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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

WOYWW - 139

Before I show you my desk this week, I just have one thing to say - YIPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!  (Apologies to the punctuation police, but I don't care)  We got home very late last night, just checked the emails before shutting the computer down for the night, and found a lovely email from Di to tell me that I had won Sandra's Rudolph Challenge for this month.  I was so chuffed.


Now I had better fulfil the purpose of this post on a Wednesday, which is to show you all my very messy desk for this week.  I apologise for the poor quality of the pictures this week.  They are from my phone, mainly because I was too busy (idle) to come downstairs and then go back again with the proper camera.  You can see the stuff left over from creating my entry for Less is More this week, which took four attempts to get right, so there was a lot of left- overs.  They will need to be gathered up and used up in Snippets cards for Di's playground  - lots of small cards, I think.


I have also been experimenting with making flowers from different sizes of hearts, so there is one version at the base of my beloved Ottlite.  This second photo shows some of the rejects before they get chopped up, and the papers I used for the flower.  I created that from a photo of a beautiful Rosa Mundi from our garden, which I blew up and printed both sides before punching the hearts out.

The other main thing you can see is to do with my latest non-crafting project, which is to convert some of our book collection to PDF's to transfer to our Kindles.  Several of our favourite authors do not seem to be appearing in the Kindle library, so we are using the Windows 7 voice recognition software to read the books into the computer to transfer later.  At the moment, it is slow, and I could type four times faster, but you do need to persevere to teach it to understand you.  I am hoping it will get quicker - we will see.  Hence the headset with the microphone attached.

The rest of the week is getting quite busy, with an optician's appointment amongst it all, and some work on a friend's computer., and a teach in with her on how to use some of the programs she has to make better use of them.  I tend to use a combination of two graphics programs - Roxio Photosuite and My Craft Studio.  With those two, I can do most things I want, to manipulate images.  I like to use as many of my own photos as possible, especially some of the vintage family ones, but they do need computer treatment before use.

OK, folks, that is all for this week, so it is time you went on your way round all the other desks on show over at Julia's desk exchange.  Do have fun, and thank you all for your lovely visits and comment this week.  I will try to return the visits as soon as possible.

28 comments:

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

HAPPY WOYWW Maggie!

You sound like one busy lady!

Lovely to hear how excited you are by winning my little challenge!

All the best,
Sandra x

jude said...

Thanks for sharing your busy craft area.Your a busy bee alright. Have fab wednesday and creative week
judex55

Lisa-Jane said...

Goodness you are busy! Looks like you have some wonderful light coming in your window.

BetteK said...

Well done on winning the challenge Maggie!!!! Now do please forgive my stupidity (you usually manage to overlook it!!!) but if you are reading-out-loud books to put on your Kindle doesn't that mean you have already "read" the book and so don't need to read it again on the Kindle? Or are they favourite books that you want to read over and over again? Love Debbie xXx #84

butlersabroad said...

Well done on the challenge win! That Kindle project sounds like a long term commitment! Pretty heart flower, I've made tissue flowers for the first time this week!

Hugs
Brenda 115

Laura said...

Hi, what a busy desk today, congratulations on winning the Rudolph challenge, I can see your delighted. Have a lovely Wednesday. Laura

Stephanie said...

Congrats on the challenge! I love hearing the word "chuffed"--not something I hear here in Massachusetts often! :)

Karen said...

It sounds like you have a busy week Maggie! Congrats on your win, that's great news :)

Have a fab WOYWW and a great week, Luv Karen xx

Di said...

So glad I caught you with the email before you went to bed - well done again on the win Maggie! Reading your WOYWW made me feel ready for bed myself - wow, you have so much on the go there!

Aren't those heart flowers fun? I wonder if they were punched out of paper and then scrumpled before being stuck together if the result would be quite shabby chic (it would be shabby at the very least - grin!). Di xx

Anne-marie said...

Thank you showing your busy craft area. Well done on winning
Anne-marie x no 136

CraftygasheadZo said...

Looks fab, hope the book reading goes well. Hope you enjoy this WOYWW. Zo x 89

Polly Polkadot said...

That is very good making your own audio books. Well done on your win too.

Bernie said...

Congrats on your win, Maggie! Blogger has finally allowed me to so I am your latest follower.
Blessings Bernie

Shazsilverwolf said...

Busy Bee this week Marg! Love your mess, sorry, stash, lol. Congrats on the win, too.Love, Shaz

Twiglet said...

Brill - well done on winning the challenge. Have a good week.

Craftgirl said...

You have been busy.The kindle project does sound long winded but I can see where you are coming from.
Happy WOYWW
Carol

Craftgirl said...

You have been busy.The kindle project does sound long winded but I can see where you are coming from.
Happy WOYWW
Carol

Lou said...

Congratulations on winning 'Rudolf' day challenge, A wonderfully inspiring desk full of crafting goodies, hope you lovely week hugs Lou E @ #26

May said...

You have been busy Maggie, congrats on your win whoop ,whoop, enjoy, Hugs May x x x x x

Sam said...

Well done for winning the Rudolph Day Maggie. You do realise you will have to keep up now don't you? LOL!
Busy desk there! Good luck with the voice thingey - told you about that last week and mobile phones!
I use Picasa for my photo editing - quick and easy and pretty good - oh! And FREE!! Woopee!

okienurse said...

WOW you sound like one busy chica! Love all the heart flowers I am seeing. Congrats on the win! I am offering up some blog candy so come leave a comment on my blog and get a chance to win! Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Vickie #90

scrappymo! said...

You are one busy lady...bet you are never bored!

Congrats on winning your award! Wish you lived near me...I am hopeless at using my graphics programs...

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Maggie, A Huge congrats on the blog challenge win - saw it myself earlier in my browse around and said it was a worthy win, dear blogging buddy. You are a very busy bee buzzing around doing many things indeed you are not letting the grass grow under your feet are you - have not even a Kindle, Ipad or or even a smart phone - yet! and to be honest wondered why you read books to go on the kindle when you already have the book? which you must read to put it on in the first place.. I guess it must be a super fav. one to get that treatment! thanks so much for popping over, and for sharing. Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #21

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Congratulations on winning! That is exciting! It must be terribly tedious to transfer books to the kindle and I'm really wondering why you have to if you have the book?!!! Patsy from
HeARTworks

RosC said...

Hi Maggie. It's a pleasure to be visiting again. Life's been busy ++ but I've missed my blogging and fallen behind with my art work.
I do like the anniversary card with rose, very much.
I've had some experience with voice recognition software although not the Win7 version. It's very pains-taking and I think the outcome has to be necessary for the investment of time and patience. I used Dragon Speaking Naturally to record my Dad's war diaries and at some point, the program refused to recognise the dictionary of names and acronyms. Now Dad has died and I don't have that reference for the rest of the project. Super sleuthing needed.
Hope you're fine.
Ros. (180)

Sheena said...

A lovely messy desk!
I'm working my way through this weeks WOYWW - I’m over half way through now!

Sheena
xxx

Danielle said...

Wow, you are one busy lady! Lovely desk space - i like the cubes behind your desk. Danielle #22

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

is that syringe I see tucked under some stuff on your desk?

thank so so much for your lovely comment on my blog. Bless you