Wednesday, 13 February 2013

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 193

My desk is going to blush soon - I keep revealing woodwork - call it the white space of desk-ness.  or something.  It's because I'm trying to work on different stuff each time I get desk time which means clearing up.  Interestingly, please note that I usually clear up the last  stuff before starting the new stuff.  Which doesn't mean I clear up at the end, rather at the beginning.  Making sense?  Hmmm.  So I took this photo at about 10pm Tuesday night.
See the punches?  I didn't use those for the circles, I don't I decided, have the right sizes and so used a nestabilities set.  You probably want to know 'the right sizes for what, missus?'.  I'm not really sure yet.  It's an idea sparked by a card that Sarah sent to me months and months ago..of course I don't know where it is now I need it, but hmm, something will occur.  But not today.  I'm out and about again, so please be kind when I'm late to visit.  Oh and that little card on the deckchair you keep seeing, and some ask about is this, for a 'Men's' workshop at some stage in the next couple months.


So that's my less than short work desk explanation.  Let's see and read yours too please.  Do a blog post entitled WOYWW that shows your work desk and what you're working on and we'll run around to see as soon as we can. If you need more info, have a look at the page that explains better - accessible through the link at left top of the page.
And last thing - if you fancy a day at a craft show, please have a look at  THIS post for a chance to win tickets.  And note that I lied.  Me and that LLJ will be going to Birmingham on the Friday, not as previously stated.  I can't get the hang of actual dates and days!

127 comments:

The Paper Princess said...

What a cute card - and what a bastion of creativity as always, Julia!

Have a fabulous WOYWW!

Create With Joy
http://create-with-joy.com

Helen said...

Such clear space... I thought I had indeed landed on the wrong desk! Hope you have a good day, out and about! I struggle with men's cards as so many of us do, luckily I don't have many to make!!

Nan G said...

Oho interesting Men's card. Looks like a J Bond tux. :) Now I'm off to zzzz-land.

Jackie said...

Such a clear desk for you
Julia...... and i read about you clearing up between projects!!! I am really in the same place as normal?
Bring back the messy desk!
Jackie 3

Claire said...

that is such a clever card - most impressive and soooo distinctive!
enjoy your day out & about :)
happy WOYWW xx

Nikki said...

Julia fabby Card love it looks like a suit great for a man for sure Would make amazing bachelor invites so kewl :)that's one nice big jar of buttons your trying to use up
hugs Nikki #6

MaggieC said...

That is a great man's card, so stylish. I bet all the men will be flattered and think they are like James Bond. Everyone has stolen my Tidy Fairies, you included. You can see desk space, which is a great achievement. Have a great week. xx Maggie #8ish

Ali Wade said...

Happy WOYWW. Now that I am mostly digital, my desk is amazingly clear. Does help me to be think more clearly, rather than keep tidying up all the time! Ali x #12

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

A pretty clean desk. Pretty impressive card for some fine young gentleman. Have a fun week shopping about for circles and Happy WOYWW, I'm off to catch some Z's #12 right now.

sandee said...

That card is uber cute, and I do believe that's the most wood I've ever seen on your desk! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

MvM-design said...

Good morning Julia,

Love your card!
Curious what you are going to make!
Have a nice Wednesday!!
Hugs Marleen #11

Neet said...

Aha, I see the deck chair is back. Forgot to show my new iPad stand (not a deck chair) in the' trauma of the door handle' we had late last night. Still it made e blog "small".
Love that male card - what a fab idea!
Take care and happy WOYWW.
Hugs, Neet xx

Sue from Oregon said...

Classy man card-and I am waiting for the "cute" class you are working up! Those stamps are so fun!

fairy thoughts said...

morning Julia
A very neat and tidy desk... like the post really I wish i could get the hang of 'keep it quick'
have a good week
janet

Tertia said...

Love the card! I might just copy that one if you don't mind.

your desk is very clean, I am hanging my head in shame this week at the state of mine. No, actually, I am not hanging my head, I work best in a messy space.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia

Andrea said...

