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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.

Probably my favourite craft right now is with parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

WOYWW - 148

Before I show you my desk this week, I want to thank all those who visited me to ask about my bee plague and, more importantly, how Flash is (Flash being the older of our two mad working cocker spaniels).  He is a week into his painkillers, and all of a sudden, he is bouncing around as normal.  He has lost his fear of going upstairs or up steps, and  his tail is wagging madly again.

Now, onto the main purpose of this post, - the state of my desk, for the weekly meeting of the WOYWWers, hosted by the lovely Julia..  You missed the five minutes when it was tidy on Monday morning.  I am now back to my normal state of doing five or more things at one time. 

You can see some of my meagre stash of Promarkers, in use colouring in some Clarity stamps, and some other images printed off last summer.  My big problem with these is that I really need a lot more of the fine nibs to do the more delicate work and I am having to swap them from one pen to another, trying to remember to remove the ink from one before I start using the second colour.  Red in the middle of pale yellow is not a good look!

I was colouring a card when I realised I did not have an Anniversary stamp to finish it off.  So I printed one off in the right colour, but I did not want a straight cut piece of card to stick on.  Out came the Cuttlebug and my one and only set of Nestabilities.  Step by step instructions were needed to work out how to cut and then to emboss the Happy Anniversary print out.   I cringe every time I put anything through for fear that I might break an expensive plate.  I did get it done safely, and I will show you the result once the card has been delivered.

I have also been busy printing the DVD's I have just copied - the Barbara Gray shows from this week.  The printer threw a wobbly in the middle and had to be told very firmly that the tray WAS in the right place and I did want it to print.  At the same time, the computer threw a different wobbly, insisting the I had to sign in to XMarks, not letting me do anything else.  A bit of internet research solved that one.  
Then the Silhouette  decided it needed an update.  It is all go round here.

I hope you all had a good week, and I apologise for how long it took me to get round all those who visited me, and to all those I did not get to - I hope to visit you this week.  Have a good week and a very happy Easter.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm having a time trying to leave a message on your blog. Not sure why. I had a chance to use some of those Nesties last week, and I was NOT impressed. Not for the money , anyway. Happy WOYWW from #6.

The Paper Princess said...

Thanks for the peek - happy WOYWW to you!

Ramona - #4
Create With Joy

Spyder said...

Glad little Flash is up and running about again, More Spell Binders, I'll add those to my wish-list! Thanks for my snoop, have a great crafty week!
HaPpY WoYwW!
((Lyn)) at #22

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maggie,

I'm glad your little sweetie is doing better! That's great that he's getting more mobile and not in as much pain. I wonder if he's on steroids?

Your desk looks very productive! Mine is a total mess. I'm not linking up this week but wanted to stop by and say hello and see what you're up to.


trisha too said...

Happy Easter to you, too, Maggie!


Tuire said...

Glad to hear that Flash is getting well!
Love those fine nibs for pro markers, too. I only have a few pro markers, so no problem with the nibs ;)
You have been very busy there!
Have a great day!
Tuire #42

peggy aplSEEDS said...

aww, it is still quite tidy since there is a lot of "desk" to be seen! glad to hear Flash is bouncing around!
happy WOYWW, happy Easter and thanks for sharing!
blessings and hugs from #19
peggy aplSEEDS

Lizzybobs said...

Thanks for sharing your space - Happy crafting lv Liz #45 ;o)

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...looks like your going to be doing lots of shading...glad the bees sorted and also glad your doggy feeling better...thanks for sharing...Mel :)

Helen said...

Ah technology! Hope you have better luck this week. Your desk is very tidy and I love the images you're working on. Helen 18

Beckyt said...

cant wait to see the anniversary card, thanks for sharing

Becky @68


Lunch Lady Jan said...

Glad to hear that Flash is better and the bees have subsided. That was a neat desk for a while, lol!! Hope you have fun messing it up again :)
Hugs, lLJ #7 xx

Neesie said...

Don't you just hate it when machines think they know best!
Your desk looks like your having fun.
Glad to hear about Flash on the road to recovery. My pooch had something similar I think...she loves to run and her knee popped out! Sounds horrendous and can happen but the meds worked and she's still flying across the ovals. Well flying as much as a mini shih tzu can I suppose.
Hope all your bee's have buzzed off.
Have a great Easter break and thanks for letting me take a peek ~ Neesie #32

jude said...

Glad you got the printer sorted and told em who's boss...lol
Have fab wednesday and creative week .hugs and Happy Easter Jude x 16

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Marg, up late again I see, lol. That Bee problem is unpleasant, I agree. Blogged about the roof today, as I haven't been able to do much crafting this week. Hope you are well, and better from your sting. Love Shaz xx Oh, I saw you were a winner at Craft a Scene! Well done Marg.

BetteK said...

