What’s on your Workdesk, Wednesday 778

Hi hi!

I’m back again for another WOYWW hosted by the lovely Julia, and hoping very much to get into a good rhythm this time around.  We’ve been on a wonderful holiday to Koh Samui (coming soon to a scrapbook near you), I’ve got over our post-holiday blues, and I’ve collected another couple of health diagnoses in the two weeks that we’ve been back. My ‘favourite’ one is “proud balls”!! It’s not an official diagnosis – you won’t find it on the NHS website & I don’t suggest Googling it, but I did snort when the podiatrist told me that that’s why I have so many issues. Anyway, you didn’t pop in to chat about my feet – (bleurgh!) so lets have a look at the desk shall we?

Do not adjust your sets (do people say ‘sets’ anymore?), there is actual crafting going on here! I was at a CAMHS event last week (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) where we spoke about ‘glimmers’, those tiny almost insignificant moments of “ahhh…”, things that make you smile, etc. I fell in love with that word and told the lovely lady introducing it (Courtney) that I’d make a notebook to record them in.

Fast forward to yesterday and I came across a free mini class by Consie Sindet talking about a daily-ish practise of art journalling in a very mini format. Each page is like one of the squares we’ve been seeing in people’s larger journals and I thought I could add a snippet of text on top to record the ‘glimmers’. I guess it’s a bit like a very mini version of gratitude journalling which might feel a bit overwhelming for some people.The little booklet she made (it comes with a print out to make it super-easy) reminded me of the single page mini-books I used to make as little gifts so I went with it. So far I’ve folded, cut and concertina-ed the single sheet of 12×12 so I just need to stick the couple of folded mini-pages that occur inside. I decided to add a ribbon closure so I grabbed my ridiculous tin of ribbons and selected the first one of a suitable size that I put my hand on – no over-thinking, just do it. I ‘chose’ a very old American Crafts cross grain with a few different colours on it so I now have a palette to help me narrow down my supplies. Just behind the tin you can see my folder of scraps that I meant to file but I’m now going to go through it and select a few different papers to create my little collages from.

So what else is on my desk? Rugby admin bottom left, health admin top left (IKR?!), a palette which may now be beyond rescue with remnants of solid paint from my unfinished swatching project, and then bottom right is a pile of lists including research for a potential return to study.

As always this photo is actually how I left it Tuesday evening but this morning there’ll need to be a bit of shuffling for this…

Meet Chip, who after a visit last week will be joining me Wednesday while his owner is at work. We met on Tinder. No no, that’s not right… it was Borrow My Doggy! He’s a fairly passive dog who needs to be close to someone and doesn’t need much exercise. I’m hoping once he’s got to know us / our home that he’ll learn that this is ‘his’ blanket & then he’ll settle on the floor. It’s not the most ideal tail for an artists desk! Today we’ll be exploring the garden a bit too.

Talking of the garden… remember the big hole? Well after 8 weeks we have finally said goodbye to the contractor putting the soakaway in. He made such a mess and every time we asked him to put it right he would destroy something else or leave a different mess! In the end we thought we’d be better off clearing up ourselves. The muddy area has been well seeded and has started to show signs of life so we can only hope it recovers. And looking at the photo here I’ve just spotted that he has missed putting the half sleeper stone back in at the bottom of the step! Doh!

Do look out for a visit from myself and Chip on our tour of the desks a little later. Put the kettle on won’t you, but no biscuits please as I desperately need to lose weight & make it easier on the proud balls…

Bye for now xx


  1. Angela Radford on 1 May 2024 at 10:38 pm

    Just got back and found your link was working as I didn’t seem to be able to access your blog earlier. Your friend Chip looks sweet but what a lot of hair! I like the look of the daily-ish art journalling and will pop back later for a better look. Pleased you’ve managed to nearly get the garden back to normal too. Happy woyww Angela x123x

  2. Michelle on 2 May 2024 at 1:02 am

    Thanks for the visit. That’s certainly a conversation starter when discussing your health, I hope you’re not in too much pain.
    I love the idea of putting your glimmers into a notebook, those insignificant moments that make us smile are priceless and over in a blink. great inspiration. Chip looks cute and I hope it wont be long before he settles into a comfy spot Happy woyww Michelle #19

  3. Angela on 2 May 2024 at 10:28 am

    Glad your garden is getting back to normal, it’s so annoying when people don’t complete the job! Arrived at our first site of the year yesterday. Beautiful views. The wind started in the evening, kept going all night, then about 7 am two of the bands holding the awning down snapped and as my husband was trying to do something, the awning flipped over the caravan! Disaster, ripped awning, broken poles! What a start to the holiday! Angela #15

  4. Spyder on 2 May 2024 at 1:50 pm

    Chip looks sooo cute! I walked two dogs yesterday, I know I’ve retired from dog walking, but I do miss it, so its nice just to go out and play ball for an hour or so and then return them to their owners. The grass will return! Have a great week, Happy WOYWW!? ((Lyn))#16

  5. BJ on 2 May 2024 at 3:38 pm

    Oh don’t get me talking about feet – have loads of issues with mine, they don’t make shoes my size at all, can take a good year to wear new shoes in!! The mini book looks great, I’ll have to have a go at one now….I wonder, could I make it last a month??? The contractor was a bit of a pickle, just can’t get the staff these days can you. Hope the grass sorts itself out soon. As for the paper making, I have loads of patterned papers too, but I really enjoyed making my own. I think the former are more for scrapping and card making and the latter for art journaling for me. If you have texture paste and stencils, I’d recommend having a go at that, it’s fun, amazing and jolly useful. Hugs BJ#11

  6. Lindart on 2 May 2024 at 5:32 pm

    I had to Google Koh Samui as I had never heard of it – is there a more gorgeous place on this earth? My gosh! It’s the place of daydreams (of which I will now be dreaming!) I’m glad you enjoyed your visit! Your yard is looking beautiful as well, I love all those raised garden beds along the side! Your new little sidekick is very cute too! What a great idea for a little book, I’m looking forward to reading about your “glimmers”! Have a great week, Lindart #22

  7. Kelly on 6 May 2024 at 1:23 pm

    LOL… You are so fun to read! Chip is lucky to have you for company while his human is at work. I LOVE your garden. Mine might get a posting soon. If the rain ever stops so I can order top soil. Thanks for your visit. Hugs & Creative Blessings! ~ Kelly #21

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