It is a very tidy desk but that's not a bad thing... more room to get creative.You lost me re the explanation about the circles! maybe its too early in the morning for me! I like the Tux card I always struggle with men cards this is simple but classy; but doesn't look easy to make!Enjoy Friday.I will visit everyone after works thanks have a great week
Andrea x

Chrysalis said...

Morning, Mrs D! Your man card looks great - mind if I borrow the idea and knock up a pile of similar ones for friends and family? I'm always stuck for male ideas, if you see what I mean!! My WOYWW isn't so much my craft station still, rather the room itself. Take care, all, and have a great week. Chris x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

this is an impressive men card.. have to keep this idea in my mind if there is a need of a simple and great card for a gentleman!

wonderful creative workdesk as ever!
Thank you for this weekly FUN Julia!

Bubbles said...

Love that card - can't wait to see what you're doing with your circles?
All that spare workspace! I don't know about your desk blushing, but mine is because it's such a mess compared to yours!
Once again... my favourite part is your button jar :) I just can't help it... I love buttons :)
Have a wonderful WOYWW!
Bubbles #21

Neesie said...

Morning Julia,
Reporting in from DownUnder.
I love that card...it's so classy and I always have trouble finding gent's cards, but this is fantastic!

That looks might dark out there...

Have a wonderful week and thanks again for sharing and caring.
Neesie ♥ #29

Bubbles said...

I took so long posting my link, I jumped from #21 to #28!

Sue McDonald said...

Hi Julia,

find it difficult sometimes to come up with ideas for man cards so just might have to case this one.

Have a great woyww

frankiesue#28

Bella said...

I have been asked to teach a class of cards for men, they are apparently a hard breed to create for...I love this concept,so clever. I have not thought of anything yet...I will show and tell soon I guess as the time marches on!

BJ said...

Just adore the "Man's Card", simple and elegant and still manly. BJ#36

Ann B said...

The only point to clearing a desk is so that you can have the pleasure of mucking it up again, so the more you clear the more fun you can have. Very stylish man's card, don't you just love a man in a DJ?
Ann B
33

Redanne said...

Wow Julia, a lovely tidy desk! Really, really love your man card - it is gorgeous - very James Bond... Hugs, Anne x #37

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

Love the card ... and the tidy desk ... would mine looked like that.

Mary said...

Cleaning up before, sometimes during and sometimes after. One thing for sure...it's always an on-going process. I know I can create quite a mess. But it's sauce fun to create. See you next week.

Jackie said...

I love the card, I've just made something similar as a sample for a gay wedding order! Your bow is perfect, do you get them like that straight away? I have to fiddle with mine for ages to get it to be acceptable lol.
Jackie #40 x

Twiglet said...

Very smart card Julia - good way to use up all those shirt buttons I keep finding. Off crafting with Annie today! x Jo

Ria Gall said...

Morning Julia
Thank you for another WOYWW it is great fun going around the world seeing what everyone is up to.
I love the man's card very dapper.
Ria

Ria Gall said...

Morning Julia
Thank you for another WOYWW it is great fun going around the world seeing what everyone is up to.
I love the man's card very dapper.
Ria

Darnell J Knauss said...

What a dashing manly card, Julia! And what a beautiful desk you have! You thought I was going to say, "Who knew?", didn't you? But I've no room to talk this week; you're neater than I am and North is now South!!

Have a wonderful week! I hope you can swing by the Playhouse one of these weeks, but I know you've a bar rage on your hands! xxoo Darnell, presently 44, normally much older.

scrappyjen said...

I love that card. The ribbon is gorgeous. Very clever. Hope you are all well and happy woyww, jenx

SaraJ said...

So amazingly tidy. Do you supposed this is a sign of age? I have to clean up between projects too....I don't think I used to do that....LOVE the tux. Hey for that matter LOVE guys in tuxes...enjoy the craft show!

Annie said...

What a fab card Julia....just hope the smartly dressed man comes with it ;-)
Hugs,
A x

Helen said...