SO glad Flash is feeling better ... had been wondering! I keep meaning to get some nesite-thingies but am still getting to grips with my first ever cutting machine and am not that brave yet! No rush ... I will get round to it eventually. Happy WOYWWing Maggie! Love Debbie #99 xXx

Miriam said...

You look as though you are having fun!!

Miriam #107

Gourdess said...

Glad to hear your fur babe is doing better and good to see your up to multiple creative adventures too! Happy WOYWW and Easter! warmly Tracy #28

CraftygasheadZo said...

Glad you're up and running, technology is fab...when we get it to work. Take care, & enjoy peeking at the WOYWW desks this week. Zo xx 78

Sunshine Girl said...

Glad to hear Flash is ok - I have promarkers but havent tried the nibs with them yet. Dont worry about the spell binders they are fairly hardy - thanks for sharing. Have a great Easter - Sunshine Girl No. 57

Judie savage-lovell said...

glad to hear hes bounching around again - thanks for the peep

Judie no 121

RosC said...

Hi Maggie. Glad to hear that Flash is up and at 'em again. Changing nibs must be a chore.
Making the anniversary message was a fine idea too. Trust Easter is peaceful.
Ros. #105

SuziesImaginarium said...

Sounds like you had a few technical glitches to overcome....but that's what makes life interesting isn't it? Looking forward to the finished card! WOYWW #31

Danielle said...

Glad that Flash is doing better. I know how much our pets mean to us.

That is a very intricate stamped piece on your desk. Have fun coloring! dani133

Twiglet said...

Sometimes the simplest things take ages when modern technology kicks off!! Such a cold snowy day here - I have been happily sewing and watching the snowflakes fall.

Hels Sheridan said...

Glad to hear Flash is on the mend... bless him! Have a lovely easter x

May said...

So glad wee flash is on the mend, Happy Easter Maggie, Hugs May x x x No11

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing and I am so happy to hear that Flash is getting better.

Linda xxx

sandee said...

Glad to hear that Flash is feeling better and the bees are under control! #44, waving hi from the hills of North Carolina and wishing you a Happy Easter :)

sandra de said...

That looks like a wonderful set of nestabilities. I know what you mean about modern technology .... quite infuriating at times.

Hardwick Creations said...

I haven't ventured into using nesties or spellbinders just yet. I think I've already got lots of craft equipment. Thanks for sharing. #35

Karen said...

Its great Maggie to hear that Flash has improved and seems so much better, plus a fab work desk :)

Sorry I am a bit late this week!! Have a fab WOYWW and a lovely Easter, Luv Karen xx #173

SophieNewton said...

Glad to hear Flash is on the mend. Love those Nesties, I only have one set too, but I keep being tempted by all the others...this could get expensive x
Sophie no.71

Peggy Cain said...

Just hopping by to check out your desk. thanks for letting me stop by have a Happy Easter
Peggy #122

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I used to fret so much about breaking the Cuttlebug plates in the middle of something that I bought a spare set. Here it is years later and I've never needed them. Having them relaxed me and made me realize that the creaking sounds from the CB are normal. I'm glad your desk is back to the 5 different things going on at once! Life's more fun that way.

Sam said...

Poor Flash! Glad to hear he is better. I realise I haven't been around to see you for a while so will have to play catchup over the weekend! I have been a little busy with the CC101 class!
I am so glad I am not the only one who only has one set of nesties but they are a bit salty especially as we both have the Silhouette! However the nesties are easier to pack for a crop! I think we have the same ones even!! Great minds and all that.....
See you later. Off to the land of nod now!
Hugs and Happy Easter!

Deb said...

glad Flash is doing well, I am the same as you, I hold my breath any time I use my cuttlebug convinced this will be my last cut!
thanks for sharing, Happy Easter, Debxx

mommyle said...

What a neat and tidy workdesk. I'm totally jealous!!!
fabulous print out!!!! looks great!

Elaine said...

Fab work space Maggie I'm Elaine , I have had a look at your blog posts you make some lovely creations Well done Hugs Elaine

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Maggie am with you on printing greetings saves worrying about stamps, your should see how marked and bowed my plates are and never broken one cant imagine doing it to be honest you would have to be very rough -and thanks for popping over happy WOYWW, Shaz in oz.x

Barb King said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looks like a fun, crafty space you have. Love the idea of the snippets cards, I've got plenty of those! Barb

fairy thoughts said...

hi Maggie
I don't know what I would do without my nesties now, My plates are sooo buckles and marked it's amazing but hey ho they still work brilliantly. dont be frightened of it, it's only a machine!
Thanks for your comments about the wedding Gecko, not sure how it developed but DD2 has one called tango and wanted her involved in the wedding ... hence a stamp is the closes the dear reptile is going to get!
I have other plans afoot nearer the time but can't say any more never know who is reading !!!
janet #56
PS I am a butterfly crafter too, that is a great description of what we do