Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Havin' My Morning Coffee and a Little WOYWW #176



 Happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday beautiful crafters! I've got my coffee and I'm ready to visitate! And I am very proud to say I had a really productive weekend in my crafty corner of the world--where I live here in the U.S., in the Ozarks, surrounded by lakes, streams, ponds, and the little thriving city I live in, just down the road from a very touristy little music town.
Anyhoo--this weekend, my crafting table was fully loaded because I was stitching, cutting, painting, knitting, writing, stamping and gluing. It was so fun, and I feel refreshed! Oooh! Forgot to snap a pic of this, but, my sale item of the week from Michaels was a beautiful new spiral bound mixed-media journal. That means I can watercolor in it, use markers, stamping, colored pencil...whatever I want, it's a completely blank slate. With a combined sale and a coupon, I got 60% off...and I bought my daughter a new Smash book. She is very excited to get her art journaling going again.

So now, things have calmed down, and been put away for the busy work week--except my knitting and art journaling. Also, I was beyond THRILLED to get a delicious parcel from the United Kingdom on Saturday, from my 51-club soul sister Jan. Visit Lunch Lady Jan right here. We exchanged things made from scraps--mine, an ATC, and hers, are the cutest most adorable pin cushion EVER, and this amazingly beautiful Christmas bunting. I don't want to show it off too much yet, because it is going to trim a whole table filled with my Nutcracker collection this Christmas. I don't know, something about this bunting makes me want to go ahead and have that Christmas open house I postponed from last year, just to show it off!!
Laying on my worktable here is an old photo of my grandmother as a little girl which has been printed onto fabric and will be part of a little art quilt.
My pin cushion from Jan wants to live on my worktable to take care of all those stray pins that get away during my mad mess project sessions! It reminds me that ladies in my tribe of crafters live so far away, yet we have so much in common.
Beautiful Christmas bunting from Jan!

Chunky new yarn--soon to become butterfly scarf number 2!


A page in my Smash book

Here is one of the art journal pages I've been layering on over the weekend. This is a photo taken on my phone when my husband and I attended a Tent Theatre reunion one weekend and we were then in the audience to see the special performance of the musical, 42nd Street. What was funny was, later, when we were looking at my phone pictures we realized that actor John Goodman is in this picture! He is a Tent Theatre alum, and was at the reunion and happened to be sitting behind us. I had no idea. But that's not really the point. The point is, we take so many pictures, especially with our phones, and never print them out! So my new vow is to get those pics on paper, and hopefully into my art journal too. I smash all kinds of things into an art journal page, and later when I look at it again, it makes me so happy. I love using lots of textures--like there I have a feather I found in the garden, and a little crochet flower. And of course, anytime I can crown myself a princess, I do!





Butterfly scarf update: I've finally started adding in the purple!!! And it's getting long!

Eat dinner with your family, Write what makes you happy, Dream in chocolate, Stitch your scraps into works of art.




27 comments:

  1. Hi Sandy, I too take a lot of pictures and hardly ever get them printed! It's improved somewhat cause my dad gave me a Selphy. Hopefully I'll be able to scrapbook them! Love the pincushion from LLJ! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  2. Lots and lots were going on at your desk. What great items you received from Jan. the pin cushion is adorable. I always take tons of pics on vacations...but not a lot on everyday stuff.

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  3. I saw your ATC on LLJ's blog earlier. I didn't know you lived in MO. I used to live in Webb City, on the northern edge of the now famous (infamous) Joplin. I always called it "an altered state." Happy WOYWW from # 2.

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  4. wow, awesome projects and beautiful desl! Happy woyww! Lindsay #7

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  5. You have been one busy lady! I love the looks of that butterfly scarf. I have to stay with "simple" but I'm so tempted to challenge myself.

    The bunting and pin cushion from LLJ are wonderful!

