Wednesday, 29 May 2013

WOYWW 208 The Four Year Anniversary Special

It is a really exciting day...the fourth Anniversary of Julia's brainchild...What's On Your Workplace
Every Wednesday for the past four years, scores of bloggers  visit the crafty goodness that lies on worktops around the globe. Today is even more fun as we have a ATC swap going on.. Names marked with an asterisk are sending to the next person after them that indicates an asterisk. Some bloggers, me included have done a few extra and will provide details on how to arrange a swap with them.
You can join in the fun and see what all the fuss is about by popping over to Julia's  Stamping Ground.

Well, my desk is a little muddled at the moment. I make cards with my next door neighbour every Wednesday evening... so I've already cleaned my long worktop where we work together. We will do a card kit that we takes turns assembling and bringing for each other. It is her turn tonight so fun, fun, fun!

In the interim I am working on assembling the last of my ATC's on the extra desk I keep if our 3rd friend pops by. Although I am keeping my finished ATC design hidden,  you can see I have the backings laid out on the desk for some extras I am making of another style

The bits and pieces are hidden off to the right hand side and are laid out on a grid, all ready to assemble. I am just in the process of stamping my inspirational word and then embossing these backgrounds...hopefully that straightens them out!!!
They are my first try ever with Tim Holtz stains and with sprays...I think I muddled the colours a bit but as they are supposed to have a look of the sea...I think it will be OK. Just off to the left is my Big Shot with the basket of EF just out of camera view.

Behind the Big Shot is a basket of thrift shop lace and ribbon I featured here about 6 weeks ago. It is still not ironed and put away...instead I threw it all askew into a pretty basket and I'm pretending it is supposed to look that way! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

The ribbon rolls at the far back are for some mermaid/sea themed cards I hope to start on tomorrow. I have the images all coloured and hope to make 6 or 8 cards over the next couple of days.

 To the right are few little plastic boxes that need put away, a vase of odds and ends that need put away and ....well, you can see the theme going on over here on the right! This is usually my Christmas station...only baskets, drawers, boxes etcaof Christmas themed elements are supposed to be over here...Well...sigh...I guess that is in a perfect world...teehee

So now you have seen my desk...warts and all...full of items that need corraled and put back in their place but hey, ho...what's a girl to do when she's busy creating!!!

I have four extra ATC's to trade...for address details etc, you can reach me at:
Yes, that is a figure one after my moniker!


Lisa Richards said...

I'm loving the tour of your desk! You've tickled my funny bone, girl!
Those who receive your cards will be blessed indeed. I'd offer to trade, but I may be in over my head already. My hubby would like me to emerge from my art room now and then and exchange a few pleasantries! :D Silly guy!
Have a wonderful week peeking at desks!
Happy WOYWW4,
Lisa #119
Thanks for visiting!

Lisa Richards said...

I forgot to say, you sure are blessed to have friends to make ATC's with! Sounds like a blast! :D

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

wow that's such an organized space!!!! Totally love it!!! I will be e-mailing you for the swap ;)


Vicky #107

~Rasz~ said...

What a nice big work space. How fun you and your neighbor can get together each week. I like the basket of ribbon and I think it belongs just like that :) Hope you are having a wonderful WOYWW 4th Anniversary Day! Rasz #164

Eliza said...

Ironing ribbon unless I am desperate and it is so wrinkled and I can't hide the wrinkled bit will I iron the blessed stuff but believe me I hate ironing full stop. It sounds like you have so much to put away but I doesn't look like it from here, your studio looks really meet and tidy. I will be interested in seeing your finished ATC once the recipients have theirs. Thanks for visiting me earlier.

Hugs Eliza

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Your desk is so neat I am very envious! Mine never stays neat for long! Susan x

Redanne said...

We are very lucky to have friends that we can craft with. My friend Mo and fellow WOYWWer has been here today so I did not get round many people. Love that view of your workspace - and it looks so tidy too! Would not dare show you mine at the moment. Thanks for visiting and well done on the plant sale too. Hugs, Anne x #61

Neet said...

Hi - interesting looking desk and hidden atc's mmm.... wonder what they will be like? Wow, I am getting one as I am your mystery swapper. Perhaps I can send you one of mine in return?
Hugs, Neet xx

Helen said...

Happy WOYWW, love your desk... Helen 38

Marit said...

The backgrounds - laying on the desk - are intriguing and since I have one 'leftover' ATCs from the extra I made, I'd like to trade! I will email you in a moment. Happy - belated - WOYWW aniversary and a hug from Holland. Marit #88

Twiglet said...

