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Wednesday 5 December 2012


Brrr!!  Well, what do you know... it's been snowing!  That's pretty unusual for the outskirts of London in December.   I was up before 5 doing some insomniac crafting, and then was too chilled to get back to sleep again, so I've given in and decided to share What's On My Workdesk this Wednesday.  I had thought I probably wouldn't get round to joining in this week, but having just gained all these hours...  well, here I am, and here's my workdesk this morning: 

If you're not sure why I've capitalised all those letters, then hop over to the Stamping Ground where our hostess, Julia Dunnit will explain all, and join in with the craft world's nosiest bloghop!

I'm back home, delighted to be reunited with the rest of my crafty stash after nearly a month away with only limited supplies... and as a result I'm in the middle of about six different things.  

There's a children's board book which I started before I went away, covering the insides with torn up book pages.  Yesterday I started work on the cover using some Tim Holtz Kraft Resist papers.  

There's a tag which started completely by accident.  I didn't want to throw away the tissue tape that I'd used to secure my little £1 alphabet into its box for the journey back from Stratford upon Avon.  

Being only £1, it doesn't have a lid, and I found I had no tape with me except my lovely TH tape, so I had to use that.  When I peeled it off yesterday, there was no way I was chucking it in the bin, so I layered it on to a tag - so that's now ready for development.

There's a tiny little wooden box with a ship scene on it (just behind the tiny alphabet, on top of my other alphabet in its posh wooden box) awaiting alteration.

The main reason for my - very mild - insomnia (I spent years suffering from the real thing, so I don't like to take the name in vain) was an over-excited and busy brain: late yesterday, I was invited by the delightful Ignacio Molina to join his small team of designers working with the amazing images he produces over at Nicecrane Designs.  My brain got to work right away, turning over possibilities, and pretty much wouldn't leave me in peace.  So the other thing you can see are lots of lovely images which are on their way to being part of various projects... most of which weren't there at midnight last night.  Expect to see more very soon - possibly later today (yup, it's up now) if I don't fall asleep!!

For now, I'll wish you all a very happy WOYWW, and look forward to snooping round your way very soon!

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
Charlotte Brontë

If a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia, he'd make a fortune.
Griff Niblack


Inkypinkycraft said...

well congratulations Alison and not surprised your work is beautiful!! love the tging on your desk
thanks for sharing.
happy woyww trace x #33
p.s. I have festive candy

Apryl said...

Congrats on the new designing gig! I know what you mean about a busy brain :) Thanks for sharing your work desk this week.

#11 Apryl

Andrea said...

congratulations I hope you enjoy it sounds like you are already!... love your desk so much to see a beutiful feast for the eyes have a fab week hugs x#25

Helen said...

Well done! I woke early again today too, but was hot not cold - got to work to see snow falling (I'm not far from London) too... go away!!! Have a great day. Helen, 5

Neet said...

Congratulations on being chosen for another DT. I am not surprised you are being "head hunted" as you do such amazing work. Do try to get some sleep tonight though.
Thanks for the busy desk peek.
Hugs, Neet 46 xx

Andrea Small said...

Congratulations on new appointment :-) snow here too overnight - and black ice on roads. Lovely sun now though x

BJ said...

Thanks for visiting me today. Love the little bird toppers/stamps you have there and all the other various projects - know all about crafting in strange hours too! Congrats on your design team as well. BJ#47

Claudia N. said...

LOL, those invitations keep popping right in, Alison, don't they?

Huge congrats for that new possibility to show your awesome artwork in public!

Love your working desk! Thanks for letting me snoop!

Claudia x

Redanne said...

Charlotte Bronte's quote really suits you today then! Great news about the DT, you are going to be one busy lady - well done. Love looking at your desk, so many interesting things happening on it. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #49

Francesca said...

Not surprized, well done. Not in it this week, but still checking on my favs. Hugs Francesca

Unknown said...

Many congrats on the new gig.
So many things going on at the desk, busy little person you are.
Thanks for visiting me earlier.
Elaine #19

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

Well done! Lovely bits and bobs on your desk today! jenx

Annie said...

Sounds exciting but hope you sleep better tonight. I have night's like that from time to time....very tiring.
A x #42

Roudi said...

Congratulations! You're so lucky, it never snows here in Egypt! lol
Love your desk this week. Thanks for popping over! xx
Roudi #48

Ann B said...

Lots of beautiful and interesting stuff on the desk this morning so the sleeplessness was a good thing this time. Love what I can see of the boardbook - just wish I could climb into the picture and have a closer peek.
No snow for us yet (fingers crossed it stays away) but lots of frost on the grass this morning - the dog loves it, goes absolutely mental.
Thanks for dropping by this morning.
Ann B

Erika said...

Hi Alison thanks for the visit and congrats on the design work. Your desk looks all fab and inky with lots of different projects on the go.....much more exciting than mine!
Have a great Wednesday and happy crafting!
Hugs Erika.

KatzElbows said...

Congrats. My mind would be spinning too. I love that you're in the middle of lots of projects; makes me feel better about having various things on the go!

cheers, rachel #50

Jackie said...

Congratulations on. Joining a new. Design team I hope we get to see lots of things you do for it over the coming weeks.
Jackie 31

Nan G said...

Ooh look ata ll the goodies on your for real at home desk. Congrats on the DT position. And welcome home! What's the gold cylinder in the middle? Love the images you're putting on the pages. Nan (no # yet)

House of Bears said...

