Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WOYWW 302--What Competes With Your Crafting Time? And...I speak DMC

The top five things that want to compete with my crafting time: 
2-Back pain
The top five things that keep me crafting:
1-Makes me happy
2-I love to go to craft stores (which can be a problem!)
3-The inner drive to be creative (which I can't explain)
4-Crafty friends
5-The beauty, delight, and fun of handmade original creations in this big industrialized world of ours
What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday has really helped me stay crafty, and guess what, it's Wednesday again!! Share with me what keeps you crafty while I go visit your desk, or not...or, just say hi.

Here's my desk:

The thing people notice the most about my craft table--my pink mats!
 The best thing about doing a variety of crafts is that some of them are portable, so when the back pain flairs up, I don't have to sit at my table to do things like embroidery, bead stringing, and sketching. While working on my fourth matryoshka cross-stitch doll, I'm creating, in my head right now, some original embroidery patterns I want to do, and some little stuffed animals I want to make.
My bangles, and a cute way to make a little tag book with scraps.
Here's something for you cross-stitchers I'm just sharing because I love it. Over at El Blog de DMC, since January she has been posting a cross-stitch pattern of each room in a house (the first Thursday of each month), so by December, you can have the whole house to cross-stitch. But the idea is to do a room a month. I haven't started yet on the first of the three rooms she's shared (because of the matryoshkas!), but I can't wait! (you know how I love dollhouses) 
Yes, her blog is in Spanish, but DMC floss numbers are universal. 

Let me repeat that--DMC Floss numbers are universal!

And I definitely speak DMC. In fact, if cross-stitching aliens landed here, yep, that's right, I'm your girl to go talk to them!

Click here to see how cute the March sewing room is!

I'm stitching this one with pink instead of red - I just use whatever colors I want on this pattern.

Have a happy Wednesday.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch


  1. How many goodies on your desk :) I used to have the patience to cross stitch... I guess my arts and craft likes goes in stages lol

  2. Love your top 5 lists and can relate to most of them.
    I never got into cross stitching, I think I like faster results....LOL

    Thanks for the visit this week and for always leaving a comment.
    Krisha #2

  3. I know that top 5 of things that want to compete with my crafting time but managed to eliminate a few... ha! 1-Housework (only when the floors/bathroom is thát dirty that it feels sticky....) 2-Back pain (I get mustle-backpain from sitting at my atelier desk for too long. Solution: I find something creative that I can do on the couch or go for a walk... I'm glad it is not from a dirsorder/disease and that it is is not chronic - so I feel sorry for you that you have to deal with that.) 3-Cooking (I'm a 'speedy cook' - stir fry chicken and vegatables in a wadjang and eat it with rice is my fave) 4-Sleeping (yep, we have to sleep. But as I get older, I can do with little sleep. 5 to 6 hours is enough...) 5-Working (all day in the atelier is my 'working' - lucky me!) I don't cross-stitch and it is a delight to visit your blog and see what you do with needle and thread. I will remember to call you when the cross-stitch aliens land ;) Happy woyww and a big hug from Holland, Marit #45

  4. So many lovely things on your desk. I like cross stitch too. I immediately went to the Spanish website and had a look. Very nice. Thanks for suggesting it.
    Have a great week,
    PS I'm thinking of our fellow desk hopper Shoshi today who's operation has been postponed yet again! I can't imagine how she must be feeling.

    1. Oh no! Thank you for mentioning that...I will visit her. Hugs!

  5. Haha, I love your list. I don't do nearly as much housework as I should. If I did I'd have NO time for creativity. And I've gotten my son to take over some of the cooking, so that helps. :-)

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier and for the kind comments.

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #6

  6. I'm wondering if I yet saw what you are doing with all those matryoshkas? They really are lovely and colourful. As for the list... I would have to put work first, and is spending time with the rest of the family and dog is housework or backpain :)
    Kristiina #17

  7. There is something very soothing about cross stitch, isn't there? The dip of the needle through the Aida, the satisfaction of completing a row of x's, the feel of the floss...all very therapeutic :-). I love your Russian dolls! And your bright beads and tags too...I'm so glad I'm not the only one with a crafty butterfly mind, lol!
    Your lists interested me too....I think the things that stop me crafting are gardening, music and the dreaded housework/decorating. I often craft in the evenings when there's nothing interesting on the telly :-)
    We are in the process of looking for places for's a long, sobering process but I hope we'll find the perfect place.
    Hugs, LLJ 31 xx

