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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, 3 October 2012

WOYWW - 174

I cannot remember when I last saw the whole of my cutting mat, but it is a long time.  Not only that but I have actually put away most of the stuff that usually lives there, in fairly sensible places, although I have now lost one complete batch of melt dust. and the papers that go with it.  I do have faith that it will turn up.  Anyway, this clear state of affairs did not last very long, as I now have all the things I need to teach a friend on Thursday.

I now have a large tray in situ, containing all the things I need (I hope), but she is coming to me son it will not take too long to find anything I have forgotten - as long as I do not need the melt dust.  These photos were taken about 17 minutes after midnight so I think they count as Wednesday.  We shall be working with the Clarity Oast House kit, and trying different methods of colouring and creating the background.  If you look, you can see my crib sheet that I have worked with today to give us a start.  I was not too sure about the correct colour of hops so I downloaded a picture  and printed it for our use. 

You might also pick out the ink pads ready and the Splodge mat for use with the brayer.  I also dug out just 6 Promarkers.  I want to keep the palette simple and very limited.  We shall also have a go with a make up brush, and sponges to get the background right.  I hope it all works out and my friend has fun, which is what it should be all about. 

I am off to bed now, but I hope to meet you all at Julia's Place for a coffee and a nice piece of cake maybe a bit later, and a wander round to see what you are all doing this week.  See you soon.  xx


okienurse said...

OMG! What a neat and clean desk. I think I have that same mat in green but it will be awhile before I can get the desk cleared to be sure. Have fun at your class. Have a great week. Vickie #22

Redanne said...

Wow, a very tidy desk indeed, think I may have to invest in one of those Splodge mats, seems everyone who uses it raves about it! Hope you have fun crafting with your friend. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #13

JoZart said...

Oooh1 Maggie, how lovely and tidy you are, well done. It's tidy but still lots of lovely stash to spy on too.
glad you are thinking of making an Afghan blanket. I got fed up stitching the granny squares together so the wave/ripple is really therapeutic and much easier. No need for a pattern and there are lots of easy to follow videos on Youtube for the ripple. It's just straight rows of trebles
You hook two trebles together twice (thus decreasing 2 stitches),
treble three,
then make three trebles into the next stitch
all along the row.
The decreases create the dip in the ripple
and the increase makes the rise.
Just DO IT!! You'll love it once you start and you'll be thrilled with the results..
Good luck Jo x

BJ said...

Thanks for stopping by Maggie, I do like to see a clean and tidy craftplace, just right for working on. Have a super time with your friend, BJ#6

Shazsilverwolf said...

Occasionally have a tidy, see my green mat & loose things I tidied away-I think it must be a crafter thing! Find three things, lose two.
Looking forward to Paris, one place I've always wanted to go. Speak soon, love Shaz xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Good grief, thought you were moving for a minute - panic!! I'm sure you'll have a lovely day with your friend and that she'll really appreciate your time and preparation efforts...it really does pay off. I couldn't tell you about the colour of hops without help either!

sandra de said...

OMGoodness that is very neat and tidy. Although it looks like you have plans to turn it all upside down very shortly Enjoy...
Sandra @73

donnalouiserodgers said...

I am constantly nagged by my son to keep more 'white space' on the desk - I am truly impressed by your vast expanse of green space, and to be so organised with your tray - double brownie points for tidiness!,

dx 76 ( thanks for the visit)

Helen said...

Love the hops - am sure you will have a great time and your friend will love her lesson! Helen, 4

House of Bears said...

I spy a green mat. We lost most of our mat this week too, under piles of to do stash.

The bears @#75

lisa said...

Now that's what I call a clean desk, Maggie.
You sound very organised for your friend. It sounds like she's going to have a lovely time and I hope you share the project you create with her next week.
Hugs Lisax #40

Twiglet said...

All neat and tidy and raring to go!! Hope you have a lovely time and create some lovely things. x Jo

Samantha Elliott said...

Ooo! What a lovely clear desk just crying out to be messed up!! love the image you are using. Have fun with your friend tomorrow.
Hettie 118 xx

sandee said...

That mat looks so purty and clean! lol How long will that last? The mess is slowly and surely creeping back onto my clean desk, but I am fighting the good fight and trying to tame it! Speaking of losing things, I have been looking for a pair of tweezors for ages, if you find them, let me know and I'll keep an eye out for your melt dust ( is that like embossing powder? ) waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

My name is Cindy said...

Aren't you good! Nealt fell over when I saw a whole cutting mat, very rare! Hope you and your friend have fun. Thanks for popping by to see me, Cindy #46

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your desk. I hope you have a fabulous day with your friend on Thursday.

Linda xxx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love being organised so I'm with you on that point. I hope that you and your friends have a great day together!!
Thanks for dropping by!!
Hugs, LLJ #1 xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Maggie, I bet that's the tidiest desk we will see this week :) And you seem to have thought of everything for the session with your friend - it sounds like fun. Hope you have a good week and happy WOYWW, Elizabeth x #49

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Jealous, jealous, jealous! You can see the top of your desk! And everything is put away in a sensible place. You know, if your friend fails to show you can always pop 'round to my place and I'll let you do the same to my area. I'll even keep the cranky kitty away. Have fun playing!

Angie said...

I bet you felt better for rediscovering your mat ....if only for a brief moment. I have just had a catch up on a few past posts ...such beautiful cards/xx#38

RosC said...

Hello again Maggie.
It seems an age since I lobbed into your space, and what a clean green space it is!
It sounds great fun to teach someone the ropes in something that you enjoy and know well. How organised you are. I did have a look at your splodge mat post with lovely stamp pictures. Very inspiring to see the way you put the picture stamps together.
All the best,
Ros #35

RosC said...

Me again...
by the way, I looked up Barbara Gray and enjoyed her skill and lovely sense of silly.

Tracey said...

Sorry I am late, I just get so engrossed in all the blogs that time runs away with me, oh, I havent been here since yesterday lol. I love your clean and tidy desk and I know what you mean about putting things away and not finding them for a while but its lovely when you do find your things again. I hope you and your friend had fun and what is a splodge mat? I must go and investigate. Tracey ±93

Jackie said...

Love your tidy desk...mine is a tip at the moment. Thanks for dropping by my blog :) x

MiniOwner said...

What a nice tidy workspace - well doen for getting organised. Canb yiou see if my Washi tape is with your missing stuff when you find it? LOL I've enjoyed my visit albeit a day late!
Sue x (MiniOwner #147)

RosC said...

Hi Maggie,
Something went quite wrong with my first message to you, the one before "Me again...". It hasn't appeared and I'm not sure what I said.
Suffice to say, I do like your green space, and I think it will be fun to show someone else how to do what you love and know lots about. Have a lovely time together.
Ros. #35

Queenie Jeannie said...

I love a cleared space!!! So helpful with keeping your crafting mind, clear, lol!!!

Happy Sponging!