Wednesday, 17 July 2013


Well, better late than never, I suppose. This heat is doing my head in, and it was 7 p.m. before I remembered it was Wednesday and What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday day! For full details of this most nosy blog hop where we all spy on each other’s work spaces, please click the link in my sidebar.

I still haven’t got anything on my workdesk – but I have got a workdesk at least! Work is progressing in my new ARTHaven. This is how it looked on Monday.

05 Top Shelf Painted

Andy was busy putting in the top shelves connecting the wall units, and painting them white to match.

Also this week I’ve finished painting the shabby chic shelf unit I got from Ebay, which is going above the fireplace, as the focal point for my display area. Here it is being painted – I wasn’t happy with the way it had been artificially distressed in places where distressing wouldn’t naturally happen – a mistake, I think.

01 Painting the Shabby Chic Shelves

It has now had several coats of white paint, and once it’s had a final coat of matt acrylic varnish, I shall ask Andy to put it up for me.

Today my new video camera arrived. For a long time I’ve been far from satisfied with the old one which was second hand, and used tapes. It worked OK but it made my computer crash, and when the interface was achieved, it kept cutting out. It also saved video in a format that my video editor didn’t recognise so every video had to be converted. The whole process was a nightmare, and adding to the equation the pathetic “broadband” speeds we suffer here, uploading to Youtube took hours. When we move, we will have decent speeds, and I shall be well away! The camera is very compact, smaller than the old one, uses SD cards, and is very easy to use, and the quality of both picture and sound seems excellent. None of my loyal Youtube subscribers will know what’s hit them once I get going with it!! Thank you Lindsay the Frugal Crafter for recommending this camera to me – she recently got one and has been singing its praises. She’s doing videos practically every day now!

I am going over to the new house again tomorrow and I expect great progress will have been made since Monday! Watch this space for more photos.


  1. You are one lucky lady with all the new work space, camera etc. etc. You must have been a good girl.

  2. Ah - there you are :-) The new haven is looking sooo scrummy. What an awesome place to work in.... hmmmm.. think I'll sneak over there and move in :-D

    Happy WOYWW and thank you for letting me visit :-D

    IKE xxxx #33

  3. Wow it's looking even fabber - is that a word? LOL Can't wait to see next photos. Only just realised you have a You Tube Channel. Am off to have a nose :-) Anne x #69

  4. Congrats on the new camera and the progress your new workspace is making. I don't understand peoples ideas of distress cause most is just beating up the piece and not adding anything to it. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Vickie #121

  5. The storage in your new studio is going to be incredible. I also love your shabby chic shelf. Although it's a lot of work, it's always exciting to move into a new place. Congratulations on your new video camera. Blessings!

  6. So exciting Shoshi.Heard it was very hot over your way.After such a cold start to Summer, this must be a shock.
    Isn't it exciting seeing things taking shape. Must try out your Zentangle pattern from many posts back.I loved that one).
    Sending e-mail too.
    Judy #12 xx

  7. Your space looks wonderful and how lucky are you to have a new camera !!!

  8. First, TY for your lovely comment. Your new work space is coming along very nicely. I love that Shabby Chic shelf you have redone. That is beautiful. That paper I created with scraps was an AHA moment. I've thrown out so many scraps in the past yr since getting into this whole Art journey. I have to say that gluing down all those scraps is a project in itself though. I have to admit that I am happy with how it turned out. So I bet you are getting more and more excited as your new house gets closer to completion. I can't wait to see your new room all filled up. Have fun with your new camera. (((HUGS)))
    WOYWW #3

  9. Oh wow! Your new work space is looking fabulous! Happy Wednesday ... better late than never! :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner@96)

  10. oh wow just look at how well your crafting area is coming on in your new home it is going to be so much fun for you putting everything in there.
    Good news with your camera look forward to seeing what you do with it
    Have a great day and enjoy the rest of your week with this lovely weather
    Ria #75

  11. It's looking great and I am so jealous lol
    Bridget #71

  12. Wow, what a heavenly space this is for your work... I'm sure you're jumping anxiously to get going when finished! And congrats on your new camera :)
    Hugs, Wendy #121 (now that may be confusing, for Vicky has her name with 121 too, but she actually got 122, I think I was a second earlier in linking up, lol)

  13. You must be leaping about with excitement at that lovely new space growing before your eyes! Great little shelf too, can't wait to see it hanging above the fireplace! Annette #8

  14. Wow that space is looking so awesome, you are sooooo lucky wish it was mine. Pleased to hear that you are happy with the camera and Lindsay does have good advice, one amazingly tallented lady. Anyway thanks for letting me visit it has been great.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza 26

  15. I was totally convinced that I had left you a comment but it isn't there. Never mind, I had another visit with you. I hope your building work goes well. My poor roofers are really suffering up there in all this heat, but they have still worked on and completed the main roof. Just the porch and the dining room roof to do now on this job. I have several other smaller jobs lined up for them after. Have a great time with your new worldwide. xx Maggie #18

  16. I have missed you for weeks and now I find you showing us your new craft haven. Looks absolutely fabulous and I can't wait to see more as it progresses. Hugs, Neet xx 14

  17. Wow your new space looks fabulous, I can't wait to see how it looks filled with all your crafty goodies. I hope the rest of your renovations go smoothly you and are finished in no time. Happy WOYWW! Danie #34

  18. Happy Belated WOYWW, Shoshi! I'm over the moon excited for you to be getting your new house and in it, your own unbelievably awesome Art Haven!! Blessings to you! It looks absolutely divine and I can't wait to continue this journey with you!!

    Thank you for coming by the Playhouse earlier! Have a wonderful week! Darnell #20

  19. Wow, what a fabulous room. That is storage heaven. You are going to be so happy in there when it's all finished. Looking forward to seeing the wonderful things you make in the new room.
    Have a great week and thank for visiting.

  20. I've been reading through several posts of your ART Haven. I'm not only impressed, I'm in awe. You are really going to be in ART HEAVEN.

    Thanks for visiting me earlier. I’m not sure how late LATE is, but I’m here to wish you a beLATEd WOYWW from #2.

  21. I've been following your new journey with interest Shoshi, how exciting for you all! LOVE your new Haven, you're going to have such fun in there, but it's also fun seeing it all come together. Although it's warm in England, the good weather means the builders can crack on at your new house!



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