Hi Julia hope your planning a fun day out. It was a bit strange this morning to see actually desk today! My eyes are drawn to that lovely jar of buttons!!! I love your black and white card - so elegant. WOYWW Hugs to you from Helen 56

MrsC.x said...

how tidy is your desk Julia?!?! so much naked wood!! i am with you on the tidying before the next project i just can be A'd when i finish :)

love the man card. sorry about the long post on mine showing off the results of my afternoon with my beloved staple gun

Happy WOYWW Mrs.C #54
www.craftylittlemoos.blogspot.com

scrappymo! said...

Hi Julia...back after a couple weeks away. i don't like to join in unless I have time to visit...
your desk looks bare...I had a smile when you said you clean when you start a new project...I used to be able to show a cleanish desk as I would take my picture just before my friend arrived for craft night.
Now that we meet on a different day you will be seeing more messy shots of my desk in mid project!

Love, love, love that black and white guy card!
Muareen AKA Scrappymo! #59

Lynn Holland said...

wrong dates yep that's me Julia.
Clearing the desk before starting another job, yep that's me.
Clearing away at night, no never.
So I guess we must be related.
Have a good week.
Lynn x

Heather Alger said...

Great card, love the intricate detail
Happy WOYWW Heather x

die amelie said...

I almostly never clear up after crafting, really most of the time when I start crafting - it get's me in the right mood, I guess, taking lots of stuff in hand.

Love your card too!

Enjoy your WW!

Hugs,
die amelie x

Gibby Frogett said...

Morning Julia ..Happy WOYWW... love your card - very classy... Happy Crafting..Gill x #64

lisa said...

A lady after my own heart. I always clear up after each project which, if someone wanders in at the end of the day would be amazed about as my desk is usually in such a state but an hour earlier it would have been spotless!!
Have fun on Friday and Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #66

okienurse said...

cute card! I have a ton of punches and here lately I have been going to the spellbinders instead. Might have to consider getting rid of a few...nah don't think I could part with my babies! Have a happy week. vickie #17

susibee said...

Love your cards:)

I'm also someone who clears up the desk before I start, rather than after I have finished.

Happy Wednesday. Susi#73

Zeffy said...

Julia...life happens whaile we are trying to craft....love your card it is so elegant..and i hope you click ..and remember where to find the card you are looking for...
Zeffy#66

My name is Cindy said...

Morning Julia!! Looks like you are keeping busy. Happy WOYWW, Cindy

House of Bears said...

Goodness, there's space on your desk! ;)

Waving hello from the house of bears. Love your card.

Alison Scott said...

Morning Julia, love that tuxedo card.
Clear desk? Are you well?
Haply WOYWW
Alison #76

Laura said...

Love the man card Julia
Happy WOYWW
Laura
81

jellinacreations said...

What does it look neat and tidy!
They say that if you're feeling in a cleanup you're ready for the next stage.
Happy woyww

Karen said...

Oh what a tidy desk! I love the male card, and now you've started the tumbleweed moving in my head. Have a Happy WOYWW! Karen 81 x

JoZart said...

Can't remember when I last saw so much exposed desk but being a cynic, I wonder how long this is going to last? I know my own traits too well! Put the lid on those buttons please incase they spill!!
It was still a good snoop!
Jo x
Don't think I'll make the June Crop but might get to the NEC in March. Where is 2013 going.... ???
love Jo x

Carol Yates said...

Good morning Julia, wow a tidy desk, my bleary eyes leapt to your button Jar, I thought they were sweets, and as it is the first day of Lent and I have given them up my subconcious must be missing them already. LIke everyone else I love that card and just may have to 'borrow' it.
Carol.x #80

Joynana said...

Such a cleaned up space today, I do love that card though. #83

Christine said...

Circles, scissors and glasses....... glasses?!?
I have this mental picture of you wandering round with outstretched arms cos you can't see ...........tell me I'm wrong!
Bishopsmate #85


Angelfish said...

Very creative card. I like it!

Marit said...

This is the first time I join and I'm so happy that I'm finally able to show a photo of my own workdesk! Yay!

Debbie Rock said...

Your workdesk always looks so wonderfully creative Julia ... makes me tingle with excitement! Love Debbie #90 xXx

Anna Widmark said...

