so much going on. The suitcase looks interesting I got a display case from work that had 'gorguss' stuff in you have given me an idea foe it .... Ta!
I bagged a bargain for the altered book tutorial too, I hope i get time to do the pages (if I ever get away from looking at WOYWW that is. LOL
janet #8

Bridget Larsen said...

Wow love your stash. If you click on my WOYWW posts you will see alot more of my stash in different rooms and even on the floors
Bridget #54

Di said...

Brilliant altered book - and yup, it's like the stone! Thanks for calling by - hope you do get your chalks out to use! Dixx

Shoshi said...

Ann that's all just gorgeous... I love your page and the beautiful stone, and your altered suitcase. My mum recently gave me a little old leather case that she used to use to carry her party shoes. I was wondering what to do with it and thought it would be fun to alter - I don't really want to change the outside too much but perhaps the inside? I must think some more on this, and yours has certainly inspired me!

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I'm so glad you like my finished butterfly project. I gave it to my sister today and she was really thrilled with it which was great! Makes it all worth while!!

happy WOYWW, Shoshi #19

pat said...

Thanks Ann, I will check out Elizabeth's class.

505whimsygirl said...

Congrats on winning the TH bag and goodies! Your altered suitcase looks very nice - love it. It's interesting how your journal page looks so much like the rock.

Have fun with the altered book class. i might have to take a look into that also....

kay
woyww #29

karen said...

I love the knitting you are working on! The colours are great! And I am sure the recipient of the baby shawl is going to be so happy, what a lovely present! I am going to look back and find out more about the suitcase! It looks awesome!
xoxo Karen #93

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, lots going on in your desk today! i see we are classmates in the AB class. the suitcase is gorgeous! happy WOYWW, and thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

TangolikeRaindrop said...

Lookin' good! I'm loving the suitcase lid. I like your style. The wool for the scarf looks really cosy too - and great save on the needle! :)

Peggy said...

A little late visiting.. liking that suitcase I think I'll look for one this summer when we start flea marketing..

Sherry Edwards said...

Hello Ann, I couldn't play woyww this week due to my blogger problems (all now resolved, fingers crossed!). Congrats on winning the blog candy - ooooh Tim Holtz signature! Did you see him on QVC this week - sooooo expensive, but worth it (I hope!). Your little suitcase looks fab - and your journal page - how funny it matches your stone - and you've had it for all those years!

Thanks for your visit to my blog today - oh yes, Sari Ribbon is a must have, I love it - and it comes it so many different colours.

Have a lovely day - sun is shining here at the moment, I've even got the washing out to dry! xx

Laura said...

Hi, what a busy desk, your shawl looks great, they will be so pleased with it. Congrats on your lucky win you must have been over the moon when it arrived. The suitcase looks great and the journal page.
Enjoy your day, Laura

Helen T said...

I love the page with the swirling colours. Helen T #96

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You were SO quick on the draw yesterday, Ann. Sadly, I started a post that was supposed to go into draft, but I saved and published it without even checking the date, something I normally do at least four or five times before I either draft or schedule it. I was up too late, back up too early, or maybe it was Bleubeard's fault. Any excuse I can find will be the one I'll stick with. What I know is, I deleted it before it could go viral (grin).

okienurse said...

I am a bit late getting around this week but I forgot to post on Wednesday and have been busy all week. Just wanted to make the rounds and remind everyone my blog candy closes on Tuesday night of next week and I will announce winners on Wednesday. Drop by become a follower and leave a comment for a chance to win. Vickie #173

Gabrielle said...

Sorry it's taken me a while to visit - seem to have been in a timewarp this week! Loved reading your post this week - in particular how you remembered your precious find from a holiday... I found that very touching x

MILA25 said...

Congratulations on your win :)
Beautiful colors to the notes.
Together with his son from each tour we bring some rock. It has a whole shelf of them.
Hugs Mili