Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WOYWW 293--Stash Dash Going Strong

Happy What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday! It's the mid-week desker party, and you can take a peek right here at the Stamping Ground.
While our host makes the most beautiful cards and things - you will find a plethera of crafty delights on the worktables of deskers around the planet.

Now, onto my desk. It's really a vintage leaf table I painted white long ago, and stenciled on some ivy. It is constantly covered with pink cutting mats - the one on the right is magnetic, and it comes in handy with its metal ruler to hold things down sometimes. But right now I've got paper scrap out, my Smash book, and I'm making tags from scraps--part of my Stash Dash 2015 pledge to myself. Also, I've finished my first cross-stitched Russian Doll. She's so cute. I'm trying to decide on whether to use her in a banner or a little art quilt as I start on doll number two.

I've also got a fat cat doll standing there--I was thinking about making more of those. And my hubby gave me a mini Altoids tin, which I will upcycle into something!

In the meantime - attention Downton Abbey lovers...did you love the whole scene with the first time they experienced a radio broadcast at Downton? That was cooool...and I loved how they called it the "wireless." We all forget that nobody really said "radio" in 1924...they thought of it as a wireless telegraph at first. I don't know why I'm so fascinated to see how people might have acted the first time they witness someone using a sewing machine, or a typewriter, and now a radio, but I love it! Robert and Carson think it's all a fad that will go away. Cute.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch


  1. I'm a huge Downton fan too!!! I live overseas though, so I've seen the entire season - you're going to LOVE it!! :) The Russian doll came out so pretty - great job. Can't wait to see how you decide to use it!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #17

  2. The little Russian dolly is so pretty - well done! x Jo

  3. Love your little Russian Doll - she's beautiful. I have really enjoyed Downton - I especially love the costumes, so beautifully done with rich silks and embroidery - quite exquisite. Hope you have a great week, Diana #41

  4. Your Russian doll is beautiful, Sandy. I'm looking forward to seeing how you decide to use her and well done for continuing with the stash dash, it's fun isn't it, like discovering lots of new toys to play with.
    I remember my Dad calling the radio a wireless when I was little, it's funny that's it's one of those "modern" inventions that hasn't changed THAT much and is still going strong, I have mine on all day, I love it, probably more that the TV.
    Have a good week.
    Hugs Lisax #38

  5. Wow! You are a fast stitcher! It seems you were just showing the pattern the other day. It turned out beautifully. I love matroyshka dolls...I made some felt stuffed ones awhile back. Such fun decorating their aprons and scarves. Downton...I am enjoying that Daisy is making her way in the world.

  6. Your cross stitched doll is beautiful.
    Funny how we DON'T think of our everyday things as modern inventions, but just look at the cell phones........wasn't THAT long ago they weren't even around.
    Thanks for the visit
    Krisha #8

  7. yeah, Carson wasnt too keen on the electricity either was he! My mother in law still calls it a wireless!! I love the cross stitch, she's lovely! Your desk is all fabricy and push this week, with good light; makes me a bit jelly!

  8. Hi Sandy,
    The Russian doll cross stitch is beautiful! I'm a Downton Abbey fan but haven't watched any of the new season yet. I need to find out when it's broadcast here in my area.

    Thank you for visiting me already!
    Happy WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (12)

  9. Well, Carson was wrong, wasn't he?! Lol. I think I must be the only person in the UK who doesn't watch it! I'm glad you enjoy it though :-)
    Yes, we are awesome at stash busting!! Why does it feel so wrong to throw away scraps? And I do feel better for making something useful out of old stuff.
    I think you and I would hit the ground running if we went shopping together, my friend! And we'd have to do lunch as well :-)
    We've had some terrible weather here, woke up to snow this morning but it didn't last. And the panic buying happens our side of the pond too...mad!
    I love your Russian doll cross stitch by the way, it'll be good to see how you use it :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 29 xx

  10. Hi Sandy Leigh, great stuff happening on your desk this week, your cross stitch is just lovely. That magnetic board sound like a great idea, I have the fan on a present with stamping blocks holding bits in place. Have a great week Cheers RobynO#51

  11. Wow Sandy. I've never watched Downton Abby, but I know lots of people love it. I remember when I was the first person on my block to own a PC. People thought I was weird. Boy, were they wrong!

    Love your Russian Doll cross stitch. It is gorgeous. Thanks for visiting while I was away. Happy WOYWW from #2, because it's still Wednesday in my world..

  12. I haven't watched this series, but see the trailers. The Russian Doll cross stitch looks fabulous! Hleen #5

  13. A very pretty Russian doll, love it. I love Downton too and look forward to the next series. I was lucky to see some of the costumes live and they are gorgeous. Happy WOYWW, Angela x 33

  14. I have still to watch the Christmas Special of Downton - so hope it recorded whilst we were away.
    Just love your Russian Doll, that is really beautiful and you should be mighty proud of it - so it must be used on something special that will be on display.
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

  15. The Russian doll is lovely and yes must be used on something special. I don't watch Downtown - never seemed to find the time! Thanks for visiting me. Sunshine Girl.

  16. That is a really bright desk you have, That doll is adorable

  17. I love the Stash Dash idea. your crosstitch came out very nice. I often wonder about similar things. Creative Blessings! Kelly #69