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Wednesday 25 July 2012

WOYWW first-timer

Hello all!  I've been meaning to join in for several weeks, and if I don't do it today, my workdesk will be gone... so it's now or never (for this workdesk!).  For those not in the know, the mysterious initials WOYWW stand for What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday - a chance to be as snoopy as you like, visiting hundreds of busy crafters' work-spaces to see what they're up to... Nosy Parker's heaven!  Head over to Stamping Ground, for Julia Dunnit's generous hosting of the WOYWW links, and you'll be hooked...

So, at the end of this week I'm heading back to the UK, and the crafting space I set up here in the Czech Republic will be dismantled so - as much for my own memories as anything else - I wanted to take the chance to document it.  (Really I should stick to one photo, but I'd like to remember this lovely summer of crafting, so apologies, and feel free to skip some!)

Here's the (thankfully nice and large) garden table we found very cheaply in the supermarket the day after arriving in the Czech Republic.  We'd been several days on the road, staying with friends in Germany en route, so I'd not been able to do any crafting at all, and I was like an addict needing their fix... very, very jumpy!  So finding a table was a priority!

Most of the regular supplies have been living on shelves made out of the wooden crates (free leftovers from the local market at home) I shipped it all here inside.  My luggage consisted of one bag of clothes and several boxes of craft stuff.  Got to get your priorities straight, you know.

There's another table in the corner of the room that my BigShot stands on, and under which is the large, flatter box in which all the papers were transported and have been stored for the duration.

On the desk are some bits and pieces being prepared for a HUGE project which I can't reveal yet - a wedding transformation which is all top secret (and I don't think my sister-in-law-to-be will be able to tell much from this, so I'm running with it).  Alongside all the other stuff I've been doing, there's been this major task also in hand.  After August 12th, I'll be able to share with you what I've been up to.

My stamps mainly live in the small wicker basket with some overflow in other places.  Precious Distress Inks right where I can reach them, and in the black shoebox are embossing powders, re-inkers, Distress Stains, Glossy Accents and little glue pots.  The big gold spray can is my water spritzer, recycled from its previous life into my crafting life.

So, in the next couple of days I'll have to say goodbye forever to my temporary workspace, pack all this back into the crates, load it into the car, and make it through another few days without being able to do any crafting... eek, already nervous at the prospect!  I'm trying to store up enough projects to be able at least to blog occasionally en route.  Total cold turkey would really send me over the edge otherwise... and I'll also be dependent on my visits to all of you to keep me sane!

I'm happy to have finally managed to join in a WOYWW (if rather late in the day), and I hope to make it along more often in future (though perhaps not for the next couple, given the travelling and the wedding preparations).  Thank you for stopping by, and now I'm off to nose round some other craftrooms!

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
George Bernard Shaw


Shelby said...

What a lovely work area! Safe travels on your way back to the UK


Francesca said...

Welcome to the snoopers of the world. Great space hope your new will be just as good. Safe journey to the uk Fracnesca #54

Laura said...

Lovely desk. Look forward to popping back when you are set up in the UK,
Have a good week,

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Hello there!!
Thank you for arriving at my desk by the Force of 8! I hope that the move back goes smoothly - how did you end up in the Czech Republic and did you enjoy being there??
Hope the few bits and pieces you pack for the road trip save you from crafting madness :)
I loved your Time artwork from the previous post, really fab. Very steampunky!
Hugs. LLJ #28 xx

Mari K. said...

I hope you are enjoying your first WOYWW! Thanks so much for visiting me and leaving the lovely comment! And you're not late, lol. I'm usually about #134, but was up early with the babies today so I got join a little sooner. Your work space looks lovely and fun! Have a lovely week and visit again soon! -Mari #85

famfa said...

Welcome and thanks for visiting me - one of the 8's!! Great space, hope you manage to move it all successfully. You took loads on your travels whereas i just bought my trusty craft bag stuffed full. Will remember to cond back to see where you get to and what you make.