  8. Hello Sandy. Thank goodness someone else speaks DMC - in the past I thought I must be the only one. None of my friends cross stitched - and I always used DMC threads - they are just gorgeous colours and shades, and feel good going through the fabric.
    What stops me crafting? Mainly the fact that I ain't as young as I used to be, and things take longer; hubby is very unwell and I need to be there to help him with everything; housework. I usually can be found with something creative when sitting with hubby watching TV though, which is great.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #3

    1. Margaret - I visited your blog, but for some reason the comment box will not stay on the screen for me to type in it (it jumps up and down), so I wanted to let you know that I love your gorgeous cards, and I am always happy to find anyone who also speaks DMC! I only have one friend left who cross-stitches, and it makes me sad that more people don't. Obviously, because I have to find a blog in Spanish to get good cross-stitch info! Hope your hubby feels better too. Hugs!

  9. great list.... blah blah to housework its my main craft stopper (I have a very dusty house). the other stopper is work.... but as I work in a craft shop.... it doesn't really count lol.
    Your desk is very colourful and the cross stitch house sounds interesting.
    ha ha to DMC numbers are universal .
    janet #14

  10. Sandy, I love all the things on your desk this week - it's some time since I've done any cross stitch but I love it. Housework? What's that? (I have a cleaning lady because I can't do it for myself!) Mr. Mojo and Mrs. Muse are still on their extended naughty holiday and until they come back, no creative stuff is being done Chez-Shosh - I think that naughty pair are terrified of illness lol! Once I am on the road to recovery I am anticipating a return of the creative urge, so I am not worried that it is absent for now - I am also extremely exhausted with my M.E. taking a bashing from all that's been going on.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment, and I am glad to say that after the initial shock and frustration at another postponement, I am now feeling much better about it, and it will happen when it happens (sooner rather than later, though, please!!)

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #49

  11. Great list Sandy! I know crafting really helps me forget the pain, at least for awhile. Lots to look at at your wqorkspace.

  12. Hi Sandy, I agree entirely with your lists. Have a great week and happy woyww, Angela x 28

  13. Love the bright colours on your desk! Sadly the things that stop me crafting are going away(and I'm not stopping that!) and hubby being around all the time(and I wouldn't wish him anywhere else!) Chrisx 47

  14. What keeps me crafting? Hmmmm. . .it's some kind of inner drive and that pure joy I feel when I like something I've created. I'm sure there's more to it than that, but I really just enjoy the whole process.
    Your little tag book is so cute. I like your use of the safety pin. I think that would be a great way to just organize little tags.
    Here's hoping your back doesn't bother you too much!

  15. Great list - I try not to do no 1, don't get much 4 but don't get out of bed to craft in the night or I'd be useless at 5... luckily I don't get no 2... I used to love cross stitch but haven't done any since I found the inky painty world of stamping and all that that led to!! Helen 11

  16. I love your little tag books - what a cute idea, and the paper is so pretty too. Also I love the embroidery - I've never managed to stick to the colours I'm supposed to when following the pattern but I think that's what makes pieces individual and unique! I just had a look at the house and it's very sweet - it also looks very time-intensive! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your good wishes, I hope you have a great week,
    Diana #48

  17. Morning Sandy, I so agree with you about the competition for crafting, except in my case it is arm pain, but also with the reasons that keep me doing, and sometimes it is quite hard to explain to OH why the housework hasn't been done because I have been making beautiful cards.
    I also agree about the problem with craft shops, going to the show in Birmingham tomorrow, I have a list but it will be interesting to see what else jumps in the basket. Will try to share next week.
    Thanks for dropping by last week, just didn't manage to get back.
    Chris (No Desk)

  18. I love all the pinkiness on your blog Sandy!! Always lots to snoop around. x Jo

  19. I like your top five things Sandy and please can I have that pin
    Lynn 36 xxx

    1. Yes--I'll send you a little packet of those pins!

  20. Love your pink mats and colourful beads. I can relate to your list of crafting interruptions, mine is hot weather at the moment. Makes for unpleasantly sitting in non airconditioned craft room
    Bridget #1

  21. Your desk looks so color coordinated! Thanks for visiting me.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Hugs, peggy aplSEEDS@8

  22. Ah, yes I can understand this much competes for our crafting time but you are right it is important to remember WHY we craft.

    Thanks for visiting my desk...I am not really sure the difference between embossing and letterpress too...I think letterpress is the image being pressed with the ink into the paper at the same time....or something like that!!

    Kyla #16