I really love your card! What a great idea! I'm putting it into my folder of good ideas for men's cards. =)

Happy Wednesday!

Carolyn Phillips said...

I know what you mean about clearing at the beginning of a project. It makes sense as you clear when you need the space, and you don't it when you finish, you need it to start.
Carolyn #91

Sandy said...

That card is cute glad to see it a bit closer.. Great man card I find them so hard to do and yours is excellent.. I got used to my big pink tape dispenser so much that I finished the roll of tape today, lucky I have another roll it is awesome. Thanks for all the info on it, love it.
Sandy :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

Now, there one thing on your desk that you will never see on mine - specs, I have to wear them round my neck - can't walk in them but can't see things close up without them! Love your tidy desk today! Chris

SMYLING said...

don't know how you go about creating these beauties with such little stuff on your desk. I bet you have a secret hoard hiding underneath !. keep up the good work.

Becky said...

You know I always forget about my nesties as shapes, great idea! Loving that card for a men's workshop! Happy WOYWW!! #97

Tammy said...

I'm not sure that I've ever seen so much clear space on your desk before! I am one that has to clear up between projects so I DO understand! Fabulous tux card! Love it! Happy Wednesday.

Barb King said...

Cute tux card, I may have to make one of those!

Brenda B said...

I'm beginning to think that you've got a big sheet of brown paper that you put over the detritus on the desk, plop a few things on top and then say "oh look! I've got a tidy desk again!". The brown is unnerving, it's not a good colour for you! Great mens card though.

Hugs
Brenda

StampinCarol said...

Great men's card! This would be as close to a suit as my guy would get! And your desk is almost empty! I'm curious as to what that is above and behind the deckchair....
Carol N #102

Robin Spitzer said...

Love that "men's card". I had to laugh when you said, you cleaned up after or before....I think I say, I clean up after.....but in hindsight, most of the time I clean up BEFORE! I love the brown space.....it's like going to Disneyland, I have been less than 10 times my entire life, but when I go, I absolutely enjoy the experience!

Hugs, Robin #105

CraftygasheadZo said...

Superb cards, love the shirt/male card. Great idea! You desk is looking fab too, I love the idea of tipping that button jar out!!! Best not let me near it I reckon! Enjoy your week, take care Zo xx 93

Hammers said...

Ooh love the tux card, very James Bond. I attempt to clean my desk before each new project....but ....Cx

Belinda said...

Julia,

It is always puts a little fun in my day to when I read your posts.
I can relate to your clean up when starting new project rather than after I finish one. Probably because I don't always finish one so stuff just hangs around. So your desk is good company here!

I love the masculine card. I need inspiration in that part. Speaking of inspiration, I bought some punches which arrived today because I saw a card that used them so in such a cute way. Well now I don't know where I saw it so I too can relate again. Perhaps we are twins!
Have a blessed day girlfriend!

Belinda (80)

Lindsay Weirich said...

Love the men's tux card, bowties are cool!
happy woyww! Lindsay #109!

Gill Edwards said...

Hi Julia, im loving this blog hop/desk nosy around. It cheered me up no end at work this morning knowing i could come home and have a peep at others work.

Happy WOYWW

Gill x

Morti said...

'Ello! I'm sort of back. Ish. Kinda....

Love the tux card by the way, very neatly done!

Lisa said...

Love the tux card. So cute. I also attempt to clean before each new project change not after. LisaDV #110

Katie said...

I love the card! It is just fabulous!

Happy WOYWW!
Katie #112

famfa said...

Great desk. Fab button jar. Love that man card, very creative. Famfa 117

Deb said...

That is very good to clear up before starting something new. ONce I begin i feel there is no need to clear up as I am just messing everything up again! Love your Man's card!
Debxx

Carole Z said...

Fab card..yep I try and clean up in between! Carole #120

Jaki Morris said...

Haven't got a clue what you're on about but I think it's the same as me and washing up!

Take care

Jaki #115

Anneliese said...

