Wednesday, 29 September 2010

WOYWW - here's what's on mine!

WOYWW or What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday - if you want to know more - and see a lot more, hop on over to Julia's Stamping Ground where basically you can get to have a nose around loads of workdesks and then won't feel so guilty about having a messy one yourself - of course, I don't mean messy - busy and productive, that's a much better way of looking at it!

I've just finished a cup of coffee.  Do you like my huge cup and saucer?    They're not biscuits by the side of it, but some dominos I've been altering into little Christmas decorations which will be gifts to fit inside some of the 25 matchboxes I've now finished altering for the Countdown to Christmas swap.

I'll do a seperate blog post with better photographs of the matchboxes once I've finished all the little gifts to pop inside.

So what else is on my desk?  Well, it was last minute decision on Sunday morning to go along to the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace (or AllyPally as it is so affectionately known).  I was only going to see if I could find a mini tag punch (yeah right!!) and after a serious assault on the old credit card, here's what I came home with .... and I didn't even find a mini tag punch!

It's all my husband's fault - he encouraged me to go and even chauffered me there - so really, what is a girl to do!  (I don't think he's realised how much I spent - yet - gulp!!)

My favourite stall there is LB Crafts and as I spent so much I even got some freebies!  The sample was made by Lin the owner of the store whose demonstrations are so inspiring and interesting to watch.  They also make you spend loads more money - but I'm not complaining (although OH may be once the credit card bill arrives!) 

Finally, the last thing on my desk I want to share with you is a little fabric heart I made using a Tim Holtz Alterations die.  I cut out two hearts in the main red fabric and one in the gold gauze and four wings in the gold gauze.  I stuffed it with some wadding and very roughly stitched around the edges with a gold metallic thread.  This will also be a Christmas decoration.  Here's a photo of the back and another of the front.   You can't see the wings very clearly in the photo, but there are two wings on each side of the heart.

Thanks for coming to see what's on my desk this week - last week was the first time I'd played along and I really enjoyed reading all the lovely comments (thank you) and of course looking at all the desks I got around to seeing (aren't there a lot!).

Happy Crafting!


Mandy aka Crafty Angel said...

so much to drool over!! that is come tag punch you found!!! love it!! loving all those match boxes, fair play to you dont think I would have the patience, wish I could make batches like you do, gorgeous gorgeous hearts, just adore the gold thread finishes. thanks for a great snoop, hugs mandyxx

Wipso said...

What fab stash that fell into your basket at Ally Pally :-) Hope you enjoy playing with it all.
A x

S said...

Great new stash - enjoy it!

Sue said...

Hi ya
oh lovely lot of stash, just a few bits like me!! lol gorgeous heart,have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Tracy Evans said...

Love your cup on the desk and those matchboxes look fantastic, can't believe you made 25, well done you. Love all your new stash, I really need to shop again now I have seen so much stash on display on everyone's desk LOL. Have a great Wednesday, Tracy Evans (18).

Sunset97 said...

i love your new stash and love what you have done with your matchboxes...!!! :) im working steadily on my matchboxes.... :)

i would be totally embarrassed to share what my workdesk looks like right i think yours looks quite nice.... :)

have a great evening... :)


Moy Yin said...

I can see that you have completed the altered matchbox project. They simply look gorgeous. I'd love to have one. LOL. I also love to see a very organised workdesk like yours. I think I will borrow your idea on the fabric heart. :P

Take care.

xx, Moy Yin(#111)

Helen said...

Think we probably bumped at LB Crafts - my fave too - I spent tons too.... lovely jubbly!

Ann Freeman (mafswife) said...

Loving your Ally Pall Spend up photos - we have several identical purchases. For a mini tag punch do you know an SU demostrator? That is where I got mine and it is super tiny! I love it! Thanks for sharing your craftyness!

Pam said...

So many projects. Love your Matchboxes. Mine are going in the mail today. Great shopping experience. Good idea to blame DH for encouraging you to spend, spend, spend. Thanks for sharing.

Meggymay said...

Love your match boxes. Fab goodies and some new TH dies, can see why you felt the need to use the plastic. xx

Linda Elbourne said...

Those little Christmas parcels look fab Sherry and what a great stash haul too :0)

Twiglet said...

Those little matchboxes look like fun!

Kristie said...

What wonderful new goodies you have to play with! You have a great hubby to encourage you to spend LOL!


Cor so much amazing stuff - the matchbox idea is brilliant and the hearts are probably so much more than TH intended they are fantastic :)

Deborah said...

Love ogling all your new stash (I decide to stay away from ally pally for the sake of my bank account)and the fab stuff you are making.

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

RE: Ally Pally - yeah right!!
Love the fabric hearts and fabby stash
Anne xx

Piddawinkle said...

ooh I love Ally Pally but had to ressit going this time, am being very good to save for Tim event, where I will buy everything in sight, its very hard though, love your stuffed heart how clever are you, now just want to see the cage and bird die one, LOL :) 121

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Luv the big cuppa!!
...and Wow, look at all that crafting stash! Fabby purchases!!
I went to Alley Pally on the Saturday :)Credit card took a bit of a bashing too!! :O
Loving the fabric heart!! Fab Xmas decorations!!

Jan x

minnie_mac said...

Love the match boxes and heart Christmas decs. Well done with the shopping !


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Gosh Sherry, I love everything you do, and those matchboxes are awesome. I came straight to your blog, not from WoYWW, so had a chance to see them in the next post.

That heart and wings are adorable. Fancy using die cuts with FABRIC. I am in love! What an awesome project.

Susan Allan said...

you have done some lovely work with lots more to do, it seems. Keep busy
Sue xx 15

Joanne said...

Tell you what, you send me all your stash, except the branch tree which I've got, and I'll send you a tag punch!!

Luv joanne xx

Anonymous said...

Seriously wonderful new stash, and I love how your little matchboxes turned out, still can't believe you had the patience to do 25 of them!


oneoff said...

Ahhhh...loads to look at here. I had the same stash problem at Artisan this week, although I did manage to come back with the item I intended to buy (as well as one or two other little bit and pieces...). I'm loving the winged hearts, and the matchboxes - they are a real labour of love.

Candace said...

you have been busy with all those matchboxes and buying such yummy stash

Hugs Candace #86

nerllybird said...

What a lot of work you've done on those matchboxes, they're gorgeous. I absolutely LOVE your little fabric hearts, as well, they'll look awesome on the tree! Thanks for sharing, all these AND your stash haul, lol!
Helen (16)

Gini said...

So glad you had a wonderful time!
Amazing match boxes Sherry, I think you get a medal for making all those!
Love your tea cup too :-)