Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WOYWW 407 - a jumble of washi tape

Happy WOYWW.  I am up early this morning (well, early for me - I have been sleeping more recently) with leg pain, and really lacking inspiration for taking a photo of my rather neglected craft room.  So, one of my Ikea Raskog trollies with two baskets of washi tape on top caught my eye.  Wasn't sure what you called a group of washi tape, but jumble seemed appropriate!



My big craft room clearout continues, and I am giving 2 bags of CD-Roms and a lot of paper/card to a local charity group tomorrow.  It is ridiculous how much money I have spent on stash over the past 9 years - and so much I will never use.  Our crafting habits change over time, and now I am not making many cards - and definitely not printing toppers from CDs or using the old die-cut sheets (that they still seem to sell on the TV).  I have enough digital images on my computer to keep me going for life anyway!

I have done some crafting this week - two ATCs and a postcard (all for swaps) - but I must get back into actually doing some of the LifeBook 2017 lessons.  I download the videos on a Monday and then the week just disappears!

Ali x


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WOYWW 406 - hanging stencils

Hello to all my fellow WOYWWers.  I have been absent for a while - getting our cottage ready for the tenants, who moved in on Friday.  The builders need to return there for a few small jobs in the next week or so, and then more substantial work inside and out when the weather improves - but for now I can get back to sorting out our own home and even doing some art/craft.

I have literally nothing on my crafty table right now - so took a photo of my small collection of stencils, which are hung up in one of the old wardrobes in my craft room.  I saw this method of storing them on another blog (sorry, cannot remember which one) - and it really helps to be able to see what I have got, rather than having them piled up in a drawer.


Just to brighten your day here is a photo of my latest display of daffodils in the kitchen.  We are really lucky to have some amazing wild flowers in the hedges outside the farmhouse, and I pick a few regularly.  My favourite flowers.


(ETA - just seen that WOYWW is featured in this magazine - Featuring Magazine Issue 4 - is it worth buying?)


Ali x

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

WOYWW 404 - Colour

Morning everyone.  It is actually sunny and dry here at the moment, but rain is forecast to arrive within a few hours.  We could definitely do with some more dry weather.

There isn't anything going on in my craft area right now, as the first picture shows.  Just some scraps of paper used to mop up paint and practice a few techniques, some mini canvases to finish and a slightly larger canvas that will have more of something!


Therefore, I am showing you a bonus picture of a section of my craft room.  Up against my fab green wall you can see the small table that I used to have my sewing machine on, which now has boxes of pens/pencils etc on it.  Then, one of my Ikea Raskog trolleys - with paints/brushes etc, etc.  A wooden 'bedside cabinet' that houses finished cards ready to post out, and then various art supplies on top (including a mixed media piece that needs some time spent on the background).  My bookshelves (Ikea again) have a wide selection of books, plus Tarot cards etc - and a plastic box with my acrylic inks on top, button jar and a lovely canvas of Medina the Lurcher.  So little words to describe a very busy area!


I didn't join in with WOYWW last week due to being very busy with getting one of our properties ready for new tenants.  In Wales landlords need to be registered now, and as I am managing the property myself I also had to do a training course to be licensed.  That is done now and the tenants should be moving in next week.  Still trying to get our builder/electrician/plumber to get the little jobs done - like herding cats!  Yes, I actually do some 'adulting' occasionally !!

Ali x

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WOYWW 402 - more bright colours

I am loving that there is definitely more colour in my life this year.  This week I have created a background for a mixed media piece, which I believe I have to cut into strips next.  I know I keep promising a blog post about more detailed progress in Life Book 2017 so far - but this week I really plan to sit down and get it typed!  Come back and see how the strips are used.


The good old Derwent Inktense Blocks are in use again - along with some Golden acrylic paint, some cheap gesso (must get a better brand, as this one is very watery and doesn't cover much), masking tape etc.

There were 2 layers on the paper - watercolour and then acrylic - and pieces of masking tape were applied first.  I particularly enjoyed getting lots of splatters onto the paper at the end!

It is all dry this morning (photo taken yesterday evening) and I will get it finished later (unless our promised trip up to Cardigan - 1 hour drive each way - to collect our camper van, which has been having some alterations, takes all of my 'spare' energy away!).

If you would like to share a photo of your crafty workspace - come on over to Julia's Stamping Ground.

Happy WOYWW to all those that I do not manage to visit.