I see folks are busy - I amanged tobe No. 123 - and I have nothing specially new to show - just a few quilting lines and a cook book.

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hi Julia - zooming out late for school run (aargh) Back later MM x

Sarah Evans said...

Linking up some step by step art work on my desk this week - thanks for hosting :)

Sarah
http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Julia,

Look at all the creativity! Oh my, and I love you wicked sense of humor. Interesting how things inspire us -- and we know exactly what we need, and just don't have.....

Happy WOYWW (I've missed you guys)
Hugs,
Kay #125

Fandhmum said...

How I would love to have a rummage through that button jar.
You're desk is looking very tidy, I'm feeling embarrassed.

Have a good week,
Rosie x

Daniella said...

Hi Julia!
My son was supposed to link me up 4 hours ago, before school. But NO! He didn't. That will teach me to trust a teenager!!!
Happy WOYWW!
Daniella #132, or last :(

Bernice said...

What a great idea of a 'man' card. Yes, my clearing up usually happens at the beginning of a new project - it's a case of having to, otherwise I wouldn't have enogh space to make anything!
Bernice #67

Stamper Gyrl said...

I love the little mans card. Very cute.
Tracy

Sandy Leigh said...

I love that card--I'm thinking it would also be adorable as an invitation to some kind of black tie event! Now you must report all the fun you and LLJ have on Friday!! Hugs dearest. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #106

Anne said...

hi Julia i too like the look of that card. Have to admit I mainly tidy up before starting something new rather than as I finish. Happy WOYWW Anne x #134

Krisha said...

I can see your desk, I mean I can actually see the desk, LOL Love the little tuxedo card! And why is it that we have all the toys but never the "right" one when we need it?
Krisha #133

ednamburgess said...

My desk resembles yours and my sewing machine and ironing board are full of things to do too. Oh well. Take care and keep working. A neat desk doesn't make results. LOL Edna

trisha too said...

I think it's adorable--we have two weddings in the next five months, so the tuxedo look immediately caught my attention!

:)

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hi again Julia - back from school and had a chance to read your post - I know exactly what you mean about never having the right size circle punch - having gone the same way as you with swapping to dies I now find I haven't got just the right size scallop circle... MM x #127

MaryH said...

Such a tidy desk, and can see it's quite dark outside, so must have been long hours in the craft room. Love the tuxedo card...perfect for the man in your life. TFS & making WOYWW possible. Back later to see all the other tidy spaces, and wish I were that organized & neat. Hugs. Mary H. #134

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Julia, running very late today-thats an amzing jar of buttons at the back! Have great week, Hugs, Shaz #129

Almo said...

Hi Julia, I love your tux card for your future workshop. Clearing up at the beginning or the end?, It sure is an ongoing chore. Hugs Mo x

Linda said...

I used to be the same - clearing up before starting a new project. I'm now trying to clean up after finishing each time - so far so good.

Keren Howell said...

How cute is that card! I know what you mean about clearing up before rather than after...I usually have to do it that way or I wouldn't have room to start a new project. Yes, I am a slob.XXX Keren

dix said...

Always fun looking at your desk. And I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only one who misplaces things around the studio! Can't find my brand new bone folder! Thanks for hosting us and for sharing. dix---

Rebekah said...

Ha! Here I am again, coming in one the 140s as usual! Although last week it was 150! One of these days I'll be in the top 10!!! Thanks for the fun link up! :) And what a lovely jar of buttons! Fun!

Angela Secrest said...

I've had that happen, lovely card idea and then can't find the thing that sparked it. I'm trying to get better about drawing out my ideas so that I don't forget!
Angie #144 or something like that!

MiniOwner said...

Good grief! How far down the linkies am I this week? I love your man card, Julia and I have pinned it. Hope that's OK? Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@147)

Heather M said...

Love the card! It's good for your desk to blush (at lease once in a while). :-)
HeatherM #149

Saxo Stamper said...

What a great card and perfect for a man, love the concept of woyww too. K

Bridget Larsen said...

THat card says "take me to the wedding". Well it must be the full moon because I've been tidying up after every session and I have a bigger space than before hahaha
Bridget #143

Ohhh Snap said...

