Hi hi!

*taps mike. Is this thing on?

Yes it’s definitely been too long, and there are many reasons which I’ll save for another non WOYWW post but suffice to say that it’s been a rather challenging few years indeed. Life has changed somewhat & it continues to throw me around like a little wooden boat in storm. However, part of getting the boat back to shore if you will, is making the good bits bigger by ‘finding the joy’. For me that means reconnecting with others and working out ways to craft and make art again because the little I’ve done has been very sporadic and at times uncomfortable while I work around my new disability issues. So let’s have a look at this desk situation shall we?

Ahhh… Erm….

No I don’t know why I chose this week to make a comeback to the wonderful What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday blog hop. In fact it’s pretty daft timing I’m sure you’ll agree but I wanted to strike while the iron was hot and stop making excuses for myself. I actually chose last week and then chickened out so this is my desk from last Wednesday. This week the room is totally empty but I hope to have some sort of normality back by next week (normality… hhmmm…) We moved in to this fixer-upper 9 years ago and the renovations started with the kitchen which is below my kitchen. I was overruled on having a second radiator in there back then but now Mr Pretty has relented. We have to go up through the kitchen ceiling to spur off of my craft room rad which unfortunately meant we had to take up the entire laminate floor. This of course meant all the lovely things spread across my craft room had to be packed up, moved, shifted back & forth, stored in every other room in the house (yes even in the bathroom), and the whole thing is making me twitch. And breathe…

So what’s actually in this pile of detritus?

Closest to the camera – a couple of failed attempts at making new candles from old spent ones. Yet another ‘hobby’ that I felt compelled to begin and haven’t touched for about 5 years!

A big jar – is it just me or do other people feel obliged to hold on to large useful jars that in the end never get used for anything?

Cutters & craft mats – perfectly acceptable craft desk fayre.

An assortment of witchy ingredients – slightly more unusual craft desk fayre but once the work is finished I should definitely cleanse my space and set some new intentions.

Polish & duster – I was TRYING to clean as I went and good grief it jolly well needed it. If only dust was a suitable art medium….

Finally, my Christmas scrapbooking stash – in the stadium organiser and the tiffany blue container are the Cocoa Vanilla collections I was intending to work with for the last 3 years and still haven’t made much progress with. Scrapping the previous 2 Christmasses has been particularly hard (in part due to losing both parents within 5 months) & this year I just gave up. However, in ‘finding the joy’ I need to embrace the good times and actually use those two beautiful collections to record the memories, even though it’s hard, so they are next on my list to get pages planned for.

I’m sorry this isn’t full of crafting delights or must-buy purchases but it is a step in the right direction for me & I do hope you’ll bear with me and pop back next week to see if I’ve managed to get anywhere with putting things back! I know my husband will be glad it’s over as I can stop shrieking at him every time he moves something on top of something else. I’ve lost track of the times he has rolled his eyes and I can read his mind saying “It’s only paper, it’s not like you’ve got a shortage of it is it??”

Till next time

LJ x


  1. LLJ on 31 January 2024 at 8:53 am

    Yay, you’re back on the desks!! Woohoo, it’s so lovely to see you again, I’m so glad you plucked up the courage to rejoin! I hope that the work in your craft cave will be finished soon and then you can get back to having some fun. The one thing I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter if what you do isn’t ’High Art’, the question is did you enjoy the process and if the answer’s yes, then it’s a win xxxx. Your useful large jar made me laugh, I do the same with boxes…..
    It’s really good to see you back, hope you’ll stay xx
    Hugs LLJ 6 xx

  2. Lynnecrafts on 31 January 2024 at 9:21 am

    Hi Lisa- Jane,
    Glad to see you on the WOYWW bloghop. I hope your craft room works are finished soon so you can play in it.
    Yes, my better half rolls his eyes at wool as if it’s all the same.
    Sending hugs – it sounds like you’ve been having a tough time.
    Take care and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 11 xx

  3. Angela on 31 January 2024 at 12:30 pm

    I looked for witchy ingredients, but I didn’t see them. I was expecting “eye of newt” and “Mandrake powder”. Yes, Imown up to saving jars and boxes of various sizes. Most get thrown out eventually. Happy WOYWW Angela #14

  4. Julia on 31 January 2024 at 1:27 pm

    It is fab to see you! No need to chicken out, strike when you have the feeling and that will be grand for us! Here’s a thing…when the radiator, floor and room are all sorted….put Christmas back in the box and leave it till you’re really in the mood…sometimes the happiest of memories can make you blue, so don’t do it. It’s ok. The candles just made me laugh..I’ve got so many sort-of-started hobbies. Candles isn’t one, fortunately, again, if you aren’t feeling it, let it go, no one minds either way!

  5. Angela Radford on 31 January 2024 at 2:03 pm

    This is the perfect time to come back. January, the start of a new year is just perfect. The month is called after Janus the two headed god of new beginning who always looks both back and forward. Look forward to seeing more of you. Happy creative woyww, Angela x12x

  6. Cindy on 31 January 2024 at 2:17 pm

    Well hello there! Having moved my craft room last April I fully understand the twithiness while things are being improved. (I’ve got over it now, beginning to seriously question whether it’s worth doing anything with the stuff that is still in my husband’s office/. Mind you if he didn’t have so much rubbishi n there there would be plenty of room….). I do understand about the jars, but I’m more of a box gal. And padded envelopes/ You never know when you might need one. Godd to see you, Have a great week, love n hugs Cindyxx #15

  7. Chana Malkah on 31 January 2024 at 5:45 pm

    Welcome back! I look forward to being “enabled” in my obsession. You always had the best stuff!
    I’ve just recently returned to WOYWW myself. I use this hop as motivation to keep my mojo going!

    Chana Malkah, WOYWW #19

  8. Sarah Brennan on 31 January 2024 at 5:55 pm

    It is so good to see you back again Lisa-Jane. I feel for you having to take everything up off the floor to install a second radiator – I had to have aq new floor in my shed a couple of summers ago and taking everything out of the shed was a bit of a nightmare. Can’t wait to see more of your desk! Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #2

  9. Helen Lindfield on 31 January 2024 at 6:46 pm

    How lovely to see you back! Hope you come back again next week. I dread to think what I’d do if I had to take all my stuff out of here… it’s why the carpet is threadbare and the sofa springs are broken and not been replaced….. Happy WOYWW, see you soon! Helen #1

  10. Annie Powis on 1 February 2024 at 10:32 am

    It’s good to have you back. I hope your chaos ends soon so you can get your space organised and start being creative again….it will all be worth it in the long run.
    Annie x #9

  11. kyla on 3 February 2024 at 5:01 pm

    welcome back, ooh that sounds like you have a LOT going on at the moment so fair play. ah candle making/remaking I remember that, I used to do that a few years ago too. thanks for visiting my desk already

  12. Mary Anne on 6 February 2024 at 2:58 pm

    Amazing how we can all just drop back in anytime and be welcomed with open arms! Wishing a smooth week and no new chaos. Look at me, OMG! So late, almost time for the NEW WOYWW. Dear me.
    Mary Anne (4)

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