Congratulations on your new design team call, although we're not surprised. Your desk looks very busy. Haply crafting.

Love from the bears. Xxx

Hettie said...

Well done you for getting on a new DT - though not surprised. I would so love to come and have a good rummage on your desk. There are some lovely things there including a black and white card at the back with a text I would like to see the end of! How nosey is that!
Hugs and thanks again for becoming a follower. It does mean alot to me!

SandeeNC said...

Glad you got all your scrappy stuff back around you and congrats on the DT! Awesome! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Sunshine Girl said...

I always have about six projects on the go too! Nice to hear you have been visiting Stratford on Avon, thats just up the road from me and a lovely part of the world. Congratulations on being on the DT - I can see why you were awake early I am often up early thinking of crafty ideas too! Sunshine Girl - no 21.

Krisha said...

Seems your the only susrprised one at the invitation. Congrats and what wonderful goodies on your desk this morning.
Krisha #96

famfa said...

congrats on your new venture. how exciting. make sure you get some sleep though. alphabet for a pound (cant find pound sign on my keyboard - doh!) lucky you.
famfa (80)

scrappymo! said...

Congratulations on the new design team!
Your desk looks full of many wonderful projects. I like to have several choices to work on as well. Breaks up the boredom of always working on one thing till done!haha

Wished I could enlarge your pictures to see even more!!!

Annie said...

Lots of crafty bits Alison...you will be delighted to be back home. Congrats on the DT post I look forward to viewing your creations.

Hope you sleep better too

Take care
Annie x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Goodness! What a lot going on - I can see you're pleased to be back home! Been looking at what you've been up to but couldn't comment. Congratulations on the new design team! Chrisx

Julia Dunnit said...

Well congrats on the invitation, how exciting for you! Love that you're home and you've got all this stuff on the go...it makes me tired to think about it! Shame about the mild-or otherwise insomnia...as a post whose reaction to stress is to sleep, it's really hard to contemplate such a thing...all cold and quiet in the early day...ugh!

Laurart said...

I am not doing WOYWW this week but had to peek at your desk which looks as amazing as ever!xxxxxxx

Unknown said...

Lots going on in your own craft space this week. I don't blame you for not wanting to throw away the tissue tape and the bonus is you'll have completed another tag.

Karen McAlpine said...

There is no place like home! Really love that page on the right with the bird image. Congrats on the new design work!! I will pop over and take a look at the stamps. PS: love that blue piece with the pen nibs.
Karen 97

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Congrats on the design invitation! Richly deserved because you do produce exquisite work - that book you featured for example is a true work of art :) Good Luck with it all!!
Hugs, LLJ #30 xx

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Congratulations on your DT appointment - very well deserved. Hope it gives you lots of new inspiration to work with, but enough time to get some sleep too. Not sure I could cope with turning all those cards into New Year's cards, although my Christmas letter may turn into a New Year one yet again (and a lot shorter to save postage). Looking forward to seeing what you get up to with your new design team. Good luck. xx Maggie #62

Sandi McLean said...

Congratulations! Will be watching for your projects :) Great looking production going on...have a good week and some sleep! Sandi #121

Anonymous said...

Oh Well done you.
Love seeing your 'Home Desk'
Silvia #41

Shoshi said...

A fascinating desk, Alison. Like you, I do my best work late at night. I don't suffer from insomnia but run on a different internal clock from the rest of the world because of my M.E. Anything before 11 a.m. is still the middle of the night, though! Lol.

You are highly creative! Beautiful work.

Thanks for your visit. I just wish I had the opportunity and ability to go shopping in the US! I'd probably bring back enough stuff to stop the plane getting off the ground, though.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #55

505whimsygirl said...

London is getting our snow! We are way behind in snowfall. Most of our ski resorts haven't opened yet. It's a real bummer.

Have fun with the DT appointment! Very cool. That'll keep you busy.

Kay #100

lisa said...

What exciting news, you must be so thrilled. No wonder your brain has gone into overdrive. Many congratulations and so well deserved. Your art work is stunning.
It's really cold here but no snow much to DD's disappointment.
Hugs Lisax #56

trisha too said...

Congratulations to you, Alison, very fine news, and well deserved!

Thank you for stopping by this woyww, I appreciate your visit!

#100 this week
and making my woyww rounds a little late!

Lisa Minckler said...

Well as you can probably already deduce, my response is WOO HOOO!!!! :D
I apologize..hope that didn't wake you up. Sweet dreams and happy crafting when you return to your desk.

Darnell said...

Frist, congratulations, Alison, for the honor. I'd say the honor works both ways as I always find your designs and executions to be brilliant and enchanting!

Glad you're home safe. Thanks for coming by to visit me earlier! Have a wonderful (hopefully not entirely sleepless) week! Darnell #58

Darnell said...

P.S. As the comment flew by, I see that I used the rarely seen "frist" in place of the more commonly used "first." I'm sorry you had to see that.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Congratulations on being asked to join the design team. You do such beautiful and detailed work it is no wonder you were asked. Sometimes those middle of the night sessions at the craft desk come up with the best things! I can relate to the can't sleep because designs are rolling around in my brain. My brain gives me more talent credit than I deserve but it is all good.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting me. Just love the tag at the bottom right in the second picture very pretty. Hope the insommia is better now.
x Tricia #66