Ali x

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

WOYWW 401 - abstract art

Happy Wednesday Morning to everyone.  I am on here a bit later this week, as I am finally getting some sleep at night now and not so desperate to get out of bed this morning.  After sorting out stuff in the house, having my breakfast, acting as slave to the animals outside and then walking over to our cottage to check that a) the heating was working b) there has been no leaks c) no aliens had moved in (which would have been exciting!), I am having a 'rest' in front of my pc and getting this post published.

For anyone who would like to join in with 'What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday', go over to Julia's Stamping Ground for the linky thing etc.

I am showing my messy craft desk this week.  It has been like this for a couple of days now - after I excitedly started last week's lesson with Life Book 2017 and then I got too busy to come back to it.



Week 5 was Abstract Art - and so far I have applied 2 layers of Derwent Inktense Blocks and one layer of Liquitex Acrylic Inks.  We had to use our 'word for the year' - and mine is Joy, so I chose some lovely bright colours that remind me of summer.  Acrylic paints come next, so this is a really interesting exercise in using mixed media layers.

Of course, I have been worrying that I am now behind again (I missed a lot of Week 1 too), and so many people are sharing wonderful images of their Week 6 pieces - but I am trying hard to push those thoughts away.  There is no rush.

After getting a cold last week it went to my eyes, and I ended up with Conjunctivitis.  This is clearing up now, but I still get sore eyes particularly at night.  I am really hoping that I am close to full recovery now.  It is our busiest time of year on the farm, with calving started - and hubby is working very long hours.  This puts more pressure on me, with additional errands and the challenge of producing plates of food at strange hours of day/night (the warming drawer was the best thing we had put in our kitchen when we renovated!).  Thankfully we have just booked a week in Spain in October (our first holiday abroad for a few years), so that gives me something to aim for.

Ali x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

WOYWW 400 - ATC production starts again

This is What is On Your Workdesk no.400 (I would be jumping around in celebration if I hadn't caught a cold - only one week after recovering from the flu!).  I haven't been here for all 400 - but it has been a few years on and off that I have been sharing photographs of my craft room on a Wednesday morning.  (ETA - it was WOYWW 143 on 29th February 2012!)

It is early this Wednesday.  The aforementioned cold means that I am sleeping even less than usual.  Looking at it in a positive way, it does mean that I am catching up with all the tv programmes I had recorded.

I am showing the small amount of desk immediately in front of my pc screen this morning, as I am slowly making two ATCs for the monthly swap in the Life Book 2017 community.  (BTW - the 20% off code for joining Life Book has now ended - sorry, I will amend my sidebar today - but it is still incredibly good value for so many fantastic lessons and lots of people are joining, so don't feel it is too late.)  Even my enthusiasm for art/craft has left me, so I am doing simple designs with coloured pencils - but will add some glitter to make them slightly more exciting!  You can also see one of my folders containing ATCs received in past swaps - it is wonderful to look through and remember each theme.


Well, I had better get this published and drink more water (the only way to stop my cough).

Hope you are all feeling better than me.

Ali x

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WOYWW 399 - bought myself an early birthday present

Happy 'What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday' - find out more and join in at Julia's blog, Stamping Ground.

I am not showing either of my actual tables this week, as they are clear and tidy.  However, I had thought about getting a desk easel for a while now that I am doing more 'arty' stuff.  It is more of a struggle to paint whilst using a flat table.  I walked past our local art shop yesterday (which is for sale - a fantastic opportunity for someone more energetic and knowledgeable than me!!) and there were lots of different easels in the window - all reduced.  So in I went.  I bought this workstation, as it will be useful for lots of different canvases/paper etc.  A couple of Posca pens, a large paintbrush and a paint palette also fell into my bag!  It is my birthday next month - and that is my excuse!




I plan to get it set up later, but got a busy day (and trying to rest more than usual due to a trip to see family tomorrow - my eldest granddaughter's 3rd birthday) so may well run out of play time.

Thank you for all of your lovely comments last week.  I still need to do the blog post showing all of the finished Life Book 2017 pieces so far - soon, I promise.  I have already finished the piece for this week (a quicker bonus lesson to give us all breathing space) - using stick figures to create story boards - "such fun".  The 20% discount code ends at the end of this month, so click on the link in my sidebar and use that code this weekend.  You will love the lessons and the very friendly/supportive community.

Ali x