Famfa 98

Morph Waffle said...

Hello fellow first timer! Goodbye old craft space! You have some nice light coming in that window! I like the different views around your desk and space!

Unknown said...

I pray traveling mercies for you. You have some great supplies... #102

Unknown said...

Great first post. Hope you make it to the UK without too many withdrawal symptoms!! Any craft shops on the way? Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 39

Anonymous said...

How amazing to spend some time in the Czech Republic, hope you got to see some of the sights and the countryside, it looks so amazing. Love your workspace, bet it's hard to pack it all up. Safe travels and welcome to WOYWW. Thanks for popping in.

Brenda 86

Inkypinkycraft said...

welcome to this fab and friendly group...you will love it and quickly become hooked i am sure! have a great week trace x

Victoria said...

I've only been taking part in WOYWW for a month and it is fantastic! I can be as nosey as I like, no one minds and everyone is so friendly! Lovely to see your crafting area before it is dismantled... surely something worth scrapbooking?! Happy WOYWW! Victoria no.25

catherine said...

Very brave to show your area and looks like there is a lot of creativity going on there. Mines so much of a mess at the moment I would cringe if anyone saw it!!
x catherine

Craftychris said...

Welcome to WOYWW! Thank you for sharing your workspace before it is dismantled. I hope you have a safe journey home and I look forward to seeing your new space when its all set up. xx #44

Anonymous said...

Oh that looks VERY interesting! :0)

fairy thoughts said...

welcome tp WOYWW
it must be a nightmare packing all your stuff up, what to leave until the last moment.
thanks for your comments on my blog, good luck with the wedding.
I must say though I found your page colours a bit difficult to read

House of Bears said...

You need a small travel fix bag to feed your addiction on the way. We get jittery paws if we don't craft often enough.

VonnyK said...

Welcome to WOYWW, it's a great place to visit. Glad you have your priorities straight with the luggage. Good luck with getting all that back safely and I hope you get some crafty bits done so you don't go around the twist.
Von #48

Andrea Small said...

ooh this is lovely - I've been trying to imagine it and now I don't have to. Good luck on the road xx

PaperArtsy said...

Welcome to WOYWW and how fantastic your crafty set up looks. But it's nice to know you are going to have a fresh beginning soon in the UK. Good luck!

Neet said...

So you are coming back to the UK - welcome back! How ingenious those crates have been - one would never have known that storage set off as a humble crate.
So much gong on and so many secrets that I am looking forward to it all being revealed.
Safe journey, happy trip, take care
Hugs, neet xxxx 8

Belinda said...

Welcome to WOYWW!! I joined a few months back now and I have to say, the people are so nice and super talented.

Thanks for stopping by my desk and saying such kind words about my craft room. That was the first post, I actually showed a bit of the room. I love it but I sure know how to clutter it up!! Looks like you set yourself up nicely. Rather nicely especially since it is temporary. Love the desk. I look forward to seeing more of you and hope you have a great weekend.
Take care,
Belinda (82)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Welcome to WOYWW! I totally get the priorities comment. Whenever I visit my parent's place I fret over the craft stuff far more than clothes. I like that your shelves were also used to bring the stuff over. Good idea and makes moving easier. Good luck with the move and may it go smoothly. I love the quote at the end of your post--it fits WOYWW to a tee!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Yes, a project (non-card) is fine for the A Muse challenge blog.

Thanks for being my newest follower. I just spent an hour updating my blog-I started and got distracted and didn't get back to it for an hour. I wonder if you could access it then? Just curious.

Claudia N. said...

Thank you for sharing, Alison!

Your desk looks like a little "home-area" to me. "Alison's transportable world of dreams and ideas".

Wish you a pleasant journey back home!!!

Greetings from Vienna,

die amelie

trisha too said...

Well welcome to woyww! I haven't been at it long, or every week, but it's fun when you can play and have a look around.

You have some lovely things going on here on your blog, Alison, I look forward to visiting with you more!