What a fab space for crafting! Happy WOYWW4 x Jo

RosA said...

Thats's a very neat and tidy workspace! Wish I could have one like it :) Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a fantastic night last night Mo, the desk certainly looks ready for action anyway. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments over the last week, sorry I haven't popped in for a while to return the favour. Love how you redid your garden, it looks absolutely beautiful, can't believe you got that many plants from it for the plant sale, amazing!

Brenda 120

BJ said...

Yes nice and tidy and great to have friends round to craft with too. Thanks for stopping by my desk BJ#76

Andrea said...

hope you had a good night crafting with your friend would have loved to have swapped an atc's but only made 1 will hopefully will progress next year and make a few more !!..happy anniversary and have a wonderful week loved your explanation fo rthe bits and bobs on your desk made me lol

Mrs A. said...

Glad you managed to find some stickeroos. I got mine at sale price too. I do love a bargain. Hugs Mrs a.

Annie said...

How lovely to craft with a friend :-)
Thanks for calling by at mine earlier. Maybe I should do a make do and mend post sometime :-)
Happy 4th Birthday's to many more.
Annie x #4

Shaz Brooks said...

Love all the bits & pieces 'waiting to be put away', lol. That describes my area perfectly!Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #150 xx

Luscious said...

I love your ribbon basket. So inviting. Dori 179

Krisha said...

How fun to have somebody to stamp and craft with one a week.
Krisha #140

Sandra Castle said...

WooHoo! You're my WOYWW4 ATC Buddy!! Please email me your snail mail addy! (
Love how organised and clear your desk is! (If it becomes unrecognisably messy in what seems like minutes, check I haven't broken in and I'm not hiding under the desk LOL). I love the colours you've chosen for your ATCs too!! Happy WOYWW4! Hugs Sand xxx (#172)

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Wow, four years!
That is so fun :)
And your ATC's are looking lovely :)

Hettie said...

Lace is not meant to be orderly and in a box!! Wish I could pop round to scrap/craft with you one evening! We are thinking of lodging with you at some point in the future! See you about 2016!!!
Great desk as always. I will trade with you if you have any left!

voodoo vixen said...

Making ATCs with friends sounds like a lot of fun and you have such a neat and tidy work station with so much storage! Happy WOYWW4 Anniversary! Annette #2

voodoo vixen said...

Oh my, now I have cost you money!! LOL Who makes the holder thingy? I would be interested in that! I have a stamp for the backs of ATCs but when I looked for it, it has gone walkabout... nowhere to be found!!
Pssst... my holders are the easiest peasiest things to make... I use doublesided patterned papers 12 x 12 and get 6 from one!! Cut the 12 x 12 up the middle to give 2 pieces 6 x 12. Put ATC in centre and fold each side into the middle. Run a length of double sided tape up the 12 inch length and then cut into three equal pieces. Use my circle punch to snip a little half circle out of the top, staple the bottom... voila! ;)
hugs from Annette

MaggieC said...

You are lucky to have a friend to craft with. However, I feel as though I have hundreds of craft friends through this wonderful blog community, who are all so supportive. My resolution is to only knuckle down to the dreaded paperwork this week and give myself permission to craft after that. Enjoy the rest of the celebrations. xx Maggie #43

Jules said...

Hi Mo

What a fabulous work area .. .. and so much of it!!!

You look well organised.

The weekend is nearly here again .. .. have a good one.

Love Jules xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I laughed at your 'Artful Basket of Lacy Bits'!!! What a fab way of getting around having to sort out bits and's so Vintage ;-). Of course, I never have to do anything like that... My desk is always tidy.....*cough* .......!!
I love the colours that you've used for your ATCs by the way, that tealy bluey greeny is my favourite... I think it's because I was brought up by the sea!
Happy 4th WOYWW
Hugs, LLJ 9 xxxx

Tracy said...

You are always working on something...which makes me happy, as I love to see what others are creating.
Isn't it great to get together and share your craft with friends :)

Anonymous said...

Woah! I'm really enjoying the template/theme of this blog. It's simple, yet effective.
A lot of times it's hard to get that "perfect balance" between usability and visual appeal. I must say you have done a very good job with this. Additionally, the blog loads super fast for me on Safari. Excellent Blog!

Check out my weblog ... Bonuses

MaryH said...

I must have missed the 'warts and all', cause this looks very tidy to me. Your lace in the basket looks very creative, and I may wash stuff I find at a flea market (if I can), but iron...nah! When we retired, the iron got retired too. Only used for weddings/funerals is our story. Can't wait to see your ATC's. Wouldn't have a clue as to how to do this! Looking forward to it. And I want to see your sprays results too!Bet they turned out super. TFS

RosC said...