LOVE that Tuxedo card : D. I love circle punches, they are so lovely for cutting something out. I am not very good at lining up dies to cut exactly something. But if I had circle dies, I'd be able to practice it lol. #145

Kim said...

"the white space of desk ness". Made me laugh out loud that did! Happy WOYWW!!

Queen Lightwell said...

Love that card, so manly yet sophisticated and appropriate for many many occasions. I was waiting to post a bigger than usual thank you until after I checked the mail today but the mailman let me down. Although some pendants from China off the ebay did make it here, the thing I am most impatient for did not, yet! Tomorrow I bet. So my patience grows! :) But seriously, thank you so much for hostessing us every week. I hope its not a huge amount of work for you to get it all set up and everything...its probably pretty routine by now, huh? Unless blogger throws you for a loop, of course! I'm sure you'll hear from me tomorrow so, until then, have fun playing and visiting and thanks, again, for hostessing us and showing off your desk, too. :) Deeyll #142

RosC said...

Hello again Julia,

Your desk is a scene of focused virtue and clear space. So nice to work with and develop your ideas. I think that clearing up before starting something fresh is a great warm-up for the new ideas.

And about those calendar confusions - I have trouble with whether next Friday is the same as 15th too. Well of course, I'm early one week and late the next so maybe it's a worse problem than I thought. ;-)

Just a little aside, we have a thunderstorm going on - very loud but no rain which we need. It's sending my little tabby cat into my arms which makes typing rather a challenge! It's better than searching for her quivering under the bracken at the end of the garden.

Warmest regards,
Ros. #154

Paula Gale said...

HI julia

Here I am catching up on some emailed blog posts and happy to be here to comment on time (ish)..

OOh we have the same iron as each other! However, mine looks much newer than yours (wink wink) even though I can't see how old yours is, I have a very strong instinct that mine has seen much less action... lol.

I love the card - it's a very clever idea and would make a lovely 'groom' card from a bride.

hugs
Paula x x x

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Julia, I am sooo happy you got my ATCs. It's like my babies travelling and I wonder if they'll reach their destination!!! So many joining the WOYWW party- so hard to decide whom to visit!!!! Old friends or new friends? Always fun though! A men's workshop, really? Wow! :^) patsy

Bella said...

I have created a post just for you Julia! Showing my dress and the tile spacers... http://bellasscrappinspace.blogspot.com/2013/02/hardware-store-findings.html

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the tuxedo card. Happy Valentine's Day!

Chrysalis said...

Hi Julia - thanks for visiting my blog. The thing is, cutting the napkins was easy peasy as I was careful to choose ones with large, simple motifs. Ssh - don't tell anyone though!! x

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh nice tidy desk there and I love that card. No I dont get much done with a table in front of the telly but I can sit and ink, colour and cut out - I then leave the sticking down until another day!

Caro said...

Gorgeous card! The black and white is really striking. I can't believe how tidy your desk is...amazing! Thanks for hosting us as usual and for commenting. Caro xx

Kim said...

I love your tux card!!! What a great idea. And yeah, circles and ovals; I never have the right sizes either...
-Kim, #160

SueH said...

Just love that card, simple, yet very striking.
I think punches are great for quickness, just and go but I always find the sizes a bit hit and miss when I’m using them and usually end up resorting to my nesties too.

Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

Sandie said...

I couldn't leave a comment the other day so popping back to say how lovely to see a clear space. I find that therapeutic and like to start off that way but give me 5 minutes and you would never have thought it! Guessing you are the same!

Saxo Stamper said...

Hi

Thanks for popping by my blog, I see you are in Wiltshire, I know it's a bit county but I live in the same one LOL,

I can't seem to relax enough to have a mess which is a bit sad, I have loved seeing everyone's desks and realise that people are having a lot of fun working in a mess....I may have to take a deep breath and give it a go.

K

April Story said...

I just finished my last blog - but once again I neglected the leader. Looks like you have some lovely projects. Thank you for hosting this very addictive activity. :-)
April #119

nagman nag said...

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