Wednesday, 10 December 2014


To find out how you can leap in and experience the fun of What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, click on the WOYWW logo in my sidebar, and you will miraculously arrive at our hostess Julia’s blog, where you will find full details.

Again, my apologies for having visited so few desks last week, but when I got the opportunity I was working flat out on my recycled mini-album in order to get it finished before Thursday when my sister (and hopefully my niece) are coming, and I can give it to my niece then. Success! It is finished!!

My desk this week.


As you can see, it is remarkably tidy. After finishing the album, I had to make a card, and then I had a massive clear up and put loads of stuff away, ready for whatever I am going to tackle next. Not sure what that will be yet, because with the dreaded C just over the horizon I have to do some other things. Also, I am pretty exhausted now, having pulled all the stops out to finish the album, but I’m so glad I did!

At the back of the craft sheet you can see the pile of embossed card and alcohol ink backgrounds I did a while back. I think I should work on these and get some cards made up for my stash before I do anything else, but I do want to make some more soap before Christmas. On the pull-out unit on the right is my felt making box (still in utter disarray since the final felt class – no time to do anything about that!) – the box is just dumped there to be out of the way because I had to alter some more bedding on my sewing machine this p.m. You can also see (on the right) my new kitty squad stamp, still not unmounted from its wood block.

I haven’t forgotten that I have not yet posted photos of the last 2 soap making classes – too much else going on! I’ll try and do a post soon. The last class is tomorrow. Here’s the card I have made for the teacher, which I hope they will all sign:

08 Finished Card

It’s got 2 printed images (the soap an internet download and the duck a photo of one of my hubby’s ducks from his bathroom lol!) cut out and stuck down, and Ryn’s wonderful water droplets stamp, and some glass bead gel medium to make it more sudsy. I photographed it against one of the scratch papers I created while making the album. I also made a custom sized envelope for it, using my recently acquired envelope punch board.

My hubby broke his wrist a few weeks ago and is in a cast, and has been told definitely that he is not allowed to drive, which is presenting us with some problems – we have got to take a taxi to our friend’s on Christmas day but it’s not quite as frighteningly expensive as I’d feared, but bad enough! My hubby has arranged transport with a neighbour for my class tomorrow, and he’s got to take Mum on the bus to the surgery on Friday – what fun and games that will be! I can’t remember when she last travelled by bus. (Lady Muck.)

Here’s the final page of my album, after which I also did a page giving details of how it was made, and some blank pages (with just the signature black and white borders) for notes. You can read the final post about it here.

42 Final Page

I am hoping to make a video slideshow of the completed pages, and how the book was constructed.

Have a great week everybody, and I hope in the midst of the usual seasonal busyness that you will all find time to be creative and feed the inner man/woman!


  1. Yor desk looks very organised. I hope your hubby can drove soon. You realise how much we rely on cars when we don't have them.

  2. Yay for finishing your album, Shoshi! The two last pages turned out beautiful and very touching to include the last photo of granddad. I'm sure it will be treasured by the recipient for ever! I will miss seeing new pages though, but you'll just have to start a new album! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #40

  3. Hi Shoshi, so sorry to hear about Hubbys wrist- it's only when something like this happens that we realise just how much we rely on everything being 'normal'! Love the card you've made- perfect for the subject. Love the Ryn stamp, and I recently bought the new U/m plate of various water droplet stamps she's released, from Oyster stamps. It does duplicate the one droplets stamp I already have, but I can live with that. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #11 xxx

  4. You have been busy and your desk is so clean and organized! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #56

  5. Doesnt it feel good to finish a project, I still have the wedding cards to do.
    BTW your blog has that dreaded house number verification that google automatically put on, if you wanted to get rid of it change your comments/email section to embedd
    Bridget #36

  6. Wow, I love all your doodling on the album. Looking forward to seeing the slideshow of the whole thing.

    So sorry to hear of your hubby's broken wrist and the ensuing transportation trials. :(

    Happy creating and happy Woyww,

    Sandy #31

  7. Hell Shoshi. Congratulations on finishing the album - it looks fabulous. So sorry to hear about your husbands wrist. Happy WOYWW Anne x #29

  8. Your book is so beautiful. I hope you can show us a slide show. The card is so cute! I love that stamp it works so well with the duck!
    Gabriele 23

  9. Sounds like you two are adjusting quite well to your hubby's broken wrist. Hope it heals quickly! Absolutely LOVE the ducky picture! The drops looks so realistic! Hope you have a great week and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #51

  10. Looking forward to the slide show Shoshi. The book is wonderful.
    Bus ??? What's one of them. I'm with your Mum on that one haha
    Lynn # 30

  11. Your book is truly beautiful, and such a lovely and touching final page. You must be so happy you achieved your goal and finished it before Christmas. I love the card you made for your tutor - I love that stamp and purchased it after seeing it on your blog a while ago - typical of me, I haven't used it yet, but you've made me want to dig it out and do something with it! It is so perfect for the subject of soap and bubbles!
    Hope your hubby is on the mend and not in too much pain - what a horrible thing to happen to him. I'm looking forward to seeing your next project now - no pressure!!!

  12. Your book is beautiful, your niece will love it for sure. I love the card you made for the soap making teacher. Every time I see that water droplet stamp I want it but I'm hopeless with stamping, so I'll just dream about it :) So sorry to hear about your hubby breaking his wrist, hope it heals soon. Must be hard without a driver. Have a wonderful Christmas, I'm on a break for a while.
    Von #28

  13. I'm so sorry to hear your mum is unwell and in hospital - I hope she is improving - it must be a worrying time for you. I cared for my mum for quite a few years while she had regular TIA's which caused vascular dementia. The TIA's caused a change in my mum's personality - it was a hard time for all of us, and my heart goes out to you and your family. Take care of yourself,

  14. Hi Shoshi, pleased to hear you have finished your mini-album. Sounds like you have your hands full.
    It's my turn this week to get behind with the visits, will have to make up for it next week, hopefully.
    Happy crafting and thanks for the visit, Angela x


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