Lovely to get your comment Mo. Thanks. Sounds a very pleasant thing to be crafting with a neighbour regularly. It must push you to keep the space workable - I'm just imagining it myself.
All the best for this special WOYWW week. I'm doing the rounds in shifts.
Ros. #28

Angie said...

Happy 4th ....Thank you for dropping by ...I managed about 60 in some sort of order then I dotted around to see friends I didn't want to miss then I got completely lost !!! so ...I decided to give up ...but anyone who dropped by I would make sure I visited. It was easy back when there were 20 of us ...and then 50 ish ... but then it grew and grew and I think I have only reached the full list about twice.
Your space looks so ordered and I envy you your nextdoor neighbour to share your passion with ...I'd love that. xx

Ria Gall said...

I am having problems finding your email address so I can do an ATC swap with you.
Could you try emailing me again at

send your postal address and I will send mine by return

Thanks Ria

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Sending belated WOYWW 4th Anniversary wishes your way Mo. Neat and tidy desk you have there. A surprise is already on its way to you!

Sarn #57

SueH said...

I’m sorry to be late in visiting but I’m now on day four of my quest to get round everyone this week. I know it’s going to take some time, but I wanted to say that it’s amazing that the internet can bring together so many likeminded people and I’m grateful that WOYWW has also brought along so many new friends, thanks to Julia.

A nice tidy desk this week, but still lots going on by the sounds of things.

Enjoy your weekly snoop, especially as we’re celebrating WOYWW’s 4th Anniversary
Happy Crafting!
Sue @82

Anneliese said...

your desk is looking good, I wish i would have one like this where I am just now.... in holidays.... I feel bad when I cannot work or create. But I will do my best on my lap, or at the coffee table, or outside in the wind, because we are at the sea, I will have to run after my threads.....

glitterandglue said...

Your desk looks fun - so many bits - don't put them ALL away though, will you? Trust you thoroughly enjoyed your session with your neighbour.
Have a great week.
Margaret #70

Queen Lightwell said...

Looks like you have a nice spacious area to play in and friends to play with! What could be better? :) Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment already. The sea colored things do look sea colored to me...which is how they were supposed to look, right? So I think you hit the nail on the head there! :) Deeyll #29

Nan G said...

How cool to have a friend to come craft with you! The ATCs are intriguing! Do share a pic of the finished ones. Thanks for the earlier visit. a belated Happy WOYWW4! Nan G #6

Elizabeth said...

Hi Maureen, belated happy WOYWW4 - I'm still making my way through the links hoping to visit everyone! Your desk looks very neat and purposeful and the basket of lace looks ready to delve into. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my latest Christmas card - the one with the digi. You mentioned that when you colour digi's you get smudging from your printer ink. This does happen if you try to colour immediately. I leave mine at least 24 hours, often much longer, before I try to colour but you can speed this part of the process by drying with a heat gun. There's a brilliant tutorial on this very subject on Beccy's blog - here's the link:

I think you will find it an interesting read and, hopefully, helpful.

Elizabeth x #155

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo Maureen,
Well am super late but hey better late than never.. so glad you had fun making those atc's - look smashing so far.. and some other fun things there too! thanks for sharing..
thanks for popping over! happy 4th WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #37

Silvia said...

Thank you for visiting my Desk, I am returning the visit. Thank you also for the comment on the Dolls,I made them:)(except the Cat)
Your Desk looks sooo big and spacious and above all tidy!!! It's so nice to have a friend to craft with.

Neesie said...

A lovely clean space ready for action by the look of it Scrappymo ;D
I think it's a great idea getting together with your neighbour for crafting sessions.
Thanks for popping over to my place...I'm really behind in my visiting but hopefully I'll get there.
Have a great week ~ enjoy
Happy 4th Anniversary WOYWW :D

Sandy said...

Your desk looks so huge and so tidy mine is so cluttered at the moment.. Your ATC's look wonderful.
Thanks for the visit to my blog.
Happy WOYWW 4th Anniversary
Sandy :)

Lindsay Weirich said...

happy 4th anniversary of WOYWW! Thanks for visiting my blog and good luck trying to get to all the desks this week, you are so good;)
Lindsay #113

dottielottie said...

Well I think your inky, sea themed ATC' look perfect. Your basket of ribbons looks very pretty sat there, so your plan has worked lol.
Thanks for paying me a visit
Happy art making
Hugs Lottie #92