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay #18

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  6. What a great package from LLJ - and a lovely journal page... I couldn't agree more about theatre being medicine! Happy WOYWW!
    Alison x
    #31

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  7. I love that pincushion, wonder where i can get directions to make one
    Bridget #21

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  8. That pinchsion is fab...Jan is such an excellent sewer!
    Can't wait to see what you do with that beautiful Christmas bunting!

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  9. Gorgeous pin cushion and bunting. Saw some in the flesh on Saturday at the crop. Have a good day. Helen. 4

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  10. Hey there, get you hangin' out with the stars!!! The Tent Theatre sounds really interesting, were you actors, backstage or just supporters?
    It's so fab to know that some of my sewing is in the Ozarks! You're right, we're all the same really, just separated by a few miles!
    And I adore your new yarn! You live in a world of gorgeous colour, don't you? I think colours have a tremendous capacity to affect our emotions - I went on a really interesting day course on it once, it really made me think! And that's dangerous... :D
    Have fun, Soul Sister!
    Hugs, LLJ #56 xx

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  11. Oooh very tidy desk there but you have been busy - I have just taught myself to crochet and now have loads of flowers sitting in a bowl waiting for something to be attached too - that gift is lovely isnt it will look fabulous draped over your table at Christmas. Thanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl no. 57

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  12. busy desk! How do you keep it so neat and stay so busy. Where do you live in MO? I live in Oklahoma! Have a great week. Vickie #71

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  13. I think we are all guilty of taking lots of pics and not printing. Sometimes not even looking at them again. What a lovely surprise to see who is in your background
    Sandra @93

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  14. Beautiful picture of your Gran onto fabric- what a lovely piece that will be part of. Have a great Wednesday, Hugs Shaz #96 xx

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  15. Another very productive lady I see, you lot are putting me to shame. Your desk looks primed and ready for action.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugz Minxy #1

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  16. You are looking as busy as ever, Sandra. What a lucky lady to receive some of LLJ's gorgeous things.
    I think we are all guilty of taking loads of photos and never printing them out. Your page looks great though, what a fun photo.
    Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #84

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  17. I also live in the mountains in an art community. It's wonderful, isn't it? Jan's pin cushion and bunting look adorable, hope you will share pictures of your decorated house at Christmas. I love your craft table although it would be too pretty to paint on ( as mine is paint splattered!! )waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  18. The hue of purple you chose for the butterfly scarf is beautiful! I have to use my smash book more often. I love how your desk folds up for expansion and room to get a little messier need be.-Tamika currently #124 subject to change to #123 when double entries are fixed?

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  19. So little time so many things i want to do. Just sounds like a lot of fun goes on in your corner of the world.

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  20. Oh you've been doing such a lot of crafting this week! and what a cute wee pincushion!
    Bernice #80

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  21. Great post this week. Your scarf looks lovely and cosy. x Jo

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  22. I'm back Sandy,

    Would you mind sharing the butterfly scarf pattern with me? My email is 505whimsygirl@gmail.com. It sounds kind of like the lizard ridge stitch, which I want to try.

    Hugs,
    Kay #18

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  23. Looking forward to your finish butterfly scarf. That pin cushion looks very difficult once it's constructed, but you have made it simple. Thanks for commenting on my blog.
    Von #141.

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  24. You just inspired me to go up and get crafty! Thanks for that, loving your goodies too!
    Angie #114

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  25. Love the bunting and the pin cushion. How fab to exchange goodies with far away friends! Nan 117

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  26. Oh good grief, Sandy, I was just visiting a touristy music town in the Ozarks last week, which is why I missed woyww, how funny is that?

    It's always so much fun to get swappy packages, but it always seems more special when it comes from somewhere far away . . .

    Your fish are distracting me, they want some food.

    :)trisha
    #137 this week

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  27. I LOVE your pincushion! What a lovely gift! And that photo of your grandmonther is amazing - what a great idea to print it onto fabric for a quilt... there's a whole world of ideas in going down that path that I just can't let myself dream about at the moment! x Chloe ♯75

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